Articles by: William Federer

It is Legal to Pray in School (Voluntarily!)

It is Legal to Pray in School (Voluntarily!)

on August 13, 2018, 7:54 AM / in Opinion

Mandatory versus voluntary. Though court cases have sought to limit “mandatory” school-sponsored prayer, students continue to have the right to “voluntarily” pray! Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute, stated (www.legaltopray.com):  “In every case defending students’ rights to pray, the students have prevailed, even teachers have the right to pray in school.” President Bill Clinton stated at James Madison High School, July 12, 1995: “The First Amendment does not require students to […]

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Herbert Hoover: Indian Reservation, Engineer, WWI Relief, 31st President, Middle East, Communism, Constitution, the Bible

Herbert Hoover: Indian Reservation, Engineer, WWI Relief, 31st President, Middle East, Communism, Constitution, the Bible

on August 11, 2018, 6:31 AM / in History

Herbert Clark Hoover was born AUGUST 10, 1874, in West Branch, Iowa. At the age of 6, he spent eight months on the Osage Indian Reservation in Oklahoma with his Quaker uncle, who was an Indian agent. There he made many Indian friends and attended the “Indian Sunday-School.” Herbert Hoover was the only U.S. President to have lived on an Indian reservation. His Canadian-born Quaker mother, Hulda, taught Sunday School […]

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Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick, 1851

Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick, 1851

on August 1, 2018, 8:27 PM / in History

“There she blows!” cried the lookout, sighting the great white whale, Moby Dick. The classic book, Moby Dick, was written by New England author Herman Melville, published in1851. In the novel, Captain Ahab, driven by revenge, sailed the seas to capture this great white whale who had bitten off his leg in a previous encounter. The crew of Captain Ahab’s ship, the Pequod, included: -Ishmael, the teller of the tale, which begins the line: […]

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Ben Franklin & Pennsylvania’s Role in Ending Slavery

Ben Franklin & Pennsylvania’s Role in Ending Slavery

on July 27, 2018, 8:18 AM / in History

On JULY 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General of the United States, a position he held under the British Crown before the Revolution. Franklin’s public career began when he organized Pennsylvania’s first volunteer militia during threaten attacks from Spanish and French ships. Franklin then proposed a General Fast, which was approved by the Colony’s Council and printed in his Pennsylvania Gazette, December 12, 1747: “As the calamities […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  Tennessee: “THE PEOPLE are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the SOVEREIGN POWER”-Andrew Jackson

American Minute with Bill Federer Tennessee: “THE PEOPLE are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the SOVEREIGN POWER”-Andrew Jackson

on July 25, 2018, 7:29 AM / in History

Spanish Explorers Hernando de Soto, in 1540, and Juan Pardo, in 1567, traveled inland from North America’s eastern coast and passed through a Native American village named “Tanasqui.“ A century and a half later, British traders encountered a Cherokee town named Tanasi. After the Revolutionary War, attempts were made to turn the area into the “State of Franklin” in honor of Ben Franklin. At the […]

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July 4th

July 4th

on July 4, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

38-year-old King George III ruled the largest empire that planet earth had ever seen. The Declaration of Independence, approved JULY 4, 1776, listed the reasons why Americans declared their independence from the King: “He has made judges dependent on his will alone… He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people […]

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The LONG HOT SUMMER

on July 2, 2018, 6:45 AM / in Opinion

Get ready for a long, hot summer filled with protests, extreme rhetoric and unexpected intraparty skirmishes ahead of the 2018 midterm elections this fall. Thousands of demonstrators, from Washington, D.C. to Portland, Ore., braved the sweltering temperatures to hit the streets over the weekend, underscoring the new era of citizen activism that began with the Women’s March one day after […]

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Father’s Day! (& a forgotten Founding Father, Samuel Chase)

Father’s Day! (& a forgotten Founding Father, Samuel Chase)

on June 17, 2018, 6:41 AM / in History

The first formal “Father’s Day” was celebrated JUNE 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a church sermon on the newly established Mother’s Day and wanted to honor her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, who had raised six children by himself after his wife died in childbirth. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd drew up a petition supported by the Young Men’s Christian Association and […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer Magna Carta

American Minute with Bill Federer Magna Carta

on June 16, 2018, 5:54 AM / in History

England was invaded by “Dane” Vikings from Scandinavia who destroyed churches, libraries and defeated all opposition except for 23-year-old King Alfred. Forced into the swampy, tidal marshes of Somerset, Alfred, King of the Anglos and Saxons, began a resistance movement in 878 AD. According to biographer Bishop Asser: “Alfred attacked the whole pagan army fighting ferociously in dense order, and by divine will eventually won the victory.” […]

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MAGNA CARTA limiting a King!-History from Alfred the Great to U.S. Constitution (plus background on 3rd Crusade)

MAGNA CARTA limiting a King!-History from Alfred the Great to U.S. Constitution (plus background on 3rd Crusade)

on June 15, 2018, 6:01 AM / in History

England was invaded by “Dane” Vikings from Scandinavia who destroyed churches, libraries and defeated all opposition except for 23-year-old King Alfred. Forced into the swampy, tidal marshes of Somerset, Alfred, King of the Anglos and Saxons, began a resistance movement in 878 AD. According to biographer Bishop Asser, “Alfred attacked the whole pagan army fighting ferociously in dense order, and […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer Harvard President Langdon “vice will … corrupt the constitution & in time bring on its dissolution”; Harvard Professor Christensen, “as religion loses its influence over the lives of Americans, what will happen to our democracy?”

American Minute with Bill Federer Harvard President Langdon “vice will … corrupt the constitution & in time bring on its dissolution”; Harvard Professor Christensen, “as religion loses its influence over the lives of Americans, what will happen to our democracy?”

on June 12, 2018, 8:14 AM / in History

Just six weeks after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Harvard President Samuel Langdon, MAY 31, 1775, spoke to the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Samuel Langdon’s address was titled”Government Corrupted By Vice”: “They … attempted, by a sudden march of a body of troops in the night, to seize and destroy one of our magazines, formed by the people merely for their own security … […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer War Emergency – IRS Withholds from Paychecks

American Minute with Bill Federer War Emergency – IRS Withholds from Paychecks

on June 9, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

Withholding taxes from paychecks began JUNE 9, 1943. Congress passed it as an emergency measure during World War II to get money to fight Hitler. Withholding taxes was the idea of Beardsley Ruml, the treasurer of Macy’s Department Store who became chairman of New York’s Federal Reserve Bank. Ruml was helped by Bernard Baruch and Milton Friedman. The Federal Government […]

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D Day

D Day

on June 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

D-Day was JUNE 6, 1944. Over 160,000 troops from America, Britain, Canada, free France, Poland, and other nations landed along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast of France. It was the largest amphibious invasion force in world history, supported by 5,000 ships with 195,700 navy personnel and 13,000 aircraft. On that day, the sea along the heavily fortified beaches […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  Six Day War, & Presidential Support of Israel

American Minute with Bill Federer Six Day War, & Presidential Support of Israel

on June 6, 2018, 5:23 AM / in History

The 120 mile long Suez Canal, connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, was built by the French, 1859-1869. Britain gained control of the Canal in 1882, and defended it during the First and Second World Wars. On July 26, 1956, after making overtures to the Soviet Union, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser seized control of the Suez Canal, […]

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American Minute   Turning point in WWII Pacific-Battle of Midway

American Minute Turning point in WWII Pacific-Battle of Midway

on June 5, 2018, 7:17 AM / in History

In 1942, Imperial Japan invaded Singapore and took around 25,000 prisoners. Next was the Philippines. With Imperial Japan’s relentless bombardment by planes and heavy siege guns, President Roosevelt did not want General Douglas MacArthur captured, so he ordered him to leave Corregidor, Philippines, and evacuate to Australia. General Douglas MacArthur obeyed, March 11, 1942, but not without promising, “I shall […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  “There can be no peace with the forces of evil. Peace comes only through the establishment of the supremacy of the forces of good.” -President Coolidge, Memorial Day, 1923

American Minute with Bill Federer “There can be no peace with the forces of evil. Peace comes only through the establishment of the supremacy of the forces of good.” -President Coolidge, Memorial Day, 1923

on May 30, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, People, Religion

Southern women scattered spring flowers on graves of both northern Union and southern Confederate soldiers of the Civil War in which over a half-million died. Many places claimed to have held the original Memorial Day, such as: Warrenton, Virginia; Columbus, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Waterloo, New York. One such place was Charleston, South Carolina, where a mass […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer Memorial Day – Honoring Faith, Courage & Sacrifice!

American Minute with Bill Federer Memorial Day – Honoring Faith, Courage & Sacrifice!

on May 29, 2018, 6:08 AM / in History

Douglas MacArthur told West Point cadets, May 1962: “The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training-sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those Divine attributes which his Maker gave when He created man in His own image … No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of Divine help which alone can sustain […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer   “The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos”-U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall

American Minute with Bill Federer “The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos”-U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall

on May 27, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, People, Religion

Twentieth-Century Fox made a motion picture in 1955 titled A Man Called Peter, about the life of U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall, born MAY 27, 1902. At the age of 25, Peter Marshall emigrated from Scotland, arriving at New York’s Ellis Island in 1927. Members of his Sunday School class paid his way to seminary in Atlanta, where he graduated […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  “Mad Anthony” Wayne & John Wayne- “Face the Flag, son…and thank God it’s still there”

American Minute with Bill Federer “Mad Anthony” Wayne & John Wayne- “Face the Flag, son…and thank God it’s still there”

on May 26, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

“Mad Anthony” Wayne raised a militia unit at the beginning of the Revolutionary War and participated in the invasion of Canada. He fought in the Battle of Trois-Rivières, and led forces at Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. “Mad Anthony” Wayne fought at Brandywine in 1777, then harassed British General Howe as his troops marched towards Pennsylvania. He fought at Germantown, […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer National Maritime Day

American Minute with Bill Federer National Maritime Day

on May 24, 2018, 6:57 AM / in History

T he SS SAVANNAH left MAY 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England, completing the first trans-Atlantic voyage by steamship. To pay tribute to the American Merchant Marine, President Franklin Roosevelt designated MAY 22, 1933, as NATIONAL MARITIME DAY. Ronald Reagan commented, May 20, 1986: “When steam-powered vessels began to eclipse sailing ships in the latter part of the 19th century, […]

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