Daily Jefferson: In a June 25, 1819 Letter to Ezra Stiles Ely, Jefferson Says He is a Sect by Himself

On June 25, 1819, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Ezra Stiles Ely about his religious views. In the letter he famously said: I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know. The entire letter is below. Jefferson distinguishes himself from Calvinists and Jews and tells Ely that he believes in the moral teachings of Jesus.  In this and other letters, Jefferson expresses support for those moral teachings of Jesus as a reformer of Judaism, rather than a completer of it. For Jefferson, Jesus is not a messiah … [Read more...]

An Auditor Raises Questions About Gospel for Asia’s Promises, Spending and Unaccounted For Donations

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I have been raising concerns for weeks about Gospel for Asia's use of students to carry undeclared cash to India and unreported donations in India.  GFA remains silent and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability appears to be disinterested in the evidence submitted. Neither organization responded to my request for comment and information about this post.On the other hand, I regularly receive emails from former GFA donors and supporters who have taken the information very … [Read more...]

Todd Starnes is Irate About “Cultural Cleansing” of the South

Todd Starnes is all peeved at people who are bothered by symbols of the Confederacy. I just posted his ridicule of the Fort Smith school board. A review of his twitter account and recent columns leaves no doubt that Starnes believes that all the fuss is coming from the evil left (like John Kasich, Mitt Romney, and Russell Moore).Some tweets:Sherman culturally cleansed the South, too. Just ask Atlanta. http://t.co/BiIRYZ5HKj— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 24, 2015Stalin and … [Read more...]

Todd Starnes: School Board Members Who Voted to Remove Rebel Mascot and Dixie Anthem Are Dim-witted Lefties

Add Fox News Todd Starnes to the short list (including David French and Bryan Fischer) to the list of prominent conservatives who are defending symbols of the Confederacy.In a column today, Starnes made fun of the Fort Smith, Arkansas school board for phasing out their Rebel mascot and removing Dixie as the school fight song. More precisely, the school board met as a committee of the whole and voted to make it official during an upcoming meeting. According to a notice on the district's … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: June 24, 1826 Letter Declining Invitation to Celebrate 50th Year of Independence in Washington

In late June of 1826, Thomas Jefferson was in decline. He knew he was ill but continued to carry on correspondence until he died on July 4, 1826.Jefferson had been invited to attend a 50 year celebration in Washington DC by Roger Weightman and, despite his ill health, declined the invitation with a remarkable letter about the rights of mankind. Monticello June 24. 26Respected SirThe kind invitation I receive from you on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer Minimizes Slavery to Attack Gays

Of late, lots of conservatives are voicing opposition to the Confederate flag. However, at least one can't get his mind off gays long enough to join in.Demoted AFA spokesperson Bryan Fischer minimizes slavery and the symbolism of the Confederate flag to attack gays.  In an op-ed on something called "Cowgernation," Fischer rants:  But if we are going to remove symbols of oppression from our culture, why stop with the Confederate flag? By any objective measure, the rainbow flag of t … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: On June 23, 1826, Jefferson Recorded Receipt of His Last Letter

Helen Duprey Bullock began the introduction to her compilation of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson as follows: ON June 23, 1826, Thomas Jefferson noted in his "Epistolary Record" the receipt of a letter from V. W. Southall. Jefferson kept meticulous records of his correspondence as well as copies of his letters. His work is a treasure of information about the mind of Jefferson and the era which produced America.As noted elsewhere, Jefferson died on July 4, 1826. Thus, his mind was active un … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia’s Leader K.P. Yohannan to Speak at Calvary Chapel Missions Conference

According to this website, Gospel for Asia's founder and president will speak at Calvary Chapel in Downey, CA as a part of a missions conference. I wrote the church to ask if Yohannan plans to address any of the controversies swirling around Gospel for Asia and will add any answer I get.Specifically, it is not known if any leader at Gospel for Asia is going to publicly acknowledge that the leaders prevailed upon their own students and ministry partners to carry envelopes of undeclared U.S. … [Read more...]


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