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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.”
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.”
“I’m disappointed because the government is recognizing sin,” he said. “This court is endorsing sin. That’s what homosexuality is – a sin against god.”
Graham said regardless of the ruling he refuses to marry any same-sex couple.
“I will never recognize it in my heart because God gave marriage between a man and a woman and that’s what marriage is,” he said. “And I don’t think the court – since it never defined marriage – doesn’t have the right to redefine it. God gave us marriage. Period. And God doesn’t change his mind.”
The Supreme Court’s decision means gay rights now trump religious liberty.
And if you think the cultural purging of the Southern States has been breathtaking — wait until you see what LGBT activists are about to unleash on American Christians.
“If pastors are going to be forced to provide marriage services for gay couples, I’m not going to do it,” he declared.
Churches and faith-based business should prepare for lawsuits and government investigations. Pastors who refuse to perform gay marriages and preach from the Bible should prepare for hate crime charges. All dissent will be silenced by the government and the activists.
But I believe that an overwhelming number of Christians will defy the law.
Governor Mike Huckabee posted this message: “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court” vows to “resist and reject judicial tyranny”
In closing I am reminded of something the late Charles Colson wrote:
“If we’re not willing to fight this, even to the point of breaking the law, or refusing to recognize the law, then we will lose everything.”
Given the choice of obeying God or the government – I believe Christians will obey God — even if there is hell to pay.
Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton wants to dig up the bodies of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and remove them from a city park in the latest and perhaps most despicable example of the anti-Southern cleansing spreading across the nation.
“Which African-American wants to have a picnic in the shadow of Nathan Bedford Forrest?” Wharton said in a Thursday press briefing.
In addition to desecrating the graves, Wharton wants to tear down a massive statue honoring the Confederate general who was involved in organizing the Ku Klux Klan. The bodies of Forrest and his wife would be relocated to a cemetery.
“These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it’s time for those to be moved,” the mayor said.
Memphis city officials have been waging a fierce and unrelenting war on southern heritage. In 2013, the city council changed the name of Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park. They also changed the names of Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park.
So now they want to disinter the dead? What in God’s name is wrong with the mayor? What kind of sick, twisted person wants to dig up dead people?
“I despise what the Confederacy stood for,” Wharton said. “This is not just an ordinary monument. This is a monument to a man who was the avowed founder of the organization that has as its purpose the intimidation, the oppression of black folks.”
The local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans staunchly opposes the attempted grave desecration.
Lee Millar pointed out that Forrest and his wife have been buried there for more than 100 years.
“Aren’t these guys over it yet?” he told The Commercial Appeal. “Let’s worry about today’s problems, high crime, high taxes, low education. It just seems to me misguided priorities.”
Myron Lowery, the black city council chairman, said the statue is a “symbol of bigotry, a symbol of hate.”
“I’m not trying to change history, history is what it is, but in 2015, this day and age is much different that it was 100 years ago,” he said.
Could you imagine if a white mayor had announced his intention to dig up…well – you get the point.
I warned you this would happen, folks. I told you the Confederate flag ban would lead to an all-out assault on Southern heritage.
And now – there are literally hundreds of efforts underway to change the names of schools, parks, streets and buildings named after Confederate generals. Stores are banning the sale of Confederate merchandise.
Movies like “Gone With the Wind” and “Forrest Gump” and television shows like “The Dukes of Hazzard” are under attack.
Most recently, there have been calls to banish grocery store items like Aunt Jemima Syrup and Uncle Ben’s Rice.
And now they want to start digging up dead bodies?
I shudder to imagine what’s next in this Stalinist-style cultural purging of the Southern states.
President Obama suggested that racism was in our DNA. If that’s the case, it may not be that much of a stretch to imagine a day when activists demand that the descendants of Confederate soldiers be deported.
A bit of hyperbole, I confess.
But it might be a good idea to keep your passport handy.
It’s time to escape the chaos of the culture! We need a break!
And I hope you will join me for my inaugural readers weekend retreat at The Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina! I’m calling it “Todd’s Fall Getaway.” We’re going to have some sweet fellowship, sweet worship and lots of sweet tea!
“Todd’s Fall Getaway” is scheduled for Oct. 16-18 at The Cove. It’s basically a church camp for grownups! And I’m reserving a front row rocking chair so you can watch the beautiful fall colors!
Among my special guests are Pastor Robert Jeffress, the Southern Gospel group Brian Free & Assurance, the Voices of Lee vocal band, and Guidepost writers Michelle Adams and Michelle Cox!
Dr. Jeffress will be leading our Friday night and Saturday morning sessions. On Friday, he will be leading a discussion titled, “Countdown to the Apocalypse.” On Saturday, he will be speaking about “What Does the Bible Say about radical Islam?”
Dr. Jeffress is the senior pastor at First Baptist Dallas, Texas and the host of Pathway to Victory. He is also a Fox News contributor.
On Sunday I will be leading a “Todd Talk” session — it’s a conversation you won’t want to miss!
And you’ll also be treated to some wonderful inspirational concerts and some of the best food in North Carolina — served buffet style in a dining all that overlooks the mountains!
And all of our authors and musicians and speakers will be available to share a meal with you or sign their latest book!
I hope you join me for this inaugural event — held at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.
As I predicted earlier this week – the cultural purging of the South is well under way. In the past few days, we’ve seen the cultural revolutionaries demand the eradication of streets, parks, schools and buildings named after Confederate war heroes.
We’ve also seen corporate America engage in the cultural cleansing – banning all Confederate products from places like Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Sears.
But the purging is far from over.
Now, the revolutionaries are now targeting US military bases named after Confederate war heroes.
A reader sent me a screenshot of an item that was posted by officials at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
“Okay, evidently there are groups requesting the Army change the names of its installations that are named after soldiers that ended up serving in the Confederate Army,” the statement read. “We’re interested in what you would rename Fort Bragg.”
The Fort was named after Major Braxton Bragg, a North Carolina native and general in the Confederate Army.
Fort Bragg said they would pick three choices and send them to the Pentagon.
“Have fun and good luck,” they wrote.
Well, it turns out most folks around Fort Bragg were not interested in having fun. The outrage over possibly renaming the Fort was so massive, they removed the Facebook message.
“What the hell is wrong with you people,” one reader wrote. “Did you know you have soldiers, civilian workers and their families who are from the South, some of whom are very proud of their southern heritage?”
“Shame on you, Fort Bragg PC police,” another wrote.
Stars & Stripes reports there are at least 10 installations named after Confederate generals — and according to their online poll an overwhelming majority don’t want the names changed.
“Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history,” Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Malcolm Frost said in a statement. “Accordingly, these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies. It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division.”
“The more subtle racism of ‘Gone with the Wind’ is in some ways more insidious, going to great lengths to enshrine the myth that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery – an institution the film unabashedly romanticizes,” he wrote.
Lumenick, a northerner, called for the beloved film to be stuffed in a museum “where this much-loved, but undeniably racist, artifact really belongs.”
I wonder how Lou feels about “Blazing Saddles” and “Forrest Gump”?
In recent days, monuments and memorials have been destroyed or desecrated, works of art threatened with censorship and those who dare affirm Southern heritage are labeled racists.
What a troubling time in America.
I am a native son of Tennessee. My forefathers fought in the Civil War. One of my great, great, great grandfathers was killed at Reams Station, Virginia. Another was killed defending Richmond. Many others fought and died for the Confederacy. My people did not own slaves. They were farmers.
I am proud to call myself American by birth, but Southern by the Grace of God. I am proud of my heritage.
And if you’ve got a problem with that – well — in the words of Rhett Butler — frankly my dear…