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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.

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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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By Todd Starnes

We the people have given the Republican Party a mandate. And when lawmakers return to Washington they do so with orders to stop President Obama’s radical agenda.

It’s about restoring traditional American values. It’s  about cutting taxes. It’s about securing our borders and backing our allies.

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It’s about understanding the difference between workplace violence and acts of terrorism. It’s about never leaving an American behind.

That’s why we gave the Republicans control of the Senate. That’s why we gave the Republicans so many governorships.

The message is clear — it’s time to undo President Obama’s fundamental transformation of our nation.

Today is indeed a good day.

That being said – there is one more matter with which to attend. I want to make you a promise.

I am not beholden to the Republican Party. And should they fail to deliver on their commitment to the American people, I will hold them accountable.

So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work restoring the greatest nation in the history of mankind.

Click here to get a copy of Todd’s latest book, “God Less America.” It documents President Obama’s assault on religious liberty.

By Todd Starnes

It’s Election Day and since we’re  all friends around here, I hope you don’t mind if I cut to the chase.

The Republicans and the Democrats are running some stinkers today. A Fox News national poll recently found that most voters think it would be good if every member of Congress got the boot.

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The mid-term election should be a blowout for the Republicans – but it’s not. And I’m afraid that’s because the GOP has given us candidates that are — how can I put this nicely – thick-headed.

I’ve read your email and your tweets and I know that conservatives and Christians are not happy with the Republicans.

I know your GOP candidate may not own a house in the state he represents. I know your GOP candidate may have portrayed his Tea Party opponent as a racist. I know your GOP candidate may have ridiculed his primary opponent for not having a college degree. I know, folks. It’s terrible. I get it.

But that’s not the point of this election. The point of this election is to save the Republic – no matter the cost.

A Fox News poll indicates 62 percent of American voters lack confidence in President Obama’s leadership. Even 30 percent of Democrats don’t have confidence in the president.

The poll also found that only 36 percent of American voters are confident in his leadership — and those folks more than likely live in states where it’s legal to by marijuana.

And the only way to spare the country more agony is for you to vote.

Who you vote for is your business. But I don’t mind telling you who I’m going to vote for.

I’m going to vote for the candidate who will defend unborn Americans.

I’m going to vote for the candidate who will protect traditional American values – who puts Americans first – not the illegals.

I’m going to vote for the candidate who still believes “In the beginning, God…”

I’m going to vote for the candidate who won’t leave Americans behind in Benghazi or a Marine behind in Mexico.

I’m going to vote for a candidate that who abandon our allies – a person that sides with Israel over her enemies.

I’m going to vote for the candidate who won’t call terrorism an act of workplace violence.

I’m going to vote for the candidate who won’t play the race card — who will judge a man by the content of his character and not the color of his skin.

I’m going to vote for the candidate who won’t subpoena Christian pastors or force nuns to pay for abortion-inducing drugs . I’m going to vote for the candidate who won’t audit the Tea party or demand that pro-life groups turn over the contents of their prayers.

I’m going to vote for the candidate who still believes we are the most exceptional nation on the face of the Earth – one nation still under God.

That’s who I’m going to vote for.

So bring a can of Febreeze to the poll, take a few squirts and vote for the less stinky of the candidates.

Todd is the author of God Less America, a documentation of the Obama Administration’s attacks on religious liberty. Click here to get your copy.

By Todd Starnes

Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.

“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.”

The wedding chapel is registered as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.”

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However, the chapel is also a for-profit business and city officials said that means the owners must comply with the local nondiscrimination ordinance.

That ordinance, passed in 2013, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and it applies to housing, employment and public accommodation.

City Attorney Warren Wilson told The Spokesman-Review in May that the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel likely would be required to follow the ordinance.

“I would think that the Hitching Post would probably be considered a place of public accommodation that would be subject to the ordinance,” he said.

He also told television station KXLY that any wedding chapel that turns away a gay couple would in theory be a violation of the law “and you’re looking at a potential misdemeanor citation.”

Wilson confirmed to Knapp in a telephone conversation that even ordained ministers would be required to perform same-sex weddings, the lawsuit alleges.

“Wilson also responded that Mr. Knapp was not exempt from the ordinance because the Hitching Post was a business and not a church,” the lawsuit states.

And if he refused to perform the ceremonies, Wilson reportedly told the minister that he could be fined up to $1,000 and serve up to 180 days in jail.

Now all of that was a moot point because until last week gay marriage was not legal in Idaho.

The Ninth Circuit issued an order on May 13 allowing same-sex marriages to commence in Idaho on Oct. 15. Two days later – the folks at the Hitching Post received a telephone call.

A man had called to inquire about a same-sex wedding ceremony. The Hitching Post declined – putting them in violation of the law.

City officials did not respond to my requests for an interview nor did they respond to requests from local news outlets.

“The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco said. “The city is on seriously flawed legal ground, and our lawsuit intends to ensure that this couple’s freedom to adhere to their own faith as pastors is protected just as the First Amendment intended.”

 Alliance Defending Freedom also filed a temporary restraining order to stop the city from enforcing the ordinance.

“The Knapps are in fear that if they exercise their First Amendment rights they will be cited, prosecuted and sent to jail,” Tedesco told me.

It’s hard to believe this could happen in the United States. But as the lawsuit states, the couple is in a “constant state of fear that they may have to go to jail, pay substantial fines, or both, resulting in them losing the business that God has called them to operate and which they have faithfully operated for 25 years.”

The lawsuit comes the same week that the city of Houston issued subpoenas demanding that five Christian pastors turn over sermons dealing with homosexuality and gender identity.

What in heaven’s name is happening to our country, folks? I was under the assumption that churches and pastors would not be impacted by same-sex marriage.

“The other side insisted this would never happen – that pastors would not have to perform same-sex marriages,” Tedesco told me. “The reality is – it’s already happening.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told me it’s “open season on Americans who refuse to bow to the government’s redefinition of marriage.”

“Americans are witnesses to the reality that redefining marriage is less about the marriage altar and more about fundamentally altering the freedoms of the other 98 percent of Americans,” Perkins said.

Why should evangelical Christian ministers be forced to perform and celebrate any marriage that conflicts with their beliefs?

“This is the brave new world of government sanctioned same-sex unions – where Americans are forced to celebrate these unions regardless of their religious beliefs,” Perkins told me.

As I write in my new book, “God Less America,” we are living in a day when those who support traditional marriage are coming under fierce attack.

The incidents in Houston and now in Coeur d’Alene are the just the latest examples of a disturbing trend in the culture war – direct attacks on clergy.

“Government officials are making clear they will use their government power to punish those who oppose the advances of homosexual activists,” Perkins said.

I’m afraid Mr. Perkins is absolutely right.

Whenever a city passes a nondiscrimination ordinance it seems like it’s open season on Christians.

Click here to get your copy of Todd’s latest book, “God Less America.”

By Todd Starnes

Derek Miller is a Glenn Beck fan. Derek’s university is not.

Miller, 20, is studying abroad this semester at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. The Pennsylvania native is an international and business major at Washington & Jefferson College.

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The other day Miller had a few hours to kill between classes so he tried to log on to GlennBeck.com. Instead of reading a story about Duck Dynasty, he got a message telling him the website was blocked.

“In Spanish it says their filter had detected material that is inappropriate and unprofessional,” Miller said.

The conservative university student said it wasn’t that much of a surprise – considering the political climate in Spain.

“They are politically confused,” he said.

He said he’s had a chance to examine Spain’s leftwing ideology up close and personal.

“In their eyes, the United States is conservative under the Obama Administration,” he said.

Miller, who is proud to be a gun-toting and Bible-clinging American, said they also take great offense over gun rights.

“I’ve been in arguments with people who think that guns should be illegal,” he said. “They would rather be robbed than physically defend themselves from an attacker.”

Miller said he became a Beck fan after reading his book, “Glenn Beck’s Common Sense.”

“He also reports on a lot of heartwarming stories,” Miller said. “I don’t like to read or watch the news and walk away disappointed with all the crazy things happening in the world. I like to see things that are inspiring as well.”

Hang in there, Derek. It won’t be too long before you’re back on American soil.

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By Todd Starnes

It was the salute seen around the world.

President Obama was caught on video saluting Marines with a coffee cup in his hand. Just call him Cappuccino-in-Chief.

The White House posted video to its Instagram account and soon unleashed a torrent of outrage. The Washington Times dubbed the moment “Semper Latte.”

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I’m surprised he didn’t order the Marines to fetch him cream and sugar.

Before lunchtime – liberals had unearthed a photograph purportedly showing former President Bush saluting with a dog in his arms.

As if that somehow makes what President Obama did okay.

I do not know the context of the Bush photo – but I will say this — if in fact he saluted Marines with a dog in his hands – shame on him.

Wrong is wrong. This isn’t about politics. It’s about respect.

And President Obama’s lukewarm latte salute was a violation of protocol and common decency and a complete sign of disrespect.

Just remember, Mr. President – they are not baristas. They are Marines.

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By Todd Starnes

It was nothing short of a Christian purging.

That’s how the Pacific Justice Institute described what happened at a California charter school. They allege the school removed any book from its library that was either written by a Christian author or had a Christian message.

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“It is alarming that a school library would attempt to purge books from religious authors,” said Brad Dacus, president of the religious advocacy group. “Indeed, some of the greatest literature of Western Civilization comes from religious authors. Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?”

A parent, who was visiting the Temecula campus of the Springs Charter Schools, discovered the library  purging last month.

“She was told by one of the library attendants that the library has been instructed to remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company,” read a letter PJI sent to the charter school. “The attendant advised that the library would no longer be carrying those books. Indeed, our client was told that the library was giving those books away, and she actually took some.”

Are they going to ban the sermons or speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? – Brad Dacus, Pacific Justice Institute

One of the books deemed unacceptable was “The Hiding Place,” the biography of Corrie ten Boom. Ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who helped many Jews escape the Holocaust.  She was later imprisoned by the Germans for her actions.

“This is a major sweep by this charter school to eliminate the religious viewpoint,” Dacus told me. “Libraries cannot engage in an open purging of books simply because they are of a Christian perspective.”

Dacus said the charter school must reverse “their ill-conceived and illegal book-banning policy.” If they fail to do so, he said they are prepared to take further legal action.

So is the charter school really banning books? Well, yes – according to Kathleen Hermsmeyer, the charter school’s superintendent.

“We are a public school, and as such, we are barred by law from purchasing sectarian curriculum materials with state funds,” she wrote in a letter to the Pacific Justice Institute. “We only keep on our shelves the books that we are authorized to purchase with public funds.”

Hermsmeyer wrote that the charter school primarily caters to a homeschooling crowd.

“In order to help provide curricular choices to our families, we allow homeschool parents to borrow or purchase a wide array of secular textbooks and other educational materials,” she said.

She said there have been occasions when parents donated books or materials to the library. Those books are placed on a rolling cart to be given away.

So that still doesn’t explain why Christian-themed books were confiscated.

“We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” she wrote.

Well, that certainly explains a lot. Religious-themed books are not even allowed to set on the shelves.

The superintendent denied they were discriminating against Christian authors or publishing companies – so to speak. Check this out:

“At no time, however, have we discriminated against Christian authors or publishing companies who create secular educational materials,” she wrote.

Heaven forbid the children find a Bible in the library.

When it comes to books, I’m a purist. I don’t believe in book banning. If you find a book objectionable, don’t read it. I also believe parents have a right to determine which books their children should read.

The way I see it – if we start banning any old book – one day – they might try to ban the Good Book.

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By Todd Starnes

A Vermont diner decided to take down a sign advertising bacon after a Muslim declared that she had a beef with bacon.

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Sneakers Bistro had placed a sign on a lamp post that read, “Yield Sneakers Bacon.”  The diner was allowed to erect the sign because of their participation in a beautification program in the town of Winooski.

A woman who described herself as a “vegan and a member of a Muslim household” called the sign offensive, the Burlington Free Press reported.

“Given the large number of Muslim families in Winooski, as well as many others who do not eat pork for a variety of reasons, it seems unnecessary for this insensitive business sign to be at the city’s main crosswalk,” she wrote on the Front Page Forum.

The owners of the diner told television WPTZ they decided to proactively pull their pork ad and apologize.

Local news outlets said the town manager commended the owners of the diner — using words like diversity and tolerance and dialogue.

And boy howdy did folks dialogue. Lovers of pork chops and BLT’s fired off letters to the diner – taking them to task for giving in to the anti-pork police.

The national outrage seemed to cause angst among the owners of the diner. They posted a message on Facebook:

“We are here to serve people BREAKFAST, not politics. We removed the sign that was located on public property as a gesture of respect for our diverse community. There were also concerns raised about safety. Removing it was not a difficult decision. We still love bacon. We still love eggs. Please have the political conversation elsewhere.”

What safety concerns? Were they worried about high cholesterol or a fatwa?

The diner’s statement only added pork fat to the fire. The local newspaper reports the diner got even more complaints. The Facebook message has since been taken down.

“Winooski is a diverse community, and we like it that way,” city manager Katherine Decarreau told the Burlington Free Press. “It’s uncomfortable, but discomfort can be a source of growth, not just a source of anger and frustration. I think as a community we’ll work through this. It’s unfortunate that the country seems to be reacting to reports that are blown significantly out of proportion and don’t represent what actually happened.”

Here in the United States, bacon is a way of life. One renowned bacon scholar called it meat eye candy. There are bacon festivals, bacon books, bacon toothpicks, bacon cupcakes, bacon cheeseburgers and bacon-eating festivals.

This is America. We love bacon. If you have a problem with that, then feel free to head to the border. And don’t  let the bacon grease hit you on the way out.

May God Bless America –  liberty and bacon for all!

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