Pro-Life Victory, NFL Player Supporting AlphaCare: Good News Friday today on WallBuilders Live! Tune in 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, why Governor Brownback is a great choice, how Trump is standing for religious liberty, pro-life victories, and so much more right here on WallBuilders Live.
Air Date: 08/11/2017
Guests: David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton
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Faith And The Culture
You found your way to the intersection of faith and the culture, this is WallBuilders Live! Thanks for joining us today! We’re here with David Barton, America’s premier historian and the founder of WallBuilders. Also, Tim Barton, national speaker, pastor, and president of WallBuilders. And my name is Rick Green, I’m a former Texas state representative.
Everyday we’re looking at the hottest topics in the culture from a Biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective. This particular day the week on Friday, we call it Good News Friday where David and Tim have compiled all kinds of good news from across the nation and around the world.
It’s good news that you’re not getting hear on the typical news station but we want to share with you because it shows victories when we engage in the culture and we stand up for what’s right. Check out our Web sites at WallBuilders.com and also WallBuildersLive.com. Let’s dive into that good news. David, you’re up first.
Why Governor Brownback Is A Great Choice
Rick, let’s start in Washington, D.C. Let’s start with what’s going on in the Trump administration. Recent news is that Trump has now picked Governor Sam Brownback as his Religious Freedom Ambassador. That’s good for a bunch of reasons.
One is we’ve had that Religious Freedom Ambassador position for a number of years, it goes back to Bush as I recall. Obama really ignored it, he did nothing with it. I think in the last year- he let that position be open for seven years and in the eighth year I think he put the Rabbi Saperstein as the guy over it.
But that’s a place where you can exert a lot of pressure on governments that are doing religious persecution. State Department gives so much money to other nations and you can say, “Do you want that money from other nations? Get these guys out of prison. Stop imprisoning pastors.” Or stop persecuting whatever it is. It is really an official position from which the U.S. government is able to work with other nations on religious liberty.
And Governor Brownback is a good one to put there.
That’s the other side, if you’re going to put somebody there I don’t think you can have a much better choice than Sam Brownback. Sam has done so much good stuff. Top to bottom in all these years. Not only being U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, and being governor of Kansas for two terms.
And by the way, as governor of Kansas he signed 18 pro-life laws just as governor of Kansas, that’s what he did. In the Senate, he had all sorts of pro-life legislation. So his value system is really good. He is an outspoken Christian believer. Really great guy, a really good friend. I know Sam thoroughly, inside and outside. This is going to be a great, great, great, pick for religious liberty around the world.
I think you can really expect to see some things happening. And with what’s happened with Congress recently, at the end of last year declaring that what’s going on the Middle East is genocide, then that gives Sam a legal standing that he didn’t have before to be able to do some things in that area as well, so that’s really great.
A Bible Study In D.C.
Then you throw in that, another thing in the Trump administration that has been going on for a while but is just now making news is the fact that there is a Bible study that goes on weekly for cabinet members in D.C.
Ralph Drollinger with Capitol Ministries runs this thing. You’ve got all these cabinet secretaries there were Betsy Devos, Jeff Sessions, and Rick Perry, and you’ve got all these folks going to a Bible study.
As he describes it, “It’s a maturity in Christ Bible study.” Do you know how many decades, almost centuries you have to go back to find this going on in any presidential administration? The fact that you have a Bible study going on and it’s not just a really weak and superficial Bible study but it really is a discipleship Bible study, which is really good.
And by the way, folks that don’t know the 19 cabinet level officials or 19 folks who meet in the cabinet level agencies, 10 of those 19 are evangelical Christians that Trump has appointed. So that’s good news also coming out of D.C.
And a lot of those guys aren’t just name only. We have worked with them at WallBuilders for years, we know these are men and women of honor and good public servants.
You’ve got so many guys there, Jeff Sessions we mentioned, and Mike Pence is one that we mentioned, Scott Pruitt over the EPA is another one that we know, and Rick Perry we’ve worked with for years, and Betsy Devos, and you just go down the list.
There are so many of these guys, Tillerson, others who have been involved with evangelical churches and themselves are evangelicals and have been for a number of years.
So you’re right, Rick, this is not just something done to look good. And I don’t think they would do it to look good because in D.C. going to a Bible study really doesn’t help your image. You get beat up there in that city for doing that kind of stuff. So these really are folks who are doing the right thing for the right reasons.
Trump Is Standing For Religious Liberty
You throw that in and you throw Brownback in- You know recent executive orders to help Little Sisters of the Poor to take them off the hook so that they don’t have to do another Supreme Court case and go through that again. Helping ease the restrictions on religious liberty for churches. There’s just a lot of good stuff coming out of the precedential side of things right now. Not that much good stuff has come out of Congress so far but at least at this point, on the presidential side of it, there’s a lot of good stuff coming out.
I think this is the first time- we’re what? Six or seven months in. I had to pinch myself every time we would have one of these you know good news from the White House but I’m getting used to it now, I’m just almost expecting it. So this is pretty good.
This really is good. It is certainly over performed for what most Americans thought was going to be characteristic of this presidency. And you know it is probably for a lot of folks shocking.
I still hear folks in the media who I know are Christians and they’re still really dubious about all of this. But we talked about this before the election. I really thought that Trump was not going to try to micromanage all these guys but that he was going to choose people and get out of their way. So I don’t think this is disingenuous for him.
We talked to several folks who knew Trump before the election talking about that he is trying to make spiritual progress, he’s a young guy as far as spiritual stuff goes, but there has been some type of genuine change. You would certainly think that’s right because there’s certainly no hostility coming out and what he’s doing toward faith.
His rhetoric and his executive orders and his appointments and everything else has made it really clear that regardless of what people thought about him, or his faith, or whether it was real, or whether it was a facade, or whether he was doing that to try to win evangelical votes, what he has done since he’s been in has been genuine. It’s stuff he did not have to do and that a lot of other candidates would not have done.
So whatever we think about other issues going on, the faith issue he really has been really good. He’s put right people in, and he’s made the right policies, and he’s not gotten in the way but does actually help promote the re-expansion, if you will, of faith. It’s not an expansion, it’s kind of a re-expansion because it’s been squeezed down in the last 10 to 15 years. But it’s starting to move in a good direction and that’s really good.
I remember you saying a few months ago to Tim and I, we were talking about some of these things and you said, “God tends to confound our own ideas of who we think he should use.” And he often ends up using people that we wouldn’t expect and he’s certainly done that in this case. We’re getting a lot of great things because of how God is making this thing work out.
Got to take a quick break. Tim, we just kind of pushed you out of that whole segment. So the next one is yours, man. Tee up whatever good news you’ve got ready. We’ll be right back with some good news from Tim Barton. Stay with us right here on WallBuilders Live.
Moment From American History
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In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville of France came to America, traveled the country, and in his famous book, “Democracy in America” reported, “The position of the Americans is, therefore, quite exceptional. It may be believed that no Democratic people will ever be placed in a similar one.”
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A Democrat Governor Turns Republican
Welcome back to WallBuilders Live, thanks for staying with us on this Good News Friday. Tim Barton is up next with good news. What do we have, Tim?
This one is from West Virginia and probably many of our listeners are aware that the governor of West Virginia has decided he no longer wants to be a Democrat. I don’t know if that’s just because his state is not popular or if it’s governing bodies in general. But with him becoming a Republican in his state, his state is now joining with 25 other states that are run entirely by Republicans as opposed to only, I think it’s six states, that are run by Democrat legislative bodies.
But the Democrat governor of West Virginia, his name is Jim Justice, has decided he no longer wants to be a Democrat. So he’s now switching sides to join the Republican Party. So I would say that’s on a relative level that’s pretty good news that the Democrat Party is not something he wanted to be part of anymore.
What a great ballot name, Jim Justice.
Republican Trifecta Is Good News For Pro-Life
And by the way, what that does is that means there are now only six of the 50 states where the Democrats have a trifecta in the legislature. So having the House, the Senate, and the governor. One of the reasons that’s so significant is pro-life legislation.
The big debate in the Democrat Party right now is, “If you’re pro-life can you be a Democrat?” And even Jerry Brown, crazy governor out of California, recently went out and said that Democrats welcome pro-life people. And he got viciously attacked by his own party for saying that pro-life people are welcome to the Democrat Party.
So with that being the position, they continue to have their leader saying, “There’s no room for pro-life people in the Democrat Party.” You can imagine what that means for pro-life legislation when you have a trifecta of Democrat government. You’re not going to get pro-life legislation out.
So the fact that you have West Virginia it was Republican House, Republican Senate, and it was a Democrat governor and they’ve been moving stuff through and he’s not been an impediment to them, as he pointed out, the Democrats have left him behind. He hasn’t had a philosophical change, they have gone so extreme the other direction there’s no place left for him to go.
So he actually now sat at a Trump event that was going on in West Virginia. West Virginia has been blue dog Democrat forever. Then Trump wins it by 42 points in the election. So he’s been going into states thanking people for support, etc. And that’s where Justice made that change.
It’s just absolutely amazing the more radical Democrats get the less control they have over their legislatures. And I think that’s now maybe 27 of the 50 legislatures where Republicans have the trifecta, they have Governor, and House, and Senate.
That’s where we’re seeing so much religious liberty legislation go through, so much pro-life legislation, and so much other good legislation go through. So that really is a kind of indication of how crazy the landscape is at the state level. At the federal level, it’s still pretty polarized, fairly evenly split. But at the state level, it is an absolutely overwhelming number in favor of Republicans versus Democrats and that shows up in policy as well.
Going to take another quick break, we’ll be right back with more good news from David and Tim Barton here on WallBuilders Live.
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Thanks for staying with us here live, it’s good news today. By the way, if you like this good news we’re sharing there’s more on the Website, go to WallBuildersLive.com. We’ve got an archive section there you can just scroll back through the programs of the last few weeks. Most of those Fridays we have good news Friday packed full of stories. Tim, you’ve got some more for us, go ahead, bro.
This is actually from the NFL player. This happened at beginning of the summer. This was something that just was sitting here in the stack for a while and thought, “We really need to tell this story.”
Chris Maragos, I’m probably pronouncing his last name wrong, I apologize if I am. If his family is listening and they’re going, “That’s not our name.” I apologize. But he is a free safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, which again, I apologize. I apologize I had to say Philadelphia Eagles out loud on the air. There’s not a lot of brotherly love happening for them.
Wait, I get it, Philadelphia, I’m sorry. I’m slow with football. Got it, brotherly love, Philadelphia.
City of Brotherly Love. Except in their sports teams. That’s probably one of the most vicious cities in America to play if you’re on the opposing team.
So when you say Philadelphia Eagles, I’m sorry I’m sidetracking again, I just always remember the ice being thrown at the Cowboys whenever they were leaving the stadium that time, remember that? That was like 20 years ago.
Other stuff still gets thrown, it’s not just ice. They’re kind of like the Oakland Raiders of the East Coast. They’ve got crazy fans and they’ve got no toleration for the opposition.
Our Pennsylvania stations are now pre-empting us today. Sorry Tim, go ahead.
I will say, the one plug for the Eagles recently is they have a Christian coach and they have some very outspoken Christian players now.
Let that trickle down to the fans.
I was going to say, I want to support the Christian athletes, the Tim Tebows, the outspoken Christians that are there, I want to support them because I want to see them do well. And so now it is tough as someone who has grown up in Cowboys territory my whole life and that’s been tough and embarrassing in moments in my life.
Were there any jail terms given out this year for the Cowboys?
I’m sure. Yeah.
I don’t know, we may have made it a year without jail terms.
Well, I doubt it. There’s been some people arrested, who knows. Anyway, that’s not part of the good news we’re talking about. We’ve really kind of missed that moment.
Sorry to our audience. We kind of get off on tangents sometimes.
NFL Player Supporting Pro-Life Center
So, free safety for the Eagles, Chris Maragos is very outspoken Christian. He and his wife were going to support a pro-life, it’s Alphacare, but it’s kind of a pro-life pregnancy help center is essentially what it does.
So they want to be on the opposite side of the Planned Parenthood and want to support life. But he went as part of a, I guess it’s a kickball fundraiser, that they did. So he’s headliner for him. But what’s cool about his being there, he did do a lot of promoting, not just the organization, but the values behind the organization.
He said, “Look, every mother with doubting her heart needs all of us. She needs us, she needs Jesus-” he continues on and said that what Alphacare does is they’re able to go and meet with women where they are and bring this pregnancy unit with them.
He says, “Wherever Alfacare goes, they go wherever a woman needs the love of Jesus.” So very much a pro-faith thing. But this is really cool because a lot of times you see professional athletes that are very much on the opposite end of the spectrum. And now you have an outspoken Christian, professional athlete, who is also pro-life saying that what we need to do is love these people and these women that are in these situations they need the love of Jesus.
Just a really cool deal, good news from the sports world, even if it is a Philadelphia Eagle. Nonetheless, an outspoken Christian, pro-life, and just kind of a neat deal that happened.
So do we get to talk any baseball today or is it just going to be all football?
No, it’s just good news.
Oh, ouch. Let’s get in another short good news before we go to break. David, what do you have?
Religious Liberty Bill Out Of Florida
Let’s go to Florida for a bit. Governor Scott there in Florida just signed the great new bill. It is a religious liberty bill and it protects students in Florida. Under Florida law now students have the right to pray, to lead prayer, and to organize and participate in religious activities and organizations before, during, and after school, and can’t be punished for doing so.
That’s really a big thing because that’s where you see so much the other side coming. I’m sure the other side’s going to sue and take this to court which you know it is amazing that you actually think of people suing if a kid expresses faith in a public setting, they allow free speech for everything else but to have free speech of faith in a public setting they’re going to sue to stop that.
But nonetheless, Governor Scott great thing in Florida. They have reached out and said, No, we’re going to protect all of our kids with religious expression and faith expression here at school, during school, before, and after school. A good bill out of Florida.
Good stuff. Quick break, we’ll be right back with more good news on WallBuilders Live.
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Moment From America’s History
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College Campus Pro-Life Victory
Welcome back to WallBuilders Live, Good News Friday today. Tim Barton is up next with some good news, Tim.
This one is from Colorado State University, and this was a situation where a group of students wanted to bring in a speaker. The problem was the school looked at this speaker and said, “We don’t think this is a speaker that we need to have coming in.” The reason was was because the speaker was going to be biased in their position.
We know universities don’t experience bias, there are no biases, I’m glad the university is upholding a standard of no bias because that definitely is not going on in schools today.
Well, the interesting thing is the university provides funding to bring in speakers for all these groups. You can apply, you can receive whatever kind of grant money that the school kind allocates for these different groups.
So they’ll grant you this amount of money to bring in a speaker for your group and organization, they do a big campus wide deal. So every group that put in a speaker request to get financial backing for it they were able to receive the financial backing except this one group, it was Students for Life, so it was a Pro-Life.
Yeah because that’s really radical.
And the speaker they were bringing in was pro-life. And they said, “Whoa those are controversial views. We cannot allow that on a college campus, to bring in a pro-life speaker.”
It was something actually Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of the students went to the schools and said, “Wait a second, this is rather ridiculous.” And so actually it was a lawsuit that ended up having to be filed because the school said, “No, we are not going to fund some of this controversial now.”
Now, just perspective, LGBT that’s fine, that’s not controversial.
Global warming, that’s fine. You look at anything you want to look at. This environment is evolution, that is fine.
There’s been several universities who have had all sorts of Muslim extremist, really radical even terrorist types on there, and that’s fine, that’s not controversial. So only pro-life, religious liberty, traditional values, the other thing that’s been as bad is they had somebody who wanted to promote traditional marriage, that would have been really controversial.
So here’s the great irony, so the school released a statement in the midst of this saying why they had their position and defending their position. They said that, “It did not appear the speaker would be entirely unbiased as the speaker addresses the topic of abortion.” And in the midst of it, the committee worried that folks from varying sides of the issue won’t necessarily feel affirmed in attending the event.
Now, wait a second. If I as a Christian went to an LGBT event I wouldn’t feel affirmed in my belief. Are you kidding me? It’s so illogical it really is rather laughable and absurd. Nonetheless, Alliance Defending Freedom gets involved with this case, the school backs down, and grants funding for this group saying, “Yeah, we shouldn’t have discriminated against you in this situation.”
So it ends up being a victory, which is the ultimate good news and why we’re talking about here on Good News Friday. However, I mean it is so illogical from the school’s position, it’s rather silly. But nonetheless, finally this group was able to bring in this pro-life individual, they’re able to carry on with their event. End of the story is that there is good news in the midst of this silliness at Colorado State University. Nonetheless, pretty it was ridiculous there at the beginning.
Choose Your Campus Wisely
And I guess the students that didn’t agree with this particular group, did they support the idea of the other student groups being funded? Or do they only want the money for themselves? The students tend to be more willing, it’s the faculty typically that doesn’t want to give the funds to the groups that don’t agree with them.
The article did not identify which groups were supporting this pro-life speaker to come in and talk. However, I would imagine that there were many college students, because they’ve been trained, as you’re mentioning about the faculty that are against the positions, they’ve been trained to think, “Wait a second, that’s offensive speech. You’re not allowed to have offensive speech, how dare you be this intolerant and bigoted, we don’t want this intolerant bigoted position on campus.”
It’s only offensive speech when it offends them because if their speech offends someone else they think, “Get over it. I’m speaking truth. You have to get over it.” So they hold a standard toward other students they themselves won’t tolerate when applied to them. It’s a really goofy kind of double standard that we see expressed so many times on campuses, it was probably is the same thing there.
Well, it’s also a good reminder of picking your campuses wisely. Parents and students, make sure you’re going places where you can have free speech and where your values are not going to be pummeled all the time and not even allowed to be expressed. Got about 30 seconds. Either of you to have a quick one?
Pro-Life Out Of Illinois
I’ve got a quick one out of Illinois. The court in Illinois strikes down the provision that says that pro-life doctors have to promote abortion even if they don’t want to. Illinois has been crazy on this for a while. There were 17 years where they put a conscience phrase on nurses that said, “I don’t want to do abortions.” They said , “Yes you will do abortions or you’ll be fired.”
For 17 years that was in court. Now we’ve got a court victory- and Illinois is just goofy on pro-life stuff. They are so hostile to pro-life. But they had required that if you were a pro-life doctor or a nurse or anyone else you have to promote abortion in the state.
And so the court struck that down which is a good victory for pro-life, and free speech, and the Constitution.
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