• http://ClashDaily.com/ Donald Joy

    Before these plausible speculations surfaced recently, I took Brennan to be merely so politically-correct as to be stupid; he refers to the Muslim Brotherhood as a “secular organization.”

    Obama himself is a Muslim, in his heart. His joining Jeremiah Wright’s church was, as everyone should know, merely political cover in order to get elected in Chicago.

    • Laura

      I have not seen any proof whatsoever anywhere that Obama is a Muslim. I doubt that Obama believes in any God other than himself. I do agree that Obama’s church going was strictly political. I have not seen anything yet backing up the assertions that Brennan is a Muslim. But I believe to the bottom of my heart, that if Obama wants him, he is bad news for the USA. I have not seen anyone appointed by Obama who isn’t actively trying to destroy America, with the possible exception of Leon Pannetta

      • http://ClashDaily.com/ Donald Joy

        In his heart, Obama identifies most with Islamic culture, due to his upbringing. He may be an atheist in his actual beliefs, but culturally he is inclined to favor Muslims when push comes to shove.

        • eddyjames

          Obama even stated during or shortly after he was elected, that “If the political tides turn he would stand with the Muslims.”

          • http://ClashDaily.com/ Donald Joy

            That statement (you got it close enough) is actually found in his book, The Audacity of Hope, written before he became president.

          • eddyjames

            I would rather read “Mein Kampf” And that isn’t going to happen either.

          • eddyjames

            I would rather read “Mein Kampf” And that isn’t going to happen either.

          • eddyjames

            I would rather read “Mein Kampf” And that isn’t going to happen either.

          • eddyjames

            I would rather read “Mein Kampf” And that isn’t going to happen either.

          • http://ClashDaily.com/ Donald Joy

            It’s “if the political winds shift in an ugly direction”

      • eddyjames

        Then you have had your eyes closed and your head buried in the sand! On national TV in front of God and everybody he talked about “His Muslim faith” he wears and has worn a ring on his finger signifying he’s married to the Faith. He joined Rev. Wright’s church for the exact same reasons he married Michelle To hide the fact he is a gay muslim. Wright has even said so in interviews after Obama threw him under the bus during the elections when he wasn’t needed anymore.

  • VirgoVince

    So…shoot the ugly basturd and be done with it; one at a time or in a group, they should ALL stop breathing!!!!
    Yesterday, is 4 yrs too late!!!!

    • catman

      obozo would look good with a frikkin turbine on his head

      • TBJWebmaster

        I agree with the probable meaning of your words, but the thought of a turbine spinning around on Obama’s head had me in stitches!

  • lisaphil

    This is not surprising, as we have had a muslim president for the past 4 years and muslim brotherhood members have had direct access to the white house and US intelligence. B. Hussein’s recent selections of Hagel and Brennan will definitely send a message to Israel not to trust their former ally to have their backs. God have mercy on us.

  • marineh2ominer

    Islam is the new term in the world for ” EVIL ” , because there is NOTHING more evil than Islam . NOTHING !! Anyone that can see beauty in something so undefinably evil can only have the blackest heart imaginable . A heart so twisted , perverted , degraded and empty there there can be NO hope for mankind in it .

  • freedomringsforall

    Very good thank you.

    More evidence that the internationalists are putting their people in place to get us to go more passive on the marauders so that it strengthens them and emboldens them to go after the free world.

    Then the internationalists will get one important part of what they wish for.

    Complete chaos and upheaval so millions will die thus helping the internationalists come closer to the population control they want and so they get more “leaders” all around the world to promote more control and dictatorial powers by offering supposed safer and safer harbor to their citizens.

    Then they can move faster and faster toward their one world governance plans and ideals!

    I will bet you anything that if you look into the past of Brennan that you will find participation and the rubbing of elbows with all the usual suspects of the internationalist elites.

    God please help us.

    We are one step away from total dictatorship.

    The 2nd amendment.

LET THE BACKBITING BEGIN: Dems Begin To Devour Debbie

It is in the character of the Democrats to self-preserve and blame others for their woes.  The new target of this ruthless party is Debbie Wasserman Shultz. Yes, an easy target indeed because there are so many reasons to distrust this woman who has her own interest at heart.  Let’s just hope she is so distracted by the disgruntled Dems and her reputation is so damaged that Joe Kaufman (R) of Florida’s 23rd district soundly defeats this dishonest diva.

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 9/17/14 5:46 PM EDT Updated: 9/18/14 11:22 AM EDT

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.

Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters.

The perception of critics is that Wasserman Schultz spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win. This includes using meetings with DNC donors to solicit contributions for her own PAC and campaign committee, traveling to uncompetitive districts to court House colleagues for her potential leadership bid and having DNC-paid staff focus on her personal political agenda.

She’s become a liability to the DNC, and even to her own prospects, critics say.

“I guess the best way to describe it is, it’s not that she’s losing a duel anywhere, it’s that she seems to keep shooting herself in the foot before she even gets the gun out of the holster,” said John Morgan, a major donor in Wasserman Schultz’s home state of Florida.

The stakes are high. Wasserman Schultz is a high-profile national figure who helped raise millions of dollars and served as a Democratic messenger to female voters during a presidential election in which Obama needed to exploit the gender gap to win, but November’s already difficult midterms are looming.

One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe.

In 2012, Wasserman Schultz attempted to get the DNC to pay for her clothing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, multiple sources say, but was blocked by staff in the committee’s Capitol Hill headquarters and at President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign headquarters in Chicago.

She asked again around Obama’s inauguration in 2013, pushing so hard that Obama senior adviser — and one-time Wasserman Schultz booster — Valerie Jarrett had to call her directly to get her to stop. (Jarrett said she does not recall that conversation.) One more time, according to independent sources with direct knowledge of the conversations, she tried again, asking for the DNC to buy clothing for the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Wasserman Schultz denies that she ever tried to get the DNC to pick up her clothing tab. “I think that would be a totally inappropriate use of DNC funds,” she said in a statement. “I never asked someone to do that for me, I would hope that no one would seek that on my behalf, and I’m not aware that anyone did.”
Read more at Politico

KORANIC SCHOLAR? Barack Obama–Who Knew?

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Obama wanted to get a couple things “perfectly clear,” in his atypically short speech on the eve of September 11.

The main thing he seemed intent on communicating to us is; 1) ISIS is not Islamic and 2) No religion condones the murder of innocents. 

His meaning was, through his hugely flawed logic, that ISIS is not Islamic, ergo; so don’t blame Islam for the beheadings, rape, forced marriages, lies, theft and other generally rotten stuff ISIS practices constantly and routinely.

There are a few blatant problems with his assertion:
1. Since when is he a scholar of Islam? (A “scholar” as opposed to a “practitioner,” which seems unquestionable at this juncture in the “arc of history.”) We know of his allegations of being a “Constitutional scholar” even though he has never published any learned treatises on the topic. Nor have any of his “students” come forth to praise his erudition. They’re as scarce as his “old girlfriends.” OK…maybe not that scarce. But they have gone completely unnoticed to date. And how is it a President has enough time on his hands to be a scholar of anything? Especially considering his heavy golfing schedule.
2. Those ISIS creeps are always waving a black flag around emblazoned with the Moon and Crescent. They are frequently heard shouting “Allah Akbar” during what seem entirely inappropriate events; ie; beheadings of children and mass murders of former troops or policemen of Iraq. It may seem OK to you …or Obama…but I find it troubling. Although I am surprised they are literate enough to read or memorize any written material, they seem always ready to quote something from the Koran justifying the murder of those nasty “infidels.” There’s a lot of “duck walking and quacking” going on.
3. Other terror organizations do similar bad things and they proudly proclaim they are only doing “Allah’s work.” Obama has never denied they are also NOT Islamic. Shazaam! As Gomer Pyle (USMC) would say.
4. How does Obama know that “no religions condone murder?” Is he also a scholar of all hitherto unmentioned religions? Is he also a scholar of the history of “all religions?” Is he unaware that Richard the (Lion Hearted) king of England executed 1500 people he captured during the siege of Acre because it was getting pricey feeding these same prisoners of war (which included women and kids)? Has he never read of the Spanish Inquisition? These few lapses in his professorial and cool demeanor are enough to disqualify his credibility and knowledge about all “religions”. By mentioning “religions” and from which we are to infer “all religions,” he exculpates Islam…and its practitioners. His logic is flawed. It is safer to say “Islamic adherents are sometimes flawed, stupid, whacky and murderous.” This would have condemned ISIS and left Islam’s reputation pretty much intact. But he doesn’t do that. He is compelled to exonerate all Islam and its practitioners because…because…I can only think of one real explanation for this guy who claims to be a “devout Christian” even though he’s only rarely darkened a church door in recent years. Who bows to the Usurper King of Saud and thinks “nothing so beautiful as the Muslim morning call to prayer.” In attempting to exonerate all Islam methinks he doth protest too much.
5. Of course, his statement has its own internal and perfect logic if you define those who are not “innocent” as those who have not embraced Islam. The “infidels” cannot, by definition, be innocent. Perhaps this is what was in his mind during his short little speech and, if he had been hooked up to a lie detector device, which would have prevented him from registering even the tiniest “blip.” Think about that one for a while. Creepy, huh?
6. And remember he has been known to spout some whoppers.

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STRAIGHT SHOOTING: John Bolton on Iraq, Syria and ISIS

On Foxthis week: Ambassador John Bolton gave the best analysis of the situation in the Middle East. He said logically, if we believe ISIS is a mortal threat to the U.S., then ISIS must be destroyed as quickly as possible, because the longer we wait, the more difficult and costly it will be.

Secondly, he said it is ridiculous to rely on a coalition, to assume other fighters will do the fighting for us. He said the Free Syrian Army will never be capable of defeating ISIS. He said the same is true of the failed Iraqi Army, and the Kurds. Essentially, he said the only rational solution is to put American troops on the ground in such size and force as to rapidly destroy ISIS in both Syria and Iraq.

The long term solution, according to Bolton, is to focus on Iran, the potential nuclear threat and the central broker of terrorism worldwide. In all this he said Obama has no rational plan to deal with either ISIS or Iran, and to pretend otherwise is to put Americans at tremendous risk of injury, death, and even defeat.

Bolton said further, if ISIS is not a mortal threat to us, then fighting ISIS is not worth one American life. In that case, logically, it makes sense to support whomever with airstrikes, and tell everyone in the region, you put boots on the ground.

For my part, whether ISIS is a threat to us or not, we have a moral obligation for at least two reasons: we owe it to the Iraqi people since we invaded in 2003, and, ISIS murders women and children by the thousands, even beheading little kids. For this alone, ISIS deserves utter destruction, and America is the only player at present with the ability to do the job.

Our military men and women and our citizens certainly have the will. Unfortunately, we have a leader with no guts, no vision, and no sense of moral obligation.

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ISIS PLOT THWARTED: Australian Authorities Stop Beheading Massacres Planned By Terrorist

Thank God the Australian Authorities were busy doing their job and not playing politics with the threats from ISIS in their country.  Hopefully, American politicians and those responsible for the security of U.S. citizens will wake the hell up and take care of business by ridding the threats that are in our midst.

Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the Islamic State militant group was planning public beheadings in two Australian cities to demonstrate its reach.

About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across 12 Sydney suburbs as part of the operation — the largest in Australian history, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the Associated Press. A sword was removed as part of evidence at one of the homes.

Separate raids in the eastern cities of Brisbane and Logan were also conducted. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the plan involved kidnapping randomly selected members of the public off the streets in Sydney and Brisbane, beheading them on camera, and releasing the recordings through Islamic State’s propaganda arm in the Middle East.

Later Thursday, Attorney General George Brandis confirmed that a person born in Afghanistan who had spent time in Australia and is now working with the Islamic State group in the Middle East ordered supporters in Australia to behead people and videotape the killings.

“If the … police had not acted today, there is a likelihood that this would have happened,” Brandis told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Brandis did not name the Australian. But Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who is believed to be Australia’s most senior member of the Islamic State group, was named as a co-conspirator in court documents filed Thursday. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Baryalei, a 33-year-old former Sydney nightclub bouncer. A 22-year-old Sydney man, Omarjan Azari, appeared in court Thursday and is accused of conspiring with Baryalei and others to act in preparation for or plan a terrorist act or acts.

Read and see more at Fox News

 

PERVERSITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: 180-Degree Moral Shift

It is downright difficult to shock or awe anyone anymore. The convergence of instant-media platforms and invisible data networks, which connect these platforms to millions of eyeballs, means that anything which happens in the world is eligible for prime time. Like most situations involving groups of anonymous strangers interacting with each other, the trash floats to the top. Our palates have grown jaded and calloused, taught to seek the thrill which lies just beyond the boundary of social approbation. The slope becomes more slippery the further we slide down the hill, increasing the pace and inertia of our demise. Once-forbidden debauchery now sells clothing lines, attracts prime-time viewers, garners political support, spawns lucrative charities, and dominates headline, byline, and through-line of our news cycle.
 
Shocking is mundane and the outrageous is normal.
 
There is however one way guaranteed to get the panties of the masses in a collective bundle: mention Christ, the Bible, God, or His people; elaborate on His plan of salvation for a sinful and fallen mankind; affirm the exclusivity of the Christian message in the words of Christ Himself, (“Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way which leads to destruction,” Matt 7:13). Should you communicate this simple message to the right audience, you will soon find yourself, like Abraham Van Helsing, holding aloft a torch in a dank and dusty crypt, surrounded by a horde of snarling individuals, intent on your demise.
 
Because righteousness is the new depravity. Purity has become debauched. Proof of this exists all around us. Public schools in Chicago announced last year that they are mandating the teaching of Sex Ed—for Kindergarteners. This material is to include homosexual relationships. Apparently, 5-year olds need to know about sodomy. Parents in Freemont, California recently forced the removal of a Sex Ed curriculum that sought to teach 9th graders about bondage and sex toys.

The maddening thing is that instead of being treated like the perverse ideas they are, these initiatives (and others like them) clearly have the support of their school district administrators or they would never have gotten off the ground in the first place. The sexualization of children is now an educational goal.

The flipside of this coin is the stories of children being suspended from school for saying “God bless you” to a classmate. Little ones being told they are forbidden from reading their Bibles during elective reading periods. A young girl being sent to change out of her “Virginity Rocks!” t-shirt because it’s too sexual. These stories have happened and will continue to happen as the moral poles of our society continue their 180-degree shift.
 
Outside of the school room, those who stand for righteousness are attacked even more viciously. Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan, was suspended from his television show for stating his religious belief regarding human sexuality in a magazine interview. Tim Tebow, after openly speaking about the faith which drives him and his commitment to remain sexually-pure before marriage, finds himself blacklisted in the NFL. This was clearly not a “football decision” since the Jets kept Mark Sanchez on the roster.

Chick-fil-A was roundly derided when its founder declared his honest support for traditional marriage. Hobby Lobby has been the target of ridicule and derision ever since it sued the Obama Administration in order to avoid being forced to subsidize abortifacient birth control for its employees. The list grows longer daily, of individuals and companies who are ostracized for their attempts to manifest a God-honoring position in their lives and businesses.

The light borne by groups and individuals who seek the righteousness of God is a powerful stimulant. The light illuminates the darkness and makes those who lurk there painfully aware of their iniquity. Consequentially, the source is attacked, in an attempt to shutter the light and plunge back into the unmolested darkness.

Some of those who have carried light into the darkness go astray because they mistakenly believe that the light they bear is the light of their own righteousness. It is not. It is the light of Christ. The best we can hope to become is a faithful mirror. Just as the moon has no effulgence of its own but reflects the light of the sun, believers have no intrinsic righteousness of our own but reflect the righteousness of the Son.

Make no mistake, carrying His light into the darkness isn’t a quest undertaken only by the brave or the adventurous. It is a command for every believer to fulfill in his lifetime. The bare minimum of our commission is to be prepared, as the Apostle Peter commands, to give a reason for the hope within us to whomever asks. Sadly, we no longer have to venture far to fulfill this mission, as the darkness envelops us where we stand. Simply standing for His truth in today’s world is enough to attract the enemies of righteousness and beckon to those who have gone astray in the moral twilight in which we are mired.

How does this duty to bear God’s light into the world square with the modern world’s assessment of objective truth as offensive? It doesn’t. After all, truth is offensive to those who have a stake in a lie. The question to consider is, do we believe the Gospel to be the truth? If we do not, then why claim to believe it? If we do, then what shame can be had in bringing it to others? These thoughts and questions are asked honestly and with abundant introspection.

Standing for God’s righteousness is not something which comes easily to anyone, even though there are those who seem naturally suited to it. If it was easily done, we wouldn’t have to fight tooth-and-nail to try to protect righteousness from being replaced by sacrilegious debauchery. Yet fight we must.

If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.

–C.H. Spurgeon

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TREASONOUS OR STUPIDITY?–Obama’s Tips for ISIS!

As world leaders gathered amidst the growing storm clouds in preparation for war on the deadliest terror network on earth, Obama was working his community organizer magic in a private group at the White House. In what certainly has to be filed in the “too incredible to believe” category, the Commander-in-Chief was offering his sage ISIS-related public relations advice before his national speech on fighting ISIS. Obama gave advice on what he would have done if he had been, “an adviser to ISIS”, according to the Blaze.

What had to be entering his mind to be divulging his own inner intentions to a “group of visitors” unless he really does not have an idiot control unit in his brain? The New York Times reported his motor-mouth blathering based upon several sources who were in attendance at the meeting, and one has to wonder what did he intend to accomplish by it.

It is not enough that he openly and willingly reveals to the extremists’ jihadists what America’s military will and will not do in conducting anti-terrorism maneuvers. But now he decides to don an advisory Jihadist- hat as well. He spoke to a group in the private meeting and said how he would have told ISIS to handle the two American journalists, before they were beheaded, said the New York Times.

He appeared to need to share his inner thoughts just prior to his appearance before his speech before the nation concerning the actions that would be taken to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He told the group, that instead of beheading the two men he would have had the barbarians “pin notes to their chests that urged the United States, ‘Stay out of here; this is none of your business,’” reported the Blaze.

What the heck! Why didn’t he just toss those tidbits into his speech so that he could have struck fear and terror into the hearts of those battle hardened jihadists? That surely would have been the strategy that would have freed James Foley and Steven Sotloff. It actually sounded more like the inner workings of a 12-year-old’s mind who watched too much Get Smart on television.

Or maybe the community organizing successes Obama touted in 2008 were what he apparently based this novel foreign relations public relations coup upon. Unknown to much of America, maybe his extensive experience in negotiating with the Chicago gangs on the city’s Southside to convince them to give up their guns and give peace a chance worked splendidly. Fiction always works better for Obama than facts do.

The President then reasoned that, based upon this Obama fantasy strategy, ISIS would have diminished public support for U.S. military action, because this pie-in-the-sky approach would have been taken by the masked murderers.

The reaction to the president’s private off-the-cuff advice to ISIS even surprised news organizations that began to question why a sitting president would even cloak himself in an imaginary advisory role to a terrorist group. Well, of course there are exceptions to the rule, like former President Jimmy Carter, who never misses an opportunity to give advice to terror groups like Hamas, among others.

Bottom line, where is the value in passing advice on to the enemy, unless you are attempting to be subversive or perhaps you are extremely naïve? For many Americans Obama fits into both scenarios which may be closer to the truth than is comfortable.

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GOOD IDEA: Angry Mob Tosses Ukrainian Politician Into the Trash

I wish we would handle our politicians the way the Ukrainians do. Check this out…

This is the moment a controversial Ukrainian MP was unceremoniously thrown into a wheelie bin and pelted with rubbish after being targeted by an angry mob.

Vitaly Zhuravsky, once a member of former President Viktor Yanukovich’s ruling party, was seized as he walked past crowds outside the parliament building in Kiev this morning.

Footage shows a group of men screaming abuse as they grab Zhuravsky and bundle him head first into the half full bin.

As he struggles to escape, one of the mob holds him down by the head while others throw water and rubbish over him.

As Zhuravsky appeals for calm, a car tyre is thrown at him hitting him on the head.

Read more: Daily Mail

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MUST WATCH: The Most Important Gospel Song Ever Sung

By Tim Young
Clash Daily Guest Contributor

Family, friends, politicians and parishioners alike can learn a thing or two from this gospel choir’s song.

No one wants to know your business, so keep it off of Facebook.

Personally, I want my church to sing this song… there’s something we can all take away from it.

We dare you to try to stop singing it the rest of the day…

 

 

Screen-Shot-2014-01-23-at-11.47.35-AMKnown as the Republican Jon Stewart and the Young Rush Limbaugh, Young has been a guest on Fox News Channel’s ‘Red Eye,’ Huffington Post Live, RT’s The Alyona Show and dozens of syndicated radio shows.

A respected journalist and pundit, sharing his opinion on politics to millions of people every month. His writing has been featured on the cover of HuffingtonPost.com, Washingtonian Magazine, Patch.com, Voice of Baltimore and other major publications. In 2011, he was Young Member Chair of the National Press Club, representing all media under the age of 35.

 

 

 

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ERIC METAXAS: American Bonhoeffer

NOTE: Eric Metaxas will be speaking this Friday in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.  Click Here for More Info.  Tickets are going fast.

Eric Metaxas is not only a fine orator but his pen has chronicled the faith of two of Christianity’s favorite sons: Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.   His biographies of Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce may be his calling card, but before he tackled the weighty lives of modern day saints he made tomatoes talk and potatoes waltz for Veggie Tales.  A reminder that humble beginnings, like David tending his father’s sheep, are often God’s preparatory school.

“Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.”  It is testimony to just how far Metaxas has come that a quote of his own from his biography of Bonhoeffer is commonly mistaken as Bonhoeffer’s quote.

Eric Metaxas is the American Bonhoeffer.  With the passing of Chuck Colson there simply isn’t another voice in America with both the wisdom and gravitas to speak in a heard voice for the Christian world and to sound the alarm in the secular.

Today, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is as popular in Christian circles as Che Guevara is on the college campus, and much of this is due to Eric Metaxas and his book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.  While the book has been well received by the general public, the main reason for the resurrection of the German pastor hanged by Adolf Hitler, is that “the children of Issachar” see parallels between Bonhoeffer’s Germany and Metaxas’ America.  The test tube hasn’t boiled over yet, but the formula is eerily similar.

“A state which includes within itself a terrorized Church has lost its most faithful servant,” writes Metaxas.  In America, those who are serious about their faith find themselves in the cross-hairs of once favorable, now hostile institutions.

Catholics whose charities once worked hand in hand with state agencies to foster the needy and place orphans for adoption are now forced into the closet because they refuse to compromise their faith on sexual purity.  Lutherans had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to plead against the tyranny of an administration that would dictate whom they could hire and fire.  People of faith are told that they must subsidize birth control, abortifacients, and even aberrant lifestyles or be subject to litigious water-boarding.

Meanwhile the administration and its DOD are instructing Navy Chaplains not to pray “in Jesus’ name” or mention Jesus at military funerals, telling the Air Force to remove Bibles and even verses from cadet white boards, and warning soldiers not to share their testimony or they risk court martial; while at the same time they are making buildings available for Muslim prayer and the worship of Wiccans.

At a time when America’s most popular pastors are selling diet books and blowing sunshine in the itching ears of pabulum-pursuing consumers, Metaxas, a comedian at heart, is the serious voice crying in the wilderness.  “Faith is either something that informs one at all times or it isn’t anything at all, really,” says Metaxas.  “When the Chinese government tells its citizens that they can worship in a certain building on a certain day, but once they leave that building they must bow to the secular orthodoxy of the state, you have a cynical lie at work.  They’ve substituted a toothless ‘freedom of worship’ for ‘freedom of religion’.”

A modern day prophet with an Ivy League education, a razor-sharp wit, and an eye for the palpitations of history, Metaxas can charm, disarm, and even eviscerate the most hostile cynic without breaking a sweat or compromising his testimony.   There simply is no one currently on the American landscape with a greater scope, Metaxas has a range that reaches beyond the pew and into the board-room and even the state house.

Mark Joseph for National Review Online writes:

“If the organizers of the national prayer breakfast ever want a sitting president to attend their event again, they need to expect that any leader in his right mind is going to ask — no, demand — that he be allowed to see a copy of the keynote address that is traditionally given immediately before the president’s. That’s how devastating was the speech given by a little known historical biographer named Eric Metaxas, whose clever wit and punchy humor barely disguised a series of heat-seeking missiles that were sent, intentionally or not, in the commander-in-chief’s direction. . . By the time he wrapped up his speech with a rendition of Amazing Grace, one got the feeling that this was a modern-day, and perhaps more humorous version, of what Old Testament prophets regularly did to Kings of Israel: deliver brutally honest messages from Yahweh with little regard for their personal safety. Only this time, there were no beheadings, only the difficult-to-watch spectacle of seeing a president forced to uncomfortably read a speech which had just been shredded to pieces by a man who couldn’t possibly have known what was coming. And as he did so, the audience in that room likely left with Metaxas’s four-word condemnation, intentional or not, of the 44th president of the United States ringing in their ears:  ‘God is not fooled.’”

I often hear the regret of those who had a chance to hear the greats of their day in the most crucial of times yet passed on the occasion for the most inane of reasons.  Imagine the chance to have heard Solzhenitsyn at Harvard, Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri, or Ronald Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate.   Imagine passing on the chance to have heard Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis, Churchill, Thatcher, MacArthur or Martin Luther King, Jr.  To have heard, “Tear down this wall,” “We will fight on the beaches,” “I have a dream,” or “Duty, Honor, Country.”

The world often perceives that the dangerous man is the one who orders death and destruction but the truly dangerous men in the world are the ones who can turn the grim reality upside down.  Men like the Apostle Paul and the disciples of the early church, men like our founders.  Men and women that are faithful in the face of terror, come what may.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a dangerous man who would challenge the status quo and incite the brotherhood to daring acts of love and courage.  The American Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas is too, – his enemies know it, and I pray that the rest of us have an ear to hear as well.

*You can catch Eric Metaxas this Friday in suburban Chicago.  Click here for more details.

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