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Thank you for visiting Lynn V. Sekulow. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here is another blog you may also enjoy: Jay Sekulow’s Faith and Justice Happy Reading!!!

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Enough With The Church Politicking

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, I’m not sure if you heard all the ruckus recently coming out of Sioux City, Iowa. Americans United filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service over a Sioux City church that insists it should receive a tax exemption […]

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Looks Like Bad History Is Winning in Texas

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, At least we can agree on one thing: let’s not rewrite history. But that appears to be all that the right-wing members on the Texas State Board of Education want to do. We’ve already been through this once with […]

Liberty University Changes Partisan Policy

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

The Lynchburg News and Advance reported on Liberty University’s announcement yesterday that it was changing its policy in regard to student political clubs.  From now on, no partisan clubs, even the Republican Club, will be given “official” status or receive […]

Liberty University to Democratic Students: Drop Dead

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, just a few days ago I was a participant in an event on “church politicking” at the National Press Club here in Washington.  The event was reported by your friends over at the Christian Broadcasting Network.  The focus of […]

Conservative Judicial Panel Makes “New” Law

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

It is usually legal “conservatives” who claim that appealscourts often “make” law, not interpret it.  Well, two of the three judges on the panel of the EleventhCircuit seem to have wildlymisinterpreted the key basis for the only Supreme Court decision […]

Of Bishops And Signs: Finding New Ways To Flout Federal Tax Law

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

As noted in my last post, if that school assignment was to draw anything you want (and that’s the end of the story), then you were right to intervene.  I would have done the same if her mother had called […]

Schools Can Promote Political Ideas, Cannot Promote Religion

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, you are mixing apples and oranges.  Let’s start with the story of the pro-Obama textbook.  Although I must admit I generally treat anything reported in WorldNetDaily like I used to treat the stories of Bat Boy in the now […]

DIFFERING VIEWS ON ABORTION RAISE BIG QUESTIONS

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

The third Presidential debate did provide another example of the candidates’ views on abortion, but both candidates were unconvincing in their responses to Bob Schieffer’s questions on the matter. On whether a potential nominee’s views on Roe would be a […]

The Final Debate – An Important Opportunity

posted by Jay Sekulow

The fact that tonight represents the final debate between Senators McCain and Obama at Hofstra University on Long Island also marks the final opportunity for these two candidates to address – in a debate format – key issues that have […]

BORING…AND EVEN MORE

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

I’m not a big fan of the Drudge Report, Jay, but Drudge and company nailed it last night as it posted its response to the second Presidential debate in big bold letters: BORING.  Let’s face it though, plenty of things […]

“RELIGULOUS”: REALLY TWO FILMS; ONE NOT SO GOOD

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

OK, Jay, for starters, I did like this Bill Maher film more than I liked Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”. I saw it last night at a pre-opening screening sponsored by the Washington Area Secular Humanists and the […]

CONGRATULATIONS, JAY: AND I MEAN IT

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

The asylum decision that you just achieved is admirable.  Willfully sending people back to their country of origin if there is credible evidence that persecution will occur there is an affront to international legal principles and virtually any standard of […]

No Fix Needed in Apples and Oranges Matchup

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

I’m glad that you appear to agree with me that there is no obvious basis for believing the Supreme Court would surely rule the current “no partisan politicking” rule unconstitutional.  Of course, I don’t want to see a “fix” of […]

A Legislative Fix is Needed

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I am sympathetic with the frustration felt by many pastors who try to fully articulate their religious worldviews during the election season while having to censor themselves due to the IRS gag rule. As I have stated before, I […]

Bullies in Pulpits Challenge Law

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Well, about 35 pastors, most with the aid of the Alliance Defense Fund, have issued a challenge to the Internal Revenue Service’s statutory authority to prohibit preachers from endorsing or opposing candidates from the pulpit using church resources.  For example, […]

“Big Brother” Has Got to Go

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, we both agree that our constitutional tradition continues to recognize the freedom to speak from the pulpit about the moral issues of the day. We obviously disagree, however, on whether “Big Brother” government surveillance, investigation, and punishment of churches […]

Pulpits and Politics: A Bad Plan for Sunday

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

To hear some people tell it, this Sunday is one of the most important days in the history of the American church.  This is the day when the church pulpits of America will be freed from the bondage of the […]

STILL LOOKING FOR ANSWERS

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

I’ve been getting more information in about last weekend’s “Values Voters” confab in Washington, the place where the “Obama Waffles” booth was located.  Speaker Star Parker referred to public schools as “cesspools” and claimed that taxing the rich was a […]

Here’s the Next McCain-Palin Risk: The FRC Conference

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Next weekend, the far-right-of-center Family Research Council will convene (what else?) a far right conference in Washington DC.  They certainly want both McCain and Palin to show up.  Here’s the rub: will these candidates want to risk showing up at […]

Palin Homerun May Have Been In Wrong Ballpark

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Governor Palin’s speech was seen by many observers, in pundit parlance, as a “homerun”.  Unknown a week ago, and after a pretty mediocre appearance with McCain last Friday, she gave a smart, snappy, unexpectedly direct speech which was partly done […]

Ireland Wants To Know: The Theology of Hurricanes

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

I’m sure we’ll debate evolution and intelligent design a great deal more as this blog continues.  I met a guy over in the “Emerald Isle” who posed a question more theological than legal, but I told him I’d blog in […]

Sarah Palin: I Am Confused

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Over the years I’ve been asked to help prep politicians for debates.  I’ve never worked for one, so I’m always the outsider coming in.  I usually watch the politician’s staff ask softball questions (even when they think they are hard […]

LET THE RECORD SHOW…

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Let’s me return to the Pew poll one more time.  It is a rich document for the statistically inclined.  I just wanted to reiterate that two thirds of the public does not like pastors, priests and other leaders using their […]

Religion and Politics: The Rest of the Story

posted by Jay Sekulow

The trends that Barry cited are interesting, but the Pew Research poll has other important findings that should be noted:   ·         “Roughly comparable numbers say political leaders express their religious beliefs too much (29%), too little (36%) or the […]

New Poll: Commingling Politics and Religion Not As Popular Anymore

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

A pleasantly surprising poll has been released today by the prestigious Pew Research folks which shows that the growing mix of flammable partisan politics with equally fiery religion may not be what a lot of Americans are looking for.  (Don’t tell […]

AGREEMENT? NOT SO MUCH

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Sorry, Jay, we are going to have to look for agreements elsewhere.  I think the only justifiable “conscience” exemption is for that physician directly performing the surgical or other medical procedure to terminate a pregnancy.  Your language effectively gives an […]

Conscience Clause: For What?

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

I am not opposed to a very narrowly crafted conscience clause where the issue is the sincerely held belief by a person that he or she is being asked to take a “life”.  This means that conscientious objectors to war […]

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I think Senator’s staff handled this properly. He played by the rules. He is not under an obligation to give any of us a detailed account of who he was talking to. I can’t imagine that they would just […]

Saddleback: Biased Questions and A Big Mistake

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Let’s get to the big mistake first: Barack Obama should not have agreed to do this.  If I were the Senator I’d be looking for a time machine this morning and go back to the day I agreed to show […]

Sen. McCain answers the question

posted by Jay Sekulow

  Sen. McCain’s response to the question concerning judges was true to his bipartisan nature. He responded,”with all do respect, I would not have nominated Justice Ginsburg (Pres. Clinton), Justice Breyer (Pres. Clinton), Justice Souter (Pres. George H.W. Bush) or Justice Stevens (Pres. Ford).”  Sen. […]

Good Question Rick

posted by Jay Sekulow

I am watching the Saddleback Presidential Forum. Sen. Obama is currently being questioned by Rick Warren. Rick just framed the Supreme Court question in a very interesting way. Rather than the typical “Who is your favorite Justice?” question, Rick asked […]

Conspiracy Theory Begins

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Rick Warren certainly did not want to share the official limelight with anybody from the religious right to the religious left. So,Jay, I wouldn’t worry too much about any conspiratorial cabal of progressives managing the conversation tonight.  (However, I understand […]

Who is preparing Rick Warren?

posted by Jay Sekulow

I have received a large number of emails today from people concerned about who is preparing Rick Warren for the forum. Barry suggested Rick should not be the one asking the questions. The rumors are that a “religious left group” […]

Presidential Politics and the Church: Response Ahead

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, of course the Presidential candidates ought to be talking about the Supreme Court. They should talk about their philosophy of picking judges and about specific decisions with which they disagree (with any luck they will acknowledge they will obey […]

Presidential Politics & the Church – a Purpose Driven Forum

posted by Jay Sekulow

Let me say at the outset, that I am a fan of Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in California.  His book, The Purpose Driven Life, has encouraged tens of thousands of people, and his ministries have had a global […]

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Another Blog To Enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting LynnvSekulow. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here is another blog you may also enjoy: Jay Sekulow: Faith and Justice  Happy Reading! ...

posted 11:26:38am Aug. 16, 2012 | read full post »

Another blog to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Lynn V. Sekulow. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here is another blog you may also enjoy: Jay Sekulow's Faith and Justice Happy Reading!!! ...

posted 10:36:04am Jul. 06, 2012 | read full post »

More to Come
Barry,   It's hard to believe that we've been debating these constitutional issues for more than two years now in this space.  I have tremendous respect for you and wish you all the best in your new endeavors.   My friend, I'm ...

posted 4:52:22pm Dec. 02, 2010 | read full post »

Thanks for the Memories
Well Jay, the time has come for me to say goodbye. Note to people who are really happy about this: I'm not leaving the planet, just this blog.As I noted in a personal email, after much thought, I have decided to end my participation and ...

posted 12:24:43pm Nov. 21, 2010 | read full post »

President Obama: Does He Get It?
Barry,   I would not use that label to identify the President.  I will say, however, that President Obama continues to embrace and promote pro-abortion policies that many Americans strongly disagree with.   Take the outcome of ...

posted 11:46:49am Nov. 05, 2010 | read full post »

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