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.
We are only two weeks away from the first-ever Christians for Liberty Conference, and you can still sign up today! We are busily preparing for your arrival and for a splendid day of learning, fellowship, and fun. If you have not already booked your hotel, then take a look at our hotel info page for some nearby suggestions. We also encourage everyone to attend the Friday night panel and ice cream social at the University Avenue Church of Christ at 7 p.m (August 1st).
Finally, we are ready to release the full schedule for the conference day on the St. Edwards campus. As you will see, we have lots of exciting things planned for you! Read More→
We need to be crystal clear about CFL conference registration – registration is not closed for good!
The early registration deadline at a reduced price has passed, but you can still join us at the first-ever Christians for Liberty Conference for just $30 per adult and $15 per student. (Children 16 and under are still free, but we ask that you let us know you are bringing them!)
The sooner you can let us know you are attending, the better prepared we can be with great food, a great space, and great fellowship opportunities for everyone. Ready to sign up? Click here for full details and the registration form.
We look forward to seeing you in Austin on August 2nd (and for our panel and social on August 1st)!
I recently had the pleasure of talking with Adam Bradt of the Liberationis Reipublicae Show on the Voluntary Virtues Network about Christianity and libertarianism, and I thought you’d like to hear it.
Also, Anand Venigalla at IndianLibertarians.org deserves a shout-out for suggesting this interview to Adam. Both have recently begun work at their various outlets and I wish them all the best in their efforts.