Note to David Barton: Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation Does Mention God

Here is an easy claim to fact check.Last week, David Barton told Andrew Wommack's audience that President Obama's thanksgiving proclamation did not mention God. Listen beginning at 2:02: Barton: Yeah, and that's a great place to start is who were the Pilgrims because we do track our thanksgiving back to them. Now, if you're in schools the last three to four years, you don't know that the Pilgrims even believed in God. One of the unfortunate things, this is in the past several years, the … [Read more...]

Did Barack Obama Fail to Thank God on Thanksgiving?

Is Barack Obama so anti-god that he refuses to thank God even on Thanksgiving? This is a theme popular among some on the religious right. David Barton issued a document before the election calling Obama the most biblically hostile president ever. I have not examined all of Barton’s claims in that document but, based on his track record, I am skeptical. Furthermore, Barton repeats obviously false claims regarding Obama including the one that Obama hasn’t mentioned God in his Thanksgiving res … [Read more...]

Obama wins second term

This afternoon I made predictions regarding the election and it appears that I got it about right.At this point, some states are still too close too call but it appears that the electoral math will not work out for Romney.The discussion about what went wrong has already started. I think the GOP has significant problems which will be analyzed and spun. … [Read more...]

Oh hey there’s an election coming up

In contrast to 2008, I have not kept up with the daily changes and controversies of the presidential race. I have some thoughts about it but I prefer to take a more low key approach this time around.I have enjoyed watching Real Clear Politics however and think they provide a nice service and up to date polling information. Unless something newsworthy comes up or I change my mind, I won't be posting much until the election since  most other things will get lost until it is over.  … [Read more...]

What Barack Obama and Thomas Jefferson have in common

Both of them were/are considered infidels and anti-Christian during their tenure in public life by the religious right of their era.I started this post when some Christian right leaders went ballistic over Barack Obama's reference to his religious views at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month. Then, Rick Santorum called Obama's theology "phony." And then today I see that my friend at Messiah College John Fea is at the heart of a storm over his statement that Barack Obama is "the … [Read more...]

Paul Kengor on President Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speech

My friend and Director of the Center for Vision and Values, Paul Kengor, wrote an analysis of President Obama's National Prayer Breakfast speech. As I listened to Obama's speech, I was distracted in a positive way by his reference to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. However, I also noted the President's references to civility and hope he means it as more than rhetoric. And like Paul, I loved the reference to the Imago Dei - seeing the Face of God in each other.God and Man at the National … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton keynotes National Prayer Breakfast; Clinton and Obama condemn Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The headline says it all. There can be little doubt that the Fellowship Foundation condemns the bill. They provided one of the most powerful platforms possible to offer specific condemnations of the bill.In Clinton's keynote address and Obama's prepared remarks, they both condemned the bill. … [Read more...]

Health care reform: Deja vu all over again

Eleven years ago, I wrote a brief history of health insurance for the Journal of Psychology and Christianity ("Managed care: It's like deja vu all over again," 1998, vol. 17, 131-141) as a part of special issue on managed behavioral health care.I thought of that article this past week while reading various news reports about President Obama's push to enact some version of health care/health insurance reform. I argued in that paper that managed care was one on many private sector … [Read more...]


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