I am happily married with two sons, born in 2012 and 2014. We have two dogs, Nano and Tera, who were named after mathematical prefixes. We are members of Clearnote Church of Bloomington. I graduated from Grace Baptist Academy in Angola, Indiana in 1992, survived cancer in 1997, graduated from Indiana University in 1998 and got married in 2001.
I have been active in local politics for some time going back to my college days. I have volunteered for a number of organizations, including serving on the board of Christian Citizens For Life.
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 unless someone's actions cause harm to someone else, government should generally allow people to live as they please. More specifically:
- I am pro-life. Government needs to criminalize abortion, which has killed over 59 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 a First Amendment absolutist. Government should never be allowed to regulate the content of political, religious or any other speech. Americans must have freedom of religion, which includes our day-to-day lives, and is far bigger than "freedom of worship." "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 Christian. I believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God and is literally true. 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.