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Todd Starnes: Be alarmed, get educated, take action

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Talk about your book, God Less America. One of the ideas on the book is that if we have a God-less America, perhaps God won’t continue to bless America. I wanted to make a play on that phrase because … I was covering a story once about this atheist group. They wanted to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance. I’m like, “Who are we going to pledge allegiance to?” You know, “I pledge allegiance to ‘blank?’” When you look at our founding documents, we are endowed by our creator. If you take “creator” out, who do you put in there? Who is going to guarantee us those rights? If you look back through history, whenever you insert a man’s name in that phrase, it doesn’t work out. It always leads to tyranny, and it leads to horrible things. … We have in this country an ongoing war on religious liberty that is specifically targeting the Christian faith. Unless you’re reading magazines like WORLD Magazine, unless you’re reading my column, you’re not going to know anything about this. That’s really been the thing for me is people read 250-some-odd pages of evidence and they’re like, “We had no idea this was going on in the country.” This is a significant issue that people need to pay attention to.

What is some of that evidence? For example, in the United States military, our soldiers were told in training briefings that evangelical Christianity and Roman Catholicism were examples of religious extremism right up there with Hamas and al-Qaeda, that organizations like the American Family Association and the Family Research Council were considered to be domestic hate groups. These sorts of things are simply outrageous, and you really have to sit back and wonder, who is deciding all of these, and what is the ultimate end-goal?

[Look at] the baker in Colorado, Jack Phillips right outside of Denver [at] Masterpiece Cakeshop. I think most of your listeners are aware of the particulars. But what really got me was the punishment they handed down to this man that he was going to have to take his staff through re-education training, as if the way they’ve been brought up, the morals they’ve been taught are somehow wrong and they have to be rectified. That really is outrageous. I don’t care what religion you are. If you don’t want to bake a cake, you will not have to bake that cake. I wouldn’t go into a gay bakery and [say] you need to make some sort of a cake that supports traditional marriage. Why would I do that? What why you do that? 

If some of our listeners do read your book, what do you want them to take away? I want them to be alarmed, but I also want them to be educated so that they can take action. I think a lot of folks out there feel like there’s no one in the mainstream media talking for them. … I want to be that person. I want to be their voice. I write in the first line of the book, “I feel like a Duck Dynasty guy living in a Miley Cyrus world.” I think a lot of other people feel just like that, that something is just not right. I want them to be encouraged, though, because, at the end of the day, we know that true hope and change doesn’t happen at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It happens at the foot of the cross. I want people to understand that there is hope, but that hope is in our Lord. It’s not in a political party, and that, together—and there are a lot of us—together we can take a stand and we can do so not out of anger, not out of hate, but out of love and compassion for our country. I believe that God’s going to bless our land.

Listen to Warren Cole Smith’s full interview with Fox News commentator Todd Starnes on Listening In:

Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith

Warren is vice president of mission advancement for The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview and the host of WORLD Radio’s Listening In. Follow Warren on Twitter @WarrenColeSmith.


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