Friday, July 1, 2016

From: Gary L. Bauer

“What The Fourth Of July Means To Me”

It has not been easy writing these daily reports for the past few days, let alone the past seven years. The carnage of San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, Orlando and Istanbul is a reminder that we are a nation and world at war against a radical ideology of hate and oppression. The Islamic supremacists we are fighting are the antithesis of everything our Founding Fathers risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to create and establish in this country.

But let’s set aside those concerns for a moment to celebrate the birthday of America. I’d like to share with you excerpts of an essay Ronald Reagan wrote entitled “What the Fourth of July Means To Me.”

“For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July. I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. . .

“Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth. . .

“What manner of men were [gathered in Philadelphia in July 1776]? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.

“John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.

“Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. . . [Thomas] Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.

“But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. . . In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.

“Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.

“Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.”

President Reagan’s words are especially poignant this Fourth of July and should encourage us all in the days and weeks ahead. Let us remember our nation’s “vision statement,” found in the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. . . “

Let us rededicate ourselves to the vision of our Founding Fathers, so that our nation may experience a “new birth of freedom” on November 8th!

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Here is the continuance of yesterdays story by Gary Bauer.



Tuesday, June 14, 2016
From: Gary L. Bauer

Orlando Updates

The Orlando terrorist attack continues to dominate the news. Here is an update on some of the latest headlines.


  • NBC News reports that Noor Zahi Salman, Mateen’s wife, may be facing criminal charges as an accomplice. Salman told investigators that Mateen had recently been “scouting Downtown Disney and Pulse [nightclub] for attacks,” but she claims she tried to talk him out of it. Downtown Disney is a popular open air venue with numerous shops and restaurants.


  • We have focused on how the shooter’s Islamic theology might have fostered a hateful mindset against homosexuals. In addition to that, did his Islamic faith cause him to experience self-loathing that contributed to the violence?

    There are multiple reports today that Mateen was a regular at the gay nightclub he attacked. He used a gay social media app and was sending messages to another man “back and forth over a year’s time.” A former classmate at the police academy said that he, Mateen and other friends went to gay bars together and that Mateen even asked him out.

    Here’s more: Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, has told foreign media outlets that she believed he had “gay tendencies.” Oddly, her fiancee, Marco Dias, claims that “the FBI asked her not to tell this to the American media.” Now, why would that be?

    I suspect it is because the left is desperate to avoid having a serious debate about the dangers of radical Islamism and would prefer to blame guns and conservative Christians.

    Trump Demands That Debate; Clinton Dodges

    Yesterday, both presidential candidates gave speeches addressing the Orlando attack. Hillary Clinton blamed “inflammatory rhetoric” and, like Obama, she mostly blamed guns. She used the occasion to revive one of her husband’s initiatives, the ban on so-called “assault weapons.”

    In contrast, Donald Trump delivered a very strong speech, going straight to the root cause. Trump forcefully attacked Obama’s incompetence and boldly declared, “The days of deadly ignorance will end, and they will end soon, if I’m elected.” (Watch it here.)

    Trump said that he wanted to make America safe again, meaning that everyone — regardless of ethnicity or background — would be safe. But he quickly added that Muslims in America needed to speak up against the danger that is festering within their communities, and that those who did not would pay a price. As noted above, it appears that the Orlando shooter’s wife may have known what was going to happen and failed to call the police.

    Trump doubled-down on serious immigration reform, warning that we are importing terrorism. “I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats. . . We have no choice,” Trump said. (Unbelievably, Speaker Paul Ryan is still siding with Barack Obama against the Republican nominee over this issue.)

    By the way, new research suggests that the children of immigrants, like Omar Mateen, are highly susceptible to radicalization. That raises a lot of disturbing questions including: What are they learning at home? What are they learning in their mosques? What clues are they picking up from the left in popular culture, which routinely trashes America as an oppressive nation?

    I recognize Trump’s shortcomings, but I have to say this for him: He is very good at political jujitsu. He knows how to take an opponent’s strength and turn it against him or, in the case of Hillary, her.

    Trump challenged Clinton’s support for increased Muslim immigration, given the danger radical Islam presents to women and other minorities. He also asked why Hillary and the left want to spend so much money on refugees instead of inner city children. Trump asked, “Wouldn’t this money be better spent on rebuilding America for our current population, including the many poor people already living here?”

    Trump knows how to aggressively challenge the Democratic coalition in ways that far too many Republicans appear unwilling to do. We need more fight and passion on our side.

    Obama Responds

    Shortly after lunchtime, Obama held another nationally televised press conference on the Orlando shootings. His comments were cringeworthy, but I struggled through it. Once again, he displayed more anger at Republicans than he did toward the shooter who murdered 49 Americans.

    One thing he chose to zero in on was the criticism he has received for refusing to call the jihadists “radical Islamic terrorists.” Obama said, “What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change?”

    Well, Mr. President, could we have defeated the Nazis if we refused to call them fascists and refused to explain what that meant? Could we have won the Cold War if we had been unwilling to call the Soviets communists and an “evil empire”? And if it doesn’t make any difference, then why do you so adamantly refuse to call the radical Islamists what they are?

    Rush Limbaugh made an interesting observation today. He said that every time Obama speaks after a radical Islamic attack, Obama sounds like an attorney representing the jihadists — constantly objecting to any suggestion that Islam had anything to do with the attack.

    Of course, Obama again called for tougher laws to make it harder on the 99.9% of gun owners buying guns to defend themselves. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee noted that when a Muslim kills people, Obama and the left insists that we don’t hold all Muslims responsible for the attack. But the same liberals say that all gun owners should pay a price for the attack.

    Democrats Walk Out

    Speaking of fight and passion, Democrats are launching a full-court press to resurrect their radical anti-Second Amendment agenda. Yes, they are trying to exploit the Orlando shootings, but I believe they are also doing this to distract the American people from the fact that they do not have an anti-radical Islam agenda.

    The action is a full-court press. This morning, Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security, declared that “gun control is part and parcel of homeland security.”

    Last night, House Democrats protested a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando attack. As Speaker Paul Ryan requested the moment of silence, three Democrats walked off the House floor.

    Protesting a moment of silence? Who does that? Evidently, Democrats who are upset that they haven’t succeeded yet in taking your guns away.

    As the proceedings resumed, Speaker Ryan called for a vote on pending legislation. But Democrats began yelling, “Where’s the bill?” House Democrats attempted to hijack the proceedings to call up three anti-Second Amendment bills. Ryan ruled them out of order and Democrats continued with their unbelievable disruptions.

    The protest was disgusting. But it is also a reminder that the left fights for its agenda with brass knuckles. Democrats went into that moment of silence intent on using it to advance their agenda. This is why they routinely run circles around us. While Republicans play by the rules, Democrats play hardball and they play to win.

    These kinds of events are not lost on the American people. When voters see passion on only one side of the political aisle and see what often comes across as apathy or indifference on the other, it energizes liberals and demoralizes conservatives.

    Does Love Defeat Hate?

    I understand the impulse for people to mourn and make public displays of their grief. What is troubling, however, is the frequent expression of platitudes indicating that millions of Americans still remain in a dangerous state of denial.

    One of the most frequently expressed sentiments right now is “Love defeats hate.”

    As a Christian, I certainly believe that was demonstrated by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. But in a fallen world, hate can inflict incredible damage with violence and force. Nazism was not stopped by an outpouring of positive feelings.

    Signs and slogans are not enough. We need strong men and women willing to bleed, willing to sacrifice in order to protect our civilization. That kind of love — love of God, love of family, love of country — backed by the righteous use of force, can defeat hate.


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To All,

Our hearts are broken to the atrocity in Florida’s shooting.  Please be in prayer for all those families that lost a loved one.



From: Bill Johnson

Re:   Silence, but Not Silent

Date:  June 13, 2016

By:  Steve Huston

“A gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State opened fire inside a crowded gay bar and dance club here early Sunday, leaving 49 people dead and 53 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, authorities said.”  Thus opens The Washington Post’s article on this crime against God which took place during the early hours of Sunday. Add the gunman who murdered those within the club, who was himself killed by the police, and that gives us a total of 50 who died during this atrocity.

Let’s take a moment of silence as we reflect on the 50 men and women who were created in the image of God.

Let’s take a moment of silence as we reflect on the other victims whose lives have been forever impacted.

Let’s take a moment of silence as we consider the numerous hearts that have been broken and families that have been forever affected by this evil. In truth, we have all been affected by this to some degree.

Let’s take a moment of silence as we remember that these are now 50 souls who have stepped out of time and into eternity. As they were, they will forever be.

Let’s take a moment of silence remembering the Apostle’s exhortation in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Let’s take a moment of silence remembering Ecclesiastes 7:2 “It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.” Taking a moment to reflect on the frailty and uncertainty of life as these casualties went from a “house of feasting” to a “house of mourning” in the blink of an eye. It could indeed be any one of us.

We take these moments to share in their grief that we might show Christ; and in so doing, take an opportunity to share the compassion of truth.

Putting silence aside for a moment, let’s recognize that this is NOT a gun control issue. Why is it that every time someone goes on a shooting rampage, the government wants to take guns away from those who aren’t doing the shooting?  Why take guns away from the law-abiding citizen, thereby putting others at risk and at the whims of those who would perpetuate criminal activity?

Putting silence aside, let’s recognize that no matter how much they say it’s not about religion, the shooter, Omar Mateen, called 9-1-1 and pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State. Let’s take note that his dad was a long time supporter of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Putting silence aside, let’s acknowledge that these “lone wolf” attacks aren’t so “lone wolf” as the media would like us to believe. Islamic terrorist groups, including and in particular the Islamic State, has called for an increase in so-called lone wolf attacks, especially in the West and in particular during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is taking place right now.

Putting silence aside, let’s speak out loudly that there is a vast difference between Islam and Christianity. While Jesus calls us to love our enemy, Mohammad would call for the killing of that enemy. While Christ calls us to share the compassion of truth with the homosexual, Mohammad calls for the killing of the same. While the Koran would make life seem to have little worth, the Bible tells us that all life is sacred and of worth.

Often the Christian and the Muslim may look too much alike to those who were enjoying the festivities at the nightclub this past Saturday night. When we wield the truth as a weapon instead of living it out with compassion, reconciling the world to God, we do our Lord a disservice. “We are called to live the truth, to teach the truth, to be the truth, and to love our neighbors on the basis of that truth.” (Al Mohler; We Cannot Be Silent)

We dare not remain silent about the atrocities committed against God (for all sin is against our Creator); yet we mustn’t forget our own brokenness and the grace which saves. The truth needs to be presented with boldness and urgency—for time is short—yet it must be presented with love and compassion.

After taking these moments of silence let us speak aloud to the God of heaven. Pray for these victims and the affected families. Pray that God will send a voice of compassionate truth into their lives. Pray that our country may once more have open eyes to the truth, truth in life and in government. Pray that God will transform each of us into better image bearers—presenting Him more accurately—in truth and love.

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