You Made a Difference--Hate Crimes Legislation Withdrawn from Defense Bill

  • Rick Scarborough
  • Dec 10, 2007

On Thursday, Senator Levin agreed to remove his Hate Crimes Amendment from the Department of Defense Reauthorization Bill, which will allow the funds that our troops desperately need to go forward in the U.S. Senate. There is only one explanation for the sudden and dramatic turn of events: the politicians, who were using the troops as pawns to try to pass this insidious attack on religious freedoms in America, finally got the message.

Because millions of God-fearing Americans like you took time to express your feelings on the matter and shut down e-mail systems, fax machines and phone lines in their offices, they did the right thing. Once again the system worked and it worked because you worked. Thank you.

It has often been observed that many politicians don’t see the light until they feel the heat. With Christmas fast approaching and the troops desperately needing supplies, the outcry became too much to ignore.

What a Christmas gift for our troops. To all of you who called, e-mailed or faxed your members of Congress, thank you.

Huckabee, Faith and Politics

This week, after receiving little more than an asterisk in the polls in mid-October, Governor Mike Huckabee has surged to the front of the pack in the most recent Rasmussen poll. This meteoric rise in the polls at the expense of Governor Mitt Romney and Mayor Rudy Giuliani has left the pundits speechless. Interestingly, whereas candidate Mike Huckabee had been referred to as Governor Huckabee throughout the campaign, he is now increasingly being referred to as “former Baptist Preacher” Mike Huckabee.

Nothing is accidental with the media. Doubtless, now that Huckabee is a serious contender for the nomination, his Baptist preacher background is going to fall under scrutiny. After all, a ceremonial belief in God is expected by candidates, but Heaven help that we not allow a guy who actually believes the Bible to be true and worse, practices its precepts and relies upon it, get elected. The left has been working tirelessly for over 40 years to shove Christianity into the closet and ultimately into oblivion.

I can’t predict who will achieve the nomination for president of either party at this stage, but I can predict that anyone who seriously practices a biblical faith will sooner or later be assaulted by the left. And I will be the subject of liberal blogs tomorrow for saying that. But they and we know that biblical Christianity is a threat to those who advance a liberal agenda.

This week an activist in Iowa made an interesting comment to me about the Mike Huckabee phenomena. While the Romney campaign has spent millions in Iowa to attract voters, the Huckabee campaign has aired few commercials because, until recently, they couldn’t afford a full campaign staff--let alone spend money on media buys. Yet Romney is falling like a rock in the polls and Huckabee’s numbers are soaring. This long time activist in Iowa politics said of Huckabee that rank and file people of both parties in her state are attracted to him because he is neither Republican nor Democrat, but American.

As I pondered her statement I thought, how refreshing, and perhaps how insightful. Huckabee has rankled the ire of many traditional conservatives with his unorthodox politics; while being unapologetic about his traditional social views, he challenges some of the conservative conclusions with many of his views regarding taxes, immigration and education. That mix usually spells disaster among Republicans yet he is leading the pack at present.

There are many speculative reasons offered for why he holds those views, but my friend’s comment that he is American resonates with me. Could it be that people are drawn to him because in him they see a genuine, authentic American, who embraces biblical truth and is attempting, in his humanity, to apply it to public policy? No one will ever get it completely right, and Huckabee won’t, but people like the fact that he is trying and not affected by the attacks from both the left and the right. And I believe that true Americans like the fact that in his campaign, “they,” not the handlers, nor the money people, nor the media, nor the political hacks, are driving his candidacy. His campaign has lacked money but it has generated what millions cannot buy--true believers.

This year’s election seems more about faith than any I can remember. Thursday, Mitt Romney gave an inspiring speech about his faith. His bold declaration that his personal faith was more important to him than the presidency was refreshing, and while I am in complete disagreement theologically with Romney, it was encouraging to hear a politician who valued his religion more than his position.

And on the Democrat side of the spectrum, both Clinton and Obama have been speaking much about faith and religion. Perhaps everyone is finally getting the point that many of us have been advocating for years--God is!

Folks, this is GREAT news for our country. Even if we don't agree with someone over their religious affiliation or their politics, the fact that faith in God is an integral part of the national discussion for leadership of this country is a good thing. We should never hesitate to have that discussion as we must hold to the promise that THE Truth will be found if we seek it with all our heart. This year’s political season is anything but boring.

Rick Scarborough Ministry Report

Last week we reported that we would be touring Iowa this week on a statewide bus tour. I regret to report that due to problems with the bus, coupled with the weather in Iowa, we made the decision to postpone the trip until a better time. At the time of this writing, there is still a discussion of going to Iowa and conducting some of the scheduled tour stops without the bus. If the tour goes forward we will send out a special report to communicate the schedule and solicit your prayers.

This next weekend I will be joining several hundred activists from around the country for a Shake the Nation weekend in Ohio. Dr. Alan Keyes and I have been asked to deliver addresses to the conferees. I will be speaking on Friday evening. Please keep me in your prayers.

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Guest Commentary: Dr. Laurence White--Our Time Has Come

On November 26th, Robert Novak, a pre-imminent Washington insider, published a most revealing article, ominously entitled “The False Conservative,” expressing the Republican establishment’s misgivings about the surging presidential candidacy of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Novak’s “angst” laden article was revealing, not so much for what it told us about Huckabee--which was largely a rehash already familiar attacks and accusations--but for it’s stark portrayal of the profound anxiety with which the Republican Party establishment has always viewed Christian conservatives.

Novak contends that “the rise of evangelical Christians” as a key component in the Republican coalition has ‘always contained an inherent danger.” From the perspective of a corrupt, self-serving party establishment which is motivated only by the desire to maintain and extend its own political power that danger is very real.

The powers that be with the GOP have attempted to manipulate and control Christian conservatives from the moment of their entrance into the political arena. The unique feature of the Novak article is the openness with which the columnist is willing to express the establishment’s cynical agenda. Novak contemptuously dismisses Christian activists as “these new Republican acolytes” who were to be used and then cast aside while the ‘conventional conservatives,” whose infinitely flexible principles always bow to the requirements of political expediency, remained in absolute control. These interlopers could be tolerated as long as they behaved themselves and played by the traditional rules of “conventional conservatives.” That is to say, they could be tolerated as long as they allowed themselves to be manipulated and did not dare to attempt to take control and actually implement the moral convictions which were their primary concern.

But now, in the face of a surging Huckabee campaign, that absolute control seems to be slipping. For the “good old boys” in Washington that is a prospect which “makes real conservatives shudder.” What they are shuddering about is the possibility of a presidential candidate who truly believes the empty words which the establishment has been using all this time as nothing more than a tactic to keep the Evangelicals on board. Imagine what might happen if all those Christians would elect “one of their own” who wouldn’t play the same old game by the same old rules. Imagine what would happen if we chose a president who was genuinely committed to transforming our culture rather than merely getting himself re-elected. It is a frightening prospect if your primary motive has always been to spend the rest of your life gorging from the trough in Washington.

The shudders of the old guard are certainly a most promising sign. What makes “the rise of Evangelical Christians” dangerous is that their primary motive is principle, not politics. We have entered the public square to restore an America where all human life is safe and sacred and where the family is respected and protected as the keystone of a stable society. Political power for us is merely the means to an end, not the end in itself. Perhaps the unexpected success of the Huckabee campaign, confounding all of the professional pollsters and prognosticators, is a sign that our time has finally come.

 

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