Chicago’s “holiday tree” in 2011

By John Ruberry

The War on Christmas, the secular-progressives’ assault on Christmas and yes, religion, is fading away. And Christmas is winning.

In today’s video message to our military, some of whom of course belong to faiths other than Christianity, President Trump beamed, “I just want to wish everybody a very, very Merry Christmas, we say Merry Christmas, again, very, very proudly. Very very Merry Christmas.”

Nearly two years ago then-candidate Donald Trump mused, “When was the last time you saw ‘Merry Christmas?’ You don’t see it any more. They want to be politically correct. If I’m president, you’re going to see ‘Merry Christmas’ in department stores, believe me, believe me. You’re going to see it.”

And you know what, I’ve seen “Merry Christmas” in department stores this year. Yesterday at the end of the weekly meeting at my job my boss, who is Jewish, wished everyone “a very Merry Christmas.”

And I’m hearing more “Merry Christmases” this year than I’ve heard in years. Believe me. I figured this would happen, as I posted in this space on Christmas Day last year.

True, the counter-attack in the War on Christmas goes back at least five years, but Trump is the first prominent politician to embrace it, so the president is entitled to a victory dance as he rocks around the Christmas tree.

Blogger outside of Chicago’s Trump Tower

Closer to home, for me that is, comes this Christmas triumph. In 2011 for the first time there was a “holiday tree” at Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Rahm Emanuel is Chicago’s first Jewish mayor–and he’s also the city’s first secular-progressive one. And it was in his first year in office when the concept of a Chicago Christmas was axed. But this year it’s a Christmas tree again. I’m not sure when the switchback occurred, but it’s ironic to note that a couple of weeks ago the embattled mayor declared Chicago a “Trump-free zone.”

An hour ago, subbing for the usual host on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Jonathan Karl wished viewers “a Merry Christmas” at the end of the show.

And from Morton Grove, Illinois I will do the same this Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas to you!

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yesterday was election day and there are several stories to tell.

On the local level Steve Dinatale left the Massachusetts State Legislature to run for mayor of fitchburg and his choice was rewarded with 74% of the vote in a city that has not been shy about voting for republicans like Scott Brown.

I hope Dinatale stays in the Mayor’s office a while, he’s a sensible fellow who will do a good job plus any attempt to advance further in state government would require a choice between his Catholic faith and the Democrat party and I suspect that choice is the reason why the city will get the benefit rather than the entire state.

Their loss is our gain.

Andrew Couture is a good guy and I think he should consider running for city council.

In Kentucky in a race Democrats were expected to win Matt Bevin, Mitch McConnell’s favorite punching bag was expected to lose and the media already had their narrative written

Bevin, who polls show is trailing by a small margin, appears on the verge of joining the list of tea party-aligned candidates whom establishment operatives will blame for years to come for losing a winnable race. Like other Republicans damaged by the party’s Obama-era civil war, Bevin took untenable positions in the primary that Democrats have turned against him in the general. And the Republican businessman’s strategy and decisions throughout the campaign have baffled longtime political observers.

As you can guess they hedged his bets with a single line

They think pollsters might be missing the anger of rural conservatives who are most likely to vote, which is what happened in the media polling here in 2014.”

The polls showed him down five, but you know what, people forgot about, a person named Kim Davis

As he travels around the state, Bevin’s body man hands out postcards describing Bevin as “the only candidate for governor that has stood up for traditional marriage and religious liberty.” Bevin has also made appeals to born-again Christians, urging them to vote to counteract the political activism of “agnostics and atheists” and telling them to “stand firm” for their beliefs.

The Advocate made it very clear which sides the Democrat Conway & the Republican Bevin are on:

Conway, on the other hand, is so staunchly pro-[gay]marriage, Kentucky’s former top lawman got choked up when announcing in 2014 that he would not appeal a federal judge’s order recognizing same-sex marriages performed out of state. “If I did so I would be defending discrimination. That I will not do,” Conway said, which you can watch in the video below

Bevin visited Kentucky clerk Davis in jail, where she spent time this summer for refusing to grant marriage licenses to any couples, citing personal religious beliefs against same-sex marriage. Bevin’s support for Davis became a tentpole of his campaign strategy

Alas for our liberal friends the voters of Kentucky clearly knew which side they were on too and it wasn’t close

Bevin was able to defy pundits, political insiders and polling — including one released by his own campaign in October that showed him losing — and emerge a winner Tuesday night.

In the end, it wasn’t even close. Bevin won 107 of the state’s 120 counties on his way to a nine-point victory.

The real fun part are paragraphs like this gay blogs like this:

Kim Davis’s attorneys at the Liberty Counsel sent out a press release congratulating Bevin which included a statement from Davis herself:

“I congratulate Matt Bevin on his win. I am ecstatic. He is such a genuine and caring person. I will be forever thankful that he came to visit me while I was in jail. At a clerks’ meeting he hugged me and said he was praying for me. I am looking forward to his leadership as our new Governor.”

Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver clucked as well:

“The election was not even close. The lopsided victory for Matt Bevin stunned most political pundits. There is no question that the issue of religious freedom and same-sex marriage played a role in the results. The people favor traditional values and marriage, and they are tired of the political elites represented by Governor Beshear who are out of touch with ordinary, God-loving citizens. We look forward to working with Governor Elect Matt Bevin to accommodate the religious convictions of Kim Davis and other Kentucky clerks. Finally, we will have common sense and the Constitution prevail in Kentucky.”

Apparently Judge Bunning can jail a clerk for her faith but you can’t jail the electorate.

Expect the MSM to spin this result as having nothing to do with Kim Davis.

Update: Out of curiosity I did a google and yahoo for any comments Alison Grimes might have made on the Kim davis case. I didn’t find anything.

On what I’m sure is a totally unrelated note in a year while Bevin won the governor’s race Grimes managed to be re-elected Secretary of state by two point margin.


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IndianaBy John Ruberry

Twenty years ago if you were unhappy with a business, let’s say a check out clerk was rude to you or you were served a rotten meal, you had some effective ways of getting back. Of course these methods still exist. You can never patronize that business again and tell your friends not to do so as well.

Last week a South Bend, Indiana television reporter ventured outside of her city and traveled to tiny Walkerton, a place she probably never heard of before, where she interviewed one of the owners of Memories Pizza, a family business, who told the reporter that because of their Christian beliefs they would not cater a gay wedding–if they were was asked. The reporter found the “gotcha” story in the sticks that she was seeking in regards to Indiana’s new Religious Restoration Freedom Act.

Then the militant left went on the attack. The owners went into hiding after receiving a death threat.

And then the online attacks poured in Actually they’re still coming. Memories’ Yelp page has been inundated with “reviews” from people who lives almost everywhere but northern Indiana. On the other hand, a high school coach from nearby Goshen took to Twitter to suggest that Memories be burned down. She has since been suspended.  As I mentioned in my post here last week, Yelp’s CEO condemned Indiana’s RFRA, although just last month his firm opened an office in Illinois–which has a similar law.

Years ago I was at a concert where Elvis Costello answered a heckler who was shouting that he should play “Clubland,” by replying with something blues singer Little Willie John once said. “I remember the good old days,” Costello quipped, “they’re gone now. ”

True, very true.

But there is some good news. Supporters of Memories Pizza and religious freedom started a drive for the owners of the restaurant–and it has received $800,000.

The internet is a two-edged sword.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

As you might have noticed there has been a decided lack of courage among some in the GOP since the Democrats launched their RFRA squirrel.

It’s true that Ted Cruz came out and remained strong in support of religious liberty

While more moderate Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush appeared to soften his stance, GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas stood firm Wednesday night and denounced Democrats who he said “want to persecute anyone that has a good faith religious belief that marriage is a holy sacrament between the union of one man and one woman and ordained as a covenant by God.”

He also took aim at Fortune 500 companies during a stop in Iowa, saying they are “running shamelessly to endorse the radical gay marriage agenda over religious liberty.”

But as far as Pols go he’s been the exception as both Mike Pence and Asa Hutchinson rushed to appease the left in some way rather than being willing to go after them head on (like the fellow at Heritage who so vexed Ed Schultz that he cut off his mike)

The reactions are not a surprise, large corporations have always been more loyal to profit than principle and the prospect of the left kicking up a fuss is expensive and pols, afraid being attacked constantly have rushed to mollify media and activists (forgetting they short of copulation they can not be mollified).

However if there is one thing that will stiffen the spine of a poll it’s the prospect that it will pay off, and that brings us to Memories Pizza in Indiana which after being deluged by death threats after a “gotcha” story from the local media ws forced to close.

In response someone started a GoFundme page and after 24 hours here is the result


Now $422K raised in 24 hours is pretty impressive but the number that really catches the eye is the 14,335 people who gave it.  That works out to just under $30 a person.

Picture what that kind of donor base means. If these people are willing to kick in to protect this pizza place how much more likely are they to kick in if you as a pol are making the fight publicly that they are supporting privately.

If you could manage to convince just a third of these people to kick in at that $30 rate to your campaign that adds up to $150,000.

And even better because they are kicking in only $30 that means you can go back to them 10, 20 even 50 times or more before they max out under the law.

That’s a lot of potential ad buys, a lot of radio spots, a ton of lawn signs or a bus fully equipped.

The National GOP may not care much for the conservative wing of the party or the religious people it consists of but for the shot at a share of those fundraising number, they’ll do their best to fake it.


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The great thing about conventional wisdom is it’s always right, until it isn’t:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has jumped to third place in the prospective Republican presidential field since making his bid official last week, according to a new poll.

The survey, released Wednesday by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found Cruz surging from 5% support last month to 16% support from Republican primary voters this month.


As a general rule early announcers don’t get much from it, so why has Ted Cruz progressed so much in a week, well here are a few clues:

1. Cruz has been bold:

Cruz made it a point to make his announcement at liberty university, KNOWING that the left / media would go absolutely nuts over it and dismiss him because of it. The attacks of the left were sure to make people of the right pleased.

2. Cruz has been relentless

At a time when the conventional wisdom and the media wisdom was proclaiming that the signing of the Tom Cotton open letter was an at of treason Cruz not only defended it but had this to say to Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe:

This interview, for the most part, was hostile and yet Ted Cruz did fabulously. Much of the interview centered on the Iranian letter, as Mika continued to press Cruz on the motivations behind the letter, even after he had already explained to her their motivations. Cruz never backed down one iota, even saying at the end that he has no regrets about signing the letter, like John McCain does as Mika points out, and that he would sign the same letter to Iran again in large print so the Ayatollahs wouldn’t need their glasses to read his signature.

and proved to be ahead of the public on the issue

3. Ted Cruz has been fearless.

While Mike Pence and Asa Hutchinson were quick to backtrack under media and leftist pressure not only was Ted Cruz one of the first to defend Indiana’s law. On Wednesday he doubled down:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016.

And vowed to campaign on it:

Cruz told an audience Wednesday he could carry the banner for that cause in his GOP presidential campaign.

“We need to stand up as courageous conservatives,” he told a packed auditorium in the heart of northwest Iowa’s conservative northwest in his first visit to the state since declaring his candidacy last week. “Religious liberty is not some fringe view.”

Bottom line, leaders lead. Ted Cruz is leading from the front and in the face of unrelenting pressure from media and leftist activists and Republicans voters are taking notice.

Closing thought:  All of these things  Cruz is doing are exactly the opposite of what the MSM and the GOP establishment says a Republican has to do to win.

Perhaps unlike some in the GOP Senator Cruz knows how to play the game.


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There are a lot of people who can’t wait to see a veto in Arizona of the Religious Freedom bill.

CNN & MSNBC have made it their cause celebre, GLAAD sees it as a great way to recover from their Duck Dynasty defeat and many in the establishment GOP see it as an excellent change to put those social conservatives in their place.

But if there is one person who wants a veto of Arizona’s Religious Freedom bill more than anyone else gotta be Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church.

At first glance you might think that’s counter intuitive. Other than an e-mail blast fundraising bump what can Westboro have to gain from an Jan Brewer veto?

Just this.

The left has spent a lot of time building a strawman falsely suggesting that this law is all about denying service in a Restaurants and accommodations to gay people. Regardless of the though of the matter this has become the media meme.

The end result? If this bill is rejected the media will declare that religion, conscience, a moral code, can NOT be used to deny anyone service, ANYONE.

Then watch watch Phelps and his minions dive in.

Do you own a Gay Club? A restaurant or resort that caters to a primarily gay clientele? Get ready. Once the Arizona law is safely dead then expect Westboro baptist to come on down.

They’ll be down to rent your location for a dinner or a rally or an event, the press will come, Phelps will get a ton of publicity and use your venue to do it.

Watch him and his cronies turn it into a tour of Arizona, if you have a business that can be identified as Gay or LGBT, Phelps & company and he’ll take plenty of pictures (as will the media) before you know when your business’ name is google the name Westboro baptist will come up in the results, Pictures? Watch your venue name with a smiling Fred Phelps holding one of his Trademark signs smiling next to it.

Oh and beware, if you give less that your best service and qualify or if a single employee decides to make a statement with a tiny bit of spittle Phelps’ lawyers will pounce and the judgements and settlements will be legendary.

Such a plan could already have been done of course but there would have been little national attention in it, but thanks to the MSM & Gay groups move in Arizona it’s now worth his while.

I suspect national leaders of the LGBT community might be counting on this. While Phelps extremism is rejected by most Christians national gay groups will be delighted to use him as a poster boy for every fundraising they decide to send

So don’t worry Gay business owner in Arizona, while your own business’ longterm reputation will be harmed and your search engine results corrupted you can take comfort that national fundraisers for GLAAD & others will be able to live large off of your troubles for years to come.

Count on it.

Update: As for the strawmen I mentioned Erick Erickson notes them:

If a Christian owns a bakery or a florist shop or a photography shop or a diner, a Christian should no more be allowed to deny service to a gay person than to a black person. It is against the tenets of 2000 years of orthodox Christian faith, no matter how poorly some Christians have practiced their faith over two millennia.

And honestly, I don’t know that I know anyone who disagrees with any of this.

The disagreement comes on one issue only — should a Christian provide goods and services to a gay wedding. That’s it. We’re not talking about serving a meal at a restaurant. We’re not talking about baking a cake for a birthday party. We’re talking about a wedding, which millions of Christians view as a sacrament of the faith and other, mostly Protestant Christians, view as a relationship ordained by God to reflect a holy relationship.

This slope is only slippery if you grease it with hypotheticals not in play.

And even Andrew Sullivan gets it:

I would never want to coerce any fundamentalist to provide services for my wedding – or anything else for that matter – if it made them in any way uncomfortable. The idea of suing these businesses to force them to provide services they are clearly uncomfortable providing is anathema to me. I think it should be repellent to the gay rights movement as well.

The Anchoress gets it:

Anyone can walk into a kosher or halal butcher’s shop and buy a chicken, but if asked to cater a party with bacon burgers, the butcher will refuse. Should that invite a lawsuit? People understand that you don’t bother religious butchers with requests they cannot honor. Should we be permitted to demand services of a cameraman, or a florist or baker that tread upon their religious sensibilities?

And Ed Morrissey hits it both at HotAir:

I’m going to avoid getting into a theological debate over the issue of participating in same-sex weddings, because it’s an unresolvable topic. Some Christians might see it as Christian love, while others who read Corinthians might see a parallel to Paul’s ruling on eating meat sacrificed to idols, or even Jesus’ forgiveness of the adulterer with the proviso to “sin no more.” The point is that Christians and those of other religions on that spectrum of belief hold those beliefs sincerely, and that should be enough to allow them to choose when and whether to participate in such events. The right of religious expression takes precedence over the state interest in forcing bakers to produce cakes for same-sex weddings, or photographers to attend them.

And this week:

Left unspoken is why anyone would want a baker for their wedding who didn’t want to participate — or a florist for that matter, or a photographer. Weddings are traumatic enough for all concerned without deliberately boosting the tension levels to a Spinal Tap-esque 11. Leaving the issue of religious belief aside for a moment, Phillips cannot possibly be the only baker in Denver capable of producing a wedding cake. Why not take Phillips at his word, tolerate his religious beliefs, and find a baker with more enthusiasm for the event?

I’ll speak it, the purpose is to generate fear to speak and live one’s Christian belief to make Christianity & Christian belief beyond the pale of acceptable behavior.


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Many years ago I remember watching a mini-series that is largely forgotten on Peter the Great with Maximilian Schell in the title role.

There was a key scene in the third episode that always stuck with me. Peter was looking for funds to build a fleet and expand his army and decided he would tax the Church. His political ally (played by Omar Sharif) is concerned about such a move and with the head of the Opposition and with the blessing of the Patriarch of the church leads him to a vault full of treasure put aside by his grandfather for “Russia’s rainy day”. The scene starts at 3:05

The Tsar’s reaction was telling:

I will use this…AND Tax the Church!

The sudden unexpected fortune was great, but taxing the hated church really rang his bells.

And that’s is what this Obamacare contraception mandate is really all about.

It doesn’t matter how much this move might hurt democrats in Red States, it doesn’t matter how bad the optics are going after elderly Nuns or how it undercuts places like Notre Dame that had him speak at commencement or that with the number of exemptions this administration to places like McDonalds and Unions giving one more for the religious faithful would be a drop in the bucket.  It will hurt the hated Church so that’s as the Anchoress put it comparing it to Al Gore on global warming,  what makes it worthwhile

I’ve long-believed that Gore’s rantings were given credence by all the “smart” people, and finally honored with Oscars and Nobel Peace Prizes, simply as consolation prizes for his losing Florida by so few votes in 2000. It was all meant to be — like the Nobel given to Jimmy Carter (and, I suspect, the one given to Barack Obama) — “a kick in the leg” to George W. Bush. A bit of self-satisfying spite against the hated other.

Rather like the entire HHS Mandate, in fact, a spiteful bit of law meant to discomfit religious institutions and personal religious conscience but never necessary to its purpose. If the government really wanted everyone to have access to free sterilization, free contraception, free abortifacients, it could have written that into law any number of ways, without going after human consciences. Which, again, the president swore to protect.

But an even greater prize than just injuring the church is taxing it.  That’s a secular left wet dream.  That the mandate allows the state to tax the church without the political risks of formally removing the Church’s Tax exemption is what really rings the bells for leftist pols who have to give lip service to religious freedom.  They’ll fight for this more than anything else because belief in a moral authority above the state is the most dangerous concept to their plans.

Of course Faithful Catholics have a choice, they can take the easy path, sign away their faith in the church and replace it with faith in Obamacare and be spared the tax .  The media and democrats around the country will be urging them to do so and if it happens they will smile and use it as a club for new laws to pry Christians just a little farther away from God.

But if they persist on clinging to their faith, putting it above The One™ then the Jiza must be paid for that impertinence and I think it’s that tax payment the left is dreaming of.

Closing thought:  Some will no doubt use this post to claim I believe the president to be a Muslim.  While he has many sympathies with Islam & the Muslim brotherhood , I can’t go along with the idea that he is an actual Muslim.  Nobody is going to convince me Barack Obama worships anyone or anything above himself.

Update:  Cleaned up that closing sentence read OK but sounded awful when I said it aloud.

Update 2: If you didn’t think the left really has it in for the Catholic Church then you will after you read this nonsense:

More than WASPS, Methodists, Jews, Quakers or Baptists, Catholics often try to impose their beliefs on you, me, public discourse and institutions. Especially if “you” are female.

Lots of reactions to this idiocy from Fr. Z:, Yid with Lid , Michael Potemra  Deacon GregMichael Sean Winters  The Anchoress to Captain Ed (yes I still call him that).  All seem to convey a level of surprise at this piece.

Let me say categorically nothing in this piece remotely surprises me.  I suggest this is what the prevailing media culture actually believes about the church and everybody better get used to that fact.


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As the age of “Tolerance” continues we are finding more and more that there is one thing that is not going to be tolerated and that’s Christianity, particularly in the Armed forces.

While our friends on the left likely are cheering these results there is one group that I suspect haven’t quite thought about the cost of those high fives.

Young men (and perhaps women as well).

When you have a pure volunteer service the first priority is to gain volunteers.

What happens when Christian families that preach service and military families with deep Christian Roots decide that the military is not the place for them anymore.

Where are those recruits going to come from? They’re going to have to come from a Draft

So if you are a young person in high school or college anxious to show you are inclusive by going after those “intolerant” Christians and voting for those who will marginalizing them in places like the military I’m sure you’ll be delighted to take their place all over the world fighting the war on terror, particularly since the Obama economy doesn’t present you with a lot of better options.

I seem to recall conscription didn’t play very well with 60’s generation whose parents had served in World War 2. I wonder how well it will play with a generation that has absolutely no familiarity with military culture or war outside of Call of Duty?

If this keeps up those young Obama voters are going to get a close up look at how Call of Duty actually works.


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Hogan:  You know how Stofle is

Klink: Who knows better than I?  Didn’t he give me the scar?  At the university we were inseparable!

Hogan: And as his best friend you’d be implicated

Klink: I hardly know him.

Hogan’s Heroes Hello Zolle 1966

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”

Cardinal Francis George 2010

One of the biggest surprises of the last election for me among many (the weakness of the Romney Ground game, the willingness to upset allies, the unwillingness to exploit weaknesses of the democrats) was how quickly the Black Church decided to abandon Christianity.

Being a Roman Catholic I looked at the Black Church historically much as I saw the Catholic Church in Poland both as a religious institution and as a unifying force to support a people under oppression.

When freedom finally came for Poland the faith remained strong, I naturally assumed that the Black Church remained a strong and solid bastion of Christian belief.

Ah how quickly things changed, when the president was willing to abandon his pretense of opposition to Gay marriage the Black Church had a choice to make and given a choice of Gods, picked Barack Obama.

The significance of this was not lost on the left, with the fear of the black vote gone all pretense disappeared of respect for Christian belief. No longer is the fig leaf of respect needed for the party and it’s candidates so member after member is “evolving”.

This “evolution” is necessary, because Gay Marriage has always been a means to an end. The end as I’ve said before is to make all forms of Orthodox Christianity unacceptable, beyond the pale, something to be derided and rejected by all “proper” folk.

We’ve seen it in the culture for years in movies and TV that get lionized, we’ve seen it in the courts and we’re even seeing traces of it in the military.

Now we will see it en mass from the media. With no more democrats to protect the MSM can go after Christianity and Christians with impunity, and when they do, that’s when we will see the Army of Klinks arise.

The Democrat party and the mainstream media have made it crystal clear that if you are a follower of Orthodox Christianity you are simply not acceptable as a public person. Candidates who aspire to national office will have it made clear in no uncertain terms that if they decide to express faith in anyplace other than the inside of a church safe from the prying eyes of others, they will not get funds, they will not get support and certainly they will have no shot in a primary.

Additionally contractors, business and the like will have it made clear that there is a cost of discipleship, a financial cost and they will be made to pay. (I would be very surprised if this fact wasn’t made clear to some pastors before the election).

And many will pay it.

People who are in church, people who have preached the faith, people who have cried aloud for you to follow Christ. People who have expressed their outrage over previous assaults on Christianity will suddenly be shunning those who remain faithful. The full force of the law will be brought to bear, considered “reasonable restrictions” that only “extremes” would oppose.

Some will abandon faith because they are weak, some will because they are scared, many more because they never believed in the first place .

The folding of the faithful  will become so common, that when one remains faithful it will be considered an extraordinary, newsworthy act.

This is the future that my sons are going to be called to live their faith in and raise their children in.  I pray they have the strength to remember these words.

Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.  Matt 10:32-33

Christians often wonder how if they would have stood up during the time of the martyrs.  Well we’re going to find out.

It won’t be fun, but it will be honorable.