One thing that I found in common with almost every speaker on the RNC platform is the Pledge of Allegiance. While many speakers will refer to the Constitution or to the Declaration of Independence, nearly every speaker, at some point in their speech, will go to the Pledge of Allegiance - and always to thunderous applause.
The author of the Pledge, Edward Bellamy, was a self-avowed SOCIALIST, used in the writing of his pledge wording intended to weld together the mentality of all Americans in their allegiance to a centralized federal government. The word "allegiance" was taken from Lincoln's "Oath of Allegiance" for rebellious Southerners. The word "indivisible" was in opposition to the concept of secession which resulted in the War for Southern Independence of 1861-1865. Both ideas were intended as propaganda tools for altering the minds of school children nationwide, and especially those of the South.
And Bellamy’s idea of "liberty and justice for all" found in the 14th, 15th and 16th amendments were really substitute words that he felt forced to use instead of his desired slogan of the French Revolution, which was, "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity."
Our Southern Fathers drew their inspiration from the Declaration of Independence and from the Constitution. Modern day "patriots," it seems, now draw their inspiration from that which came after the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were defeated at Appomattox.
Oh, and did I remind you that the Republican Party is, “The Party of Lincoln”?
So here I am, a proud Southerner, watching a convention in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Party of Lincoln, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic, completes a roll-call vote nominating a New York YANKEE who I’m going to tell you right now, I fully intend to vote for! And I have just had a “hallelujah,” “Praise Jesus,” moment.
That’s right folks, we’ve come that far. Steadily, progressively, swipe-by-swipe, the left has taken a little ground here, and a little ground there so that so much of our culture and heritage has been gradually lost that we Southerners now seek victory in Yankee from New York running on the Party of Lincoln ticket.
It could be worse. Because there is another NEW YORK YANKEE running for the same office. The Democratic Hillary Clinton.
Our Southern Fathers were strong Democrats. Our Southern Fathers seceded, among other reasons, when a Republican won the presidency having not received a single vote anywhere in the South. No doubt, in their own time, our Southern Fathers would have sterilized themselves rather than father progeny that might one day support the Party of Lincoln. But do you believe that our Southern Fathers, faced with our reality, would vote for Hillary?
Can you see why I fear that we have come too far in the wrong direction?
This week I posted video three in the Southern Baptists for Southern Heritage series. In it I share with you video, shot from the convention of the debate and discussion leading up to the “adoption” of Resolution 7 condemning our ancestor’s flag. And while we are crying out against Resolution 7, seeking to have it stricken next year (let me say I’m not optimistic), just this week I had a personal conversation with a General Officer in a Southern Heritage organization that I highly respect telling me that maybe we need to consider proposing an alternate amendment softening the language of Resolution 7. In other words, this very strong Southerner and the organization he leads is giving up on the idea that we have any hope of removing the Resolution now “passed” and will just be happy to reword it.
That is where we are. So again, can you see why I say that we have come too far in the wrong direction?
In Revelation 3:2, Jesus tells the Church at Sardis, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die.”
The Christians at Sardis, like ourselves, had been totally overwhelmed in an evil and morally bankrupt empire, persecuted by their government, they too feared that they had already lost. And yet, some 1,800 years later, our Southern ancestors had built a society upon the very same faith that obviously was not extinguished in Sardis.
Our heritage is under attack EVERY day - like never before. And every day I wake up, and go to work strenghtneing that which remains of our heritage. Promoting the faith, morals, and ideaology of our ancestors to a world that increasingly does not want to hear. The fact that over 1,900 years later, I am reading Jesus’ words to the Church at Sardis, encourages me to continue doing so.
Before we move on to the news and other articles in this week’s letter I’d like to make just a few comments, besides those I have made above, regarding this week’s Republican National Convention.
Namely, the on, and on, that the media has been hitting Melania Trump with regarding her alleged plagiarism. Why, because everything that Trump does will be attacked by our country’s liberal media, just as everything we do is attacked by the same. Another reason for the lamentation above.
Then, the next night, the same media pundits accused Eric Trump of plagiarizing his speech.
Who did Melania allegedly plagiarize? You know, the speech that Obama plagiarized at the DNC back in 2008.
What I find equally interesting is how the same liberal media fawned all over Sherriff Clarke’s speech which, might I say, was very impressive. Maybe the media liked it so much because it sounded so very familiar, using much of the same wording as a famous speech given by “Dr.” Martin Luther King back in the 60’s.
I use quotes when I refer to King as a “Dr.” because King plagiarized his doctoral dissertation. The Doctoral Review Committee at Boston University, when faced with this evidence, voted not to revoke King’s degree since he was already dead so instead they responded by attaching a statement to the copy of King’s dissertation archived in the University Library stating the original source of King’s materials.
Oh, and that great speech that we are all so impressed with - perhaps King’s most famous sermon - that was plagiarized too. Another black pastor, Archibald Carey, first gave the “I Have a Dream” speech at of all places the 1952 Republican National Convention.
That’s my editorial for this week. What do you think about all of this? Send me an eMail.
One resident in Washington Township has hung a large Confederate flag from his garage in plain view of passing motorists and others along Schooley’s Mountain Road. Curious motorists have stopped by and asked him about the flag which he hoisted several weeks ago. The resident said he was neither a historian nor a student of the south but instead flew the Confederate flag in protest to what he said is an erosion of American liberties.
A Schooley’s Mountain resident said one couple was driving up the road and when they saw the flag, they stopped to take a photo of the flag to send back to relatives in a southern state “where they can’t fly the flag,” the resident said.
“They’re taking away our liberties,” the resident said, referring to the administration of President Barak Obama and repeating a claim often heard at Trump rallies. “They’re taking away our right to bear arms.”
The N.J. Assembly voted 73-0, with one abstention, on June 25,2015, to condemn the official use of the Confederate flag. The one abstention was by Assembly Parker Space, R-Sussex, Morris. The State Senate later approved a resolution calling for South Carolina to permanently remove the flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds and other public property. Gov. Chris Christie has not commented on the Assembly and Senate votes.
GEORGIA POLICE OFFICER FIRED OVER FLAG
A Roswell pastor said a police officer was fired on Thursday after the Roswell Police Chief received a complaint that a Confederate flag was flying outside the officer’s house.
Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday that he could not comment on any specifics of the case, including the very nature of the case. He would only confirm that a Roswell officer had been fired on Thursday. “On the past Monday, July 11, we received a complaint about an unidentified Roswell Police officer,” Grant said. “Based on the complaint, the Office of Professional Standards (internal affairs) did the investigation. After it was complete, I reviewed it and it was sustained by me and based on that, the police officer was terminated this past Thursday.”
NORTH CAROLINA DEBATES CONFEDERATE PARADE
Local residents voiced their opinions during the public comments session of Monday’s Catawba County School Board meeting over the use of the Confederate Flag in Newton’s annual Soldiers Reunion parade.
The issue stemmed from a discussion earlier this year about not allowing the Confederate Flag in the parade which is scheduled for Aug. 18.
The Soldiers Reunion celebration in Newton is believed to be the longest-running patriotic celebration in the United States not based on a holiday. The tradition began in Newton on July 4, 1889, when Confederate veterans answered a statewide call for recognition of their wartime efforts and to receive their pensions, according to the City of Newton website.
The gathering in Newton led to annual reunions, starting the popular patriotic Soldiers Reunion.
Jerry McCombs, Catawba County NAACP Chapter President, asked the board to support the idea of not having the county schools in the parade because of the Confederate Flag.
"It has nothing to do with the parade. It’s a good parade, beautiful parade, but the flag represents hatred,” McCombs said. “We’re asking that you keep the schools out of the parade until the flag is removed from the parade.”
Mark Nixon of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who spoke first, asked the board to take no action on students attending the parade.
“The parade was started before any of your schools were founded and it is a county tradition,” Nixon said. “The flag is also part of that tradition...because of the lack of history on this, our camp agreed as part of the flag agreement to do a new event called History Saturday.”
It will be Aug. 13 on the Square in Newton and will have several speakers with the theme of Confederate Diversity.
“I hope everybody that doesn’t understand the flag and the meaning of it will come out and hear our speakers,” Nixon said.
Wayne Dellinger is the Chairman of the Soldiers Reunion and said for the forty years he’s been involved with the parade there hasn’t been any trouble.
“Why don’t we go by what’s happened in modern time. We need to all get together and work together,” Dellinger said. “Go by what’s happened while we’ve all been around. There’s been no problem with the Confederate flag in the parade until Jerry brought it up in December.”
Jo Walton spoke last and made the point of it not being a good time for the citizens of Catawba County to not get along.
“I went to Bandys High School. I was a cheerleader. My brothers were football players,” she said. “We just want to get along with everybody. We want everybody comfortable.”
She was also concerned with the safety of local law enforcement.
“I want everybody to be safe. I don’t want anything to happen. I love everybody no matter what color you are,” Walton said. “I just think we should think about the way things are right now and how critical it is when you do things that don’t make the field even. We got angry people that want to get angry over situations that are just really not necessary.”
Catawba County School Board attorney Crystal Davis thanked the group for their comments and said the board would consider their comments.
Will an Alabama Confederate Monument damaged in collision with police car be repaired?
That remains unclear.
"We do not have a definitive plan, as of this moment, going forward as to our damaged monument," Demopolis, Alabama Mayor Mike Grayson said in an emailed statement.
The Confederate Monument is located in the intersection of North Main Avenue and West Capital Street in the city of Demopolis. The memorial was erected in 1910 by The Marengo Rifles Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and dedicated to "Our Confederate Dead." The monument is located in the Demopolis Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The statue at the top of the monument was knocked off in the crash.
Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese said the crash involving an on-duty Demopolis police officer was an accident.
"This was an accident and was not an intentional act, as some may have wanted or made it out to be, it was just an accident," he said in a press release. The officer failed to maintain control of his patrol unit "resulting in the extensive damage to the monument and the patrol unit."
Linda Edwards, the Alabama Division President of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, said the Margeno Chapter that erected the monument disbanded several years ago. "I would assume that since (the monument) was hit by a city vehicle that the city would file an insurance claim to have it repaired," she said. "I am sure the mayor of Demopolis will handle this matter properly."
Grayson said Demopolis won't rush to make a decision "as to this downtown icon. It will be a thought out plan. "The only thing that I can tell you with total certainty is that Demopolis has been a very blessed community as to people getting along and I do not expect that to change," he said.
Grayson said the plan for the monument will be conceived by the local community. "We will not accept outside influences to be a part of our decision," he said.
As we have stated in the last 5 issues, "our response to the attack of the Southern Baptist Convention against our Confederate Heritage will be ongoing."
Southern Baptists for Southern Heritage
This week I posted video three in the Southern Baptists for Southern Heritage series.
I received a copy of a video shot on the floor of the convention and we share the video with you.
As you waqtch the video I will point out all of the procedural errors intentionally made by the leadership to ramrod this resolution condemning the flag of our ancestors over the objection of the body. This was a bad vote taken in an illegal manner to force political correctness upon a body that actually wanted to simply strike the resolution. Watch the video below:
As lovers of our Confederate heritage, our sensitivities were wounded by an erstwhile ally on cultural issues as the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention passed Resolution 7 urging that Baptists discontinue use of the Confederate Battle Flag. This resolution was sad for members of our Order for several reasons:
1) Many members of the Order are also members of Southern Baptist churches.
2) No religious denomination still maintains the links to the Confederacy as does the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Southern Baptist Convention Publishing arm is Broadman Press named for John Broadus and Basil Manly, key supporters of the Confederacy. Rev. Dr John Albert Broadus was Chaplain in General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Broadus was known to speak to Confederate Reunions and Memorials after the War, including an 1883 speech at Cave Hill Cemetery where Broadus declared that the Confederate soldiers had not died in vain. Dr Broadus' materials on Sermon Delivery are classic in the study of Preaching. Broadus was the second President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where a building remains named in his honor. Basil Manly was a dedicated Confederate; his father gave the inaugural prayer for President Jefferson Davis in 1861 in Montgomery.
James P Boyce was also a Confederate Chaplain and even ran for a seat in the Confederate Congress. The undergraduate department on the Southern Seminary Campus is named Boyce College, after James P. Boyce.
The annual international missions offering among Southern Baptists is the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions. Charlotte Diggs "Lottie" Moon died as a missionary to China. The Lottie Moon offering has raised $1.5 billion to send the Gospel across the globe. Lottie Moon of Virginia was a devoted Confederate who tended to wounded Confederate soldiers in Charlottesville, VA during the War and was outspoken in her support of the Confederate cause. In her letters, Lottie Moon spoke of the Union soldiers who looted her family's property in Virginia and told of her disdain for the invading Yankee soldiers.
3) Southern Baptists have historically resisted the political correctness movement
Yet, in the face of such rich Southern heritage, the one major denomination keeping their identity as the Southern branch of that denomination has, by an overwhelming vote, gone on record calling for a discontinuing of the use of the Confederate Battle Flag. As introduced on the floor by the Resolutions Committee, the proposed resolution called for limiting the use of the flag and acknowledging that many Baptists will see the flag as a symbol of heritage. But an amendment from the floor offered by Dr James Merritt of Georgia, and overwhelmingly passed, struck any conciliatory language and the end result is a resolution which--if followed-- would oppose using the flag in a re-enactment, a museum, or marking a Confederate veteran's grave.
As a loyal Southern Baptist, I am not happy with the resolution. In fact, I was one of only two messengers who were able to speak against the resolution at the 2016 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. As lovers of our Confederate heritage, what should we do?
1) We must re-gain the moral high ground of argument in defending our cause.
We must emphasize the Christian faith of our Confederate leadership. We must tell the story of the mighty revivals that swept the Confederate army with mass conversions and baptisms. Christians must be reminded of the sacredness of the St Andrews Cross, chosen by the Celtic people due to the conversion of their ancestors through the preaching of St Andrew. The design is founded upon Andrew's alleged heads-down crucifixion. Such is the high and lofty standing of our heritage.
2) Baptists should lovingly and respectfully (Matthew 18, Galatians 6) confront those messengers from their respective churches who attended the Convention.
Those who supported this hideous resolution must be held accountable.
3) Grassroots Baptists should seek to become messengers from their respective local churches to vote against any similar resolutions that come before the several state Baptist Conventions held in the Fall.
Granted, we may not see these resolutions offered on the state convention level, but grassroots Baptists should be alert.
4) Educate the local churches that these resolutions are non-binding.
Baptists are governed from the bottom-up. Already, I have had calls asking if this resolution will preclude Confederate Memorials from being held in Baptist Church-related cemeteries. Clearly, this resolution will only have power of influence and this writer hopes that the local churches simply ignore this resolution.
God bless Christians of all stripes who love the Lord and who are not ashamed to honor our Fathers and Mothers. May God keep the memory of our Confederate forebears as pleasant and honorable.
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A Message For Christians About Donald Trump
by Wayne A. Root
I am a Jew turned evangelical Christian. I am also a passionate supporter of Donald Trump.
I have a message for Christians who don't like Donald Trump: "YOU'RE MISSING THE BOAT."
Christians have Trump all wrong. God sends messages in many forms. You're just not listening. God is talking, but you're eyes and ears are closed.
Here's a famous joke about God and how he talks to us.
"A deeply faithful Christian man is stuck on roof of home with massive flooding up to 2nd floor. Rowboat comes. He says "No, I'm waiting for God. I've prayed and I know he's coming." 2ndrowboat. "No, I'm waiting for God." 3rd rowboat. "No, I'm waiting for God."
Water rises. The man drowns. Now he's meeting God in heaven. The religious man says "Where were you God? I prayed. I was faithful. I asked you to save me. Why would you abandon me?"
God says, "Hey dummy, I sent you 3 rowboats. Are you blind?"
Did you ever consider Trump is our rowboat?
Maybe God is trying to tell us something important, that now is not the time for a "nice Christian guy" or a "gentleman" or a typical Republican powder puff. Maybe now is the time for a natural born killer, a ruthless fighter, a warrior.
Because right about now we need a miracle, or America is finished.
Maybe the rules of gentleman don't apply here. Maybe a gentleman and "all-around nice Christian" would lead us to slaughter.
Or do you want another Mitt Romney, Bob Dole, John McCain, Gerald Ford or Paul Ryan? Did any of them win? Did they lead the GOP to "the promised land?" Did they change the direction of America? No, because if you don't win, you have to no say.
Paul Ryan couldn't even deliver his own state Wisconsin!
And as leader of the House, Paul Ryan rolls over to Obama like my dog rolls over for a scrap of food, or a steak bone. He's a useful idiot. Nice, but obedient. I mean Paul Ryan...not my dog. My dog is actually a pretty good defender and loyal.
Maybe God is knocking on your door so loud, but you're not listening. Maybe God understands we need a "war leader" at this moment in time. Maybe God understands if we don't win this election, America is dead. It's over. The greatest nation in world history will be gone. Finished. Kaput. Adios.
And with one last breath, maybe what we need to save us at the last second, is someone different. Someone you haven't ever experienced before - because you weren't raised in rough and tumble New York where nothing good gets accomplished unless you're combative, aggressive, outrageous, on offense at all times, and maybe just a tad arrogant too.
Someone with a personality you've never seen on stage at your church.
Maybe, just maybe, being a nice gentlemanly Christian would not beat Hillary, and her billion dollars, and her best friends in the media who will unleash the dogs of hell upon the GOP nominee.
I guess you think God is only nice and gentlemanly. Really? Then you've missed the whole point of the Bible. When necessary God is a pretty tough guy. When necessary, God strikes with pain, death and destruction. When necessary, God inflicts vengeance.
Maybe you think God couldn't possibly be associated with someone like Trump. Trump is too vicious, rude and crude.
When we won WWII, was God "nice?" Were we gentlemanly when defeating Hitler? Were we gentlemanly when firebombing Germany? Were we gentlemanly when dropping atomic bombs on Japan? Is God ever "nice" on the battlefield? Or does he send us vicious SOB's like General George S. Patton, so the good guys can defeat evil?
It's pretty clear to me God sends unique people to be "war leaders." That's a different role than a pastor or church leader. God understands that.
Maybe God purposely sent Trump instead of the nice Republican powder puffs like Paul Ryan, or Mitt Romney, or John Kasich because he wants us to win.
And maybe it's time to re-define "nice." Maybe Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren't nice at all - because they led us to defeat. And losing again would mean the end of America. And God can't allow that.
Maybe Romney and Ryan mean well, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Or maybe they're just jealous they had their chance and blew it. Maybe they'd rather help elect Hillary than allow a Trump victory that would make them look weak, feckless and incompetent.
Trump inspires us. Trump gives us hope. Trump gives us confidence in victory. Trump gives us just a touch of arrogance. Maybe God understands that's exactly what we need right at this late stage to save America.
God is about miracles. We don't need a "nice guy" or a "gentleman" right now. It's the 4th quarter and we're losing 14-0. We need a miracle.
So let me repeat my message to Christians: "YOU'RE MISSING THE BOAT."
I believe Trump is our miracle. I believe Trump is our rowboat.
Except he's more like a battleship!
No one is saying Trump is perfect. No one is saying Trump is a perfect conservative. But he is a patriot. He is a warrior. He is a capitalist. He is the right man, at the right time.
Yes, he's a bit rude and crude and offensive. But that may make him the perfect warrior to save America, American exceptionalism, capitalism and Judeo-Christian values.
The choice should be easy for Christians. It's Trump...or it's the end of the America.
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A Tribute to the Policeman
"A Policeman is many things. He's a son, a father, an uncle, and sometimes even a grandfather. He is a protector in time of need and a comforter in time of sorrow. His job calls for him to be a diplomat, a psychologist, a lawyer, a friend and an inspiration. He suffers from an overdose of publicity about brutality and dishonesty. He suffers far more from the notoriety produced by unfounded charges. Too often acts of heroism go unnoticed and the truth is buried under all the criticism. The fact is that less than one-half of one percent of our policemen ever discredit their uniform. That's a better average than you'll find among clergymen.
"A policeman is an ordinary guy who is called upon for extraordinary bravery - for us! His job may sometimes seem routine, but the interruptions can be moments of stark terror. He's the man who faces a half-crazed gunman, who rescues a lost child, who challenges a mob and who risks his neck more often than we realize. He deserves our respect and our profound thanks.
"A policeman stands between the law-abider and the law-breaker. He is the prime reason your home hasn't been burned, your family abused, your business looted. Try to imagine what might happen if there were no Policemen around. And then try to think of ways to make their job rewarding. Show them the respect your really have, offer them a smile and a kind word, see that they don't have to be magicians to raise their families on less than adequate salaries."
Seriously though, the incident was reported by the Washington Times.
A city council meeting in Pensacola, Florida, turned chaotic Thursday evening when officials allowed a local activist to start the event with a Satanic prayer.
Hundreds of attendees began protesting and about a third walked out as Satanic Temple of West Florida member David Suhor delivered the invocation inside City Hall, a local ABC affiliate reported.
WE HAVE TO GET ACTIVATED
Look in the Book of World Records and you will find that Escambia County, where Pensacola is, has the world's largest concentration of churches.
So how does hyper-Christian Pensacola have Satanic prayers in its City Council meetings?
How has so much of our heritage been lost?
Because for the last 100 years we have been content to set in our churches and SCV/UDC/MOSB, etc. meetings eating cookies and having pot-lucks while the world around us has been going to hell in a hand-basket.
We as Christian Southerners must get our churches and our heritage organizations involved in the political process. Its now do or die!
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