Anyone who believes Trump ‘The Draft Dodger’ is God’s Champion – is insane! My ex-daughter and her Tea Party Crazies are Trump Lovers. She and Bill Cornwell called me a parasite because I get assistance. This came from Bill’s father a ex-cop and veteran who thought he was patriotic hot-stuff. Heather destroyed the attempt to unite our family. She and her mother were Scientologists – who suck money out of people.
Eisenhower will be honored in my Rosy History. He was a true Patriot and Warrior.
“For the previous four years, Trump had avoided the draft — and the possibility of being sent to fight in the Vietnam War — by obtaining four separate deferments so he could study at Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania. With his diploma in hand and his college days over, he was suddenly vulnerable to conscription.”
- “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker said on his television program today that “unsaved people are going insane” because they can’t handle the fact that President Trump honors God.
“Unsaved people are going insane,” he said. “They can’t take it. They can’t believe that a person was elected to the presidency that honored God, that wants to keep the cross on top of your church and Jesus in your heart.”
Bakker said that while Trump “wants to stop killing the babies,” his opponents are fighting to keep abortion legal despite the fact that “this is one of the main reasons … judgment finally came to America.”
“Everybody is for abortion that is still alive,” Bakker said, before quietly admitting, “I don’t know what that means.”
Yet he has told advisers he sees evangelicals as among his most important constituencies, and he has enjoyed fervent support, as evidenced by another rapturous reception on Friday at the Values Voter Summit. A Reuters poll in September showed more than 60 percent of white evangelicals back Trump, far higher than his overall approval rating, which has often fallen below 40 percent.
“Trump has been focused like a laser beam on the evangelical vote since the day he entered the presidential race in June 2015, and that has never changed,” said Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, who said Trump called religious leaders repeatedly during the campaign.
Several people who know Trump say he appreciates that evangelicals have been loyal to him — and he wants to keep them in the fold, almost as he would valuable business customers.
Evangelical Christians have been pleased by a number of his decisions, like nominating Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, his willingness to fight abortion, his religious liberty executive order and his stance on Israel, according to Reed and others.
In the Blue Room meeting last month, he was praised for opposing Planned Parenthood and promising to push for religious leaders to be allowed to endorse in political races. Religious leaders who brought him concerns were promised quick follow-ups by the government.
More than anything, several religious leaders said, they feel Trump is fighting for them in a cultural war that has been heading in the other direction.
“They believe they have a commander in chief that is effectively using the bully pulpit to advance a Judeo-Christian framework that has been minimized, scrutinized and ostracized for the last few decades,” said David Brody, who has enjoyed tremendous access to White House officials as a correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network. He says his viewers overwhelmingly support Trump and see him as unfairly under attack, a view shared by a dozen religious leaders interviewed for this story.
Trump alluded to that exact notion during Friday’s speech, promising that he is “stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values” and declaring the war on Christmas is over.
“They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct,” Trump said to heavy applause. “Well, guess what? We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
“Times have changed, but now they’re changing back again,” he added.
Timothy O’Brien, a longtime Trump biographer, said the president’s family wasn’t religiously observant and that Trump had attended church only occasionally over the years. “He has never, ever been consumed with classic Christian values like ‘love your neighbor’ and ‘treat others as you want to be treated,’” O’Brien said. “He has never tried to live by the values of the Bible. He is completely cynical about it.”
But Trump and his team have paid special care to their relationship with the evangelical community. The White House has called Christian leaders for input on a range of issues, including economic and foreign policy matters not closely associated with the religious community, said Johnnie Moore, a religious leader close to Trump. “They talk to us constantly,” Moore said.
Pence is beloved by many evangelicals, and Reed said many of his friends have visited the White House more often since January than in decades. On several occasions, Trump has brought pastors into the Oval Office for photos, including some showing them gathered around his chair with their hands on his shoulders. Trump has loved the idea of the pictures becoming public, one adviser said.
One adviser said Trump keeps a family Bible in the residence and has told people he has opened it from time to time.
On January 20, 2017, Jeffress preached the sermon at a private service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, attended by President-elect Donald Trump, on the day of the latter’s Inauguration. He has been described as “one of Mr Trump’s favourite pastors”.
First Baptist Church of Dallas
Under Dr. Jeffress’ leadership, the First Baptist Church of Dallas broke ground on the construction of a new 3,000-seat Worship Center. As of 2013, it was the largest Protestant church building campaign in modern history. The $130 million church campus officially opened for Easter Sunday worship on March 31, 2013.
While the trend across many growing churches today is to purchase old buildings, renovate existing space, or open new satellite campuses in neighboring suburbs, FBC Dallas decided to keep the entire church in downtown Dallas, where it has been since its inception in 1868, and serve the Dallas community and extended metro area. “Our church felt a need to expand and improve the campus in order to fulfill our ministry calling,” Jeffress is quoted as saying. “In these tough economic times, we wanted to use our gifts to build a church that provides spiritual growth and healing while seeking to reflect the splendor and majesty of God. First Baptist remains committed to equipping individuals to worship, serve and influence the community, the city and the world for Christ.”
Views on Social Issues
In the aftermath of the racial unrest in Charlottesville, VA in August of 2017, Pastor Jeffress condemned white supremacy, stating, “Let there be no misunderstanding. Racism is sin. Period.”
During an interview with CBN, Jeffress further addressed racial issues, saying, “There has been a failure on the part of the Church, even a failure on conservative Christians in decades past, to denounce racism, to embrace segregation, which is so wrong.” He added, “I think we did have some catching up to do but I think that in this environment, we need to say clearly, that racism is abhorrent in the eyes of God.”
In the summer of 2017, addressing the issue of DACA and children born to illegal immigrants, Jeffress said the “president is one of the most compassionate people I have ever been around, and he was sincerely torn between his sincere compassion for the DACA recipients and the oath of office he took on January 20th to execute all the laws of the land.” Commenting on the future for those who would be affected by a change in DACA policy, Pastor Jeffress added, “I think [the president] came up with the perfect solution of delaying the ending of DACA and allowing Congress, the rightful people, to make the laws to fix this problem.”
While a pastor in Wichita Falls in 1998, Jeffress sought to have two children’s books about children with gay or lesbian parents removed from the public library by checking out the books and paying for them rather than returning them to be recirculated. Following publication of the story by news media, the library received multiple copies of the books as donations and demand for the books increased significantly.
In 2008 Jeffress, in his sermon “Gay Is Not OK,” stated, citing Romans 1:27: “And the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.” Declared Jeffress: “What they [homosexuals] do is filthy. It is so degrading that it is beyond description. And it is their filthy behavior that explains why they are so much more prone to disease.”
Views on Religion
In a sermon in August of 2010, Dr. Jeffress took issue Islam, claiming the religion promotes pedophilia, because the prophet Muhammad raped a 9-year-old girl and that “around the world today, you have Muslim men having sex with 4-year-old girls, taking them as their brides, because they believe the prophet Muhammad did it.”
In his sermon Jeffress also stated, “It is our love for Muslims that demands we speak the truth about Islam,” and that “we do not hate Muslims” also noting: “I have a very good friend here in Dallas who is a Muslim.”
in December 2010, Jeffress established a “Naughty and Nice List” in which businesses were identified based on whether or not they openly celebrated Christmas: “I wanted to do something positive to encourage businesses to acknowledge Christmas and not bow to the strident voices of a minority who object to the holiday.”
Also in 2010, Jeffress referred to Roman Catholicism as a “Satanic” result of “Babylonian mystery religion“. In another interview that same year, he said, “Mormonism is wrong, it is a heresy from the pit of Hell; Judaism, you can’t be saved being a Jew, you know who said that by the way, the three greatest Jews in the New Testament, Peter, Paul, and Jesus Christ, they all said Judaism won’t do it, it’s faith in Jesus Christ.”
In October 2011, at the Values Voter Summit, Jeffress called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) “a cult.” He received widespread criticism for the statement, but did not retract it despite Mitt Romney‘s request for him to do so.
McCain, whose status as a war hero Trump publicly and controversially doubted as a 2016 presidential candidate, appeared to retaliate in kind against the president in a C-SPAN interview about the Vietnam War airing Sunday night. In the interview, McCain pointed to wealthy Americans who were able to get out of being drafted into service in the conflict in which he spent years as a prisoner of war. And he pointed to a very specific type of deferment which Trump just happened to use.
“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain said. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
Trump received five deferments during Vietnam: four for his studies in college, and one for — you guessed it — bone spurs in his heel. As The Washington Post reported in July 2015:
For the previous four years, Trump had avoided the draft — and the possibility of being sent to fight in the Vietnam War — by obtaining four separate deferments so he could study at Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania. With his diploma in hand and his college days over, he was suddenly vulnerable to conscription.
Trump’s exposure to the draft, however, didn’t last long. Two months later, on Sept. 17, 1968, he reported for an armed forces physical examination and was medically disqualified, according to the ledger from his local Selective Service System draft board in Jamaica, N.Y., now in the custody of the National Archives.
The ledger does not detail why Trump failed the exam — the Selective Service destroyed all medical records and individual files after the draft ended in 1973 and the military converted to an all-volunteer force.
In recent days, Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, and his campaign have said that he received the medical deferment because he had bone spurs in his feet. But rather than clear up all questions about why he did not serve in the military during the Vietnam era, they have given shifting accounts that are at odds with the few remaining documents in his Selective Service file.
Trump would later clarify the reason for his final deferment in a 2016 interview with the New York Times: “I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels.” He said the condition was temporary and that it was “not a big problem, but it was enough of a problem.” His campaign continued to be cagey about providing documentation.