Friday, December 28, 2007

Social Conservatives Taking a Stand with Huckabee

The Republican establishment has looked down its nose at social conservatives far too long, tolerating us because they need our votes. But now the tables are turned. The grass roots are looking up at the establishment with the will of a Lech Walesa, demanding that fiscal issues take a back seat to moral issues for a change. It’s long past time for the moral and social issues of our times to be given more than just lip service. It’s now time for our fiscal policies to be informed by our social policies rather than sacrificing our morality to our economic standing in the world.

This is a quote from an article by Paul Edwards. I personally will always vote moral issues first. I am a fiscal conservative, too (and think Huckabee is based on his stance on the Fair Tax, cutting taxes, in Arkansas, etc.), but that will always take a back seat to a baby's right to live, protecting marriage as between a man and a woman for life, government backing abstinence education, etc. By the way, Dick Morris agrees with me that Huckabee is a fiscal conservative.

In Arkansas, the income tax when he took office was 1 percent for the poorest taxpayers and 7 percent for the richest, exactly where it stood when he left the statehouse 11 years later. But, in the interim, he doubled the standard deduction and the child care credit, repealed capital gains taxes for home sales, lowered the capital gains rate, expanded the homestead exemption and set up tax-free savings accounts for medical care and college tuition.

Most impressively, when he had to pass an income tax surcharge amid the drop in revenues after Sept. 11, 2001, he repealed it three years later when he didn’t need it any longer.

He raised the sales tax one cent in 11 years and did that only after the courts ordered him to do so. (He also got voter approval for a one-eighth-of-one-cent hike for parks and recreation.)

He wants to repeal the income tax, abolish the IRS and institute a “fair tax” based on consumption, and opposes any tax increase for Social Security.

And he can win in Iowa.

When voters who have decided not to back Rudy Giuliani because of his social positions consider the contest between Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, they will have no difficulty choosing between a real social conservative and an ersatz one.

Romney, who began as a pro-lifer and switched in order to win in Massachusetts, and then flipped back again, cannot compete with a lifelong pro-lifer, Huckabee.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Freedom Lives Day Dec. 27th

Today is the Freedom Lives fundraising drive for the Mike Huckabee campaign. I encourage everyone who can to give. Every little bit helps. Let's see if we can boost the campaign past $5m in online donations for the quarter. Don't forget to enter Donor Code 160 so that the campaign knows that you are participating in Freedom Lives Day.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry CHRISTmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Celebrate the amazing gift of the Creator coming to live among the His creations.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

God Moves in Mysterious Ways

Today's Rasmussen numbers actually made me say, "Wow!", out loud. No one could have predicted these numbers a couple of months ago. But God has always know what would happen.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows a continuing slide for Rudy Giuliani. In the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination, it’s Mike Huckabee at 21%, John McCain and Mitt Romney at 15% each, Giuliani at 13% and Fred Thompson at 12% (see recent daily numbers). Ron Paul currently attracts 6% of Likely Republican Primary voters nationwide.

Hold on to your seats everyone! It is going to be an exciting ride to the nomination.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Merry Christmas! and politics

Mike Huckabee just released a new TV ad. It is one of the most refreshing political ads I have seen in a long time. He is taking a lot of flack for it because GASP he mentions Christ in the same ad as Christmas. There is also a shelf that has people talking about floating crosses. But when I see this ad I see a man who is not afraid to be who he is even when it is not politically correct. That is why I find this ad so refreshing. Take a look for yourself.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Revolutionary Parenting chapter 1

A while back I started a commentary on George Barna's book Revolutionary Parenting. Chapter one is about how we are failing to raise up spiritual champions. We measure "good parenting" by worldly standards such as not being in gangs and not taking drugs. While these things are worthy goals, they take the focus off of God's standards which go much deeper than these things.

Another thing Barna mentions is tendency of American's do deny facts if they make us uncomfortable and to hand our children over to "professionals". He also emphasises the fact that raising godly children is the resposibility of parents not the government, schools, or even churches.

Though this is off topic to Barna's book, his comments reminded me parental responsibility to give their children a Christian education. By the world's standards, your children might get a decent education at a government school. But will they have a great education about God and the things he thinks are important. Or will they leave school after 13 years of indoctrination with a secular humanist world view?

When confronted with the facts about government schools (as shared in Bruce Shortt's The Harsh Truth about Public School), people often deny the facts (not our government school) and hand their children over to "professionals". Really this makes me sad. I hope that we will wake up as a nation and take back the responsibilities God has given us. He gave them to us with his purposes in mind. Let's not forsake our God-given responsibilities.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Summary Huckabee's Great News

There was a lot of good news for Mike Huckabee recently. Here is a summary. Also Liberty University for Huckabee has a great graphic here.

Latest Polling from Early States by Rasmussen

Iowa Jan 3rd (Huckabee 1st, 28%)
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Iowa caucus finds former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with 28% of the vote, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 25% support, and everyone else far behind.

New Hampshire Jan. 8th (Huckabee tie for 2nd, 14%)
The new primary election poll shows a virtual three-way tie for second place between former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Senator John McCain at 15% and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at 14%. For Giuliani and McCain, those figures are a very slight dip from earlier in the month while Huckabee has gained four more percentage points.

Michigan Jan. 15th (Huckabee 1st, 21%)
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Huckabee earning 21% of the vote. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the son of a former Michigan Governor, attracts 20% support while former New York City Mayor is the top choice for 19% of Likely Republican Primary Voters.

South Carolina Jan. 19th (Huckabee 1st, 25%)
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has taken the lead in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows Huckabee with 25% of the vote, Mitt Romney with 18% and Fred Thompson with 18%.

Arkansas vs. Hillary Clinton (Huckabee wins with 48%)
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee leads former Arkansas First Lady Hillary Clinton in the race for that state’s Electoral College votes. A Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that Huckabee attracts 48% of the vote in Arkansas while Clinton earns 42%.

UPDATE 12/14/07

Latest Polling from Early States by others

Nevada Jan. 19th (Huckabee 2nd, 23%)
American Research Group shows Huckabee in second to Romney. Huckabee has 23%.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

God and Immigration

God’s Word and Immigration

When Mike Huckabee announce a more detailed immigration plan yesterday, it made me want to research what God's word had to say. So here are my thoughts.

The alien must follow the laws to participate in the benefits the citizens enjoy.
Exodus 12:48 and others

Aliens are not to be oppressed or mistreated.
Exodus 22:12 and others

Law abiding aliens are entitled to benevolence (though this is on a personal level as opposed to a federal level).
Leviticus19:10 and others

Law abiding aliens are to be treated like a native-born.
Leviticus 19:34 and others

Aliens are subject to the same laws as citizens.
Leviticus 24:22 and others

Illegal immigrants by definition have not and are not obeying our laws. So as God-fearing people the only thing that we are morally obligated to do in regards to the illegal immigrants is to not mistreat or oppress them. I find definitions helpful so here are two from

Oppress- to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power.

Mistreat- to treat badly or abusively.

Though I know that many will disagree with me, I say that sending people back to their home country is not cruel or abusive unless they are in danger in that country. In which case, I suggest they have political asylum. As for those that have children (citizen or otherwise), they can take their children back with them to their home country. Under Gov. Huckabee's plan, illegal immigrants that comply would have an opportunity to come back to this country legally. This is better for them and us. None of these things are cruel or abusive. Cruel or abusive would be something along the lines of beating them up or torturing them or something. Sending people back to where they came from seems fair and reasonable.

I think that the US does a good job of allowing those naturalized citizens or those with green cards the same benefits as life-long citizens. If you are qualified, have the proper paperwork, and can do the job, I think most Americans don’t care where you came from or where on the path to citizenship you are.

We do care about law-breakers. Many people (including Christians) have a distorted view of love. So before I go on let me clarify. Love is doing what is best for a person. Love is not about doing what makes people feel good. The government is resposible to do what is best for the most people. The perfect example of love is God being willing to sacrifice one person (Jesus) for the sake of many (all of us). As far as immigration goes, I think it is the President’s job is to do what is best for the most people. It is more compassionate to think of all the people (about 300 million) that will be benefited when immigration is under control in this country. The needs (or wants in many cases) of the 10 million do not out way the needs of the 300 million.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Huckabee Full Speed Ahead in Iowa

Newsweek has release some amazing new polling information.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has vaulted over his major GOP challengers to take a commanding lead in the race to win the Iowa caucuses, while Barack Obama continues to edge ahead of Hillary Clinton among Democrats likely to participate, a new NEWSWEEK poll shows.
The most dramatic result to come out of the poll, which is based on telephone interviews with 1,408 registered Iowa voters on Dec. 5 and 6, is Huckabee's emergence from the shadows of the GOP race into the front runner's spot in just two months. The ordained Southern Baptist minister now leads Romney by a two-to-one margin, 39 percent to 17 percent, among likely GOP caucus-goers. In the last NEWSWEEK survey, conducted
Sept. 26-27, Huckabee polled a mere 6 percent to Romney's 25 percent, which then led the field.

Huckabee has also opened up a wide margin over the next three leading candidates, who all show signs of fading in Iowa: Rudy Giuliani, who dropped from 15 percent in the last survey to 9 percent in the current one; Fred Thompson, who fell from 16 percent to 10 percent; and John McCain, who slipped from 7 percent to 6 percent. "You rarely see anything like [Huckabee's surge]," says Larry Hugick, who directed the polling for Princeton Survey Research Associates. Hugick added that the reason has as much to do with a leeriness of the other candidates among Republican voters as Huckabee's folksy success on the stump. "He's filling a vacuum," Hugick said. "Nobody on the Republican side was getting strong support."

I cannot wait for January 3rd. Thank you God for this momentum. Thank you all you loyal Huckabee supporters.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

HUCKABEE All Alone in 1st!

Yahoo! Mike Huckabee is all alone in first place in the latest Rasmussen tracking poll. Praise God!!!

While enjoying an amazing surge, Mike Huckabee has earned support from 20% of Likely Republican Primary Voters nationwide. Three points back, at 17%, is Rudy Giuliani. That’s the lowest level of support ever recorded for Giuliani in the tracking poll and represents a seven-point decline over the past week. Huckabee has gained eight points during the same time frame (see recent daily numbers).

Just as significant as the new leader is the amazingly competitive nature of the race. Five candidates are within ten points of the lead and all five could conceivably become the party’s eventual nominee. In addition to Huckabee and Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney are at 13%, and Fred Thompson is at 10%.

So, even though this is awesome news, Huckabee supporters please don't ease up. In the words of the Disney movie Meet the Robinsons, "Keep Moving Forward." Don't think we have it made until the inauguration. Even then, President Huckabee will need our continual prayers.

UPDATE: 12/7 numbers from Rasmussen

Rudy Giuliani 18%

P. S. Fred Thompson slipped to 9% while Ron Paul is at 7%.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

George Barna on 2008 Presidential Politics

A friend e-mailed me a link to this article in the Christian Post. I thought that this quote was especially interesting.

"It is a well-established fact that our society is continually re-inventing itself. The outcome of such innovation and change, however, is largely dependent on the guidance provided by cultural leaders," George Barna, chairman of the research group, noted. "It is the core function of a leader to help people apply their creative ideas and energy to reinvigorating society in alignment with a positive and preferable vision of the future. Without a shaping influence that produces a common good, we devolve into anarchy.
"Our society is running the risk of becoming so independent and self-absorbed that we will abandon our responsibility to society and to making the world a better place," he added. "2008 will be an important year as America chooses future political leaders, pursues new spiritual forms, and shapes critical social policies. The choices will greatly influence the character of America for years to come. Hopefully, Americans will choose to apply their levels of personal influence in ways that generate social good, not just personal security and satisfaction. Identifying what each of us can do to avoid radical self-interest in favor of a more compassionate and collaborative society should find a place on everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions."

I think that Mike Huckabee is exactly the kind of leader that has and will help people apply their creative ideas and energy to reinvigorating society in alignment with a positive and preferable vision of the future. That is what his vertical politics are all about.

Huckabee Tied for 1st Nationally

Rasmussen's daily tracking poll has Mike Huckabee tied with Rudy Giuliani for first place nationally.

Giuliani’s support has fallen to 18% and four other candidates are within six percentage points of the lead. Mike Huckabee is enjoying an amazing surge and now shares the top spot with Giuliani at 18%. Close behind are John McCain at 14%, Fred Thompson at 13%, and Mitt Romney at 12%. Ron Paul attracts 7% of Likely Republican Primary voters nationwide and no other Republican candidate reaches 2%

I am so excited about this. I think Gov. Huckabee will just keep building steam right through the early caucuses.
Now for all you Christians and conservatives who a pragmatically supporting "someone who can win", what are you waiting for? Join us in supporting the most god-fearing, conservative candidate out there. You can find out more about Mike Huckabee at

Monday, December 3, 2007

Revolutionary Parenting by George Barna intro

I am reading the book Revolutionary Parenting by George Barna. So far it is very encouraging and challenging. The book is based on the Barna Groups research into what common themes are found in families that raise spiritual champions.

One thing that I found to be a little sad was this quote from page xvi:

By spiritual champions, I mean individuals who have embraced Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord; accept the Bible as truth and as the guide for life; and seek to live in obedience to its principles and in search of ways to continually deepen their relationship with God. Spiritual champions live in ways that are noticeably different from the norm--even when compared to the average churchgoer.

The reason that I found this a little sad is that to me this describes a mature Christian. The ending statement tells me that most churchgoers (regardless of age) are not spiritually mature.

Anyway, it is also a challenging statement. It made me ask myself several questions. Maybe you should ask them of yourself too.
1. Am I embracing Christ as my Savior and Lord or am I just OK with Christ being my Savior and wary about him being Lord?
2. Do I accept the Bible as completely true, or do I look at it as a bunch of nice stories? (By the way, for Mike Huckabee's answer to this question click here.)
3. Do I use the Bible as a guide for my life more than friends, family, co-workers, and ministers?
4. Do I seek to live in obedience or do I float through life vaguely aware that I should be obedient?
5. Do I search for ways to have a deeper relationship with God, or am I satisfied with where I am?

O God, help us grow to maturity in you!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

We're Moving on Up!

Here is the latest from Rasmussen.

Giuliani 22%
Thompson and McCain 14%
Romney 11%

The YouTube debate has been a big help to Gov. Huckabee. Go Huckabee!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Praise God! We reached the Nov.goal!

I am so pleased to see the ticker past $2.o6 M when I woke up this morning. This was only possible because God is moving among those who fear him. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Good News from NH for Huckabee

Rasmussen has another poll out that has Mike Huckabee in a statistical tie for second in NH.

The new primary election poll shows a virtual three-way tie for second place between former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Senator John McCain at 15% and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at 14%. For Giuliani and McCain, those figures are a very slight dip from earlier in the month while Huckabee has gained four more percentage points.

Whether Huckabee is simply enjoying fifteen minutes of fame or has become a serious contender for the Republican nomination remains to be seen, but his campaign is certainly enjoying the ride at the moment. In September, his long-shot campaign attracted just 4% of New Hampshire voters and even less support nationally. Now, in addition to his strong showing in New Hampshire, the bass-guitar playing candidate is a frontrunner in Iowa and essentially tied for second nationally.

I of course DO NOT think that this is Mike Huckabee's fifteen minutes of fame. He is definitely a major contender for the Republican nomination. I can't wait until January.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Chuck for Huck

This is a candid video of a luncheon where Chuck Norris is telling about how he came to endorse Mike Huckabee. Enjoy. It mentions the Harris Brothers and their website and their blog Both are very good in my opinion.

Act, Dream, Plan

Liberty University for Huckabee has a great post. Here is my favorite quote.

I thought to myself "Well if I want Mike to get elected, the only way that is going to happen is if people start doing something. It is going to be a great thing so somebody has to act, right now it is a dream, somebody has to start planning, somebody has to believe......I better get started" From then on I believed that Mike Huckabee could be the next president. From then on I started planning. I started dreaming of the day Mike took the oath in D.C.. From then on I put action to words. It wasn't only some random posters that inspired me to go all out for Mike, it wasn't a whim either. It was well thought out and prayed about. How can we as Americans say we are free when we retire and just lay our choices down on who the media portrays as having a chance. That is cowardice! That is ennoble! During World War Two when the chances of us winning were unclear, did we back down? When London was being blown to smithereens with no allies left standing, the last stronghold in Europe, did you see Churchill say "Oh well guys, I give up we don't really have that good of a chance of winning so there is no reason to fight." No you didn't, because the right thing to do, whether you have a chance or have no chance at all of tasting victory; is to fight on. Did the apostle Paul after being beaten and thrown out of city after city say "well, logically, we really have no chance of leading anyone to the Lord" Of course this did not happen. Because the Lord was and is, in charge. Paul knew that God defies mans logic. I know that God defies man's logic, just read the Bible, he made a point of making the last in this world first. So I took that to heart. I said "God, I hope you defy all mans logic and help this man of yours who, by mans logical reasoning, has no chance and get him in the white house. "

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

More Evidence Against Government Schools

I did a couple of posts recently about Bruce Shortt's book The Harsh Truth About Public Schools. One of the things that many parents think is that "those kinds of things" only happen at "other" schools. So here is a little eye-opener. There was an article today in World Net Daily talking about a one hundred or so students being withdrawn from a state's public schools. This exodus was due to the "Gender Bender" day (where girls were encouraged to dress as boys and boys were encouraged to dress as girls) that was offered as part of homecoming week. The state in question. Not California (that was last year). Not New York. Not Washington. No the state was Iowa. Yes, religiously/socially conservative Iowa where socially conservative Mike Huckabee is currently is polling 1st. Oh, but theses sorts of things aren't happening at your government school.

Huckabee Surges to 1st in Iowa

Rasmussen has a new poll out today. Mike Huckabee is ahead of Mitt Romney in Iowa!

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Iowa caucus finds former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with 28% of the vote, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 25% support, and everyone else far behind.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Huckabee Surge Continues in Iowa, Florida, and Super Tuesday States

The Southern Political Report has an article about Gov. Huckabee's surge in Florida the past month.

November 27, 2007 — Mike Huckabee has moved into second place among Republican presidential hopefuls in Florida, according to a new InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research poll of likely voters in the Jan. 29 GOP Florida primary. The poll’s results serve to ratchet up the drama as the Republican candidates prepare to debate on CNN Wednesday night from St. Petersburg, and InsiderAdvantage and the Florida Chamber of Commerce prepare to conduct an unprecedented poll that will determine the winner of the debate. Here are the results of the pre-debate poll, conducted Sunday and Monday nights:

Question: “If the Florida Republican presidential primary election were held today, would you vote for…”

Rudy Giuliani (26%)
Mike Huckabee (17%)
John McCain (13%)
Mitt Romney (12%)
Fred Thompson (9%)
Ron Paul (3%)
Undecided (18%)

The poll was conducted Nov. 25 and 26 among 675 likely voters in the January Republican primary. It has a margin of error of about three-and-a-half percent.

According to Liberty University for Huckabee, poll taken last month by this same pollster showed these results.

Mike Huckabee did not even register, or they did see the small percentage points as enough to warrant a statement! So Mike Huckabee jumped from last place with a result to low worth posting to 17% and in second place.

This is just the latest in good news for Gov. Huckabee. According to Rasmussen, Mike Huckabee is tied for second in the 20 Super Tuesday states.

Then there are also the great polling numbers from Iowa. The latest poll has him in second place there with 24% close behind Romney's 28%.

UPDATE: Huckabee also wins the Oklahoma GOP Bedlam Bash Straw Poll. Check out the story on

Monday, November 26, 2007

Huckabee Blogger Conference Call

It was great to get to be in the conference call today with other Huckabee bloggers. Gov. Huckabee opened up by thanking the bloggers for keeping to the truth and facts and setting detractors straight. He also mentioned an article by a non-supporter saying that was a very effective, honest website. He thanked everyone for helpful suggestions such as PayPal and the ticker still being available.

The first question went to Kerry at One Mom. She asked about a 1999 bill that some critics say restricted homeschooling in AR. It was signed by Gov. Huckabee. Gov. Huckabee said that law was proposed by a homeschool parent in response to the legislature wanting to pass a bill that would have required lots of hurdles for homeschoolers. It was supported by the homeschool community in Arkansas. She has a much better summary her question here.

Michigan Redneck asked how the Fair Tax would affect hotel taxes. Gov. Huckabee said that hotel chains have corporate taxes to deal with now that are passed on to the customer via rates. Those would be removed and replaced with the consumption tax. He said that there was to be a second FairTax book coming out soon that would answer a lot more questions.

O Baby That's What I Like asked about preparedness for the web traffic that will be coming after a win in Iowa. Gov. Huckabee said that there were measures in the works and that the servers had been upgraded several times already. He also mentioned that there had been some hacker attacks on their servers which had be thwarted.

My question was next. I asked if Gov. Huckabee had heard of the movement to make a Constitutional Amendment to protect parent rights. He said that he was not aware of it, but would look into it. He also stated that he was definitely against the UN Rights of the Child Convention.

Bob Morrison asked if Gov. Huckabee planned to talk more about education on the campaign trail. Gov. Huckabee said that he does in person and has not been afforded the chance in any televised debate. He is hoping to get a chance to talk about education on the YouTube debate in Florida this Wednesday.

Jeff Fresno asked what the governor's strategy was for Michigan now that it is officially second in the nation primary. Gov. Huckabee said that the media darlings are still Iowa, NH, and SC because they are traditional. Therefor the campaign plans to spend a lot more time there than in Michigan. He is hoping that a strong grass roots organization will give him a boost in Michigan.

Give Hope Another Chance asked about the immigrant kids scholarship thing. Gov. Huckabee reiterated that it was for kids that had gone through at least gone through high school in AR, had a 3.2 or higher GPA, were citizens or were in the process, and were drug and alcohol free.

Michael from the Gazette said that some say Mike Huckabee is to much of a populist. Gov. Huckabee responded that he has not made money on being an insider on Wall Street or K Street. He said that he is for a strong country that has fairer, lower taxes and an economy that looks out for the little guys and the big guys.

Brooklyn Blessings said that she works with lots of Russian Jewish legal immigrants. Many of them feel discarded because of all of this anti-illegal immigrant talk. Gov. Huckabee said that he is all for legal immigration and thinks that there should be a more orderly system for those that want to immigrate legally. He also said that wanted our country to welcome immigrants and uphold the laws and secure the border. These ideas are not in opposition to one another.

Nathan Dunn suggested that a Club for Growth response be added to the truth squad page. He wanted to know what type of questions Gov. Huckabee is looking forward to at the YouTube debate on Wednesday. Gov. Huckabee said that he hoped they had more health care, education, and energy independence questions. He also said that the truth squad page was at high priority status and there would soon be new articles.

Well, that's my summary. I hope you enjoyed it.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Huckabee Tied for 2nd in Super Tuesday States

Rasmussen has done some polling in the 20 states that have their primaries/caucuses on Feb. 5th (this election cycle's Super Tuesday). Here is what they found.

Rudy Giuliani attracts 27% in the February 5 states and holds a double digit lead. Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thomson and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee are tied for second with 14% support. Arizona Senator John McCain is close behind at 11% while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney earns the vote from 10% of Likely Primary Voters in these states.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

What Happened to Freedom of Speech and Religion?

There is a great article at the Creation Moments website. Here is a snippet.

To a large extent, Christians are shut out of the pagan academic marketplace. Certainly, creationists are shut out of the public school system. Even Intelligent Design (ID) has been censored from academia. In the spring of this year, Iowa State University denied tenure to an overwhelmingly qualified professor because of his work on a pro-ID book. Professor Guillermo Gonzalez had published 350 percent more peer-reviewed papers than the standard required, and his department had nominated him for an award for outstanding research achievement in early 2004. He was a rising star. But after his ID book came out in late 2004, his 2006 tenure application was denied.

This is one of the things that really chaps my hide. Freedom of religion to me should include everyone. And (since there are certainly some irreligious intelligent design advocates) freedom of speech should include everyone. More and more our culture is not just proclaiming "separation of church and state" (which isn't actually in the constitution). Instead our culture is proclaiming separation of the Judeo-Christian God and anything public. For example, this summer my family and I went to an international day at our local library. Much to my horror it opened with a prayer to a Hawaiian goddess. Not just a mention of this dance was used in prayer to such-and-such Hawaiian goddess. No. It was a full blown statement of this is a prayer we are praying to the goddess in Hawaiian and this is what it means. Now imagine if at the start of the program there had been a prayer in Latin to Jesus that was translated and identified as such. There would have been an uproar of protest. And maybe I should have protested. I was so shocked I didn't know what to do. My husband and I did talk to our kids about it afterward.

I pray that God help me remember to be bold for Him no matter what the culture says. For we are to be set apart.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to thank God who gives all good things. I am especially thankful for salvation in Christ, my loving husband, and the opportunity God has given us to participate in the bringing up of two young souls.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Janet Folger's Letter From Jail

Nov. 20, 2010

To the Resistance:

I'm writing this letter from prison, where I've been since the beginning of 2010. Since Hillary was elected in '08, Christian persecution in America has gotten even worse than we predicted.
When the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" was signed into law, my radio program was yanked off the air along with all the others that dared discuss moral issues on Christian radio. The networks just couldn't bring themselves to air a pro-abortion program or one that advocates the homosexual agenda for the government mandated "balance" because broadcasting lies went against their basic beliefs – I don't blame them.

We knew "Thought Crimes" was in danger of becoming law back when it passed Congress in 2007, but thankfully, President Bush kept his promise to veto it. But, tragically, Hillary signed that most dangerous bill in America – ushering in the criminalization of Christianity. And now, even my book, "The Criminalization of Christianity," has been banned as "hate speech" just as I predicted when I wrote it back in 2005.

When the "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" ("Thought Crimes" for the Workplace) became law, businesses and ministries were targeted by homosexual activists and were forced to close when they wouldn't comply with a law forcing them to hire those opposed to their beliefs on moral issues.

If you would like to read the rest of the article, go here. I thought it was really good. If you want to stop the above article from becoming a reality, give to the Huckabee campaign by clicking on the ticker above. Today is the big November 20th drive. Let's all do our part.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Harsh Truth About Public Schools (Part 2)

This is the second part of my thoughts on Bruce Shortt's The Harsh Truth About Public Schools. If you would like to read the first part, go here. The thing I found most interesting in the second half of the book was the section starting on page 320 about all of the "but"s people use to squirm out to taking their children out of public school.

"But our government school is different."
Read the book. If you still think that the federal laws, court decisions, and teacher's unions do not assure that your government school teaches a secular humanist world view, read the book again.

"But my child is salt and light."
If this was being said of well grounded college students with a great Christian world view, I might agree. To expect a 8-year-old to withstand the constant spiritual battery of a government school let alone change it is mind boggling. Children must be trained before they can be sent out.

"But we can't just withdraw from culture."
". . . if all Christians withdrew their children from government schools, sending children to government schools would no longer represent the cultural norm - we would have changed it."

"But our pastor hasn't said it's a problem."
Really, if you can't think and reason for yourself, I feel very bad for you and worry about your spiritual well being.

"But our government school has some Christian teachers."
Even Christian teachers are bound by the law, curricula, etc. that make getting a Christian education via government schools impossible. All they can provide is a less corrosive environment. They cannot teach Christian values such as you matter because God created us and loves us. They cannot teach that there is right and wrong and God decides what is right and wrong.

"But what about socialization?"
Christian children can't be Christian and be just like the world. That said, there are plenty of ways to let your kids interact with other kids and grown-ups. Church, karate, going to the dog park, going to the library, inviting people over for dinner, etc. are all examples of this.

"But what about extracurricular activities?"
Really if cheerleading and chess club are more important to you than your children's spiritual well fare, I feel sad for your kids. That being said there are 4-H, boy scouts, church choir, etc. that anyone can participate in.

"But what would my family and friends think?"
WHO CARES?! God's opinion is the only one that matters.

"But we went to public schools and we turned out just fine."
I went to public schools too. I didn't get pregnant or do drugs or get involved in the occult. I also don't think that I reached my full spiritual potential in school despite reading the Bible daily and having Christian parents who made sure that we did at least know the Bible. And government schools get worse every year because of new court decisions, laws, etc.

"But we can't afford it."
My husband and I probably live below the "poverty line", but we do NOT send our kids to public school. Be willing to sacrifice. Be creative. You can do it.

"But we can't send our children to Christian school and I don't think I am qualified to teach."
If you don't think that you are qualified to teach, read chapter 5 of the book. Also, I suggest that just as any person that knows how he/she was saved can teach the Gospel anyone who is literate and can learn can teach their children. If you need a jump start, you can always purchase curricula.

"But we can't send our children to Christian school and don't have time to homeschool."
First of all, it only takes three (or less) hours a day to homeschool your kids. Second, I think that most of us can sacrifice TV time, reading the newspaper, surfing the web, etc for the sake of our children.

I highly recommend The Harsh Truth About Public Schools for anyone who wants a thorough and well-thought-out read.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Confession of National Sin

I have been reading the end of the Old Testament recently. It struck me that those leaders (Daniel, Ezra, etc.) are mentioned confessing for the nation. While I am certainly not a leader, I thought it would be a good thing to start including in my daily prayers. I am sure that there are more things to add and will probably do so in the future.

O LORD, I confess that we Christians in this country have allowed evil to gain ground and we have not aggressively taken ground for the Kingdom. We allow children to be killed at abortionists' hands so that we can be more materialistic, more sexually immoral, and more self-centered. We have allowed our children’s soul’s to be destroyed at day-cares and public schools for the sake of money and fitting in and because of apathy. We do not strive for excellence, but are OK with offering you a living sacrifice of mediocrity. We have not kept our promises to stay married and have gotten divorced for no scriptural reason. Because of divorce our children have suffered yet again. We have not trusted in your scripture to be inerrant and so have allowed our children to be taught that they came from hydrogen gas and will turn to dirt when they die. We have allowed them to be taught that they are soulless animals acting only on instinct and intelligence. Because of this many of our children lose faith or never find it. We have become dependent on preachers for our Bible knowledge, youth ministers to develop faith in our children, and programs to bring people to you. So there are thousands of churches that are full of mature people who have been Christians a long time and yet are not mature spiritually and do not participate in the harvest of souls. O LORD, change the face of our country and your church. There are so many fronts to fight on. Help me to stand firm. Help me know my assignment in the battle. Forgive your Church for losing your passion for the lost. Forgive us for being divided and divisive. We have sinned on both extremes and compromised scripture to be “unified” while at the same time holding on to traditions of men instead of embracing unity. O God, our sins are piled up like a mountain before us and we are largely blind to the mountains existence. We have not stayed separate from the world and so are blind to our worldliness. We have bought the lie that love means having good feelings about someone. We have not lived out love by doing good for a persons body, mind, and soul.

Great Pro-life Voting Article by Another Blogger

Randy Alcorn had a great post today about Christian responsibility and voting pro-life. Read the whole thing here. Here are some quotes from it.

the reader comment that most grabbed my attention was, “Pat Robertson just endorsed, formally, Rudy Giuliani. I would love your thoughts on that.” I found the video clip of Pat Robertson’s endorsement of Rudy G. That was the moment when things changed. This was no longer politics, which I dislike, it was a full-blown moral issue, full of biblical and theological and Christian implications.

Really, what are secular people to think? All the years that Christians have said unborn babies were precious, their lives were sacred, marriage between a man and a woman was sacred, marriage vows were sacred and family was sacred….were they just kidding? Because now some of the same Christians are saying “we support for president a man who has demonstrated that none of those are sacred to him.”So what is sacred now? Being conservative? Being a Republican? Please. I am a disciple of Jesus.

Let me respond to the people, including some who commented on last week’s blog, who are adamantly ABC (Anybody But Clinton). Here’s a quote:

Christian Conservatives must decide on who is best to beat Hillary. That is THE most important point. Huckabee is great, but he WILL not beat Hillary. Whomever wins the Republican nomination must be supported by ALL Republicans. If we step back because we don’t like the candidate we as Christians will be voting in Hillary Clinton. This CANNOT happen.

I mean no disrespect, but actually, yes, there ARE worse things than Hillary being elected. In my opinion, having to stand before God to answer for compromising biblical convictions and acting as moral hypocrites by voting for an unprincipled man who will not defend the innocent and care for his own family is far worse. God will not judge me in light of whether I’ve followed conservativism or promoted Republicanism, but as to whether I have honored my Lord Jesus.

Is there a time for pragmatism? Sure. As long as you can stay within the realm of righteous principles, then go ahead and weigh pragmatic considerations, as a matter of wisdom. But there is no wisdom in unrighteousness. If you are tempted toward a pragmatic action that violates Scripture and conscience, do not succumb to that temptation. To do so is sin.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

When Christian Leaders Betray Their Own Principles

The following quote is from Mr. Murray from Religious Freedom Coalition in his blog. He is discussing why several Christian leaders have abandoned their principles by endorsing people for president that are not staunchly pro-life and/or pro-marriage.

Why is the social conservative movement in the United States committing suicide? The answer is power politics. Evangelical conservative leaders are backing candidates they think will win rather than those who have been consistent social conservatives with 100% pro-life records. Many other endorsements I will not mention here have surprised me, but all seem to have one theme: “We need someone who can beat Hillary.” The assumption is that the GOP must choose a “centrist” presidential candidate or Hillary will win. The logic goes, “We need a New York liberal to beat their New York liberal.” By that logic Ronald Reagan would not have gotten the GOP presidential nomination. Reagan was too conservative to be electable by the National Right to Life Committee standards and those of many other social conservative leaders today.

Meanwhile the rank and file members of social conservative organizations are being turned off by their leadership. While National Right to Life has endorsed Fred Thompson, his numbers continue to fall in Iowa and New Hampshire while those of Governor Mike Huckabee continue to rise. Huckabee is now in a solid 2nd place in Iowa behind Governor Mitt Romney who has spent $21 million in that state alone. Huckabee has spent just $500,000 there and he has such momentum that he may well take first place on Election Day. Thompson is in fourth place in Iowa and fifth place in New Hampshire where Huckabee recently passed him. The national polls don’t matter at all because most of those folks will actually never vote in a primary.

First, I thank God that the head of the Church is Christ and we "rank and file" Christians are not bound to follow our "leaders" when they turn from the path that Christ would have us follow. So I encourage everyone to vote your values.

Second, when you go to the ballot box for the primary vote for the person you think is the best candidate. Do not try to predict the future! Vote with your conscience.

Third, if you want Mike Huckabee to win, give his campaign a donation. If people don't know about him, how can they decide to vote for him.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Do your part and tell others about Huckabee

The Baltimore Sun has a good article today on Mike Huckabee. Part of the article says,

In a CBS News poll last month, seven in 10 Americans said they hadn't heard enough about Huckabee to have an opinion. But among Republican primary voters, he's the fastest-rising candidate on the 2008 charts, according to recent surveys.

I would like to encourage everyone to tell people about Mike Huckabee. Seven out of ten people don't know about him, so odds are you know at least one of them. Let your pro-life friends know that Mike Huckabee is the only staunchly pro-life candidate above 5% in the national polls. Let your pro-gun friends know that Mike Huckabee has a concealed weapons permit and is an avid hunter. Let your homeschool friends know Mike Huckabee appointed a homeschool mom to the board of education in Arkansas. Let your public school friends know that Mike Huckabee supports a well-rounded public education system. Let your FairTax friends know that Mike Huckabee whole-heartedly supports the FairTax. You get the picture. Spread the word. Wear your Mike Huckabee button everywhere you go. (If you don't have one, buy one here and share the other 9.)

Another part of the article says,
"It takes two things to make a campaign successful, money and organization," says Steve Scheffler, a veteran religious conservative organizer in Iowa. Even if Huckabee were to win the caucuses, less than eight weeks from now, he said, "I don't know what that gets him" because he lacks resources to "go the long distance."

So if you haven't given yet, do so. Give what you would have spent on coffee or movies or shooting at the range. A little times thousands really adds up. Get involved with the campaign at the local level through and Sign up to be a delegate in your home state for the Huckabee campaign.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Rasmussen Poll has Huckabee in 3rd

Mike Huckabee is in a third place in the Rasmussen national presidential tracking poll. This is how it breaks down.

Giuliani 24%
Thompson 16%
Mike Huckabee 14%

Imagine what he could do with a little bit more money. If you haven't already, you should donate. Every little bit helps.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Mike Huckabee at Prestonwood and New Beginnings

I had a great time today going to New Beginnings Church in Irving, TX and Prestonwood Baptist Church north of Dallas. New Beginnings was an interested mix of Messianic Jew, Black Gospel, and community church. Gov. Huckabee did a great job on his sermon. It was about how God can use evil for good with examples from the Bible like Joseph and examples from his own life. Gov. Huckabee was interrupted several times by clapping and sometimes with standing ovations. The pastor there was very bold with his praise and practically endorsed Gov. Huckabee from the pulpit. When his talk was over, I made my way to the car and crossed paths with him. I saw me out of the corner of his eye, turned toward me, and warmly shook my hand. I then drove to Prestonwood. I got a little bit lost and so missed the first part of the lesson. I had expected to hear the same speech, but I was pleasantly suprised. This sermon was about how God has good plans for us and that it is our job to prepare for those good things. He said that when the world sees that Christians are not preparing to recieve blessings they know that we have little faith. Gov. Huckabee was well received at this church as well. At the end of the service I got this picture of him before he was ushered on to his next appointment. Afterward I heard several people mention how they thought that he did a good job and how important they thought these primaries are. I was proud to have been there.

Here's what the Dallas Morning News had to say:

I also enjoyed this article about it from the Baptist Press (though I am not a Baptist).

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Freedom of Religion and the Fair Tax

One of the reasons I support the Fair Tax is that it will remove gag on clergy, pastors, elders, etc. speaking out about candidates and politics in general. How will it do that? There will no longer be 501(c)(3)'s. The Fair Tax rips out the IRS code by the roots and along with it the 501(c)(3)s. There will be no IRS to check up on whether a church is "propagandizing". I think that churches, pastors, preachers, elders, deacons, and everyone is entitled to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. In fact churches were only added to section 501(c)(3) because LBJ got tired of getting blasted from the pulpit. So in 1954, churches were offered the "benefit" of becoming a 501(c)(3) even though they were (and still are) automatically tax exempt and tax deductible. To read how this code is terrible for churches and the Church at large, click here.

There are many other reasons to be in favor of the Fair Tax, but this one is near to my heart. I think that the Church (as congregations and as individuals) need to be on the front lines of expanding the Kindgom of God. Part of that means taking part in the culture war that is exploding around us.

Monday, October 29, 2007

For You Christians That Want "Someone That Can Win"

Rassmussen has Mike Huckabee listed at 13% nationally. He has more than doubled his support in just 1 month with almost no money. If you want to help him move past pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-gun control Giuliani, please click on the counter above and contribute.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Educating Our Christian Children

I am reading the book The Harsh Truth About Public School. It is a good book and very well documented. This is what I have come away with so far. Christian children should be taken out of public schools for these reasons:

1. The Chrisitan worldview was taken out of public schools via legal action starting in the 1960's. There is no such thing as a worldview nuetral education system. So when the Christian worldview was taken out, it was slowly and subtly replaced with a Secular Humanist worldview. If you think that 2 hours a week of Bible school and 3 hours a week of family devotionals are going to counteract 30+ hours a week of anti-god, anti-chirstian thought, you are sadly mistaken. Take a look at this quote from page 50.
Even more telling was the response to the following statement: "Because human nature is constantly changing values and ethics will also change. Therefore each generation should be free to adopt moral standards appropriate to their preferences." Only 14.7% of Christian children attending government schools strongly disagreed with this statement, while 74.3% of children attending private Christain schools strongly disagreed.

2. Christian children are overtly taught immoral and anti-biblical information in government schools. Some examples of this include godless evolution, approval of homosexual "marriage", and that children should come up with their own values system. This values system stuff is called "values clarification". An example of values clarification is the DARE program. DARE officers are not supposed to tell children that it is wrong to do drugs. They are supposed to have the child list the "good" and bad points of drug use and decide for themselves. This system of teaching about moral topics like sexuality and drug use completely undermines the authority of God as the one that determines right and wrong.

3. The quality of education at public schools is not very high. I won't go into how far behind we are most "developed" countries in most subjects. I will just mention a couple of quotes from The Harsh Truth about Public Schools.
Page 127
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found in 2000 that 68% of all American fourth graders cannot read at a proficient level.
Page 150
Consequently, under the TAKS [the standarized test in Texas], a student can pass the high school exit exam, for example, by answering correctly only 25 of 56 math questions, 23 of 50 social studies questions, 41 of 73 reading and English questions, and 27 of 55 science questions."
Did anyone else notice that many of these "pass" scores are lower than 50%?

4. I don't know of a grown-up that would tolerate working in these conditions:
  • 24-32% of the employees had been offered drugs by fellow employees
  • 5-10% of the employees avoid one or more places at work for fear for their own safety
  • 7-9% of the employees had been threatened with a deadly weapon at work this past year

Yet this is the "work environment" that children in government schools are expected to go to everyday. (The above statistics were taken from page 184.)

As I get through the rest of the book, I will write more on my findings.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Living Out Christianity at the Polls

As we are in the midst of a very interesting political season, I am posting my first blog entry about voting.

The first thing a Christian can do when contemplating who to vote for is to pray. God gives wisdom to those who ask for it. (James 1:5) Also, we should pray about our government and leaders.

Christians should, secondly, research each candidate's relationship with God. Does he/her seek God's face? Is there boldness in this pursuit of God? I say this because a ungodly or godless person cannot possibly lead a nation along a godly path. The most God-seeking candidate I have found is Mike Huckabee. Check out his website and see what I mean. The first issue on the list of issues is Faith and Politics. Here is a quote from that section, "My faith is my life - it defines me. My faith doesn't influence my decisions, it drives them."

Think about the stories of the Old Testament. When Israel had a godly leader, the nation prospered. Remember Hezekiah and Josiah. (If you don't, Hezekiah's story begins about 2 Kings 18 and Josiah's story begins about 2 Kings 22) Many Christians think that we can't apply these stories to today because we are a republic, and they were a theocracy/monarchy. I believe that countries today can seek the LORD as a general attitude. I am not saying the government should force belief on people. What I am saying is that it makes a difference who the leader is.

The third thing that Christians should do is vote. Faith without action is dead. If you believe that God can use Mike Huckabee to change this country for good, then vote that way. Don't hold your breath and vote for "the lesser of two evils". Take a stand with the God-seeking candidate, Mike Huckabee.