Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter has been thrust into the 2020 spotlight mere days before the presidential election. The New York Post said on Oct. 14 that Joe Biden knew about his son’s business dealings in China and Ukraine. The Post published content from a cache of emails the newspaper got from a laptop Hunter Biden reportedly dropped off at a Delaware shop. Sinclair Broadcast Group has been unable to verify this report.
Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy Reserve in early 2014 after being caught with cocaine in his system. Emails allegedly show Hunter and his business partners began formulating a deal with Ukraine’s largest energy company Burisma and its owner, Nikolay Zlochevskyi. Around the same time, the White House announced his father, Vice President Joe Biden, would focus on Ukraine policy and make a trip there. Burisma, caught in the middle of fraud probes, seemed anxious to use the Biden name to deflect ongoing controversy. A few days after Joe Biden touched down, his son Hunter was on the company’s board of directors. Not long after the visit, Burisma made a $250,000 payment to the law firm where Hunter worked, according to emails.
By November 2015, the emails say Burisma named Ukraine’s prosecutor general Viktor Shokin as one of the “key targets” Hunter and his partners should focus on, with “high-ranking U.S. officials … with the ultimate purpose to close down for any cases.” Within weeks, Hunter and the company got an advance briefing of a trip where Vice President Biden would put Shokin in the crosshairs, according to emails. Joe Biden later recounted how he got Ukraine’s president to fire Shokin by threatening to hold back $1 billion in U.S. funds. Biden contends Shokin hadn’t “fought corruption hard enough” and and his firing made it more, not less likely, Burisma would be thoroughly investigated.
It’s yet unknown how U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempts to position himself as the Christian candidate of choice will influence Christian voters in the United States — and how Democrats’ attempts to speak to Christians may sway previous Trump voters or those not publicly declaring their intentions.
“Dems want to shut your churches down, permanently,” Trump tweeted in early October. A few days earlier, his son, Eric Trump, declared that his dad “literally saved Christianity.”
These statements fit a wider pattern: Trump has called himself “the chosen one,” proclaimed that God is “on our side” and warned that Biden will “hurt the Bible, hurt God.”
The Trump administration and its Christian supporters have been using Christianity to draw battle lines in this high-stakes election. This Republican political strategy that uses Christian language to cast Trump as a divinely appointed protector of Christians warrants more scrutiny than it’s received.
In my book, Republican Jesus, I identify key trends in the way today’s right-wing influencers interpret the Bible: they view Jesus as a prophet of free-market capitalism who opposes taxes and is against any regulation that supports social welfare programs, protects workers or prevents discrimination.
President Trump is traveling to four critical states where he lags in polls and is already gearing up to challenge the results in Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden is holding three rallies today. Mr. Biden told supporters in Cleveland, “The power to change the country is in your hands.”
Whatever the outcome, the 2020 election is already one for the history books, with an astonishing 97.6 million ballots already submitted through in-person early voting and by mail — more than two-thirds of the number of votes cast in the entire 2016 election.
As of Monday afternoon, hours before Election Day, with some states still holding early voting, 35.5 million people had voted in person and 62.1 million had cast ballots by mail, according to the U.S. Elections Project, a nonpartisan website run by Michael McDonald, a University of Florida professor who tracks county-level data.
Those numbers represent a tectonic shift away from one-day voting, the staple of the American electoral system for centuries.
And they make it likely that the total turnout for 2020 will break the record set in 2016, when nearly 139 million people voted.
They also create fresh uncertainty for two presidential campaigns facing the prospect of motivating a smaller, more-volatile reservoir of available voters to tap on Election Day itself.
Democrats, buoyed by polls showing Joseph R. Biden Jr. with small but durable leads in battleground states, have focused on turning out Black and Latino voters, who typically prefer voting in person, to offset an expected Election-Day surge by Trump supporters.
Texas and Hawaii have already surpassed their total 2016 voter turnout, and the battleground states of North Carolina, Georgia and Florida have topped 90 percent of their 2016 turnout.
In the 20 states that report the party registration of early voters, the elections project found that 45 percent of those who have voted early are registered Democrats, 30 percent are Republicans and 24 percent list no party affiliation.
We keep hearing a similar refrain: “This is the most important election of our lifetime!” In political ads and in commentary, Americans are bombarded by politicians and pundits alike warning that this is the year, this is the election.
If you listen to some Republican voices, a Democratic win means the end of Christmas. Democrats paint an equally dystopian picture, evoking the Handmaid’s Tale.
While there are significant issues at stake in this election that demand our consideration, Christians need to recognize the destructiveness of this thinking. It feeds our fears, distorts our views of others, and invites us to place our hope in political deliverance.
Elections are important, and we should take our vote seriously. Yet our life must be animated by faith in an all-powerful, all-loving God who has reconciled and secured us solely through the redemptive work of his Christ. To place our faith in anything in this world — whether a politician or an institution — is to build our house upon sand.
Despite this clear warning from Scripture, it is concerning that the political strategy of playing to our fears has proved so successful within the evangelical church. There have been several recent examples, but the one we return to regularly was the White House dinner in August 2018. Speaking to a group of evangelical leaders, President Donald Trump warned they were “one election away from losing everything that you’ve got.” In 2018 this message found an enthusiastic audience and continues to be an effective tool in this election.
While we might dismiss a few outliers, in reality this fear of political and cultural loss is far more prevalent in our pulpits and pews than we admit. In a recent study we undertook at the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Institute, we asked evangelicals by belief how they felt when either a Republican or a Democrat was president of the United States. For evangelicals, the two highest responses for when a Republican was president were Protected (34%) and Safe (33%) while during the Democratic administration the most common response was Fearful of the Future (34%). When we narrow the focus to only white evangelicals, each of these percentages rises to over 4 in 10 (44%, 41%, 46% respectively). In other words, security seems to be the driving emotional force for evangelicals and particularly white evangelicals when they consider political power.
In a hotly contested battleground, the Trump camp seeks to shore up voters of faith while Biden hopes to peel off enough to make a difference.
WASHINGTON — Shannon Dingle, a Christian and a mother of six from Raleigh, North Carolina, says she voted for a presidential candidate who supports abortion rights for the first time four years ago.
Now, in 2020, she is among a critical bloc of voters that Joe Biden’s campaign has been targeting to try to cut into President Donald Trump’s overwhelming advantage with white evangelicals.
“I used to be that single-issue voter who was pro-life,” Dingle told NBC News. “I’m a suburban mom, and I’m tired of Trump speaking for me as a suburban mom, as if that means I agree with him.”
Both campaigns are trying to get the most from evangelical voters in the waning hours of the campaign, though with two very different messages. While the Trump campaign has urged evangelicals to focus on policies, Biden’s allies are trying to peel off some of the president’s key supporters by asking them to judge the candidates on their personalities and character.
“Trump’s character is not some set-aside that can be separated from his leadership as president,” said Michael Wear, who started the Not Our Faith Super PAC to campaign against Trump in the two weeks prior to Election Day. “It affects the policies he’s advancing.”
Meanwhile, Ryan Higgins, co-founder of Non-Essential, a pro-Trump get-out-the vote platform for Christians, said his message to any of the president’s supporters who are wavering, or thinking about not casting a ballot in Tuesday’s election, is to focus on his record.
“Occasionally, you still do hear the talk of somebody saying, ‘Well, I don’t know if I’m gonna vote,’” Higgins said. “And for those people that do feel that way, we’re just spreading the messaging of vote policy, not personality.”
While President Trump’s daughter respects “all sides of a very personal and sensitive discussion,’ she explained that her experience as a mother to three children has affected her “in a profound way in terms of how I think about these things.”
“I am pro-life, and unapologetically so,” she declared.
A White House aide told the outlet that Trump’s comments reflected her personal convictions and her views on the direction the Democratic party is headed.
“A huge driving part of that (stance) is where the Democratic Party has gone,” the aide explained.
Throughout her father’s first term, up until this point, Ivanka Trump has not taken an official position on abortion, The Christian Post reports.
In 2016, however, she did assert that “The most important job any woman can have is being a mother,” Slate reports.
But, in 2017, she held a secret meeting with then Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards shortly after her father’s inauguration.
According to Politico, “In the weeks following her father’s inauguration, Ivanka Trump quietly reached out to the President of Planned Parenthood seeking common ground on the contentious issue of abortion.”
Trump suggested that Richards split Planned Parenthood into two groups: one larger group that would provide non-abortion services with federal funding, and another group that would still conduct abortions but without the use of federal funds.
Trump’s proposal, however, would be rejected as Planned Parenthood maintained that abortion was at the heart of their mission.
An article in the New York Times noted that Planned Parenthood officials considered her suggestion to be “naive” saying that she failed to recognize “how central [abortion] was to the group’s mission.”
Are evangelicals leaning more towards Biden than we think?
White evangelicals form a formidable voting bloc in the US, with a 2019 Pew Research report estimating they make up 16 per cent of the nation’s adult population.
Traditionally, evangelical was a religious descriptor for Protestant, born-again Christians. Now, evangelicals — specifically white evangelicals — are strongly aligned with conservative politics and have become a reliably pro-Republican voting bloc.
They even have their own exit poll category, and in 2016 more than 80 per cent of white evangelicals who voted cast their ballot for Mr Trump.
If you’re an evangelical in the US, it does matter if you’re black or white?
This is likely to happen again in 2020, but this group’s support for the President has slipped slightly in the lead-up to the 2020 election.
Democratic presidential candidate and former vice-president Joe Biden has the backing of other religious voting groups, including 90 per cent of black evangelical voters and a majority of Jewish and Hispanic Catholic voters.
Taylor Swift isn’t the only white, southern, Christian woman not voting for Trump Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, several high-profile Christians and evangelical leaders have signalled a shift away from conservative political views.
At the end of 2019, the outgoing editor-in-chief of a popular evangelical magazine published an editorial on why Mr Trump should be removed from office.
It raised the ire of the President, who tweeted: “A far left magazine … would rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President.”
Evangelist Franklin Graham says an America run by a President Joe Biden and a Democratic Congress would result in Christian businesses and nonprofits being attacked for their beliefs and potentially shut down.
Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, made the comments Saturday on Newsmax TV’s America Right Now, saying a Biden victory this week coupled with a Democratic takeover of the U.S. Senate would have dire consequences for Christians.
“I am afraid there will be an attack against Christian businesses like we saw during the Obama administration. Florists who refuse to do flowers for a gay wedding, they will be put out of business. Someone who didn’t want to make a cake for a gay wedding, put out of business. I think they’ll see these kinds of attacks by the Left against Christian businesses and Christian organizations,” Graham said. … “I think they want to try to come after churches and tax churches and tax tax-exempt organizations that are doing humanitarian work, social work throughout the country.
“Some of the best work in the country are the nonprofits that are working in the inner cities and throughout the country, trying to help relieve some of the problems that we have in society, and they’ll want to try to tax them and close them down.”
The Biden campaign website says the Trump administration “has deliberately and systematically attempted to gut protections for the LGBTQ+ community by carving out broad religious exemptions to existing nondiscrimination laws and policies across federal agencies.”
31 year old John McCransely of Tucson, AZ explains that he was cured of his “homosexuality” due to a $5,000 donation and a prayer.
McCransely posted this statement on all of his social media accounts:
“For 21 years I lived in sin, I was turned into a homosexual when I was just 10 years old by the Hollywood cinema elite, but I’m relieved to say that I’m no longer a homosexual.
I was drawn sexually to men, pretty much all men, I wasn’t very choosey because I just needed to have sex with men, I couldn’t help it because the sin of homosexuality corrupted my mind when I was just 10 years old while watching the Patrick Swayze movie “Dirty Dancing”. I believe the movie corrupted my soul because all I could think about after seeing it was Patrick Swayze’s backside and how much I wanted to dance with him and be with him.
But thankfully to prayer I have eliminated all desires of the homosexual male habbits from my soul, mind, and body and now I see females as my true fruit.
Last month I went to my church and made a deal with the man upstairs telling him that I would donate $5,000 to the church if he turned me straight. Well 5 days later I woke up a straight man. I wanted to make sure that the homosexuality wouldn’t come back so I attempted to watch “Dirty Dancing” again just to make sure I wouldn’t be sexually attracted to Mr. Swayze, but I decided to not risk the miracle that I was granted and didn’t hit play on my Blue Ray DVD copy of “Dirty Dancing”.
If any homosexual men out there want to be cured like me then I recommend you don’t start with a $5,000…I should have tried donating a few hundred dollars but I was so despearte that I just donated my entire savings while I was praying. I know for a fact that $5,000 will cure homosexuality, but maybe $300 cures it as well.”
During an interview with Tucson’s KGUN-9 News, McCransely told the reporter that he just wants to ‘find a nice woman that I can share an eegee with and potentially marry’.
The Christian community in the Los Angeles area is losing the battle to keep sin out of their children’s lives, and it’s happening at the schools that their children are attending.
Public schools across the nation are about to have the flood gates of sin and sinners unleashed upon our countries high school senior classes.
And the sad fact about what is going on is going to cause our high school to get pregnant and then have abortions.
Isn’t it strange that we can teach high school students sexual education in their class rooms, but the Bible and Christianity cannot even be mentioned in public schools across the country.
And it seems that public schools in the Los Angeles public school disctrict are taking sexual education to a much higher level, and it is stirring up a whole new public school controversy.
A Los Angeles high school has recently hired a porn star, Alexis Texas, pictured below, to teach sex education to their 12th grade student class.
The school’s pricipal, Edward Harley, told KHUN Channel 7 News yesterday, “We feel that the best way to teach students the proper ways to have sex when they turned 18 years old should be taught by an adult film acctress. Too many women are getting married and have no idea as to how to have sex properly, and this is leading to a high rate of divorce across the nation.”
Alexis Texas can only teach the class to students that are at least 18 years of age or older, and that is about 22% of the high school senor class.
Ms. Texas told KHUN Channel 7 News yesterday, “I really feel that I can help the young women of tomorrow the exact oral skills that they will need to succeed in college and later on in their lives. A woman that cannot perform oral sex that well has no place being in a stable relationship, and I will be teaching these 18 and 19 year old ladies how to deep throat without gagging, and how to swallow without feeling sick.”
Many parents have shown outrage, but the school is allowing parents to attend the classes, and Alexis Texas has promised to have sex with the parents of the student that gets the highest grade in the class.
But one parent, Shelley Hebgarb, told Channel 7, “We should be teaching our children more faith based and Christian values to our senoirs and not how to have sex properly.”
But facts are facts because a new report has come out stating that marriages with healthy sex lives have fewer divorces. Going to church, reading the Bible, and attending Sunday mass at Catholic churches are also great ways to curb divorce rates, but Los Angeles high schools refuse to teach any religion in their class rooms.
Ms. Texas will be bringing in male performers from her industry to perform various sex acts on so that the 18 and 19 year old students, both male and female, know exactly what to do in the bedroom that won’t cause any embarrassment, “All men need to be taught at around 18 and 19 years old how to effectly insert their wieners into a woman’s anus so that both parties feel enjoyment.”
Here are the lectures that Alexis Texas will be teaching:
Session 1: Proper uses of lubricants for anal and vaginal sex
Session 2: How to use a vibrator while having intercourse at the same time
Session 3: How to enjoy a threesome without feeling jealous
Session 4: How to kiss another girl without feeling awkward
Alexis Texas has starred in over 2,000 porn movies where she performs lesbian sex, anal sex, oral sex, and gangbangs.
The school also released a statement explaining that this is just a trial run and Alexis Texas will be working on a semester to semester basis.
Ms. Texas also explained that she will be wearing a cheerleader uniform so that she can really get in touch with the high school environment better so that the students feel more comfortable around her while she is teaching.
Many church leaders in the Los Angeles feel that it’s crazy to teach sex in school when you can’t even discuss the Bible in class. Scripture can’t enter the school but porn stars can, we are truly living in a strange time.
We now live in a society where sinners can teach our children, but anyone that shares any evangelical views or evangelical beliefs upon our children is shunned upon.
Having “porn stars” as teachers is only going to cause abortions in the United States to increase, and increase dramatically they will.
Christian author and conservative radio host Eric Metaxas is speaking out on President Trump’s walk of faith, contending that he has grown spiritually throughout the years.
Metaxas told Premier Christian News, a UK based outlet, that Trump, who was a businessman and TV personality before running for president, did not pretend to be a Christian figure in the past, but certain events would later change his life.
“He feels uncomfortable about pretending to be some kind of big Christian because he realizes that he’s not somebody who’s well read in the Bible,” Metaxas explained.
“But I do think that he is different from the man he was 15 years ago,” he argued. “For example, I think with the birth of his son Barron, he really became dramatically pro-life.”
Metaxas noted that before having their son Barron, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were “firmly pro-abortion.”
“I heard the story from a close friend of his who told me that Trump said that he and Melania were both typical New York, liberals, not evangelicals,” he noted. “They were firmly pro-abortion but the birth of Barron, who was a surprise, they didn’t expect to have a child, changed both of them.”
Metaxas added that he doubted that Trump would have large support from evangelicals during the 2016 election.
“I think what happened was he expected when he ran for president, that the moralistic, Christian right would condemn him,” he explained.
“And I think he was stunned when they didn’t, because what he didn’t know about Christianity, and what I think a lot of people don’t know about Christianity, is that at the very heart of our doctrines is this thing called grace,” Metaxas added. “I think that he was startled by that.”
One day in 2015, Donald Trump beckoned Michael Cohen, his longtime confidant and personal attorney, into his office. Trump was brandishing a printout of an article about an Atlanta-based megachurch pastor trying to raise $60 million from his flock to buy a private jet. Trump knew the preacher personally—Creflo Dollar had been among a group of evangelical figures who visited him in 2011 while he was first exploring a presidential bid. During the meeting, Trump had reverently bowed his head in prayer while the pastors laid hands on him. Now he was gleefully reciting the impious details of Dollar’s quest for a Gulfstream G650.
We’re a week out from the presidential election, where Americans will choose between a billionaire and a millionaire.
Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden has touted himself as “Middle-Class Joe” for decades — but he and his wife, Jill, have a net worth of $9 million, according to a Forbes estimate.
The couple’s fortune is mostly tied to public speaking engagements and book royalties, according to tax returns and financial disclosures released by the Biden campaign and published on the campaign’s website.
A spokesperson for Biden didn’t respond to a request for comment on Biden’s net worth or personal life from Business Insider.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence and Evangelist Franklin Graham both attended the morning service of Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone, North Carolina.
According to The Appalachian, Pence met Graham in front of the church at 8:55 am. As Pence walked down the aisle, he was greeted by church members with applause. They also applauded Pence when he left after the service ended at around 10:15 am.
At the present time, due to the pandemic, services at Alliance Bible Fellowship are not meeting at full capacity and masks are required to be worn by all attendees. The service was also livestreamed on Facebook, but it was closed to the press.
Pence and Graham commented on their experiences following the service on social media.
“Such a Blessing to be at Alliance Bible Fellowship for Sunday Worship Service this morning in North Carolina with @Franklin_Graham,” Pence tweeted. “It was a Joy to be back in Church! Thank you to Pastor Andrews & Everyone for their warm welcome & prayers! America is a Nation of Faith!”
Graham, who invited Pence, thanked the Vice President for joining him and his family on Sunday morning.
“It was a privilege and an honor to have Vice President Mike Pence join me and my family for church today at Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone, North Carolina, “ Graham wrote on Facebook. “It means so much that, even with his ultra-busy schedule, the Vice President made time and took the effort to come for worship and teaching from the Word of God.”