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Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It's Not a Democracy

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It's Not a Democracy | Church & State | Scoop.it
Scientists have proven that our government is far from what we believe.
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Is this the kind of government that Christians should be happy with? Can we truly expect an oligarchy to respect and secure our rights?

Obviously, they are not respecting our right to have a relatively clean and sustainable environment and not to ingest toxic chemicals in our food. Already, the list of abuses is lengthy, if we were to list them all.

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McCutcheon: Another Blow to Democracy

McCutcheon: Another Blow to Democracy | Church & State | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 ruling striking down aggregate limits on political campaign contributions is no less destructive for being so widely predicted.
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Money = Free Speech

 

Strange, but that's how things are in America today. The more money you have, the more free speech you can have. In essence, you can legally buy politicians and gain more "free speech" that way.

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When the Government Does Theology

When the Government Does Theology | Church & State | Scoop.it
In the ongoing struggle between religious freedom and the Health and Human Services sterilization-contraception-abortifacient mandate, the arsenal of bad arguments deployed by the Obama administrat...
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Governments overstep their bounds when they impose secular religion on people of faith.

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Dominion in Genesis, Part 3/8: Do You Serve Two Masters?

Dominion in Genesis, Part 3/8: Do You Serve Two Masters? | Church & State | Scoop.it
We recognize two masters and become idolaters when we limit God to our private, religious life and otherwise embrace the rule of secular humanism.
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This is one of my posts, from the middle of my Dominion in Genesis series. Pietism was a movement within Christianity that advocated withdrawal from society and politics into Christian spiritual practices such as prayer. God wants us to be His spiritual people, but also to engage with the world. What we hear in our prayer closets, we should shout from the housetops (Matt. 10:27).

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Daily Kos: A brief history of God in the United States of America

Daily Kos: A brief history of God in the United States of America | Church & State | Scoop.it
This past week, conservatives found yet another reason to condemn President Barack Obama as "un-American." The Muslim Kenyan Socialist showed his true colors, they said, by omitting the words "under ...
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You may have a different view of church-state history in America. As always, you are free to leave a comment.

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Best Way to Help Poor

Best Way to Help Poor | Church & State | Scoop.it
Debt-Free Money Will Help Us All Prosper   Are you concerned about helping the world’s poorest people? If so, you should definitely be concerned about how our money is created, and who creates it.
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One role of the state is to issue the national currency and regulate its value. In this article, I explain why private entities such as the Federal Reserve Bank cannot be trusted with this responsibility.

 

If we are serious about not only helping the poor but every class and sector of society, we need to start with honest money. (No, I don't think a few aristocrats constitutes a separate "class.")

 

For anyone interested in Libertarianism, I respond to some Libertarian proposals in this article.

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WallBuilders - Issues and Articles - The Separation of Church and State

Issues and Articles - The Separation of Church and State ,"Learn more about the origin of the phrase "separation of church and state," the expression Justice William Rehnquist described as "a misleading metaphor.""...
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The courts have gotten it backwards in our time.

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"I'm Just a Mom!" Daphne Lee Gives Powerful Speech Against NDAA in Clark County, Nevada

"I'm Just a Mom!" Daphne Lee Gives Powerful Speech Against NDAA in Clark County, Nevada | Church & State | Scoop.it
After making her wait 8 hours, the Clark County Commission decided to hear Daphne Lee speak against the NDAA in Clark County, NV. What followed was one of the most powerful public comments in history.
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When the federal government refuses to respect the Constitution, the only aternative (besides prayer of course) is to take action at the state and local levels.

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Why Care About the NSA? - Brian Knappenberger Op-Doc

Why Care About the NSA? - Brian Knappenberger Op-Doc | Church & State | Scoop.it
11/25/2013

This Op-Doc video by Brian Knappenberger explains why ordinary Americans should be concerned about online surveillance.
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Is this rightfully a Christian concern? I certainly think so.

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The Connection Between Extreme Individualism and Tyranny | Center For A Just Society

The Connection Between Extreme Individualism and Tyranny | Center For A Just Society | Church & State | Scoop.it
Patrick J. Deneen shares a speech he gave to ISI students on the site Front Porch Republic (click here to read the whole thing). The speech is a bit of a
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Christians knitted into the Church community will be a (super)natural barrier to government tyranny. Extreme individualism is not the answer.

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Close the N.S.A.’s Back Doors

Close the N.S.A.’s Back Doors | Church & State | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency undermines confidence in communication by weakening encryption.
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Even the liberal, statist New York Times is fed up with NSA's rampant snooping and spying on the communications of innocent people.

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Forget ‘Islamophobia’. Let’s Tackle Islamism

Forget ‘Islamophobia’. Let’s Tackle Islamism | Church & State | Scoop.it
Source: Standpoint. I have long argued that the very word “Islamophobia” is a nonsense term. A “phobia” is something of which one is irrationally afraid.
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We need real discussions of the issues. It does no good to resort to buzzword accusations such as the word "Islamophobia."

 

First, we need a religious (Christian) and educated people who are interested in, and able to understand complex phenomena such as the religion of Islam and its followers.

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Sharia law riding high in Britain

Sharia law riding high in Britain | Church & State | Scoop.it
Source: Dispatch International. Nahla Mahmoud came to the UK seeking freedom and security. What she found was sharia law, death threats, and a frightened establishment that refused to defend her. Welcome Nahla – to multicultural Britain.
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If you're British, I hope you don't talk only about America's problems.

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Thoughts on Justice and the Wisdom of Solomon

Thoughts on Justice and the Wisdom of Solomon | Church & State | Scoop.it
This post is the start of something new! You may not know this, but sometimes I preach a little “sermon” on Twitter.
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On why Christians should avoid secular courts as much as possible.

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Marginal Christianity: The Seduction of Worldly Political Power

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Anyone who would use unjust means to obtain power will also use power unjustly.

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3 Simple Changes That Could Fix the Economy

3 Simple Changes That Could Fix the Economy | Church & State | Scoop.it
Bank lending for house price bubbles, real businesses, and financial market speculation. People are always trying to find ways to work smarter, be more pro
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This is 4-minute video is immensely informative & worth your time! I believe this is the #1 most needed change in the world today, other than general repentance and turning to God.

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Is it time to separate church and state marriages?

Is it time to separate church and state marriages? | Church & State | Scoop.it
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I agree with the premise. Churches should be sovereign over the institution of marriage, not the state. The Bible's definition of marriage may differ from how a secular government defines it.

 

I proposed in my book, Return to Genesis, that Christian ministers should define marriage, conduct marriages from the license to the ceremony, and oversee divorce cases.

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This Mind Blowing Fact Proves That Christian Churches Cannot Provide For The Poor

This Mind Blowing Fact Proves That Christian Churches Cannot Provide For The Poor | Church & State | Scoop.it
Source: Addicting Info. The Christian Right tells us we should be angry at the government for running up debt. Yet, now we find out that more than 60% of their own churches are in debt?
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DivorceCorp and the dire need for Christian judiciary

DivorceCorp and the dire need for Christian judiciary | Church & State | Scoop.it
A new documentary called DivorceCorp is set to hit theaters tonight and through the weekend. It is part exposé and part call for reform of the family court system. The exposé promises to be very important.
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I proposed in Return to Genesis that Christians throughout the world should establish Christian courts, especially to handle divorce cases involving Christians.

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China's barbaric one-child policy

China's barbaric one-child policy | Church & State | Scoop.it
For more than 30 years, China has upheld a strict one-child policy.
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People often have a good idea of how many babies they should have. Leave it up to them. Abortion is murder.

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InvestmentWatchBlog - Fed Hides Trillions? Lawsuit In U.S. District Court Accuses The Fed Of “Embezzling” $7 Trillion From The United States - 26 November 2013

InvestmentWatchBlog - Fed Hides Trillions? Lawsuit In U.S. District Court Accuses The Fed Of “Embezzling” $7 Trillion From The United States - 26 November 2013 | Church & State | Scoop.it
Lawsuit in U.S. District Court accuses the Fed of “embezzling” $7 Trillion from the United States As requested, here is the Scribd link to the legal cite: www.investmentwatchblog.com / link to orig...
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This is what happens when pietistic Christians let the State do whatever it wants. Christians in prayer closets did nothing to prevent private banks from embezzling trillions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers.

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Muccings: Should churches encourage and equip Bible-believing Christians to influence public policy?

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In general, Christians are very confused about church-state issues. This is because most Christians accept the existence of a secular-church division. This leaves us hoping that the government will respect natural law as we would define it (with the Bible's help). Of course, secularists will follow their own reasoning without consulting the Bible.

 

I don't accept church-state dualism, but I do recognize church and state as separate, God-ordained institutions.

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Sharia Threatens All Women, Muslim and Non-Muslim

Sharia Threatens All Women, Muslim and Non-Muslim | Church & State | Scoop.it
Source: Standpoint. Our hard-won freedoms are endangered by Islamic law and the relativists who endorse its acceptance in Western societies. Sharia law is turning back the clock on hard-won rights for women in the West.
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Here's an issue for feminists to be genuinely concerned about.

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Democrat Says Amnesty Threatens the ‘Social Contract’

Democrat Says Amnesty Threatens the ‘Social Contract’ | Church & State | Scoop.it
If our leaders ignore immigration law enforcement and push for an unneeded Amnesty, we will inevitably see a continuing breakdown of respect for our Rule of Law.
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I'm undecided on this issue. I'm only providing information.

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