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Oct
19

Renewing the True Patriot Dream

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Texas House Representative David Simpson delivered the following speech on October 8, 2014 at a Students For Liberty Event in Houston. This text was originally published at the SFL website. Rep. Simpson also recently was a keynote speaker for the first Christians for Liberty Conference. You can visit David’s website here.

We are here today to celebrate the next generation of pro-liberty leaders. In so doing I want to link pro-liberty leaders with America’s greatness.

America’s greatness is often depicted in its natural resources and so we sing: “O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain!” But America’s greatness lies not merely in the blessings of its rich resources of oil and gas, and farmland, but most of all within its people!

A people bound together by an idea, but even more than that, a conviction and recognition that individuals are endowed with certain inalienable rights—rights that cannot be severed from our being without doing violence to their humanity.

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The Christians for Liberty 2014 Conference has come and gone, but now we get to post the videos from the conference for everyone to see.

David Theroux gave the afternoon keynote of the conference. David is the President of both the Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California. In this presentation, David speaks of Lewis’s views on the state, morality, and the role of Christians in society. Though C.S. Lewis was not an avowed libertarian, he certainly reflected many similar views and has much influence on current Christian libertarian thought. I hope that after hearing this talk you will have a new appreciation for the foresight of C.S. Lewis regarding the evils of statism.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube, and be sure to share it with your friends who love Lewis!

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The Christians for Liberty 2014 Conference has come and gone, but now we get to post the videos from the conference for everyone to see.

Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) gave the evening keynote of the conference. For our readers who have never heard of him, I like to call David “the Ron Paul of the Texas legislature” for the heroic stands he has taken in the defense of personal liberty, such as our fight against the TSA and against corruption. David is also an entrepreneur and a life-long Christian – and there’s nothing phony about him.

In this talk, David discusses the implications of being a liberty-minded Christian in today’s political climate. He additionally explains his reasoning for his recent stand against mistreatment of immigrants fleeing the terrible circumstances of their countries of origin. It was an honor to have him participate in the conference!

I hope you agree that David is one-of-a-kind. Share this with your friends and family, especially if they are in Texas!

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Aug
11

Nuclear Christians

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NagasakibombIn a recent article of mine about Christians apologists for the state, its military, and its wars, I mentioned, for the first time I believe, the term “nuclear Christian.” I would like to elaborate on the meaning of this neologism.

Another anniversary of the dropping by the United States of the atomic bombs “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945)—and the incineration of 200,000 civilians—has come and gone.

Even as more information comes to light and, thanks to the Internet, becomes more readily available about how unnecessary and evil that action was, it seems as though conservative Christians are more resolute in their defense of it.

Not a one of them has probably ever read or even heard of the 1995 book by Gar Alperovitz, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth, the 2001 article by Ralph Raico, “Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” or the just-published article by Barton J. Bernstein on American conservatives in history who criticized the atomic bombing of Japan.

But it is not just Christians defending the atomic bombs dropped on Japan that is the problem.

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Jul
06

God is the Author of Liberty

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This sermon was given by Pastor David Bess at his congregation this July 6th, 2014.

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:16-21

We begin with the words of a well-known song:

My country tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing
Land where my fathers died
Land of the pilgrim’s pride
From every mountain side
Let freedom ring!

All the verses of this song are proclaiming the wonder of America, except the last verse. The last verse is a prayer – it is rarely sung.

It says:

Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty, to Thee we sing
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light
Protect us by Thy might
Great God, our King!

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