- - Thursday, April 21, 2016

Happy 90th birthday to Queen Elizabeth II!

(1) A Preacher Turned Lawmaker and His New Campaign to Win the Old War on Poverty (Daily Signal)

A Baptist minister by vocation, Walker explains that mentality during a recent prayer breakfast in a section of a church gymnasium crowded with more than 60 local pastors.

“There was a time [when] I was the Sean Hannity of Christianity,” he says. “It was simply about winning the argument. And God had to work in my heart during my early 30s and ask me, ‘Is it about winning or making a difference?’”

Walker said he often sees the same tendency in his party. But he insists there’s a better way to communicate.

“I have to be willing to invest in the person first,” he explained, “I have to put the relationship before the policy. Otherwise my words fall on deaf ears.”

It’s not that Walker wavers when it comes to principles. In fact, he has become a sort of conservative darling in right-wing circles, speaking at events hosted by The Heritage Foundation and Hillsdale College. But though he thinks Republicans get the principle right at the 30,000-foot level, he tells The Daily Signal, the party struggles to deliver at the 300-foot level.

(2) Senate panel votes to strip University of Tennessee diversity funds (Tennessean)

***Good for them! This department of diversity was political correct idiocy. Remember the crackdown on religious-Christmas last year?  Also in Tennessee: Legislators nearly overturn veto making Bible official TN book (AP)

(3) Fidel Castro gives rare speech, says he’ll die soon (The Boston Globe)

***Castro will go to his grave a committed Communist, ever sure of its success.

‘‘I’ll be 90 years old soon,’’ Castro said in his most extensive public appearance in years. ‘‘Soon I’ll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervor and dignity, they can produce the material and cultural goods that human beings need, and we need to fight without a truce to obtain them.’’

(4) Fired Doctor Sues Georgia for Religious Discrimination (Daily Signal)

(5) A report on good work being done by Greg Baker at the Iowa Capitol

Some of the most encouraging news in Iowa today is being done in a public place, but out of the public eye. At the Iowa Capitol this year, over 300 pastors have quietly met, prayed with, and ministered to your elected officials.

“It is such an incredible sight to see ministers from both of God’s institutions, the church and the government, come together,” says The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation’s Greg Baker, who coordinates these pastor visits. “It’s restoring the biblical model of prophets advising the kings. When Nathan confronted David, recall, they were not strangers. It was not Nathan intruding on David’s turf. It was born from the kind of relationships we’re building at the Capitol today.”

(6) Sen. Ben Sasse speech on abortion (via Facebook)

“I am unashamedly pro-life. I understand that others disagree. Our disagreement over abortion will sometimes be heated, but wherever possible, we should look for consensus.

Here, on this basic reality, we can and must find agreement: Babies are not the sum of their body parts. Babies are not meant to be bought. Babies are not meant to be sold.”

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