Sunday, September 8, 2013

So, Tomorrow...Project Truth Comes To Soup's Campus

July 2013
“Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with God (Mic. 6:8)
It was July or August of l993 when Murray Lewis, John Ficker and I (Bud Reeves) met together to
form a prolife ministry to be called the Sanctity of Human Life Network. For years Murray had led a
ministry called the Christian Action Council but it had recently folded at the national level. I had just
retired from my career as a Special Agent in Charge with the NCIS and had moved into the Sacramento
area. The three of us were all committed Christians and we all agreed that the greatest moral failure of
our time, abortion, was killing children, wounding women and men with post-abortion syndrome (PAS).
At the time there were ministries in existence to help women in crisis pregnancy situations but there
were none organized to confront the injustice of abortion as it existed at Planned Parenthood and four
other abortion mills in our area.
We decided to incorporate as an educational 501 c3 and chose our ministry scriptural anchor as Micah
6:8 which has appeared on our newsletters since our inception. We would have no paid officers and
would all volunteer our time and resources, depending on the prayers and goodwill offerings of people,
like you, who appreciate the ministry. Murray left SOHLNET IN 1999 to plan for and eventually open a
home for unwed moms called Love Them Both Ministries where he has done a great work. Over the
years great men and women of faith have served on our ministry board of directors, for which we are
greatly indebted.
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or dessert) if you are able.
Guest Speaker: Don Blythe from At the Well
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with stories of his 30 years of rescue and sidewalk
counseling. Five area pastors will be recognized for
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"All it takes for evil to
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a
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of WWII. Courageous young
minister that denounced the
German church's failure to
speak out against the
Jewish genocide. His
colleagues dismissed him
as a fanatic. In 1945, he was
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Germany lay in ruins, her
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Are you or do you know a college aged student, 18-30, prolife and a committed Christian who
would like to join us for some of the most rewarding mission assignments available today? We are
looking for young people in the Sacramento and Stockton areas to travel with us on our Fall or
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campus days are Mondays and Tuesday. We will provide transportation and lodging and help with
meals. Please call Bud at 916 -261-3421 if interested.

“In the past five years, 29 states have imposed new restrictions on abortions. California headed in the opposite direction.
Lest Californians think what happens beyond this state's borders will always stay there, meet Kimberly Yee.
Well-schooled in the ways of politics, Yee worked for the Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger administrations. Now back home in Arizona, she is a first-term state senator who is leading efforts to curb abortion, a winning issue for a politician on the rise in her Republican-controlled state.
"I've vowed to carry legislation for those who have no voice," Yee said by phone. "The politics of abortion are very different here."
With help from anti-abortion groups Center for Arizona Policy and Americans United for Life, Yee carried House Bill 2036, signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in 2012, to ban abortions past the 20th week of pregnancy.
Abortion rights advocates including the ACLU sued to block the measure from taking effect. Reversing a federal judge in Phoenix who upheld the law, the San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals two weeks ago ruled that Yee's measure violated Roe v. Wade, the 40-year-old Supreme Court decision that legalized abortions nationally.
Yee's allies are certain to appeal. Although the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a fraction of the cases that are appealed to it, Arizona is at the head of the line of states that are mounting ever more aggressive challenges to Roe v. Wade.
California might seem worlds away from its next-door neighbor on the issue of abortion. In many ways, it is. This state's supreme court legalized abortion in 1969, four years before Roe v. Wade. California protects the right of privacy for everyone, including women wrestling with the most personal of issues. That's how it ought to be.
But even here, access to abortion remains an issue. In contrast to what is happening in most of the nation, however, legislators here are looking for ways to solve that issue, to their credit.
Five of the seven California counties with the highest rates of teenage births are in the southern end of the Central Valley. Tulare and Kern counties are first- and second-worst, followed by Kings, Madera and Fresno counties.
Not coincidentally, access to family planning and clinics that provide Medi-Cal abortions for low-income women is tight in those counties. There's one provider in Kern County, none in Tulare and Kings counties, two in Fresno, and one in Madera County, according to Access Women's Health Justice, which compiles such information.
Under current California law, only physicians are permitted to perform abortions. That limits access, given that doctors are scarce in much of the state.
At the behest of Planned Parenthood and its allies, and backed by many physicians, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, is carrying a bill to authorize nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physicians' assistants to be trained to perform first-trimester abortions.
Also at Planned Parenthood's urging, Assemblyman Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat who is a doctor, is pushing AB 980 to ease outdated building standards that are unique to clinics where abortions are performed and can add 20 percent to construction costs.
The Assembly approved Atkins' bill by a 48-22 vote and Pan's bill by a 47-21 margin. The Senate likely will approve them both.
Just as Kimberly Yee's bill never would pass in Sacramento, Atkins' and Pan's bills would not get out of committees in most other statehouses.
That's especially true since 2007, when a divided U.S. Supreme Court limited Roe v. Wade by upholding the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act signed by then-President George W. Bush.
Since then, 29 states have tightened abortion access. At least 10 states, including Arizona, adopted laws requiring that physicians perform ultrasounds before aborting pregnancies, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks such developments.
Several states impose waiting periods, including one where the wait is 72 hours. Several others require so-called counseling for women that is intended to dissuade women from making what already is a tough decision.
Arizona is one of 10 states that passed laws all but banning abortions after pregnancies reach 20 weeks. Arkansas passed a law to ban abortions past 12 weeks. North Dakota passed a law banning abortion after six weeks.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life concluded in a primer on abortion law that the 2007 decision signaled that a majority on the court is willing to "rethink important premises in this legal debate, so it would not be surprising if the Supreme Court eventually were to take up the issues raised by this new restriction on the availability of abortions in the second trimester of pregnancy." That's where Arizona could come in.
The Supreme Court last week left in place an appellate court ruling that struck down an Indiana statute that defunded family planning clinics. But many more abortion challenges are en route, notably one involving Yee's HB 2036.
Yee has ascended fast since returning to Phoenix in 2006, after spending two years as a deputy cabinet secretary to Schwarzenegger in Sacramento working on education issues. She spent time as a legislative aide in Arizona and as spokeswoman for Arizona's state treasurer. Having ingratiated herself to conservatives, she was appointed to fill a vacant House seat in 2010 and won her Senate seat last year.
"Kimberly is a young, conservative, pro-life woman who is making waves on the national stage," said Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, who helped Yee write HB 2036. Clearly pleased with the legislator, Herrod sees Yee as a future statewide candidate.
If the bill that Yee carried ever is implemented, physicians who perform abortions after 20 weeks could face six months in jail and $2,500 fines.
Maricopa District Attorney Bill Montgomery, who supports the measure and is joining the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, said the law is defensible because the safety of women is at greater risk when abortions are done after 20 weeks, and because fetuses feel pain at that point – claims disputed by the law's opponents.
Michelle Steinberg, public policy director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, noted that most abortions occur before the 20th week. Later abortions generally are done because fetuses have serious abnormalities. Hindering women from ending such pregnancies is especially pernicious.
"Who you elect influences how you get your health care," said Kathy Kneer, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.
Women seeking help could come across the border, if they could afford the travel. Unlike most states, California's constitution guarantees the right to privacy, though Arizona's constitution has a privacy clause, too. California voters firmly support abortion rights. At some point, however, extreme steps taken outside California's borders will have an impact here.
This column was modified from the original to correct the organizations filing suit against Arizona's 2012 law. Follow Dan Morain on Twitter @danielmorain. Back columns,

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Planned Parenthood protects and defends women's access to a full range of reproductive health care, including abortion services.
Decisions about childbearing should be made by women, their families, and their doctors — not by politicians.
In order to make an informed decision, women need information on all reproductive health care options and should have the ability to access obtain safe, legal abortion services without interference from the government.

History of Abortion Law in California

1850 – Penal Code Section 274
  • Outlawed all abortion unless necessary to preserve a woman’s life.
Mid-20th-Century: Illegal abortions became the leading cause of maternal death, disability and infertility. For example, in 1961 LA County Hosptal admitted over 3,500 patients treated for illegal abortions1.
1967 – California's Governor Ronald Reagan signs the Therapeutic Abortion Act
  • Made abortion legal if authorized by a hospital committee that finds the pregnancy will gravely impair a woman’s physical or mental health, or where a local district attorney or court finds probable cause to believe the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.
1969 – People v. Belous California Supreme Court decision
  • Ruled that women have a fundamental right to decide whether to have a child and to protect their health.
1973 – Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision
  • Ruled that government may not prohibit abortion before fetal viability or if abortion is necessary to preserve the woman’s health.
2000 – Senate Bill 370 (Sen. John Burton)
2002 – Senate Bill 1301 (Sen. Sheila Kuehl)
  • Repealed the 1967 Therapeutic Abortion Act and established a contemporary abortion law for California:
Health & Safety Code Section 123462 (2002)
“The Legislature finds and declares that every individual possesses a fundamental right of privacy with respect to personal reproductive decisions. Accordingly, it is the public policy of the State of California that: (a) Every individual has the fundamental right to choose or refuse birth control. (b) Every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child or to choose and to obtain an abortion, except as specifically limited by this article. The state may not deny or interfere with a woman's right to choose or obtain an abortion prior to viability of the fetus, or when the abortion is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.”
Planned Parenthood protects women's health by opposing harmful laws at the federal, state, and local level that would limit access to safe and legal abortion. Our volunteers fill the in-boxes of legislators with messages opposing laws that would restrict women’s access to safe reproductive care. Visit our Get Involved page to view current campaigns and get involved. Join our email list today to stay informed and help us protect access to reproductive health care services.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California lobbies all levels of government for common-sense policies that prevent unplanned pregnancy and the need for abortion.


1. Kistner, Medical Indications for Contraception: Changing Viewpoints (editorial) (1965) 25 Obst. & Gynec. 285, 286.

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Oklahoma sep. church state

nobody wins if Oklahoma removes the section of their state constitution that separates church and state-- how could there be a peaceable transfer of power if every state did that? I did not start a thread to WIN...I started a thread to give voice to my concern that a rising theonomy threatens democracy...
"The proposal calls for voters to consider removing Article 2, Section 5 of the state constitution."
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Section II-5: Public money or property - Use for sectarian purposes.

No public money or property shall ever be appropriated,
applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use,
benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system
of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest,
preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or
sectarian institution as such.

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So...if no religious test shall be required, wtf, Bill? Wtf?
The proposal calls for voters to consider removing Article 2, Section 5 of the s...See More

Soup McGee ^^^^is that according to God's Plan Bill? To remove separation of Church and state explicitly from the Constitution? Where in the bible does the text lay out the process for the peaceable transfer of power in a democratic republic, Bill? Where? That is the point of the to try?
Soup McGee -- with separation explicitly removed, would not a personhood amendment possibly lead to the death penalty for faultless miscarriage?

things to Know:

Fascist Christian Anarchist Nativist Idiocy Number One:

Hold Both sides of Irritatingly Wrong Position

two: blame you for confusing the issue

three: ignore any ANY ANY ANY piece of relevant information

four: invoke the Christian God as the only authority (and the flag as His ass-rag )blasphemy)

five: ignore reality when presented by anyone outside said failed philosophy- that's both Fascist and Distorted...

six: having deprived you of Your Identity they bully You with their Factual Opinion...but

seven: education is not allowed. Anyone claiming expertise or displaying critical thinking is expelled and ostracized. This allows the Right Society to use...

eight: scare tactics intended to convert any on the fence or love-loving people who hear Jesus and weep for their mother

nine: return to flipping/projection, so you are the one who is challenging Their Blasphemous Christian Dogma-HOW DARE YOU!

10: in always being right, and conflating bullying with violence, and disagreement with bullying, weakness, we are now lefty godhaters who deserve to be incarcerated before we further damage God's American Kingdom On Earth...

questions to ask: :

Are states Already allowed to punish miscarriage as abortion, as a States Right not delegated to the Federal Gov.?

Are black (not-white) people marked by their skin as sinners? Some sects of your religion and others believe this.

Should abortion be criminalized?

What should the punishment be?

Who should enforce this ‘law?’
Should homosexual activity in public (or anywhere) be a "misdemeanor" or criminal issue under the tenth amendment?
Some people say they are Christians. How do I know You are?
Are people capable of effectively governing people? Or is the current Admin. 'Illegal' Under God?

“Cognitive Distortions
Aaron Beck first proposed the theory behind cognitive distortions and David Burns was responsible for popularizing it with common names and examples for the distortions.
1. Filtering.
We take the negative details and magnify them while filtering out all positive aspects of a situation. For instance, a person may pick out a single, unpleasant detail and dwell on it exclusively so that their vision of reality becomes darkened or distorted.
2. Polarized Thinking.
Things are e
ither “black-or-white.” We have to be perfect or we’re a failure–there is no middle ground. You place people or situations in “either/or” categories, with no shades of gray or allowing for the complexity of most people and situations. If your performance falls short of perfect, you see yourself as a total failure.
3. Overgeneralization.
We come to a general conclusion based on a single incident or piece of evidence. If something bad happens once, we expect it to happen over and over again. A person may see a single, unpleasant event as a never-ending pattern of defeat.
4. Jumping to Conclusions.
Without individuals saying so, we know what they are feeling and why they act the way they do. In particular, we are able to determine how people are feeling toward us. For example, a person may conclude that someone is reacting negatively toward them and don’t actually bother to find out if they are correct. Another example is a person may anticipate that things will turn out badly, and will feel convinced that their prediction is already an established fact.
5. Catastrophizing.
We expect disaster to strike, no matter what. This is also referred to as “magnifying or minimizing.” We hear about a problem and use what if questions (e.g., “What if tragedy strikes?” “What if it happens to me?”).
For example, a person might exaggerate the importance of insignificant events (such as their mistake, or someone else’s achievement). Or they may inappropriately shrink the magnitude of significant events until they appear tiny (for example, a person’s own desirable qualities or someone else’s imperfections).
6. Personalization.
Thinking that everything people do or say is some kind of reaction to us. We also compare ourselves to others trying to determine who is smarter, better looking, etc. A person sees themselves as the cause of some unhealthy external event that the were not responsible for. For example, “We were late to the dinner party and caused the hostess to overcook the meal. If I had only pushed my husband to leave on time, this wouldn’t have happened.”
7. Control Fallacies.
If we feel externally controlled, we see ourselves as helpless a victim of fate. For example, “I can’t help it if the quality of the work is poor, my boss demanded I work overtime on it.” The fallacy of internal control has us assuming responsibility for the pain and happiness of everyone around us. For example, “Why aren’t you happy? Is it because of something I did?”
8. Fallacy of Fairness.
We feel resentful because we think we know what is fair, but other people won’t agree with us. As our parents tell us, “Life is always fair,” and people who go through life applying a measuring ruler against every situation judging its “fairness” will often feel badly and negative because of it.
9. Blaming.
We hold other people responsible for our pain, or take the other track and blame ourselves for every problem. For example, “Stop making me feel bad about myself!” Nobody can “make” us feel any particular way — only we have control over our own emotions and emotional reactions.
10. Shoulds.
We have a list of ironclad rules about how others and we should behave. People who break the rules make us angry, and we feel guilty when we violate these rules. A person may often believe they are trying to motivate themselves with shoulds and shouldn’ts, as if they have to be punished before they can do anything.
For example, “I really should exercise. I shouldn’t be so lazy.” Musts and oughts are also offenders. The emotional consequence is guilt. When a person directs should statements toward others, they often feel anger, frustration and resentment.
11. Emotional Reasoning.
We believe that what we feel must be true automatically. If we feel stupid and boring, then we must be stupid and boring. You assume that your unhealthy emotions reflect he way things really are — “I feel it, therefore it must be true.”
12. Fallacy of Change.
We expect that other people will change to suit us if we just pressure or cajole them enough. We need to change people because our hopes for happiness seem to depend entirely on them.
13. Global Labeling.
We generalize one or two qualities into a negative global judgment. These are extreme forms of generalizing, and are also referred to as “labeling” and “mislabeling.” Instead of describing an error in context of a specific situation, a person will attach an unhealthy label to themselves.
For example, they may say, “I’m a loser” in a situation where they failed at a specific task. When someone else’s behavior rubs a person the wrong way, they may attach an unhealthy label to him, such as “He’s a real jerk.” Mislabeling involves describing an event with language that is highly colored and emotionally loaded. For example, instead of saying someone drops her children off at daycare every day, a person who is mislabeling might say that “she abandons her children to strangers.”
14. Always Being Right.
We are continually on trial to prove that our opinions and actions are correct. Being wrong is unthinkable and we will go to any length to demonstrate our rightness. For example, “I don’t care how badly arguing with me makes you feel, I’m going to win this argument no matter what because I’m right.” Being right often is more important than the feelings of others around a person who engages in this cognitive distortion, even loved ones.
15. Heaven’s Reward Fallacy.
We expect our sacrifice and self-denial to pay off, as if someone is keeping score. We feel bitter when the reward doesn’t come.
So now that you know what cognitive distortions are, how do you go about undoing them? Read how in Fixing Cognitive Distortions.
Beck, A. T. (1976). Cognitive therapies and emotional disorders. New York: New American Library.
Burns, D. D. (1980). Feeling good: The new mood therapy. New York: New American Library.”

Don, a pro-life abortion activist from the California group Project Truth, responds to challenges from students outside the EMU. "We think abortion is the biggest Holocaust in the world," Don explained, "and we have biological facts on our side." When asked why his group uses such controversial graphic images in their displays, Don responded, "My team has been to over 76 schools, and we hear the same thing at every campus: 'I never knew this is what it looked like'." (Michael Arellano/Emerald)
Posted by Ian Campbell on Monday, Oct. 15 at 12:40 pm.
Project Truth, a group that travels around to different colleges to promote pro-life beliefs, displayed graphic images of the abortion process in front of the EMU Amphitheater Monday afternoon.
Pro-choice student protesters took a place right in front of Project Truth to try to comfort students and to defend women’s rights.
“We find that their tactics are really wrong. It’s using other people’s suffering for political gain, and it’s just wrong,” said Aurora Laybourn-Candish, the organizer of the counter protest. “They’re triggering students. We want to be a form of solidarity. I want (students) to voice their own opinions, without being coerced.”
Project Truth has traveled to more than 70 different colleges across the nation to educate students about abortion and to answer any questions.
The group will occupy the EMU Amphitheater Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Between 1933 and 1945, Germany's National Socialist (Nazi) government under Adolf Hitler used its monopoly of authority to attempt to rid German territory of people who did not fit its vision of a "master Aryan race." Foremost among the so–called racial enemies, according to the Nazis' antisemitic ideology, were the Jews. When Germany's pursuit of "living space" led to World War II and the conquest of much of Europe, the Nazis undertook the systematic murder of every Jew in Europe.

Many other groups were targets of persecution and even murder under the Nazis’ ideology, including Germans with mental and physical disabilities, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma ("Gypsies"), Poles, and Soviet prisoners of war. Millions perished in this state–sponsored tyranny.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of all who suffered during this unprecedented tragedy. This online exhibition examines the campaign of persecution and violence against the homosexuals of Germany.

The Nazi campaign against homosexuality targeted the more than one million German men who, the state asserted, carried a "degeneracy" that threatened the "disciplined masculinity" of Germany. Denounced as "antisocial parasites" and as "enemies of the state," more than 100,000 men were arrested under a broadly interpreted law against homosexuality. Approximately 50,000 men served prison terms as convicted homosexuals, while an unknown number were institutionalized in mental hospitals. Others—perhaps hundreds—were castrated under court order or coercion. Analyses of fragmentary records suggest that between 5,000 and 15,000 homosexual men were imprisoned in concentration camps, where many died from starvation, disease, exhaustion, beatings, and murder.

In the racist practice of Nazi eugenics, women were valued primarily for their ability to bear children. The state presumed that women homosexuals were still capable of reproducing. Lesbians were not systematically persecuted under Nazi rule, but they nonetheless did suffer the loss of their own gathering places and associations.

Nazi Germany did not seek to kill all homosexuals. Nevertheless, the Nazi state, through active persecution, attempted to terrorize German homosexuals into sexual and social conformity, leaving thousands dead and shattering the lives of many more.

A homosexual couple in Posen. Germany, date uncertain.

A homosexual couple. Berlin, Germany, ca. 1930.

Two friends in Berlin. Germany, 1926.

Friends at an outing in Berlin. Germany, 1930.
Exhibition Sponsors
This exhibition was underwritten in part by grants from the Duane Rath Endowment Fund and the Foundation for Civil Rights, with additional support from the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibition Fund, established in 1990.


American Indian Holocaust and Survival: A Population History Since 1492
 By Russell Thornton

Minimum wage?

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·  Barton: Jesus Opposed the Minimum Wage | Right Wing Watch
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·  Checking David Barton's Biblical Citations | Right Wing Watch
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Income Tax?

David Barton Promotes Disputed Immigration Study Co-Authored by Guy Who Says Hispanics Are Dumber than Whites

By Dan | Published Barton, the religious right’s favorite pseudo-historian, is promoting a disputed Heritage Foundation study that says immigration reform will cost taxpayers trillions of dollars in welfare and other public costs. We’ll leave to pro-reform groups to argue why the Heritage study is flawed. (But we’ll note that some conservative are arguing that immigration reform would lower the deficit. Moreover, the Social Security Administration says it would boost Social Security.)
We also won’t quibble here over Barton’s portrayal of reform as “amnesty.” But we do think it’s interesting that the study Barton is promoting was co-authored by someone with some stunning views on race and intelligence.
Co-author Jason Richwine has also argued in the past that immigrants on average have lower IQs than white Americans and that at least part of the reason for that is genetics. His doctoral dissertation called for a policy that excludes immigrants with lower IQs (calling it “IQ selection”). Here’s what he said about Hispanic immigrants:
“No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”
Heritage Foundation has sought to distance itself from Richwine’s views on immigrants and intelligence (but not, of course, his claims about the cost of immigration reform). But we wonder: is it really surprising that someone who thinks Hispanics are genetically predisposed to be dumber than non-Hispanic white Americans would also conclude that Hispanic immigrants will cost taxpayers more money in welfare and other public spending?

The Bible and Taxes
David Barton - 04/27/2006

Capital Gains Taxes
The Capital Gains Tax, which is a tax on profits, actually penalizes a person for success the more profit you make the more you have to pay (i.e., the more profit a person makes the higher tax rate they pay on that profit/windfall from an investment). However, In the Bible, the more profit you make the more you are rewarded. Both the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) and the parable of the minas (Luke 19:12-27) conflict with the notion of a tax on capital gains. “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” In other words, the Bible implies that those who do well (invest) with what they have will be given more.

The parable of the landowner and laborers (Matthew 20:1-16) is applicable to the employer/employee relationship and the issue of wages. The landowner hires workers at different times of the day and yet pays each worker the same amount at the end of the day. When the workers hired first complain, the landowner replies, “Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?” (“things” is translated as “money” in some versions) There is an implication that the landowner had a right to determine the wages his workers received, as well as an implication that the workers could accept or reject the landowner's offer of work. James 5:4 provides a balance in that the Lord hears the cries of the laborers who are cheated out of wages they are due.

Income Taxes
The current income tax structure in the United States mandates a higher tax rate or percentage the more a person makes. This tax system is contradicted by scripture, especially Exodus 30:11-15, which provided a “half a shekel” tax for everyone numbered. Verse 15 states: “The rich shall not give more and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel.” In addition, the Biblical Tithe is not applied progressively, rather it is applied equally to everyone (“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's. It is holy to the Lord. . . .And concerning the tithe of the herd or the flock, of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30,32).

Inheritance Taxes
The Bible speaks to the issue of inheritance numerous times. Proverbs 13:22 states “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children” (something that is not likely with the current Estate Tax which can take up to 55% of an estate, leaving 45% to the children; when the children pass it on to the grandchildren, up to 55% of the remaining 45% can be taken, leaving only 27% of the original that would be passed on to the “children's children”). Ezekiel 46:18 states that “the prince shall not take any of the people's inheritance by evicting them from their property; he shall provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property, so that none of My people may be scattered from his property.” Other scriptures that deal with inheritance are Proverbs 19:14, I Chronicles 28:8, and Ezra 9:12.

Checking David Barton's Biblical Citations

Submitted by Kyle Mantyla on Thursday, 4/14/2011 2:18 pm
I have to admit that my biggest pet peeve about David Barton is not his incessant dishonesty, but the manner in which he repeatedly asserts that the Bible supports his right-wing agenda by simply citing Bible verses without every explaining what they say, as he does in this clip about how only a Christian nation allows religious freedom because Christians know their true faith will always win:
Notice how he simply asserts that the entire concept of the free market comes out of the Bible and then just rattles off verses without bothering to elaborate? Of course, if you actually bother to look them up, here is what you find:
1 Timothy 5:8
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
According to Barton, these passages are the foundation of the entire concept of free market capitalism.
Barton does this all the time ... like when he spoke at the Rediscover God in America conference and rattled off verses claiming they opposed everything from the Estate Tax to Minimum Wage laws:
So let's just take a look at the passages he cites, shall we?
Luke 19:13-26 and Matthew 25:14-29 - Opposing the Capital Gains Tax:
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.
Leviticus 27:32, Numbers 18:28-29, Deuteronomy 14:22 - Opposed to progressive income tax:
32 Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the LORD.
28 In this way you also will present an offering to the LORD from all the tithes you receive from the Israelites. From these tithes you must give the LORD’s portion to Aaron the priest. 29 You must present as the LORD’s portion the best and holiest part of everything given to you.’
22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.
Proverbs 13:22, 1 Chronicles 28:8, Ezekiel 46:18 - Opposed to the Estate Tax:
22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
8 “So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.
18 The prince must not take any of the inheritance of the people, driving them off their property. He is to give his sons their inheritance out of his own property, so that not one of my people will be separated from their property.’”
These are the passages, taken completely out of context and left utterly unexplained, upon which Barton thinks our public policy ought to be based.
How are Old Testament passages about setting aside offerings for the Lord to be used for determining our tax policies?
Using Barton's tactic, couldn't someone just as easily assert that Mark 12:41-44 means Jesus supports a progressive income tax?
Which brings us to Matthew 20: 1-16, which Barton cites as proof that "Jesus did not like the minimum wage":
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
The conventional interpretation of this parable is that Jesus was talking about the Kingdom of Heaven - in fact, Jesus says right in it that "the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner" - and that the point was that no matter how late in one's life one comes to Christ, the heavenly reward is the same; those who embraced Christ on their deathbed will receive the same eternal reward as those who were Christians all of their lives because of God's generous love.
But for Barton, this is not a parable about Heaven but rather a statement by Jesus that he opposes minimum wage laws.
And using Barton's logic regarding this parable, it also means that it would be perfect acceptable to Jesus if employers want to pay minority and/or female workers less than they pay white male workers for doing the same job.  After all, if this parable is not about the Kingdom of Heaven but rather wage laws, then Jesus is saying that employers have every right to decide what they are going to do with their own money and if they want to be more "generous" to white male workers than others, then that is perfectly acceptable in God's eyes.
When I was watching the series of Barton appearances on "Gospel Truth" with Andrew Wommack that I posted on last week, Wommack continually marveled at  Barton's ability to find political messages in Gospel passages, repeatedly telling Barton that while he has spent his life studying the Bible, he had never made these connections.
And I think that is pretty telling.
If you have spent your life studying and preaching on the Bible and never realized that it contained detailed instructions for how we were to establish everything from our tax laws to building codes in accordance with a right-wing political agenda ... well, there is probably a reason for that.

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