Charisma News | Breaking News. Spiritual Perspective. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:00:03 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cyberattack Takes Down Internet on East Coast: What Could Happen Next?

Cyber attacks targeting the internet infrastructure provider Dyn disrupted service on major sites such as Twitter and Spotify on Friday, mainly affecting users on the U.S. East Coast.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible. Officials told Reuters that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were both investigating.

The disruptions come at a time of unprecedented fears about the cyber threat in the United States, where hackers have breached political organizations and election agencies.

Homeland Security last week issued a warning about a powerful new approach for blocking access to websites - hackers infecting routers, printers, smart TVs and other connected devices with malware that turns them into "bot" armies that overwhelm website servers in distributed denial of service attacks.

Dyn said it had resolved one attack, which disrupted operations for about two hours, but disclosed a second attack a few hours later that was causing further disruptions.

In addition to the social network Twitter and music-streamer Spotify, the discussion site Reddit, hospitality booking service Airbnb and The Verge news site were among companies whose services were disrupted on Friday. Inc's web services division, one of the world's biggest cloud computing companies, also reported a related outage, which it said was resolved early Friday afternoon.

Dyn is a Manchester, New Hampshire-based provider of services for managing domain name servers (DNS), which act as switchboards connecting internet traffic. Requests to access sites are transmitted through DNS servers that direct them to computers that host websites.

Its customers include some of the world's biggest corporations and Internet firms, such as Pfizer, Visa, Netflix and Twitter, SoundCloud and BT.

Dyn said it was still trying to determine how the attack led to the outage but that its first priority was restoring service.

Attacking a large DNS provider can create massive disruptions because such firms are responsible for forwarding large volumes of internet traffic. {eoa}

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Jim Finkle and Dustin Volz/Reuters Featured U.S. News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0400
During Heartfelt Prayer, Pastor Praises Planned Parenthood's Murderous Agenda

A Chicago-area pastor praised the atrocities of Planned Parenthood during her invocation at a centennial celebration.  

"We celebrate today that on Oct. 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the doors of the first Planned Parenthood clinic right here in New York City. And with this act of courage and resistance, the doors were opened for women to overcome the silence and the shame and the stigma inflicted on our sexuality," United Church of Christ's Neichelle Guidry Jones prayed. "The doors were opened for women to rise up against the political, religious and patriarchal machines that sought to undermine our right to choose and decide what happens to our own perfect, beautiful and holy flesh."

The pastor continued: "We can't do this alone. We might be many, but with You we have been mighty. So come into our gathering with Your presence and Your insight and Your peace and Your power," Guidry Jones declared. "Come with Your unity that we might be ready when You call. Call on us to stand, call us on us to press and fight, to speak to move and to march on into the next 100 years of Planned Parenthood." 

Meanwhile, many Christians believe abortion to be the biggest issue of the upcoming election.  

Prophetic voice Rick Joyner called the institution the gate of hell in America. 

Jessilyn Justice Featured U.S. News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400
Tax-Payer-Funded University Offers Counseling to Those Offended by Halloween

With Halloween just days away, the University of Florida says it has counseling services for those offended by the holiday.  

"Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation," the university said in a statement.  

"If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7-day-a-week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida," the statement continued. 

Christians are divided on how to approach the holiday with roots in paganism.  

Some prominent believers maintain Christians should never associate with the evils of the holiday while others say Christians should take Halloween back with church festivals and safe, godly alternatives.  

What do you think? Sound off!

Jessilyn Justice Featured U.S. News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:02:22 -0400
WikiLeaks: There's a List of Clinton Foundation Conflicts of Interest

At some point, from what we know of his communications with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, the guy who established what is now the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has to be regretting that life choice.

WikiLeaks has shared a number of interesting insights from Doug Band, President Bill Clinton's former "bag man." But few could be as interesting as his rant to Podesta dated Nov. 17, 2011. In it, he goes off the deep end about the hundreds of conflicts of interests he knew about at the foundation.

"I signed a conflict of interest policy as a board member of [Clinton Global Initiative]," he wrote. "On it, I wrote that my wife designs bags for CGI, and loses money doing so, plus donating her time, and that [Teneo Holdings, another company he has since founded] represents four CGI sponsors, three of which Teneo brought to CGI.

"Oddly, [President Bill Clinton] does not have to sign such a document even though he is personally paid by three CGI sponsors, gets many expensive gifts from them, some that are at home, etc.

"I could add 500 different examples of things like this, and while I removed Lasry [because] they are all on the offense, I get the sense that they are trying to put some sort of wrong doing [sic] on me after the audit as a crutch to change things and if I don't mention things like Lasry, where they all have issues, I may regret it."

The "Lasry" Band mentions repeatedly appears to be Marc Lasry, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a board member at CGI. He started Avenue Capital in 1995 with $10 million, but is now reportedly worth more than $10 billion, thanks in large part to those connections.

It's not clear why he was seen as a potential problem for CGI, but Band's mention of 500 more conflicts of interest is certainly intriguing. With more than 30,000 emails left to be released, it's difficult to imagine we won't find out about at least some of them.

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0400
100 Percent Cancer-Free Carman Kicks the Devil in the Teeth

I still remember when I did an exclusive interview with gospel music sensation Carman. It wasn't too long after he got his cancer diagnosis—and he was mad with the devil.

After several months of constant colds and fatigue, doctors diagnosed Carman with myeloma in February 2013. Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, is deadly. Doctors gave him three to four years to live. But Carman, who has recorded 15 gold and platinum albums and videos and has sold more than 10 million records, refused to go down without an all-out war.


"I'm going back after the devil. If he wants to come after me, I'm going after him," Carman said in an exclusive interview with Charisma News. "I've always had this concept of spiritual warfare. I am going to make a determination that if, in fact, I only have three good years, then I am going to make them count."

Now, he's glorifying the God who heals.

"Three years ago, I was diagnosed with incurable cancer and given a short time to live," says Carman, whose birth name is Carman Licciardello. "With God's grace, coupled with your prayers and support, I won my war, and today I'm 100 percent cancer-free."

Carman says his concerts and tours have an added dimension of hope and healing they've never had before.

"People come to these concerts with their faith held high, believing for a miraculous touch from God," Carman says. "And they aren't disappointed."

Jessilyn Justice Featured Watchman on the Wall Opinion Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0400
Franklin Graham Issues 6 Urgent Prayer Requests

After the last presidential debate, evangelist Franklin Graham is crying out to God and asking you to do the same.  

In a Facebook post, Graham asked for Americans to pray very specifically about six things. 

"I pray God will open Americans' eyes to the threats that are looming before us. Our unsecured border to the south. China's military buildup in the South China sea. The redrawing of Europe's borders and Europe now flooded with millions of refugees. ISIS now fully operational in at least 18 countries and growing. Russia's engagement in Syria where they now have a massive military presence. We need China and Russia as allies not adversaries," Graham writes.  

He continued: "America is in a far more dangerous and vulnerable position than we were 8 years ago. And the most dangerous and vulnerable place to be is away from God who has blessed this nation more than any other on earth. The many problems we face cannot be solved by man alone, but we must have Divine help to find peaceful and long-lasting solutions."

Graham says he is holding to Psalm 22:12 during this time: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His inheritance." 


Jessilyn Justice Featured U.S. News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0400
Bishops Strike Deal With Politicians to Forbid President From Third Term

Congo's influential Catholic Church urged politicians on Friday to renegotiate a deal struck last week to ensure a presidential election is held next year and President Joseph Kabila is forbidden from standing for a third term.

Democratic Republic of Congo's ruling coalition and part of the opposition have agreed to delay the vote from this November to April 2018, citing logistical and budgetary difficulties enrolling millions of voters.

But the vast central African country's main opposition bloc has denounced the accord as a pretext to allow Kabila to cling to power beyond the end of his mandate in December.

The pact removed language from an earlier draft that would have barred any changes to the constitution before the next election, leaving room for Kabila to change the constitution so that he can run again, his opponents say.

The government denies these accusations.

"It is imperative that it be clearly mentioned in the consensus ... that the current president of the republic not stand for a third term," the National Episcopal Conference of Congo said in a statement.

It added that a transition period after Kabila's mandate expires on Dec. 19 should not last beyond the end of 2017.

In a sign of simmering tensions, 12 young democracy activists were detained on Friday at a sit-in in the capital Kinshasa to protest the accord, a police spokesman said. He said they had violated a citywide ban on protests imposed after dozens died in anti-government demonstrations last month.

Opposition leaders have promised further protests to oust Kabila from power, raising fears of a return to widespread violence in a country where millions have died in civil conflicts since the 1990s and rebel groups continue to wreak anarchy in eastern regions.

The Congolese church has long been regarded as a moral compass in a country where confidence in other institutions is weak. More than 40 percent of Congolese identify as Catholic.

However, the church retreated from its more outspoken calls last year that Kabila step down in 2016 in order to try to broker a compromise that averts further bloodshed. {eoa}

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Aaron Ross/Reuters Featured World News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:30:18 -0400
Trump: I Will Consolidate All Trade Negotiations Into One Office

During a speech Thursday in Delaware, Ohio, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a major policy announcement related to foreign trade and jobs creation.

"At the center of my historic jobs plan will be fixing our terrible trade deals," he said. "Forty-seven million Americans are in poverty and 45 million Americans are on Food Stamps. We have nearly an $800 billion annual trade deficit in goods with the world, and the worst so-called recovery since the Great Depression."

Trump noted that Ohio, a key battleground state in the 2016 presidential election, has lost roughly one-quarter of its manufacturing jobs since NAFTA and China's entrance into the World Trade Organization. Both were considered major accomplishments of President Bill Clinton's tenure—and for which Hillary Clinton has taken at least partial credit.

"We are living through the greatest jobs theft in the history of the world," he said. "A Trump administration is going to renegotiate NAFTA, stand up to foreign cheating and stop the jobs from leaving our country. I also have another major announcement I am going to make today that concerns manufacturing in the United States, and how we are going to bring jobs back to Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and all across this great nation."

Trump said American trade policy is currently being mismanaged by dozens of competing bureaucracies spread across the agriculture, commerce, labor, state and treasury departments, as well as the U.S. Trade Representative. His proposal is to consolidate those efforts into one office.

"It will report to an American Desk and it will be located inside the Department of Commerce," he said. "The mission of the American Desk will be to protect the economic interests of the American worker, and the national interests of the United States.

"It's going to be America first."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0400
Facts Prove Hollywood, Media Lying To You About Life-And-Death Issues

Wednesday night's presidential debate set off a firestorm of confused and misleading remarks regarding late-term abortions in America. 

"The abortion industry denies the science of fetal development and continues its barbaric practice of killing over a million preborn children each year, including thousands who are fully developed and can survive outside the womb. Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups have consistently fought restrictions on late-term abortions and lobbied for abortion in all nine months of pregnancy, up until birth," Live Action President and Founder Lila Rose says. 

"Contrary to the claims of the abortion industry and its allies, the evidence shows that most late-term abortions aren't done for any claimed 'medical' reasons.

"Even research published by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute found that abortions for fetal abnormalities 'make up a small minority' of late-term abortions, and those that are purported to be done to save the mother's life are an even smaller number. 

"More than 1,000 medical professionals have concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save a mother's life. While life-saving treatment for a mother may result in the death of her preborn child, there's a fundamental difference between a woman receiving medical treatment for her condition versus choosing an abortion to directly kill her preborn child.

"In America, most late-term abortions are called "induction abortions" and are committed by using a long needle to pierce a baby's brain or heart to deliver a lethal dose of digoxin, which causes cardiac arrest. The baby is then delivered stillborn two to three days later.

"What likely comes as a surprise to most Americans is that partial-birth abortions have been banned in name only. The federal law banning partial-birth abortions still allows for the abortionist to partially deliver a child—with her legs dangling outside of her mother or most of her head being delivered—before he kills her. Anyone can clearly see that the child is only seconds away from being born and having legal protections if it weren't for the abortionist waiting to kill her as she moves through the birth canal."

Federal law makes it legal to abort babies in the ninth month. While some states have restrictions, all states allow abortion into the ninth month for certain exceptions, and eight states allow abortion until birth for any reason (Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington State).

Most late-term abortions are not done for purported medical reasons. That claim isn't backed by the evidence. Diana Greene Foster, professor at the University of California–San Francisco's Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, is the author of a 2013 study published by the Guttmacher Institute that examined the reasons for late-term abortions. From "[Clinton] said based on limited research and discussions with researchers in the field that abortions for fetal anomaly 'make up a small minority of later abortions,' and that those for life endangerment are even harder to characterize."

From the law:

The term "partial-birth abortion" means an abortion in which the person performing the abortion deliberately and intentionally vaginally delivers a living fetus until, in the case of a head-first presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother. 

With nearly one million abortions annually in the U.S., abortionists are killing close to 13,000 children every year who are often fully developed and can survive outside the womb.  The Centers for Disease Control reported in 2012 that 1.3 percent of abortions were committed at 21 weeks' gestation and later.  

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that with medical intervention, the survival rate of babies born at 26 weeks is as high as 81 percent—with 75 percent of those children having no severe impairments.

Brian Gottstein/Live Action Featured Opinion Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:45:00 -0400
OB-GYN: No Medical Situation Requires Aborting or Killing the Baby in 3rd Trimester

I was stunned watching the debates to see how readily Hillary Clinton was to show approval of partial-birth abortions right up until the time of the baby's birth. And I was thrilled to hear Donald Trump say with conviction, "That's not OK with me!"

In 1973, I graduated from Christian Academy with Larry Koning. Now he's Dr. Lawrence Koning, M.D., and an OB/GYN specialist in Corona, California. After watching the same debate last night, he posted a quote on his personal Facebook page, which I share below.

This morning I asked Lawrence if I could share it with our readers. He thought about it only for a moment and sent back this message, "Do it!"

Dr. Lawrence Koning wrote:

October, 20, 2016: "As an OB/GYN physician for 31 years, there is no medical situation that requires aborting / killing the baby in the third trimester to 'save the mother's life.' Just deliver the baby by C-section and the baby has 95+% survival with readily available NICU care even at 28 weeks. C-section is quicker and safer than partial birth abortion for the mother."-Dr. Lawrence K. Koning, MD, FACOG

Lord, let there be more godly physicians willing to go public with their convictions! {eoa}

Steve Shultz is the founder The Elijah List and Breaking Christian News.

Steve Shultz Featured Opinion Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:15:00 -0400
Viral Video of Flying Dragon: Real or Fake?

Is video footage of a dragon flying through the mountains a prophetic fulfillment of the dragon described in Revelation or is it just a clever hoax? 

Multiple times, John describes a dragon in his vision of the end of days. But this? This may just be for entertainment purposes. Watch the video and decide for yourself. 

Jessilyn Justice Featured World News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400
WikiLeaks: 'Amen' Might Rub People the Wrong Way

That almost every aspect of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign is scripted down to the last dotted I and crossed T should come as no surprise, even to the most casual observer. But thanks to WikiLeaks, we now know the painstaking detail her staff puts into every form of communication.

In an email dated June 19, 2015, the staff was debating how to respond to Pope Francis' call to address "climate change." Teddy Goff, Clinton's top digital communications adviser and a former Obama campaign staffer, said he preferred one of the two options, but had a concern.

"Adding Podesta here too for his review," he wrote. "I vote #2, but defer to the non-Jews on this thread if anyone thinks 'amen' might rub people the wrong way."

Podesta responded to the discussion, saying the campaign had been late in getting to the issue, and suggested a different approach. Eventually, they agreed to a revised version that did not include "Amen."

It's troubling that the Clinton campaign might find the word too controversial for a tweet that was supposed to be written by the candidate herself. But the email also exposed another lie about the campaign.

It has previously been stated that any tweet from her official Twitter account that includes the "-H" tag at the end was written personally by the candidate. But this email proves her staff writes those too.

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400
After Prophetically Cursing America, Glenn Beck Repents

Glenn Beck needed to repent for cursing our nation. I'm grateful that he did.

The Mormon media prophet said earlier this week: "Persecution is coming. The only way to it is to humble ourselves and repent. When we do that, we can turn our face to God and He will heal our land," Beck says. "Because we will not do it, He will humble us. He knows persecution is good for 'the Church.' China is on fire. Why? For the same reason I have been so humbled with those Christians in the Middle East. They know what is worth living for and what is worth dying or."

Beck rolled into his segment apologizing for being a self-described "catastrophist." Although he stood by his words, his remorse was over the spirit in which he shared the predictions. Here are the words from his own mouth.


"And I want to tell you that, yes, I have changed. I have changed. And I'm going to explain exactly how. And I want to apologize for the mistake I made. It was unintentional. I didn't see it. But here's what it is. And I want to ask everyone to do soul-searching themselves on this. I believe what I believe. And I've told you I'm a catastrophist. And that's not necessarily healthy for a country to have somebody broadcasting as a catastrophist all the time. But I believe what I believe. 

"So I want to apologize for being a catastrophist. I'm not apologizing for saying that these things are coming, because they are. What I am sorry for is giving you the impression that there's no way to survive. Because there is. The world has faced these times before. And every time, the people choose to be—choose to live their faith—they survive. When they choose to move without the action that faith motivates, they are destroyed. 

"But a remnant goes on. We are acting without faith. We are—and in those days, says 2 Timothy, people will talk about their faith, they will say that they have great faith, but they will not assign the power of that faith to it. Because they're not living it. So those under—those over 40, those my age and above, we have to do one thing: Stop scaring the kids. Because that's what we're doing. We're scaring the (expletive) out of the children. 

"My poor kids—oh, my gosh—we're scaring the (expletive) out of the children. And more importantly, we are doing what Common Core is doing. What Common Core does is a group of elites have all got together and they have designed the future, and they say, 'These are the things that your kid is going to do.' And they're going to design your child from third grade to fit the job that they see in the future. 

"Well, that's not their job. That's not their right. What education is, is to give them the eternal truths so they can design their future. What we're doing is we are allowing people up at the top to design a future for our children, that our children most likely will not want, would not design it that way. The future is being designed by people who are 70 years old for children who are 20 years old or younger, 30 years old. Adults that would never design that world. 

"But they're being trapped in that design. That's immoral. But it shows we don't have faith in the future, and we don't have faith in millennials. I do. I do. I refuse to not have faith in the future. Now, anybody under 40, here's what you need to do: You don't believe—first of all—don't believe in people. Don't believe in me. Don't believe in Barack Obama. Don't believe in Hillary Clinton. Don't believe in Donald Trump. 

"Believe in yourself and believe in God. And when you two are partnered, unbelievable things can happen. But beyond not believing in a man, don't believe my words or anyone else that tells you it's all going to burn down and there's nothing you can do. There's no hope. Because that is a lie."

Thanks, Glenn, for setting the record straight. I am believing for a Third Great Awakening.

Jennifer LeClaire Featured Watchman on the Wall Opinion Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:30:00 -0400
Elections Expose Deep Divide Among American Evangelicals

Americans with evangelical beliefs share a great deal in common. They trust in Jesus alone, evangelize their neighbors and believe the Bible is the final authority in their lives.

But when it comes to voting, race and political affiliation still divide evangelicals, according to a survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research taken before the second presidential debate.

Overall, fewer than half (45 percent) of those with evangelical beliefs plan to vote support Donald Trump, according to the survey. A third (31 percent) say they will vote for Hillary Clinton. Fifteen percent are undecided. One in 10 (9 percent) support a third-party candidate.

White Americans with evangelical beliefs favor Trump (65 percent) over Clinton (10 percent). Sixteen percent are undecided. Eight percent plan to vote for Gary Johnson.

African-Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian-Americans with evangelical beliefs support Clinton (62 percent) over Trump (15 percent). Thirteen percent are undecided. Seven percent support Gary Johnson.

LifeWay Research also found that party affiliation is a much stronger predictor of voting preferences than faith. Three-quarters of Republicans with evangelical beliefs plan to vote for Trump. Though a smaller sample, 75 percent of Democrats with evangelical beliefs plan to vote for Clinton.

Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, said the divides among evangelicals will remain regardless of twists and turns in the election season.

"This group of Christians shares the same core beliefs—but they don't vote the same way," said McConnell. "There are significant cultural and political divides among evangelicals that will remain long after the election is over."

Politics More Unifying Than Faith

The representative online survey asked 1,000 Americans four questions about core evangelical beliefs on the Bible, the crucifixion of Jesus, salvation and evangelism. Those who strongly agreed with all four (17 percent) qualified as having evangelical beliefs.

The idea is to define evangelicals by belief rather than self-identified religious affiliation, said McConnell.

"The evangelical label has picked up political and social overtones that mask any patterns that are actually tied to evangelical religious beliefs," he said.

For example, many political surveys look only at self-identified white evangelicals, who have tended to support Republican presidential candidates, including Trump. The pool of Americans with evangelical beliefs, however, is more diverse. Four in 10 Americans with evangelical beliefs are African-American, Hispanic American, Asian-American or other ethnic minority. Six in 10 are white. Those with evangelical beliefs also have more diverse political views, according to LifeWay Research.

As part of the survey, researchers looked at how people with evangelical beliefs and churchgoers see the issues at play in the 2016 election. Topics like personal character, abortion and religious liberty—often identified as key evangelical issues—matter less in this election. Other pragmatic concerns—like the economy and national security—are more influential.

For Americans with evangelical beliefs, a candidate's ability to improve the economy matters most (26 percent), followed by national security (22 percent) and personal character (15 percent). Few emphasize Supreme Court nominees (10 percent), religious freedom (7 percent), immigration (5 percent) or abortion (4 percent).

For self-identified Christians who go to church at least once a month, the economy (30 percent), national security (23 percent) and personal character (15 percent) top their concerns. Few prioritize Supreme Court nominees (10 percent), religious freedom (6 percent), immigration (4 percent) or abortion (3 percent).

Overall, the economy (30 percent) is the top concern for Americans regardless of religious affiliation. National security (17 percent) and personal character (17 percent) also are significant. Supreme Court nominees (10 percent), immigration (5 percent), religious freedom (2 percent) and abortion (1 percent) are less important.

Religion Plays a Role

Still, religion does seem to affect voting patterns.

Self-identified Christians who go to church at least once a month favor Trump (41 percent). A third (34 percent) plan to vote for Clinton. Eighteen percent are undecided. Six percent support a third-party candidate.

Americans who skip church are more likely to support Clinton (46 percent). A third (31 percent) plan to vote for Trump. Fifteen percent are undecided. Eight percent favor a third-party candidate.

Those without evangelical beliefs also favor Clinton (45 percent). Thirty-two percent plan to vote for Trump. Sixteen percent are undecided. Eight percent plan to vote for a third-party candidate.

previous LifeWay Research poll of Protestant pastors found that most clergy don't expect Christians to vote the same way. Two-thirds (65 percent) disagree with the statement, "Christians who truly vote their conscience will vote for the same candidate." Less than a third (29 percent) agree. Six percent are not sure.

McConnell says neither major party in the United States has a monopoly on biblical values. So it's no surprise, he says, that evangelicals who value the Bible will vote differently.

"Until one party or one candidate embodies everything that evangelicals believe, there is no reason to expect them to vote the same way," he says.

Still, McConnell worries that the polarizing rhetoric of the 2016 election will spill over into churches. The Christian faith is supposed to unite people "from every nation, tribe, people and language around Jesus Christ, not a politician," said McConnell, citing the New Testament book of Revelation.

"Christianity includes peoples from different political parties as well," he said. "Sometimes I think evangelicals forget that." {eoa}

For more information on the survey, visit or download the full report PDF.

Bob Smietana/Lifeway Featured Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:15:00 -0400
The Prophetic Reason More Christians Are Celebrating Sukkot in the Holy Land


Jewish people around the world are celebrating Sukkot, the biblical Feast of Tabernacles, which is also a meaningful holiday for many Christians.

Every year, thousands of Christians from all over the world come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles and to show their support for Israel.

Many of them dress in colorful, traditional costumes from their countries and join the annual Sukkot parade through the streets of Jerusalem.

"We love Israel," a Christian pilgrim from Malaysia remarked. "We stand with Israel and we want to be here. Every year we make a point to be here. We're bringing people to show that there are friends for Israel."

Vere Catan from Singapore told CBN News he is honored to support Israel on behalf of his country.  

"Israel has been a close ally of Singapore since the beginning and we owe Israel so much," he said. "They helped us when we were nothing. Israel was the one who helped us. It is my honor to support Israel on behalf of my country."

At a time when many nations are turning against Israel, this support is a morale boost for Israelis.

Mira, an Israeli tour guide, told CBN News, "I'm excited working with pilgrims that love Israel and come here with all the problems that they have in their country, not acknowledging the State of Israel but coming here and supporting us."

Many believe this feast will one day fulfill its prophetic meaning.

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Media Director David Parsons spoke with CBN News about the significance of Sukkot.

"The prophet Zechariah said one day all the nations would come to worship the Lord and keep the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem [Zechariah 14]," Parsons explained. "You're not only remembering God's provision in the wilderness at this Feast but you're looking forward to the Messianic Kingdom. We believe this is [the] Feast of the birthing of the Messianic Kingdom when the Lord arrives to take up the Throne of David." {eoa}

Reprinted with permission from Copyright The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., All rights reserved.

Chris Mitchell/CBN Featured World News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400
Donald Trump Roasts Hillary Clinton During Catholic Charity Event

The point of a celebrity roast is to bring together people who know the "Man of the Hour" and who will be brutally honest about him.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump got most of those down during a roast of Hillary Clinton at the white-tie Alfred E. Smith Foundation charity banquet in New York City on Thursday night. At the very least, he was brutally honest.

Emphasis on brutally.

"With all of the heated back and forth between my opponent and me at the debate last night, we have proven that we can actually be civil to each other," he said. "In fact, just before taking the dais, Hillary accidentally bumped into me and she very civilly said, 'Pardon me.' And I very politely replied, 'Let me talk to you about that after I get into office.'"

That one drew laughs even from Clinton herself. But there were several after which she was visibly angry at the laughs coming at her expense. For her part, she also tried to slam her opponent, but not always with the same effect.

Several observers called her performance "wooden" and "contrived."

"Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a '4,' maybe a '5,' if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair," she said. "Come to think of it, you know what would be a good number for a woman? 45."

The next president of the United States—either Clinton or Trump—will be the 45th.

The dinner, named after a former New York governor, raised more than $6 million for local Catholic children's charities. Prior to their turns at the podium, Trump and Clinton were seated near each other with Cardinal Timothy Dolan in between.

He had called on Clinton to apologize for comments made by staffers regarding Catholics, evangelicals and Christians in general that were recently made public by WikiLeaks. Rather than apologize, however, Clinton decided to use the opportunity to lecture the Catholics in the room:

Donald will tell us after the benediction whether he accepts that this dinner is over. He has to wait and see. But there's nothing funny about the stakes in this election. In the end what makes this dinner important are not the jokes we tell but the legacy that we carry forward. It is often easy to forget how far this country has come.

And there are a lot of people in this room tonight who themselves, or their parents or grandparents, came here as immigrants, made a life for yourselves, took advantage of the American dream and the greatest system that has ever been created in the history of the world to unleash the individual talents and energy and ambition of everyone willing to work hard.

And when I think about what Al Smith went through it's important to just reflect how groundbreaking it was for him, a Catholic, to be my party's nominee for president. Don't forget—school boards sent home letters with children saying that if Al Smith is elected president you will not be allowed to have or read a Bible. Voters were told that he would annul Protestant marriages.

And I saw a story recently that said people even claimed the Holland Tunnel was a secret passageway to connect Rome and America, to help the Pope rule our country.

Those appeals, appeals to fear and division, can cause us to treat each other as the Other. Rhetoric like that makes it harder for us to see each other, to respect each other, to listen to each other. And certainly a lot harder to love our neighbors as ourselves.

I believe how we treat others is the highest expression of faith and of service. I'm not Catholic. I'm a Methodist, but one of the things that we share is the belief that in order to achieve salvation we need both faith and good works. And you certainly don't need to be Catholic to be inspired by the humility and heart of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Or to embrace his message.

His message about rejecting a mindset of hostility, his calls to reduce inequality, his warnings about climate change, his appeal that we build bridges, not walls.

Now as you may know, my running mate, Tim, is Catholic and went to Jesuit schools, and one of the things he and I have talked about is this idea from the Jesuits of the Magis, the more, the better. But we need to get better at finding ways to disagree on matters of policy while agreeing on questions of decency and civility. How we talk to each other, treat each other, respect each other.

So I've taken this concept of Magis to heart in this campaign, as best as one can in the daily heat, the back and forth of a presidential campaign, to ask how we can do more for each other, and better for each other. Because I believe that for each of us, our greatest monument on this earth won't be what we build, but the lives we touch.

Trump did, however, have his own remarks related to matters of faith:

I have great memories of coming to this dinner with my father over the years when I was a young man. Great experience for me.

This was always a special experience for him and me to be together. One thing we can all agree on is the need to support the great work that comes out of the dinner. Millions of dollars have been raised to support disadvantaged children, and I applaud the many people who have worked to make this wonderful event a critical lifeline for children in need.

And that we together broke the all-time record tonight is really something special. More than $6 million net, net, net, net. The cardinal told me that's net net, Donald, remember. We can also agree on the need to stand up to anti-Catholic bias, to defend religious liberty and to create a culture that celebrates life. America is in many ways divided ...

Thank you. America is in many ways divided like it's never been before. And the great religious leaders here tonight give us all an example that we can follow. We're living in a time, an age that we never thought possible before. The vicious barbarism we read about in history books, but never thought we'd see it in our so-called modern-day world. Who would have thought we would be witnessing what we're witnessing today.

We've got to be very strong, very, very smart, and we've got to come together not only as a nation, but as a world community. Thank you very much, God bless you and God bless America. Thank you.

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400
Why George Soros Gave $61 Million to Media Groups Pumping Hillary Clinton's Liberal Agenda

As U.S. citizens prepare to select the next president, one liberal donor spent more than $103 million on media over the last 14 years to promote his own progressive agenda.

Liberal billionaire George Soros pledged to give at least $25 million to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and causes, according to Politico. And emails exposed by WikiLeaks showed Clinton staffers going out of their way to "make Soros happy" before the 2016 campaign even started.

But that's just a small slice of the pie. Media groups in the U.S. promoting the same liberal platform as Clinton got more than twice as much Soros money.

Between 2000 and 2014, Soros pumped an astonishing $103,236,632 into media groups that circulate his liberal, anti-capitalist messages throughout the United States and abroad. Of that total, $61 million from Soros went to nine liberal media outlets In the United States which openly support the same liberal agenda as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

As the presidential election progressed, Soros' media allies have raised their voices in unison in favor of liberal policies touted by Clinton. In 2016 alone, they helped provide illegal immigrants with "relief from deportation," encouraged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to "call out the CIA" for the "overclassification" of emails on her personal server, written how-tos on wealth redistribution "without the guillotine," given labor unions tips on how to "win and wield" more power, and supported the Fight for $15 movement, calling California and New York's new $15 minimum wage a "huge victory."

Soros directly donated to at least 141 media groups, including multimedia outlets, nonprofits, schools, "watch dogs," legal groups and journalism societies in the U.S. and internationally. Donations from Soros ranged from $5,000 to $32 million.

Through those recipients, Soros's reach extends even further. Groups like New America Media and Media Development Investment Fund, for example, are themselves made up of hundreds of other, smaller media outlets who are indirectly influenced by Soros' money.

Of the 141 groups supported by Soros, 14 have received more than $1 million apiece. At least nine of those 14 organizations used the money to engage in liberal advocacy, pushing liberal policies supported by both Soros and Clinton. Those nine groups collectively received more than $61 million.

The news media are supposed to provide "an impartial, accurate approach" to news, and "avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived," according to the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics.

However, nine Soros-funded media groups revealed a decided tilt in favor of liberals and Clinton, and opposition to both Trump and conservative political positions.

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), is an online, radio and podcast news outlet which claims to be "nationally respected for setting the highest journalistic standards." It's also a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Between 2000 and 2014, Soros gave the group $3,285,600.

But in spite of its claims of journalistic "standards," CIR singled out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for its attacks on Feb. 1, 2016. They published a series of critical articles ranging from profiling Trump donors and supporters, to lamenting that Trump supporters hate political correctness. CIR's senior digital producer also painstakingly compiled 15 separate Trump soundbites into "The Trump Game" to "Get inside his head." For each soundbite, readers voted for one of three reactions: "Cheer," "Meh" or "Boo."

The group did not run a similar series of attacks on Hillary Clinton. Instead, CIR rarely mentioned her. One of the only mentions of Clinton came was in a Feb. 10 article that said she and Sen. Bernie Sanders (who was still in the race at the time) were "sparring over female supporters." The article said that appealing to non-white voters seemed to be Clinton's "strong suit."

Unlike many Soros-funded media outlets The American Prospect magazine doesn't attempt to hide its liberal advocacy. Its goal "to advance liberal and progressive goals" is proudly emblazoned in the About Us section. That promise, along with $1,380,000 from Soros, mark The American Prospect as a reliable source for left-wing perspective.

The American Prospect began 2016 by asking, "Can Democrats Channel America's Discontent?" It also called Trump "something new and ominous in American political life," and accused the Republican convention of probably being "white nationalist."

The Columbia Journalism Review, which has an intimate relationship with Soros, is so blinded by its own liberal bias, it actually advised journalists to gloss over elements of Clinton's email scandal in February 2016.

"Let's stop treating the contents of the email like they are huge national security secrets that imperiled the nation just because U.S. intelligence agencies said so," CJR pleaded. The article then recommended the media criticize the CIA for "overclassification" and "still being embroiled in multiple FOIA lawsuits" instead of discussing Clinton's misuse of her private email server.

Most outlets, however, promote Clinton more subtly. The most common way Soros-funded media groups have supported Clinton's campaign is by avoiding her name, but praising her policies.

By supporting things like lenient immigration policy, stronger labor unions and taxing the rich, these nine Soros-funded media outlets were able to covertly support Clinton—Soros' pick for president. {eoa}

This article originally appeared on

Alatheia Nielsen/NewsBusters Featured Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:30:00 -0400
How Paula White's Third Husband Got Born Again

Jonathan Cain, longtime keyboardist for the rock band Journey, celebrated his renewed walk with Christ with a Christian album.  

Titled What God Wants to Hear, Cain's latest project was written as an offering to the Lord. 

"This is a small way of giving back what the Lord has given me over the years," he explained. "As a result of the Lord blessing me and blessing Journey, this is my offering back to him."

Cain spoke with CBN News about the inspiration behind the album. 

"It has been a recharging from the Holy Spirit in my heart. ... I am so excited about it," Cain said. 

He went on to say he was baptized in Ghana, Africa, and that his wife, televangelist Paula White, led him back to Christ. 

But Cain said his belief in God started long before his marriage to White. As a child, Cain wanted to be a priest. But his faith struggled after his grade school suffered a devastating fire in which 92 students and three nuns were killed. 

He then turned to a life of music, performing with his band Journey. The group shot to fame in the 1980s with memorable hits, like "Open Arms" and "Don't Stop Believin'," which was co-written by Cain. 

But he says God was planting small seeds along the way. Cain recalled a 1996 recording session with Journey in which front man Steve Perry brought a Bible to the studio. He said he remembers that he wasn't quite there in his faith, but he wanted to be. 

Finally, after a series of failures, both personally and professionally, Cain said he cried out to God for help. He says he found healing and love in White. They were married in 2015. 

White's influence is felt throughout the new album. On the track, Remove Every Veil, the popular pastor delivers a powerful reading from Galatians 3.  

Cain said the title of the album came from asking himself, "What does God want to hear from me?"

What God Wants to Hear is set for release Oct. 21. {eoa}

Reprinted with permission from Copyright The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., All rights reserved.

Amber C. Strong/CBN News Featured Culture Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400
WikiLeaks: You Can't Get Much More 'Pay-for-Play' Than This

Remember how Hillary Clinton insisted there was no "pay-for-play" schemes underway while she was secretary of state?

Well, WikiLeaks has an email for that.

In an email dated Jan. 8, 2015, longtime aide Huma Abedin wrote to eventual campaign manager Robby Mook and eventual campaign chairman John Podesta about an upcoming meeting between Clinton—then a director of the Clinton Foundation following the end of her tenure as secretary of state—and Mohammed VI, king of Morocco. Apparently, Mook and Podesta had concerns about the meeting—likely because of human rights violations by the Moroccan government—and Clinton was getting "cold feet."

"Came up on our call with HRC," Mook wrote. "John flagged the same issues we discussed, Huma. HRC said she's sitll [sic] considering."

Abedin, apparently, wasn't happy about it.

"Thank you for sharing," she replied. "Just to give you some context, the condition upon which the Moroccans agreed to host the meeting was her participation. If [Clinton] was not part if it, meeting was a non-starter.

"[Clinton Global Initiative] also wasn't pushing for a meeting in Morocco and it wasn't their first choice. This was HRC's idea, our office approached the Moroccans and they 100 percent believe they are doing this at her request.

"The King has personally committed approx $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting. It will break a lot of china to back out now when we had so many opportunities to do it in the past few months. She created this mess and she knows it."

While the exchange and the event took place after Clinton's tenure at the State Department, it establishes the lengths she is willing to go to profit the Clinton Foundation. Podesta, whose email inbox was hacked, leading to WikiLeaks' "Podesta Email" dossier, likely wouldn't have been privy to such conversations when Clinton was secretary of state.

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400
Have We Over-Spiritualized the Trump vs. Clinton Presidential Race?

As I've mulled over the many articles, opinions, the rhetoric and bantering that has consumed many believers over the upcoming election, I'd like to share some final thoughts.

I'm not sure if and how I'm going to vote yet, but I am starting to settle on some things. This one thought has simplified certain things for me: Perhaps too many of us have over-spiritualized this coming election and failed to use common sense.

I've used Exodus 18:21 to show the importance of voting for leaders with strong righteous character, but I've not equally emphasized the importance of voting for strong policies. Usually they are bound together, one being an outflow of the other, but this is not true concerning every candidate and their policies. Here are some basic scriptural guidelines that will help us consider not only the candidate which to vote for but their policies as well.

How to Vote

The first guideline in voting is to always look for righteousness.

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Prov. 14:34).

Righteousness is not only found in candidates running for office, but in the public policies that the candidates and the leaders of a nation legislate.

For example, the Bible is full of leaders and kings who legislated corrupt policies that brought a curse on Israel as a nation. The husband and wife team of Ahab and Jezebel are great examples of wicked leadership who produced unrighteous policies (1 Kings 16:30). For instance, a curse of three-plus years of famine came to Israel because of their wicked reign. Their bad policies and worship of Baal brought bad things on the nation.

One thing to also understand is that sometimes even good kings help to legislate unrighteous policies. For example, David who was called a man after God's own heart, took a census to number the people contrary to God's will, and it caused a curse to come on the nation and 50,000 people were destroyed (1 Sam. 24). Another good king, Hezekiah, also implemented bad policy and shared military secrets with the Assyrians, which also brought a curse on the entire nation.

It's not only the quality of your leader but the quality of the policies he helps to implement that can bring blessing or cursing to a nation. Both David and Hezekiah were godly leaders who did much good but who also occasionally instituted poor policies.

Even when wickedness was prevalent in Israel God in His mercy would often cause the nation to return to Him. For example, Manassah was the most wicked king in Judah's history and corrupted the nation. Isaiah, the prophet, lived in his reign. The Lord spoke to Isaiah that He was going to cause the nation to return to Him. But notice how he said he was going to do it.

"I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city" (Is. 1:26).  

1. Righteous Judges

One of the most important things to consider when voting is the election of righteous judges and counselors or lawyers.

Through the election of godly judges and lawyers, God can restore a nation. The opposite is also true. The culture war we are presently in will never be won without righteous judges and lawyers being elected because righteous policies come out of courtrooms. Some of the wicked policies America has legislated over the last few decades such as abortion, removal of prayer from our schools, and most recently, same-sex marriage and transgender laws, came out of the courtroom.

If you elect the right kind of judges and lawyers, righteousness will begin exalting a nation again. This is one of the most important policies in this election, and one of the most critical differences between the presidential candidates. One has promised to appoint Supreme Court liberal judges who will take away more of our religious liberties while the other candidate has promised to appoint conservative judges who will uphold religious liberties. This decision alone could potentially affect our nation for the next few decades.

Here are some other policies to consider in voting:

2. How a Nation Treats Israel

"I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen. 12:3).

This verse speaks of the nation of Israel, a nation that came out of Abraham. God says that however people treat the nation of Israel is how God will treat them. This is another very important consideration in voting. The way America treats Israel is significant in how we are blessed. We don't even have to necessarily like the candidates, as long as they are going to implement righteousness and good policies.

God instituted 613 laws after delivering Israel from 400 years of bondage to Egypt. Those laws covered every conceivable issue you can possibly think of. They covered taxation, the economy, immigration, health care, debt, welfare, education, environment, criminal justice, foreign relations and education. Everything a nation needs is included in those 613 laws.

In every election, many of these type of issues are discussed and debated, but they are not all of equal importance. The top issues that God gave the nation of Israel was the Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments are the foundation and backbone of God's laws.

Then the Lord said to Moses, "'Write these words, for according to the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.' So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments" (Ex. 34:27-28).

The word "tenor" has to do with the purpose and character of God's covenant. How a nation treats the Ten Commandments determines the blessings and curses that come upon that nation. Each presidential candidate differs greatly on these issues.

3. How a Nation Upholds Religious Liberty

For example, the first commandment involves public religious acknowledgement and religious conscience. It acknowledges God and will not institute laws or policies that prohibit Christians from acknowledging God and His commandments.

"You shall have no other gods before Me. 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; ... 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" (Ex. 20:3-5, 7).

Are you going to prosecute bakers and florists and others for acknowledging God or are you going to protect them? Are you going to protect the religious liberties of Christians, or are you going to persecute them for their faith and conscience? This is another huge policy in the upcoming election and each candidate greatly differs in this regard.

4. Marriage Protection

"You shall not commit adultery" (Ex. 20:14).

Another commandment has to do with adultery, which says that sex is between a man and a woman inside a life-long union. Anything outside of that, whether it's premarital sex, extramarital sex, gay sex and so forth, is wrong and against God's laws. Marriage protection is another big issue of our times and both candidates differ on this policy.

5. Abortion

"You shall not murder" (Ex. 20:13).

Another one of God's top ten laws is "thou shalt not murder" or shed innocent blood. Throughout the Bible, anytime innocent blood was shed it brought a curse on a nation. Abortion has cursed America for decades and yet we keep praying for God to bless America, but laws have been set in motion to curse it. God has been merciful due the constant prayers of the righteous.

There are many other issues such as immigration and the economy and military defense that are important, but the ten commandments are the top issues with the aforementioned ones being of primary importance where the presidential candidates differ. When these are in line with God's will, the other things tend to work themselves out.

In all elections, whether it be for the presidency or state and local authorities, these are the issues we have to look at.

Let us not only vote for the candidate but for the policies he or she has promised to legislate and implement. Always vote righteousness because righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to its people.

Bert Farias Featured The Flaming Herald Opinion Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400
GOP Senators: If Clinton Is Elected President, We Will ...

Two U.S. senators say they plan to oppose Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court nominees should she win the presidency.

In the past week, both Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, have indicated they would continue to block confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee next year.

According to CNN, McCain said in a radio interview that he believes the Republican Party will take a united stand to block Clinton's nominees.

"I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up," McCain said. "I promise you ... "

According to The Hill, since making this statement on Monday, Rachael Dean, a spokeswoman for McCain, has softened the senator's claim. She said McCain "will, of course, thoroughly examine the record of any Supreme Court nominee put before the Senate and vote for or against that individual based on their qualifications as he has done throughout his career."

Lee said that he will oppose potential Supreme Court nominees put forward by Clinton.

"Make no mistake: As a former law clerk ... I don't believe there would be a real substantive distinction, a real noticeable difference between the voting pattern of a justice who would be appointed by a President Hillary Clinton ... and Merrick Garland," Lee said to reporters. "I just don't think there is much, if any, difference."

Garland is the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. Garland has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative judicial organization, said she is heartened by the fact that Lee and McCain are committed to doing all they can to support nominees whose only agenda is to uphold the Constitution.

"I am very impressed with the stance that the senators are taking," Severino told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. "They are taking seriously their oath to uphold the Constitution. It is exciting to see them taking their job seriously."

Severino said it is refreshing to see these senators take the initiative to do what they can to ensure that conservative values will be considered in the Supreme Court nominee process.

In contrast, Marge Baker, executive vice president of People for the American Way, an organization "dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American," said the statements from Lee and McCain are inappropriate. Baker said in an email to The Daily Signal:

These new statements make clear that Republicans' blockade of Merrick Garland was never about principle and always about partisanship. With almost a year left in the president's term when the Supreme Court vacancy first opened up, Republicans said, "let the voters decide" (ignoring the fact that the voters had in fact elected Obama in 2012 for a full four-year term). Now that it's looking more likely that the voters will elect Hillary Clinton, they're coming up with new reasons to justify their unconstitutional blockade. Republicans' refusal to do their job and give fair consideration to a nominee shows a real contempt for the Constitution.

Rather than seeing the opposition of Lee and McCain as "contempt for the Constitution," Severino said she believes that Clinton is being inconsistent with the way she has been discussing her potential nominees, as Clinton was quite vocal in her opposition to President George W. Bush's Supreme Court nominees. {eoa}

Rachel del Guidice is a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Fondation. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Forge Leadership Network.

This article was originally published at Used with permission.

Rachel del Guidice/Heritage Foundation Featured Elections Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400
Lance Wallnau's Trump Prophecy: Is He Right on Target?

Lance Wallnau is on fire when it comes to garnering social media attention. I know this because a podcast he did with me last spring about Donald Trump was listened to more than any other in the history of the Charisma Podcast Network.

He wrote the cover story for the October issue of Charisma about how he believes God is raising up Donald Trump like He did Cyrus in Isaiah 45. I did a podcast about that two weeks ago, which has become the second most listened to podcast I've done. If you missed it, you can listen to it here.

Today, Lance spoke at a conference in Orlando. It was powerful. Afterward, we got a bite to eat and he told me a video about Trump calling out "liberal" pharisaical evangelicals for blasting him for ungodly behavior 11 years ago, yet overlooking his repentance and also the corruption and the diabolical agenda of the Hillary Clinton campaign. In only a few days, it's been viewed more than 3.5 million times! You will want to watch it. In it he says God can use the jawbone of a donkey, but He can't use a Jezebel.

I'm sickened by the self-righteous, weak-kneed "evangelicals" who want to be liked by the culture they are trying to win so much that they compromise and actually play into the hands of the enemy. Later, I may call out some of them by name after I can research what they said and maybe confront them behind the scenes. They need to be exposed and they need to lose their influence and platforms after being revealed for who they really are.

After my last podcast with Lance, he and I kept talking as friends and what he was saying was so good I asked him if I could turn on the recorder to give "the rest of the story." You'll want to listen to that podcast here called "God is Raising Up Trump with Lance Wallnau Part 2" on the Charisma Podcast Network. Then share this newsletter with friends and on social media. 

In other newsletters, I've written about the article Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in San Diego wrote two months ago that we headlined: "If You're on the Fence About Your Vote, This Pastor Clarifies How the Very Future of America Is at Stake." Since then, it's gone viral, and today it passed the 3.5 million mark in terms of shares on Facebook.

Someone told me the article is like an apologetic for voting for Donald Trump when you don't like him as a person. A friend told me today she wasn't going to vote for Trump until she read the article. She realized this is not about personalities; it's about issues, and the platforms of the two parties are as different as night and day, especially from a biblical point of view.

In this podcast, Lance talks about how America cannot stand 48 months more months of the downward spiral this nation has been in for the past few decades—especially in the past eight years.

When we met today, we talked about a quick e-book Lance wrote called God's Chaos Candidate I ordered it today, and it's fascinating reading not only about Trump but also about the trends in our culture and the agenda of the progressive left. When I checked, it was No. 118 of all books sells.

Please take advantage of these materials and help us get out the word. It's possible that this race will be so close that it will be determined by how Bible-believing Christians vote. {eoa}

Steve Strang Featured Opinion Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400
Alabama Political Reporter: Unseal Judge Moore's Case File

A political news organization based in Alabama has asked its state supreme court to unseal the records in the case against Judge Roy Moore.

This week, Alabama Political Reporter LLC filed a motion to intervene and unseal with the Alabama Supreme Court, seeking to provide transparency and public scrutiny of the factors and acts that led to Judge Roy Moore's career-ending suspension earlier this month. Moore has also publicly asked for the files to be unsealed as he awaits an appeal hearing in his case.

"I call upon the press to demand that the Alabama Supreme Court unseal Case No. 1150818 and, if necessary, to intervene in that case," Moore had said previously. "The public has a right to know why I have requested that the justices, who participated in that case, be disqualified from playing any role in my appeal. The Court has refused my requests to unseal Case No. 1150818. I ask the Supreme Court and the media to act."

The motion was filed Wednesday morning by attorney John Cunningham of Gadsden, Alabama. It argues under the common law right-to-access and the Alabama Constitution's requirement that all courts be open to the public.

Moore has also asked several members of the Alabama Supreme Court, as well as potential replacement jurists, to recuse themselves from his case, but he cannot publicly share the reasons because his case is under seal. His attorney, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver, supports Alabama Political Reporter's motion.

"The public has a right to know the truth behind these politically motivated charges and actions from the justices and the Court of the Judiciary," Staver said.

Bob Eschliman Featured Issues Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400
Jonathan Cahn Opens Up the Mysteries of the End-Times

Jonathan Cahn—New York Times best-selling author of the international sensation The Harbingeris back, this time mixing potent Bible passages and end-times insight in The Book of Mysteries. The book debuted as a best-seller and continues to surprise Cahn himself.

Charisma News caught up with Cahn to find out the end-times mysteries we should be looking for in part two of this exclusive interview. You can still read part one: The Hidden Secrets of God Revealed in the Book of Mysteries.

Charisma News: The Book of Mysteries opens up mysteries of every kind.  Does it contain any mysteries linked to the end times – and what we should be looking for? 

Cahn: Yes.  The Book of Mysteries contains many end-time mysteries and revelations for living victoriously in the last days—mysteries like "The Apostasia," "The Mystery of Europa," "The Seven Mysteries of the Age," and "The House of Spirits." 

Some of these pinpoint where we are in the age, especially concerning the ancient calendar of God, and the next prophetic event—and holy day—that must be fulfilled. But it also includes mysteries to encourage God's people in the last days. 

One of these is called "The Chiasma." It's the revelation of the pattern that God often operates in—in which end parallels the beginning – or the end of the age is to match the beginning of the age. In the beginning of the age, there was an Israel in the world.  So now at the end, Israel is again in the world.   

In the beginning of the age, you had Jewish believers and a Church that was one with Israel. Now in the end-times, you have that again. But at the beginning of the age, you had an anti-Christian world culture. And so we're now seeing an anti-Christian world culture coming into existence. In the beginning, there was a great persecution of believers.  We can see the signs of that on the horizon. 

But... at the same time, in the beginning of the age there was the Book of Acts, believers on fire for the Gospel, filled with His Spirit, unceasing, unbreakable, unstoppable, overcoming every hindrance, overcoming the Roman Empire changing the course of world history.  That too is appointed for the end-times. We, as end-time believers, have a calling to rise to the mantle of the first believers, the disciples, the apostles—and the anointing to do just that. 

Charisma News: How does this book and its mysteries apply to our everyday lives? 

Cahn: Woven through The Book of Mysteries is a narrative. It opens up as a man travels into the desert and encounters a man simply called "the teacher." 

The teacher takes him on a one-year journey through the desert, a one-year odyssey through desert mountaintops, hidden caverns, secret chambers of scrolls and ancient books, and more.  The reader is thus taken on a journey with them.  

Each day, the teacher brings forth another mystery of God. But it's not just about being blown away by the mysteries of God—it's about applying the mysteries to transform your life. So at the end of every mystery, the teacher gives the disciple a mission, a specific way to take the mystery and apply it to his life. So the mission is really for the reader to transform his or her life. I believe that if the reader goes on the journey and takes the mysteries to heart, to apply it to life, it will literally transform their lives. 

Charisma News: How did this journey change you or open your eyes?

Cahn: I wrote it mostly from midnight to six in the morning. What surprised me is that at the end, every morning, it left me feeling as if I had been changed, strengthened, revived, touched by God.  

The effect of The Book of Mysteries is still surprising me. Early on I began hearing how believers were giving the book to their non-believing friends—and reporting that their friends came to salvation reading it.   

I was being interviewed on television by a man who is known to virtually every American, believer or not. He's been ministering for the Lord for probably half a century. He started reading on the air, the very first mystery. His eyes welled up with tears, and he shared how it changed his life.  It surprises me ... and it's as if I didn't write the book. But that's what it's all about 

Jennifer LeClaire Featured Watchman on the Wall Opinion Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400
Popular Social Media Channel Jumps in on the Worldwide Anti-Semitism Act

Anti-Semitism continues to rage worldwide. YouTube is now joining the vindictive party.

Israel National News reported this week that the popular social media channel, owned by YouTube, has placed 21 videos of nonprofit educational organization "Prager University," run by conservative talk-show host Dennis Prager, on "restricted mode." Among these are three pro-Israel videos relating to the founding of Israel, the IDF and Palestinian refugees.

Restricted mode allows guardians to protect children from objectionable content by filtering out "restricted" videos in Youtube searches. "PragerU" videos are designed to be viewed by all ages.

Israel National News reports that "One of the restricted PragerU Israel-related videos titled 'Why are There Still Palestinian Refugees?' explains that while Jewish refugees from Arab countries were quickly absorbed into Israel, Arab countries have intentionally refrained from absorbing Palestinian refugees so as to continue to use the Palestinians as a political tool."

The second video, titled "The World's Most Moral Army," features retired British general Richard Kemp explaining the uniqueness of the Israeli army in its intense care not to injure innocent civilians on the battlefield.

The third video, titled "Israel's Legal Founding," features world-renowned attorney Alan Dershowitz relating how Israel was founded "step by legal step." {eoa}

Charisma Staff Featured Standing With Israel Opinion Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400
Hillary's Hurricane Hysteria Blows an Ill Wind

As if natural destruction along the east coast from Hurricane Matthew wasn't enough, manmade bluster blew into Florida last week in the form of tropical storm experts Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. Of course they blamed the ferocity of the hurricane on "carbon pollution." That's a given.

Beyond the cyclonic rhetoric focused on this one dramatic seasonal event, it seems some in the science profession, largely academics, have discovered that they know the future of Earth's entire climate. Their crystal ball is climate models. Their experience is located in front of a computer screen.

I have been a practitioner in the atmospheric-science community for nearly four decades, working as a weather observer above the Arctic Circle and a field technician in central Illinois, managing high-profile environmental projects and modeling air quality. Over the years, I have interacted with other professionals on the job and at scientific society meetings, especially at conferences of the American Meteorological Society and Air & Waste Management Association.

As an insider, I have heard substantial skepticism of catastrophic global climate change firsthand from experienced meteorologists and practicing environmental scientists and engineers. Generally older professionals are more likely to doubt the current talking points of man-caused climate disaster. After all, older pros, like me, lived through the period in the 1960s and 70s when the coming ice age was all the rage.

Today, the coming sweltering globe is all the rage.

But science is all about perspective. Science includes theory and practice. Academics are typically steeped in theory. Those beyond the ivory towers have pretty much applied theory to practice and so have quite a different take on what atmospheric data are telling us about our future climate.

Meteorologists, humbled so many times by inaccurate weather forecasts, may be the biggest skeptics of climatologists' confidence in decades-hence global climate outlooks.

And when climatological-type projections that can be verified are examined, they demonstrate good reason to be skeptical.

For example, cycling back to hurricanes, consider the mid-2000s heyday of climate hysteria, the days of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

Just prior to the onset of the Atlantic hurricane season in May of 2006, the official U.S. hurricane center forecast stated that it would be another season of unusually numerous events (although not on a par with the record-breaking 31 of 2005, which included 15 hurricanes). However, the forecast was a bust, with only 10 events recorded (5 hurricanes and 5 tropical storms). Keep in mind that in the average year there are about 15 events.

The point is simply this: Forecasting short-term climatic conditions is at least as difficult as forecasting next weekend's weather.

Subsequent years up to the present day, regardless of long-term expectations and the path of Hurricane Matthew, have wrought little extensive hurricane activity in the U.S.

If the number of severe storm events for a small portion of the globe cannot be accurately predicted, then what are we to make of the substantially more complicated and difficult task of long-range planet-wide climate forecasting?

Earth's climate is tremendously complex, and though we understand it better today than we did decades ago, we are still a long way from being able to accurately forecast climate conditions decades into the future.

Add to this that crisis-mongering in the form of declaring certain climate doom is harmful to the climate science profession. The mongering runs the discipline like a shady business. And it is particularly harmful to people. It soaks the middle class with higher energy costs and deprives the world's poor of a better future.

But crisis can certainly serve an over-reaching administration. Government funding targets topics the government has declared critical. These topics attract researchers seeking funding. Conclusions are drawn that support the crisis and the need for further research. And on it goes. Business is booming.

Yet supposed catastrophic climate change from increased carbon emissions as promoted by politicians and the administration is not a fact; it's a prediction based on a hypothesis. The prediction is a convenient one that is sufficiently nebulous and far enough out (the permanent sweltering of mid-latitude cities by mid-century, for example), that the hyping and embellishing of outrageous prognostications can only be endured, not refuted.

So when headliner climate gurus like Clinton and Gore, along with President Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio and Pope Francis urge immediate action on controlling the atmosphere, an air of caution is advised. Because, when it comes to this dubious climate claim, politicians provide the muscle and money, actors spread the script and clerics preach the Scripture.

As for academics' confident knowledge of Earth's climate future—their knowledge is rooted in hubris. And as clerics know, "Pride goes before the fall." {eoa}

Anthony J. Sadar is a certified consulting meteorologist, author of In Global Warming We Trust: Too Big to Fail (Stairway Press, 2016), and a contributing writer for The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.

Anthony J. Sadar Featured Opinions Caucus Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400
Hillary Clinton Will Do to America What the DNC Bus Did to Georgia

If you believe the television pundits, Donald Trump is going to wage a one-man revolution if he loses the 2016 presidential election.

That was the media's big takeaway from the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas between Trump and Hillary Clinton. At issue was a question posed by moderator Chris Wallace regarding whether Trump would accept the election results. 

"I will tell you at the time," Trump replied. "I'll keep you in suspense. OK?"

The Mainstream Media went apoplectic.

They want you to believe that Trump is going to gallop down 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on a white stallion leading a battalion of Minute Men armed with muskets and waving the Gadsden flag.

The MSM is advancing this outrageous narrative to avoid covering legitimate scandals, like the James O'Keefe videos exposing DNC thuggery and the WikiLeaks emails that reveal media collusion with the Clinton campaign.

Hillary Clinton and her minions have attacked Catholics, evangelicals, Republicans, rednecks and Southern beauty queens as a bunch of irredeemable deplorable bigots.

Her outright contempt for everyday Americans and our values should disqualify her from being the next leader of the free world.

I have no doubt a Clinton presidency would soil the U.S. Constitution much like that DNC tour bus did on the streets of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

So here are my top 10 takeaways:

1. Mr. Trump needs to stay focused on the issues. The American people don't care about the alleged sex scandal and I doubt they care about his remarks on whether he will concede the election if he loses. Voters do care about jobs, securing the border, protecting the Second Amendment and preventing radical leftists from commandeering the Supreme Court. The American people do not care about phony crises and scandals manufactured by Hillary Clinton's fanboys in the Mainstream Media.

2. Unborn Lives Matter. Christians who are still undecided about voting should reflect on Clinton's and Trump's comments regarding late-term, partial-birth abortions. "If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of a baby," Trump said. Clinton did not deny the charge. Instead, she called it "scare rhetoric."

3. Hillary has a basket of dirty tricks. Thanks to the fine undercover work of James O'Keefe we know that the Democrats were allegedly involved in a dirty tricks campaign. They disrupted Trump campaign events, leaving innocent Americans bloodied and battered. WikiLeaks revealed that her campaign's goal was to portray Republicans as bigots and extremists. Mrs. Clinton and the Democrats must be held accountable.

4. Add gun-toting toddlers to Hillary's basket of deplorables. Mrs. Clinton offered a bizarre theory for why she wants to crack down on the Second Amendment. "Dozens of toddlers injure themselves, even kill people with guns, because, not everyone who has loaded guns in their homes takes appropriate precautions," she said.

5. Liberals accused me of being sexist. A motley crew of leftists slammed me on social media last night for calling the Democratic nominee "Miss Hillary." Upon deep personal reflection, I'd like to offer a public apology to Mrs. Bill Clinton.

6. Chris Wallace was the winner of last night's debate. My colleague at Fox News delivered a fair and balanced debate to the nation. He kept the candidates and the crowd on point. It was a tremendous job. How refreshing to have a moderator instead of someone auditioning to be Hillary Clinton's press secretary. Well done, Mr. Wallace!

7. The Case of the Hanging Chad. The Mainstream Media once again is predicting Trump's demise—furious over his refusal to say whether he will concede the election if he loses. CNN called it a death blow. One well-known pundit said it was political suicide. Mrs. Clinton said she was horrified. I wonder if she was horrified when Al Gore challenged the 2000 presidential election. The MSM seems to have come down with a sudden case of amnesia.

8. It depends on what "open borders" means. Clinton was asked to explain a quote from a speech divulged by WikiLeaks on her dream for "open borders." She dodged the question. But I'll be glad to answer for her. She wants to sacrifice American sovereignty. Under President Hillary Clinton, our nation will be overrun by illegals as well as Islamic radicals disguised as refugees.

9. Mrs. Clinton should consider purchasing a lovely American flag pin. It's a must-have, patriotic fashion accessory, especially for presidential candidates. And it goes well with anything, including pantsuits.

10. Let's keep things in perspective. No matter what happens on Election Day, remember that God is still in control—so let not your hearts be troubled, America.

Todd Starnes Featured American Dispatch Opinion Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:30:00 -0400
Trump Camp Rips Clinton Over Her 'Elitist Arrogance'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's barrage of television ads continued with the release of a new one titled "Predators."

In it, the Trump campaign exposes Hillary Clinton's "elitist arrogance" and highlights comments she has made in which she calls Americans "super predators," "basement dwellers" and "deplorables." The following is the script of the 30-second spot:

ON-SCREEN: Hillary Clinton on ... African-American youth

HRC: They are often the kinds of kids that are called "super predators." No conscience. No empathy.

ON-SCREEN: Hillary Clinton on ... Bernie Sanders supporters

Some are new to politics completely ... and they are living in their parents' basement. That is a mindset that is really affecting their politics.

ON-SCREEN: Hillary Clinton on ... Donald Trump supporters.

You could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.


Super Predators

Basement Dwellers


What elitist arrogance. Say NO to Hillary Clinton

The ad will air in major markets in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Bruce Levell, executive director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, said Clinton's "divisive language and mud-slinging" is why 75 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.

"Hillary Clinton's outbursts expose what she really thinks about the American people, and are a direct result of her frustrations that her message falls flat on the ears of hard working Americans who are tired of watching her enrich herself at their expense," he said. "A candidate who calls African-Americans 'super predators' cannot be expected to look after our community, let alone the entire nation."

Bob Eschliman Featured Press Releases Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0400
Youth Pastor Forced Boys Into Prostitution, Report Says

Police arrested a youth pastor on human trafficking charges after he allegedly forced boys into prostitution, according to a report.  

Miami's Ron "Romeo" Cooper sold the boys, ages 16-18, to clients online. Romeo raped and assaulted the victims, as well as forced them to do drugs like crystal meth, the report says

"The boys went through with the sex act because they were afraid of the defendant. The defendant has in the past physically grabbed them and yelled at them in their faces. He also has threatened to go to their families and basically extort them and blackmail them, stating that he was going to show them the photographs he had taken and the advertisements for sex he himself had posted," a prosecutor said.  

Cooper used sites like Backpage for his despicable alleged actions. The Backpage CEO was arrested in Texas earlier this month on human trafficking charges.  

"Making money off the backs of innocent human beings by allowing them to be exploited for modern-day slavery is not acceptable in Texas," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said.  

As for Cooper, south Florida is considered one of the Top 5 destinations for human trafficking in the United States.  

As of June, more than 265 cases of human trafficking  were reported in Florida this year alone. 

Jessilyn Justice Featured U.S. News Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400
Dr. Wayne Grudem: 'If You Don't Like Either Candidate, Then Vote For ...'

Dr. Wayne Grudem has had a topsy-turvy relationship with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

In July, Grudem received the wrath of many #NeverTrumpers when he publicly declared that in spite of Trump's character flaws, he would endorse his candidacy for president, calling him a "morally good choice." Three months later—after the release of now-widely publicized 2005 "hot mic" audio recording—he rescinded his endorsement and had the earlier endorsement article retracted.

But now, he's taken another position in the 2016 presidential race.

The evangelical theologian, using his weekly column appearance at, wrote that since Trump didn't heed his advice to drop out of the race, he's left with the inevitable "What now?" question. And since Hillary Clinton is just as morally repugnant to him as Trump, he has to find a way to make his vote matter on Nov. 8.

Grudem said he absolutely will not vote for Clinton, leaving him with one of two options: voting for Trump, or voting for a third-party candidate. He said the latter would, in essence, help Clinton get elected—something he also said he refuses to do.

So he wrote:

Once I put the choice in those stark terms, there is a good way to make a decision. Since I find both candidates morally objectionable, I am back to the old-fashioned basis on which I have usually decided how to vote for my entire life: Whose policies are better? Do I agree more with Trump's policies or with Clinton's?

It isn't even close. I overwhelmingly support Trump's policies and believe that Clinton's policies will seriously damage the nation, perhaps forever. On the Supreme Court, abortion, religious liberty, sexual orientation regulations, taxes, economic growth, the minimum wage, school choice, Obamacare, protection from terrorists, immigration, the military, energy and safety in our cities, I think Trump is far better than Clinton (see below for details). Again and again, Trump supports the policies I advocated in my 2010 book Politics According to the Bible.

Grudem included a proviso: with three weeks left before the election, there was plenty of time for another "October Surprise" for either—or both—of the candidates. But there's another possibility—one he said he is much more hopeful for:

[B]ecause Trump claims he is a changed person from who he was in 2005 and he has apologized for how he acted back then. There is a possibility he has really changed, and I hope it is true. I don't know. Therefore what I write here is my best judgment as of Oct. 18, 2016, given the information we know now.

He then broke down—in deep detail—why he had made his decision to vote for Trump anyway.

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400
Business Leaders Endorse Donald Trump and His Economic Agenda

This week, a group of 100 business leaders from across the U.S. endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, praising his plan to bring jobs back, boost GDP growth and "make America great again for American workers."

They all signed a letter, which states:

In this political season, our nation faces an economic choice between whether to fall back on the past or move forward toward our future. Our prosperity—and our children's futures—are at stake.

The big economic question on the minds of most Americans is whether our days of strong economic growth are over. Donald Trump says, 'of course not.'

The Trump economic plan is comprehensive and far-reaching. It cuts taxes, stops trade cheating, reduces regulations, unleashes America's powerful energy sector and eliminates our growth-draining trade deficit. This potent combination of tax, trade, energy and regulatory reforms will accelerate our GDP growth rate, create millions of jobs, and trillions of dollars in new additional income and tax revenues.

Hillary Clinton has thrown in the towel on the idea of strong economic growth. In what would be effectively a 'third Obama term,' she will raise taxes, continue to increase the already oppressive regulatory burden on both consumers and businesses, stifle efforts to make our nation energy independent and negotiate more bad trade deals that ship our jobs and factories offshore.

What Obama and Clinton see as a path to economic growth is simply a dead end. We have had the weakest economic recovery since World War II and the GDP growth rate is well below our historic norm. Clinton's policies promise to accelerate this decline.

Business leaders are particularly worried about America's anemic growth prospects, making them cautious about investing and hiring. The erratic policies of the past eight years have created troubling uncertainty. Will threatened tax hikes happen? How onerous will the many new regulations be? What's next in the messy complexity of Obamacare, which is unraveling for millions of Americans before our eyes? It clearly is, as even Bill Clinton has put it, 'the craziest thing.'

Donald Trump is a businessman. He knows if we want to have more economic growth, real wage growth and higher living standards, we need to focus on basic building blocks, not more Keynesian stimulus and financial engineering. Basic building blocks mean making America the best place to invest, helping American workers become more productive, and restoring America to its rightful place as the land of opportunity.

As business leaders and entrepreneurs, we believe our nation needs a president who understands free markets because he's lived and worked in them. We need a president who understands how government can hobble innovation, destroy opportunity and restrain growth. We need a president who knows how economic freedom can lift people out of poverty, open paths to and grow the middle class while offering everyone the opportunity to earn their success. Donald Trump would be that president.

Click here to see the complete list of business leaders who signed the letter and have signaled their support for Trump.

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:30:00 -0400
What Reset? Russia Launches New Round of Saber Rattling

With the 2016 presidential election just days away, and relations between the U.S. and Russia their most tense since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to engage in a new and even more provocative round of saber rattling.

According to the United Kingdom's Independent newspaper, Russia's flagship aircraft carrier and a fleet of 10 ships are steaming through the English Channel. British ships have been sent to the area to monitor the Russians, further increasing tensions and the brinksmanship nature of the situation.

As the Independent reports:

The nuclear-powered Admiral Kuznetzov is one of seven vessels photographed off the Norwegian coastline on Monday en-route to the eastern Mediterranean, with the most likely passage taking them through the North Sea, Dover Strait and English Channel before heading south.

The Admiral Kuznetzov is loaded with fighter jets, reconnaissance and combat helicopters and cruise missiles to be used to bolster Russia's bombing campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad ...

The Admiral Kuznetsov is escorted by the Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) battlecruiser, the Vice Admiral Kulakov destroyer, Severomorsk destroyers and several supply ships—all part of the Northern Fleet—the Russian defense ministry said.

Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta newsapaper claimed the Russian naval force is the most powerful to sail in northern Europe in two years.

Bob Eschliman Featured Issues Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0400
10 Super Scary Reasons You May Want to Stop Shopping at Target Now

As if Target's restroom and fitting room policy wasn't frightening enough, American Family Association (AFA) is alerting shoppers about "10 Examples of Men Abusing Target's Dangerous Policy."

In an Action Alert to its more than 1 million friends and supporters, AFA outlined just 10 examples that show why Target should rescind its dangerous policy and keep men out of women's facilities:

  1. Man wanted for taking photos inside Target changing room
  2. Transgender woman caught filming in Target changing room
  3. Man seen reaching under stall with phone in Target dressing room
  4. 'Peeping Tom' reported in Target dressing room
  5. Teen girl reports dressing room peeper at Target
  6. Police Looking for Target Peeper
  7. Target peeping Tom pleads guilty
  8. Man Arrested for Taking Photos of Woman in Target Bathroom
  9. Peeping Tom caught filming women in Brentwood Target dressing rooms
  10. 'Peeping Tom' took pics of people in Target bathroom

"These 10 examples and many more like them are chilling evidence that Target's restroom and fitting room policy—its politically correct answer to a small minority—continues to put women and girls at risk," said AFA President Tim Wildmon. "These are not isolated incidents, but rather, the headlines continue to mount. Families must make their voices heard by signing the #BoycottTarget pledge and communicating to Target that they will no longer shop at a retail chain that has no interest in their safety."

Since April, AFA has been encouraging shoppers to #BoycottTarget after the retailer publicized its dangerous and controversial restroom and fitting room policy—one that alienated families, along with more than 1.4 million shoppers who have signed the pledge. And since the boycott began, the news has not been good for Target, especially after the corporation announced dismal second-quarter earnings. Likewise, Target stock has dropped drastically since the spring.  

"As AFA has stated many times, our worries do not stem from fear of the transgender community," Wildmon continued, "but rather, from both the real and potential threat that predators and voyeurs, or anyone with evil intentions, would take advantage of the Target bathroom policy to harm women and children—and we have plenty of incidents to show that they have."

As frightening incidents at Target stores continue, AFAis asking shoppers to take action in several ways this month:

  • Sign the #BoycottTarget pledge. Encourage family and friends to sign the pledge, too, as boycott numbers climb to 1.5 million.
  • Voice your concerns on Target's Facebook page.
  • Call Target to politely let its executives know you've signed the #BoycottTarget pledge—Guest Relations, (800) 440-0680, option 1, then 1 again.
  • Share the boycott information on social media and be sure to use #BoycottTarget.
  • Visit for more tools and information on the #BoycottTarget initiative.
Deborah Hamilton/Hamilton Strategies Featured Opinion Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0400
Dear Liberal Mainstream Media: Have You Forgotten About 2000?

As if on cue from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the liberal mainstream media feigned apoplexy over Donald Trump's refusal to say whether or not he would accept the results of the Nov. 8 election, sight unseen, three weeks ahead of time.

It would seem they've completely forgotten about the highly contentious 2000 election between then-Vice President Al Gore and then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush. Bush was declared the winner on election night, but Gore refused to concede, and a court battle ensued that took weeks to resolve.

"The effort that I have underway is simply to make sure that all of the votes are counted, and when the issues that are now being considered in the Florida Supreme Court are decided, that will be an important point. But I don't want to speculate what the court will do," Gore said. "I am very troubled by a lot of the stories that have been reported. Whenever you have allegations of those kind, that is a matter the entire country ought to take seriously."

No one in the liberal mainstream media declared his statements as "undemocratic"—the new talking point issued by Clinton and her campaign. It should also be noted it was a question she herself wasn't forced to answer, but she did respond to Gore's resistance in 2000—last week.

During a joint appearance in Florida with Gore, Clinton shouted "You won!" repeatedly after he noted his personal experience with close elections. Nodding in approval as the crowd chanted, Gore suggested he won the election, but it was stolen from him.

"Actually you did win," Clinton added. "It just wasn't close enough to make sure that the votes were counted."

In 2002, she let another crowd of supporters know what she really thought of not only the 2000 election, but of President George W. Bush, as well.

"Bush's machine has raised far more to try to ruin the reputations of our candidates or, if they can't, to depress the turnout," she said. "But you know, you have got to hand it to them. These people are ruthless and they are relentless."

She claimed the president was "selected," not elected—a common Democrat campaign charge following the 2000 election—a much different picture than has been painted during the 2016 campaign cycle. President Bill Clinton has declared his predecessor (President George H.W. Bush) and his successor (President George W. Bush) are like family.

Again, no one ever suggested anything said was "undemocratic."

But these aren't isolated incidents. Bre Payton of The Federalist has compiled a list of eight additional examples of liberals complaining about stolen and rigged elections. It's a very enlightening read.

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:30:00 -0400
Worn-Out Hillary Clinton Takes Questions From Press After Debate ... for 3 Minutes

Shortly after taking another beating—physical, psychological and strategic—in the third and final presidential debate, Democratic presidential nominee looked the part while lamenting she wouldn't be taking any naps anymore.

"It's been a year and now we've finished our last debate and I'm feeling relieved and very grateful," told her embedded press contingent during an impromptu press conference aboard her campaign plane. "I just wanted to come back and say hello. Some of you have been on the trail the whole time. No more debates. No more naps."

Clinton could manage just three minutes of questions from the press before she retired to her private cabin in the front of the plane. Curiously, her departure coincided with a press question about the Project Veritas video scandal.

"I know nothing about this," she said. "I can't deal with every one of his conspiracy theories."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0400
Here's 'What They're Saying' About the Debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as expected, had a heated—and at times, contentious—final debate Wednesday night. Here's "what they are saying" about it:


Politico's Glenn Thrush: "Trump Is Doing Very, Very Well."

National Review's Tim Alberta: "Trump Brought It Tonight. Rock Solid 30 Mins In."

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "Trump's Best 30 Minutes in Any of the 3 Debates."

Politico's Shane Goldmacher: "Brutal, Accurate Trump Line: 'That Was a Great Pivot Off the Fact That She Wants Open Borders.'"

The Daily Caller's Katie Frates: "Trump Slams Hillary On Trade: 'The One Thing You Have Over Me Is Experience. Bad Experience'"

Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur: "On Clinton's Talk of 'Advise And Consent,' Worth Noting She Was Part of The Dem Caucus That Filibustered Numerous Bush Appellate Nominees."

New York Daily News' Cameron Joseph: "Debating Late-Term Abortions Isn't The Best Way For [Hillary Clinton] To Be Spending Her Time. Polls Show It's Pretty Unpopular Stance."

Yahoo! News' Olivier Knox: "Clinton Says She Won't Add 'One Penny' to the National Debt Which Is Not Really How the National Debt Works."

Townhall's Guy Benson: "Hillary Repeats Obama's $250k Tax Pledge, Which He's Broken Repeatedly."

The Atlantic's Adam Servianski: "Trump Is Right About Hillary Lying About Her Position on TPP"

CNN's Andrew Kaczynski: "Trump Is Right That Clinton Mislead (on TPP) and Fact-Checkers Said He Was Right."

New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman: "Clinton Struggled With Open Border Question and Now Dissembling on Emails."

CBS News' John Dickerson: "That's a Huge Duck on Clinton Foundation."


Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.): "This election is about the direction and future of America. Voters have a real choice between a distinct set of ideas and leadership values offered by both candidates. But it's Donald Trump who's got the right message and a pro-growth agenda that resonates with workers and families struggling under Obama's economy. Trump is also the national security candidate who's committed to strengthening America's military and defending America's global interests without reservation. On these issues, which are among the most important to the American people, Trump is the only choice for a stronger and more prosperous nation."

Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.): "Once again, Donald Trump won the debate. He showed that we have a clear choice between Hillary Clinton's four more years of the same failed policies of President Obama, or Mr. Trump's vision to bring positive change to the American people through a renewed economy, pro-growth tax policies, repealing and replacing Obamacare, defeating ISIS and regaining respect for the United States on the world stage."

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.): "Last night Americans were reminded why we cannot afford another four years of the Clinton-Obama record of abysmal economic growth and declining respect globally. Donald Trump showed he understands the complexities of Syria and proved that Hillary failed during her tenure at the State Department—our world is less safe because of her decisions. Mr. Trump the only candidate with innovative plans to stimulate our nation's economy by bringing back jobs to our shores. He's the only candidate that will put America first and recapture its standing around the world and make America a safer place to raise a family."

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.): "Donald Trump proved once again that he is the true voice of the change America needs. He is focused on charting a new course of economic prosperity, job growth and national security while Hillary Clinton is determined to double down on the same policies that are failing the American people. Trump is committed to appointing individuals to the Supreme Court who will uphold the Constitution. The nation is yearning for a brighter future, and Donald Trump's commitment to putting the American people first shows why he should be elected our next president."

Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.): "Our nation needs someone who will fight for jobs for our communities because that is what we need and that is what is fair. That person is clearly Donald Trump. A Hillary Clinton presidency is unacceptable. She is striving to create a liberal Supreme Court to carry on her agenda for years and arrogantly believes she can say one thing publicly, then privately carry out and entirely different agenda. She has demonstrated recklessness regarding classified information and risked American lives simply for her personal convenience. We need someone who cares about our families. That is Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton."

Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.): "For the Supreme Court, for the security of our borders and for tax relief for millions of American families, farmers and small-business owners, Donald Trump once again showed why he is the best choice to be the next president of the United States of America. After three debates, it's now clear that Donald Trump is the only candidate who can lead our country in a positive direction and put an end to the failures of the Clinton-Obama policies. On the key issues, Donald Trump's proposals win on the merits and provide the path forward that America has been lacking for the past eight years."

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.): "Last night's debate set the tone for the remaining 20 days of the 2016 election. We watched in concert with the rest of the world as Donald Trump laid out a vision of prosperity and security for our nation and her people. In stark contrast, we saw carefully orchestrated talking points that Secretary Clinton used to outline a plan for the continuation of the failed policies of the current administration. These failed policies have increased the size of the federal government and decreased living standards for everyday Americans. What remains to be seen is if the media will continue their biased and relentless assault of Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump's performance reflected the sentiments of many Americans and it is my sincere hope that the media focuses on the difference of policy positions rather than the personalities."

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio): "During tonight's final debate, Hillary Clinton confirmed that, if elected, she'll continue pursuing the failed policies of Barack Obama that have led to the slowest economic growth since the 1940s, and that have made America less safe and secure. In the face of constant attacks from his rival and unprecedented media bias, Mr. Trump remained strong and focused on the issues important to the American people. He communicated his plans for America while Hillary Clinton danced around serious ethical charges regarding the Clinton Foundation, her secret email server and her campaign's instigation of violence at Trump rallies. Tonight, Donald Trump succeeded in reminding the American people once again that Hillary Clinton's actions have disqualified her from being our commander in chief."

Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.): "During tonight's final debate, the American people again saw the stark contrast in this presidential election. Donald Trump is an outsider businessman who is helping hard working Americans get from payday to payday. Hillary Clinton is a career politician who is going to double down on the failed economic policies of the past eight years that are hurting American families. She wants more taxes, new burdensome regulations, and a single-payer health care system. As Secretary of State, her failed foreign policies led to a smaller military, weaker defense, and a more dangerous world. By definition, Hillary Clinton is a product of the political bubble. Judging by her actions, she will do anything to protect her own political career. She repeatedly lied to the American people about Benghazi, her personal emails, and the Clinton Foundation. She has ridiculed Americans that disagree with her—even calling them 'deplorable.' At the end of the day, this election is bigger than any single issue or person. It is about changing the direction of our country. We need someone who can finally break through the status quo in Washington before it's too late."

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee: "We need to fix Washington's broken tax code. As leader of the Republican "Better Way" Tax Reform blueprint, I want a president who will work with us, not against us, to enact a fairer, simpler tax code for families and businesses. The choice couldn't be clearer. Donald Trump and his tax team have vowed to take up pro-growth tax reform in his first 100 days in office to grow our local economy. Hillary Clinton wants higher taxes on families and local businesses to grow Washington's economy. Elections aren't just about personalities, they are about ideas. If you want lower taxes, a tax code so simple and fair most taxpayers can file on a postcard, and you want to bust up the IRS—then Donald Trump is the best choice. If you want to grow the IRS, make the tax code more complex and ensure Washington takes more of your hard-earned money, then Hillary Clinton is right for you. And if your future is tied to traditional energy like natural gas and oil, you can count on her fighting relentlessly to 'keep it in the ground'—regulating and taxing your energy job out of existence. If you want to change the direction of America, if you believe in a strong national defense, less government and taxes, protection for the unborn and tax reform, then the Republican ticket of Trump-Pence is the right choice. That's who I'm backing."

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.): "Like many Americans, I am thankful we had one final debate to force Hillary Clinton to answer the growing mountain of questions regarding her corruption, collusion, quid pro quo, pay-to-play and unethical policies and practices as secretary of state and as a candidate for president. Mr. Trump proved he is the better choice on voters' top issues like growing the economy, defending America, securing the border, reducing the cost of health care and putting American jobs first."

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.): "Donald Trump tonight showed voters across America why he is the leader we need in the White House. Mr. Trump remains focused on protecting the Supreme Court, expanding economic opportunities and eliminating the status quo that has failed so many Americans these last eight years. Voters believe in the change Donald Trump will bring and I am confident the results on Election Day will reflect that belief."

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.): "I am happy that Donald Trump pointed out the failures of career politicians like Hillary Clinton. What we need now is action, not words. It's time we changed the way Washington works and brought honesty back to governance. #DrainTheSwamp #MakeAmericaGreatAgain"

Rep. Dianne Black (R-Tenn.): "Donald Trump won tonight's debate by reminding Americans that Hillary Clinton is simply too corrupt, too incompetent and too extreme to be president of the United States. Hillary Clinton's America will erode our 2nd Amendment rights, will disregard the lives of our precious unborn, will continue the failed experiment of Obamacare, and will sabotage the Supreme Court for more than a generation. Tonight, Donald Trump demonstrated once again that we can count on him and Mike Pence to protect the freedoms that Hillary Clinton seeks to diminish and to appoint Supreme Court justices who will adhere to the Constitution above a political ideology."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0400
Pastor Turns Christian Mother in For Poisoning Her Family

A pastor turned in a mother in his congregation for poisoning and killing her children with anti-freeze, according to reports.

"They might have gotten away with murder if the pastor of their church hadn't tipped off police," PEOPLE's KC Baker writes. "His anonymous alert came after months of apparent misfortune for the Staudte family, as first Diane's husband and then her son fell ill and died. Next, one of her daughters was hospitalized. But where others in the community were shocked and saddened, her pastor became suspicious."

Diane Staudte was the "mastermind" of the murderous plot and recruited daughter Rachel to assist.  

The two poisoned husband Mark Staudte, who died in April 2012, before killing son Shaun just five months later. Daughter Sarah was hospitalized for the anti-freeze effects.  

During the investigation, police said it was an anonymous tip that led them to pursue a poison lead. New reports show the tipster was actually the pastor of the family's church.  

"She was at church and someone else told him that Sarah was at the hospital and wasn't expected to survive," Springfield police detective Neal McAmis tells PEOPLE. "He was so troubled and bothered, and that's why he had to come forward."

Jessilyn Justice Featured U.S. News Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0400
Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? Mark Driscoll Answers

When it comes to Halloween, many Christians are divided on whether to—or how to—celebrate a holiday with roots in the occult.

The questions seem endless. While you personally may not celebrate the popular holiday, should you let your kids dress up? Should you answer the door for trick-or-treaters? Should you attend a fall festival or another Halloween alternative?

Pastor Mark Driscoll says there are three responses Christians can have: Reject, receive or redeem. 

"There are some things that God's people can receive," Driscoll says. "They're fully compatible with Christian faith, things that we find in culture. There are other things that we must reject. They just are not compatible with Christianity. There are other things we can redeem. We don't have to reject them, but we don't have to do them the way non-Christians do them. There may be a way we can redeem them and do them in a way that glorifies God and is for our good."

Where does Halloween fall? Click here to watch the video and then sound off.

Jessilyn Justice Featured Culture Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0400
Is the Liberal Mainstream Media 'Rigging the Election' for Hillary Clinton?

Prior to Wednesday night's debate, nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt debated two members of the liberal mainstream media over Donald Trump's assertions they are "rigging the election" in Hillary Clinton's favor.

They also discussed the Project Veritas voter fraud videos.

Hewitt spoke with both Michael Shear of The New York Times and Alex Isenstadt of Politico. He first played for Isenstadt a clip of an MSNBC interview in which Hewitt explained the "rigging of the election" being charged by Trump is two-fold: voter fraud and media bias.

He asked if Isenstadt agreed with that assessment.

"Yeah, look, I mean, that is what Donald Trump is talking about, is playing to a group of voters who do believe that the system is sort of set against Donald Trump in certain ways, including the way, in their view, the media is covering this race," he said. "But look, I mean, here's the thing. To some extent, the media is covering these things. The media is covering the Clinton email scandal.

"It's just that Donald Trump has been sort of perceived now by the American electorate as, by a wide swathe of the American electorate, as unacceptable, particularly in light of the Access Hollywood tape. And it's very hard, it's very hard, even if there were, per se, more coverage of the Clinton emails, it would be very hard for Trump to sort of have, to make real inroads in this race."

Hewitt asked Isenstadt if Politico has covered the Project Veritas videos. He said they have not yet.

"I do believe that there is an effective blackout, Alex," Hewitt said. "I haven't seen these things, I know O'Keefe is odious to the left in Manhattan-Beltway media elite. I know because of Project ACORN and all of his colorful and often controversial history, and sometimes downright, you know, he got charged with criminal wrongdoing. I believe he was cleared, but I'm not sure. O'Keefe is a controversial guy, but these are pretty damning tapes. Have you watched them, yet?"

"Well, yeah, you know, I have, but the problem is, is that you know, there have been some, at least some believe there have been some issues with O'Keefe's reporting in the past with the edited tapes, does he manipulate them in some way?" Isenstadt said. "And so there have been some issues, perhaps the primary source, but look, I mean, the problem is, is like, is look at what Donald Trump has been accused of by numerous women now. Look at the—"

"But that's shifting. Alex, you're shifting back," Hewitt responded. "You're doing exactly what my team hates, which is I'm talking about Project Veritas, you want to shift it back to Trump."

Hewitt then suggested the "rigging" that Trump was talking about was Democrat operatives' efforts to ensure they were competing against the businessman in the general election. The WikiLeaks emails and Project Veritas videos, when taken together, paint a broad picture of that kind of "rigging," he added.

"This is a central part of Donald Trump's argument," Isenstadt said. "The question, though, is that is the notion that the media is somehow aligned against Donald Trump, is that an effective argument for him at the end of this race?

"I don't know that it reaches enough new voters. I don't know that enough votes really believe that somehow that the media establishment is aligned against him. I don't know if that's an effective enough argument."

"I don't think it is," Hewitt replied. "I think it matters a great deal for democracy going [forward] that the media commit itself to finding scumbags who are attempting to manipulate elections, to nominate the weakest opponent."

Shear, who covers the White House, not the campaign trail, was also asked about Project Veritas videos. The Times reporter admitted that while he may have watched clips, he hasn't seen the entire videos yet.

"They show the Democrat manipulation of the cycle," Hewitt said. "We are where we are, but how we got there is important. And I think the President ought to be asked if he knows these people, if he knows what they are up to, because they say they are wired into the DNC.

"And if you—O'Keefe is controversial. I stipulate that. You have to check and make sure that they're accurate, but it's been 48 hours. And I don't really think you can fake these. I would encourage you to watch them."

"I don't think, and perhaps the Democratic Party has some responsibility for what has ultimately happened with Trump," Shear said. "But look, I don't think you can, I don't think you can say that the bulk of the responsibility for why the Republican Party chose Donald Trump is the Democratic Party's responsibility, right? I mean, that's—"

"I'm not saying that," Hewitt responded. "I'm saying when the President chides Trump, and Jan Schakowsky's husband is on tape talking about manipulating the process to elect Trump, that that is newsworthy, because he is a Chicago pol, right, Michael Shear?"


"President Obama began and is part of that machine. He no doubt knows these people."


"And his press secretary, I just think it's so obviously newsworthy when against the backdrop of the Access Hollywood tape, and I have no objection to that playing, none at all. It's newsworthy."


"I have no objection to the Russian intelligence operation being run against the United States being talked about. And Wikileaks doesn't exist. It's a Russian intelligence operation."


"And people ought to refer to it as when it's referred to. But it's in the public. We ought to talk about it. But the President seems to be protected by the media. And the fact that Project Veritas is blacked out is very bothersome to me. How many times do you think Access Hollywood tape has been played on television? I asked Alex Isenstadt for an estimate last hour. I'll get your estimate. How many times do you think people have actually played that on the big three networks, CNN, MSNBC?"

"Oh, thousands, probably."

"I guessed at least a thousand, but I think you're probably right, thousands."


"So wouldn't it be fair to at least play some of the Project Veritas tape?"

"Yeah, look, you know, the, I haven't watched them. You know, I vaguely have a sense of what you're talking about, and that may be an indictment of the press that I don't have a better sense of that. You know, I think it's fair. I will go back and look at them. I think it's fair to, you know, to hold the press accountable for making sure that it doesn't ignore stuff that's newsworthy. And if that's what the press has been doing, then you know, I think you and others should hold us to account."

Bob Eschliman Featured Press Releases Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0400
Isaiah 40:8 Stands True as Bible Proves Indestructible in Disaster

Fire cannot extinguish God's Word, quite literally. A car fire proved yet again that Bibles are enduring, fulfilling of Isaiah 40:8. 

In the most recent example, flames overwhelmed a vehicle in South Carolina and nearly reached local homes. When firefighters went to investigate, all that remained was a Bible. 

"It makes you stop and think. It gets you in your heart and makes you think about what's going on at the time," Gaffney Fire Chief James Caggiano said

"Family bibles ... A lot of times people want those, and we'll go back in and get them. You'll see them charred around the edges, the cover will be charred, the bottom will be charred, but the contents will still be in good shape," Caggiano continued

Bibles have survived other trials by fire, as well. One copy of the Word of God was the only remnant save for a few photographs in a destroyed home in Tennessee.  

In another car fire earlier this year, a Bible was barely licked when the flames devastated the vehicle and sent the driver to the hospital.  

"That is God. If you don't believe it. I don't know what to say," witness Eugene McNeil said.

Jessilyn Justice Featured U.S. News Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:30:00 -0400
2 Wicked Ways Obama Is Sabotaging America Before He Leaves Office

Too often the policies and the narrative of the Obama administration represent a serious break from reality.

In an effort to convince conniving and violent enemies that we are peace-loving, as if that would make a difference to them, we sabotage the defense of our nation. Whether it is placing arbitrary limits on our military's use of force, telegraphing in advance to our enemies what we will or will not do to defeat them, or just plain political correctness in overdrive—we place the security of our homeland in great jeopardy.

Law enforcement, which now is usually our first line of defense against terrorism, is being held in check by an administration that is seemingly suspicious of law enforcement and ungrateful for the dangerous work they do in order to keep us safe. Reports indicate morale in law enforcement and in the military is at an all-time low. Intentionally or inadvertently, the Obama administration is sabotaging the defense of our country in at least two ways.

1. Ignoring the Nature of the Enemy We Face

If you believe the Obama administration's narrative, there is a threat out there, but it has nothing to do with Islam. Sure, there are terror organizations in the world. And there have been numerous attacks in the United States, as recently as the pressure cooker bombs in New York and New Jersey, the mall shootings in Minnesota, the Orlando and San Bernardino massacres, to name a few. And we still live, after all these years, in the poignant aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, in which over 3,000 people died.

But it is pure coincidence that the perpetrators of each of these attacks were Muslim and claimed to do their horrific deeds in the name of radical jihad. And incidentally, all of the groups taking up arms against the United States—ISIS, al-Qaida, al Shabaab, al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, to name a few—the fact they are all Muslim is just coincidental, according to the Obama administration. How ironic that they all seem to yell "Allahu akbar" (God is great) when they attack. This is the ongoing narrative of the present administration.

It is a fact that most Muslims are peace-loving people who wish no harm to anyone. American Muslims are generally as patriotic as any other group of religious people in America. However, the fact is indisputably clear that our chief adversaries who continue to commit violent acts not only abroad, but here at home as well, all claim Islam as their faith. They also claim Islam is their motivation and their mandate for these acts of mayhem and murder. This is the reality in which all of us live.

It was under this administration that infiltrating and surveilling of specific mosques, university student centers and Muslim nonprofit organizations as potential centers of radicalization was stopped.

Under pressure from Muslim advocacy groups, training materials for the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), the FBI and other federal agencies were purged from any references to Islamic terrorism or jihad.

At the ACLJ, we've filed a FOIA request demanding answers about this policy change that fails to prepare our defense and intelligence communities for the enemies we face. The pressure-cooker bomber in New York had been on the FBI's watch list and was even reported by his father for suspicion of being radicalized. Nothing was done because they did not want to appear to be singling out Ahmad Rahami just because he was Muslim.

The president refuses to even utter the words radical jihadis, because "jihad" is an Arabic term used in Islam and appears in the Quran. Meanwhile, the government warns us of the dangers of lone wolf attacks. These lone wolves are more than that; they are actually part of a wolf pack: Islamic jihadis. We are told if we "see something, say something." If only the Obama administration would follow their own advice and simply say something by naming the enemy whose goal is to destroy us.

But like the ubiquitous late night television commercials, we must say: "But wait! There's more." Our national defense is also put at risk by this administration in the following way:

2. Capitulating to Aggression by China and Russia

The Obama White House has barred the Pentagon from using a key phrase in references to China and Russia. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Admiral John Richardson, the highest-ranking sailor as Chief of Naval Operations, have often spoken of a return to "the great power of competition" when speaking of the aggressive and illegal grabs for power, influence and terrain committed by these two countries.

The president's hand-selected National Security Council (whose makeup I referred to in a previous post) has directed the Pentagon to strike that phrase from their speeches and to find a term that is less insulting and inflammatory. The administration believes that phrases like "great power competition" incorrectly implies that we are at odds with Russia and China. 

Really? Are we not fundamentally at odds with China selling ballistic missile technology to Iran and claiming new territory in international waters? Do we not have fundamental moral differences with Russia which at this moment bombs innocent civilians, hospitals and aid workers in Syria, or who threatens the sovereignty and safety of Ukraine, as well as our NATO partners?

Are there not striking distinctions between the United States and Russia, which has harassed U.S. aircraft in international airspace and threatened to shoot down our planes in Syria? Bryan McGrath, a retired Navy officer and naval expert quoted in Navy Times, said: The (Obama administration's) "explanation is an exercise in nuance and complexity chosen by the administration to provide maximum flexibility, to prevent them from committing to a real structural approach to the most important national security challenge of our time."

The Obama administration objects to the Secretary of Defense's clear message who, speaking to the Economic Forum, stated: "We must demonstrate to potential foes that, if they start a war, we have the capability to win." Carter, in speaking of Russia and China, also said they have "a growing arsenal of high-end war-fighting capabilities, many of which are focused specifically on our vulnerabilities."

One of our chief vulnerabilities is a commander in chief who appears to be more concerned with not offending our adversaries and protecting his perceived legacy than the defense of our country "from all enemies, foreign and domestic," as he swore in his Oath of Office. Intentionally or inadvertently, his worldview and his timid response to those who wish us harm is sabotaging our national defense.

We deserve better. And our national security demands it.

Wesley Smith/ACLJ Featured Opinion Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400
Susan B. Anthony List: Trump Slammed Clinton's Abortion Extremism

Donald Trump's historic defense of life didn't go entirely unnoticed. Susan B. Anthony List, one of the nation's most prominent pro-life organizations, hailed him in a statement following Wednesday night's debate.

"For the first time Hillary Clinton was pressed to own up to the fact that there is not one circumstance in which she would protect the right to life of an unborn child—even a baby who is moments from birth," SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said. "Donald Trump described well the horror of partial-birth abortion, a brutal procedure once used for late-term abortions. Clinton defended her vote to protect this procedure confirming her view that unborn children have no rights up until birth.

"It is confirmed: Clinton supports unlimited abortion on-demand. She only left out her pledge to repeal the longstanding, bipartisan Hyde Amendment, which has for decades protected the conscience rights of taxpayers by preventing taxpayer funding of elective abortion through Medicaid.

"Clinton's position on abortion is wildly out of step with the majority of Americans who support a compassionate limit on abortion after five months and who do not want their tax dollars used to pay for abortion on-demand. In pressing Clinton to state her opinion about the reality of the abortion procedure, Donald Trump did a service to all Americans. On this issue, the contrast between the two candidates could not be more clear."

A Marist poll released in July found that 62 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. Among women, it was 63 percent, and among those who say they are "pro-choice," it was 45 percent.

Among Democrats, it was 44 percent.

Additional national polling by Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal and Washington Post/ABC News have similarly found that at least a plurality of Americans support limiting abortion after 5 months gestation. Women generally support a ban on late-term abortions in higher proportions than men.

"SBA List's canvassing team of nearly 700 pro-life activists has already hit more than 860,000 doors to defeat Hillary Clinton and Senate candidates in the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio," communications director Mallory Quigley said. "This independent campaign is a joint effort of SBA List and its super PAC, Women Speak Out."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400
Can Judgment be Far Off? Government Bans Bible

A Bible was removed from the waiting room of a Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Athens, Ohio, after a veteran complained.

"Our government is secular and must remain secular," the unidentified veteran wrote.

Mikey Weinstein, the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, fired off a letter to the medical center on behalf of the veteran—alleging that the presence of the Bible inside a government facility is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Weinstein, a fussy little man with a strong aversion to our Lord, said the Bible's placement in the waiting room was "illicit and unconstitutional."

In other words, Good Housekeeping is fine, but the Good Book is not.

The panicked VA staff scoured the entire building to ensure there were no other Bibles lurking about—waiting to spontaneously convert people. They found one.

"The Athens CBOC is unsure how this came into the clinic, but it has been removed," Associate Chief Adam Jackson wrote to Weinstein.

Ron Crews, the executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, called the VA's decision to ban the Bible "absolutely ridiculous."

"There is nothing wrong with a Bible being left in the waiting room along with other reading materials," Crews told me. "If someone doesn't want to look at the Bible, they don't have to look at it. But it can be there for someone who may want to look at it and may find it helpful in a time of crisis."

That's a good point. Let's say you're in the waiting room dealing with a medical crisis. Would you find greater comfort in the Bible or a back issue of People?

Jackson seemed genuinely shocked that a Bible had somehow made its way inside the building.

"We routinely have environment of care rounding teams that look for such material," he wrote to Weinstein.

A goon squad tasked with cleansing the building of Christianity? Now that's mighty creepy, folks.

Now we know why the VA can't provide adequate medical care to our veterans—they're too busy rounding up contraband Bibles.

Todd Starnes Featured American Dispatch Opinion Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:30:00 -0400
This Is What Frank Luntz's Nevada Focus Group Thought of Wednesday's Debate

Pollster Frank Luntz conducted another of his focus groups for CBS News during the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night.

He tweeted the reactions of the group throughout the night, providing a type of analysis—from actual voters, not elitist "pundits"—you can't find in the liberal mainstream media. Here are some of the key insights of the night:

  • Surprisingly, Trump's favorability index with the fully undecided voters dropped substantially when he was talking about appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Even Trump-leaning voters in the group turned down their dials.
  • On immigration, however, Trump won the debate handily, earning the support of 19 of the 26 panel members. Clinton earned the support of only two. When Trump talked about border security, his favorability index reached 75 (maximum of 100) with fully undecided voters.
  • Clinton had her first "bad moment" when she began blaming Russia for the WikiLeaks email hacks, and then went on a rant about Vladimir Putin. Even her own supporters were turned off by the comments.
  • After the first 30 minutes, Trump had the overall support of 12 panelists, compared to 10 for Clinton. As Luntz put it, "Clinton crushed the opening, but he's won every exchange after."
  • Neither candidate got very high marks from the group when they discussed their economic plans. Trump's lacked specifics, while Clinton's is, more or less, a rehash of President Obama's "stimulus" program.
  • With the Nevada voters, Trump won overall on the economy by focusing on trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and job losses related to NAFTA. He also gained support by holding Clinton accountable for the Clinton Foundation and the State Department under her watch.
  • During the closing statements, Donald Trump scored highest with his own supporters, as well as Clinton supporters. For a brief moment, he also scored higher with the fully undecided voters.

Click here to see all of the tweets, which include video of key moments of the debate.

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400
Russia 'Regrets' US Decision on Anti-Missile System

Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday it viewed with regret an announcement by Washington that it would deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea as quickly as possible, Interfax news agency reported.

"Any statements about the possibility of deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in South Korea within a tight time-frame or at an accelerated pace can only elicit regret," Interfax quoted foreign ministry official Oleg Davydov as saying. {eoa}

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Christian Lowe/Reuters Featured World News Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:45:00 -0400
What If Hillary Clinton Steals the Elections?

In the immediate aftermath of last night's presidential debate, TV commentators expressed their shock at Donald Trump's refusal to say that, whatever the results of the elections, he would accept them. But should these commentators have been so shocked? What if the elections really are rigged? What should Trump have said?

To be sure, there were far better ways for Trump to reply to moderator Chris Wallace's question, satisfying Wallace's concerns while raising his own concerns (which reflect the concerns of many other Americans).

For example, Trump could have said: "Absolutely, without question, if the electoral process is fair and legal, I will accept the results, whatever the outcome. And should I lose, which I don't expect to, I will urge my supporters to accept our loss with dignity.

"But I have a question for you, Chris, and for Hillary and for the American people as well. What if it could be demonstrated in a court of law that the election was rigged? What if there was massive voter fraud? Would it be fair to the American people for me to accept the election results without a fight? Would it be just? If the American people voted to put me into office and the election was stolen from me and from them, what would be the right course of action?

"Chris, what do you think? Hillary, what do you think? And people of America, what do you think?"

Now, I am not saying that the election is, in fact, rigged, and I wholeheartedly oppose any kind of rhetoric that could lead to violence or anarchy by angered Trump supporters (or Clinton supporters).

That's why I was alarmed to see this comment on my Facebook page in response to my article warning Christian conservatives about the dangers of a Hillary presidency, specifically, with regard to our religious liberties. RW wrote: "I have a serious question for the Christians. Are you ready and willing to embark on an armed revolution? That's pretty much what this is going to take. Call a convention of the states to have the government dissolved, but they won't go willingly. You have to be prepared to kill or be killed. Or die as martyrs like your predecessors."

We immediately removed that comment when it was brought to our attention, and we posted this in response: "Dr. Brown absolutely repudiates the call to take up arms against a Clinton presidency or to 'kill or be killed.' We will block anyone calling for that on this Facebook page."

The truth is that, as one who has been a persistent and loud voice advocating for a gospel-based moral and cultural revolution, I have systematically and categorically renounced calls for violent uprisings, pointing to the Jesus call to put down our swords and take up our crosses, laying down our lives for others rather than taking their lives.

Michael Brown Featured In the Line of Fire Opinion Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:30:00 -0400
4 Ways Perry Noble Led a Double Life With His Alcohol Abuse

Former NewSpring Church Pastor Perry Noble opened up on Facebook by sharing four ways he destroyed his life with an addiction to alcohol. 

"I spent last week with my counselor and was able to make major progress toward healing. In meeting with him, he helped me to dive in and discover the areas where I clearly dropped the ball. After we discussed this, he and I both felt it would be beneficial to share these things as it helps in my healing process, but also so that some of you will not make the same mistakes that I did," Noble wrote. 

"Honestly, the list is probably a lot longer than just four things; however, these are the areas where I have clearly identified making EXTREMELY unwise decisions." 

NewSpring Church in South Carolina fired Noble over the summer for his addictions.  

Executive Pastor Shane Duffey told the congregation, "While this is the most difficult and painful decision we've had to make, unfortunately it was necessary. Perry's made some unfortunate choices and decisions that have caused us much concern." 

Noble says these four areas are where he struggled the most: Isolation over community; alcohol over his wife and daughter; control over relationships; and silence over crying out for help. 

"I was sick—deceived by sin, alcohol and myself. I justified this by saying I needed it to take the edge off, to help me relax, to help me deal with the pressure at home. Honestly, I knew the entire time I was using it as an excuse to zone out at home, thus causing me to neglect my role as a husband and a father. As I look back on making this foolish exchange, waves of self-condemnation crash into my soul. I know I've been forgiven for the sin, but I must now deal with the consequences," Noble says.  

Furthermore, "I was hurting, deeply hurting.

"In doing so I allowed sinful thoughts to exponentially multiply in my mind, thus impacting my mind in ways that were both destructive and harmful. I believed the deceptive lies the enemy would whisper to me such as, 'no one will understand,' or, 'you are the only one who has this issue,' or, 'if you tell people what's really going on they will abandon you.'" 

Noble says he has no idea what's next, but is praying about how to proceed. 

Jessilyn Justice Featured Culture Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400
This Was the Historic Moment of Wednesday's Debate the Liberal Mainstream Media Won't Talk About

In the 2016 presidential election cycle, there's been one constant: This election has been unlike any other.

So, when someone says a candidate has done something "unprecedented," it's easy to say, "What's new?" But, in the opening moments of Wednesday night's third and final debate, Donald Trump did something that hasn't ever happened in the history of American presidential politics.

Since the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, no major-party presidential candidate has given a more thorough defense of life than Trump made. And when Hillary Clinton responded, the difference between the two candidates couldn't have been more stark.

Moderator Chris Wallace opened the debate with a discussion about the Supreme Court. During the follow-up, he asked Donald Trump if he would support a high court decision that repeals Roe.

Here's how the debate ensued:

Trump: Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that would go back to the individual states.

Wallace: But I'm asking you specifically --

Trump: If they overturned it, it will go back to the states.

Wallace: What I'm asking you, sir, is do you want to see the court overturn? You just said you want to see the court protect the second amendment. Do you want to see the court overturn Roe v. Wade?

Trump: If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that will happen. And that will happen automatically in my opinion because I'm putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this, it will go back to the states a tornado states will then make a determination.

Wallace: Secretary Clinton?

Clinton: I strongly support Roe v. Wade, which guarantees a constitutional right to a woman to make the most intimate, most difficult—in many cases—decisions about her health care that one can imagine. And in this case, it's not only about Roe v. Wade. It is about what's happening right now in America so many states are putting very stringent regulations on women that block them from exercising that choice to the extent that they are defunding Planned Parenthood, which, of course, provides all kinds of cancer screenings and other benefits for women in our country.

Donald has said he's in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. He even supported shutting the government down to defund planned parenthood. I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade and I will defend women's rights to make their own health care decisions.

Wallace: Secretary --

Clinton: And we've come too far to have that turn back now. Indeed he said women should be punished, that there should be some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions. And I could just not be more opposed to that kind of thinking.

Wallace: I'm going to give you a chance to respond, but I want to ask you, Secretary Clinton, how far you believe the right to abortion goes. You have been quoted as saying that the fetus has no constitutional rights. You also voted against a ban on late-term partial-birth abortions. Why?

Clinton: Because, Roe v. Wade very clearly sets out that there can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account. And when I voted as a senator, I did not think that that was the case. The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make. I have met with women who toward the end of their pregnancy, get the worst news one could get, that their health is in jeopardy if they continue to carry to term or that something terrible has happened or just been discovered about the pregnancy. I do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions. So you can regulate if you are doing so with the life and the health of the mother taken into account.

Wallace: Mr. Trump, your reaction and particularly on this issue of late-term partial birth abortion.

Trump: I think it's terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.

Now, you can say that that's OK, and Hillary can say that that's OK, but it's not OK with me. Because based on what she's saying and based on where she's going and where she's been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, only the final day. And that's not acceptable.

Clinton: Well, that is not what happens in these cases. And using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate. You should meet with some of the women that I've met with.

Women I've known over the course of my life. This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. I do not believe the government should be IN it. I've been to countries where governments forced women to have abortions like they did in China or force women to bear children like they used to do in Romania. I can tell you the government has no business in the decisions that women make with their families in accordance with their faith, with medical advice, and I will stand up for that right.

Wallace: All right. Just briefly, I want to move on.

Trump: And honestly, nobody has business doing what I just said, doing that as late as one or two or three or four days prior to birth, nobody has that.

Trump's comments about the Supreme Court, in general, were just as exciting for conservatives and evangelical Christians. The GOP nominee made a passionate defense for a strict constructionist view of the nation's framing document:

The Supreme Court, it's what it's all about. Our country is so, so, just so imperative that we have the right justices. Something happened recently where Justice Ginsburg made some very inappropriate statements toward me and toward a tremendous number of people, many, many millions of people that I represent, and she was forced to apologize and apologize she did. But these were statements that should never ever have been made.

We need a supreme court that, in my opinion, is going to uphold the second amendment and all amendments, but the second amendment, which is under absolute siege. I believe if my opponent should win this race, which I truly don't think will happen, we will have a second amendment which will be a very, very small replica of what it is right now. But I feel that it's absolutely important that we recall because of the fact that it is under such trauma. I feel that the justices that I am going to appoint—and I've named 20 of them—the justices that I'm going to appoint will be pro-life, they will have a conservative bent, they will be protecting the second amendment, they are great scholars in all cases and they're people of tremendous respect. They will interpret the constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted.

And I believe that's very, very important. I don't think we should have justices appointed that decide what they want to hear.

It's all about the constitution of—and so important, the constitution the way it was meant to be and those are the people that I will appoint.

Liberal mainstream media pundits are attempting to declare the debate a "push," or a slight win for Clinton. But, social media says Donald Trump dominated the night once again.

Either way, we'll find out for sure in less than 21 days.

Bob Eschliman Featured Events Caucus Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:00:00 -0400
Is This the End? The Rise of Christophobia in America

America has always been a place where Christians were free to worship and live according to their consciences. In fact, our country was built upon the principles of religious tolerance, individual liberty and the right to dissent. In our founding documents, the source of these rights and freedoms is clearly acknowledged as God, not the government.

Yet the drastic changes we have experienced in the past half-century have so turned our culture on its head that to exercise those rights and freedoms means a Christian often risks marginalization, repression and even outright persecution.

As I've written in Is This the End? there are five distinct stages of religious oppression now occurring in our nation that when fully formed, ultimately result in Christian persecution. All of them emerge from a growing Christophobia exhibited by certain members of government in our country.

Stage 1: Stereotyping

Today, Christians are often stereotyped as ignorant, uneducated, backward, inhibited, hateful and intolerant. Even the president joined in when, in 2008, he said of workers who vote according to their values, "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion ... ."

Sometimes the media even features Christians as evil antagonists, holier-than-thou bigots who sit on their high horse and judge others harshly, like the prison warden in the movie The Shawshank Redemption who recites the Bible but abuses inmates. While it's true that some Christians represent the faith poorly, these stereotypes grow out of a rising prejudice in our culture. Not to mention, they are a denial of the indispensable role Christianity has played in the development of American culture and the American ideal, from higher education to the free market to health care to equal rights to the rule of law.

Stage 2: Marginalizing

What many secularists want is for Christianity to be displaced from the center of American life. If the church must be allowed to exist, they want it confined to the realm of personal privacy and denied any effect on public life. You'll notice this sentiment when politicians and pundits carefully choose the phrase "freedom to worship" over "freedom of religion." The first is meant to confine us, and the second is meant to free us. They'd rather us marginalized as MSNBC personality Chris Matthews once tweeted, "If you're a politician and believe in God first, that's all good. Just don't run for government office, run for church office." Matthews' rule would have disqualified almost everyone who founded this country.

Stage 3: Threatening

Marginalizing religious expression from academic, institutional, corporate or public arenas is not enough for those who are Christophobic. They are determined to make Christians pay a price even when privately performing their activities. For example, an intern at one California university was terminated and threatened with expulsion from a graduate program for simply discussing her faith with co-workers, even though she did it only in her off hours. There are countless other examples, including many examples of high school students who have been denied the opportunity to start Bible clubs and practice their religion openly in government-funded schools.

Then, in 2014, the chief executive of a top internet company was forced to resign when it was discovered he had contributed $1,000 to support a California bill which was deemed "bigoted" by secularists. The bill, by the way, passed overwhelming (making most californians bigots?). Then, it was overturned by the Supreme Court. That bill defined "marriage" as a religious term used to define a union with a man and a woman, which was also a position Barack Obama held to during the 2008 presidential election as it was the position of every Democratic president before him. Were they once bigots too?

Stage 4: Intimidating

If the first three stages do not silence us, then elected officials begin to exercise overreach and outright intimidation, and sometimes they use their positions to sanction such intimidation. Such was on egregious display just last month when the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman, Martin R. Castro, stated in a letter to the president that "religious liberty" and "religious freedom" are "code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia [and] Christian supremacy ... ." He didn't write that letter just to the president. His memo was meant for us, Bible-believing Christians whom he aimed to intimidate. He is clearly Christophobic, and we're not intimidated by it.

Stage 5: Litigation

A growing number of Christians and Christian organizations are being taken to court for refusing to compromise their deeply held religious convictions. In 2013 a Catholic hospital was sued because it did not offer abortion services to a client. The case was an attempt  to force all Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. As the editors of National Review noted, "The issue is not whether those who wish to avail themselves of certain services will be able to, but that those who object to them must be forced to participate."

Unfortunately, there are far too many other examples to mention them all here, and plenty of recent ones. But unless there is a major turnaround, we can expect lawsuits and court judgments against Christians who practice their faith to escalate. This is especially true since the outgoing administration is responsible for replacing more than 300 judges across the country.

While I do think America is a long way from the kind of persecution we typically think of when we use that word, I never dreamed that Christians would be stereotyped, marginalized, threatened, intimidated and litigated against as they are today.

It's far more serious than we realize. {eoa}

Dr. David Jeremiah is often cited as one of the influential pastors in the world on account of his Turning Point Ministries' international radio and television programs, his Shadow Mountain Community Church in California, and his more than 50 books including The Jeremiah Study Bible and his latest, titled Is This the End?, at

David Jeremiah Featured Opinion Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400
Exclusive: How God Grabbed Hold of a Witch and Made Her His Child

Her testimony shattered me from the very beginning: Her raw passion for Jesus, her candid talk about the occult and desire to unveil the truth in all things clearly mirror the transformative power of the gospel.  

Perhaps, you've followed her sage wisdom on Charisma News. If not, allow me to introduce you to a woman who, despite all odds, is spitting in the face of the demonic realm as she proclaims Christ.  

Beth Eckert is an ex-witch and a victim of ritual Satanic abuse, among other devastating oppression that chained her for years.  

"Where Spirit of God is, there is freedom," Eckert tells Charisma News. "When you clear out darkness inside of you—and we all have it—the more you're willing to surrender areas of darkness in soul, the more room there is for the Spirit of God to inhabit and bring freedom, to allow you to walk in  your calling, and be more aware of the devices and ploys of devil."  

Now an adult—a wife and mom—Eckert's inner healing has revealed the torment she suffered at the hands of the demonic realm, which began when she was as young as 3. Eckert says she was sexually abused in a Satanic ritual in a Mormon church.  

As Eckert transitioned from childhood to adulthood, the occult fascinated her. She frequently sought entertainment about vampires, witchcraft and zombies. After her ex-boyfriend killed himself, "I was primed and ready," for the evils of Wicca to take hold.  

She met a man who described "god as this all-encompassing being who was part of everything and everyone more like an energy. I could be part of ... this positive, loving, beautiful thing." 

That's when the family of Wiccans brought her into their circle, though the matriarch—the head of their coven—wanted Eckert gone. 

"That drove me even further into witchcraft to prove to them that I could be part of group family," Eckert says. "I had this newfound desperation. I had tasted acceptance and love, then it was ripped away. I threw myself into learning and practicing on my own and having an altar and reading book after book, doing spells and ritual incantations and astral traveling." 

Eckert says witchcraft is about intent, and many people—even Christians—may practice it without realizing. 

"Strong emotion behind intention (harnesses) supernatural power, that's what witchcraft is."  

For decades, Eckert says she was unknowingly engaging in witchcraft and even placing curses on people she felt had wronged her. A person casts a curse by putting intense feeling behind a negative thought and allowing the emotion to drive the person.  

But nearly three years ago, "God swept in," Eckert says.  

He "tossed me upside down because I was so worldly. I was smoking pot when I was going to work, drinking, cussing, watching The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries. Music was a big thing, and letting it all hang out. I wanted it to be sexy, but God flipped that and removed all (the evil) desires ... (and gave me a) sensitivity to be around things that had violence, cursing and all that." 

God used her connection to the occult to reveal the truth about the spiritual realm, Eckert says. She says she can sense demons and use this revelation to know how to pray.  

As she grows in her faith, Eckert is unmasking the occult. By definition, occult means "to remain hidden" or "in secret." By sharing her testimony, Eckert exposes Satan's manipulative tools and breaks down the power of the demonic realm.  

The devil has a plan to indoctrinate people into the occult without them knowing it, Eckert says. But his plan is far from original.  

"In ancient times in the Old Testament, it was very easy for Satan to basically do satanic rituals out in the open. To sacrifice to Molech was not a big deal because everyone was doing it; it was part of the culture 

"Somewhere over time, that culture decided it was not OK (to sacrifice children), and ... the devil had to find a way to hide it to do the exact same thing." 

In today's society, some have argued America's infatuation with abortion mirrors the sacrifices to Molech.   

This sign, among others, leads Eckert to believe the world is rapidly approaching the end of days.  

"(Satan) is going to be continually working to indoctrinate people to awaken when antichrist arises," Eckert says. "If people like me are walking around doing witchcraft and had no idea, how much could he use me, let alone someone who says or believes they're a Christian?" 

But believers must remember that Christ's victory on the cross is not a trite idea repeated in Sunday School. Ultimately, He will defeat the prince of this earth, and Christians have the same power that filled Jesus Himself.  

"(The) world is a place where we are mighty soldiers, carrying torches and waiting for moment for God to call them out, and say, 'Yes, you. It's your time.'"

And that's how God snatched Eckert from Satan's grasp and raised her up to fight in His army. 

Jessilyn Justice Featured Culture Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400
What if Hillary Clinton Wins the White House?

In three weeks, the baffling 2016 presidential election will be over. The winner will begin assembling a White House cabinet. The loser will most likely disappear for a while. And our polarized nation, weary from all the sound and fury of ugly politics, will recover from the stress of this crazy season.

Many evangelical Christians have supported billionaire Donald Trump, either because he is a Washington outsider or because his policies seem more conservative than Clinton's. Some charismatic leaders, such as Lance Wallnau, have even prophesied that Trump is God's man. But that has been a difficult idea to sell, especially to African-American or Hispanic Christian voters who view Trump as racist and anti-immigrant.

The new revelations of Trump's "locker room" comments about women have not helped his case. Many evangelicals have abandoned him over his insulting sexist language. The result is that the latest polls show Clinton leading Trump by 11 points. Barring some new scandal about Mrs. Clinton's honesty, her clandestine ties to Middle Eastern donors or a new batch of leaked emails, it is very likely she will win on Nov. 8.

Some Christians would like to crucify me for saying that. But even Fox News reported this week that Trump is losing—and some Fox pundits are already throwing in their chips and working on plans for a Republican victory in the 2020 race.

Here's my concern: How is the evangelical church going to respond if Mrs. Clinton wins? Hopefully we will allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, rather than our outrage. I would recommend the following:

1. Make a commitment to pray for your president. Many evangelicals who opposed President Obama's election refused to pray for him—ignoring our scriptural mandate to pray for "all who are in authority" (1 Tim. 2:2). I know white Christians who hate Obama, and that has grieved the Holy Spirit and fueled hostility between the White House and the Christian community. Just because you don't agree with a leader's policies doesn't excuse you from supporting him or her in prayer. If Mrs. Clinton wins, I intend to pray for her daily.

2. Don't demonize people who didn't vote your way. Hopefully voters will remain peaceful if Mr. Trump loses. The last thing America needs is more riots. But I know Christians who display a lawless spirit in their comments on social media. Some have even made threats to people who questioned Trump on issues—as if God expects all Christians to march behind Trump in lockstep with no questions asked. We live in a democracy, and every believer has the freedom to vote according to his or her own conscience. We all need to take a chill pill and calm down. Some people need to take a break from Facebook if they can't control their rage.

3. Stand for religious freedom. Many Christians are legitimately concerned about whether liberal politicians will begin taking our rights away. I'll be the first to say I don't trust the people Mrs. Clinton has around her. Too many of her political cronies are linked to organizations like Planned Parenthood or to groups that want to weaken or abolish the influence of churches. An antichrist spirit is working overtime in Washington. That's why we must elect local and state leaders who will oppose this agenda.

4. Don't be a Chicken Little pessimist. The world will not end if Mrs. Clinton occupies the White House. She may become the president of the most powerful nation on Earth, but God is still on His throne. He is the One who said: "Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales" (Is. 40:15). Our God is sovereign, and He only allows people to be in power. He can remove any leader at any time if He wants to. You do not need to head for the hills or build a bunker full of survivalist supplies. View the world from God's big-picture perspective. And remember that the New Testament church thrived at a time when dictators ruled the Roman empire.

5. Work and pray for a spiritual awakening in this country. Ultimately, there is no president or political party that can solve America's problems. Neither Trump nor Clinton can do it. The only thing that will turn our nation around is a heaven-sent revival, and we are long overdue for another one. Intercessors have been filling up heaven's bowls of prayer for many years, and the next Great Awakening could happen during the next four years. I expect to see it soon.

If Mrs. Clinton wins the White House, I pray that her Methodist upbringing will cause her to call on Jesus Christ in the hour of our visitation. She, like all of us, needs His mercy. May God bless America. {eoa}

J. Lee Grady Featured Opinion Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400
Rick Santorum: 'We Have a Binary Choice'

Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. We have a binary choice. One or the other will be our next president. Let's be clear if you are a Republican or a conservative and you don't vote for Trump, you are helping Hillary Clinton become the next president, whether you vote for her or not.

I served in the House of Representatives and United States Senate during Bill Clinton's presidency. I saw the scandals, the lies and the corruption up close and personal. I saw Clinton's vetoes of commonsense bills like the ban on partial-birth abortions and welfare reform in large part because of pressure from Hillary and her allies in the administration!

But eight years of being the progressive force in the Clinton White House was not enough, Hillary would turn around and carpetbag her way into the Senate from New York. There she showed her true colors leading the charge on abortion, opposing sanctions on Iran's nuclear program and voting to raise taxes, bail out Wall Street and explode the size of government.

It's a true statement of how far the Democratic Party has lurched left when she has found detractors within her own base. Her record as a Senator, and more recently as Secretary of State, is one that should excite even the most hardened leftist. But this is exactly why every conservative should oppose her.

As a Secretary of State, from the Russian reset, which included canceling missile defense systems for our closest allies in Eastern Europe to advocating for intervention in Libya, she has been a disaster. Inexplicably she supported radical Islamists against our allies in Egypt in the Arab Spring and stood silent as the No. 1 sponsor of Islamic terror, Iran, crushed the best chance to topple our most dangerous enemy. Add to this the key role she played in the Syrian disaster we see playing out on the nightly news, the turning of our back on Israel, and tragically the disaster in Benghazi. With that foreign policy record, Hillary Clinton is the last person we should promote to commander in chief.

But what really pushed me over the edge was the death of my good friend Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia was the gold standard by which all conservative legal minds should be judged. He was a brilliant man, who combined wit and reason to not just make rulings but persuade his colleagues on the Court. Now our next president will appoint his successor.

Worse yet, a President Clinton would more than likely appoint two or three more Supreme Court justices. This would set in motion not just the next four to eight years of our nation's policy making and jurisprudence, but the next generation. No doubt she would pick 40- or 50-something-year-olds who see the Constitution as an annoyance to be discarded on the ash bin of history. Over the next 30 years, we will lose our republic and become another godless autocratic European socialist state devoid of religious liberty or value for founding principles men like Madison engrained in our Constitution. We will cease to be America.

Some conservatives have a problem with Donald Trump. Many of them have stood on purist principle to declare Never Trump. But by declaring Never Trump, they have declared they are sitting out this election at a time we all need to coalesce around the candidate that has not only vowed but has produced a list of outstanding nominees for the Supreme Court.

In the end the court is everything. I don't want to be to blame for the wreckage we all know would come through a Clinton Supreme Court. I want to look myself in the mirror knowing I did everything I could to stop it. And that is why this conservative will be voting for Donald J. Trump this November. {eoa}

Rick Santorum is a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

This article was originally published at Used with permission.

Rick Santorum/Former U.S. Senator Featured Opinions Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400
Hillary Clinton Doesn't Care About the Health and Well-Being of Women

Hillary Clinton is doubling down on her pro-abortion agenda as the presidential race continues. She openly defends the Democrat Party platform, which says "We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman's access to abortion." This stance is totally contrary to modern science and the will of the American people. More people than ever are looking to modern technology like the ultrasound and DNA research to prove that unborn children are unique people. The Democrats are on the side of the dinosaurs on this important issue of life. However, that will not stop Hillary Clinton from imposing her pro-abortion agenda on our nation if she is elected in November.

Conservatives cannot allow this terrible agenda into the White House. Laws that restrict abortion reflect the values that most Americans hold. One of the laws that Hillary wants to eliminate is the Hyde Amendment. This amendment severely restricts taxpayer funds from being used for abortions. The Hyde Amendment is a commonsense compromise that prevents people like you and me from being forced to pay for something we fundamentally oppose. The Hyde Amendment governs the use of $50 million of taxpayer funds every year. Clearly, it is a vital policy statement declaring that United States citizens have the right not to fund practices they consider to be morally wrong.

Many laws that Democrats claim "impede a woman's access to abortion" are actually meant to protect the woman's physical and emotional health. Some laws that limit abortion require abortion facilities to be sanitary and safe. Other laws that restrict abortion require abortionists to be properly credentialed to perform the procedure. Unfortunately, Democrats like Hillary Clinton do not care about the health and well-being of women. They're only concerned with advancing their liberal political agenda. Voters need to keep that in mind when they go to vote. Democrats who hold to the platform of their party cannot be trusted to protect the lives of the unborn. {eoa}

This article was originally published at Used with permission.

The Eagle Forum Featured Opinions Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400
'Change' and 'Laura': Trump Train Rolls Out 2 More TV Ads

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign released two new TV ads Wednesday in an escalating effort to reach out to voters in key battleground states ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.

In the first, titled "Change," a narrator reads the following statement:

Hillary Clinton won't change Washington.

She's been there 30 years.

Taxes went up.

Terrorism spread.

Jobs vanished.

But special interests and Washington insiders thrived.

Donald Trump will turn Washington upside down: day one.

Real change that puts Americans first.

A vote for Hillary is a vote for more of the same.

A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for change that makes America great again.

Campaign spokesman Jason Miller said Hillary Clinton wants voters to believe that "behind the fog of scandal that shrouds her political career you find results, where in reality all you find is a trail of destruction that has damaged our economy and put American lives at risk." With each leaked email, he added, Americans discover another instance in which the former secretary of state has "shouted down the voices of the American people in order to enrich herself."

"Our country needs a change agent like Mr. Trump, who is drawing huge crowds across the country of Americans eager to have their voices heard, and to cast away the Washington, D.C., establishment and its longtime mouthpiece, Crooked Hillary Clinton," he said.

The second spot, titled "Laura," features Angel Mom Laura Wilkerson, whose son was brutally murdered by an illegal immigrant. Holding up a photo of her family, she makes the following pitch on behalf of the GOP nominee:

The man who murdered Joshua is an illegal alien and he should not have been here.

The killer hit him on the head with a closet rod so hard that it broke in four pieces, and then he took him to a field and he doused him with gasoline and set him on fire.

It was the hardest day of my life.

Hillary Clinton's border policy is going to allow people into the country just like the one that murdered my son.

Wilkerson's testimonial will air in the key battleground states of Florida, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, airing in the major markets of each state. Trump's national policy director, Stephen Miller, said mothers across the U.S. have lost children because the Obama administration "prioritizes special interests over the lives of Americans," and Clinton has "pledged to go even further."

"She supports Sanctuary Cities, amnesty in 100 days, and totally 'open borders,'" he said. "The ICE officers said the Clinton plan is 'the most radical immigration proposal in U.S. history.' A vote for Clinton is a vote to have thousands more American moms suffer the same fate as Laura."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400
Truth: America's Only Hope

Once upon a time, in America, there was Truth.

A bottom line. A common denominator. A measure without flaw. An absolute. A plumb line. Black and white. Eternal in weight. A light shinning in the dark. The perfect balance. Reality profoundly zenith above and beyond all opinion. Something to build upon. Something to trust without fear. More than an ideal.

Strong enough to bring down the mighty and exalt the lowly. Not subdued by the sands of time. Gentle enough to embrace a newborn, and yet stalwart enough to bare the sword for freedom. Strength in the heat of battle. Courage when others scatter. That which conforms to final Reality. That's what Truth is.

Many today mimic the words of Pilate: "What is Truth?" Jesus said: "I am the truth!"

Abraham Lincoln said, "Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."

I heard a report recently that said approximately 40 percent of the U.S. population may be suffering from some form of mental illness.

Anxiety is at the top of the list. People fear because of no absolutes in their lives. Removal of the Bible and prayer from our schools has abolished our moral compass. Psychological mind games have been perpetrated on our children.

"Right is no longer right. Wrong is no longer wrong!"

Everything is a blurred line, a "perhaps" or "maybe," but not absolute. We have a generation of people today who are more informed about sex, gays, drugs, iPhones, rock music and the internet than they are about history, math, government and commonsense living.

Jesus said: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free" (John 8:32).

People don't have to be tormented in their minds any longer. Jesus and His Word are the only true reality on Earth. Until we come to grips with this fact, solutions will be obscure or altogether fleeting. Much of the media is nothing but a culture of corruption.

So called "reporters" are masters of deception. Truth to them is a dangerous threat! In this day and time if you're truthful, "you're a fanatic, a bigot, a racist, a right-wing extremist and a major threat to society." The fact is, the mainstream media is one of the most dangerous culprits in the devil's arsenal! In deciding who you're going to vote for in this upcoming election, ask yourself: What is the "Truth" about some of the major issues we are facing as a nation?

Does God hate abortion? Yes! Did God institute marriage between a man and a woman? Yes! Did God instruct Israel to build a wall? Yes! Are Christians and Jews being murdered by terrorists in America? Yes! Is immorality being forced upon us? Yes!

God does not vote. We do. He gave us that responsibility!

Prayer is not enough! We must vote for the platform that represents God's truth! Under the old covenant, God appointed kings. Today He leaves the appointing of our leaders entirely up to us! Christ is the head and we are the body. He said the government is upon His shoulders! We are His shoulders! He needs us to occupy until He returns! America is imploding and the church is the only one who can save the nation. This is the most critical election of our life time! If we don't vote, we reassign our mandate from God to the enemies of this world. What would Jesus do? {eoa}

Dr. Milton Smith is a teacher/evangelist. He has ministered on prayer, healing, faith and numerous other subjects by radio, television and the printed page. He deeply loves God and country and believes that we each have an obligation to uphold the great freedoms that God has given us. Visit his new page,

Milton Smith Featured Opinions Caucus Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:04:05 -0400
Judicial Watch Says Hillary May Have Perjured Herself

Last week, Judicial Watch released Hillary Clinton's answers to 25 interrogatory questions in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. State Department related to her use of a private email server.

Among them, the former secretary of state was asked:

Identify all communications between you and Brian Pagliano concerning or relating to the management, preservation, deletion or destruction of any emails in your email account, including any instruction or direction to Mr. Pagliano about the management, preservation, deletion or destruction of emails in your account when transferring the email system to any alternate or replacement server. For each communication, identify the time, date, place, manner (e.g., in person, in writing, by telephone, or by electronic or other means), persons present or participating and content of the communication.

And her response was:

Secretary Clinton objects to Interrogatory No. 25 on the ground that it requests information that is outside the scope of permitted discovery for the reasons set forth in General Objection No. 5. Secretary Clinton further objects to Interrogatory No. 25 on the ground that the word "management" is vague. Secretary Clinton further objects to Interrogatory No. 25 insofar as it requests information related to alternate or replacement servers used after Secretary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State. Subject to and without waiving the foregoing objections, Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall having communications with Bryan Pagliano concerning or relating to the management, preservation, deletion or destruction of any emails in her email account.

It was one of 20 times Clinton stated she couldn't recall key facts surrounding her use of a private email server. And based on new State Department documents, which were released Wednesday afternoon, it was not true.

The emails, recovered by the FBI in its investigation of Clinton and her system, reveal direct communications between her and her top IT specialist, Bryan Pagliano. They mainly relate to management problems.

Several "Test" messages were sent between Pagliano, Clinton and her then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jon Davidson on Sept. 2, 2011. And on March 2012 Clinton writes to Pagliano, "Once again, I'm having [BlackBerry] trouble":

From: H

Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2012 8:45 AM

To: Justin Cooper, Bryan Pagliano [Cooper was a senior adviser to Bill Clinton]

Cc: Oscar Floras [manager of Clinton's New York home]

Subject: Help!

Once again, I'm having BB trouble. I am not receiving emails although people are getting ones I send but I get their replies on my IP. I've taken out the battery and done what I know to do but with no luck yet any ideas?


From: H

Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2012 8:54 AM

To: Justin Cooper

Cc: Bryan M. Pagliano, Oscar Flores

Subject: Re: Help!

Thanks, Justin. How does that happen.  do I need to do anything?


From: Bryan Pagliano

Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2012 10:32 AM

To: H

Cc: Justin Cooper, Oscar Flores

Subject: Re: Help!

Let me take a look at the server to see if it offers any insight. iPhone is not much different from iPad, however in both cases the security landscape is different from the blackberry.



From: H

Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2012 11:44 AM

To: Justin Cooper

Cc: Bryan M. Pagliano, Oscar Flores

Subject: Re:

Thanks again. I'm back in business.

Judicial Watch deposed Bryan Pagliano in June, as which time he invoked his Fifth Amendment-protected right against self-incrimination. He did so more than 125 times, including:

Q. During your tenure at the State Department, did you communicate with Secretary Clinton by email?

A. On the advice of counsel, I will decline to answer your question in reliance on my rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said these new emails "leave little doubt" Clinton was "less than forthright." He said she misled the public with her statement under oath that she couldn't recall communicating with Bryan Pagliano about her email system.

"No wonder Clinton and her agents deleted these emails time and time again," he said. "And these smoking gun emails would never have seen the light of day but for Judicial Watch's federal lawsuits."

Bob Eschliman Featured Press Releases Caucus Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:30:00 -0400
WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton 'Doesn't Seem to Know What Planet We're All Living In'

During a speech in September 2015, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton—then still campaigning for her party's nomination—told an audience in Ohio she embraced the "moderate" label that was handed out by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supporters.

"You know, I get accused of being kind of moderate and center," she told a Women for Hillary crowd in Columbus, Ohio. "I plead guilty. I think sometimes it's important when you are in the elected arena—you try to figure out, how do you bring people together to get something done instead of just standing on the opposite sides yelling at each other."

Just a few weeks earlier, in New Hampshire, she said something entirely different:

"I take a backseat to no one. When you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values."

But the comments in Columbus caught the attention of Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, the political action committee started by Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta. She let her boss know what she thought in an email that was released Wednesday by WikiLeaks.

"Why did she call herself a moderate?" Tanden asked.

"I pushed her on this on Sunday night," Podesta replied. "She claims she didn't remember saying it. Not sure I believe her. We were speculating, that it may be a Don Baer intervention."

Don Baer is the head of Burson-Marsteller, a public relations firm, and a former communications director and speechwriter for President Bill Clinton.

"I mean it makes my life more difficult after telling every reporter I know she's actually progressive but that is really the smallest of issues," Tanden replied. "It worries me more that she doesn't seem to know what planet we are all living in at the moment."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0400
Iraqi Forces Liberate Christian City From Radical Islam

Behnam Abboush won't feel any safer if Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of their stronghold of Mosul. That's why he and 300 other Assyrian Christians in the paramilitary force under his command are taking matters into their own hands.

Abboush says some members of his community, one of Iraq's many religious and ethnic minorities, were abandoned to their fate when the jihadists swept through northern Iraq two years ago.

Now his fighters are determined to protect Christian towns and villages in the Mosul region without relying on anyone else, while Iraqi government troops and other forces launch their offensive to regain the city nearby.

Ancient minorities have always been an integral part of Iraq's complex social fabric. Their attitudes toward the government in Baghdad and their re-assimilation into society after the upheaval caused by Islamic State will test Iraqi leaders' pledges to deliver stability after the Mosul campaign.

The Shi'ite-led government has promised that the assault, which started in the early hours of Monday, will improve security and unite a nation that has been in turmoil since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

But Abboush's experiences illustrate why so many of the minorities - which range from the Christians and Yazidis to Turkmens and the Shabak people - have so little faith in the regional and central governments.

He recalls the night of Aug. 6, 2014, about two months after the fall of Mosul, when he said Kurdish forces stationed in the Christian town of Karakosh suddenly announced they were fleeing.

UPDATE: Christians celebrate as Iraq forces enter town near Mosul

Many of the Karakosh's 55,000 people managed to escape before the militants arrived a few hours later, but Abboush said the abrupt departure of the peshmerga troops controlled by the Kurdish regional government showed how communities have to defend themselves.

"They said to us 'we will protect you'. At half past ten in the evening they said 'we will go'. It was very difficult, especially for the women and children," Abboush, an engineer and former air defense officer under Saddam Hussein, said at his training base in the town of Alqosh, 50 km (30 miles) from Mosul.

He is now the general of an Assyrian force that he says received only half the amount of weapons it needs from authorities and relies heavily on donations from Iraqi Christians living abroad.

"If there was a strong central government we would need nothing. If you want to solve the problem, we must have a protection force," Abboush, an intense, white-haired man, said shortly before joining his officers for a lunch of eggplant, stew and rice.

Abboush prepares his men at an obstacle course on a tiny mountain training ground, only about 13 km from Islamic State fighters. Their mission is to reassure local people it is safe to return to their homes in areas cleared of the militants.


Others say the drive for Mosul will benefit Iraqis of all communities. "The whole idea of this offensive is to get people back to their homes safely, not to abandon them – Christians, Shi'ites and Sunnis, everyone," said Hoshiyar Zebari, a top Kurdish official.

Khisro Goran, a Kurdish member of Iraq's parliament, said lightly-armed peshmerga forces withdrew from Karakosh in 2014 because they were unprepared for the Islamic State onslaught. However, he sympathized with Abboush's views.

"I agree that minorities from Yazidis, Christians or Shabak should have their own local police to protect their societies and this is the ideal way to resolve a trust issue," he said.

In Baghdad, a military spokesman rebuffed Abboush's complaints over a lack of support from the central government, saying the budget cannot be changed continuously to accommodate the rising or dwindling numbers of each force lined up to fight Islamic State - known by its opponents in Arabic as Daesh.

"The government is keen on providing support to all those who are fighting Daesh", he said.  

Iraq's Sunni Muslims, the biggest minority, dominated the country until the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Now Shi'ites are in control, with politicians from the majority community running the government, its militias ruling many streets.

Longing to Be Accepted

Abboush's sentiments are echoed at a church in central Erbil, capital of the Kurdish region which has become increasingly autonomous since Saddam's demise.

At evening mass, Father Salim Saka told his packed congregation to work with all communities in Iraq. In private, he conceded those wishes may be unrealistic.

"For two years the government has been saying they will liberate Mosul. It's just talk. There can be no harmony. We are not accepted," he said. "We feel left out."

Outside the church, beside the candle box, Evaan Khalas, 24, was also skeptical. As a Christian, he fought alongside the peshmerga for five years against Al Qaeda, but is no longer among the Kurdish ranks.

"Now they don't accept me. I wanted to fight with them against Daesh," he said. "As long as there is Islam we can't live here."

Some of the worshipers are Christians who fled to Erbil from villages, towns and cities under Islamic State. One such, Sobhi Abu Fadel, recalled his family's close escape from Mosul when only about 800 militants seized the city as the army collapsed.

Standing beside a statue of the Virgin Mary as church guards checked bags for explosives, he pulled up a photograph of his mother on his smart phone. She died aged 90 because of the heat in the car as they fled Islamic State, which tells Christians to convert or die.

"We had neighborhood watches but not enough ammunition," he said.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled Mosul and other cities in recent years in the face of intimidation, death threats and violence.

The Yazidis have suffered particular cruelty at the hands of Islamic State, which regards them as devil worshipers. Hundreds of Yazidis were killed by the jihadists in 2014 while thousands fled to camps in the Kurdish region. Many women who could not escape were raped or turned into sex slaves.

These ordeals have led some Yazidis to the conclusion that they too can depend only on themselves.

For example, one Yazidi militia - the YBS or Sinjar Resistance Units - is also only partially backed by the state even though it is part of the government-funded Popular Mobilisation Forces, according to its commander Saeed Hassan.

The fighters are 2,700 strong, yet only 1,000 are getting salaries from Baghdad, he said.

"An overwhelming majority of the Yazidis want a self-rule administration under international protection. We have no trust in the provincial administration," said Haji Hassan, a civilian member of the YBS administration. "They have been treating us badly even since before Daesh took over."

At a ramshackle camp near a five-star hotel in central Erbil frequented by Western executives, other Yazidis said they rely on the generosity of local tribes for supplies such as rice and sugar.

Tables under a tent serve as a classroom for children twice a week. Young boys use dirty rags from a plastic water bucket to wipe the floor. Posters of sports like archery and horse racing remind them of the limitations of life in their barren camp.

Ali Khalaf, a camp resident who has occasional work as a laborer, contemplated the future. "Yazidis are alone. Even if Islamic State is driven out of Mosul, we want an international force to protect us from genocide," he said. {eoa}

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Babak Dehghanpisheh and Michael Georgy/Reuters Featured World News Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0400
It's Official: UNESCO Denies Jewish Ties to Temple Mount

The UNESCO Executive Board's announcement that it would re-examine the resolution passed last week severing Jewish ties to the Temple Mount didn't amount to much. The board passed the resolution Tuesday.

The brief decision to re-evaluate the resolution in part reflected Mexico's announcement to abstain rather than support the resolution.

In last week's vote, six nations opposed the resolution, 26 abstained, and 24 voted in favor, including Mexico.

On Thursday, then Mexican U.N. Ambassador Andres Roemer walked out during the vote in Paris. Roemer, who is Jewish, apparently could not support a resolution denying Jewish ties to the Temple Mount.

Meanwhile on Sunday, outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki-moon criticized the vote, reaffirming the importance of the Old City to the "three monotheistic religions."

"The Al Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif, the sacred shrine of Muslims, is also the Har HaBayit—or Temple Mount—whose Western Wall is the holiest place in Judaism, a few steps away from the Saint Sepulcher church and the Mount of Olives, which is revered by Christians," Ban said in a statement.

In Israel, Education Minister Naftali Bennett suspended collaboration with UNESCO, warning that "severing Jerusalem from Israel" will ultimately harm the West.

"The Western world should stand against UNESCO and against rewarding terrorism," he said. "Just like you oppose Islamic terrorism in Aleppo and Tadmor, you must unite against diplomatic terror in Jerusalem. The next terrorist will be bolstered by this resolution. Severing Jerusalem from Israel will prompt a domino [effect] that will ultimately harm the Western world as a whole."

In a phone conversation on Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told incoming U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres the decision "underscores the absurdity of the one-sided, biased approach the U.N. has to the only democracy in a turbulent, volatile sphere where millions of people are slaughtered and uprooted," Israel Hayom reported.

Even UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova criticized the resolution.

"In this microcosm of humanity's spiritual diversity, different peoples worship the same places, sometimes under different names," Bokova said in a statement Thursday.

The Palestinian Authority accused Bokova of caving into Israeli pressure. Earlier this year, acting P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas said Israeli Jews should not be allowed to "defile" the site with their "filthy feet." {eoa}

Reprinted with permission from Copyright The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., All rights reserved.

Tzippe Barrow/CBN Featured World News Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400
Defense Experts Give Donald Trump a Big Thumbs Up

Wednesday, just hours before he was set to take the stage against Hillary Clinton in the third and final presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump got a boost from a group of defense, national security and foreign policy experts.

The group includes many of the country's most experienced and renowned defense experts, including current and former congressional leaders, distinguished military leaders, and former senior executive branch appointees. Combined, they have accumulated hundreds of years of experience defending the U.S. and its national security interests.

They wrote the following letter of support for Trump:

As individuals who have served our country in Congress, the executive branch, or in uniform, we write to support strongly Donald Trump's recently released plan to rebuild our military.

Over the last eight years, the U.S. military has been faced with reckless cuts by the Obama administration and the dangers incurred by defense sequestration. Concurrently, the world has grown increasingly dangerous and unstable, from ISIS attacks around the world to Russian intervention in Eastern Europe to Chinese adventurism in the South China Sea. Cutting commissary benefits by 30 percent and restricting cost of living raises to 1.6 percent send a telling message to our warriors, many of whom spent 50 percent of their careers in combat zones.

Our military requires a serious and substantial investment to overcome the neglect of recent years and rebuild to meet tomorrow's challenges and threats. The bipartisan National Defense Panel has stipulated that $611 billion was the minimum defense spending required to meet the national security requirements of our country. We are confident Mr. Trump is committed to removing the sequester limit on Defense spending and to increasing the level of investment in defense so our war fighters are properly trained, equipped and ready to face ever-more-complex threats with dominant military strength.

We believe that Mr. Trump, in consultation with us and distinguished experts in the national security community, will work with active military leadership and Congress to establish and implement a serious and comprehensive long-term plan to rebuild our services. Our military force structure must be based on sound operational plans driven by a thorough and unvarnished threat assessment. Looking to the future, it is not unrealistic to set a target force structure, which would include a 350 ship Navy, an Army with an end strength of 540,000, an Air Force of at least 1,200 active fighter aircraft, and a Marine Corps of 36 battalions. Such growth phased within budget reality represents the kind of targeted investment our services need today and is grounded in the kind of serious and sober strategic thinking our country needs in these perilous times by a peace through strength policy. Mr. Trump's intention to reform the Defense Department, including a full audit and focused acquisition reform, is much needed and long overdue. His commitment to a comprehensive ballistic missile defense is indispensable in a world of rogue actors and missile proliferation. And we appreciate his understanding of the cyber threat and the steps we must take to defeat it.

The men and women of our nation's military have served gallantly over the last 15 years, and we as a country owe them a debt that can never fully be repaid. We must now provide them every resource necessary to execute their missions and come home safely. We believe that Donald Trump is a better choice than Hillary Clinton to move our military in the right direction as president of the United States."

Bob Eschliman Featured Elections Caucus Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0400