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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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By Todd Starnes

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.”

 

By Todd Starnes

NBC has officially cut ties with Donald Trump over comments he made describing Mexican immigrants as criminals.

They called his comments derogatory and offensive.

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A petition generated nearly a quarter million signatures – but it’s unclear how many of those who signed it are legal citizens.

The cold hard reality is that Mr. Trump has nothing to apologize for. He was telling the truth.

According to the numbers provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – nearly 87,000 illegals were captured committing criminal acts in the United States.

One of the leading countries of origin — according to our government — is Mexico. And yes – there is documented evidence linking Mexican illegals to drugs and rapes and murders in our country.

* In 2008, Eduardo Raul Morales-Soriano, an illegal from Mexico, pleaded guilty in a drunk driving accident that killed a Marine and his date.

* In 2014 an illegal pleaded guilty to attempting to transport a minor child with the intent of engaging in sexual activity.

The documentation goes on and on and on.

Back in the old days – people crossing the border from one country into another was called an invasion. They used to fight wars over stuff like that. But now – they just play politics.

Millions and millions of illegals have invaded our nation. They are taking American jobs. They are draining our healthcare and public school systems — freeloading off the American taxpayer.

But instead of securing the border, the Democrats are down there with a welcome wagon.

I don’t get NBC — firing a man who told the truth.

By Todd Starnes

There were g-strings galore at Gay Pride celebrations across the fruited plain as scantily-clad celebrants took to the streets to herald the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage.

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Supporters of LGBTQI and A marriages waved rainbow-colored flags from San Francisco to New York City.

Unfortunately – the festivities in the Big Apple turned ugly.

Father Jonathan Morris – was walking near Broadway — wearing his cleric’s collar – when he stumbled up the Gay Pride Parade.

Father Jonathan, who is also a Fox News contributor, tweeted what happened:

“Two men walked by and spat on me,” he wrote. fatherjonathantweets

They spit on a priest!

 

What kind of a person hurls their sputum at a priest? What kind of a human being does that?

But instead of responding with anger Father Jonathan responded with grace.

“The two men who spat on me are probably very good man (sic) caught up in excitement and past resentment,” he wrote. “Most in that parade would not do that.”

He dismissed their act of ugliness as simply being caught up in the moment.

“Oh well, I deserve worse,” he wrote.

In a way it’s a modern-day parable – those who preach tolerance are the least tolerant of all.

But Father Jonathan demonstrated that he not only preaches tolerance – he practices it.

A lesson for us all.

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By Todd Starnes

One of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders issued a dire warning for the nation in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage.

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“I believe God could bring judgment upon America,” said Franklin Graham in an exclusive interview.

Graham tells me that Christians should be prepared for persecution in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage.

“You better be ready and you better be prepared because it’s coming,” Graham said just moments after the court handed down its ruling. “There will be persecution of Christians for our stand.”

Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, said he was disappointed in the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling.

“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.

 

By Todd Starnes

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.

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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?

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“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.