United Methodist Church

Lincoln, Homosexuality, Slavery, and Privilege. #umc #umcschism

Wesley Putnam, a steadfast stalwart against the middle — even denying it actually exists — recently wrote a post suggesting something. I’m not sure really, because it comes off looking like homosexuality (if it is a sin) is the same level of sin as slavery (and not just any slavery, but the American version). Lincoln’s words Wesley has quoted are as follows: “but can we, while our votes will prevent it, allow it (slavery) to spread into the National Territories, and to overrun us here in these Free States? If our sense of duty forbids this, then let us

Religion and Politics

How about a 1% Appropriations Bill of 2012? (à la Huey P. Long)


This post is meant to engender revolution and/or comments… If you don’t leave comments, I expect you to start a revolution. Your choice. No pressure. Through the succession of several Indian Acts, notably the Indian Appropriations Bill of 1889, Native Americans were removed from their ancestral land which they had worked for. In 1889, through and Act of Congress and with support of the President, what would become Oklahoma was taken away from the Native American tribes and redistributed. We’ve all seen the movies and read the stories of the nearly 50,000 hopeful white settlers who rushed with all their might to

Religion and Politics

Follow-up to Mitchell: Centralization and Confederation

Mitchell has responded to Rodney and my previous posts; Rodney has since followed up. I, here, will offer a brief follow-up as well, but only to his charge against me. Mitchell begins: Does this mean that the invasion of the South and its forced reintegration into the Union is wrong? Wrong, illegal, and immoral all take on the various aspects of Lincoln’s War. I’ll leave the morality issue to those who will decide if it was a Just War or not. Was it illegal? No. It was not illegal because while the States have the right to secede, no

Religion and Politics

Jefferson Davis’s Inaugural Address

Jefferson Davis’s Inaugural Address Montgomery, Alabama, February, 1861 Gentlemen of the Congress of the Confederate States of America: Called to the difficult and responsible station of Executive Chief of the Provisional Government which you have instituted, I approach the discharge of the duties assigned me with an humble distrust of my abilities, but with a sustaining confidence in the wisdom of those who are to aid and guide me in the administration of public affairs, and an abiding faith in the patriotism and virtue of the people. Looking forward to the speedy establishment of a provisional government to take