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Air Date: 06/07/2019
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Faith And The Culture
Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture. This is WallBuilders Live! Where we’re talking about today’s hottest topics on policy, faith, and the culture, always doing that from a Biblical, historical, and Constitutional perspective.
We’re here with David Barton, America’s premier historian and the founder of WallBuilders. Also, Tim Barton, national speaker and President of WallBuilders, and my name is Rick Green, I’m a former Texas state legislator, national speaker, and author.
It’s Good News Friday!
I’m always looking forward to Good News Friday. It’s a chance for us to catch up on a lot of the great things that have happened in the previous few weeks. Sometimes you think there’s nothing good happening, but that’s not true. There’s a lot of great things happening!
David and Tim compile a lot of these news stories that you’re not going to hear about in the major media, and then try to catch us up on Fridays with what we call Good News Fridays.
We’re going to dive into a ton of those in just a moment, but I do want to recommend you visit our websites today. We have two of them, WallBuildersLive.com is our radio site. That’s where you can get a list of our stations across the country. You can also get archives of the last few weeks of programs, including those Good News Fridays. So if today is not enough, we’re going to give you a full program of it, but if you want more good news go to the archives and click on some of those past Friday programs, or some of the Foundations of Freedom Thursday programs, where you ask questions and dive into foundational principles, or those interviews we have Monday through Wednesday, all available right there at WallBuildersLive.com.
The Presidential Primaries
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Let’s get into some good news today. David Barton’s got our first piece of good news. David?
I’m going to start with what’s happening in the presidential primaries right now—actually, primary, Trump really doesn’t have one. But on the Democrat side there are a bunch of people.
By the way, you guys keeping score? I think there were 23 people who have announced. Is it higher or lower than that?
I’ve heard over 20. I certainly couldn’t identify 20, maybe five, or six, or seven.
Exactly. I can’t either. But I it seems like if it’s a senator who you’ve heard of and a governor you haven’t heard of, they’re running.
That’s it. So I think 23 is the last number I’ve heard.
Anyway, with Democrats, when I look at them as a party over the last 20 years, there are several things that stand out to me about them. They’re really into superficial identification of groups.
So they have what we call “Identity politics.”
“We really don’t know what to think about you unless we know what group you’re in. Are you gay, or are you straight? Are you union? Can you work? Are you black or are you white, or are you Hispanic, or whatever.”
So, identity politics. They’re the ones who really pushed for quotas.
“Hey, we want this group to have this kind of standing, and this group doesn’t get as much standing. We want quotas.”
They’re also the ones who have done so much on hate crimes in the sense that you can be a victim of a crime, but if you’re from one group then that’s a higher penalty for that crime to occur against you than it is for someone to have the same behavior occur against them at the not from a selected group.
So all this stuff about identity and about groups, and about external focus. It’s interesting. That’s where the Democrat Congress has been, that’s what the Senate has been, that’s where all these Democrat leaders have been.
The polling that is done by Quinnipiac on the Democrats themselves, as just regular Democrat voters and supporters of Dems, the two things they think are not big issues at all in the races?
What do the Voters Say?
What would we think those two things are that aren’t issues? That voters do not think are issue.
The Democrat voters say these two things should not be issues in any race should not be issues, like this wouldn’t weigh on them in terms of how they choose their candidate?
So we know they’re gonna care about health care. They’re going to care about immigration and abortion about. Maybe global warming and the Green New Deal. Although the Green New Deal has lost some of its flair along the way, but yeah, global warming and climate change seems like it’s still a big deal. Guns are still a big deal. So knowing it’s Good News Friday, let me think strategically. So maybe religious liberty?
What are these guys fixated on it as a party?
Gender and race.
Gender and Race are the two things Democrat voters said they care nothing about. Which is really interesting, because their leaders—
Yeah. They say they don’t care about gender or race. Here’s a number. So some of them do care, but among women, 83%of women voters say gender is not an important factor to them. They don’t care about that, and that’s women saying that!
Then, among black voters, 75%of black voters said race is not an important factor to them at all.
As you get into the Democrat profile, the followers of the Democrats say, “We don’t care about race or gender as a big issue. It’s just not a big deal to us.”
Democrats For Life
So it is a reflection that there are other policies they care more about. And certainly the people that are promoting the policies that they care about—we have some major political, philosophical, constitutional, and biblical differences with a lot of those positions, and most people that we’re talking about on the Democrat side are going to be people who are trying to make a distinction with gender, with race, that’s a big political push for them.
But it is interesting to hear that most of their constituents, most of these Democrat voters, that’s not their top priority, because it certainly seems to be a major deal in culture, although you know we identified there were several other major issues as well. But yeah, it’s interesting to hear some of what their priorities are and are not.
Well, it’s interesting you bring up policy, because in looking at policy like abortion, what we find right now is that with every major Democrat presidential candidate saying they support abortion through nine months—and some of them even after nine months with infanticide—what we find is 60 percent of Democrat voters say they don’t think there should be an abortion after the first trimester.
They think it should be limited to the first trimester.
What’s happened is, as their candidates have become more pro-abortion, there’s actually been a 17 percent increase in the number of Democrats who now call themselves pro-life.
So there we’ve talked before about how there used to be the group, Democrats for Life, and over the last two election cycles they don’t even exist anymore. I think four years ago, nationally, they only raised five thousand dollars for the entire national movement because there’s no Democrats for Life.
A Shift in Ideals
But now, because of where the presidential candidates are on the Democrat side, there’s a growing body of Democrats for Life, and even 60 percent of Democrats who call themselves pro-choice think that their candidates are too extreme and think that there should be no abortions after the first trimester.
Here’s the other interesting thing: the other big growth has been not just among Democrats. The other big growth has been among young people, those under 45. There has been a 40 point shift in those who now are taking a pro-life position because of how extreme the Democrat presidential candidate has been.
So for Democrats and for those under 45, we’re seeing the biggest growth and pro-life support and pro-life positions of anything we’ve seen in recent years.
It’s interesting that, as you have Democrats taken these pro-abortion positions, and quota positions, and race and gender, their followers just aren’t at the same place where these guys are.
I don’t know if that means in November. We’ll see, as the campaign goes forward, whether these are issues or not. It could be bay the time you get to the chief Democrat nominee taking on Trump, that there’s not going to be issues that they’re going to talk about.
But right now, they’re big issues for voters, which is good news that people are starting to care about these things that they certainly are extreme positions democrat parties taken in recent years.
A Note from a Listener
Well, speaking of that life issues, before we go to break, I just want to read a quick comment from one of our listeners who said—this is from Kim with comments on the Unplanned movie.
“Thank you for your amazing work and programming. I’m with you standing in prayer to stop abortion. I love the Unplanned movie.”
We had the star of that, Ashley Bratcher, was on WallBUilders Live a few weeks ago.
Kim says, “Years ago, as a young, newly married woman in college who was faced with and advised by a group of physicians to abort my first pregnancy to save my life, thanks be to God that I’ve been raised as a Christian and had the strength, the mustard seed of faith, to oppose this unconscionable option. It was a terrifying time in my life, but I found that the peace of God that passes all understanding filled my heart and mind. I was able to endure the pain and suffering, and I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl, and I have had three more children since that time. Each pregnancy was incredibly difficult, but the eternal blessings of these four lives are priceless.
Thank you again for your work.”
Kim, thank you for your email. Thanks so much for sending that good news to share with our listeners today as well. We’ve got more good news for you when we return. Stay with us. You’re listening to of WallBuilders Live.
Moment From American History
This is Tim Barton from WallBuilders with another moment from American history. Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson originally worked closely together but later became ardent opponents.
This troubled Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the declaration, who knew both of them very well. In the Bible, second Corinthians 5:18 tells us that God has given each of us the ministry of reconciliation. Dr Rush believed this and set out to bring the two back together.
It took a while, but Adams and Jefferson once again became close friends. Looking back on his role in helping bring about this reconciliation Dr. Rush stated, “It will give me pleasure as long as I live to reflect that. I have been in any degree instrumental in effecting this reunion of two souls destined to be dear to each other and motivated with the same dispositions to serve their country, though in different ways.”
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Oklahoma Cracks Down on Abortions
We’re back with WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us on this Good News Friday. Tim Barton’s got the next piece of good news.
Alright guys, this is coming out of Oklahoma. Just a week or two ago—I was saying the Congress Session is ending because Texas recession ended very recently, and I guess my assumption is that everybody else’s should be ending as well. I actually don’t know when the Oklahoma session ends, but I do know that they passed through their house and their Senate a piece of pro-life legislation that actually would direct 2 million dollars to pro-life pregnancy resource centers that help provide for vulnerable women in their pregnancies and when their babies are born, and then the redirecting that instead of to facilities that promote and provide abortion.
It’s a redirection of funds.
And this is something that–Oklahoma has been one of many states that, even this year, they are continuing to pass pro life legislation. We talked in an earlier program this year about how they had done at their SB-614, which was a bill that made it so abortion providers are required to give the these females, these moms, the information that, if they’re doing a chemical abortion, it’s actually two pills over a period of time.
If they take the first pill and realize, “Gosh, I really don’t want to. I don’t want to go through this abortion.”
There’s a pill they can take to reverse the effects of the first pill and still to save that pregnancy. They’re requiring abortion providers to make that information known. There was another one where that they’re requiring this—to me this one should have been one of the biggest obvious things in all 50 states, and yet we’re having to pass legislation because this is not happening—but what their legislation was was HB 2591. They were not going to grant Medicaid funds to any health care provider—abortion facility—that failed to report statutory rape as required by mandatory child abuse reporting law. So if a man came in with a 16 year old and says hey she wants to get an abortion, that’s something they’re supposed to flag and go, “Wait a second. This 16 year old with a grown adult man, that’s statutory rape. This is not a good scenario.”
There were abortion providers who were providing abortion and weren’t reporting what was happening until they passed this law saying, “Look, you can’t get away with this. You do that, you’re gonna lose your funding.”
Another one: they passed legislation that’s essentially against physician assisted suicide. “We’re not going to allow that to slide without being reported. You have to document the cause of death, and physician assisted suicide is not a permissible cause of death on a certificate. You have to legally follow procedures. We don’t do physician assisted suicide in Oklahoma.”
Nonetheless, they’re doing things that are promoting the valuing of life and human dignity, and as much as we hear debates today, the confusion surrounding, “Well no, this is women’s rights.”
Preserving Human Dignity
No. It’s the right to life. It really is about respecting human dignity and respecting the fact that that is a life that is in the mother’s womb and in one case even where Oklahoma says, “Nope. Even physician assisted suicide. We respect the dignity of human life, and we’re not going to end that life prior to when it’s supposed to be ended.” All of this is just good news coming out of Oklahoma. We are continuing to see more pro-life legislation being passed, which is a reflection of the people they have serving in their house and senate. This is something we’re seeing in many states around the U.S. which also reflects the fact that you had pro-life people, generally your Christians, your conservatives who have been involved in the electing process, to get the right kind of people to office to defend and protect those values. But this is out of Oklahoma, and it is good news coming out of Oklahoma.
You read my mind about how we got the results we’re getting in the legislatures because the people of Oklahoma paid attention and elected some good Reps and Senators, and sent them there. So, people that are listening in other states that want to see those same kind of results, you can get those results if you engage in the process and then do your duty as a citizen.
Alright folks. Quick break. We’ll be back with more good news. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
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Wisconsin Elects a Conservative Judge!
We’re back on WallBuilders Live! More good news coming at you, and David Barton has got the next piece of good news. David?
Well, we’ve gone from Oklahoma politics, now we’re going to Wisconsin politics. Just a few weeks ago they had a Supreme Court race in Wisconsin, and it was actually a pretty big philosophical difference between the candidates.
One candidate that was running for the Supreme Court had been attacked openly because, and you can imagine how bad this is, he actually founded a private Christian school that actually believes in Christian moral values, including on marriage and sex. So, in Wisconsin, you can imagine what that does to put a guy like that on the Supreme Court. He was clearly attacked. He was outspent by a margin of 14 to one right up until the election.
Lo and behold, he wins the election! He was down in the polls a long way, and then right at the last minute there are some groups that put in some money in this race. Still, he’s vastly outspent, but they came in and defended him.
Here’s what really kind of turned the race according to the polling.
They said, “They’re trying to smear him just like they did Judge Kavanaugh. And when they brought up Judge Kavanaugh, people said, “Well, that’s not right.” Suddenly his numbers start jumping off.”
I don’t think Democrats ever thought that they were going to give a tool to help elect conservatives by the way they treated Judge Kavanaugh, but that really made a difference in this race.
Long Term Effects
Now you have a conservative Christian sitting on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. And I love the way that this article concludes with what the results are. This is the long term effects of getting this guy elected.
It said, “Had conservatives lost this race, they likely would have stood up Liberals to win a majority on the court next year when the next state supreme court election coincides with the presidential primary where Democrat turnout will be high. They’ve now likely secured a conservative majority for several more years, and sent a message about the perils of attacking a candidate as a bigot for believing a private Christian school should uphold traditional Christian teachings about sex and marriage.”
That is such a great statement, because had this court position gone to the more liberal Republican, and then you lose the other seats next year to liberal Democrats, you would have a liberal majority but by getting this guy elected on the court you now have a conservative what will be a conservative majority for several years to come. That’s really good stuff.
I love the point that, OK, you attacked him for being a Christian, and for being a bigot, and for upholding traditional Christian values, and you did it in Wisconsin where you might think that that might work, but when they pointed out this is what they did to Kavanaugh then suddenly it’s not a bad deal to be a Christian anymore and a whole traditional biblical value so a good win coming out of Wisconsin and a win that may have an effect for years to come.
Good News from Arkansas
And by the way, in addition to that when with the race in Wisconsin, I’ll just point out that, in Arkansas, they now have expanded the laws there—we’ve talked to represent Jim Dotson others—that in Arkansas you now have to post In God We Trust in the schools. This law is passed.
Well, they’ve now amended that law to include Arkansas universities. So in Arkansas universities they will now also have that on the university level, In God We Trust, and that must make a lot of professors there really angry, with the secular disposition that is so prevalent so many universities. But good news out of Arkansas as well as out of Wisconsin, and as Tim pointed out, out of Oklahoma. So a lot of good news coming out of several states across the nation.
Quick break and we’ll be back with our final segment good news when we return with WallBuilders Live.
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The Strongest Pro Life Bill
Welcome Back to WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us. We’ve got one more segment of good news, and it won’t be enough.
You’re going to want more good news, so go to WallBuildersLive.com today and click on the archives section, and go back to some of those previous Friday programs. But give us some more good news before we sign off today, Tim.
Alright guys, this one’s out of Missouri—and and by the way, for everybody paying attention, Missouri is one of the many states who recently were hit with tornadoes and storms. We definitely want to keep those states in our prayers. Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio, the many places that have had a lot of these going on. So definitely remember them in your prayers.
But this is a piece of good news just a couple weeks ago coming out of Ohio, that the governor, Mike Parsons, signs a bill banning abortion on babies with heartbeats. The bill went through the House, went through the Senate, came to his desk, and here’s what the law does.
It’s the strongest pro-life bill in Missouri history.
They have a whole bullet point of what this does. I was going to read off with it what they say it will do. It will ban abortion at detection of a heartbeat at eight weeks. Now, they also put a provision in.
They said, “That might be overturned. So if the 8 week ban gets overturned, it will automatically default to a 14 week ban, and if the 14 week ban gets overturned by some crazy judge, it will automatically default to a ban on abortion at 18 weeks. They also require a second custodial parent notification anytime there’s an abortion. So it can’t just be the mom going in to get an abortion, you have to have both parental units that are notified.
It requires Missouri informed consent requirements for out-of-state abortion referrals, so the out-of-state issue is now also being addressed, increased required malpractice insurance to 3 million dollars, so doctors are going to—and I’m saying doctors I almost feel like this is a loose Doctor tongue in cheek. When you’re an abortion doctor, that’s not really a doctor. You are a doctor of death.
That’s kind of contrary to the very notion of what a doctor is supposed to do. Nonetheless, it requires all of them to have three million dollar insurance policy, an increase to 70 percent of the donation tax credits of donations to go to pregnancy resource centers, and lift the limits on the amount of the donation.
So, helping the pro-life facilities there. It bans abortion when Roe vs. Wade is overturned. They sense that is coming, and it bans abortion for race, gender, and down’s syndrome diagnosis. So this is all part of the same bill that the governor just signed into law, released strategic value because they have anticipated some of the opposition that may come.
They said, “OK, so this provision, and then this provision, then this provision.”
Pray for Missouri
Any other state this is like 8 or 10 bills. You would have a Down syndrome bill, you would have a bill banning abortion, you would have an eight week bill, a 14 week bill. There are so many provisions in one thing—the parental notification, the spousal notification, the interstate aspect of it—that is so many individual pro-life bills we’ve seen passed in other states, but they’ve just put a whole slew of them together.
They did. And just very, very impressive. So kudos to those in Missouri. If you live in Missouri, you should be very proud of this moment, and for everybody else, let’s remember to make sure we’re praying for those people in the United States are being affected by some of these tornadoes and storms that have been going on, Missouri being one of those.
Well, it’s all the time we have for our good news today here on Good News Friday on WallBuilders Live. Thank you so much for joining us today and getting a chance to get a little bit of a pick me up. When you find out that there’s always good things happening out there, then you know there’s hope in the system actually working if we work the system, if we use the tools that God’s given us in our great free nation to be able to participate as citizens.
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