VIDEO Unseen undercover abortion videos to go public

2-week hearing set for reporters who revealed baby-body-parts-for-sale scheme
April 21, 2019 by Bob Unruh

 

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An undercover-video investigation that exposed the abortion industry’s sale of body parts of unborn babies will be the focus of a two-week preliminary hearing in a California court.

The case centers on the conflict between the First Amendment-based right of reporters to video people in public places and California’s privacy laws.

California brought the complaint against David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, who released more than a dozen videos in 2015 capturing Planned Parenthood executives and others negotiating for higher prices for body parts.

The videos, which are still available online, prompted some states to pull funding for abortionists and adopt new rules. The U.S. House and Senate investigated and sent referrals for criminal investigation to the Department of Justice.

But the abortionists responded with civil lawsuits against Daleiden and his organization. And they convinced pro-abortion Attorney General Xavier Becerra in California to pursue state privacy violation charges.

The Thomas More Society on Friday it will have lawyers in court Monday for the two-week preliminary hearing on “non-consensual eavesdropping and conspiracy” charges.

California Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite will decide whether Becerra, whose political campaigns have been subsidized by abortionists, can present enough evidence to require Daleiden and associate Sandra Merritt to defend themselves against 15 felony counts at a full-dress jury trial later this year.

“This hearing will mark the first time that the anonymous abortion industry witnesses who complained that they were illegally videotaped will present sworn testimony in court. It will also be the first time that excerpts of the videos – capturing alleged involvement in illegal fetal tissue sales as well as the commission of violent felony crimes against human beings – will be shown in open court,” Thomas More said.

The reference is to videos obtained at a National Abortion Federal meeting that have been suppressed by a federal judge with his own links to Planned Parenthood.

WND reported in January on plans to depose abortion industry executives as part of the case.

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, another legal organization defending the undercover reporters’ work, said Planned Parenthood executive Mary Gatter, who famously said wanted a Lamborghini, will be among the people deposed.

“Backed up by legions of attorneys from two national law firms, Planned Parenthood is spending millions of dollars to destroy a young man who exposed fetal tissue trafficking in the abortion industry,” Charles LiMandri, FCDF’s chief counsel, said earlier. “We have no doubt that officials’ testimonies will shed a light on Planned Parenthood’s illegal operations.”

Here are two of the videos released by CMP:

One of the videos that has been suppressed by Judge William Orrick includes more details about the industry.

It was available only briefly online.

However, transcripts of comments by abortion executives have been preserved.

Lisa Harris, medical director for Planned Parenthood of Michigan: “Our stories don’t really have a place in a lot of pro-choice discourse and rhetoric, right? The heads that get stuck that we can’t get out. The hemorrhages that we manage.”

Susan Robinson of Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte in San Jose, California: “The fetus is a tough little object and taking it apart, I mean taking it apart, on day one is very difficult.’

Talcott Camp, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Health Freedom Project: “I’m like oh my god! I get it! When the skull is broken, that’s really sharp. I get it, I understand why people are talking about getting that skull out, that calvarium.”

Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America: “You know, sometimes she’ll tell me she wants brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium in ’til last, and then try to basically take it, or actually, you know, catch everything, and even keep it separate from the rest of the tissue so it doesn’t get lost.”

Uta Landy, founder of the Consortium of Abortion providers for Planned Parenthood: “An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross.”

Her comment was followed by raucous laughter from the abortionists at the meeting of the National Abortion Federation.

In December 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives referred the Planned Parenthood Federation of American and six regional affiliates to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation.

Operation Rescue noted little attention was given to the issue under President Obama, but after Donald Trump moved into office, the investigations “appeared to show signs of life.”

See a CMP video about Planned Parenthood skirting federal law:

The “Lamborghini” executive:

Paying attention to who’s in the room when infants are born alive:

Altering abortion procedures:

Selling body parts a “valid exchange”:

https://www.wnd.com/2019/04/unseen-undercover-abortion-videos-to-go-public/


 

Texas Backs Chick-fil-A, Come What Mayo!

Chick-fil-A may cater, but not to the demands San Antonio liberals care about. Now, three weeks into the city council’s decision to ban the restaurant from the local airport, Texas conservatives know: this case for their religious liberty bill was made to order.

“Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport,” City Councilman Roberto Treviño told the media after the council’s 6-4 vote to boot the chicken chain from opening a shop in the terminal. Why? Because the owners dare to donate to charities like the Salvation Army. “Ridiculous!” Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) responded on Twitter. “That’s not Texas,” he argued.

Unfortunately, the state’s conservatives worry, that will be Texas if something isn’t done to protect religious freedom. “With this decision,” Treviño insisted, the council “reaffirmed the work [San Antonio] has done to become a champion of inclusion.” Until, of course, that “inclusion” applies to people who support natural marriage and sexuality. Where’s the equality for them? That’s a question the Lone Star State is trying to answer with the introduction of SB 17, the Free to Believe Act and the First Amendment Defense Act.

Chick-fil-A may be a private company, but that doesn’t mean it has to surrender its beliefs at the dining room door. And the same goes for any American trying to live out their faith in the public square. The San Antonio City Council thinks it can’t, “in good conscience,” sign an airport agreement with a business owned by Christians. But isn’t that exactly what this debate is about — conscience? Just because the Cathy family owns a national restaurant chain doesn’t mean they’re excluded from the First Amendment. Regardless of what liberals say, religious freedom isn’t just for churches. It’s for every business, wedding vendor, adoption agency, charity, doctor — every citizen. And that’s what SB 17 is hoping to remind Texans.

“We’re waking up in an era where Christian faith, specifically, seems to be under attack,” said state Sen. Charles Perry (R). In the current political climate, he’s worried Christians can’t practice their faith openly without facing consequences — including the loss of their jobs and livelihood. Under the Free to Believe Act, government officials can’t punish Texans for thinking differently than the radical Left. That’s just “a license to discriminate,” LGBT activists argue.

Not true, Republicans like Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (Texas) fired back. No one is trying to create a religious excuse for businesses to turn people away. No believer I know would want that — let alone lobby for it. As even Chick-fil-A has said, everyone should feel welcome at its restaurant. This debate has never been about Christians discriminating against anyone — it’s about stopping the government from discriminating against them!

Even in some of the more high-profile wedding vendor cases, where the Left is trying to paint Christians as intolerant monsters who want to slam the door shut on same-sex couples, you’ll find that — to a person — each shop owner was more than happy to sell the activists something off their shelves. In fact, Barronnelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers, considered the man who sued her to be one of her best customers. “I knew he was in a relationship with a man and he knew I was a Christian. But that never clouded the friendship for either of us or threatened our shared creativity — until he asked me to design something special to celebrate his upcoming wedding. If all he’d asked for were prearranged flowers, I’d gladly have provided them. If the celebration were for his partner’s birthday, I’d have been delighted to pour my best into the challenge. But as a Christian, weddings have a particular significance.”

In Chick-fil-A’s case, the Left’s overreaction is almost comical. The Cathy family hasn’t done any overt lobbying on natural marriage for years. In fact, they’ve intentionally backed away from taking a stand on issues of biblical morality — yet still, they’re a target. That ought to show everyone that there’s just no appeasing the Left. Simply being a Christian in the workforce — even a polite and politically silent one — is enough to draw the liberals’ wrath.

But the Democrats’ new terrain, where your personal views disqualify you from participating in society, is a dangerous precedent. If liberals choose not to eat Chick-fil-A, that’s their right. Just like it’s our right not to shop at Target until they stop putting women and children in danger with their bathroom policies. What isn’t our decision — or theirs — is to exclude these businesses from the market altogether. If you agree, join our friends from Texas Values in Wednesday’s Save Chick-fil-A Day! Come to the state capitol for the House hearing on the Free to Believe Act, and then drive-through your local chain on the way home. Help Texas leaders show the country that there’s always an appetite for real religious freedom!

As seen here at Family Research Council. Posted here with permission.


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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Is the Resurrection a Product of Legendary Embellishment?

Do the gospels contain legendary embellishments when it comes to Jesus’ resurrection? Did the original disciples really believe that Jesus died, was buried, and then rose from the dead? Leaving aside the fact that a compelling case for the resurrection can be made from the gospels themselves , let’s address this objection that the gospels contain these legendary embellishments.

If the gospels contain legends that were not part of early Christian belief, then we would expect our earliest sources to reflect a different account of things. Conversely, if the earliest sources agree with the gospels, then it becomes very difficult indeed to argue that Mark and the others have been contaminated by legendary embellishment.[1] So, what are these earlier sources? Perhaps the most critical source available to the historian is the pre-Pauline tradition preserved in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5:

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received:

that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

and that He was buried,

and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

The reason this passage is so important is that there is good reason to believe that this teaching is not original with Paul but rather, goes back to the original disciples of Jesus, dated to within five years of Jesus’ death.

Dr. Mike Licona offers a compelling case for the importance of this passage. First, there is good evidence to suggest that Paul is appealing to a tradition that is not original with him:[2]

1.    Paul uses two terms to indicate that he is carefully passing on a tradition that he received from someone else: παρέδωκα (“delivered”) and παρέλαβον (“received”). Since we know that Paul’s past as a Pharisee instilled in him high regard for tradition[3]and that he maintained his high view of tradition[4], we have good reason to believe that Paul is accurately passing on a tradition that is not his own.

2.    The vocabulary of this passage is uncharacteristic for Paul. The phrase “according to the scriptures” doesn’t appear anywhere else in the New Testament! “On the third day” is not found anywhere else in Paul. “The twelve” is not found anywhere else in Paul, and he prefers to say “the apostles.”[5]

3.    There is obvious structure and parallelism. The passage is broken into four lines, each introduced with the term ὅτι (“that”). The first and third lines are longer and follow the pattern of verb, clarification, and an appeal to the Scriptures. These longer lines are both followed by the shorter second and third lines.

Second, there is good evidence to suggest that Paul received this tradition from the original disciples in Jerusalem within five years of Jesus’ death:[6]

1.    Paul himself believed that doctrine originated in Jerusalem[7]. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:11 that “we” preach the tradition above. In the context, he is referring to the apostles along with himself. However, the original church leaders were headquartered in Jerusalem[8]. So, we have good reason to believe that this tradition came from Jerusalem.

2.    There are at least two occasions where Paul visits Jerusalem before the writing of 1 Corinthians. The first is three years after his conversion, for a total of about five years after the death of Jesus, when he stayed fifteen days to “visit” or “become acquainted” with Peter. It is hard to imagine Paul, someone with incredible drive and zeal, spending over two weeks with a man like Peter, and the two of them never discussing the bedrock of their new-found fellowship in Christ.

3.    Also, on this first occasion, Paul uses the word ἱστορῆσαι (“visit” or “become acquainted with”) from which derives the English word “history.” The word’s definition is to visit “for the purpose of coming to know someone or something…to get information from.”[9] Therefore, the word that Paul uses indicates that this was not a casual visit and that an exchanging of information characterized his time with Peter.

There are other occasions on which Paul would have had the opportunity to receive this tradition, but it is hard to see why he would not have received it on this first visit. In light of this evidence, it is difficult to see how the resurrection account in the gospels is legendary. For, not even five years after the events, the central component of the original apostle’s preaching was the death and resurrection of Jesus.


[1] Michael Licona, The Resurrection of Jesus: a new historiographical approach, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2010), 209

[2] Ibid., 224-226.

[3] Galatians 1:14.

[4] 1 Corinthians 11:2;23; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; et al.

[5] 1 Corinthians 15:9; Galatians 1:19 et al.

[6] Licona, The Resurrection, 226-227, 30.

[7] Romans 15:25-27.

[8] Galatians 1:17-28; 2:1-10; Acts 1:8; 8:1; 15:2 et al.

[9] Arndt, William, Frederick W. Danker, Walter Bauer, and F. Wilbur Gingrich. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Literature, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 483.

VIDEO 50% drop in abortion traffic follows ‘Unplanned’

 

Image courtesy 40 Days for Life

Image courtesy 40 Days for Life

Don’t expect this statistic to appear in Planned Parenthood’s next report to Congress when it seeks more taxpayer money.

At one clinic, following the release of the hit movie “Unplanned,” abortion traffic dropped by half.

At another, it was down 25 percent.

Those are just two of the early reports of the impact of the movie, according to Shawn Carney, the president and CEO of 40 Days for Life.

The organization has conducted 40-day prayer vigils in 816 cities in 56 countries around the globe. They set up volunteers – 1 million so far in a decade – to pray around the clock for 40 days.

Their objective is to save babies, help hurting mothers and help abortion-industry employees move to other jobs.

The movie tells the dramatic true story of a Planned Parenthood clinic manager, Abby Johnson, who quits and becomes a pro-life activist after assisting in an abortion.

When Johnson quit, she immediately went to Carney at his organization’s headquarters across from the Planned Parenthood she managed in Bryan, Texas.

Carney told WND in an interview that he and Johnson had known each other for years, both having attended Texas A&M University. When she started working at Planned Parenthood, he started with 40 Days for Life.

He recalls the day that Johnson, “distraught, completely broken,” walked into his office.

He said he was worried about her future after having turned her back on the abortion industry’s biggest player.

Carney said that with the release of “Unplanned,” participation in the prayer vigils has surged 30 percent.

“It’s just been a wave of enthusiasm,” he said. “People are actually going out and peacefully praying.”

He said volunteers are at Planned Parenthood clinics daily. He’s still assessing all the reports, but one clinic’s traffic was down 50 percent since the movie came out. Another down one quarter.

“Absolutely fantastic,” he said.

He said Johnson is the 26th of 186 abortion workers who have fled the industry since 40 Days began its work.

He praised the movie makers.

“Their boldness in showing pro-life activism in a positive light really took a lot of courage,” he said.

Image courtesy 40 Days for Life

Image courtesy 40 Days for Life

The movie, he said, already is in 56 countries, and he’s anticipating the international impact.

Most people, he said, don’t realize that there have been 61 million babies lost to abortion in America alone since the Supreme Court created that right in 1973.

He said the best way to defund Planned Parenthood is to stand outside and pray that God will keep women away.

No customers means no income, and even Planned Parenthood, with its government subsidies annually, needs income, he said.

See the “Unplanned” trailer:

Last week, WND reported Google categorized the movie as “propaganda.”

Kelsey Bolar took a screenshot of Google’s designation, “Drama/Propaganda,” and posted it on Twitter.

“Who knew that ‘propaganda’ was a movie genre? @Google once again exposing its gross political bias,” Bolar wrote.

A Twitter user noted Google “fixed” the propaganda label after 12 hours.

But a blogger for the Twitter news-aggregator Twitchy said, “We’re not really sure they ‘fixed’ anything … fixing it would also be an apology but we suppose this is a start.

 

Image courtesy 40 Days for Life

Image courtesy 40 Days for Life

“The next time someone accuses you of wearing tinfoil when you point out how politically biased against Conservatives Silicon Valley is send them this story,” said Twitchy. “… It’s hard to deny your bias when you all but create a new movie genre for a movie about Planned Parenthood so people who search it might not take the movie seriously.”

WND reported “Unplanned” has succeeded despite considerable opposition. Over its opening weekend, for example, Twitter had an “error” that shut down the movie’s account and deleted 50,000 followers.

The movie also was given an “R” rating despite no nudity or violence. And networks refused to sell time and space for advertising. A company even prevented the movie from using a piece of music because of the topic.

Actress Robia Scott talked about her role in the movie:

And Matthew West created a music video for “Unplanned”:

Fox News reported Johnson now has a ministry called And Then There Were None that helps abortion workers get new jobs.

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VIDEO Black and Pro-Life – Understanding the New Legislation on Abortion

Fifteen months after the city of Oakland, California, passed a law making it illegal to approach a woman entering an abortion clinic without her consent, Walter Hoye went to jail for standing on a public sidewalk outside an abortion clinic with a sign saying, “God loves you and your baby. Let us help you.”

In this excerpt from Black and Pro-Life in America, we learn about Walter’s first visit to Family Planning Specialists in Oakland, and how his life would never be the same.


 

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Walter Hoye had never heard of Family Planning Specialists (FPS) in Oakland before he was invited to join the sidewalk counselors at 200 Webster Street. “I was focused on my church, on my congregation and the next conference,” he explained. Abortion and its impact on the black community had become issue No. 1 at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, but Walter had not yet visited an abortion clinic.

Energized by a Walk for Life and intrigued by the possibilities involved in sidewalk counseling, Walter decided to give it a try. With Christiana Downer and Sister Elga Kendall, two women in their 80s from his church, he went to FPS for the first time on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. That very day, FPS called the police. No one was cited or arrested, and Walter and his friends decided to return every Tuesday morning.

During Walter’s time slot at FPS, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., he would stand on the public sidewalk near the clinic loading zone and watch for the telltale signs of a woman on her way to an abortion. The pathway to the front door of the clinic, eight steps in length, was on private property and off-limits to Walter. But it was no barrier to the spiritual power of prayer and heartfelt concern that he could exercise from the sidewalk. Walter figured that if by those means he could save just one life each Tuesday, he could save 52 lives each year.

Most clients would walk right past Walter, acting as though they didn’t see him and his sign, which said, “God loves you and your baby. Let us help you.” But once in a while a woman would stop and listen to his soft, comforting voice saying, “Good morning. May I talk to you about alternatives to the clinic?” Sometimes his truthful and hopeful words would change a woman’s mind about having an abortion.

Walter’s sign was a gift from Mary Arnold. It was a copy of one Mary used with some success during one of her vigils outside an abortion clinic in Auckland, New Zealand. A Pacific Islander inside the clinic saw the sign through the window and went outside to talk to Mary. She said that her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s father were at home praying for her and that the message on the sign meant a lot to her. She asked Mary for help, and Mary assisted her through the pregnancy. They stayed in touch after the birth of the baby, and Mary has a photograph of the child, which is dear to her heart.

He Answered Yes

Walter loved the sign and the story behind it, he said. The succinct message summed up everything he would say to a woman in a crisis pregnancy if she would give him the chance. It contained the answers to the three questions women would most often ask him: “Does God love me?” “Does God love me and my baby?” “Are you willing to help me?” Every time a woman asked Walter one of these questions, he answered yes.

During Walter’s visits to FPS he noticed that most of the women seeking abortion were black. Gradually, the number of black clients increased. One Tuesday morning, Walter counted 27 women approaching the clinic, and 25 of them were black. Yet the clinic could not perform 27 abortions in a two-hour period, he said. Some of these women, he discovered, came “not because they had an appointment, but because they knew there was a black man out there, a preacher out there, who was helping the women.” Word had spread about Walter’s two-hour weekly vigil at the Webster Street clinic.

The needs women brought to Walter went beyond those related to pregnancy. “If they were hungry, if they needed a place to stay . . . we were literally helping the women,” he said. Some women simply needed someone to talk to. “Sometimes we would just go have coffee, lunch, and just talk.”

Young men also began coming to Walter, seeking answers and looking for help. Sometimes a pregnant mother dragged along the father of her unborn child, hoping he would listen to Walter. “She wanted him, her boyfriend, to hear me talk about it,” he said, referring to the life of the baby and alternatives to abortion.

As members of the local black community, Walter and his companions from Progressive Missionary Baptist Church became the most effective sidewalk counselors outside FPS — so effective that the clinic turned to Barbara Hoke for help.

Antis and Deathscorts

Barbara Hoke calls all of them “antis” — pro-life demonstrators, protestors, and sidewalk counselors. When the “antis” began squeezing FPS financially, the clinic asked her to recruit escorts for their clients.

For their part, the “antis” referred to the escorts as “deathscorts,” and when the first ones arrived at FPS two months after black folks began sidewalk counseling there, the reason for them was obvious — to counter the Walter Hoye effect.

Walter and his companions kept their Tuesday-morning appointment at FPS like clockwork. Christiana Downer and Sister Elga Kendall went to their usual curbside spots and handed out literature. Walter, in his early 50s, moved back and forth in his own area, closer to the white loading zone. “I would say to the women, ‘Good morning. May I talk to you about an alternative to the clinic?’ so they would know I wasn’t crazy,” Walter said. If a client chose to listen, she would walk closer to him.

The first sign that FPS was worried about Walter Hoye was the increase in visits by the police. They started to come at regular intervals. As had been the case before, the police would leave without making any arrests. There were federal and state laws governing activities outside abortion clinics, some of them strongly worded and court tested, but what Walter was doing remained in compliance with those laws. He was holding a sign and offering an alternative to abortion on a public sidewalk. There was no law against that. Officers would arrive, briefly talk to Walter, and then quickly leave. Those police visits were a blessing in disguise, Walter said. “They were actually helping me be a better sidewalk counselor,” he explained. “I obeyed everything they told me to do. Women were still stopping.”

When the first escorts arrived at FPS, they were cold and hard toward Walter, as if he were a dangerous enemy. But their treatment didn’t bother him. He was as open and friendly with them as he was with anyone else, and it wasn’t long before they began talking to him when no clients were around. The conversations were unavoidable since the escorts shadowed Walter’s every move by standing or walking right next to him. The topics ranged from the trivial to the more serious and personal. Walter was training to run a marathon, which one escort found interesting. Another escort wanted to talk about her gravely ill mother, and Walter listened to her concerns with kindness and sympathy.

Sharing the Love

Walter looked upon these conversations as opportunities to share the love of God with the volunteers. One escort, one of the few black volunteers, stopped coming to the clinic. “She saw what I was seeing,” Walter said. “She knew what was going on, and she got to the point where she never came back. She just couldn’t do it anymore.” Her departure became another problem for the clinic.

After a while, the escorts stopped talking to Walter, and he and his companions concluded that the clinic had ordered the escorts to stay away from him. “They would come out and say, ‘We can’t talk to you anymore, Walter. We can’t talk to you,’ ” he said. The escorts then waited in their cars or in the lobby for clients to arrive.

In April the escorts began more aggressive tactics. As they stood next to Walter or walked alongside him, they blocked his sign or his face with blank whiteboards. “In some cases, I was literally surrounded and followed by four white women wherever I went,” he said. The spectacle slowed traffic on Webster Street as drivers rubbernecked to see what the fuss was about.

Sidewalk counselor Mary Arnold recalled how the circus caused clients to approach her with questions about what was going on. It was an open invitation for her to reach out. It worked for a while, but the constant harassment by the escorts ultimately caused Mary Arnold to give up, leaving Walter there with his two elderly companions.

By November 2006 there was public talk about crafting a bubble law for abortion clinics in Oakland. The clamor for action against Walter Hoye had reached city hall, where abortion providers had powerful allies who proved willing to go to extremes to stop him. “They were afraid that if one black pastor was out there, more would come,” he said. “They couldn’t let one black pastor get away with counseling black women about alternatives to abortion.”

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Walter Hoye went to jail for standing on a public sidewalk outside an abortion clinic with a sign saying, “God loves you and your baby. Let us help you.” Learn more about Walter’s story in the book Black and Pro-Life in America.

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There’s a Spiritual Battle Between Good and Evil Being Waged on College Campuses

April 17, 2019 By David and Jason Benham

David and Jason Benham (Benham Brothers Photo)

Abraham Lincoln once said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

We’ve seen that to be true, which is why USA Today’s recent storygrabbed our attention last week: “So Yale Law School endorses anti-religious bigotry now?”

Oh boy – what now?!

The story basically describes the digressive nature of the progressive movement’s goal to silence freedom of speech and slay freedom of religion. That’s why the ceiling consistently becomes the floor with these folks. First they want acceptance of their ideas, then appreciation, then celebration, then participation – and if you choose not to join the revolution, they’ll marginalize you, demonize you, and eventually criminalize you if they can (wow, that was a mouthful).

Because you can’t have free speech and free religion if you want to destroy American values, you need government coercion; and to get that, you need a crop of future leaders fully indoctrinated to hate freedom of speech and religion (well, at least freedom of speech and religion that’s different from theirs).

The article reported that the Yale Federalist Society scheduled an event in February with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a premier legal organization with nine Supreme Court wins in the last seven years. But before the event took place, over 20 campus organizations condemned the group as “homophobic and hateful” because it has defended religious freedom – and won – on multiple occasions. Their most recent victory included the Colorado cake baker.

And, like a set of perfectly aligned dominoes, the dean of the school fell directly into line with the protestors. By late March, the school had adopted new policies that went even further than the protestor’s demands. Samuel Adkisson, himself a Yale grad, summed it up like this:

“Under the guise of nondiscrimination, Yale Law School has announced it will blatantly discriminate. A student is barred from aid if she works at a synagogue that gives preference to Jewish applicants, but not if she works at an organization that peddles anti-Semitism yet hires all comers. A graduate is blocked from funding if she works for the Christian Legal Society, but not if she works for the Freedom from Religion Foundation. And a graduate is not eligible to receive loan assistance if she is a professor at Brigham Young University, but is eligible if she works for Berkeley.”

Nice.

There are a couple key points I’d like to point out.

First, Lincoln’s quote was spot on – kids in college today do become leaders in government tomorrow. So it matters where we are sending our kids and what they are being taught.

Dr. Elton Trueblood, a former chaplain for Stanford and Harvard in the early 20th century, was asked what it would look like for Christians in America in the 21st century. His response was eerily prophetic: “By the year 2000, Christians in America will be a conscious minority surrounded by an arrogant, militant paganism.”

He saw the direction progressives were taking our colleges, and his discerning reply was our warning. Now it’s here.

Second, those saying all we need today is more “conversation and dialogue” should understand that it requires shared values and common goals with those to whom we converse to move forward as a society. But that’s not what the progressive left wants.

A traffic analogy works well here. Traffic flows in America, despite the cars we drive, what we listen to on the radio or think about other drivers, because we all have the shared value that red means stop and green means go – and we all have the common goal of making it to our destination safely.

But if people don’t share those values or goals, traffic would quickly become unsafe – it would turn into chaos. And that’s the ultimate goal of the left.

Which brings me to my last point. God is not the author of chaos and confusion, the devil is. At the bottom of this struggle on college campuses (not to mention mainstream media and Hollywood) is a spiritual battle between good and evil, right and wrong.

It’s not a Republican/Democrat thing, conservative/liberal thing, black/white thing, citizen/immigrant thing, or any other thing the left decides to foment. It’s a spiritual battle that truly rages behind the scenes.

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.’ (Psalm 2:1-3)

Matthew Henry, the 18th-century Bible commentator, said of Psalm 2 that people throughout history constantly seek to cast off “the bands of conscience and the cords of God’s commandments.”

That’s why conscience and conviction are in the cross-airs of the radical Left. It’s spiritual, even if they don’t know it.

And Revelation 12:17 reveals that Satan is behind it all:

“Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”

Those who choose to live by their conscience and conviction and honor God’s moral commands in today’s America find themselves directly in opposition to the dragon of Revelation – Satan himself.

Those on the radical left have no idea the spirit under which they are operating, so we are hitting our knees in pray more than ever for them to be set free.

Because the good news of the Gospel is still the good news – that Jesus defeated the devil at the Cross and is clothed with resurrection power.

Happy Easter.

Twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, are former professional baseball players, nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, and best-selling authors. Their rise to success earned them a reality show with HGTV that was set to air in the fall of 2014 – yet the show was abruptly cancelled because of their commitment to Biblical values.

Editor’s Note: This piece was reprinted with permission from BenhamBrothers.com.

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Is Easter a Farce and a Fraud Since Dead Men Don’t Rise?

The German sociologist Ernst Troeltsch contended that, since dead men don’t rise, Jesus could not have risen from the dead.  However, Troeltsch reasoned from a flawed premise and when that happens, the resultant conclusion will always be wrong.  The dead have been raised and Easter is not a farce or a fraud but a fact.  If the atheists and skeptics are correct then not only is Easter fake news, it leaves mankind helpless, hopeless, and hapless.  As the Apostle Paul wrote:

“We are of all men most miserable.”

But Easter is good news for mankind.  Christ arose and gave credibility to his messiahship and lordship.  Easter put all the other world religions in the little league.  I’m sorry, but what would you expect me to say?

When Christ stood before the Jewish leaders and admitted to being God, they were obligated to do one of two things—bow down and worship or kill Him.  That is basically the same decision every person on earth must make.  I would be more politically and religiously correct to take an ecumenical position but that would be an inaccurate position and would be dishonest.

The emasculated Easter message with talk of a “symbolic” resurrection, bunnies, rabbits, eggs, and chocolate is inane, irrational, and inaccurate.

This passage by the Apostle Paul refutes all other world religions:

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

If that Gospel is not true then I’m going home, pull down the shades, eat a box of chocolates, and wait for the end.  Furthermore, if that passage is not literally true then Christian leaders down through the ages—of all denominations—have been cheats, crooks, charlatans, and even criminals.

Even some “Christian” leaders disbelieve His resurrection and if they were principled people, they would return their religious credentials, walk away from their church, university, or seminary, and go into the insurance business.

Bart Ehrman is such a man.  While he is brilliant and talented, he renounced his background and education and often exceeds the most blasphemous Bible critic.  To justify his apostasy from the faith of his youth, he must justify it by defaming, distorting, and denying the Bible.  Ehrman is very concerned because Luke and Mark don’t tell the same story.  While they both tell the story of Christ, they don’t emphasize the same things.  Who said they were expected to do so?  Each writer had different objectives and wrote from a different perspective.

Ehrman tells us that Paul doesn’t say much about:

“Jesus’s words or deeds…but focuses on what for Paul were the critical issues.”

Paul was aware that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were perfectly capable to tell the story of Christ, and that he had been commissioned to deal with doctrine, church organization and procedures, apologetics, etc.  Bart adds that:

“the message of the Revelation of John differs from the message of the Gospel of John.”

Does someone need to remind Bart that there is a vast difference in subject matter?  There is a great difference in a cookbook or a history book or science fiction—where all his books should be found!

All biblical scholars know that each Gospel reveals Christ from different perspectives.  Each author could have revealed the same incidents in His life with the same emphasis but for what purpose?  John had no desire to mention Christ’s birth, since he knew Matthew and Luke could handle it.

Ehrman declared:

“[T]he accounts are fairly unanimous in saying (the earliest accounts we have are unanimous in saying) that Jesus was in fact buried by this fellow, Joseph of Arimathea, and so it’s relatively reliable that that’s what happened.”

However, he changed his mind and believes that the body of Jesus was eaten by scavengers.  What a crock.

Ehrman and all Bible critics take the approach that raising the dead is impossible so the Bible is not reliable; however, they set up a fabricated presumption and defend their position from the false premise.  Nevertheless, it should be understood that there were many early Christian writers who testified to physical resurrections long after the resurrection and ascension of Christ!  Quadratus, the first Christian apologist (who preached in the early 100s) who was a disciple of the Disciples, said that some who had been raised from the dead even reached his times.  Irenaeus said the same thing.

Critics go on and on about the “differences” in the events surrounding Christ’s resurrection. One writer mentions one angel at the tomb while another mentions two. One says the angel (or angels) sat while another Gospel has them standing.  Tom Paine charged that if the witnesses were to testify in court, they would be charged with perjury.  No, in court the four stories would be blended to make a total picture of what happened.  If Tom had not been so blind, he would have realized that the angels stood and sat.  In addition, is it not possible that there were two angels and then one angel?  This old criticism was buried a long time ago and is known by all informed critics.

Flavius Josephus (37 B.C.—100) was a Jew and Roman citizen who had the support of Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus. Josephus was a Jewish military leader stationed in Galilee, and saw the handwriting on the wall (the Jerusalem wall!) and it said, “defeat, destruction, and death,” so he surrendered (although all his men committed suicide except one), turned against his own people, and became a Roman flunky in Caesar’s court.  He supped from the same poisonous stream as Judas and Judas died a suicide but Josephus lived a life of luxury in the Roman court.

Josephus wrote the Antiquities of the Jews about A.D. 93 which contains a passage known as the Testimonium Flavianum.  The famous passage reports the death and resurrection of Jesus as follows:

“When Pilate, upon the accusation of the first men amongst us, condemned [Jesus] to be crucified, those who had formerly loved him did not cease [to follow him], for he appeared to them on the third day, living again, as the divine prophets foretold, along with a myriad of other marvelous things concerning him.”

Wow, that’s from a Jewish historian recording the life, death, and resurrection of Christ but some critics don’t even believe He lived.

Julius Africanus was a Christian living in the third century after Christ. He wrote a History of the World in five volumes and in that history, he discussed the darkness during the crucifixion of Christ.  He quotes Thallus (died A.D. 75), an earlier writer, who also mentioned the darkness. Julius and Thallus are both favorably mentioned by other contemporary historians.  Another historian Phlegon, who wrote a fourteen-volume history, recorded the darkness as well, specifying the very hours of the darkness!

The Jewish Talmud is a compilation of oral rabbinic tradition dating to about A.D. 200 and refers to Christ, His disciples, and His crucifixion.  That Jewish holy book even mentions His miracles suggesting that it was magic which He learned in Egypt.  Are you going to believe famous writers shortly after Christ’s death and resurrection and hostile Jews living in the third century who have reasons not to believe in Christ’s reality or unbelieving Bible haters living in modern times who have reasons not to believe in Christ?

The Disciples were so sure about Christ’s Resurrection that they were willing to put their lives on the line, and many of them became martyrs for the sake of the Gospel.  That is very unrealistic if they knew Christ did not rise from the dead. Christ’s own brother James was such a person according to John 7:5:

“For neither did his brethren believe in him.”

However, Christ appeared to James following His resurrection according to Galatians 1:19, and James became a believer.

Furthermore, some of Christ’s enemies were converted after His death and resurrection and it is admitted in every court of law that the best evidence is from your enemies. 

The early Christians yelled triumphantly, “He’s alive!” He still is. Man’s best friend, Jesus, has conquered man’s worst enemy, death!

As seen here at Don Boys: Common Sense for Today. Posted here with permission. 

Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, who ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis and wrote columns for USA Today for eight years. Boys’ book, Muslim Invasion: The Fuse is Burning! is available here. Follow Dr. Boys on Facebook at Don Boys, Ph.D. and TheGodHatersTwitter, and visit his blog.

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