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Stephen McDowellWhat Really Happened on July 4th
Guest essay by Stephen McDowell

During the first days of July in 1776 the Continental Congress was considering one of the most historical events of all time—the declaration by thirteen colonies to become the new nation of the United States of America.

On the issue of independence all the colonies were agreed, but a few of the most cautious delegates still were not sure about the timing. Rev. John Witherspoon, a delegate from New Jersey, answered their concerns as he said:
There is a tide in the affairs of men. We perceive it now before us. To hesitate is to consent to our own slavery. That noble instrument should be subscribed to this very morning by every pen in this house. Though these gray hairs must soon descend to the sepulchre, I would infinitely rather that they descend thither by the hand of the executioner than desert at the crisis the sacred cause of my country!
The delegates went on to approve the Declaration of Independence. After the announcement of the vote, silence moved over the Congress as the men contemplated the magnitude of what they had just done. Some wept openly, while others bowed in prayer. After signing the Declaration with unusually large writing, the President of the Continental Congress, John Hancock, broke the silence as he declared, "His majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can also double the price on my head."

Adding to the solemnity of the tense moment, Hancock said, "We must be unanimous; there must be no pulling different ways; we must all hang together." Benjamin Franklin responded in his characteristic wit, "Yes, we must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately!" Read On
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Announces Decision on Prop 8

Yesterday (June 26), the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the Proposition 8 case.

It is widely being mis-reported that the Court ruled against Prop 8. IT DID NOT!

Rather, the Court said it could not reach a decision because California government officials refused to defend the law. So it did not rule on Prop 8's validity.

In doing so, the Court also nullified the Ninth Circuit's ruling against Prop 8, which is a great victory in itself!

So, the voter-passed Constitutional Amendment to protect man-woman marriage remains the law of the land in California, because only an appellate court can strike down a voter proposition statewide.

But it remains to be seen what California officials will do now.

Right now we are heading down the steps of the Supreme Court building to a long bank of TV cameras and reporters, to deliver this statement:

"We are pleased that the Supreme Court has reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' misguided decision that sought to invalidate Proposition 8. For the more than seven million Californians who have seen their vote stripped away from them, little by little, over the course of five years, that decision is gratifying.

"While it is unfortunate that the Court's ruling does not directly resolve questions about the scope of the trial court's order against Prop 8, we will continue to defend Prop 8 and seek its enforcement until such time as there is a binding statewide order that renders Prop 8 unenforceable.

"We are also especially grateful and humbled by the consistent prayers and support of traditional marriage supporters everywhere throughout this long and difficult case."

Please stay tuned for a detailed analysis of the Court's decision from our official Prop 8 Legal Defense Team. See also coverage by our dedicated co-counsel in the case, Alliance Defending Freedom.

But for now, let's be thankful that the Court refused to strike down Prop 8!

Very truly yours,

Andy Pugno
Prop 8 General Counsel

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H.L. Mencken (born 1880 - died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic, and Democrat. He wrote this editorial while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920, edition:

"As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron."
— H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

Marshall Foster America at the Tipping Point
Guest Essay by Marshall Foster

As Americans it’s time to dust off our Bibles and rediscover the loving laws of God. As G.K. Chesterton says, “If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the 10,000 Commandments.” In America today as the Ten Commandments have been ignored, the 10,000 Commandments have grown to hundreds of thousands of laws – resulting in chaos and confusion.

America is at the tipping point between the two major conflicting law systems of men and nations: king’s or ruler’s law vs. God’s Law. America was founded upon a simple and yet profoundly effective infrastructure built upon voluntary obedience to God’s Law. The result was blessing, prosperity and personal liberty as the world had never before experienced. Taxes were low, laws were few and life and charity were focused at the family and community level.

But the past few generations have been seduced back toward the oppressive, top-down ruler’s law which has dominated most nations of the world. Throughout history this system has always enslaved a people through an elaborate network of bureaucracy and ruler’s laws, eventually leaving them dependent upon government for everything. The rulers often make god-like promises, always exempting them- selves from their own onerous laws and taxes.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero"We are taxed in our bread and our wine, in our incomes and our investments, on our land and on our property not only for base creatures who do not deserve the name of men, but for foreign nations, complaisant nations who will bow to us and accept our largesse and promise us to assist in the keeping of the peace -- these mendicant nations who will destroy us when we show a moment of weakness or our treasury is bare, and surely it is becoming bare! ... When a government becomes powerful it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is an usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance, for votes with which to perpetuate itself." — Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero (106-43 B.C.)

"Do not blame Caesar*, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new wonderful good society which shall now be Rome's, interpreted to mean more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious." — Roman philosopher and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

American Classical Education: Biblical and Governmental The "Found'' Tools of Learning
From the Foundation for American Christian Education

The “classical Christian” education trend spurred by the essay of a twentieth-century British mystery writer and Christian apologist, Dorothy Sayers, called “The Lost Tools of Learning,” looks back to medieval practices for a classical adaptation for today’s education of tomorrow’s Christian leader. The Principle Approach response to this movement is this: We never lost our tools—they’re not medieval; they’re Biblical and governmental. And they’re uniquely American. The Principle Approach looks to the practices developed in America, based upon Reformation Christianity, that reflect the achievements of the era that reached the pinnacle of educational practice in producing leaders of character, conscience, and governmental principles. The Principle Approach™ is American Classical Education—the product of the educational practices of the founding era when literacy was at its peak, when an education was classical, and when the end result of schooling was the development of the character of Christian self-government.

The Principle Approach is America’s historic method of Biblical reasoning which makes the Truths of God’s Word the basis of every subject in the curriculum. It establishes bedrock principles from which to break open each subject to reveal the knowledge of God, making the curriculum a whole system of truth. The medieval system, known as the trivium and the quadrivium, represents a sequence of learning in which raw data is logically analyzed and then derived principles are expressed. It adds on Latin, logic, and classical methods such as rote memory, copy work, recitation, Bible, and spiritual training. The Principle Approach begins with reasoning from Biblical principles, reclaiming the integrity of every subject by working from a basis of truth. It is bibliocentric, with the Bible at the heart of teaching and learning. Read On

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in Irish Parliament

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"Let us ever abhor the base arts that are used by fawning parasites and cringing courtiers, who by their low artifices and base flatteries obtain offices and posts which they are unqualified to sustain, and honors of which they are unworthy, and oftentimes have a greater number of places assigned to them than any one person of the greatest abilities can ever properly fill, by means of which the community becomes greatly injured, for this reason, that many an important trust remains un discharged, and many an honest and worthy member of society is deprived of those honors and privileges to which he has a just right, whilst the most despicable, worthless courtier is loaded with honorable and profitable commissions."
— A Sermon preached before the Honorable Council, and the Honorable House of Representatives of the Massachusetts-Bay, in New England. May 29th 1776.

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John Locke
Philosopher of American Liberty

Book by Mary-Elaine Swanson
Magnus opus by the accomplished scholar, biographer, and author of The Education of James Madison: A Model for Today, co-author with Marshall Foster of The American Covenant: The Untold Story, presenting the much-needed truth about John Locke, the most read and quoted thinker of our Independence era. From original sources Mrs. Swanson documents Locke's true Biblical Christianity as the source of his ideas, demonstrating that our Founders understood “the pursuit of happiness” as the Bible’s protection of property, and that the Bible is the underlying foundation of civil law and liberty proclaimed in the phrase “the Law of Nature and Nature’s God.”
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John Locke, the philosopher who gave the world the formula of “life, liberty, and property”; adviser to noblemen and to a king; sometime political refugee; hailed as the inspiration for the Declaration of Independence. Was he a Christian, or a deist?

Was he really the godfather of American independence, or a blind guide leading other blind men into a ditch?

In this meaty volume, the late Mary-Elaine Swanson (d. 2011) applied deep, extensive, and tightly-focused scholarship to demonstrate “how important Locke’s political ideas were-and still are-to a free people” (p. 5). The book is also a yeoman effort to rehabilitate Locke in the eyes of Christians with whom he has fallen out of favor.

Notable among those was R.J. Rushdoony. Let’s get down to business, and try to decide whether Ms. Swanson has adequately answered his objections. - Lee Duigon (

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Rick, Kara, Trey, Reagan, Kamryn and Rhett Green share a glimpse into their life as they have traveled this great Nation as a family, speaking on the importance of citizen involvement in preserving and passing on the torch of freedom to future generations.

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Amazing Grace DVD
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The History & Theology of Calvinism
by The Apologetics Group

Rich in graphics, dramatic vignettes, and biblical analogies, Amazing Grace The History and Theology of Calvinism features many of the finest thinkers of our time: Dr. R.C. Sproul, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. George Grant, Dr. Stephen Mansfield, Dr. Thomas Ascol, Dr. Thomas Nettles, Dr. Roger Schultz, Pastor Walt Chantry, Dr. Joe Morecraft, Dr. Ken Talbot, Pastor Walter Bowie, and Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.

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