‘Free America Tour’ with Charlie Kirk Coming to Local Political Candidate’s Church
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News story by Cassy Benefield
Turning Point USA and its “Free America Tour” with Charlie Kirk will be coming to Spokane on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. to Valley Assembly, the church Spokane County Commissioner District 4 candidate Paul Brian Noble pastors.
Read our story about County Commissioner candidate, Pastor Brian Noble, here.
TPUSA was founded in 2012 by Kirk, author of the 2020 book “Maga Doctrine: The Only Ideas That Will Win the Future.”
TPUSA’s tagline on its webpage is to “play offense with a sense of urgency to win America’s culture war,” with the key focus on college campuses and K-12 classrooms. Together with its two-year-old offshoot, TPUSA Faith, these organizations put on events all across the country.
TPUSA Faith is driven by the sense, that “the biblical values upon which our nation was founded are eroding at a frightening pace – and millions of Americans are desperate to see them restored.”
As such, this part of Kirk’s organization is to “engage, equip, and empower millions of grateful Americans who are prepared to defend [their] God-given rights, by giving them the tools to expose lies and articulate the connection between Faith and Freedom.”
For Noble, the biblical values he wants to see restored is in the separation of powers our founders created, which he views things like “executive orders,” whether enacted by the governor of a state or the president of the U.S., as against that principle.
“In other words, you don’t have a king. We don’t live in a theocracy, but [when] we have a separation of powers, we experience the most freedom,” said Noble.
This is not something Kirk espouses today, according to Matthew Boedy in his article “Ten Years of Turning Point USA: From Free Markets to Freedom Square” for Political Research Associates, publisher of Religious Dispatches.
“While once Kirk vowed to never politicize his religion … he now says the church should accept its rightful role as counselor to and more authority of government,” he wrote.
Later in the same article, Boedy writes, “at the February 2020 CPAC convention, Kirk offered his most public endorsement of Christian nationalism yet when he praised Trump as a president who understands the ‘seven mountains of cultural influence’: a term frequently used by Christian nationalists to refer to various areas of society that adherents believe Christians are entitled to control as they take ‘Dominion’ over culture and laws on behalf of God.”
Noble said he does not believe Christian nationalist ideology, using the Crusades as an example, saying that was a “horrible idea.”
“Anytime the government does what the church is supposed to do. We’ve gotten into trouble. Anytime the church does what the government is supposed to do. We’ve gotten into trouble, just go through history,” said Noble.
Still Noble agrees with enough of TPUSA and TPUSA Faith’s positions to see no problem hosting their events at his church.
“We don’t financially support them, but we are having them come and we’re going to be supportive,” said Noble.
The “Free America Tour” will be the second TPUSA event hosted at Valley Assembly.
In July, Noble’s church hosted TPUSA Faith’s “Freedom Night in America,” featuring Rob McCoy and special guest Sean Feucht, who is one of the top 20 false prophets of Christian nationalism, according to Faithful America’s “False Prophets Don’t Speak for Me” website.
Cassandra Benefield mostly goes by Cassy (pronounced like Cassie but spelled with a ‘y’). She is a wife and mommy, who married at the age of 37 and had her baby girl just shy of 39. She has moved around all her life, first as an Army brat. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer to Romania where she taught Conversational English, Modern Literature, Creative Writing, U.S. Culture, U.S. Geography, and U.S. History (the last two subjects she was so not qualified to teach!). She is a Journalism major from Cal Poly Technical University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She finds much comfort in her Savior, Jesus Christ, and considers herself a Bible nerd who is prone to buy more theology books than she is ever able to read. Morro Bay, California, is her favorite place on earth … with the exception of being in the center of God’s will. From time to time, you will find her writing devotions on her blog underhisshadow.blogspot.com.