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Cruz: Justice Kennedy compares own ruling to Nazi Germany

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

In a recent town hall meeting where citizens had the opportunity to pose questions to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, he basically compared the judiciary in modern America with that of Nazi Germany.

Kennedy, the swing vote in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June to create “same-sex marriage,” was asked about Kentucky county Clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for nearly a week by U.S. District Judge David Bunning after the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling when she refused Bunning’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couple in violation of her faith.

At the meeting, a young man took the microphone and asked the following of Kennedy:

You claim new insights into the nature of marriage require states to issue marriage licenses in accord with this alternative version of marriage. And I can understand a similar case, probably more attractive to those of us who think that rational norms guide the exercise of sexual autonomy like they do economic autonomy, that would be that new insights into the nature of human life require states to take steps to stop abortions.

My question would be, in either of these cases, would you say that there are any state or federal officials with authority to act according to her own judgment of the truth of new insights or of the soundness of the court’s constitutional interpretation, or would it be illegal for any federal official or state official to act according to the old understanding of life and the Constitution that she still judges to be the truth of the matter?

Justice Kennedy replied:

If I could rephrase it in a fair way, what is the duty of a public official if he or she cannot in good conscience, and consistent with their own personal and religious beliefs, enforce a law they think is morally corrupt?

How many judges do you think resigned in the Third Reich? Three. Great respect, it seems to me, has to be given to people who resign rather than do something they think is morally wrong, in order to make a point. However, the rule of law is that, as a public official and performing your legal duties, you are bound to enforce the law. It’s difficult sometimes to see whether or not what you’re doing is transgressing your own personal philosophies – this requires considerable introspection. It’s a fair question that officials can and should ask themselves. But certainly in an offhand comment, it would be difficult for me to say that people are free to ignore a decision of the Supreme Court. Lincoln went through this in the Dred Scott case. These are difficult moral questions.

On his Facebook page, Ted Cruz posted the video and made the following observation:

When a Supreme Court justice compares his own lawless rulings to the draconian oppression of the Nazis – and says that Christians should resign from public office if they will not surrender to his imperious decrees – that really says it all. Those are his words, not mine. Justice Kennedy is holding up the Nazis as exemplars for the current Supreme Court.

I, for one, would rather stand with heroes like Bonhoeffer, than the tyrants who inflicted unspeakable evil. And the persecution of Christians – in Iran, China, or America – is simply wrong.

As WND reported, Justice Kennedy would resign if he followed his own instructions to others, according to Liberty Counsel, the national religious-rights law firm representing Davis.

In a prepared statement, Liberty Counsel said the message was clear: “Government officials who disagree with him and his four other colleagues regarding their newly invented and groundless marriage opinion ought to resign.”

However, the real question, the organization said, should be, “What is the law and what happens when justices violate their oath to interpret the Constitution?”

A WND request for comment from Kennedy did not generate a response.

Mat Staver, the chairman of Liberty Counsel, said unjust laws “should be resisted.”

“Religious freedom and conscience should be protected. Justices or judges who disregard the Constitution and impose their own will should resign,” he said.

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Checklist: Progressives on schedule with goals

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Remove prayer from schools? Check.

Forbid Christmas and Easter events in schools? Check.

Gun registration and eventual confiscation? Pending.

Free speech fades to where the media only tell the government’s side? Too close to “check” for comfort.

Pastors fearful of addressing serious moral and political issues because of government intimidation? See answer immediately above.

These were the circumstances that developed in Nazi Germany in the mid-to-late 1930s.

According to pastor Carl Gallups, they also are looming like a storm cloud across America.

“This is what Americans are beginning to see,” Gallups said in a recent appearance on CTN’s “It’s Time with Herman & Sharron.” “We see these similarities. We know that we don’t live under government decree to persecute us like other Christians do, but we see the progression, or digression.”

Christian believers, who are increasingly under assault in today’s world, said Gallups, need to prepare for the worst.

Gallups, an author, talk-radio host and former law enforcement officer, lays out several ideas on how to prepare in his latest book, “Be Thou Prepared.”

However, the pastor wants people to know it’s not just some crazy prepper guide.

“I’m not some wild-eyed prepper dressed in camouflage, eating grubs, hiding under a log in the woods,” Gallups said.

Rather, he said, he drew on his 40 years of experience in ministry and law enforcement, where he had to regularly deal with tragedy and trauma in other people’s lives. Many people have asked him what to prepare for and how to prepare, so he put it all into a book.

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Some people live in areas where they need to always be prepared for a hurricane or tornado, Gallups said. But now there are dangers unrelated to the weather that are confronting Americans all over.

For example, he cited a porous southern border and FBI confirmation that there are ISIS cells in all 50 states.

One particularly troubling scenario, according to the pastor, is an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, used as a weapon of mass destruction.

A nuclear weapon that harnesses the power of a high-energy EMP could be detonated in the sky above a country and shut down all electronic equipment on the ground below. That includes cars, computers, phones, radios and television – essentially the whole power grid.

Such an emergency, Gallups noted, would create a massive panic and cause ordinary Americans to do things they might not otherwise do.

He said: “Your sweet little next-door neighbor can turn into a killer if, all of a sudden, they don’t have food and water, all of a sudden if they think, ‘I’m going to die.'”

Therefore, it’s good to be prepared not just for yourself, but for others around you, too. Gallups explained to hosts Herman and Sharron Bailey that being prepared is not a selfish act.

“The reason I tell people to be prepared, guys, is not so that we can horde up something and go hide,” he said. “If we’re taken care of, if our families are taken care of … when disaster strikes, guess what? You’re then free to minister to the world around you in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Gallups and Herman Bailey both pointed out many Americans assume no major disaster will ever strike their country. But that is selfish thinking, according to Gallups, because it ignores the major disasters currently inflicting the rest of the world, particularly Christians in other lands.

In fact, considering the rampant persecution of Christians in North Korea, China and the Middle East, Gallups believes the world is already in a period of tribulation.

“I’m not saying that the Great Tribulation that will last seven years has necessarily begun, but I am saying we are in tribulation,” he said. “This world is in desperate tribulation.”

Americans may not realize that fact, Gallups acknowledged, because they are still able to live mostly comfortable lives. But Americans should not let their First World comfort blind them to the troubles around the world.

“I tell people just because Starbucks is open and an NFL game was on television last night doesn’t mean all is right with the world, and America needs to wake up,” Gallups declared.

The pastor said Christians often refuse to prepare, telling him they will simply rely on faith to get through any disasters that come. Gallups replies it’s important to have faith, but the Scriptures also tell believers to prepare. Besides, preparation is an essential part of everyday life.

“Do you have insurance?” Gallups said he asks people who won’t prepare. “Do you have a spare tire in your trunk? Do you buckle your kids in before you take off on a trip? Do you brush your teeth? Do you have an alarm system? Do you lock your doors?

“What are you doing? Our whole life is a life of preparation. Preparation for what? For the possibility of something going wrong.”

Some Christians, in addition to failing to prepare, don’t want to get involved in the world around them. Gallups said that, too, is a huge mistake.

“That’s a cancer; that’s a blight upon the churches,” Gallups admonished. “Pastors say it, Christians say it, and I say to them, you must be. You’ve got to stay engaged.

“God called us, Jesus said, ‘You’re the salt, you’re the light.’ Well, guess what? To sprinkle salt, you’re getting involved. To shine the light, you’re getting involved. I tell my congregation all the time: The darker it gets, turn your light up. Stay engaged. Never grow weary of doing good. We have been raised up for such a time as this.”

 

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Nation gone progressive? Don’t count on it, author says

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By Paul Bremmer

For Americans who oppose “same-sex marriage,” it can be hard to look at the future with much optimism. After all, the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and two years later ruled same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

What’s more, same-sex marriage is more popular in the younger generation, with Pew Research Center finding 70 percent of millennials support same-sex marriage, including 58 percent of millennial Republicans.

But Michael Brown, an author, talk-radio host and president of FIRE School of Ministry, says traditional marriage advocates should not lose hope, because America has been in similar situations before.

In April 1966, the cover of Time magazine asked: “Is God Dead?” It was in the midst of the counterculture revolution of the 1960s, when many young Americans rebelled against the traditional values of their parents.

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But only five years later, in June 1971, another Time cover teased a story on “The Jesus Revolution.” A spiritual movement had risen up among the rebellious young generation, with many of the hippies and druggies becoming born-again Christians.

Brown, who was one of those young born-again Christians, believes it shows the power of God to effect societal change.

“Factor in the God factor: God can turn the tide overnight in America,” he said.

If God could raise a spiritual revival out of a group of secular, rebellious young people, asks Brown, then why can’t He turn the tide against “gay marriage”? Brown urges Americans to never count God out. The seventh principle in his new book,  “Outlasting the Gay Revolution,” is “Factor in the God factor.”

The “God factor” in America was at work long before the 1960s, noted Brown. In the 1790s, when the U.S. was in its infancy, Christianity appeared to be dying in the nation. Only 5 to 10 percent of the adult population were church members. Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Episcopalians and Congregationalists were all struggling to attract new members and retain existing ones.

“Did you know after the Revolutionary War in the late 1700s that things were absolutely miserable on some of our campuses in America?” Brown, a WND columnist, asked. “Campuses that were founded as Christian campuses had a couple hundred students, and they could not find a single professing Christian among them.

“Another campus, the handful of Christian students would meet in secret and keep their meetings in code, because they didn’t want anyone to know about it.

“What happened? Awakening came.”

Indeed, the Second Great Awakening surfaced in the early 1800s, and hundreds of thousands of Americans turned back to Jesus. Churches in the East filled up again, and many new congregations were formed in the western part of the country as well.

However, by the mid-1850s, “immorality, violent crime, spiritualism, corruption and atheism were on the rise” once again, according to Brown. American churches were becoming more internalized. Then in 1857, a large prayer movement began in New York City and spread around the country. This revival, sometimes called the Third Great Awakening, resulted in a more compassionate society focused on curing social ills.

Brown noted the revival brought with it a massive cultural change: The United States abolished slavery only a few years after it began.

He believes a similar religious revival could change the culture by bringing traditional marriage back into favor. He pointed out just how quickly gay marriage has become accepted in America. As recently as 1990, fewer than a third of Americans condoned same-sex marriage.

In 1996, a Democrat president, Bill Clinton, signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, and then-Sen. Joe Biden voted for it. Even in 2008, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were still saying marriage was between a man and a woman.

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While attitudes changed quickly, Brown doesn’t believe gay marriage will be accepted forever just because the Supreme Court looks favorably on it now.

He noted that when the court ruled on Roe v. Wade in 1973, it hardly ended the abortion debate in favor of the pro-abortion side.

Instead, the pro-life movement rose up and still fights for the rights of unborn babies. And millennials are embracing the pro-life position, with polling data showing 59 percent of young Americans think abortion is morally wrong.

Brown also takes heart when he sees the Christian populations in Africa and Latin America soaring. It gives him hope that God has big things in store for America, too.

“We must factor in the God factor,” Brown emphasized. “This is not just a sociological issue. This is not just a political issue. This is not just a demographic issue. This is also a spiritual issue. If we God’s people will humble ourselves, turn away from sin in our own lives and begin to cry out, who knows what could happen next?”

 

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Ronald Reagan’s no-holds-barred … faith

Former President Ronald Reagan

Former President Ronald Reagan

The inspiring speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. are not new. Neither are the words of the Declaration of Independence, the Psalms of the Bible, the Magna Carta or the Gettysburg Address.

But they are worth recalling, now and then, anyway.

Such appear to be the words of President Ronald Reagan, in a viral video in which he states his faith in the Bible, and his belief that America should be following its instructions.

The video, posted online at YouTube, too, is embedded here. It’s been viewed millions of times, and counting.

It’s a tribute to the president who attended Bel Air Presbyterian church in California after he left the Oval Office, created by the church.

Those who uploaded commented, “Unfortunately the war against the evil of liberalism is still alive and well, and we fight it even at Bel Air Presbyterian.”

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Reagan said, “The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design and we abandon them at our peril.”

He continued, “My experience in this office I hold has only deepened the belief I’ve held for many years: within the covers of that single book are all the answers to all the problems that face us today if we’d only read and believe.”

He joked about people praying for him, confirming that he has felt the power of intercessionary prayer.

He noted that when a questioner “got a busy signal” while praying, it was “just me in there ahead of him.”

As president, he said, “I think I understand how Abraham Lincoln felt when he said, ‘I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to go.'”

He clarified the idea that the government must throw out and disaffiliate from any Christian act or statement:

“I realize it’s fashionable in some circles to believe that no one in government should encourage others to read the Bible. We’re told we’ll violate the constitutional separation of church and state established by the Founding Fathers in the First Amendment,” he said.

“The First Amendment was not written to protect people and their laws from religious values; it was written to protect those values from government tyranny.”

The real question Americans should ask, he said, is not whether “God is on our side,” but “Are we on His side?”

He often quoted Scripture, and said it is the hunger for “God’s good news” that gives Americans a way to triumph over hate.

This nation, he said, “was set apart in a very special way. Our forebears came not for gold, but mainly in search of God, and the freedom to worship in their own way.”

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IRS target: ‘Justice in their hands is a mockery’

 

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On Friday, the Justice Department announced it was closing its investigation of former IRS official Lois Lerner and would not be filing any charges, chalking up the scandal instead to mismanagement.

However, the head of one of the grassroots organizations that endured unwarranted scrutiny by the IRS says the decision is simply more proof of a “lawless administration” that is making a “mockery” of justice.

On Friday, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik, sent a letter for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and ranking Democrat John Conyers. It stated:

“Our investigation uncovered substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia, leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted then based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime.

“We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other in appropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution. We found no evidence that any official involved in the handling of tax-exempt applications or IRS leadership attempted to obstruct justice.

“Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the Department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges.”

True the Vote is one group that endured years of IRS harassment over its application for tax-exempt status. Its president, Catherine Englebrecht, is disgusted but not surprised by the Justice Department’s announcement.

“This is a lawless administration,” she said in an interview with WND and Radio America. “They write the rules and then play by those if they choose to follow. It is certainly not a surprise at all that they’ve chosen to try to wipe the slate clean of the IRS scandal, as they have so many other scandals. They don’t look to police themselves. They’re not interested in the better interests of their fellow countrymen. They’re interested in the survival of their party.”

According to Englebrecht, the refusal to prosecute is not only a slap in the face to her group and many others but to American justice at large.

“Justice in their hands is a mockery,” she said. “This is an arrogant and corrupt administration that holds no justice for the American people. It is my great hope and prayer that the American people will reassert themselves, through their vote, to take back the reins of this country.”

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with True the Vote President Catherine Englebrecht:

Englebrecht also blasted the logic expressed by Kadzik, saying not only were crimes committed, but there is a mountain of evidence proving it that Obama’s Justice Department ignored.

“I bet our organization alone submitted 500 documents or more that show clearly this was far more than ‘mismanagement,'” she said. “This was not only intentional targeting in an attempt to silence what they perceived to be a political threat, but, beyond that, there was collusion between the IRS and other branches of government. We have the documentation that proves it all.”

In the specific case of True the Vote, Englebrecht said there was obvious collusion between two critical figures in this scandal.

“The IRS was working closely with select Democrat congressmen, particularly in my instance Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who sought and received from Lois Lerner information, that when I requested it myself about me, came back redacted,” she said. “So I can’t get the information that Lois and Elijah shared, but somehow that’s all excusable.”

She said other documentation proves the Justice Department was in on the collusion as well.

“Absolutely. The Department of Justice, those are the attorneys that are defending the IRS in court. The thought that they would be the ones to head up an investigation makes a mockery of the process,” said Englebrecht, who argued that the obvious decision should have been to appoint a special counsel to investigate that case, but the Obama administration wanted no part of that.

“A special prosecutor should have been assigned to this at the outset, and there is only one reason why that didn’t occur,” she said. “They didn’t want the answers. If you don’t want the answers, you engineer the system to not ask the questions. That’s exactly what we’ve seen play out.”

Is this the end of the scandal? Englebrecht says no.

True the Vote is taking the IRS to court, but suffered an early setback when a federal judge ruled True the Vote did get approved as a tax-exempt organization, and getting to the bottom of the controversy would be impossible since Lerner’s emails had been destroyed. Since then, many emails have been recovered, and Englebrecht hopes that fact will reinvigorate her legal options.

“That gave us an avenue for appeal,” she said. “We are anxiously awaiting being heard by the court, hopefully in the first few months of 2016.”

Englebrecht said this entire ordeal has been miserable. She said the greatest lesson learned is that she was right to speak out as the IRS closed in because the more she spoke the less power the federal government had to intimidate her.

She said the administration may think it has covered its tracks, but she is confident the American people will have the last word.

“I think they are discounting too heavily that Americans will forget,” Englebrecht said. “I think Americans have had enough, and I think that’s going to be reflected next November.”

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‘Gays’ demand secular non-Irish St. Patrick’s parade

(Crisis Magazine) Twenty-five years ago, a small group of activists charged the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade with being a public gesture of pure homophobia. They built their case around the allegedly bigoted “Catholic character.” The trial was held before the judges of the left-leaning secular media.

A jury composed of the general public yawned, wondering why a 250-year-old civic and religious institution needed to become a battlefield in the culture wars. The activists found this lack of popular support impossible to fathom. Enraged, they determined to do more than just march up Fifth Avenue. They sought to humiliate their enemies, including the parade’s organizers, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Catholic Church herself.

Then the unexpected: the committee responsible for sponsoring and staging the parade stopped defending itself against the worst of the charges. The case has now moved to the penalty phase.

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Ben Affleck had Hillary’s private email address

(The Hill) A new email released on Friday by the State Department reveals that actor Ben Affleck had Hillary Clinton’s private email address while she was Secretary of State.

The “Good Will Hunting” and “Argo” star emailed the former secretary of State on April 16, 2012, about an initiative he was starting to provide security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Clinton acknowledged in a hearing last week that former U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, did not have her personal email address.

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