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The Christian Vote

The CDA district lost 10% of their students during the 2020-21 school year!

Christian Vote

The Christian Vote

Analyzing The Turnout and The Issues

By Bob Shillingstad

This past election was called by many as “the most important election of our lifetime”. We’ve heard that before and maybe it is true. There is no doubt that if you are a Christian you have felt the insanity in our government and our culture. If this election was about voting for sanity perhaps it was the most important of our lifetime. About 80% of Republican registered voters according to Pew Research say they are Christians, compared with about half of Democratic voters. In turn, Democratic voters are much more likely than GOP voters to identify as religiously unaffiliated (38% vs 15%).

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Dante’s Inferno

Why do we bring this up after the election? I believe we are in not only a political battle but a spiritual battle. We are facing demonic forces that are in our face and the events of the past few years have ripped the mask off of the enemy and in many ways as Pogo said, “He is us”. Voting results on Tuesday told us that California, Michigan and Vermont voters decided to enshrine the killing of babies in their respective constitutions. A proposed vote in Kansas earlier that would have removed the right to baby killing was defeated and now more states are gearing up for ballot initiatives in 2024 to protect this gruesome procedure. My Faith Votes says one in three Christians do not vote consistently.

The political battle extends to our schools and what is being taught and how that affects our young people. We know that for decades our children have been in these government indoctrination centers learning that all of creation came about through billions of years of evolution. A lie from the pit of hell and yet we not only accept the lie but do little in our homes to counteract it. A recent book by Eric Metaxas called Is Atheism Dead takes this subject head on and destroys every argument. A recommended read and a great gift to children and grand-children.

Now of course the intellectual ruling class has, along with corporate media, told us that we might not be the sex we were created with. We can transgender through drugs and surgery. The libraries and schools have reinforced this with books and curriculum for children as you young as pre-schoolers. Drag queen performances are to lauded and encouraged for the entire family. North Idaho libraries and schools are not exempt from this onslaught.

Parents are to keep quiet and mind their own business. We saw this during the Chinese Covid flu pandemic. Hundreds of parents in 2020-21 pleaded with the school district to not require masks, shots and disruption to education. The scientific studies showed that there was no reason for these measures, young people were neither vectors or victims of this outbreak. They were treated like terrorists and troublemakers.

In fact the National School Board Association sent a letter to President Biden that asked for the full power of the Federal Government to be used against anyone with an alternate opinion. Citing an increase in “acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials,” the letter stated that “the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” It pleaded for help from a variety of federal agencies, including the FBI Counterterrorism Division. The CDA district lost 10% of their students during the 2020-21 school year!

The battle against people of faith won’t stop there. This past week the Coeur d’Alene School Supt. Shon Hocker has taken it upon himself to tell the CDA schools that they will be halting the use of Skate Plaza for fundraising in the future until an investigation is completed. Dr. Hocker has not brought up his boycott against Skate Plaza to the board in a public setting. Candlelight Church owns and operates Skate Plaza for the community use and Pastor Paul VanNoy has been outspoken on political issues including school funding levies. Dr. Hocker’s objections, however, according to his statement was that they “played Christian music”.

I talked to Pastor Van Noy about the objections and he told me that, “Yes we play Christian music and other instrumental music without lyrics, much like the Kroc Center”. He then said he called Dr. Hocker when he heard about his objections and told him that if groups rent the facility they are welcome to bring their own instrumental music. He then invited Dr. Hocker to meet for lunch and they set a date. At a subsequent board meeting Dr. Hocker reiterated his boycott and mentioned nothing about Pastor Van Noy’s invitation. Another example of animus towards Christians. That is why during the “pandemic” they closed churches but not liquor stores. I guess people would have stormed the liquor stores! Only if we had that same boldness.

Christians, if possible, need to put their children in a Christian or charter school or best of all, home-schooling. Now that the election is over encourage your legislator to adopt a voucher program similar to Arizona and other states.

Educate yourself about the North Idaho College trustee board issues. We have some brave people on that board. The Hagadone newspaper and other corporate entities dumped tens of thousands of dollars to mimic and trick voters into voting for a slate of liberals who have no use for truth or Christian principles in education or life. Become educated and don’t let them do this again. Stand for truth, the spiritual fight isn’t over.

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