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The rule of law and traditional American values are under assault. If conservative Christians don’t get a spine, we will lose America.

Example, the Congressional Black Caucus turned a recent public dust-up between House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., into a racial crisis.

Evidence implicating IRS official Lois Lerner in a cover-up of IRS targeting tea-party groups was presented during the hearing, but she refused to answer questions, pleading the Fifth multiple times.

Perturbed, Rep. Issa adjourned the hearings, but, in an attempt to deflect attention from Lerner, Rep. Cummings began yelling for more time to speak. Cummings then personally attacked Issa and accused Republicans of holding “unfair” hearings.

Rather than focusing on the substance of the hearing, the MSM narrative was to smear Issa as a racist bully and Cummings the po’ black victim denied his “rights.”

Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is the same individual who on three separate occasions sent letters threatening to investigate True The Vote for training citizens to observe polling stations and report voter fraud.

The IRS, FBI and other agencies targeted Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True The Vote, and she filed a formal ethics complaint against Rep. Cummings, accusing the Maryland Democrat of trying to intimidate her.

Issa was right in the way he handled Cummings, but under immense pressure, he apologized to the Democrat.

Sensing weakness, the Congressional Black Caucus, the same group that falsely accused tea party members in 2010 of spitting and hurling racial slurs at their members, had the audacity to demand that Issa step down as committee chairman!

Are you kidding me?

Chairman Issa is one of the good guys in Congress, but why do conservatives keep allowing liberal Democrats to put them on the defensive with lies?

Conservative Republicans should know by now that the left has mastered the art of divide and conquer, and they’ve been using race as a wedge issue for decades.

The Black Caucus, the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and others have built a career on intimidating white folks with false charges of racism.

Religious freedom targeted

I was troubled watching the smear campaign against supporters or S.B. 1062 (Religious Freedom Act) and Gov. Jan Brewer by politicians and special-interest groups from Arizona and across the nation. I’m going on record and apologizing to Gov. Brewer for not showing up and lending her support.

For decades we’ve been losing ground on just about every social cause. So-called “civil-rights” groups, feminists, radical homosexuals, atheists and extremist environmentalists have been able to advance their depraved ideas at the expense of common sense, decency and the freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Christians are called to be the salt of the earth and light of the world, but how many Christians do you know who are standing firm in the public arena as shining examples? You can probably count them on one hand.

The ACLU came after the governor, as did big business, including Apple, American Airlines, AT&T, Intel and the NFL host committee – all of whom criticized the bill and warned of economic doom for Arizona if S.B. 1062 passed.

But where was our side?

I didn’t see conservatives and Republicans rallying and pledging to support Jan Brewer and Arizona with their dollars for preserving religious liberties and safeguarding religious business owners from frivolous lawsuits. In fact, Sen. John McCain and Republicans in the Arizona Legislature turned on Brewer.

We’re losing because conservatives don’t show up to fight and advance their cause the way the liberals do.

Boy Scouts under attack

The Boy Scouts have been under fire from radical homosexual groups and their allies. Under duress, last spring the Boy Scouts agreed to allow openly gay youth Scouts but decided to keep a ban on openly gay troop leaders. As a result, several corporate sponsors, including Lockheed Martin, Merck and UPS, cut off funding for the Scouts. Walt Disney Co. recently put the Scouts on notice that they’re joining in on the public battering and that they’ll be pulling all funding starting in 2015.

This is an attempt by the left to co-opt the Boy Scouts just as they’ve done with the Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scouts are now affiliated with pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.

The Boy Scouts is a private organization, and they have the right to set guidelines based on what is in the best interest of their members.

These encroachments should be alarming to all fair-minded Americans. If we don’t stand up to protect the vulnerable amongst us, what does that say about us as a nation?

Democrats and their left-wing allies have nothing to offer their constituents but fear. Just think, in the era of Obama, we’re less respected in the world. The economy is in shambles. And despite their spin, Obamacare is a disaster.

Conservative Christians and tea party members must learn to get strong and spiritually inoculate themselves against false accusations and name-calling.

We are not hateful people. We’re comprised of Americans who care about the country and don’t want to see the values and institutions that helped make this country great destroyed.

Let them call you what they want, just don’t hate them back – and don’t back down!

Jesse Lee Peterson’s book mercilessly exposes popular black “icons” – “Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America”

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