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This is the third and final lecture given by Purdue professor Frank Lambert at the 2012 Shurden Lectures on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga. This lecture centers on the Federal Convention of 1787 and the state ratifying conventions that debated the draft Constitution. It explores the question of religion at those conventions within the context of trying to create a “more perfect Union.” It concludes that the delegates at the Philadelphia Convention separated matters of church and state both to solidify the union and to safeguard religion from government encroachment.+ More details
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In his second Shurden lecture, Purdue professor Frank Lambert agrees with George Marsden’s notion that the U.S. was from its beginning profoundly sacred and profoundly secular. It explores the many points of intersection between Great Awakening and Enlightenment ideas and influences. It concludes with a close examination of the cooperation between the Baptist John Leland and the Deist Thomas Jefferson in the fight for religious liberty. The 2012 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State were April 17-18 on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga.+ More details
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In his first presentation for the 2012 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State, Purdue professor Frank Lambert begins with a critique of the radical right’s assertion that America was conceived of as a Christian state. This lecture examines these revisionist “historians’” selection and use of evidence to support their presuppositions. It ends by examining within historical context the failed attempts to establish Christian states in colonial New England. The 2012 Shurden Lecters were April 17-18 on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga.+ More details
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Excerpts from Mustafa Akyol's 4-13-2012 lecture at the University of Oklahoma on "Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty." During his lecture Akyol talks about the "secularism police" that, until recently, made sure that women DID NOT wear a head scarf in Turkish universities. During the question and answer session a student asks for clarification and he explains the difference between French secularism (the model for Turkish Kemalism) and the American ideal of separation of church and state. Finally, he responds to a question as to whether Turkey is becoming an Islamic state.+ More details
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The Secular Coalition for Arizona presents: A Secular Society Worth Saving: The Role of Religion and Secularism in Public Policy Featuring Richard Dawkins, Sean Faircloth and Elisabeth Cornwell February 6, 2012 Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ+ More details
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Churches are no longer TAX FREE. Watch this series of 3 videos entitled THE DAY FREEDOM DIED and listen to reporters glibly report about a TAX FREE church owing the IRS over $6 Million Dollars even though THE IRS audited their books and found that they owed nothing. Attorney General John Ashcroft stated plainly that they OWED NO TAXES. THEIR CRIME? Cancelling their 501 (c)(3) IRS CONTROLLED Tax Exemption and opting for the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES which states clearly that churches are not TAX EXEMPT but rather TAX FREE because since the founding of this country and under the guidance of our founding fathers, the church has always had only one head, JESUS CHRIST. The IRS no longer agrees with the founding fathers. We are losing our freedoms and this is just one step. The two ways that the government has taken over churches in COMMUNIST NATIONS his by UNLAWFUL TAXES and also by GOVERNMENT MANDATED HEALTH CARE which puts churches in the position of disobeying the law in order to submit to a higher power and when the state decides that they are the higher power, we have lost our freedom. Interestingly Eric Holder had set the stage for this under Clinton when Bush and John Ashcroft took over. John Ashcroft even stated very clearly that the church OWED NO TAXES. The new administration was briefed and informed that a famous Baptist Church, Indianapolis Baptist Temple, was no more than a malitia group of radicals. That means freedom loving Americans are now considered radicals worthy of seizure by the state.+ More details
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