God, Faith And American Exceptionalism

William J. Federer speaking in Buffalo, NY. (Photo by Alex Boutakov Photography LLC)

Promoter David Carapetyan brings best-selling author and speaker, William J. Federer, to Buffalo, NY

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David and Donna Carapetyan. (Photo by Alex Boutakov Photography LLC)

By Pat Shea

Despite being an events promoter, David Carapetyan, of Tonawanda, New York, doesn’t like to be in the limelight. He’d rather give that spot to other people; people like nationally acclaimed author and speaker, William J. Federer.

Carapetyan feels that Federer has the answers that many people are looking for today, which is why Carapetyan not only decided to invite Federer to the Buffalo area but is personally funding the endeavor.

Why Federer? William J. Federer has authored over 30 books with compelling titles that include, Miracles in American History: 32 Amazing Stories of Answered Prayer; The Original 13-A Documentary History of Religion in America’s First Thirteen States; The Ten Commandments and Their Influence in American Law; Backfired-A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance No Longer Tolerates Religion and Three Secular Reasons Why America Should Be Under God.

Federer also has an impressive biography. In addition to being a prolific writer, Federer has run for Congress; is the president of Amerisearch, Inc; hosts a television show, His Faith in History, which broadcasts on TCT network stations and DirectTV; has appeared on numerous national television news programs; and hosts a popular daily radio feature, American Minute, which is broadcasted across the country.

“Bill is very knowledgeable and has a good sense of humor when he presents a topic,” explained Carapetyan in a recent interview. “That helps because people need to be educated. People need to wake up. The public has been asleep for a long time, but I see a new awakening of the American public out there. The people have power, the problem is they just don’t know what to do with this power. It is my hope that Bill can help them understand how to make their voices heard.”

Federer, in a recent interview, explained he hopes he can help others understand the connection between the founding of the United States and the role that God and faith has played in it.

“I’ve written several books on American history and the Christian contribution,” stated Federer. “Among those books is Who is the King in America? And Who Are the Counselors to the King? An Overview of 6,000 Years of History and Why America is Unique. For that book, I researched every civilization on the planet to see what type of government was most common. From the earliest writings which were on clay tablets to when history was actually recorded sometime around 3,000 BC, the most common form of government was [a ruling king]. The names change throughout history [depending on geographics] and instead of ‘king’ a ruler may be known as a pharaoh or a sultan, but the function remained the same. The power was concentrated into the hands of one person. It was a pyramid structure with the king at the top. If you were friends with the king, your life was good. If you fell at the bottom of the pyramid, your life wasn’t so great. And as the kingdoms grew bigger as the centuries increased, the king basically became a glorified gang leader,” explained Federer.

According to Federer this changed when Moses presented the Ten Commandments to the Hebrews.

“Moses comes down from the mountain with the law written in 22 characters on tablets. It was easy to understand, even children could learn it, “stated Federer. “Everyone was taught the law, and people followed the law because they were held accountable not to man, but to God. This created something in their heads called a conscience, and once everyone believed they were accountable to God, it created a safety,” explained Federer.

This citizen dependent model of government worked in Israel for 400 years, and it was this model that the founding fathers used when establishing the governmental structure for America.

“When it came time to determine how American should be governed, instead of the king/ruler model, the founding fathers ‘flipped the script’ and referred back to the Hebrew Republic citizen dependent model which was in use by congressional pastors in order to govern the churches,” said Federer.

This new way of thinking (or revived old way) shifted the power from one ruler to the people.

“Instead of the king dictating rules to the people, they were empowered as individuals with God-given rights. When you look back at 6,000 years of history you can see the sense in this model but [Americans] tend to take [the empowerment] for granted,” explained Federer.

A mutual love of history

Carapetyan, an Armenian American who grew up in the Tonawanda area, and Federer, who now resides in Florida, share a common love for history.

“I had a Christian upbringing and was always interested in the history and heritage of Armenia,” explained Carapetyan. “[It is believed] that Armenia was the first Christian nation. It was [in Armenia] that Noah built the ark and it’s where the flood waters first started. In fact,” laughs Carapetyan “Armenians are considered to be the grandchildren of Noah.”

Federer grew up with a father who was an attorney and a historian.

“I grew up visiting Indian reservations, civil war battlefields and a host of other historical locations,” stated Federer. “The importance of it didn’t really make sense to me then, until I became a Christian. It’s like when you look at a corn field straight on, it looks like it was planted without a particular plan in mind. But if you look at it from an angle, you see how the rows line up and it all makes sense. It’s the same as looking at history and religion. You can view it from a secular point of view, and you don’t see the impact of Christianity, but look at it from a Judea-Christian perspective, you see thought, order and reason. When that happened to me, history became fascinating,” stated Federer.

Bringing Federer to Buffalo

Carapetyan’s journey to sponsoring Federer is an interesting one. A self-professed “Jack-of-all-trades,” Carapetyan has had several interesting careers (some ongoing) including professionally playing cello in a philharmonic orchestra, becoming a classical music critic, pursing an acting career in film, writing and developing software for mechanical and electrical engineers.

One day, while flipping through television channels Carapetyan came across William Federer’s program, Faith in History. He was instantly intrigued. The more Federer spoke, the more Carapetyan knew he had to find a way to bring the speaker to Buffalo to educate others.

“My concern is that people aren’t paying attention the way they should be these days,” stated Carapetyan. “Every church should be screaming from the rafters that the rapture is coming. We know [the rapture] is supposed to happen, and we’re right on schedule for it, but people need to understand this. They need to be clued in on what’s happening. These days we are all too busy — too busy surviving, too busy having our families, too busy making sure the streets are plowed — we forget we have power. We forget that the government ultimately works for us. And it’s the job of every citizen to watch the government and prevent one power from taking over the masses. That’s how our founding fathers set up our republic in the first place,” stated Carapetyan.

Carapetyan began to think of plan how he could get Federer to the Buffalo area and promote the event, although he is quick to point out, he’s not a conventional type of promoter.

“I only promote events that I like,” laughed Carapetyan. “And I not only liked Bill, I found him fascinating. So, I decided to fund his speaking engagement myself. I felt it would be quicker to bring an expert to the people than wait for them to find him or a church to sponsor him.”

Federer’s speech in Tonawanda focuses on the role faith has played in the history of this country.

“When I was researching my first book, America’s God and Country,” I spent years reading through an enormous amount of documents,” stated Federer. “I read through founding documentation and the colonial charters and I was amazed at the references of faith in these official documents. These days, it’s an area that mostly gets skipped over. We all know the term ‘One Nation Under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance and we know ‘In God We Trust’ is on our money, but most Americans don’t realize that every president declared days of prayer and fasting. It was something they called for on a continual basis. These presidents weren’t just praying to God, they were officially asking the country to do so as well.”

Those interested in finding out what happened following these instances of collective prayer across the country, can find the answers in Federer’s book, Miracles in American History: 32 Amazing Stories of Answered Prayer.

“I am really hoping people come out and support this event. That’s why we made it so affordable,” stated Carapetyan.

Coming soon Indiana Jones

So, what’s next on Carapetyan’s promotional event wish list for speakers?

“I hope to be able to bring Bob Cornuke, a biblical investigator to our area, in the near future,” stated Carapetyan.

Robert Cornuke is a former police investigator and SWAT team member, as well as a best-selling author of nine books. He has traveled the world participating in over 50 expeditions searching for lost locations as described in the Bible, including the search for Noah’s ark, the search for Mount Sinai and the search for the Apostle Paul’s shipwreck.

Bob has appeared on the National Geographic Channel, all the major networks, the History Channel and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. He is the president of the Bible Archeology Search and Exploration (BASE) Institute located in Colorado. He also serves as the special advisor for the National Council on Bible Curriculum in public schools and has conducted a Bible study for the President’s staff at the White House.

“Bob has explored so many places using the Bible as his actual road map,” stated Carapetyan. “I know people would find him just as fascinating as Bill. He is often described as the ‘Real-life Indiana Jones,” but personally, I think he’s a lot more interesting than Harrison Ford,” laughed Carapetyan.

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For more information on William Federer, visit www.americanminute.com. For more information on Robert Cornuke, visit www.baseinstitute.org.

To get in touch with David Carapetyan e-mail at DavidWCarapetyan@hotmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/DavidWCarapetyanActorWriterPromoter