Thursday, April 29, 2010

Update on R-71

Secretary of State Sam Reed's web site is expressing optimism that they prevailed before the Supreme Court in the matter of releasing the R-71 petition names to homosexual activists.

The site quotes Attorney General Rob McKenna saying, "My team and I think it went well." Secretary Reed agrees and thinks "McKenna did a persuasive job" and is optimistic of a win.

The ruling will likely come down in June.

US Supreme Court hears R-71 case and rules on Mojave Cross

The US Supreme Court heard the R-71 case yesterday. Associated Press is predicting the Justices are leaning toward releasing the names to the public.

However the Court is not expected to rule on the case until June or even late summer. We will keep you updated.

The Court did, however,
rule on the case concerning the cross in the Mojave Desert.

Over 75 years ago the Veterans of Foreign Wars erected the cross atop an outcropping in the Mojave National Preserve as a memorial and honor to those who died in service to our country. The land on which the cross stands has since become privately owned land, however atheist and secularist groups have continued to litigate trying to remove the cross from public view. Because of litigation, the cross was covered with plywood a few years ago, so no one could see it.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled the placement of the cross is constitutional and the cross will be revealed to the public once again.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

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supporting this ministry.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

US Supreme Court Hears, "WA State v. The People" Today

The R-71 free speech case will be heard today by the Supreme Court of the United States. The nation is watching.

Here's why.

Surprisingly, The Seattle Times who are on the record supporting Reed and McKenna, published an op-ed from our attorney, James Bopp, Jr. and Scott F. Bieniek.

The following is an overview of our case:

*Rather than embrace the opportunity to publicly debate the merits of the domestic-partnership law, opponents of R-71 vowed to obtain copies of the petitions hoping to place the names and addresses of the signers on the Internet to encourage "uncomfortable conversations," similar to those that happened in California regarding Prop. 8.

*Secretary of State Sam Reed agreed to become a willing participant in such campaign tactics by ruling that the state Public Records Act "required" disclosure of the petitions.

*More than 1,100 petitions have been filed with the Secretary of State since the law was enacted in 1972.

*In 2006, Reed became the first Secretary to release copies of petitions and Referendum 71 would be only the 9th petition released pursuant to the law or otherwise. Only an emergency order from the US Supreme Court on the eve of the election prevented what attorney Bopp calls, "tactics usually reserved for the schoolyard bully."

*Petition signers are not legislators. Sam Reed and Rob McKenna are wrong on that argument. Petition signers are not elected representatives and should not be treated as such. The petition signers are no more elected representatives than the 1.8 million who voted in that particular election. Should their votes be made public?

*This case is bigger than homosexual marriage. It is about the right of everyone to speak freely on the most salient and controversial issues facing our nation today and to do so free of threats, intimidation and bullying.

James Bopp notes that fittingly today's case will be Justice John Paul Steven's last as a member of the US Supreme Court.

Bopp concludes, "After an appropriate celebration of his storied career, the attention will turn to the individual nominated to fill his vacancy, and no doubt, the nominees record. The question in Doe v. Reed is, should the fact that the nominee signed a petition be part of that record? And should it be part of your record the next time you apply for employment? If the First Amendment means anything, the answer is no."

I have had a number of conversations with James Bopp. He is very capable, highly qualified and a godly man.

Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant. Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Senator Patty Murray in Trouble

Three term Democratic Senator Patty Murray is in trouble.

Polls indicate that she trails Dino Rossi by 10 points, 52% to 42% with 7% undecided. And Rossi isn't even running ----yet.

The same poll also shows:

Against State Senator Don Benton, it's Murray 46%, Benton 44%.
* Against former NFL player Clint Didier, it's Murray 46%; Didier 44%.
* Against businessman Chris Widener, it's Murray 45%, Widener 43%.
* Against Businessman Paul Akers, it's Murray 45%, Akers 44%.
* Against doctor Art Coday, it's Murray 45%, Coday 41%.

All within the margin of error.
Here's what this poll should say to those of us who care:

* It is a while until the November election. There will be a deluge of campaigning and misinformation flooding the state over the next few months in support of Murray. I suspect the President may visit the state.

*Do not grow weary in well doing. Don't get distracted or apathetic before the November election. Faith and Freedom will be doing all we can do to "Inform, Inspire and Involve" you and others to be active in the election process.

*Allow God to lead you in your choice in the primary election, then commit to the general election. We will be giving you information that we believe will assist you.

Consider this:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, prophet and martyr said, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

Bonhoeffer's life and death gives us witness to the extraordinary faith of an incredible human being who attempted to illuminate the tortured fate of his nation as he sought to deliver it from the evil tyranny of socialism and it's political party, the Nazi Party.

Bonhoeffer was a man determined to do the will of God radically and courageously, even to the point of death.

God is looking for people who will stand in the gap today.

Will you stand with us? If so, please help us in this cause.

Be Discerning. Be Courageous. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

________________
Gary Randall
President
Faith and Freedom

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Monday, April 26, 2010

US Supreme Court Will Hear R-71 Case Wednesday

Sec. of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna are getting strong support from the left and far left as they prepare to argue their case for releasing the names of those who signed the R-71 petitions to the homosexual activists who are demanding access to the 138,000 people who signed them.

Their list of supporters is interesting. Most of the media---particularly the newspapers in the state are supporting them, along with all the homosexual advocacy organizations. Other states that have similar disclosure laws are in support as well.

The Everett Herald reported yesterday that McKenna will, "Weave in arguments of the other two parties in the case"----Washington Coalition for Open Government and Washington Families Standing Together, a homosexual advocacy group, in attempting to release petitioner's names to the public.

I found it interesting how Attorney General McKenna characterizes the threats and promised threats from homosexual activists.

Our lead attorney, James Bopp, Jr. says, "This is about disclosing the identity of people who sign the petition and those people being targeted by homosexual advocates for harassment and intimidation."

McKenna, representing Reed and the state, says the state laws impose a "modest threat" on petition signers.

However Bopp will tell the Court that disclosing the identity of the signers will put them at risk, pointing out what happened in California following the Prop. 8 campaign.

While The Seattle Times quoted Anne Levinson, chairwoman of the homosexual advocacy group, Washington Families Standing Together, they carefully avoided quoting the part of Levinson's public comment saying, "There is no credible evidence at all that individuals who signed the petitions to put R-71 on the ballot suffered intimidation or harassment." I know The Times knows there is evidence. I have shared some of it with them.

The web site calling for the destruction of all buildings, public and church buildings, belonging to those who oppose homosexual marriage is well known and is a matter of record. It is also publicly known that the site advocated for the death of Larry Stickney and myself.

Stickney and his family were forced to sleep in rooms not facing the street during the campaign because of a flow of hate mail and hate voice mail and people stopping in front of their home and taking pictures.

Whosigned.org, a homosexual advocacy group has publicly promised to publish all names on the Internet providing activists easy access to the personal information.

Bopp said if these names are made public, "They're going to harass them. They're going to victimize them. They're going to MapQuest these people."

And they will.

It is also a matter of record that Dominic Holden has already harvested names of donors from the PDC records of Protect Marriage Washington and called their homes, confronting them with questions about their support of natural marriage. Some confronted were elderly and not prepared for that kind of confrontation in the privacy of their own home.

Mr. McKenna and Mr. Reed may consider the threats already made and those that are promised to come "modest," however "modest" would likely take on new meaning if the proverbial shoe was on the other foot.

Or if similar threats and promises of threats and intimidation were directed at leaders of the homosexual activist organizations.

Hypocrisy.

This case has captured national attention for a number of reasons. Most are predicting we will fail in our attempt to protect the petition signer's right to free speech and participation in the electoral process without intimidation and harassment.

However James Bopp, Jr. is a leading legal authority on these matters and has argued before the Supreme Court a number of times. This will be his 9th appearance before the Court.

Jay Stewart
, a University of Washington law professor who specializes in constitutional law, thinks the court may go our way.

He said, "I would be surprised if the court found that signing a petition was not a form of political speech protected by the First Amendment."

He said the court has a tradition of protecting anonymity for political actions such as leafleting and publishing handbills, especially related to elections."

James Bopp says, "Signing a petition is not a legislative act subject to public review, as the state contends."

He says of the state, "They are not acting in a representative capacity. They are acting in a sovereign capacity."

We will see. The Court is expected to rule by June.

Depending on which way the ruling goes, this may not be the end of the matter.

Be Vigilant. Be Strong. Be Prayerful. Do Not Be Fearful.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Earth Day Mr. President

Yesterday was Earth Day.

Schools across the state and the nation sent out celebratory messages and exhortations regarding Mother Earth that rivaled in passion, the Good News of Christmas.

Quoting from one school district in the greater Seattle area, "Hooray for all the environmental efforts and conservation champions..."

President Obama and Vice President Biden were not "conservation champions" yesterday.

Yesterday, on Earth Day, President Obama and Vice President Biden flew 250 miles up to New York, on separate planes, landed at separate airports and attended separate meetings just a few miles apart.

Their two planes burned more than 9000 gallons of fuel while other jets were forced to circle, burning more fuel, waiting for the VIPs to come and go.

Interestingly, an email from "Joe"---Vice President Biden, sent out Wednesday said, "Good afternoon. We've been celebrating Earth Day for 40 years now, but the truth is that tomorrow may be the first one when we are truly able to say that we have started down the road to a clean energy economy---a better world for our kids."

He also announced that he is spending $425 million in "Retrofit Ramp-up" awards. He said, "Of course Earth Day is more than just government action and President Obama is calling on all of us to pitch in and participate in the Earth Day of service."

Be Earth Day champions.

There is a better plan.

Thousands of years ago King David said, "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it."(Ps. 24:1) St. Paul repeated it to the Corinthians, "For the earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." ( I Corinthians 10:26)

Rather than looking for "champions" who tried hard not to use the old type light bulbs, used little to no water when washing, saved fuel by mowing their lawn with a push mower and rode their bike to the store, we should come to grips with the reality of who owns the earth.

The present "earth movement" and climate change agenda is wrought with arrogance and self serving motives.

A biblical view of earth ownership leads to a reasoned, purposeful and productive stewardship of the planet.

A secularist view of earth ownership is at best arrogant, self centered and highly politicized and at worst we have seen the global warming/climate change campaign prey on the poor and uninformed using lies and misinformation. And will likely soon be used as yet another opportunity to further tax people already burdened with excessive taxation.

Secularists have schemed to remove God as Creator from our society and it has exacted a cost.

Our Founding Fathers recognized and proclaimed in the laws they wrote and the documents they framed, that Freedom is a gift from God, not from man or government. Upon those principles, America rose to become the greatest country in the history of the world.

A collective acknowledgment of God as Creator and mankind as the stewards of His creation, would produce true champions.

Why not take a moment this weekend and check this out. Read the references:

God Created The Universe: Gen. 1:1,31; Neh. 9:6; Ps. 104:24,25; Colossians 1:15-16; Hebrews 1:2.

God Owns The Creation: Deuteronomy 10:14; I Chronicles 29:11; Job 41:11; Ps. 24:1-2; Ps. 89:11; I Corinthians 10:26; Ps. 145:9,13,17.

God Values The Creation: Genesis 1:31

God Redeems The Creation: II Chronicles 7: 13-14; Ps. 104:29-30; Is. 51:3, 41:18-20; Ezekiel 36:35; Acts 3:21; Colossians 1:20; Ephesians 1:10.

When proper ownership of the earth is truly recognized, we worship the Creator, not the created. "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and the trees of the field will clap their hands." Is.55:12

Be Informed.

God bless you.

________________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

American Idol Gives Back---and Advances Abortion

Last night, according to Variety Magazine, 18.4 million people watched as American Idol used celebrities, corporations and President and Michelle Obama, to raise millions of dollars for charity.

Who could not be moved by the faces and conditions of children in America, Kenya and elsewhere, who are in desperate need.

I have personally worked among them in Kenya and other countries of the world. Their need is real.

However, the viewers heard a lot about "Save The Children" and the "United Nations Foundation." While these organizations do some good work, they operate under the prevailing philosophy that abortion is family planning and healthcare.

Doug Scott, president of Life Decisions International, a pro-life organization, told LIFENEWS that, "Save the Children worked with Planned Parenthood, the Population Action Council and the pro-abortion Audubon Society on it's five-year 'Planet Campaign'."

This effort strongly advocates abortion as part of their focus, "To raise awareness of the connections between international family planning and the health of children, women and the environment." It was funded by the David and Lucile Packard and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations.

Save The Children says, "family planning" has been a "critical component" of it's work for 20 years.

Save The Children has been in alliance with Planned Parenthood during those 20 years.

"Family planning" = Abortion.

Several divisions of the United Nations Foundation have donated funds to Planned Parenthood and have aggressively lobbied pro-life nations to set aside protections for unborn children in favor of promoting abortion or "family planning".

Scott also told LIFENEWS that American Idol recently supported a fundraising campaign for Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles.

It is commendable that Idol or anyone else would step up and want to help the poor.

But it is both tragic and revealing that one of TV's top shows would funnel millions of donated dollars to those organizations who present themselves as "angels of light" while advancing a culture of death under the guise of "helping people".

I thought you may want to be informed.

God help us.

Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.

God bless you.

____________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

US Supreme Court: Religious Freedom or Discrimination?

Are atheists entitled to lead a Bible study?

Are racist skinheads entitled to participate in a NAACP chapter planning meeting?

These are questions raised in a hearing before the Supreme Court this week regarding a clash between a public university, San Francisco's UC Hastings College of Law, and a Christian Bible study group on the Law College campus, which excludes practicing homosexuals.

The Bible study group was previously recognized after its new policy which disallows practicing, unrepentant homosexuals from participating. The college then revoked the Bible study's status.

The Christian group argues that the Hastings College of Law is trying to force organizations to surrender principles in exchange for access to meeting rooms and bulletin boards.

Stanford law Professor Michael McConnell, representing the Christian group, told the Justices, "If Hastings is correct, a student who does not even believe in the Bible is entitled to lead a Bible study."

He said a campus NAACP chapter "would have to allow a racist skin head to sit in on its planning meetings."

Does this policy stifle religious freedoms?

Or would it subsidize discrimination?

And what did the Supreme Court Justices say about it?

They, of course, were divided and some fell on one side while the others leaned toward the other side of the issue, but they all pressed to define the school's policy and the rights it purportedly violates.

Chief Justice John Roberts disputed the law school's position. He said the school's policy prohibits discrimination, "On the basis of only one type of belief, religious belief."

Justice Antonin Scalia said requiring a Christian organization, "To allow atheists not to just join, but to conduct Bible classes...that's crazy."

I agree.

Justices Sotomayor and Ginsberg seemed to favor the college. No surprise. Sotomayor asked, "Are you suggesting that if a group wanted to exclude all black people, all women, all handicapped persons...that a school has to accept that group and recognize it?"

The response was that they are talking about religious beliefs, not race or gender.

Justice Kennedy concluded, "It's frustrating for us not to know what kind of case we have in front of us."

A ruling is expected by June.

So, should skinhead racists be entitled to join and even lead a NAACP group or an atheist join and even teach a Bible study?

Common sense says, "Of course not."

Or should this case be seen as "different" or "special" because it involves homosexuals and their quest for equality and affirmation? And it involves Christians. A point well made by Chief Justice Roberts.

This same Supreme Court will hear our case next week where we are asking that the names of those who signed the R-71 petitions be sealed to protect those who signed, because the First Amendment allows individuals to engage in political speech without being forced to reveal their identities.

Secretary of State Sam Reed wants to release the personal information on the Internet, and to aid those who have promised to contact and "visit" with those who signed, harassing and intimidating anyone who supports traditional marriage.

Efforts of these and similar groups have resulted in death threats, physical violence and property damage directed at individuals who have stood for the natural, traditional definition marriage.

These are historic and perilous times.

The culture and the future hangs in the balance. To ignore these kinds of assaults on personal religious freedom and political free speech would surely result in we as a nation, found to be "wanting."

Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Thanks for standing with us.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A NASA /JPL Employee Demoted Over Intelligent Design

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is being sued by an employee who was demoted for sharing his beliefs about intelligent design.

ABC and other news organizations began reporting yesterday simply that David Coppedge, an information technical specialist at JPL, is suing for discrimination after he was demoted for sharing his views on the origins of the universe.

Coppedge has been working on the Cassini space mission project since 1997, which is exploring Saturn. He is a Christian who has a different view of the origin of the universe.

The secularist would say, "There must be more to the story."

Indeed there is.

In 2000, Coppedge earned recognition for excellence, receiving the important role of "Team Lead SA" (system administrator), a role he held until his demotion.

He has been a highly respected employee, actually leading tours of JPL and sharing JPL's findings with civic groups and schools.

Here's what really happened.

In conversation he asked colleagues if they'd be interested in watching a documentary that dealt with evolution and intelligent design.

The two videos he distributed for after hours viewing contain no religious arguments or references. The videos were, "Unlocking The Mystery of Life," which makes the case for intelligent design based upon information coded in DNA, and "The Privileged Planet," which presents the case from current cosmology that the universe was "fined tuned" for life to emerge and to allow exploration of the cosmos.

Ironically, the Discovery Institute's video features scientists associated with JPL.

Robert Crowther, with Discovery Institute, raises some challenging thoughts about the matter in his column, "How NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Punished David Coppedge For His Views On Intelligent Design."

Coppedge's work for the space agency has been highly respected and honored, he was, however, demoted for his thoughts, not his work. He challenged the ruling authority of Darwinian evolution.

Analyze that.

Crowther says JPL refuses to disclose any specifics about the "other" employees who were supposedly upset over the matter. In fact he says JPL has been so evasive in dealing with the issue, "JPL's effort to cloak it's investigation in secrecy raises the possibility that investigators may have twisted the comments of those they interviewed to justify the investigation's predetermined conclusion."

I strongly recommend you read Crowther's article.

It should be concerning to all---regardless of one's belief, that we are seeking to normalize punishing someone for what they think, rather than what they do.

Be Vigilant. Be Bold. Be Prayerful.

God bless you. Thank you for standing with us.

________________
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Wauconda, WA. 98859, SOLD. Is America For Sale?

The deal was signed last week, April 12.

Maddie and Neal Love of Bothell put down their earnest money and bought Wauconda. I've been through there several times on fishing trips with my dad. It's in Okanogan County between Tonasket and Republic. Very nice little place. They plan to make it their home.

Daphane Fletcher, once a homeless person, bought the town in 2007 for $180,810. She's selling it to the Loves for $360,000. Not a bad deal.

Last February The Washington Times published an editorial, "Is America For Sale?" They said they thought it was. They pointed to the gigantic stimulus bill as a "listing" of sorts of the country, saying as the American economy spirals into deeper debt, "China and Russia and even EU nations---are now claiming greater international economic leadership and have an opportunity to extend their reach over American sovereignty."

They pleaded with President Obama to resist these efforts. Now, 14 months later, we all know that he did not resist. Much has happened since the "For Sale" sign was put out.

By last summer even the European press was pointing out that America's President was selling out US and Western interests at such a speed that is difficult to keep pace---concluding that our President is either the most naive president in history or he "has a secret agenda to cut America down to size."

It is not only our economy that is being sold out, but the culture and our religious roots as well.

The President and some of the top players in his administration are now conceding that America doesn't have to be the best or number one in everything, in fact the President himself suggested a few days ago that being the world's superpower isn't all that great.

So much for "exceptionalism". There's nothing particularly special about this country. No specific destiny. No mission. Our new calling, according to them, is to be like everyone else. And they invoke the words of our Founders, while they list America "For Sale".

And the President has said that whatever America has or has not been in the past, we are no longer a Christian nation. We are a Muslim, etc., etc., etc., country now.

Our culture is also "For Sale," being sold out to a secular progressive worldview, under the guise of diversity and political correctness.

Elitism wrapped in piety. Perversion wrapped in equality.

The President, some in his administration, and a number of other elected officials are suggesting with word and deed that America find her new and different place in this world. Under New Management---under new ownership.

"The Remaking of America."

Other countries are both fearing and hoping for our demise, depending on alliances.

However, we the people still own the country. What is more important than the opinions of others, is the collective opinion and will of the American people.

If you have ever had an inclination to engage in the cultural debate, this would be the time. It does not now require a prophet to see where our present direction is leading.

There is still time to take America off the market. Unlist it. If our present majority in leadership is allowed to continue, the country will be sold. And it will likely be a short sale.

Only your involvement and resistance can change America's leadership and that of Washington State.

Faith and Freedom is now developing information materials designed to Inform, Inspire and Involve people who care about the future of this great country and the future of the State of Washington.

Thank you for financially supporting our efforts.

Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Please be active.

God bless you. God bless America.

_____________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Friday, April 16, 2010

National Day of Prayer Ruled Unconstitutional

Judge Barbara Crab ruled yesterday that the law specifying the annual establishment of a national day of prayer, "goes beyond 'mere' acknowledgement of religion because it's sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function."

As you know, the 2010 National Day of Prayer is scheduled in May. Certainly people of faith do not need a Presidential proclamation in order to pray, however this speaks much about the forces that seek to destroy this country from within.

Traditionally, our country has turned to national prayer in times of difficulty, as lately as September 11, 2001. At a time when our country is facing difficulties on many fronts, one would hope we would have the wisdom to once again turn to a national expression of prayer.

I am reminded that it has been said that "NERO fiddled while Rome burned."

While it has also been said that Nero fiddling while Rome burned was merely folklore, Suetonius and Cassius Dio said that Nero actually sang, "Sack of IIium" in stage costume while the city burned.

"Sack of IIium" is a lost epic of ancient Greek literature which told the story of the Trojan War in epic verse. The work begins with the Trojans discussing what to do with the wooden Trojan Horse that was left behind after the massacre.

Patrick Henry once said, "When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains."

God help us.

_____________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 15: An Important Date; April 18: Equally Important; 2010: Crucial

Today is an important day. It's tax day. April 15.

It is also a logical day for thousands, perhaps millions to express their outrage over the direction our country is moving and the corruption surrounding the way in which it is being moved.

As Tea Party participants rally across the nation today, sinister, self appointed agents following the teachings of Saul Alinisky "provocateers" as Michelle Malkin calls them, will be melding into the crowds pretending to be one of them, while carrying signs and shouting comments that do not represent them, all in an effort to discredit.

They will make false portrayals to a press corps more interested in search and destroy than an authentic news coverage assignment of a historic moment. But in the end, it won't work. Americans have been pushed too far and they see their country being dismantled before their eyes. Our President calls it the "Remaking of America".

Outrage.

April 18 is an Equally Important Date.

Newt Gingrich reminds us on April 18, 1775, Americans began what become an eight-year conflict against the most powerful empire in the world. This Sunday is the 235th anniversary of American militia firing "The Shot Heard Round The World" when they stood up to British professional soldiers at Concord and Lexington and drove them back to Boston. Ultimately winning our independence in a war many believed they could not win.

"Independence" affirmed they would not live under "taxation without representation" and they would remove themselves from the arrogant imperial judges of their time and they would express the Christian faith freely and openly.

We have not seen this level of outrage in recent history.

2010---Crucial

We must, however, turn these emotions toward productive and meaningful ends. That of restoring America. Restoring the influence of the godly principles upon which the country has thrived and become the "City on a Hill."

A number of organizations are involved in the restoration of a number of aspects of our nation and our culture.
Faith and Freedom is focused primarily on the social issues regarding marriage, family, education and life. In this spirit we are launching an effort called:

It is designed to Inform people in communities across the state of how their faith and that of their children is being assaulted and their freedoms eroded, and to Inspire them to resist the constant attack on their faith and their beliefs through activist legislation and indoctrination rather than education in the class room; ultimately inspiring them to become Involved and to involve others in the coming political revolution.

We must elect new leadership in Washington State.

We have already begun to organize volunteers who will help move this message through the communities of the state.

The development of several informational pamphlets and publications are now under development with the immediate focus on research, information gathering and design of a "Voter Information Guide" that will inform voters where every candidate stands on the important issues of marriage, family, education and life.

This particular piece will be designed as "educational" so it may be distributed in churches as well as civic clubs, neighborhoods and through out the community. Some churches are already requesting it. It will be available in print form and on the web site.

We are also developing other informative and inspirational material and a "What To Do To Make A Difference" help sheet for everyone who wants to see new elected leadership in their district and the state or wants to help retain their present elected leadership.

Your financial help is greatly needed in this.

We have a very great opportunity to see a number of positive changes in Washington State this year.

Most feel there is going to be a significant shift in the country and in many states of elected leadership following the November elections.

People of faith and conservatives cannot---must not, fail to help shape the coming shift.

Faith and Freedom has the vision, the plan and the motivation to help shape what is coming, but it can only happen as people of like mind and heart step up and help. Whatever you can do financially is needed at this time as we launch this all out effort to make a difference in the future.

Homosexual activists in the State Legislature are emboldened in their efforts to re engineer marriage and the family, public state education feels they have things going their way regarding the social indoctrination of our children and grandchildren particularly on the issues of abortion, homosexual lifestyle and personal sexuality.

I cannot overstate the importance of your financial help at this time. Whatever you are able to do is most helpful and deeply appreciated.

Thank you so much. God bless you.

_____________
Gary Randall
President
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

School District Finally Responds to Parent Regarding "Day Of Truth"

I received an email this morning from the "parent" in the University Place School District we featured in yesterday's blog. He said, "Gary after you published your blog yesterday, things started happening. When the school district became aware that you had made their communications with me public, they finally responded."

I have included the further communications between the parent and the school district. For their previous communications you may read yesterday's blog.

After the communications were made public on our website, the parent received the following response from the school district:

[ parents name], as I've told you before, students who initiate 'Day of Truth'
activities would be afforded the same rights, within the same parameters,
as for any other student-initiated activities, including 'Day of Silence.'

patti.

Parent's Response:

Ms. Banks,

That is profoundly dishonest. You have never stated to me in the past or
anyone else that I am aware of, that students "would be afforded the same
rights" concerning the "Day of Truth" as they are now or have been in the
past concerning the "Day of Silence," until now.

Second, you still have not answered my question. Are school officials,
teachers, students and parents in the UPSD clearly aware of this policy?
That they may speak openly and freely distribute literature about the
truth and consequences of homosexual behavior without fear of harassment,
threat, punishment, loss of employment or future denial of advancement
and salary increases.

If so, may I please see a copy of this policy in writing and the memo
that has been sent to all within the UPSD making this policy clear?

Sincerely,
(parent)

School District's response:

I have answered this same question for you in past years; my
answer has been consistent with what I believe to be our legal
obligations. Students--at all times--are entitled to their opinions and
convictions, and to voice them in school to the extent they are not
determined to be disruptive to the educational environment or to infringe
on the rights of other students. You and I have had many exchanges on
this issue (or related issues) and I have always responded to you in as
direct and honest a manner as I am able; you are entitled to disagree
with my interpretation of my responsibilities, but please do NOT call me
dishonest. I have always responded to you respectfully, and I expect the
same consideration from you. patti.

Parent's Response:

Ms. Banks,

You have never in any of our previous exchanges stated that the UPSD has
a policy in place that "treats equally" - "what you believe is consistent
with your legal obligations - that students are entitled to their
opinions and convictions - and to voice them," for both the "DAY OF
TRUTH" and the highly controversial "Day of Silence," until now.

However, although you have now made this clear to me that this is UPSD
policy, you continue to dodge and duck the simple YES or NO question that
I have asked several times and have yet to receive an answer to. Have all
school officials, teachers, students and parents been made aware of this
policy? That is, that teachers and students are clearly aware that they
may freely "voice their personal opinions" about the truth and
consequences of homosexuality on the nationally recognized "DAY OF TRUTH"
(4-15-2010) like teachers and students are aware that they are free to
"voice their personal opinions" of homosexuality on the highly
controversial "Day of Silence," with the UPSD's support?

If so, may I please see a copy of this policy? May I please see a copy of
the memo or the email stating that this is UPSD policy, that has been
sent to all within the district?

Patti, I have always responded to you with respect, but it is frustrating
that you refuse to answer a simply YES or NO question and make available
what I ask.

School District's Response:

You are right; there is no specific, written policy beyond my obligations
to follow the law with regard to student speech at school. The law as I
understand it is that students may engage in a wide range of 'free speech'
activities, so long as they do not substantially or materially interfere
with the normal operation of the school, or cause a disruption, or
infringe on the rights of other students. If students choose to initiate
the 'Day of Truth' activities you outline, then we would apply these same
parameters to them, and if there was no disruption, etc., then we would
act to prohibit the students' activities.

Parent's Response:



Patti,

Thank you for somewhat answering my question. However, you didn't make it
clear if all school officials, teachers, students and parents within the
district have been made aware of this policy concerning the
nationally recognized "DAY OF TRUTH?"

School District's Response:

I have communicated this to all district administrators.

Parent's Response:

Thank you for your commitment to the youth in University Place, making the schools here the benchmark of excellence in this state!

May I see a copy of this communication?

(Parent's Name.)

School District's Response:

Admins,
I want to clarify student speech issues that may arise in association with
the 'Day of Silence' or other student initiated observances, etc. As you
may know, the Supreme Court, in Tinker, established that there be wide
latitude for student speech of any kind--including such observances as
wearing armbands (this was specifically the issue in the Tinker case),
pins/buttons, etc. Essentially, the court has held this is protected
speech, unless district administrators can establish that student
participation in these activities will cause disruption to the educational
environment, or infringe on the rights of other students. This question
has been raised recently, by community members asking whether students
would be permitted to participate in activities around a "Day of Truth", a
kind of response to the "Day of Silence" observances, and the goal of
which is to "-speak openly about the truth and consequences of
homosexuality ."

Specific to the "Day of Truth," if students chose to participate in these
observances, the same parameters would apply as would apply to the "Day of
Silence" observation. Please let me know directly if you have any
questions or concerns. patti.

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This is an example of what is required to be vigilant in regard to your child and public education. It is not easy, but absolutely necessary. It is also an example of the kind of exchange parents who oppose school district's "non-sponsored" agendas can expect.

Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant. Be Respectful, but , Be Active.

______________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day of Silence: A Parent Questions School District

Most public school districts across the nation are once again "not sponsoring" the annual "Day of Silence," while they support it with radical departures from the normal daily course of teaching, including not talking out loud, all to promote the homosexual agenda in the classroom.

This year it is planned for this Friday, April 16th.

Fortunately there is a national Christian response also planned called "Day of Truth" for Thursday, April 15th. You may go to this link for more information on "Day of Truth".

Parents should give serious thought as to how they and their child will respond to this day of indoctrination and even intimidation in some cases.

One of our readers, a concerned parent, contacted their local school district with some questions. Both the answers and the spirit of the answers from the school district is revealing.

Here is the email conversation between a concerned citizen and the public school district.

Parent's email to the school:

Re: Homosexual "Day of Silence"

Attn: Patti Banks
Principal Jensen-Drum
Mrs. Gavin-Drum
Mrs. Perkins-Drum
Principal Goodpaster-Evergreen
Mrs. Case-Evergreen

As you know, on or about April 16, many school officials across the
country will allow a social and political action in the classroom to take
place. It is known as the homosexual "Day of Silence." Sponsored by
GLSEN, thousands of ill-informed students will be permitted to remain
silent throughout the entire day-even during instructional time-to
promote GLSEN's socio-political goals and its controversial, unproven and
destructive theories on the nature and morality of homosexuality.

School administrators err when they allow the classroom to be
disrupted and politicized or allow teachers to create lesson plans to
accommodate student silence. No school should support a view of
homosexuality that is physically, emotionally and spiritually destructive
to individuals and society.

Disapproval of homosexuality is not "hatred;" nor is it "bullying;"
nor does it constitute an "incitement to violence." It is permissible and
ethical to express disapproval of harmful and dangerous homosexual
behavior. Therefore, if the UPSD is going to allow GLSEN or students to
promote the homosexual "Day of Silence," as a parent that actively
opposes the hijacking of the classroom for political purposes, I will
keep my daughters home from school this day.

Please inform me and all parents in the UPSD if school officials will be
permitting GLSEN or students to promote and participate in the
controversial homosexual "Day of Silence." In addition, if allowances are
made for the contentious homosexual "Day of Silence," what promotions and
allowances are being made for the "Day of Truth" that allows students,
school officials, teachers, parents and special guest speakers to speak
openly about the truth and consequences of homosexual behavior?

Sincerely,

Then, the school's response:

I understand that you continue to oppose the 'Day of
Silence' observed by students in many school districts
nationally/regionally on April 16. As I have indicated in past years,
however, while the district would not initiate or sponsor this activity,
neither would we oppose student-initiated activities of this kind.
Students have the right--within certain parameters--to engage in
activities associated with freedom of speech. If our students were to
organize and/or choose to participate in this activity, we would impose
the following requirements:

1. Students who choose to participate may do so, but they may not in any
way coerce or pressure other students to participate.

2. Staff will respect any student's decision to observe and be silent
during this day; however, students will comply with any direction from a
staff member--including a direction to answer questions, etc.,--when that
direction is necessary for the safety of the student or other students.

3. Students will be expected to attend class, be on time, and otherwise
comply with normal school procedures.

4. Students who choose to participate in Day of Silence activities will
do so in a manner that does not disrupt the learning environment;
actually, it is difficult to imagine how student silence for a day would
be disruptive.

Thanks for your e-mail, and your interest in UPSD. patti.

Then, the parent's response to the school's response/non-response:

Hello Ms. Banks and thank you for your quick response.

You only answered one of the questions that I asked however.

Does your policy, "Students have the right-within certain parameters-to engage in activities associated with freedom of speech," equally apply to the nationally recognized "DAY OF TRUTH," which is observed by students in many school districts nationally/regionally, in most cases the day after the controversial "Day of Silence?"

If so, has the UPSD made it clear to school officials, teachers and students that they may also observe the nationally recognized "DAY OF TRUTH" and practice their free speech rights-speaking openly about the truth and consequences of homosexuality without fear, harassment, threat or punishment?

Actually, you may want to investigate past observances of the "Day of Silence" as they have been extremely disruptive and threatening in numerous school districts across the country.

Sincerely,

Schools response to the non-response question?
So far, silence.

And that is the way freedom of speech works in the classroom. Particularly when it involves the homosexual agenda.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

________________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Death Threats: A New Art Form Using Prayer

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The practice of making death threats toward elected officials with whom you disagree has become an art form.


During seven years as New Jersey's US Attorney he received only two death threats.

CBS is reporting that "both of them came from the bloods and the crypts." CBS says, "It took only three months as Governor for an adversary to wish him 6 feet under."

The "wish" was directed at conservative Governor Christie, from Joseph Coppola, president of Bergen County's 17,000 member Teachers Union.

You may be stunned at how he chose to make his threat.

Coppola sent out his email message to 17,000 teachers, which immediately became public in the form of a prayer.

"Dear Lord, this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know Gov. Christie is my favorite Governor."

CBS reports, "Bergen County residents were stunned."

After the idea was out into the public, Gov. Christie got a swift apology with Coppola saying, "It was a joke."

Okay.

A few things we can take away from this:

*This body of people are teachers. He was teaching a very, very improper view of God. Count the ways. If he doesn't believe in God, he should leave Him out of his antics, if he does believe in Him, he needs instruction on who God really is.

*Those kinds of jokes are more "funny" when coming from a liberal progressive directed at a conservative elected official. Imagine the reaction if this was reversed.

*This came from a man who was chosen to represent 17,000 teachers who are teaching children in a classroom environment they control for four to six hours every week day. Do the teachers agree with him or are they challenged in choosing leaders?

*It is always funnier or more "not creditable" for progressives, when someone else's life is threatened. Especially someone on the other side of the issue.

*Coppola's act was extremely self centered. He acted publicly out of his own personal hate, with the authority the teachers have given him, obliviously not concerning himself with whether all those he represented agreed with his comments. His concern seems to be focused on his own cleverness. Perhaps he should represent the NEA. That is often their MO.

So, what caused all this?

New Jersey is upside down financially. Much like Washington State---and others.

Gov. Christie wants the teachers to give up a 4% raise they are supposed to get and make a bigger contribution to their health care costs to help get the state back on solid financial footings.

So we ask God to "take" this man away from us by death. Plant the thought in the public's mind, laugh, apologize and move on.

Sick.

God help us.

___________________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Friday, April 09, 2010

Send Yellow Roses to Netanyyahu in Jerusalem

President Obama has been more than a little hard on Israel, including stiffing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House by lecturing him on why he should not build houses on his own land for his own people, then walking out of the meeting telling him to reconsider.

Janet Porter, president and founder of Faith2Action is more than a little upset with the way Israel is being treated by the Obama Administration. Israel is one of America's most loyal and trusted allies. And there are spiritual reasons to bless Israel, clearly set forth in biblical teaching.

Here's what Janet Porter has decided to do, what it costs and what has happened so far.

"It occurred to me," Porter says, "that the symbol of friendship is a yellow rose, so I said, let's see about sending him a dozen roses."

She says she called a florist in Jerusalem and they were actually able to deliver these dozen roses for a symbolic price of $19.48---the year Israel became an independent nation again.

Since going public with her idea, more than 13,000 roses have been delivered to Jerusalem with messages of encouragement for the prime minister.

This is something you might consider. You can find assistance on the Faith 2 Action linked above.

When you bless Israel, you bless the Lord.

God bless you. Have a great weekend.

_________________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Pediatricians Concerned About "Homosexual" Misinformation in School

Should public schools identify and affirm students as "gay" or "transgender"?

Are there health risks associated with affirming students who question their gender and/or sexuality?

Out of concern for the health and well being of all youth, the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) has mailed a letter to the superintendents of all public schools in the country, expressing their concerns.

In the first paragraph of the letter, the ACP states, "We are increasingly concerned, however, that in many cases efforts to help students who exhibit same-sex attractions and/or gender confusion are based on incomplete or inaccurate information."

They further state that when dealing with adolescents experiencing same-sex attractions, "It is essential to understand there is no scientific evidence that an individual is born 'gay' or 'transgender', in fact there is evidence that there are multiple factors---primarily social and familial, that predispose a child to homosexual attraction and/or gender confusion."

They also state, with evidence, "that the majority of sexually questioning youth ultimately adopt a heterosexual identity."

They say, "When parents or others allow or encourage a child to behave and be treated as the opposite sex, the confusion is reinforced and the child is conditioned for a life of unnecessary pain and suffering. Even when motivated by noble intentions, schools can ironically play a detrimental role if they reinforce this disorder."

The pediatrician's position stands, for the most part, polar opposite of what is presently taught in public school classrooms. Current materials, as you know, are often provided by Planned Parenthood and various homosexual advocacy groups.

I have provided a link to the pediatrician's specially designed website with further links to the letter they sent and answers to the most important questions on the subject.

If you are a parent or grandparent, or teacher, for that matter, I strongly recommend you take a few minutes and review their information and evidence. I would then encourage you to forward this to any and all school teachers, school administrators and friends with whom you have contact.

The positions taken by the pediatricians are not politically correct, but I believe their positions and their evidence is correct. They will be publicly attacked for these positions.

The ACP has created a special website and are directing school superintendents and others to review their information. It is FactsAboutYouth.com

On this site you will find links to their letter and other pertinent information. They ask the questions and give the answers.

The battle for our children continues, often under the guise of care and concern by some with a primary commitment to indoctrination and recruitment, others, simply misinformed.

Thank God for those who are willing to stand in the gap and take the hits. May God bless you and them.

Thank you for your support.

_________________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Yakima Co. Man Threatens to Kill Sen. Patty Murray

Death threats toward elected officials are absolutely not acceptable and must not be tolerated.

US Senator Patty Murray has the right to vote as she feels she should on healthcare or any other legislation before the US Congress, without fear of physical harm. She was elected to do so.

The FBI and local police arrested Charles Alan Wilson yesterday at his home in Selah and have charged him with threatening to kill US Senator Patty Murray over her support of the National Health Care Reform Act.

Many oppose the healthcare legislation, including myself, however the only acceptable behavior is a political one. By voting.

The US Attorney's Office in Seattle said, "Free speech is the cornerstone of our democratic process, and we are a country of vigorous debate. However, threats of violence have no place in that debate. The threats here crossed the line, and violate the law."

Indeed. Well said.

We hope the Supreme Court will agree in a case they will hear later this month regarding the matter of sealing the names of those who signed R-71 petitions.

Homosexual activists have publicly threatened to harvest the names from public record and "contact" the people at their homes. Many were harassed and threatened during the name gathering campaign last summer.

John Bisceglia advocated online the destruction of government buildings and churches that did not support homosexual marriage and the killing of both Larry Stickney and myself.

The media generally ignored the matter, with the exception of KIRO TV.

While our case does not precisely duplicate this case to the letter, the spirit of threats and advocacy for killing is the same. The threats directed toward us contained many of the same phrases found on Senator Murray's voice mail.

We strongly condemn this kind of advocacy for violence. While we work to replace Senator Murray in the November election, our prayers are with her and her family at this time for their personal safety.

Gary Randall
President, Faith and Freedom Network and Foundation

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Tyranny is Timeless: A New Tipping Point

The latest polls show 48% of voters say the average Tea Party member's views are closer to their own than the views held by President Obama's administration, yet only 16% consider themselves an actual Tea Party person.

I believe we are approaching a new tipping point---that point where a person says, "I've had enough."

There are at least three reasons.

A Diminished Sense Of Opportunity

Michael Barone says the youth who swept Obama into office in the 2008 election are discovering it wasn't the kind of hope and change they had in mind. Tears and cheers of joy are turning to concerns.

Why?

"Perhaps," Barone says, "they are coming to realize that the burdens the Obama policies are placing on the private sector economy are reducing their choices for the future."

Barone compares that aspect of our economy today to that of the 1930's, saying Americans didn't like it then and they don't like it now. Not only because they weren't making enough money, but because in such an economy it's much harder to find satisfying work. People generally want and need to feel they are using their talents to serve interests broader than their own.

Purpose.

Government bailouts, handouts and entitlements put coins in people's pockets, however it robs them of "earned success".

Vicktor Frankel created a systematic approach to psychology around this basic need and Arthur Brookes has a soon to be released book on the subject. I think it's titled, "The Battle".

Anyone from any political affiliation who believes what is happening in America today has to do primarily with political parties or mere politics is either sadly misinformed or in denial. The mood of the country cannot be reduced to mere politics.

It is about principles. It is about core beliefs.

The premise of Malcolm Gladwell's 2002 book, "The Tipping Point," is simply "little changes can have big effects when small numbers of people start behaving differently."

There are various groups of people awakening to what is really happening in America and they are beginning to "behave differently," creating, what I believe, is a ripple outward, which will likely reach critical mass and create a new tipping point. Soon.

A Frontal Attack On The Sanctity Of Life

The sanctity of life---specifically abortion but euthanasia as well, is probably the most divisive social issue in America today. At least one of two, the other being marriage.

Interestingly, The New York Times, viewing the issue as merely political from their secularist point of view, wrote on January 24, 1973 following the ruling on Roe v. Wade, "The verdict on abortion provides a sound foundation for a final and reasonable resolution of a debate that has divided America too long."

After 27 years of barbaric abortion under the guise of "choice," the Roe v. Wade ruling has proven to be neither reasonable nor sound and has certainly not provided a foundation for resolution of the matter of killing the unborn.

FOX NEWS has reported that Obamacare is the next Roe v. Wade. While the President, Pelosi and others have categorically denied that any abortions will be federally funded under Obamcare, most in the world know that is simply not true. Abortion will be federally funded and expanded.

Even some in the President's own party said for months they could not vote for his bill because they could not support tax payer funded abortions.

Rep. Bart Stupack, D-Mich., after months of assuring the public he could not support federal funding of abortion, in the end caved and accepted the promise of a bogus Executive Order that supposedly would codify the abortion funding prohibition. Not to worry that an Executive Order can not change law. Stupack concluded he had done all he could do.

His personal trials and tribulations played out in the public for weeks, however his final political chapter will be written by the people---his constitute, the voters.

And there is one other thing he could have done. He could have just said "no".

The issue of life is, to many, non-negotiable. Not in 1973. Not in 2010. Not ever.

Tyranny Is Timeless

The night Obamacare was foisted upon an unwilling public through the manipulation of laws and procedures, Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly announced that among other things they were "fulfilling" or "honoring" the convictions of our Founding Fathers.

In a twisted sort of way they were relating to the convictions of our Founders, but not in a familial way.

Several writers and commentators have begun "behaving differently" toward these comments by Speaker Pelosi and pointing out the similarities between the actions of the present administration and the "grievances" of our Founders. I join them.

One thing is certain: Tyranny Is Timeless.

Consider the following grievances against the King of England. Our Founders, in their Declaration of Independence, went to great length to identify why they were taking extraordinary steps to obtain freedom from the tyranny of their time.

"He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of the Public Records, for sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures."

Think of the late night, weekend and Christmas Eve sessions that were imposed to meet fabricated deadlines to pass the health care bill. Think fatigue. Think deception. Think not even reading the bill.

"He has erected a multitude of new offices..."

Think at least 32 unelected, czars; reporting to no one but the President.

"...and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance."

Think swarms of new attorneys to begin aggressive crackdown on what they believe to be "civil rights violations."

Think 16,000 or more new IRS agents to fine and penalize people and businesses for lack of compliance to Obamacare.

"For imposing taxes on us without our consent."

Think, despite knowing that 75% of Americans opposed it, the President jammed through a health care bill that radically remakes America, moving us a long way toward European socialism, dismantles the world's best health care system, and will raise taxes in ways and amounts that cannot even be computed at this time.

"Altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments. For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever."

Think health care, education, climate change, government ownership in the banking industry and auto industry.

Think usurping power that was never intended for the government. All to "remake America."

"In every stage of these oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury."

Tyranny is Timeless.

America is approaching a tipping point. There are various groups, with various agendas converging on the issues and questions of our times. Which way America goes will likely be determined over the next two elections.

People of faith MUST participate and help shape what is about to happen. To do nothing is a breach of stewardship of the blessings and opportunities that God has given America to bless those who live here and through those blessings, to bless the world and spread the gospel.

Be prayerful. Be vigilant. Be active. For God's sake, for your sake and for the sake of your children and grandchildren.

Thank you for your financial support of what we are doing.

God bless you.
____________________
Gary Randall
President
Faith & Freedom

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