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By Todd Starnes

The narrative from Roanoke, Virginia was determined within an hour of the televised execution of those two journalists

It’s about the guns. That’s what the President says. That’s what the chattering class says. That’s what the Mainstream Media says.

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Remember the headlines from Charleston? “White Gunman Opens Fire on Black Church.”

It was a hate crime, they said. Ban the Confederate flag, they demanded.

The news coverage from Roanoke has been a bit more politically correct — even though the killer admitted he wanted to start a race war. They sanitized it to meet their preconceived narrative.

There were no headlines reading “Gay Black Man Guns Down White Heterosexual Reporters.” There were no calls to ban the rainbow flag. No presidential speeches or Civil Rights marches.

A black man killing white people because of the color of their skin — that’s not a narrative they wants to talk about. Because in their world — that’s not a hate crime.

But in my world – all murder should be considered a hate crime – regardless of skin color.

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By Todd Starnes

There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched.

The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order.

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“The Rankin County School Board and District Office are very saddened students will not be able to perform their halftime show they have worked so hard on this summer,” the district wrote in a statement to the Clarion Ledger newspaper. 

In 2013 a student sued the district over a series of Christian meetings that had been held on school property, the newspaper reported. The district later settled the lawsuit and acknowledged they had violated the student’s First Amendment rights.

In July, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves ruled the district had violated the agreement after a Christian minister delivered a prayer at an awards ceremony.

Judge Reeves, who was appointed to the bench by President Obama, came down hard on the school district — ordering them to pay thousands of dollars in fines. He also warned the district that future violations would cost them $10,000.

“Defendants are permanently enjoined from including prayer, religious sermons or activities in any school sponsored event including but not limited to assemblies, graduations, award ceremonies, athletic events and any other school event,” the order reads.

Word about the band getting benched spread across the town quicker than kudzu. I must have received emails and Facebook messages from nearly the entire state – from Desoto County to Yazoo City. 

Something must be done to right this wrong, people said. A message had to be sent to the likes of Judge Reeves. Locals gathered in coffee shops and garages to devise their plan. 

And what they did — would become known as the musical shot heard around the world.

During halftime of Friday night’s game – a lone voice began to sing the forbidden song.

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,” the singer sang. And then – something remarkable happened. 

Brittany Mann was there and she witnessed the entire moment of defiance. 

“We were just sitting there and then one by one people started to stand,” she told me. “At first, it started out as a hum but the sound got louder and louder.”

She said it was a “truly incredible” moment to watch hundreds of people singing together in the stadium – a musical act of civil disobedience.

“At that moment I was so proud of my town – coming together and taking a stand for something we believe in,” she said. “It breaks my heart to see where our country is going — getting farther and farther away from the Christian beliefs that our country was founded on.”

I suspect Miss Brittany wasn’t the only one who felt a sense of pride in the Magnolia State on that warm summer night.

“We may be pictured as toothless, barefoot, uneducated people around the country, but we are far from it,” nearby resident Mandy Miller told me. “I’m from Mississippi and I’m not ashamed to take a stand.”

Oh what a sight it must have been — as hundreds and hundreds of people stood together and with one voice — sent a message to Judge Reeves.

“This is the kind of thing that makes me proud to be from the South,” Miss Mandy told me. “We are getting tired of being told to sit down and shut up. People are ready to fight back.”

Miss Mandy is absolutely right. The time has come to stand up to the secularists. The time has come to put an end to their cultural jihad. 

I hope the Rankin County School Board will reconsider its decision and allow the marching band to resume performing “How Great Thou Art.” 

And should Judge Reeves make good on his threat to financially punish the school district, I will personally pay the $10,000 fine. 

 

By Todd Starnes

Donald Trump is down in Dixie today.

He’s giving a speech in Mobile, Alabama – home of the world famous New Year’s Eve Moon Pie Drop.

More than 42,000 are expected to turn out — a crowd so big they had to move the whole thing to a football stadium.

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Now that’s not too bad for a guy written off by the political pundits and the Mainstream Media and fellow candidates like Jeb Bush.

Mr. Trump is filling up football stadiums while Jeb! can barely fill up the banquet hall down at the Best Western.

Jeb!, meanwhile, has been casting dispersions on Mr. Trump’s political character.

“He’s been a Democrat longer than a Republican,” Jeb! said in remarks covered by The New York Times.

“I cut taxes every year; he’s proposed the largest tax increase in mankind’s history, not just our own country’s history,” he said. “I have been consistently pro-life; he until recently was for partial-birth abortion.”

And on and on and on he went – all but accusing Mr. Trump of being to the left of President Obama.

“There’s a big difference between Donald Trump and me,” he told reporters the other day. “I’m a proven conservative with a record. He isn’t.”

Since everybody seems to be fact-checking these days, let me make this one observation: Mr. Trump is the front-runner – and Jeb! isn’t.

Let’s just assume that Jeb! is telling us the truth — that Mr. Trump is not really a Conservative — that he’s a liberal wearing Pat Nixon’s cloth coat.

If that’s true — how sad is it that Mr. Trump is better playing a make believe Conservative than someone who professes to actually be a conservative?

Maybe Jeb! should replace his exclamation mark with a sad-faced emoji.

The other day a conservative commentator said Mr. Trump was ruining the GOP. Folks, the only thing responsible for ruining the Republican Party — is the Republican Party.

By Todd Starnes

Children will now have “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” instead of a mommy and a daddy, according to Tennessee’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

Shortly after the Supreme Court redefined marriage, the state’s Office of the Courts revised its documents. A spokesperson for the courts confirmed to me that the words “Mother” and “Father” had been replaced by the terms “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.”

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I was alerted to the gender-neutral parenting documents by Kendra Armstrong, a family law attorney in Memphis and one of my longtime readers.

“Why are heterosexual parents having their rights violated?” she asked. “So now it’s improper and inappropriate in a court of law to refer to a parent as a mother and a father?

The court spokesperson did not elaborate on why they felt compelled to change the longtime wording or whether Parent 1 brings home the bacon or whether Parent 2 wears the pants in the relationship.

“It’s absolutely ludicrous to make the term mother and father obsolete,” Armstrong told me. “Quite frankly, the terms ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ seem more offensive than mother and father. It’s implying that one parent is the first parent and the other parent is secondary.”

Armstrong said she was incredulous when her paralegal discovered the document changes – shocked that something like this would happen in, of all places, the Bible Belt.

“This is political correctness gone absolutely amuck,” she told me. “It’s just ridiculous.”

It’s not the first time the government has tried to redefine traditional family roles. In 2011 the State Department removed the words mother and father from U.S. passport applications. 

The State Department released a statement at the time noting that the changes reflected “improvements” that were being made to “provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families.”

Brenda Sprague, the deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services, said the changes had nothing to do with political correctness.

“We find that with changes in medical science and reproductive technology that we are confronting situations now that we would not have anticipated 10 or 15 years ago,” she said.

Sounds to me like they’ve got an issue with old-fashioned baby-making – back when it took a mommy and a daddy to make a bundle of joy.

I know, I know. It’s old-school. But no matter how hard the Supreme Court and the cultural revolutionaries try to redefine what God defined – it still takes two to tango – ahem.

As for attorney Kendrick, she said she plans on ignoring the court-mandated changes – no matter the consequences. She plans on replacing all references to “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” with the words “mother” and “father.”

“I am exercising my right to free speech, freedom of religion and I am being a conscientious objector,” she declared. “I refuse to go to court with a parenting plan that refers to Parent 1 and Parent 2 instead of mother and father.”

On a side note – I suggested in my latest book that the true motive behind the gay marriage activists was to deconstruct the traditional American family – hence the ban on mommy and daddy.

I reckon it’s only a matter of time before Tennessee completely conforms to the demands of the gender-neutral crowd and begins referring to children as “Thing One” and “Thing Two.”

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” Follow Todd on Twitter@ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

 

By Todd Starnes

Gov. Mike Huckabee remembers the moment he gave his church an ultimatum.

“If he goes, I go,” he told the congregation of a church he led more than 30 years ago.

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Huckabee was referring to the first African-American who joined that church – until then – an all white church.

“I had death threats, there were people who said they’d leave the church, but instead I held my ground and I said, ‘If he goes, I go.'”

The Southern Baptist preacher and presidential candidate will more than likely recount that moment on Sunday when he preaches at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church, a rural African-American congregation in Manning, South Carolina.

In advance of that message, the Huckabee campaign released a video today titled, “Reconciliation.”

The video highlights a speech he delivered as governor of Arkansas at the 40th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.

“Government can do some things, but only God can change people’s hearts,” Huckabee said.

Leon Winn, the pastor of Rock Hill, tells me he’s impressed with Huckabee’s record on appointing African-Americans to leadership positions during his Arkansas governorship.

“I’m not endorsing anybody, but he has my respect,” Winn said. “He’s answered all my questions in an adequate and profound way.”

And it didn’t hurt that like Winn – Huckabee is a Baptist and a preacher.

“That helps him a lot with me,” he said.

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By Todd Starnes

As the first rays of morning light wash over the eastern seaboard – a flag is unfurled with broad stripes and bright stars.

A soldier stands guard over sleeping heroes – known only to their Maker.

A resting place for the Common Man.

A farmer in the heartland gathers his crop as golden wheat shimmers in the breeze. A rancher gallops along the Texas Hill Country – herding his cattle to the stockyards. A river boat captain pilots his boat down the muddy waters of the Mississippi.

A job for the Common Man

In a Tennessee church house a candle flickers – a preacher prays on bended knee – asking God to bless our land – to shed his grace on thee.

A prayer for the Common Man.

When the floodwaters rise and the storm clouds billow – we stand ready to help — feeding the hungry — mending the wounded – rebuilding homes and lives.

Goodwill for the Common Man.

And in some distant land a soldier stands guard defending our nation — tending Lady Liberty’s flame. They are young men and young women from our big cities and small towns – willing to sacrifice their lives so that we can be free.

A protector for the Common Man.

We are the sons and daughters of the Common Man.

We are noble people forged by freedom’s fire.

We are an uncommon nation established by common men.

We are proud Americans and this is our fanfare.

 

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By Todd Starnes

TVLand has managed to do what Boss Hogg could not — stop the Duke Boys.

The television network says they are pulling reruns of the Dukes of Hazzard because of the Confederate flag.

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For those PBS viewers out there — here’s a Dukes of Hazzard primer:

Bo and Luke Duke are just good old boys – never meaning no harm — who jump through barns in a ’69 Dodge Charger called the General Lee. The car is named after the Confederate War general — and for added measure there’s a giant Confederate flag emblazoned on the roof.

TV Land won’t say why they pulled the show – but I’m willing to bet a bucket of chicken it wasn’t because of the Daisy Dukes. (For you PBS folks – just google it.)

The cultural revolutionaries are on the warpath, people. They want to ban everything from Aunt Jemima Syrup and Uncle Ben’s Rice to “Gone with the Wind.”

They’re even trying to dig up a dead Confederate war general in Memphis. A dead man! They want to dig up a dead man! What’s wrong with these people?

I need some sweet tea, America. Better make it a double.

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Linda Barnette has issued marriage licenses in Grenada County, Mississippi for 24 years. On Tuesday, she resigned.

“I choose to obey God rather than man,” Mrs. Barnette wrote in her one paragraph resignation letter to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors.

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“I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority,” she wrote. ‘The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit Clerk and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.”

Another worker has been appointed to replace Mrs. Barnette. It’s unclear if Grenada County will hold a special election to permanently fill the elected post.

“I told my supervisors a while back if it happened, I would tender my resignation,” she told me. “I had already decided in my heart that I could not issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. It’s my Christian belief. As a follower of Christ, I could not do it. The bible teaches it is contrary to His plan.”

Mrs. Barnette is a Southern Baptist and her husband once helped Franklin Graham with his national festivals. So when it came to choosing between her job and her faith – there never was any real debate.

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“Christians are being put to the test,” she said. ‘We’re going to see the true Christians who stand. It’s going to be time to stop talking the talk. It’s going to come down to that.”

There are many public workers just like Mrs. Barnette who are struggling with the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage. I received private correspondence from a minister who told me about a North Carolina clerk who resigned. The clerk refused to comment or go public over fears she would be attacked by LGBT activists.

Brian Robertson is Mrs. Barnette’s pastor at Friendship Baptist Church. He said had two reactions to her resignation.

“I am saddened in the fact that we are losing a wonderful county clerk and a very faithful and hard worker,” he said. “I am grieved as a minister and Christian because of the circumstances that have caused her to have to resign.”

However, Dr. Robertson also had praise for his parishioner.

“I applaud her as a brother in Christ,” he said. “Her testimony to the Lord is more important to her than serving man.”

The Mississippi pastor suspects she will be the first of many to lose their jobs because of their Christian faith.

11209679_10153319880629687_4458244377731772040_n“Political propagandists want to force Christians who do not agree with the liberal mindset out of office,” he said.

I asked Pastor Robertson if he was concerned about LGBT activists coming after Christian ministers. His response was rather interesting.

“I pray that I am targeted,” he said. “I will use the statement Joshua made many years ago. As for me and my house – we will serve the Lord.”

Amen, pastor. Amen!

In the coming days I believe Christians will be forced to abandon their jobs in public service. Those who remain will be targeted with lawsuits and investigations from the activists.

Resign or face the consequences.

Make no mistake. America is about to undergo a religious purging in the public marketplace – at the hands of secular jihadists.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

The court said the Ten Commandments chiseled into the 6-foot-tall granite monument, which was privately funded by a Republican legislator, are “obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.”

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The 7-2 ruling overturns a decision by a district court judge who determined the monument could stay. It prompted calls by a handful of Republican lawmakers for impeachment of the justices who said the monument must be removed.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt had argued that the monument was historical in nature and nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Oklahoma justices said the local monument violated the state’s constitution, not the U.S. Constitution.

“Quite simply, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got it wrong,” Pruitt said in a statement. “The court completely ignored the profound historical impact of the Ten Commandments on the foundation of Western law.”

Pruitt said his office would ask the court for a rehearing and that the monument will be allowed to stay until the court considers his request. Pruitt also suggested the provision in the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits the use of public money for religious purposes may need to be repealed.

Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, which represented the plaintiffs in the case, said Pruitt’s suggestion and the calls for impeachment amounted to sour grapes.

“I think the idea that you go about amending the constitution every time you lose a court battle is a dangerous precedent for anyone to engage in, but in particular for the state’s highest attorney to do so,” Kiesel said. “And the calls for impeachment represent a fundamental misunderstanding of how an independent judiciary functions within our system of democratic government.”