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Reverend Franklin Graham Tussles with Liberal on CNN, Says the “Only Hope for this Nation is God”

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The Reverend Franklin Graham is far more outspoken on political and cultural issues than his father, the famed Reverend Billy Graham, ever was. However, as the younger Graham is quick to point out, we live in a nation today that is far different than the one his father was raised in. This past week, Reverend Franklin Graham was a guest on CNN’s New Day where he engaged in a spirited discussion with anchor (and liberal) Chris Cuomo about having hope for our nation and the strength of the Constitution.

Cuomo’s liberal bias was quickly displayed as he showed little deference to the respected Christian leader, and on several occasions badgered him with ignorant liberal talking points about what the Constitution is and isn’t. Graham remains gracious throughout and delivers a perfect summation of the only hope our nation has…

You can push me all you want, Chris, but I’m not going to answer that question. There are some good guys out there that have some great ideas for this country to move this country forward, but those good ideas aren’t going to go anywhere without the hand of Almighty God. And yes, I do believe in the divine hand. I believe that God has blessed this nation, that his hand has been on this nation, but we’ve taken God out of our country. We have taken him out of politics. We have taken him out of schools. Out of the education system and we are a broken nation and it is not going to get fixed by politics. It is only going to be fixed, I believe, if the American people turn from their sins and put their faith and trust in Almighty God.

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That’s the only hope that I believe, so I’m going to all the capital steps. Next week I’ll be in South Carolina, I’ll be in Georgia. I’ve already been up in New Hampshire. I’ve already been — Iowa. We’re going to get ahead of the primaries where we can to encourage Christians to pray and I want to encourage the evangelicals to get out and vote. Their voice needs to be heard. About 20 to 30 million evangelicals stayed at home during the last election. I’m trying to get them out and get them to vote

All right. So let’s get some reaction right now from another important voice in this election, Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. He’s running the Decision America Tour and he joins us now. What is your reaction to Rand Paul stepping out?

Reverend Franklin Graham: Well you know, I think Rand Paul is a good man. And he had some good ideas but, you know, there is a crowded field out there and there’s going to be others dropping out as we — I think in the next few days and next few weeks.

CUOMO: Who do you think should be the next president of the United States, Reverend?

GRAHAM: You know, I’m staying out of that, Chris. I’m going from state to state holding prayer rallies on the capital steps of the state asking people to join me to pray for this nation and to pray for our leaders. Our country is in trouble and I can tell you right now I have zero hope in the Democratic Party and zero hope in the Republican Party. Now the only hope for this nation is God. And if we’ll turn our attention back to God, I believe God will help us fix the problems that we face. But Chris, we have no individual out there that can turn this thing around. Only God can do it.

CUOMO: Well and the question is, if you believe in the divine hand, it is who gets inspired most by it and who resonates most with the voters because of it. Ted Cruz seems to be saying he deserves that mantle after Iowa? A big evangelical presence in that state. Do you agree?

GRAHAM: Well I’m not going to — Again, I’m not supporting any individual candidate.

CUOMO: I’m going to push you, Rev. I’m going to push you.

Franklin GrahamGRAHAM: You can push me all you want, Chris, but I’m not going to answer that question. There are some good guys out there that have some great ideas for this country to move this country forward, but those good ideas aren’t going to go anywhere without the hand of Almighty God. And yes, I do believe in the divine hand. I believe that God has blessed this nation, that his hand has been on this nation, but we’ve taken God out of our country. We have taken him out of politics. We have taken him out of schools. Out of the education system and we are a broken nation and it is not going to get fixed by politics. It is only going to be fixed, I believe, if the American people turn from their sins and put their faith and trust in Almighty God.

That’s the only hope that I believe, so I’m going to all the capital steps. Next week I’ll be in South Carolina, I’ll be in Georgia. I’ve already been up in New Hampshire. I’ve already been — Iowa. We’re going to get ahead of the primaries where we can to encourage Christians to pray and I want to encourage the evangelicals to get out and vote. Their voice needs to be heard. About 20 to 30 million evangelicals stayed at home during the last election. I’m trying to get them out and get them to vote. And according to CNN, the largest group of evangelicals voted in New Hampshire in the last two elections. So I’m glad for that.

CUOMO: And the question becomes, well, to vote on what basis? Is it enough to just vote for the person who seems to talk about their faith the most? Christian faith specifically? Or you know, like your own organization? Is it about what they actually do? Needs for the poor, the sick, suffering people. Is it enough just to believe in God or is it how you live that belief that you want evangelicals to look at?

GRAHAM: I appreciate you asking that question, Chris. That is a great question. There’s a lot of people who talk about their faith. But you have to live it. And I’m wanting every voter to examine the person they are going to vote for and how that person lives their faith. But do they stand for biblical principles? See, I believe the Bible is the word of God from cover to cover and I believe every word of it is true and I hope and pray that people will vote for candidates that live the word of God.

[08:54:57] CUOMO: So Reverend, if a candidate says look, I have my own Christian beliefs, but this is a secular society under our Constitution and let’s look at same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court has said what the law of the land is, respecting the equal protection of same-sex couples to get married and I must support the law. Would I get your vote?

GRAHAM: Well first of all, Chris, you talk about us being a secular government, a secular site. That’s only taken place in the last few years. Our nation was founded on biblical principles. Our Founding Fathers recognize God. All you have to do is go through Washington and look at all of our monuments with the inscriptions and references to Almighty God —

CUOMO: Understood, Reverend. We know that the Christian faith is not the rule for all. That is the point. Under the Constitution you don’t see God mentioned until the signature page. That is why I’m asking you about respecting the law of the land even if it fight yours religious belief.

GRAHAM: Well first of all, I respect the law of the land that has been approved of by the Constitution and by the correct process. And I don’t think the judges in Washington can just make law. That is not what they do, but that’s what they have done as it relates to same-sex marriage. In almost every case where same-sex marriage was put to a vote here in North Carolina, California, other places, it was voted down by the people and it was judges that overturned the will of the people. So I don’t necessarily take that as the law of the land. I think we need a nationwide referendum on this and let’s see what the people say.

CUOMO: But as we know, the Constitution has often been construed to protect the minority even when in the face of majority. Reverend, thank you very much for joining us on NEW DAY. Appreciate it.

GRAHAM: Thank you, Chris.

 

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Federal Judge Strikes Down New York Coronavirus Bans On Church Services

On Friday, a federal judge struck down the restrictions banning church services imposed on both New York State and the City of New York.

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On Friday, a federal judge struck down the restrictions banning church services imposed on both New York State and the City of New York.

The ruling by District Judge Gary Sharpe insisted that the large-scale protests among church goers undermines the claims by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio that the bans on services are “generally applicable.”

Per theWashington Examiner:

“The State argues, in overly-simplistic fashion, that the challenged laws only incidentally impose a burden on religious exercise, and they are neutral and generally applicable, and therefore, only rational basis need be shown, which is self-evident: preventing the spread of COVID-19,” Sharpe wrote. “The State was silent with respect to the mass race protests.”

Sharpe added that de Blasio’s comments with regard to churches, as well as his attitude toward New York Jewish communities, made it difficult for the mayor to make a “legitimate” claim that he is not biased against people of faith while favoring protests.

“Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio could have just as easily discouraged protests, short of condemning their message, in the name of public health and exercised discretion to suspend enforcement for public safety reasons instead of encouraging what they knew was a flagrant disregard of the outdoor limits and social distancing rules,” Sharpe wrote. “They could have also been silent. But by acting as they did, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment.”

De Blasio insisted that allowing tens of thousands to protest in the streets was “not the same thing” as allowing church services to continue unimpeded.

The judge found de Blasio’s claims to be absurd.

The ruling came after a large group of Christian and Jewish church officials sued the state and city over the restrictions.

The ruling will immediately prevent the state and city from preventing churches from opening.

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1,200 California Pastors Organize to Defy California Gov. Newsom’s Ban on Churches

More than 1,200 California pastors have joined an effort to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus ban on church services.

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More than 1,200 California pastors have joined an effort to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus ban on church services.

The group has pledged to resume in-person church services starting May 31.

Newsom issued his stay-at-home decree to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 19. Per Newsom’s orders, the state is in stage two of his four phase re-opening plan, but that plan does not include a resumption of church services.

The governor claims that his stage two plan does not allow the re-opening of churches, gyms, libraries, theaters, and other places that might entail large groups on close proximity.

But the pastors are not waiting for Newsom’s approval.

The group’s lawyer said the pastors have signed a “declaration of essentiality,” and will reopen on May 31. They also plan to observe to social distancing guidelines and take other coronavirus precautions.

In a letter to Newsom, attorney Robert Tyler said that the gov’s orders overlook the “essential and critical nature of the services provided by clergy and religious assemblies throughout California.”

“The clergy is convinced that ‘we the people’ are ultimately responsible to protect the individual liberties that may be lost unnecessarily during times of crisis regardless of whether public officials’ actions are well intentioned,” the letter said. “Without the checks and balances of the courts and legislature, the clergy now stand as a counterbalance to unchecked regulatory action.”

But the lawyer warned, “This letter was not sent for the purposes of asking for permission.”

Tyler expects as many as 3,000 churches across California could reopen on May 31 and offer in-person religious services. Sunday, May 31, is the Christian holy day of Pentecost.

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Church that Defied Quarantine Razed by Lockdown Loyalists who Leave Message at Scene of the Crime

At a time in which our nation is already deep in the throes a politically divisive election and a global pandemic, nothing good can come from this violent escalation.

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During this global pandemic, it’s not only the coronavirus that you need to watch out for, as viral and violent vigilantes continue to target those with whom they disagree politically.

In Mississippi, the suspected arson of a small-town church has appears to be the work of lockdown loyalists, who were enraged that parishioners were gathering during this time of quarantine.

A church in Mississippi burned down this week and the incident is now being investigated as arson, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CBS News First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs had previously defied stay-at-home orders to open for services, and the church even sued the city of Holly Springs for trying to shut down a Bible study gathering.

And what made residents believe that the arson was the work of extralegal ne’er-do-wells?

Investigators said they found graffiti on the church property reading: “Bet you stay home now you hypokrites.”

Officials in The Magnolia State were shocked and appalled.

 “I am heartbroken and furious,” Governor Tate Reeves tweeted on Thursday, sharing a photo of the now-destroyed First Pentecostal Church. “In Mississippi, a church was just burned to the ground. They had been trying to open services.”

“What is this pandemic doing to us? We need prayer for this country,” his tweet continued.

At a time in which our nation is already deep in the throes a politically divisive election and a global pandemic, nothing good can come from this violent escalation.

News of the arson broke just hours before a declaration by President Donald Trump in which all houses of worship were deemed “essential“, allowing them to remain open during this time of trouble.

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California Churches Complain About Governor’s Virus Plan, Get Backing from DOJ

Bill Barr and his crew were unmistakable in their language.

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Attorney General Bill Barr had previously warned state and local authorities not to infringe on the rights of the religious in their coronavirus contingency plans, but not all have heeded the warning.

In California, for instance, Governor Gavin Newsom had inexplicably categorized houses of worship as “phase 3” establishments, despite the similarities between weekly congregations and other gatherings that would be allowed in earlier stages of reopening.

Now, the Department of Justice is following up with Newsom, and lambasting California’s apparent discrimination against the Golden State’s faithful.

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband pointed out that Newsom’s plan allows a variety of businesses to reopen in “Stage 2,” but does not allow churches and other houses of worship to reopen until “Stage 3,” for no apparent reason.

Citing Attorney General William Barr’s April memorandum warning state and local governments to respect First Amendment rights of religious freedom — “[T]he Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis,” Barr wrote — Dreiband argued that while California could determine the pace of its reopening, it could not infringe on religion…

The language of Dreiband’s warning was unmistakable.

Laws that do not treat religious activities equally with comparable nonreligious activities are subject to heightened scrutiny under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. … Religious gatherings may not be singled out for unequal treatment compared to other nonreligious gatherings that have the same effect on the government’s public health interest, absent the most compelling reasons.

California has not shown why interactions in offices and studios of the entertainment industry, and in-person operations to facilitate nonessential ecommerce, are included on the [essential workforce] list as being allowed with social distancing where telework is not practical, while gatherings with social distancing for purposes of religious worship are forbidden, regardless of whether remote worship is practical or not.

Places of worship are not permitted to hold religious worship services until Stage 3. However, in Stage 2, schools, restaurants, factories, offices, shopping malls, swap meets, and others are permitted to operate with social distancing.

According to Dreiband, these sort of written warnings have been successful in other locales where similar oversights had been made.

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Illinois Governor: No Church Until ‘Widely Available’ Vaccine or Treatment

The move prompted several lawsuits from the Illinois faithful.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines worldwide, one of the most pressing issues in the United States is when and how to begin reopening our economy.

We are currently weighing the health risks against the economic risks, and hoping to find a sweet spot right in the middle where we can safely restart the American machine without putting an inordinate amount of “at-risk” citizens in harm’s way.

Some elected officials have chosen to err on the side of optimism, while other, like the Governor of Illinois, are acting so cautiously that their citizens are growing enraged.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to reopen his state calls for bans of gatherings of more than 50 people, including worship services, until a vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus is “widely available.”

The Democrat governor released his five-phase plan, titled “Restoring Illinois,” Tuesday, which says even at Phase 4, called “Revitalization,” “50 or fewer” would be permitted at any gatherings as long as testing and tracing are widely conducted.

The state is currently in Phase 2, or “Flattening” the curve, as the rate of infection is slowing.

According to the most recent data, Illinois is the fourth most affected state in the nation, with 73,760 total cases of COVID-19 and 3,241 deaths.

As of May 1, nursing home deaths accounted for 44 percent of Illinois fatalities due to the coronavirus.

The details of the governor’s plan had faithful Illinoisans furious.

According to the plan, it is not until Phase 5, or “Illinois Restored,” when “testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state,” and “either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period,” will gatherings, including religious services, of more than 50 people, be permitted.

On Friday, Romanian churches in Illinois filed a federal lawsuit against Pritzker, claiming his executive orders discriminate against churches by restricting worship services to ten people while other commercial entities, such as liquor and “big box” stores are permitted to accommodate larger groups.

The plan drew a number of lawsuits against the State of Illinois, with churches far and wide lining up to blast what they saw as an egregious overreach.

 

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Facebook Removes Coronavirus Prayers by Army Chaplains After Complaints from Christian-Haters

Facebook removed prayers posted by U.S. Army chaplains after Christian-hating groups complained that they represented “illicit proselytizing” of Christianity.

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Facebook has removed several prayers posted by several chaplains in the U.S. Army after a Christian-hating group complained that they represented “illicit proselytizing” of Christianity.

Facebook removed four videos recorded by chaplains Capt. Amy Smith and Maj. Scott Ingram which had been posted to the Facebook page of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade at Fort Drum, New York.

Facebook moved to delete the “offensive” prayers after the anti-Christian group Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRRF) demanded that the social media giant remove them.

The group falsely claimed that the videos were a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“These videos belong only on a chapel page, not on a base’s or unit’s main page,” said Chris Rodda, the hate group’s senior research director, according to Fox News. Rodda added that the group “has been seeing an uptick in a particular type of complaint — overt proselyting videos on official military Facebook pages.”

Per Fox News:

The alleged violations include Smith discussing the Fort Drum Spiritual Fitness Trail in a video that was posted April 17, saying, “You are invited to pray, to pray for the family, to pray for the sick, and to pray for our leaders.” In another video, Smith encouraged people to visit the Fort Drum Labyrinth as a great place to hear God’s voice.

Addressing the coronavirus pandemic on April 2, Ingram said, “God encourages us not to be dismayed by what we see around us, things we cannot control. We can, however, with the best intel in this moment, place our trust in him, walk forward in his strength, and treat others with kindness.”

Not everyone agreed with Fascistbook’s removal of the videos.

Mike Berry, a lawyer for the First Liberty Institute, said he was shocked to find out the news and questioned why MRFF is focused on this issue.

“At a time when our nation is hurting and many feel hopeless, why on earth would Mikey Weinstein attack prayer?” Berry told Fox News. “America has the strongest military in history, but our brave service members are not immune to the havoc COVID-19 has wreaked.”

He added, “I cannot believe the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division raised the white flag of surrender to an anti-religious freedom zealot. Every president, from Washington to Trump, has publicly prayed for our military. If the commander in chief can pray, then our soldiers can, too.”

Exactly right.

The Constitution gives us all freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.

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Disastrous Pope Uses Easter to Suggest Using Coronavirus to Institute World-Wide Socialism

The worst pope in modern memory is at it again, saying that the world should use the coronavirus as a smoke screen to institute a full communist takeover of the world.

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The worst pope in modern memory is at it again, pushing leftism instead of religion, this time saying that the world should use the coronavirus as a smoke screen to institute a full communist takeover of the world.

On Easter Sunday, the pope brazenly used one of Christendom’s holiest of days to push his communist ideals by issuing a letter urging leaders of social movements to use the viral outbreak to unleash a new era of “change.”

Instead of sticking to Catholicism, the pope used Easter to push for “structural changes” to the world, and to put an end to the “economy of exclusion and inequality.”

He also said that the world should spur radical change for a “humanistic and ecological conversion” to institute his real religion of leftism and climate change. He also expressed support of a universal “basic income” — that being a new favorite communist goal aimed at undermining both the world’s governments and the capitalist system.

As PJ Media noted:

In the letter, the pope argues that these activists are “invisible to the system. Market solutions do not reach the peripheries, and State protection is hardly visible there.” Rather than encouraging philanthropy to reach these peripheries, Francis writes to encourage “you who are looked upon with suspicion when through community organization you try to move beyond philanthropy or when, instead of resigning and hoping to catch some crumbs that fall from the table of economic power, you claim your rights.”

In this context, Francis endorses a UBI. “I know that you have been excluded from the benefits of globalization. You do not enjoy the superficial pleasures that anesthetize so many consciences, yet you always suffer from the harm they produce,” he argues. “Street vendors, recyclers, carnies, small farmers, construction workers, dressmakers, the different kinds of caregivers: you who are informal, working on your own or in the grassroots economy, you have no steady income to get you through this hard time … and the lockdowns are becoming unbearable. This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out. It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights.”

The pope went on to suggest that the coronavirus is the time to spur these inhuman and anti-Christian changes:

“I hope that this time of danger will free us from operating on automatic pilot, shake our sleepy consciences and allow a humanist and ecological conversion that puts an end to the idolatry of money and places human life and dignity at the centre,” the pope’s letter continues. “Our civilization — so competitive, so individualistic, with its frenetic rhythms of production and consumption, its extravagant luxuries, its disproportionate profits for just a few — needs to downshift, take stock, and renew itself.”

This man is an utter disaster for the west and religion in general, and Catholics in particular.

Surely Satan is this man’s closest adviser.

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