Charlie Daniels, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter best known for his contributions to country, bluegrass and Southern rock, has made news this week with a suggestion posted on his Twitter account: Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn.
Daniels, whose many awards include his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, has been outspoken on many political issues. His hit song “In America” is a reaction to the 1979-81 Iran Hostage Crisis and the troubled economic conditions at the time. His 2003 book “Ain’t No Rag: Freedom, Family and the Flag” included an Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch,” in support of President George W. Bush’s Iraq policy. In 2009, he openly criticized the Obama Administration for “changing the name of the War on Terror to the ‘Overseas Contingency Operation’ and referring to terrorism as ‘man-caused disasters'”. He is a supporter of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Most recently, in a tweet on March 31, he suggested sanctuary cities where people who don’t pay their taxes can go to avoid the IRS.
Charlie Daniels’ opposition to abortion is most likely a reflection of his deep faith. His Twitter page is peppered with Scriptures and prayers, interspersed with his political posts and concert promotions. The songs he’s written have often mentioned the Bible and church, and he’s recorded many Gospel favorites including “I Saw the Light” and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” as well as “I’ll Fly Away” and “Nothing But the Blood.” He publicly gives glory to God for the opportunities and success he’s found along the way.
In a 2014 interview with Tiffany Jothen published on the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusade, Daniels talks about his priorities: “My priorities,” he says, “are God, family, country and work. I don’t always succeed, but I try to keep those as my most important things in my life.”
Daniels remembers when prayer was taken out of schools decades ago and said “if it had stopped right there, that would’ve been bad enough.” But now, he continued, he has seen so many examples of people removing God from their lives that he fears where the nation is headed.
“If America don’t get God back into our daily lives and into our politics and into everything we do, we ain’t gonna make it. We’ve gone too far in the other direction,” he said. “We’ve tried everything else. We’ve tried every kind of sensual satisfaction. … We’ve tried following people who we thought had the answer.” But in the end, he said, “God is the only real help we’ve got.”
His memoir “Never Look at the Empty Seats” is scheduled for release in October.
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