The American Family Association’s David Lane is teaming up with Republican governor Bobby Jindal to remake the face of American politics into the face of Jesus.
David Lane is one of those political strategists almost no one has heard about. A Christian evangelical extremist “kingmaker,” he runs hisÂ American Renewal Project under the auspices of a certified anti-gay hate group, theÂ American Family Association. Lane is intimately connected with many of the top 2016 likely GOP presidential candidates, including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee,Â Mike Pence,Â Rick Santorum, andÂ Bobby Jindal.
True to his AFA roots, last year Lane wroteÂ an op-ed demanding his followers â€œwage war to restore a Christian America” against “the pagan onslaught imposing homosexual marriage.”
And it’s Jindal whom Lane has picked to lead a January 2015 meeting ofÂ â€“ he hopesÂ â€“ 1000 pastors the two will invite to the Republican governor’s home state of Louisiana. Their goal? Reshape the face of American politics, from a secular one to a Christian evangelical one.
Lane, who last year was Rand Paul’s outreach director and has led several missions to Israel with prominent Republicans, includingÂ Sen.Â Paul, sees winningÂ in politics as a numbers game. He reached out to his long email list to lay the groundwork, telling the Washington Times, “the reason I emailed pastors asking them to pray for 30 days is that if they do half as good as my pastor did, if 1,000 pastors in 2016 felt like the Lord was calling them to run for office, and they each had 300 volunteers, then thatâ€™s 300,000 people on the grass-roots level.”
â€œThere are 65 to 80 million evangelical Christians in America, we are going to bring them into the marketplace and into the public square,â€ Lane added. â€œChristians are going to participate in the public square, thatâ€™s what weâ€™re called to do.â€
For Lane the separation of church and state is a one-way street.
â€œThereâ€™s no truth to that, the Constitution says the state is to keep out of the church, it doesnâ€™t say the church is to keep out of the state,â€ Mr. Lane said, adding that secularism is another religion thatâ€™s being imposed on Americans.
â€œItâ€™s just a matter of somebodyâ€™s values are going to reign supreme,â€ Mr. Lane said. â€œItâ€™s just a little minority imposing their values. Itâ€™s part of a spiritual battle. If we are going to survive as a nation, we have to have a spiritual resurrection.â€
â€œWe have a Christian responsibility to engage people and get out the vote,â€ Lane says.Â â€œGovernment is not going to save America. Wall Street is not going to save America. The Republican party is not going to save America. If America is going to be saved it will be done by Christian men and women restoring a Judeo-Christian culture to the country.”
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On the Lamb?: FBI Now Searching for Parents of Michigan Accused High School Shooter – Sheriff Says They’re ‘Missing’
James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of accused high school mass shooter Ethan Crumbley, appear to be “missing,” according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.
Sheriff Bouchard says his office is now searching for the Crumbleys, but they cannot be found and are not returning calls from their attorney.
MSNBC reports the FBI and U.S. Marshals are currently searching for them.
The Crumbleys will face four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter. Their son, Ethan, is facing murder and terrorism charges, in addition to other charges.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald Friday afternoon detailed the alarming note and drawings that led to school administrators summoning the Crumbleys to the school. Among the words on the note, “the thoughts won’t stop help me,” “blood everywhere,” and “The world is dead.”
“So the Crumbleys are missing now?”
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 3, 2021
‘Blood Everywhere’ and ‘The World Is Dead’: Prosecutor Details Accused School Mass Shooter’s Alarming Note
Oakland County, Michigan prosecutor Karen McDonald revealed a teacher was so alarmed by a note she saw on Ethan Crumbley‘s desk the morning of the shooting she took a photo of it with her cell phone and alerted school administrators. Hours later eleven students would be shot. Four of them died.
That note, McDonald revealed, “contained the following: a drawing of a semi-automatic handgun pointing at the words, ‘the thoughts won’t stop help me.’ In another section of the note was a drawing of a bullet with the following words above that bullet: ‘blood everywhere.’ Between the drawing of the gun and the bullet is a drawing of a person who appears to have been shot twice and bleeding. Below that figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji. Further down the drawing are the words, ‘my life is useless,’ and to the right of that are the words, ‘The world is dead.'”
Crumbley, 15, is the accused Oakland High School mass shooter who is now facing murder and terrorism charges and is being charged as an adult. On Friday McDonald announced she is charging his parents with four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter.
“As a result,” of the teacher finding the note, McDonald told reporters, “James and Jennifer Crumbley were immediately summoned to the school. A school counselor came to the classroom and removed the shooter and brought him to the office with his backpack.”
She says the school counselor had obtained the note but Crumbley “had already altered it.”
“The drawings of the gun and the bloody figure were scratched out along with the words ‘help me,’ and ‘my life is useless,’ ‘The world is dead,’ and ‘blood everywhere.’ Those were all altered by him”.
“At the meeting James and Jennifer Crumbley were shown the drawing and were advised that they were required to get their son into counseling within 48 hours. Both James and Jennifer Crumbley failed to ask their son if he had his gun with him, or where his gun was located, and failed to inspect his backpack for the presence of the gun, which he had with him.”
McDonald says the parents “resisted the idea of … their son leaving the school at that time. Instead, James and Jennifer promptly left the high school without their son. He was returned to the classroom.”
The mass shooting began shortly thereafter.
Ethan Crumbley is accused of murdering four of his classmates and wounding seven others. The students who died are Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; and Justin Shilling, 17.
Disturbing update: The Oxford school shooter drew images of a semi-automatic handgun with the note “blood everywhere” the morning of the shooting.
His parents were called to the school and shown the drawing. They refused to remove their son from school. pic.twitter.com/C7qvxUWblR
— The Recount (@therecount) December 3, 2021
Prosecutor Reveals Disturbing Texts, Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Against Parents of Michigan High School Accused Shooter
The parents of 15-year old Ethan Crumbley, the accused Oxford High School mass shooter, have been charged with four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter, CNN reports. The prosecutor also revealed a disturbing text exchange between Crumbley and his mother.
Crumbley, who is being charged as an adult. is accused of murdering four Michigan high school students and wounding seven others in the deadliest school shooting in at least three years. He faces charges including terrorism and murder.
“The semiautomatic handgun recovered in the attack was bought by the suspect’s father on Nov. 26, four days before the shooting, the county sheriff has said,” CNN adds. “Prosecutors are considering information regarding the purchase of the gun and its accessibility and storage, along with other details. The weapon is a 9mm Sig Sauer SP2022 pistol, authorities have said.”
Friday afternoon Oakland County, Michigan, prosecutor Karen McDonald (photo) in a news conference said the charges against Crumbley’s parents are intended to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable,” and to “send a message.”
In a stunning development McDonald told reporters a teacher had caught “Ethan Crumbley searching ‘ammunition’ on his cell phone in class” and reported it to school officials. School officials contacted Crumbley’s mother via a voicemail and via an email “but received no response from either parent.”
“Thereafter,” McDonald continued, “Jennifer Crumbley exchanged text messages with her son on that day, stating: ‘LOL. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.'”
An Oakland County prosecutor says a teacher caught Ethan Crumbley searching ammunition on his cellphone during class, notified administrators, & contacted Crumbley’s parents. His mom wrote to his son, “LOL. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.” pic.twitter.com/CUahR5w4Io
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 3, 2021
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