To mobilize Christians to Oppose civil tyranny through the proclamation, implementation, and defense of Christ's perfect law of liberty (James 1:25)
Feature P.L.I. Publication
In this letter to the Office for Civil Rights, Richard Ortman from the P.L.I. responds to the request for comment on the proposed changes to Title IX, which would include protections against discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics" in educational institutions which receive federal funding. Richard presents an argument based on the allowed criteria of "sound reasoning" by tracing statements made in the Declaration of Independence to their biblical source, as stated by Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England" (as also presented by David Barton in his "Building on the American Heritage Series"), and presents what is in fact a moral and constitutional obligation for the federal government of the U.S.A to deter and punish the very sexual sins which they are seeking to protect the practice of in children.
A P.L.I. designated must read, this book takes the reader through a detailed and comprehensive overview of the biblical authenticity of Christian arguments present during the pre-revolutionary period. The author, Gary Stewards, produces concrete evidence that the American clergy's argumentation was rooted in a, at the time, long standing tradition of biblical civil resistance known as Protestant Resistance Theory (or Theology), and not that of secular enlightenment thinking from persons such as John Locke. Though many Christians and clergy were indeed influenced by such secular thinking, the evidence which Gary Steward provides shows that the bulk of clergy, on both the American and British sides, relied on their own biblical theological traditions to argue for the justice in physically resisting the civil tyrannies of the British. Many readers will likely be surprised to read names and statements from clergy such as Johnathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who were all rigorously committed theologians, and who supported the right of resistance against civil authorities.