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Faith and treason

Harold James Nicholson, a CIA officer imprisoned for spying for Russia, invoked the will of God when communicating with his son from his jail cell.   “God leads us on our greatest adventures,” he wrote in a birthday card to his son last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The father and son’s “adventures” included further espionage for Russia.  Nicholson also cited the Bible: “Do not gloat over me my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again.”



  • Rich · January 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

    This post sums up what this blog is all about. Namely, not much.

    You see, here’s the thing. If you don’t admit there are real problems–real questions to be debated and discussed and engaged–then you really have nothing to add but snickering (see above post).


  • Ken_K · January 30, 2009 at 11:47 am

    As has been noted countless times before you can make any point you want by quoting scripture.

  • Secular Right » Devout spies, cont’d · January 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    […] your post about the Nicholsons, Heather, I hope you didn’t forget the case of Robert Hanssen, sometimes […]

  • tbc · January 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I don’t see the point of mentioning this. What does religious belief have to do with loyalty to the US Government (or any government at all)?

  • hanmeng · January 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Mentioning things like this makes baby Jesus cry. So is this a late Christmas gift?

  • mnuez · January 31, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Heather, do you have a point in sharing this vignette? I mean, sure, it’s interesting that believing Christians aren’t necessarily proud patriots of the United States but (particularly without knowing anything else about the story) I’m not sure if this vignette tells us anything.

    One thing I should probably note though because no one else here is likely to, while the Bible can certainly be quoted to prove anything, one making the case for God’s preference for Socialism/Communism would be able to get to bed a lot earlier than the unfortunate student responsible for showing the Biblical God’s preference for Libertarian Capitalism.

    All of which is why I don’t get the point of this blog’s claimed unique niche as “secular right” unless by “right” it refers to religious principles that are YET preferred by secular folk. If we’re just a gaggle of capitalists who can do without the Bible…who can’t? Any objective reader of the thing would see that the two are mostly antithetical to each other. Is the extent of the niche of the currently-gathered simply that they’re not so stupid as not to have noticed this obvious fact?



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