Let me get this straight: The Commerce Clause does not give the Government power to mandate that you purchase insurance, but the Taxing Clause gives it the power to “lay and collect taxes” on you if you don’t. I’ve heard of sales taxes. This may very well be the world’s first non-sales tax. Here’s the text of the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. Continue reading Did SCOTUS Just Authorize the World’s First Non-Sales Tax?
If you don’t read John Fea’s blog everyday, you’re missing out on gems like this recording of Johnny Cash at Explo ’72, a Campus Crusade event that has been dubbed “the evangelical Woodstock.” Billy Graham spoke, and featured artists included Love Song, Larry Norman, Randy Matthews, The Archers, Children of the Day, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. (Kris Kristofferson? Really?) Take a listen, and start reading John’s blog daily. YouTube has a whole bunch of Explo ’72 recordings here. Continue reading Johnny Cash at Explo ’72
I’ve just finished reading the first chapter of Gregg L. Frazer’s The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution. Here’s his concluding (and summary) paragraph on “theistic rationalism”: Theistic rationalism was an elite understanding of the eighteenth century, shared by the key Founders and by many preachers. A gentle, hopeful, and nondenominational belief system that borrowed from Christianity and from deism, it never became the property of the masses. But it equipped elites to describe the projects of the Revolution and the Founding in terms that did not offend popular religion. If it never conquered the evangelical spirit … Continue reading The Founders Were ‘Theistic Rationalists,’ not Orthodox Christians or Deists
From AG News: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 – 6:17 PM CST Iranian security forces closed down the Jannat Abad Church, an Assemblies of God church in Tehran, this past week, leaving the 100-member church without a home this weekend. Reports state that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence branch gave the order to close the building on Tuesday, June 5. Currently, only three Farsi-speaking churches remain in Tehran – including the Assemblies of God Central Church of Tehran, which is reportedly also being pressured, a Presbyterian and an Evangelical church. The forced closing of this AG church follows the forced closing of … Continue reading Security forces close down AG church in Iran
Do you know what the Obama Administration considers a “green job”? Do you know what “green jobs” even means? The House Oversight Committee asked Obama’s top Dept of Labor statistician. See the full Oversight Committee hearing here: http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/addressing-concerns-about-the-integrity-of… Continue reading What are “green jobs”? You’ll be surprised by the Obama administration’s answer.