Articles by Philip Sevilla

A Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our Beneficent Father

In July 1863 the northern army won a decisive victory at Gettysburg, leaving 23,000 Union Army casualties laying scattered about the open fields of the small town in Pennsylvania in the aftermath of the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. An estimated 57,000 combatants from both sides were dead, wounded, or listed missing. The epic battle at Gettysburg became the turning point of the war. Within a few months, President Abraham Lincoln would issue on October 3, 1863 the first annual Thanksgiving Day Proclamation declaring in part: “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the…


Why Does Evil Exist? The Battle Against Principalities

Why did 26 people have to die after the deadly attack on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last Sunday with 20 seriously wounded?  Devin Kelley turned his gun sights on church goers between the ages of five and seventy-two, nine member of the Holcombe family spanning three generations, including a pregnant mother and her child in the womb, cold-bloodedly, mercilessly slaughtered. One five year old in critical condition was shot four times. Less than two months ago a gunman opened fire on at the Burnett Chapel Church in Antioch,  Tennessee killing one and injuring seven; nine killed…


Common Sense Approach To Immigration Reform

Is there an American citizen who believes this nation should have open borders and lax immigration laws? Whether one considers the security, economic, and social factors of a perennially broken immigration system, the consequences for the future of America are deeply troubling. The social welfare safety net is sagging at a breaking point with the nation staring at  an astounding national debt load of $20.5 trillion dollars (US Debt Clock calculation at 4.15 pm on 11/2/12017). Violent Islamic-related terrorist attacks often dominate news headlines in the U.S. and abroad with the recent one only days ago in New York City…


“The Bathroom Bill and Responsible Republicans”

After Speaker Joe Straus announced Wednesday he was quitting a re-election bid for his home district in Bexar County (TX House District 121), Kelli Ann Busey, Editor of Planet Transgender, lamented, “We will dearly miss you, Joe Straus, you kept us sane, thank you for your service”. Why did Joseph Straus III quit? No, he didn’t resign from his current office but he’s done with the House. He is effectively quitting his post as Speaker and representative of House District 121 at the end of his term next year and will not run for re-election. Anyone who believes he could…


Broken But Unbowed – A Book Review

On July 14, 1984 Greg Abbott’s life was changed forever. His wife of three years, Cecilia, remembers the day vividly listening to the sounds of an  afternoon thunderstorm at the shop in Houston where she worked. Not far away Greg had gone for a jog. Ten minutes into his run, within an instant, a large oak tree snapped at its base and landed on top of him. He remained conscious but the pain was “immediate, excruciating, and unrelenting,” he relates in his autobiography, “Broken But Unbowed. The Fight to Fix A Broken America” published in 2016. The events of the…


Reading to Children for LGBTQ History Month

October is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) History Month in the U.S.  Not so coincidentally, it is also Respect Life month for the Catholic Church. I read a commentary once informing readers that gay and lesbian rights are part of the Church’s Respect Life Month, traditionally in October.  Really? That fellow must come from the same planet as Xochi Mochi who describes himself as a “killer clown from outer space”. Respect Life month in October is about calling attention to the plight of preborn children threatened by abortion and their moms in crisis pregnancies. Drag Queen Xochi Mochi performed…


“Bexar County Executive Committee Meeting was like a Bad Dream”

What happened at the Bexar County Republican Executive Committee meeting this past Monday night was, according to one precinct chair, “like a bad dream”. While many members of the committee expected a lively debate and greater than normal attendance, which there was, what was not envisioned was what appeared to be a carefully orchestrated effort to stifle and obstruct any possibility that committee members would hear a resolution to censure Speaker Joe Straus and be able to vote. The widespread dissatisfaction of the attendees towards Chairman Robert Stovall’s questionable rulings  culminated in a raucous, confrontational atmosphere throughout most of the…


Pattern of Obstruction and Political Chicanery

On October 9th, the Bexar County Republican Party Executive Committee will vote on the Rule 44 Censure resolution addressing Speaker Joe Straus. While county officials have attempted to construct a firewall to stop any deliberation let alone a vote by the whole committee through parliamentary tricks, it is highly doubtful that these tactics will prevail in stopping the democratic process that Texas Republicans in Bexar County prize and hold dear. Many precinct chairs are outraged by the artificial and arbitrary restrictions set up by County Chair, Robert Stovall, and his staff to silence and disenfranchise Straus’ critics. Popular support for…


Southern Poverty Law Center Exposed

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) publicly stated mission is to expose hate groups while teaching tolerance and seeking justice according to information published on the group’s website. The SPLC, based in Montgomery, Alabama considers itself to be the  “premier U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux  Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents and others.” The  center boasts that they provide expertise assisting law enforcement and informing media and the public about more than 1,600 extremist groups  operating  around the U.S….


“The Younger Generation Gets It!”

Ruby Polanco, a high school senior student at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a college preparatory public charter school, petitioned the San Antonio Independent School District a year ago to revise the district’s non-discrimination policy to now include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The SAISD complied with the precocious teen’s request and the eight  member board of trustees voted unanimously for the change in the district’s Employee and Student Welfare Policy on August 22nd. The school’s original non-discrimination policy which was consistent with other Bexar County school districts barred discrimination on the “basis of race, color, national origin,…