About the Author
I am married, I have two dogs, and I am member of Clearnote Church of Bloomington. I graduated from Grace Baptist Academy in Angola, Indiana in 1992, survived cancer in 1997 and graduated from Indiana University in 1998.
I am active in local politics, having worked for Monroe County Right to Life, the Monroe County Taxpayers Association and the local Republican Party as well as individual campaigns. When I was in college, I was an officer in the IU College Republicans, IU Students for Life and the Student Alliance for Responsible Research. I co-founded Hoosier Review in January of 1997 and was an opinion columnist for the Indiana Daily Student. I have had letters published in several newspapers, including the local Herald-Times, the Indianapolis Star, USA Today and the New York Times.
Politically, I am a philosophical libertarian who identifies with the Republican Party. I believe the government that governs least governs best, that taxes are too high and must be lowered, and unless someone's actions cause harm to someone else, government should generally allow people to do as they please. More specifically:
- I am pro-life. Government needs to criminalize abortion, which has killed over 47 million unborn children since 1973. Human life is not ours to experiment on and human life is not ours to take at either end of the cycle of life. I believe this is the most important moral issue of our time.
- I have always been a supporter of biomedical research, but that support was intensified exponentially when I was diagnosed with cancer. We are commanded by Scripture (Genesis 1:28) to use nature for our benefit, but we must also be good stewards of what God has given us.
- I am a firm believer in states' rights. The federal government has grown way too big and powerful, ignoring the Tenth Amendment. Much of the power and authority in the federal government should be devolved to the states.
- I am First Amendment absolutist. Government should never be allowed to regulate the content of political speech. Americans must have the freedom to worship, or not worship, as we choose. "Separation of church and state" is a myth that is used to curtail religious liberty; the phrase does not exist in the Constitution.
- Churches and parachurch organizations must avoid entanglements with government, such as private-school vouchers. With government money comes government strings, and those strings will quickly become a noose used to strangle our freedom.
I am a Reformed and Evangelical Christian. I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He was born of a virgin, died on the cross, rose the third day, sits at the right hand of God and will return. Only through the substitutionary atonement of Christ's blood can we be saved; there is no other way to heaven. Salvation is by grace through faith, not of works. However, works are a sign of true faith.