A Year Ago Today David Barton Claimed to Have an Earned PhD

A year ago today, religious right activist and member of Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration David Barton posted the following video on his Facebook and YouTube accounts. In the video, Barton chastises progressives for questioning his claim to have an earned doctorate. He said he has an earned doctorate but that he has chosen not to talk about it. However, the next day Barton chose to take the video off of both websites and chose not to talk about the reasons… Read more

Question for Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration: What Does Indigenous Mean?

President Trump’s immigration policies have split the evangelical world. Many called on Trump to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while others applauded the president for rescinding it.  Now that the matter is in the hands of Congress, lobbying for both sides is fierce. Some evangelical groups have promised an intense lobbying campaign to pass legislation favorable to illegal immigrants while others, such as Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration, promote a more exclusionary approach. The EBI group recently… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Delegates Worried about Aristocracy

September 6, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates continued their discussion of how to elect the president and vice-president. Influences on the Delegates Today, the delegate worried about an aristocracy was Pennsylvania’s James Wilson. Mr. WILSON said, that he had weighed carefully the Report of the Committee for remodelling the constitution of the Executive; and on combining it with other parts of the plan, he was obliged to consider the whole as having a dangerous tendency to aristocracy;… Read more

A Real Life Reason to Reject the Nashville Statement

Last week I wrote some reactions to the Nashville Statement on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The statement was written by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and has been the focus of much controversy since it was released a week ago.  I thought the statement missed the mark in several ways, but the one I want to highlight with this follow up post is the Nashville Statement’s claim about disorders of sex development. After my post on the… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Executive Election Debated Again

September 5, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates continued to consider proposals from the Brearly committee. A lengthy discussion concerned the election of the president. Influences on the Delegates Edmund Randolph worried that proposals for the president to come from the legislature would create a monarchy or an aristocracy. Mr. RANDOLPH. We have, in some revolutions of this plan, made a bold stroke for monarchy. We are now doing the same for an aristocracy. He… Read more

Hispanic Christian Organization Promises Unrelenting Pressure on Congress in Response to DACA Decision

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference reacted within minutes to Donald Trump’s decision to end protection of undocumented people brought here as children (DACA). Although the response to Trump was tepid, the organization promises a full court press on Congress. REV SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ REACTS TO DACA DECISION: Hispanic Christians to Launch National 60-Day Campaign in Support of DREAMers, Will Put “Unrelenting Pressure” on Members of Congress Until “Every DREAMer can Dream Again” “We do not intend on letting a single… Read more

Trump’s DACA Decision is an Attack on Ronald Reagan’s Legacy (VIDEO)

Earlier today, Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) would be “rescinded.” The decision which could result in the eventual deportation of nearly 800,000 people is an attack on the legacy of Ronald Reagan. Reagan supported amnesty for those who came into the country illegally but had settled into American communities. The GOP is no longer the party of Reagan on immigration. In 1980, both Bush and Reagan in a campaign debate responded… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Brearly Committee

September 4, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates discussed four of the nine proposals submitted by the Brearly Committee. This committee was set up to consider other suggestions for the Constitution beyond those provided by the Committee of Detail. Influences on the Delegates Although indirect, South Carolina’s Butler thought the plan for electing the president and vice-president had advantages over a legislative choice. Mr. BUTLER thought the mode not free from objections; but much more… Read more

Politico: Trump Decides to End DACA after Six Months; At Least One Evangelical Supporter on Board

Tonight, Politico is reporting that President Trump will end the program which allows undocumented people who came here as children to remain in the country. Known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the program has been defended by Republican and Democratic leaders and opposed by his base (as indicated in this Breitbart article). One of Trump court evangelical advisors has already come out in defense of the President’s decision. Rev. Mark Burns tweeted his America first message: #DACA is… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Conventions – Full Faith and Credit Clause

September 3, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary Delegates approved the full faith and credit clause, bankruptcy provisions, and rules concerning ineligibility to hold office while in the legislature. Influences on the Delegates In the session, one delegate referred to England and another to a Rome. The clause in the Report, “To establish uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies,” being taken up, — Mr. SHERMAN observed, that bankruptcies were in some cases punishable with death, by… Read more

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