Author: Will Hinton

Good Will Hinton Interviews U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4th)

Good Will Hinton interviews U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4th) in a broad ranging conversation covering the current energy crisis, real estate foreclosures, the War on Terror, and Barack Obama.

Part 1 – Energy Crisis
Part 2 – Real Estate & Foreclosures
Part 3 – War on Terrorism
Part 4 – Byrne/JAG & Arbitration Fairness Act
Part 5 – Barack Obama & Election season

UnChristian:

Thought you guys might like to hear the interview I did with Gabe Lyons, co-author of the new book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters . Gabe and I discussed how Christians are often perceived as being judgmental, hypocritical, anti-homosexual, and too political.

Good Will Hinton Weekly Podcast: Gabe Lyons
http://www.goodwillhinton.com/good_will_hinton_weekly_podcast_gabe_lyons

Barack Obama in Atlanta

Earlier this summer I went to see Rudy Giuliani when he came to Atlanta. This afternoon I will be checking out Barack Obama. Here are the details on his visit. Hope to see some of you guys there.

A Message from:

CONGRESSMAN HANK JOHNSON, CHAIR
GEORGIANS FOR OBAMA

INVITATION AND CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN ME AND THOUSANDS OF GEORGIANS FOR CHANGE!
in
WELCOMING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

BARACK OBAMA
Senator from Illinois

to

THE GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2007

(DOORS OPEN AT 4:00 PM)
DONATION – $25 General Admission

For more information or R.S.V.P

http://my.barackobama.com/c2catl

Contact Kahalil Thompson @ (213) 819-2796 or [email protected]

IF YOU CAN VOLUNTEER TO ASSIST WITH THE EVENT ? SEND AN EMAIL TO: [email protected] (Reference: ?Obama Volunteer? in the Subject Line). Be sure to include your: name, phone number and email address.

VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION TO THE EVENT!

Please respond by Close of Business TUESDAY, September 18, 2007

Give Senator Obama a rousing Georgia Welcome!

Come Out and hear the next President of the United States! If you have questions or need additional information, please contact my campaign office at 770-482-3225.
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Hank Johnson ? David Gaillard, Treasurer

Committee to Elect Henry Hank Johnson
6440 Old Hillandale Drive, Ste 262
Lithonia, GA 30058

What Is Goin’ On with Will Hinton

Last week I had the honor of being interviewed on Wilson Smith’s What Is Goin’ On? radio show. Wilson is an attorney in Vidalia, GA and hosts one of the best radio shows on politics in Georgia. Recent guests have included my friend Erick Erickson, Sally Bethea of Upper Chattahoochee RiverKeeper, Doug Monroe, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

I’m not sure how I got on Wilson’s radar to discuss politics but I very much enjoyed this conversation.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Congressman Hank Johnson To Introduce Resolution Addressing US Attorney Scandal

I just received information that House Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia will be introducing a resolution to honor the work of U.S. Attorneys and specifically those who were ousted for what appears to be political reasons.

While some will argue that these appointments are political in nature and that the U.S. Attorneys serve at the president’s pleasure, there doesn’t appear to be much doubt that these particular attorneys were ousted because they weren’t aggressively pursuing certain politically-motivated cases.

Here is the full text of the resolution: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Georgia Conservative Christians Converting to Catholicism

After reading this article in the AJC, I have concluded that Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson has converted to Roman Catholicism.

Yes, I know, another post about repealing the Blue Laws. Bear with me.

I was particularly interested in these comments from Richardson:

“As a general rule, most people go to church of whatever faith on Sunday,” he said. “And we don’t sell beer on Sundays. It’s just one of those traditions. And I don’t think Republicans are doing anything other than trying to very carefully measure if we want to put that out there and let the citizens end that tradition.”

I find this emphasis on tradition particularly interesting. While I’m sure that Richardson is not a theologian, his emphasis on tradition as the primary reasoning for maintaining the blue laws is an odd justification in a heavily Protestant and Baptist state. (Disclaimer: I am Protestant and grew up Southern Baptist though I now am Presbyterian.)

Protestant theology has long maintained adherence to the concept of “Sola Scriptura”, that is, “by Scripture alone”. Among other things, Sola Scriptura means that the Bible is sufficient as the only source of Christian doctrine. In contrast, Roman Catholicism holds that the Bible must be considered in the context of tradition.

One would think that in a heavily Protestant state like Georgia that most appeals to maintain the blue laws would be couched in Scripture. Yet can anyone recall Sadie Field, Governor Purdue, Jerry Keen, David Schafer, or Glenn Richardson mentioning any verses from the Bible to support their position?

It is a delicious irony that Richardson has chosen to make his argument in Roman Catholic terms, particularly considering the unfortunate tradition of anti-Catholic rhetoric among many Protestants.

I am still waiting to hear the argument against selling alcohol on Sundays that is based upon the Bible but I suspect that I will be waiting a long time.

The Cartoon Nanny State

In the wake of last month’s bomb scare in Boston triggered by a marketing campaign by the Cartoon Network, Georgia State Rep. David Ralston is proposing a new law that would require a minimum one-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of staging a bomb hoax. Ralston says that HB 653 is directly inspired by the incident in Boston.

There’s just one problem with this bill. The incident in Boston wasn’t a bomb hoax.

The Cartoon Network placed multiple devices with LED lights in cities throughout the U.S. to promote the Aqua Teen show. Here is a picture of one of the devices.
I’m no bomb expert, but that doesn’t look like a bomb to me.

Unspoken in this story from the very beginning is the fact that the Boston Police Dept. really goofed by thinking these were bombs. Of course, they didn’t have the guts to admit they messed up, so it was easier to pin on evil corporate America.

However, the real story here is the Republican party’s continued march down the road to Nanny State, USA. So much for Republicans being the party of freedom.

Sen. Eric Johson’s “Take on Generlow Wilson” is Wrong

Earlier today, Georgia Sen. Eric Johnson wrote about the case of Genarlow Wilson and SB 37. For those not familiar with the case of Genarlow Wilson, check out these two sites.

Despite the fact that various notable extremist left-wing blogs are disturbed by Wilson’s sentencing, Sen. Johnson seems to think that justice has prevailed and that this is the “proper conservative way” of administering justice.

Sen. Johnson: I tremble at the thought of our state being run by people like yourself who believe this is justice. There is a concept in law called proportionality or lex talionis (that is, “an eye for an eye”). You may have heard about this concept as it comes from the Bible. The United States actually has a strong Christian tradition, especially in its judicial system, and part of that tradition has always included the idea of proportionality in sentencing.

It is for this reason that, unlike some countries that mandate cutting off hands for the crime of theft, our judicial sentencing has generally followed the idea of proportional sentencing.

Does Genarlow Wilson deserve to be punished? Absolutely. Is sentencing him for 10 years in jail for oral sex just? Absolutely not.

As a conservative Christian, I am horrified at this perversion of justice. There is nothing “conservative” about sentencing this young man for 10 years in jail. And there is nothing just about the sentencing either.