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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Pastors Strike Back: Bibles and Sermons Sent To Houston Mayor

You’ve no doubt heard of the classic Star Wars movie, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Well, it’s time for a new movie and it’s just starting. It’s called, “The Pastors Strike Back.”

Fresh off the stunning attack on religious liberty down in Houston where pastors were told by Houston’s Mayor to hand over their sermons, there is now an effort underway by pastors across America to VOLUNTARILY send Bibles and their sermons to the mayor of Houston.

Mike Huckabee called for it and so has influential Christian author Eric Metaxas. Metaxas tells The Brody File, "Never in our history has religious freedom been so brazenly defied. A bold red line has been crossed. The Houston mayor's inexcusable demand to see the sermons of pastors is an outrageous and shocking affront to all Americans and to liberty itself. If the American church does not rise up and stand against this, there is no American church."

The Brody File obtained a home video of Pastor Brad Atkins of Powdersville First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina sending his sermon off to the Houston Mayor. Watch below.


Sources tell The Brody File that pastors from Canada, Australia and Germany are also sending the Houston mayor Bibles and sermons. There are also big events planned around what happened in Houston. On November 2nd, The Family Research council is hosting a huge simulcast event in Houston at a big church.  Guests will include Mike Huckabee, Phil Robertson, the Benham brothers, Dr. Ronnie Floyd and others. In South Carolina, the South Carolina Pastors Alliance is staging an event called, “The Stand” to be held on the statehouse grounds.

Folks, we are beginning to see pastors rise up. Will it last? In the evangelical community, this is at critical mass. Will the flock respond?

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 4:11 PM | Feedback (0)

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Brody File Show: The Kansas Two-Step

This week on the Brody File Show - The midterm elections are approaching, and we're sitting down with two of Kansas' top politicians: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and embattled Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

 

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 4:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Ted Cruz To Brody File: Hopes Houston Pastors Incident Sparks "Revival Of Faith"

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says he hopes that this incident where Houston pastors have been told to hand over their sermons will help spark revival in America and wake up evangelicals in this country to get more politically involved. “It is my hope that what we are seeing today will spark a revival, a revival of faith but also a revival of leadership, a revival of pastors who tell every member of their congregation it is your obligation, your moral obligation, your civic obligation and your biblical obligation to speak up and be involved, to speak up for truth, to go and register to vote and vote and hold your elected officials accountable because the way liberty is taking away is too many of us sit back and allow our liberties to be stripped away.”

Watch the clip below along with a partial transcription.

The Brody File traveled to Houston Texas Thursday to interview Cruz after his press conference in defense of Houston pastors. They’ve under a severe religious liberty attack by city officials. The Mayor and the City Council are trying to subpoena the sermons of these pastors because of their supposed outspokenness on homosexuality and a controversial LGBT ordinance. The pastors are refusing to give in. More Brody File analysis on Ted Cruz and evangelicals here.

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David Brody: “Does the country need a new black robe regiment, that revolutionary army period where pastors were not afraid at all to speak out about cultural and political issues of the day.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “You are exactly right. If you look at the revolutionary war, if you look at the Declaration of Independence and how many pastors signed the Declaration of Independence, the Black Robe Regiment were one after the other after the other pastors would preach and pull their robes off and march out in an American army uniform to fight for independence. We’ve had a tradition in this country of pastors with the courage to speak the truth, the courage to speak the truth when slings and arrows will come at you, when government will come at you, that’s when it takes courage. It doesn’t take courage if there is no price, if there is no persecution and it is my hope that what we are seeing today will spark a revival, a revival of faith but also a revival of leadership, a revival of pastors who tell every member of their congregation it is your obligation, your moral obligation, your civic obligation and your biblical obligation to speak up and be involved, to speak up for truth, to go and register to vote and vote and hold your elected officials accountable because the way liberty is taking away is too many of us sit back and allow our liberties to be stripped away.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “I hope that the abuse of power from the city of Houston this week coming after the pastors, subpoenaing their sermons,  I hope it serves only further to wake people up.”

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 8:08 AM | Feedback (2)

Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail by the government for preaching against homosexuality is a “real risk” in the future. ““I think that is a real risk,” Cruz tells me. “Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.” But he adds: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening now.”

Watch the clip below along with a partial transcription.

The Brody File traveled to Houston Texas Thursday to interview Cruz after his press conference in defense of Houston pastors. They are under a severe religious liberty attack by city officials. The Mayor and the City Council are trying to subpoena the sermons of these pastors because of their supposed outspokenness on homosexuality and a controversial LGBT ordinance. The pastors are refusing to give in. More Brody File analysis on Ted Cruz and evangelicals here.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE



David Brody: “One of the next battles in this culture war could indeed be right there in the pulpit. Are we going through a potential period or could we very well soon go through a period where pastors are hauled off to jail for a hate crime because they are speaking for traditional marriage?”

Senator Ted Cruz: “I think that is a real risk and you and I have both pointed to that risk in the past and some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening now.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “When you subpoena one pastor, you subpoena every pastor. If government has the power to force the pulpit to knuckle under, if government has the power to insist that pastors hand over their sermons for government approval then we’ve lost the very first freedom that begins our bill of rights. We’ve lost the freedom that this country was built on. That’s what this fight is and I very much hope that this serves as a wake-up call to Christians, to people of faith, I hope it serves as a wake-up call to pastors to speak out and make abundantly clear that we will not give up our religious liberty. We will not go quietly into the night but we will stand and fight for principles that are right and true and will speak the truth and the pastors of this country will not be muzzled.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 7:39 AM | Feedback (14)

Ted Cruz and The Gospel

The pictures below say it all.

Ted Cruz has something special and Thursday in his hometown of Houston Texas it was clearly on display. The Brody File saw it up close. He came to his home church here (Houston’s First Baptist Church) to hold court about the Houston pastors who have come under a vicious religious liberty attack by city officials, led by the mayor. As Cruz was speaking, he was in his element because what he has is not a political skill.  Nor is it an intellectual one.  When it comes to his relationship with evangelicals, he has a spiritual connection. He is one of them. He gets them and they get him. And one thing’s for certain: He’s not ashamed of the Gospel. Far from it. Cruz wears his faith on his sleeve and is proud of it. 

This press conference was heartfelt. This was no political stunt.  Look folks, his father has been a traveling preacher for years. Cruz is well versed in the Bible. It’s at the core of who he is. In my many interviews with him over the years, he loves to talk about Jesus but hey, I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I know when politicians bring up faith for political reasons. Cruz doesn’t do that. 

This Houston Pastors story will fan the flames of the religious liberty issue in America. Ted Cruz is well positioned to lead on this issue because he lives it and breathes it. It’s at the core of his being. Other possible presidential candidates believe just as much in the religious liberty issue and in 2016, they’ll discuss it with fervor. But Cruz comes from a different place. Not only has he defended religious liberty cases in court, he defends it in public with the word of God. He has the “street cred” to make this a signature issue in his bid to strongly woo the evangelical vote. Watching him in action Thursday, in front of a passionate overflow room gave me pause. It made me realize that this is the issue that could set him apart from others with the evangelical audience. If Mike Huckabee runs, he’ll be right in the mix too but at this point, Cruz seems to be leading the way on this. It looks to be his evangelical calling card and a heartfelt one at that.

And here are some Brody File pictures showing Cruz in rare form.


















 

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 12:39 AM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Pat Roberts Calls Tea Party 'The Prairie Fire' That Will Get His Campaign Going

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File aboard his campaign bus, Sen. Pat Roberts says support from the Tea Party movement will be critical to his campaign.

“I have talked to many of the Tea Party folks myself, listened to them,” Roberts says. “The Tea Party is extremely valuable to us. They’re the prairie fire that gets things going.”

Roberts is in a tough, tight race here in Kansas against Greg Orman. He alienated some Tea Party members when he took on Tea Party candidate Milton Wolf in the GOP Primary. Now he needs their support to win the General Election.

Some voters think he’s been in Washington too long and want to see him gone. But Roberts is fighting back. Recent polls show he’s climbing steadily and a bunch of campaign ad money is about to drop on Orman.

The interview was conducted Thursday morning aboard his campaign bus in Wichita, Kansas. Watch the video clip below along with a partial transcription.

A full report airs on The 700 Club Friday morning.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

Sen. Pat Roberts: We have outreached to the Tea Party. The Tea Party Express is going to come in and endorse us. We have Ted Cruz, we have Sarah Palin, we have Laura Ingram, and we have all of the spokesmen on the conservative side. I have talked to many of the Tea Party folks myself, listened to them. The Tea Party is extremely valuable to us. They’re the prairie fire that gets things going.

posted @ Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:49 PM | Feedback (1)

Pat Roberts to Brody File on Being a Creature of Washington: 'I just don’t think that holds any water'

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File aboard his campaign bus, Sen. Pat Roberts dismisses critics who say he’s a Washington insider.

“I’ve been border to border, corner to corner in this state. I’ve been in all 105 counties. Every year of public service we have a listening tour where we do that. I was born here, I was raised here. I’m a fourth generation Kansan and I’m from Dodge City Kansas and I’m (darn) proud of it and so I just don’t think that holds any water.”

Sen. Roberts is in a tough, tight race here in Kansas against Greg Orman. He’s come under fire from some because he declares his official residence in the suburbs of DC. Some voters think he’s been in Washington too long and want to see him gone. But Roberts is fighting back. Recent polls show he’s climbing steadily and a bunch of campaign ad money is about to drop on Orman.

The interview was conducted Thursday morning aboard his campaign bus in Wichita, Kansas. Watch the video clip below along with a partial transcription.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: Your critics talk about how you are insular and a creature of Washington. I want to give you a chance to respond to those critics.

Sen. Pat Roberts: Insular? Does that mean I’m from Kansas?

Brody: What is your sense about those critics? They want to take shots at you. They say you’re a Washington guy.

Roberts: I’ve been border to border, corner to corner in this state. I’ve been in all 105 counties. Every year of public service we have a listening tour where we do that. I was born here, I was raised here. I’m a fourth generation Kansan and I’m from Dodge City Kansas and I’m (darn) proud of it and so I just don’t think that holds any water.

posted @ Thursday, October 09, 2014 6:59 PM | Feedback (0)

Pat Roberts to Brody File: 'We're Going to Win this Race'

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File aboard his campaign bus, Sen. Pat Roberts proclaimed that he will be victorious over his opponent Greg Orman and says if Kansans vote for him it will mean a swift kick in the pants for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“Let me tell you something. We’re going to win this race," Roberts says. “We are going to win this race because we’re shooting straight with Kansans and as soon as Kansans find out again my opponent Greg Orman is in fact a liberal democrat we’re going to win because they know a vote for Pat Roberts is to go back to Washington and vote for a republican majority that will kick Harry Reid out and we will get this country back.”

Sen. Roberts is in a tough, tight race here in Kansas against Greg Orman. Some voters think he’s been in Washington too long and want to see him gone. But Roberts is fighting back. Recent polls show he’s climbing steadily and a bunch of campaign ad money is about to drop on Orman.

The interview was conducted Thursday morning aboard his campaign bus in Wichita, Kansas. Watch the video clip below along with a partial transcription.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: What is your reasoning as to why you think it’s so close right now?

Sen. Pat Roberts: Well, I think people are so upset with the president that they’re going to be upset with anybody that’s in office but let me tell you something. We’re going to win this race. We are going to win this race because we’re shooting straight with Kansans and as soon as Kansans find out again my opponent Greg Orman is in fact a liberal democrat we’re going to win because they know a vote for Pat Roberts is to go back to Washington and vote for a republican majority that will kick Harry Reid out and we will get this country back.

posted @ Thursday, October 09, 2014 6:38 PM | Feedback (0)

Video Exclusive: Pat Roberts Says Greg Orman Is Lying But Says He'll Be Exposed 'When We Get Through with Him'

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File aboard his campaign bus, Sen. Pat Roberts says his challenger Greg Orman is deceiving the people of Kansas by saying he’s an Independent candidate.

“He’s given thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton, to Harry Reid, to Barack Obama and any number of liberal Democrats in the Senate,” Roberts tells The Brody File.

Roberts is in a tough, tight race here in Kansas against Greg Orman. Some voters think he’s been in Washington too long and want to see him gone. But Roberts is fighting back. Recent polls show he’s climbing steadily and a bunch of campaign ad money is about to drop on Orman.

The interview was conducted Thursday morning aboard his campaign bus in Wichita, Kansas. Watch the video clip below along with a partial transcription.

A full report airs on The 700 Club Friday morning.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: Do you believe he’s deceiving the people of Kansas? Do you believe he’s lying about this idea that he’s an Independent?

Sen. Pat Roberts: Not when we get through with him. This is a person who by donation and by his stand on the issues is a liberal democrat.

He’s given thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton, to Harry Reid, to Barack Obama and any number of liberal Democrats in the Senate.

By any stretch of any judgment on any issue he’s a liberal democrat but he’s not going to say that. He’s going to say, oh no, I’m Independent because if people know about that they’re not going to vote for him.

posted @ Thursday, October 09, 2014 5:31 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Bitter And Cold In North Dakota: Pro-Life Legislators Called "The Taliban"

It’s getting nasty and bitterly cold in North Dakota…and we’re not talking about the weather. Pro-life legislators in North Dakota are being called the Taliban. Why? Well, they support a Human Life Amendment set to be on the November ballot. It’s called Measure 1 and would add the following line to the state constitution: “The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”

Well, apparently that doesn’t sit too well with Kristie Cain, an in vitro fertilization doctor at the Sanford Reproductive Medicine Clinic. She thinks infertility treatments would be gone if the ballot measure is approved. So what did she do? She took to Twitter and tweeted this:

"ND lawmakers make Taliban seem positively feminist #VoteNoMeasure1"

That tweet represents the vitriol (some will say fear) that liberals have if Measure 1 passes. Planned Parenthood is spending over a million dollars trying to stop this effort. By the way, it is not just one tweet from liberals. Just get on Twitter and you will see plenty of references to the Taliban and the pro-life movement in North Dakota.

The pro-life group called, “ND Choose Life” is relying on the grassroots and being on the right side of the argument in their attempt to pass it. Janne Myrdal, with ND Choose Life and state director for Concerned Women for America in North Dakota spoke with The Brody File about this in our DC studios.

Watch the interview below along with a partial transcription.



Janne Myrdal: “Now they’re comparing us, who want to protect women in the womb by the way and protect life and protect women’s healthcare the Taliban and actually insinuating our legislators are like the Taliban? Not only is it offensive to me as a woman, it’s offensive to our veterans, to those who protect and have gone over and seen what ISIS and these horrific evil people so I think it’s desperation. I think it’s a good sign and we’ll use it. Call me the Taliban anytime. You sound like an idiot. It’s because they’re losing.”

More info on Measure 1 here.

A lot of national political attention and headlines are devoted to whether the GOP can wrestle control of the senate from the democrats. But battles like this one in North Dakota are extremely crucial to not just the state of North Dakota but the country as well. This is a moral fabric issue. Look, here’s the reality whether you like it or not: The effort to pass Measure 1 matters because it would make sure that North Dakota’s constitution does not contain a right to an abortion. Without this protection, you can be sure Planned Parenthood and other groups will try and undo pro-life legislation already on the books. I mean, if you have a right to an abortion then legally these groups have a much stronger case. No pun intended here when I say this is literally a matter of life and death.


 

posted @ Wednesday, October 08, 2014 5:56 PM | Feedback (1)