Bobby Jindal: We’re A Judeo-Christian Nation

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In a radio interview Monday, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana reiterated some familiar lines about America’s need to return to its Judeo-Christian heritage. It is rumored that Jindal will make a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

“This is a place where you have freedom of self-determination, freedom of religious liberty, freedom of speech,” Jindal said. “This is an amazing place and we’re a majority Christian country. We’re a Judeo-Christian heritage, but we don’t discriminate against those that have no beliefs and or have different beliefs.”

But what is not acceptable and what you’ve seen in Europe and this is a very serious particular threat, you’ve got those that do want to try to impose a form of sharia law. And sharia law is antithetical, mutually exclusive of freedom, in treating women as first class citizens, it is antithetical to the values we hold dear.

And you see third, fourth generation immigrants in the U.K., France, in other places in Europe that don’t consider themselves part of those societies and that’s very dangerous.

Jindal made the remarks on Family Research Council’s Washington Watch.

The Louisiana governor addressed a prayer rally at Louisiana State University last week in which he proclaimed “our God” will be the victor. “We can’t just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country,” he said. “We can’t just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.”

It is like God has given us the book of life. He doesn’t let us see the pages for today and tomorrow. He doesn’t promise us everything will go the way you want, but he does let you see the last page in the book of life. And on the last page, our God wins.

Jindal is a convert to Catholicism and called himself an “evangelical Catholic” in a Washington Post interview last May. He doubled down Monday, asserting that not assimilating into the American culture could be construed as “invasion.”

 “But what’s not acceptable is people that want to come and conquer us. That’s not immigration by the way, that’s colonization,” he said.

 If someone wants to come here and change our fundamental culture and our values. If they want to come here and they want to set up their own culture and values, that’s not immigration, that’s really invasion if you’re honest about it.

The potential GOP contender also suggested if America is not “serious” about tackling this issue, we could face more terrorist attacks comparable to the one in Paris earlier this month.

Of course, the politically correct crowd when you say things like they’ll call you racist but this is a particular threat we face. And if we’re not serious about this we’re going to see more lone wolf actors. We’re gonna see more folks come into our country just like you’ve seen in other countries – the horrific shootings in Paris.

 h/t: Pat Dollard

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Healing The Racial Divide

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The recent national crisis and racial tension have underscored that America seems more divided than ever. On the one hand, President Obama believes that our differences are just being exposed. On the other hand, a few of us feel that the president and Attorney General Holder exacerbated the race problem. In some ways, both views are right. How could that be? America has come a long way since the lynchings of the 50s and days of Selma. However, we have a ways to go in terms of race, poverty, and class.

We could not have expected the President, alone, to work miracles with an issue that has plagued our nation from its beginning. Our political leaders can only do so much. All the institutions in society must work together to move forward, but the Church has always had a special role to play. While segments of the American Church have historically been blind to the sin of racism—and even justified slavery by distorting Scripture—other parts of the Church have led the way in ending racial injustice.

So how can the Church take the lead as we look for ways to draw Americans closer together and build greater understanding among the growing variety of ethnic groups that make up our great “melting pot”? On Thursday, January 15th, I helped convene a meeting of over 150 ministers who met at the Potter’s House in Dallas for a powerful closed door conclave called “The Reconciled Church: Healing The Racial Divide.” Collectively, we represented a diverse group of significant leaders from across denominations and ideological backgrounds. These leaders represented over 40 million American Christians.

The purpose of that meeting was to reach consensus on how we can promote peaceful reconciliation and to collaborate on how bridges can be established for a brighter economic future in our communities as social entrepreneurs and influencers who are building tremendous ministries that address underlying cures for race, class, and poverty problems. Our nation deserves better models of spiritual leadership. We have the opportunity to change the course of history within the American church and affect the globe. Our time is now.

The group believes that “Healing the Racial Divide” in our nation is achievable in the next 15 to 20 years by using what we dubbed “seven bridges to peace.” These bridges of peace serve as a framework for a lasting model of unity that is built on our concern for the well-being of all people. All of us agreed that the American church has been divided along class and racial lines. Therefore, we signed a covenant of reconciliation and committed to the process of healing the racial rifts within the church. Essentially, we agreed to multiply our good works and make them more multi-ethnic.

What became apparent during our time is that America’s clergy—those who remain devoted to the Word of God—are deeply invested in healing the divisions in our society. If we take unified action in moments of tension, we can do a much better job exhorting people to productive action than the mainstream media, which remains addicted to confrontation, scandal, and shining the spotlight on the worst in human behavior.

We can take a cue from some of the most successfully reconciled organizations in our nation today; professional and college sports, which though not perfect, remain far more integrated than most churches and neighborhoods. Such organizations share a clear, common mission: to win, and each player is recruited for his or her ability to contribute to that goal. I believe if America’s clergy can continue to gain understanding from one another, we can build a sense of common purpose and solidarity across racial and ethnic lines among our churches and in our communities.

At the end of the day, the people in America’s urban centers are not so different from those in the nation’s suburbs and gated communities. We all carry the image of God and desire respect, the benefit of the doubt, and opportunity to advance in life. And I believe America’s pastors hold the key to cultivating this kind of understanding. We have the opportunity to change the course of history within the American church and affect the globe. Our time is now.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD.

This commentary appeared at Black Community News.

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This Day In History — Francis Drake, Ferdinand Magellan, And The Space Shuttle Challenger

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Seventy-three seconds after liftoff, on JANUARY 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, killing its entire seven member crew, which included a high school teacher — the first private citizen to fly aboard the craft.

In his address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan stated:

“Today is a day for mourning…a national loss…

“The members of the Challenger crew were pioneers…

“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.

“The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future.”

Reagan continued:

“The crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives.

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’”

President Reagan added:

“There’s a coincidence today.

“On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama.

“In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, ‘He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it.’

“Well, today we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake’s, complete.”

Sir Francis Drake died aboard the ship Defiance on JANUARY 28, 1596, after a failed attempt to capture San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Drake was born around 1540 amidst religious upheaval in England.

During the Prayer Book Rebellion, 1549, his poor farmer father, Edward Drake, fled with his family to the coast where they lived on an old, laid-up ship.

Edward Drake was ordained as a Protestant minister and preached to sailors in the King’s Navy, afterwards becoming a vicar of Upchurch on the Medway.

Profoundly influenced, Francis would later have religious services on his ship twice a day.

Around the age of 12, Francis was apprenticed to a ship transporting merchandise from France. The ship’s master, having no children, eventually bequeathed the ship to Francis, which began his prosperous sailing career.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Francis sailed numerous times to the Caribbean for trade.

He also raided Spanish ships and settlements, resulting in King Philip II of Spain calling him a pirate — El Draque — and offering the equivalent of six million dollars for his life.

In 1577, almost 60 years after Spain’s Ferdinand Magellan, Drake began a voyage to circumnavigate the world.

He sailed down the coast of South America, past Tierra del Fuego, and through the Strait of Magellan.

Through violent storms, he sailed and raided the Pacific Spanish coast of America as far north as California.

Turning west, Drake sailed to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, almost sinking on a reef.

He made it across the Indian Ocean, around Cape Horn, and up the coast of Africa back to England in 1580, where he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.

In 1588, Drake helped repel the Spanish Armada from invading England.

Nearly 60 years earlier, in 1519, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set out on the first voyage to circumnavigate the world.

Sailing for Spain, Magellan began his search for a route to the East Indies by traveling down the coast of South America.

His fleet reached Cape Virgenes and concluded they had found passage because the waters were brine and deep.

Four ships went through the 373-mile long passage, which Magellan called “Estrecho de Todos los Santos,” or “Canal of All Saints,” as the date was November 1st, “All Saints’ Day.”

It came to be called the Strait of Magellan.

On the other side, Magellan saw the sea very still and peaceful, so he named it “Mar Pacifico” or “Pacific Ocean.”

Sailing for weeks without sighting land, food supplies dwindled and rotted, and men began to perish from scurvy, malnourishment, and dehydration.

They sighted a small uninhabited island, restocked supplies, and set sail again on JANUARY 28, 1521.

They reached the Marianas, Guam, and then the Philippine Islands.

Magellan communicated with native tribes through his Malay interpreter, Enrique.

They traded gifts with Rajah (King) Siaiu of Mazaua, who guided them to the Island of Cebu.

The story was that on the Island of Cebu, Magellan met Rajah Humabon, who had an ill grandson.

Magellan (or one of his men) was able to cure or help this young boy, and in gratitude, Chief Humabon and his queen, Hara Amihan, were baptized as Christians, along with 800 of their followers.

Afterwards, Rajah Humabon and his ally, Datu Zula, entangled Magellan in a conflict with a neighboring chieftain, Datu Lapu-Lapu of the Island of Mactan.

Magellan had wished to convert Datu Lapu-Lapu to Christianity, but he was dismissive.

On the morning of April 27, 1521, Datu Lapu-Lapu, with around 1,500 of his troops, confronted the Spaniards on the beach.

Magellan was hit by a bamboo spear, surrounded, and then killed.

His ship, Victoria, finally made it back to Spain in September of 1522.

The Philippine Islands went on to become the most Christian nation in Asia, with 93% of it population of 93.3 million being Christian.

The number of Christians by country are:

United States = 246.8 million
Brazil = 175.8 million
Mexico = 107.8 million
Russia = 105.2 million
Philippines = 86.8 million
Nigeria = 80.5 million
China = 67 million
Democratic Republic of Congo = 63.2 million
Germany = 58.2 million
Ethiopia = 52.6 million.

Christianity is the largest religion in the world, comprising 33 percent of the global population, and is the fastest growing religion, growing by nearly 70,000 a day.

The Pew Foundation reported:

“The number of Christians around the world has nearly quadrupled in the last 100 years, from 600 million in 1910.”

Christians experience persecution in more than 130 of the 197 countries in the world, especially in North Korea, China, and in Muslim areas of Syria, Eritrea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Egypt.

Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world, with the British House of Commons being informed, December 2013, that a Christian is killed every 11 minutes.

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Celebrating Corruption And Rule By Bayonet

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“People all over the nation are starved for honesty and common sense.” –Dr. Benjamin Carson

We once taught our children to admire Washington and Lincoln because they were honest men, men of integrity. A few years ago, people were surprised to learn that presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy cheated on their wives.

Anyone who went to Sunday school learned about King David cheating on his wife, then committing murder in the attempt to cover it up.  Cheating and lying and being dishonest have been around since Adam and Eve took the first bite. We used to feel guilty about it. Fewer and fewer people appear capable of feeling guilt over wrongdoing.

As a society, we have so seared the collective conscience; we’ve turned the corner from being numb to guilt to actually celebrating and promoting the cheating heart. Asked why he sexually exploited an intern in the White House, Bill Clinton famously replied: “Because I could.” Ironically, he was at least being honest about his dishonesty. Even so, he was impeached, and disbarred, for lying to a grand jury.  There is a certain callousness and selfishness that accompanies dishonesty.  The transformation of Hannah Montana to Miley Cyrus is a suitable metaphor.

It is accurate to say this culture turned from casually accepting dishonesty in high places to actually celebrating it, during the Clinton administration, and that shift was assisted by Hillary Clinton in no small measure.  She not only worked hard to cover up her husband’s rank immorality; in so doing, she attacked and destroyed women who blew the whistle–and she went further.  She engaged in a number of illegal and unethical activities, as revealed in this documentary.

The fact polls show a majority are ready to vote for Hillary in 2016 proves we celebrate and reward corruption and the cheating heart. Her crass and despicable role in the Benghazi affair should be her undoing, but it remains to be seen if the rule of law even applies anymore.

President Nixon revealed the cold, hard-hearted ruthlessness of full contact politics at a time when there remained a sense of devotion to duty and integrity; and so he paid the price, forced to resign in the face of certain impeachment. Bill and Hillary took that ruthlessness to a whole new level, making it something too many people excused and even admired. Pop culture believes it’s ‘cool’ and ‘hip’ to get away with something.

In our individual lives, as with the life of society, we will receive what we endorse and exalt. And so now, since we endorse and celebrate base behavior driven by rank dishonesty, we reap the downward spiral toward utter chaos, and widespread criminality, as seen in Ferguson and D.C. and the New York state house and elsewhere. As John Adams and the Founders warned, without a public sense of virtue encouraging all to protect the liberty of all, this republic will fail because the only alternative to voluntary cooperation is the bayonet.

Logically speaking then, all those people who celebrate dishonesty and immorality are actually directly responsible for the destruction of liberty and the very successful society formed around the basic building block of individual integrity. When leaders engage in despicable behavior, they sow the very seeds of disaster. And once a society descends to a certain level, when we actually laugh about the evil we promote, it is then perhaps too late.  At that point, we are staring at dictatorship, martial law, and the militarization of law enforcement.

This is the Clinton-Obama legacy: gross demoralization driven by moral bankruptcy and the cheating heart. When lies proliferate in the halls of power, and truth-tellers are hounded and jailed, the signs of the times are clear.

This president has lied so many times, it is almost a full-time job keeping track.  And now, Hillary says if she is elected president, she’ll seriously consider nominating Obama to serve on the Supreme Court.  That makes sense in view of the fact he has broken the law at least 25 times, while breaking 121 promises. And we are told a majority still celebrate this colossal corruption. It was beyond bizarre recently listening to him hail our ‘values’–as if he could even name them, much less assist in their nurturance.

Honesty is motivated by love and regard for one’s fellow man. It is the foundation of trust, the framework of civilized society. No love, no honesty, no trust, no society; those links are insoluble if we intend the preservation of civilization. If chaos and anarchy and violence and destruction are the goals, then by all means, stay the course.

Finally, if it is true the Church once acted as the nation’s conscience, and if it is true the national conscience has been beaten unconscious, then isn’t the ultimate responsibility for moral collapse rightly assigned to dereliction of duty in the pews and the pulpit?

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Concerned Mother Noticed Strange Symbol Built Into Local School Buses

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According to a recent WMC report, one Memphis, Tenn., parent is calling out the local school district for including a demonic symbol in the tail lights of some of its buses. Scroll down to see a full image of the offending lights.

The mother, who initially wished to remain anonymous because of threats she had received, explained that she stopped behind one of the buses and noticed the offensive symbol. She was later identified as Robyn Wilkins.

“Anyone who fears a god, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged,” Wilkins said, noting that if the district would not be allowed to display a Christian cross on a vehicle, it “cannot put a pentagram on it.”

The network spoke to a Wiccan, Jo Applewhite, who confirmed the symbol was “technically” a pentagram and said the shape is used in the practice of the pagan religion. She went on to encourage anyone upset about the lights to research whether their installation was intended to depict the symbol.

Another local said she saw the mother’s point, adding that people “should be upset if that is against their feelings, religion, et cetera.”

The complainant said it is unlikely any other religious or offensive symbol would be permitted on a public school bus.

“Would we allow a swastika, for instance, to be on the back of the bus?” Wilkins asked.

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Reaction to the story was varied, with several commenters asserting that the mother was likely overreacting to the situation.

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Others, however, used this incident to identify an ostensible attack on Christianity in America through the promotion of pagan faiths.

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Given the mother’s reluctance to identify herself after allegedly receiving death threats, it appears passions on both sides of the issue run deep.

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