Ben Carson’s Business Manager on a Muslim in the White House: “Not an issue of religion, it is an issue of one’s belief system.”

According to Politico, Ben Carson's business manager Armstrong Williams told CNN's Alisyn Camerota this morning that Carson's rejection of the possibility of a Muslim president was "not an issue of religion, it is an issue of one's belief system, of how they will govern." Someone needs to tell Carson that religions and beliefs systems have a lot in common. Whatever one calls one's belief system, the Constitution forbids a religious test. Carson is making this unnecessarily … [Read more...]

Ben Carson’s Muslim President Comments and the 1788 Debate in North Carolina Over Ratification of the Constitution

So Ben Carson said he wouldn't support a Muslim for President and Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution. Watch:Then he said he might vote for a Muslim for Congress.This was such an easy question that I am surprised Carson botched it up.  Even if you personally would not vote for a Muslim, the Constitution prohibits a religious test so it doesn't matter what Ben Carson's opinion is. All I can figure is he wanted to bounce with anti-Muslim sentiment.The issue of a Muslim … [Read more...]

David Barton’s Biblical Constitution – Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!In recognition of the day, I am reprinting a popular post (July 2013) debunking David Barton's contention that the Constitution quotes the Bible. In recent days, Barton asserted that the founders believed God's law was higher than the Constitution. The quote from theologian Timothy Dwight provides a powerful counter to Barton's claim.David Barton's Biblical ConstitutionIn his speeches to churches, David Barton asserts that there are Bible verses throughout the … [Read more...]

Christians in Nepal Welcome Vote for Secular Government; Religious Right in U.S. Still Want Christian Nation

Read this report regarding the recent vote in Nepal to make the nation neutral on religion. Hindu nationalists in Nepal took the streets after their constituent assembly rejected a proposal to make Nepal a Hindu nation.Then read this press release on Nepal's vote by the group who represents Gospel for Asia. While I have written many things about GFA (and have much more to write), on this matter, I agree with Yohannan. The vote is a win for religious pluralism.Gospel for Asia Founder Dr. … [Read more...]

David Barton Says Federal Judge Can’t Send Kim Davis to Jail; U.S. Law Disagrees

Judiciary act 1789 contempt brief

On his Facebook page, pundit David Barton has been active in support of Rowan Co. (KY) clerk Kim Davis. Federal judge David Bunning found Davis to be in contempt of his order to issue marriage licenses to all couples, gay and straight, in Rowan County. Davis refused because she does not want her name on any marriage license issued to same-sex couples. KY law appears to require her name to be on the form.Last week on a video circulated by Glenn Beck, Barton first claimed that Davis was in the … [Read more...]

Sense and Nonsense in the Kim Davis Marriage License Controversy

I will add to these through the day and maybe into tomorrow. For now, between yard work and naps, I am researching some of the claims made by David Barton (see links below) and trying for myself to figure out what reasonable religious accommodations would look like in this situation.While I don't agree with Davis, I think these kind of cases are incredibly interesting. I believe that religious accommodations need to be considered (see Volokh's article linked below) in her case.David … [Read more...]

The Institute on the Constitution’s Imaginary Constitution


On the Institute on the Constitution's Facebook page, the following image was posted on July 12:The IOTC teachers Michael Peroutka and David Whitney believe that government has no role in the areas listed under family and church in this image above. This is apparently derived from the work of Abraham Kuyper and Christian reconstructionist Rousas Rushdoony (see this source).As I looked at this, my reaction was that the IOTC teaches the Constitution of their imagination, not the actual … [Read more...]

The David Barton Dozen: Ecclesia College (AR)

In October of last year, David Barton said there are about a dozen colleges that he believes are right on history and the Constitution.  John Fea identified six of them asLiberty University Law School Ohio Christian University Oklahoma Wesleyan University Pensacola Christian College Brewton-Parker College Louisiana College I think a seventh can be added: Ecclesia College in Arkansas.Barton is on the Board of Regents and recently spoke there.  While in the area, he spoke to a group o … [Read more...]