Should America Establish Christianity as a State Religion?

Everyone who reads here should know where I stand on that question -- absolutely not!I was surprised and sad to see that among Republicans, I am in the minority. According to a Public Policy Polling survey (question 17), 57% of Republicans said they "support establishing Christianity as the national religion." Thirty percent did not support that policy and 13% were unsure.Tom Ehrich pointed to the poll results in his commentary opposing the establishment of Christianity. Ehrich asks, if … [Read more...]

More Fruits of David Barton’s Labor

I suspect this RNC state committeewoman is in Israel if her scheduled permitted.Tamara Scott is a member of the Republican National Committee from Iowa who has heard David Barton speak. On a radio program (video is on YouTube) called a View from the Pew, Scott lamented the removal of mandatory prayer from the public schools. RWW excerpted a segment of the program, watch:At about 55 seconds into this clip, Scott cites David Barton's "studies and research" which show that schools used … [Read more...]

The RNC Faces More Criticism Over AFA Israel Trip

Politico's Ben Schreckinger reports tonight that the Anti-Defamation League privately discouraged the Republican National Committee from participating in a trip to Israel paid for by the American Family Association. I wrote about this trip last week.In addition, more details about the trip are given (they apparently went despite the concerns) and Christ and Pop Culture editor Alan Noble and I are quoted.The RNC really should acknowledge this mistake, especially in light of other efforts … [Read more...]

American Family Association Touts Free Speech for Radio Hosts Except When Hosts Criticize the AFA

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In a letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center yesterday, AFA attorney Patrick Vaughn said the American Family Association is a "free speech zone."In 2012, AFA Tim Wildmon took essentially the same stance regarding Fischer's views while Fischer was serving as Director of Issues Analysis. Now, in the face of a firestorm of controversy involving the Republican National Committee, the AFA backs away from most of the outrageous things Fischer has said while he represented the AFA.The AFA … [Read more...]

RNC Members Should Pay Their Own Way to Israel

Last night, Rachel Maddow exclusively reported that the American Family Association demoted Bryan Fischer. Instead of being Director of Issues Analysis, he will simply continue to host his Focal Point radio broadcast.In 2012, AFA president Tim Wildmon told me via email that being a talk show host (e.g., Fischer) on the American Family Radio network was analogous to Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News. Wildmon felt no obligation to own Fischer's outrageous comments in the same way that O'Reilly … [Read more...]

Mike Huckabee and David Barton Coming to PA Pastor’s Conference in March

Yesterday, the PA Pastors Network, a small group of far right pastors announced that Mike Huckabee will appear via video at a March 19 conference at Lancaster Bible College. Also appearing will be David Barton, and George Barna. The title of the conference (U-Turn: A Conversation with Pastors on Society, Culture, and Leadership) makes it sound like a stop on the promo tour for Barna's and Barton's new book (U-Turn). Other confirmed speakers for PPN’s “U-Turn” conference include: author Steve Sch … [Read more...]

Institute on the Constitution Rep Argues Against the Constitution on Religious Test Clause

Institute on the Constitution Director of Operations Jake MacAulay today argued against the Constitution on Matt Barber's Barbwire website.MacAulay noted that seven states still have requirements that office holders in those states believe in a god.There are seven states including Maryland with language in their constitutions that prohibits people who do not believe in God from holding public office.And now, according to a recent New York Times article by Laurie Goodstein, a … [Read more...]

Historian Scott Culpepper: When the Church Spreads Propaganda

Dr. Scott Culpepper currently serves as associate professor of history at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. His Ph.D. is from Baylor University and he has a M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Culpepper is the author of Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence: The Bishop of Brownism’s Life, Ministry, and Controversies (Mercer University Press, 2011). When he read my post earlier today, he had the following reaction: Two very disturbing realities are revealed i … [Read more...]


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