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Church, arise!

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I went at your bidding, and passed along their thoroughfares of trade. I ascended their mountains and went down their valleys. I visited their manufactories, their commercial markets, and emporiums of trade. I entered their judicial courts and legislative halls. But I sought everywhere in vain for the secret of their success, until I entered the church. It was there, as I listened to the soul-equalizing and soul-elevating principles of the Gospel of Christ, as they fell from Sabbath to Sabbath upon the masses of the people, that I learned why America was great and free, and why France was a slave.

~ Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian reporting to the French Senate, 1800s

Bradlee Dean is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @BradleeDean1

Bradlee Dean is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @BradleeDean1

A few years before Dr. D. James Kennedy passed away, I spent an afternoon with him at his church in Florida. Dr. Kennedy was…

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Virginia Stands for Life Update; Board of Health Comment Period Begins January 22

From The Brenner Brief:

On January 9, 2013, Virginia Stands for Life Prayer Walk and Prayer Rally was held in Richmond, VA at the Capitol Bell Tower. In attendance were nearly 1,000 Virginians who value life from conception to maturity, regardless of ability.

The event, sponsored by more than two dozen pro-life organizations, was held to celebrate life and let Virginia lawmakers know residents support them after they passed several pro-life laws during last year’s legislative session. Speakers included Olivia Gans Turner, the President of Virginia Society For Human Life, the Virginia affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, Inc. (NRLC); Burke Balch, J.D., the Director of Powell Center for Medical Ethics at NRLC; Ryan Bomberger, who founded The Radiance Foundation with his wife Bethany; and Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation.

The event commenced with a prayer walk at 9th and Grace Streets and followed two routes. Groups of 10 – 12 individuals were assigned to a pastor or prayer leader and a guide as they walked to the Capitol Bell Tower. The four stops along the way…

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23 executive orders — the full list

None of it would have prevented Sandy Hook, or Fort Hood, or Aurora, or Gabby Giffords… but having the children there makes nice theater when you’re setting the stage to violate the Constitution and infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Never let a crisis go to waste.

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None of it would have prevented Sandy Hook, or Fort Hood, or Aurora, or Gabby Giffords… but having the children there makes nice theater when you’re setting the stage to violate the Constitution and infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Never let a crisis go to waste.

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The following is a list, provided by the White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun violence.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how…

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Timely when you consider the President and Vice President have purposed going so far as to issue an Executive Order to bypass the Constitution and our fundamental rights as citizens of the United States. The ability to defend yourself is essential to liberty.

Originally posted on The Brenner Brief:

The following quotes by the authors of the Second Amendment, their contemporaries, various state and federal courts, and others should be useful in the debate over whether that amendment protects a right of individuals or only the military. The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

all in favor of gun control“On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” (Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823, The Complete Jefferson, p. 322)

“The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the…

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With our freedoms under attack, it is more important than ever that we stand together and support the businesses and people who make America great! Support Hobby Lobby today.

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Gov. Mike Huckabee, who got the ball rolling on last August’s wildly successful Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, has a new cause. Tomorrow, Jan. 5, is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day, and more than 42,000 have signed up to attend via the event’s Facebook page.

As Twitchy reported, Hobby Lobby faces fines of up to $1.3 million per day for refusing to comply with the Obamacare mandate that it provide employees with contraceptive coverage, including morning-after pills. In an open letter, Hobby Lobby CEO David Green noted that more than a thousand companies have been granted Obamacare…

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The Paris of the West and the Vast Wasteland That Remains

From TheBrennerBrief.com:

Michigan has been in the headlines recently with right-to work legislation and an omnibus abortion bill. What didn’t cause much stir is Michigan’s 2011 eighth grade education report card. The state as a whole is able to claim to be on par with the nation in reading, with 32 percent of eighth graders rating as “proficient” or better; in math, 31 percent of students ranked as “proficient” or better. Compared with national averages of 32 and 34 percent of eighth graders at or above grade-level  in reading and math, respectively, Michigan’s public education system appears to be as mediocre as every other state. What the statewide numbers don’t show, however, is the complete failure of the Detroit Public Schools.

Decades ago Detroit, called the “Paris of the West,”  was the fourth largest city in the nation with a large and thriving middle class. WhenHenry Ford perfected the assembly line, he was able to bring down the production costs of automobile manufacturing, which in turn made ownership possible to a much larger portion of Americans. With increased sales, Ford needed more workers to produce more vehicles. To attract those employees, he offered $5 a day wages and a shorter work day. The work was monotonous, but the wages were nearly twice what any other auto manufacturer offered. Hopeful workers flocked to Detroit for jobs. Their employment created a large and prosperous middle class[...]

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