After campaigning for Ted Cruz in Nevada earlier this week, Glenn Beck warned that the Donald Trump campaign is "grooming Brownshirts," likening Trump's supporters to the paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party.
It turns out that calling Trump supporters "Brownshirts" is not even the most insulting comparison Beck could come up with because, on his television program last night, he took things even further when he compared them to the worst people imaginable: Obama supporters!
After revealing that he is getting word that "stations want to cancel the show because they believe that Donald Trump is going to be the next president," Beck vowed that he was not going to stop attacking Trump because the GOP presidential front runner is simply too dangerous, something he learned when he encountered Trump supporters at the Nevada caucuses.
"The Trump supporters, they're Brownshirts," Beck said. "I've never witnessed anything like I saw today, it was just, it was grotesque and sad that Americans ... It's like these people are treating people like Obama supporters treated us, just the worst of the worst Obama supporters. It was like walking into Ferguson or walking into Baltimore. There's no reason, there's no common decency, there's nothing. It's just bizarre."
During a Republican presidential forum yesterday, Marco Rubio condemned an Oklahoma gun range for refusing to allow an Army reservist to use the range because he is a Muslim, saying that such discrimination is "wrong" and "immoral."
Today, Bryan Fischer brought Second Amendment zealot Jan Morgan onto his radio show to get her reaction to Rubio's comments and she was predictably unimpressed.
Morgan, who has also infamously banned Muslims from her gun range, told Fischer that "Marco Rubio sounds like a mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood front organization CAIR."
"Marco Rubio has made a grave mistake," she declared, "which is why Donald Trump is slaughtering him in his own home state of Florida ... If Marco Rubio thinks that training and putting guns in the hands of people who align themselves with a theocracy that commands them to kill innocent people, if that's his definition of immoral, then he needs to be running on another ticket and I expect, any day now, to hear him announcing endorsements from the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, Hamas and ISIS."
Glenn Beck had right-wing pseudo-historian and Ted Cruz super PAC operative David Barton on his television program last night to honor Black History Month by uncovering the "real" history of race relations in America. Barton's coverage of this issue was, as always, laughably one-sided and misleading, as he spent a good deal of the opening segment relating tales of white slave owners who supposedly had such friendly relationships with their slaves that they didn't even consider them to be slaves, but rather members of the family.
The slaves, of course, were quite aware that they were slaves but "the whites just thought they were one of the family," as Barton put it, apparently believing that that somehow proves that race relations were not nearly as bad during the founding era as is commonly believed.
Nothing better exemplifies Barton's warped historical view than the fact that he credits white members of Congress and white voters for passing the 13th and 14th Amendments which ended slavery and granted citizenship to former slaves, respectively.
"I love the fact that in these early paintings you have, it's black and white together," Barton declared. "We didn't have what we have today where we have to break you into groups somehow. Yeah, there was bad and ugly down in the South, but my gosh, why not teach the good?"
Barton then picked up a diary owned by a former slave named Richard Allen who he paraphrased as having declared that "so much of the credit that blacks owed was for whites having gone to bat and doing things for them."
"Blacks were not able to free themselves, whites did," Barton stated. "When you get the 13th Amendment, you know, it was nothing but two-thirds of the House, whites in the House were the only ones voting, two-thirds of the whites in the house, two-thirds of the whites in the Senate and three-fourths of the whites in the states that ratified the 13th Amendment to end slavery. And then you have the 14th Amendment, it was nothing but two-thirds of the whites in the House, two-thirds of the whites in the Senate, three-fourths of the whites [in the states.] And so the notion that it's black against white is not borne out by history, but we have made it that way in the way we portray history."
Of course, "blacks were not able to free themselves" because many were slaves who had no rights. Crediting whites for eventually ending that system while pretending that whites and blacks had a congenial and equitable relationship all along is utterly absurd.
Before the 2012 election, right-wing pastor Jim Garlow was telling anyone who would listen that the re-election of President Obama would literally spell the end of America. After Obama's re-election, Garlow even declared that America was now "clinically dead" and the only thing that could save it was a miraculous resurrection.
Garlow, it turns out, is still hoping for such a resurrection, telling American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" program yesterday that this next election will determine whether or not America is finally lost forever.
"People say we're at a crossroads," Garlow said. "We're way past the crossroads. Our last free exit was way back on the freeway and now we're driving at a very high rate of speed through signs that are saying, 'The bridge is out, the bridge is out, the bridge is out' and we're continuing forward."
"I saw 2012," he continued, "as the day the body died and now we have a limited time for resuscitation. We went past the point in 2012 and 2016 is can these bones breath again, is there a chance that we can raise this back to life? Can we put the shocker on the heart and get things going again? Discerning people know that's where we are."
Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio show today by declaring that "when a nation sacrifices innocent children in abortion or infanticide, that is a sacrifice to demons, it's like food for demons."
"What I mean by that," he continued, "is that act of the shedding of innocent blood, the most innocent among us, it empowers satanic forces, it energizes satanic forces, it gives them the legal right to be at work in our culture, it energizes them, it empowers them, it gives them legal ground, it gives them permission to operate. So every time an abortion is performed in the United States of America, a jolt of power is given to Satan and to satanic forces."
America will never free itself "from demonic oppression," the American Family Radio host warned, "until we stop the practice of abortion."
As we noted earlier today, Glenn Beck was alarmed by the behavior of some Donald Trump supporters during last night's caucuses in Nevada and responded by blasting the Trump campaign for "grooming Brownshirts." On his radio program today, Beck also blasted the right-wing website Breitbart for its coverage of his experience at the caucuses, accusing the website of having turned itself into an arm of the Trump campaign and likening its executive chairman, Steve Bannon, to Hitler's propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
Bannon, Beck said, "is a horrible, despicable human being" and asserted that "Andrew Breitbart would be spinning in his grave right now" if he knew what Bannon had done to his website.
Bannon is either angling to become President Trump's chief of staff or is hoping to turn himself "into the next Roger Ailes," Beck declared, accusing Bannon of taking orders from "a guy who builds golf courses."
"What that makes you is not Roger Ailes," Beck said to Bannon. "By taking orders from a political candidate and reworking your entire site to promote the lies of a specific candidate without any kind of truth behind these things and just spinning all of it, doing what you've done to Breitbart and anybody who reads Breitbart knows exactly what's going on; if that is what your idea of being Roger Ailes is, you are so sadly mistaken. That doesn't make you Roger Ailes, that makes you Goebbels."
While campaigning for Ted Cruz in South Carolina earlier this month, Glenn Beck made an emotional show of holding up a copy of the book "Don Quixote" that he said George Washington had picked up on the day that the Constitution was signed.
As Beck told it, Washington wrote but two lines in his diary on September 17, 1787: "Signed the Constitution today. I pick up my copy of Don Quixote." The juxtaposition of these two events — one highly significant and the other seemingly mundane — Beck declared, revealed that Washington was at peace knowing that he had done everything he could for his country and that its future was now in the hands of God and the American people.
"This is the copy that he went and picked up the day they signed the Constitution," Beck said, holding the book as he warned the audience that "if South Carolina makes Donald Trump a winner, we're done" as a nation.
Trump, of course, did win in South Carolina and now Michael Calderon of the Huffington Post is reporting that Beck's copy of "Don Quixote" is not actually the copy that Washington picked up on that day:
The museum at Mount Vernon, Washington's Virginia home, says the copy of Don Quixote in question, which Washington purchased in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787, is stored safely in its collection. A Mount Vernon spokeswoman told HuffPost that it's in the rare books vault at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, the presidential library in Washington's home. Mount Vernon even displays images of the book on its website.
Beck addressed the issue on his television show last night, now claiming merely that he owns "one of two copies of George Washington's 'Don Quixote'."
After blasting the Huffington Post for supposedly not contacting him before publishing its story, even though the article states that "Beck did not immediately respond to a request for comment," Beck insisted that his copy of the book was, in fact, owned by Washington himself and that he has all of the documentation to prove it.
The copy owned by Beck, though, may not be the one that Washington picked up on the day he signed the Constitution, as he now seemingly admits and which obviously undermines the significance of the one in his possession.
"So, there were two copies," he stated. "Which one did he buy on the day of the Constitution? I don't know."
UPDATE: Beck now admits that he copy he owns is not the copy that Washington picked up on the day he signed the Consitution:
In a statement to HuffPost, Beck acknowledged the book he's displayed at rallies is not the copy of Don Quixote that Washington purchased on that day. However, Beck said he possesses another copy of the book, dated 1796, from Washington's library.
"The lesson that I take from Washington's diary where he says 'Signed the constitution. Bought Don Quixote' is that we are never done in our service to God and Country," Beck said. "I have incorrectly stated that my copy is the copy that Washington purchased the day he signed the Constitution. That version is one of the copies owned and housed in Mount Vernon. I take full responsibility for connecting my book (which is dated 1796) to the book Washington purchased that fateful day of September 17th, 1787. But make no mistake the copy in my possession is from the private library of George Washington."
Experts at Mount Vernon noted that the ownership of the 1796 volume is complicated, and that it's uncertain whether that later edition, owned by Beck, was in Washington's library or was purchased by Washington as a gift for his friend Colonel Tobias Lear. The 1796 copy of Don Quixote was later passed down to Lear's son, Benjamin, who identified it in records as having been received from Washington.
A Mount Vernon spokeswoman said it would need to see Beck's copy in person to authenticate it.
Glenn Beck closed out his radio broadcast today by attacking Marco Rubio using a clip from the Frank Capra film "State of the Union" in which a once-idealistic presidential candidate played by Spencer Tracy admits to having sold out his principles for power and denounces his own campaign.
Beck said that while he once had great admiration for Rubio, he no longer does because Rubio "doesn't care about the truth" and has seemingly lost his soul in the process of running for president.
After playing the clip, Beck — a vocal Ted Cruz endorser and campaign surrogate — went on another of his self-righteous rants about how he refuses to wallow in the "cesspool" of American politics.
"When I came out and I said I'm sorry for anything I've ever done to divide this country," Beck began screaming, "I'm sorry, I tired to do my best, I didn't mean to, but I tried to warn people about what was coming. I tried to warn people in 1999 about Osama bin Laden, I tried to warn people in 2006 about the banking crash, I tried to warn people in 2010 about the caliphate. Nobody would listen and I'm warning you now!"
Beck fumed that while he has apologized for playing a role in dividing the nation, no politician or member of the media would follow suit and admit their own culpability, but that doesn't matter because he still believes in the ideals represented by Frank Capra's movies.
"I don't want to live in a country and I don't want to live in a time when they can't exist, when I can't believe that they're out there," he bellowed. "When I can't believe that the guy we're going to elect president of the United States actually has some courage and actually has some integrity! Maybe I'll go down as the biggest fool ever, but I'd rather die with hope that there's some common decency in this world than be a part of the cesspool that we seem to embrace."
On the latest episode of his "Foundations of Freedom" series, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton was once again joined by former Rep. Michele Bachmann, this time for a discussion on "The Bible, Competition and Choice."
The two agreed that God created competition, within a biblical framework, for the good of mankind and Bachmann helpfully summed up the entire discussion by saying that anyone who cannot see that needs to "get a brain."
"You could summarize it by saying, 'Get a brain," Bachmann said. "I mean, that's kind of what it is. Get a brain and figure it out. Don't you want to live better? Don't you want to be more prosperous? Don't you want to be happier? Don't you want to be free? Don't you want poor people to do well? Don't you want to love your neighbor? If you want all those things, David, you would embrace competition with both arms and you'd want a biblical basis for your society just like the Pilgrims, through their example, gave us, that they embraced for us, just like George Washington and the founders, when they dedicated this nation to God at the inauguration, in the very first seconds of life of this country."
Glenn Beck, who is once again out on the road campaigning for Ted Cruz, hosted his radio show remotely today from Nevada, where he and David Barton, the right-wing pseudo-historian who is running a pro-Cruz super PAC, fretted over Cruz's third-place finish in the South Carolina primary over the weekend and warned that exit polls show that America is headed for a violent revolution within the next ten years.
Beck, who is currently in the middle of "a fast for Ted Cruz, our country and the Nevada caucus," repeated the warning that he made on his program earlier this month, when he predicted that the election of anyone other than Cruz will result in America descending into revolution within the next decade. Barton agreed, saying that poll results have convinced him that the threat of violent revolution is a very "real thing."
"I want to make sure that you hear this because the media will spin this out of control and they'll make it into another crazy conspiracy theory," Beck said, "but I just want to point out: 1999, I talked about Osama bin Laden in New York and said that their would be blood and bodies in the streets and the signature would be Osama bin Laden and nobody believed me; in 2006 and 2007, I talked to you about the financial crash, a crash of biblical proportions based on the housing market; I told you that there would be a caliphate and everybody mocked that. I'm telling you, we are on the path for revolution and a violent revolution. Right now, we're talking about a velvet revolution, but if we make the wrong choice at this point - and I'll make this case based on the polls and what we're seeing and nobody in the media ... they're going to mock it. Don''t mock this warning! Please, don't mock this warning."
Extremist anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat has been locked in a battle of words with other anti-gay activists for several months, ever since Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality reportedly tried to have footage of Shoebat removed from an anti-gay documentary because of his radical views.
Shoebat was featured in Janet Porter's "Light Wins" film last year, along with a variety of anti-gay activists and several Republican presidential hopefuls and members of Congress. Once we began to post clips of Shoebat openly calling for a global Inquisition that would put all gays to death, LaBarbera reportedly sought to have Shoebat removed from Porter's film, which eventually led to Shoebat attacking LaBarbera as a "filthy pig" and a "traitor."
This did not sit well with Shoebat's father, Walid, a supposed "ex-terrorist" who posted a furious screed on his website attacking LaBarbera, Brown, Matt Barber and anyone else who has dared to criticize his son's extremist views, accusing them of worshiping gay blogger Joe Jervis of Joe.My.God instead of the one true God:
So how much will the Evangelical movement in the United States go to please the LGBT agenda?
When Shoebat.com posted this video on four homosexual wrestlers who raped two boys calling for a death penalty for these rapists, it upset one blaspheming homosexual and Right Wing Watch. These taunted the Evangelical movement causing an uproar with top level leaders calling on them to denounce Shoebat.com. They quickly lined up to show their support and denounced Shoebat.com for calling for the “death penalty” for gay rapists.
Several Evangelical leaders began hurling denunciations and articles against our infamous Theodore Shoebat for his views calling for the death penalty for rapists and child molesters.
According to these Evangelical leaders, calling for the death penalty for gay rapists, gay child molesters is ‘unchristian’. The heavyweights from Calvinist John Piper to Dr. Michael Brown, Peter LaBarbera (1), Matt Barber and others were irate at Theodore’s remarks.
Who controls these leaders? One major gay activist who wraps Evangelical scholars around his finger gives himself the blasphemous title as “Joe My God,” so that when they twitter him they would blaspheme calling him “My God” instead of Christ. The trick stems from when Caesar wanted the Christian world to address him as kyrios (My lord) which St. Paul denounced by stating “that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:11), that is that Christ is Kyrios not Caesar.
But now, this sodomite blasphemer, Joe, has become their god instead.
To please Joe the Blasphemer they go as far as lining up to denounce the young Shoebat for calling for the death penalty to even twisting arms to scrub and edit out Theodore’s contribution in an anti-gay documentary.
Shoebat even went on to defend his son's assertion that Jesus would kill gays, arguing that it was Christ who carried out the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah:
Did Jesus kill gays? Nothing was ever said in this silly half-baked article that in the Bible it is as clear as the sun, Jesus killed the sodomites. Most modern theologians intentionally overlook and refuse to disclose that some of the best passages of scripture ever used regarding the Trinity and the Theophany is within the context when Christ completely annihilated the sodomites.
Anyone who denies this ask them: was it Christ Who met with Abraham and announced the destruction of Sodom? In Genesis Abraham is visited by three figures, one of whom he refers to as “My Lord” (Genesis 18:3), and Who Scripture calls “the LORD” (Genesis 18:17).
No sane theologian would argue that this person wasn’t Christ. After much feasting, Christ and the other two men left Abraham to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (see Genesis 18:21-22). Christ even referred to His meeting with Abraham in the New Testament when He said:“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56, also see St. Gregory as recorded by St. Aquinas, Catena Aurea). It was so clear in scripture that it was Christ Who killed ‘the gays.’
Last November, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and his father, Rafael, both appeared at a right-wing Christian conference in Iowa hosted by extremist radio host Kevin Swanson, who was already notorious for openly supporting imposing the death penalty for homosexuality.
Prior to the event, Cruz was asked why he was appearing at a conference organized by someone with such extremist views, but Cruz merely dodged the question. At the conference itself, Swanson repeatedlydefended his view that homosexuality should carry the death penalty, but when Rachael Maddow asked the Cruz campaign following the conference if it would denounce Swanson, all that spokesman Rick Tyler would say is that Swanson's calls to put gays to death were "not explicit" enough to warrant any sort of comment from the Republican presidential hopeful or his campaign.
But, as Maddow pointed out on Friday night, while the Cruz campaign would not bother to dignify her inquiries with a response, it did quietly distance itself from Swanson and his event in mid-December, telling USA Today that "it was a mistake" for Cruz to have attended the conference:
A tipping point, [Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s Barry] Lynn said, came at last month’s National Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa, where Cruz said, “any president who doesn’t begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be a commander-in-chief of this country.” Cruz was also introduced onstage by Pastor Kevin Swanson, who, earlier in the conference, quoted a passage of the Bible that he claimed justified the execution of homosexuals.
“This is over-the-top rhetoric, even for a conservative presidential candidate,” Lynn said. “There is a lot of religious fervor going on in [Cruz's] campaign.”
Tyler, the Cruz spokesman, called Swanson’s comments “reprehensible” and said Cruz has spoken out repeatedly against anyone who calls for hatred or violence against homosexuals.
“Senator Cruz is passionate about religious liberties” Tyler said in an email. “Many respected organizations were sponsoring [the conference], but, given these offensive comments, it was a mistake for Senator Cruz to appear at the event.”
Ecclesia College is excited to announce the launch of the new David Barton School of Political Science. The school’s initial degree offering will be a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, beginning in the Fall of 2016, and available either on campus or online.
Our degree in Political Science prepares students for employment in politics, public administration, and public policy – careers that can allow you to influence the course of history. Build a foundation of knowledge in American politics while learning how to integrate your Christian faith into the public arena from faculty currently practicing in the profession. You will examine, analyze, and debate relevant issues in current affairs and policy-making through the lens of a biblical worldview. Complete your degree by applying your newly-developed understanding and skills with an internship in local or state government to gain hands-on exposure to policy-making and cultural development.
Glenn Beck used his radio program today to once again call upon his listeners who are members of the NRA to vote to remove anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist from the organization's board due to his supposed ties to Islamic radicals.
Nearly a year ago, Beck threatened to quit the NRA if Norquist remained on the board, which prompted the organization to launch an investigation into the allegations that he has links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Though the NRA promised that the probe would be "fully transparent" and the results posted on its website, it has been more than 11 months since it supposedly launched this investigation and nothing has come of it.
On top of that, Beck has not actually quit the NRA, as he originally threatened, and has instead turned his efforts toward getting Norquist removed from the board via a recall election.
"Remember, I said about a year ago that if Grover Norquist is on the board of directors of places like the NRA, I just don't know what I'm going to do," Beck stated. "I just don't know if I can keep my membership. Well, here's what happened: That caused up a whole just sandstorm everywhere so we had to find out what is the right way to do this, what is the right thing to do?"
"The right thing to do is to start a petition," he continued, "and then have an election, a recall ballot put into the NRA magazine at this time. The votes have to be in by May 1st on Grover Norquist and, believe me, you're going to have everybody he knows voting 'no' on the recall. If you believe what we talked about, that Grover Norquist is a very, very dangerous influence when it comes to Islam, we really think that you should stand up if you're a NRA member and vote 'yes' on the recall."
"This is vitally important," Beck stated. "Please vote 'yes' on the recall of Grover Norquist."
David Kupelian, managing editor of the right-wing conspiracy theory website WND, appeared on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program earlier this week to promote his latest book, "The Snapping Of The American Mind," which asserts that the left is "promoting widespread dependency, debauchery, family breakdown, crime, corruption, addiction, despair, and suicide" with its "wild celebration of sexual anarchy, its intimidating culture of political correctness, and its incomprehension of the fundamental sacredness of human life."
Unsurprisingly, Kupelian made exactly that case on the program, insisting that left-wing policies are so dangerously insane that they are literally driving Americans into drug addiction and suicide.
"You cannot teach, as the left does, the next generation that there is no God," he stated, "that there are no values, there's not right and wrong, that you can have sex with anything that moves, there's no morality, that America is a horrible country and on and on. You can't do that to people without incurring these consequences."
"The amount of suicide and depression and drug addiction which we hear about all the time now," Kupelian continued, "as being rooted in the hooking-up culture, by they way they punish and police speech on college campuses, specifically tied to the practices of the left, are driving people over the edge."
On his program yesterday, Walsh had something of a meltdown over it, calling Obama a "disrespectful, arrogant, immature, anti-American ass!"
"Why aren't you going to go?" Walsh demanded to know. "Are you golfing? The entire country wants to know and your White House won't say why ... Why would you not go to this funeral? Is it because Scalia was white? Is it because Scalia was Italian-American? It is because Antonin Scalia so adored, so loved that Constitution that you abhor? You know, it makes me sick, it makes me sick every day to wake up in a country with a president who so dislikes America. You're not my president and you proved that once again."
On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer echoed Glenn Beck as he asserted that God "took home" the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia last weekend in order to highlight the importance of the Supreme Court in the upcoming presidential election.
"I believe God took Antonin Scalia home," Fischer said. "Antonin Scalia shows up and God says, 'Well done, good and faithful servant, you lived out every one of the days that I had written for you in my book, welcome home.' And the timing of this, I believe, God was arranging so that the issue in this election would be focused on the Supreme Court, so that the Supreme Court replacement would be the defining issue of this campaign. Because God knows that we're running out of chances, this is God in His grace calling Antonin Scalia home to his reward in order to make this the defining issue of the 2016 campaign."
Like Ted Cruz before him, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson made a stop at MorningStar Fellowship Church in South Carolina last week, where he was introduced by extremist pastor, self-proclaimed prophet and Oak Initiative president Rick Joyner.
After Joyner hailed Carson for bringing class, dignity and "true nobility" to the presidential race and praised him for his depth of knowledge, Carson took the microphone and laid out a rather interesting argument in favor of the idea of "American exceptionalism."
"When you think about in terms of an exceptional nation," Carson said, "I mean, before this nation came on the scene, [for] 100 years, 500, 1,000, 5,000 years people did things the same way. You know, the farmer would chop down corn and put it on the wagon and take it into town and sell it; within 200 years of the advent of America, men were walking on the moon."
"It changed the trajectory of mankind and the progress of mankind," he concluded, "so to say it's not exceptional is nuts! It's the most exceptional nation ever."
Last year, we posted a clip of Glenn Beck claiming that his good friend, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton of WallBuilders, possessed a Ph.D. in history and education. As we noted at the time, that must have come as a surprise to Barton himself, since just months earlier he had admitted that he does not have a Ph.D.
It seems that Beck is not the only one confused about this issue, as Barton appeared on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program earlier this week and asserted that he both does and does not have a Ph.D. In fact, Barton only has bachelor's degree in Christian education from Oral Roberts University.
Barton was promoting the re-release of his book "The Jefferson Lies," which was pulled by its original publisher back in 2012 due to concerns to its factual inaccuracies, when he was asked by host Perry Atkinson how academics react to his work.
"Usually they say, 'You haven't been trained in history, you don't have a Ph.D.,'" Barton replied. "Well, that's true. All I've got is the original documents. I'm sorry, I don't have a Ph.D.; actually, I do have a Ph.D. but I've got the original documents as well. I just don't consider myself an academic; I consider myself a lover of truth."
As far as we know, the only "Ph.D." that Barton possess is an Honorary Doctorate of Letters he received several years ago from Pensacola Christian College.