Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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The Supreme Court’s Docket is Full of Cases that could Endanger Liberty

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013:

The potential for liberty’s shrinkage during the Supreme Court’s session that began on Monday is significant, with some exceptions. The cases on the docket range all across the spectrum:

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The unknown Supreme Court case that, 50 years ago, changed everything.

The case is Abington School District v. Schempp, decided on June 17th, 1963, which removed Bible reading from public schools by a vote of 8-1. The court held that laws requiring reading of Scriptures in public schools were unconstitutional.

The only dissenting justice was Potter Stewart and he nailed it:

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Today is Washington’s Birthday. He should be revered. He isn’t.

In his farewell address (a letter, actually) George Washington spoke of many things, most of them relevant to problems and challenges facing the new nation. Towards the end of his letter, however, he reminded his readers of some basic principles which

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Sunday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Funny the media ignored it.

I did find this, however, from the AP which was picked up by Yahoo! News, from Warsaw, Poland:

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Holocaust survivors, politicians, religious leaders and others marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday with solemn prayers and the now oft-repeated warnings to never let such horrors happen again.

Events took place at sites including

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The Changing Demographics of Election 2012

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On Sunday before Election Day, the Pew Research Center released its final prediction on the outcome of the election: President Obama would win, beating Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney, 50% to 47%. When all votes were tallied, Obama beat Romney, 50.6% to 47.8%.

Pew acknowledged that the president’s virtual takeover of the media in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy just before the election persuaded some who were undecided to vote for the president. According to Pew:

Obama’s handling of the storm’s aftermath may have contributed to his improved showing. Fully 69% of all likely voters approve of the way Obama is handling the storm’s impact.

Even a plurality of Romney supporters (46%) approve of Obama’s handling of the situation; more important, so too do 63% of swing voters.

In its final pre-election survey of 2,709 voters conducted from October 31 through November 3, Pew began to see how the electorate was moving. 39% of likely voters supported Obama strongly whereas just a third of them strongly supported Romney. Noted Pew: “In past elections…the candidate with the higher percentage of strong support has usually gone on to win the popular vote.”

Among women voters, Pew noted the most dramatic shift towards Obama, favoring him 53% to just 40% for Romney – a 13 point margin and a 6 point gain from just a week before.

Meanwhile, Pew noted that among voters age 65 and older, Romney’s support began to fade down the home stretch. Romney’s 19-point lead in Pew’s previous poll had declined to just 9 points in the latest one.

On Wednesday, November 7, Pew released its post-election analysis and noted that its prediction was

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John Calvin Founded America

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John Calvin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I like our new senior pastor, Graham Baird. For a young man he is certainly knowledgeable, and way ahead of where I was at his age. But he made an error yesterday in his sermon which I’d like to correct.

He said the Presbyterian Church in American began in 1777. He is just plain flat dead wrong. John Calvin and the Presbyterian tradition not only pre-dated the American Revolution, it was largely responsible for it.

I have enjoyed reading Loraine Boettner‘s The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination several times: it’s one of those wonderful masterpieces that is so filled with profundities that I just never get tired of it. Each time I read it I discover new and fresh insights into my faith.

One of the most profound was how John Calvin’s theology had percolated into the people’s’ lives and beliefs to the degree that Boettner concludes that Calvin was actually the

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Why I’m Not Voting for Mitt Romney

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Something happened back in the fall of 1967 that altered my life immediately and eternally. Since I am the world’s foremost expert on what happened to me, this is my story:

I was 27 years old, married (to my beloved Mary) with two kids and a mortgage. It was a Saturday morning and I was working in my garage when two bright shiny nice looking young men showed up and said: “We bring you greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Now at the time I was a life insurance salesman and I’d never heard an opening statement like that! It got my attention. Then they asked: “Where will you be spending your life in eternity?”

Well, I was deeply concerned about where I was going to spending the next month if I didn’t make the mortgage payment this month, and consequently had given little thought to eternity, to be honest with you.

I invited them in to the house where they began to teach me what I needed to know in order to join the Mormon church. There was a twelve-week lesson plan, with homework. It sounded attractive, with a shiny well-crafted program guide for newbies, and so I

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James Dobson Thinks Every Christian Should Vote, Regardless

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James Dobson in 2007 in Washington, DC at the Values Voters conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Says James Dobson:

Vote, and take a friend with you, for the sake of our children.

The nation “is … in a moral and spiritual free fall.”

  •   Religion liberty … is under assault like never before.”
  • “Christians are being required to pay for abortions through their health insurance.”
  • “Twenty-one countries [in the Middle East] are in turmoil.”
  • “Israel’s very existence continues to be threatened.”
  • “Iranian analyst Alireza Forghani boasted … [Jerusalem] will soon become a mass ‘graveyard.’”

“Given the state of the world and the decline of our country, how can a single Christian stay at home on Election Day? The stakes are simply too high.”

According to the article at WND (WorldNetDaily), 30 million Christians didn’t vote in 2008, and Obama won by

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What Makes Obama Tick?

A FRAUD THROUGH AND THROUGH

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After hitting No. 2 on the New York Times’ best-seller list in early September, “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream” author Dinesh D’Souza was asked why he was surprised at the success of both his book and the movie based on it: “2016: Obama’s America”. He said: “It shows a real hunger for information on Obama. There’s a sense [that] we haven’t got the full story on this guy.”

The official narrative is that President Barack Obama is a graduate of Harvard Law, the first African-American president, whose father is from Kenya and his mother from Kansas. As D’Souza takes great pains to point out, the official narrative hides an enormous amount of background from view. D’Souza exposes some of that background and then claims that Obama adopted his father’s “anti-colonialism” – the doctrine which Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara called “a world system, the last stage of capitalism [which] must be defeated in a world confrontation” – which maintains that the West, primarily America, got rich by invading, occupying and looting poor countries to obtain their mineral wealth. As D’Souza noted in Forbes magazine in September 2010:

Barack Obama, Sr.

Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America’s military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation.

He adopted his father’s position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America.

In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America’s power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes the globe’s resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet

As a result, Obama seeks “a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will, an America…in decline so that others might rise…America needs to be taken down a notch.”

There are at least two problems with D’Souza’s thesis: one, Obama never

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Objectivists for Romney-Ryan 2012!

Craig Biddle: Romney-Ryan 2012—Ayn Rand Forever

Prior to Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, I was going to vote “for” Romney in the sense of voting against Obama. In light of this development, however, I not only plan to vote for Romney-Ryan; I also emphatically endorse their ticket, and I urge readers of TOS [The Objective Standard], Objectivists, and fans of Ayn Rand to do the same.

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Protester seen at Chicago Tax Day Tea Party protest with sign reading “I am John Galt”. Edited to protect protester’s identity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s take a running start at this. Biddle is the editor of The Objective Standard, which, according to its website, is “a quarterly journal written from an Objectivist perspective, Objectivism being Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism.” He is a promoter of Ayn Rand’s ideas and philosophy as spelled out in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. That philosophy, according to Wikipedia’s “shorthand” explanation is:

a philosophy created by Russian-American philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand (1905–1982). Objectivism’s central tenets are that reality exists independent of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic, that the proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness (or rational self-interest), [and] that the only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-faire capitalism.

I have to overlook Rand’s (and Biddle’s) vitriolic hatred of religion in order to accept and support her philosophy of unalienable rights as spelled out in the Declaration.

From there, it’s easy to see why Biddle is not only willing to vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket, but strongly support it as well. Biddle puts it well:

Let’s seize this opportunity to explain to people how and why Ayn Rand’s ideas—her observation-based metaphysics and epistemology, her life-serving morality, and her rights-protecting politics—require phasing out Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, so citizens are not enslaved to each other; deregulating the economy, so producers can create wealth, jobs, and prosperity; eliminating barriers to immigration, so Americans can associate and contract with whomever they choose; ending regimes that seek to harm us, so we can live free from terrorism; in short, reestablishing the Land of Liberty, so Americans can exercise their moral right to the pursuit of happiness.

Isn’t this what we in the freedom fight are striving for? In light of so much Ryan-bashing not only from liberals but from neo-conservatives, this is a refreshing, if challenging, point of view.

Car Dealer Explains Gun Rights to CNN Anchor [VIDEO]

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Whenever the contrast between the media’s vision of the world conflicts with the world as it really is shows up on YouTube, it’s usually delightful to watch. This time, the leftie lady is shredded by the response to her loaded questions about gun rights.

She repeatedly asks: “Isn’t that somehow inappropriate, that you’re giving away vouchers for AK47 rifles to your buyers of new cars and trucks?”

He responds: “Why would that be inappropriate? I’m a businessman. I sell cars and trucks.”

She asks: “Is that just a tad irresponsible?”

He responds: “It might be a little grandstanding…but what about the guy and his wife with twelve children who killed by seven guys coming through the door. I’ll guarantee you he wishes he had an AK47 as those maggots busted through his door and slaughtered him and his wife in front of his twelve children.”

She asks: “But police officers are shot in the line of duty all the time and they carry guns every day so some might not think that’s a great argument.”

He responds: “Well, I personally would like to have a sporting chance instead of just becoming a victim…”

She asks: “Your motto is God, Guns, Guts and American pickup trucks. Why did you come up with that particular motto?”

He responds: “Because we sell cars.”

She asks: “Yes but include God in that. Some might wonder why God would be included in a motto that also includes guns.”

He responds: “You don’t have a problem with God, do you?”

She responds: “No I don’t, but the combination…some people might have a problem with that.”

He responds: “We’re a Christian nation. We’re a Christian people…”

She says: “I just think putting God into a motto that also includes guns might be upsetting to some people.”

See the rest of the interview. It’ll make your day!

The Supreme Court Gets it Right on the First Amendment

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Calling it the “most significant religious liberty decision in two decades,” the New York Times announced the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the “ministerial exception” whereby churches and other religious organizations are exempt from governmental interference in their hiring and firing practices.

In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the Court said that churches have an overriding “interest…in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission.”

The case started when a teacher at a Lutheran school in Redford, Michigan was fired for threatening to sue the school over an alleged discrimination violation. Cheryl Perich was diagnosed with narcolepsy and took a leave of absence. When she tried to return, she learned that the school had hired someone else to take her place. When she threatened a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act, she was fired for

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Black Friday Redux: Cornell Professor Wants to Tax Black Friday Away

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On the lookout for perceived injustices in the marketplace, Cornell University professor Robert Frank decided that Black Friday needed his attention and wrote in the New York Times about just what was needed: more taxes to discourage unreasonable behavior.

His first complaint was about the unreasonable hours that stores were opening in an effort to respond to consumer demand: “For many years, stores opened at reasonable hours. Then, some started opening at 5 a.m., prompting complaints from employees about having to go to sleep early on Thanksgiving and miss out on time with their families. But retailers ignored those complaints, because their earlier start time proved so successful in luring customers away from rival outlets.”

He then iterated the now-familiar theme of major retailers opening earlier and earlier, also in response to consumer demand. He said it was thoughtless of those greedy merchants to

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The Internet: Gutenberg Press of the 21st Century

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Introduction

In a remarkable coalescence of time and circumstance, Michael Hart typed the Declaration of Independence into his computer on July 4th, 1971, Independence Day, and launched Project Gutenberg, the world’s largest non-profit digital library available on the Internet.

On his way home from a fireworks display, Hart stopped in at a grocery store and was given a copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed on parchment. He typed the text into his computer, intending to send it as an email to his friends on Arpanet. A colleague persuaded him that his message would cause the system to crash and so Hart merely posted a note that the full text could be downloaded instead. And thus, according to the obituary noting his passing on September 6th, 2011 in the New York Times, “Project Gutenberg was born.”

Project Gutenberg now has more than 36,000 free eBooks in 60 languages available to download to a computer, Kindle, Android, iOS or other handheld devices in a number of text formats, and the number is growing daily. Hart’s goal, formulated on that day in 1971, was “to encourage the creation and distribution of e-books to help break down the bars of ignorance and illiteracy.” Even in its early stages, Hart saw the power of the Internet that would allow for the infinite reproduction of information with the potential, according to the Times, of “overturning all established power structures.” (emphasis added) In 1995, Hart wrote:

For the first time in the entire history of the Earth, we have the ability for EVERYONE to get copies of EVERYTHING…to all the people on the Earth, via computers. Think about what you have just read for a moment, please: EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE…

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Conservative Presbyterians Form Alternative Fellowship

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Now that pro-gay liberals in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have succeeded in their 30-year efforts to allow the ordination of gays, a small but influential group of conservative churches have decided to give up the fight to change the Book of Order back to the way it was since 1997 when the original ban was approved.

The original language required clergy to live “in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” The new language requires clergy only to “submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.”

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Who is Mike Pence?

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In an early straw poll, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) was the choice for presidential nominee in 2012 over such conservative luminaries as Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney. Capturing 24 percent of those voting at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit this past weekend in Washington, DC, Pence relegated even Senator Jim DeMint to a barely visible 5 percent.

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Despite Kagan, Public Knows Little About Supreme Court

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Now that Elena Kagan has been confirmed as Justice of the Supreme Court following several weeks of highly publicized hearings, the public remains poorly informed about the Court’s role. And even what is supposedly known is contradictory. Pew Research Center’s latest New IQ Quiz, which was conducted in early July, revealed that “an overwhelming proportion of Americans are familiar with Twitter…yet the public continues to struggle in identifying political figures, foreign leaders and even knowing facts about key government policies.”

For example, barely one in four of those surveyed was able to identify John Roberts as the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Pew goes on to say, “young people fare particularly poorly on political knowledge.”

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The Legacy of Oral Roberts

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The impact Oral Roberts had on the latter half of the 20th century was staggering. From a dirt-poor childhood to a ministry that touched hundreds of millions worldwide, Roberts, who passed away on December 15 at age 91, set in motion waves that continue to be felt today.

Born outside of Ada, Oklahoma, in 1918, Roberts was raised in poverty with his sister and two brothers. At age 16 he contracted TB so severe that he wasn’t expected to live. A traveling evangelist, George Moncey, held a tent service in Ada that Roberts attended. It was at that service that, Roberts said, he first heard God talking to him: “It was as if I was totally alone. I heard that voice that I’ve heard many times since:  ‘Son, I am going to heal you, and you are to take my healing power to your generation. You are to build me a university and build it on my authority and the Holy Spirit.’”

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.