Friday, October 09, 2015
On this week's edition of The Brody File, we speak with religious liberty warriors Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and florist Barronelle Stutzman.
Plus, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, sounds off on American's nuclear deal with Iran.
Finally, culture war warrior Mike Huckabee addresses what he views as the Obama administration's persecution of American Christians.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Senator John McCain appeared on The Brody File television show this week. Watch the segment below.
Barronelle Stutzman appeared on The Brody File television show this week. Watch the segment below.
Kim Davis appeared on The Brody File television show this week. Watch the segment below.
Mike Huckabee appeared on The Brody File television show this week. Watch the segment below.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
In an interview with The Brody File, Mike Huckabee says it's time to elect a leader who doesn't just want to "burn" Washington, D.C., down but also build it back up.
"Yes, there are some things in Washington we need to burn down but there are some things we need to build back," Huckabee says. "If all we do is burn it down, it's the easiest job in the world. The real challenge is the construction of getting back to a constitutional form of government in which we operate under the very contract we call our constitution and bring liberty, freedom and opportunity for people again."
Huckabee is essentially making the pitch that he's a guy who has been tested in a leadership position when he was governor of Arkansas and that he knows how to restore common-sense conservative principles rather than just bringing fiery rhetoric with no results.
Read this quote from Huckabee during the interview:
"We don't want people who have been in Washington who have made a lot of speeches but who haven't gotten anything done but maybe somebody who has flown through some thunderstorms or done the operation 800 times, done it successfully. Maybe that experience might be valuable, not only to know what to take down, but to also build back up."
The Brody File analysis? Sounds like what he is talking about is something that Ted Cruz needs to work on. Cruz has the reputation as the guy who wants to burn Washington to the ground. He receives great applause lines but can Cruz be seen as a guy who stays true to principle but also can work within the construct of government?
It seems to me Huckabee is trying to raise a key distinction.
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Mike Huckabee: Just to burn the whole thing down, then that leaves something less than desirable for the next generation coming after us. Yes, there are some things in Washington we need to burn down but there are some things we need to build back.
If all we do is burn it down, it's the easiest job in the world. The real challenge is the construction of getting back to a constitutional form of government in which we operate under the very contract we call our constitution and bring liberty, freedom and opportunity for people again.
We don't want people who have been in Washington who have made a lot of speeches but who haven't gotten anything done, but maybe somebody who has flown through some thunderstorms or done the operation 800 times, done it successfully. Maybe that experience might be valuable not only to know what to take down but to also build back up.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
In an interview with The Brody File, Mike Huckabee questions Barack Obama's Christian credentials while he's been president of the United States.
He lists a bunch of questionable moves by President Obama, including giving Muslim prisoners prayer rugs while Kim Davis can't get any support from the Commander-In-Chief. His list is long.
"I'm just looking at the realities and saying, 'could you show us a little love here?' If you really say you love us and you're one of us, give us a little affection."
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If people think Huckabee is doing this for political show, he's not. He, along with millions of Christians in this country truly believe everything he just said. President Obama and his supporters still can't believe that a decent sized chunk of conservatives think he's a Muslim. But when you twist the knife at every turn into the stomach of Christians, you feed the storyline.
I mean after all, it might help Obama if he didn't use the line, "less-than loving Christians."
Or it might help him if he never said Christian voters like to "cling to guns or religion."
Or it might help him if he didn't omit the phrase about "the Creator" when quoting the Declaration of Independence.
Or it might help if he actually protected the religious conscience for individuals under Obamacare.
Or it might help him if he didn't take five years to visit Israel.
Or it might help him if he actually supported the religious liberty rights of Christians and got along with Benjamin Natanyahu.
Oy. I'm exhausted.
Mike Huckabee tells The Brody File that he's just plugging along working hard to win the GOP nomination in what he calls the 2016 Baskin-Robbins presidential race.
"This is the Baskin-Robbins of the presidential race. People have lots of flavors to choose from."
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Huckabee has been doing just fine during this campaign. He's having a hard time getting traction because of Trump and quite frankly, Ted Cruz, as well, who comes across as the new kid on the block.
Having said that, if Huckabee can survive and stay on the debate stage long enough to be in the final 5-7 candidates, he'll shine better because he's a great debater.
Friday, October 02, 2015
The political pundits can't figure out Donald Trump and the fact that he is leading with self-identified evangelicals makes them scratch their heads even more.
Watch The Brody File's focus story on Trump that aired across the country on The 700 Club this morning. If he plays his cards right, he can continue to perform "big league" with evangelicals.
Donald Trump has proven the political world wrong. Not only has his iconic name and "GOP frontrunner" appeared in the same sentence, they've stayed together.
And his support is attracting evangelicals too, or as he likes to say, "I'm leading with the evangelicals big league!"
It's true. Poll after poll shows Trump ahead among "self-identified" evangelicals.
Fox News has him at 29 percent, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 21 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at 12 percent. A CNN poll has him even higher.
"I think one of the reasons I'm doing so well is that I am a Christian, I'm a Protestant, I'm a Presbyterian, and I'm a total believer,"
Trump told CBN News from his golf course in Southern California.
"I believe in the Bible," he continued. "I believe in God and I think I will help them so much with this country."
However, with proven evangelical-type candidates already out there like Carson, Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Trump has some work to do.
He placed fifth at the recent Values Voter Summit – not bad considering he's not exactly your standard evangelical candidate.
He's been married three times. He used to be pro-choice, though now he's pro-life. His healthy ego rubs some the wrong way, and his cutting comments about fellow candidates ruffle feathers, too.Trump told CBN News he's working on his tone.
"You need a person of tremendous strength, but I think I can tone it down a little bit and I'll try," he said.
Even so, there is no doubt that evangelicals are responding to his fighting spirit and ability to cut through the political hot air.
"You know exactly where he stands whether you agree with him or not," Christian voter Lonnie Poindexter said. "That's what I love about Donald Trump."
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, understands why some evangelicals like him a lot.
"Donald Trump tells it like he sees it and I think people, at least on this first impression of Donald Trump, is that he's not going to be controlled by the political class and that's what they're looking for," Perkins said.
Trump hopes evangelicals will understand his approach.
"I've dealt with very tough hombres and very tough people and I've come out on top," the business mogul told CBN News. "I can understand the evangelicals to a certain extent saying, 'Well, maybe he's not as nice as we want him to be,' but they also want to see the country be great."
Evangelicals are also curious about his faith journey.
When asked about who God is to him, Trump told CBN News, "Well, I say God is the ultimate."
Trump then pointed to his Southern California golf course and exclaimed, "I mean God created this. Here's the Pacific Ocean right behind us, so nobody, no thing, no there's nothing like God."
On the campaign trail, he calls the Bible his number one book, something he reiterated to us during our interview.
"The Bible is special," he said. "The Bible the more you see it, the more you read it, the more incredible it is."
What about prayer?
"I am a praying guy," Trump said. He then pulled out a picture of him as a teenager with his confirmation class of 1959 at First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens.
"Pretty good right? I am a praying person," he said.
What does Trump pray about?
"I think more than anything for the family and health," he told CBN News.
As for God's mercy, his critics went after him when he told an evangelical audience this summer that he wasn't sure he ever asked God for forgiveness. Nevertheless, he left to a standing ovation.
When CBN News asked Trump whether he believes it is important to ask God for forgiveness, Trump replied, "Well, I do."
"I think it's great. I consider Communion to be a very important thing. When I go to church and I take Communion I consider that asking for forgiveness in my own way," he said.
Trump talks fondly about his Sunday school days, though he admits these days he goes to church when he can.
While evangelicals may never see him as "Pastor Trump," they do want to see more substance, especially on issues like the rights of Christian business owners who may not want to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
"I'm very concerned about it and there's going to be a lot of law issued about it," Trump said.
Speaking of the law, Trump says he disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
"We have some very terrible Supreme Court justices, and frankly, they should have at least had that [same-sex marriage case] as a state's right issue," he told CBN News.
Trump does, however, consider gay marriage the law of the land and that puts him at odds with some of his evangelical rivals.
Eventually conservative Christian voters will render their verdict on Trump and all the other candidates.
"I'm praying about it honestly," conservative Christian voter Benjamin Dane said. "I'm asking the Lord what he wants me to do, and I think that's what all Christians need to do."
Meanwhile, Trump will continue preaching his message and pray that evangelicals buy in. He's banking on evangelicals who are sick and tired of the status quo and are ready to win again, something a few pastors told him during a recent conversation.
"They said, 'You know, he may not be perfect, but he's absolutely the best leader and he's absolutely the best guy to take this country out of the morass. So he is a religious guy; he does believe. He may not be perfect, but in terms of running the country he's perfect,'" Trump recalled.
"I will do a great job and they said 'Therefore, we support him,'" he continued. "And these were ministers and respected people and pastors and I think there's a lot of truth to what they said."
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Only on The Brody File:
GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump met and prayed with about 40 religious leaders and pastors in his Trump Tower office Monday afternoon.
Among the attendees were televangelists Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, conservative evangelical Christian Pastor David Jeremiah, TBN religious broadcaster Jan Crouch, Pastor Paula White, Messianic Rabbi Kirt Schneider and Pastor Darrell Scott.
The meeting lasted roughly two and a half hours and ended with pastors gathering around Trump and laying their hands on him in prayer. Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, and Rabbi Schneider prayed during that time, asking the Lord to give the GOP presidential frontrunner wisdom, stability and knowledge necessary to pursue this endeavor. They also prayed for America and for God's will to be done.
Here is some video from the prayer session recorded by someone in the room.
During the meeting, he talked about his Christian faith. At one point he admitted that he may not have read the Bible as much as the pastors in the room. As the conversation continued, a few of the ministers implored Trump to tone done some of his harsh rhetoric.
Pastor Scott, who was present in the meeting and is neutral in this presidential race, said Trump humbly received the message by nodding his head, listening attentively and not being combative at all.
“He has a very high regard and a very deep respect for men and woman of the cloth,” Scott tells The Brody File.
As for additional subject matter, Trump told the religious leaders and pastors that he will be a strong supporter of Israel and that defeating ISIS would be a strong part of his agenda. He also discussed trade, balancing the budget, eliminating the deficit and tax reform.
As for faith issues, he talked about how religious liberty and Christianity is under attack in America and that there is a lot of religious intolerance for Christianity in today’s society.
The subject of race relations also came up when some of the African-American pastors in the room mentioned that there seems to be some detachment between him and the black community. While citing some polls to the contrary, Scott told The Brody File that Trump agreed with the overall assessment and would try to do a better job.
Scott believes the GOP presidential frontrunner made headway during the meeting.
“I think Donald Trump changed the opinions of the African-American pastors that were in the room. They saw a side of him outside of the media depiction, and that they would give strong consideration in regards to supporting his candidacy."