Report: Christianity Declining in America at ‘Rapid Pace’

Christianity in America is declining at a “rapid pace,” according to startling new analysis from The Pew Research Center.

The report found that the majority of Americans — 65 percent — still describe themselves as Christians, though the proportion has significantly fallen by 12 percentage points over the past decade.

At the same time, 26 percent of Americans now call themselves atheists, agnostics, or no religion in particular (a collective group known as the “nones”), up 9 percentage points since 2009. . .

It’s important to note that atheists, agnostics and unaffiliated Americans are generally lumped into the “nones” category, but the largest cohort under this umbrella are people who have simply said they are “nothing in particular.” . . .

While 84 percent of respondents in the Silent Generation (aged 74 to 91) and 76 percent of Baby Boomers (aged 55 to 71) are Christians, just 49 percent of Millennials (aged 23 to 38) agree. (Read more from “Report: Christianity Declining in America at ‘Rapid Pace'” HERE)

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Squad, Assemble: AOC, Omar, Tlaib All Endorse Bernie

In a significant boon to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, the three most prominent members of the so-called ‘Squad’ are endorsing his 2020 bid, choosing the Vermont Socialist over front-running leftist Elizabeth Warren. Word of the trio of endorsements from hard-left House progressives leaked out late Tuesday, starting with this scoop about an upcoming Sanders rally in New York City, featuring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. . .

Shortly after the AOC news broke, we learned that this was a package deal:

The conventional wisdom is that this development is a boon to both Sanders and Joe Biden, which makes sense. Bernie has been by and large stagnant in much of the national polling, hovering between 15 and 20 percent support since May. Then the 78-year-old announced that he’d suffered a heart attack, prompting him to say that he planned on scaling back his campaign schedule, before quickly reversing himself. Despite his strong fundraising, was Bernie 2020 about to collapse? The united support of the major ‘Squad’ figures, who are popular among the left-wing base, comes at an opportune moment for Team Sanders. It’s a shot in the arm, an injection of youth and energy, and a sign that Bernie will have vocal proponents in his corner as the campaign plays out. (Read more from “Squad, Assemble: AOC, Omar, Tlaib All Endorse Bernie” HERE)

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Why Is Erdogan Allowed to Fund Muslim Brotherhood Mosques in America?

Who would ever have thought we’d see a time when the media, Democrats, and establishment Republicans would suddenly mark Turkish president and de facto Muslim Brotherhood leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the most dangerous threat to the world? For once, I actually agree (mostly) with their feigned outrage, except that I’m truly outraged by Erdogan. If Republicans were smart, they’d call the Democrats’ bluff on their new anti-Erdogan crusade and ban his government from spreading poison on our soil.

If Erdogan is now the biggest threat to global security because of his actions in the Syrian civil war, then shouldn’t we be more concerned with his subversion activities in our own country by a factor of a million? Thus, Democrats most certainly would want to prevent Erdogan from radicalizing Muslims living in America and investigate the organizations with ties to his government, right?

On April 2, 2016, Erdogan officiated at the inauguration ceremony of the Diyanet Center of America (DCA), the largest mosque in North America, located in Lanham, Maryland. Some of the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood organizations were in attendance and pictured with Erdogan. Where does the name Diyanet come from? The mosque’s website states that it “works in full cooperation with the Religious Affairs Directorate of the Republic of Turkey (Diyanet).” In other words, it is Erdogan’s largest foothold in America, controlled through his religious affairs office. Erdogan spent $100 million on that mosque.

So, let’s get this straight: The Turkish government agency that doesn’t allow Christians and Jews to practice freely in Turkey is allowed to fund religion in America? The media practically wants to go to war with Erdogan, but doesn’t seem to be bothered by this.

Which scenario is more likely to cause the next 9/11 – a change in the Syrian civil war overseas or Erdogan funding radical anti-American sentiment in American mosques? To quote the 9/11 Commission report, “Terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country.” It’s not the terrorist fighters in Syria locked in a multi-pronged civil war that threaten us; it’s those we bring into the country who are radicalized by people like Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood organizations he supports.

In 2016, Erdogan said of the DCA mosque complex that it “also has an important task for spreading Islam’s values embracing the whole of humanity, and our Prophet’s message of love and compassion.”

But what sort of Islamic values does Erdogan hold? He supports Hamas to the tune of several hundred million a year and is the global leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Do you think for a minute that his mosques will be promoting an enlightened view of Islam? Or will they promote the Hamas view? In 2018, during a speech before his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP, Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi), Erdogan grabbed a sobbing six-year-old girl on stage and said, “Look what you see here! Girl, what are you doing here? We have our maroon berets here, but maroon berets never cry.” He then continued, “She has a Turkish flag in her pocket too. … If she’s martyred, they’ll lay a flag on her, God willing. She is ready for everything, isn’t she?”

Look no further than the 1991 Explanatory Memorandum of the Muslim Brotherhood to understand the goals of the reputed leader of that global movement:

The general strategic goal of the Group in America … is the “Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is.”

It’s no surprise that the Diyanet’s leadership boasted about meeting with Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., at CAIR’s annual community congressional reception this past January. Birds of a feather always flock together. It’s the Ilhan worldview that will be promoted in Erdogan’s mosques in our country.

As David L. Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, warned at the time, “These mosques are not places of worship. They are centers for political mobilization functioning like madrasas, distorting [Islam] and radicalizing youth.”

Americans living here have the right to spend money on mosques just like they can on churches, but foreign governments have no constitutional right to fund religion on our soil, especially one regarded by our government as terror supporting.

Republicans would be smart to ban all Turkish funding of religion in America as well as designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terror group. Then dare the Democrats to oppose the bill. Countries like Russia, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have already designated them as terrorists.

How can Democrats feign concern over Erdogan and support groups like CAIR? Nihad Awad, CAIR’s executive director, posted a picture of himself on Twitter three years ago in Turkey promoting Erdogan after his brutal repression of the coup attempt.

Why do groups like CAIR get a pass for their support from Erdogan? Republicans will never find a better time to demand answers to these questions, as Democrats harness anti-Erdogan sentiment for their agenda of “orange man bad.”

It’s time for the Trump administration to leverage the feigned anti-Erdogan fervor into a relentless war against Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood on our own soil, which threatens us exponentially more than what happens in Syria. (For more from the author of “Why Is Erdogan Allowed to Fund Muslim Brotherhood Mosques in America?” please click HERE)

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The Nuclear Option: Democrats Sacrificing Biden to Protect Obama

By Breitbart. . .This whole impeachment-in-search-of-a-high-crime charade going on in the House of Representatives today has nothing to do with actually removing President Trump from office.

If that is all Democrats wanted to do, then they would just field a candidate against him whom voters find slightly less detestable than they found Hillary Clinton. That way, when they boot President Trump from office, they will have voters on their side. And Vice President Mike Pence won’t be left sitting in the Oval Office. . .

So, what is this all about? It is a cover-up, plain and simple.

Certainly not former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. If anything, Mr. Biden has been set ablaze atop the altar as a sacrifice in this massive international cover-up by Democrats. . .

Currently, there are a handful of very, very serious probes by nonpartisan prosecutors bound by rules of fairness and due process looking into the origins of the Obama administration’s spying operation on the campaign of a political opponent at the height of the 2016 election season. (Read more from “The Nuclear Option: Democrats Sacrificing Biden to Protect Obama” HERE)

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Charlie Kirk: Nothing ‘Unsubstantiated’ About the Facts Fueling Hunter Biden Intrigue

By Breitbart. . .I apologize for having just spilled a full cup of sarcasm on your lap. Anyone reading this column already knows that Hunter Biden has been given an almost completely free pass by the MSM with regard to his involvement not just in Chinese business while his father was Vice President, but also in Ukraine.

I have previously written about Hunter’s business dealing and have addressed them extensively on my podcast. In short, While Joe was our nation’s second-in-command, Hunter accompanied him on Air Force Two on state-sanctioned trips to China where, shortly thereafter, his team was awarded the investment banking deal mentioned above. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, he was named to the Board of Directors for Burisma Holdings and paid $50,000 per month, despite having no industry knowledge. When Burisma was being investigated by the Ukraine government, Papa Joe threatened to cut off U.S. aid unless the prosecutor was fired.

Nearly every legacy news outlet places the obligatory “unsubstantiated” in front of a description of events. There’s nothing unsubstantiated about any of it. The above are facts from which reasonable people would draw an inference of corruption and influence peddling. My observation is that few to none of those reasonable people can be found in the MSM.

Professor Jonathan Turley, a man who prides himself in his consistent analysis and application of law regardless of circumstance, has written a must-read piece in TheHIll.com regarding the media’s handling of the Hunter Biden affair, calling him “He who must not be named.” Turley points to examples of interviewers at CNN, NBC, and MSNBC all quickly shutting down guests who dare to mention Hunter and Joe’s activities in the context of discussing the current fake impeachment story involving President Trump. Turley is far from a Trump surrogate, and I urge you to read his commentary. The smattering of headlines after Hunter finally decided to emerge out of hiding on ABC’s Good Morning America only underscores this point. (Read more from “Charlie Kirk: Nothing ‘Unsubstantiated’ About the Facts Fueling Hunter Biden Intrigue” HERE)

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WSJ Columnist Wrecks the Democrats’ Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Claims

The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel isn’t having any of the Democrats’ nonsense on this impeachment push. Yes, the Democrats have executed the final stages of their three-year plan: impeaching Donald Trump. It’s an inquiry. It’s nothing official…yet. But they’re doing their best to muddy the waters in the hopes that the damage being inflicted could impact the 2020 race by making the president’s already shoddy approval numbers (though I’m skeptical of those polls) even more dirty, making the unpalatable man even more distasteful with voters. Fine—but the allegations against Trump regarding this call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are straight trash. . .

You don’t need to be an investigative reporter to see that the Democrats have nothing here. That’s why this entire inquiry is being done in secret. And the only saving grace that keeps this impeachment drum going is that the liberal media takes everything Schiff and others say as gospel. So, Strassel does what she does best; gut the Democratic narrative—brutally. She goes line-by-line giving the GOP, Trump supporters, and anyone else who is skeptical of the impeachment push a go-to sheet in exposing this smoke and mirrors show (via WSJ):

Motive matters, but what matters more is the accuracy of the complaint itself. The real news of the past few weeks has been the steady accumulation of evidence that its central claim is totally wrong.

Which shouldn’t be surprising, given how many facts the complaint mangled about the call. It alleged, for instance, that Mr. Trump asked Ukraine to “locate and turn over servers.” He didn’t. It claims Mr. Trump “praised” a prosecutor named Yuriy Lutsenko and suggested the Ukrainian president “keep him in his position.” That didn’t happen either. There’s more, and when the whistleblower can’t get the facts of the call right, it’s no surprise he got his conclusion wrong too.

There is simply no evidence of what House Democrats have made the central claim of their impeachment inquiry: that Mr. Trump engaged in a “quid pro quo” by withholding aid to Ukraine unless it “opened an investigation” into former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Target Raised Its Minimum Wage. Now Employees Are Complaining That Their Hours Have Been Cut

Target announced two years ago that it would raise the companywide minimum wage to $15 per hour by the end of 2020, winning plaudits from progressives and advocates for an increased minimum wage.

Now, with just one year before Target is scheduled to hit the magic $15 mark ($13 is the current minimum wage), it turns out that raising the minimum wage has impacted many Target employees in the exact way that opponents of mandatory minimum wage increases predict.

CNN Business spoke to numerous current and former Target employees who revealed their hours at the retail giant have been cut since Target announced its push to increase the store’s minimum wage, which for many employees means they lose their health insurance benefits. Target offers health benefits to employees who work more than 30 hours per week.

One employee, Heather, told CNN that when her hourly pay rate increased, management cut her total work hours. . .

Other employees, Caren and Michael, told CNN their hours were cut substantially. Caren said she lost her health insurance — forcing her to quit her job — while Michael has had to pick up a side job just to make ends meet. (Read more from “Target Raised Its Minimum Wage. Now Employees Are Complaining That Their Hours Have Been Cut” HERE)

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Newly Declassified Court Documents Reveal FBI FISA Violations in Targeting Americans

Newly declassified court documents indicate that the FBI failed to comply with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in targeting Americans while searching through NSA records during President Trump’s administration and after James Comey’s tenure as FBI director.

An October 2018 ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) found that the FBI violated Section 702 by not keeping track of searches that pertained to “United States persons,” and that proposed changes were still not enough to comply with the law. That ruling was later affirmed on appeal in July 2019. The documents were declassified and released Tuesday.

FISA Section 702, which deals with targeting people outside the U.S. for gathering foreign intelligence information, places restrictions on gathering information when it comes to Americans or people located in the U.S.

“Because the FBI’s proposed procedures do not require it to keep records that ‘indicate whether terms are United States person query terms,’ the FISC held that these procedures do not comply with Section 702(f)(l)(B),” said the decision from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISC-R), which heard the appeal.

The queries examined took place between 2017 and 2018, which would largely be during FBI director Chris Wray’s tenure and during the Trump presidency. The FBI did not immediately return a request for comment. (Read more from “Newly Declassified Court Documents Reveal FBI FISA Violations in Targeting Americans” HERE)

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CNN Ratings Hit a New Low for 2019 Dem Debates; Debate Slammed by Critics, Candidates

By Fox News. CNN may have been the biggest loser on Tuesday night as host of the lowest-rated Democratic primary debate so far this election cycle.

The network landed an average of 8.3 million views during the three-hour telecast. That marked quite a dip from its previous two-part debates in July, where viewership peaked at 10.7 million. CNN’s debate also saw an almost 50-percent drop from the first debate hosted by NBC News back in June, which received 15.3 million viewers.

In addition, 449,000 viewers watched live streams on various platforms from CNN and The New York Times, who co-hosted the debate.

The fourth debate featured 12 candidates on one stage. They were: former Vice President Joe Biden,; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Kamala Harris of California; tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang; Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey; former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; and billionaire donor Tom Steyer.

CNN and The Times faced an avalanche of criticism during and after the debate. The hosting news outlets received backlash for not asking the 12 candidates about topics including China, which has made big headlines in recent weeks amid the ongoing trade war with the U.S.; the mounting tensions in Hong Kong; and the growing controversy with the NBA. (Read more from “CNN Ratings Hit a New Low for 2019 Dem Debates” HERE)

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CNN Debate Slammed by Critics, Candidates: ‘Damaged the Network’s Credibility Even Further’

By Fox News. CNN’s Democratic presidential debate was criticized by everyone from media watchdogs to the candidates themselves following Tuesday’s showdown — with complaints ranging from perceived favoritism of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to attacks on the specific questions asked by moderators.

The Hill media reporter Joe Concha told Fox News that CNN’s debate enhanced its already not-so-respectable reputation.

“The network is under heavy criticism from the left and right today, and rightly so,” Concha said. “Its pursuit of sizzle over steak and focus on social issues over truly substantiate matters – economy, jobs, opioid crisis, border crisis, all-things China – has damaged the network’s credibility even further.”

CNN partnered up with The New York Times for the event, which was moderated by CNN’s Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper and Gray Lady editor Marc Lacey. While viewers complained about several issues with the moderators, a question Cooper asked about Ellen DeGeneres and former President George W. Bush’s friendship was perhaps the most lampooned.

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Trump Administration to Reinstate Aid to Central American Countries That Signed Asylum Deals

President Donald Trump announced the White House will, once again, deliver aid to several Central American countries after their governments entered into asylum agreements with the U.S.

The decision to provide “targeted assistance” to these countries is, at least somewhat, a reversal from the president’s decision earlier in 2019 to withhold hundreds of millions in economic aid to Central America — punishment against their governments for doing “nothing” to fix the immigration crisis.

“Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador have all signed historic Asylum Cooperation Agreements and are working to end the scourge of human smuggling. To further accelerate this progress, the U.S. will shortly be approving targeted assistance in the areas of law enforcement & security,” the president tweeted Wednesday.

The White House reportedly decided in June it would be diverting $370 million in aid that was for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The three countries, located in a region in Central America known as the Northern Triangle, are home to the bulk of the illegal immigrants reaching the U.S. southern border en masse and lodging asylum claims.

“Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!” Trump tweeted in March about the border crisis. (Read more from “Trump Administration to Reinstate Aid to Central American Countries That Signed Asylum Deals” HERE)

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Obama Won’t Endorse Biden, but He’ll Endorse ‘Racist’ Trudeau

Former President Barack Obama took the unusual step of making an endosement in a foreign election Wednesday, giving his unqualified support to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — but he still hasn’t endorsed his former Vice President, Joe Biden, for the 2020 Democratic nomination. . .

“I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. He’s a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term,” Obama wrote.

The Canadian election is next Monday and so far, Trudeau’s Liberal Party, which holds a majority in Parliament now, is neck and neck with the Conservatives. If the Liberal Party doesn’t pull out a victory, Trudeau will lose his status as Prime Minister.

Canadian state television is predicting that neither party will win a majority and that whomever serves as Prime Minister will preside over a coalition government — something Justin Trudeau doesn’t necessarily want to do. His closest allies in the election are the New Democrats Party and the Green Party and both have taken shots at Trudeau in recent weeks as the election draws to a close. (Read more from “Obama Won’t Endorse Biden, but He’ll Endorse ‘Racist’ Trudeau” HERE)

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