Stephen Broden

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Stephen Broden
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Born (1952-04-11) April 11, 1952 (age 62)
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Political Commentator and Pastor
Known for Candidate for U.S. Congress, Pundit, Professor, and Preacher

Stephen Broden is a former Republican political candidate from the state of Texas in the 30th congressional district (map) for the United States House of Representatives.[1] He was defeated by Democratic incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson. Broden is a businessman, political commentator, former professor, and an activist for pro-life causes.

Education[edit]

Broden graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor and then a Master of Arts degree in Communication, and he later studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Arts in Bible Studies.[2]

He served as an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Baptist University from 1990 to 1992 and spent 10 years in the private sector at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Human Resources. He has been a business owner of several self-serve car wash facilities, and has also worked as a newscaster, disc jockey, and radio broadcaster. Currently he is a co-host on the radio program Life and Liberty for KSKY, 660 AM and is also a radio broadcaster of One-Minute "thought of the day" commentaries on this station.[2]

Career[edit]

Broden founded the Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in 1987 and serves as its Senior Pastor.[3] He has served as President of the Fair Park Friendship Center for over 18 years and as its Executive Director for over 11 years.[4] The center provides assistance to the community's "inner-city" families, including a clothing store and back-to-school rally where children from neighborhood families are provided with donated school supplies and family counseling.[5]

Broden advocates in the Fair Park and South Dallas areas for economic opportunity, improved access to education, and against abortion. He is a spokesman for the black pro-life movement in Dallas and a contributor to blackprolifemovement.blogspot.com. He is a founder of Ebony Berean, an organization whose mission includes informing African-American Pastors of the "Culture War".[6]

He is a speaker for the Tea Party movement[7][8] and advocates for a return to what he considers proper Constitutional principles in government and the Judeo-Christian values that he claims undergird the founding of the United States of America.[9] He supports an individual's right to bear arms, which he claims emanates from the Second Amendment, and a broad conception of the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Broden has been a recurring political commentator on Fox News Channel, including appearances on the Glenn Beck show.[10][11]

He was awarded “Champion of the Republican Party” by the NRCC Business Advisory Council Texas and has also received the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal Award. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Republican Precinct Chairman in DeSoto, Texas.[12]

2010 election[edit]

On March 2, 2010, Broden won the plurality of votes, in a three-way Republican primary election for the U.S. House in Texas's 30th congressional district, with 46.6%.[13] On April 13, 2010 he won the Republican Primary runoff election, with 67.5% of the votes, and became the 2010 Republican candidate for the November general election.[14]

In October 2010 Broden was accused of saying that the current federal government was "tyrannical" and suggested violent overthrow could not be ruled out if there was not a "change in leadership" resulting from the November elections during an interview with a local Dallas Television Station.[15]

Johnson ended up defeating Broden by a margin of over 54%. Johnson had the largest margin of victory of any Democrat running for the U.S. House in Texas in 2010.

Pro life[edit]

Broden argued[16] [17] for continuation of artificial life support for the body of Marlise Munoz and led a vigil outside the Texas hospital where her body was kept on artificial life support.[18] She was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious in November, possibly from a blood clot and subsequently died from brain death.[19] Prior to her death she had indicated that she would not like to be kept artificially alive if brain dead.[20] The fetus had suffered from oxygen deprivation and was suspected to be non-viable. Fetus' lower extremities were deformed to the extent that the gender couldn't be determined. Fetus also had fluid building up inside the skull (Hydrocephalus) and possibly had a heart problem.[21] [22] [23] A 2002 study estimated the cost for an ICU bed in an average U.S. hospital is $2,000 to $3,000 per day.[24] An attorney who had helped rewrite the Texas state law being used to keep her body on life support at John Peter Smith Hospital said that there was a problem with the application of the law to a patient that was no longer alive.[25] Her husband Eric, with the support of her family, successfully sued the hospital for withdrawing treatment.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Broden has lived in the Dallas, Texas area for more than 30 years and is married to Donna W. Broden. They have three children: Jamaal, 32, Maia, 30, and Stephenie, 25.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broden for Congress Official Site
  2. ^ a b "Pastor Stephen Broden: Life and Liberty". Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Note from the Pastor at Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church
  4. ^ Point of View Radio Talk Show
  5. ^ Fair Park Friendship Center/After School Program
  6. ^ Dallas County Young Republicans Official Site
  7. ^ Stephen Broden Inspired Tea Party Express Patriots
  8. ^ 9/12, Tea Party Groups Plan Rallies Throughout Dallas Area
  9. ^ Constitutionalist Pastor Stephen Broden's Political Star Rising
  10. ^ Glenn Beck Issues Challenge to America's Pastors
  11. ^ Glenn Beck: What Would Martin Luther King Think of America Today?
  12. ^ Project Vote Smart
  13. ^ Office of the Secretary of State 2010 Republican Party Primary Election Night Returns
  14. ^ 2010 Primary Runoff Elections
  15. ^ Mason, Melanie (2010-10-22). "Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on the table'". The Dallas Morning News. 
  16. ^ "Family cries as judge rules Munoz off life support". USA Today. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  17. ^ HANKINS, LAMAR (15 January 2014). "Freethought San Marcos: Religion corrupts advance directives and medical care". San Marcos Mercury. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Sulenger, Cheryl. "Pro-Life Rally Will Support “Dead” Mom Who Could Save Her Unborn Baby’s Life". LifeNews.com. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Dart, Tom (24 January 2014). "Texas hospital acknowledges brain-dead status of pregnant woman". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Luscombe, Belinda. "Why the Dad Has No Say in Tragic Texas Brain Death Case". Time. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  21. ^ Denson, Ryan. "‘Pro-Life’ Conservatives Using Government to Force Brain-Dead Woman’s Pregnancy". occupydemocrats.com. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  22. ^ Bazelon, Emily. "Brain-Dead Marlise Munoz’s Fetus Is “Distinctly Abnormal.” Please, Texas, Let This Nightmare End". Slate.com. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Brain-dead Tarrant woman's fetus is 'distinctly abnormal,' attorneys say". The Associated Press/ The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  24. ^ JOHN M. LUCE, GORDON D. RUBENFELD (2002). "Can Health Care Costs Be Reduced by Limiting Intensive Care at the End of Life?". American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 165 (6): 750-754. doi:10.1164/ajrccm.165.6.2109045. PMID 11897638. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  25. ^ Max B. Baker and Elizabeth Campbell. "Texas law didn’t anticipate Muñoz case, drafters say". star telegram. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Family cries as judge rules Munoz off life support". USA Today. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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