Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Preston Clegg: All Leaves, No Fruit

Kylene and I stopped for the Palm Sunday service at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock on our way home from visiting our son and his family in Augusta last week.

Dr. Preston Clegg, formerly pastor at Spring Creek church in Oklahoma City and barely a year into his ministry at Little Rock, delivered a noteworthy, courageous and memorable sermon that day.

This is not the typical Palm Sunday sermon you'll hear in most Baptist churches.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shades of Theocracy 2: The Question and Answer Session

Farris Debate Question and Answer Session from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

Question and Answer session following the debate sponsored by the Norman Tea Party and held at the First Assembly of God church in Norman, Oklahoma on March 20, 2014.

Arguing in favor of calling for a Constitutional Convention to Amend the U.S. Constitution as provided for in Article V of the Constitution were Michael Farris, Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, and Oklahoma State Senator Rob Standridge. Opposing the call for a Constitutional Convention and favoring individual states nullifying laws that they deem unconstitutional were Charlie Meadows, founder of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee and member of the John Birch Society, and Bob Donohoo, a regional leader with the John Birch Society.

On the date of this debate, the proponents of nullification were carrying the day at the Oklahoma State Legislature.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Shades of Theocracy: The Debate

Farris Debate from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

Anyone concerned to learn how far Oklahoma politics has veered to the right might find this video of a lively intramural debate between proponents of American Theocracy interesting. The debate was sponsored by the Norman Tea Party and held at the First Assembly of God church in Norman, Oklahoma on March 20, 2014.

Arguing in favor of calling for a Constitutional Convention to Amend the U.S. Constitution as provided for in Article V of the Constitution were Michael Farris, Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, and Oklahoma State Senator Rob Standridge. Opposing the call for a Constitutional Convention and favoring individual states nullifying laws that they deem unconstitutional were Charlie Meadows, founder of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee and member of the John Birch Society, and Bob Donohoo, a regional leader with the John Birch Society.

On the date of this debate, the proponents of nullification were carrying the day at the Oklahoma State Legislature.

The question and answer session that followed this debate proved to be more heated than the debate itself. I'll post video of that session in the future.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Letter to the Editor of the Oklahoman

I find it ironic that just weeks after the death of Jamie Coots, the snake handling preacher in Kentucky, the Oklahoman published an Op-Ed by State Representative John Bennett encouraging our State Senate to pass his misguided "Religious Freedom Anti-Discrimination Act."

Bennett's bill creates an open forum for religious debate in every classroom. Litigation seeking a voice for every religious belief will certainly proliferate like the lawsuits for religious monuments on the grounds of the state capital.

Do our legislators really want Oklahoma's science teachers to split instructional time between the conclusions of medical science and the religious beliefs of snake handlers?

Public school instruction and policies must remain neutral in regard to religion because they educate children from families of every faith and no faith. The proper domain for religious education is the family's home and house of worship -- not the public schools.