Friday, August 28, 2020

Two visions, Two philosophies and Two agendas

 


"At no time before have voters faced a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies or two agendas... This election will decide whether we will defend the American dream or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny."

As he's done since day one, President Trump vowed to "uphold your religious liberty" -- a fact no American doubts after the sincerity he and his administration have shown on our First Freedom here and abroad. But don't expect that same commitment under Obama's vice president, he warned. Despite all the tire-pumping on the former VP's Catholic roots, his party couldn't keep the act up long enough to even recite the Pledge of Allegiance. "During the Democrat convention, the words 'under God' were removed from the Pledge... Not once, but twice. We will never do that. But the fact is, this is where they are coming from. Like it or not, this is where they are coming from."

Under Biden, freedom isn't safe, the president insisted, and neither are families. While rioters harassed people outside the White House gates, the president underscored the point: "If you give power to Joe Biden, the radical left will defund police departments all across America... They will make every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Oregon." The message of 2020, Michael Doughtery writes, unlike so many other years, "is that the threat to America comes from within..."

Read Tony Perkins' entire article here.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Cissie Graham Lynch at RNC: Trump a Fierce Advocate for People of Faith

 



"Our founders did not envision a quiet, hidden faith. They fought to ensure that the voices of faith were always welcomed, not silenced, not bullied. But during the Obama-Biden administration, these freedoms were under attack. Democrats tried to make faith organizations pay for abortion-inducing drugs. Democrats tried to force adoption agencies to violate their deeply-held beliefs. Democrats pressured schools to allow boys to compete in girl sports and use girls locker rooms. Those are the facts. But then, we the people elected Donald Trump.

People of faith suddenly had a fierce advocate in the White House. He appointed judges who respect the First Amendment. He supported religious beliefs in court. He ensured religious ministries would not be forced to violate their beliefs. He withdrew the policies that placed our little girls at risk. And on the world stage president Trump became the first president to talk about the importance of religious freedom at the United Nations, giving hope to people of faith around the world. In America, we have not yet experienced physical persecution, even though the left has tried to silence us. Even during the pandemic we saw how quickly life can change. Some Democratic leaders tried to ban church services while marijuana shops and abortion clinics were declared essential. But you know what truly is essential? Our right to worship freely and live our faith in every aspect of life.

The Biden-Harris vision for America leaves no room for people of faith. Whether you’re a baker, a florist, or a football coach, they will force the choice between being obedient to God, or to Caesar, because the radical left’s god is government power."


Nick Sandmann at RNC: Exposes shameful, biased media

 





Jack Brewer at RNC: “Dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter and that God loves everyone?”

 


"Are we so offended by the president’s campaign slogan, make America great again, that we’re going to ignore that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes? Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? He didn’t say that, it’s a lie, and ignore the so called black lives matter organization that openly on their website, called for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depend on it. I’m blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class.

And that’s thanks to president Donald Trump in his first step back. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I’m forever grateful for president Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks, and so do many of us like myself who support him. But my momma always told me, when the Lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first black men and women in congress. It’s the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, and now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for black in America to rise. America, let this election be a call for all God’s people who are called by his name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and God bless America."

Read his entire speech here.


Burgess Owens at RNC: Democratic Party a a dour, dark, depressed party

 


"What the Democratic Party's doing basically is taking away everything that gives us hope, gives us excitement," Owens said. "They are truly a dour, dark, depressed party, and on the other side of the coin, we're optimistic, we're light. We say let's go out and make things happen. Let's figure it out."



Sister Deirdre Byrne at the RNC: As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today.

 



This woman was AWESOME last night at the RNC.

So glad the RNC platform clearly stands for life and that they have speakers who articulate their belief in God, the Bible, and eternity.

Remember, you're not just voting for a personality - but an entire platform!

Read her entire speech here.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Lou Holtz at RNC: President Trump finds solutions.

 



"One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody is but a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholics in name only and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protecta those lives. I trust President Trump.

President Trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice and welfare reform, and he wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President Trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love.

There are people today like politicians, professors, protestors, and of course, President Trump’s naysayers in the media who liked to blame others for problems. They don’t have pride in our country, and because they no longer ask what can I do for my country, only what the country should be doing for them."

Read the entire speech here.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Black Americans Need to Leave the "Mental Plantation" - Vernon Jones at the RNC


 

"My fellow Black Americans are expected to fit a certain mold and think a certain way. We've been socially conditioned to blindly support the Democratic Party, never straying from the mental plantation they've had us on for more than a half century.

He [Trump] disrupted what I believe is a false ​Democratic narrative that the Republican Party doesn't care about Black Americans."

Read Jones' op-ed here.


From Cotton to Congress - Senator Tim Scott at the RNC

 



"Do we want a society that breeds success, or a culture that cancels everything it even slightly disagrees with?

After starting my business and spending time in local government, I ran for Congress in 2010. The district is based in Charleston, South Carolina...where the Civil War started...against a son of our legendary Senator, Strom Thurmond.

You may be asking yourself how does a poor black kid...from a single parent household...run and win a race in a crowded Republican primary against a Thurmond?

Because of the evolution of the heart, in an overwhelmingly white district... the voters judged me on the content of my character, not the color of my skin.

We live in a world that only wants you to believe in the bad news... racially, economically and culturally-polarizing news.

The truth is, our nation's arc always bends back towards fairness."


Conventional Contrasts

 

There are two ways to approach a political campaign: you can run


against someone, or you can stand for something. In the last five days, Americans have gotten a good look at both -- the Democrats, whose main argument for Joe Biden is "he's not Trump," and the Republicans, who are focusing on the clashing policies, not personalities. In a wild 2020, where nothing is predictable, at least one thing is: This is the year of political contrasts -- and the parties' conventions are no exception.

Read the entire commentary here by Tony Perkins at FRC.

He Keeps Fighting for Black Americans - Herschel Walker at the RNC



 

“Growing up in the deep South, I’ve seen racism up close. I know what it is and it isn’t Donald Trump. Just because someone loves and respect the flag, our national anthem, and our country doesn’t mean they don’t care about social justice. I care about all of those things. So does Donald Trump. He shows how much he cares about social justice in the black community through his actions and his actions speaks louder than stickers or slogans on a jersey.

He keeps right on fighting to improve the lives of black Americans and all Americans. He worked night and day. He never stops.” 


Monday, August 24, 2020

Trump Victory Will Be ‘Dramatically Bigger’ Than Expected, Newt Gingrich Says

 

“We don’t have to want to make stuff up. We don’t have to invent some post office phony scandal. We just have to tell the truth about how radical these people are,” said Gingrich, who engineered the “Contract with America” Republican revolution of 1994.

“Rioting every day for 90 days, that begins to be a fact. And it was very interesting to me that neither [Joe] Biden nor [Kamala] Harris was willing to say a word about antifa, a word about a level of crime.”

“You know, [we] have the mayor of Chicago announcing that she’s going to have police on her own personal street because she wants her family to be safe. But good luck to the rest of the city,” Gingrich added. “Well, I think this stuff sinks in at a level of reality that even NBC News can’t cover up.”

As for the Biden-Kamala ticket, Gingrich predicted things will change as more information comes out on their plans. “When people get to know them better, just as happened with George McGovern in 1972, they’re going to say, ‘I don’t think so. I can’t vote for them.’”

Read the entire article here by Joseph Curl at the Daily Wire.


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Friday, August 21, 2020

Media Ignore Kamala Harris’s Lies

 

If democracy dies in darkness, what happens when no one even bothers to get out the flashlight? I just plowed through thousands of words of coverage in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN and found no effort whatsoever to flag the multiple lies told by Kamala Harris in her debut as the veep pick. (Quick: is the following the headline of a Democratic Party press release or a neutral news report: “Biden and Harris Pledge a Strong Challenge to Trump and a Path Out of Crisis.” Answer: It’s the Times.)

Amid headlines such as “Colbert: Kamala Harris delivered a ‘zinger’ on Trump” (CNN) and “In Kamala Harris, a Choice at Once Safe and Energizing” (the Times) and “’A trailblazer’: Indian Americans react with joy, pride to Harris’s VP nod” (WaPo) and “Tucker Carlson’s mangling of Kamala Harris’s name was all about disrespect” (WaPo, a few hours before Joe Biden mangled her name in the same way), there was no space to compare Harris’s various claims to reality. Some reports quoted her lies without mentioning that they were demonstrably and indisputably false, such as Harris’s claim that the virus “has hit America worse than any other advanced nation.”

The Paper of Record did find room, however, to report breathlessly that one of President’s Trump’s sons, Eric, liked a tweet, that was later deleted, that referred to Harris as “whorendous.” CNN did an entire story on this matter.

Read the entire article here by Kyle Smith.

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Fact-checking the Democrats' 'Empathy'

 

After four nights of their virtual convention that deceptively used the state of Wisconsin in their logo even though candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris didn't deign to set one foot in the Badger State, it's clear that Democratic strategists decided that "Empathy" was to be the word of the day, every day, every hour and every minute of every cliched bromide uttered by every speaker presented to the American people.

Empathy.

They all talked about it. . . .

For us, they have nothing but contempt. They think we're deplorable. They always have and they still do. It's just that sometimes, on rare occasions, they let it slip and say it out loud.

Read the entire article here by Larry O'Conner.


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We’re on the Eve of Destruction Again

 

It was 1965 when Barry McGuire’s #1 hit song, “Eve of Destruction” was released, and I heard it as a 10-year-old boy. As I grew into my teens, I began to understand the lyrics, which expressed the frustration and hopelessness of the younger generation. We were old enough to be shipped off to Vietnam to die but not old enough to vote. And as the world was already to explode in a hail of nuclear bombs, there was nothing we could do. Worse still, no one would listen.

The lyrics pleaded. Don’t you understand? Can’t you see? Why won’t you believe that we are really on the eve of destruction? “This whole crazy world is just too frustratin',” and neither Washington nor Civil Rights marches could fix it. Why, oh why, won’t anybody listen?

It was 19-year-old P. F. Sloan who wrote the song and, after it became famous, explained to the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, “It's an endless dance around this razor's edge about what God is saying every time I sing this song. He's telling me, ‘Don't believe we're on the eve, I'm not going to allow it.’ And then other times when I sing it, I get the message he's going to allow destruction to happen. Every time I sing it, I get an insight into what's going on.”

Read the entire article here by Michael Brown.


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The Light and the Darkness: Biden Got It Backwards

 


Biden got it backwards. 

Let the American people decide where the darkness is and who is creating it.

Neither Biden nor Harris could comment about Antifa violence in Portland, which is now going beyond 90 days. Isn’t that part of the darkness?

Neither Biden nor Harris could comment on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announcing she had lost control of the city and was deploying police to protect her own block, saying:

“I have an obligation to keep my home, my wife, my 12-year-old, and my neighbors safe. The deployments that are there are there when they are necessary – it’s not a 24-hour thing and I think that residents of the city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, understand that I have a right to make sure that my home is secure.”

Isn’t it darkness which leads to police protection for the elected aristocracy but increased danger and violence for everyday citizens?

Read the entire article by Newt Gingrich here.


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Who I Will Vote For

 


-I will vote for the most pro-life candidate, because God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Prov 6:17)

-I will vote for the most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who Bless Israel and curses those who don’t (Prov 12:3)

-I will vote for the most pro debt reduction candidate because the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7)

-I will vote for the most pro-work candidate because God says if a man won’t work let him not eat ( 2 Thess 3:10)

-I will vote for the candidate who most closely believes governments role is to reward good and punish evil (Rom 13)

-I will vote according to biblical principles and not my personal interest because I trust God (2 Tim 3:16)

-I will vote for those who exhalt the Name of God and who is not afraid to say His name (Luke 9:26)

-I will vote for the candidate who believes in religious freedoms and that church is essential (Heb 10:25)

The Word of God will never lead you astray.

(Reposted from a pastor on Facebook)


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Letter to an Anti-Trump Christian Friend

 

Dear Zachary,

            Thank you for your thoughtful, honest email explaining why you felt

frustration and anger about my public support of 

Donald Trump. I'm glad that you wrote as you did rather than leaving the matter unspoken. 

            Thank you also for writing, as a long-time friend, to express your concerns that my support of Trump might jeopardize the reputation that I have built as a trusted professor of theology and ethics for the last 43 years, and that my pro-Trump stance undermines the credibility of the label “evangelical,” and even of the Christian gospel itself.

            I take these objections seriously. I have pondered them for several days. Please consider the following twelve points of response:

Read the entire letter by Dr. Wayne Grudem here.


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Recap of the DNC

 

Here are some of the best commentaries I've read summarizing the Democratic National Convention:


5 Things to Know About Night 4 of the Democratic National Convention by Tyler O'Neil

The Democratic Convention Ends . . . Finally by Mike Huckabee

Fact-Checking the Democrats' 'Empathy' by Larry O'Conner

What It Means if Kamala Harris is a "Pragmatic Moderate" by Joseph Backholm

DNC speakers, Biden campaign make up a ‘coalition of the miserable’ by Tucker Carlson

Where was God at the DNC? by Franklin Graham

The Light and the Darkness: Biden Got It Backwards by Newt Gingrich

Media Ignores Kamala Harris' Lies by Kyle Smith


Thursday, August 20, 2020

What it Means if Kamala Harris is a "Pragmatic Moderate"

 

When Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to be his running mate, the New York Times referred to Harris as a “pragmatic moderate” and ABC News personality George Stephanopoulos said, “Kamala Harris comes from the middle of the road, moderate wing of the Democratic Party.”


Of course, this is exactly how Uncle Joe wants himself and his ticket to be seen, but for some these descriptions probably felt a bit like the time the Washington Post described ISIS terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an “austere Islamic scholar.” Sometimes the description says more about the one making the description than the one being described.

According to Progressive Punch, Harris is the fifth most progressive senator in the U.S. Senate, ahead of Bernie Standers. The GovTrack 2019 report card said she was the most progressive member of the U.S. Senate—beating Sanders by one spot. If one of the most progressive members of the U.S. Senate is a moderate then everyone is a moderate. Does anyone believe that’s true? Her record is not one of moderation.

Read the entire article by Joseph Backholm here.


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Where Was God at the DNC?

 

In watching some of the Democratic National Convention on television this week, it has been interesting to see the absence of God. I don’t believe America’s finest hours will be in front of us if we take God out of government and public life. It is God who set the standards we are to live by.

It is God who said, “You shall not murder.”

It is God who said, “You shall not steal.”

It is God who said, “You shall not commit adultery.”

It is God who said, “Honor your father and your mother”

It is God who said, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

It is God who said, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

It is God who said, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

It is God who said, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

It is God who said, “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

It is God who said, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

God created us and this earth we live on. Who do we think we are to try to rewrite the rules and run things apart from Him? Who do we think we are to try to take Him out of everything?

As Dr. Tony Evans said, “When One Nation Under God becomes One Nation Apart From God, expect the consequences.” That’s true in our individual lives and for our nation.

- Reposted from Rev. Franklin Graham


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Back to College, Back to Academic Brainwashing

 

"Parents, legislators, taxpayers, and others footing the bill for college education might be interested in just what is in store for the upcoming academic year.

Since many college classes will be online, there is a chance to witness professors indoctrinating their students in real time. So, there’s a chance that some college faculty might change their behavior. To see recent examples of campus nonsense and indoctrination, visit the Campus Reform and College Fix websites.

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, warned congressional lawmakers that Antifa is 'winning' and that much of academia, whether wittingly or unwittingly, is complicit in its success."

Read the entire article here by Walter Williams.

Leftist Effort to Revise American History

 

By Walter E. Williams August 4, 2020

There is very little new under the sun. The monument and statue destruction that we are witnessing has been witnessed in other times and other places. A tyrant's first battlefield is to rewrite history. Most notable were the political purges of Joseph Stalin. The Soviet government erased figures from Soviet history by renaming cities — such as the Imperial capital of St. Petersburg to Petrograd and Leningrad and Stalingrad — and eradicating memories of czarist rule. Stalin's historical revisions also included changing photographs and history books, thereby distorting children's learning within educational establishments.

Most of the effort to rewrite American history has its roots among the intellectual elite on our college campuses whose message has been sold to predominantly white college students who have little understanding of how they are being used. Much of their current focus is on tearing down statues and changing names that they deem offensive. They have denounced George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Without much understanding of history, they have demanded that Princeton University remove the name of Woodrow Wilson, who was a progressive, from its public policy school and residential college. Some are urging Yale University to change its name because its benefactor Elihu Yale was a slave trader.

To purge our society of names associated with evil is going to be quite a task. I suggest that we set up a formal commission to deal with this formidable challenge. Maybe we can name it the Commission to Eliminate Bad Memories. There are some challenging issues. What should be done about our nation's capital, Washington and District of Columbia? After all, George Washington owned slaves, and Columbia is the feminine form of Columbus. Speaking of Washington, its football team, the Washington Redskins, has finally agreed to temporarily call themselves Washington Football Team until they can find a snazzier name.

Renaming things is a big job. Our military has several fighting aircraft named with what today's tyrants might consider racial slights, such as the Apache, Iroquois, Kiowa, Lakota and Mescalero. Perhaps offensive to PETA, we also have military hardware named after animals, such as the Eagle, Falcon, Raptor, Cobra and Dolphin.

Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Now that Washington's NFL team has announced its 'retirement' of the racial slur that has been its brand name since 1933, I am tempted to gloat a little." In response to Page's article, there is an email making the internet rounds that raises naming issues. What about the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians?

The New York Yankees might offend Southerners because there is no team named for the Confederacy, Some people, particularly Catholics, might be offended by or deem it sacrilegious to have sports teams named the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. Then what about team names that glorify savage barbarians and criminals who raped and pillaged such as Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Pirates? The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants might be promoting obesity and the Milwaukee Brewers promoting alcoholism.

There is another naming issue that needs resolution. I have been working 40 years at George Mason University. Despite his monumental contributions, such as our Bill of Rights, George Mason was a slave owner. Therefore, in keeping with the times, George Mason University is due for a name change. How about Al Sharpton University, Jesse Jackson University or Black Lives Matter University? Does objection to these names make one a racist?

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

 


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Agenda of Black Lives Matter Is Far Different From Slogan

 

"Many see the slogan Black Lives Matter as a plea to ­secure the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans, especially historically wronged African Americans. They add the BLM hashtag to their social media profiles, carry BLM signs at

protests, and make financial donations.

Tragically, when they do donate, they are likely to bankroll a number of radical organizations, founded by committed Marxists whose goals aren’t to make the American dream a reality for everyone—but to transform America completely."

Read the entire article here by Olivastro and Gonzalez at The Daily Signal.

 

Friday, August 14, 2020

Prayer March 2020

 


Visit the web site for Washington Prayer March 2020 here

Barack Obama and His Race Card

 

Larry Elder, black conservative, wrote the following commentary:

"Former President Barack Obama once again pulled out the race card for political gain, consequences be damned.

This time at the funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis, Obama compared President Donald Trump to not one but two racial segregationists, former Birmingham, Alabama, Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace. The inconvenient truth that Connor and Wallace were Democrats is, apparently, of no relevance to Obama, his fellow Democrats or most of the media.

About Connor, Obama said, 'Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witness, with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans.” The longtime former Bronx Rep. Charles Rangel, whose district included Harlem, also employed the Republicans-are-like-Bull Connor meme. Rangel, though, used it on then-President George W. Bush, who also spoke at Lewis’ funeral. In 2005, Rangel criticized Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina by saying, “George Bush is our Bull Connor.'

Hypocrisy, anyone?

Read the entire article by Elder here.


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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Stop apologizing for America

 

"Dividing people is always easy. All it takes is a lie dressed up in a hashtag. Uniting people is never easy. It takes a lot of work, a lot of listening, and a lot of learning. It takes humility and honesty. It requires context that brings clarity. And it’s worth every effort.

Ryan Bomberger is the co-founder of The Radiance Foundation.

We live in the United States of America. From sea to shining sea we are the most diverse, most charitable, most unique nation in the world. In America passion and perseverance transform poverty into Oprahs, refugees into Albert Einsteins, and Holocaust survivors into Nobel Laureates like Elie Wiesel. It’s why more flock to this great country from around the globe than any other country on earth. 

Stop apologizing for America. This is the place where justice rolls down like a mighty river, where impossible dreams do come true, and blood-bought freedom is as precious as the air we breathe. This is the place where we can put our faith into action and speak freely because we have a Constitution like none other. Even former slaves such as Frederick Douglass, once shackled by the Law, praised our founding document saying: '…the Constitution is a glorious liberty document.' ”

Read the entire article here at The Christian Post.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack Like Never Before

 

"We have, in our recent pandemic, lived through what many on the legal, political and cultural Left envision as religious freedom, but often downgrade to "the right to worship": stay in your homes, worship in a virtual environment and don't let your religion outside and certainly not into your workplace, lest you infect the rest of us. That has rightly chafed many Americans. They understand that religious freedom is something more: that one's duty to the Divine is not something granted by government and, therefore, not something permissibly taken by it, either.

Rather, it is a freedom attached to our humanity. It is a right meant not merely to permit religious worship, but for it to be exercised. It is a liberty not only to hold one's convictions and conscience, but to speak about them publicly and to live them out freely. It is a sacred human benefit to be fought for—and protected by neighbor, elected official and jurist alike.

Religious freedom is not the default experience for human history. It will not protect itself against the siege laid at its gates. That duty falls to you and me."

Read the entire article here by Kelly Shackelford at Newsweek.


THEY ARE PLAYING US: 7 Lies Americans are Believing


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IT'S TIME FOR THE SILENT MAJORITY IN AMERICA TO BE SILENT NO MORE.


“Deception is one of the quickest ways to gain little things and lose big things.” 

– African American Thomas Sowell, American economist and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institute

 

America, we are being played.

The American spirit is marked generally by goodness, yet the Left has indoctrinated students now for several generations to believe our country is radically flawed. That’s why Barack Obama promised “fundamental change” – and what we are seeing in our society today is a natural outcome of that change.

The Bible repeatedly warns believers to not be deceived. Here’s just a few references:

“But evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse as they deceive others and are themselves deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

“They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words” (Romans 16:18).

“Be careful that you are not deceived, because many will come in my name and say, ‘I AM’ and, ‘The time has come.’ Don’t follow them” (Luke 21:28).

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galations 6:7).

“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Deception carries great potency for destruction. And today, the Left thrives off of deception.

The Left – as opposed to classic liberalism and classic conservativism - poses the greatest threat to America, liberty, and religion. If you don’t understand that, take some time to read the articles at this link. And today the Left is working full-force to take over America and to hijack the Democratic Party.

In short, Leftism gave us such twentieth-century societal devastation as fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and the takeover of Russia by the Communists. Remember, American fought two World Wars and one Cold War over those ideologies birthed by Karl Marx.

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Today America faces her greatest danger in decades of losing her freedom.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich does an excellent job explaining how Karl Marx’s destructive philosophies have slowly but steadily become a serious threat to the United States. See his article Three Generations of Brainwashing are Paying Off for the Left.

The hard Left that embrace Marx’s ideology gradually took over much of the academic world, and students who had been taught systematic falsehoods then took those falsehoods into their jobs. Reagan again said, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.”

David Lane writes, “There are very real consequences to having allowed secularists - those in rebellion against God - to imbue the minds of America’s youth with their profane propaganda for the last 75 years.”

The media, often a megaphone for the Left, pushes a certain narrative in keeping with their Leftist agenda. The last several years have shown the average American that reality with the habitual fake news: the Russia collusion hoax and the phony impeachment obsession to name a few.



Here are seven deceptive narratives the Left currently uses to play Americans:

 

1. The Black Lives Matter narrative

As Dr. Al Mohler said, while we certainly should affirm the statement that black lives matter – just as all lives matter – we cannot embrace the movement of Black Lives Matter.

The BLM founder says they are "trained Marxists" - "trained organizers." This is right out of the Karl Marx or Saul Alinsky playbook.

The goal is not to help blacks and whites get along better. The goal is to tear down American democracy and replace it with a socialist, Marxist government. That is why they HAVE TO GO AFTER OUR SYMBOLS, STATUES, AND MEMORIALS TO THE PAST.

New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome warned that if America “doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.”

They organize chaos and play on the emotions of well-intentioned citizens. The riots, looting, and tearing down of statues is EXTREMELY ORGANIZED, WELL-PLANNED, AND DEEPLY FUNDED. When the riots began, suddenly large stacks of bricks appeared in city after city, ready for looters to use. Many of

these rioters are bussed in. Not by people who genuinely care for black people in all of this - but people who want to destroy our democracy.

This is by-the book what happened in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and when Communism took over Russia - they erased the past and stamped out the church as much as possible.

Black Lives Matter is a Marxist, socialist, organized movement to upend America.

See "Black Lives Matter" is Not Helping Blacks

Sherrif David Clarke, a black American, tells us that the mainstream media will not tell us the truth about the Black Lives Matter movement.

See the article Top Ten Reasons I Won't Support the Black Lives Matter Movement.


2. The “Be afraid of the Left and keep quiet” narrative.

Leftism for a century has used fear to intimidate its opponents into submission. The Nazi Party knew in the 1930’s it was necessary for them to get the church under their thumb if they were to take over the German people. They systematically wielded pressure, violence, blackballing, and severe bullying against the church and anyone who disagreed with their propaganda.


This operates in full swing today in our country. It’s not just whispering in the corners – it is now slapping us in the face. Did you hear of Principal Tiffany Wiley of Windsor, Vermont, who was fired recently by the School Board because she tweeted a concern about BLM tactics? These types of moves then make hundreds or thousands of other people AFRAID that if they dare to CHALLENGE THE CULTURAL NARRATIVE that they too may lose their jobs.

This past weekend, here in South Carolina, two different friends messaged me, thanking me for my challenge-the-narrative writings and posts. They both said they agree with me – but both are afraid to express their views for fear of losing their jobs. Folks, that is not America. That is Marxist Leftism.

Remember the frog in the kettle? He stays in as it grows hotter and hotter – until it is too late.

 

3. The “Law enforcement is systemically racist against black people” narrative.

Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute has done extensive research on law enforcement and racial bias. Her findings overwhelmingly show that the idea of widespread racial bias by police is a myth that simply does not exist.

In her Wall Street Journal article, “The Myth of Systemic Police Racism,” she shares, “A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.”

Dr. Walter Williams, African-American professor of economics, says, “While it

might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called 'systemic racism.' ” See his article The True Plight of Black Americans.

See these statistics: Black Homicides and Other Stats.

View MacDonald’s 5-minute video here, “Are Most Police Racist?”

One major problem in today’s cultural narrative is that the Left plays off of emotional reactions – not systematic facts and logic.

Candace Owens debunks the myth of police brutality in her episode here. And Taleeb Starkes discusses The 5 Top Issues Facing Black Americans here.

See Larry Elder's video, Is America Racist?

Jordan Peterson and African-American Brandon Tatum say there's nothing more racist than targeting an entire ethnic group with a collective crime regardless of the innocence or guilt of its individuals. Listen to them here.

 

4. The “It’s ok for them to loot and steal, because peaceful protests have not worked” narrative.

This is one line of reason I have heard several times recently, and it greatly bothers me.

Dennis Prager writes, “America is being taken over by violent mobs; a vast amount of destruction and stealing has taken place (with little police intervention and the apathy of our political leaders). Why aren't all clergy delivering thundering sermons about the Seventh Commandment, ‘Thou shalt not steal’? Does it now come with an asterisk?

A central part of a major American city has been seized and occupied by peo

ple who hate America and its values, including its Judeo-Christian values. Heard any clergy (aside from some evangelical Christians) speaking out against it?”

When our children were preschoolers or elementary-age, and they got angry and hit each other or broke something, I routinely told them, “You have until you are seventeen to learn self-control. If you do that when you are eighteen, they will take you to jail.”

Thomas Sowell says,"Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today?" 

Civilization does not work when violence becomes acceptable. 

As Congressman Jeff Duncan shared this week, "We are no longer dealing with legal peaceful protests, folks. This is organized, criminal activity that’s taken over our cities - including targeting federal property, memorials, and religious entities. The sad part is, these extremists and rioters actually believe violently tearing down decades-old monuments and memorials or vandalizing churches will incite positive change. And what’s worse - the fact that we have liberal politicians running these cities who are SCARED to do anything about it. In fact, many of them are SUPPORTING these violent efforts and refusing to allow law enforcement to intervene!" 

See 5 Ways Christians are Getting Swept into a Secular Worldview in this Cultural Movement.

 

5. The “Don’t offend anyone” narrative.

After academic leftists pushed the idea that truth is relative for a generation, after them arose a generation trained by the first that embraced a new standard (to use an absolute term!) for making moral decisions: don’t offend.

Even in my small, South Carolina, liberal arts (with the emphasis on liberal),

religious college in the early 1990’s, I remember the chairman of the English department telling his class of seniors that the way to make moral decisions was to decide what would offend the least number of people.

Twenty-five years later, we have endured this instruction ad nauseam – and we are paying the price. A generation sometimes called "snowflakes" emerged. 

Ultimately, when we jettison the idea of concrete, factual, objective truth , eventually you create a society where “might becomes right” – whoever uses enough force wins. The Left has worked for generations now to tell us not to offend – but what they MEAN is to not offend THEM.

Leftism has offered a loud narrative of what they will accept and what they will not. For years the line was, “Just accept everything and we will all get along fine.” But wise cultural observers knew that was not the agenda. The reality is, when the Left is in power, they discard the “nice guy” fa├žade – and they punish whoever disagrees with their agenda.


The Left thrives off of getting society to believe lies. In contrast, truth – by nature – carries offense – or at least it makes us uncomfortable. Like when I get on the scale in the morning. The truth stands in contrast to our selfishness, the lusts and cravings of our bodies, and our ability to do horrible things when there are no restraints.

Nowhere is this illustrated in our society any more than sexuality. We have jettisoned the almost-oldest truth in humanity’s history: that God specifically created two genders – male and female – and created marriage and family to be marked by one man and one woman. We have jettisoned biology and science to embrace the lie that there are multiple genders and many acceptable approaches to sex and marriage.

When Bruce Jenner was “deciding to become a woman,” my mother told me, “If Bruce Jenner doesn’t know what sex he is, he needs to go into the bathroom, take off his clothes, and look in the mirror.” If that offends someone, so be it. It is true. And truth, by nature, carries offense.

See Fear of the Left: The Most Powerful Force in America Today.

See Ben Carson’s We Need to Stop Getting Offended.

 

6. “The way to a better future is to erase the past” narrative

Again, this is classic Marxism – they did the exact same thing in the USSR (tearing down crosses and churches, confiscating Bibles), Communist Cuba, and Nazi Germany. Trained Marxists – trained organizers – ride on the wave of “being offended” and then systematically remove anything from society that doesn’t fit their agenda.

Today, we have ridden this absurd tide of “don’t offend anyone” or “fear their retaliation” to a ridiculous result. Aunt Jemima. Really? Have we dipped that low? I submit to you that if you are offended by syrup, you have much deeper problems.

Gone With the Wind. The Dukes of Hazzard. Statues and monuments. And the most ridiculous to date – Mary Poppins. Why? Because the chimney sweeps have soot on their faces, which is obviously a racial slur. If you believe that, then you have already lost your marbles.

And the latest as of this writing is that statues and stained glass window depictions of "white Jesus" are offensive and need to be removed.

As George Orwell prophetically wrote, “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered.”

People do this when they want to set up a totalitarian state – when any thought that does not agree with the cultural narrative is suppressed, punished, and removed.

Governor Mike Huckabee writes, "It's an all-out assault on all American history and culture, and everything and everyone who did something to contribute to it."

See Rewriting American History by Walter Williams.

See Statue Toppling is Bringing Mob Rule to America

See We Must Stop the Great Unraveling



7. The “We need to focus on color” narrative.

In America, most white people don’t hate black people, and most black people don’t hate white people. In the America I know, blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, etc., get along, look out for each other, and work together.

Yet the media constantly pushes the focus on color narrative.


Dennis Prager, an American Jew, for years has challenged the narrative that America is a racist nation: "I am increasingly impatient with the libel that America is racist. Yes, there are racists in America – of all colors. But knowledge of history should restrain one from making unfair generalizations.” He writes, “America is the least racist multiracial society in the world. On a daily basis, Americans of every race and ethnicity get along superbly.” And, by the way, he believes that hatred of Jewish people is the oldest racism that exists – far longer than racism toward blacks.

Are there racists? Of course. Most blacks have probably been called the "n" word at some time. My son was called "cracker" at his public high school. It happens. (And my son said the black teen boys called each other the "n" word MUCH MORE than any whites used that slur.)

Black radio host Larry Elder says, "Racism is not in America's DNA."

And black woman Candace Owens discusses BLM and black America in her episode What Does Black America Want?

The Bible teaches there is one race – the human race – all created in God’s image. It is an offense to the Creator Elohim to hate His creation.

If we don’t want racism to be a thing, then we must deal with the reality that racism and discrimination goes many ways. Many Christians - and pastors - are only speaking one narrative - "white people should treat black people better." That is like saying, to a truck driver with an eighteen-wheeler with every tire flat – “Which tire do you want to change?”

That is ONLY ONE PART OF A MUCH LARGER AND MORE COMPLEX STORY GOING ON HERE.  Christians, pastors, and leaders, what are you addressing today? If the only thing you are saying is that white people need to treat black people better, then the truck is going to have one working tire!

If we want to get past racism, one of the best ways is to STOP TALKING ABOUT COLOR. Stop talking about white people and black people, white Americans and black Americans, European-Americans and African-Americans.

The Left and the media love to keep a crisis spinning in our country so that we “need” them. And they must keep our differences before us constantly in order to achieve the purposes of the Left.

African-American scholar Shelby Steele says, "It seems to me that in many ways it’s about power. In order to pursue power as they do, you have to have victims. Wow, the excitement that creates on the Left. It validates their claims that America is a wretched country, and they must get their recourse. It feeds this old model of operation that we’ve developed, that America is guilty of racism, guilty of this sin, and has been for 400 years, and minorities are victims who are entitled.

So when people start to talk about systemic racism, built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding the territory of entitlement. We want more. We want society to give us more. Society is responsible for us, because racism is so systemic. Well, that’s a corruption, and I know it’s a corruption, because the truth of the matter is blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today."


See this article – Black Leaders on Systemic Racism and White Privilege – to hear a different perspective than the cultural narrative.

See my article – America: Where Most Blacks and Whites Don’t Hate Each Other – and Very Black and Proud.

See Bishop E. W. Jackson’s An Open Letter to the Black Community.

See How to End White Privilege.

See Robin Smith’s article, In Race Relations, What Matters is Truth.

See Blacks Have Never Been Less Oppressed

See Will Jewish and Christian Schools Teach the Truth About America and Racism?

 

“If you are a Jew or Christian in America, the seriousness of your Judaism or Christianity is now being tested,” Prager writes.

“People look back in time and wonder how religious people, especially religious leaders -- specifically, the clergy -- could have failed in times of moral crisis. The failure of most rabbis, priests and pastors to speak out today -- when the risk to personal safety is so much less than it was in communist and fascist countries -- should provide the answer: Religion doesn't have all that much impact on most religious people. During comfortable times, it provides two essentials to a happy and fulfilled life -- community and meaning -- but when tested, it often fails like an umbrella that fails to expand just as it starts to rain.”

And Gingrich gravely warns us, “If we want America to survive as a constitutional republic under the rule of law, which protects the right of free speech and is dedicated to the belief that each one of us is endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we have no choice but to fight to defeat the anti-Americans and reassert our nation.

Reagan would understand. Lincoln would understand. Freedom itself is at stake.”

Don’t be deceived.

Pray. Love your neighbor. Speak up. Liberty is at stake.




See my follow-up to this article, The Silent Majority, part one: It's time to speak out.

For more, see my articles Four A's for Dismantling America; America: Where Most Blacks and Whites Don't Hate Each Other; and Very Black and Proud.


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