M4L’s Perspectives is a place for the religious voices of the liberty movement to present their ideas on libertarian and anarchist thought, given from the perspective of their own religious understanding. The contributors will offer their own research and scriptural interpretations. The opinions expressed are assumed to be based on principles rooted in the authors particular religious traditions. M4L looks forward to expanding this project to include perspectives from Hindu, Buddhist and followers of other faiths and denominations.
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Born in 1973 in New Orleans, LA, Sha’ul Newman grew up in an ultra Catholic, strongly Democratic family. Being raised around Bikers, tattoo parlors and religious zealots gave him a yearning to live free from oppressive mindsets. At age 15, he abandoned his Catholic roots and spent many years seeking truth, and journeying along his road to self-discovery…
At 25, he converted to the Netzarim Yisraelite faith (a sect of Judaism), and since then, has accomplished much. Among his endeavors are the founding of the Torah-based “Polygamy Advocate” movement, which seeks to remove government oppression from marriage and the Mishle Parenting Association which teaches adults how to rear children through the wisdom of Scripture and the methods of unschooling. Sha’ul came to know liberty alongside Michael Dean (from Freedom Feens) several years ago. It was mainly through Dean’s podcasts that Sha’ul found himself awakened and armed with truth and knowledge to break the shackles of governmental oppression. Today, Sha’ul works tirelessly to spread the Voluntaryist agenda and the non-aggression principle to people of all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities. He is currently working on his first full-length novel which he hopes will encapsulate the tyranny of government and how the sacred texts of the Hebrews provide an alternative to living under oppression. He currently runs seven websites and manages four pages on Facebook, including “Interfaith Anarchists” and “Freedom Feens.” Sha’ul earns his living as a dog trainer, freelance writer and artist. He is a known pogonophile (person who studies beards), and who also teaches classes on Manhood according to Scripture. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife and children.
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Born in Escondido, California in 1968. Samantha grew up traveling all over the United States with her mother during her early childhood, and with her father in her early teens. She was introduced to Christianity early on, however, she did not convert to Christianity until her mid-twenties…
Due to the “vagabond lifestyle” that marked the early years of her life, her family’s politics had little to no influence on her way of thinking. She continued her nomadic lifestyle when, at the age of 16, her father abandoned her in Arizona and she began to find her own way in the world by making her living traveling with the carnival. When the lack of stability and roots that marked her early life began to catch up with her in her mid-twenties, along with the pain of having been a victim of severe abuse, she turned to God and found peace and healing. She developed a passion to minister to the needs of other hurting women and worked with the para-church ministry, Women Aglow, for several years in Bible studies and support groups. While her political views were shaped in those early years by those with whom she shared her faith, her personal convictions led her to a transition to Christian anarchism; a political worldview informed and defined by the teachings of Christ. She is currently a student at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN, majoring in philosophy, and plans to pursue a degree in theology. She still has a passion to minister to the needs of hurting women; however, she has expanded her outreach to include the entire Christian community with a primary focus on educating the church concerning its relationship to the state. She is currently a moderator on five Facebook pages; including “Interfaith anarchists,” “The Libertarian Review,” and “Christian Anarchists.” Samantha writes for her own blog, “A Woman’s Story of Liberty,” and has had her work published in both TheLibertarianReview.us
. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband of 13 years and their beloved companion, Kitty Boy.