The Ventriloquist

An online publication at and outside the boundary of evangelical Christianity.




September 2015

Dialogue with a Trump Supporter

by Michael Shoemaker, on Politics, 2016 Election, Donald Trump

Image courtesy Gage Skidmore I recently had a lapse in judgement; I got involved in a political discussion on Facebook. It began innocently enough, but quickly devolved into name-calling and threats of violence. Fortunately, not much catches me off-guard these days when talking to evangelical supporters of Donald Trump. In a spirit of honesty, I did not help the situation. I entered the fray armed with the goal of discovering…



September 2013

Evangelicals and Immigration Reform

by The Ventriloquist, on Politics, September 2013, Immigration, Dr. Carl Ruby

Since the 2012 election, immigration reform has surfaced as a front-burner issue. Analysis of voting trends showed Republicans that their hopes of ever winning another major election might hinge on attracting larger numbers of Latino voters. If Romney had done half as well with Hispanic voters as George Bush did, he would have succeeded in his Presidential campaign. In 2012, Republicans started paying attention. But before the 2012 election, a…



April 2013

The Tyranny of Freedom

by Grant Miller, on Politics, April 2013

In 1779, Thomas Jefferson penned the following words: [N]o man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion,…



October 2012

The Christian Party?

by Jordan Ryner, on October 2012, Politics

Many college students, even here at Cedarville, have fallen into the trap of deifying politicians, bureaucrats, and party bosses based on what our parents, neighbors, or the media might have told us. Yet how any Christian could dub the GOP the "party of Christ" in light of character flaws including voter fraud and discrimination is beyond imagination. Christians love Republicans. Let's face it: our brothers and sisters are quick to…