Starkville Tax Day Tea Party Presentation

I offered the following remarks on 15 April 2009 for the Starkville Tax Day Tea Party (photos below are from this same event) held in front of the Oktibbeha County Courthouse:

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Thank you for that (participation in the “Pledge of Allegiance” at the beginning of the program) public showing of respect for our flag and for our nation “for which it stands”. Respecting our flag like that reminds me of hearing about a recent candidate who wouldn’t even wear a flag button on his lapel in public.

This gathering here, and the many throughout our nation right now today, and throughout the day, are nonpartisan events narrowly focused upon the interrelated issues of:

No more taxes, including the hidden ones.
No more debt.
No more borrowing.
No more printing money out of thin air.

Speaking of debt, the interest alone on what we owe now is nearly half a trillion dollars. That is half a trillion dollars that buys nothing – no goods, no services – nothing. That is what we are passing on to our children and grandchildren. That is irresponsible. That is wrong. That is a SIN.

Our country is in jeopardy of being destroyed from within by elected and appointed officials who give evidence of being outright incompetents and/or outright traitors — internal intentional enemies of the state. We may very well wake up one day to find our country has been stolen from us by these people. If we do, we will surely look back and ask ourselves, “Why didn’t I DO something when I could have?” And we will have to answer this same question to our children and grandchildren who will ask it to us too.

We have always had troubles and problems as a nation, but the troubles and problems we are dealing with now are happening at a heightened pace and intensity that they ever have before.

I keep hearing things about the way government is operating recently that trouble — even scare — me very much…

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Morality: Atheist and Christian Perspectives

On 26 January 2009, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium (room 124) of McCool Hall, Mississippi State University will host a discussion on the nature of morality, entitled, “Morality: Atheist and Christian Perspectives”.

This discussion will address the following questions:

1. What are the differences between a religiously-based and a secularly-based morality?

2. How is it possible to determine moral decisions?

3. Is there a motive for morality?

A question and answer session will follow the discussion. Additional questions and/or comments may be submitted following this presentation using the comments section below or using my ask a question form.

The event is free and open to the public.

The program is being co-sponsored by MSU’s Christian Faculty Forum and the Atheist, Agnostic and Freethinkers Student Association.

Robert J. Allen, a researcher in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Basic Sciences Department, will speak for the Christian Faculty Forum.

Yolonda Estes, an associate professor in the MSU Department of Philosophy and Religion, will speak for the Atheist, Agnostic, and Freethinkers Student Association.