Western Culture Dinner Topics Newsletter: Foundation of Faith

Western Culture Dinner Topics Newsletter:

Foundation of Faith

August  2017

Welcome to Western Culture Dinner Topics! 

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? In the 70s, there was a popular song by that title.

Nowadays there are many people wandering the streets, who think they know the answer to that question. But they are very angry all the time, so I suspect they don’t really know what it’s all about, and are therefore very frustrated. Or perhaps, deep down, they do know what it’s all about, but do not want to face the truth.

Then, there is a legion of young adults, who are so self-absorbed—so imprisoned in the pretty lock-box, AKA a “smart phone”—that any glimmer of light from Life’s big picture does not even reach their peripheral  vision. So narrow is the world of this self-imposed digital prison, that its inmates don’t even know there is a window to their future.

What’s it all about? The poor things don’t even know to ask the question, let alone seek its answer.

“It’s not about you.” These words are often spoken to the spoiled, to the selfish, to the control freaks. Yes, it’s true. People like that need to get their minds off themselves. But I would suggest amending that statement:

“It’s not ONLY about you.” Because you are not alone.

 First of all, it’s about God. After all, He created you and me. He has a plan for us, which is the key to our happiness, because He is our Heavenly Father, and He loves us. To Him, it is very much about you. It’s about your choices, and actions. If you are a parent or grandparent, it’s about what you do to teach your children and grandchildren to build a foundation of faith—that is, God’s plan for them. If you are a son or daughter, it’s about learning how to follow the guideposts along the road of life. Those guideposts are also known as The Ten Commandments. If you obey those, you will avoid so many “fiery swamps”, “pits of despair,” and “cliffs of insanity.”[1]  You will be well on the path to happiness. And you will never be alone. You will be more in tune with your Heavenly Father’s will; therefore you will have the Holy Spirit as your companion. And God will raise up friends who will help you.

Why are we here? This is another question answered by God’s plan.

Some people blame all our problems on Adam and Eve. Come on. Is that fair? They were only human. They made mistakes, just like we do. God knew we would make mistakes. That’s all part of His Plan. That’s why He sent His Son.

Choices have consequences. The consequence of our First Parents’ choice to eat the  fruit of the Tree of Knowledge was to gain ability to know good from evil. So Heavenly Father sent them from Eden, not because He was angry, but because they needed to experience the inevitable consequence of every choice. He also sent them out of His presence, to learn how to distinguish good from evil in the great proving grounds called mortality, and to learn how to walk by faith.

So that’s why we are hereto choose right over wrong, of our own free will. God will force no man or woman to heaven. But we needn’t worry about being punished for the sins of Adam and Eve. Only our own mistakes. That is enough. But we must own those, not blame them on Eve, or anyone else. This accepting of responsibility is called repentance. That’s all we have to do—simply repent, and our beloved Savior does the rest.

compass liahonaOur merciful Heavenly Father did not send His first children into the wilderness without preparing them.   Nor does He expect us to make our epic journey of life without help. We can set our course using the guidebook, or the Bible, which shows the path taken by our noble ancestors. We can gather our daily bread from the scriptures. And we have a built-in compass called our conscience.

These are the bricks for our foundation of faith, with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone.

And that’s what it’s all about.

Your epic quest begins at birth

To find your purpose here on earth.

Along the way your heart will learn

How good from evil to discern.

Moments in time will come to define

Trials of your soul, to test and refine.

 

Discover things that will be treasured,

Perhaps not always in money measured—

Gems of knowledge, virtue, truth,

Eternal standards for families and youth—

To strengthen, protect, and to prepare

A way to escape the enemy’s snare.

 

The journey of life demands your part—

Courage, faith, and a willing heart.

You need not fall, though you may stumble,

For angels fail not to help the humble.

Your lone small flame may not seem bright,

Yet it reveals the way to greater light.

 

Day by day, big and little—

Answers await life’s every riddle.

Just when you think you can’t continue,

You’ll find the epic hero within you.

Honor and virtue will be your choice.

Return home triumphant, and rejoice.

~C.A.Davidson

Highlights

Thanks for visiting. Come often, stay late.

Keeping firm and steadfast in the faith,

Christine Davidson

News and Updates:

Notes on Critical Thinking (Defining Moments and History Facts):

Due to repeated falsehoods which are taught in many schools, confusion can be overwhelming. Therefore, we will be giving more emphasis on defining worldly ideas and reporting true history, even if it requires some repetition.

Transmit a Legacy of Faith and Freedom to Your Children and Grandchildren

In the next few months, we are developing the Birthright Academy. We are seeing the effects of decades of secularism which started in the schools, and from thence have invaded our government and our culture. Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s leaders. We cannot leave the teaching of our youth to the public schools and colleges. By then it will be too late.  If we want to preserve our Judeo-Christian values and culture of liberty, we will need to start serious teaching to the middle school and high school youth, so they will be prepared when they get on their own in college. This is the purpose of the Birthright Academy—to instill the Biblical Worldview into the rising generation, preparing Epic Heroes to lead our nation.

So from now on, we are sharpening the focus of Western Culture Dinner Topics on what matters most— to continually define and defend Judeo-Christian values, more about Israel, our spiritual  brother in the house of Israel,  to provide truth in journalism, and to know true history, so as not to be deceived.

Coming! Birthright Cultural Academy

A four-year home study course in the Biblical Worldview for high school age young adults, to prepare them for college, based on the Birthright literature series. Topics will include:

  • Church and State, Freedom vs. Tyranny
  • Creation Story, sacredness of life, scientific method
  • Moral compass, Bible as epic literature, archetypes
  • Truth in Journalism, history

As Joshua Benamoz  taught us,

Battered but not beaten, Western Culture wins the day!

Stronger than ever, Western Culture’s here to stay!

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Life Lessons from Biblical Big Picture

Critical thinking skills are taught in very few public schools anymore. Some of the best resources for character education and critical thinking are found in literary fiction. Using the historical novel, Birthright, by C.A. Davidson, as a platform, parents can teach their families vital critical thinking skills and Life Lessons from the Biblical big picture.

Topics include:

  • Truth–
    • How to Know What is True
    • Discerning Right and Wrong
  • Scientific Method (Empiricism) and Academic Freedom
  • Life Lessons from Historical patterns and literary symbolism

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Battered but not beaten, Western Culture wins the day!

Stronger than ever, Western Culture’s here to stay!

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Stress Relief Tip: In God We Trust

You can rely on the Word of God. The commandments of God are like signposts along the road of life. They keep you out of the danger zones. Moral relativism undermines justice, thus threatening the peace of civilized society. The commandments of God are the foundation of Western Civilization.

Moral absolutes provide us with “internal government”. If everyone restrains themselves, then we maintain civilization. Keep the commandments, in this there is safety and peace.

Theme Quotes for August: Foundation of Faith

Be still, and know that I am God. ~Psalm 46:10

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. ~Psalm 61:2

He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. ~Psalm 62:6-8

…O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:. Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power; which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people. ~Psalm 65:5-7

When we speak of faith—the faith that can move mountains—we are not speaking of faith in general but of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. ~Russell M. Nelson

Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not. [2]Yet so many people look only to their bank balance for peace or to fellow human beings for models to follow. ~Russell M. Nelson

We might each ask ourselves, where is our faith? Is it in a team? Is it in a brand? Is it in a celebrity? Even the best teams can fail. Celebrities can fade. There is only One in whom your faith is always safe, and that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. And you need to let your faith show! ~Russell M. Nelson

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. ~Helaman 5:12

And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God. ~Alma 31:6

[I]f ye will nourish the word. . .it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life. And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, … Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering. . .  ~Alma 32:41-43

And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity; and it is because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me, therefore I will cry unto thee in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy; for thou hast turned thy judgments away from me, because of thy Son. ~Alma 33:11

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The Western Culture Dinner Topic Theme for August: Foundation of Faith

Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Teaching Courage

Defining Moment: Correcting a Leftist’s misguided view on Capitalism

Famous Birthdays: Raoul Wallenberg, Enesco, Jedediah Morse, William Wilberforce, Debussy, Mother Theresa, John Locke

  • Constitution Series 8: Unalienable rights come from God
  • Critical Thinking: Truth about Nazism; why Left accusations are false
    • Kids need Truth, Not Fantasies
  • Culture Wars: 5 Reasons Transgender Accommodations Are Not Compatible with Military Realities
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    • AFA Christian News
  • Faith: Foundations of Faith
    • Small Acts of Faith
    • Sabbath, Drop by Drop
  • Hillsdale Imprimis: The Demise of Journalistic Standards, Part 1
  • History: How Environmentalist Predictions Have Been Wrong
    • Key Facts about Slavery that the Left Conveniently Ignores
    • The True Story of the Statue of Liberty
  • Stress Relief Tip: Trust in God
  • Truth Matters: Reporting news blacked out by the mainstream media

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New Resource: Take this online course from Hillsdale College!

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A four-year home study course in the Biblical Worldview for high school age young adults, to prepare them for college, based on the Birthright literature series. Topics will include:

  • Church and State, Freedom vs. Tyranny
  • Creation Story, sacredness of life, scientific method
  • Moral compass, Bible as epic literature, archetypes
  • Truth in Journalism, history

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It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms! A good way to do this is to study the monthly Constitution series from The 5,000 Year Leap. To access this series of posts, type US Constitution Series in this site’s search bar. Also, look for posts that refer to the Constitution in current events. This month Constitution series #8: Unalienable rights come from God

[1] Princess Bride, the movie

[2] Doctrine and Covenants 6:36

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Culture Wars: Liberal Lies, Multiculturalism vs. Western Civilization, American Exceptionalism, Patriotism, God and Country

Culture Wars:

Liberal Lies, Multiculturalism vs. Western Civilization, American Exceptionalism, Patriotism, God and Country

“Multiculturalism”, a poison long taught in American schools, is just a thinly veiled attack on Judeo-Christian culture. Our culture IS better than other cultures. Why? Because Judeo-Christian values, unlike feminism,  result in better treatment of women and children, and more liberty and justice for all. ~C.D.

“I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph. So, together, let us all fight like the Poles – for family, for freedom, for country, and for God. ~President Donald Trump

The West is superior to the rest of the world in every significant way, we should aggressively back our allies over our enemies, and the guiding principle of our foreign policy should always be America’s interests. No apologies. No equivocation. No doubt. ~Kurt Schlichter

The Left’s Hatred of Western Civilization and American Values

Rush Limbaugh

For those of you that are not quite sure how to define Western civilization, you have to think of people like Winston Churchill, you have to think of the founders of this country. Western civilization is simply that which led to the United States of America. It’s instrumental in the founding, the values, the overall view of humanity and the world. And it has been one of the greatest acknowledgments of the human condition in the history of the human condition, and that being the United States’ Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the entire setup of the United States of America.

There is a genuine hatred for this country and its great traditions and institutions. And it appears at first glance to me like it happened overnight. It hasn’t happened overnight; that’s the point.

RUSH: This all comes under, folks, all comes under the umbrella of what is happening to our culture, how it is being systematically destroyed. It’s been under attack for my entire lifetime and prior to that. But it has now gotten to the point where it’s way beyond even what — I thought where we are in the culture of our destruction would have to take us losing a war and the victors doing this to us. This is happening without us entering a war or losing it unless you want to call it the culture war that we are losing.

Sarah Wildman at Vox — I don’t know who is she but she’s a young Millennial writer at Vox — she said the speech often resorted to rhetorical conceits typically used by the European and American alt-right.

She called Trump’s speech an alt-right manifesto. Do you know what upset her in Trump’s speech? When Trump said “For family, for freedom, for country, and for God.” That drove them nuts. That literally sent them over the edge. “For family, for freedom, for country, and for God.” These are the people who think our education system needs to be fixed. These are the people who think that Barack Obama was the answer to all of our problems.

Amanda Marcotte:

“Trump argued that Western (read: white) nations are ‘the fastest and the greatest community’ and the ‘world has never known anything like our community of nations.’ He crowed about how Westerners (read: white people) ‘write symphonies,’ ‘pursue innovation’ and ‘always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers,’ as if these were unique qualities to white-dominated nations, instead of universal truths of the human race across all cultures.”

Now, once again this woman, Amanda Marcotte, in a sense can’t be blamed because she’s a product of the same education system that has poisoned her mind.

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/07/10/the-lefts-hatred-of-western-civilization-and-american-values/

Liberals Can’t Deal With A President Who Takes America’s Side

Kurt Schlichter

The West is superior to the rest of the world in every significant way, we should aggressively back our allies over our enemies, and the guiding principle of our foreign policy should always be America’s interests. No apologies. No equivocation. No doubt. ~Kurt Schlichter

What are your questions?

Well, if you’re a normal American, you won’t have any questions – these truths are self-evident. But if you’re a progressive, you’re gonna have a little sissy snit fit like so many libs did in the wake of the President’s triumphant Warsaw speech. There’s one thing that always sets them off – uttering the truth/heresy that not only is Western civilization the best and most advanced culture in the history of humanity, but the United States of America is its greatest manifestation.

I served with the Poles overseas. To get those hardcore boys cheering, you gotta bring your A game. They cheered Trump. And naturally the libs lost their collective mind.

Glorious.

So, while Trump was reciting manifest truths like the fact that Western civilization is the height of human achievement and worth fighting and dying for, the liberals were their own usual enemy-hugging selves — lying and distracting. How dare America’s President stick up for America!

This [Linda] Sansour . . . symbolizes much of why liberalism is a total failure, rejected by all who are decent and normal. Leftists, especially liberal feminists, drool over her hatred of normal women who don’t buy into her evil ideology. She is the perfect heroine for a progressive movement that is based solely on self-loathing and a desire to destroy the very culture that allowed its practitioners to be such frivolous clowns in the first place.

Liberals always get supersensitive when conservatives point out their treachery and lack of patriotism. They don’t get mad because the charges are false; they get furious because the charges are true and that they’re being exposed.

That’s why they hated Donald Trump’s stirring defense of Western civilization and of the United States. They hate America, and what it stands for. Just ask them. They’ll often drop their weasel words and hedging to tell you so explicitly, assuming they think no one normal is listening. Their hero Barack Obama said as much in so many words between his fits of babbling apologies to scummy foreigners. He wanted to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America into something else, most likely some commie dystopia that would make Venezuela shudder and declare war on its own people, which means normal patriots like us. Normals instinctively understand that no one wants to “fundamentally transform” something he loves.

Perhaps that’s Trump’s greatest sin in the eyes of the left. He actually loves the United States, and acts like it.

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History Facts: Protecting Judeo-Christian Values, Western Civilization Key to Lasting Freedom

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History Timeline of the Nuclear Family in Western Civilization

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Press Release: Birthright Novel defends Western Civilization

Birthright Novel defends Western Civilization

REVIEWS:

Freedom and the struggle we all go thru to keep it!

A well paced book with memorable characters and universal themes that we need to pay attention to!

C.A. Davidson’s New Historical Fiction “Birthright” is a Hero’s Quest for a Key to Survival as Civilization Hangs in the Balance

Recent release “Birthright” from Page Publishing author C. A. Davidson engages the reader in the journey of life experienced by all families with its hurdles, heartbreak, and humor, too.

(PRWEB) Mar 13, 2017

A. Davidson writes of history she has seen for herself, showing the raw power of truth in a world of deceit. Join the heroic young Benjamin in his epic quest for the elusive birthright—key to the very survival of life and liberty.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, C. A. Davidson’s “Birthright” is a memorable work that the reader will want to share with family and friends.

Orphaned by the brutal tyranny of the Soviet Empire, teenaged Benjamin Benamoz and his twin brother flee for their lives. However, Ben soon discovers that although he is now outside the Iron Curtain, he has not escaped his old enemies.

Bent on wiping out Western Culture, the powerful and ruthless Alger Rotcraft unleashes an army of deadly agents, led by a murderous pirate named Ramses, to rob children of their birthright and crush the minds and souls of Americans.

In a valiant attempt to confound this treacherous enemy, Ben takes up a desperate quest: to rescue and restore the ancient birthright to its sacred place in the chosen land.

The dark forces continue to advance, surpassing all boundaries of time and space. Finally, Ben’s hometown remains the last stronghold of resistance against utter destruction. To give up is to perish.

As hate-driven mobs invade unsuspecting homes, schools, and churches, hijacking control of children’s minds, Ben races to alert the people to their danger. Will he wake up his community in time to protect their families, save the birthright, and preserve their liberty before it’s too late?

Readers who wish to experience this unique and unforgettable work can purchase “Birthright” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

To learn more, contact the author, and join the conversation on Birthright, please visit:

http://www.birthrightcadavidson.com

Culture Wars: Huge Protest March in Germany vs. Angela Merkel, Islam, Illegal Immigration

Culture Wars: 

Huge Protest March in Germany vs. Angela Merkel, Islam, Illegal Immigration

Thousands March on Anti-Mass Migration PEGIDA’s Second Anniversary

Western Civilization at Stake. PEGIDA, a German-language acronym for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, has staged weekly protests in Dresden since 2014. Attendance peaked at around 25,000 early last year. Durchgezaehlt, a local group that estimates turnout, put Sunday’s attendance at between 6,500 and 8,500.

Breitbart London

pegida-anti-immigration-dresden2BERLIN (AP) — Several thousand people have turned out for a demonstration in the eastern German city of Dresden marking the second anniversary of the anti-Islam and anti-immigration group PEGIDA.

Police brought in reinforcements from other German states to prevent trouble at the PEGIDA event Sunday and at smaller counter-protests. They reported no significant incidents, news agency dpa reported.

pegida-anti-immigration-dresden3Speakers assailed the approach of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to the migrant crisis, to chants of “Merkel must go.”

PEGIDA, a German-language acronym for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, has staged weekly protests in Dresden since 2014. Attendance peaked at around 25,000 early last year. Durchgezaehlt, a local group that estimates turnout, put Sunday’s attendance at between 6,500 and 8,500.

PEGIDA spawned similar though less successful groups elsewhere in Germany.

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http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/10/17/thousands-march-anti-mass-migration-pegidas-second-anniversary/

Culture Wars, Ten Commandments and Western Civilization

Culture Wars:

The Ten Commandments protect Western Civilization

We Believe in Keeping the Ten Commandments

keyThey are not suggestions. They are every bit as requisite today as they were when God gave them to the children of Israel.”1 ~Thomas S. Monson

Moses and 10 cropThe Ten Commandments are found in the Old Testament (see Exodus 20:1–17), but Latter-day Saints know that those commandments apply in all ages, not just in Old Testament times. Abinadi taught the Ten Commandments in the Book of Mormon (see Mosiah 12:33–36; 13:13–24), and the Lord revealed them again to the Prophet Joseph Smith for our day (see D&C 42:18–29; 59:5–13).

Although people in many societies today disregard these commandments, we believe they are still in effect. President Thomas S. Monson explained:

“Behaviors which once were considered inappropriate and immoral are now not only tolerated but also viewed by ever so many as acceptable. …

“Although the world has changed, the laws of God remain constant. They have not changed; they will not change. The Ten Commandments are just that—commandments.

They are not suggestions. They are every bit as requisite today as they were when God gave them to the children of Israel.”1

We do not speak ill of others for not following the commandments. Rather, we look at our own lives and determine how well we live by the divine instruction we’ve been given.

The Ten Commandments represent basic standards of behavior that can be divided into two groups: how we treat God and how we treat others.

Because of God’s continued revelations to His prophets, we have learned more about what He expects of us, but the Ten Commandments remain a good place to start in our quest to be obedient. “[God’s] commandments are a manifestation of His love for us and obedience to His commandments is an expression of our love for Him.”2

“Which is the great commandment in the law?” See the Savior’s response in Matthew 22:37–40.

Here are some examples of living the commandments today:

golden-calfTo help us keep God at the center of our lives, He commands us to worship no other gods, to keep the Sabbath day holy, and to avoid blasphemy and idolatry.

 

  • “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). While most people are not tempted today to worship a golden calf, we should not worship “idols” such as prestige or material possessions (see 2 Nephi 9:30)

 

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  • “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8). Keeping the Sabbath day holy can help us learn to have an eye “single to [God’s] glory” (D&C 88:67).

To help us love God’s children, He commands us to honor our parents and to not steal, kill, lie, covet, or commit adultery.

 

  • “Honour thy father and thy mother” (Exodus 20:12). This can include honoring our ancestors, our parents, and our heavenly parents.
  • “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Having pure thoughts helps us keep this commandment (see D&C 42:23).

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“Thou shalt not covet” (Exodus 20:17). Coveting leads to, among other things, dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

“Thou shalt not covet” is the 10th commandment, but in some ways it is one of the most important, because coveting can lead to lying, stealing, and even murder. ~C.A. Davidson

Commandments Are for Our Happiness

“God’s commandments are not given to frustrate us or to become obstacles to our happiness. Just the opposite is true. He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just how we need to live our lives in order to obtain the greatest happiness possible. …

quote-contentment“Our Heavenly Father loves us enough to say: Thou shalt not lie; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; and so on. We know the commandments. He understands that when we keep the commandments, our lives will be happier, more fulfilling, and less complicated.”

President Thomas S. Monson, “Keep the Commandments,” Ensign, Nov. 2015, 83.

Patriotism: Build the Border Wall; Sharia Law not compatible with Western Civilization

Patriotism:

Build the Border Wall; Sharia Law not compatible with Western Civilization

Election 2016: GOP Platform—Build the Border Wall!

Ken Klukowski

keyCLEVELAND—The Republican Party Platform approved by the Platform Committee this week in Cleveland adopted Donald Trump’s call for a security wall on America’s southern border as part of the solution to the nation’s broken immigration system, as well as safeguarding national security.

And if they believe in Sharia Law, they should be deported. Sharia is not compatible with Western Civilization. ~Newt Gingrich

Sarah-Palin-trump-wall-borderRepublican Party staffers prepare a first draft of the platform for delegates to use as a starting point for debate, a draft based on the previous convention’s platform (in this case, the 2012 platform), updated to account for current issues. These staffers had already included language in the first draft calling for “construction of a physical barrier” on what it called “our vulnerable borders.”

But some delegates noted that a “physical barrier” could mean all manner of things, from a chain-link fence, to a series three-foot high concrete blocks like Americans typically see on construction sites or around sensitive government buildings. The delegates decided to remove all ambiguity, replacing it with Donald Trump’s words, calling for the construction of a “wall.”

The platform specifies that the security wall should secure “the entirety of the Southern Border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach—a prominent constitutional lawyer and former law professor whom some conservatives in Cleveland this week hope to see considered for U.S. attorney general in a Trump administration—introduced the amendment to explicitly call for an actual wall.

Kobach was one of the elected officials who endorsed Trump early in the primary process, in large part due to Trump’s strong stand on securing the border. “For me, the most important issue in the Republican presidential contest is immigration and its effect on our national security,” Kobach said on February 29, when he announced his endorsement.

“On that issue Mr. Trump stands head and shoulders above the other candidates.”

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Don’t be offended. This is a joke. ↑

“Our porous borders constitute a huge national security threat,” Kobach’s statement continued, “and our refugee system has been abused by terrorists in the past and is likely to be abused by ISIS terrorists today.”

America’s immigration crisis is also an economic issue, Kobach noted, as “too many Americans are out of work because of illegal immigration.”

This border wall amendment was one of many that Kobach successfully added to the draft platform this week, working with other conservative leaders among the delegates.

Speaking exclusively to Breitbart News today, Kobach explained, “The border wall needs to be a real wall, not a fake ‘wall’ consisting of sensors in the ground.” The time for action has come, he added, because, “The American people have been wanting this for years. If Mr. Trump is elected, it will finally happen.”

The platform will be formally adopted in its final form by the Platform Committee on Monday, and then presented to the full Republican National Convention and the GOP’s presidential nominee.

 

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/13/gop-platform-build-wall/

 

Sharia Law is not compatible with Western Civilization

Newt: ‘If They Believe in Sharia Law, They Should Be Deported’

sharia-no-americaThursday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” following a terror attack that resulted in the deaths of at least 84 and injuries of over 100 in Nice, France, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) attacked Sharia Law and said of those who believe in it in the United States should be “deported.”

“Let me start where I am coming from and let me be as blunt and direct as I can be — western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported,” Gingrich said. “Sharia is incompatible with western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia — glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door. But we need to be fairly relentless about who our enemies are.”

Culture Wars: Movie Warning to Western Civilization—Repent or Regret

Culture Wars:

Movie Warning to Western Civilization—Repent or Regret

Robertson: ’Torchbearer’ Offers Warning to America — ‘Empires Rise and Fall’ When They ‘Remove God as Their Anchor’…

by Ezra Dulis

keySin has become mainstream in Western culture, which will soon lead to societal destruction.

Phil Robertson — entrepeneur and patriarch of the Robinson family featured in the reality TV show Duck Dynasty and now the star of a Citizens United documentary, Torchbearer — discussed the film’s prophetic call for cultural repentance before its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Phil Robertson-Torchbearer movie

Phil Robertson-Torchbearer movie

Robertson and his nephew Zach Dasher, a writer on the film, sat down with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow for the first hour of Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM Patriot 125. Quoting extensively from Scripture, Robertson laid out the film’s thesis: that sin has become mainstream in Western culture, which will soon lead to societal destruction.

 

“It’s a brutal film because it is brutal when you get God out of the way,” Robertson said. He declared that America is not just facing a collapse but is already several decades into one, not because of people in power taking advantage of innocent citizens but because of sin ruling the lives of regular Americans.

“Basically, I’m calling America to repent. They just need to repent and turn from their sins,” he said. “How many people talk about — all these politicians — how many people talk about, while they’re discussing how to fix everything, how many of them mention sin and repentance? Not a lot.”

Robertson said that for all of the modern world’s technological advances, “The sins are the same” as in past civilizations — whose former glory has turned ruins. “The hearts of the people are the same… So the empires rise, they fall, they forget God and they say, like now in America, ‘We’re too sophisticated.’ The sins are the same.”

Robertson called the film “overwhelming” and “powerful,” saying its footage of mass murder and “carnage” from the last century is a warning for the current generation.

When human beings remove God as their anchor and they allow men to determine what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s good, what’s evil, and how much your life is worth, once you go down that road, you see these empires rise and fall. Unfortunately, America’s on the same path. And unless something is done rather quickly, I’m calling on America just to repent — turn back to their Creator. Why don’t we try loving God and loving each other?

He cited the book of Romans, Paul’s sermon at Mars Hill from the book of Acts, and the prophet Ezekiel to explain his hopes for the documentary’s outcome.

In Ezekiel 6, God told Ezekiel, “Listen, when I tell a wicked man he will die in his sins, Ezekiel, if you don’t tell him he’ll die in his sins,” he said, “I’ll hold you accountable for his blood. If I tell a wicked man he’ll die in his sins and you do tell him,” he says, “if he doesn’t change, he’ll still lose his life because of his sins,” he said, “but you will have saved yourself because you told him.” So in my case, I have to tell America — since I live in America — or Europe, I have to tell them about their sins because I love them and I want them to be forgiven and I want them to be raised from the dead one day and live on.

Bannon and Marlow recalled how Robertson has faced down media hatred in the past for his blunt warnings against sin, particularly sexual immorality. In true “Duck Commander” fashion, Robertson stuck to his guns and argued that his critics are actively hurting people by encouraging harmful life choices.

quote-look-God-liveGodly people — in fact, strong conservatives — they’re actually really the champion of the human rights movement. There’s no doubt in my mind about it. We’re for human rights. We give people the downside of immoral conduct, and a lot of people said, “Well, let’s see, the old graybeard said there’s 110 million cases at any given time of sexually transmitted diseases. That’s one out of three in America.” For someone to make an argument, “That’s the route we ought to go”…

You would think that the last thing you would do is encourage people to participate in that particular behavior. Physiologically, it is very dangerous to your health. Spiritually, it’s deadly. The CDC says there’s a hidden epidemic — these sexually transmitted diseases. They are killing multi-millions and millions on Planet Earth, they said, and we get all upset about Zika and Ebola. The real epidemic is sexually transmitted diseases. It is horrific what is happening.

Dasher, who came on the show after Robertson, said that his uncle is nothing like the caricature drawn by secular media.

Culture Wars: Lord of the Rings Actor fears loss of Moral Compass

‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor Fears Civilization Unwilling to Choose Good over Evil

keyWe have lost our moral compass completely, and, unless we find it, we’re going to lose our civilization. ~John Rhys-Davies

 

He portrayed the character Gimli in “The Lord of the Rings” movie series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s profound moral tale of the battle between good and evil.

lord-of-rings-gimliAnd like Middle Earth in Tolkien’s novels , actor John Rhys-Davies believes Western civilization’s very existence is threatened by encroaching evil, but its leaders are afraid to even identify the problem for fear of being berated as “judgmental.”

“We have lost our moral compass completely, and, unless we find it, we’re going to lose our civilization,” he told podcaster Adam Carolla, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Rhys-Davies said previous generations have embraced what writer T.S. Eliot called “the common pursuit of true judgment,” the exercise of discerning good from evil and acting accordingly.

“It’s an age when politicians don’t actually say what they believe” because “they are afraid of being judged as being partisan,” he said.

Corolla said that if today’s attitudes prevailed during World War II, the U.S. would not have intervened against Germany for fear of being judgmental toward the Nazis.

But Rhys-Davies observes that very dynamic occurring today as the West struggles to defend itself against radical Islam.

“Heaven forbid we should criticize people who, after all, share a different value system,” he said.

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