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Did GW Say SHMG?

My co-blogger at American Creation Ray Soller has done Yeoman’s work showing that the historical record does NOT demonstrate George Washington added “So Help Me God” to his oath of office. This historical nuance is playing a part of Michael Newdow’s present lawsuit to restrain John Roberts from adding those words to the Constitution’s required…

My studies concentrate on showing how “Christian Nationalists” take credit for American Founding ideals on erroneous historical grounds. So why is it important for libertarians to note this? It’s because the Christian Right are not libertarians and they don’t believe in respecting the personal liberty of folks who don’t follow their worldview. If you don’t…

Kuznicki and Babka on the Pledge

At Positive Liberty my cobloggers Jason Kuznicki and Jim Babka discuss their problems with the Pledge of Allegience in two very insightful posts. Here’s Jason’s post, reacting to one of Radley Balko’s posts, discussing why atheists (obviously) have a problem with the Pledge. And here is Jim Babka’s post on why Christians should have a…

Benjamin Rush, Trinitarian Universalist

Benjamin Rush is another interesting case among the Founders. The Christian Nation crowd offers quotations of his taken out of context. Yes, he was a bit more traditonal in his believes than Washington and the other key Founders. However he was still a theological liberal who denied eternal damnation and opposed the death penalty, both…

Here we go again — the new session of Congress has just begun and another bill about military chaplains praying in Jesus’ name has already been introduced. On January 7, Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) introduced H.R. 268, a bill “To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that every military chaplain has the…

George Washington & Communion

George Washington’s words and deeds belie that he was an orthodox Trinitarian Christian. Washington believed in God, indeed believed in an active personal Providence. However, the historical record casts doubt on his orthodoxy. The following is what Washington’s own minister had to say about his religious convictions. The factual background is Washington systematically avoided communion…

The Adams on Hamilton

John and Abigail Adams had some interesting things to say about Alexander Hamilton. John Adams called Alexander Hamilton a “bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar,” who had a “superabundance of secretions which he could not find whores enough to draw off.” Finally Adams decried “the profligacy of his life; his fornications, adulteries and his incests.”…

John Adams & the other Key Founders

The Liberty Fund recently uploaded a great deal of John Adams’ personal writings. I think Adams is important because he is recognized as quite a mainstream and conservative figure among the Founding Fathers. The 1800 Presidential election against Jefferson was quite “tumultuous,” as one book put it. The forces of “religious correctness” sided with the…

Hi Everyone!

This is Jon Rowe, guest blogging here. I’d like to first thank Ed for giving me the opportunity. I’ve long admired his work and greatly appreciate his support of mine. I have three other blogs: 1) My personal blog that collects everything I write; 2) Positive Liberty that has a libertarian theme; and 3) American…

More Hindu Prayers

This time in the California State Senate, the same invocation offered by the same Hindu chaplain – and the same absurd reaction from the Christian right. Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, told the San Francisco Chronicle that it remains a mystery to whom Zed was praying. “I don’t know if he even…