Mike is a dedicated Tea Party advocate, a committed Christian and a conservative with a capital 'C' - pretty much everything I'm not! Read his blog here.
But he's also a gentleman; even on the Internet (something I have a tendency not to be.)
Over the past few months, we've batted forth about various topics on Twitter and while we rarely agree on anything, he's always been a thoroughly class act throughout our disagreements.
To that end, we thought readers of both our blogs might enjoy watching us bump heads on a controversial topic - which we're going to simultaneously do this Monday.
We'll each be posting our opposing views on a topic we feel strongly about:
"Is it appropriate for the United States Pledge of Allegiance to contain the words 'under God' in it?"Unsurprisingly, I'll be taking the 'no' position - as it's something I've been thinking about recently. When I became a U.S. Citizen, I had to repeat the phrase 'under God' in both the Oath of Citizenship and the Pledge of Allegiance - which I found challenging because of the fact that I don't believe in God.
I won't go into my reasoning for objecting to the 'under God' part of the pledge - or the reasons why I think it should be removed. You'll have to wait until Monday for that.
But do tune in. I think it'll be interesting reading, whatever your take on the subject!