Voter Fraud and Voter I.D. By Thomas Sowell

One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting.

Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than a million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote.

The most devastating account of voter fraud may be in the book “Injustice” by J. Christian Adams. He was a Justice Department attorney, who detailed with inside knowledge the voter frauds known to the Justice Department, and ignored by Attorney General Holder and Company.

One of these frauds involved sending out absentee ballots to people who had never asked for them. Then a political operator would show up — uninvited — the day the ballots arrived and “help” the voter to fill them out. Sometimes the intruders simply took the ballots, filled them out and forged the signatures of the voters.

These were illegal votes for Democrats, which may well be why Eric Holder sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil.

As for race-based “voter suppression,” amid all the political hysteria, how many hard facts have you heard? Probably none that supports that claim. Widely available free photo identification cards mean that poverty is no barrier to voting.

Since blacks and whites both have to show photo I.D. for everything from cashing checks to getting on a plane, why has requiring a photo I.D. for voting caused such shrill outcries?

Unfortunately, this is part of the cynical politics of promoting as much racial polarization and paranoia as possible, in hopes of getting more black voters to turn out to vote for the Democrats.

Nothing is too gross when promoting racial hysteria in an election year. Veteran Democrat Congressman Charlie Rangel from Harlem declared that Republicans “don’t disagree — they hate!” According to Rangel, “Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and that they won the Civil War!”

Republicans did win the Civil War. That’s why there is no more slavery. It was a Republican president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It was a Republican-controlled Congress that voted for the 13th Amendment, outlawing slavery.

In the 1960s, a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. If we are going to talk about history, let’s at least get the facts right.

Only an utter ignorance of history, in this era of dumbed-down education, could allow demagogues like Rangel to get away with the absurdities that abound in election year politics.

Images of lynching and Jim Crow laws that made blacks sit in the back of buses are used against Republicans, even though the “solid South” was solidly controlled by Democrats during that era.

Bull Connor, who turned police dogs and fire hoses on civil rights demonstrators, was a Democrat. So were other Southern segregationists. In those days, you could go hundreds of miles through the Jim Crow South without seeing a single Republican official. That is why political observers called it “the solid South.”

Perhaps the biggest voter fraud of all is the fraud against black voters, by telling them bogey man stories, in order to try to get them to come out on election day to vote for Democrats.

The most cynical of these bogey man ploys is Attorney General Holder’s threats of legal action against schools that discipline a “disproportionate” number of black boys. Unless you believe that black boys cannot possibly be misbehaving more often than Asian American girls, what does this political numbers game accomplish?

It creates another racial grievance, allowing Democrats like Holder to pose as rescuers of blacks from racist dangers. The real danger is allowing disruptive students in ghetto schools to destroy the education of other black students — in a world where education is the only hope that most ghetto youngsters have for a better life.

Sacrificing these young people’s futures, in hopes of gaining some additional black votes today, is as cynical and fraudulent as it gets.

Thomas Sowell, a National Humanities Medal winner, is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Posted on November 4, 2011

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Review of Keepers of the Covenant

Keepers of the Covenant

In Lynn Austin’s Keepers of the Covenant, the Jews are days away from extinction. As they are held captive in a foreign land for disobeying God’s laws, the Lord orchestrates a way of escape, but it comes with a price. Wives become widows, and children are left fatherless. Convinced that his people will forget God’s salvation in Babylon, Ezra, leads the exiles back to the Promised Land. Will he remain faithful to his calling as he shoulders the responsibility of leading his people?

Keepers of the Covenant tells the biblical story of Israel’s prominent and beloved priest. As historical fiction, it traces the second wave of exiles who return home from Babylon. The characters are relatable and empathetic. The plot is intriguing, entertaining, and filled with fascinating historical tidbits. The story is theologically solid. Austin’s knowledge of Old Testament Law is amazing and her grasp of biblical history is unlike any author I’ve read.

The only drawback in Austin’s work is the constant summarizing and sermonizing. It interrupts the flow of the story, detracts from valid theological points, and makes the book seem longer than it is. A little lighter touch and Keepers of the Covenant would be the perfect book.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Review of 50 Women Every Christian Should Know

50 Women Every Christian Should Know

In her book, 50 Women Every Christian Should Know, Michelle DeRusha writes brief biographies of women who impacted their societies and cultures. Each profile is five to seven pages long and summarizes these significant women who lived from the Middle Ages to the present day. Highlighting each woman’s life and beliefs within their historical contexts, 50 Women is not a critique of their various theological viewpoints. It is, however, helpful in educating the reader about the lives of influential women who may have been overlooked.

50 Women Every Christian Should Know is useful in filling gaps in Christian history. The biographical and historical information is interesting and informative. The profiles of Katharina Von Bora, Fanny Crosby, Edith Schaeffer, and Flannery O’Conner are especially enjoyable. However, the work lacks depth. Some of the women discussed dabbled in mysticism and entertained theological error. There seems to be an absence of biblical and political discernment throughout. No doubt each woman had an impact on her society, but there is too much ecumenical emphasis. These women deserve to be known, but are not on equal theological footing. Not without historical value, 50 Women should be read with caution in mind.

I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Why We Need the Electoral College

Katherine Wacker:

Not a Presidential year, but critical information….

Originally posted on Katherine's Chronicle:

With the Presidential Election now days away, most Americans are keeping an eye on the national polls. Many are wondering who’s going to win states like Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. But why is winning certain states more important than winning the popular vote? It’s because our Founders envisioned the United States as a constitutionally limited republic and set up the Electoral College which, actually votes to elect the President. So what is the Electoral College? How does it work and why does it matter?
The Electoral College is made up of electors chosen by the voters of each state to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice. This structure was prescribed in Article I Section II of the U.S. Constitution. With the District of Columbia included, the total number of electoral votes is five hundred and thirty-eight. That number is determined by the number of House members, plus…

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The Prophet’s Cry Part III

Israel’s sin had reached critical mass and its society was rotting from the inside out. Habakkuk prayed for revival, but the Lord promised judgment. The punishment would come from an alien, evil people who had no regard for God or man. Habakkuk tries to make sense of this and cries out to the Lord. “Are You not from everlasting LORD, my God, my Holy One” (Habakkuk 1:12a). Like Moses and King David before him (Deuteronomy 33:27), (Psalm 90:12), Habakkuk chooses to focus on the unchanging and unending character of God. Notice that this is the first time he is praising God rather than complaining to Him. Not looking at the terrifying circumstances around him, which are temporary, the prophet chooses to focus on the eternality of the Lord.

It is one thing to know about God and quite another to know God personally. There are those who study theology for years and never trust in Him. Habakkuk has enough confidence in his relationship with God to use the word “my” which denotes an intimacy that can only be found in a relationship. This conviction is based upon God’s covenantal promise established with His people. No matter how severe the punishment God’s people suffer, they will not be completely destroyed. No matter how dark it seems, God saves His people to testify of His faithful promises (Genesis 12).

Habakkuk understands that the Babylonians are the means God uses to punish Israel for their sin. “You, O LORD, have appointed them to judge; And You, O Rock, have established them to correct” (Habakkuk 1:12). Israel had heard the warnings as far back as Moses and as recently as Jeremiah (Jeremiah 4:27), but she refused to repent. Pastor Adrian Rodgers once said, “We are free to sin, but we are not free to choose the consequences of sin.” Israel will discover that sin carries a hefty price. As Paul says, “For the wages of sin is death….” (Romans 6:23).

Amidst the promise and the praise, Habakkuk still wants answers and wonders how God uses evil. “Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor” (Habakkuk 1:13a). David echoes the holy character of God, saying, “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You. The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity” (Psalm 5:4-5). The Lord is separate and unstained by evil and His decisions are not affected by imperfect attitudes or motives, but His righteous character demands that He carry out justice. He would not be good, just, or loving, if He didn’t deal with sin, even in His own children.

Habakkuk takes his argument to its logical conclusion. “Why do You look with favor on those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up those more righteous than they?”(Habakkuk 1:13b). How many of us can identify with this question? We see so much evil around us and watch as the perpetrators prosper without suffering the consequences. God chooses to use them as a means to chastise the righteous. It doesn’t seem fair, does it? Peter gives us a hint when he says, “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God…” (1 Peter 4:17a). As Christians, we are called to reflect God’s character. Therefore He has the right and responsibility to hold us to a higher standard. When we choose to ignore His warnings and His word, He uses drastic measures, even evil, to draw us back to Him.

As victims of wrong, we suffer pain and helplessness. Habakkuk knows that Israel will be like fish in a barrel to the enemy. He tells the Lord that with no one to lead or protect them, His people are an easy catch for the Babylonians. “Why have You made men like the fish of the sea, like creeping things without a ruler over them?” (Habakkuk 1:14).

The prophet is still building his case. “The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook, Drag them away with their net, and gather them together in their fishing net. Therefore they rejoice and are glad” (Habakkuk 1:15). Can you hear Habakkuk? Are you sure you want to do this, Lord? Do you want to give our enemies the victory and make them happy? Habakkuk isn’t finished yet. “Therefore they offer a sacrifice to their net And burn incense to their fishing net; Because through these things their catch is large, And their food is plentiful (Habakkuk 1:16). The prophet tells the Lord that if the Chaldeans successfully conquer Israel as promised and then give credit to their false god instead of the true God. what message does that send about Israel and about God Himself to the surrounding nations? He ends his complaint with a question. “Will they therefore empty their net and continually slay nations without sparing?” (Habakkuk 1:17). Habakkuk wasn’t the first to ask this question. The Psalmist pours out his heart, “Rise up, O Judge of the earth, Render recompense to the proud. How long shall the wicked, O LORD, How long shall the wicked exult? They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; all who do wickedness vaunt themselves” (Psalm 94:2-4).

This is the cry of every righteous heart. Watching the predictable consequences of evil is hard, and being hurt by them is worse. But if we belong to the Lord, we have the privilege of crying out to Him, just as Habakkuk did, knowing He hears us. Though we are not entitled to answers, we serve a God who isn’t offended by our questions. When we, too, center our lives on the attributes of God we realize that in whatever situation we may find ourselves, our problems are small compared to the vastness of the purposes and the plan determined by His eternal nature.

The prophet ends his complaint saying this, “I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me,And how I may reply when I am reproved” (Habakkuk 2:1). Habakkuk is finally finished (for now). He has had his say, and now he waits for the Lord’s response. There is a time to speak, and a time to be quiet. Sometimes we must wait, watch, and trust that the Lord is working in spite of what we see. It is in the quiet times of waiting that God refines our character. It is in those times He reveals to us what is in our own hearts.

Whatever circumstances disturb us, we know that they are only temporary in the light of eternity, and the God who ordained them does not change. He is bringing us through them while purifying us, and accomplishing His purpose. When we can’t see God’s plan, we can trust His heart. And we can say with the Psalmist. “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea…” (Psalm 46:1-2).

Note: The Prophet’s Cry Parts I and II can be found in the August and October archives.

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Update: Houston mayor drops bid to subpoena pastors’ sermons By Todd Starnes

Subpoenas issued to five Houston pastors demanding all sermons and correspondence dealing with homosexuality, gender identity and the city’s Equal Rights ordinance have been withdrawn, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor announced at a Wednesday press conference.

“After much contemplation and discussion, I am directing the city legal department to withdraw the subpoenas issued to the five Houston pastors who delivered the petitions, the anti-HERO petitions, to the city of Houston and who indicated that they were responsible for the overall petition effort,” said Mayor Annise Parker in remarks covered by television station KPRC.

My column on the issue sparked a bit of national outrage – well – a lot of national outrage. To be honest it was a full-scale hullabaloo. City Hall was deluged with telephone calls, letters, emails – along with hundreds of Bibles and sermons. More than 50,000 supporters signed a petition.

The only way to stop the bullying is to allow the good people of Houston the right to vote on that nondiscrimination ordinance.

Nevertheless, the mayor still seems hell-bent on defending the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance – a piece of legislation that will in part give grown men who identify as women the right to use the restrooms of their choice.

“It is extremely important to me to protect our Equal Rights Ordinance from repeal, and it is extremely important to me to make sure that every Houstonian knows that their lives are valid and protected and acknowledged,” Parker said. “We are going to continue to vigorously defend our ordinance against repeal efforts.”

The subpoenas were issued in response to a lawsuit filed related to the so-called bathroom bill. An overwhelming number of religious groups were opposed to a provision of the law that would allow men who identify as women to use the restrooms of their choice.

Critics gathered 50,000 signatures to petition the city to put the issue on the ballot. But the city attorney threw out the petitions – alleging there were not enough legitimate signatures.

Erik Stanley, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, represented the five pastors. He said he was gratified the mayor withdrew the subpoenas.

“She really had no choice but to withdraw the subpoenas,” Stanley told me. “She was roundly criticized from the right and the left – from all across the nation.”

Stanley said the mayor’s actions were a violation of the First Amendment and an abuse of power.

“They were only intended to intimidate and to bully pastors into silence,” he said of the subpoenas. “It sent a terrible message to the faith community in Houston and across the country.”

Pastor Steve Riggle was one of the ministers who was subpoenaed.

“You don’t mess with the pulpits,” he told me.

His opinion of the mayor remains unchanged.

“You are not a little dictator to do whatever you want – and that’s what we have right now in Houston, Texas,” he said. “It’s important that everybody keep their eye on what’s happening here.”

The Family Research Council is hosting a nationally-simulcast rally at Riggle’s mega-church on Sunday. Thousands are expected to attend “I Stand Sunday” in person and more than 2,500 churches and home groups have signed up to air the simulcast.

The event includes messages from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and yours truly – among others.

“This is what bullies do when people stand up to them,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. “They back down.”

Perkins told me the response to “I Stand Sunday” has been overwhelming.

“Americans realize this agenda is not simply about equal rights,” he said. “It’s about elevated sexual behavior above religious freedom. Americans are tired of being bullied by the left.”

And let’s be honest, folks – that’s exactly what’s been happening in the Lone Star State. Christians are getting bullied by Houston’s mayor and city attorney.

And the only way to stop the bullying is to allow the good people of Houston the right to vote on that nondiscrimination ordinance.

“This is about political intimidation,” Perkins said. “And that intimidation continues as long as the citizens are denied the right to vote on this ordinance.”

Randy White, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Katy said his congregation is prepared to fight.

“They will stand for any kind of removal of pulpit freedom,” he told me. “The pastor, the church, the congregation has got to be able to speak their mind on issues.”

White delivered an impassioned sermon about religious liberty that went viral online.

“I will not turn over a jot or a tittle,” he announced from the pulpit. He warned that turning over any sermons to the government is the “first step towards totalitarianism.”

But he warned that the fight is not over in Houston.

“We haven’t won,” he said. ‘The citizenry of Houston is still denied the right to petition and to vote on this matter,” he said.

And quite frankly, I’m not sure Houston’s mayor will allow them to vote.

On Tuesday a group of clergy met with Houston’s mayor. Afterwards, some of those ministers met with Pastor Riggle. They relayed a portion of the private conversation they had with the mayor.

“She told them, ‘I’m not going to let the citizens of Houston vote on my civil rights,’” Riggle said.

Friends — that is a very chilling statement.

And it’s just more that whenever you see the word “nondiscrimination” it usually means religious folks are being discriminated against.

I encourage you and your local church to join us on Sunday to send a message to those who would infringe on religious liberty. We will not be silent. We will not be intimidated.

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is “God Less America.”

Published on October 29, 2014


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