Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Carole King’s Downbeat Message for Dem Donors

In a fundraising email currently being distributed by the campaign of empty-suit Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, legendary singer-songwriter Carole King has been recruited to plead with potential donors to contribute to the effort to “BEAT TRUMP by the wide margin we need!” The margin must be wide, you see, because President Trump has what King claims is a “history of lying and cheating his way to victory,” so he must lose decisively in order to make Biden’s mandate for the far-left fundamental transformation of America clear. But in fact, it is the Democrats who will have to cheat to win this November – hence their desperate push for voting-by-mail – and King’s downbeat fundraising plea is indicative of the reason why.

Carole King, as anyone alive in the latter half of the 20th century knows, was an enormously successful songwriter and recording artist back in that quaint era when the pop music industry was teeming with talented people who could write memorable melodies and meaningful lyrics, and actually play instruments and sing. You may recall that she scored a monster hit album with 1971’s Tapestry, which included Grammy-winning singles such as “You’ve Got a Friend” and “It’s Too Late.”

As the industry increasingly embraced the degraded and degrading genre of gangster rap and promoted female performers who are essentially glamorized strippers, King’s star waned, and she gradually shifted, as stars tend to do, into left-wing political activism – primarily environmentalism, in her case. Along the way, she lent her celebrity support to Democrat presidential hopefuls such as John Kerry (who seems to have a thing for Old School singer-songwriters; remember the awkward moment when he introduced soporific crooner James Taylor to sing King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” in Paris to help the French heal from the Charlie Hebdo massacre?). She even made a short speech and performed at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

In the election years after that, King was the wrong color and generation to provide any cultural cachet for candidate Barack Obama, who instead recruited former drug dealer Jay-Z Carter and his ghetto-fabulous wife BeyoncĂ© to lure young voters. But King is more Biden’s speed, so now she is back with the aforementioned heartfelt but uninspiring fundraising request, which she begins by writing, “I’m just going to say it: The Republican National Convention is nauseating,” replete as it is with “Republican sycophants parroting Trump talking points.”

Friday, August 14, 2020

Defying Caesar

Last month, tyrannical California Governor Gavin Newsom renewed his statewide, draconian coronavirus lockdown, which includes the order that churches must cease all indoor activities. (The “peaceful protesters” of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, presumably, may continue to riot freely without social distancing restrictions).

Pastor Greg Fairrington, the leader of the 3,500-member Destiny Christian Church outside Sacramento, is defying this threat to religious liberty by continuing to hold in-person services. “If we don’t take a stand, all we’re doing is kicking the can down the road and we will be having the same conversations in three weeks, six weeks, six months, or even a year from now," Fairrington told Fox News. “We need to collectively take a stand and say, ‘We are the church, and we have a biblical and First Amendment right to worship together.’”

“Our mandate is to obey the Word of God, and worship is a part of what we do as a church corporately," Fairrington wrote in a statement. “As we pull together as a community, we choose to live in faith over fear. Just like our currency states, our founders pledged, and our churches believe: In God We Trust.”

Fairrington also urged other pastors to defy the lockdown as well. “It is time for pastors to open up their doors and let people come to church again,” he had told his congregation just prior to the latest lockdown. “With all due respect, if you think our governor is going to relent — if you think he’s going to be nice to church someday, you are fooling yourself. This is just the beginning of where he wants to take the church.”

The pastor graciously took time to answer some questions for FrontPage Mag.

Mark Tapson:           Pastor Fairrington, you find yourself at the center of a political controversy, but prior to this, would you have said your preaching ever turns political? In other words, politics and “social justice” concerns are a big part of some churches’ focus – would you say that’s the case with Destiny Church?   

Greg Fairrington:   At Destiny, our focus is pursuing the presence of God. We do not pursue controversy or confrontation for the sake of it. We pursue Jesus, and wherever that takes us, we do not shy away from it.

MT:     How did the first coronavirus lockdown affect Destiny Church and your work there?