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Rand Paul: Obama Should Have Moved Us 'Beyond Race' But Race Relations Have 'Gotten Worse'

In an interview with West Virginia talk radio host Tom Roten yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul lamented that race relations seem to have “gotten worse” during Barack Obama’s presidency when “you would think we would have gotten beyond race, in a way” during his administration.

Roten, speaking of protests following police shootings of African American men in Oklahoma and North Carolina, told Paul that he thought “race relations have grown worse since we’ve twice elected a black U.S. president.”

“You know, I think we try to make everything about race and so we wind up with a lot of racial tension because of that,” the Kentucky Republican responded.

He added that there is “no question that African Americans have been on the receiving end of violence more than whites have” from police and that “the police have to do a better job at figuring out when they use deadly force.”

“It just seems like, though, that there’s a mindset that I don’t recall us having in this country eight years ago,” Roten said.

“It certainly hasn’t gotten better,” Paul responded. “You would think we would have gotten beyond race, in a way, and in many ways it seems to have gotten worse.”

‘Welcome To The War’ – Jim Garlow’s New Book On ‘Biblical Applicationalism’

One of the giveaways at the recent Values Voter Summit was a new book from Jim Garlow, a California pastor who mobilized churches to organize on behalf of California’s anti-marriage-equality Prop 8 in 2008 and says his daily one-minute radio commentaries are heard on 850 stations across the country.

After getting through Garlow’s “Well Versed: Biblical Answers to Today’s Tough Issues,” I was surprised that David Barton was not mentioned in the acknowledgments, because the book is a very Bartonesque argument that politicians should look to the Bible for policy guidance on everything from healthcare to the minimum wage to climate change.

“There is no major world issue about which the Word does not provide basic and transcendent truths,” Garlow writes. He complains that people understand that the Bible applies to their personal lives, but

…when we hear the word political, we shut our Bibles and recoil, as if God has no interest in government, in spite of the fact that it was God who first invented it (Isaiah 9:6). Christians—particularly pastors—seem to run from the political. The Evil One delights over this situation. But a Sovereign King refuses to yield any ground to the Evil One. He intends for us to do the same.

Garlow’s first chapter asks, “Why are we quiet?” Perhaps in a nod to Donald Trump, Garlow says the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which bans overt politicking by tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, including churches, “effectively silenced and muzzled all pastors.” Anyone who follows American politics can be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at the notion that conservative religious leaders have been “silenced” and “muzzled,” but it is an article of faith at Religious Right gatherings that America’s moral decline is the fault of overly timid preachers. Garlow does not like timid, and neither, he says, does Jesus, whom he describes as a “man’s man” and “no wimp.”

We are in a war: a war for truth, righteousness, and justice. The pages that follow are designed to equip you for success in those battles. Welcome to the war.

Garlow says what he’s calling for is “biblical applicationalism” and a return to the idea of a nation founded on biblical truth. He repeatedly says that he is not calling for theocracy, and says he’s not a dominionist. But among those whose quotes he uses to open chapters in his book is Christian Reconstructionist Gary DeMar. And one of three people he thanks as members of his “spectacular research and writing team” is Gary Cass, who Garlow calls “a pastor who ‘gets it,’ who has a staggering grasp of historical theology and its relevance to current culture.” Cass is a former director of the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ. Two years ago he generated controversy with a Charisma magazine column entitled “Why We Cannot Coexist,” in which he said that Muslims and Christians cannot co-exist and that “The only thing that is biblical and that 1400 years of history has shown to work is overwhelming Christian just war and overwhelming self-defense.” After the column generated a protest campaign with the hashtag #CancelTheCrusades, Charisma took down Cass’s call to “crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus name.”

Garlow does not call for a worldwide holy war, but he does complain, “Our societal and cultural desire to accept everyone has stopped us from acknowledging the evil clearly written into Islamic tenets.”

Garlow, like Donald Trump, disparages political correctness:

Not surprisingly, the promoters and users of PC tactics are those who typically hate biblical truth, traditional morality, sexual restraint, personal responsibility, the nuclear family, or any other concept based on transcendent, unchanging truth revealed by an almighty God for our society’s good.

Says Garlow, “Unfortunately, Christian religious tolerance has devolved into a secular monstrosity called multiculturalism.” Tolerance is a “weapon” to “destroy and discredit our values in the public square,” he writes.

Cultural progressives will not be satisfied with silence; they want a complete and unconditional surrender. That is the nature of spiritual warfare; there is no peaceful coexistence.

“Religious liberty is under attack from godless, sexual anarchists,” he declares. Garlow, of course, is stridently opposed to legal equality for LGBT people. “There is no God-given right to do wrong,” he writes. “Every sinful act is by definition a lawless one.” Garlow says it is “quite likely” that “there is no such thing” as sexual orientation and he seems to wish gay people would just slink back into the closet. “For years that chant was, what we do in our bedroom is our business,” he writes. “If that is the case, then they should keep their business in their bedrooms.”

Hate crimes laws are, in his view, “inherently unjust” and “are a form of legally justified revenge against someone whose actions violate some standard of political correctness.” And, he says, “Hate crimes inevitably lead to hate speech and ultimately thought crimes.”

Garlow also devotes plenty of space to arguments about the kinds of authority the Bible grants to government, ideas that are grounded in Christian Reconstructionism and have been embraced by much of the Religious Right. The term social justice “has taken a distinctly anti-scriptural meaning,” he says, and liberal churches “cherry-pick the Bible to advance a humanistic (Marxist) definition of economic justice.”

“The biggest problem is that it confuses social justice’s governmental confiscation of private property with authentic biblical justice, which it isn’t,” says Garlow. Some taxation is biblically acceptable, he says, in order to pay for things like national defense. But, he argues, “Nowhere in the Bible is the government authorized to take from the rich to give to the poor nor to redistribute wealth.” That kind of taxation, he says, is theft:

Any forced redistribution of the fruit of a man’s labor violates God’s command not to steal. Theft is still theft, even when it’s the government picking your pocket. Whether by a gun (a thief) or through a tax (by the IRS), the impact is still the same: you no longer have what you earned.

Food stamps are also unbiblical, he says. Not surprisingly, Garlow cites Star Parker, a favorite at Religious Right conferences for her attacks on welfare recipients as lazy freeloaders. Writes Garlow, “Show me a person who uses their welfare dollars to buy lottery tickets and play the casino slots, and you will see as much greed as an inner city slumlord.”

Because he argues that the Bible gives churches, not government, the responsibility to care for the poor, Garlow’s proposal for a “biblical tax code” includes a 3.33 percent tax that would be given to local houses of worship, replacing government welfare programs that he says are rife with abuse and corruption. He says by letting churches take care of people, his plan would be “assuring funds went to the genuinely needy, offering job hunting assistance, and, at the same time, proper prodding of the slothful and lazy.”

Social Security is also unbiblical, according to Garlow. “Biblically, entitlement programs and forced savings/retirement insurance programs like Social Security are never the role of the civil government,” he says. “With the Social Security Act of 1946, the government has stepped outside of its prescribed role and into areas it had no right to enter.”

Besides, “Where does it say in the Bible that we are supposed to retire at sixty-five, or at any age for that matter?” Garlow asks. He complains, “After a life of hard work, Americans now feel an entitlement to unproductivity.” But sooner or later Social Security will collapse and people will get back to “God’s design for society” by “having lots of godly, hardworking children” who will take care of their parents in old age.

Garlow also takes on climate change, writing that “at its core global warming is a battle between two worldviews in direct opposition: biblical truth and evolutionary untruths.” Garlow writes that “all the major global datasets reveal the earth hasn’t warmed since 1977” and “NASA scientists are now discovering record levels of ice in the Arctic.” Writes Garlow, “The reality is this: we’re all just fine. God remains in complete control of His creation.”

Just to do a little reality check on his claims, August 2016 was the 16th straight hottest month ever recorded globally. And while Antarctic wintertime ice hit record highs in 2012-2014 before returning to average levels in 2015, “both the Arctic wintertime maximum and its summer minimum extent have been in a sharp decline for the past decades,” according to NASA. “Studies show that globally, the decreases in Arctic ice far exceed the increases in Antarctic sea ice.”

On it goes, through 31 chapters. Our educational system “is consumed with anti-Christian bigotry.” Government should do away with no-fault divorce. Unions were legitimate at a time of deplorable and dangerous working conditions, but have “become as abusive as eighteenth century employers.” God wants workers and employers to negotiate without any third-party involvement from government or unions. In a break with the hard right, Garlow does call for immigration reform that offers those who have been in the country illegally a pathway to remaining in the country. 

Garlow also takes on the federal judiciary. He calls the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling “quite possibly the strongest attack on Christians and Christian values ever written by a sitting Justice in a majority opinion.” Justices, he says, are “knowingly lying about what the Constitution says and what its words mean and, as such, are in direct violation of Exodus 20:16,” which prohibits “false testimony.”

Garlow says there’s no quick fix to bad court rulings because Congress doesn’t have the courage to impeach justices. It will require “America to experience a spiritual renewal, or at least an adherence to biblical values such as integrity.” But he does call for state officials to nullify and defy federal court rulings on abortion and LGBT equality: “We need principled, constitutional, pro-life, and pro-family state legislators and governors to defy the Feds and enforce state laws.” And he calls for individual citizens to nullify “ungodly” and “unjust” laws, citing the Manhattan Declaration’s vow of civil disobedience and adding, “May we have the discernment and courage to do what is right and obey God rather than man.”

 

Tom DeLay: Obama Will 'Go Down As The Worst President That Has Ever Served This Nation'

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay appeared on Newsmax Prime yesterday, where he declared that President Obama will go down as the worst president in American history.

"I have said it and said it publicly and I've said it proudly," DeLay stated, "this president is a Marxist, he believes in globalization, he believes in world order, he is a socialist from the get-go and we're getting what we deserve because we made him president of the United States."

"His legacy is going to go down as the worst president that has ever served this nation," he continued. "And when we start finding out what is going on and what has been going on as the years go by, we're going to be disgusted even more. January can't come too fast for me, that's for sure."

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/21/16

  • Libby Nelson @ Vox: How Pepe the Frog went from harmless meme to the alt-right’s mascot for Donald Trump.
  • Travis Gettys @ Raw Story: Tomi Lahren: Terence Crutcher’s police killing is a ‘tragedy’ — but I’m the real victim.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/21/16

  • Bryan Fischer really is obsessed with homosexuality: "The sad truth is that homosexuality throughout history is almost boring in its monotonous deviance from God’s design for human sexuality. There is nothing new or exciting or edgy to see here, despite the effort to convince us that embracing homosexuality is something all the cool kids do."
  • The Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America have launched a 20-state "Values Bus Tour" to mobilize conservative Christians to vote, while The Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats is launching a 40-day election prayer effort.
  • Linda Harvey is outraged by a new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: "This fascist report defends those who cling to these unnatural, chosen practices as 'vulnerable' and in need of protection, and therefore, religious principle should not deny them the right to march into any forum, group, business, school, or church and make whatever demands they wish. Vulnerable? That would describe today’s faithful Christian Americans – not proud sodomites."
  • Shane Idleman says that trying to repeal marriage equality is not hateful because "times change but God's standards do not change. Although Christians love those in the LGBT community, no matter how many laws are passed in favor of sexual orientation, it will not change God's mind." 

Jim Bakker: Supporters Of The Constitution Are Mysteriously Dying

Yesterday, televangelist Jim Bakker told viewers that people “speaking up for our Constitution” are mysteriously dying and that more suspicious deaths will take place in the future.

“You want to know why the church has been shut up? Why no one is talking about what’s going on?” he asked. “We’re being monitored. Hi guys. We might as well wave to them. The Bible says I gotta love you so I’m gonna try. There’s monitoring groups—I won’t name them right now because I don’t want to get into a fight with them—they do nothing but monitor all speech, especially religious speech and anyone who is speaking out on the opposite side of what they believe, and they are studying every word we speak and anyone who is speaking for freedom, the old fashion, the Constitution, all that, they want us off the air.”

After cautioning viewers not to use certain “key words” on the phone, Bakker said that “if you see spokespeople and people who are speaking up for our Constitution and for the other side, you might say, than what’s popular today, just remember if you see them dying in car accidents, plane wrecks and all kinds of things, look into it a little deeper, a lot of that’s going around.”

Frank Amedia: God Has Called Trump To Tear Down Walls

Update: Charisma reports that Amedia no longer has a formal role in Trump’s campaign. We’ve updated this post to reflect that.

This morning, Donald Trump joined an event for pastors in Cleveland co-hosted by his former “liaison for Christian policy,” Frank Amedia. At the event, Amedia repeated his claim that Trump has been called by God to lead the nation, ironically insisting that Trump supporters “want to tear the walls down of division in the country” that are stopping their candidate.

Amedia asked the audience to join him in a “Jericho shout,” a reference to the biblical Battle of Jericho in which Joshua’s army collapses the city’s walls with a trumpet call and a shout.

“We want to tear the walls down of division in the country and the walls that have built themselves up to oppose a man that God has called to bring us to a new place,” Amedia said of Trump. “We are on a journey together. And it is a movement, even as Mr. Trump says, but this movement is also a Kingdom movement that we know God has released running parallel.”

“Lord, we ask you to release a spirit upon this nation to vote and to vote those principles of faith that we believe in so dearly,” he prayed, asking that God might let Trump’s “airplane sail on the wings of an angel.”

American Bridge captured the video:

At the same event, another pro-Trump pastor, Darrell Scott, warned that Trump is under “ concentrated satanic attack” and boxing promoter Don King declared that Trump will “lead us to the Promised Land.”

Don King: Donald Trump Will 'Lead Us To The Promised Land'

Boxing promoter Don King introduced Donald Trump today at the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors Leadership Conference in Cleveland, where he declared that Trump’s victory in the GOP primaries was God’s will and urged white women and people of color to rally behind the candidate “who will lead us to the Promised Land.”

“He’s here by the will of the people and of God,” King said.

He said that white women and people of color should back Trump because they have been disenfranchised throughout history: “Those are the left-outs. Donald Trump says no. We’re going back to inclusiveness; everybody counts. So that’s why when I see them try to ridiculize him or to try to ostracize and pervert—I want you to understand, every white woman should cast their vote for Donald Trump, not for Donald Trump the man but to knock out the system to help him to get their rights and be able to deal with it.”

He also said that black voters should support Trump because they “have nothing” and typically “give away” their vote “cavalierly” and “lackadaisically.”

King hailed Trump as a “doctor of humanness,” a “gladiator” and a David challenging Goliath. “America needs Donald Trump, we need Donald Trump, especially black people,” he said, before telling a story about black acceptance in white society in which he dropped the n-word.

Trump reportedly had asked King to speak at the Republican National Convention but the idea was quashed by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who cited King’s manslaughter conviction.

Gary Bauer: Donald Trump Might Be The Last Chance Conservative Christians Have To Save America

Gary Bauer of American Values was a guest on the "Point of View" radio program last week, where he repeated his analogy likening this election to Flight 93, the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11 after passengers fought back against the terrorists who had hijacked it.

This election is crucial, Bauer warned, because Donald Trump might just be the very last chance that conservatives ever have to elect a president who will promote their agenda.

"In some ways, America is like that plane," Bauer said. "We're careening out of control. We're on our way to crashing into something. We're abandoning Judeo-Christian values and traditions, government is becoming more and more powerful. If we get another four or eight years of left-wing judges on the courts, the First Amendment, our religious liberty rights, the Second Amendment rights, all these things will be up for grabs."

Like the passengers on Flight 93, Bauer said, Christians have to be willing to do everything they can to save the nation in this election because this might be the last chance they ever have.

"I can make a case that this may be the last election chance we have to actually win with somebody that is relatively close to our views on a variety of issues," he said. "The country could change so much in another four to eight years of these policies that we may not be able to elect another person on our side again to the presidency."

Darrell Scott: Trump Is Under 'Concentrated Satanic Attack'

Today, Donald Trump attended the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors Leadership Conference in Cleveland alongside his vice presidential running mate Mike Pence and campaign surrogates Ben Carson, Michael Cohen and Omarosa Manigault. The event was hosted by pro-Trump pastor Darrell Scott and co-hosted by Trump’s “liaison for Christian policy” Frank Amedia. Boxing promoter Don King introduced Trump at the gathering.

Scott, who hosted the event at his New Spirit Revival Center, told the audience that a “nationally known” preacher warned Trump before he launched his campaign “that if you choose to run for president, there’s going to be a concentrated Satanic attack against you.”

“He said there’s going to be a demon, principalities and powers, that are going to war against you on a level that you’ve never seen before and I’m watching it every day,” Scott said.

Later, Scott’s wife, Belinda Scott, prayed over Trump: “God we ask you right now that Your choice is this choice.”

“God, I ask that you would touch this man, Donald J. Trump,” she continued, “give him the anointing to lead this nation.”