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Lessons from Thomas Paine: The Destruction of Christianity
Lessons from Thomas Paine: The Destruction of Christianity

By: Lee Camp
Thomas Paine used the Bible for his critique of the political powers of his day but had no further use for it. Today, self-professed Christians use the Bible for their heedless pursuit of power.

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Lessons from Thomas Paine: Our Democratic Aristocracy
Lessons from Thomas Paine: Our Democratic Aristocracy

By: Lee Camp
Thomas Paine delivered a devastating blow by pointing out the flaws of a monarchy. Perhaps we need a modern-day Paine to help us see the flaws of the U.S.'s out-of-touch democratic aristocracy.

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Political Sleight-of-Hand Distracts from Weightier Issues
Political Sleight-of-Hand Distracts from Weightier Issues
Our leaders raise the specter of "Big Government" taking away our freedom, but their political sleight-of-hand distracts us from the realization that "Big Money" already has.
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President Obama's Tax Rhetoric Doesn't Match Reality
President Obama's Tax Rhetoric Doesn't Match Reality
Mitt Romney was pulverized for flip-flopping, shading ideas to the point of distortion and making up facts. Within weeks of re-election, President Obama has done the same thing.
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Warning Call to Clergy about Cap on Charitable Giving
Warning Call to Clergy about Cap on Charitable Giving
A forthright critique of Obama's plan to limit tax deductions on charitable giving is now required. Charitable giving is fundamental to tens of thousands of houses of faith and their many institutions.
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What is the Mark of Genuine Patriotism?
What is the Mark of Genuine Patriotism?
Nearly all governments use religion to legitimize themselves. But for people of faith, it's a denial of both honesty and of genuine patriotism to be silent in the face of injustice.
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What a Mustard Seed Teaches about Government's Size
What a Mustard Seed Teaches about Government's Size
Activists for smaller government must be delighted to know we soon will have fewer teachers, caseworkers and drug counselors. Instead of asking if government's too big, we should ask if it's providing essential services.
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Top U.K. Druid Charged with Money Fraud
LONDON (RNS) One of the prominent figures in the revived ancient priesthood of Druidism in Britain has been charged with fraud.
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Civility Project Disbands after Low Interest in Congress
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Civility Project is closing down after just three members of Congress agreed to the project’s pledge.
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Why Are Christians Silent on a Just Tax Policy?
Why Are Christians Silent on a Just Tax Policy?
There seems to be a roar of approval for reducing taxes with little concern for those who would be hurt by the curtailing of government services. When will Christians rise up for a just tax policy in our nation?
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Duties to the State from a Romanian Orthodox Church Perspective
Duties to the State from a Romanian Orthodox Church Perspective
Follow the blogs and social media, and you'll find plenty of hostility toward the government. There's talk of revolution and comparisons of President Obama to Hitler. Yet Scripture urges us to obey the civil government.
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As Deficits Grow, Will We Sacrifice Those in Need?
As Deficits Grow, Will We Sacrifice Those in Need?
Christians, in their freedom from self-preoccupation and from the law, are to work for the common good of the whole human family. Now that our nation is no longer flush with cash, will we choose to sacrifice those most in need?
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Think We Have Too Much Government? Think Again.
Think We Have Too Much Government? Think Again.
For some, less government would be a good thing. But if all government services disappeared tomorrow, those who demanded smaller government would demand that essential services be restored immediately.
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Medical Experiments Used to Refine Torture
Medical Experiments Used to Refine Torture
Medical professionals monitored and analyzed the responses of at least 25 prisoners to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. They were helping government lawyers justify ways to violate international law.
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 Britain's Gordon Brown – Virtues and Faults
Britain's Gordon Brown – Virtues and Faults
Gordon Brown's announcement to resign as the head of Great Britain's Labour Party represents the final dissolution of the force that took Labour to three election victories and kept it in power for 13 years.
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Funding Public Education is Vital to Democracy
Funding Public Education is Vital to Democracy
School districts across the country have fallen short of budget expectations and many are looking at reducing the number of teachers on staff. We must invest in public education. Our democracy depends on it.
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Who Do We Follow? Jesus or Jefferson?
Who Do We Follow? Jesus or Jefferson?
Some of our current political tension is best understood within the context of Jesus versus Thomas Jefferson. Broader social policies are more consistent with the ministry of Jesus than unbridled democracy.
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Lie To Me: Americans Don't Trust Gov't on Healthcare
Lie To Me: Americans Don't Trust Gov't on Healthcare
Nearly three-fourths of Americans believe that Congress doesn't listen to them about how to overhaul our broken health-care system. If the public's trust is broken, how do we move forward?
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Enemy of the People? Government is the People
Enemy of the People? Government is the People
Angry people, often shouting into radio microphones, accuse the government of being unable to provide services, administer programs or manage money. Exactly who are they demonizing?
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Too Many Politicians Please Party Leaders, Not Constituents
Too Many Politicians Please Party Leaders, Not Constituents
Elected officials have an obligation of aiming to please those they represent through the adoption and implementation of policies that justly serve the needs of all, rather than serving themselves or their political benefactors.
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Top 10 Reasons Not to Display the Ten Commandments
Top 10 Reasons Not to Display the Ten Commandments
Officials in White County, Georgia, placed the Ten Commandments on display in their courthouse with other historical documents. Here are 10 reasons why government displays of the Ten Commandments are a bad idea.
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Religious Resolution Distorts History about Nation's Founding
Religious Resolution Distorts History about Nation's Founding
The Congressional Prayer Caucus, a group of about 40 House Representatives, announced that it is introducing "America's Spiritual Heritage Resolution." A similar resolution has failed to gain traction in the past.
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No Matter Who's in Charge, Total Power Often Corrupts
No Matter Who's in Charge, Total Power Often Corrupts
Our nation is at its best when we have leadership that appreciates the value of bipartisan power and the presence of an opposing party that can call for accountability. Whenever one party holds the power, disaster looms.
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Politicians Leave Poor to be Devoured by Economic 'Wolves'
Politicians Leave Poor to be Devoured by Economic 'Wolves'
Like the hired hands of Jesus' day who ran for safety instead of protecting the sheep from wolves, many politicians lack the courage to protect the growing number of people who are suffering.
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Christian License Plates: Newest Way to Trivialize Our Faith
Christian License Plates: Newest Way to Trivialize Our Faith
Proposals to create state-sponsored, Christian license plates should be resisted by Christians. Do we really want to compare loyalty to Jesus the same way we do for our favorite university or saving the manatees?
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Trusting Fear Caused Many of Us to Turn Away from Injustice
Trusting Fear Caused Many of Us to Turn Away from Injustice
Why did so many of us permit torture, judicially unauthorized surveillance and assorted other improper actions to happen? We simply allowed fear-mongering to take the place of reason.
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Tortured Morality: Inhumane Treatment Should Be Investigated
Tortured Morality: Inhumane Treatment Should Be Investigated
Our nation has already tried and punished enlisted military personnel for inhumane treatment of people in their custody. Why should political officials and intelligence operatives receive immunity for similar or worse conduct?
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Alabama Voters May Have Their Say on Rewriting Constitution
Alabama Voters May Have Their Say on Rewriting Constitution
Alabama politicians have dodged the opportunity to allow Alabama voters to decide whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. This year may be different.
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The Real Problem with the “Sin Tax” – Not Big Enough
The Real Problem with the “Sin Tax” – Not Big Enough
North Carolina is among the states that are looking at "sin taxes" as a relatively easy means for increasing revenue – easy, so long as they can get by the powerful tobacco and alcohol lobbies.
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We Lost the Ideal of Collective Responsibility
We Lost the Ideal of Collective Responsibility
So long as we persist in holding on to the idea that government is some sort of alien power, is in fact our adversary, we will live as a nation divided against itself.
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Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
President Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress stood light-years apart from President George Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address.
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Senators Must Be Immune to Abuse of Power
Could it be that Democratic leaders Harry Reid and Dick Durbin didn’t get immunized to the abuse of power?
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Faith Makeup of Congress Reflects That of Country
That diversity will be on full display as the 111th Congress convenes and begins its work. According to recent analysis by Congressional Quarterly and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the new Congress' religious diversity is significantly representative of the diversity that exists in the country as a whole.
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Bold Claims for a National Reformation
Maybe it was the timing of New Year’s with all the resolutions and stuff, but I too am intrigued by Chopra’s simple yet bold request to our President-elect to reframe our national direction from warring to peace with nine basic steps.
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Congress Gives Itself Another Raise
On Dec. 12, congressmen and women gave themselves another raise. You read that right. A raise while all around them men and women are losing jobs, homes and no telling what else. The very days they spent shaming the CEOs, they knew that they were going to get a pay raise of $4,700.
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The Constitutional Convention and 'Christian America'
Religious Right advocates of “Christian America” make two claims, which they most often confuse.
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The Treaty of Tripoli and ‘Christian America’
The Treaty of Tripoli is of great significance for understanding the founders’ intention and understanding of the national government’s independence from religion.
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