Pro-Life Victories:  Kentucky Governor Matt Bivens declares 2017 the Year of the Bible.  Several States are holding Bible marathons.  Pro-Life victories include breakthroughs in adult stem cell research.  Adult stem cells restore sight and 50 out of 60 races went pro-life.

Air Date: 01/27/2017


Guests: David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Welcome

Rick:

Welcome to the intersection of faith in the culture! This is WallBuilders Live! We’re talking about today’s hottest topics on policy, faith, and the culture all from a Biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective. We’re here with David Barton, America’s premiere historian, Wallbuilders founder, and president. Tim Barton, national speaker, and pastor. And my name’s Rick Green. I’m a former Texas state rep.

You can find out about us and our organization at our websites.  Two of them: WallBuildersLive.com and WallBuilders.com. Visit WallBuilders.com for a wealth of information, all kinds of great things.  At WallBuildersLive.com you can get some of our latest programs, get the news of the day.  And best of all, you can get more of what we’re about to give you, which is some good news! It’s Good News Friday. We take Friday to give you good news all throughout the program.

David and Tim gather it throughout the week and most of it doesn’t get covered by major media.  So we get to be lifted up a little bit with some of the positive things out there. So, David, Tim, looking forward to the day.

David, you usually go first.  What’s what’s up first today?

David:

We’re going to Kentucky for this one. It is now 2017.  Do you know what 2017 is in Kentucky?   At least according to Governor Matt Bevin?

Tim:

The year after 2016?

David:

It is that.  You’re pretty good at math.

Tim

I just know how Kentucky does it. They’re pretty sharp out there.

David:

You got that right. Other than be the year after 2016, according to Matt Bevin?

Tim:

I’m out.  I’m out.

Rick:

I’m afraid to answer now.  Tim’s one for one.  And there’s no way I’m going to get this right.  That’s going to make me zero for one.

 Kentucky Is The Bible State

David:

Alright.  Well, if I told you that he did the same thing in December of 2016 and then did it again for all of 2017 does that help you at all?

Rick:

Well, I know he’s a good governor.  And you’re sharing it on Good News.  So it’s gotta be something good.

Tim:

2016, seems like he did something related to the Bible.

David:

Yep! He declared December 2016 to be the year of the Bible! That’s a great declaration.  But we only got a month left. So he came back in January 2017 and declared 2017 to be the year of the Bible!

Rick:

So he wanted to do a full year, I guess.

David:

Yeah, a full year.  Another thing is, all over Kentucky and in all of their counties, which is about 120 counties.  What they’re encouraging is to have Bible reading marathons.

What you do in the marathon is you get people lined up to read the Bible 15 minutes each.  You do it straight until you go from Genesis 1 all the way through Revelation.

It takes them about three and a half days to do that.  You go 24/7 for three and a half days and you read through the Bible. Seventy two out of 120 counties have already arranged to do that where they will have a Bible reading marathon in the county.  They are working to get all 120.

So, that’s pretty cool! You’ve got the governor declaring that 2017 will be the year of the Bible. That’s a really good proclamation from Matt, a good friend of ours.

 Baptist Democrat Tom Rider

One of the first legislators I ever met in my life was Tom Rider out of Kentucky.  He’s a Baptist minister.  And Tom is the one who wrote the proclamation. This will make a lot of people in D.C. nervous.  But Tom is a Democrat from Kentucky but a Bible based guy who’s never moved off his principles and is just rock solid.

Kind of like the one Democratic congressman who used to be really good on this was Mike McIntyre out of North Carolina who is no longer there.  But Tom is a really good guy.  

So 2017 is the year of the Bible. So, if you’re in Kentucky try to participate in one of those Bible reading marathons in the 72 counties doing it. Hopefully, they’re going to have 120 counties.  But it’s good news out of Kentucky.

Rick:

In Tennessee, didn’t they do something similar to this? I’m wondering if it’s kind of like a resurgence? After many years of frankly, being set aside and mocked, and as you’ve talked about, being a Bible believer you’re not exactly heralded in this culture today.  But maybe it’s coming back.

Maybe, once again, we’ve realized our need for it and we’ve gone far enough the other way to see enough of the damage that happens when we don’t live by those principles. So that’s two states.  Maybe we’ll get some more.

David:

Yeah, and I think this year you will see a number of states doing it because I know of concerted efforts in a number states to do this. So I think you’ll see a whole lot of states jump on this, this year. Which is great, to encourage people in those states to read the Bible. It’s really good stuff. It’s good that it is coming from governors too.  That’s a great message.

 Kentucky Going Pro-Life

Tim:

I’ve got an article in my stack also from Kentucky.  Speaking of the governor of Kentucky.  This is something pretty exciting. There are now super majorities in the Kentucky House and Senate.  Republicans are now in charge. One of the things on their agenda, they got to very quickly in the beginning of January, is they did legislation to prevent abortion after 20 weeks.

This has already gone to the House and the Senate.  There was a 30 to 6 vote in the Senate and this was three days in 2017. This was 3 days into 2017.  Very strong.  It went to the House and the house was in 83 to 12 vote! They’re saying, “We don’t want to see abortion after 20 weeks.”

One of the things that oftentimes pro-life people say is, “Wait a second.  Why don’t we stop abortion before that? They should stop abortion altogether. Why 20 weeks?” Well, if you’ve never had these prohibitions on it.  And now you’re saying, “Well, we have a place to work with. So 20 weeks.  We’ve got that.  Now take we’ll another step.”

The Senate is also working on an ultrasound bill! I’m reading this from the article, so I haven’t checked the status recently.  It could have already gone to the Senate at this point.

But this is some major progress happening in Kentucky. Not only has the governor declared The Year of The Bible, you have the House and the Senate doing things to protect life, governor signing those into effect.  So some really encouraging things from Kentucky.

David:

There used to be on T.V. all of these marketing commercials.  The way they used to sell you stuff at the end of the commercial, they would say, “But wait that’s not all.” Well, we’re doing this about Kentucky.  But wait – that’s not all.

Rick:

But wait – there’s more.

Tim:

I feel like, though, if you’re doing Kentucky you need to thicken your accent.

David:

But wait, there’s more! Wait a minute, that sounded a little HillBilly.  I don’t know if that’s right.

 Right To Work Law

Well, Kentucky, good stuff there. I get to be a Kentucky Colonel.  I got an award from the governor and get be commissioned now to help promote Kentucky.  I guess I am really promoting Kentucky.  I guess this does really make me a Kentucky Colonel.

Tim:

Well, if you’re a Colonel then there’s all kinds of fried chicken association happening right now with our Kentucky Fried Chicken. But that is a side track from where we are actually going.

Rick:

While we are on Kentucky, last summer we had, I think six, Patriot Academy students that the governor Matt Bevin actually sent to Patriot Academy.

Tim:

We did! That was really exciting to have them there at Patriot Academy!  That’s right!

David:

Also, pretty cool, in a couple of weeks I’ll be in D.C. for the Congressional Prayer Breakfast! Every year I get to do the spiritual heritage tour of the capital for folks.  Again this year I’ll be doing special tours for the African delegation, 26 nations. African leaders are coming in and I get to do that for them.  It’s always a lot of fun.

Right To Work Law For KY

Governor Bevins is going to be there and is going to be part of those tours. He’ll be there at the Congressional Prayer Breakfast with leaders from about 140 nations that come together. So, Matt’s doing some really good stuff.  And here’s one more.  He just signed a right to work law for the state of Kentucky.

So Kentucky is moving more into a competition, competition in the labor areas and competition in working areas. No longer are you required to belong to unions.  You actually get a choice of whether you want to belong to a union or not. No longer are you required to pay union dues.  You actually get a choice whether you want to or not. So, Matt’s just doing a great job of faith, freedom, and constitutional liberties.  Just good stuff all over.

 Avalon Project

Rick:

Going to take a quick break. This is the Kentucky Good News Friday here on WallBuilders.  Well, maybe just the first segment today.  Lots of good news coming out of Kentucky for sure!

Stay with us.  We have more good news from across the nation! You’re listening to WallBuilders Live!

Tim:

Hey, guys, this is Tim Barton with WallBuilders. I know you hear my dad and Rick talk a lot about our Founding Fathers about the original intent of our nation, a constitutional heritage that we have. And really we’ve seen how far we slipped away from that. And I know a lot of us as we hear my dad and Rick talk think, “I wish there was a place that I could go where I could see these documents and I could read and learn about the Founding Fathers firsthand.  See the things they did.”  

I want to give you some websites today that can help you accomplish that very thing. If you get online you can go to places like Library of Congress and you can look under their century of lawmaking or historical documents. You can go to the Avalon Project, to the Founders Constitution, Google Books, or even the internet archives.  

Or you can just go to WallBuilders.com. We have a section for our library. And under that section, we have different subgroups for historical documents, historical writings, even a place where you can get helpful links to find out more information about other websites.  Where you can do research for yourself and find the truth for yourself. Friends, this is the time that we need to know who we are and where we came from. WallBuilders.com is a great place to go.

Rick:

Welcome back! Good News Friday Today! Tim, you’re up this time.

Adult Stem Cell Vs Embryonic Stem Cell

Tim:

This is something we’ve talked about in the program before related to science.  And oftentimes how we see science reflecting different things related to Bible discoveries. We’ve talked many times about is things related to stem cell research, whether it’s embryonic or adult.

Embryonic is where they take stem cells from a “pre-born child” generally from an aborted baby. There are people that advocate that the government is actually funding embryonic stem cell research, that they take these aborted babies taking their bodies and using it for scientific discoveries.  And to date, they’ve come up with no scientific discoveries from embryonic stem cell research.

Countering that to adult stem cell research, which is where they can either take the umbilical cord, right when the baby’s born it becomes an adult stem cell.  Or it can be taken from a living person’s body.

So, Rick, could be taking from your skin, from part of my bones, or whatever the case might be. So, there’s been around over 100 confirmed and retried, proven cures and things they’re seeing progress with the adult stem cell.

 Adult Stem Cells Restore Sight

Here’s a really cool story.  Doug Oliver had macular degeneration which essentially means he was going blind. He couldn’t see.  And he was only 32 years old when he started going blind. He could be walking beside his wife, holding her hand, could look over and not see her. He wasn’t able to drive.  And he was declared legally blind.

This was something that was very overwhelming for him.  It really frustrated him.  He was mentally and emotionally very upset. He said, “Many times he contemplated taking his life.”

Well, in the course of all of this, doctors said, “”Let’s try the adult stem cells.” So, they actually took cells from his bone marrow and they begin giving him treatments.  And over time his eyesight began to be restored to where now he actually can see again, from stem cells taken from his own bone marrow!

There’s actually all kinds of stem research facts associated with this and links involved in this article. Really cool.  Yet another discovery in the scientific area of adult stem cell research.

Funding Adult Stem Cell Research

Rick

Like you said, we’ve had so many programs where we’ve said, “When you do it God’s way, you do the right way. You don’t take life.  But you use the life that he’s given us, in smart ways.  You can get great results.” And there’s been so many of these adult stem cell stories.  But it’s usually like skin and joint kind of stuff.  But eyes, you’re kidding me! Getting your eyesight back? That’s that’s phenomenal!

Tim:

It’s really incredible! How many people that struggle with eyesight.  But now we’re finding ways to take your own stem cell that they’re plugging in.  And it’s it’s correcting eyes! What this could mean for so many people. So there should be a lot of optimism and encouragement. Instead of the government funding embryonic stem cell research, this is where you would love to see some of that money turn to some of these projects.

Because think of how many people this would benefit! You maybe wouldn’t need glasses, contacts, and you don’t go blind.  You could see again! This is incredible.  But you’re right, it’s something that we’re not taking life to do this. We’re using what God’s already given us, a science that we have.  And we are benefiting life to do it God’s way.

David:

You remember a week or two ago we talked about the initiative out of California that put $3 billion into funding embryonic stem cell research, killing an unborn child, but it wasn’t working? Because they got no cures they’re now taking that money and they’re funding adult stem cell! Adult stem cell is working.  Embryonic is not.  So this is just another one of those proofs of the 100 or so different cures that are out there from adult and zero from embryonic.  And here’s yet another one.

Rick:

Good confirmation! We’ve got to take a quick break.  Be right back with more good news.  Stay with us on WallBuilders Live!

 Moment From America’s History

David:

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Our Founding Fathers would be astounded. They designed the First Amendment to keep the federal courts completely out of this issue.  As Thomas Jefferson forcefully declared, “I consider the federal government as prohibited by the Constitution from meddling with religious exercises. The First Amendment was designed to keep decisions on religious expression out of the federal courts and in the hands of the local communities.

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Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live! Thanks for staying with us on Good News Friday! David Barton is next with a piece of good news.

 The Election From A Numbers Point Of View

David:

I’m going to do a little election recap, at least in the sense of we get numbers in that are showing us what went on. Of all the issues out in a presidential election, generally, there are 20-40 issues that people care about like terrorism, foreign affairs, economics, immigration.  And there are all these things that people care about.

One of the issues on which people voted was the life issue. We had a huge difference in the protection of unborn life between Trump and Clinton.  No question about it. What they said about Supreme Court justices, Federal Court justices, being pro-life and funding Planned Parenthood they were on opposite sides of the road.

Obviously, there were groups on both sides that lined up behind the candidates. Planned Parenthood lines up behind Hillary.  Of course if Hillary gets elected they’re going to need all these senators that are pro-abortion, and want to fund Planned Parenthood.  They need all these people in Congress. And they need to take the House back and get control of the Senate.

On the other side defending life, there are groups like National Right to Life, etc. So, as these groups line up against each other in the election.  On the one side, in addition to Planned Parenthood there’s other groups like Emily’s List, NARAL, and Pro-Choice America.  But National Right to Life on the other side.

But Planned Parenthood by itself announced that it’s going to put 30 million dollars into these down ballot races for House and Senate and others. They want these pro-abortion people elected to keep their jobs. By the way, I think – isn’t it Rick, two thirds of all Planned Parenthood funding comes from government funding, and state local and federal levels?

Rick:

It’s significant.  We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars.

Pro-Life Victories

David:

They’re a billion dollar industry and I think it was like $650 million or something in that vicinity that comes from government funding. So, even at this $20 million, they’re going to put into defeating pro-life candidates, essentially it’s like the government is giving them $14 million out of the $20 million to go after pro-life candidates, which is just crazy stuff.

Rick:

Some will argue, “Well, that’s not that money directly.” But it doesn’t matter which account it goes to.  It’s still helping them to do what they do and to fund this kind of campaigns.

David:

I’ll guarantee you if they didn’t have the $650 million coming in they wouldn’t have $20 million free to be able to take and put in a campaign like this.

Rick:

Right, that’s why they’re giving that money so they can keep that $600 million coming in.

David:

That’s exactly right. So, in the election, the Right to Life folks always have so much less money.  We’ve got people but we don’t have money. In the Senate races, there were 12 closely contested U.S. Senate races.  There were 47 congressional races that were targeted, pro-abortion versus pro-life.  

So at the end of the day, it turned out that pro-life won 10 out of the 12 closely contested Senate races.  Meaning 83% of the races were lost by Planned Parenthood despite all their money. In the House, we won 39 out of 47 races, or again 83% of the races in the House that Planned Parenthood lost. Overall we won 50 out of the 60 targeted races on the life issue which is 83%.

So good news is that despite having much less money to get into the fight, voters showed up and said, “We really do like the life stuff, not the Planned Parenthood stuff.” And 83% of the races where you had a head on battle between Planned Parenthood and National Right to Life, National Right to Life won those races.

Reconciliation Rules

Rick:

That’s big in a lot of ways! Not only are you getting good, pro-life people elected but then all the other people running for office pay attention to that. Not everybody is fighting for what they believe in.  Let’s face it, there’s a lot of politicians who put their finger to the wind. When they’re doing that, they’re going to know that the life issue is winning more and more.

So when it comes to some of those tough votes and our side is trying to get some of those middle of the road congressman at the state legislators level they’ve got this kind of data to say, “You better go the right direction.  This is where things are going.”

So it’s good for us overall in moving the life issue in the right direction. I mean, how much time do we spend on Good News Fridays with pro-life victories over the last year or so?

David:

And Rick, when you elect pro-life people to the House the Senate you start expecting pro-life policy, which is what we’ve seen across the nation. In the midst of the U.S. House the Senate working to repeal Obamacare right now, they’re using the rules the Democrats used to get it passed. They’re using what’s called, ”Reconciliation Rules.”

If you do reconciliation you can have a simple majority in the Senate vote to pass it. You don’t have to have the 60 votes you often have to have.

Rick:

Which you shouldn’t have to have anyway.

Defunding Planned Parenthood

David:

That’s right. But if you do budget reconciliation process, which they’ve already announced that they’re doing that in the Senate, you can do 51 votes. What that means is, you can only affect the funding side of it.  So they can defund Obamacare, but they can’t totally repeal it. But they can’t repeal the regulations,  That has to go through the regular normal process of 60 votes. So, they can defund all the stuff.  But they can’t wipe out all the agencies and everything that was created by regulations.  That comes later.

Apart of what the House and Senate is doing to defund Obamacare is they’re throwing defunding of Planned Parenthood right in there with it. So they’re using budget reconciliation to say, “Oh by the way we’re also defunding Planned Parenthood.” So, again, you win these kind of races.  You look forward to policy. That’s that’s another upside.  We elected Pro-life guys over Planned Parenthood guys. So, not only do we get Obamacare repealed budget wise, we also get Planned Parenthood defunded as part of the process.

Rick:

If we do that at the federal level, man, how many times did we celebrate improvement in this state or that state? But to do it at the federal level would be huge! This could be a great victory to talk about on a Good News Friday soon.

Tim:

Rick, after the break, I’ve got a pro-life victory to talk about.  So more pro-life in the stack. But you’re right.  We’ve talked about this so long and yet we are still seeing these victories. It really does give a great indication of the trend of where the nation is heading and what people think about this.

Rick:

Stay with us folks.  We’re going to take a quick break.  Got some more good news return to WallBuilders Live!

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Rick:

We’re back on WallBuilders Live! We have time for just a little more today. Tim Barton, what’s next?

Tim:

This one is from Texas.  No surprise we have good news from Texas.

David:

Ok, we can stop there.  We’re done.  We’ve made the announcement.

Tim:

This is pretty much all we need to talk about.  People that know how to process information know that Texas is wonderful State. God blessed it with His own hand!  Texas is one of many states that is working–

 Defunding Planned Parenthood On A State Level

Anyway, we talked about on the last segment about how federally we’re working to defund Planned Parenthood. Well, Texas did this December of last year 2016 they sent the announcement that, “get out of town” kind of notice to Planned Parenthood that they were going to lose their funding within 30 days.

That’s $3.1 billion that Planned Parenthood in Texas receives from Texas Health and Human Services from that taxpayer funding. But they were informed, “We’re not going to do that.”

Graphic Planned Parenthood Abortion Videos

Hopefully, many people remember and hopefully the atrocity stays in their mind just to keep perspective on Planned Parenthood.  But the videos that came out last year, and there was a whole slew of videos that came out.  One of them showing the selling of baby parts and organs. There even was a U.S. congressional investigation down there was U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee done, and of these committees there was evidence, specifically in Texas, that Planned Parenthood had broken the law when it sold aborted baby remains for profit to the University of Texas.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee had referred several Planned Parenthood affiliates to the FBI to the U.S. Department of Justice. So there was much evidence of their wrongdoing. Well, in the midst of this, Planned Parenthood is the leader of abortions throughout the nation. They do 320,000 abortions in the U.S. on average.  Just last year is what they did. But they receive $550 million dollars in taxpayer funding.

As important is it is for us federally to go, “We’re not going to fund these guys,” there’s also state funding. So it’s great news that Texas is one of the states saying, “We’re not going to fund these guys.  If they’re going to do these abortions and if they’re selling baby parts, we’re not going to support what they’re doing.” So this is good news that in Texas we recognize we’re not going to send our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.

Rick:

You put together all of these victories over the last 2-4 years.  Seems like that’s when it really started the hockey stick curve on a graph. Where it just started exponentially increasing the number of a victories. Imagine if we’d kept the attitude 15-20 years ago, “Unless we get everything we want, we’re not going to participate.”  We would have never won these victories.

Instead, we said, “We’re going to win a little battle here and a little battle there,” and we had all these different attempts and strategies on the pro-life agenda and state legislatures across the country. Now, all of those little victories have added up to a complete change in the culture.

Tim:

It really has changed the culture. It’s sad that we couldn’t strategically have accomplished this years ago. But it’s so encouraging to see where we are now and the direction we’re heading.

Rick:

You can get more good news at our website.  Visit WallBuildersLive.com at the archive section there.  Go back to those former Friday programs. We sure appreciate your listening today to WallBuilders Live!