Leftism:Dennis Prager concludes his presentation at the Pro-Family Legislators Conference and explains how that Leftism is the most influential religion of the past 100 years. Leftism has influenced Christianity and Judaism more than Christianity and Judaism has influenced anything over the past 100 years.
Air Date: 12/30/2016
Guests: Dennis Prager, Radio Talk Show Host
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Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture.
This is WallBuilders Live! Where we’re discussing today’s hottest topics on policy, faith, and culture all from a Biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective. When you get it from those three angles put together and you’re going to get the right answer to any issue.
Our hosts are normally David Barton, America’s premier historian, Tim Barton, national speaker and pastor, and my name is Rick Green, former Texas state representative. But today we’re actually going to do something a little different. We’ve been doing it all week or almost all week, the last three days and now today for the conclusion.
We’re doing a four part series with Dennis Prager. And so for the last three days we’ve been sharing with you a presentation that he did at the Legislators Conference just a few weeks back. So today is actually the conclusion. So if you missed any of those programs earlier in the week, they are available right now on our website at WallBuildersLive.com. Click on that archive section there and you can listen to the first three programs and then listen to today’s conclusion.
After today I would recommend you take all four links and send them out to your friends and family so that they can listen as well. Very powerful, inspiring message from Dennis Prager. Let’s pick up right where we left off yesterday with Dennis Prager at the WallBuilders Pro-family Legislators Conference.
Don’t Give In To Left Wing Hysteria
Don’t ever give into left wing hysteria whether it is global warming or some foolish statement by somebody. That’s how they win, through fomenting hysteria. It is a major tactic. By the way, the bad part is they often believe it themselves.
I have a list of 11 hysterias in my book. I don’t know how many of you remember the numbers given of homeless in America in the Ronald Reagan era? Finally, the guy who led the campaign on homeless was asked on ABC News, “Where did you get that figure?” And he said, “I made it up.” He later committed suicide.
Truth Is Not a Left Wing Value
It is an amazing story about the lies told about the homeless in America. The utterly false figures given by the Left with regard to girls dying of anorexia. The big falsehood about heterosexual AIDS in America. There is heterosexual AIDS in Africa but in America it was very rare. The rarest group by the way were lesbians. They almost never got AIDS. So it’s not anti-gay to say it is overwhelmingly gay men and intravenous drug users and their partners. But Time and Newsweek had covers of a heterosexual white woman with AIDS saying, “AIDS doesn’t discriminate.”
AIDS Does Discriminate
That’s not true. AIDS does discriminate. Certain behaviors produce AIDS. And it’s more likely to have that behavior among intravenous drug users and their partners and among gay men. That’s the issue. That’s truth. Truth is not a left wing value. Just always remember that. And it should be ours, whatever the results.
Would I have a history of jazz and say, “You’ve got to make sure to have white composers in there, white musicians,”? Jazz was overwhelmingly in its origins Black. So that’s the way it is. A history of the NBA, you must make sure to have Japanese players in there. But there aren’t many Japanese players in the NBA. Or Jewish hockey players, “You know there are not enough Jews in that history of hockey.”
You have to mock them. They mock us. It needs to be mocked. “You have to put the contributions of gays and then do- “Should we put the contribution of Jews to hockey? “ Jews are very under-represented. If you write truth everyone, benefits.
All right. Please. (addressing the crowd to ask questions)
Man from crowd:
You and I have spoken on the issue of religious freedom. After Georgia’s governor vetoed the religious freedom bill this last year, help me make the case to my friends right of center- how do we speak to our friends who are right of center who don’t see the relentless advance of the Left? How do we open their eyes to see that?
Relentless Advance Of The Left
The relentless advance of the Left needs to be religious liberty specifically, or anything? Well, anything, I have addressed somewhat. First of all, it must be made clear that our issue with a photographer being forced to photograph a same sex wedding is one of opposition to the event, not to the people. We do not support a photographer who will only photograph heterosexuals. That we do not support. We will photograph anyone who comes into our studio with honor and dignity and respect.
It’s The Event, Not People
But when you ask us to participate in an event that we have religious grounds to object to that is entirely different. A black photographer, and God forbid I’m not comparing a same sex wedding to a Ku Klux Klan rally. I’m only comparing a doctrine that is the basis of a person not participating in something.
If you would ask –or this is even better. I was going to ask if a black photographer- please come and photograph our Ku Klux Klan rally and everybody would acknowledge he has the right to say, “No.” But maybe that’s too dramatic.
How is this? An Orthodox Jew is asked to photograph, to participate in a Christian wedding in a church and and whatever else would be involved. I would have no problem, as I’m a religious Jew not an Orthodox Jew. But in any event, I would have no problem, but he would. And you’re going to force him to do that?
War On Christianity
There might be an evangelical photographer who would rather not participate in a Mormon wedding for ideological religious grounds. That’s the way America is founded, it’s ok. Now if you don’t photograph Mormons there’s something wrong with you. But if you don’t want to participate in an event, that’s the issue. Explain it’s event, not people. There are powerful arguments and there is a war on Christianity in the United States. It is not made up.
Bring A Speaker To Your Area
Hey, this is Tim Barton with WallBuilders. And as you’ve had the opportunity to listen to WallBuilders Live, you’ve probably heard a wealth of information about our nation, about our spiritual heritage, about the religious liberties, and about all the things that makes America exceptional. And you might thinking, “As incredible as this information is, I wish there was a way that I could get one of the WallBuilders guys to come to my area and share with my group.”
Whether it be a church, whether it be a Christian school, or public school, or some political event, or activity, if you’re interested in having a WallBuilders speaker come to your area, you can get on our website at www.WallBuilders.com and there’s a tab for scheduling. If you’ll click on that tab, you’ll notice there’s a list of information from speakers bio’s, to events that are already going on. And there’s a section where you can request an event, to bring this information about who we are, where we came from, our religious liberties, and freedoms. Go to the WallBuilders website and bring a speaker to your area.
Christmas Is A National Holiday
Whenever anyone wishes me, “Happy Holidays.” You know what I say? “Which ones do you have in mind?” I make sure to say, “Merry Christmas!” Every human who says to me, “Happy Holidays,” I answer, “Merry Christmas.”
And it’s not even my religious holiday. But you know what? It is the holiday of 90 % of my fellow Americans. Why don’t I honor that? It’s a national holiday and I am a member of the nation that made Christmas a national holiday. And I am proud to be- and I want Christmas decorations up and I want Merry Christmas and I give Jews the perfect example.
In Israel on Rosh Hashanah of the Jewish New Year, do Jews wish everybody Shanah Tovah, Happy New Year? One fifth of Israel isn’t Jewish. Right? What is the difference? Correct. They’re wishing people a happy new year and it isn’t their new year. Or Shabbat Shalom on every Sabbath on the Israeli radio, Shabbat Shalom, a peaceful Sabbath.
But a fifth of Israel is Christian and Muslim. It’s not their Sabbath. No answer, whenever I raise this with Jewish groups I get silence. Understandably, those of you who are Christian are self-conscious on the matter. That’s why it’s easier for me.
A law school in an Indiana university forbade a Christmas tree in the lobby of its main offices. So I had this law professor who wrote, “It’s not inclusive.” So I said, “I’m a Jew. Christmas is not my holiday. I think you’re wrong.” She was flabbergasted. She so regretted coming on the show and I’m respectful. I never humiliate a guest, never.
I had Howard Zinn on. God knows, literally, only God knows what I wanted to say to him. But I’ll tell you what was more important to me, what I got him to say. That had there never been an America, the world would not have been worse.The existence of America has not made the world any better. The most widely read historian of high school students and college students in the United States. That was his view.
Ok, next please.
Don’t Vote For What You Fled From
Man from crowd:
Mr. Prager It’s an honor. Sir, you touched on something that I think is really important. Don’t vote for what you fled from. And not only is that other countries but that’s other states.
*Laughter and applause
I am going to take that home, Sir! That is awesome.
Man from crowd:
Well, my remark is that we have seen something in Arizona. And I’m sure that there are some other states that have been traditionally conservative. I’m a realtor. That’s my day job that actually pays for my avocation of being in the legislature. But what we are seeing is people who are coming from California, Washington, Oregon, who do nothing but complain about their government. Yet, they turn around and do the exact same thing in our state. And that’s one of the reasons we started to see we lost a seat in the house. And we’ve seen a slight change but it’s very gradual.
Crisis Is One Of The Words Of The Hysteria Movement
It’s like the New Yorkers in Florida.
Man from crowd:
Yes, Sir. So one of the things I’d like to try and get you to maybe comment on is this constant use of the word crisis. We started calling people out for it in our election and it was amazing to see the response of voters when you called people out on. Help me understand what the crisis is. So if you could take just a minute and talk about that.
Preach What You Practice
The crisis is one of the words of the hysteria movement. That’s exactly right. Your point is and I thank you for it, it is a brilliant point and it’s exactly right. It is like Hollywood which is quite far left and are always for higher taxes and then flee to Canada or to other states than California to make films because it’s a lower tax rate. The same people calling for higher taxes flee California to make movies. This this is what I say to the Left, “Preach what you practice.”
I also say another thing to my Jewish relatives who were on the left, “You should preach what you practice.” They live utterly conservative lives. They would never tolerate their children having kids before getting married. They would never tolerate their kids not working hard. They don’t consider that acting white. They consider that acting proper.
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It is demeaning to blacks to ever fall into- “It’s acting white to study hard. It’s acting white to marry before you have a baby. It is acting white to be married to the person you have a child with.” That’s what the belief is. And we let that stand.
Anyway, your fleeing thing is it’s entirely accurate. I see this.
Why A Jew Would Lean Left, When They Are Constantly Attacking Jews
Man from crowd:
Every county in Oklahoma voted for Trump some as much as 80 %. Some counties that are Democrat strongholds. My question Sir, is we have this conversation come up my in my family a lot. We talk about this. How can a Jewish person be a Democrat or lean to the left when they constantly attack Jerusalem and they’re attacking Jews?
Right. I have an answer. I could have given an hour speech on why Jews are on the left. I know Jews and I know the left. So in a nutshell, I will tell you. When most Jews have abandoned Judaism as their religion but they didn’t abandon religion. So they have adopted or founded secular religions in place of Judaism. Marxism, humanism, feminism, socialism, or environmentalism, I always say to Jews, and I annoy them when I do, I always say, “Jews are the most religious people in the world. Unfortunately their religion is not usually Judaism.” Jews for whom Judaism is central are far more likely to be conservative. Orthodox Jews vote Republican.
The Pope Leans Left
The same holds true in Protestantism. Where is the Methodist Church? Where was the Presbyterian Church? PC USA is as far left as you can get. They voted to economically strangle Israel. All the problems in the world, PC USA adopts a platform to support PBS. The sanctions movement on Israel.
What has happened in the Catholic Church? When I say the pope is more left than Catholic. In terms of the outlook is obviously theologically. Catholic. I can give just one example, because I know I have to stop. And I have an article on this just put in Dennis Prager.
After Muslims Slit Throat Of Priest, Pope Denies Terrorism
Pope Francis, and I’m sure it’ll come up–five days after a Roman Catholic priest had his throat slit by Muslims in the name of Islam in France, remember? While saying Mass. Five days later, he’s (the pope) on a plane coming from or World Youth Day celebration in Poland. He is asked on the Papal plane by a representative of the Catholic News Agency in France, “Holy Father, how come you never speak out against Islamic terror?” His answer, “Because there’s no such thing.”
Yes. And it gets worse.
He continues, “There was no difference. Just as I don’t speak out against Catholic terror whenever a baptized Catholic in Italy kills his girlfriend.”
How many baptized Catholics in Italy in the name of Christ kill their girlfriends? What is he talking about? It is painful. I have a lot of Catholic listeners and the pope to a Catholic is a big deal and I know that. And it hurts. But hey, we all have it. I have a line you will like, “I don’t care what religion you’re a member of, as long as you’re embarrassed by it.” *Laughter
DVD On Common Core
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For generations, we taught students how to think. But after the progressives took over education in the early 20th century, things began to radically change. Education shifted from thinking to learning, which made the emphasis on the teachers rather than the students. And that elevated indoctrination above knowledge.
At that time, progressives also made massive changes in the way we tested students. They extended school from 8 to 12 years. They introduced graded education and they added compulsory education. Statistics prove that these changes have harmed education rather than helped it. And now the progressives are pushing common core.
In our new DVD on common core, we give you eight reasons why this current approach is so dangerous to our kids and our culture. We also show you an amazing history of education. So get this new DVD at WallBuilders.com.
Moment From America’s History
This is David Barton with another moment from America’s history. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently overturned the jury’s sentence of a man convicted of the brutal murder of a 71 year old woman. Because the prosecuting attorney had mentioned a Bible verse in the courtroom.
Then consider what happened in the 1778 case, Respublica versus John Roberts. Thomas McCain, a signer of the Declaration of Independence was the chief justice of that court and addressing John Roberts after the jury had sent him to death for treason McCain told him, “You will probably have but a short time to live before you launch into eternity. It behooves you to repent of your evil deeds to be incessant in prayer to the great and merciful God to forgive your manifold transgressions and sins to teach you to rely on the merit and passion of a dear Redeemer. This prominent Founding Father actually delivered a salvation message to the defendant in the courtroom.
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Jews Sit Shiva For Donald Trump’s Presidency
I am so embarrassed. Did you know that there was an article? I’m a religious Jew. I go to synagogue every week. I had two books on Judaism. One is the most widely read in English, Introduction to Judaism.
So this is painful. Do you know when a an immediate relative dies in Jewish life you sit Shivah. Shivah means seven. You sit for seven days. You don’t go to work. People visit you. You don’t leave your home. You mourn. Synagogues around the country are having sitting Shiva meetings because Donald Trump won.
Do you know what a desecration of my religion these synagogues are involved in? It’s despicable. But it’s no different. It’s what is happening.
Leftism Has Influenced Christianity And Judaism More Than Christianity And Judaism Have Influenced Anything In The Last 100 Years.
I leave you with this because this is the overall big picture. This is what you should remember, God willing, every day. The most dynamic religion of the last 100 years in the world has not been Christianity. It has not been Islam. It has been Leftism. Leftism has influenced Christianity and Judaism much more than Christianity and Judaism have influenced anything in the last 100 years. That is why this is the existential battle for the West. Is not global warming. It’s Leftism.
God bless you for your work.
You Can Help
Well friends, that is the conclusion of Dennis Prager giving his presentation at the WallBuilders Legislators Conference. A couple of things. First of all, thanks to Dennis Prager for sharing with us at the Legislators Conference. And for you now getting to hear that powerful message.
I also want to point out the Legislative Conference is something that you can help. You can actually let your legislator know about it and encourage them to attend. I can tell you as a former state legislator it is so important to know there are others out there that share our values that are willing to stand for these Biblical values and for the constitutional principles upon which our nation was built.
Legislators Conference Is There To Support Each Other
There is something about coming together once a year and giving those legislators a chance to sharpen each other’s countenance,to exchange ideas, and just frankly to be encouraged to stay in the fight and to continue to stand for truth.
So let your state rep and your state senators know. You can simply go to ProFamily.com. That’s the website for the conference. And take that link and send it to your legislators. Tell him it’s a great opportunity to hear from some fantastic speakers but also just to get to be around some really encouraging folks.
David Barton does a lot of the training during that weekend and it’s just a great time too, we’re very relaxed. So it’s a great experience. So for all of our friends that are legislators that listen to this program we encourage you to attend. But all of our listeners, let your state rep and senator know so that they can come and be a part of that as well.
This four part series again available on our website at WallBuildersLive.com. And by the way, you can listen to the last couple of months of programs right there at the website. Find out more about our organization WallBuilders at our home website WallBuilders.com. There you will find a wealth of information that will encourage you as a citizen and equip you and educate you.
Pass Liberty Onto The Next Generation
You know, I think it’s part of what we learned from Dennis and through this program throughout this week and really anytime you listen to WallBuilders Live. It’s just how special how unique this American experiment is. How blessed we are to have this freedom. But also how important it is for us to engage, to not sit on the sidelines, to not just enjoy the blessings of liberty without bearing some of the burden. And part of that burden is getting educated as citizens of understanding to basically becoming students of freedom. So that we know how we got it, how to preserve it, and how to pass it on to the next generation.
That’s incumbent upon every one of us. So if you hear my voice right now I’m talking to you. You are responsible for helping to restore our Constitutional Republic, to preserve it on your watch, and pass intact to the next generation.
So at WallBuilders.com, lots of great tools for doing that. You’re going to find out so much truth about our Founding Fathers and where we came from and what the nation was actually built upon. Unfortunately, we don’t teach much of that in our school systems anymore. We’ve removed so much of the great, great challenges in information and inspiration of the Founding Fathers. We’ve actually taken out the teaching of why they did what they did, what they were fighting for, and why even today we need to fight for the exact same things. Even in this current environment in which we find ourselves.
Youth Leadership Program, Patriot Academy
So go to WallBuilders.com today get some of that information. Find out what you can do to get involved. If you’ve got young people in your home and you want to see them more involved send them to Patriot Academy. Go to PatriotAcademy.com and find out more about our Youth Leadership Program. Sixteen to 25 year olds, they get to come spend a week with me and with Tim Barton. And David is there for part of the teaching as well and they get to learn where we came from as a nation. They get to learn how to be leaders of integrity in whatever area of the culture they’re going to go into whether it’s politics, or the pulpit, business, or entertainment, or whatever God has call them to.
So it’s a great way to get involved. So check that out, PatriotAcademy.com. If you were stirred up this week by Dennis’s message, if you were -if you felt challenged and you recognize the need to be a part of the solution, Patriot Academy is a great way to do that. Go to WallBuilders.com and get educated. Then go to PatriotAcademy.com and get the next generation involved and help pass it to them.
Thanks so much for listening today folks. You’ve been listening to WallBuilders Live.