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- The President worked with Congress to secure bipartisan legislation that will provide emergency relief to families and small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus.
- This unprecedented relief package totals more than $2 trillion.
- The CARES Act provides much needed economic relief for American families and businesses who are hurting through no fault of their own.
- This legislation will provide assistance to ...

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
1. What is the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act?
A: The FFCRA’s paid leave provisions are effective on April 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

2. As an employer, how do I know if my business is under the 500-employee threshold and therefore must provide paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave?
A: You have fewer than 500 employees if, at the time your employee’s leave is to be taken, you employ fewer than 500 full-time and part-time employees within the United States, which includes any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, or ...

“With all the unavoidable news right now about disease and epidemics,” Philip wrote here last Friday, “it’s an obvious temptation to look back to past eras to see how they coped with such things, culturally as well as medically.” Indeed, as I get more and more emails from my employer, our kids’ school, and our city about coronavirus/COVID-19, I’ve certainly been tempted to brush up on my limited knowledge of the history of disease. Like Philip, I’ve thought a lot about 1918, and the influenza pandemic that killed 50 million people around the world, including 675,000 in this country. But while he considered how the pandemic — coinciding with the last year of World War I — inspired apocalyptic themes in film and literature, I spent some time this weekend revisiting one of my favorite digital history projects ...

Three Texas churches that believe a local ordinance unjustly charges them excessive water fees have taken their case before a state appeals court.

Magnolia Bible Church, Magnolia’s First Baptist Church and Believers Fellowship had their complaint against the city of Magnolia heard before the Texas Third Court of Appeals in Austin on Wednesday.

First Liberty Institute, along with attorneys with the Baker Botts law firm, argued the case on behalf of the churches, stating that the city’s recent fee increase violated the “due process” rights of the congregations ...

The Texas Attorney General's office on Monday ordered all clinics that provide abortion to immediately stop providing the procedure in order to comply with the state's temporary suspension of surgeries that are not deemed "medically necessary," according to a statement from the office shared with CBS News. Texas is the latest state to halt abortion services amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the Attorney General's office, "any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother" must be suspended. Those in violation will face "penalties of up to $1,000 or 180 days of jail time" ...

Federal and state governments are making a massive gamble about a little-understood new virus. They may not only be betting our entire economy, but our nation’s future. Thus it’s imperative that they not make foolish choices.

We shouldn’t allow policy under a Republican president to be driven by a Democrat like Steve Mnuchin, whose overwhelming priority is reassuring Wall Street above all else. Voters don’t vote for Donald Trump to get Obama-Bush bailouts of Wall Street and welfare expansions.

The current gamble seems to be ...

“The First Amendment right of free speech and right to practice any faith, or no faith, are foundational American values that must extend to everyone…” – Member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus

Only a couple of weeks ago I was sitting calmly on the Sea of Galilee. It was my 25th tour of Israel. Though the sea was placidly calm, I took our group back to the wind and the waves of Mathew 14:22-33 where Peter is invited to walk on the water. I recalled how Jesus had waited on a nearby hill until his disciples had exhausted their strength in the midst of the of the storm. John 6:4-21 makes it clear Jesus had set up the entire situation with the storm to further develop their faith, just as he had done with Philip in the feeding of the five thousand ...

Pan·dem·ic /panˈdemik/ (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.

As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, though not every outbreak reaches pandemic level as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has.

Today’s visualization outlines some of history’s most deadly pandemics, from the Antonine Plague to the current COVID-19 event ...

Important questions often do not get asked until the answer is vital. With all of the uncertainty going on around us right now, it has never been more important to KNOW our constitutional rights and how to explain them to our fellow countrymen!

In this special video, Rick begins to dive deep into everything you need to know about quarantines and a whole lot more ...

Corona, the Constitution, and the Church. We are joined by Jeremy Dys (First Liberty Institute). Topics discussed include: The Current Coronavirus Conditions. Civil Government and the Church. The Church’s Response to Government. The Church’s Response to Others ...

While much of the news media is consumed with fear and panic, people of faith know that this is our time to cling to eternal hope. Scripture after Scripture tells us to not be afraid, that we were not given a spirit of fear, that Christ has overcome the world. In these days of uncertainty, we must share the good news of who God is with those around us, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are 10 pastors and Christian leaders across denominations who are celebrating faith over fear ...

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COMMENTARY: America, We've Been Warned
COMMENTARY: America, We've Been Warned

Have you ever heard the phrase, "Don't say you haven't been warned"? In a day where false alarms, exaggerated warnings and intentional scare tactics are used by a deceptive culture, it's sometimes difficult to separate true warnings from deceptive false alarms. So how do you know?

When God warns, it's real, and we'd better sit up and take notice. In the Bible, the word "woe" or warning is used nearly 100 times—98 to be exact. The Old Testament prophets used it. Christ used it many times Himself. The word occurs in the Book of Revelation in final judgment. In nearly every case where a woe is given, the warning of judgment is certain, and God's punishment imminent.

For example, Noah warned the people for 100 years of a coming flood. The people heard. They considered. They rejected. They died. God gives us warnings so that we might live.

Then in Isaiah Chapter 5, God's prophet pronounced six specific warnings of imminent judgment against identified national sins. These woes were sobering, the sins specific and God's judgment certain. The message was to Israel, but the application is for America.

The first woe identified the sin of materialism. After God blessed the nation with security, wealth, houses and productive land, the people turned their back on Him. The result? God withheld His blessings, removed His protection, allowed rebellion within and threats of attack from without. Does this sound anything like America today?

The second woe is found in Isaiah 5:11, identified the sin of hedonism. Consumed with an intoxicating addiction to alcohol, drugs, entertainment and partying, the nation willfully rejected God and the consequences of evil choices. Again, sound like America?

Thirdly, Isaiah 5:18 identifies the horrible practice of literally promoting sin and evil. Without regard for God or moral truth, the nation dreamed of evil, sinned without remorse and even belittled God by profaning His name and His truth.

Isaiah 5:20 tells of the fourth woe—the sin of moral relativism. Even more dangerous is when a nation redefines moral truth into moral evil. This is accomplished by discarding the Ten Commandments as dangerous, killing the unborn through abortion, redefining marriage between two men or two women, and much more. Have these redefinitions been made in America? Yes—all have!

The fifth woe outlined in Isaiah 5:21 is the sin of arrogance and corruption. God hates pride because it embodies the sin of satanic defiance against God. Through pride, mankind pronounces himself to be God, which results in the rejection of God and eternal life.

Lastly, Isaiah pronounced the sixth woe by identifying the sin of corrupted leadership that is fueled by dependence on alcohol and drug addictions. He warned: Woe unto the political and military leaders who through addiction become bribed and incapable of sound judgment.

What is the result of continually ignoring God's true warnings? Isaiah 5:24 says that God's love will be turned to anger, His blessings will turn to judgment, murder and death of the people will increase, enemy nations will threaten to attack—suddenly and overwhelmingly—and all trusted defenses will fail.

It happened to Israel. It will happen to America if we don't soon change our ways. It's past time to look to God, repent and beg His mercy.

The similarities of the six woes in Isaiah Chapter 5 and how they relate to America today are astounding. What will we do to heed God's warnings? Will we claim ignorance and say we were never warned?

While God is full of mercy, His justice will prevail. When God warns, we'd better listen because time eventually runs out. God has been warning America. America doesn't care. Do you?

(The Hon. Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today's pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily "Stand in the Gap Today" national radio program on more than 400 stations and Host of the "Stand in the Gap" national television program.)

California Law secretly changed to force cjurches to fund abortions?
California Law secretly changed to force cjurches to fund abortions?

California law secretly changed to force churches to fund abortions?
The Alliance Defending Freedom is accusing California of having secretly changed the meaning of a law under pressure from abortion advocates. As now stated, the law forces churches and churchgoers to fund abortions, according to Jeremiah Galus, Senior Counsel of ADF.

“It did so after being pressured by Planned Parenthood and some other abortion advocates who were upset that a couple of Catholic institutions like Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University had changed their healthcare plan to bring them in line with their religious belief about abortion,” he said.

Galus wrote in an article published on the website of Times of San Diego that the two above-mentioned Catholic institutions “announced they were removing elective abortion coverage from their employee healthcare plans to align with Catholic teaching on abortion and the sanctity of life.”

“Within days of news breaking that Catholic universities dared to be Catholic, a floodgate of emails, phone calls, and meetings opened between California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the National Health Law Program. By December of 2013, DMHC was working in tandem with the trio of abortion lobbyists to make sure Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara were stopped cold and no other religious organizations could jump ship,” he wrote.

Galus finds this “quite shocking.”

“The state would reinterpret this 40-year-old law basically in secret, without getting reviews and opinions of those that would be affected,” he said.

READ: Media gets it wrong on Missouri abortion reporting

Galus’s co-worker California Family Council President Jonathan Keller pointed out that the decision did not pass through the state legislature and get signed by the governor, but was made behind closed doors only through DMHC, an unelected regulatory agency.

Even worse, Galus said, DMHC made the coverage effective immediately. They sent letters to health insurers telling them that the plans they had been providing to churches and religious organizations without elective abortion coverage were illegal and that they needed to provide such coverage immediately.

They did this without notifying the churches who would negotiate the plan contracts with the insurers, Galus said. So since August 2014, California churches and religious organizations have been forced to cover elective abortions, because every plan that didn’t have that coverage before was made illegal by the state.

He said the state basically eliminated the market that had existed before.

“They made this change, knowing that would only affect churches and religious organizations. So they really went out of their way to force pro-life organizations to provide this sort of coverage. And it is kind of a new law to do that, and it violates the free-exercise clause in the Constitution because it is targeting the religious exercises and churches,” Galus said.

Keller said that they are trying to force churches and religious organizations to participate in the abortion business by making them pay for it, and every church, synagogue, and mosque in California is involved. The condition makes them either leave their employees without health insurance or use the contributions of believers to pay for abortion coverage that doesn’t conform to their beliefs.

Galus said the Knox-Keene Act only requires health insurance plans to cover medically necessary services and basic health care services, and the state is saying that all abortions—including elective ones—are medically necessary. He thinks it is changing the real meaning of the law.

Either way, Galus said, they cannot force churches to violate their faith by providing this sort of coverage, because the U.S. Constitution takes priority over any state law. Churches are free to operate according to their faith without the government’s interference, and the Constitution protects freedom of religious practices, he said.

Keller said their great concern is that this doesn’t just mean abortion must be covered if the life of the mother is at risk; it means every insurance plan has to cover abortion for any reason.

He hopes the court will listen to the argument from Alliance Defending Freedom. He also hopes the judges will recognize that the mandate of the law violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion, and the judges will overturn the attempt to force churches and other faith organizations to pay for abortion out of their members’ contributions.

CEASEFIRE WITH IRAN, HAMAS, AND ISLAMIC JIHAD = DECEPTION! Jeremiah 4:10
CEASEFIRE WITH IRAN, HAMAS, AND ISLAMIC JIHAD = DECEPTION! Jeremiah 4:10

Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Surely You have utterly deceived this
people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘You will have peace'; whereas a
sword touches the throat.”
Any of Israel’s current leaders who truly believe the cease fire
with Iran, and their surrogates Hamas and Islamic Jihad will
last, are utterly Deceived!
In ceasefire breach, rockets fired at Beersheba; IDF hits
Hamas targets in Gaza
https://www.timesofisrael.com/blamed-for-beersheba-rocket-firehamas-
says-israel-wont-choose-timing-of-ops/
Israel can not have any lasting cease fire with those who launch
thousands of rockets at Israeli cities and citizens whenever they
choose to do so. In 2005, Israel forcibly removed 10,000 Jewish
families from their land in Gaza, from their homes, businesses,
and way of life. Why?
Because the Prime Minister at the time didn’t want to go to
prison! The justice ministry was threatening to prosecute him,
so in order to avoid prison he agreed to their demands, and the
demands of the media and the far left, and accepted the flawed
concept of “Land for peace!”
Supposedly, all Israel had to do was to remove all 10,000 Jews
from Gaza, and magically there would be peace! So Ariel
Sharon removed the Jews from Gaza, and what was the result?
Over the following 14 years there has been no peace. What
followed were years of recurring wars with Hamas, and Islamic
Jihad where thousands upon thousands of rockets, missiles
and mortars have been sent into many areas of southern Israel;
and many terror tunnels were dug, all with one objective - to kill
Israeli citizens, and to destroy the nation of Israel.
So here we are today fourteen years later in 2019, and who is
in control of Gaza? Iran is in control, through their surrogates
Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Incredibly, this past week, life came to a complete standstill for
all of southern Israel and much of central Israel, as hundreds of
missiles were once again launched against Israeli cities and
citizens.
A million children and their parents spent days and nights
huddled in bomb shelters. School’s were closed, buses and
trains stopped running, businesses closed, and it was an
absolute nightmare for those living in the cities of southern
Israel.
What other government on earth would tolerate these same
events to take place over, and over, and over again, with no
resolution? Only Israel.
Why is there no resolution? Because of deception. Deception
leads to lack of faith in the God of Israel, which in turn has
produced lack of will power and espouses the concept that
Israel can only fight to tie, rather than to completely destroy
those who continually seek our destruction, to give them victory.
More practically, this result of lack of faith and will power led to
causing IDF soldiers who went into Gaza several years ago,
having to return, because Israel’s leaders lacked the faith and
will power to destroy our enemy, and to win. Sadly, our leaders
have no vision of winning, no faith that the God of Israel will
give them victory. If they will return to Him, believe in Him, and
believe in His covenant promises to them, they will surely have
victory!
Meanwhile Israel’s enemies make no bones about their
intentions - they declare, daily, their single objective is to wipe
Israel and all the Jews living in Israel off the face of the earth!
Today, after two elections Israel still has no government. The
ministry of Justice, the left leaning media, and those who
espouse all of the above, have succeeded in dividing Israel into
waring camps. Our leaders and political parties are so fractured,
so polarised, so self-centred, so deceived, so hungry for power,
and yes often so corrupt, they have forgotten to whom they are
accountable.
Israel is a nation set apart by God. A nation that was
resurrected from extinction by the prophetic hand, word, and
mercy of the God of Israel, after almost 2,000 years of
dispersion, destruction, persecution, and numerous attempts to
annihilate the nation of Israel including the Holocaust of the
20th Century.
Israel has become as it was during the days of the prophet
Jeremiah, when disaster was at her door. Historically, the
Persians are the nation of Iran. Two thousand five hundred plus
years ago, the Persians, led by King Nebuchadnezzar came
with his army, besieged and destroyed the city of Jerusalem,
the Temple, and took all Israel into captivity for 70 years.
These are the words of Jeremiah spoken to Israel’s leaders and
people at the time of King Nebuchadnezzar’s attack:
Jeremiah 4:22
“For My people are foolish,
They know Me not;
They are stupid children
And have no understanding.
They are shrewd to do evil,
But to do good they do not know.”
In an earlier verse, Jeremiah declared to Judah and Jerusalem:
1. You are DECEIVED!
2. You believed you will have peace, when there is a sword at
your throat!
Here, in the verses above,Jeremiah declares:
1. You people are foolish.
2. You do not know the God of Israel.
3. You are stupid children, with no understanding.
4. You are shrewd to do evil, but to do good, you do not know!
The words of the prophet Jeremiah apply to Israel today, just as
they did 2,500 plus years ago.
Israel’s leaders have mislead and deceived the people of Israel
into believing that through cease fires, they will have peace,
when the sword of Iran, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hizbollah in
Lebanon, and Syria is at their throat!
In America the leading candidates in the Democratic Party
running for President declare they intend to cut off funding to
Israel, in order to force her into dividing our land, dividing
Jerusalem, and to agree to the creation of another terrorist
Islamic State on the land promised by the God of Israel to the
Jewish people, as an everlasting possession. Meanwhile, the
EU, the United Nations, and the Islamic nations all seek the
same outcome.
Iran’s leaders declare weekly the time is coming soon when
they will “Wipe Israel off the map!”
Perhaps, the Lord God of Israel is allowing Israel to be
leaderless, to endure hundreds of rockets pounding their cities
and citizens, to be forced into bomb shelters for endless hours,
for one purpose - To Turn His People’s Hearts Back to Him, To
Call Upon His Name, and to Believe that He will be Faithful to
defend His Word, faithful to His Promises to be their God, and
faithful to Defeat their enemies! It’s time for Israel to look to and
call upon their God, and not look and trust in man!
God’s Promises to Israel!
Isaiah 41:10-13
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
“Behold, all those who are angered at you will be
shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you
will be as nothing and will perish. “You will seek those
who quarrel with you, but will not find them. Those
who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right
hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.”
Deuteronomy 7:9
“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the
faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness
to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep
His commandments.”
Please pray for Israel and the Jewish people. Please pray for us
as well.

Christian pastors, activists mocked in drag queen fundraiser for Planned Parenthood
Christian pastors, activists mocked in drag queen fundraiser for Planned Parenthood

A drag show fundraiser for Planned Parenthood featured an "auction" where pastors and Christian activists were mocked on stage in Spokane, Washington, on Oct. 30, 2019. | Screengrab/Facebook/Andrea Tate

Pastors and Christian activists known for protesting Planned Parenthood and Drag Queen Story Hour events were ridiculed and mocked at a fundraiser for the abortion giant.

An activist group organized on Facebook called Spokane United Against Religious Extremism & The Church at Planned Parenthood — in reference to a church that gathers weekly for worship outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Spokane, Washington, called The Church at Planned Parenthood — organized the Oct. 30 Halloween themed drag show fundraiser that included an auction featuring giant cardboard cutouts of area Christians known to protest Drag Queen Story Hour events.

The event also took aim at local pastors who are frequently seen praying outside Planned Parenthood abortion facilities, according to Anna Bohach, founder of 500 Mom Strong, a nonprofit organization comprised of mothers who are "say[ing] no to the misogyny of Drag Queen Story Hour and the transgender movement that is taking over our culture," the group's Facebook page states.

Searching the social media pages of the drag performers, Bohach said she saw photos and video footage taken at the event that featured an auction in which the Christian leaders were mocked as part of a "slave-style" auction.

To cheers and laughs from the crowd, the drag queens were subsequently followed by three dancers holding large photos and cutouts of three Christians who've been protesting Drag Queen Story Hour events in the community, including pastor Ken Peters, pastor Afshin Yaghtin, and Bohach herself.

"It echoed the uproarious laughter of audiences that laughed and mocked blacks and women in the minstrel shows of not that long ago," she noted in a blog post last week.

Other performers then held up the cutouts of six other local Christians, including those affiliated with The Church at Planned Parenthood, lined up on a stage resembling a slave auction, she said.

The Church at Planned Parenthood describes itself as "a worship service at the gates of Hell," a form of "non-confrontational spiritual warfare."

An Oct. 31 Facebook post by Spokane United Against Religious Extremism and The Church at Planned Parenthood noted that the cutouts and photos raised a total of $290.04, and included the individual amounts raised from mocking each pastor and Christian activist. The total raised was later increased to $1,865, all of which will be going to Planned Parenthood.

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Bohach told The Christian Post on Tuesday that she's not surprised by Planned Parenthood teaming up with drag queens against Christians who've been especially vocal against their antics.

"Christians are the biggest threat to their agendas. We are the only ones standing in their way and telling them: 'No, you will not abort babies; no, you will not exploit vulnerable women; and no, you will not expose our children to sexual deviancy and gender confusion,'" she said.

"Using effigies and a slave auction style fundraiser to raise money for an organization whose existence is based upon the extermination of black Americans is in very poor taste," Bohach said. "But again, not surprising given drag itself is rooted in the blackface minstrel shows of the last century."

Bohach stressed that a nefarious common thread exists tying drag queens and Planned Parenthood together.

"Both groups dehumanize, exploit, terrorize and commit violence against women. Abortion is violence against women and their babies, and drag is a misogynistic mockery of women," she said, referencing a video showing a drag queen in a New York gay bar dramatizing a woman aborting her baby and then cannibalizing it.

"This is a perfect example of the partnership between drag and the abortion giant. These people are evil. Their actions speak for themselves and Christians can't keep looking the other way forever."

Over 180 Judges
Over 180 Judges

Over 180 conservative judges installed by January as Trump remakes courts

November 7, 2019

The Trump administration is on track to reaching 180 successful federal judicial appointments by January, 2020. It will be one of the most successful reorganizations of the judiciary system as the Senate continues to confirm conservative judges across the nation.

Since his inauguration, Trump said he has successfully gotten 158 judges confirmed, including 112 District Court judges, 44 Court of Appeal judges, and two Supreme Court judges. Currently, dozens of judges are awaiting confirmation hearings and votes for district and court of appeal vacancies.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump announced another 10 judicial nominations, including one U.S. Court of Appeals nomination and six district court nominations.

During the event, Trump said they were on track to having more judges confirmed this year, expressing appreciation to Senate Republicans Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and other senators for the speed of the confirmation process.

“We are going to be I think just about number one by the time we finish, number one of any president any administration,” Trump said.

He reiterated that his nominees that are being appointed will “uphold the U.S. Constitution,” one of his campaign promises to reshape the federal judiciary.

“From the beginning of my campaign, I promise[d] to appoint judges who will adhere to the true and original meaning of our Constitution. This afternoon that promise was made and that promise was kept,” he said.
Ending Judicial Activism

He also vowed to put an end to judicial activism, saying that rulings made by judges who act on political ideology instead of within the confines of the law are impacting the country’s security, society, and economy.

“When judges write policy instead of applying the law, they impose sweeping changes on millions of Americans without the benefit of legislative debate, public rulemaking or the consent of the governed,” Trump said. “As a result, these highly political rulings inflict painful damage on our security, society, and economy, imposed on workable businesses, workers, families, and law enforcement.”

“I will do everything in my power to halt judicial activism and to ensure the law is upheld equally, fairly, and without political prejudice for all of our citizens,” he said.

The White House and his administration have accused unelected federal judges of issuing nationwide injunctions that block crucial executive actions in dispute, preventing application across the nation while the cases proceed through the court. This has allowed judges to indirectly function as lawmakers.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to fight back against the encroachment of the judicial branch, commenting last year that “too many judges believe it is their right, their duty, to act upon their sympathies and policy preferences.”

“In effect, activist advocates want judges who will do for them what they have been unable to achieve at the ballot box,” he said. “It is fundamentally undemocratic.”

Several of these injunctions have had a detrimental effect to Trump’s immigration agenda, which has seen some crucial immigration policies be put on hold.

“On perhaps no issue has these district court injunction has been more brazen and damaging than in the area of immigration,” Trump said. “In case after case, judges are prohibiting us from enforcing the plain letter of the law.”
Milestone in Federal Circuit Judge Appointments

The president is also nearing another critical milestone, reaching a quarter of the federal appellate court judge appointments, pending Senate confirmation of another batch of his nominees.

Out of the nation’s 179 appeals court judges, 44 are appointed by Trump, while several more are awaiting confirmation on Thursday.

Some of Trump’s nominees have faced delays in having their confirmations go through after Democrats fiercely opposed their nominations, including Lawrence VanDyke, who is nominated for the ninth circuit court. He was brought to tears during a Senate hearing last Wednesday while defending accusations made by the American Bar Association (ABA).

The ABA, who makes evaluations on nominated federal court judges, had given him a “not qualified” rating in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee (pdf), accusing him of not being fair to members of the LGBTQ community.

“Mr. VanDyke’s accomplishments are offset by the assessments of interviewees that Mr. VanDyke is arrogant, lazy, an ideologue, and lacking in knowledge of the day-to-day practice including procedural rules,” the letter said.

“Some interviewees raised concerns about whether Mr. VanDyke would be fair to persons who are gay, lesbian, or otherwise part of the LGBTQ community. Mr. VanDyke would not say affirmatively that he would be fair to any litigant before him, notably members of the LGBTQ community,” it also stated.

During the hearing, he disputed the ABA’s account, saying that “it is a fundamental belief of mine that all people are created in the image of God. They should all be treated with dignity and respect, senator.”

The evaluation was conducted by Marcia Davenport, a trial attorney in Montana, who had historically opposed VanDyke politically and contributed to one of VanDyke’s opponents when he ran for a seat on the Montana Supreme Court, according to Judicial Crisis Network policy director Carrie Severino.

Severino also criticized the ABA for a history of bias against conservative nominees to the judiciary, according to a statement.

Meanwhile, former Nevada State Bar President Alan Lefebvre said he has quit the ABA over their letter about VanDyke.

“It would be impossible for a reviewer to challenge such a qualified nominee’s abilities unless he was yoked with an ideologue’s agenda,” he said in a statement.

Trump also addressed some personal assaults experienced by some nominees from members of the left, adding that he and Republicans will never give up in “defending our freedom.”

“While, I’m your President, we will continue to nominate highly qualified judges who truly love our Constitution,” he said.

Speech of Donald Trump, Oct. 17, 2019
Speech of Donald Trump, Oct. 17, 2019

Donald Trump, Dallas Rally Speech Transcript (1:24:08) - October 17, 2019

Human Smuggling Attempt Busted near Texas Border -- Six Arrested
Human Smuggling Attempt Busted near Texas Border -- Six Arrested

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents disrupted a complex human smuggling incident involving multiple vehicles. The interdiction of the vehicles led to the arrests of six suspected human smugglers and 14 Mexican migrants, according to a Friday announcement.

Brackettville Station Border Patrol agents received information on October 24 from a 911 call regarding a vehicle believed to be picking up migrants on a remote roadway, according to Del Rio Sector officials. This is a common human smuggling tactic after migrants are marched through ranches around inland immigration checkpoints.

The agents responded to the remote area near Brackettville, Texas, and observed the reported white Ford F-250 pickup described by the caller. The agents began to follow the truck which then attempted to speed away.

Following a short pursuit, the driver drove off the road and the occupants attempted to flee on foot. Agents conducted a search of the area and found the driver, a 34-year-old U.S. citizen from Austin, Texas. They also found six migrant males.

A search of the truck also revealed a seventh migrant who the smuggler locked in the truck’s toolbox. The migrant had no means of escape in the event of a crash or being abandoned by smugglers, officials stated.

A short time later, the agents conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 black Jeep Patriot in the same vicinity as the earlier incident. Agents interviewed the driver, a 20-year-old female, and her passenger, a 20-year-old male. Both were determined to be U.S. citizens from Georgetown and Austin, Texas, respectively.

Agents identified the woman and man as being scouts for the smuggling incident and placed them under arrest, officials stated.

The investigation continued into the evening when agents found a third vehicle believed to be associated with the human smuggling conspiracy. The agents stopped a white 2012 Dodge 1500 pickup truck. During an immigration interview, the agents identified the driver and front-seat passenger as U.S. citizens from San Marcos, Texas, officials reported.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of two illegal immigrants concealed on the floor of the passenger compartment. The agents arrested the two U.S. citizens and the two migrants. An investigation identified one of the illegal aliens as the foot-guide for the operation.

“These criminal organizations are concerned only with the substantial profits they stand to gain, and won’t hesitate to utilize methods that imperil the lives of those they smuggle,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Our agents, through superior communication and superb teamwork, were able to stop this multi-layered attempt to smuggle illegal aliens into our country.”

Officials identified all 14 of the foreign nationals as Mexican males. The agents turned the six human smugglers and 14 migrants over to ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation and possible referral for prosecution.

Officials seized all three vehicles used in the alleged smuggling conspiracy.

Master’s Seminary Grad Takes Kanye’s Crowds to Church
Master’s Seminary Grad Takes Kanye’s Crowds to Church

How the pastor of a small, nondenominational Bible church ended up in Kanye’s circle.

In between Kanye West’s sets during an impromptu, sold-out show in Detroit last week, a lean figure with a blonde pompadour took the stage and preached the gospel.

“I’m here to tell you that while our God is the judge over the universe, he’s also a God of mercy and he’s a God of love, and he sent his Son to die on a cross because he loves you,” said Adam Tyson, a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and the pastor of a small Bible church. “He wants to be exalted in your heart today.”

His 12-minute sermon focused on the prophet’s vision in Isaiah 6. It’s weird to hear a sermon at a Kanye concert, but then again not that weird if you’ve been following Kanye’s Sunday Services. These gospel music and fellowship gatherings that started among his family, friends, and elite guests at his Calabasas, California, estate, grew into a type of concert experience for the Jesus-seeking artist.
On the road with the rapper as he performs Sunday Services to promote his next album, Jesus is King, Tyson believes God is “being exalted and people are being moved.” The audience is receptive to his sermons, he said, and he has received positive feedback after the shows.
“I came to hear Kanye,” one fan told Tyson. “But then I heard the message of forgiveness from the Bible.”

From Yeezus to Jesus -
Tyson’s ministry career took an unexpected turn the day Kanye happened to visit his congregation, Placerita Bible Church in Santa Clarita, California. The 43-year-old pastor has found himself not only discussing the gospel with Kanye, but thrust into the hip hop artist’s circle, flying to Cody, Wyoming, for Bible study with him and his employees, and to tour stops to preach alongside the lineup of gospel and soul music.
Tyson sees Kanye’s Christian music and gatherings as totally genuine. Kanye is on a mission to share Jesus with the world, Tyson told CT.
While Christian fans have dissected Kanye’s faith throughout his career, a recent claim that Kanye is no longer producing secular music made headlines and sparked more conversation online. Kim Kardashian, Kanye’s wife, teased the Jesus is King album in August on social media with a picture of a setlist including songs titled “Selah,” “Through the Valley,” and “Sweet Jesus.”

Kanye’s latest show on September 29 also included a sermon by Tyson and took place on a Sunday morning at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Queens, New York. One Sunday Service singer told a Page Six reporter at the concert that Kanye is “a real born-again Christian. His heart is 100 percent in the right place.”

Placerita Bible Church is a modest Los Angeles area church with an average attendance of about 350 people, many of whom are affiliated with nearby conservative Christian liberal arts college, The Master’s University, where Tyson teaches biblical counseling. Tyson also received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry at The Master’s Seminary. Tyson said that Kanye was invited by an employee who attends Tyson’s church to visit, and he did. After the service, they chatted for a few minutes and set up a meeting for a week later. They walked through the whole gospel, including passages such as John 3:16 and the Romans Road, concluding their conversation with a discussion that shifted away from justification and more toward sanctification, Tyson said.

Kanye has attended church in more traditional settings before, including Rich Wilkerson, Jr.’s Miami Assemblies of God church years ago (Wilkerson has also preached at Sunday Service and married the Wests in 2014). Wilkerson has previously told CT: “There’s not a strategy or a network. It’s just, ‘Let’s befriend people.’ The goal is to be like Jesus, and I think Jesus would show love and grace to anybody in his path.”
Tyson would agree. “I want to be faithful to a new brother in the faith, Kanye,” Tyson said. “I want to help him be connected to the Word of God. I told him, ‘As long as you’re exalting Christ, I’m 100% behind you.’”

Sunday Service gatherings first grew from family fellowship to a wider audience when Kanye brought the event to the trendy Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last Easter. Since then, some gatherings have been open to the public, but most are invite-only. Led by choir director Jason White, the shows are often marked by swaying gospel singers circled around a piano. Kardashian said the Sunday Services grew out of Kanye’s dream to start a church, and even when the lineup was just music, there was a distinct Christian feel to the gatherings. Tyson said he has directly told Kanye that Sunday Service concerts are not church, because they do not include ordained leadership, the sacraments or often the Word preached. So Kanye invited him to preach at the last two services. “I would call it more like a crusade or concert or more of an opportunity to exalt Christ in local churches,” Tyson said. “I just encouraged him that Sunday Service should be about exalting Christ.”
For example, the service in Queens held their Sunday morning service before Kanye and his choir performed. “Sunday Service has no desire to take anything away from a local church but to come alongside them and help them,” Tyson said. The fact that he’s a white pastor preaching at predominately black venues has not been lost on some writers. “A white pastor, he led a sermon on forgiveness, provided no scripture, and lost the congregation via tone-deaf jokes that fell flat on the mostly black audience,” wrote one reporter who attended the Queens performance.

Preaching at Kanye’s Sunday Service is certainly different than teaching a traditional message in his more formal blazer at Placerita. But Tyson is happy to trade preaching uniforms. “It is a story to be excited about. This is an opportunity to reach pop culture and America for Christ,” Tyson said. “I’m fired up.” In addition to shuttling his five children to school, counseling folks at his church, preparing for and teaching his seminary class, Tyson’s recent Tuesday routine has also included hopping on a plane to lead an evening Bible study wherever Kanye’s crew has settled that night. On a Monday morning breakfast between trips with the hip-hop artist, Tyson opened up his Bible to Galatians 6:14 for a Bible study with his family. “Kids,” he said, “We live for Jesus Christ who died for us, and we’re not boasting about anything except for Jesus. Our life has changed [and] Jesus has given us the opportunity to live on mission.” “And I said, ‘who’s with me,’ and they said, ‘we’re with you, Dad.’”

A rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians - by RABBI DANIEL LAPIN
A rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians - by RABBI DANIEL LAPIN

A rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians
During the 1930s, Winston Churchill desperately tried to persuade the English people and their government to see that Hitler meant to end their way of life. The British ignored Churchill, which gave Hitler nearly 10 years to build up his military forces. It wasn't until Hitler actually drew blood that the British realized they had a war on their hands. It turned out to be a far longer and more destructive war than it needed to be had Churchill's early warning been heeded.

In 1983, a brave French writer, Jean-Francois Revel, wrote a book called How Democracies Perish. In this remarkable volume, he described how communism's aim is world conquest. For decades he had been trying to warn of communism's very real threat. Yet in January 1982, a high State Department official said: "We Americans are not solving problems, we are the problem." (Some things never change.) A good portion of the planet fell to communism, which brought misery and death to millions because we failed to recognize in time that others meant to harm us.

Heaven knows there was enough warning during the 1980s of the intention of part of the Islamic world to take yet another crack at world domination. Yet instead of seeing each deadly assault on our interests around the world as a test of our resolve, we ignored it. We failed the test and lost 3,000 Americans in two unforgettable hours.

I am not going to argue that what is happening now is on the same scale as the examples I cite above, but a serious war is being waged against a group of Americans. I am certain that if we lose this war, the consequences for American civilization will be dire.

Phase one of this war I describe is a propaganda blitzkrieg that is eerily reminiscent of how effectively the Goebbels propaganda machine softened up the German people for what was to come.

There is no better term than propaganda blitzkrieg to describe what has been unleashed against Christian conservatives recently.

Consider the long list of anti-Christian books that have been published in recent months. Here are just a few samples of more than 30 similar titles, all from mainstream publishers:

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America
The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Piety & Politics: The Right-wing Assault on Religious Freedom

Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism

Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America

Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right

What is truly alarming is that there are more of these books for sale at your local large book store warning against the perils of fervent Christianity than those warning against the perils of fervent Islam. Does anyone seriously think America is more seriously jeopardized by Christian conservatives than by Islamic zealots? I fear that many Americans believe just that in the same way that many pre-World War II Westerners considered Churchill a bigger threat than Hitler.

Does anyone seriously think America is more seriously jeopardized by Christian conservatives than by Islamic zealots? I fear that many Americans believe just that in the same way that many pre-World War II Westerners considered Churchill a bigger threat than Hitler.
Some may say that today's proliferation of anti-Christian print propaganda is nothing to become worried about. To them I ask two questions:

First, would you be so sanguine if the target of this loathsome library were Jewish? Just try changing the titles in some of the books I mention above to reflect anti-Semitism instead of rampant anti-Christianism and you'll see what I mean.

Second, major movements that changed the way Americans felt and acted came about through books, often only one book. Think of Rachel Carson's 1962 error-filled Silent Spring that resulted in the pointless banning of the insecticide DDT and many unnecessary deaths. Other books that caused upheavals in our nation were Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, many of Ayn Rand's books and of course Uncle Tom's Cabin.

No, I would advise you not to underestimate the power of books to alter the behavior of the American public, and I fear for an America influenced to detest Christianity by this hate-filled catalog.

It is not just books but popular entertainment also that beams the most lurid anti-Christian propaganda into the hearts and minds of viewers. One need only think of who the real targets of the recent hit movie Borat are. The brilliant Jewish moviemaker Sacha Baron Cohen, as his title character, using borderline dishonest wiles, lures some innocent but unsophisticated country folk, obviously Christians, to join him in his outrageously anti-Semitic antics. Cohen then triumphantly claims to have exposed anti-Semitism. In fact, he has revealed nothing other than the latent anti-Christianism of America's social, economic and academic secular elites.

Even the recent PBS documentary, "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence," managed to do more attacking Christianity than defending Judaism.

Richard Dawkins, an Oxford University professor, is one of the generals in the anti-Christian army of the secular left. American academia treats him with reverence and hangs on his every word when he insists that "religious myths ought not to be tolerated."

For those with a slightly more tolerant outlook, he asks, "It's one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children?" He suggests that the state should intervene to protect children from their parents' religious beliefs. Needless to say, he means Christian beliefs, of course. Muslim beliefs add to England's charmingly diverse cultural landscape.

The war is against those who regard the Bible to be God's revelation to humanity and the Ten Commandments to be His set of rules for all time. Phase one in this war is to make Christianity, well, sort of socially unacceptable. Something only foolish, poor and ugly people could turn to.

For those with a slightly more tolerant outlook, he asks, "It's one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children?" He suggests that the state should intervene to protect children from their parents' religious beliefs.
We have seen how a carefully constructed campaign pretty much made it socially unacceptable to drink and drive. For years, there had been stringent laws against drunk driving. They achieved little. In the end, the practice was all but eliminated by groups allied with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and their effective ways of changing the way Americans thought about it.

We have seen how a carefully constructed campaign has pretty much made it socially unacceptable to smoke. In the face of a relentless campaign (dare one call it propaganda?), Americans became docile and forfeited the right to make their own decisions. Nobody was willing to stand up to the no-smoking tyrants. Nobody even asked whether health was sufficient grounds for freedom to be reduced. Now, entire cities and even states have banned smoking, not only in public places but even in privately owned restaurants.

Tyranny comes when citizens are seduced into trading freedom for the promise of safety and security.

Considerably more intellectual energy is being pumped into the propaganda campaign against Christianity than was ever delivered to the anti-smoking or anti-drunk-driving campaigns. Fervent zealots of secularism are flinging themselves into this anti-Christian war with enormous fanaticism.

If they succeed, Christianity will be driven underground, and its benign influence on the character of America will be lost. In its place we shall see a sinister secularism that menaces Bible believers of all faiths. Once the voice of the Bible has been silenced, the war on Western Civilization can begin and we shall see a long night of barbarism descend on the West.

Without a vibrant and vital Christianity, America is doomed, and without America, the West is doomed.

Which is why I, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, devoted to Jewish survival, the Torah and Israel am so terrified of American Christianity caving in.

Many of us Jews are ready to stand with you. But you must lead. You must replace your timidity with nerve and your diffidence with daring and determination. You are under attack. Now is the time to resist it.

With another ‘bathroom bill’ on the horizon, LGBTQ Democrats hope for a flipped House
With another ‘bathroom bill’ on the horizon, LGBTQ Democrats hope for a flipped House

With another ‘bathroom bill’ on the horizon, LGBTQ Democrats hope for a flipped House
The Texas House LGBTQ Caucus says the control of the House will be key in blocking anti-LGBTQ legislation, including a brewing battle over transgender kids.
By María Méndez, The Dallas Morning News

9:59 PM on Oct 28, 2019

AUSTIN -- The Texas House LGBTQ Caucus is counting on Democrats flipping the Republican-held House to keep another possible ‘bathroom bill’ off the table during the 2021 legislative session.

Texas Republicans last week rallied around a child custody case of a Dallas 7-year-old whose mother says is transgender, pledging to intervene against children’s gender transition. Members of the caucus, who fought the controversial “Chick-fil-A bill”, said flipping the House will be key to winning the brewing battle over the care of transgender children.

“The only way we’re going to avoid that is by flipping the House,” Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, said at a caucus town hall at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs. “We are nine seats away from controlling the flow of legislation in the House, so that we don’t feed that beast anymore.”

Texas’ top Republicans rallied in support of the father, who has blogged that the child will be “chemically castrated” by his ex-wife. The mother, a pediatrician, filed the lawsuit seeking to modify their joint custody if the father didn’t allow the child to socially transition and express as a girl.

A Dallas judge, who ordered the parents to maintain joint custody of the child last Thursday, noted there was no order for the child to undergo a medical transition. But Child Protective Services is investigating the case at the urging of Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, and several state lawmakers pledged to outlaw the gender transition of children in the 87th session.

Rep. Julie Johnson, a freshman Dallas Democrat, said the government has no right to intervene in the “personal decision” for children to transition. The child lives in Johnson’s district.

She agreed that winning the House is the best strategy to combat bills such as the one promised by Rep. Matt Krause to ban puberty blockers for children to transition. Johnson noted that the Fort Worth Republican also authored the “Chick-fil-A” bill banning governments from taking “adverse action” against someone based on affiliation to a religious organization.

LGBTQ advocates say the law, in response to San Antonio’s boycott of Chick-fil-A for its donations to Christian organizations that oppose expansion of LGBTQ rights, gives a license to discriminate.

“He’s going to be filing those bills, so hopefully if Democrats are in charge those bills won’t get a hearing,” Johnson said.

Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, said caucus members didn’t immediately speak out against the GOP’s calls against transgender kids to avoid "fanning the flames” of possible anti-LGBTQ legislation.

“None of us felt comfortable exploiting that kid,” Johnson added.

But if Republicans don’t back down from the issue, González said the caucus will have to use different tactics.

Despite the passage of the “Chick-fil-A” law, they see hope in their brief victory against the bill, and in the defeat of the 2017 “bathroom bill,” which would have specified which restrooms, changing rooms and other intimate spaces transgender Texans could use.

Organizing from Democrats and LGBTQ advocates also helped Carrollton Rep. Michelle Beckley oust Republican Ron Simmons, who authored the “bathroom bill,” during the 2018 midterms, said Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood.

“We have made being anti-LGBTQ bad politics,” Zwiener said. “And that’s what we have to keep doing. If we keep doing that, this legislation doesn’t hit the floor, regardless of party.”

17" inches

17 INCHES" - you will not regret reading this...an excellent article from Social Media.

Twenty years ago, in Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA's convention.

While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh, man, worth every penny of my airfare.”

Who is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter; I was just happy to be there.

In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.

Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy?

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage. Then, finally …

“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility. “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”

Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?”

After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches?”, more of a question than answer. “That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth’s day? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?” Another long pause. “Seventeen inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach.

“That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”

“Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.

“You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”

“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.

“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”............“Seventeen inches!”

“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?

“Seventeen inches!”

“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello !” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter. “What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. If you can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.'”

Pause. “Coaches… what do we do when your best player shows up late to practice? or when our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate? "

The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline.

We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We just widen the plate!”

Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag. “This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”

Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross. “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate for themselves! And we allow it.”

“And the same is true with our government. Our so-called representatives make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves. They take bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries. They no longer serve us. And we allow them to widen home plate! We see our country falling into a dark abyss while we just watch.”

I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curve balls and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable.

From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: "If we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools & churches & our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …”

With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside, “…We have dark days ahead!.”

Note: Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach. His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players—no matter how good they are—your own children, your churches, your government, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches."

And this my friends is what our country has become and what is wrong with it today, and now go out there and fix it! "Don't widen the plate."

In a follow-up story 105.7 News ran yesterday, a judge ruled late yesterday a 7-year-old child in Texas would remain under a joint managing conservatorship of both parents. The father has been in a desperate battle to keep the boy from undergoing a gender transition championed by the biological male’s mother.
Judge Kim Cooks gave the two parents, Jeff Younger, the father, and the mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, joint decision-making over all medical, dental and psychiatric care for their kids.
A ruling in favor of the mother could have allowed her to move forward with plans to potentially give the boy puberty blockers after she received a letter of recommendation from Dallas Rainbow Therapy, urging that he receive a full psychological assessment for gender dysphoria and potentially take hormone blockers.
Cooks also issued a gag order on the father.
Younger petitioned the court earlier this month for sole custody of his twins, James and Jude, to prevent their mother, Georgulas, from allowing James to begin hormone replacement therapy.
According to Georgulas, who works as a pediatrician, James is transgender, identifies as a girl, likes to wear dresses and goes by the name “Luna.” Younger says James is a happy boy, and he contends that a “social transition” or “medical transition” would not be in his best interest
James’ mom, who is divorced from Jeff Younger, initially filed a petition for joint conservatorship which required Younger to affirm the child’s identity by using the name “Luna,” something recommended by James’ therapists. In response, Younger filed for sole custody. But on Monday, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Georgulas.

"The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions.

Regrettably, the religious freedom enjoyed by American citizens is rare in the world. Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population live in countries where ..."

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has responded to a torrent of criticism, after his appearance in a video for the Christian organization Focus on the Family. Brees filmed a video in which he helped promote a Focus on the Family initiative called “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” In the video, Brees encouraged children to, “Live out your faith on Bring Your Bible to School Day.”

However, an intensely critical article from Business Insider labeled Focus on the Family an “anti-LGBTQ group.” This, despite the fact that nowhere in Brees’ video did he mention LGBTQ people, or issues. In the BI piece, author Alexandra Licata blasts Focus on the Family for their support of ...

More than 6,300 adults have died from reactions to a drug that is used as a puberty blocker in gender-confused children, Food & Drug Administration data shows.

“Between 2012 and June 30 of this year, the FDA documented over 40,764 adverse reactions suffered by patients who took Leuprolide Acetate (Lupron), which is used as a hormone blocker. More than 25,500 reactions logged from 2014-2019 were considered ‘serious,’ including 6,370 deaths,” The Christian Post reported on Thursday.

“Lupron is being prescribed off-label for use in children who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria despite the lack of formal FDA approval for that purpose,” the outlet explained. “The drug is clinically approved for ..."

As the memories of the fateful day of September 11, 2001 fade, President Donald Trump has signaled he is determined to make sure prayer plays a role in its remembrance. The President signed a little-reported proclamation last week naming Friday, Sept. 6 thru Sunday, Sept. 8 as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance to honor the victims who were killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Prayer events continue this week in advance of Wednesday’s commemoration.

Almost 3,000 men, women, and children lost their lives when hijacked commercial aircraft crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The attacks led to ...

It all started when I was in kindergarten. There was a kid in my neighborhood named Carter. (He was a year older than I was.) I remember him kissing me one day while we were playing. Just a peck on the lips. It startled me, but we laughed it off and I didn't think anything of it. A few months went by and that lead to exploring other areas of our bodies.

... As I began to mature, I developed attraction to the same sex. This lead to me explore my sexuality and try things with other guys. Before I knew it, I had fully opened a door, walked through it and heard it lock behind me. I had allowed the devil to trap me into a mess.

... The last night of youth camp I found myself standing in the back of the room. A longtime friend named Mikayela came up next to me. She noticed that the Holy Spirit was doing something in my heart. She knew the struggles I had walked through. She asked me, "Grayson. Are you ready to leave this mess here?" I said, "Yes" ...

Could you even imagine a sports car with such a powerful, finely-tuned, rotary engine, whose rotor, drive shaft, and subunits work together so smoothly, that the engine can hit 42,000 rpm and achieve 100% energy efficiency? Well, no… as amazing as cars are these days, the best redline at 10,000 rpm and achieve below 50 percent energy efficiency, meaning that less than half of the power produced actually propels the car. The rest is emitted as wasted heat.

But… if automobile engineers could mimic the efficiency and power of the rotary engine that exists in every cell in our bodies? Well, watch out. Recently, an article was posted at the Discovery Insitute website summarizing three new studies of the enzyme ATP synthase. As they describe it, “ATP synthase is a high-tech, micromolecular power generator” that works like a rotary engine ...

California students remain in the bottom tier of academic excellence, ranking 44 out of 50 in the latest Best States survey by U.S. News and World Report. While they may not be faring so well with the basics, children as young as kindergarten are becoming experts in sexual relations, sexual orientation and gender.

All of this is a result of a concerted effort that has been underway for years (yet formalized with the 2011 passage of SB 48, the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education) Act. The law mandates that students as young as kindergarten be taught about LGBT issues ...

A church in Chula Vista, California, was vandalized after its pastor openly criticized the city library’s decision to host Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) for young children. Chula Vista police are investigating the graffiti on the exterior walls of the South Bay Pentecostal Church as a hate crime, reported KGTV.

“Sure enough, at every corner there were phrases, hateful words, and graffiti on the walls of our church,” Executive Pastor Amado Huizar said, adding “there is no doubt” his church was targeted. Many of the symbols and messages sprawled on the walls were reportedly associated with Satan. According to the KGTV report ...

While pro-life activists watched and prayed, a woman was brought out of the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Manhattan for transport to New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The ambulance arrived at the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood located in a high-rise on narrow Bleecker Street near Margaret Sanger Square on August 22, 2019, at 10:03 a.m. Witnesses noticed that the ambulance turned off its siren about a block from the abortion business. The woman was wheeled out on a gurney partially covered with a sheet and was loaded into the ambulance.

The ambulance pulled away with flashing lights only, then turned on sirens when it was about a block away, as is usual for this particular Planned Parenthood abortion facility ...

A city council in Texas has voted to stop renting out space at the local library to public organizations, essentially canceling the town’s ability to have a “Drag Queen Story Time” for children, a move hailed by pro-family advocates. “These are people who are actually employed at adult nightclubs,” Mary Elizabeth Castle, a policy adviser for Texas Values, a nonprofit organization that promotes faith, family, and freedom, said of the drag queens.

The City Council of Leander, Texas, 22 miles northwest of Austin, voted 5-2 at its Aug. 15 meeting to stop renting out meeting rooms at the library to the public.

“We brought in $1,800 in rental fees and we spent $20,000 in security,” Leander Mayor Troy Hill said, apparently referring to the drag queen event. “That’s not good math to me" ...

The horrible massacre of 31 innocent people a few weeks ago in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, was staggering for Americans. Once again, we witnessed ghastly multiple murders. It is happening regularly, with no end in sight. Though it is heart-wrenching to recall, we must not forget the slaughter of 20 precious kindergartners and 6 adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, or the killing of 12 teenagers and 1 faculty member at Columbine High School, just a few miles from our home in Colorado.

... It is impossible to overstate the anguish and grief suffered by hundreds of families and friends who have lost loved ones at the hands of wanton killers. And there are even more who are dealing with the trauma and pain of injury, both physical and emotional, stemming from these tragic events. Clearly, America is under siege, and the nation is rightly demanding answers ...

In a few weeks, Texas will relax its restrictions on multiple firearm laws, allowing Texans to have guns and ammunition in public areas. The new changes were passed in the most recent legislative session, which came more than a year after the Santa Fe High School shooting.

Texas has had multiple of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, including the University of Texas in Austin killing spree that introduced the nation to the concept of mass shootings, and the most recent massacre in El Paso that left 22 people dead and dozens injured.

Here are the gun laws going into effect on September 1 ...

27 dead, 20 wounded. An estimated 700 rounds unleashed by a gunman at the defenseless members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

A year and a half later, state lawmakers lifted the prohibition on licensed concealed carry within Texas churches. With the law set to take effect this Sunday, Dave Welch, leader of the thousand member Texas Pastor Council, welcomed the right to fight fire with fire in defense of the vulnerable.

"There's a clear message to potential perpetrators that if churches across the board have people in the church that are carrying, that are licensed, that are trained and prepared, that it is less likely that someone will attempt to engage," said Welch ...

Many U.S. churches today have “forgotten” their purpose, becoming entertainment-driven social organizations eager to blend in with secular culture instead of focusing on biblical discipleship, Pastor David Jeremiah warned.

“The Church is coming under attack; it’s forgotten what the Church is supposed to be,” Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries, told The Christian Post. “We’re not an entertainment service; we’re not here to see how close we can get to what the world does. But there’s so much of the world in the Church and vice versa that we can’t tell a difference. We have to hold to the truth. We have to get nourished. If it’s not happening, you’re a social organization and not a church.”

Jeremiah, who also serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, explained that amid a nationwide decline in church attendance, far too many churches have become “obsessed” with ...

With lawmakers coming to Austin with a $10.5 billion surplus, Texas homeowners were excited about the prospect of substantial property tax relief. While they eventually received what might be considered a down payment on tax relief, they narrowly staved off efforts by Republicans to increase taxes.

At the beginning of the 86th Texas Legislature, the Capitol was abuzz with comity and cheeriness. With House Speaker Joe Straus out of the way, conservatives believed their reforms could have greater success, and with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick striking a gentler tone, establishment lawmakers were hopeful they’d be able to ...

The Equality Act, a bill that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law, would be “catastrophic” for Christians and churches if it becomes law, evangelist Franklin Graham warned.

Graham, in a recent op-ed for Decision Magazine, warned that the bill, which was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in March, would grant the same protections afforded to racial minorities and women under the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ community, causing significant legal problems for ...

As the debate over conditions at Border Patrol facilities and how best to address the crisis continues, Southern Baptist pastor Jack Graham and his Texas church are ministering to both migrants and patrol agents.

“Many churches are engaged in ministry at the border. We are grateful to be a part of the effort to express hope and healing,” Graham said in a tweet Tuesday, acknowledging a recent media report about his church’s efforts.

On Friday, in a mission Graham billed “Operation Border Blessing,” Prestonwood Baptist Church delivered supplies to support ...