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UPDATE: A&E has lifted their suspension of Phil Robertson – no surprise here. The Robertson’s released this statement to Fox News:

“The family is excited to keep making a quality TV show for our dedicated fans, who have showed us wonderful support. We will continue to represent our faith and values in the most positive way through Duck Dynasty and our many projects that we are currently working on. The outpouring of support and prayer has encouraged and emboldened us greatly.”

Much has been written regarding the fallout and many good points have been made. Most of us are tired of hearing about it however, this debate is way too important to dismiss.

I submit to you the biggest reason these public squabbles rarely get resolved: we now have a clear cultural, moral divide in America and both sides cannot coexist peacefully any longer. There is too much at stake.

Though I agree with Phil Robertson’s views of the Bible and sin, I wish he would have answered the question on homosexuality with more tact in the GQ interview. Regardless, what did we learn?

In one corner of the public battle are those that believe in the Bible as well as America’s founding principles of Christianity; in the other corner are those who not only oppose us, but claim they are offended (threatened) by the presence of practicing Christians. The minority has the loudest voices and the support of Hollywood, the mainstream media, and government. Because of this ungodly alliance, we sometimes think conservatives and people of faith are now outnumbered.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Less than 4 % of the U.S. population is LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender), and in a recent census of American citizens, less than 1% were verifiable same-sex couples. Moreover, about 73% of the media favor same-sex marriage while over 75% of Americans support Christianity.

This lopsided dichotomy was revealed a few years ago during the attempted intimidation of Chick-fil-A after the CEO had the audacity to say he runs his company on Christian values and believes in marriage between one man and one woman. Gay activist groups cried “hate” and after the intense, media-trumpeted backlash (bullying), millions of Americans supported Chick-fil-A by eating at their restaurants and rallying on social media.

You may also remember in 2009, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, was asked a question about legalizing same-sex marriage during the Miss USA competition. One of the judges, homosexual activist, Perez Hilton, viciously attacked Prejean and later admitted she would have won the Miss USA crown had she not answered the question in support of traditional marriage. What an interesting twist to ‘judge ye not.’

In the Duck Dynasty controversy, we again witnessed the political and public pressure by homosexual activists from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbians Alliance Against Defamation) and the Human Rights Campaign to not only force suspension of family patriarch Phil Robertson, but also insist he undergo sensitivity training and tolerance education.

Often ignored when discussing Robertson’s interview is the fact he also referred to many other sins even heterosexuals commit (1 Cor. 6:9-10). We all sin and fall short of God’s glory, and every one of us needs forgiveness. To Robertson, sin is sin no matter who you are, but opportunistic activists cried fowl.

The LGBT community claims it’s all about love and equality, but if you don’t agree with or approve of their lifestyle, they often resort to hateful attacks and refuse to permit speech that opposes homosexuality. This is totalitarian intolerance.

If we love someone, we’ll tell them the truth. If we believe Jesus is the only way to salvation (Acts 4:12) and we fail to warn others, we don’t really care about them. The way Christians demonstrate their love for non-believers is by addressing sin so they can repent and receive the grace God offers which leads to everlasting life (Ephesians 2:8).

One major issue at stake here is the First Amendment: Do all Americans, including Christian conservatives, still have legal speech protections or not? I purposely mention “conservatives” because there are far too many liberal Christians as well as those who profess Christianity and fail to accept the Bible’s authority or strive to live in obedience to its precepts. Some of these folks don’t think we should speak openly about our faith or quote certain Scriptures. Thanks to the emergent church, Christianity has been watered-down.

The foundational issue is whether or not the Bible is a divine source of inspiration and truly God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16). Are there moral absolutes or not? God’s truth never changes and cannot be altered or adapted to a compromising culture.

The reason sin has become such an explosive topic is many Christian and religious leaders don’t teach or preach the undiluted gospel – the whole counsel of God – as much as they used to and therefore, many Christians don’t talk about sin; especially homosexuality.

How selfish of us who believe the Bible if we don’t share with non-Christians the only good news that can save them! Ironically, sin is the reason God sent His only Son, Jesus, to be sacrificed for us. He was brutally tortured and crucified and we don’t talk about WHY He had to die? Sin separates all mankind from a holy God.

Did you know originally, A&E’s plan for Duck Dynasty was for viewers to laugh and mock a family of ‘backwards’ Christian rednecks? Instead the show became the most popular cable program in history averaging 14.6 million viewers. The very plan that backfired ended up making them millions. A&E knew what they were getting with the Robertson’s.

Sadly today in culture, evil is considered good and good is considered evil (Isaiah 5:20), and activists will no longer tolerate those who say their behavior is sinful. Some believe we’ve reached a tipping point.

As for the media in America, they freely give liberals a platform, but rarely report the whole story. For example, are they not being hypocritical by refusing to mention the intolerance of Islam toward both gays and Christians? Muslims hang homosexuals. They also burn Christians, and destroy their churches & villages; and gay activists are bent out of shape when someone warns them about their sinful behavior?

We cannot remain neutral any longer. The lines have been drawn in the sand. This present darkness is not about Duck Dynasty, A&E, the Robertsons or Hollywood. It’s not even political, it is spiritual and the battle has just intensified. Take up your positions or hide under a table.

Author Michael Brown suggests:

“Those of us who agree fundamentally with Robertson make clear that: 1) We are unashamed of our belief in Jesus and in biblical morality. 2) We stand against the mistreatment of all people, including gays and lesbians. 3) We will not support the radical redefinition of marriage, regardless of the cost involved, nor do we see cultural capitulation to gay activism as inevitable.”

This never would have been a debate 50 years ago, so what changed? God, or America? Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). We’ve reached the point where activists are forcing conformity and calling it tolerance. I believe this is good for a comfortable Christian church.

Know this: God is at work orchestrating events and warning us to understand the times.

The problem has been diagnosed. The moral decline in America is evidence we cannot rely on church leaders because people are obviously not getting the message. If Christians fail to speak about the Bible, Jesus Christ, and the issue of sin; our society will only grow worse, the battle more intense, and the hostility more volatile.

One thing is certain: silence never saved anybody.

David Fiorazo is the author of ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA

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It happens every year around this time. Some refer to it as the “War on Christmas,” but that’s not completely accurate.

People who are trying to remove Christmas displays are not threatened by the story of an innocent baby born in a manger over 2,000 years ago. They’re not necessarily threatened by our public worship. They simply don’t want to have to answer to the One who Scripture refers to as Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6).

C.S. Lewis once said:

“There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.”

They are fighting against the person and the truth of Jesus Christ. Yes, activists take it out on us, but our struggle is not against flesh and blood people (Ephesians 6:12); it is spiritual. It’s not enough for them to have the freedom to not celebrate Christmas and the right to deny faith in God; their agenda is to take it away as an option for us. Talk about bullying.

Some atheists, humanists, activists, and progressives come out every year during Christmas and with the help of the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and other Leftist groups, threaten to take you to court if you don’t keep quiet about this Jesus and conform to a godless culture. These are the very people who need God the most.

Activists would rather cause chaos than submit to the Prince of Peace, and their actions are often rooted in hatred of anything to do with God. Rather than be reminded of God’s love and His plan, they aim to silence the reminders.

For example, Sarah Palin knows what it’s like to be attacked, hated, and sued. Her new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, is “about Christ and our ability to worship Him freely. It’s about America and what liberty truly means…” Most of us will never go through a fraction of the hostility she’s had to endure, so let’s give her credit for acknowledging Jesus and promoting Christmas.

You’d never hear if from most media, but polls and surveys prove the majority of Americans are absolutely fine with public displays of Christmas. The problem is we back down by either saying nothing or we give in by wishing others “Happy Holidays” in public. There is nothing wrong with saying happy holidays, but if you’re a Bible-believing Christian or even if you simply support religious liberty and free speech in America, why not wish others a Merry Christmas?

I took out a note pad and forced myself to pay attention to TV commercials the other day and noticed only a small number of ads and businesses even mention Christmas. First, kudos to Hobby Lobby, Menards, Lowes, Sears, Walmart, and a few others for acknowledging Christmas.

It is ironic many businesses that want your money avoid the “C” word in their television ads, but show festive, apparently meaningless red and green colors and decorations. Here are just a few examples of how political correctness is gaining ground:

Best Buy: “Perfect holiday gifts” and “Your ultimate holiday showroom”
Target: “My kind of holiday”
M&M’s: “Happy Holidays”
Wells Fargo: “Wishing you a magical holiday”
Scheel’s: “Unwrap the cheer” and “Deck the halls”
Honda: “Happy Honda Days”
Toys R Us: “The Big Holiday Wish Sale”

Countless other ads mention Santa, celebrating “the season,” giving gifts, or some kind of sale – but give no specific reason for having the sale! Call it what you want and celebrate it or not, but just like Jesus Christ and His Word, the meaning of Christmas never changes.

If it matters to you, check out American Family Association’s “Naughty or Nice” list. Companies can do what they want – and we can shop where we want. We’re not expecting unbelievers to live according to the Bible or to act like Christians. We do want them to receive the message and acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Especially during Christmas, the point is not to judge them, act self-righteously, or relish in their future demise, but to love them enough to tell them the truth and share the good news of Jesus Christ. There will always be opposition just as Jesus told His followers in John 16:33,

“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart; I have overcome the world.”

He also said we’d be hated because of Him. We are simply messengers; their problem is with the message and with their Maker. Why? A baby seems harmless until you understand the rest of the Christmas story. Jesus Christ, the eternal Word, “became flesh and dwelt among us,” (John 1:14) to “give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). He left no wiggle room when He stated He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

So, is the Wonderful Counselor a liar, a lunatic, or is He the only true, living God? The overwhelming archeological, historical, and biblical evidence demands a verdict.

A choice must be made: on what side of eternity do you want to live? Salvation is a free gift. Will you accept His offer and open the present?

The story of Christmas includes a holy God that loved us enough to offer His Son as a sacrifice to pay our sin debt so that His wrath would be satisfied and that He could extend His mercy toward us by forgiving our sins.

The meaning of Christmas is the ultimate love story that never changes – even when some refuse to acknowledge the reason for the season.

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10: 9-10)

Merry Christmas!

David Fiorazo is the author of ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA

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If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you (John 15:17-19).

Sarah Palin’s new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” is “about Christ and our ability to worship Him freely. It’s about America and what liberty truly means…” In an interview with The Brody File for CBN News, she stated what most of us already know:  those who are offended by public expressions of our Christian faith or by religious displays during Christmas season are really offended by Jesus himself. Sarah Palin stated:

“People who would be offended that we celebrate the Prince of Peace because it is called Christmas, it’s because the name Christ is in the title that they would be offended. So that tells you this war on Christmas is really the tip of the spear when it comes to a greater battle that’s brewing and that battle that’s brewing is those who would want to take God out of our society, out of our culture which will lead to ruin as history has proven. Any country, any government society that has kicked God out of the public square completely, it leads to ruin. Why would we go down that path when we know what would happen?”

Our country IS going down that path. Within a week, liberals such as Cher and MSNBC’s Martin Bashir viciously attacked Palin with words and hate too vile for me to type out here. Again, the Left shows their true colors when it comes to Christian conservatives.

THIS is just one reason why I was compelled to write ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA. The following is an excerpt from chapter 7, ”They Love to Hate Sarah Palin,” which highlights some of the worst journalism and liberal hypocrisy in our nation’s history.

Not everyone in the media is evil. Many have been brainwashed at some point in their education or in their careers. We may not be able to turn back the tide of bias, but let’s raise more awareness by sharing the truth. We may not be able to hold the media accountable, but we can expose their hypocrisy. Plenty of Americans still do care.

FLASHBACK: HOW THE MEDIA HELPED ELECT BARACK OBAMA

People tend to believe half-truths or lies, if they are repeated often enough. What happened in 2008 should be taught in journalism classes and should go down as the final nail in the coffin of media objectiv­ity. The character assassination, personal attacks, and brutal political assault on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin should never have been allowed to happen. I’ve never seen so much hatred toward one person trumpeted by the media. It should be something fair-minded Ameri­cans won’t soon forget.

I discuss truth quite a bit in this book, and though we know the Bible is the ultimate truth, we should be no less concerned about truth in our country, culture, and media. They don’t even try hiding their bias anymore. The fact that the Christian worldview is not popular in today’s society shouldn’t be surprising to us, but we are American citizens, and we deserve to know the facts and the truth about issues affecting America.

Front Page Magazine’s John Perazzo has monitored years of media bias and said he had never seen it more pronounced than in the 2008 election cycle:

“The professionals who constitute America’s mainstream news media – the reporters, editors, anchors, publishers, correspondents, bureau chiefs, and executives at the nation’s major newspapers, magazines, radio networks, and television networks – are leftists and Democrats in far greater numbers than they are conservatives or Republicans… they have been transformed – by virtue of the one-sided, passionately partisan worldview shared by editors and reporters alike – into mouthpieces of the political Left.”

Sarah Palin is hated, not for what she has done, but for who she is – a pro-life Christian conservative. She is also hated because she is a strong, family-oriented, successful career woman. Liberal Feminists can’t stand her because she accomplished so much in public office while raising five children. She seems genuinely happy with her life and that bugs them too. The foundational reason they hate her, however, may be that her joy comes from an authentic faith in Jesus Christ. Palin promotes a passion for life. She loves her God, her family, and her country.

Furthermore, she is attractive, she brings ratings to every program she appears on, and has authored two best-selling books. Her eight-part documentary, Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC broke ratings records with nearly 5 million tuning in for the premiere.  Though she had to develop a thick skin, she is sensitive, vulnerable and, of course, human. This is a point we often miss about famous public figures. She is like you and me, and many of us are like her.

What do I mean by that? Tens of millions of patriotic Americans identify with her in some way. She gained popularity for being herself and by representing traditional values.

When we live to glorify Jesus, some people will feel guilty. Moreover, darkness does not like being exposed and will lash out at any sign of a serious threat. It is important to recognize the spiritual undercurrent to this reaction, and it comes from a dark, evil place. The lesson is this: when we choose to live as a committed Christian, it shines light on sin and on the way others have chosen to live.

A living, glaring, obvious reminder that Sarah Palin is seeking God’s heart is the fact she and her husband Todd gave birth to a child with Down syndrome. The Palins welcomed their son, Trig, as the special gift from God that he is. [They are walking the pro-life talk.] By choosing life and being in the public eye, they showed a watching world in 2008 that every human life is to be valued instead of a “problem” to be dealt with as the pro-abortion crowd believes. That alone makes the mob furious.

The irrational hatred toward Sarah Palin cannot be explained in the usual terms of politics and ideology. The traditional divide of ‘liberal versus conservative’ or “Democrat versus Republican” cannot explain such dark, almost other-worldly expressions as ‘I hope she dies gnashing her teeth’ or death threats against the Palins’ children such as when Bristol appeared on Dancing With The Stars.

It’s clear most elites, progressives, liberals, and socialists have con­tempt for Sarah Palin because of her faith in God. They are their own gods, and Christianity is a threat to them. As a result, they treat Palin with hostility, vitriol, disdain, nastiness, sarcasm, maliciousness, and hate. These are symptoms of the overall war against Jesus Christ in America.

The root cause is always spiritual, and it begins in the human heart. Many have given their take on this phenomenon. In his outstand­ing book, How Evil Works, author David Kupelian brilliantly explained:

“Haven’t you ever wondered why, when someone on the public stage radiates noble character, common sense and natural grace – like Ronald Reagan did, or more recently Sarah Palin – he or she is regarded by the ‘big media’ with an inexplicable revulsion? Hatred is almost too soft a word. It’s because Reagan and Palin manifest the very qualities of character that the jaded media elite lost long ago, and since being thus reminded of their lost innocence is painful and unwelcome, they feel compelled to attack the ‘reminder.’”

TWEETING HATE

In 2011, Sarah Palin’s political action website had targets on congressional districts across the country where Republicans needed to win. Democrats have done the exact same thing on their strategy maps! Some in the media and many on the Left actually blamed Palin for the January shooting in Arizona that injured more than a dozen people, killed six, and severely injured Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Proclaimers of civility and tolerance want to take away our guns, but they want Sarah Palin shot. I share the following, especially for those who say there is hatred on both sides. Here are a fraction of the “Tweets” that blasted across the Internet:

“My hatred for Palin continues to grow. I think this woman should be assassinated.”

“Can somebody please shoot Sarah Palin?”

“I hope Sarah Palin dies an ugly death and takes her moronic hate with her.”

“I am very nonviolent, but somebody needs to shoot Palin’s toes off.”

“Save a wolf – shoot Sarah Palin: just saw that on a bumper sticker, ha ha”

“I may hate Sarah Palin, but I wish no real violence upon her. Just an inoperable tumor is all.”

“Sarah Palin is the single most dangerous threat to the future of the human race. Somebody should shoot her.”

“Join us in praying to God that Sarah Palin contracts cancer and dies.”

“I hope Sarah Palin dies a slow and painful death.”

The Left can be quite hypocritical, and media will not hold them accountable for their actions. They demand respect for every religion except Christianity… If a Dem­ocrat is even mildly insulted, the media is sure to report it.

The Bible warns about calling evil good, and calling good evil (Isaiah 5:20); those who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness.’ If people simply disagree with Sarah Palin or anyone else on policies or politics, that’s fine.  The problem is that their disagreement with her worldview evolves into an irrational hatred of her as a person. Michelle Malkin stated:

“Hollywood savaged Palin. Journalists mocked her. Liberal blogs slimed her. Opponents cursed her, Photoshopped her, hacked her e-mail, hanged her in effigy, called her bigot, Bible-thumper and bimbo, and attacked her husband and children…”

What the mainstream media did during the presidential campaigns and election of 2008 was not only embarrassing, it was glaring evidence of their overt allegiance to the Democratic Party. There were journalists who left the profession because of their association with blatant bias and corruption, and Americans lost complete trust in the media’s ability to deliver an unfiltered story. The good news is millions of truth seek­ers now get news from alternative sources, and this is creating a new wave of citizen journalism: concerned individuals sharing important factual information.

The debate in 2008 began with John McCain’s age (which I agree was an issue) and with Sarah Palin’s experience (which shouldn’t have been an issue). First, a quote from a young, green, liberal Senator:

“You know, I am a believer in knowing what you’re doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on a national ticket, I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the Senate. Now, there are some people who might be comfortable doing that, but I’m not one of those people.” – Senator Barack Obama, 11/08/2004

Hollywood and media elites believe experience only matters if a can­didate is a Republican. Though I was not sure John McCain could win in 2008, (an old white-haired moderate Republican and Veteran run­ning against a young, black, charismatic, liberal Democrat and smooth orator) McCain’s four years as a member of Congress and twenty-five years in the United States Senate did not seem to be important to the media. Tragically, it was not important to many Americans either. The media did, however, point out McCain’s age, his past bout with skin cancer, and the fact he couldn’t raise his arms over his head (due to the torture he endured as a POW). It was a brilliant strategy: ‘he’s old, look at his white hair!’

Since John McCain was not a conservative, he was easily cast aside as not being a threat to Barack Obama. There was, however, a very real and present danger to Democrats in Sarah Palin: a popular, attractive, and charismatic, walk-the-talk conservative. She represented practi­cally everything liberal elites and socialists oppose. So they hated her.

THE CONTRAST

Sarah Palin began her career in public service back in 1992, and by the time she was Alaska’s Governor, Barack Obama was well-known in Chicago as a community organizer. Unbelievably, the national media tried – with straight faces – to suggest Sarah Palin’s seventeen years in public office, including six as mayor, did not give her the experience necessary to be a vice presidential candidate. Obama’s total of less than two years of experience in politics as a new senator was not an issue. Obama was running for president, not vice president! Columnist Noel Sheppard did a piece for Newsbusters in 2008 and made an excellent argument:

“After all, just days after winning his U.S. Senate seat in 2004, Barack Obama said he didn’t have enough experience to sit in the White House. As he basically threw his hat in the presi­dential ring during an October 22, 2006, appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, it means that less than twenty-two months in the Senate is all he needed to be more qualified than he felt he was roughly two years prior.”

Plenty of Obama’s time in the Senate was spent traveling and cam­paigning, which is one thing he does very well. What executive experi­ence did he have? During his on the job training in the Illinois Senate, he voted “present” 129 times while representing his constituents. Vot­ing “present” was one of three options in the Illinois Legislature, along with “yes” and “no.” The primary job responsibility of a United States Senator is to review bills and vote on legislation passed by committee. At least he showed up physically.

In contrast, Sarah Palin had many years of executive experience in both the public and private sectors. As Governor of Alaska, she man­aged a $14 billion budget. As President of the United States, Obama failed to pass a budget in his first three years, so it is doubtful he knows how to manage one. As a young lawyer, Obama represented ACORN and was a successful community organizer and activist in Chicago. As Alaska’s Governor, Palin fought government waste and won. Her finan­cial administration was over a state whose revenue fluctuates widely, entirely dependent on the price of a barrel of oil.

Obama worked with liberal non-profit groups and big labor unions, wrote a book, made friends with Oprah and Bruce Springsteen, and lobbied for Hollywood support. Barely half of Illinois residents (51.8%) approved of the job Obama was doing in office as a senator.

Palin challenged both political parties in Alaska while cleaning up years of corruption. Her average job approval rating was in the 80’s, and she had the highest voter-approval ratings of any governor in the United States (93% in May 2007). I’m sure the media simply overlooked these facts or didn’t know where to find them.

SOME KNOW NOT WHY THEY HATE

We’ve all been there – and it’s flabbergasting. We get into a con­versation with a person who firmly believes something without much knowledge or understanding to back up their view. When you ask for factual examples or question them at all, their reply is often irratio­nal. In an article for Front Page Magazine,Why the Left Hates Sarah Palin,writer and producer Evan Sayet wrote about hanging out at his favorite coffee shop in the hopes of doing his writing and converting a few liberals. Because encounters such as this are common, you might relate. Describing an interaction at the coffee shop, Sayet wrote:

“Today, the conversation turned to Sarah Palin and my latest acquaintance blurted out: ‘Oh I hate her.’ Since she did not yet know my politics, and since we were in Los Angeles, it is clear that she expected to hear back what you usually hear back in this city: ‘Yeah, I hate her, too.’ Instead, I asked her why.

“At this point I could have predicted her response because it’s the same response you get from liberals no matter who on the Right you’re talking about: ‘Because she’s stupid.’

“I replied: ‘Being stupid is no reason to hate someone, but tell me, which one of her policies do you disagree with?’ It wasn’t hard to predict her response: ‘All of them!’

“I continued to push. ‘Well, then, if it’s all of them, it should be easy for you to name one.’ Her reply? ‘They’re too many to list.’ ‘So don’t list them, just give me one,’ I said.

“This went on for a while until my new acquaintance finally admitted that she didn’t know any of Ms. Palin’s policies. Before she ran off… I looked her in the eyes and said, ‘If you don’t know any of her policies, perhaps you should look into them.’ She promised she would. She won’t.”

THE QUOTES: ABOUT BARACK OBAMA

“Barack Obama has prospered in this presidential campaign because of the steadiness of his temperament and the judicious quality of his decision-making. They are his best-known quali­ties. The most important decision he has made – the selection of a running mate – was done carefully, with an exhaustive attention to detail and contemplation of all the possible angles. Two months later, John McCain’s peremptory selection of Gov­ernor Sarah Palin has come to seem a liability…” –Joe Klein, Time magazine

“I see he is getting a standing ovation from all of the journalists who have come there [to hear the speech]….” – Wolf Blitzer, CNN

“Take pride that this nation can produce men and speakers such as that.” – Keith Olberman, MSNBC, following an Obama speech

“It’s part of reporting this…election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My – I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.” – MSNBC host Chris Matthews

“It’s like running against God; you know the media has anointed him.” – Female CNN host

“People have called you the savior, the messiah, the messenger of change….” – Matt Lauer, interviewing Senator Obama

“…we’re [media] all just – on board – we’re not embarrassed when we get together. We just talk about how much we love Obama.” – Joel Stein, Los Angeles Times

“I’ve been criticized for saying that he inspires me and the hell with my critics … his speech was worthy of Abraham Lincoln.” – Chris Matthews, MSNBC

“I keep hearing that we have our JFK…Lee [Cowan] says to me, ‘it’s hard to stay objective covering this guy.’” – Brian Wil­liams, NBC

“and rally after rally, people literally faint” – ABC news reporter

“Maybe we should ask Barrack if he’s comfortable and needs another pillow.” – Hillary Clinton

“I haven’t been actively engaged before because there hasn’t been anything to be actively engaged in. But I am engaged now to make Barack Obama the next President of the United States.” – Oprah Winfrey

“And let me tell you something – for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment.” – Michelle Obama, 2008 campaign speech

This list could go on for pages so let’s advance the story that made history. Upon winning the nomination for the 2008 Democratic Pri­mary, Barack Obama stated:

“America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love…. I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation….” Barack Obama, June 2008

THE QUOTES: ABOUT SARAH PALIN

“After McCain announced his VP candidate, and she gave her [record TV audience] lightning bolt convention speech, and when the polls reflected her high likability…the media was petrified of Sarah Palin.” – Radio talk show host and docu­mentary film director John Zeigler

“This woman is trouble.” – Karen Dunn, strategic campaign assistant to David Axelrod

“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” – Barrack Obama

“We still don’t have the date of first issuance of her passport.” – Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein

“Is she indeed incompetent as even some conservatives would say?” – CNN male host

“There’s also this issue that on April 18th, she gave birth to a baby with Down’s Syndrome…. Children with Down’s syndrome require an awful lot of attention.” – CNN anchor John Roberts

“The fact of the matter is the comparison between her [Sarah Palin] and Hillary Clinton is the comparison between an igloo and the Empire State Building!” – MSNBC host Chris Matthews

“The broader question is if Sarah Palin becomes Vice President, will she be shortchanging her kids or will she be shortchanging the country?” – NBC reporter Amy Robach

“Palin would be a backward step for women.” – Joe Biden

“And I can see Russia from my house.” –Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live (86.9 % of those who voted for Obama thought this was a direct Palin quote even though it was Fey who said it.)

“You’re up there in Alaska sneaking around doing anything you want and nobody cares.” – David Letterman

“Palin will be gang-raped by my big black brothers if she enters Manhattan…. It’s about the extreme views of Gov. Sarah Palin – a woman who doesn’t believe that other women should have the right to choose…. I certainly wish Gov. Palin no harm – I’d just like her to explain to me how she can hold such outrageous views … and then go back to Alaska.” – Sandra Bernhard

“She said that small towns, that’s the part of the country she really likes going to because that’s the pro-America part of the country. You know, I just want to say to her, just very quickly: F_ck you.” –Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart

“Bad Mother Palin is blabbing about how her pregnant teen­age daughter has made the right CHOICE!!! Well, first of all, Ms. Palin, I mean MRS. Palin, your slutty daughter wouldn’t have a CHOICE to make at all, if you had your way! …I can see that she gets off talking badly to Barack, and I am sure the “N” word is rollin’ around that empty head of hers somewhere.” –Rosanne Barr

“If John McCain wins, this woman [Sarah Palin] will be one seventy-two-year-old man’s heartbeat away from being presi­dent of the United States, and if that doesn’t scare the hell out of you, it should.” – Jack Cafferty, CNN host

“They shouldn’t have the right to call themselves Christian, for they have no Christ-like attributes. I am a feminist and a Christian – and when I see Sarah Palin – I see neither. And it is official. She is evil.” – Margaret Cho, Comedienne

“There’s a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn’t survive his first term, and it’ll be President Palin! It’s like a really bad Disney movie, ‘The Hockey Mom.’ Oh, I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska, and she’s president. She’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It’s absurd.” –Actor Matt Damon

*This list of quotes is by NO means close to exhaustive.

THE JOKES (a small sampling)

Because some people form political opinions based on comedy, we should look at some late night humor that influenced people’s opinions. Below is a small sampling – there are literally hundreds available – from TV’s entertainers. A study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs actually counted the number of jokes which Jay Leno and David Let­terman told about the four major candidates.

Immediately following McCain’s announcement that Palin would be his VP running mate, there were 180 jokes about Palin and 106 about McCain, compared to sixteen jokes about Biden and twenty-six about Obama in a five week period. That totaled 286 jokes about Republi­cans and 42 jokes about Democrats.

“Sarah Palin and McCain are a good pair. She’s pro-life, and he’s clinging to life…Actually, it was kind of a smart choice. McCain went with a woman because he didn’t want to have to be in a position to have to get CPR from Mitt Romney.” – Tonight Show’s Jay Leno

One of the “Highlights of Sarah Palin’s trip to New York” was that she “Bought makeup from Bloomingdale’s to update her ‘slutty flight attendant’ look.” – David Letterman

Sarah Palin is so dumb; she thinks the capital of China is China­town… Palin thinks there are twenty-two letters in the alphabet.” – The Daily Show

“The Republican Convention is under way. The theme for tonight’s Republican Convention is, ‘Who is John McCain?’ Tomorrow night’s theme is, ‘Who forgot to check if the Vice President’s daughter is pregnant?’” – Conan O’Brien

“What about the husband? You know he’s doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It’s Alaska,” (NY Times assignment editor, portrayed by actor James Franco, responded): “He very well could be. Admittedly, there is no evidence of that, but on the other hand, there is no convincing evidence to the contrary. And these are just some of the lingering questions about Gov­ernor Palin.” – SNL skit about Todd Palin and incest

“It could be her baby, but it is a little suspicious if what I read in US magazine has any weight.” – Bill Maher, on Palin’s son Trig (US magazine cover featured Sarah Palin and the title, “Babies, Lies & Scandal”)

“She looks like one of those women in the Van Halen videos who takes off her glasses, shakes out her hair, and then all of a sudden, she’s in high heels and a bikini. All of a sudden, I am FOR drilling in Alaska.” – Jimmy Kimmel

“One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter [14-year-old Wil­low] was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” – David Letterman, monologue – joking about the rape of a minor

The scales were tilted seven to one with jokes about Republican candidates. Christians shouldn’t expect different behavior from unbe­lievers. Hollywood and the media teamed up and the 2008 popular vote favored Obama/Biden approximately 69 million to 60 million for McCain/Palin. Remove Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago and Obama would have lost the people’s vote.

Americans knew (and still know) less about Barack Obama than any other presidential candidate in United States history and voted him into the most important office in the land. Many people – not just Christians – saw the nonstop hatred toward Sarah Palin and kept quiet. People knew there was bias and tragically accepted it as normal. Post-election, people were surveyed, and the media was questioned.

Here are a few post-election headlines and poll results:

  • Rasmussen: By 10-to-1 Public Says Reporters ‘Tried to Hurt Palin’
  • By Nearly 8-to-1, Voters Say Journalists Wanted Obama to Win
  • By 5-to-1 Public Thinks Most Journalists Tried to Elect Obama
  • Pew Poll Finds Media Credibility Plummets to All-Time Lows
  • Rasmussen: ‘55% Say Media Bias Bigger Problem than Cam­paign Cash’
  • Fox News Poll: Two-Thirds Think Most Journalists Wanted Obama to Win
  • Pew: Many Recognize Media’s Pro-Obama Bias, Democrats Prefer CNN
  • Rasmussen: 63% of ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC View­ers Back Obama

An Investor’s Business Daily study exposed the lopsided ratio of campaign donations as journalists contributed to Democrats 11.5-to-1. Get this, in terms of dollars given, the ratio was 15-to-1.  If you look at those outside the news room, the industry standard is almost purely Democratic. Big media company employees were analyzed revealing shocking results: the ratio in campaign donations is 100-to-1 in favor of the Democrats.

Ratings are crashing, and the public has turned against the media, but they’re too into denial to notice. Almost 70 percent of Americans thought there was a clear media bias favoring Obama, and a majority wanted to hear more reports on the issues instead of the candidates. Despite reader complaints, the elite media put out more favorable sto­ries (73%) about Obama. Journalism is the only profession I know that ignores the wishes of its customers.

Another question that hasn’t been answered is how could the AP, CNN, and other national outlets send over 100 reporters to Alaska to investigate Sarah Palin while sending no one to Chicago – the home of political corruption – to look into Barrack Obama’s background? CNN’s John King admitted that the media assumed Hillary Clinton was going to win the nomination because in Democratic politics “the Clinton name is the gold standard.” King admitted the media didn’t vet Obama, and they “need to learn that lesson.” The criticism of the media is legitimate.

The next year, [2009] within a matter of weeks, the mainstream media ran thirty-seven negative reports on Sarah Palin and only two positive sto­ries. Tina Fey even got an Emmy nomination for mocking Sarah Palin on SNL and believe it or not, Katie Couric received a journalism award for her infamous interviews with VP candidate Palin. Couric’s CBS crew edited hours of interview footage and aired only selected segments. Do you think they told the public the whole story?

CONCLUSION

America is a free country, and we have a free press, but the media fails to live up to their responsibility to bring factual information to the people. This is beyond conclusive when it comes to Sarah Palin, and it is a serious issue. We may not be able to change what they believe or how they present the news, but we can pray for their salvation and for more citizens to wake up and see the corruption. A remnant of truth seekers and defenders is stepping up. Will you join the ranks?

In this age of the 24/7 news cycle, the blogosphere, and very little media accountability, we know the attacks, distortions, and misin­formation will continue to be aimed at Christians and conservatives. Let’s not stoop to their level. Call attention to their hypocrisy, but don’t lose focus. Having the freedom to speak about the Bible and share the Gospel is our priority before party, policy or politics.

The media is part of the culture to blot out God in America. Chris­tians in the public eye, especially those as popular as Sarah Palin, are a threat to the progressive, socialist agenda to normalize and rationalize sinful behavior and destroy the moral fabric in America. If they had their way, we’d be prevented from talking about our faith. We’d stay home, we’d stop quoting the Bible or talking about Jesus Christ on the Internet.

If they had their wish and we kept quiet, the hopeless, lost, and the hurting would not be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ.

We know God works all things together for good (Romans 8:28), and reflecting on this from a biblical viewpoint, I can’t help but think of the story of Joseph. He went from the pit to the prison to the palace. Like Sarah Palin, some of us need to remember these Scriptures when discrimination against Christians increases in America.

But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive (Genesis 50:20).

You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved (Matthew 10:22).

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