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Was the presidential election swayed by “fake media” – Or did the fear of God awaken 81% of the evangelicals who voted for Trump?

[The following report was posted by Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, Washington, D.C.]

There’s been a lot of talk about the role the Supreme Court played in last month’s election — but what about the current justices? According to one columnist, the present Court may have had just as much to sway voters as any future nominees would. In a thoughtful article by David Bernstein in today’s Washington Post, the George Mason University Foundation professor talks about the impact a certain marriage ruling may have had in cementing Americans’ choice for president.

Of course, plenty of ink has been spilled about Donald Trump’s unprecedented support from evangelicals — besting even churchgoing favorite George W. Bush. But some people are still wondering: what could have possibly made the controversial figure so popular with the country’s faith bloc? Bernstein argues that one issue motivated Christians more than any other to turn out and pull the lever for the real estate mogul. “To what can we attribute Trump’s success? The most logical answer is that their religious liberty was under assault from liberals, and they therefore had to hold their noses and vote for Trump.”

Using a laundry list of examples — from taking God out of the Democratic platform to prosecuting bakers for turning down same-sex wedding cake orders — Bernstein explains that it was the Left’s fierce assault on faith and conscience that drove evangelicals to the polls. The extremism, he argues, was never clearer than in the oral arguments of Obergefell – when, in one candid moment, the president’s top lawyer confirmed everyone’s worst fears: that the government would use a liberal ruling as a weapon to use against Christians.

Asked if religious schools could lose their tax-exempt status for holding a natural view of marriage, U.S. Solicitor Donald Verrilli was surprisingly honest. “…[I]t’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.” The admission was stunning, even to liberals. “If I were a conservative Christian,” law professor Eugene Volokh said shortly after, “(which I most certainly am not), I would be very reasonably fearful, not just as to tax exemptions but as to a wide range of other programs — fearful that within a generation or so, my religious beliefs would be treated the same way as racist religious beliefs are.”

Obviously, Bernstein believes, that concern was shared by millions of evangelical voters. In a country where 53 percent still define marriage as the union of a man and woman, the writing on the wall was clear.

“Many religious Christians of a traditionalist bent believed that liberals not only reduce their deeply-held beliefs to ‘bigotry,’ but want to run them out of their jobs, close down their stores and undermine their institutions. When I first posted about this on Facebook, I wrote that I hope liberals really enjoyed running Brendan Eich out of his job and closing down the Sweet Cakes bakery, because it cost them the Supreme Court. I’ll add now that I hope Verrilli enjoyed putting the fear of government into the God-fearing because it cost his party the election.”

Source: Family Research Council, A Tale of Two Donalds; December 08, 2016

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Looking Ahead!

After 32 years, serving the Church in the most powerful city in the world, one observation stands out: America remains strong because it was built on a foundation of faith and prayer. Each generation inherits the duty to keep that beacon of light shining.

During this election year, we saw a true spiritual awakening as thousands upon thousands of Christians committed themselves to prayer and action, attended prayer rallies, voted, and took to heart the admonishment of 2 Chronicles 7:14 – to humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.

Nevertheless, there are many loud voices in our country dedicated to eroding that foundation. In times as challenging as these, it is exciting to see so many people taking a stand for their faith. 

We fought and worked hard this year to help Turn the Tide, but there is still much to do. We ask you to join with us with your prayer and support while we stand against those who believe God and prayer should be stripped from the public square. Also, there are those who are determined to undermine the U.S. Constitution.

Our Washington Report serves to be “Your eyes and ears at the Nation’s Capital.” Our agenda for 2017 is aggressive as we mobilize a nationwide outreach to unite the Christian voice from grassroots back to Washington, D.C. A single voice can have a huge impact when united with thousands of other like voices. 

A silent Church is like salt that has lost its savor. In 2017, we are positioned to advance God’s enduring place in America, but we need you as a partner. With your help we can continue our mission to unite the body of Christ and stir up revival.

Without you, we cannot accomplish all that God has commissioned us to do. As we face the New Year, we need your help to clear the books of a remaining deficit of $5,600. by December 31st.  Please pray about what the Lord would have you to do with a special end of the year contribution.

We “must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).

We are grateful for all the continued support that has helped us represent the Christian voice at the nation’s capital. My third book, Power of the King’s Blood, is headed to the publisher in January. Look for it on our website. Available in paperbook and eBooks.

Let freedom ring in America!!  Shalom to all.  (Ruth)

Ruth Schofield, Founder/President
Embassy for World Peace
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