Book Review: David Sehat’s The Myth of American Religious Freedom

David Sehat’s purpose in his book, The Myth American Religious Freedom was to debunk the false mythical status that the United States of America has had a tradition of unfettered religious liberty. To the contrary, this false narrative propagated by progressives on the Left who cite court decisions from the 1960s such as Engel vs. Vital (see chapter 11 “The Liberal Moment”). While I was familiar with most of the historical figures and religious liberty cases Sehat put forth as evidence for his debunking, I was rather taken aback, as an African American, at the role the Curse of

Religion and Politics

The Theological Declaration of Barmen

Today, 31 May, is the anniversary of the Theological Declaration of Barmen. Read it. Read the history surrounding it. While reading an unrelated work, I came across the mention of this pre-WW2 document which tried to prevent the Christian Churches in Germany from becoming the tools of Adolf Hitler who spouted Christian rhetoric to suit his purposes. These pro-Nazi churches were noticeably nationalistic in tone, and quickly allied themselves with the ruling authorities, causing no small distress to those which sought the separation of Church and State. I believe that it is important to note, especially in this time,

Church History / Religion and Politics

The Church Fathers on Government and Public Service

Granted, the Church Fathers – those early writers and proponents of the faith – were/are not infallible, but they stand here to show us the early tradition of the Faith. It was simply that this world is not our home, and politics not to be the profession of the Church. This newest doctrinal development, which confuses Church and State, would have been looked down upon by the men and women who descended from the Apostles.


Articles on Christian Identity

JB at The White Report has posted two new articles on the Christian Identity Movement. They are dated, but due to a recent rise of inane comments on Twitter, Facebook, etc… the ideas of this group seem to be spreading. Anyway, the articles are here and here. Although the Christian Identity movement is outside the mainstream of Christianity, it does serve as an affront to Christianity. It bothers me, quickly, when someone comes preaching that garbage on this site, and it gets my temper rising fast. If you visit the comments on the posts about Arnold Murray, you will

Religion and Politics

Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create 'Islam Day'

According to Comedy Central FoxNews, Hawaii has declared a day for Islam. To be honest, my first thoughts are a bit of a revulsion. Perhaps it’s that separation of Church and State thing. Not sure. But I will give it time to develop. Hawaii’s state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate “Islam Day” — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn’t want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001. The Senate’s two Republicans argued that a minority of Islamic extremists have killed many innocents in terrorist attacks. “I recall radical Islamists

Religion and Politics / Society and Religion

Summum: Seven Aphorisms and the the fight of religion in the public square

There is a new religion burning up the charts this afternoon by the name of Summum. Never heard of it, really, but it turns out that it is another cooky religion. Summum is a religion and philosophy that began in 1975 as a result of Claude “Corky” Nowell’s alleged encounter with beings he describes as “Summa Individuals.” According to Nowell, these beings presented him with concepts regarding the nature of creation, concepts that have always existed and are continually re-introduced to humankind by advanced beings who work along the pathways of creation. As a result of his experience, Nowell

Society and Religion

Christian right steps up attacks on Obama – Barack Obama News-

One of the many reasons why I affectionately call them the religious wrong via Christian right steps up attacks on Obama – Barack Obama News- Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts. All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is elected president, according to a new addition to the campaign conversation called “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America,” produced by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family Action. The imagined look into the future is