Chris Rodda gives away book

Chris Rodda has made available, for free, a PDF version of her book Liars for Jesus.  I have mentioned this book several times and also wrote a review of it in the newsletter a while back.

For those of you with a short memory, this book details some of the disinformation that is being spread by Christians, mainly by Christian revisionist David Barton. Barton is referred to as an historian but I won’t dignify what he does as legitimate historical research.  Instead, he combs available historical documents then distorts what he has found to ‘prove’ this was a Christian Nation from the very beginning and Christians need to work toward restoring it back to the founding.

Chris lists the lies being passed around as fact and then goes to the original sources and shows how the original texts are misrepresented or downright lied about.

This is a great resource for those who wish to defend the separation of church and state from those who want to make this a theocracy, based on their own beliefs.

You can read why Chris choose to give away her hard work here.  I would seriously recommend to everyone to go ahead and purchase the book Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right’s Alternate Version of American History Vol. 1 to encourage Chris to write a followup book to this one.

Ron

Past time for the Decalogue to go!

Once again, Richland County Common Pleas Judge DeWeese is told by a higher court that his display of the 10 Commandments violates the U.S. Constitution and must be removed.

From the AP- “A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a federal district court’s decision that Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese violated the constitutional separation between church and state by hanging the poster.”

It is our opinion that it is well overdue that Judge DeWeese obeys the higher courts and permanently removes the religious display.

The judge should remember he is an elected official, a servant of the people.  The courtroom he oversees is not his to decorate in some religious motif, but the people’s courtroom, to be used for the secular purposes of a secular government.  Sectarian religious doctrines should not be on display in the people’s courtroom.  There must be hundreds of churches in Richland County in which to hang this religious poster, why not choose one of them instead?

It’s obvious why DeWeese is putting his religion on display at the courthouse instead of his church, he wants to show criminal defendants that there is a ‘Higher Power’ they are disobeying when they break the law.  That is not the place of an elected official.  He was voted in as Richland County Common Pleas Court Judge, not Richland County Preacher.  Judges are to base their actions on our state and federal laws, not the Bible.

Maybe the judge has a wish to be the next Judge Roy Moore, who was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing a Federal Judge’s order to remove a 10 Commandments monument from the state supreme court building.  If that is so, one can only hope that same process of removal is quickly accomplished in Richland County.

In God We Trust once again?

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) is sponsoring legislation in the House to re-affirm the divisive motto of the United States, In God We Trust.  Twenty four Congressmen, including some Democrats, are co-sponsoring this.  Thankfully, none of them are from Ohio.

It’s not enough that the motto was changed from the secular E Pluribus Unum to the religious saying in the 1950’s, Forbes wants to rub our faces in it.  I urge people who think the government has better things to spend its time on than re-affirming a divisive mistake from the era of the Red Scare, to contact their representatives in Washington and let them know how you feel.

By the way, all those people who want to take our country back to the founding, shouldn’t support re-affirming  the changed motto, but should support reverting our motto back to the original E Pluribus Unum.

America’s True History of Religious Tolerance

The Smithsonian has an excellent article about the true nature of religious freedom in the American Colonies.  It seems it wasn’t always safe to practice the religion of your choice here in America. Is this a Christian Nation, founded on Christian principles?  Or was it founded with the knowledge that competing sects of Christians made it clear the only way to have peace was to separate church and state?

The War on Christmas Begins

Tom Tancredo’s third party race for the Colorado governorship wasn’t going too well, so he decided to send out the first volley in this year’s war on Christmas.

Seems he was too ignorant to meet the deadline to run as a Republican, so he has to get press by repeating false stories about the Obama’s.

Here’s a link to a video showing just how wrong Tancredo is.

Christians showing love again

An atheist billboard put up on Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte NC which states “One Nation Indivisible” has been defaced.

Defaced Billboard

Defaced Billboard

The billboard was meant to show the original wording of the pledge, which was later modified to include the divisive words “under God”.   This is just the latest example of vandalism of atheist billboards.

You can find out more about the incident HERE.