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  • How 'Bewitched' Helped Salem Embrace Its Grim Past

    03/31/2016 6:11:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Smithsonian mag ^ | October 29, 2015 | Danny Lewis
    How did Salem, Massachusetts become a Halloween destination? For centuries, the New England town avoided any association with its infamous Puritan ancestors, who executed 19 people under suspicion of practicing witchcraft. The surprising answer, author Stacy Schiff writes for The New York Times, has a lot to do with the sitcom "Bewitched." These days, Salem is rife with kitschy witches and Halloween attractions. But before the late 20th century, town citizens rarely acknowledged the Puritan trials. When playwright Arthur Miller visited Salem to research "The Crucible" in 1952, locals refused to help him. "You couldn't get anyone to say anything...
  • There is a War on Christmas—In the History Books

    12/29/2015 5:41:12 PM PST · by Coleus · 22 replies
    A war on Christmas? Has nobody seen Arthur Christmas? The North Pole has stealth technology and fanatical commando elves—you screw with that at your own peril. But there was a time in America when celebrating Christmas was illegal. For 22 years in the 17th century, from 1659-1681, celebrating Christmas carried a hefty fine imposed by Puritans who viewed the holiday as a borrowing from pagan Roman celebrations. “Whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so...
  • When Massachusetts Banned Christmas

    12/22/2015 5:02:05 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies ^ | December 22, 2015 | By Christopher Klein
    Even when compared to Ebenezer Scrooge, the Puritans who ruled the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s were downright Grinchian. Not only were the Puritans contemptuous of Christmas, they outlawed public celebration of the Yuletide holiday for an entire generation. The pious Puritans who sailed from England in 1630 to found the Massachusetts Bay Colony brought with them something that might seem surprising for a group of devout Christians—contempt for Christmas. In a reversal of modern practices, the Puritans kept their shops and schools open and churches closed on Christmas, a holiday that some disparaged as “Foolstide.”
  • So You Say You Hate the Puritans

    04/19/2015 7:28:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2015 | Jeremy Egerer
    Despite the fact that Oliver Cromwell was vastly superior to Charles I, I have yet to hear anyone praise Cromwell for deposing and killing the king. There have been many reasonable objections to his killing of Charles, chief among them being that Charles's death immediately led to the instant popularity and eventual kingship of Charles II historically one of the most profligate and useless kings that England ever saw. But people are more likely to complain about Cromwell and the Puritans and unfairly loathe them, despite the fact that Cromwell ruled more honestly and rightly than both his predecessor...
  • Jonathan Edwards works made available for free as interest in Puritanism surges

    03/02/2015 12:49:38 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Feb 3, 2015 | Jonathan Merritt
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (RNS) The collected works of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century preacher and one of Americas most famous theologians, are now available for download thanks to Logos Bible Software. But for those who dont want to cough up $1,289.95 to purchase them, theres good news: The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale Divinity School lets you view them online for free. The colonial preacher was instrumental in Americas Great Awakening and is known for fiery sermons such as Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. The 26-volume collection, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, comprises more than 10,000 sermons, articles...
  • 'Undercover Boss' Bikinis Sports Bar Episode Outrages Fans Over Sexist Content

    12/29/2014 12:17:56 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    Just Jared ^ | MON, 29 DECEMBER 2014
    The latest episode of Undercover Boss has caused quite a controversy among viewers based on the content. The episode featured a company called Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill, where all the waitresses and bartenders are required to wear a bikini top and jean shorts. The CEO Doug Guller even trademarked the term breastaurant and says the companys four values are booze, food, sports, and sex. In the first segment, Doug shadowed a bartender who was wearing a t-shirt during her shift. When asked why she wasnt wearing a bikini, she said she didnt feel comfortable wearing it on television. She...
  • The Pilgrims and Us

    11/28/2013 8:58:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 28, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Don't anybody be shocked, but those Pilgrims being celebrated today weren't just cardboard cut-outs. They were part of the Religious Right. Or maybe the Religious Left, since the Pilgrims emphasized communal organization as much as they did individual rights. But right or left, the Pilgrims were definitely religious. That is, they believed in something beyond themselves. Something spiritual but worldly, too. Not a stained-glass kind of faith but beliefs that impelled sacrifice, risk, commitment ... movement. And not just in the metaphorical sense. They would have to abandon their roots, forget all they had known, resettle, become strangers in...
  • Puritanical Government

    06/26/2013 4:28:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | June 26,2013 | John Stossel
    People say America is a free country. But what if you want to drink, have a cigarette or make a bet? Government often says "no" to protect us from ourselves. It's as if the government is still run by the Puritans who settled this land four centuries ago. They said pleasure and luxury are sinful. Today's government has a better argument when it seeks to restrict activities that might harm others, but I notice that even then, it often focuses more on things that upset modern-day Puritans. Drinking and driving can be fatal. But government data show that sleeplessness and...
  • Puritan Valentine's Day Cards

    02/14/2013 3:47:27 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    CollegeHumor ^ | February 12, 2013 | Alex Z. Rogers
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  • Thanksgiving, Colonists & Early American Law

    11/18/2012 6:22:54 AM PST · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 18, 2012 | Kelly OConnell
    Can Americans Learn Anything From Our Founders for Today? Who were the original Founders of America? Two groups can be described from the group of original hardy settlersthe Pilgrims and the Puritans. The seeds of the Pilgrim stock came from the illegal English Separatist Church. All Englishmen were expected to attend Anglican Church, weekly. It provoked much controversy in Christian circles that power swung between English Protestants and Catholics. The Separatists wanted no state meddling in private beliefs, and so left England in search of religious freedom, first to Leiden, Netherlands, and later to North America. This explains the US...
  • It's the day after Election Day...

    09/30/2012 3:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 30, 2012 | Solomon Shaffer
    Dear liberty voter, Its the day after Election Day. Mitt Romney lost. The media praise band is playing O Hail, King Obama. The gloating anchors and pundits relay the news with giddiness: Conservatism lost. The tea party died. Liberalism has triumphed permanently. Welcome to a world where taking the life of the unborn is celebrated, traditional family values trounced and socialized health care and phones for everybody are the rallying cries. Sky high taxes, another 6 trillion in spending and an ever weakening military are the future. Bailouts, insults to business owners, an EPA out of control and $6...
  • Pilgrim lesson: Spreading wealth leads to pooled poverty

    11/24/2011 7:50:43 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies · 1+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 11/23/2011 | John Aman
    Those who still think that it's a good idea for government to "spread the wealth around" must think they're "wiser than God." That's what Plymouth Governor William Bradford concluded nearly 400 years ago after one of America's first socialist experiments led not to shared wealth, but pooled poverty. The Pilgrims, whom we remember at Thanksgiving, started life in the New World with a system of common ownership forced on them by Plymouth colony investors. That quasi-socialist arrangement proved disastrous, and had to be scrapped for one which gave these first Americans the right to keep the fruits of their labor...
  • The Birth of The Blues (great read about church and state)

    01/25/2011 8:04:48 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 3 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 24 January 2011 | Walter Russel Mead
    In music, as everybody knows, the blues were born in the Mississippi Delta and traveled up the river and the railroads from New Orleans to Memphis, St. Louis and on to Chicago. In politics, the blues were born farther north: in the Puritan commonwealth of 17th century New England centered around Boston. For the Puritans, the construction of a godly society was the first order of business. The state was not the enemy of liberty; the state was societys moral agent. Todays libertarians sometimes like to call their blue model liberal opponents unamerican. Nothing could be farther from the truth:...
  • Having a Good Weekend? Puritans Say That's Okay

    09/05/2010 9:18:07 PM PDT · by headofhouseful · 6 replies
    Raising Real Men ^ | 9/3/10 | Hal Young
    Looking forward to the weekend is such an institution even officially-atheist nations like China shut down for Sunday. Here in America, it seems like the weekend is our goal line for all the days before! No wonder they write songs about it. Now, is anything wrong with that? The answer may surprise you, and even more when you realize that even the Puritans thought games and recreation could be Biblical and righteous ...
  • Puritans were more Jewish than Protestants

    07/24/2010 4:48:08 PM PDT · by dennisw · 56 replies · 1+ views
        PURITANS WERE MORE JEWISH THAN PROTESTANTS  Hugh Fogelman     A Puritan is a name often misunderstood. During the 17th century English Civil War (known as the Puritan Revolution), the Puritans were Protestant fundamentalists who wished to “purify” the Church of England. Some of the Puritans, known as Separatists “separated,” forming their own church. The Puritans felt that Parliament, and not the King, should have the final say and that the moral guidance for all legal decision should come from the Jewish Bible which they considered to be the highest authority in all matters. The Puritans were obsessed...
  • Idle Hands: Some Puritan Advice for the Unemployed

    11/21/2009 8:34:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 1,128+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/19/2009 | Amy Henry
    Steve Lee, of Denver, Colo., is familiar with the despondency that unemployment brings. Laid off a year ago from a medical-sales position, he admits that depression hit just a few months into his unemployment. "All I could think about was how bad the economy was and how unlikely getting a new job as good as my old one would be," he said. With tips like "start exercising" and "try to stay hopeful," cyber-counsel for the 15 million currently out of work rings hollow at best, leaving those thigh-deep in unemployment wondering where to turn for practical advice. With Thanksgiving just...
  • How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

    05/06/2009 12:11:40 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 8 replies · 1,281+ views
    Hoover Institution ^ | 1999 | Tom Bethell
    When the Pilgrims landed in 1620, they established a system of communal property. Within three years they had scrapped it, instituting private property instead. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell tells the story. There are three configurations of property rights: state, communal, and private property. Within a family, many goods are in effect communally owned. But when the number of communal members exceeds normal family size, as happens in tribes and communes, serious and intractable problems arise. It becomes costly to police the activities of the members, all of whom are entitled to their share of the total product of the...
  • The real Puritan legacy

    10/21/2008 8:38:10 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies · 3,445+ views
    The Brown Daily Herald ^ | 10/21/08 | Sean Quigley '10
    In a recent column ("Brown: the great radical Puritan university," Oct. 7), my friend Graham Anderson '10 makes several assertions about the Puritan worldview, and its influence on our beloved Brown, which I would like to refine and revamp, though not entirely repudiate. An item of disclosure: Graham and I have taken several courses on Anglo-American history together, and we both can trace our religious lineage back to the English-Scottish Reformation. He begins his column by referring to the lament among many conservatives that, though once a stronghold for Protestant Christian thought and leaders, the Ivy League is now an...
  • Champlain was here

    03/12/2008 4:24:33 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 8 replies · 417+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 9, 2008 | Ted Widmer
    America's founding myth tells of the Puritans landing in wild, uncharted lands. Yet a French explorer had already mapped the territory in exquisite detail. NEW ENGLANDERS GROW up imbibing certain creation myths, most of which relate to how unbelievably historic we are. It all started here, and entire businesses -- the vending of tricorne hats, for example -- depend on the tight control of information relating to the beginnings of America -- the Revolution, and the Salem witch trials before that, and at the dawn of time, the Pilgrims, hacking their way into the forest primeval. Everything trails in their...
  • The Heirs of Puritanism: That's Us!

    12/17/2007 6:58:20 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies · 133+ views
    History News Network ^ | 12-17-07 | George McKenna
    In 1630, as the Arbella lay at anchor off Southampton, England in preparation for its journey to the New World, John Winthrop proclaimed to his fellow passengers that we shall be as a city upon a hill. By mid- century the notion of an exemplary New England, a light for nations of the world, had seized the imagination of New Englands cultural establishment. And thou New England, wrote Peter Bulkeley, one of its chief ministers, which are exalted in privileges of the Gospel above many other people, know thou the time of thy visitation, and consider the great things the...
  • Understanding Thanksgiving

    11/22/2007 10:51:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 70+ views
    The celebration we now popularly regard as the "First Thanksgiving" was the Pilgrims' three-day feast celebrated in early November of 1621 (although a day of thanks in America was observed in Virginia at Cape Henry in 1607). The first Thanksgiving to God in the Calvinist tradition in Plymouth Colony was actually celebrated during the summer of 1623, when the colonists declared a Thanksgiving holiday after their crops were saved by much-needed rainfall. The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England, on September 6, 1620, sailing for a new world that offered the promise of both civil and religious liberty. The Pilgrims had earlier...
  • Thanksgiving: Reflection, food, thanks ... and Dallas Cowboys

    11/20/2007 5:37:31 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 116+ views
    Lompoc Record ^ | November 20, 2007 | Ron Fink
    Thanksgiving: Reflection, food, thanks ... and Dallas Cowboys November 20, 2007 Ron Fink Thanksgiving is the time of year when we sit back, smell the turkey, stuff ourselves with too much good food and then reflect on the good things that have happened to our families in the last year. Basically, we give thanks for the small and large successes we have enjoyed during the year, just as the pilgrims did. Thanksgiving Day as national holiday wasn't celebrated at Plymouth Rock, as lore would have it, but over 200 years later when President Lincoln declared the last Thursday...
  • Who were the Puritans?

    01/19/2007 8:10:33 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies · 455+ views
    The Evangelical Times ^ | July 06 | Phil Arthur
    The Puritans were a particular kind of Evangelical Christian who arose in England and later in North America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We meet them first of all in England in the early 1560s, where the name 'Puritan' was first given to them. The Puritans were so called because, while appreciating all that had been gained in the Reformation, they wanted to ensure that without losing these gains the work of reforming the church according to the Word of God was taken further. When Queen Elizabeth I came to the throne in 1559, opinion in England was divided...
  • In Praise of a Puritan America

    09/03/2006 8:11:54 PM PDT · by Rawlings · 19 replies · 1,409+ views
    The Times of London ^ | 8/4/06 | Walden, George
    ANYONE WHO THINKS of American foreign policy in the Middle East as cussed, overzealous, hot-headed and hypocritical will be unconsoled to learn that this was the kind of thing people were saying about Puritanism and its adherents some four hundred years ago. Like so much else in modern America, its actions abroad should be viewed through the prism of the countrys root religion, Puritanism. To understand its continued centrality, imagine an America with no Mayflower and no New England. The national temperament would be less earnest, less moralistic, gentler. There would be fewer people in jail, and no executions. There...
  • Conservatives try to curtail hotel porn

    08/22/2006 12:04:00 PM PDT · by King of Florida · 380 replies · 6,052+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | August 22, 2006 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK - Pornographic movies now seem nearly as pervasive in America's hotel rooms as tiny shampoo bottles, and the lodging industry shows little concern as conservative activists rev up a protest campaign aimed at triggering a federal crackdown. A coalition of 13 conservative groups including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America took out full-page ads in some editions of USA Today earlier this month urging the Justice Department and FBI to investigate whether some of the pay-per-view movies widely available in hotels violate federal and state obscenity laws. The coalition also is trying to...
  • Social Conservatism

    08/04/2006 9:03:45 PM PDT · by traviskicks · 55 replies · 1,582+ views
    Neoperspectives ^ | 8/1/06 | me
    Social ConservatismPosted 8/1/06 (By Travis)Social Conservatism8/1/06 In principle, Conservatives and Libertarians see eye to eye in regards to economic freedom. They believe that individual Americans will collectively spend their own money much more efficiently and benefit society more than government spending. They believe burdensome regulations limit prosperity and harms business. They understand the harmfulness of socialized health care and retirement schemes. However, there seem to be differences in scope between the two ideologies. Conservatives don't seem to have the same degree of, for lack of a better word, anti-governmentism. They don't seem to realize the degree which government...
  • THE GREAT DIVIDE [puritan v agrarian republicans]

    05/26/2006 9:26:32 AM PDT · by tpaine · 24 replies · 381+ views
    Bernard Levine Website ^ | Bernard Devine
    THE GREAT DIVIDE Ever since its first European settlements, in the early 1600s, America developed as two completely different republics. We have been politically divided ever since, and will always remain so. This is because our two founding republican traditions are both opposite and irreconcilable. On one side of the divide were the agrarian republicans like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. They gave us the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, with their foundation stones of equal creation, personal freedom, and the inalienable rights of every citizen. Theirs was a republic of innate virtue, where crime and vice were nothing...
  • Too Glad to Be True: Puritan Culture (my note: what they were REALLY like)

    11/23/2001 3:09:03 PM PST · by rwfromkansas · 47 replies · 1,136+ views
    Too Glad to Be True: Puritan Culture David P. Henreckson A vast and untamed wilderness surrounded the first Puritans who landed in New England. Civilization was unknown in this land of dense forests and deadly natives. Yet, miraculously, these same Puritans were able to carve out of this wilderness an oasis for cultured learning, the poetic arts, and theological training. As one Puritan recorded, After God had carried us safe to New England, and wee had builded our houses, provided necessities for our livelihood, reard convenient places for Gods worship, and settled the Civill Government; One of the next things ...
  • Unmarried Couple Denied Right to Move In

    02/23/2006 1:53:52 PM PST · by Quick1 · 273 replies · 4,341+ views
    WWTI (ABC) ^ | 2/23/2006 | United Press International
    A Missouri couple say they were denied an occupancy permit for their new home because they're not married. Olivia Shelltrack and Fondray Loving have been together for 13 years and have three children, ages 8, 10 and 15, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The couple are appealing the occupancy permit denial from the Black Jack, Mo., board of adjustment, which requires people living together to have blood, marriage or adoption ties. Loving is not the father of Shelltrack's oldest child. I was basically told, you can have one child living in your house if you're not married, but more than...
  • Did the Puritans Celebrate Christmas?

    12/20/2005 9:45:33 AM PST · by Irontank · 21 replies · 1,661+ views
    The residents of early New England were strongly influenced by the traditions of Calvinism and the routine of the established Congregational church, honoring hard work and stern independence, which were interpreted as self-sufficiency. They were proud of observing Thanksgiving as the most important day of the year and self-righteous in refusing to observe Christmas day, which they considered an emblem of the Roman Catholic Church. The Presbyterians, Quakers and Baptists also followed the teachings of John Calvin and chose not to celebrate Christmas. It was a day when farmers slaughtered hogs and farm wives dipped their candles. "It was remembered,"...
  • A Tender, Unitarian Christmas

    12/16/2005 6:25:44 AM PST · by A. Pole · 9 replies · 629+ views
    The Chronicles Magazine ^ | Thursday, December 15, 2005 | Aaron D. Wolf
    Yankees Touching Harps of GoldAppropriately, it was 1984. The Reagan-Bush ticket had won reelection. The U.S. Olympic team had destroyed everyone else at the Summer Games in Los Angeles. The HIV virus had been identified, and a cure for AIDS would surely follow. Hezbollah terrorists had bombed the U.S. embassy northeast of Beruit, and the CIA was busy training terrorists to carry out covert operations in Lebanon to stamp out terrorism. All was right with the world. Except in Africa, where people were starving, while American yuppies sat at home in the lap of luxury. Fortunately, a collective of British...
  • Save Our Strippers! (Ohio bill proposes 11pm closing, 6 feet of separation)

    06/17/2005 5:53:19 PM PDT · by E Rocc · 8 replies · 1,087+ views
    Scene Magazine (Cleveland) ^ | June 15, 2005 | Joe P. Tone
    Save Our Strippers! Lawmakers want to kill gentlemen's clubs -- and the livelihoods of the women who run them. By Joe P. Tone If the "Stripper Bill" passes, dancers will have to zip up at 11 p.m. She knows you won't believe her, and she knows the starched shirts in Columbus won't either, but Robyn wants you to hear it anyway: The strip club saved her life. "I found my independence," she says, hands tucked nervously between her knees, as she sits in the champagne room at Diamond Men's Club on the East Bank of the Flats. It's early in...
  • This History Book is Different: It's True - Setting the Record Straight-(American myths & realities)

    04/27/2005 5:44:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 29 replies · 1,065+ views
    700 CLUB.ORG ^ | APRIL 27, 2005 | Gailon Totheroh
    My apologies for not bringing a should-be classic, "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History," to the attention of our Internet readers in a more timely fashion. What Dr. Thomas Woods does is directly confront many of the falsehoods that are weighing down Americans with boatloads (dwarfing the Mayflower) of junk knowledge. Frankly, many well-meaning people, including many educators, have been sucked into thinking things "that just ain't so." In fact, I have been divested of quite a number of things in my head. The academic world has miserably failed the public in accepting, teaching, and promoting many "clichs," to...
  • High court says masturbation at home not an offence if seen by neighbours

    01/29/2005 12:25:16 PM PST · by mastercylinder · 82 replies · 2,356+ views ^ | Thu Jan 27, 6:26 PM ET | WENDY COX
    VANCOUVER (CP) - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that masturbating at home is not an offence, even if the activity can be seen by peeking neighbours. The case centred on whether a private space - Daryl Clark's living room - became public because others could view it. The high court said No in a unanimous ruling Thursday. "The living room of his private home was not a place 'to which the public (had) access as of right or by invitation, express or implied,'" Justice Morris Fish wrote, quoting the Criminal Code. "I do not believe it (access)...
  • SpongeBob In Crosshairs (Dobson Alert)

    01/20/2005 7:25:31 AM PST · by E Rocc · 318 replies · 6,959+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | January 20, 2005
    SpongeBob in crosshairs The New York Times WASHINGTON On the heels of electoral victories to bar same-sex marriage, some influential conservative Christian groups are turning their attention to a new target: the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said that SpongeBob's creators have enlisted SpongeBob in a pro-homosexual video, in which he appeared with other children's television characters. The makers of the video, Dobson said, plan to mail it to thousands of elementary schools this spring to promote a tolerance pledge that includes tolerance for differences of sexual identity.
  • Singer Curses at Inaugural Youth Concert

    01/19/2005 4:01:28 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 148 replies · 3,715+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - You might say the Janet Jackson moment of President Bush's inaugural festivities came Tuesday at a youth concert with hundreds of preteen Hilary Duff fans in the audience.No nudity was involved, but the Vince Neil-style profanity probably didn't win rock band Fuel any fans at the Federal Communications Commission, nor from the parents at the concert. Now the Pennsylvania band is just hoping the concert, "America's Future Rocks Today," wasn't aired live. Borrowing a word from Motley Crue's Neil, the lead singer of Fuel proclaimed, "Welcome to the greatest ----ing country in the world." Brett Scallions followed...
  • Kid Rock Won't Perform at Inauguration Youth Concert

    01/13/2005 3:00:15 AM PST · by kattracks · 436 replies · 4,283+ views ^ | 1/13/05 | Susan Jones
    ( - Rock artist Kid Rock will not perform at the youth concert for the presidential inauguration, and conservatives are applauding the news because of outrage at the content of his lyrics. "We have been informed that Kid Rock will not perform," said Donald E. Wildmon, chairman of the American Family Association. According to Wildmon, over 100,000 people called and e-mailed the Presidential Inauguration Committee to voice their concerns over news that Kid Rock was invited to perform. Wildmon said Kid Rock's lyrics focus on recreational sex and send a message of female sexual exploitation, both of which contradict...
  • Valley of Vision: Reconciliation

    12/31/2004 12:12:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 93+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Lord God Almighty, Thou art beforehand with men for thou hast reconciled thyself to the world through the cross, and dost beseech men to accept reconciliation. It is my responsibility to grasp thy overtures of grace, for if thou, the offended part, act first with the word of appeasement, I need not call in question thy willingness to save, but must deplore my own foolish maliciousness; If I do not come to thee as one who seeks thy favour, I live in contempt, anger, malice, self-sufficiency, and thou dost call it enmity. Thou hast taught me the necessity of a...
  • NYT: Christmas Past and Presents

    12/23/2004 7:35:45 AM PST · by OESY · 384+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | WILLIAM B. WAITS
    FINDING the perfect gift has long been a national pastime. But the celebration of Christmas, and the culture of gift giving that accompanies the holiday, have changed significantly in America over the years. Economic and social pressures have transformed how, and with whom, we celebrate Christmas, altering it from a holiday that was at times illegal, or limited to adult parties, or a gift-giving child-centered extravaganza like today's. There are several popular misconceptions about the origins of the American version of the holiday. To start, Christmas was actually suppressed in New England's colonial days. The Puritans found no affirmative command...
  • The Valley of Vision: Redemption and Reconciliation

    12/22/2004 11:08:41 AM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies · 305+ views
    The Valley of Vision | Arthur Bennett
    Wednesday, 22, December 2004 Blessed Lord Jesus, No human mind could conceive or invent the gospel. Acting in eternal grace, thou art both its messenger and its message, lived out on earth through infinite compassion, applying thy life to insult, injury, death, that I might be redeemed, ransomed, freed. Blessed be thou, O Father, for contriving this way, Eternal thanks to thee, O Lamb of God, for opening this way, Praise everlasting to thee, O Holy Spirit, for applying this way to my heart. Glorious Trinity, impress the gospel on my soul, until its virtue diffuses every faculty; Let it...
  • Of Yale, hookers, and tolerance

    09/02/2004 8:28:17 AM PDT · by outlawcam · 61 replies · 2,403+ views ^ | 9-1-2004 | Ben Shapiro
    Last Sunday, I picked up a copy of Boston Magazine while sitting in the green room at the Fox News studios in Watertown, Mass. Leafing through the publication, I came across an article titled "Confessions of an Ivy League Callgirl," written by Jeannette Angell, a university lecturer with a master's degree from Yale. The fact that she was a Yalie caught my eye -- as a Harvard Law student, I've already adopted our communal animosities -- and so I read the piece. Apparently, Angell began trading sex for cash after receiving her doctorate in social anthropology. But what was shocking...
  • Blast to the Past- Did the Puritans Represent the American Way?

    10/29/2001 6:17:43 PM PST · by futurepotus · 117 replies · 1,736+ views
    self | 10-29-01 | self
    The Puritans, who made the trip to Massachusetts in the 1630's, in order to freely attempt to purify the Anglican Church, did not represent the American way. Social well being of the Puritans in Salem was virtually non-existent. The Puritan government functioned in accordance with Puritan religious beliefs. Puritan religion held the same exclusivity as a present-day country club. The arrogance of Puritan leaders like John Winthrop was disgusting in itself. Winthrop said, "we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us." None of the Founding Fathers of the United States shared ...
  • John Winthrop's "City Upon a Hill" 1630

    06/13/2004 1:23:52 PM PDT · by Luis Gonzalez · 11 replies · 830+ views
    The History of American Thought ^ | 1630 | John Winthrop
    Now the onely way to avoyde this shipwracke and to provide for our posterity is to followe the Counsell of Micah, to doe Justly, to love mercy, to walke humbly with our God, for this end, wee must be knitt together in this worke as one man, wee must entertaine each other in brotherly Affeccion, wee must be willing to abridge our selves of our superfluities, for the supply of others necessities, wee must uphold a familiar Commerce together in all meekenes, gentlenes, patience and liberallity, wee must delight in eache other, make others Condicions our owne rejoyce together, mourne...
  • Pilgrims' Progress? (PC vs. Thanksgiving)

    11/25/2003 1:44:21 AM PST · by Madstrider · 20 replies · 970+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 25, 2003 | Robert Stacy McCain
    <p>The Pilgrims were brave Christians who risked everything to gain religious freedom in the New World. Or they were fanatical European interlopers, guilty of "genocide" against American Indians. Multiculturalism has taken its toll on the reputation of the small band of Protestant separatists who landed at Plymouth Rock in November 1620.</p>
  • Believe it or Not

    05/25/2003 10:06:29 AM PDT · by Jakarta ex-pat · 12 replies · 304+ views
    the washingtondispatch ^ | 25/05/03 | Jon Connolly
    I know its hard to believe but the parallels of history dont lie and the todays liberals are the Puritans of yesteryear. Im obviously not the first to notice this (I had 4,250 hits searching for Puritan, liberal) but my discovery is more recent than some others I think Ive mentioned Im trying to write a novel based on the French and Indian Wars starting with King Williams War (1690-97). Anyway, I picked up a book at my favorite used bookstore entitled Red, White and Black, written by Gary Nash and published in 1974. Generally speaking, the book is...
  • Why And How The King James Version Got Authorized.

    03/29/2003 1:36:42 PM PST · by Commander8 · 3 replies · 181+ views
    QUESTION: Why is the King James Bible called the "Authorized Version"? How did King James Authorize it?
  • How Do I Show Which Bible Is Correct To Those Who Refuse To Hear "King James Only" Arguments?

    03/26/2003 5:38:13 PM PST · by Commander8 · 9 replies · 953+ views
    QUESTION: How do I handle professors that don't like to hear "King James only" arguments? They are evaluating using a certain Bible version. They say that they'll listen to evidence about other Bible versions, but do not want the King James mentioned specifically. What do I do?
  • The Authorized Version part 2

    03/03/2003 5:31:23 PM PST · by Commander8 · 1 replies · 210+ views
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  • George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

    11/27/2002 9:03:24 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 30 replies · 2,340+ views
    Restoring America ^ | 1789 | George Washington
    George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and...
  • Reformation and the Salem Witch Trials

    10/31/2002 10:05:55 PM PST · by ppaul · 30 replies · 1,882+ views
    VisionForum e-mail ^ | 10/31/02 | Douglas Phillips
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