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I am so excited to announce plans for my inaugural Fall Getaway! I hope you will join me Oct. 16-18 at The Cove at the Billy Graham Training Center in North Carolina! We are expecting a wonderful weekend of worship, Bible study, fellowship, delicious meals and lots of laughter!jeffress

And what better place to watch the leaves change colors than the Blue Ridge Mountains?

My weekend getaway is designed to be relaxing! We want you to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. We want you to meet new friends. Renew and Refresh!

Dr. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, will be our Bible teacher for the weekend. You’ve probably recognized him from Fox News Channel – where he is one of our great contributors. I always enjoy those moments when Dr. Jeffress is discussing theology on The O’Reilly Factor!

Brian Free & Assurance, one of Southern Gospel’s hottest bands, will be singing in all of our services — and on Oct. 17th they will be performing a full concert — just for our gathering!

View More: http://mattandrewsphotography.pass.us/daywindMichelle Cox is a name very familiar to our readers. She provides weekly recipes for my website – and she’s also one of the best Christian authors I know. You will be blessed by her sweet southern spirit!

Voices of Lee will be performing a special concert for us on Oct. 18th. Voices is a vocal group from Lee University, one of our nation’s greatest Christian schools! You might remember Voices when they performed nationally on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”

And warm up your voices for an old-fashioned church sing-along! We’ll be tapping our toes and raising our hands as we sing some of those old-time Gospel songs — like “I’ll Fly Away” and “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.”

The Cove also has renowned chefs – who prepare buffet-style meals! The food is simply outstanding! And there will be an unlimited supply of snacks and refreshments in-between meals!voices

You will also have a chance to explore the beautiful mountains and the historic chapel – truly breathtaking!

You’ll have a chance to share meals with all of our guest speakers and artists. And they have all agreed to do book and CD signings!

I hope you will make plans to join us for this spectacular weekend! For information on registration, contact The Cove at 1-800-950-2092.

In the meantime, visit The Cove’s website to check out where we will be enjoying our “grownup retreat”!

The Cove is a 1,200 acre getaway in Asheville, North Carolina where gifted Christian leaders, teachers, and speakers guide people in studying God’s Word.  To register call – 1-800-950-2092!

Here’s the recipe that Sarah Palin referenced in my All-American Christmas Special! It’s really delicious, folks!

“It can’t be beat,” she told our studio audience in Memphis. “It’s the only thing in the world I will ever brag about. I’ll say nice things about my children and my dog and my husband — but it’s my chili that I will brag about!”

Listen to Sarah talk about her famous Christmoose Chili by clicking here!

Ingredients:

1 pound moose hamburger (or caribou or beef)
1 pkg of regular chili seasoning mix
1 pkg of hot chili seasoning mix
2 16-ounce cans of tomato sauce
8 16-ounce cans of kidney beans

Directions:

1. Over a medium flame brown the meat in a large stove top pan. Once it is browned, transfer the meat to a Crock-Pot if you are using one. Add the chili seasoning mixes, tomato sauce and kidney beans. (Sarah says to drain about half the cans of beans. Pour in the remaining cans.)

2. Stir the chili, bring to a boil, and then simmer for at least one hour.

Note from Sarah:

“The toppings make the chili. We use shredded cheese and dollops of sour cream atop each bowl. I set out chopped onions as another option. Todd and the other guys in the family tend to go for Pilot Bread to dip into their chili. (It’s also called Sailor Boy. It’s a thick, round dry wafer that is one of our most versatile foods. You can spread peanut butter or Spam on it, and you’ll find this staple in every tackle box or cooler up north. I don’t believe these crackers ever expire.) Others prefer tortilla chips to sprinkle on top.”

Sarah says this recipe will serve at least eight folks.

“We usually have a Crock-Pot full on the counter throughout the holidays,” she said.

Get a copy of “Good Tidings and Great Joy” for more recipes from Sarah’s kitchen!

Scenes from our upcoming All-American Christmas! Meet the cast of the Bellevue Baptist Church Singing Christmas Tree! Hundreds of students participated – what a wonderful group of young people! Watch online on Christmas Eve at 10 a.m. on this website!

Karen Kingbury, Chris Tomlin, Ellie Holcomb and Kyle Kupecky were incredibly gracious during their visit to The Todd Starnes All-American Christmas. They are good people as we say back home! Prior to the show, they met with fans and shared a delicious barbecue dinner. Thank you, Bellevue Baptist Church for being such gracious hosts! Watch our show on Christmas Eve – 10 a.m. on this website! Click here for more information about The Singing Christmas Tree DVD. 

By Todd Starnes

The news has become almost to hard to bear. What little Christmas joy that was left in our nation was wiped away over the weekend.

Two New York City Police officers – assassinated in cold blood. Their killer said it was retribution for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. He had vowed in an Instagram post to put “wings on pigs” as retaliation for the slayings of black men at the hands of white police.

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It’s open season on those who serve and protect.

One woman told the Associated Press that now officers might think twice about pulling the trigger on black men.

“It will change the attitude of police across the country in terms of how they go about killing black men, if they begin to think that there’s a possibility that there will be a retribution,” Irene Sundiata Myers told the AP.

Unbelievable.

Friends – we are living in very dangerous days. The rule of law is unraveling. Our moral compass is off kilter.

And our elected leaders – either intentionally or not – are fomenting a race war. It’s the law of reaping and sowing.

The best thing that President Obama and Eric Holder and Al Sharpton Mayor Bill DeBlasio can do is to be quiet. Just stop talking.

I’ve said it once and I will say it again – the problems facing our nation cannot be solved in the state house – they can only be solved in the church house.

By Todd Starnes

I received a Facebook message the other day from one of my readers in Cordova, Alaska.

Kanji Christian had purchased a copy of my new book – God Less America – and he enjoyed the book so much he decided to donate a copy to the public library.

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The folks at the library said it would take a while for them to approve the book. A few months later, Kanji dropped by hoping to find his donated copy of “God Less America” on the bookshelf. But the book was nowhere to be found.

Kanji decided to investigate and he soon learned that my book had been rejected by the library.

“She (the librarian) just said that if it didn’t make it in it’s because they check reviews and then decide whether or not it’s something the community would be interested in,” Kanji wrote to me.

Were the claims of my reader true? Did the public library determine that the good people of Cordova would not be interested in the writings of a gun-toting, Bible-clinging, son-of-a-baptist?

There was only one way to find out. I called the public library and had a very nice chat with the librarian. She confirmed that my book had indeed been turned away. She said there were not enough “professional reviews.”

That’s odd – because “God Less America” had plenty of reviews. Gov. Mike Huckabee praised my “Southern storytelling and investigative journalism.” Sean Hannity heralded my “signature humor.” And my Aunt Lynn said I was her “favorite nephew.”

The librarian also said they had limited space for books.

“We have a really small library,” she said. “Real estate on our shelves is very valuable.”

That’s understandable.

I’m just glad the Cordova Public Library has ample room on their shelves for the works of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and President Obama. No wonder they don’t have room for the bad boy of the literary world.

I can’t say I’m all that surprised that the public library refused to accept my book. A few years ago Amazon banned my second book, “Dispatches From Bitter America.” They said it contained offensive material.

Kanji tells me he’s a bit disappointed in his local library. He was just trying to be neighborly.

But that’s how the tolerance and diversity crowd operates. They don’t burn books – they just ban them.

Click here to get a copy of the book turned away from the Cordova Public Library.

By Todd Starnes

Myron Guiler wept.

I held the telephone receiver in my hand and listened as the Ohio pastor became overwhelmed with emotion.

“It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “I can’t stand to see these 120 children go. It’s my heart. I’ve poured my life into it.”

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Guiler is the president of Marietta Bible College, a small unaccredited school that provides Bible training mostly for impoverished international students. The college is a ministry of the Marietta Bible Center Church. 

On Sunday – Pastor Guiler delivered the bad news to his congregation – the federal government had denied their recertification for a program that allows foreign students to attend American schools.

The 34-year-old college may no longer accept international students and those who are currently enrolled in the Bible school must either transfer to another college by February or face deportation.

“They are a lovely bunch of kids who love the word of God and they love to pray,” Guiler told me. “And now the government wants to us to close.”

He said all of the students who attend the school come from impoverished, third-world countries – places like Kenya, Togo, and New Guinea.

“These are people whose fathers and mothers work in rice paddies making $100 a month,” he said. “Some sold their automobile, land so they could send their children over here.”

The students can either major in pastoral theology or Christian education. After they receive their diplomas the students return to their home nation where they work in churches or Christian schools.

“The government is destroying a school that has done no harm,” he said.

Guiler broke the news on Sunday to the 400 members of the non-denominational church. He said people rushed to the altar and prayed for a miracle.

So far, they are still waiting.

“We can receive no more students and the students we have now must transfer in February or go back home,” he said.

So what’s going on here? Why is U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about to send 120 Christian students back to their homelands – especially when they came to our nation legally?

Pastor Guiler told me he suspects it has something to do with the Christian nature of their school.

“But it’s not something I can prove,” he said. “They just don’t understand us. We’re a missionary school.”

A spokesperson for ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program told me the college was denied recertification because they failed to turn in their paperwork.

“Since this school is not accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency, it must submit additional evidence in lieu of accreditation to prove it is a bona fide school,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “This is standard practice.”

Well, that sounds fairly reasonable.

In lieu of accreditation – the college had to provide that three accredited schools would be willing to accept their students.

Pastor Guiler told me they complied with the request. The college was initially certified by SEVP in 2003 and their certification was renewed without issue every two years. But this year – college officials had a few questions.

“We contacted them asking them questions but they would not answer us,” he said. “They would not return our calls.”

Imagine that. A government agency that won’t return telephone calls.

They were also required to submit a financial report and a statement confirming the college was a ministry of the church.

Pastor Guiler told me they did that, too – just as they had done in the past.

But the Student and Exchange Visitor Program said they did not receive any information from the school. They filed requests in June and again in October. When they had still not heard from the school, the government sent a field investigator to Marietta.

“He reminded the school to submit evidence by the due date,” the spokesperson told me. “Again, the requested evidence was not submitted during the allotted time period.”

But Pastor Guiler disputed the government’s account of the meeting.

“There were six of us and we met with the gentleman,” the pastor said. “We provided him with all the information that he requested.”

The government said they never received the documentation and on Oct. 23 the school’s application for recertification was denied as “abandoned.”

The college has hired an immigration lawyer in what could be a legal fight – but they may be fighting a losing battle. A “denial for abandonment” is not appealable.

The SEVP has recertified 7,587 schools. Only 33 have been denied recertification.

Something tells me this kerfuffle has less to do about religion and more to do with government red tape. But that certainly doesn’t mitigate this terrible tragedy.

By the government’s own admission, the college has dutifully applied for recertification for more than 10 years – without a single problem.  So maybe Uncle Sam just lost the paperwork?

The Obama Administration is about to grant amnesty to some five million illegal aliens. You would think they could find room to accommodate 120 Christian college students.

And for what it’s worth – the Christian college kids came here legally.

By Todd Starnes

There’s a new battleground in the war on Christmas – the suburbs of our nation’s capital. The school board in Montgomery County, Maryland has decided to appease Muslims families by making the school calendar — religious neutral.

That’s bad news for all you Jews and Gentiles out there.

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As of next year – all Christian and Jewish holidays will be removed from the calendar. That means no more Christmas, no more Easter and no more Yom Kippur.

There’s no word on whether the board will remove the Irish from St. Patrick’s Day or the love from St. Valentine’s Day or the trees from Arbor Day.

For years local Muslims had been urging the district to close schools for two of their holidays. Many gathered outside the school board offices holding signs like “Support Equality for Eid” and “Because…our children matter too.”

Instead, the school board opted to eliminate all religious holidays.

Board members whacked the Jesus holidays because they did not want to disrespect or be insensitive to the Muslim community.

“This seems the most equitable option,” board member Rebecca Smondrowski told the Washington Post.

If you’ve read my new book, “God Less America” - you know how well appeasement works.

The school district says kids will still be able to celebrate the holiday formerly known as Christmas and the holiday formerly known as Easter. Now — they’ll be called winter break and spring break.

Ho Ho Ho, America.

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Click here to get a copy of Todd’s book – “God Less America” – read about the rise of Islam in America.