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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

Weekly Stories

Freedom of Religion

These days there's always a lot of talk about freedom of religion in America. Some say we should be able to openly acknowledge God and Christ in public. Others strongly disagree. But, I do think it's time we get one thing straight. The First Amendment battle being waged in our country today is not about what God we will serve. It's about getting rid of God in our country altogether, and all this talk about keeping Him out of our public schools and government buildings is just a smokescreen.

Where Was God On 9/11?

  By Jerry Stewart  

"He Who Is Good For Excuses"

180pxbenjamin_franklin_by_jeanbaptiste_greuze_01By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions    Today in America we've become a society driven by excuses. But just where does making excuses get you?

"Why The Tall Hat, Abe?"

presidentlincolnhat_400By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions      Abraham Lincoln was our tallest President, 6 feet, 4 inches tall.   But if Abe Lincoln was already so tall, why did he wear such a tall hat? 

Uncle Sam - A Real Person

uncle_samBy Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions     We've all seen the pictures and cartoons of Uncle Sam.  But did you know that the idea of Uncle Sam actually came from a real person?  

"An Unlikely Participant"

peter_muhlenberg_400By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions     Throughout our war history, there have been many unlikely participants.  One of these was minister, Peter Muhlenberg. Consider this fact.           

"The Pursuit of Happiness"

By Jerry Stewart  - Vision Productions      declarationofindependence_400_04When our founding fathers ratified our Declaration of Independence, they claimed that all mankind had certain rights.  One of these had something to do with happiness. What did they mean by that?

"Unconstitutional!"

Income_tax : Tax cut and cutting taxes represented by metal scissors slashing the word taxes to show the concept of government political policy and campaign promisis to reduce the tax rate for the wealthy and the middle class tax payers. Stock Photo

When our founding fathers developed the rules and laws to run our government, they wrote certain “dos and don’ts” into our U.S. Constitution, and some things were strictly not allowed. But even with their very specific “do’s and don’ts” list, one that they considered to be very unconstitutional still made it through.

What was it? Income Tax.

That's right, except for a very short period after the Civil War, prior to 1913, taxes on a person's income were deemed illegal. Why? Article 1, Section 8, clause 1 of our U.S. Constitution says that Congress has the power to impose taxes on, “duties, imports and excises" but only if these taxes are “uniform throughout the United States". In simple words, you must tax all citizens evenly - which income tax does not do. 

Now, if our founding fathers in all their wisdom were so opposed to this idea of taxing income, just how did it become law anyway? Well, in 1911, a Professor Edwin Seligman wrote a book entitled "The Income Tax". In his book, Professor Seligman promoted the idea of an income tax, and his view was that this tax on income was quite compatible with a free society if two things were kept in check. 
* First, that a runaway tax rate could not be allowed. Seligman believed that any income tax exceeding 5% was a runaway rate. 
* And, second, that if our government ever became so powerful that it controlled the citizens, the people would stand against it.
   
 So what happened? With the backing of the Professor’s book, in 1913 our U.S. Congress passed an amendment to our Constitution, the 16th amendment that said simply this – 

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