How better to spend the Fourth of July than prooftexting the United States Constitution? Bob Ellis took some time away from fireworks to post the rhetorical hatchet work of Rapid City pastor Rev. H. Wayne Williams. The good pastor's manipulations and contortions might evoke hilarity, if it weren't for the horror of people actually thinking such miscontextualization constitutes solid political science.
Take it from these sources: prooftexting (or -- word of the day! -- eisegesis) is the wrong way to read the Constitution, the Bible, or any other important or (dare I say it?) sacred document. (Read also here, here [hee hee], here, and here ["For instance, the idea of the United States as a 'Christian Nation' is the creation of egos who gloat over being powerful. It has no basis in history or fact, but more important, it has no basis in the Bible. Yet some leading politicians and pastors interpret the Bible through this notion."])
RIP, Professor Mike Myers - Gonna miss yah buddy. Great getting to know Mike 1-on-1 over the past 4 years. Mike was often misunderstood but a brilliant man. Good to see he was able to...
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