Church and State

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Jon Rowe here. A little while ago I refuted this article by Bryan Fischer that claimed America’s Founders as evangelical Christians. I’m not sure if he’s replying to me in this article (rather he replies to some unnamed secularist whom he insults); but he doubles down on an error all too commonly made by Christian…

Guest post from Chris Rodda In its latest attempt to give the appearance of concern about complaints of religious intolerance, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) recently conducted a five-day “investigation” that (big surprise) found that there were no problems at all, save for the occasional minor incident that could always be resolved at the…

Jon Rowe here. James Hanley and I co-authored a policy brief for the above named institute on Muslims and the Founding Fathers which may interest you. The discussion always continues on America’s Founders and religion at American Creation and you may specifically discuss this policy brief here.

Okay, this is one for the ‘you just can’t make this crap up’ file. In my almost four years of working for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, I’ve seen all sorts of outrageously inappropriate times and places that Christianity is being dumped upon the members of our military, but while they’re taking a dump? That…

John Fea’s New Book

Jon Rowe here. Ed gave me permission to pop in now and then and alert you all to things I think are important. The book was delivered yesterday to my house. I’ve been having fun leafing through it. I really like what I see so far and hope it becomes a “standard bearer” in the…

Later

I see Ed is back so my services are no longer needed. Many thanks to him and you for the opportunity to reach a wider audience. Check out my regular blogging at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen and American Creation. If I can get one last plug in. I was going reboot this post on…

George Washington v. Fundamentalists

On the Swedenborgs. From a modern fundamentalist website:

Jefferson, Freemasonry, & the Illuminati

We’ve oft-heard “the Founders were all Freemasons.” Well, no. Many of the Founders were Freemasons. George Washington was. Ben Franklin was. Thomas Jefferson, from what I have studied, was not. Yet, Freemasonry perfectly resonated with Jefferson’s beliefs and that of the American Founding as a whole. Freemasonry was generally monotheistic. It was also, alas, bigoted…

The Universalists On Elihu Palmer

Elihu Palmer was a notable Founding Father who veered more towards the “Deist” side than any of the “key Founders” including Jefferson. The text notes Palmer became head of the “Columbian Illuminati.” Pretty cool. Or perhaps pretty cool name for a band. A book about Universalism published in 1884 details some of his theological journey…

Merry Unitarian Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Unitarian Christmas: Numerous articles and blogs have noted the strong case to doubt Christmas’ authentically “Christian” origins. Christ probably wasn’t born on Dec. 25. The Puritans banned the holiday because it wasn’t authentically Christian. And many of its rituals trace to the pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice or Saturnalia. The…