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Antonio Gramsci is not a Marxist? Response to Joel McDurmon

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Antonio Gramsci - Wikipedia  By Slimjim - Posted at The Domain for Truth: There’s been a lot of debate among Christians these days about Critical Race Theory. Voddie Baucham has written a book titled Fault Lines . [1] Author and law student Joel McDurmon have done a series of videos critical of Voddie’s book. Over at Youtube McDurmon’s first video can be found titled “Review of Voddie Baucham, Fault Lines – Definitions and Meanings – Part One” and I want to address something he said in minute 19:30-21:29. Specifically my post will examine Joel’s claim that Italian pre-World War Two Marxist Antonio Gramsci is not a Marxist. The reason why McDurmon is talking about Gramsci is because McDurmon points out Bauchman has written about how some of the ideological influences of Critical Race Theory are Marxists. While I have not read Bauchman’s book I have seen online how Voddie have referenced Gramsci before during his talk about cultural Marxism. [2] I do think from the literature of C

Is Politics Downstream From Culture?

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 By Shane Vander Hart - Posted at Caffeinated Thoughts: “Politics is downstream from culture.” Author and researcher Don Eberly is credited for first writing that statement over 20 years ago, but it’s a sentiment that has been around much longer. Is it true? It’s complicated. Historically, any significant legislation or court opinion has almost always been preceded by a social movement that moved the needle. Before the Declaration of Independence was signed, pamphlets, protests, and preachers called for freedom from King George’s tyrannical rule of the American colonies. Before the abolishment of slavery, there was an abolitionist movement that gained traction. There was a Civil Rights Movement before there was a Civil Rights Act. Read more...

Cry, the Beloved Country: Understanding this Week’s Anarchy in South Africa

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 By Clint Archer - Posted at The Cripplegate: “We are under siege.” This was the text I received yesterday from a friend in Hillcrest, KZN, South Africa. He was not exaggerating. Hillcrest is a beautiful residential suburb about 25 minutes inland from the coastal city, Durban. It is where I served for fourteen years as the pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church, until 2019 when I immigrated to the US. We could never have anticipated that our small, peaceful community would be an epicenter of anarchy and violent chaos, as it became yesterday. The video footage and eyewitness accounts we received from dear friends were simply heartbreaking and disturbing on many levels. Our local mall was looted and stripped bare, stores and restaurants have been vandalized, nearby shopping centers were razed to the ground. Freeways all over KZN province have been blockaded by the rioters’ piles of burning tires. No one can access hospitals, nor can they escape the approaching threat, or make it to the airpo

Standing with the Little Guys

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 By Barry York - Posted at Gentle Reformation: As part of my duties as president of our denominational seminary, over the last month I attended the national meetings of several NAPARC churches. I participated in my own denomination's synod meetings (RPCNA) in Indiana, spent two days in St. Louis, Missouri at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and just came back this weekend from a quick trip to Iowa to visit brothers in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). Having fellowship with not only brothers and sisters of these churches, but folks from many other denominations who also had representatives in attendance at these meetings, was a true highlight of the time, a taste of the greater kingdom of God. Of course, there are some marked differences in these meetings. The PCA is much larger than the OPC and especially the RPCNA, with nearly 2000 churches and 400,000 members. The PCA General Assembly had thousands in attendance, and used the Convention Cen

Davy Crockett: 'Not Yours to Give'

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Posted at FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) : [The following story about the famed American icon Davy Crockett was published in Harper's Magazine in 1867, as written by James J. Bethune, a pseudonym used by Edward S. Ellis. The events that are recounted here are true, including Crockett's opposition to the bill in question, though the precise rendering and some of the detail are fictional.] One day in the House of Representatives, a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Davy Crockett arose: “Mr. Speaker–I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the

First Christians Sentenced to Prison under New Law in Iran

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Shrine of Imam Ali Reda in Mashad Iran. (Iahsan at English Wikipedia)  Posted at Morning Star News: The first Christians to be punished under a newly amended law in Iran aimed at halting the growth of Christianity and other religious groups were sentenced to five years in prison for spreading “propaganda” against Islam after they refused to renounce Christ, sources said. Amin Khaki, Milad Goudarzi and Alireza Nourmohammadi, all converts from Islam, were sentenced under Article 500 of Iran’s newly amended penal code, which states that “any deviant education or propaganda that contradicts or interferes with the sacred Sharia [Islamic law] will be severely punished.” Members of the Church of Iran, the three men were informed on June 26 that they had each been given the maximum prison sentence allowable under the amended article and also fined 40 million tomans (US$1,600). Another member of the church, Hamet Ashouri, was told the same day that his appeal of a 10-month prison sentence on ch

Are America’s Traditional Moral Pillars Fading Away?

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Image Source: The Culture Alternative By Michael Wilson - Posted at The Culture Alternative: According to a study by the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University, 6 % of Americans hold to a biblical worldview. Below is a summary their findings on perceptions of morality. Our nation is facing a potential moral freefall unthinkable to earlier generations—with a majority of Americans today no longer embracing values of honesty, respect for the rule of law, the sanctity of life, and traditional sexual morality when facing moral issues. The latest research from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University shows that America is undergoing a radical reshaping of what constitutes morally acceptable behavior, as American adults increasingly reject biblical teaching and absolute moral truth as the basis of moral decision-making. The study finds that American adults are as likely to rely on other people (30%) or their own personal beliefs, feelings, or exper

"Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death"

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By Patrick Henry -   Posted at Colonial Williamsburg: To avoid interference from Governor Dunmore, the Second Virginia Convention met March 20, 1775 inland at Richmond — in what is now called St. John's Church — instead of the Capitol in Williamsburg. Delegate Patrick Henry presented resolutions to raise and establish a militia, and to put Virginia in a posture of defense. Henry's opponents urged caution and patience until the crown replied to Congress' latest petition for reconciliation. On the 23rd, Henry presented a proposal to organize a volunteer company of cavalry or infantry in every Virginia county. By custom, Henry addressed himself to the Convention's president, Peyton Randolph of Williamsburg. Henry's words were not transcribed, but no one who heard them forgot their eloquence, or Henry's closing words: "Give me liberty, or give me death!" Henry's first biographer, William Wirt of Maryland, was three years old in 1775. An assistant feder

Vanguard Presbytery: Reflection

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CH News Editor's Note:  I so appreciate these men who have formed the Vanguard Presbytery. May God use them mightily to build His Kingdom. Amen. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Reflection  By Dewey Roberts - Posted at  Vanguard Presbyterian : Published January 10, 2021 Last week, The Aquila Report published there 50 most read articles for 2020. Articles that I wrote were the first, second, and tenth most read articles for the year. An article by Al Baker on his reasons for leaving the PCA was the third most read article for the year. Over the past three years, Al and I have had 6 of the top 9 most read articles (that is, the top 3 articles each year for 2018, 2019, and 2020). All of our articles have dealt with either the troubles in the PCA or our reasons for leaving that denomination and starting Vanguard Presbytery. One article, written in December of 2019, was the second most read article for 2019 and again for 2020. What that tells me is that