Prestonwood Baptist Invited ALL Presidential Candidates to Forum: Zero Democrats Attend

Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas (Plano), along with the Faith and Freedom Coalition, invited all presidential candidates to participate in a forum at Prestonwood. Six GOPers came. Zero Democrats accepted. Senator Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina spoke to a crowd estimated at 7,000. The event spanned over four hours.

Prestonwood Baptist Church

Prestonwood Baptist Church

Most reporting on this story singled-out Donald Trump for not attending but did not mention that Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie were absent.

Hillary has had a lot to say about one aspect of ‘Religious Beliefs.’ Christians, those who are “pro-life” must change their pro-life stance to pro-choice. Pro-Life equates to “deep-seated cultural codes.” She has her own way of handling “codes,” by eliminating words like “late-term abortion,” “harvesting fetal tissue,” and “dismembering aborted babies.” Neither does she acknowledge that protecting life is a belief worthy of pursing. From Hillary’s view atop her high horse, Christians need to get over it.

Keeping church and state separate is tricky, or should be tricky for Democrats, but our nation gives Progressives and Liberals a pass. While they decry a religious school offering a voucher to a child needing a better education, that violates church and state. A baker turning down business for a cake he/she does not want to bake violates church and state. The Weekly Standard points to Obama calling on Pope Francis to further his climate change agenda. That joint effort DOES NOT violate church and state. From this example alone, Christians should feel comfortable speaking of whatever they want to speak about from their pulpits, in their community groups, and at every potluck supper, if they choose to do so – never mind your political bent. At some point, Christian churches must stop fearing their federal government.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘people’ have attempted to schedule her to speak at the Church of God in Christ, described as an “historically African-American church.” Twelve thousand churches of this denomination exist across the U.S. Church leaders allegedly turned down the request three times. The Clinton camp denies they made the requests.

Boston Pastor Eugene F. Rivers III, an adviser to COGIC presiding Bishop Charles Blake, confirmed to Breitbart News in an interview that the conversations did happen, but that COGIC leadership ultimately decided against allowing her to speak. A public relations representative for the Church of God In Christ did not respond to a request for comment.

Rivers pointed out that many church members were weary of Democrats taking them for granted.

“There is the perception among the political actors from both parties that the black church are useful idiots who will be called upon at the last minute to function as ground troops, but there is no respect apparently on either side of the aisle for the moral perspectives of the black church,” he said

Boston Pastor Eugene F. Rivers III, an adviser to COGIC presiding Bishop Charles Blake, confirmed to Breitbart News in an interview that the conversations did happen, but that COGIC leadership ultimately decided against allowing her to speak. A public relations representative for the Church of God In Christ did not respond to a request for comment.

He cited Clinton’s remarks about religious organizations changing their beliefs on abortion as one example of concerning comments from Obama’s former Secretary of State.

I’ve written often about the sad state of our churches and their non-existent involvement in politics. Yes, I understand separation of church and state and the clause does not dictate that the church stay out of politics. It does dictate that the federal government not establish a religion to be forced upon its citizenry. Nor can the government keep you from worshipping if, when and what you choose to worship. Known as the Establishment Clause, it is so clear, so easy to understand. Nothing about it is vague, but it is routinely assaulted by the Left. Churches, with the exception of Black churches, fear the loss of their tax-exempt status, although the IRS has never taken that status away. It’s one of those conveniences of Liberals. Scaremongering, it’s called, like Republicans throwing Grandma off a cliff.

At one time, my thinking was that the IRS would love to snatch that status from conservative churches but wouldn’t dare because they would have to do the same to the many black pulpits vying for one side of the aisle or the other. It took only a short time under The Time of Obama to realize that even I, who felt such dread at what was coming to our country, underestimated the depths to which government will bend to ignore targeting Liberals, and get away with it, while putting conservatives directly in the sight of their big, bad bazookas.

 

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