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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz (Southern Baptists) Don't Get Invited To Southern Baptist Event

Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz have four things in common: they are both running for President of the United States; they are both trying to court the evangelical vote; they are both Southern Baptists and both will be conspicuously absent after not being invited to the big sold-out evangelical event next week sponsored by Southern Baptists! What gives? Apparently they didn’t make the cut. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio did.

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, will be interviewing Bush and Rubio next week at the evangelical conference in Nashville. The ERLC made clear that invitations would only be extended to presidential candidates polling at ten percent or higher on May 1st (determined by the Real Clear Politics national average). So Bush, Rubio, Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton got invitations. Walker and Clinton couldn’t make it but the ERLC stuck with their ten percent threshold rather than inviting others. Imagine if they didn't go with the May 1st deadline but instead went with July 1st? Umm, calling Donald Trump.

The fact that two Southern Baptists like Huckabee and Cruz will not be part of the conversation at a Southern Baptist event seems a bit odd on the surface. Capping the invitees at the ten percent threshold can invite criticism because you’re limiting the viewpoints that Southern Baptists will be able to hear in person at a conference that will be widely attended and reported on. So, indeed, it’s not the greatest PR for the ERLC when Southern Baptist candidates like Cruz and Huckabee are left out. At this point, it should be noted that the civil forum is just an hour long and the ERLC isn’t the sponsor of the event. The North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board (both Southern Baptist organizations) carved out the short one-hour slot for ERLC. Could that slot have been increased to include more candidates? It’s a legitimate question.

When asked about the absence of Huckabee and Cruz, Russell Moore provided the following statement to The Brody File:

"When the North American Mission Board asked us to have a conversation with candidates, I wanted to have all the candidates. Unfortunately, there are roughly 144,000 candidates running this year. So we determined objective criteria for polling, as laid out in the press release and invited candidates from both parties who met that standard. I look forward to having conversations with all the candidates, of both parties. This is an ongoing conversation. We had to start somewhere and the polling averages gave us an objective criteria to do so.”

Don Hinkle, Editor of The Pathway, the official newspaper of the Missouri Baptist Convention with a readership of approximately 50,000 has concerns and tells The Brody File the following:

"A lot of Southern Baptists are concerned that only two candidates will be at the Send North America conference, which is expected to draw about 13,000 people. I respect Dr. Moore and applaud his willingness to engage in public policy matters, but the way outstanding conservative candidates like Sen. Cruz, Gov. Huckabee, Gov. Jindal, Gov. Perry and even Gov. Kasich have been treated in this matter is inexcusable. There is an appearance of favoritism and a lot of people are asking why do such a thing 15 months before a general election -- and at a missions conference, no less…Give the national candidates some time, especially with the debates set to begin in August. Let the field thin out, then do something, say next spring or early summer…The present situation is not prudent. Southern Baptists are open-minded and, at this point, want to maintain a sense of fairness."

posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:56 PM | Feedback (1)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Video: Ted Cruz Confronts and Debates Liberal Protesters As Press Conference Goes 'Nuclear'

So much for the traditional press conference. But what a moment it was! Call it, "Ted's Excellent Adventure."In D.C. Thursday afternoon, Concerned Women for America’s Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) held a rally to protest the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran. There are plenty of concerns but this rally highlighted the fact that despite the deal, four Americans are still being held hostage.

Enter Ted Cruz.



The GOP presidential candidate began to hold court when folks from Code Pink and other liberal protesters (they call themselves peace protesters) tried to interrupt Cruz’s speech. What transpired next was classic Ted Cruz. Instead of just telling them to be quite, he invited them over to have a dialogue.

This is why people like Ted Cruz. He’s not afraid of a fight or a debate on the issues. He doesn’t back down and when he engages like this he shows himself to be in total command of a hostile environment which just endears him to conservatives even more.

Watch the video below.


MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS



Below is some more on today’s press conference including a statement from CWALAC CEO and president.


"Our president ignoring U.S. interests abroad and a State Department in over its head is once again ignoring Americans being held hostage in Iran. Reminiscent of 1979, when Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and successfully captured fifty-two Americans, once again U.S. citizens are being mistreated and unjustly imprisoned by the theocratic, Islamic regime."

"The four current hostages have been held far longer than the 444 days the Americans in 1979. Pastor Saeed Abedini has been held over 1,000 days (three years), former-Marine Amir Hekmati has been imprisoned since 2011 (four years), former-FBI agent Robert Levinson has been missing since 2007 (eight years), and Washington Post reporter Jason Renzaian has been a prisoner for a year."

"The recent negotiations with Iran evoke terrible memories from past dealings under the Carter Administration's sweaty-palmed foreign policy and ineptitude. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee members call on Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval of this so-called 'deal' based off of the poor judgement and lack of content included. CWALAC also urges the White House to demand the release of U.S. hostages that were left in Iran. In solidarity with our fellow Americans being held by this repressive regime, we will wear yellow ribbons at this upcoming demonstration."

posted @ Thursday, July 23, 2015 5:51 PM | Feedback (8)

Explaining the Evangelical Attraction to Donald Trump

I get this question a lot so I figured I better write about it. Here it is: "Why are evangelical voters attracted to Donald Trump? I don’t get it."

Well, you may think the answer is a complicated one but actually it's not. Let me explain.

Donald Trump operates in a world of absolutes: A world of right and wrong; a world of winners (him) and losers (McCain, Perry, etc); a world of put up or shut up (literally). Trump's world is colored in black and white. There ain't much grey. And what does Trump get for speaking out so boldly without holding back? Public ridicule.

Now, think of conservative evangelicals. In their quest to champion biblical values, their mindset is much the same. It is a world of absolutes. They believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God. Non-negotiable. They believe there is only one way to heaven and that is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Non-negotiable. They see the world through the lens of spiritual warfare (good vs. evil). And what do evangelicals get for speaking out so boldly without holding back? That’s right: public ridicule.

You see folks; Donald Trump and evangelicals are breaking bread together because there is this common bond that I just laid out above. They like his boldness. They relate to him because when they've been bold about their faith they get blasted too. It's a kinship in a strange sort of way. Don't ask me to go deeper than that folks. If you want that portion, go call Dr. Phil.

Now look: when Trump talks about how he doesn't really ask God for forgiveness except for when he partakes in communion, that obviously is not the evangelical textbook answer. But at least they appreciate his honesty and with politicians nowadays that is a valued commodity.

Remember, evangelicals don't want to hear politicians feed them the 'I love Jesus' line and then treat them and their issues as a political vehicle just to acquire presidential power. Remember 2004 when the Bush-Cheney ticket came out with their big "Family Values" theme? The Federal Marriage Amendment was trumped up as the big thing and there was a concerted effort to attract evangelicals to the polls on this issue. Traditional marriage initiatives were placed on more than 10 states to gin up the General Election vote.

But behind the scenes, we find out later that the guy who orchestrated the whole thing, campaign manager Ken Mehlman was a homosexual who really didn't believe in the whole effort but it sure was good for political business. One unnamed governor who led a state effort to push traditional marriage said, "Looking back, we all now know we were played for chumps as we led sincere efforts to pass Constitutional amendments in our states…I led one in 2004 that won by 70 percent, only to now realize that those running the White House didn't respect or even agree with the principles involved-just knew it would drive voters to the polls and help turnout and win."

Here's the point with evangelicals: they'd rather someone be honest about their views about God. The honesty resonates with them and you know what evangelicals will probably end up doing? Instead of hating Trump, they'll put him on a church "prayer chain" and get on their knees themselves and pray that Donald Trump draws closer to God through this process. Liberals don’t snicker. It's true.

One final point: when I talk to evangelicals about Donald Trump, as much as they like a lot of things he says, they don't appreciate his name-calling and hefty ego. What they tell me is that if he can control those two aspects of his delivery and persona without losing who he is as a person, then that would help them get to an even more comfortable place.

posted @ Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:30 AM | Feedback (5)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Just In: Brody File Exclusive: Donald Trump Comes Out in Support of 20-Week Abortion Ban

In an exclusive to The Brody File, Donald Trump has come out in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill, which will be taken up by Congress, prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Donald Trump released his exclusive statement to The Brody File below:

“I support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and urge Congress to pass this bill. A ban on elective abortions after 20 weeks will protect unborn children. We should not be one of seven countries that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks. It goes against our core values.” –Donald Trump

Trump has also come out in support of defunding Planned Parenthood after newly released videotapes have come out showing Planned Parenthood doctors arranging the sale of body parts from aborted babies.

Donald Trump used to be pro-choice but changed his view to pro-life years ago. Why you ask? Well, guess what? The Brody File has the answer. Watch Trump discuss the reason for his change of heart on the life issue below. This was the first interview he did with me back in the spring of 2011. Watch the video below along with the transcription.

By the way, for all the media wondering why evangelicals are attracted to Trump's message, here's why: most evangelical Christians see the world and issues as black and white. They operate in biblical absolutes. They are also ripped by people for speaking out about their conservative biblical views.

In much the same way, Donald Trump speaks out on his views and is ripped. He also sees the world as pretty much black and white and absolutely operates in non-negotiable absolutes. See the kinship?

More from the SBA List on the fetal pain bill here.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: APRIL, 2011

David Brody: Evangelicals do want to feel secure that they’re going to have a nominee that’s going to at least be solid on those issues, those social issues. Someone that’s not just going to cut and move on.

Donald Trump: One thing about me, I'm a very honorable guy. I'm prolife, but I changed my view a number of years ago. One of the reasons I changed -- one of the primary reasons -- a friend of mine's wife was pregnant, in this case married.

She was pregnant and he didn't really want the baby. And he was telling me the story. He was crying as he was telling me the story. He ends up having the baby and the baby is the apple of his eye. It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to him.

And you know here's a baby that wasn't going to be let into life. And I heard this, and some other stories, and I am prolife.

Brody: So those stories did change you, they came around and changed you?

Trump: They changed me. Yeah, they changed my view as to that, absolutely.

posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2015 6:41 PM | Feedback (1)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: Time for Christians to Rise Up and Take America Back

In an interview with The Brody File in Iowa, Ted Cruz implores conservative Christian voters to take back America by exercising their right to vote.

"There are 90 million evangelical Christians in the United States, it's about 30 percent of our population," Cruz said. "In the last election 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home. If Christians will simply show up and vote our values, we'll turn this country around."

Cruz continues: "We can turn our country around but only if the body of Christ rises up."

As for pastors, he has a word for them, too, and it comes through his father Rafael Cruz who is a pastor himself.

"The message my father conveys to pastors is that we have too many pastors hiding behind the pulpit who are afraid to preach the word of God, who are afraid to say to Christians, we have a scriptural obligation to be salt in the light, we have a scriptural obligation to be watchmen on the wall, and every one of us has a responsibility to be engaged in our public life, voting our values."

Cruz has to be one of the most elegant speakers on the issue that has come along in quite some time. He seems to have the right mix of biblical values, oratory skills, and fighting passion to ignite a movement. But Christians have to do their part.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

Ted Cruz: There are 90 million evangelical Christians in the United States; it'’s about 30 percent of our population. In the last election 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home. If Christians will simply show up and vote our values, we'll turn this country around.

You know David, you've gotten to know my father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, he has a particular burden on his heart for pastors. Several years ago God laid a weight on his heart to reach out to pastors and he's got a tough message. He preaches and speaks at conferences all over the country and the message he conveys to pastors, he says, '‘No one is more responsible for the problems we have in this country than the pastors.'

The analogy my father uses he says, 'Listen, if the flock stumbles into the ditch, you don't blame the sheep, you blame the shepherd.' And the message my father conveys to pastors is that we have too many pastors hiding behind the pulpit who are afraid to preach the word of God, who are afraid to say to Christians, we have a scriptural obligation to be salt in the light, we have a scriptural obligation to be watchmen on the wall. And every one of us has a responsibility to be engaged in our public life, voting our values, and we can turn our country around but only if the body of Christ rises up.

posted @ Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:23 PM | Feedback (3)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: No Surrender On Marriage Issue, Will Issue Executive Orders As President

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File in Ames, Iowa, Mike Huckabee says people of faith should not surrender on the gay marriage issue and as president, he vows to use Executive Orders to protect religious liberty and marriage. Read his views and action plan below.

Huckabee isn’t getting all the big headlines like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and others yet he lurks right around that number five slot in the polls. It's a nice place to be considering Huckabee does very well in debates and a bunch of those are coming up. Throw in his likeability factor and he is definitely in the mix of someone who can win the nomination.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE

 

David Brody: I want to ask you another question about gay marriage and religious liberty. They go hand in hand. Now President Mike Huckabee, what would that 100 days look like under a President Mike Huckabee administration as it relates to gay marriage because a lot of people say, 'Hey, the train's leaving the station. Oh, well. Good luck to you in the future.' What's a President Huckabee do?

Mike Huckabee: When people say the train left the station, it's the law of the land, there's nothing we can do, let's move on. I want to say, 'Have you guys read the Constitution, did you pass 9th grade civics?' The court can't make law. We pretend that it can and I'm convinced that a lot of people give that sort of response because they don't want to have to deal with the complexities of the Constitution, which says that there are checks and balances.

If we surrender to the judicial branch as if it is the last final and ultimate word, then we have surrendered to judicial tyranny which is what Jefferson warned us about and the reason he rejected some Supreme Court arguments as simply being something he couldn't accept and he didn't…as did Jackson as did Lincoln.

This notion that the Supreme Court ruled it and therefore it's the law of the land bypasses the only entity in our government that can make the law of the land: the legislative branch, and it's not even law until the president signs it and agrees to enforce it. And first of all, a president, if he's not going to uphold that part of the constitution, get out of the race because you're going to be lying when you take the oath and say you'll uphold and defend the Constitution because on its face, you're not defending it, neither are you upholding it when you surrender to the God of judicial supremacy. So we've got to start there and I certainly would start there.

Brody: Can you do something as it relates to some Executive Orders, are there certain things you can do?

Huckabee: Absolutely. You can reverse the Executive Orders as it relates to how the president has said you're going to make this a mandatory issue throughout federal government but you also instruct the attorney general to defend religious liberty and the rights of people of faith and conscience whether they're business owners acting as individuals, whether they're hospitals, churches, schools, adoption agencies. It doesn't matter what it is. That no one's religious liberty will be trampled upon because they refuse to bow to something that violates nature and nature's God. Words, that by the way, I borrowed right out of the Declaration of Independence.

But also order the Secretary of Defense on day one that you will empower chaplains to perform their religious duties according to their conscience and you will further make sure that no military member is prohibited from the free exercise of their religious faith so long as it does not impose itself as a hazard to their duty or an imposition to their fellow military members, which means if the chaplain wants to put a Bible on his desk, do it. If the chaplain wants to pray in Jesus' name or the name of Allah, he does it. If the chaplain wants to counsel according to his conscience and to what he believes about sexual behavior, then he's free to do it.

Otherwise you have told him what the limitations of his belief can be and unless those limitations somehow impede that soldier's ability to be a soldier, or a sailor, or a marine, or an airman, or a coast guardsman, then it is not the purview of the government of the United States to prohibit the free exercise thereof of his or her religion.

posted @ Monday, July 20, 2015 9:10 AM | Feedback (2)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Brody File Exclusive: Scott Walker Talks Jesus and Oval Office

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File aboard his campaign bus in Iowa, GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker says on his first day as president of the United States he would send draft legislation to Congress to repeal Obamacare.

But even before that, he says, "I'd begin by ultimately thanking God for His grace and ask for His continued blessings on this country."

He talks about how one of his favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Jesus says, "My grace is sufficient for you."

"It is just such a powerful reminder that no matter how challenging times are His grace is more than sufficient," Walker tells me."Every time I've had a victory speech I start out by thanking God for His grace because, win or lose, it's more than sufficient for any of us."

Watch the clip below along with a transcription. The Brody File spent the day covering Walker's events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Urbandale, Iowa. Our crew spent some time with him and his family on their campaign Winnebago between the two cities.

The Brody File’s national piece on Scott Walker can be seen tomorrow (Monday) on The 700 Club. Go to the ABC Family Channel at 10 a.m. and it repeats again at 11 p.m.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: Have you thought about what you would do on the first day in the Oval Office? Have you thought about that at all?

Scott Walker: Yeah and for me, using a page out of what I did as governor, I'd start before the first day, I'd start on the first day after the election. I did that as governor. As president elect, I'd start by reaching out to our Congressional leaders, I'd reach out to people like Prime Minister Netanyahu and other world leaders, our allies. I'd start building plans that strengthen American military again and then on day one, the actual day I was in office, just as I did as governor where I called for the state to join the federal lawsuit against Obamacare, I'd speak out and take an active, aggressive position, to call on the Congress to fully repeal Obamacare and put patients and families back in charge and actually send up draft legislation to empower them to do that.

I'd pull back on day one of the bad Iran deal we just talked about and I going forward would make sure that we pulled back on so many of the other bad regulations under this president. I've said this before. You'll appreciate this, I'd do all that but on the first day and every day thereafter, I'd begin by ultimately by thanking God for His grace and ask for His continued blessings on this country.

Brody: How much peace is there in that, that God is ultimately in control? We've talked about this at the governor's mansion. Where does God play into all this for you on a daily basis and otherwise?

Walker: Well, I'm always amazed. One of my favorite devotions was "Jesus Calling" so I read that a lot in the scripture today and it just so speaks to Tonette and I. We give our boys copies for college and a lot of friends but sometimes in the most challenging of days I want to go back later and look and see was it still there or was it just for that day.

But sometimes when I've had some of the biggest challenges, whether it was during the protests or the recall even in the last few years, one of the scriptures I find to be most comforting is in 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Paul talks about the thorn in his flesh and speaks the words of Christ saying, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

It is just such a powerful reminder that no matter how challenging times are His grace is more than sufficient. Every time I've had a victory speech I start out by thanking God for His grace because, win or lose, it's more than sufficient for any of us.

posted @ Sunday, July 19, 2015 11:28 AM | Feedback (0)

Brody File Video Exclusive: Scott Walker and Wife on Same Page When It Comes to Views on Traditional Marriage

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File aboard his campaign bus in Iowa, GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker says media reports that suggest he and his wife feel differently about gay marriage are not true.

"My wife actually supports my position," Walker says about his support for traditional marriage. "She pointed out she was torn by the fact that she's got me with a position and she's got others family members in different position, but being emotionally torn doesn’t mean that she’s got a difference of opinion."

Watch the clip below along with a transcription. The Brody File spent the day covering Walker’s events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Urbandale, Iowa. Our crew spent some time with him and his family on their campaign Winnebago between the two cities.

The Brody File’s national piece on Scott Walker can be seen tomorrow (Monday) on The 700 Club. Go to the ABC Family Channel at 10 a.m. and it repeats again at 11 p.m.

MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE

David Brody: There are some evangelicals that come to me, you probably know what I'm going to ask you about, as it relates to the marriage issue, and I know there's not necessarily agreement with all the family members. Can you talk to evangelicals about that because what I'm hearing is that they're a bit concerned that if the family doesn't stick together on the issue that either you might bend or that there is some fracture there?

Scott Walker: Well a couple different things in that. First off, some in the media -- not you, but others -- have, I think, misstated my wife's position. There are some family members who have extended family who have different views on this, but my wife actually supports my position so that's something. She pointed out she was torn by the fact that she's got me with a position and she's got others family members in different position. But being emotionally torn doesn't mean that she's got a difference of opinion.

Now, others in our family do have a difference, but again, I point to anyone, not just to an evangelical audience, to anyone and say look at my record. If I was going to be pushed on this, I would have been pushed a long time ago. And when it's this or the fact that for example on right to life, I showed up long before I was involved in the world of politics and government as the president of Marquette Students for Life back in college.

I've got a solid record in legislature as a county executive, now as a governor being 100 percent prolife because that's who I am, that's how I was raised, that's what I believe. So whether it's on marriage, whether it's on right to life, whether it's on strengthening and supporting families in this country, or any other issue, taxes, you name it. I think what most people have found is, if 100,000 protestors can't get me to back away from my core principles, certainly there isn't anything else that's going to do that.

posted @ Sunday, July 19, 2015 9:53 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Brody File Show: Democrat Alert!

On this week's edition of The Brody File, we go one-on-one with DNC Chairwoman Debbie-Wasserman-Schultz on religious liberty.

Plus, we interview Dr. Ben Carson about the lack of civilty in political discourse.

Finally, we talke with Fox News' Gretchen Carlson about her new book Getting Real.

posted @ Friday, July 17, 2015 2:20 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New on The Brody File: Mike Huckabee's Racial Reconciliation Pitch

Here’s something you will see first only on The Brody File: a new campaign ad going up by Mike Huckabee’s campaign today that argues how he's the best candidate to fight for "racial reconciliation" in America.

After all, Huckabee did get 48 percent of the African-American vote when he was governor of Arkansas. He's trotting out this ad by invoking God as well.

Watch below.

By the way, Huckabee will talk about this on Sunday in Manning, South Carolina, when he speaks at the rural African-American church called Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Watch out for Huckabee in this presidential campaign. He isn't getting the headlines of some of the newer candidates out there but he continues to hang around that number five slot in the polling. He's an expert debater and communicator and the debates could be his lift-off point.

posted @ Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:30 AM | Feedback (0)