Did the American Founders Want the Bible in Schools?

Tim Barton, son of self-styled historian David Barton, wants you to believe the founding fathers wanted the Bible taught in schools. Watch:In the video, Barton focused on Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Barton said, But what's cool about him is when we became a nation, he wrote a series of essays to help guide and shape America, and what we thought and how we did it, and one of the essays he wrote was on education. It's this essay … [Read more...]

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Legislative Fine Tuning

June 23, 1787 (click the link to read Madison's notes) Summary The delegates debated Resolution 3 regarding the legislature. They deadlocked on giving members "adequate compensation" and decided to allow House members to remain eligible to hold other offices after their current term ended Influences on the Delegates Mason appealed to his experience in VA and Great Britain for his position: Mr. MASON. The motion of my colleague is but a partial remedy for the evil. He appealed to him as a … [Read more...]

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Minimum Age of 25 Required to Serve in the House of Representatives

June 22, 1787 (click link for Madison's notes) Summary Today in Convention was all about the legislature. The delegates affirmed 25 as the minimum age for a representative. On the negative, the delegates defeated a motion to allow the House to set pay for members and a motion to take their pay from the National Treasury. Influences on the Delegates On the matter of the minimum age for members, the delegates debated mostly on their own experience. However, Jame Wilson pointed to two young men … [Read more...]

The Problem with the Mercury One/Wallbuilders’ Internship Program

Monday, Glenn Beck devoted some time on his broadcast to graduates of Mercury One's internship program. The program went from June 5-16 and featured history lessons taught by David Barton.  The segment of the broadcast gave time to the participants to debrief about what they learned. Watch:The comments from students provide a window into the problems with the internship. It appears that these students have a lot to unlearn. Worse, they don't seem to know it.For instance at 1:24 into … [Read more...]

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Congress Will Be Two Houses with the First House Elected by Citizens

June 21, 1787 Summary The delegates decided to make the legislature two houses with the first house elected by the people for a two year term. Influences on the Delegates Appeal to other nations is implied in this oration by Madison. Mr. MADISON was of opinion, — in the first place, that there was less danger of encroachment from the General Government than from the State Governments; and in the second place, that the mischiefs from encroachments would be less fatal if made by the former, t … [Read more...]

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Legislature Will Not Be One House

June 20, 1787 Summary The delegates debated the number of houses for the legislative function. The delegates voted down a motion for a unicameral legislature. Influences on the Constitution England formed an easy illustration for James Wilson on the subject of representation. The point of representation could receive no elucidation from the case of England. The corruption of the boroughs did not proceed from their comparative smallness; but from the actual fewness of the inhabitants, some … [Read more...]

Michael Peroutka Somehow Missed the Racism in the League of the South

Michael Peroutka, a former board member of white supremacist group League of the South and current member of the Anne Arundel County Council, said Monday night that he can't recall racism among his former League colleagues. This is not the first time he has claimed this. In yesterday's Capital Gazette (video), Peroutka is quoted at a county council meeting as saying: I believed the group to be integrated and non-discriminatory with regard to race, and my recollection of topics that were … [Read more...]

The Elephant’s Debt is Back

The Elephant's Debt is back.I surmise that this news is not welcome in Elgin, IL at the HQ of the Harvest Bible Chapel empire led by James MacDonald. Read the first two paragraphs of TED's executive summary: Executive SummaryThe Elephant’s Debt is a website dedicated to exposing some of the underlying reasons why many people have both privately and publicly questioned the character of Pastor James MacDonald and his lack of qualifications for being an elder and pastor at Harvest Bible C … [Read more...]