Chuck Colson has a special place in the evangelical world, being a convert to Christianity after being in the Nixon administration during the Watergate scandal. He went to prison for his activities and became a champion of prison reform. He has donated much to charities and humanitarian efforts that many don’t know about. So I was sad to see his recent column at Crosswalk.com where he promotes Joseph and Linda Nicolosi’s book on “preventing” homosexuality. He seems to say a… Read more

Last week, I wrote a quick post noting that David Barton thought a woman posing as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War was a good thing. Today women can serve openly, but this seemed odd to me in light of religious right concerns about gender bending. Barton told the story about the female soldier on Glenn Beck’s Founder Friday show. The rest of the show was actually quite interesting with several stories about female, African-American and Jewish patriots. I… Read more

During his appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, David Barton claimed that John Adams believed in the Trinity and avoided discussing the meaning of John Adams letter to Benjamin Rush where Adams invokes the Holy Ghost. Last week, I noted that John Adams denied the Trinity in correspondence to Thomas Jefferson, who also denied it. In this post, I take up the letter from John Adams to Benjamin Rush where Adams discusses the Holy Ghost. On the Daily Show,… Read more

On Glen Beck’s show on Friday, David Barton said: BECK: On that program, what took a lot of viewers by surprise was that some women actually served in the military during the American Revolution. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) BECK: I have to ask you about this handsome lady. BARTON: 1782, she wanted to do something for her country. She dressed like a man and went and enlisted. Now, what’s interesting is she’s 22 years old at the time and other guys in the army, I… Read more

I wrote about it when it was news, and now the case has finally been decided. Lesley Pilkington lost. The article by Strudwick is intriguing and provides insight into the British system — which may be changing if critics have their way. I wonder who the US conversion therapy organization is… Read more

In news you might not see elsewhere… President Obama’s Aunt, the Rev. Margaret Obama from Kenya, graduated recently from the Unificationist Theological Seminary according to a statement on the church’s website. Friends, family and fellow students enthusiastically applauded as twenty-two students received their diplomas at the 35th commencement ceremony of the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) at its New York City campus on Thursday, May 19, 2011. The 15 students receiving their Masters in Religious Education included Rev. Margaret Obama from… Read more

During his appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, David Barton claimed that John Adams believed in the Trinity and avoided discussing the meaning of John Adams letter to Benjamin Rush where Adams invokes the Holy Ghost (at about 9 minutes in the clip). The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10cExclusive – David Barton Extended Interview Pt. 2www.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook Here is a transcript of the… Read more

Interesting article in the Baptist Standard newsletter online here. Recently, Dallas Baptist University professor Stephen Stookey took on David Barton’s view of Christian America and linked it with Mormon theology in a way that I had not considered. He also distills three possible reasons for Barton’s appeal. Three factors lead Christian evangelicals to buy into the Mormon-influenced vision of Christian America expounded by Skousen and promoted by Beck, Stookey asserted: • Historical ignorance. “In general, Americans tend to have minimal… Read more

“Oh, snap! I meant the other Earth!” Read more

Uganda’s Sunday Monitor interviewed Anti-Homosexuality Bill author David Bahati and gay advocate Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera about the anti-gay bill. Here are some highlights: Bahati continues to say the death penalty will be removed. Certainly the punishment of death penalty is something we have moved away from- attempt to commit homosexuality is something we have also moved away from. There are a number of amendments we have made, and those are going to be brought forward. Since we have moved it,… Read more

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