Did SCOTUS Just Authorize the World’s First Non-Sales Tax?

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.


Johnny Cash at Explo ’72

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.

The Founders Were ‘Theistic Rationalists,’ not Orthodox Christians or Deists

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 of popular Christianity nor wholly displaced orthodox and traditional religion, it nevertheless was enormously influential in reshaping religious understandings in a way that made them welcoming of revolution, republicanism, and rights. If American can be both religious and republican today, it is partly because the Founders, in their day, were theistic rationalists.

I know David Barton would not approve of Frazer’s characterization of the Founders, but I wonder what John Fea would think?