‘Church of Cannabis’ pastor running for office

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It’s not unusual for a pastor in a strongly GOP county to be running for elected office.

They are, after all, by definition leaders in their own churches and communities.

However, Colorado’s endorsement of “legalized” marijuana has done more than push a surge in marijuana tourism, trigger more drug-influenced accidents and put the state in the bull’s-eye for neighboring states who have to deal with the marijuana-carrying travelers who leave the state still carrying.

It’s created the unusual situation where a pastor from the first in the nation Church of Cannabis is running for public office.

Pastor Brandon Baker, 39, is campaigning as a Republican for an at-large county commissioner seat this November in Weld County.

Weld is far from your typical county in America.

It is bigger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, proudly proclaims “In God We Trust” on the county seal, has no long-term debt and no county sales tax.

In addition, the county has a strong pro-life view, prohibiting Plan B from being sold in county funded healthcare clinics.

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The county is such a powerhouse in Colorado that in 2013, residents contemplated becoming a separate state. The county also made national news that same year following the Democratic controlled legislature pushing through a series of radical gun control laws when its sheriff, John Cooke, sued the state after stating publicly he would not enforce the new laws.

Baker is the pastor of Greenfaith Ministry, which has documents on its website showing it is the first marijuana-based church approved by the federal government and at the state level. The church places a heavy focus on the use of cannabis.

On its Facebook page, Greenfaith states all members are required to be a part of the cannabis industry in some capacity.

“It is required that all members of the church to Aid in the production of sacrament, whether it be through physical volunteering or financial contributions.”

The church also has strict requirements for those who harvest the marijuana used in the services.

“All cannabis plants are sacred and should be given respect. If they are harvested they will be prayed over before they are harvested. Green Faith sacrament shall be grown on holy church ground. The farmers, or cultivators will wake up every morning and partake in pipe ceremony, to bless them the land and the Sacred Plant.”

Unlike traditional Christian churches which have the sacrament of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, Greenfaith has only one sacrament: “Members of Green Faith hold one and only one sacrament as sacred that is cannabis.”

Their sacrament is performed in what they call the “Pipe Ceremony,” which they call a “sacred ritual for connecting physical and spiritual worlds.”

Members believe so strongly in their sacrament that the church is required to have a six-month supply of marijuana on hand for “natural disaster, disease or drought.”

Despite this seeming radical disconnect between Baker and the political climate in Weld County, he feels he is the right man for the job.

In an email to the Greeley Tribune, Baker said, “I have one thing Weld County is lacking and no other candidate offers: a younger, modern approach to it all, with decades of experience in law, as well as cannabis and hemp.”

Baker told WND he was frustrated that the Tribune chose to focus on his church, and welcomed the chance to expound on his political beliefs.

“What I mean by a more modern approach is looking at ways to incorporate cannabis production into the existing list of crops produced by the county. To me, hemp and cannabis are a vital part of agriculture and helping to save the planet.”

Baker said when it comes to the issue of marijuana, despite what appears on his website, he is not a fan of recreational marijuana.

“I’m not a fan of recreational marijuana, it really has [no] place in my book. But medical, religious and industrial use has a big spot in Colorado,” Baker explained. “Had they not put it in the state constitution I would not support it for recreational use. My family grew it in Nebraska and Texas 90 years ago and it still grows wild in Weld County.”

“I smoke pot daily. I pray in the morning, afternoon and evening with cannabis. I’m a hardworking farm boy but I’ve also smoked pot since I was 16, but this doesn’t mean I’m not hardworking.”

When asked if his values would coincide with the current fiscal and conservative climate of having no debt in the county, Baker said he strongly supports fiscal responsibility and would continue with the current policies.

However, when it comes to other issues such as being pro-life, Baker takes the view espoused by many Democrats who say while they personally oppose it, they are not going to infringe a woman’s “right” to abortion.

“I don’t think you should kill anyone, but the Bible also teaches me not to judge or order others what to do. That’s between them and God. I have a transgender son who wants to be a girl and is becoming a girl. As a religious man it’s tough, but I love everyone and I’m not about to abandon my son. If it’s wrong that’s between my son and God, it’s not my decision. I have no say in it.”

Baker said while he smokes pot every day, what he finds interesting is the hypocrisy of those who would condemn him while drinking alcohol, which he says is unnatural.

“Our elected officials are anti-marijuana but pro-alcohol and that is sickening to me. Cannabis is way safer than alcohol. I would take my kids to local school games in Nunn and Ault and what was hypocritical to me was all the parents worked in breweries, but the county doesn’t want pot.”

“I believe in Genesis in the Bible and the good green that God provided for our mind, body and soul, instead of man-made poison like alcohol. I assumed that Weld County, being as religious as it is would have the same values my family growing up in Nebraska and Texas had regarding growing marijuana, but they seem to be afraid of big corporate images of the dangers of marijuana while supporting the use of opioids for pain medication over what is natural.”

Baker says he is definitely in the race to win, but if he doesn’t, he will be happy if all he does is increase awareness about his issues.

“I’m very active in Republican meetings and outreaches. Most of them treat me like I’m a heroin addict when I show up in my dreadlocks, but I want them to get to know me. That’s why I’m not hiding my marijuana and my church use.”

“I don’t even care if I win or not, all I want is for the Republican party to look at cannabis in a different way.”

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Now people going ga-ga over Temple of Mithras

First Baal was “resurrected” from the pages of history books.

Then came Athena, via a United Nations program.

And even a statue of the Lion of al-Lat, a “pre-Islamic goddess.”

Now the ancient cult of Mithras is being represented. In fact, there are some 600 people a day visiting a restored temple underneath the London headquarters of the business news outlet Bloomberg.

CNN describes the scene at the site of the restored ancient Roman temple to “a mysterious god called Mithras.”

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“The temple slowly comes to life as torch light flickers and a recording of a low chanting fills the room,” CNN reports. “Channels of light and haze extend from the rocky ruins, recreating shadowy columns to give the impression of the temple’s superstructure. A light display in the recess of the temple depicts the cult statue of Mithras slaying a bull, an image that was the central icon of the cult.”

Sophie Jackson of the Museum of London Archaeology explains Mithras was a “mystery cult” that apparently had members keep its secrets.

“So we really don’t know a lot about what went on in the Mithraeum [temple], apart from the archaeological artifacts,” she told CNN.

There are some 400 temples to Mithras across North Africa, the Middle East and Europe centering on images of Mithras slaying a sacred bull with a dagger.

Experts believe the site in London dates from about A.D. 250. It was discovered in 1954 during cleanup from World War II.

CNN reported that finding “the entire ground floor of a Roman building on a bomb site captured the public imagination, and thousands of people queued for hours to catch a glimpse of the statues of Roman gods emerging from the ruins” at the time.

Some of the artifacts were lost, some stored nearby, and when Bloomberg bought the site in 2010, “it took responsibility for the dismantling and faithful reconstruction of the temple, returning it to its original location,” the report said.

WND reported just days ago when religious leaders in Israel expressed concern that the United Nations was promoting idolatry after word was released that the organization is helping fund a reproduction the Lion of al-Lat, the companion of the pagan goddess of “extra-marital relations.”

Earlier, the global body was part of the funding of the re-creation of the Roman triumphal arch that once welcomed travelers to the Temple of Baal.

Then there was the re-creation of a statue of the goddess Athena that once stood in Palmyra.

It was Breaking Israel News that reported on the Lion of al-Lat.

BIN said a UNESCO-funded project “reproduced a statue of a lion, the third project of its kind the organization has supported.”

Joe Kovacs, author of “Shocked By The Bible 2,” says the sad spectacle is part of an old story.

“The promotion of pagan gods is certainly nothing new, and it again shows we’re all living in what I call ‘Opposite World,‘” he explained. “It’s a world where most people do the very opposite action of what God has instructed. Our Creator tells us to have no other gods but Him, but folks do the opposite, honoring false gods.

“The Bible says Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, built shrines to pagan gods such as Molech, a pagan god to whom people would burn their children alive in fires. It’s just sickening. Even God-fearing Christians today don’t realize they’re doing the very opposite of God’s instructions when they decorate trees with silver and gold and stand them up in their homes and churches every December. God personally says in the tenth chapter of Jeremiah not to do that precise heathen custom, and yet people have been tricked into decorating trees with all sorts of silver tinsel, gold garland and hanging ornaments, and they have no scriptural basis for it. For those interested in eternal life, we need to wake up and start obeying the instructions of our Maker, and stop all this pagan worthlessness.”

Temple of Baal, Palmyra, Syria, prior to its destruction by ISIS

Temple of Baal, Palmyra, Syria, prior to its destruction by ISIS

One rabbi told BIN that the U.N.’s real objective appears to be “to promote an agenda that has always stood as Israel’s nemesis: idolatry.”

The Lion of al-Lat is an 11-foot-tall statue that was in the temple of “pre-Islamic goddess al-Lat in Palmyra, Syria,” which was damaged by ISIS.

The 15-ton statue later was moved to the National Museum of Damascus for reconstruction.

The report explains: “Part of the reconstruction of the lion statue was performed using high-intensity laser projection equipment adapted for large-scale 3-D printing in stone by the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) in Oxford. Much of the Lion project was underwritten by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through its Heritage Emergency Fund and by the European Union.”

There are several trains of thought regarding al-Lat.

“It has been conjectured that al-Lat was the pre-Islamic consort of the Arabian god Allah. Another theory is that al-Lat was used as a title for the goddesses Asherah and Athirat. It is believed al-Lat was the continuation of the earlier Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar Inanna; the goddess of sex and, in particular, extra-marital relations,” BIN said.

Rabbi Daniel Assur of the Sanhedrin, which recently was reassembled in Israel, told BIN of the alarming sequence of events.

“The entire mission of the organization is to blur the differences between the nations in order to bring them all under one roof and one authority in a New World Order,” he said. “The truth is, as the Bible says, there are 70 distinct nations. The U.N. believes they can create nations out of thin air. Once they do that, they can say that there are many gods, even ones you can create by 3-D printing.”

He pointed out the U.N.’s long-standing and dominant anti-Israel bias. After all, it has voted to condemn the state of Israel more than all of the human rights offenders around the globe combined.

“Because Israel stands as proof of what a nation is and the concept of one God, the U.N. has a vendetta against Israel and is irrationally biased against us,” Rabbi Assur explained to BIN.

In December, it was reported the United Arab Emirates, the Italian mission to the United Nations and the Institute for Digital Archeology re-created a statue of Athena.

A statue of Athena at the Louvre (public domain)

A statue of Athena at the Louvre (public domain)

She was also known as “Athena Promachos,” a war goddess, and the re-created statue features her holding a spear. The exhibit, titled “The Spirit In the Stone,” was being hosted at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The globalist organizations earlier honored the reconstructed “Arch of Baal,” which was taken on a world tour, including being placed outside the G7 meeting of the world’s industrialized nations.

“Most people today don’t realize how much of a hold ancient pagan beliefs, practices and images still have on their lives,” said Joseph Farah, author of “The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians and the End of the Age.” “In fact, pagan values and traditions have never left us. Even Jews and Christians are impacted by them. And they are not innocent because the gods of paganism are actually demons, according to the Bible. It’s not something to be played with.

“The question confronting us right now is: Why would the United Nations be involved in resurrecting these occult images and icons of the past? Do they not understand what this represents – the false gods of child sacrifice and all kinds of abominations and perversions?”

Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn, best known for his New York Times bestseller “The Harbinger,” has warned about the revival of pagan gods and idols.

“The reappearance of the gods is an amazing phenomenon,” he said. “Not long ago, the image of the Hindu god of destruction, Kali, appeared on the Empire State building. Then the Arch of the Temple of the god Baal was built in New York City. Recently, a massive idol of the god Shiva was displayed on the Washington Mall along with that of a seven-headed dragon. And now the idol of Athena appears in the United Nations.

“The mystery of ‘The Paradigm’ and ‘The Harbinger’ is that what transpired in the last days of ancient Israel before its judgment is now manifesting before our eyes. We are replaying an ancient judgment cycle. One of the manifestations that took place in ancient Israel before its destruction was the appearance throughout the land of the gods, their idols, their altars, their images. That the images of the gods are now manifesting throughout America is an ominous sign. We are replaying the judgment drama.

“When Israel turned away from God, it turned to false gods and idols. So when a nation that has once known God turns away from Him, it always turns to other gods. It may not call them gods or idols, but the reality is the same. America was founded on the word of God. And inasmuch as it followed the ways of God, it has been blessed above any other nation in the modern world. But inasmuch as it has turned from its God and His ways, it has turned to other gods and idols. And unless it turns back, unless it sees revival, it will progress to judgment.”

WND also recently reported that an event called the Catharsis on the Mall featured elements of devil worship on the National Mall in Washington.

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Who is really ‘the wicked one’ in the Bible?

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Is the Holy Bible written on more than one level?

The answer is yes, according to a best-selling author who says Scripture is written on both a physical level for human beings on Earth, as well as a spirit level, applying to spirit beings who dwell in a dimension invisible to our physical eyes.

Joe Kovacs, author of the brand-new best-seller “Shocked by the Bible 2: Connecting the Dots in Scripture to Reveal the Truth They Don’t Want You to Know,” appeared on TV for the first time as a recent guest on “Shabbat Night Live,” a program that delves into the Bible’s content, hosted by Michael Rood.

Author Joe Kovacs on the set of "Shabbat Night Live" with host Michael Rood.

Author Joe Kovacs on the set of “Shabbat Night Live” with host Michael Rood.

Kovacs demonstrated how what’s written in the Bible can be applied not only to physical people, but to spirit individuals as well, by explaining use of the phrase, “the wicked one.”

“People do get wicked at times. There is a wicked one in this world prompting people to do [evil],” Kovacs said.

“The wicked one in the Bible is the devil, and every time you see the words ‘the wicked one,’ you should ask yourself the question, ‘Is this talking about THE wicked one?’ It’s not just wicked people on Earth. There is a wicked one in the spiritual dimension.”

“The Bible is not just written on the physical level,” he continued. “It’s written on the spiritual level for spirit beings. There’s good angels and there’s bad angels. God Himself is a Spirit being, and He is broadcasting His message not only to human beings but to Spirit beings as well. Because there is life and death, good and evil, God and the devil. People need to realize all of this stuff exists.”

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See the in-depth interview with Joe Kovacs on “Shabbat Night Live” from Dec. 29, 2017:

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“We have to connect the dots between all these Scriptures. The Bible is not one Scripture. It’s not [just] John 3:16. And I know people love John 3:16, but [many] don’t realize there’s a whole lot of the other parts of the Bible out there. When you go to a movie, and see 10 minutes of a two-hour movie, you get maybe a little gist of the movie, but you’re not getting the whole movie. Well, that’s the Bible. … There’s a lot of information there, especially in the Old Testament where God is broadcasting His messages that people think, ‘Oh, I don’t need that, that was done away, that’s all about the Jews in the Old Testament.’ It’s not. We have to connect the dots from Old Testament to New Testament Scriptures, put line upon line, and bring it together because God is telling a story. He is the Author of our salvation, and our salvation is in this book [the Bible]. This book is life.”

In the wide-ranging interview, Kovacs and Rood discussed why many people who call themselves Christian engage in certain customs, especially those that have originated in heathen cultures worshiping gods other than the true God of the Bible.

“We’re brainwashed, we’re conditioned, we’re being programmed, we’re being tricked,” Kovacs said. “I like to use that word ‘trick,’ because people in their heart don’t think they’re doing anything wrong. They’re just doing what they’re taught. We don’t come out of our mother’s wombs knowing the Bible. We come out knowing nothing. And we have to be taught. Now you can be taught and filled with the truth of God or you can be taught with trickery, deception, lies. And we’ve inherited lies. The next word after lies in there is ‘vanity’ which in Hebrew means nothingness, worthlessness. People hear that word vanity and think it has something to do with the way they look, sitting in front of a mirror.”

Rood interjected with a laugh: “Only a vain person would think that.”

“Vanity in the Bible is nothingness,” Kovacs continued. “People in the Bible are doing these things, they don’t even know why. And there is no profit in them. It doesn’t help you toward the ultimate goal of gaining eternal life as a child of God. People have been tricked and people are starting to wake up to the fact that, ‘Oh, there’s deception in the world.’ The Bible talks about deception from the beginning in Genesis to Revelation. The devil is out there deceiving the whole world. The whole world means the whole world. Even people in the so-called Christian world are being deceived, and they don’t know it. They genuinely love Jesus, Yeshua, with all their heart and mind, but they’ve been tricked by the trickster-in-chief, Satan the devil, the adversary who is making an appearance that you’re doing something good … .”

Kovacs, a veteran newsman for more than 30 years, explained that he began writing about Scripture, “Because I found that the words on the pages of the Bible itself are very different – sometimes the complete opposite – of what we’re taught by pastors, priests, what we learn on television, in the movies, from our parents. The Bible itself is shocking. I was personally shocked by the Bible by reading what was there.” He said:

People are brainwashed with what they think is information from the Bible from our earliest times. We’re taught songs, we see cartoons about the Bible which are incorrect. We see television shows and movies. Movies are very powerful forces because people go to a movie and ostensibly they think they’re getting a message from the Bible, when oftentimes, much or most of the movie is not biblical at all.

Those images and what they say in those movies stick with you because you think, ‘Oh, this must be in the Bible because they wouldn’t make a movie … or a television show about it, or you wouldn’t hear a sermon about it in church if it weren’t in the Bible.’

I never thought [in my early life] about writing ‘Shocked by the Bible’ or ‘Shocked by the Bible 2’ or ‘The Divine Secret.’ I never thought I would be a book writer. But I got fed up with hearing misinformation so much about even simple facts that people can find out in five seconds of what’s in the Bible. For instance, one that just irked me so much over the years is that three wise men showed up at the manger the night Jesus was born. You see it in everything: in the movies, in songs, on the Christmas cards. You open it up and see three wise men at the manger. … The Bible truth of the matter is that no wise men were at the manger the night Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Kovacs added, “The problem is people don’t read the Bible closely. They read it too fast. Sometimes they conflate and confuse different parts of the Bible thinking they’re happening at the same time. …

“My point is people need to take their time. Study each word, each sentence to get the story right because the Bible is truth, it’s the most accurate document ever written, telling us not only the past, but what’s happening in our present and in our soon-to-come future. And if you can’t get the simplest matters correct, about the wise men or how many showed up – and again the Bible doesn’t tell you how many – but if you can’t get the simplest things right, how are you going to get the deeper things of God correct? So I’m just trying to focus people, get their attention to refocus on the words on the page. Believe the words on the page, but even before you believe it, you have to read and understand what’s there. Get the facts correct, accurately, like a news report. You know we’re fed up with fake news on television and in the print industry, but people have taken the Bible and made that somewhat twisted and fake as well.”

shocked-by-the-bible-2-cover-full-180x276-jpgThe new book by Kovacs is receiving high praise.

Eric Metaxas, the best-selling author of “Martin Luther” and national talk-show host, says “Shocked by the Bible 2” “reveals fascinating truths in Scripture that are routinely overlooked.”

Rabbi Eric Walker, the host of “Revealing the Truth: Headlines, Heartlines, and Biblical Truth” says, “Putting this book on your coffee table is a great way to get a conversation going about God.”

Pastor Dan Catlin of “Messiah’s Branch Prophecy Hour” says: “So much in the Bible that just passes us by, Joe points out some very, very, important things that will leave many shocked so to speak! The book is riveting and will hold you on the edge of your seat!”

Michael Savage, the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author and national radio talk-show host, raves: “‘Shocked by the Bible 2’ is a must read for every God-fearing, Bible-loving reader. If you believe there is a ‘grand design’ created by the One True God, this book will become another light along your path.”

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President at full speed launching into 2nd year agenda

Donald Trump's inaugural address

Donald Trump’s inaugural address

President Trump opened new doors for Americans’ religious rights in his first year in office, which has just completed.

The stock market has set dozens of records and is at an altitude never before seen.

The international community recognizes that there’s a new swagger in America’s international policy, and Trump won’t likely be bowing to potentates.

One commentary suggested he’s done more in one year that many presidents do in four.

And while there are many items on his agenda yet, wouldn’t now be a good time to join the ThankTrump.us campaign, and tell him just what the work he’s already completed means?

The campaign includes the most comprehensive list compiled any anyone of his significant achievements, which have come on an average of one every two days since he took the oath of office.

It’s quite a record of success, yet no president in arguably all of American history has faced such relentless opposition over the course of his first year.

Trump has faced vitriol and obstruction from all sides: Democrats, the media, Hollywood, the sports world, the international community, the deep state, the religious Left, “progressive” activists and even many Republicans and establishment conservatives.

“Making America great again is a thankless job, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Joseph Farah, co-founder of WND and the creator of the campaign. “We, the American people, have the power to raise our voices in thanks for this president who has accomplished so much in his first year but has so little acclaim to show for it.”

In this spirit, WND launched the Thank Trump Card Campaign to give ordinary Americans a way to thank the president for his hard work and record of achievement on behalf of the American people.

Simply go to ThankTrump.us to choose one of our 10 unique e-card designs. You can add a personalized message to your card if you wish, and then simply click a button to send it electronically to the White House. It’s completely free of charge.

“As President Trump heads into a new year, it’s important he doesn’t lose the courage and boldness that have enabled him to defy the establishment and get so much done for the American people,” said Farah. “Given all the opposition he faces, it would be too easy for him to surrender to the forces that besiege him.”

That’s why ThankTrump.us is so important. As 2018 begins, it is a perfect time to look back with thankfulness to the man who made 2017 such a great year for America.

The campaign has been endorsed by leading conservatives such as Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity and covered by conservative news outlets such as Breitbart News and InfoWars.com. The Conservative Tribune is also among the list of promoters.

Go to ThankTrump.us to view the 10 card design options, all of which can be personalized with additional messages and sent directly to the White House at no cost.

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Conference on winning ‘America’s new civil war’

Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, 1964

Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, 1964

The American people haven’t been so divided since the Civil War – and many people believe something of a new civil war is underway in their once-unified nation.

To address this crisis, this week over two dozen experts, activists, members of Congress, journalists and others – all championing America’s Judeo-Christian foundations – will join together in St. Louis for a conference sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition on “Winning the Second American Civil War: Home, School, Community, Nation.”

Thursday evening, all day Friday and most of Saturday, the speakers will lay out a comprehensive vision and practical, in-depth plan for reversing the devastating negative effects the progressive left has had on America’s culture, education, morality and government.

The conference’s lead-off speaker, Thursday night, will be WND’s longtime vice president and managing editor, David Kupelian, who will speak on “The Civil War on America’s Christian Foundations.” Kupelian, whose most recent book is “The Snapping of the American Mind,” will be followed by veteran radio talk host Michael Medved.

Friday’s speakers will include, among others, former congresswoman and GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachman, speaking on “The Anarchist’s War Against America – Using The Bill of Rights to Destroy It,” followed by Nonie Darwish, whose topic is “Winning the Islamist’s War on Biblical Values,” followed by Brigitte Gabriel, speaking on “The Islamist’s War on America in Its Schools.”

Friday night’s keynote speaker will be Fox News Channel’s Jesse Watters, host of “Watters World” and co-host of “The Five,” speaking on “The Deplorable Un-Deplorables.”

Saturday’s speakers include actor and radio talker Sam Sorbo, who recently co-wrote and co-starred in the Sean Hannity-produced movie “Let There Be Light,” speaking on “Winning the Battle for Family.” Author Joshua Charles will speak on “Winning the Morality War – A Millennial’s Battlefield” and Charlie Kirk, the 25-year-old founder of Turning Point USA, will address “Winning the Diversity War – A Millennial’s Campus Strategy.”

Other conference speakers include: Rod Martin (The Rod Martin Report); Larry Reed (president, Foundation for Economic Freedom); Jeff Myers (President, Summit Ministries); Anne Gassel (founder, Missourians against Common Core); Anne Schlafly Cori (chairman, Eagle Forum); Dr. E. Cal Beisner (founder, Cornwall Alliance); Emmett McGroarty (American Principles Project): Kevin Jackson (talk-show host); Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R.-Mo.; Rich Higgins (former director, strategic planning, President Trump’s National Security Council); Bill Meierling (CEO, American Legislative Exchange); Brother Joun (John) Samara (Damascus Syria: Ananiashouse/U.S., Voice of the Martyrs); Patrick Wood (author, “Technocracy Rising”); Twila Brase (Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom); Laurie Higgins (Illinois Family Institute); Tina Marie Griffin (The Counter Culture Mom, host “Hollywood Insider”); Chuck Stetson (CEO, Essentials in Education); Dr. Richard Vedder (author, “Going Broke by Degree”); Rev. Scott Kerens (assistant pastor, Twin Oaks PCA); and Janet Lynn (1972 Olympic Women’s Figure Skating bronze medalist, two-time world championship and five-time U.S. national champion).

Closing out the conference Saturday afternoon will be outspoken former Congressman Bob McEwen, on “Winning the War for the Constitution.”

To be held Jan. 25, 26 and 27, the conference “is designed to reignite faith, freedom and a sense of national community that will preserve our nation and our individual lives,” says the event’s official website.

The “Winning the Second American Civil War” conference is open to the public. Find out more, including registration fees, a complete list of speakers and conference schedule.

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Franklin Graham stands up for banned Christian-student group

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Franklin Graham has come out swinging against the University of Iowa’s decision to revoke the operating license of a student Christian group because of its rule requiring leaders to affirm a statement of faith upholding biblical standards.

The group, Business Leaders in Christ, not only lost its charter and its funding, the university also banned the group from meeting on campus because it denied a leadership position to an openly homosexual student who refused to take the pledge. The group has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the university.

“Christians who take a stand face some tough battles,” Graham said in a Facebook post. “A Christian student group called Business Leaders in Christ at the University of Iowa lost their license to operate as well as their activity fee funding – they can’t even reserve campus meeting space! All because the group denied a leadership position to a gay student and he filed a complaint. The school said they were discriminating. The group said that anyone can become a member, but leaders must affirm a statement of faith that upholds God’s standards, and the Bible says that homosexuality is sin. I’m proud of these courageous young people for being faithful to Biblical truth. Pray for them as they have challenged the school’s religious discrimination with legal action.”

In the lawsuit, the group says it “cannot and will not ask leaders who do not share its beliefs to lead members in prayer or to convey those beliefs.”

The university prohibits any discrimination based on sexual orientation and accused the BLinC of violating the school’s Human Rights Policy and the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

It’s not education, it’s indoctrination. It’s not equality, it’s hate. In America today, there’s “No Campus For White Men.” Read up-and-coming conservative superstar Scott Greer’s devastating indictment of the race-based attack on white people and Western civilization on college campuses. As Tucker Carlson says, “After reading Greer’s account, you’ll think twice before sending your children off to school.”

The group, founded in 2015, was meeting weekly for Bible study and focused on service projects and teaching students “how to continually keep Christ first in the fast-paced business world.”

Since the loss of license to operate, the group is no longer able to reserve campus meeting space, attend student recruitment fairs or access funds from student-activity fees.

The controversy between the Christian students and the university dates back to last February when Marcus Miller, a now-former student-member of the group, filed a complaint to the faculty after being rejected to serve as the group’s vice president – because he was gay.

The group said the request was denied because Miller rejected the Christian beliefs and would not follow them, adding that all leaders in the group must affirm a statement of faith stating that they “embrace, not reject, their God-given sex” and agree that marriage can be only between a man and a woman.

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“Every other sexual relationship beyond this is outside of God’s design and is not in keeping with God’s original plan for humanity,” the statement of faith says.

“Every organization to exist has to be able to select leaders who embrace its mission,” the group’s attorney, Eric Baxter with the nonprofit law firm Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said. “You would never ask an environmental group to have a climate denier as their leader. It’s the same thing here.”

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Revealed: Dangerous spirituality pushed by top Dem presidential contender

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

The person with the greatest influence on American spirituality isn’t Billy Graham.

Nor is it James Dobson. Nor any other pastor or priest.

By almost any standard, it’s Oprah Winfrey. And that’s bad news for serious American Christians.

She lectures at universities such as Stanford about the importance of spirituality to a meaningful life.

She hosted a miniseries about spirituality called “Belief,” which she explained was designed to “really build this universe of interfaith connectedness.”

And after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it wasn’t a pastor or priest who served as master of ceremonies for the national memorial service at Yankee Stadium – it was Winfrey.

What makes Winfrey so popular, powerful and dangerous? Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett, two experts in evangelism and Christian apologetics, address the question in “O God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality.”

In a powerful and dramatic story, the book tells the story of “Lindsay,” a young women who encounters tragedy in her life and seeks solace through the spiritual teachings promoted by Oprah’s television show. Those teachings are a grab bag of sayings from different religious traditions, which allow Lindsay to essentially hear what she wants to hear.

Is Oprah Winfrey going to be the next president? The media and the Democrats want to make it happen. But although Oprah has built a lucrative career talking about spirituality and faith, what does she actually believe? More timely than ever, “‘O’ God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality” by Josh McDowell and Dave Strerett examines the faith of one of America’s most influential personalities – and perhaps the next great political force. Read it before the primaries!

This, argue the authors, is the model of spirituality many Americans are following. As the leftist Vox website gloats, one in five Americans now characterize themselves as “spiritual, but not religious.” Oprah Winfrey, as religion columnist Terry Mattingly observes, is the “pope of the nones,” those who say “none of the above” when asked to define their religious denomination.

Winfrey provides such people with a vocabulary to explain and even justify their vague spiritual creed. And even many of those who think they are Christian are falling into dangerous spiritual territory by listening to Oprah. In “O God,” Lindsay serves as a symbol for these Christians who enthuse about how Oprah just has an “incredible way of helping people.” But as her friend Avatari, a Christian convert, helps her to understand, the real God is “passionate about a relationship with you,” and that means having a specific relationship with Him and following His commandments.

Though many Americans may not want to admit it, the spiritual message of Oprah is a direct challenge to core Christian beliefs. As McDowell and Sterrett reveal with specific references, Winfrey has directly denied faith in Jesus Christ is the only path to eternal life.

For example, she has said:

“One of the mistakes that human beings make is by believing that there is only one way to live, and we don’t accept that there are diverse ways to being in the world.”

“There are many paths to what you call God.”

In response to an audience member who said faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, Oprah responded tersely: “There can’t possibly be one way. I can’t get into a religious argument with you right now.”

Like many other Americans, “Lindsay” wants to believe Oprah and feel good about herself. But as her friend shows her, even Oprah’s “tolerance” and religious pluralism is necessarily exclusive, because it excludes the hundreds of millions of Christians who believe Jesus Christ is the only way for salvation.

As one believer puts it in the story:

“Many people in our culture feel that it’s arrogant to say another person’s belief is not true, but really, it’s arrogant for Oprah and her spiritual teachers … The Bible says that Adam and Eve were faced with a temptation from Satan that would make them try to ‘become like god.’ Yet Oprah and her spiritual teachers give millions of people this same deception: that they are ultimately God. Our culture has attempted to redefine humility and tolerance to mean that you can’t say that anybody else’s beliefs are false… The only person who ever existed in the form of God is Jesus. The book of Philippians says that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

The consequences of denying this in favor of “feel-good” thinking prove disastrous for “Lindsay” and her family in the story. When people believe they will get good things by simply “thinking positive” or believing in the “law of attraction,” they are unable to cope with real tragedy and loss. Seemingly benevolent messages such as “God is in everything” or “everyone is a part of God,” both messages presented by Oprah and her spiritual teachers, can also have dangerous consequences.

The current state of American culture is arguably a result of Winfrey’s spiritual influence. Perhaps more than anyone else, Winfrey has promoted the idea of a “god without labels,” in which self-disclosure and personal testimony, combined with vague New Age thinking, substitute for authentic Christianity. Her own career is testament to the popularity of this message. And with mainstream media backing, Oprah Winfrey could turn this spiritual influence into political power.

Of course, such a thing can only happen if most American Christians remain unaware of her true beliefs. “O God” is thus not just a spiritually important book, but a politically important one as well. Just as Winfrey has used feel-good bromides to hollow out American Christianity, she could similarly use feel-good bromides to hollow out America’s political institutions. As Oprah Winfrey’s career proves, sometimes, the most dangerous person is the one who tells you what you want to hear.

Is Oprah Winfrey going to be the next president? The media and the Democrats want to make it happen. But although Oprah has built a lucrative career talking about spirituality and faith, what does she actually believe? More timely than ever, “‘O’ God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality” by Josh McDowell and Dave Strerett examines the faith of one of America’s most influential personalities – and perhaps the next great political force. Read it before the primaries!

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Army strategizes for victory in cyberwar

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The U.S. Army is developing new cyberwar strategies, recognizing that the nature of cyberwar reduces the advantages that America has had over its enemies through its traditional military, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

“Today’s adversaries have studied how the U.S. Joint Force prefers to operate and have adapted by developing capabilities that contest U.S. operations on land, at sea, in the air, in space, and in cyberspace, as well as across the electromagnetic spectrum, information environment, and cognitive dimension of warfare,” explains a new report, “The U.S. Army Concept for Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operations.”

“Defeating futures enemies that possess advanced capabilities calls for land forces operation as part of integrated joint teams that conduct simultaneous and sequential operations across multiple domains.”

A key, the report explained, will be to grab “windows of advantage” that will let the nation’s forces for freedom “seize, retain, and exploit the initiative.”

The report propses ideas to integrate cyberspace, electronic warfare and spectrum management operations into the rest of the fighting forces.

“The ability to employ cyberspace, EW, and SMO capabilities as an integrated system, acting as a force multiplier, improves the commander’s ability to achieve desired operational effects,” the report says.

Already involved are Department of Defense information network operations, defensive cyberspace operations and offensive cyberspace operations.

“The end state is for Army forces to have fully capable cyberspace and EW capabilities and the authorities to conduct effective cyberspace operations as part of their overall combined arms strategy to support joint combined arms operations. Cyberspace and EW operations provide the commander the capability to process and manage operationally relevant activities across multiple domains, both physical and virtual.”

The Army in 2012 published an assessment that set an outline for such activities. The next year it established the Army Cyber Institute and the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

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Trump trolls Women’s Marchers

(Gateway Pundit) The Pussy Hat protesters were back out on the streets marching on the first anniversary of President Trump’s historic first year in the White House.

President Trump cheered the womens’ marchers today on their first anniversary.

OMG! — BEST TROLL EVER!

President Trump: Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!

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App concept records consent in legally binding agreement

(KSAZ) Talk about throwing romance out the window!

A new app may be coming to smartphones that allows you to consent to sex before going on date. The concept is called It’s called LegalFling, and it involves a legally binding agreement.

Many things can go wrong when dating, and the app concept wants to facilitate some of that by protecting its users, before having sex. Criminal attorney Ross Richelsoph believes the app may work out for some people.

“Hopefully, it’ll facilitate a conversation between couples about what they’re interested in doing or not interested in doing,” said Richelsoph.

LegalFling is the first Blockchain-based app to verify explicit consent before couples have sex, making the do’s and don’ts clear to the both parties.

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