Freedom of Conscience: The Ol’ Cotton Bale Award
In the heart of Humboldt County, a region known for its stunning landscapes and fiercely independent spirit, the Freedom of Conscience and Religion Conference was held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Saturday, October 28, 2023.
Freedom of Conscience and Religious Liberty Conference
The event was more than just an award ceremony; it was a gathering of like-minded individuals who refuse to remain silent as hostile forces seek to reshape our county, country, and culture. It was a declaration that every individual can contribute to shaping the world we live in. The core objective is to create a culture that values freedom and cherishes liberty.
Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz was the guest speaker, discussing objective truth and the various challenges we and those around us face at this point in time. He discussed pushing back against ideologies that harm our children, including the promotion of harmful lifestyles, misguided legislation, predatory policies, and divisive ideologies.
The Ol’ Cotton Bale: A Symbol of Freedom
The “Ol’ Cotton Bale Freedom of Conscience Award” was presented to those who dare to cover controversial topics with honesty and nuance. We were fortunate enough to attend this event, and it was a momentous occasion which brought together a diverse group of individuals who are united by a commitment to free expression.
The name “Ol’ Cotton Bale” might sound curious, but it carries a profound history. Seth Kinman, a famed frontiersman of the Humboldt settlement era, referred to his cherished rifle as the “Ol’ Cotton Bale.” This rifle wasn’t just a tool; it was a symbol of his dedication to providing and protecting his neighbors in both times of war and peace. In many ways, it serves as an emblem of our First Amendment rights, which we employ to serve our neighbors, engage in the culture war, and promote peace.
St. Marks Lutheran Church recognized the value of this approach and commissioned the creation of a remarkable replica of Seth Kinman’s rifle, handcrafted from local redwood, bearing the inscription “Freedom of Conscience.” This award symbolizes our dedication to the principles of free speech and unapologetic journalism.
The Honored Recipients
During the event, the awe-inspiring replica was presented to Ash Teeter, “Liberty Lady,” and Donnie Creekmore. We are deeply humbled and honored to receive the Ol’ Cotton Bail Freedom of Conscience Award. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to serving the community with honest and unbiased reporting.
The Culture War
We find ourselves embroiled in a culture war. On one side are those who seek to push forward divisive and harmful ideologies, often undermining the principles that have made our society thrive. On the other side are individuals who are determined to protect and preserve the values that have built the foundations of a peaceful and prosperous nation.
This culture war isn’t about left versus right, but rather about truth and freedom versus falsehood and oppression. It is a battle for the conscience of our society, a struggle to ensure the principles that have guided us for generations are not abandoned in favor of untested and divisive theories.
The Ol’ Cottonwood Freedom of Conscience Award event was a testament to the enduring spirit of Humboldt County. It was a celebration of the values that have defined our nation and a reaffirmation of our commitment to free expression, objective truth, and the principles of liberty.
We are deeply honored to have received this award, and we are more committed than ever to continue our mission of providing honest and unbiased reporting. In a time when the freedom of conscience is under threat, we stand as a beacon of truth and hope, dedicated to preserving the principles which make our society truly exceptional. With the Ol’ Cotton Bale as our symbol, we move forward, unwavering in our mission to protect the values that have made this country great.