Freedom of Speech, 73% Of Americans Say It’s Worth Dying For: Good News Friday today on WallBuilders Live!  Tune in or read now to hear about just some of the good things that have been happening in our country recently. In this episode, we discuss things such as, 73% of Americans say that freedom of speech is worth dying for, people helping people when it really counts, pro-life good news, and SO much more! Tune in or read now to get updated on this weeks good news! 

Air Date: 09/15/2017


Guests: David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Faith And The Culture

Rick:

You found your way to the intersection of faith and the culture, welcome to WallBuilders Live! Where we”€™re talking about today”€™s hottest topics on policy, faith, and the culture, all of it from a Biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective.

We’re here with David Barton, America’s premier historian and our founder here at WallBuilders. Also, Tim Barton, national speaker, pastor, and president of WallBuilders. And my name is Rick Green, I’m a former Texas state rep, national speaker, and author.

Find out more about us, and the program, and our ministry right there at WallBuilders.com, that’s our main website. Lots of great information available there. And then also our radio website is WallBuildersLive. That’s where you can get archives of our program over the last few months, you can actually get all kinds of news, and specials, and all kinds of great things. Check out both those websites, WallBuilders.com and WallBuildersLive.com.

Today is Friday, so it’s Good News Friday. This is where David and Tim have compiled all kinds of news stories from across the country and around the world. Good news that we want to share with you, our audience.

If you want more of that you can get it at our website today, as much as you’re going to enjoy today and all this good news you’re going to want even more. So go to the website and you can check out some of those past Friday programs. David, Tim, I’m looking forward to some good news today. David, I think you’re up first.

The Disasters Hurricane Harvey Created

David:

I’m going to start with the hurricane in Texas.

Rick:

David’s good news is that a hurricane hit Texas. I like your optimism.

David:

My good news has to deal with the disaster that happened in Texas and what went on around that disaster. Obviously, disaster wiped out lots of stuff. We’ve seen also, not only with Harvey but with Irma, what’s happened to the Caribbean, Florida, etc. But it’s really good news to see how people responded to what happened in Houston, because Houston has had a number of them.

I run a national charity for a guy and just in the first few days raised over $2 million. We respond to disasters all over the United States and have great partners on the ground and work with faith groups everywhere.

So, we delivered a plane load of goods down into Houston, the Galveston airport had just opened and had been shut off. They’ve been isolated and cut off. We’re one of the first planes in.

So here’s two big church groups unloading that plane, and putting everything in the back, and community services. So we went in and saw a lot of disaster areas. I’ll tell you, it was absolutely surreal, unbelievable, to be driving down streets in very residential neighborhoods.

Just house, after house, after house, these mega neighborhoods where you’re talking about tens of thousands of houses, in front of every house on every street there was like a six-foot high pile of trash that was probably 20 feet by 20 feet. And that’s where they went and ripped out all the sheetrock, and all the insulation, every bit of the furniture was wet three- four feet deep so they got it all out.

We were hearing stories, one nursing home the water rose so fast that there were 47 people, I think, in wheelchairs, six were bedridden, they couldn’t get in to get them out. There were actually pictures of one woman sitting in her wheelchair and water up to her neck and she was standing there just knitting because she couldn’t go anywhere or do anything and then they couldn’t get to her.  So you see all the stuff that happened, you see everything they owned out on the curb waiting for the crews to come by and pick it up, trash it all, and hauled it off.

People Helping People When It Really Counts

We were helping with the crews, helping muck out houses, and take the sheet rock down, and get all the rot out of there. What was so cool was everywhere you turned people were helping people.

One of the streets we were working on, there was a guy, he was the first house who didn’t get flooded. But there were hundreds on the street who did, so what did he do? All of a sudden we couldn’t even park on the streets because everybody from all over Houston that didn’t get flooded was coming in and parking on the streets to go and help people clear out their house, muck out the house, and take off the sheet rock, and etc.

So this guy that didn’t get flooded right on the edge, he just gets some of his neighbors and they set up this big grill in his front yard and they start cooking hot dogs by the hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds, and they started delivering them to all the volunteers and getting them food throughout the day.

There was an older woman on a golf cart just going up and down every road looking for the volunteers and just handing out water. Then going back and get another case of water refrigerated.

As we were mucking out one of these houses seven junior high kids just walked in and said, “€œOk what do we do?”€ And they just started in. And the football team from the local school- It was just fascinating.

Everybody said, “€œIn all the previous hurricanes with Carla, and with what happened with Ike, etc, nobody showed up to help. And this time they’re showing help from everywhere.”€

We went to another house where a Navy vet, bless his heart, poor guy, his house was just wiped out. And guess what? Here came veterans from all over the nation going through Houston looking for vets, so vets can help vets.

We just helped fund 15,00 vets coming in 11 different groups to take all the vets they can find in Houston and muck out their houses and get them rebuilt. It’s just fascinating to see.

So, with all the devastation there, I’ve never seen so much caring, and so much giving, and you know what? Suddenly the news wasn’t polarized anymore. It really didn’t care what Trump had done, it didn’t care what Pelosi had done, or what Durbin had done, it was all about, “€œHey, we’re a nation.”€

As much devastation as was there, it was really good to see that nobody said, “€œAre you a progressive? Are you a conservative? Are you black or white?”€ Just everybody, suddenly side by side, doing stuff that was really healthy.

The other thing that was really good with it was that it was really unsolicited. What did the governor of Texas Greg Abbott do? He calls for a day of prayer, “€œLet’s get prayer going on this stuff.”€ And lo and behold Trump calls for a National Day of Prayer for the disaster victims.

I’ll look back to the previous eight years, the only prayer proclamations that I can recall that Barack Obama issued is when they were required by federal laws, so the National Day of Prayer.

Here you have President Trump saying, “€œLet us get people praying about what’s going on there in Texas, what’s going on with disasters, and with the hurricanes.”€ That’s such a different tone.

Just to see the goodness of people come back out was really, really refreshing in the midst of all the devastation. I will tell you, all the people that we were with, all the people that lost everything they owned and 70 percent of those people were uninsured, I did not hear from any of them one word of complaint or one word of bitterness.

“€œWe’re going to be ok.”€

We were helping muck out a house for a lady who’s a nurse, her house was devastated, she said, “€œYeah, I’m really concerned about the older couple across the street because they’re older and it’s hard for them. Let’s go help them.”€

And it was like, “€œWow. Even in the middle of losing everything you’ve got, you’re still thinking about other people.”€ That was really, really, really good news about the heart instincts of America, despite all the polarization that’s there with the media and with activist, down in Heartland America it”€™s still really healthy.

God”€™s Providence In The Midst Of The Storm

Rick:

Yeah, it was amazing to see. Again, it was almost like it didn’t matter, red, white, yellow, black, or brown, it didn’t matter your religion, where you were from in the state or the country, everybody was just glad to have help.

You mentioned the prayer part, one of the houses we mucked, this lady, it was perfect, her name was Hope. And the pastor that was kind of leading our team to go into these houses, after we were done with her house we gathered everybody around, gathered her, and we all joined in prayer for her, and for the days that are to come.

It was just such a sense of God being there in the middle of this storm, in the middle of this leftover mess that’s there. It’s like you were describing, every house, just piles and piles of stuff that’s been pulled out of those houses, it”€™s those people’s lives.

One of the houses we went through, it”€™s like you’re carrying all this stuff out to throw, when you’re going through all these little knickknacks and different things, this is their life. This has been their entire life and it’s so painful for them.

Same thing David, we were in different parts. We weren’t with you guys and I didn’t hear a single person complain either and that amazed me. Just the optimism and the attitude of the people that are going through this. That whole Texas strong thing you’re seeing on Facebook, it”€™s true.

Tim:

You say that about prayer, when we got done mucking out one of the houses, there were probably 20 or 25 of us there, the seven junior high kids that walked in, and several people we didn’t know that weren”€™t part of our group, as soon as it was done everybody got out in the curbs and said, “€œLet’s pray.”€

Nobody asked, “€œIt ok if we pray?”€ nobody asked that. It’s like, “€œlet’s pray.”€ And the lady whose house we were mucking out, she was out there with us, and it’s like you don’t need permission to pray and help people. And I thought that was just a great instinct on those that were helping and those that were being helped was, “€œYeah, let’s just get together and pray.”€ It was, “€œWow, what a remarkable time.”€

David:

And what a great opportunity to show the love of Christ. You don’t want to use words here. This is using actions to just show the love of Christ and so many, so many are doing that right now.

David:

The other thing that was really interesting was even American Airlines, they heard, “€œHey, you guys are bringing vets in to help muck out all these houses.”€ So American offers their planes, they’re letting vets fly their planes and they’re bringing these folks in and they’re only charging us for the gasoline to get there.

So here’s American throwing their charity in there as well. You go, “€œWow, this is really amazing stuff the way that people are pulling together.”€ And I don’t recall having seen that kind of pull together with disasters in the last several years. But there’s something really good and refreshing here.

Rick:

There’s something about that, like you’re saying the prayer, I so enjoyed watching Pastor Jeffress pray with President Trump right there in the Oval Office along with those other pastors, the video went viral, just incredible.

We”€™ve got to take a quick break we’ll be right back. David, as we go to break, would you give out the name of that ministry, if folks want to donate, and help? Not everybody can fly in and be a part of actually going in and cleaning a house but they can donate and help.

David:

It’s https://www.mercuryone.org/hurricanerelief/. The good thing I tell everybody, 100% of this goes to the disaster stuff we don’t keep anything for overhead. We do fundraisers other times in the year to get staff paid for. Everything that comes in goes out the door. It’s a 100 percent turnaround right to the victims.

Rick:

MercuryOne.org. We’ll be right back, stay with us, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live!

Moment From American History

This is Tim Barton from WallBuilders with another moment from American history. After the final victory at Yorktown, the Continental Army awaited the outcome of peace negotiations with Great Britain.

Pastor Israel Evans, a chaplain in the army, proposed to George Washington that they build a structure where church services can be held during the months of waiting. Washington approved the plan and urges officers to ensure that the soldiers attend that service.

Pastor Evans further knew if we were to secure the liberties they had fought for, sound education would be crucial.

He declared, “€œEvery parent and every friend to the freedom of his country ought to be attentive to the improvement of our youth and the principles of freedom and good government. And then the people will stand fast in their liberty for a long time.”€ Our schools today need to return to teaching the principles of freedom and good government in order for America to survive and prosper. For more information about Pastor Israel Evans and other colonial Patriots go to WallBuilders.com

Abortion Restriction Bill Passed In Tennessee

Rick:

Welcome back, thanks for staying with us here on WallBuilders Live on this Good News Friday. We started off our first segment talking about some of the amazing responses of folks all over the damaged areas from the hurricanes. Man, it’s just incredible to see people coming together and we just thank the Lord for what’s happening there. Let’s get some more good news. Tim Barton is up next, where are we headed to Tim?

Tim:

This one is in Tennessee. This is something that happened from the governor earlier this year, actually, that piece of legislation he signed. It was SB 1180/HB 1189. It is an act he signed to help save unborn children, specifically something related to abortion in the abortion industry.

One of these we talked about for years is how we are seeing the pro-life movement going in the positive direction. How we are seeing so many abortion clinics that have been closed down. Just lots of positive traction. Here is yet another indicator.

So, it’s the Tennessee Infants Protection Act and it protects viable, late term, unborn babies from being aborted. It would prohibit abortions at 24 weeks.  But it requires it at 20 weeks that all doctors, physicians, however, are the ones actually performing the abortion, have to go in and test and see is if the baby is viable. And if the baby is unviable then is it legal for them to do an abortion after 20 weeks.

If a doctor does an abortion on a viable baby after 20 weeks they actually face a felony charge for violating that law. Now, in the midst of this, one of the things we’ve talked about is sometimes we look at these new laws and go, “€œOh, wait a second. You mean they still let them have abortions at this point and they’re still giving doctors discretion to do these abortions?”€

Certainly, we can look at this law and go, “€œThis has not accomplished everything we want to accomplish.”€ But the fact is, we are continually taking pieces off the abortion table industry and giving them less and less to work with. Which means we are going the right direction.

So this is a really positive direction. One of the things in the midst of this Tennessee Infant Protection Act, not only does it prohibit the purposely performing post viability abortions, as the term that the governor actually talked about in his press conference, but it would prevent a child who is viable from being aborted.

Also, the only allowance that this gave is if the child is not viable, or if there were serious threats to the mother. Which, now, is significant. Because again, you significantly reduce the amount of babies that will be aborted under this law.

Even though it’s certainly not as far as we wanted it to go, it’s really good news that we are taking positive steps in the right direction. This is just another indication that we are going the right direction.

Nevada Is Putting A Stop To Planned Parenthood”€™s Sex-Ed

David:

I’ve got something goes with that, Rick. It goes with the notion of we are taking positive steps and shutting down abortion, but how do we get to the point where you don’t even want an abortion, or don’t need an abortion, or don’t think you need an abortion? Nobody needs an abortion, but not to the point where you think you don’t need an abortion.

A lot of that deals with the education side. Which draws us back into sex education. It’s significant that Planned Parenthood not only does abortions, but these guys are also big in sex education.

Their sex education really has three primary focuses. What they do is they go into schools and teach comprehensive sex-ed which means, “€œWe’re going teach you all about sex, how great it is, all the different ways you can do sex, all of the different things you can do, experiment all you can and all you want.”€

What happens is, the more you have comprehensive sex-ed, the more you promote sex, the more kids become sexually active, and then the more they have unplanned pregnancies, and then the more abortions go up. So for Planned Parenthood to be able to have abortions coming through the door they need to keep a pipeline going. One of the ways they do that is comprehensive sex-ed.

So, that whole notion of, “€œWe want to stop abortions.”€ Well, let’s also think some on the sex-ed side because we’ve got dozens of studies that show that when you teach abstinence as sex-ed then teen pregnancy rates go down, unintended pregnancies go down, and everything is going the right direction. Really, Planned Parenthood is creating the demand for abortions by their sex-ed.

Out in Reno, Nevada, there is a school district there where parents found out that the sex-ed curriculum being used in Reno schools was from Planned Parenthood and they didn’t want that.

In Reno, Nevada, the parents rose up and went after the administration and got them to put back an abstinence education. Nevada is not where you would think that would happen.

You’ve got not only what Tim has given on good news, but on the other hand, you”€™ve got even parents in a state like Nevada and Reno going in the direction of saying, “€œHey, let’s stop this on the front end. Let’s get abstinence education going. We don’t want Planned Parenthood sex education in our schools.”€ Which is really good news on the pro-life side is well.

Rick:

Good news! David, your comment about how they essentially set it up to have a customer for an abortion. Some people may not believe that but our mutual friend Carol Everett who was an abortion provider, she used to talk about how they would actually give them a dose of birth control, they would issue the birth control knowing that it wasn’t enough to keep them from getting pregnant, and they figured that as long as they had that girl as a client she was good for four or five abortions. That’s the level of depravity here that we’re dealing with these abortion clinics.

David:

She talked about their economic projections were based on the fact that you plan on three to five abortions from each of these. They made their economic projections based on, “€œWe’re going to have multiple abortions from these because of the failed birth control, sex addicts, etc.”€

You’re right, Carol Everett was operating these clinics, she is now on the pro-life side talking about their economic models and what they did. You’re exactly right, Rick.

Rick:

They definitely set you up that way. We”€™ve got to take a quick break, we’ll come back to get some more good news. Stay with us, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

Avalon Project

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, “€œI 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 WallBuilders 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.

Oklahoma Passes Measure To Stop The Murder Of Unborn Children By Abortion

Rick:

We’re back on WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying on this Good News Friday. The next up I believe is Tim. What’s our next piece of good news, sir?

Tim:

This was from Oklahoma. Also dealing with the life issue, again. Oklahoma lawmakers earlier this year passed a resolution calling on state officials to recognize the act of aborting an unborn baby as murder.

It’s a resolution, so it doesn”€™t carry the weight of law. But it’s something that they passed by voice vote. From what this article indicates, it was a pretty significant majority, which is not a surprise. Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, you have a lot of very conservative legislators in those state houses.

But Oklahoma does this resolution, identifying abortion as murder and calls on all state officials to come out against this act of murder, against unborn children. So just very, very, strong language that is very clear from the Oklahoma State Legislature where their position is.

Again, it doesn’t carry the weight of law. But they did go into detail on the House floor about looking at Roe versus Wade, and how they think the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong because it didn’t recognize the inalienable rights of the right to life and to exist, that the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t recognize these unborn babies rights, etc. A lot of good details they got into. Nonetheless, some positive news from Oklahoma. Again, recognizing the right to life.

Rick:

How many times was it, guys, at our legislators conference, that Oklahoma had the most legislators from around the country that would come into the WallBuilders Pro-family Legislators Conference.

They”€™ve got a lot of good reps and senators up there.

David:

Oh, yeah. They used to have fights whether it was going to be Oklahoma, or Arkansas, Colorado. Those three states-

Rick:

They even beat Texas sometimes.

David:

They would, they would really compete to get a huge number of legislators down to these conferences. Bless their heart, they go back home and they do stuff with it- I guess we could say North Texas, they probably say southern Oklahoma. But anyway, that state called Oklahoma is just north of us and they are doing a wonderful job with pro-life stuff.

Rick:

Stay with us folks, will be right back with more good news. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.

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The Percentage Of Americans That Believe We Have Free Speech

Rick:

It’s Good News Friday here on WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us. The bad news is we’re down to our last segment of good news, but the good news is you can go to WallBuildersLive.com right now and there are tons of archived programs of these Friday programs with lots of good news. Let’s see how much more we can get in in our last segment. David, what’s the next piece of good news?

David:

We’re going to go to a national poll. We’ve seen what’s going on across the country where that people don’t like certain types of speech, whether it be statutes, Confederate statues, or whether they like what’s going on at rallies, or whatever it is. There are all these groups out there.

Matter of fact, I’m looking at a sign that was at one of the college rallies that said, “€œWe condemn freedom of speech that hurts other people’s feelings.”€

Tim:

That my feelings.

David:

Exactly. We’re so PC right now, we’re so whacked out on free speech. Now polling is being done on, “€œWhere are we on free speech?”€ If I ask you what percentage of Americans do you guys think right now believes that we have true freedom of speech today?

Tim:

That thinks we have it. Not that they want it, but that we have it.

David:

Yes.

Tim:

I don’t know, I would think still the majority. I would think people that are politically attuned to what’s happening in universities and in various places know that certainly, it”€™s under attack by a lot of the Communist, Fascist, Socialist, ideas, maybe 60%?

David:

Rick?

Rick:

I would think most people would say, “€œWell, it”€™s not true free speech because it’s being limited in so many ways.”€ So, I’d say maybe even less than 50?

David:

Twenty-eight percent of Americans believe they have true freedom of speech today. They think that the country is too politically correct, that you can’t speak what you want to say, you can’t say what you think.

Tim:

They are correct.

How Important Free Speech Is To Americans

David:

So, you start with that and say, “€œOk, so how important is free speech to you?”€ When you ask them how important it is, an amazing 85 percent of Americans say that it’s more important to have free speech than it is to keep people from being offended.

Only 8 percent of Americans think that you should limit free speech if it offends someone. Eighty-five percent of Americans think, “€œWho cares if you get offended, the right to free speech is more important.”€ Those 85 percent sure aren”€™t on college campuses or working for the media, or in politics, I don’t think. What amazing numbers.

Rick:

No kidding! That”€™s gonna make you think, “€œIf eighty-five percent are saying that, the same thing we would say here on this program, who are making these decisions to create this environment of safe space, and trigger words, and snowflakes, and all this?”€

David:

That’s the amazing thing. The echo chamber is out there and all the loud mouths, the media, and in the politics, and elsewhere. I mean, they’re getting their opinions out, but they’re not giving to the other side.

Tim:

Well, speaking of loud mouths, this is where I want to know, where’s the 85 percent when they’re loud mouths? They should be speaking up going, “€œNo, no, no, we’re not going that direction.”€ We”€™ve got to be more vocal.

Freedom Of Speech, Americans Say It”€™s Worth Dying For

David:

If we ever figured out we were eighty-five percent we probably would. But we see what happens to kids on campuses, or speakers who go in conservative, and they say, “€œWell, I don”€™t want that to happen to me.”€

Rick:

So they cower down.

David:

That’s right. Here’s the final part of the poll. When asked, “€œWhat do you think about this statement?”€ This is by Voltaire made a couple of centuries ago he said, “€œI disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.”€How many Americans were willing to say that they were willing to die to protect the right of free speech, what percentage?

Tim:

I think that philosophy specifically, the majority would be in favor of that philosophy. Maybe 70-80 percent.

David:

Seventy-three percent say that freedom of speech is worth dying for. Those are huge numbers. Come on guys, let’s exercise that freedom of speech and drive that 15 percent back up. This is crazy.

Rick:

That’s right. If you’re willing to die for it you ought to be willing to exercise it and live it out while we have it. No doubt about it. Thanks for the good news guys! So much more that we want to share with you folks but we’re out of time for today so make sure you catch Good News Friday next week as well. You’ve been listening to WallBuilders Live.