Big Tech and the Radical Left

By Faith and Freedom Staff

The partnership between Big Tech and the Radical Left and is not new, and neither is the effort to silence conservatives. Nevertheless, the intensity of their current attacks is unprecedented. As Christians and conservatives, we stand together on the front lines of this battle and we join you in peacefully promoting our conservative values. When conservatives point out the bias of big tech, their allies in cable news and the big networks call us “conspiracy theorists,” “paranoid,” and worse.

But we know the truth. There is an old saying in politics—“follow the money.” According to the Observer, for example, Microsoft PACs and employees spent $17 million on presidential campaign contributions. The top recipients of Microsoft money were Joe Biden and Democrat Super PACs. According to the same report, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Twitter, either through PACs or direct employee contributions, all gave predominantly to Democrat candidates and committees. 

For every single one of them, Joe Biden was the top recipient of Big Tech campaign funds.

Some say these are private companies and none of us has a right to tell them what to do.  But government regulates private companies every day.  Certainly, government doesn’t have a right to tell them which candidates to support but it shouldn’t coddle them or promote policies that damage our right to free speech. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution says that:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Yet, government is giving Big Tech favorable treatment with a law that abridges free speech. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act enables big tech to decide what information can be provided and consumed on the Internet. It gives Big Tech a giant carve-out allowing censorship unique among publishers. This kind of law is exactly what the First Amendment was designed to prevent.

And Big Tech is already using the Communications Decency Act to silence conservatives—refusing advertising that doesn’t fit with their Radical Left agenda and denying access to people and groups they deem politically incorrect.

It’s urgent that Christian conservatives peacefully speak up for our right to free speech. We cannot allow this outrageous overreach of Big Tech and the Radical Left to suppress conservative viewpoints. It is imperative that we begin to immediately work to take control of Congress in 2022 so that conservatives can repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and all other forms of favoritism for Big Tech.

We must not give up in the face of this important challenge. The Faith & Freedom Coalition is committed to staying the course and taking back the House and Senate in 2022, even while recognizing that the Left now possesses great power, not just on the Internet but also in Washington, D.C.

Encouragement in Difficult Times

By Faith and Freedom Staff

Today, many Americans feel sadness and disappointment—whether from the pandemic, events unfolding in the nation’s capital, or the loss of two senate seats in Georgia. In times like this, it’s important to remember the words of King David, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (34:18).

He remains “close” to us and “saves” us. Let’s consider what that means for a moment.

It means that while we face many challenges, none are insurmountable.  Indeed, we can encourage each other by counting our many blessings.

In spite of their victories in the Georgia senate runoffs, the Radical left enjoys only the slimmest of majorities.  Conservative Democrats such as Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have said they will not support the Radical Left’s agenda, including packing the Supreme Court and abolishing the filibuster.

Control of the House and Senate

The party in power tends to lose seats in the House during mid-term elections.  Republicans picked up seats in the House in the November elections, narrowing the gap with Democrats to 222-211. The magic number to gain a majority is 218.  That means we are only 7 seats away from conservative majority in the House. Given that the party in power has lost an average of 26 seats in the House during mid-term elections, conservatives stand an excellent chance of gaining control of the House in 2022.

The Senate stands at a 50-50, with Vice-President Kamala Harris available to break any tie. In this sense, Democrats have taken control.  However, the party in power lost an average of four seats in the Senate in mid-term elections since World War II—again giving conservatives a chance to win back the Senate in just two years.

The Future is Now

Indeed, we have hope for the future but what happens in 2022 depends on the actions we take right now. While control of both the House and Senate could easily change hands in two short years, that won’t happen unless we begin working to flip Congress right now. In addition, many strong conservatives will soon line up to run for President of the United States and take back the White House in 2024.

In order to enjoy success in the future, we must recommit ourselves now to the fundamental work of educating and registering voters. The future is “now.”

In the shorter term, many are rejoicing that COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered across the nation. We also have a conservative majority on the United States Supreme Court, and many conservative governors and state legislatures throughout the nation.

Remember, “Fear not” is the most repeated command in the Bible!

So, Fear not freedom loving Americans! While we may have serious concerns about the direction of our nation today, we live in the United States of America – still the greatest nation on earth – and we can start working right now to peacefully take back our government in 2022!

The Prayer of Thanksgiving

By Faith and Freedom Staff

As our friends and neighbors gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, we at the Faith and Freedom Coalition share in your thoughtful contemplation of our many blessings. Moreover, as we continue to fight against those who wish to scrub prayer from our schools and other public places, it’s worth remembering that Thanksgiving was founded essentially as a prayer.

Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation noted its primary purpose was to “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

Lincoln further asked Americans to pray for “all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”

The Background

George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789. Others followed, but the celebrations were sporadic and disjointed—usually held separately in Northern states, primarily New England.

Then, beginning around 1848, a 74-year-old magazine editor, Sarah Josepha Hale, began writing to presidents requesting a formal national holiday. Finally, in the midst of the Civil War, on September 28, 1863, Hale wrote the President Abraham Lincoln again making her request:

“You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.”

President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale immediately and soon granted her request. Lincoln asked Secretary of State William Seward to write the proclamation, which outlined the many blessings—even in the midst of a bloody conflict—that our nation enjoyed at the time. These blessings included a growing population and vast stores of minerals. Most importantly, Lincoln said, “In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict…”

Most notably, from our perspective, is Lincoln’s appreciation for the mercy and grace of God. The proclamation begins by recognizing that we are “prone to forget the source” of our “fruitful fields” and “healthful skies” – “the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.” He continued: “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for America’s national day of Thanksgiving on October 3, 1863. We stand with you in prayer and supplication during these difficult times, and wish you a peaceful, praiseworthy holiday.

The Last Sermon?

Religious Freedom in the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States of America

By Faith and Freedom Staff

These are perilous times in many respects. Social unrest, political upheaval, and a worldwide pandemic cast daily shadows over our lives. As Christians, we find our encouragement in scripture which tells us “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NIV).

But what about when our very faith is challenged by government officials and others who seek to infringe upon our ability to exercise our religious freedom?

Unfortunately, this is the situation in which we find ourselves today.

People of faith tend to share a deep appreciation for religious freedom. It’s quickly becoming apparent, however, that some powerful non-believers are far less enthusiastic about this important freedom. This truth was recently voiced by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who recently noted the COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread curbing of individual and religious liberties.

Calling such restrictions, “previously unimaginable,” Alito described their severity and duration as “unprecedented.” This is not mere happenstance. Alito points out the fact that “in certain quarters, religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right.”

More broadly, a recent Pew survey cites the decline in religious freedom as occurring across the globe. The Pew report announced that governmental restrictions on religious practices set records in recent years. Christians suffered most, according to the data, which can be found here.

The Pew Government Restrictions Index analyzes government policy and laws that ban a specific religion, or do things such as prohibit conversion, place limits on preaching, or give preferential treatment to certain religions. It may come as no surprise that such practices were most prevalent in the Middle East and North Africa, where 90% of the nations rank “high” or “very high” in restrictions. China, nevertheless, remains the worst offender.

We must not underestimate the devastating consequences of COVID-19, but it’s clear that the virus, which will subside with widespread distribution of vaccines that have already been approved, is not the biggest long term threat to our democracy.

Rather, the loss of our religious freedom—a bedrock of our democracy—could lead to a wider challenge to the Republic. The religious bigotry exhibited at the state and local levels across the United States is nothing short of astonishing. Churches, pastors, and congregations have complied with government guidelines in the face of unwarranted attacks—while bars, casinos and even strip clubs have been permitted to operate with far more freedom.

In the United States, public policy on the matter of religious freedom increasingly mirrors Pew Report findings on the Middle East, North Africa, and China. God will ultimately prevail over these unfortunate circumstances and we must therefore react as Jesus called us to: “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” (Isiah 35:3-4, ESV)

And yet, for a nation that once served as a beacon of religious freedom, this is indeed a sad state of affairs.