Phoenix University of Theology and the Federal Definition of a Diploma Mill

In December of 2016, I discovered that one of Donald Trump's evangelical champions Lance Wallnau claimed a doctorate from Phoenix University of Theology. While uncertain at the time, I wondered if the school met the federal definition of a diploma mill. To find out for sure, I wrote the president of the school, Karen Drake, with some questions about their methods. Late last week, Drake replied. Here are her answers: WT: I am very curious about your educational model. Are all of your credits … [Read more...]

Some Myths Refuse to Die: AFA and Ben Franklin’s Prayer Request at the Constitutional Convention

The myth of a prayer meeting at the Constitutional Convention just refuses to die.Earlier this week, the American Family Association's Reason and Company show opined favorably on Melania Trump's reading of the Lord's Prayer. In the process, Abraham Hamilton III said starting at 40 seconds in that Franklin's effort "led to a three day prayer meeting at the Constitutional Convention." He added, "So we have a long history of recognizing the God of the Bible in our country." WatchNo. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Hiring Freeze Leads to Loss of Day Care for Military Families

Perhaps this is an oversight that will be corrected or perhaps Trump doesn't mean what he said about taking care of our service members. We shall see.If you don’t think @realDonaldTrump’s #hiringfreeze hurts our military, and military families, think again. This just leaked online. pic.twitter.com/H69Uh8Fukq— VoteVets (@votevets) February 21, 2017Tweet and retweet this information. Perhaps Trump will correct this consequence of his executive order. If he doesn't, then it will fly … [Read more...]

Doug Coe, Spiritual Leader of the Fellowship Foundation, Died Today

Late this afternoon, the family of Doug Coe shared with friends and associates that Doug Coe died today at the age of 88. Dear friends and associates,Because of how much you mean to our family, we wanted you to be among the first to be informed that Doug Coe, 88, passed today, Feb 21, 2017 at 4:20pm from complications following a heart attack and stroke. Despite our personal sadness, we have joy in knowing that he is now with Jesus and at peace. All for which he gave his life and tirelessly … [Read more...]

This Just In: CPAC Rescinds Speaking Invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos, Publisher Pulls Book (UPDATED)

You knew this was coming:"@ACUConservative has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at #CPAC2017." pic.twitter.com/sVWGnPCW7C— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 20, 2017After vocal reactions from a wide range of conservatives, CPAC rescinds the invitation.For background on this matter, see posts from yesterday (here and here).One wonders what took so long and what tipped the scale toward disinviting Yiannopoulos. Last night at 8:17pm, … [Read more...]

In 2011, Evangelicals Protested GOProud at CPAC. Now They Are Silent about Milo Yiannopoulos at CPAC

In 2011, social conservatives -- mostly Christian groups -- complained about the presence of GOProud, a gay conservative group, at CPAC. Many socially conservative groups pulled out.Now, CPAC has scheduled Milo Yiannopoulos to speak. Yiannopoulos is a gay self-styled conservative who has spoken favorably of sex between young teens and adults. Thus far, (since Saturday), no major Christian or socially conservative group has come out against the speech, as far as I can determine.Individual … [Read more...]

Pressure Mounts on CPAC to Cancel Milo Yiannopoulos’ Speech

The annual conference of the Conservative Political Action Committee is coming up next week. However, controversy has already arrived in the form of Milo Yiannopoulos. His invitation to speak at the conference is not sitting well with critics. The criticism of the invitation became especially hot after two videos surfaced of Yiannopoulos defending young teen-adult sex (as young as 13 as recorded in the interview). I am not going to embed the videos but you can listen for yourself here and here … [Read more...]

There Have Been Terror Attacks in Sweden — by Donald Trump’s Supporters

On Saturday, Donald Trump claimed that something terrible happened in Sweden on Friday night.Problem: There was no terror attack in Sweden on Friday night. Social media mocked Trump for conjuring another false story (Last Night in Sweden).Then today he tweeted that he saw that "news" on a Fox News program in which a guest claimed refugees are behind an increase in crime in Sweden (except that crime there is steady).My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to … [Read more...]