August 1, 1986
White House-hunting evangelist Pat Robertson declared in Michigan recently that Christians "maybe feel more strongly than others" about God and country. Don't ask Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.), who got stuck in the speaker's chair during a marathon 1984 debate on school prayer. After one colleague proclaimed America "a Christian nation," Mr. Frank, who is Jewish, wondered aloud: "Well, if this is a Christian nation, how come some poor Jew had to get up at 5:30 in the morning to preside over the House of Representatives?"
February 17, 1988 |
Harry Streep and Human Arms, a dance company that performed at Drexel University's Mandell Theater last night, speaks as much as it dances. While many groups use words for the poetic effect of their sounds, Streep uses them to communicate ideas. What you hear is what he means. Such a straightforward use of language is refreshing. A big problem in this concert, however, was that text was often the clearest vehicle of expression. Compared with it, the dancing often seemed wishy-washy.
February 13, 2006
A youthful stand In his Feb. 8 commentary, "A teenager's rebellion against God and country," Jeff Cox uses the old, worn-out, right-wing, insidious ploy of labeling Sam Smith as having "inflammatory political and religious views. " He brands him as an atheist, thereby dismissing his intellectual stand of objecting to the war in Iraq and implying, wrongfully, that a 14-year-old is not mature enough to analyze events and make intelligent decisions, be it in the form of protest over the unjust war by not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance.
June 2, 1988
Elect a governor with a big family, and some of his relatives are bound to show up on the public payroll, right? Actually, there's been very little of that with Gov. Casey. Instead, the governor seems to have taken the enlightened position that only his political backers - not the taxpayers - should support his clan. He doesn't face another election until 1990, but Mr. Casey is tooling up his campaign committee with various relatives and family friends. There's son- in-law Pat Brier, hired to be the $48,000-a-year executive director.
August 15, 2009 |
If we are to believe the coaches, signing Michael Vick to play for the Eagles was about God and Country - not what Vick might be able to do lined up in the Wildcat offensive formation. "So I think we're just seeing a symbol of some great leadership and Christian forgiveness," said Tony Dungy, the respected former NFL coach who has taken on the role of Vick's spirit guide. "Fortunately, in this country if we handle ourselves properly, we are given an opportunity for second chances," said Andy Reid, the head coach who pushed to sign Vick.
July 15, 1998 |
It was the summer of 1969. Anti-war activists across the United States were planning for a march on Washington. As a prisoner of war in North Vietnam at the time, I was tortured for most of that summer. I spent 13 months in solitary confinement. My faith in God and country helped see me through these difficult times. So did my faith in the American flag - and the freedom for which it stands. Once, during an interrogation, I was shown a picture of some Americans burning an American flag in protest against the war. "There," the North Vietnamese officer said.
April 7, 2003 |
It's not too often that Democratic Gov. Rendell is warmly applauded by a platform full of Delaware County Republican officials. But yesterday, patriotism trumped partisanship, as Rendell came to the county courthouse in Media to speak at a "Support Our Troops" rally called by the Delaware County Council and by a county veterans group, the Veterans Legacy Project. Rally organizers estimated that the event attracted 1,000 people. To the right of the podium was the reason the speakers and the crowd were there: a signboard put together by county employees with pictures of about 80 county residents who are in the military, most of them in Iraq.
April 28, 1995 |
Bill Thompas used to be one "Magnificent Bastard. " Now, he's one disheartened, dispirited, jobless man of war. That's what can happen to a guy when he thinks he's "doing something for the love of my country" only to find out years later the feeling wasn't mutual. At least that's the way this two-tour, decorated veteran feels about going away to war in Vietnam. "When we left, we had God and country," said Thompas. "When we came back all we had was God. The country didn't care anything about us. It doesn't care about us to this day. " "I can't even get a job," said Thompas, 48, who lives in Frankford.
August 28, 1994 |
Boy Scouts have long been inducted by raising their hands and pledging an oath to "God and country. " Some parents, however, would like to see scouts leave God at home and out of uniform. That is why the Anti-Discrimination Support Network, a division of the Freethought Society of Philadelphia, has a problem with the Boy Scouts and a boy's required promise to do both his civic duty - and his "duty to God. " That, the freethinkers feel, imposes a hardship on atheists, secular humanists, members of polytheistic religions - or anyone who thinks religion has no place in the public sector.
September 15, 1996 |
TV producers are running scared in the fall of '96. The 41 new shows are marked by a panoply of paranoid productions and unprecedented upheavals on the sets of comedies. Networks swap series and borrow ideas from the movies. Women get the spotlight. Favorite stars turn up in droves. And in the midst of turmoil - three gentle new shows about God and country. "I think we're all scared to death," Coleman Luck, executive producer of a new UPN drama called The Burning Zone (Tuesdays, 9 p.m., Channel 57)