Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins invited Todd Starnes of Fox News to discuss a federal appeals court decision [PDF] which upheld an earlier ruling that a Colorado baker violated the law when he refused service to a gay couple who attempted to purchase a wedding cake from him.
“It’s not much of a legal stretch to imagine the day when they will tell pastors the same thing, you will participate in these weddings,” Starnes warned.
Perkins agreed, saying that day “probably will come.” The court dispatched with the bakery’s religious freedom claims, citing a federal court ruling against a South Carolina restaurant that said it had religious objections to racial nondiscrimination laws that compelled it to treat white and black customers equally:
Finally, we reiterate that CADA does not compel Masterpiece to support or endorse any particular religious views. The law merely prohibits Masterpiece from discriminating against potential customers on account of their sexual orientation. As one court observed in addressing a similar free exercise challenge to the 1964 Civil Rights Act:
Undoubtedly defendant . . . has a constitutional right to espouse the religious beliefs of his own choosing, however, he does not have the absolute right to exercise and practice such beliefs in utter disregard of the clear constitutional rights of other citizens. This Court refuses to lend credence or support to his position that he has a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of the Negro race in his business establishment upon the ground that to do so would violate his sacred religious beliefs. (Newman v. Piggie Park Enters., Inc.)
Likewise, Masterpiece remains free to continue espousing its religious beliefs, including its opposition to same-sex marriage. However, if it wishes to operate as a public accommodation and conduct business within the State of Colorado, CADA prohibits it from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation.
Starnes and Perkins linked the decision to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, despite the fact that the gay couple’s lawsuit was filed before Colorado had marriage equality (they were married in Massachusetts). Instead, the ruling relied on Colorado’s nondiscrimination act.
Later in the program, Perkins asked Starnes about a recent move to update the guidelines regarding which naturalized citizens can decline to say the part of the oath of citizenship about “bear[ing] arms on behalf of the United States when required by law.”
As we reported earlier, ever since the “bear arms” line was added to the oath in 1950s, some new citizens have been exempt from saying the line as conscientious objectors; the new guidelines would simply update the process by which citizenship applicants are allowed to decline to say the line.
Starnes somehow managed to claim that this is further proof that “under the Obama administration, the Islamic faith is being given special accommodation while the Christian faith is being marginalized or set aside.”
He then went back to decrying the “bullying” by LGBT people who “assault” stores owned by Christians but are “not going after the Muslim bakers” and “the Muslim florists,” who he thinks would also refuse service to gay couples. Perkins agreed, saying that gay people aren’t “bullying” Muslims because they are afraid of violence.
Jim Bakker, the televangelist who served time in jail for fraud in the 1990s, declared on his program earlier this week that he may very soon wind up in jail again … this time as a victim of the made-up Jade Helm 15 federal takeover of Texas.
Bakker discussed Jade Helm 15 with Rick Wiles during a series of programs in which the two floated a variety of unhinged conspiracy theories. The two pastors agreed that the military exercise is meant to foment civil strife and, according to Wiles, target Texas because the state is trying to subvert the Federal Reserve system through its gold depository.
“The government is saying, ‘All we’re doing is, we’ve got our troops practicing for foreign wars,’ but I’m not so sure about that,” Wiles said. “I think they are getting ready for social unrest.” Referring to the gold depository, Wiles told Bakker that “this is why Jade Helm 15 is listing Texas as hostile territory.”
“We’re getting close to a civil war,” Wiles said, before Bakker wondered when freedom in America will come to an end: “I’ve done my time, I really don’t want to do any more, but America is not the America that we once knew as children.”
Wiles previously predicted that Jade Helm 15 could lead to a nuclear attack on Texas and “a round-up of patriotic men.”
Mission America’s Linda Harvey stopped by the radio program hosted by Cleveland Right to Life’s Molly Smith last week, where the two warned that God’s judgment is already beginning to befall America thanks to gay pride parades and Planned Parenthood.
Smith told Harvey about a recent promotional video put out by the Cuyahoga County GOP that features some vaguely rainbow colors in the background, which she found “very upsetting,” along with the failure of Republican leaders in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.
“Well, you know, and many people would say that the signs are all here that we are reaping some of God’s judgment,” Harvey agreed. “I believe that the fact that we are being shown in no uncertain terms what abortion is all about, what homosexuality is all about — they’re parading down our streets, we have hundreds of thousands of people that come to the Columbus gay pride parade, and you can see what they’re parading, it’s horrendous. And the Boy Scouts are now on board with this and they’re in these parades.”
“People should open their eyes,” she warned, “and if they’re not willing to, God is just going to give us what the majority of America, what we want, and it’s a very dark and black place that we’re heading for.”
Later in the interview, Harvey warned that opponents of gay rights might soon be forced to go to jail.
After Smith declared that “we will be persecuted and we are being persecuted,” Harvey advised listeners to “start thinking about where you will draw the line, at the workplace and schools, because you will be asked and God will be watching all of us.”
“It is going to cost,” she said. “Not simply reputation, but it may cost you a job or money. Down the road, it may cost people their freedom, there may be jail involved.”
Smith compared the future jailing of gay rights opponents to the arrests of anti-abortion protesters: “the same thing that happened in the pro-life movement, many people went to jail because they refused to accept what was going on.”
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said yesterday that he hopes that Congress defunds Planned Parenthood before there is a “full investigation” into its fetal tissue donation program, saying that Congress’ response to recent attacks the women’s health group should resemble its defunding of the community organizing group ACORN in 2009.
The recent series of videos smearing Planned Parenthood have drawn comparisons to right-wing activist James O’Keefe’s heavily edited videos charging ACORN with various wrongdoing, including voter fraud and misuse of federal funds. Congress moved quickly to defund the organization before the charges levied against it began to collapse. The current Planned Parenthood smear is clearly modeled on the work of O’Keefe, a friend of the activists who created the videos.
“When we hear people say, well we can’t defund Planned Parenthood because we don’t know all of the places that they’re getting money from and we can’t be passing judgment on this until we do a full investigation, I completely disagree with that,” King told Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway. “This is similar in the function of ACORN. When we saw what ACORN was doing inside the offices across the country from the videos that were put out there by Hanna [Giles] and James [O’Keefe], that was enough to be convincing for Congress to shut off all money to ACORN, which was far more complex than shutting off the money to Planned Parenthood because they had affiliates that were different names."
“We wrote language that was broad and that encompassed it and did shut off most of, and there are still, we didn’t quite get the people followed but we got the organizations followed to do that. We can do this with Planned Parenthood, and we must.”
On his television program last night, doomsday prophet Glenn Beck warned his studio audience that God's judgment is imminent and that "wrath beyond your wildest understanding" will soon be unleashed upon the world.
Once again citing the persecution of Christians by ISIS, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Planned Parenthood videos, Beck warned that God is laying down a "red line" in an effort to get America to turn back to Him.
"What's coming is God saying, right now, to us, 'Please don't, please stand up, please! Please stand up and choose me. Please choose me,'" Beck pleaded. "'If you don't, I can't protect you anymore. Don't you see what is happening in the world? Don't you see what's coming your way? I want to protect you! If you don't choose me, I can't! We've made a deal: I'm your God, you're my people; if you reject me as your God and you pick other gods, I can't take you as my people any more.'"
"This is not the run of the mill time anymore," Beck continued, growing very somber. "This is not 'it's coming' anymore. This is it, gang. This is it. This is everything I've warned about, everything that I've worried about and I think it's going to happen so damn fast it'll take your breath away. When it starts to go, you're just going to be 'what?' Remember when I said at some point evil will just take off its mask and say, 'Raar'? It's going to happen. Soon."
In his interview with fellow End Times preacher Rick Wiles this week, televangelist Jim Bakker announced that his ministry is buying horses just in case a nuclear EMP attack takes down the electric power grid.
“If the grid goes down, you’re going to be thankful to have a horse,” he told viewers, also boasting that his Model T truck “will run if the grid goes down.”
After Bakker explained the threats of an EMP attack and solar flares, he said that God is preparing to punish America for its “insane” policies on abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
“God’s judgment is coming on not just America but on the world,” Bakker said. “You cannot murder almost 70 million of our babies, you cannot take his word and turn it upside down, you cannot say that God didn’t ordain a mom and a dad to have a baby and that will be called married.”
Far-right radio host Bradlee Dean wrote in his WorldNetDaily column today that the Obama administration has embraced “treason, treason and more treason,” conditioning people to the point they are “set at ease only to set themselves up for the next act of treason.”
“If what was happening in this country was happening in a foreign country, the people in this country would have called for military strikes, as well as an all-out manhunt for the dictators that were guilty of the same things Barack Hussein Obama and his criminal administration are guilty of here in America,” Dean said. “Yet, because it is happening here, the people have somehow deceived themselves into believing that what they have allowed is not as bad as what is happening over in Third World countries.”
Because of America’s failure to remove President Obama from office, Dean laments, now the country will receive God’s wrath.
America is again being diverted away from another treasonous act by this administration: the “Iran nuke deal,” which is nothing more than appeasement through funding and enabling militarily America’s sworn enemies. Treason, treason and more treason.
Let me cut to the chase here. If what was happening in this country was happening in a foreign country, the people in this country would have called for military strikes, as well as an all-out manhunt for the dictators that were guilty of the same things Barack Hussein Obama and his criminal administration are guilty of here in America. Yet, because it is happening here, the people have somehow deceived themselves into believing that what they have allowed is not as bad as what is happening over in Third World countries. What is even worse is that as long as there are smiles and the reciting of the word “Constitution,” the American people are set at ease only to set themselves up for the next act of treason. But as long as he is smiling …
"A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin." – Proverbs 26:28
This only takes place when a people throws off God's Law and America's founding documents and gives a free hand to the destroyer (John 10:10). This is a point no one can deny in America today.
Furthermore dictators have a smile on their face as they go along not to offend, but to appease – that is, until he obtains the power he desires. Then he can dictate by force.
Be it known, America, that you have been warned time and time again concerning the corruption in your government and churches, which is God's mercy (Luke 12:2). Yet, you have done nothing to appease God's wrath by bringing forth judgment upon the heads of the wicked.
Last night, Glenn Beck, David Barton, and Bishop Jim Lowe of Guiding Light church in Birmingham, Alabama, held a webinar urging pastors to attend the "Never Again Is Now" rally that they are holding at the end of the month.
As Beck told the audience, God has put down a "red line" for America which has forced Beck to dedicate nearly his entire network to spreading God's message that this nation is just about "out of time."
"We, as people, I believe are seeing a red line put down by God," Beck said, "and He is saying we are a covenant nation; the only one that has ever been this is ancient Israel ... We will be His people if we choose Him as our God. He has made these things so clear that people must stand together and choose him as our God."
"We choose light over darkness, we choose God over Satan every single time," he continued. "I am a secular broadcaster and I am almost all God now because we're out of time."
CitizenGo, the international citizen activism group for which the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown serves as a trustee, is joining the Right’s pile-on of Target for phasing out gender-specific signage in some of its kids’ departments, warning that the new policy will “promote transgenderism among children.”
In a petition circulated by CitizenGo’s US campaigns director, Josh Craddock, the group warns that Target, by removing signs like those distinguishing between “building sets” and “girls’ building sets,” has caved to pressure by “radical gender theorists” and “sexual radicals” who “want to erase distinctions between male and female, and promote transgenderism among children”:
But now, under pressure from radical gender theorists, Target decided to go "gender neutral" by removing "gender and signs and using gender indicators, especially as it relates to kids" from its stores. The sexual radicals who encouraged Target to reverse its policy ultimately want to erase distinctions between male and female, and promote transgenderism among children.
Faith2Action’s Janet Porter made a similar connection in promoting a boycott of the retail chain, claiming that the new policy is the result of “Bruce Jenner’s surgery… where he now pretends to be a woman full time.”
Franklin Graham led the Religious Right charge against Target earlier this week when he posted on Facebook that it is “not the gender-neutral people out there” who “made their stores strong”:
I think Target may be forgetting who has made their stores strong. It’s not gender-neutral people out there—it’s working American families, fathers and mothers with boys and girls they love. What’s next? Are they going to try to make people believe that pink or blue baby showers are politically incorrect? I have news for them and for everyone else—God created two different genders. Jesus said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female (Matthew 19:4). You can’t get any clearer than that. If you agree, share in the comments below—and let Target know what you think. Let them know that you are perfectly willing to shop where the genders God created are appreciated.
In an appearance on Fox News, Graham declared that “this whole gender-neutral business has gone too far,” accusing Target of “ignoring the millions of customers you have that are just hard-working families with children, and they’re not gender-neutral children, these are boys and girls, the way God made us.”
Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, for his part, worried that the new Target policy would promote confusing among shoppers: “If you go to buy a gift for a boy who's nine or six or a girl who's nine or six, you want to be able to go to that section and pick out a toy they might want. Now you have to sit there and look at a blended area and wonder is this for a boy or is this for a girl?”
Catherine Short, the head of an anti-choice legal group that worked closely with the Center for Medical Progress in its release of a series of videos smearing Planned Parenthood, compared the women’s health group’s legal fetal tissue donations to “Nazi death chambers” in an interview Wednesday with End Times radio host Rick Wiles.
“It’s reminiscent of, you know, with the Nazi gas chambers where it wasn’t enough to kill thousands of innocent people, then they robbed their bodies afterwards,” Short, director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, told Wiles on his “Trunews” program. “And that’s the difference between this and, you know, the organ donation after death, or something like that, is that, you know, these are the people who caused the death and then they’re profiting off of it.”
“There really isn’t anything else to compare it to other than the Nazi death chambers. Planned Parenthood is on the same level as the Nazis,” Wiles agreed.
Wiles, livid about the temporary restraining order barring the release of two more of the Center for Medical Progress’ videos, argued that “the judge should have been threatening to imprison Stem Express,” a tissue supplier to medical researchers, “for trafficking in human body parts. This should have been the other way around. The judge should have been telling Stem Express, ‘I’m gonna have you locked up for trafficking in human body parts.’ Instead the judge is covering for them.”
“In my opinion, the state police in every state of America should be raiding Planned Parenthood facilities. They should just be conducting SWAT team raids on them,” Wiles advised.
“These are baby killers in there, chopping up babies, using tweezers to pick through their flesh, and taking out their organs and selling their organs,” Wiles continued. “I mean, if you did this any place else other than a Planned Parenthood facility, you would have a SWAT team inside your building.”
In his latest monthly newsletter, James Dobson warns his supporters that the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide was not about achieving marriage equality at all, but rather is an attempt to oppress and persecute Christians and destroy Christianity.
The real goal, Dobson reveals, is for gay rights activists to shut down churches, destroy Christian businesses and organizations, and ultimately take control of your children ... just like Hitler did:
This Court decision is not about same-sex marriage, except only tangentially. Many gay and lesbian groups have admitted that marriage has never been their primary objective. Instead, it is about everything else. What’s at stake is the entire culture war. To begin, it is an expression of hostility toward people who take their Christianity seriously. As you probably know, certain groups and organizations hate us. It is about weakening the Church of Jesus Christ and limiting what pastors and ministers can say and do publicly. It is about undermining the religious liberties of Christians that are guaranteed by the Constitution. It is about attacking Christian schools, Christian non-profit organizations such as Family Talk, and Christian businesses, hospitals, charities, and seminaries. It is about Christian colleges and universities, and about whom their leaders choose as professors and what their students will be taught. It’s about government funding and accreditation. It is all at risk. You’ll see.
Obergefell will also result in God-fearing laymen being dragged into court for trumped-up charges, such as those thrown at Aaron and Melissa Klein, who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. Melissa has, by the way, not only been fined $135,000 for this “offense,” but has now been slapped with a gag order so she can’t even tell her side of the story. What ever happened to freedom of speech?
To continue, the Human Rights Campaign has recently sponsored HR 3185, which is beyond belief. It would allow gay and lesbian activists to persecute Americans in virtually every area of society, including employment, housing and public accommodations, credit, and dozens of other areas of civil life.
There is almost no limit to what will be imposed on the American public as a result of Obergefell. There is every indication that a barrage of court cases has been pre-planned and will be implemented against those who dare to disagree with the government’s view of marriage. Some will lose their jobs for failing to knuckle under.
Some will lose their professional licenses. Some will be persecuted, ridiculed and fined. Some will go to prison. After all, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is an inviolable Constitutional right that will trump other liberties considered untouchable for more than 200 years.
...I grieve over what will happen to kids in public schools. They will be taught that right is wrong and wrong is right, and that the teachings of Scripture are unreliable and inaccurate. How unthinkable it is that in some states kindergartners, barely out of babyhood, are being taught adult perverse behavior that should never be discussed in the classroom. Soon, publishers of public school textbooks throughout the country will have to re-write and re-illustrate materials to make them conform to the demands of Obergefell. It matters not that these revisions will contradict the beliefs and convictions of Christian parents. It has already become the law of the land in some states.
Anything activists can dream up could be imposed on our children by liberal judges. LGBT propaganda will be blatantly taught to wide-eyed kids who are too young to understand how they are being manipulated. There is no consideration that the messages given will contradict the beliefs and convictions of millions of parents. The wishes of moms and dads will have been overridden and superseded by five Justices who have a better plan for their kids.
This is not the first time in recent history that children have been used as pawns in the hands of tyrants.
I’m reminded of the words of German dictator, Adolf Hitler, spoken as war in Europe approached. He said, “Your child belongs to us already . . . what are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community.”
Rep. Walter Jones appeared on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ “InfoWars” radio show today, where he slammed Jeb Bush’s recent speech on the conflict in Iraq.
The North Carolina Republican, who last week said that his vote to authorize the Iraq War is one he will “go to my grave regretting,” told Alex Jones, “If my brother had sent 4,000 Americans to die in an unnecessary war, I don’t believe I’d be making those statements.”
“We never had to go into Iraq,” he said. “It was manufactured intelligence.”
“We had no business going into Iraq, taking out Saddam is part of the problem that we’ve got with the Middle East right now,” he added.
When Mideast “expert” Avi Lipkin isn’t shedding light on the Illuminati and Free Mason control of the U.S. and President Obama’s plan to settle 100 million Muslim immigrants on confiscated land, he is exposing the work of Muslims who have infiltrated “all” the churches in America, warning that these “spies” plan to kill all the country’s Christians at a certain time.
End Times preacher Rick Wiles has evidently embraced Lipkin’s claim, telling viewers of “The Jim Bakker Show” this week that Lipkin’s wife “has alerted Israeli officials that the Muslims in the Middle East are bragging that they have infiltrated every Christian church in America.”
“I believe it,” Bakker said. “They’re going to come in among us.”
Wiles even had evidence to back up Lipkin’s allegation: a vision he received from God in 1998. As Wiles tells it, God told him that “Muslims will put spies in Christian churches and they will have the names and addresses of every person on the staff, their spouses, their children, their Sunday school teachers and there is a day of jihad coming.” God continued: “There will be a war cry and a secret coded message will go out in all the mosques on a Friday that the jihad is to begin, the observant Muslims will be told you are obligated to commit jihad within the hour.”
Mississippi is the last state in the nation that bans adoption by gay couples and this ban is currently being challenged in court by several same-sex couples, prompting Bryan Fischer to warn that gay activists are seeking to reimpose slavery on the south.
On his radio show today, Fischer declared that "if the homosexual lobby is successful on this, then they will be forcing the state of Mississippi, against its will" to drop its ban on gay adoption, which is nothing more than tyranny and the imposition of slavery.
"Ladies and gentlemen," Fischer said, "that is just a form of tyranny. When you compel people to do things contrary to their will, contrary to their conscience, that's slavery as well as tyranny. So you think about it, who's bringing slavery back to the south? Who's bringing slavery back to the Confederate States of America? It's the homosexual lobby. When you compel people to provide services against their will, that is involuntary servitude, that is slavery. I submit to you that it is the homosexual lobby that's single-handedly bringing slavery back to the Confederate States of America."
Religious Right legal group Liberty Counsel, which opposes LGBT equality in the U.S. and around the world, has been urging resistance in the form of mass civil disobedience to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. On Wednesday, a federal court ruled against Liberty Counsel and its client, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who has refused on religious grounds to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning issued a preliminary injunction ordering her to do her job and comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Bunning, a Bush appointee, stated the issue this way:
At its core, this civil action presents a conflict between two individual liberties held sacrosanct in American jurisprudence. One is the fundamental right to marry implicitly recognized in the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The other is the right to free exercise of religion explicitly guaranteed by the First Amendment. Each party seeks to exercise one of these rights, but in doing so, they threaten to infringe upon the opposing party’s rights. The tension between these constitutional concerns can be resolved by answering one simple question: Does the Free Exercise Clause likely excuse Kim Davis from issuing marriage licenses because she has a religious objection to samesex marriage? For reasons stated herein, the Court answers this question in the negative.
The judge analyzed the case under the U.S. Constitution, the Kentucky state constitution, and the Kentucky Religious Freedom Act (which is patterned after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act). He considered and rejected various arguments raised by Liberty Counsel defending Davis’s right to refuse to provide marriage licenses.
Davis contends that “[c]ompelling all individuals who have any connection with the issuance of marriage licenses . . . to authorize, approve, and participate in that act against their sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage, without providing accommodation, amounts to an improper religious test for holding (or maintaining) public office.” The Court must again point out that the act of issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple merely signifies that the couple has met the legal requirements to marry. It is not a sign of moral or religious approval. The State is not requiring Davis to express a particular religious belief as a condition of public employment, nor is it forcing her to surrender her free exercise rights in order to perform her duties. Thus, it seems unlikely that Davis will be able to establish a violation of the Religious Test Clause….
As the Court has already pointed out, Davis is simply being asked to signify that couples meet the legal requirements to marry. The State is not asking her to condone same-sex unions on moral or religious grounds, nor is it restricting her from engaging in a variety of religious activities. Davis remains free to practice her Apostolic Christian beliefs. She may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible Study and minister to female inmates at the Rowan County Jail. She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk.
Liberty Counsel has filed an appeal of the ruling and requested a stay. Chairman Mat Staver denounced the judge’s ruling:
“Judge Bunning’s decision equated Kim’s free exercise of religion to going to church. This is absurd! Christianity is not a robe you take off when you leave a sanctuary,” said Staver. “The First Amendment guarantees Kim and every American the free exercise of religion, even when they are working for the government.”
“Kim Davis cannot license something that is prohibited by her religious convictions,” Staver continued. “To provide a license is to provide approval and places a legal authority behind what is being licensed. The First Amendment protects actions and not mere thought. Kim Davis should not be forced to violate her religious beliefs,” Staver concluded.
This morning, Davis’s office defied the Judge Bunning’s order and turned away gay couples who sought marriage licenses. According to the Associated Press, “Davis wasn't at her office Thursday, but deputy clerk Nathan Davis said the office was advised by its attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel to continue refusing same-sex couples as it appeals.”
Last year, after a federal court struck down North Carolina’s ban on same-sex couples getting married, Staver and anti-gay activist Matt Barber urged magistrates in the state with similar religious objections not to resign but to “stand their ground” and refuse to obey the ruling.
Discussing the power of prayer with David Barton on his television program last night, Glenn Beck declared that the deceptive video campaign to smear Planned Parenthood as illegally "selling aborted baby parts" is "a blessing from God."
"I'm really being humbled here," Beck said. "I'm regretting that I haven't gotten down on my knees and thanked the Lord for the people that have brought us these Planned Parenthood videos. We, as a nation, should be giving God thanks ... That is a blessing from God and I haven't thanked him for that."
Later in the program, Beck choked up as he begged people to join him "come Hell or high water" at his rally in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 28.
"I want you to hear me clearly and carefully," he said. "I truly believe [that this] is a turning point, right now, in what we're dealing with. We have to pray to Almighty God, we have to thank Him for the things He has given us, we have to ask Him for our role in it and we have to beg Him for His mercy, that he will open up the way. We have to stand for life. All. Life. Matters. That we can all agree on."
Ted Cruz’s father and campaign surrogate Rafael Cruz is slated to speak today at an Iowa venue that received national attention when it refused service to a gay couple. The venue’s owners, Betty and Richard Odgaard, who decided that they will no longer offer the venue for weddings, have since emerged as anti-gay-marriage activists and were appointed to the Cruz Iowa Leadership Team.
The elder Cruz joined “The Jan Mickelson Show” yesterday to discuss his upcoming speech and share stories about why he left Cuba under the Batista regime and became disillusioned with Fidel Castro’s revolution. While discussing the role of Peter Muhlenberg in the American Revolution, Cruz told Mickelson that he would have taken up Muhlenberg’s call-to-arms had he lived in the colonial era.
“I lost my freedom once,” Cruz said. “I’m not willing to lose it again. I’ll die fighting before I lose my freedom again. The challenge is that many Americans still don’t realize how fragile are freedoms are.”
When asked which freedoms “are in peril,” Cruz cited his freedom to buy incandescent lightbulbs: “We see our freedoms under attack every day. Take for example the EPA regulations, they even regulate what lightbulbs you can buy, what kind of toilet seat you can buy. The Clean Air Act, they are talking about modifying the Clean Air Act to regulate a puddle in your backyard.”
“We are seeing more Americans coming under bondage in this administration,” he added, arguing that the Obama administration has been “systematically” taking away freedoms.
WorldNetDaily has been increasingly convinced that a combination of blood moons and current events like Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage are all signs of the Last Days. Today, WND news editor Leo Hohmann updates readers that all of this will come together next month, when something will happen.
What that something is, of course, is a matter of speculation, as Hohmann’s article is mostly an exercise in just asking the question journalism. For example: “The Jade Helm military exercises taking place through mid-September also have given rise to conspiracy theories. Is the government preparing for some major future event that will bring chaos to America?”
Hohmann interviews “Bible prophecy expert” Paul McGuire about how the U.S. dollar proves that America was founded by Illuminati/Freemason occultists and that Christians need to fight this “Luciferian power.” He also talks to Carl Gallups, who warns that “a Sodom and Gomorrah spirit spreading through the nations - now ardently proliferated by the largest 'Christian' nation the world has ever known.”
Factor in the strange embedding of “Sept. 23, 2015,” into dozens of Hollywood movies and music videos dating back to the 1980s, and you have the recipe for a fast-growing Internet conspiracy theory with questions frequently asked about possible Illuminati influence. Then you have the scheduled arrival of Pope Francis at the White House on Sept. 23 and a first-ever address to a joint session of Congress the next day. Francis is the 266th pope who will be meeting with President Obama on the 266th day of the year, leading one Internet preacher to wonder if “something is being birthed” on that day, since 266 days is the typical human gestation period from conception to birth.
Back on May 21, 2014, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius issued a cryptic statement while standing beside U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington. He said, “We have 500 days to avoid climate chaos.” Going 500 days out from May 21, 2013, brings you to Sept. 23, 2015.
The Jade Helm military exercises taking place through mid-September also have given rise to conspiracy theories. Is the government preparing for some major future event that will bring chaos to America?
All of this activity will be topped off by more signs in the heavens, with the fourth and last in a rare tetrad of "blood moons" set to occur Sept. 28 on the biblical Feast of Tabernacles. The Shemitah year comes to a climax on the Hebrew calendar date of Elul 29, which is Sept. 13 on the Gregorian calendar.
Paul McGuire, a Bible prophecy expert, speaker and author of eight books including "Mass Awakening" and a new release "The Babylon Code," due out in September, believes the key to cracking the code of end-times prophecy is found in Genesis 10-11 with Nimrod building the Tower of Babel. He believes this same "man can be god" philosophy was handed down by the ruling elites from one civilization to another, making its way to Egypt, Greece, Rome and America and Europe today.
Those who doubt these secretive elite groups had any influence over America need only look at the dollar bill, McGuire said.
"The Tower was built in Ziggurat form, so the tower was really a pyramid structure," McGuire told WND.
"That unfinished pyramid at the top of the dollar bill, that capstone with the eye of the god Horus, this is Freemasonry symbolism. 'Novus Ordo Seclorum' is the New World Order," he said. "So what our book exposes is there has been in existence, since the beginning of the flood, a group of people that have had access to supernatural powers."
The conclusion of McGuire's new book, "Babylon Code: Solving the Bible's Greatest End Times Mystery," co-authored with Troy Anderson, is that God's people can't fight the New World Order with mere human weapons. The regular conservative politics of the day will be rendered futile against demonic powers in high places, he said, which the Apostle Paul warned of in Ephesians 6.
"So you have a human Christian population trying to fight Luciferian power with human power. As long as they're looking to humans to fight for them they're going to lose," McGuire said. "Donald Trump isn't going to save us."
McGuire sees the founding of America as having a dual purpose. Some meant it for good, others for evil, and there's been a cosmic battle for the nation's soul ever since.
"It's a strange beginning, you have a very odd combination, both forces are at play in this," McGuire said. "You do have Illuminati involved in the forming of America. But you also have Jonathan Edwards and the first great awakening. Edwards was not only spiritual but also intellectual. Edwards preached the sermon 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' that ignited the first Great Awakening and it released such power that it embedded itself in the Bill of Rights, these biblical principles of inalienable rights, that your rights come from God and not man, the abuse of power, etc. We need a biblical third great awakening."
Among those predictions Gallups sees are the rise of Islam, the current boiling-point turmoil in the Middle East, terrorism and threats of terrorism sweeping the planet, fears of multiple nuclear holocausts, the growing rejection of Israel by the nations – which increasingly seems to include the United States, "and a Sodom and Gomorrah spirit spreading through the nations - now ardently proliferated by the largest 'Christian' nation the world has ever known."
In 2014, the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) implemented a policy prohibiting "staff and volunteers from discriminating against youth based on sexual orientation or gender identity" and that obviously did not sit well with the anti-gay activists over at Liberty Counsel.
Last month, Liberty Counsel sent a letter to the DJJ on behalf of a Christian minister and volunteer who refused to abide by the policy, arguing that the policy "creates an unconstitutional, religious litmus test" and discriminates against the Bible and Christians.
As Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver explained on today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, the gay young people who are in Kentucky's juvenile justice system need to hear the Gospel because they were probably molested, which is why they wound up in the system in the first place.
"There's a lot of young boys that are in the juvenile facilities who have been sexually abused by other men," Staver said, "and some of them, obviously the blame themselves — that's a typical reaction of some young boy or girl who has been sexually abused, they oftentimes blame themselves, unfortunately — and they carry that guilt that they were responsible. They question whether God could have allowed this, why would He allow this? They question whether there is even forgiveness for them because they think this is the normal way of living and as they were abused, they need to abuse somebody else, so they've gotten involved in different kinds of activities that are harmful to themselves, which ultimately led them to why they're in the juvenile detention center."