Sometime between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, the GOP headquarters in Orange County, NC was horrifically bombed by some type of incendiary device. Thankfully, no one was in the building at the time, thus no injuries. However, the inside of the facility was horribly destroyed.
NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse has condemned the act in the strongest of terminology, stating that the correct response to this attack against our freedom of speech rights needs to be “more and aggressive speech.” His action step is well taken and needs to be aggressively implemented.
Just last week, Dr. Gary Dull, with whom I share a daily radio microphone, was told that his mere PRESENCE at a city school board meeting was overtly “religious.” Dr. Dull was at the meeting to join a prior graduating class in presenting a plaque with our national motto (“In God We Trust”) for display in the school board chamber. Excuse me, but a pastor’s PRESENCE is now going to be deemed as “religious.”
So, let me get this straight. A pastor can’t attend a sporting event without his PRESENCE being determined to be exclusively “religious” in nature. A pastor can’t eat at a restaurant without his PRESENCE their being labeled “religious.” Since the focus across the nation, currently, is on bathrooms and who can use which one, can a pastor not even visit the restroom without that now being deemed “religious?”
My point is simply this. Our religious liberty rights are NOW under aggressive, diabolical, and incessant attack. To think that the November 8 elections are not critically important to this one issue alone, is to think incorrectly. No, this most precious issue will be front and center on November 8.
If elected, Hillary Clinton (because of her past and current actions, as well as her former and present statements–some of which have been discovered via the most recent Wikileaks releases) will move to criminalize ANY statements critical of both the LGBT and Muslims communities. Hillary’s support of both is clear and unequivocal.
So, for whom you cast a ballot on November 8, or before if you vote early, is unquestionably important. Only one candidate has vowed to repeal the famed “Johnson Amendment” of the IRS tax code–a provision that has silenced far too many preachers for fear of losing tax exempt status. Only one candidate has spoken with great respect and affection for the evangelical Christian community. Only one candidate has around him an incredibly strong group of Christian conservative advisors (called his “Spiritual Advisory Team”). Only one candidate stands completely with America’s longtime friend and ally Israel. Only one candidate has the foresight to see the diabolical nature of the “refugee crisis” and desires to stop the flow into the country until thorough vetting can be done. Only one candidate is a nationalist, rather than a globalist. Only one candidate stands on a party platform that is the most Biblical EVER.
My friends, that candidate is NOT, never has been, and never will be Hillary Clinton! No, she is the complete antithesis of all the above.
So, as November 8 approaches, think and pray through your decision at the polling place. What you do will set in action that which will either advance, or end, our “First Freedom”–religious liberty. So, inconsequential this election is NOT!
President, HOPE Ministries International/HOPE To The Hill
President, North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN)
Co-host, Stand In The Gap Radio