American Clubs Bring Neo-Confederate Institute on the Constitution to Public Schools; Liberty Counsel to Assist

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The neo-Confederate Institute on the Constitution wants to come to a school near you. The IOTC is actively pushing "American Clubs" with materials on their website designed to help students get a club started. Late last year, IOTC was featured at an American Club meeting at Spanish River High School in FL. In the photo to the left, IOTC founder and former board member of the white separatist group the League of the South Michael Peroutka speaks to high school students at Spanish River about … [Read more...]

From Barton to Scherr: Thomas Kidd on Various Visions of Thomas Jefferson

Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture seeks "to advance knowledge of the role Christianity has played in mediating larger social and intellectual forces."  The Spring issue includes an article by Arthur Sherr (sic), entitled “Thomas Jefferson Versus the Historians: Christianity, Atheistic Morality, and the Afterlife.” When the article appeared, we asked for comment from other historians who have studied the role of religion in Jefferson’s thought. (Last week’s response … [Read more...]

What Would Redemption Look Like on Other Planets?

On Friday, the Daily Mail (UK) ran a story about a new study which suggests that Jupiter may have influenced Earth's climate in the distant past. A benefit of the study is that it may help astronomers find planets which could sustain human-like life.  It appears that many such planets exist in the "Goldilocks zone," (not too hot, not too cold, but just right!) including one reported in late March. I suspect there are such planets and I can believe they may be inhabited. I doubt I'll ever … [Read more...]

More on Liberty University and the Unification Church

James Duncan at Pajama Pages has another article today with more information on the historic links between Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church and Liberty University.  Specifically, he focuses on Ron Godwin, LU's Provost who has a long history with the Unification Church. The beginning: Liberty University’s current provost, Ron Godwin, was appointed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon to take his teachings and use them to revive and resurrect American Christianity. Moon knew Godwin intimately, and … [Read more...]

Deja Vu All Over Again: David Barton Misleads Audience Again About Crime Statistics

Watching Maris and Mantle hit home runs during the early 1960s, Yankees catcher Yogi Berra was reported to say that the frequent long ball was like "deja vu all over again." That's about how it feels watching David Barton mislead churches when he speaks. On March 30, Barton spoke to Victory Christian Center in Austin, TX. Right Wing Watch has one aspect of the speech which is a newer wrinkle in his misleading ways, but watching the rest of the speech, I had that deja vu feeling … [Read more...]

Liberty University, Benny Hinn, and the Moonies

Pajama Pages has an interesting piece on the link between Liberty University and Benny Hinn.  Then the historic link between Liberty founder and Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon is explored. I was aware of this and have considered writing about it several times. I have some additional information on religious right figures and Moon which I may post at a later time. Liberty issued a statement denying the link between the school and Hinn. However, the LU provost did appear on Hinn's … [Read more...]

Does Mars Hill Really Want to Mediate With the 20 Former Pastors?

According to sources in Mars Hill Church, Mars Hill leaders have floated a response to the twenty former pastors who in early March sought mediation with the church leadership. Those pastors were once employed by Mars Hill Church and are now represented by Dave Kraft and Kyle Firstenberg. The group has a number of grievances with Mars Hill leaders and in a March 17 letter asked for a impartial mediator to help resolve the concerns. If the reports are accurate, the mediator may not fit the … [Read more...]

Open Forum: Why Pray Before Government Meetings?

The prayer case in Greece, NY and the one in Maryland I mentioned yesterday started me thinking about why such prayers are being offered and contested. I recognize the First Amendment implications of such cases and have interest in preserving religious liberty without establishment of Christianity as a preferred religion. However, I also thought of the matter as an evangelical and reflected on the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 6: 5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for … [Read more...]

MD County Official Uses Faux George Washington Prayer in Violation of Judge’s Order

A First Amendment case is brewing in Maryland involving sectarian prayers and a prayer book wrongly attributed to George Washington. The prayer recited by Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier Thursday that she said is from George Washington has been proven to not belong to the first president, but is often used by Christian Conservative politicians, according to a scholar. Friend and Messiah College history professor John Fea provided the expert commentary: John Fea, chair of the History … [Read more...]

David Barton Slated to Speak at Urbana University April 28

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On April 28, David Barton is slated to speak at Urbana University in Ohio. With the title, "David Barton - an expert of historical and Constitutional issues," the event is promoted on the school's website. However, his presence there may not place Urbana on Barton's list of a dozen acceptable colleges. The Barton event is being sponsored by a small group of people in the area informally called, "We the People," according to Karen Bailey, Champaign County Auditor. Bailey is one of the initial … [Read more...]