Tomorrow I Will Be On Up for Debate with Julie Roy – Should Christians Be Nationalists? (UPDATED)

At noon (ET) tomorrow, I will be on the Moody Radio Network program "Up for Debate with Julie Roy" to discuss the question, "Should Christians Be Nationalists?"The guest taking a contrasting position will be Ken Klulowski who is the Legal Editor at Breitbart News and Senior Counsel & Director of Strategic Affairs at the First Liberty Institute.I originally wanted to debate whether or not America is a Christian nation.You can listen online here: … [Read more...]

Federal Tax Forms Show Why the Sekulow Family Business Should Be Investigated (UPDATED)

The UK Guardian reported yesterday that two state AG's (NY and NC) will look into the finances of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and his fundraising charities. Examining the federal tax forms from Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (2015 990), I can see why. Remember CASE is the nonprofit which serves as the fundraising organization for Sekulow's American Center for Law and Justice, supposedly a religious liberty law firm.According to the IRS, family relationship on the board of a nonprofit … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Decision: Should Public Funds Help Build Church Playgrounds?

The Supreme Court today said yes: if other nonprofits are eligible for state funds to refurbish a playground, a church shouldn't be denied the same funds on account of being a church. In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia MO v. Comer, the Court decided 7-2 that states may not discriminate when awarding such funds (read decision).At issue was a ministry of Trinity Lutheran -- their daycare -- and funds which they wanted from MO for placing a rubber surface on the space. MO had a rule which … [Read more...]

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...]

What If Country Mill Farms Discriminated Based on Race?

Country Mill Farms and legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom is suing the City of East Lansing with a claim of religious discrimination. According to the complaint, the City of East Lansing acted to exclude "a farmer whose family farm is twenty-two miles outside the City from participating in its city-run farmers market solely because the City dislikes the farmer’s profession of his religious beliefs about marriage on Facebook." CMF claims that the policy "violates the First and Fo … [Read more...]

Texas Governor Signs Sermon Non-Disclosure Bill in a Church

In Texas, I think the GOP leadership wants to unite state and evangelical church.In what might be a first, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law inside a church. The law, effective immediately, allows clergy to refuse to turn over sermons to government entities via subpoena. The law says: BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Title 6, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, is amended by adding Chapter 150A to read as follows: CHAPTER 150A. DISCOVERY BY … [Read more...]

IRS and Postal Service Agents On Scene at Benny Hinn’s Office (UPDATED with Photos, Video)

UPDATE: For photos, video and more detail, scroll to the bottom. As I write this, IRS and US Postal Service agents are at the Grapevine, TX office complex of mega-evangelist Benny Hinn according to Alice Barr, reporter for NBC in Dallas.BREAKING:US Postal Service inspectors and IRS on scene at @Benny_Hinn ministries in Grapevine. Waiting for info about investigation. @NBCDFW pic.twitter.com/Ygim6LplK8 — Alice Barr (@AliceBarrNBC5) April 26, 2017Perhaps, the agents are t … [Read more...]

Despite Erroneous Material, Family Research Council Features David Barton at Event for Pastors

Once upon a time, Family Research Council promoted a video which featured a tour of the U.S. Capitol led by self-styled historian David Barton (see the original here). This Capitol tour video was filled with historical errors. Four years ago, 33 Christian historians and social scientists detailed those errors to FRC in a letter: April 23, 2013Dear Tony Perkins, Kenyn Cureton, & J.P. Duffy:Knowing of your desire to offer truthful and accurate information to the public, we the … [Read more...]