How Different Was Supreme Court Justice John McLean from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy?

Supreme Court Justice John McLean was appointed by President Andrew Jackson in 1829.  Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy (who authored the Supreme Court’s recent legalization of same-sex “marriage”) was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.  Could these two Supreme Court justices think more differently?

Could someone like John McLean even been appointed to the Supreme Court today?  Would not his faith in the Bible as a foundation for liberty disqualify him?  Let us therefore take note of just how far our nation has drifted from where it previously stood with respect to God.

The morality of the Bible must continue to be the basis of our government. There is no other foundation for free institutions.
–  John McLean (1785-1861) U.S. Congressman and Supreme Court Justice

Source:  U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots by David Barton and George Barna, Frontline, 2014, page 103.

For an extensive list of quotes like this from American leaders, see Historic Quotes About the Bible.

 

Would Teddy Roosevelt Recognize Us?

The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life, that it would be literally – I do not mean figuratively, I mean literally – impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed.  We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards toward which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves.
–  Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th president of the United States

Source:  U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots by David Barton and George Barna, Frontline, 2014, page 103.

For an extensive list of quotes like this from American leaders, see Historic Quotes About the Bible.

The Best Thing We Could Do to Prevent Future Mass Shootings?

This is a fallen world, so nothing we do is guaranteed to stop shootings like the one at the Oregon college this week.  But if people were really serious about wanting to reduce the frequency of such incidents – which, by the way, they are not – they would focus on re-building a marriage culture in America.  This means they would be willing to give up sexual promiscuity – which they are not, which is what I mean about their not being serious about stopping such incidents.  They want solutions that don’t cost them anything.  It’s okay with them if their solutions cost others something – just so it doesn’t cost them anything.

(6-minute read; 1,417 words)

Source: The link between single mother welfare, fatherlessness, poverty, crime and school shootings | WINTERY KNIGHT

Should We Be Proud of Biblical Literacy…or Ashamed of Biblical Illiteracy?

With regard to the history contained in the Bible…”it is not so much praiseworthy to be acquainted with as it is shameful to be ignorant of it.” (from Letters of John Quincy Adams to His Son on the Bible and Its Teachings)
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States

Source:  U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots by David Barton and George Barna, Frontline, 2014, page 47.

For an extensive list of quotes like this from American leaders, see Historic Quotes About the Bible.

Understanding Social Scientists and Their Role

It has been said that social scientists use obscure statistical methods to demonstrate what is obvious to any rational person.

Source:  Byron Johnson on page 11 of The Bible in America by Steve Green and Todd Hillard, DustJacket Press, 2013.

That’s at best.  At worst, they lie to us…as in:

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

This quote is variously attributed to Mark Twain, Benjamin Disraeli, and others.  (Source: Wikipedia)

Beware of surveys.  We all wants facts.  And sometimes surveys provide them…but sometimes surveys can ignore or hide facts, too.  As with all human speech, we are dependent on the intelligence and integrity of those who conducted the survey and wrote about the results.

The word of God is the ultimate in reliability.  It’s hard for any human word to reach that standard…even if that human word comes laden with obscure statistical methods.

For example, God has told us about marriage, children, and how all that should work.  We should not be surprised therefore when social science confirms that children do best when raised by the mom and dad who love each other and brought that child into the world.  On the other hand, when we hear of a survey that says children of same-sex parents do just as well, we’d be wise to ask for more details about how the survey was conducted because it sounds like someone’s cooking the books.  It’s been my experience that surveys like this don’t stand up to much scrutiny, and for this reason opponents of God’s ways tend to accept them without scrutiny.

Follow-up Post:  Social Science Debunks Social Science (October 9, 2015)

 

Most People Who Get the News Aren’t Getting the News

When an independent party debunked Planned Parenthood’s claim that the organ trafficking videos were deceptively edited, the media didn’t even mention it.

The intrepid and ever-reliable Mollie Hemingway exposes the widespread corruption of mainstream media sources.  If you think you’re getting the news these days, are you considering the source?

Yes, America is burying its head in the sand about the abortion issue, but it is being supported in the burying by a press that is burying truth before it can even get to the public in the first place.  Journalists don’t even seem to realize that they have abandoned all allegiance to objectivity.

By contrast, when you read the Bible, you’re getting unvarnished truth.  Moreover, it’s good news.

(a 5-minute read; 1,315 words)

Source: Media Censors Analysis On Planned Parenthood Videos (The Federalist)

How Would Noah Webster Go About Choosing a Presidential Candidate…or Any Government Official?

In selecting men for [government] office, let principle be your guide…It is alleged by men of loose principles or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations.  But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine.  They direct that rulers should be men who “rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness [Exodus 18:21]…It is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens, that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations [white-collar larceny] and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government.
–  Noah Webster (1758-1843),  lexicographer, writer; called the “Father of American Scholarship and Education” and “Schoolmaster to America”

Source:  U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots by David Barton and George Barna, Frontline, 2014, page 171.

For an extensive list of quotes like this from American leaders, see Historic Quotes About the Bible.