Religion and Politics

Early State Constitutions and the Right to Bear Arms for what reason?

Virginia Constitution of 1776 – SEC. 13. That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free State; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided, as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. North Carolina Constitution of 1776 – 17. That the people have a right to bear arms, for the defense of the State; and as standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, they

Religion and Politics

Thomas Nelson stops publication of David Barton’s “book”

The Thomas Nelson publishing company has decided to cease publication and distribution of David Barton’s controversial book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson, saying it has “lost confidence in the book’s details.” (See “The David Barton controversy,” Aug. 8.) (here) Wonder if Barton is a martyr for this? Will the Becky-beck-beskistan-Beckster stop with the Barton circus? Or, more than likely, Baron will sell his fantasy to others who simply believe what is written in a book unless it is a real book. Confused? But, bully for Tommy N. Good job.

Controversial / Religion and Politics

Ahh, yes… the spawn of the Thomas Nelson/Murdoch Empire Merger

Shawn as brought to my attention a book to be released by Thomas Nelson, authored by none other than just about the greatest fiction writer today, David Barton. It purports to expose the “Jefferson Lies.” These are some of the “myths” which will be explored: Jefferson and Sally: Did he really have children by his slave, Sally Hemings? Jefferson and Jesus: Did he really abandon the faith of his family? Jefferson and the Bible: Did he really want to rewrite the Scripture? Jefferson and the church: Did he really advocate separation? Jefferson and slaves: What is the truth about

Religion and Politics

(My) Ways to fix the Electoral System

Okay, so I’m doing this as a sort of confession… In our men’s discussion group a few months ago, I mentioned my general feeling that the American experiment is going to die soon. I mean, look at the number of people eligible to vote, as opposed to those who do vote. Look at those who march and complain, but beyond that, never get involved in the political process. This will eventually lead to oligarchy… where the few are those who dole out the impoverished wealth to whatever group keeps them in power. So, this is what I’m thinking. We can take


Review: The Politics of Witness

A timely book, Dr. Allan R. Bevere, a Methodist pastor and a professional fellow at Ashland Theological Seminary, issues a call to the Church to regain the position of prophetic witness. To be sure, this small book has salvos against both the Left and the Right, and equally so the uninvolved, which must lead to a choice – either we ignore Bevere or we heed him. The author knows his limitations, both in space and the cultural situations, but he is able to provide a firmly grounded piece which addresses the involvement of the Church today, and calls it

Religion and Politics

Quote of the Day: Thomas Jefferson and the necessity of change

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.  – Thomas Jefferson Wonder if all

Religion and Politics

Another U.S. Representative threatened – Rep. Jim McDermott

Image via Wikipedia A California man faces federal charges for allegedly threatening to kill a congressman in a pair of profanity-laced voicemails less than a month before a Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in head in Arizona. Charles Habermann, 32, was arrested Wednesday …. Habermann called Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, according to an FBI complaint, ranting about the congressman’s opposition to extending tax cuts to the wealthy. “You let that f–ker know, the next time he f–ks around, I’ll kill him, okay,” Habermann said in one message, according to the complaint. Habermann also