Lockdowns on Virginia Baptists shaped James Madison’s views on Freedom of Conscience
In times of crisis, people turn to Christ, and following the crisis of the French and Indian War, there was a move towards religion in the colonies. Virginia’s government, though, was established Anglican and imposed strict lockdowns on unapproved church gatherings. A Virginia historical marker reads: “John Weatherford’s Grave … Baptist Preacher … and early advocate of religious liberty, jailed for five months … for unlicensed preaching. His release was secured by Patrick Henry.”
On March 15, 1984, the U.S. Senate voted down children praying in public schools. President Ronald Reagan said: “I am deeply disappointed that, although a majority of the Senate voted for it, the school prayer amendment fell short.”
On September 25, 1982, Reagan said: “Unfortunately, in the last two decades we’ve experienced an onslaught of such twisted logic that if Alice were visiting America, she might think she’d never left Wonderland. We’re told that it somehow violates the rights of others to permit students in a school who desire to pray to do so. Clearly, this infringes on the freedom of those who choose to pray, the freedom taken for granted since the time of our Founding Fathers …”
IN GOD WE TRUST National Motto: Francis Scott Key’s anthem & his fight to free slaves
In 1820, a U.S. revenue cutter captured the slave ship Antelope off the coast of Florida with nearly 300 African slaves.
Francis Scott Key was the defense counsel for the Africans, many of whom were just young teenagers.
Key had come from a wealthy slave-holding family in Maryland, but as with many leaders after the Revolution, his views evolved to advocating for an end of slavery.Key fought to free the slaves of the Antelope, spending his own time and money in an expensive legal battle that dragged on for seven years.
Arguing their case before the Supreme Court in 1825, Francis Scott Key, as recorded by Henry S. Foote: “… greatly surpassed the expectations of his most admiring friends … Key closed with … an electrifying picture of the horrors connected with the African slave trade.”
I recently received this eBooklet, that clearly points out the dangerous path American youth have been traveling for the past 20 years or so.
EVERY DAY, SOCIALISM BECOMES MORE AND more popular among young Americans.
There are 3 big reasons why:
1. Socialism is being marketed to young people as kind, selfless, and community-focused, 2. Many people are unaware of Socialism’s dismal record, and 3. Young people are not being taught America’s founding principles, so they are unprepared to combat the narratives they hear in their schools and colleges.
In normal times, Victor Davis Hansen agreed, talking about America’s founding wouldn’t be controversial. But these are not normal times. And the fierce reaction to President Trump’s 1776 project proves it.
The following is from Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College, and chair the President’s 1776 Advisory Commission.
The Commission issued its 1776 Report this past Monday. The report calls for a return to the unifying principles stated in the Declaration of Independence. It quotes the greatest Americans, black and white, men and women, in devotion to these principles. It acknowledges the many ways we have fallen short of them even as it celebrates, following Abraham Lincoln, the influence for good that they exercised to the benefit of all. It acknowledges the way we fall short of them today and argues that it is only by returning to them that our current evils can be corrected. It calls for a civics education that fosters reverence for these principles, beginning with an accurate and honest teaching of American history. It is not a partisan document.
The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and other publications have made positive note of the report. The New York Times, the Washington Post, and other mainstream media organizations condemned the report, almost entirely for things it does not say. On Wednesday, the 1776 Commission was abolished by one of President Biden’s first executive orders.
This is the kind of cooperation and civility that I remember from our rightly ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES when I was young. Not the bitterness and infighting of today.
Pa. state reps reach across the aisle to promote civility; the keystone of democracy
As a Democratic state representative from Philadelphia and a Republican state representative from Cumberland County, we developed a lasting friendship that started with a simple “hello” on the House floor. An effort that has become critical to us is restoring civility and bipartisanship in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Toward that end, we have joined forces to form a first-of-its-kind bipartisan caucus for the upcoming 2021-22 legislative session.
This is an article I came across from 2018, but a newer (late 2019) poll conducted by YouGov/Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, found that at least 70 percent of Americans between the ages of 23 and 38 were somewhat likely to cast a ballot for a socialist. Eventually, they will be the leadership of this country and that could spell the end to the U.S. as our Founding Fathers envisioned it.
What Americans Must Know About Socialism
1. Socialism is no longer a parlor game for academics but a political alternative taken seriously by millennials.
2. “They don’t recognize that much of what they enjoy in life is a result of capitalism and would disappear if socialism were to be implemented.”
3. This is the reality of socialism — a pseudo-religion grounded in pseudo-science and enforced by political tyranny.