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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).
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Introducing David Theroux, president of the Independent Institute and keynote speaker of the Christians for Liberty Conference! David has been an ardent supporter of LibertarianChristians.com from the beginning and I am thrilled to welcome him in person to Austin!
David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Independent Institute and Publisher of The Independent Review. He received his B.S., A.B., and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Books produced by Mr. Theroux have been the recipients of the Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize, Templeton Freedom Award, two Mencken Awards for Best Book, seven Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards for Best Book, two Benjamin Franklin Awards, four Independent Publisher Book Awards, Peter Shaw Memorial Award, and three Choice Magazine Awards for Outstanding Book. He is Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California, and he was founding Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for the Cato Institute and founding President of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy.
Having directed and published over one hundred scholarly books, Mr. Theroux is the editor of the books, The Energy Crisis, Private Rights and Public Lands (with P. Truluck), and Politics and Tyranny, and his scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Private Enterprise, Culture and Civilization, and elsewhere. His articles and reviews have also appeared in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Washington Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, Insight, other publications, and he has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, Voice of America, and other local, national, and international TV and radio networks and programs.
A contributor to American Political Economy: An Encyclopedia, he has been a director of seven corporations and four foundations, he has been a member of the Koch Crime Commission, Prison Advisory Board for the California Little Hoover Commission, and Executive Committee for the Templeton Collegiate Honor Rolls for Education in a Free Society.
Yeah, everybody knows me, right? Well, perhaps not. Here’s a 60-second bio for your host of the Christians for Liberty Conference.
Dr. Norman Horn is the founder and editor of LibertarianChristians.com, the premiere website exploring libertarian theory from a Christian point of view, and the main organizer of the Christians for Liberty Conference.
Norman holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. He also has earned an M.S. in Chemical Engineering, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and a B.S. in Chemistry. He has won numerous awards for his writings and research in both engineering and theology. Norman is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications in science, economics, and political theory, and he has been published in many popular venues including Young American Revolution, Students for Liberty, LewRockwell.com, and the Washington Post.
He currently resides and works in Austin, Texas, and serves as a part-time minister at the University Avenue Church of Christ.