Letter from George Washington to an annual meeting of Quakers

Does Washington, in this letter, sound like he is talking about Christianity alone? George Washington September 1789 Government being, among other purposes, instituted to protect the persons and consciences of men from oppression, it certainly is the duty of rulers, not only to abstain from it themselves, but, according to their stations, to prevent it in others. The liberty enjoyed by the people of theses states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their consciences, is not only … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – Did Jefferson approve church in the Capitol?

  UPDATE: For more information about Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, go to GettingJeffersonRight.com. David Barton claims that Thomas Jefferson approved the use of the Capitol building as a church in 1800. On his April 11 podcast, Barton claimed that Jefferson was so religious that he would look like a "Bible thumping  evangelical" with the following example given as evidence: And I’ll give you a great example. We moved into the US Capitol … [Read more...]

Will this calm the birther storm????

The President is releasing his long form birth certificate today. Trump and Franklin Graham may have pushed the right/wrong buttons. So will this calm the storm? Open forum - what will the new objections be? What will birthers say about this development? And what new and startling findings will we see? Been pretty serious around here for a spell, let's have some fun with this. And here it is... I wonder if this thread will finally die? (2800 comments and counting) … [Read more...]

AP report: Bahati says death penalty to be dropped from antigay bill – UPDATED

He told me this months ago, but Bahati seems to be wanting to get some attention back on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. at 11:25 on April 26, 2011, EDT. AP Interview: Death penalty provision in Uganda's anti-homosexual bill likely to be dropped The Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda - The Ugandan parliamentarian behind an anti-homosexual bill that attracted worldwide condemnation says the most controversial part of the proposed legislation — the death penalty provision — is … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – Gnadenhutten and the Christian Indians

Last Thursday, I wrote about my appearance on the Paul Edwards radio show, just after David Barton was on to respond to my series on Thomas Jefferson. During his time, Barton claimed that Thomas Jefferson signed an act three times "to propagate the gospel among the heathen." Here are Barton's exact words: The actual quote out of all three acts was “to propagate the gospel among the heathen.” Now, when you take the context of those three federal acts, and you know, you can check the … [Read more...]

Switchfoot – Dare You to Move

It is a good Friday indeed. … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – United Brethren and the Christian Indians

Yesterday, David Barton and I were on the Paul Edwards radio program, although at different times. Mr. Barton did not want to be on the show at the same time, so he went first and responded to my series on Jefferson and then I followed. The podcast is here (April 20 show) which contains the entire program (start at about 1:23:23 for both segments). During the program, Barton said that the difference in our views on the Kaskaskia tribe treaty was related to semantics. He believed that … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson – In the Year of Our Lord Christ

Yesterday, I addressed David Barton's claim that Thomas Jefferson authorized funds to evangelize the Kaskaskia Indian tribe. What he actually did was sign a treaty which provided funds to the tribe to help build a church and help fund the services of a Catholic priest for a brief period. The 200 or so Kaskaskia Indians were already predominantly Catholic and the funds amounted to part of a transaction in exchange for their land. Today, I want to examine the claim by David Barton that Thomas … [Read more...]

David Barton on Thomas Jefferson: The Kaskaskia Indians

  UPDATE: For more information about Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, go to GettingJeffersonRight.com. Recently, I have been writing about the First Amendment. In the process, I have been reading much about the religious views of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison, all firm defenders of freedom of conscience.  Jefferson is particularly interesting given claims made about him by historical document collector David Barton. Barton … [Read more...]

Uganda: Opposition leaders arrested in wake of protests

UPDATE: Photos of the protests... The Ugandan government is cracking down on peaceful protests by arresting opposition leaders, including some who opposed President Museveni in the recent February election. KASANGATI, Uganda — Police in Uganda battled protesters for the third time in a week and again arrested the country's top opposition politician on Monday, and the Red Cross said one protester died after being tear gassed. Police arrested Kizza Besigye and about a dozen members of … [Read more...]