Russia the United States and Religious Freedom

Last week my attorneys at Liberty Counsel filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in US Federal Court seeking dismissal of lawsuit charging me with “Crimes Against Humanity” for preaching a factual, Biblical, and humanitarian message against homosexuality in Uganda back in 2009.

http://www.scottlively.net/2016/07/08/motion-for-summary-judgment-smug-v-lively/

Despite the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and America’s perception of itself as the world leader in religious freedom, this outrageous lawsuit, designed to silence and punish me for standing up for the Bible, is now in its 4th year, and not a single America political leader from either party has publicly condemned it. I don’t believe this lawsuit would have lasted a single day in a Russian court.

This week, the media is abuzz with news about the vetting of Governor Mike Pence of Indiana as Donald Trump’s possible Vice President. Folks might not remember that the last time Gov. Pence was this deep in the media spotlight was over his signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana. RFRA was written in part to prevent the LGBT agenda from steamrolling over the basic civil rights of Christians who disagree with so-called “gay rights.” Indiana’s legislature passed RFRA in response to a campaign in the federal judiciary to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) at the federal and state level, and in anticipation of the Obergefell v Hodges decision of the US Supreme Court (2015), which imposed “gay marriage“ on the nation through judicial fiat.

Governor Pence signed RFRA into law and then was forced to make a humiliating retreat from it (by adding a pro-“gay” amendment that was worse than not passing RFRA in the first place) under a withering political assault by the LGBT lobby and its massive army of surrogates — which by then included several giants of the business world and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

It was so bad that conservative media questioned whether Pence’s presidential ambitions could be salvaged. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/416482/pences-tempest-teapot . I predicted Pence would be forced to cave: http://www.scottlively.net/2015/04/01/indiana-meets-the-borg/ . But again, such a thing could not happen in Russia today.

But the big news this week is that Russia enacted a new anti-terrorism law that includes in its provisions a restriction on religious freedom for representatives of religious organizations, essentially restricting them to their church buildings and mosques.

I’m unhappy with this law, and see it as a step backward for Russia, though I have read Julio Sevaro’s article on it and am relieved that no restrictions are placed on the religious speech of private citizens. http://lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com/2016/07/a-new-russian-law-against-christians.html. The new Russian law is primarily targeted at radical Islam, and addresses the need to prevent its spread in Russia. I perceive the guiding hand of the extremely powerful Russian Orthodox Church in the nuances of the religious registration provisions — and suspect its representatives in the Duma exploited an opportunity to discourage competition from other Christian denominations on their home turf.

On balance I think Russia made a big mistake here, especially with the one group of westerners largely willing to disregard Obama/NeoCon anti-Russian war propaganda — Christian conservatives.

Still, I think we need to keep this in perspective. If we analyze the issue objectively, and use an honest scorecard to rate Russia and the United States on the broader issue of current trends in civil rights, and actual religious freedom for Christians, I think Russia still comes out ahead.

First, the Russian anti-terrorism law is far less destructive of civil liberties generally than the Patriot Act and other laws we have passed since 9/11. I won’t go through the whole litany, but as a constitutional law attorney with a knowledge of the Christian history of America, I can tell you the Founding Fathers are probably still spinning in their graves.

One example is the repeal of the Posse Comitatus Act that once wisely prevented the federal government from using the military for law enforcement within US borders. On December 31, 2011, Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) repealing the post Patriot Act remainders of the Posse Comitatus Act and codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial in law for the first time in American history. Just this week, Obama took the next step in calling for federalization of the police forces: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/obama-calls-federalizing-nations-police-force/, following a long campaign of heavily militarizing formerly purely administrative agencies of the federal government http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/7/golden-hammer-feds-spending-millions-to-arm-agenci/

True, this isn’t a religious freedom issue on its face, but could easily become one given Obama’s tremendous hostility to Biblical Christianity (an attitude shared by Hillary Clinton, potentially his successor), and his active de-Christianization of the US Military http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/15/us-military-losing-christians-because-of-hostile-c/.

Second, actual restrictions on Bible-believing Christians in America today are worse than in Russia. In 2006 and 2007 I spoke extensively in Russian churches and colleges from St. Petersburg in the far west to Blagoveshchensk in the far east. I was working with an evangelical/charismatic church that was out of favor with the government and I personally experienced the hostility of some government officials. In one city in Siberia, for example, a speaking venue was cancelled under pressure from the government. But we quickly found another one and the event was successfully held. Yet for all of that I spoke to a combined live audience of many thousands of people, and uncountable thousands more through mass media and was well and warmly received in almost every venue.

However, here in America, as an opponent of the LGBT agenda, I have experienced far more hostility and interference from public officials than in Russia. In the US, they can’t be as overt about it — so the hostility is usually passive-aggressive in nature — such as the refusal of the police to interfere with leftist harassment tactics that shut down my lecture at Pastor Ron Greer’s church years ago in Madison Wisconsin. After the “gays” rushed the stage and refused to relinquish it, the cops just stood passively at the back of the room and watched. The Christian organizers and attendees all just sat there helplessly as hundreds of LGBT thugs ringing the church banged on the outside walls with rocks and trash can lids chanting “Crush the Christians, Bring back the Lions.” And that was back in the 1990s before things got really bad. I could cite many more stories of this nature from my own experience and that of my peers — all involving government facilitated suppression of religious freedom and civil liberties.

We’re probably all familiar with the concept of “institutional racism” that supposedly still infuses American society. That may exist at some subliminal level and affect Blacks and others in their interactions with our social and cultural institutions. But if you switch lenses in your 3/D culture-viewing goggles from race to religion beware of whiplash as the massive, pervasive hatred of Biblical Christianity looms into sharp focus before you — of the 800lb charging gorilla variety — institutional anti-Christian bias of Biblical proportions. That hasn’t existed in Russia since the Soviet Communist era.

Third, the current trends regarding religious freedom and human rights in both countries favors Russia. I addressed this topic in a 2014 article that I believe is still accurate and timely. http://www.scottlively.net/2014/03/07/russia-the-united-states-and-human-rights/

I will simply add that we have had another two years of national and geopolitical developments to judge each nation by. It is indisputable that the Obama administration and the gate-keeping leftist elites have grown even more hostile to Christianity. Objective Russia-watchers know that the Russians have continued to reestablish their Orthodox roots.

My prayer is that Russia will amend its new law if for no other reason than to reassure Bible-believing Christians around the world that it respects the Bible itself and not just its defacto state church. I will also pray that in the face of what Russia has just done, the United States will wake up and remember what true religious freedom really is — the version established for us by the Founding Fathers and sustained by the blood of many subsequent generations. The version currently being ground under the heels of the Soviet-style Marxists that now control America’s government and media and public education systems.

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Could This Motion End the SMUG Lawsuit?

I’m rarely at a loss for words, but in this case I don’t really have much to add to my attorney Harry Mihet’s absolutely devastating summary of the facts in the SMUG v Lively lawsuit, as stated in the introduction to our Motion for Summary Judgment.

There are two shots at dismissal of any civil lawsuit. The Motion to Dismiss near the beginning of the suit, when you ask the judge to dismiss it for failure of the plaintiff to state a claim on which relief can be granted. It’s an attack on the allegations themselves, and you’re saying “Hey Judge, what these guys are accusing me of isn’t actionable.” The judge has to accept the accusations as true for the sake of the analysis. Our Motion to Dismiss was denied because SMUG alleged conspiracy, falsely accusing me of conspiring with Ugandan officials to persecute homosexuals in Uganda. Conspiracy is notoriously difficult to defeat with a Motion to Dismiss (because the Judge has to assume the accusations are true and by its nature conspiracy doesn‘t need much factual support at the accusation stage) which is why it is nearly always used by plaintiffs with a weak case.

The Motion for Summary Judgment is an entirely different matter, because it is filed after all the documents have been exchanged and depositions concluded. It’s basically saying, “Hey Judge, now that all the facts are in you can see the plaintiffs ain’t got squat.” And that is truer in this case than in any other I’ve ever seen, as you will see for yourselves.

249 Memo in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment

You might not have the time or inclination to read the entire 183 pages, but at least read the Introduction.

As you read this motion you will get a taste of what it has been like to live under the threat of this lawsuit. For those who can learn to pray to God in sincerity “Thy will not my will be done,” persecution is the “refiner’s fire” that brings maturity and much greater grace and blessing than would be sufficient to balance out the devil’s intended harm. I have been refined in this process.

But I have also been humbled to be the recipient of the services of Liberty Counsel, especially my attorneys Harry Mihet and Roger Gannam, and of course LC Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. I know they are making this heroic effort for the Lord and to advance His Kingdom, but as the one being represented in this suit they are also doing this for me, and that is a truly humbling realization. In the legal battlefront of the culture war, these are David’s mighty men, in full battlefield majesty.

Please pray for Liberty Counsel, that the Lord will prosper them and widen their support base. Pray for Abiding Truth Ministries, that we will win this lawsuit and survive as a pro-family ministry. Pray for Judge Ponsor. Pray for the wicked attorneys of the Manhattan-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) who are driving this lawsuit to advance their own Marxist/ Antichrist agenda — pray for their repentance and salvation. Pray for the African “gays” of SMUG being used as pawns by CCR. Pray for the nation of Uganda, under intense pressure and “regime change” machinations from the Obama administration. And lastly, pray for America to turn back to God and reverse the current slide into degeneracy.

Blessings,

Dr. Scott Lively

 

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My 2009 Prediction of the Trump Campaign

Immediately upon my return from my fateful visit to Uganda in 2009, just a few months into the Obama presidency, I made a prediction in our monthly newsletter that I had since forgotten about. One of my attorneys reviewing the thousands of documents were we forced to produce to the other side in the Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) v Scott Lively lawsuit just pointed out to me that it is a spot-on prediction of the Trump candidacy. I thought I’d share it with you now.

The Lively Letter April 1, 2009

“There is no question that the times are growing darker, and the Gospel is being challenged in this country like never before. And it will almost certainly get worse. Barney Frank is predicting the passage of at least three major pro-homosexual laws during Obama’s first term and globally, the “gay” juggernaut is advancing apace. In recent months some have been equating his election to the rise of the Hitler, but I disagree. Obama’s election is actually equivalent in a historical sense to the Weimar government prior to Hitler, which was characterized by disastrous socialist economic policies and a concurrent extreme sexual libertinism. The resulting social chaos invited over-correction to the “right” which opened the door for Hitler. There as here the transformation of the moral culture over decades from conservative to corrupt was orchestrated by the “gay” movement: that is the central message and thesis of The Pink Swastika.

Right on cue, we’re seeing a populist anti-socialism uprising across the country in the form of Tea Parties and other gatherings. I’m all in favor of these, because at this stage the movement is largely Christian sponsored and manned. However, if the movement grows to the point that secularists outnumber Christian activists and begin to assume leadership roles, its tone and goals will likely shift hard to the right and away from Biblically-grounded moderating principles.”

I’d say were right on target with this today, June 30, 2016.

Importantly, I’m not saying that pro-Israel Trump is Hitler by any stretch of the imagination. I actually like what Trump is currently saying on most everything except the LGBT agenda and if he’s not just pandering or playing us all for fools (a BIG “IF”) he could be a decent president, and probably better than Hillary.

I say probably better than Hillary because we need to remember that in 1932 Hitler was the “lesser of two evils” by comparison to the even more evil Communists (e.g. Stalin killed many millions more people than Hitler did). What was known of Hitler in ’32 by the German people and the world made him seem like the solution to the Communist threat spreading out from Soviet Russia, and in fact the German economy initially roared back under Hitler. In the late 20s and early 30s there was a massive pro-Hitler, pro-fascist movement across the western world, including the United States, because then, as now, western culture was polarized: Nationalism vs. Communism.

People desperate for a champion to defeat Communism tended to gloss over Hitler’s known flaws, but after he was in office for a while Hitler’s Antichrist megalomania and vicious anti-Semitism was unleashed and we all know the rest of that dark story. Many former Hitler enthusiasts wished they’d never been so outspoken in their support of him.

Trump would probably be a better president than Hillary but we really don’t know this master salesman much better than the world knew Hitler in ‘32. He could turn out to be another Ronald Reagan, or another Hitler, but probably fall somewhere in between. My guess is that Trump will be a patriotic pragmatist like Putin and invite the church to supplant the Marxists as the primary influence on the culture as Putin did in Russia. That would likely produce a bigger net benefit for the church than the ostensibly Christian but ultimately disappointing Bush administrations gave us, or what we likely would have seen under Dole, McCain or Romney, RINOs all. We’ll have to wait and see.

In any event what choice do we really have in the matter? What choice did Bible-believing Christian voters really have in Germany in the election of 1932? It is the choice of Nationalism or Communism. Trump or Hillary. Or the choice of not voting at all. And that’s assuming Obama doesn’t orchestrate some massive disaster, such as World War III, sufficient to suspend the election and stay in power. I think he’s fully capable of such a thing, truly.

Many Christians are still fighting about the primary and what we might have done differently. Many have decided not to vote. Many are firmly on the Trump bandwagon. I try to stay in fellowship with all of them, because I personally believe we’re under God’s judgment and there is NO scenario other than fervent national repentance and re-affirmation of the first great commandment, 2 Chronicles 7-14-style, that will stop the unfolding of the Antichrist agenda in this world.

Going forward from here I predict wars and rumors of war, earthquakes in diverse places, famine, pestilence and tribulation — with a possible short-term economic revival in the interim. If so count it all joy, because that means the Lord is coming soon. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.

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A Letter to the British People

On my second visit to the land of my ancestors, Great Britain, just before the turn of the millennium, my family was traveling on a shoestring budget and the only accommodation we could afford was an old holiday caravan at the back end of a working sheep farm. It was rough going for us because it was the dead of winter and bitterly cold. But despite the challenges our sympathies were with our elderly hostess M. who had been forced by her own difficulties to take measures such as renting out her caravan just to make ends meet — despite owning an old and well established sheep-breeding farm. She was on the verge of losing her business, she said, because the European Union had designated France as its region for sheep farming and England’s sheep farmers were being intentionally and systematically put out of business through regulation and bureaucratic harassment.

We learned two things about the EU that winter. First, that it’s vision and tactics were straight out of the Soviet Communist playbook: deliberately undermining the self-sufficiency of its member states to ensure dependency on the collective. Second, that the EU was no match for the legendary backbone and resolve of the British people. We watched that incredible woman in her seventies, partially crippled with a broken pelvis caused by a rogue ram, delivering the lambs with her own hands, alone in the bitter cold at four o’ clock in the morning.

Such is the true nature and heritage of the British people that the world saw reclaimed in the Brexit vote this week. Despite decades of cultural debilitation under political slavery to Berlin and Brussels, and a massive campaign of fear mongering, intimidation and media deceit by the 1%, you Brits rose to the challenge and broke the EU’s shackles. You successfully performed a painful but necessary self-surgery to remove the cancerous tumor of globalist socialism — and have begun the process of recovery: a body still riddled with the disease, but now separated from the toxic environment that allowed it to thrive.

I’ve spent a quarter century battling Cultural Marxism in the United States and around the world — the same camp of ideologues that nearly ruined your country — and I offer you these suggestions.

1. Give glory to God and declare a national Day of Thanksgiving. He has shown you great mercy in this answer to your prayers. You know you do not deserve this reprieve from the judgment that you have brought upon yourselves by turning from Him and following the false gods of materialism, secularism, and “Nicer than Jesus” humanism. Reassert your spiritual authority. Don’t wait for the timid or compromised church establishments to lead the way, take the path of the Apostle Paul to boldly speak truth and directly effect change as independent agents and ambassadors of the King of Kings.

2. Press your advantage immediately! Don’t wait for the politicians and bureaucrats to change the statutes: begin dismantling the EU policies today. As you assert your spiritual authority, assert your political authority as well. Act according to the spirit of British law and ignore the letter of the now-repudiated EU law. Quickly and proactively reclaim the land, and the seats of power and influence, starting NOW before the “Remain” puppet-masters can regroup. Work diligently from this day forward to take back the political system, the media, the schools, the social services into your own hands. Carry the revolution into every hamlet, village, town and city by standing for office or simply asserting authority where you already live or work, and by supporting other patriots who do the same.

3. Ignore the wailing and gnashing of teeth of the Remainers (the activists and elitists, not your duped but well-intentioned neighbors). These are not the spontaneous anguished cries of sore losers as you may suppose, they are the strategic choruses of veteran social engineers who have adeptly steered public policy with temper tantrums and feigned outrage and since the 1960s. Don’t fall for their trickery! The more they scream and hiss and accuse, the more you can be sure you’re on the right track. Let their blustering fury be the wind beneath your sails. (And don’t neglect to help your neighbors onto the Leaving ship as the nastiness of the elites vindictiveness opens their eyes to the truth).

4. Lastly, invest in the nation. As the Banksters and Bilderbergers work to punish you by undermining the economy — hoping to make an example of you to put fear in the hearts of other rebel movements — recognize the golden investment opportunity before you. As you invest in your own national self-sufficiency, the engine of British productivity and creativity will roar back to life and you might never again have such a chance to “buy low.”

In summary, I am convinced that Britain will thrive, but only if she remembers her Godly heritage and pursues its restoration with faith and fortitude. And if her people recognize that Brexit was not the destination but only a doorway to the possibility of renewal. Weak and subservient Britain lies in the past. It is your task to become Great Britain again.

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Why I Wander

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Why I Wander

God gives every place of beauty
The power to invite your soul
To call it home.

But to call it home
Is to say that every other place is not…

And that I cannot do.

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The People’s Brexit Victory and the Globalists’ Revenge

Sun Independence Day CoverAnne and I are in Central London for the Brexit vote where we watched the BBC early election returns that night (we’re 5 hrs ahead of Eastern Time) here at the home of some English friends and supporters. Due to their familiarity with politics here we knew almost immediately that Leave would likely win. The first two big voting areas to report were Newcastle on Tyne (a strong Labour — leftist –stronghold) and Sunderland (mixed but leaning conservative). Remain won Newcastle but with a much smaller margin than expected, and Leave won Sunderland with a much larger margin than expected. The writing was on the wall at that point and the rest of the returns followed the trend. In the end Leave won the referendum by a very healthy 52-48%, fulfilling my prediction (based on my rule of thumb on all social issues elections) that the final result would be at least 5% more favorable to the conservatives than the corporate media opinion polls predicted.

Brexit is the biggest victory for national sovereignty and individual freedom in the world in a very long time. This is huge!!! The global elites, led by Obama, have been desperate to fast-track their one-world agenda during his presidency and consequently moved too fast on “gay“ marriage, open borders and setting up their planetary government infrastructure — awakening the sleeping populist giant across the western world. Increasingly people everywhere are recognizing that the Trump/Sanders campaigns, the rise of the political right in Eastern Europe, and Brexit are all part of one global phenomenon. And that the eruptions of chaos around the world from the Arab Spring disasters, to the reckless anti-Russian war-propaganda campaign, to the economic meltdown and human rights crisis in Venezuela have one point of origin: Obama and the 1%.

Importantly, the elites are fully aware that their policies have stirred up rebellion — and could have placated the people at any time by simply backing off or even just conceding their policies weren‘t working. Instead, they’ve been willing to risk outright revolution to fulfill their dream of a global socialist order and believed they could suppress opposition through propaganda and psychological manipulation. These tools have always worked for them in the past. But the Brexit victory represents the failure of those control mechanisms, and the revolution against their agenda has now been greatly emboldened.

So what do you think the elites will do in response to Brexit? Will they admit defeat and capitulate to the will of the people? Will they give up their dream and begin to reaffirm the importance of the natural family, personal freedom and national sovereignty? (Ha!)

Or will they do whatever it takes to reestablish control over the people and crush the rebellion?

My guess is the latter, and that it will take the form of orchestrated economic crisis in the short and medium term as a form of punishment — with the goal of making the British regret their decision and putting fear and uncertainty in the hearts of other rebel movements. And I believe they may also instigate war, probably with Russia, possibly a proxy war in Syria, to shift world attention away from the rebellion, stop its momentum, and create the pretext for a new level of police state controls and/or martial law under which further rebellion can be treated as criminal and/or treasonous conduct.

I recommend two important articles in support of this analysis. The first regards my premise that the stock market is entirely controlled by the elites since at least 2009 and possibly since 2001 or before, meaning that what we once knew as independent “market forces” have been trumped by computer algorithms and other machinations of a relatively small number of financial puppet-masters. I came to this conclusion as a self-taught investor and fiduciary of a small but successful investment fund from the late 1990s to 2008. Based on what I learned, I have been expecting a serious market correction since 2013 and began to suspect that it was being artificially prevented from behind the scenes. I found support for my suspicion in this article: http://nypost.com/2015/03/25/us-stock-market-is-just-way-too-riggin-easy/.

Secondly, regarding the concern that the elites may use war as a tactic for stopping the populist revolution, I refer you to this excellent article from the far-left Nation magazine: https://www.thenation.com/article/is-the-us-pursuing-a-rogue-policy-by-waging-undeclared-war-against-russia/

Update: I attended a post-Brexit meeting of pro-family leaders and activists all afternoon yesterday (June 24) here in London. There was tremendous joy and relief at the UK decision to leave the EU, but we wanted to discuss the way forward. For my part I presented the thoughts in this letter and added that one thing we must do is immediately start reminding everyone who actually rules the economic realm now in such apparent upheaval following Brexit. It is the same 1% of Banksters, Eurocrats, and Multinational Predatory Corporatists who lied, manipulated and threatened that chaos would ensue if we defied them. They have already begun stirring up public resentment against the millions of Britons who voted Leave. But our burgeoning international populist/conservative movement has the power and the tools to shift the blame back to where it belongs. It’s tine to apply a little Judo.

And with that realization, we of the political right at the grassroots level should also work to form a limited alliance with our counterparts on the political left to cooperate in exposing and opposing the 1% and perhaps prevent World War III. As real and valid as our disagreements may be on public policy, our left/right hyper-polarization over them doesn’t help anyone except the elites who (I believe) deliberately inflame passions on both sides to keep us busy fighting each other while they plunder the public treasury and entrench themselves ever more firmly in their positions of power.

Let’s use the Brexit victory as a springboard to unite the grassroots on both sides to save ourselves from being made serfs in their emerging neo-feudal empire. As we savor the moment, let’s also prepare to defend ourselves against their campaign of vengeance and to keep this wave of freedom rolling across the globe.

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The Blasphemous Rainbow Flag

Marlene Malahoo Forte Atty General of Jamaica

This post is dedicated to and inspired by Jamaica’s Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte, who courageously challenged the arrogance of the United States, which exploited the Orlando Massacre to fly the rainbow flag at the US Embassy despite Jamaica’s recently reaffirmed moral stance on homosexuality.   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36537088 

 

The Blasphemous Rainbow Flag

Predictably, Barack Obama and the homosexualists that control the executive branch of our federal government, have taken the opportunity of the Orlando massacre to escalate their push to install the LGBT agenda globally. This despite further proof of the link between homosexuality and mental instability in the lifestyle of the “gay” Moslem killer.

http://lastdayswatchman.blogspot.bg/2016/06/us-urges-un-to-push-for-global-gay.html

Even as a veteran pro-family activist I remember being shocked back in September 2001 when less than a day after the 9/11 attack, literally before the dust had settled on the smoldering ruins of the Twin Towers, the LGBT-controlled California legislature pushed through one of their key “gay” bills — while the rest of the nation was numb with grief. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/545053/posts. I realized then that nothing, and I mean nothing, is more important to homosexualists than the “gay” political agenda.

But when it comes to LGBT arrogance, nothing tops the spiritual crime of blaspheming God by hijacking His rainbow.

The Bible makes clear that the rainbow belongs to God, and is intimately associated with His divine presence and authority. The first and best known scriptural passage on this is Genesis 6-9 (especially 9:8-17) in which God establishes the rainbow as a symbol of reassurance that He will never again destroy the earth by flood. Ezekiel 1:28 confirms the rainbow represents the presence of God: “As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” Revelation 4:2-3 confirms the rainbow is a symbol of His authority: “behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And…there was a rainbow round about the throne.” Revelation 10:1 associates the rainbow with God’s future judgment of the world as described in Revelation 19:11-21 and 2 Peter 3:10-13.

Importantly, according to the world’s greatest experts on ancient Hebrew (the rabbis who wrote the Talmud in the second century CE), the CAUSE of Noah’s flood was homosexual marriage (Talmud, Genesis Rabbah 26:5:4). God longsuffering mercy toward fallen man finally reached its limit with the normalization of homosexuality in human society. God also told Moses that homosexuality was one of the prime causes of the “vomiting out” of the Canaanites from the Holy Land, and would cause Him to expel the Hebrews themselves from the land if they too embraced it (Leviticus18, especially 22-30), which they did (2 Kings 21:2-16).

So it is no small matter that a political movement whose goal is the global legitimization of sodomy and legalization of “gay marriage” has arisen for the first time since the days of Noah. And that it has chosen for its symbol God’s own banner.

Today, in the cynical, opportunistic style of LGBT activists everywhere, the world’s most powerful nation has asked all the other nations of the world to join in its blasphemy of God by flying the rainbow flag in memory of the “gay on gay” slaughter at the homosexual Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It is the responsibility of Christians (and Torah-believing Jews) everywhere to speak out against this defilement of God’s rainbow, and to demand that the LGBT movement cease and desist cloaking itself in His flag.

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A Time For War

My response to the Orlando Massacre, Part 2:

Part 1 is here: http://www.scottlively.net/2016/06/14/only-jesus-is-stronger-than-isis-demons/

Part 2:

A Time For War

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

And Jesus said to them, ‘When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?’ They said, ‘No, nothing.’ And He said to them,’ But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one‘” (Luke 22:35-36).

I have received some hate mail to the effect that my Biblical stance against homosexuality is somehow responsible for “Gay” Moslem Omar Mateen’s campaign of slaughter at the Pulse “gay” bar in Orlando, Florida. It’s absurd on its face, but it affords me the opportunity to tell you this: if I had been present and armed when Mateen opened fire, I would have shot and if necessary killed him to protect the people in that bar, including the homosexuals. Not because I have in any way changed my mind about homosexuality — the Bible is crystal clear that it is an abomination before God that He (not me) will judge — but because the Bible also tells me to “rescue those being led to slaughter” (Proverbs 24:10-12).

While in Christ I may choose to turn the other cheek regarding an offense against ME, I have no right to stand idly by when someone attacks YOU right in front of me. I have a Biblical duty to defend anyone, regardless of their sexual proclivities, from murder if it is within my power to do so. I stand firmly against the sin of homosexuality AND against the sin of violence toward homosexuals.

Furthermore, I think the Orlando Massacre is a spiritual turning point in the Islamic war against the west that represents a literal call to arms for Christians. Not because the victims were or weren’t homosexuals (though this is a wonderful opportunity to contrast our Christian love for “gays” — we want them saved and healed — with the demonic hatred of the Moslems who want them dead) but because the incident proves that the global Islamist Jihad has metastasized beyond the reach of conventional warfare. I think all Americans, including Christians, should from this day forward be ready to personally respond to any terrorist incident with force. I hereby make a pledge that if I ever find myself in a situation where a terrorist begins killing people around me, I will take whatever action is necessary to stop him, even at the risk of my own life. I urge every Christian reading this letter — especially the men — to take this pledge as well.

I am writing this letter from the City of Brasov, high in the Carpathian mountains of Romania, better known to Americans by the name of the province in which it is located: Transylvania, birthplace of the legends of Dracula and Vampires and Werewolves. These were the watered-down symbols of evil that my generation grew up with in those wonderful old Black and White Lon Chaney and Bela Lagosi movies from the 1930s and 40s. America was Christian then, and its young people were like innocent babes at peace in the bubble of prosperity and security that God promises to nations who honor Him, as we surely had done for generations — imperfectly but far better than today.

We didn’t know that the fairy tale abstractions of evil in those movies were rooted in historical realities — periods of great horror in the Middle Ages — involving the same Islamic demons that recently showed their face in the Orland “gay” massacre. Dracula was “Vlad the Impaler,” who learned that method of torture as a prisoner of the Islamic Ottoman Turks (whose Sultan demanded as part of his tribute from Christian Europe 500 boys per year to submit to homosexual sodomy as sexual slaves). He used their own tactics against them when he later escaped and became a warlord, at one point impaling the impalers in such numbers as he fell back under their military advance, that the Turks finally withdrew.

Dracula unfortunately adopted the dark nature of his enemies and became a symbol of evil in children’s stories, but there were generations of authentically Christian warrior-kings whose lives were also shaped and defined by the need to stand firm along the ever-pressing Islamic battle front that marked (in Moslem theology) the boundary of the House of Islam (Moslem controlled territory) and the House of War (all territory not controlled by Moslems). These kings and kingdoms along the Polish/Lithuanian/Hungarian/Romanian frontier were all that prevented the whole of Europe from being enslaved and massacred by the barbarously cruel and relentless Moslem hordes.

It was this centuries-long campaign of Moslem aggression that finally triggered the Christian backlash called the Crusades — which is (amazingly) still being characterized to Western schoolchildren as unwarranted and inexcusable Christian-initiated aggression against peaceful Moslems. While some Crusader actions were in fact indefensible and deserve condemnation, the Crusades themselves were as morally and practically justified as a Swat-team response to a modern Islamist hostage crisis — or military campaign to destroy terror-training camps.

These same schoolchildren that are being brainwashed with pro-Moslem propaganda are also the subject of culture-wide radical LGBT social experimentation, turning our boys into girls, and girls into lesbians, just when the nation needs a return to a more masculine Christianity and the patriarchal family structure. That must end!

Post Orlando, Americans are hopefully ready to face the stark reality that Islam is a religion of perpetual military conquest that adapts to whatever battlefield conditions it encounters. It has now adapted to the challenge of America’s vast military power and police-state technology by metastasizing so that it’s millions-strong and growing army of Islamic Jihadists — some of whom like Omar Mateen are second-generation immigrants who self-radicalize — can self-activate as individuals or small-group terror clusters wherever they may happen to be. The only truly rational response to this is the self-activation of millions of non-Islamists to play the role of “Killer T Cells” in our national immune-system, ready to personally attack the terrorist cancer cells in any situation where waiting for the police or military to respond will allow a massacre to ensue. It’s a time for war.

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Only Jesus is Stronger than ISIS Demons

My response to the Orlando Massacre this week.  Part 1.

Part 2 is here: http://www.scottlively.net/2016/06/18/a-time-for-war/

Part 1:

Only Jesus is Stronger than ISIS Demons

Satan had two great victories in Orlando, Florida this week. The first was the slaughter of more than 50 people at a “gay” bar. The second is the continuing failure of the living to properly place the blame. The “gay” Moslem terrorist who pulled the trigger was merely an agent of a far greater power than the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — one that can never be defeated by public vigilance, or police-state technology or lame collective reassurances of our humanity like chanting “Je Suis Charlie.” No human power can defeat the demonic realm. It is subject only to Jesus Christ.

One of the few scriptures still cited by secularized Christians in America these days is the 23rd Psalm, and it is likely that the most favorite portion of this beautiful Song to God will be repeated in many churches this coming Sunday as Americans grapple with the worst terrorist attack in our history.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.

This tiny fragment of the Word of God that we find so comforting when confronting death contains the simple but profound truth that only when “Thou art with me” can we truly be free from fear even in the darkest of valleys. But as America’s most famous preacher of all time said in his most famous sermon:

“But surely they have no interest in the promises of the covenant of grace that are not the children of the covenant, and that don’t believe in any of the promises of the covenant, and have no interest in the Mediator of the covenant. So that whatever some have imagined and pretended about promises made to natural men’s earnest seeking and knocking, ’tis plain and manifest that whatever pains a natural man takes in religion, whatever prayers he makes, till he believes in Christ, God is under no manner of obligation to keep him a moment from eternal destruction.”

That plain and simple warning by Jonathan Edwards in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” rings with special significance in the aftermath of the Orlando “gay” on “gay” slaughter. What claim does any person or society have to protection by God if it doesn’t actually belong to Him — or in America‘s case, has pushed Him forcefully from every aspect of public life?

My hope is that every person killed in that massacre had accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, and my prayer is that every person affected by it will cling to Him as a consequence of this incident. Given the hostility of the LGBT community generally to the teachings of the Bible, I fear that most will not. And clearly the vast majority of the media figures, political pundits and social media commentators are also clueless about the spiritual lesson to be learned from this tragedy. Like the French who chanted “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) in response to the Islamic terror attack on the obnoxiously atheistic and profane Charlie Hebdo magazine, American secularists seem to think we should all chant “I am Gay.” Instead of turning back to God and asking for His forgiveness and protection, they would have us add insult to injury.

Yesterday on my current mission trip in Romania I talked with a taxi-driver who drove me to my hotel from the train station. In very broken English he talked about how much he likes studying new age philosophy and dabbling in the occult. Knowing he could probably not follow a more complicated answer I said simply “Don’t wander in the spiritual realm without Jesus or you could be taken by demons.” I realized later that this is the same message that Americans need to hear. The spiritual world is all around us. Demons are real. They can and do influences and possess human hosts to “rob, kill and destroy” according to the satanic agenda, just as Omar Mateen did in Orland. And there is no human power that can defeat them.

But the demonic realm is subject to the authority of Jesus Christ, who delegates that same authority to those who belong to Him. As we are told in Luke 10:17, His disciples “returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.‘”

The power that Jesus gave to the disciples (which incidentally is the same power that can heal people from homosexuality: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11), is available to anyone who repents from unbelief and accepts Him as Lord and Savior. If collectively we Americans turn back to God and reclaim the promise that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12), He can protect the entire nation from any form of future demonic aggression as He did in past generations when we were a Christian society.

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Pray for the Liberation of England

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During World War II, Winston Churchill famously vowed that England would “never, never, never surrender” to the Imperial ambitions of Germany. But just five decades later that is precisely what occurred in the Treaty of Maastricht. A post-Soviet reunited-Germany — West and East — drew from both halves of its recent Nazi and Communist heritage to create the European Union, a satanic blend of amoral fascist corporatism and godless cultural Marxism. And Socialism-weakened Britain willingly signed away its sovereignty to Berlin, the Nimrod of a new Babylon. Few acknowledged Germany’s dominance then, but hindsight clearly reveals the reality today — and that the original plan was in fact Adolf Hitler’s:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-nazis-created-basic-plan-for-the-european-union-ukip-mep-gerard-batten-says-a7032221.html

Fewer still recognize the literal and overt demonic foundations of the EU. Check out these links provided by my friend Stephen Green of Christian Voice in Wales:

https://youtu.be/2l1RhAI-rRQ.
https://youtu.be/7PNAR8HOfUw.
https://youtu.be/388QrjlEJE8.

On June 23, 2016 the people of the UK will have an opportunity to vote on the question of whether or not they would like to remain captives to EU neo-feudalism or to finally regain the power of national self-determination. Corporate media polling has consistently shown the “Remain in the EU” side to be winning by a slim margin, which almost certainly means the “Leave” campaign is actually in the lead. (Leftists always lie and cheat.) That assumption is overwhelmingly bolstered by the fact that the uber-elite Bilderbergs (the now fully exposed club of global puppet-masters that people like me were once mocked as conspiracy nuts for mentioning the existence of) are holding an emergency meeting this week in Dresden, Germany (of course) to discuss an anti-Leave strategy. http://www.infowars.com/bilderberg-2016-to-talk-trump-riots-migrants-brexit/

My guess is they will dump a few billion dollars into last minute fear-mongering propaganda and if that doesn’t work they’ll get a ruling from an elitist-controlled court to simply declare the vote invalid. You can be sure they won’t simply capitulate to the will of the masses, no matter what the cost (to the masses).

Across the world the globalists are making their move to fulfill their dream of a centralized planetary government. Obama and Pope Francis kicked off the final phase at the UN in September 2015 with the 17-point “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (of which Obama and Paul Ryan are key co-conspirators), both of which institute new global controls over the nations.

But they’re moving so very fast that they’ve wakened the sleeping populist giant both in Europe and the United States, and risk literal revolution as they continue to press for their goal despite the increasing exposure of their plans and their identities. The Brexit vote is the most critical of the tests they currently face, because England is the second largest economy of the EU, and the EU is the model for the future political infrastructure of the one-world government. And because England is not just a country, it is the remnant of a former empire of still-interconnected, still largely Christian, freedom-loving nations. Where Britain goes, a gigantic part of the industrialized world presumably follows.

Christians and populists around the world have a vested interested in the outcome of the Brexit vote. If the Brits vote to leave the EU, the cause of freedom and national self-determination grounded in the Biblical traditions of the west will be dramatically strengthened. If the elites manage to retain their controlling power over the people and culture of the UK through fear-mongering, vote fraud or post-election judicial nullification, the cause of freedom will be seriously set back.

Those of us outside the UK may not be able to cast a physical vote, but we can certainly “vote with our knees” by assailing the Throne of Heaven in prayer: “Lord God, please remember your people in the UK and deliver them from bondage, both from the EU and from their own leftist elites.”

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Breaking: This morning Drudge is citing a poll by the British Independent newspaper titled “Massive shift to Brexit.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-poll-brexit-leave-campaign-10-point-lead-remain-boris-johnson-nigel-farage-david-a7075131.html

The mainstream media acknowledgment of a 10 point lead for Leave is unprecedented, suggesting the numbers are far higher or there‘s a new strategy in play by the elites. Let’s keep praying straight through to the June 23rd vote.

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The Heroes of Heroes Square

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by Anne Lively

They wait in the thunder. The rain from intermittent showers drips from their bronze mustachios and their horses’ wild manes. Their terrible faces look out over the Carpathian Basin for the next enemy, the next threat to the Hungarian homeland. They are the sculpted heroes of Heroes Square in Budapest, the Magyar warriors who conquered and held the land in the ninth century, who repelled the Mongols after losing one half their people, and who submitted to the lordship of Jesus Christ under their king Istvan.

Across the Danube, another group of warriors gathers under the clouds and flashes of lightning. They too are people to be reckoned with. As the thunder rolls closer and louder, they pray. They have brought paper-and-cardboard signs that will not stand up to a deluge, and they will not have their message dampened. But the rain, the lightning, will not turn them back. To look at, they are a far cry from the warlords sitting atop their fiery steeds in Heroes Square. Many are aging, most are women, some are teenaged girls and boys.

This is the Hungarian March for Life, the public witness of Hungarian Christians against abortion, the scourge that until recently took the lives of one half of all unborn Hungarians. That number, thanks to the efforts of pro-life heroes, has now come down to one third.

The sun comes out, an answer to prayer. It is increasingly hot now. One of the older men has recently survived a bout of fourth-stage cancer. The seven-kilometer march towards Heroes Square continues at a faster pace now, under the sun. It pauses occasionally for breaks to pray and sing at locations that are significant to the Hungarian people. The marchers are carefully following the route taken each year by the Budapest Gay Pride Parade. Step by step, they pray for God to take back their fallen land.

The Hungarian people are grieving another remembered event today. It is the day on which, at the close of World War I and the conclusion of the Treaty of Versailles, they awoke to discover that their country was only one-third of its former size, and that most of them were living under foreign rule. Since that day the history of Hungary has been, until glasnost’, one of uninterrupted occupation and, for many, resistance. Recently the Hungarian president has, nearly single-handedly among the leaders of EU nations, thrown the weight of his government against the immigration policies of Merkel and others who allowed Europe to be deluged by Islamic immigrants with doubtful assimilation intentions. He declared Hungary to have a Christian culture that was worth, he implied, defending against the eradicationist policies of the EU. Nor is it just the EU and its member nations at issue here. Recall that as recently as 2006, the President of the USA, Barack Obama, said that his country was no longer “just a Christian nation,” making sure to include “nonbelievers” in the ranks of those he felt should enjoy public recognition as American co-religionists, and by implication, fully equal agents of influence on American culture.

The trail of marchers winds on, sometimes led by the rich contralto of a gospel singer from Georgia in the US, sometimes by the hauntingly beautiful voice of a young Hungarian woman singing the traditional hymns of her people. Someone reaches for the mic to give a testimony, an exhortation, someone else a prayer. People lounging on benches or walls on their holiday stare. “What is this about?” They crane to read the banner. “Oh. They are against abortion.” Not anger, really: sadness, confusion, a kind of despair. This is not the message they have been taught, not by the liberal social engineers of this generation, not by the Communists of the one before. “My grandmother had six abortions.” It is the legacy of existence under the Soviets, the testimony of how much this brave new world resembles the old.

Who is there for them in their confusion, in their darkness, in the grief that they have yet to understand, of losing half their people to the Marxist mentality of the state’s (or whatever other evil god’s) interests first, the human being’s never? I will tell you who. This handful of elderly and middle-aged men and ladies, youths and girls. They know what war is all about. And laying down lives. They will go home to confront their families, their schools, their places of work, their hospitals, their Parliament. And next year, perhaps only one fourth of their countrymen will be lost, or one fifth. And some year, perhaps none.

They are the true heroes of Heroes Square.

 

 

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The heroes, above.  Here to applaud them, is us, below.

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An Open Letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

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I am an American Christian pastor and attorney visiting Budapest for the first time. On behalf of Christians in America and around the world I want to thank you for your courageous defense of Christian values and culture in Europe and to apologize for recent false and insulting comments made against you by disgraced former US President Bill Clinton.  http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/05/17/clinton-poland-hungary-reject-mass-migration/

Mr. Clinton, speaking on behalf of his wife Hillary, criticized “Poland and Hungary, two countries that would not have been free but for the United States and the long Cold War, have now decided this democracy is too much trouble.”

Neither Mr. Clinton, nor his wife, nor current President Barack Obama have any moral right to speak for the generation of Americans that liberated Europe because that generation, including its leaders, was decidedly Christian in its values and worldview. The “democratic” values it fought to preserve and promote included quite prominently the right to life, the sanctity of marriage and the natural family, and the concepts of national sovereignty and self-determination — values that your administration has courageously championed in Hungary.

In contrast, the so-called “democratic values” of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are abortion, homosexuality, Islamic expansionism, and global socialism. Most assuredly, American soldiers did NOT shed their blood to open Europe’s doors to homosexual “marriage” and Islamic Jihad. If you, Mr. Prime Minister, had run for President of the United States in the 1940s and 1950s against any of these three Marxist ideologues you would have won by a landslide.

If by “democracy” Clinton means government by the will of the people versus tyranny by oligarchs he is doubly discredited. It is obvious that the people of Hungary overwhelmingly support family values and oppose open borders, while the Clinton/Obama cabal are blatantly, tyrannically and lawlessly ignoring the will of the American public by force-feeding us the LGBT agenda and welcoming an endless flood of illegal immigrants across our southern border.

In short, American Christians applaud your nation, Mr. Prime Minister, for modifying your constitution in 2011 to state that human life begins at conception and marriage is between one man and one women. We also applaud your more recent leadership in defying the European Union’s suicidal “open borders” policies, especially regarding the threat represented by Islamic “immigrants.”

Please do not be deceived by the US and European media on these matters. Millions of right-thinking people in the United States and around the world are very grateful for your leadership in defending Christian culture and the principle of national self-determination.

Respectfully,

Dr. Scott Lively
President, Defend the Family International
www.defendthefamily.com

Above photo is the Hungarian Parliament Building

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Hungary for Biblical Values

 

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The most impressive monument I have seen in all of my missionary adventures around the world is Heroes Square in Budapest, Hungary. It features a tall central column topped by a statue of the archangel Gabriel, holding the “Holy Crown of St. Stephen,” first king of Hungary (crowned about 1001AD), a great hero of Christian history. Ringing the column’s base at a height of about eight feet are fiercely lifelike and life size statues of the seven mounted Magyar chieftains that first led the Hungarian people into the Carpathian basin from the east (roughly from 800 to 500 BC). Another set of statues rest on a semi-circular base behind and framing the central column, the first depicting King Stephen himself. “Rest” is not the appropriate term, however, because the monument in every aspect depicts heroic action — like a collection of three-dimensional vignettes from a battle scene frozen in time.

Like King David of Jerusalem, King Stephen of Hungary was a man of war, and of flaws, but greatly used by God to advance His kingdom, beginning with a military defense of the throne –and the faith — from darkly pagan forces. Through Stephen’s reign, the region was Christianized and largely remains so even to this day.

I want to applaud two modern heroes of the faith in Hungary. The first is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the second is a Romanian missionary to Hungary, the Mayor of the tiny Village of Szarazd, coincidentally named Attila Orban (no relation).

Very recently Prime Minister Orban was publicly attacked by disgraced former US President Bill Clinton (speaking on behalf of his wife Hillary) for “Putin-like leadership,” saying “Poland and Hungary, two countries that would not have been free but for the United States and the long Cold War, have now decided this democracy is too much trouble.”

First of all, it must be pointed out that Bill Clinton has absolutely no right to speak for the generation of Americans that liberated Europe because that generation, including its leaders, was Christian. The “democratic” values it fought to preserve and promote included quite prominently the right to life, the sanctity of marriage and the natural family, and the concept of national sovereignty. The “democratic values” of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are abortion, homosexuality, and global socialism.

If by “democracy” Clinton means the will of the people versus government tyranny he is doubly discredited. The people of Hungary (and Poland and Russia) overwhelmingly support family values and oppose open borders, while the Clinton/Obama cabal are blatantly, tyrannically and lawlessly ignoring the will of the American public by ramming “gay marriage” and the LGBT agenda down our throats and inviting third world invaders to illegally flood across our southern border by the millions.

Under the Christian leadership of Prime Minister Orban, the Hungarian constitution was revised in 2011 to state that human life begins at conception and marriage is between one man and one women. More recently, Mr. Orban had shown great courage in defying the European Union’s suicidal “open borders” policies, especially regarding the threat represented by Islamic “immigrants.”

If these Biblically consistent positions that the leaders of Hungary and Poland have taken on behalf of the majority of their citizens make them “Putin-like,” then perhaps the rest of the world should give Putin more respect in comparison to Clinton and Obama. If that’s what it means to be “Putin-like,” the intended condemnation is actually a compliment.

I would like to encourage you to send a note of support and thanks to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Here is his contact information: 1357 Budapest, Pf. 6. E-mail: miniszterelnok@mk.gov.hu Website: www.orbanviktor.hu

If Prime Minister Orban is at the top of the political ladder in Hungary, my other Hungarian hero, Attila Orban, is at the bottom of the ladder as Mayor of the Village of Szarazd, population 250.

Attila is a former Lutheran pastor and missionary to the Zulu tribe of South Africa. I met him at a pro-life conference in Budapest where he led morning devotions on the first day, in English even though it is not his first language. We became instant friends as we learned how closely his missionary work aligned with our inner–city mission in Springfield, MA.

In South Africa, Attila was deeply impressed by the work of the KwaSizabantu mission, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_hHYruC4-Q Returning to Eastern Europe, he determined start a mission in Hungary to follow that example of creating a holistic non-denominational Christian mission in which Jesus Christ is Lord over every sphere of society.

The Village of Szarazd, a place of very poor people, is in the heart of a region of Hungary with deep pagan roots going back more than a thousand years — a region with some of the worst Nazi atrocities in World War II, and where Christianity is still strongly opposed by various factions, including those who were faithful Communists under Soviet rule.

Opening a mission station and church with only his young family as members for the first year, the spiritual ground was very hard to till. Like Anne and I had done in Springfield, (www.redemptiongate.org) they bought a house in terrible disrepair and set about to show the redemptive power of Christ by personal example. That was seven years ago. I preached at his mission church yesterday to a group of about 50 people, and received a tour of the village where Attila was elected Mayor two years ago (running against an old-school Communist who promised to shut down the mission if he was elected).

Mayor Orban started some farming projects and basic cottage industries such as broom-making, completely eliminating unemployment in the village and giving work to people in the surrounding area. He raised enough money to repair the tiny Town Hall, where rainwater used to flood the main room in every storm.

Establishing a somewhat communal, “back to the land” lifestyle, almost like a 1960s Jewish Kibbutz, but Christ-centered, people have begun to relocate to the village, including two women who have recovered from cancer there without radiation or chemotherapy. There are many children and everyone seems very happy and healthy.

But there is very much work to do to redeem and restore the village. The church has acquired 21 buildings in various stages of ruin and are working slowly to restore them. They have cleared land on the hillside above the Town Hall and begin planting fruit orchards, primarily apricots.

Anne and I have decided to adopt this mission as one of our own and the Lord put on my heart to first donate some of our own money to buy almond trees for them (which are very compatible with apricots — and also an intensely life-oriented and spiritually significant Biblical food, Numbers 17:7). We are also intending to return at some future date to live and work at the mission for a couple of weeks (me doing handyman stuff and Anne teaching English).

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The mission has the opportunity to buy another of the abandoned buildings in the village (in this case a house in pretty good shape) with a very large plot of ground (something like 9000 square yards) for about $8,000. I would like to help the mission acquire this property and invite you to share in the blessing by giving toward this by making a donation to ATM designated for this purchase (or to buy almond trees, which run about $7 each). Just make a donation here http://www.defendthefamily.com/help/donate.php
and send me an email at sdllaw@gmail.com letting me know that’s what it’s for.

Blessings,

Dr. Scott Lively

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A Memorial Day Foreign Policy Suggestion for Mr. Trump

[Preface: I am writing this article on Memorial Day, 2016, in the City of Cherbourg, France, one of the first and most important cities liberated from the Nazis in the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II, when the United States and Russia were united in the common cause of defeating Nazi fascism. I dedicate this article to the memory of my father, Maurice Lively, who later served in the US Army in Korea (at the depths of Russian/American hostilities) and to President Ronald Reagan, whose vision of a Russia restored to its Christian foundations and whose work to destroy the Communist stranglehold there has largely been realized. This is published with a reminder that the center of Marxist evil in the world has shifted from Russia to America and to the EU where it thrives at the heart of the so-called Progressive movement that is now so close to defeating Christianity in the west. On this Day of Remembrance, let all true lovers of freedom vow to resist the Marxist monster in our midst as aggressively as we once fought it in National Socialist Germany and Soviet Communist Russia. ]

There aren’t many things about Barack Obama’s foreign policy I would want any politician to emulate, but there is one thing I would like Donald Trump to do if he becomes President: apologize to the world for the actions of his predecessor! Especially regarding Obama’s attempt to force the fascist LGBT agenda on everyone, everywhere in every possible way.

After that Mr. Trump should shut down the anti-Russian war-propaganda that the Obama/McCain/NeoCon axis relaunched in 2013 after the Russians passed their law banning homosexual propaganda to children. That law — a monumental achievement in the fight to preserve Judeo-Christian civilization — highlighted the glaring contrast of values between the now anti-Marxist Russia and the now pro-Marxist US and EU, and shifted the contest for influence in the still family-friendly nations of the former Soviet Union in Russia‘s favor. Within a few months several nations, including Ukraine, moved toward adopting a similar law and for a short while it looked like an international pro-family counterrevolution would emerge to challenge Obama’s dangerous global LGBT blitzkrieg.

Whether or not the passage of that law was a cynical political ploy by Russia (as some pundits wrongly claim), Mr. Obama and Germany’s Chancellor Merckle could have easily countered it by simply articulating and affirming America’s and Europe’s traditional family values to reassure those nations being lured eastward by Russia’s pro-family stance that we respected their beliefs. What a tremendous blessing that would have been for everyone, including those interested in building friendship instead of hostility between the US and Russia.

Instead Obama chose to abandon the “reset button” policy he had previously announced toward Russia and moved to revive the cold war. Pushing the world closer to nuclear war was deemed preferable to putting the “gay” agenda on hold.

I believe and have stated previously that Obama’s devotion to the LGBT agenda was his chief motivation for orchestrating (with the help of his pal George Soros) the Ukrainian coup to oust pro-Russian president Viktor Yanucovych in 2014 — in defiance of the EU (remember Victoria Nuland’s “F*ck the EU” comment in the planning stages of that coup? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL_GShyGv3o ).

That coup — or “regime change” if you prefer — created the current tensions deliberately. Obama knew that Russia’s vital strategic interests in the Crimea would force the Russians to annex it rather than lose it to the US and EU (the Ukrainians have always been pawns in this proxy war). And then, accompanied by John McCain on the war drums, an old medley of anti-Soviet propaganda themes was dragged out of mothballs and re-worked to convince US news media-watching population (especially the conservatives — since we were most at risk of recognizing Russia as a pro-family ally) that Russia, not the US was the aggressor, and (ridiculously) that the Baltics and other former Soviet countries could soon be at risk of a Russian ground invasion.

That was and is a contrived pretext at best but one that seems plausible to Americans with cold-war era memories but little knowledge of the enormous positive changes in Russia in recent years. And one that has since been bolstered by three years of Soviet-style anti-Russian propaganda in both the left and right leaning major media.

(It’s quite disappointing that conservatives who can spot “progressive” political bias from a mile away on a whole slate of domestic social issues turn around and give credence to the same lying journalists and media organs when it comes to foreign policy. Especially after watching Russia demonstrate such diplomatic maturity and military finesse in Syria — while building mutual cooperation and respect with Israel — in such glaring contrast to Obama and Clinton’s disastrous ineptitude in that region.)

In concert with the smear job came the economic sanctions, collapse of the oil prices and other machinations designed to bring Russia to its knees, which so far have failed, in large part (I believe) because the Russians are vastly strengthened as a people and a nation due to the rise of the Russian Orthodox Church and the growing revival of their Christian faith. Russia is not the godless “Evil Empire” of the Soviet Union any longer. (That demon moved to Germany in the early 90s and reinvented itself as the EU). Russia is not flawless by any means, but it is a country of good people that could be a great friend of America if we stopped letting Obama and the GOP establishment poison the relationship to further their nefarious elitist and anti-Christian agenda.

I suggest that Mr. Trump could do the world a great favor and dramatically ratchet down global tensions by following Mr. Putin’s example of pushing back the Marxists and the gangsters within his borders (yes, he had his own versions of the Clinton and Obama crime syndicates to deal with) and inviting the church to reclaim its rightful place in steering domestic policy norms back toward faith and family values. Then by redirecting the US State Department to promote greater family-centered cultural cooperation with the Russian people (and all the people of the world we have offended and harmed by pushing sexual deviance on their children). With a return to authentic family values would come a natural desire to steer away from war and its evils, and a new basis for seeking common ground in all geo-political affairs. And as always, the climate for doing business would improve when our goals are driven by a common desire to pursue mutual benefit rather than exploitation and control by force of will and arms.

In his run for president, Mr. Trump has seen the true face and character of America’s domestic enemies in both the “Progressive” movement and the GOP establishment. Hopefully he will (if elected) have the vision and courage to rebuild America’s moral and patriotic infrastructure in such a way as to severely diminish the influence of these anti-family Marxists and to increase cooperation with countries like Russia which are doing the same.

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Woe to the ‘Progressives’

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil”… Who call regression progressive, and progress regressive. (Isaiah 5:19-23 paraphrased)

The reprobate Kenyan usurper posing as President of the United States — the one who defends infanticide and champions the global normalization of sexual anarchy in its most perverse forms — has called upon the world to raise its standards of morality. With the cool condescension that has become his trademark, Barack Obama recently extended his international apology tour to Hiroshima, where he proclaimed to the planet “we must re-imagine our connection to one another as members of one human race.” Lofty idealism from the center of the nest of Cultural Marxist vipers that is called the Obama Administration — where such vague abstractions so easily justify the raw abuse of every organ of the most powerful office in the world in the pursuit of global political and cultural hegemony for an ‘oligarchy’ of predatory corporatists.

The irony of Marxism-driven crony capitalism seems to be lost on the American public after several generations of dumbing-down in “progressive” public schools and universities, as is the hypocrisy of a lecture on moral restraint in science and technology by the president who has perfected assassination by robotic drones, lauded the inhuman experimentation and marketing of human embryos by Planned Parenthood, and pushed the world closer to nuclear war out of a visceral hatred for the pro-family moral conservatism of the now anti-Marxist Russian Federation and its resurgent Russian-Orthodox state church (and a well-founded fear that Russia could lure back the still family-oriented former Soviet countries absent Obama’s new cold war).

But those with a Biblical worldview are not deceived by Mr. Obama, nor the self-proclaimed “progressive” movement he heads by virtue of his role as its chief spokesman, nor the war-mongering wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing progressives of the GOP establishment.

Yet even among the enlightened there are few who directly challenge the claim that the agenda of the Marxists represents progress. For example, we allow these pompous and self-righteous moralists-without-moral-understanding to perpetuate their narrative about a supposed leftist “tide of history” without interruption, and by our silence allow their fantasy to become self-fulfilling prophecy.

It would greatly benefit the world for American conservatives to start educating their neighbors on the meaning of true “progress” in human civilization.

The root of civilization is heterosexual duality, the “one-flesh” paradigm of Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 without which human life and the natural family would be impossible. And the story of civilization’s progress is the story of our collective embrace of virtue over vice in our relations with one another: self-restraint instead of self-indulgence. It is the essence of the teaching of Jesus Christ on human affairs — which happens also to be a self-evident truth for anyone of any religion who seeks to recognize the hand of God in Creation (Romans 1:18-20, 2:14-15).

Thus the “progressive” goal to eliminate legal and social policies that favor heterosexual norms, monogamy and family-centered communities — and that discourage sexual promiscuity — is not at all “progressive.” It is regressive! It represents the unraveling of the social fabric, not the weaving of it.

In nearly everything the “progressive” perspective is upside down and backward. Good is evil, evil is good. Capital punishment for self-confessed murderers is morally indefensible. The permission to kill innocent unborn babies during the birth process is a moral imperative. Tolerance for lethal-disease-spreading voluntary sex acts that have killed millions is our highest social value. Public disapproval of these acts is a loathsome form of anti-social conduct so egregious that it justifies the suspension of the constitutional right to free speech. And on and on.

This is not a novel analysis. But it’s rarely translated proactively into a rebuke to those who use the word “progressive” as if it really means progress.

Our cultural opponents are not progressives, they are regressives, and we should all agree to challenge them on this fact every time they use the term from this day forward.

Ps. And lets not forget to pray for them to be saved and restored to sanity, even Mr. Obama.

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The Next Phase of the Culture War

For those with eyes to see, the culture war we’ve been fighting for over half a century — the war of Christianity vs. Marxism — has entered a new phase. The Marxists have for all practical purposes defeated the American church, the last major barrier to global government, and the battlefield has shifted and broadened to the international community of the developed western world. There, as here, the Marxist elites have already successfully implemented LGBT cultural supremacy and granted favored status to Islam, to neutralize Christian political influence (in all but a few pockets of resistance, such as the countries of the former Soviet Union).

Having thus severely weakened the western nations their new emphasis is the elimination of national boundaries, while creating the infrastructure for global governance under the pretext of “climate change” and “sustainable development.” That “Transforming Our World” agenda was formally adopted September 25, 2015 by the UN General Assembly in a campaign led by Barack Obama and endorsed by Pope Francis.

They are moving so very swiftly now that they have awakened the sleeping giant of nationalistic populism internationally. That has produced the Donald Trump phenomenon, BREXIT, and the rise of the so-called “Far Right” in numerous countries. An ideological world war has begun that will result in enormous political and social chaos that the elites will attempt to use to their advantage by expansion of the police state — but with a globalist flavor.

Much of the American church is stuck in the value voter strategy of the past decades (one which I have fully embraced for most of my adult life), placing its hope in Ted Cruz, the magnitude of whose loss reflects just how much “value voter” influence has diminished — a fact that should sober all of us, even those many Christians who support Trump. If Mr. Cruz had run against Dole, McCain or Romney he would have won the primaries in a landslide and become the darling of the conservative movement. But the political landscape has changed — dramatically and irreversibly — because the globalists have defeated our moral-values agenda and have begun their one-world end game.

The fight now is existential for the concept of national sovereignty that underlies all forms of government in the world political order — even the strongest and best of all of these forms, our Constitutional Republic (as it was envisioned by our Founders and honored by our grandparents).

After World War I, those who failed to adapt themselves to the new paradigm of war built the concrete-bunkered Maginot Line in France as the ultimate, unconquerable defense against German aggression. But in WWII, the Germans just drove around it.

As American Christians, let’s not make the mistake of fighting the last war rather than the next one. The battlefield has changed and we can exploit that change to our advantage if we’re smart. Let’s help the populists defend national sovereignty and defeat the Cultural Marxists, AND be fully prepared to reoccupy the positions of cultural influence that the Marxists stole from us as they are pushed back across the cultural battlefield — similar to the way the Russian Orthodox Church under Putin has re-claimed the positions of cultural influence in the Russian Federation from the Soviet Communists.

 

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NOT ‘Just Another Sin’ Video Brochure

Friends,

A supporter in Taiwan just finished converting our “NOT ‘Just Another Sin'” brochure to video format and it looks fantastic! www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJWUOwyUScI

This 9 1/2 minute video is a great way to teach the fundamentals of the Bible regarding homosexual sin, and a great summary of Bible bullet points on this timely topic for pastors and Christian leaders to use as a resource.

Please pass it on.

Blessings,

Dr. Scott Lively

The print version of this brochure is available here:
www.scottlively.net/2014/08/19/not-just-another-sin/

The 18-page article based on this brochure is available here:
www.scottlively.net/2014/12/26/the-forgotten-last-days-warning-about-homosexuality-in-the-bible/

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Pope Francis and Global Government

I’ve received criticism from several Catholic readers of my recent article in which I opined that the Trump phenomenon represents the rise of nationalism in response to an escalation in the globalists’ pursuit of a one-world government.

http://theapologeticsgroup.com/history-politics/the-best-analysis-ive-read-to-date-on-the-2016-presidential-elections/

They are unhappy that I included Pope Francis on a list of “globalists” with Obama, Cameron, Merkle and others.

To the extent that my Catholic friends’ dismay is limited to my lumping Francis with Obama I hereby issue the clarification that I do not believe that these two men share the same character or motivation. I think Obama is an evil man whose enthusiasm for child killing and sexual anarchy is not simply political expedience but his actual ideology. I think Pope Francis is merely left-leaning in his otherwise Catholic worldview (but not as liberal as the media misrepresents him to be), probably due to the heavy influence of Marxism-inspired “liberation theology” in South America, where he is from. That alone establishes a huge chasm between these two men, even if they both belong on a list of world leaders who desire to see the world governed eventually by one central authority.

So to that bigger question. Does the evidence show that Pope Francis supports the globalist agenda I outlined in my article?

The fact is that Francis, after meeting with Obama at the Whitehouse, gave the historic keynote speech at the UN that endorsed and launched its so-called “new universal agenda” — a 17-point list of priorities for global governance — in commemoration of the UN’s 70th anniversary. Here are his own words, reported by the Vatican:

“The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the World Summit, which opens today, is an important sign of hope. I am similarly confident that the Paris Conference on Climatic Change will secure fundamental and effective agreements.” http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2015/september/documents/papa-francesco_20150925_onu-visita.html

And then Obama invoked that speech just days later in a global call to fight “climate change“ and ensure “sustainable development.” http://www.cruxnow.com/life/2015/09/28/obama-invokes-pope-francis-at-the-united-nations/

Friends, “sustainable development” and “climate change” are heavily loaded globalist euphemisms. See a simple summary and translation of those euphemisms as expressed in the 17 points of the UN’s 2030 Agenda here: http://truthstreammedia.com/2015/09/25/agenda-2030-b-s-translator-how-to-read-the-uns-new-sustainable-development-goals/

Whatever moral and ideological differences they may have, Obama and Francis are clearly cooperating to promote this agenda across the world.

I’m not a Catholic basher. I love my Catholic friends, some of whom are among the most Christ-like people I’ve ever known. I had great respect for Pope John Paul II, whom I considered to be a very Godly man, and for his successor Pope Benedict. I see many positive aspects of the Catholic church despite what I perceive as theological errors.

As a student of the Bible and its first century and Hebrew roots I don’t align with any denomination, nor do I claim the label of “Protestant.” Jesus said He was the Way, Truth and Life, and that anyone who loved others, even family members, more than they loved Him wasn’t worthy of Him. His Word the Bible reveals unmistakably that He is not a respecter of persons, not even the Apostles and the Patriarchs. Everyone is subject to and measured solely by His standard of Truth.

My theology is to love Truth and speak it plainly even at the cost of causing discomfort to others, and without regard to the titles or positions of the people it implicates. When I ran for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014 I stated frankly and consistently that abortion is murder, homosexuality is an abomination to God and that I had no interest in winning the race but only to have a platform to promote Biblical values in the political arena. http://www.scottlively.net/the-run-for-governor/

My outspoken opposition to the homosexual agenda around the world has won me the designation of Public Enemy #1 of the global homosexual movement by the Human Rights Campaign, and a bogus US federal lawsuit by Ugandan homosexuals charging me with “Crimes Against Humanity.” http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/the-grotesque-persecution-of-scott-lively.

In truth, I see Pope Francis as an agent for global government, working in cooperation with other globalists, though I don’t believe they’re likely in harmony about what that government will look like in the end. (I suspect Francis would like those others to be subservient to the Catholic Church.) I know that he is a Jesuit, and that Jesuits have a very long history of political intrigue in church/state matters. Building church influence in governmental systems is their raison d’etre. That’s not necessarily nefarious, though the order has been expelled from numerous countries over the centuries — as they readily admit (http://www.jesuit.org.uk/suppression-and-restoration-Jesuits). The point being that it’s no outrage to accuse a Jesuit of having a political agenda.

In this present American political context, where nationalistic rebellion against globalism seems to be the defining characteristic, it is not unfair to put Pope Francis on the side of the globalists, and indeed he injected himself into this election to defend the global agenda on immigration (as I defined it in my article) just last month: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/19/world/americas/pope-francis-donald-trump-christian.html?_r=0 .

In conclusion, I want to beg my Catholic friends forgiveness regarding any genuine errors they may find in my reasoning or statement of facts, and conversely, to urge them not to let loyalty to denomination blind them to unpleasant facts. Et veritatis confortati (let truth prevail).

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THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Prepare for Serious Violence in the Presidential Election

To start with I’m not endorsing anybody. I believe America has been under judgment since SCOTUS ruled in Everson v Board of Education (1947) that Jefferson’s “Separation of Church and State” metaphor had become the constitutional law of the land, effectively de-throning the God of Heaven and claiming the power in itself to put God (and everything worshiped as God ) under its own feet. We’ve seen steady moral and social degeneration of the nation ever since, except for a brief semi-revival under Reagan.

Our presidential candidates and most of the congressional ones have been chosen for us by the elites, and each crop of them has been a steadily less palatable assortment of “lesser of two evils” — None of whom except Reagan took back a single foot of ground on the cultural battlefield while in office on this long march to serfdom.

Under Obama, Cameron, Merkle, Pope Francis and other co-conspirators, the globalists have clearly begun making their final move to a one-world government, using George Soros’ “open borders” strategy and flooding the US and EU with third-world immigrants to destabilize and weaken national resistance, while simultaneously setting up a system of global taxation and control under the guise of a bogus “climate change” crisis.

The moral fabric of the targeted nations has also been severely compromised by the oppression of our natural family social foundation through the facilitation of LGBT supremacy.

The Obergefell “gay marriage” case was the coup-de-grace in the United States, rendering the generation-old “value voting” strategy of the conservative movement totally moot — showing that a handful of globalist federal judges could nullify our every accomplishment, no matter how dearly bought in time and treasure nor how widely supported in the public.

The nation was flooded with perversion within, while already being flooded with third-world invaders from without.

What occurred then, both in the US and EU was the rise of the “silent majority,” that mass of humanity whom we have always claimed to be people who share our Biblical values, but in actuality seek their own personal self-interest first, however they may perceive it. Many of them likely share our concern for family values, but that’s obviously not what motivates them — or they would have joined us long ago in the culture war.

And so here in the US (and in the EU — especially re the Brexit vote and Eastern European border closings) we have watched the emergence of populist nationalism on the right grow like yeast in a lump of bread dough until it overflows the top of the pan — while “social justice” Communism has done precisely the same on the left.

Friends, this phenomenon is entirely unique in American political history! The established political norms and systems are shattered — though many still act as if they still apply, not just among the “establishment” but also among “values voters.”

But this is not unique in world political history! This is a less militarized version of Germany 1932 minus the antisemitism and street brawls (though I think the latter is coming after the primaries). It’s the Nationalists vs the Communists and I think we just saw the first glimpse of what its going to look like at the Trump rallies in Illinois and Ohio: Commie agitators trying to bust up the events, meeting Nationalist resistors not afraid to punch back.

These so-far simply normal and patriotic American Nationalists are NOT Nazis by any stretch of the imagination, despite the historical parallels to Germany, but look at how close the parallels are:

Who were the original agitators in Germany? People forget that it was actually the Bolshevik-backed Communist bully-boys that ruled the streets in pre-Nazi Germany — giving rise to the National Socialist counter-force that eventually defeated them. Unlike here in the US today, both forces were evil, but the Communists were marginally worse, at least at first.

(If you want to get a greater sense of just how close the historical parallels are, complete with the turbulent social undercurrent of “gay”-driven sexual anarchy, read Chapters 1 and 4 of my book The Pink Swastika — here: http://www.scottlively.net/the-pink-swastika-5th-edition/ ) But I digress…

The American left is used to bullying conservatives with impunity because the formerly Christian-dominated right eschewed violence and in-kind retaliation as un-Christ-like, and, of course, the leftist media always gives cover to their fellow-travelers on culture war issues. I have experienced this many, many times as a pro-family speaker harassed and sometimes shut down by leftist, primarily “gay” Brown Shirts.

But the Trump army (again, NOT Nazis by any stretch of the imagination despite the historical parallels) is not dominated by value-voter Christians, though many are a part of it. It is dominated by secular conservatives — the silent majority who have been chafing for decades under the yoke of what some have termed “weaponized political correctness.” They’ve been gritting their teeth and bearing it so as not to risk their jobs or face character assassination, stewing and fuming in the privacy of their homes and thoughts.

But now a mob has formed and it has a super-powerful billionaire leader who never apologizes to the left or lets the media steer him. There is now safety in numbers — vast and increasing numbers — and a chance to push back against the bullies (who, as always, cast themselves as victims and scream “Fascist!” while throwing their Molotov Cocktails and rocks).

Meanwhile on the left, the Communists who have been working for decades to establish their Socialist Utopia on the ashes of Judeo-Christian civilization (with tremendous help from Obama), finally see it within reach under Bernie Sanders (or his ideological successor). They have enormous power and in their mass-delusion share a maniacal sense of entitlement: they believe “the end justifies the means,” especially violent means since that has always been central to their ideology from the dawn of Marxism.

We’ve seen glimpses of this in the black-masked Anarchists, “Earth First”ers, the Black (Lives Matter) Panthers, and the “Act-UP” bullies. These types are in charge of the leftist mob now. They will not accept Corporatist-shill Hillary even if she wins the primary. https://www.yahoo.com/politics/some-sanders-supporters-say-its-bernie-or-bust-155205844.html   More importantly, they will not tolerate Trump under ANY scenario. They will have their way! (so they think) through street violence.

That’s the scenario we face, in my analysis. We’re headed for a mini-Civil War in this election, raising the specter of Obama potentially using it as a pretext to suspend elections and stay in power under martial law. I know that’s an extreme result and I’m not predicting it will occur, just saying that it might.

In my view it’s better for the nation in the short term for the Nationalists to win. For one thing I think the economy would soar, despite sabotage by the left, but as I’ve said many times, secular conservatism when fully implemented is just as toxic to Biblical values as secular liberalism.

Many Christians will get swept up in the populist mob, and be very willing to overlook its flaws and excesses while some aspects of Godly values rise for a time with the broader conservative tide. If nothing else, an effective push-back against Cultural Marxism would create a cultural vacuum that Christians could quickly exploit.

But in time, the rift would grow between Christian and secular conservatives and Bible-believing Christians would begin to seem more and more “liberal” in comparison to the increasingly harsh and punitive secularists.

Remember, the pendulum always swings to the opposite extreme, and we Christians won’t (or shouldn’t) be willing to stay on the bandwagon as it swings ever further to the right.

But that particular challenge is probably a fair piece down the road. A concern, but not a present crisis.

The challenge today is to respond appropriately to the attraction and excitement of the populist uprising. My only advice to my fellow value voters is to keep your clarity of purpose firmly rooted in the Biblical world view, and participate in this extraordinary political season only to the extent that you can reconcile your personal actions with your faith. Don’t succumb to mob psychology.

And remember that regardless of how this election ends, only God can “Make America Great Again!” As far as I can see, there’s no mention by any of the candidates of reversing Everson v Board of Education and restoring Him as the exclusive God of this nation and there can be no genuine, lasting recovery of America without Him.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the scripture says. But the corollary is true as well: cursed is the nation that prefers so-called “religious pluralism” over the First Commandment (“You shall have no other god before Me”).

In the long-term big-picture perspective it makes little difference what human being presides over its inevitable demise, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work to make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in.

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PS.  The day after I wrote this, the following article appeared on Breitbart: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/16/anti-trump-groups-threaten-largest-civil-disobedience-action-of-the-century/

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An Appeal to Progressive Voters

The following is a flyer I distributed during my 2014 run for Governor of Massachusetts.  I believe the ideas presented in it represent an important basis for Right/Left bridge-building:

An Appeal to Progressive Voters.wps

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