I hope you will make plans to join me for my second annual Fall Getaway Nov. 11-13 at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina! I can’t think of a better way to unwind after the 2016 presidential election!
We had such a wonderful time last year – worshiping together and studying God’s word. Lots of laughter! Lots of great food! And lots of new friends!
Our Bible teacher this year is Dr. Don Wilton, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, SC. He is also Billy Graham’s personal pastor! You are going to love Dr. Wilton and his powerful teaching.
And I’m also excited to announce our musical guests!
You are going to fall in love with the Mylon Hayes Family – one of Southern Gospel Music’s most popular groups. Mylon and Wendy and their three wonderful children are insanely talented and their tight harmonies are simply breathtaking!
And brace yourself for a return engagement by the Voices of Lee! I think it’s safe to say they received top marks from all of our attendees in 2015. Voices will lead us in worship and entertain us with their mind-blowing and jaw-dropping vocal arrangements!
And we’re also going to get Aunt Lynn to play the piano during our Saturday afternoon Hymn Sing at the Billy Graham Chapel!
If you’d like to reserve your spot at the getaway call 1-800-950-2092. You don’t have to pay the entire amount upfront.
As for costs – it’s an all-inclusive price. That means your meals and lodging and conference fees are all included in the price (along with a special gift from Todd).
Cruz pointed out that for most of his life Trump had been “very pro-choice” and had once described himself as a “supporter of partial-birth abortion.”
“Right now, today, as a candidate, he supports federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood,” Cruz said.
That statement caused Trump to unleash a torrent of bloviating towards Cruz.
“You are the single biggest liar,” Trump thundered. “You are probaby worse than Jeb Bush. You are the single biggest liar.”
Cruz did not back down.
“You notice Donald didn’t disagree with the substance that he supports taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood,” Cruz said. “And Donald has this weird pattern, when you point to his own record he screams, ‘liar, liar, liar.'”
Later in the bitter exchange Trump finally admitted that Planned Parenthood “does do wonderful things but not as it relates to abortion.”
On Sunday, the Cruz campaign released an advertisement proving who was telling the truth during last night’s debate. Watch for yourself.
Following is a transcript of the ad:
CRUZ DISCLAIMER: “I’m Ted Cruz and I approve this message”
“Between sips of wine and bites of salad, a Planned Parenthood doctor discusses getting money for tissue from aborted fetuses”
“Harvesting the organs of aborted fetuses for money”
ANNOUNCER: “Planned Parenthood treats the unborn like another form of currency. And yet some politicians still defend them.”
TRUMP: “Planned Paarenthood serves a good function.”
SEAN HANNITY: “With the debt we have should we even give them a penny?”
I believe in extremely limited government. I support a flat tax. I believe we should return control of our public schools to local communities.
I believe in the Second Amendment.
I believe we should defend American sovereignty – and secure our borders.
I believe in the sons and daughters of liberty – defending our nation in the greatest military on the planet.
I believe in putting American workers first, not foreigners.
Now you may not agree with everything I have to say – but that’s okay. Because I also believe in the First Amendment – and your right to say what’s on your mind — even if you happen to be one of those hippy-dippy, pot-smoking liberal loons.
I believe in America – the most exceptional national nation in history.
All that to say – I’m a conservative — and you have a friend at the Fox News Corner of the World.
On January 18, Jerry Falwell, Jr. welcomed Donald Trump to Liberty University to speak in the school’s chapel. As the college president who wrote the “This is Not a Daycare” article that received so much national attention recently, I have been asked by the media if I would be next: Will I be inviting Mr. Trump to Oklahoma Wesleyan University to speak in our chapel service? My answer has been simple and brief. No, I will not.
In selecting speakers for Oklahoma Wesleyan, party affiliation and political positions do not matter. Personal conduct, public statements, theological integrity and moral consistency do. In short, unless it is an open debate where different sides of the issue will be presented, we choose speakers who generally promote our university’s mission and who do not stand in opposition, either in word or deed, to what we claim to hold dear as a Christian community. I believe I owe it to our students, faculty, staff, board, donors and church to do nothing less— and frankly, Donald Trump simply doesn’t represent OKWU’s behavioral, theological, moral or political ideals.
“But, we need to defeat Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,” many have said: “Your criticism of Trump only helps them. You need to stop attacking those on ‘our side!’”
Anyone who is pro-abortion is not on my side. Anyone who calls women “pigs,” “ugly,” “fat” and “pieces of a–” is not on my side. Anyone who mocks the handicapped is not on my side. Anyone who has argued the merits of a government takeover of banks, student loans, the auto industry and healthcare is not on my side. Anyone who has been on the cover of Playboy and proud of it, who brags of his sexual history with multiple women and who owns strip clubs in his casinos is not on my side. Anyone who believes the government can wrest control of the definition of marriage from the church is not on my side. Anyone who ignores the separation of powers and boasts of making the executive branch even more imperial is not on my side.
I’m a conservative. I believe in conserving the dignity of life. I believe in conserving respect for women. I believe in conserving the Constitution. I believe in conserving private property, religious liberty and human freedom. I believe in morality more than I do in money. I hold to principles more than I yearn for power. I trust my Creator more than I do human character. I’d like to think that all this, and more, makes me an informed and thoughtful citizen and voter. I’ve read, I’ve listened and I’ve studied and there is NOTHING, absolutely nothing, in this man’s track record that makes Donald Trump “on my side.”
I refuse to let my desire to win “trump” my moral compass. I will not sell my soul or my university’s to a political process that values victory more than virtue.
No, Donald Trump will not be speaking at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
“The conservative…will not surrender to the contagion of mass-opinion or the temptations of…power… [I]f he hopes to conserve anything at all, he must make his stand unflinchingly.” Russell Kirk
Over the long holiday weekend mobs of unsupervised teenagers terrorized shoppers and pillaged department stores across the fruited plain.
As many as 2,000 teenagers rioted Saturday night at the Mall St. Matthews in suburban Louisville, Kentucky.
Officer Dennis McDonald, a spokesperson for the St. Matthews Police Department, told USA Today that most of the offenders had been dropped off at the mall or had arrived by public transportation.
“You have to give our officers some credit,” he said. “They were being cussed at, stuff was thrown at them. It could have been much, much worse. We’re very fortunate we didn’t have a police officer injured, fortunate there weren’t more innocent people hurt.”
By all accounts, it was pure mayhem at the mall. Here’s some of the scanner traffic from Saturday night:
“We need more units over here by the Cinemark. We need help. We need help over here. There’s us and three take-down officers. We need people over here. We’ve got multiple fights – crowds of hundreds. We’ve got stores going into lockdown, shutting their gates. We’ve got hundreds of kids heading to the theater. We need some units over here.”
At some point you have to wonder if mall management will provide “safe spaces” for customers.
But it’s not just in Louisville. There were more than a dozen attacks at malls across the country.
Hundreds of teenagers fought at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock, according to television station KTHV. Fisticuffs broke out at the Monroeville Mall near Pittsburgh – after as many as 1,000 teens invaded the complex.
Brawls were also reported in Charlotte, N.C., Wisconsin, Long Island, N.Y. and North Riverside Park Mall in Illinois.
There were fights reported at movie theaters in Jacksonville, Fla. and Memphis, Tenn.
What happened in Louisville was made even worse because not a single person was arrested – not one.
Instead, they loaded up the little thugs and thugettes on city buses to take them back to where they came from.
Now, what kind of message does that send? Does the city have a “Pillage & Plunder & Get a Free Ride Home” policy?
It seems to me those buses should’ve hauled their butts to county lockup – all 2,000.
And then – the police should’ve sworn out warrants on all those absentee moms and dads.
But instead — they stood down.
What’s the point of having law enforcement if they aren’t going to enforce the law?
Pay attention, America. The entitlement generation is on the rampage – and they will not be stopped – not even for Dippin Dots.
President Obama said vacationers are more dangerous than the Syrian refugees that he wants to secretly stash in your neighborhood.
“The idea that somehow they pose a more significant threat than all the tourists who pour into the United States every single day just doesn’t jibe with reality,” the president said in Manila. “So my expectation is after the initial spasm of rhetoric, the people will settle down, take a look at the facts, and we’ll be able to proceed,” he said.
Islamic radicals have vowed to wage jihad in the United States and our Commander-in-Chief is ignoring the threat. And he thinks those of us who fear for the safety of our families are hysterical loons?
Is that what he told the people of Boston after two Muslim refugees blew up the marathon? Did the people “settle down” after their legs were blown off, Mr. President?
It seems to me that the prudent approach is to put Syrian refugees on hold. Let our law enforcement and anti-terrorism experts investigate the vetting process.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, issued a dire warning for Americans.
“There is simply no way to vet Syrian refugees,” he said. “There is no database in Syria against which they can run a check. They have no way to enter Syria to verify the applicant’s personal information. And we know the region is being flooded with false documents.”
And yet, Mr. Obama refuses to change his mind. He called those who oppose his outreach to Syrian Muslims shameful and un-American.
“Visceral disgust” is how the Washington Post described the president’s attitude.
He said the Republican Party is “scared of widows and orphans” and he went so far as to suggest that the GOP’s rhetoric is a recruitment tool for the Islamic radicals.
Several dozen governors pleaded with the White House to place a moratorium on the admission of Syrian refugees. But the president ignored their concerns. They have no choice, the administration said. They must accept the Syrians.
And Mr. Obama promised to veto any Republican legislation that would improve screening measure for Syrian refugees. Now why would the president veto something that would protect our families from would-be jihadists trying to sneak into the country?
These are very dangerous days for our nation, friends. Dangerous days.
Statement by Melissa Click, Assistant Professor of the Department of Communication, Regarding Carnahan Quad Protests
COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Yesterday was an historic day at MU—full of emotion and confusion. I have reviewed and reflected upon the video of me that is circulating, and have written this statement to offer both apology and context for my actions. I have reached out to the journalists involved to offer my sincere apologies and to express regret over my actions. I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice.
From this experience I have learned about humanity and humility. When I apologized to one of the reporters in a phone call this afternoon, he accepted my apology. I believe he is doing a difficult job, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with him. His dignity also speaks well to the Journalism program at MU. Again, I wish to express my sincere apology for my actions on Carnahan Quad yesterday.”