EconPop combines three of my favorite things in their latest episode: economics, movies, and LEGOs! The LEGO Movie was one of the best films I have seen in the past year, and I recommend it for the entire family. Besides being utterly hilarious, you get some sound economics on the side. After you see it, watch this EconPop video:
We are only a few short days away from the Christians for Liberty Conference, and we need to take a moment and recognize our stupendous sponsors for their support.
We encourage all participants to make sure and visit their exhibitor tables, talk to their representatives, and thank them for being so generous. These organizations are coming from around the country to see you! Click on their logos below to learn more about these great organizations.
I commend these organizations to you and hope that you learn something new from each of them.
The first-ever Christians for Liberty Conference will be taking place this weekend and registration closes at the end of Tuesday night so that we can plan accordingly for food. Registration is just $30 for adults, $15 for students. The main event is Saturday from 9am to 8pm and includes lunch, dinner, and welcome coffee/pastries. It will be held at St. Edwards University Ragsdale Center in Austin, Texas. Learn more and register here:
We have a stellar lineup of speakers from a variety of backgrounds, check out the full schedule here:
On Friday night, we have a panel discussion (with copious quantities of Blue Bell ice cream) including Pat Dixon, Lauren Daugherty, Jason Rink, and Norman Horn with an activism theme. It will be at the University Avenue Church of Christ campus center, which is on MLK drive across from the Texas History Museum. More details here:
On Sunday afternoon, we will have a very brief devotional service and open discussion (theme: frontiers of research and activism for Christian libertarians), also at the University Avenue Church of Christ. More details here:
There’s not much time left, so get registered today!
The Christians for Liberty Conference is just one week away! If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time – so click here and register today. I am proud to make two special announcements today regarding the conference.
First, as many of you know I promised that for those who wanted to come early and stay late we would have some optional fun events for you on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. We previously had announced a Friday night panel discussion and ice cream social and we hope all of you will have a chance to join us. Now I want to invite you to a Sunday afternoon devotional and open discussion for all attendees! Our “theme” for the discussion will be “frontiers of research and activism for Christian libertarianism”, but we welcome any of those tough questions you’ve been dying to ask. I wanted to build as much quality fellowship time into this conference as I could, and this will be a great opportunity for worshiping together and for thinking about what we are going to do with what we learned over the weekend after we get home. Like Friday night, the event will be held in the University Avenue Church of Christ Campus Center (click here for directions to the church), and we will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end… whenever we get kicked out of the building!
Second, we are thrilled to welcome the Acton Institute as a sponsor of the conference and Ray Nothstine as a speaker! Ray is the Managing Editor of Acton’s Religion & Liberty journal. In 2005, Ray graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford. Before coming to Acton, Ray worked as a free-lance writer for several organizations, including the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He gained ministry experience in churches in Mississippi and Kentucky. After college, he also served on the staff of U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss) in Gulfport in 2001-02. The son of a retired Air Force pilot, Ray has also lived in Okinawa, Philadelphia, New England, Hawaii, and Egypt.
Once more, you can still sign up for the Christians for Liberty Conference — click here to register. We can’t wait to see you in Austin!
This guest post is by Jeremy Mack of The Evangelical Libertarian.
“You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,”
“When we wrote RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] back in 1993 we did so to protect individuals with strong religious beliefs and give them the presumption they have always enjoyed; that they should be able to exercise their religious beliefs without interference from the government…. The court took that and applied it – misapplied it – to for-profit companies who exist for the purpose of benefitting from the open market, working in the marketplace under our laws.”
Chuck Schumer U.S. Senator, New York
I watched Mr. Schumer’s full press conference. The more I listened to him speak the more I was offended. As a former business owner I have first hand experience running a business. First, “You don’t have to open a corporation?” You do if you don’t want to be personally liable for a fall on your property or an injury to an employee. You do if you don’t want to pay the highest possible tax rate. Not forming a corporation for business purposes would be foolish, difficult if not impossible, and economically clumsy. Could you imagine Hobby Lobby as a sole proprietorship? Basically Chuck is saying, “sure you can live according to your faith if you want to, but if you do, you will not be able to have the legal protections afforded to other Americans who own businesses.” Unless you worship at the altar of Atheism, the established church in America, you become a second-class citizen, and the doors to prosperity are closed to you. This is nothing more than a U.S. Senator endorsing state sponsored persecution against people of faith.