St. Francis, Poverty, and the Saving Madness of the Gospel…

Months and months ago, long before there was an inkling that Pope Benedict XVI would step aside, I came across this little book, titled simply I, Francis, in a used book store in my town. As I recall, it was a buck (or two) so I picked it up figuring it was a biography of the saint who turned the world on its head. To be quite honest, it sat under a stack of other books for a long time, and I didn’t even flip through it until recently.

Of course, we now have a Pope who for the first time has taken the name of St. Francis of Assisi, so I figured I should start boning up on this saint from Umbria. Very quickly I realized that Carlo Carretto wasn’t just putting a normal biography down on paper when his mind and heart were called to share Francis’s story. Instead, Caretto was called to bring Francis to life for us in way that is fictional, truthful (based on the facts of the saints life), and beautiful.

He does so by becoming Francis himself. [Read more...]

Do We Have the Will To Remove The Infrastructure of Tyranny We Have Erected?

Think, think, think…

I’m not going to waste a lot of your time recapping what you are already being bombarded with in the news these past few days. The IRS Scandal, everyone is fair game to be spied on, etc.

Justice Antonin Scalia put it well when he wrote the dissent (which was supported also by Justices Kagen, Sotomayor, and Ginsberg) recently in the Supreme Court decision for allowing DNA swabs to be conducted on anyone who is arrested. [Read more...]

It’s Not Everyday That The New York Times Says The Obama Administration Has Lost All Credibility…UPDATED

But that’s what The Gray Lady did this evening. It’s kind of fitting that it coincides with the anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. Have a look see,

President Obama’s Dragnet

By The Editorial Board

Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights. [Read more...]

Do Business Owners Lose Their Constitutional Rights When They Earn A Living?

Um, put your pencil away, Mr. President.

The short answer is, “No.” The long answer is “show me where it says that (or even implies it) in the Constitution, and the amendments to the same (particularly in the Bill of Rights).”

What about when it comes to the HHS Mandate, which requires nonreligious entities provide coverage for artificial contraceptions, abortion services, etc.? [Read more...]

That Twilight Zone Moment When The IRS Agent Asks You For The Content Of Your Group Member’s Prayers

Hi. We’re from the IRS, and we’d like to ask you some questions.

That’s when you break out your pocket copy of the Constitution, read the agents of the Eye of Sauron the First Amendment, inform them that the interview is concluded, and walk the hell out.

Next step? Call your attorney, and your Congressional representatives constituent services offices.

Uh, you probably think I’m making this headline up, but truth is stranger than fiction. Besides, it’s all right here on C-Span. [Read more...]

What Does the Benghazi Scandal Have To Do With Religious Liberty?

Not the enemy of freedom

Or the IRS and AP scandals? Well, just like the claims that people of conscience make against the HHS Mandate, all of these scandals revolve around the suppression of the First Amendment rights that Americans hold sacrosanct. [Read more...]

Billy Graham Ministries Audited by the IRS After Supporting Marriage Amendment in North Carolina

As the hours click off the clock, more and more folks are coming out of their caves to complain about how their recent IRS audits are a little too well timed to be just coincidental.

Today, Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, and the head of the ministry his father started, has written a letter to President Obama crying foul. [Read more...]

This Just In! IRS Seeking Agency Name Change…UPDATED

Their fetching new logo…

The IRS, seeking to shed its image as a benign, and somewhat boring, revenue collection agency of the US Government, has asked the President to allow the agency to be more suitably named.
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The National Organization for Marriage Made the IRS “Enemies List?” Do Tell.

Remember how during the Presidential campaign word got out the Mitt Romney had made a donation to the National Organization for Marriage? The Internal Revenue Service may have been the conduit of that information. [Read more...]

Is It Just Me, Or Has This Been A Tough Week For The Obama Administration?

I mean, it’s so bad, even CNN’s Piers Morgan is seeing the light.


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