Monday, August 06, 2018

Who’s Next after Alex Jones?

View PhotographsFirst they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


There is a modern day version of this Martin Niemöller quote:

First they came for to the Alex Jones types and I did not speak out - because I was not an Alex Jones type.

Then they came for the the Trump supporters, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Trump supporter.

Then they came for the Conservatives and Christians, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Conservative or Christian.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

Who is “they” in this modern version of Niemoller’s quote?

“They” is the troika of Google, Facebook, and Apple:  The big three of internet domination – among others.  These near-monopolies of internet communications have now gone full bore in defining their own jaded version of “hate speech.”  Their version has become:  Whatever political or social ideology they don’t agree with.  They don’t agree with Alex Jones or his web site “Infowars”, so they ban it.  More HERE

How far will these monopolies go to censor speech they don’t agree with.  All the way, apparently.

Is it a coincidence that all of these platforms acted in concert, on the same day, to black out Infowars?  Is Infowars correct?  Is there a “conspiracy.”  Sure looks like it.

And Twitter is just as guilty.  An employee, Sarah Jeong, who now works for the New York Times, posted these racist tweets against whites on Twitter:

A black Conservative, Candace Owens, published the same racist rants on Twitter, but substituted the words “Blacks” for “Whites” and her account was locked out while Sarah’s remained.   Bias much?

Google the name Sarah Jeong and you will find all kinds of defense for “her right” to be racist.

Of course you are familiar with “affirmative action”.  This federal program has been used to discriminate against whites in the areas of housing, jobs, and education for several decades.  Now we have a new twist on affirmative action:  Hate Speech.  It is OK for blacks to be racist against whites on social and news media.  But not the other way around.  That is how affirmative action works.

So, if you are a Conservative, a Christian, a Constitutionalist, a Libertarian, or anyone who disagrees with liberals, progressives, socialists, Communists, or Islam, woe to you if you attempt to express your thoughts on Facebook, Apple, Twitter, of Google social media platforms.

I am familiar with the unbridled, unabashed bias of the media.  I have been banned by the far left distorted news network ABC now for several months.  I view their 6:30 news only to motivate myself by their incessant anti-Trump bias – to learn how the “other side” operates.  And it ain’t pretty.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Traitor Republicans Bash Trump’s Summit Comments

I can understand uber-liberal media like ABC News (who banished me from posting comments on their news site) trashing Trump’s performance at the Trump/Putin Summit in Helsinki, Finland today.

I can even understand McCain, the chief Republican Trump trasher doing his predictable trashing.

But Newt Gingrich and most other Republicans I do not understand.

First, here is the transcript of what led to the insane media outrage over Trump’s comments.  Note the parts that pertain to “who do you believe”:

REPORTER, AP: President Trump, you first. Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. My first question for you sir is, who do you believe? My second question is would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you want him to never do it again?

TRUMP: So let me just say that we have two thoughts. You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server. Why haven't they taken the server? Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee?

I've been wondering that. I've been asking that for months and months and I've been tweeting it out and calling it out on social media. Where is the server? I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying?

With that being said, all I can do is ask the question.

My people came to me, Dan Coates, came to me and some others they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia.

I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be. But I really do want to see the server but I have, I have confidence in both parties.

I really believe that this will probably go on for a while but I don't think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server. What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC?

Where are those servers? They're missing. Where are they? What happened to Hillary Clinton's emails? 33,000 emails gone, just gone. I think in Russia they wouldn't be gone so easily.

I think it's a disgrace that we can't get Hillary Clinton's thirty three thousand e-mails.

I have great confidence in my intelligence people but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today and what he did is an incredible offer.

He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators, with respect to the 12 people. I think that's an incredible offer. Ok? Thank you.

We heard comments from Trump’s foes that he is a traitor, that Putin has something on Trump, that he was badly beaten by Putin, and more.

But what did Republicans say?  “Shameful, bizarre.”

And Newt Gingrich tweeted:

President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately.

I have to add, with friends like that, who needs enemies?

HERE IS AN ARTCILE from “Russia Today” (state propaganda media) on the US POLITICAL response to Trump’s summit comments.

And HERE is a response from Ron Paul, one of the very few positive US comments, also courtesy of Russia Today (not reported by mainstream US media).

Thankfully, there are many on Newt’s Twitter site who see the forest for the trees and aren’t as quick to crucify Trump as the Republican military complex Trump-haters are.

Here are a few examples:

Stonewall Jackson‏ @1776Stonewall

Replying to @newtgingrich

People like you and your Fox News cronies just handed the Democrats a huge victory today, and might have cost us the midterms - and for nothing. Trump did nothing wrong. Give yourself a hand

American Dean ™️ ‏ @SonicDeanBoom 13m13 minutes ago

He damaged NOTHING! Never TRUMPERS are out in droves right now? Is this planned?

David D ‏ @luckydbldd 11m11 minutes ago


AMERICAN WOMAN‏ @SuzanneMoroz1 34m34 minutes ago

Replying to @newtgingrich

Not agreeing with you this time. OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAS NEVER LOOKED AT DNC COMPUTERS. A THIRD PARTY DID. HOW CAN THEY MAKE A DECISION IT WAS RUSSIA. SINCE WHEN DO THEY TAKE THE WORD OF A THIRD PARTY!!

Julie Cappiello‏ @julie_cappiello 31m31 minutes ago

So true. Apples and pears trump was talking about Hillary’s emails not the internet crap get real

What should we make of the Republicans and even those who allegedly support Trump?  They are deeply in bed with the “deep state”, the “swamp”, the “military industrial complex”, whatever label you would like to apply to the status quo  - those who make their living off of fear and the perpetuation of enemy status of nations.

Trump is truly an outsider, even to his “allies.”

The Muslim loving John Brennan, former CIA Director under traitor Obama,  proclaimed Trump a traitor and encouraged his cabinet to resign.  Here is what else he posted:

Here is the slippery part, and this is not new.  Some anti-Trumpers are (and have been) suggesting or asserting that Trump is not just a naïve stooge of Russia, but he is a Russian plant, and Putin is his handler.  HERE is the result of a Google search under “Is Trump Controlled by Russia.”  See for yourself.

Before the Summit, here is a headline from New York magazine: 

Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?

If this piece of rumor and innuendo gains traction, we are in for a messy civil war sooner than anyone has predicted.  I can see a reverse of the 50’s and 60’s House Un-American Activities Commission’s hunt for Communists among us.  (by the way – Joseph McCarthy was right.) 

The liberals and conservative have switched roles.  The liberals have historically been the the real Communist sympathizers and enablers.   They are now calling the conservatives, namely Trump, the Communist sympathizer and enabler.  That’s particularly strange since the United States has journeyed further to the left in the last 50 years to become more Russia-like with our over-involved, over-bearing Federal government, and Russia has made more strides to become significantly freer than before.

Trump recognizes these changes.  Most of Washington does not.

It is past time to wake up.  But the leftists will do everything in their power, both legal and illegal, both peacefully and violently, to maintain the hostile status quo.

If there is a significant action among the left and their Republican allies to eliminate Trump from office for these or other excuses, all hell will most certainly break loose.

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BONUS:  Pat Buchannan’s article titled “Trump Called Off Cold War II” HERE.   http://www.wnd.com/2018/07/trump-calls-off-cold-war-ii/

Monday, June 11, 2018

Media as “god”; the people of the nations be damned–the Tommy Robinson example

I came across a telling, arrogant statement from an Associated Press (AP) article about the Trump/Kim summit.  The context of the following quote is the means of Kim’s flight from North Korea to Singapore…

By prominently showing the Air China jet that flew Kim to Singapore, the reports also made no secret of China’s important role behind the scenes. That might not bode so well for Trump, who has expressed some concern about China’s influence.

Not “it might not bode well for the United States” or “it might not bode well for the American people” but it might not bode well for Trump.  The AP depicts this as a Trump versus China thing, caring not at all about the impact on the American people.  They portray Trump as being “out there”, alone, without the support of his nation.

The media, in this case the AP, targets Trump, ignoring the fact that he represents the United States and the American people.  This might seem like a small nit to pick, but it represents the air of superiority and arrogance of the media and its incessant piling on Trump.  These same types of innuendos and slights are legion in most US media – a media that considers itself “world” media; or perhaps more to the point, “god media”, a detached and aloof god at that.

Tommy Robinson,  who for 10 years has been the voice of truth about the Islamic threat in Great Britain, recognizes the huge disconnect between “the people” of his nation and the media/ruler class elite who work hard at suppressing the truth.  In Britain, both the media and government aggressively suppress the truth about Islam and Muhammad to the extent that they jail people who contradict the government line that “Islam is a benign religion of piece”  and that Muhammad was a peace-loving spiritual leader.  And the British media, for the most part, go along with these lies.  Robinson was jailed several times by British authorities for warning about Islam (often under different pretexts) and has been unjustly jailed again for reporting on a court hearing for yet another Islamic terrorist.

In the following video Elsa (who has interviewed dozens of outspoken truthtellers about Islam) interviews Tommy Robinson where he describes the huge disconnect between “the people” and the British government and media.  Together the British government and media suppress the truth of Islam, not giving a damn about the destruction of neighborhoods and communities brought about by their insane immigration policies.  This same problem applies in the US.

More on Tommy Robinson from Elsa…

On May 23rd, I interviewed Tommy Robinson: on people who say it's too late, on himself at 18, on the many lessons he's learned, on some people saying he has the making of a great Prime Minister. Everything looked great. Two days later, on May 25th, the word went out: he had been arrested again. This time, it was for (supposedly) disturbing the peace. He was going about his business of being a reporter - not on the side of those in power.

His arrest brings up thoughts of people like Gandhi and Mandela. Gandhi was arrested over and over. Mandela (unlike Tommy, a true danger) spent 27 years in prison. Both spoke out against those in power, and both demanded change.
Tommy has previously spent 22 weeks in solitary confinement - his choice, to increase his chances of staying alive while being held among violent Islamic offenders, including Islamic murderers. Not a good place to be, when you care about, and speak out about, indigenous British girls targeted by Islamic "grooming" gangs.

There are major differences between Gandhi, Mandela and Tommy. Gandhi was a lawyer - well educated. Mandela was the son of a tribal leader - a prince, one might say.

Tommy is working class. In fact, the mainstream media has smeared him for his class background, for instance as a football hooligan.

The largest difference is that Mandela was arrested for his involvement in major terrorism, with massive amounts of bomb-making material; and he never spoke out against this or against terrorism; instead he kept close to the ANC (the group he was tied to), despite the horrific murders done by ANC people in the name of the ANC. Gandhi was also initially involved in violent activities. (For more on Mandela and Gandhi, search out Stefan Molyneux' excellent videos on The Truth about Mandela, and The Truth about Gandhi.)

Unlike Mandela and Gandhi, from the beginning Tommy has always been for peaceful protest.

He has also always been openly and strongly against racism as well as homophobia - against discrimination against individuals.

His protest has always been against an ideology, Islamic ideology - because Islamic ideology, as expressed repeatedly in the Quran, is against Western human rights and freedoms. It upholds, for instance, violence against non-Islamic people (such as vulnerable indigenous British girls). He has also always been against behaviors that violate human rights - like the "grooming" of indigenous British girls by largely Islamic rape gangs, and like the inaction, for decades, of the police, social workers and government officials.

However, while there are differences between Mandela, Gandhi and Tommy, perhaps there is a huge connection. Perhaps we are seeing, once again, a major political leader in the making.

Tommy Robinson, a man with the courage to keep speaking out, and with an amazing capacity to lead.

Perhaps Tommy will be the next great leader of Great Britain.
A few key points on the arrest: he was ostensibly arrested for reporting information that was not to be made public, but everything he mentioned was already publicly available. He was standing, so he was informed, where he should not have stood - but police on site had confirmed it was all right, plus it's the same location (steps to court house) used by other reporters, none of whom were arrested. Tommy's solicitor was told by the police he was being released, so no need to come. But Tommy was not released. Instead, within 5 hours, he was sentenced to 13 months in jail.

Within a couple of days, over half a million people worldwide had signed the petition asking for his release. Protests erupted worldwide - Australia, Canada, Israel, France, Germany, as well as Great Britain, of course.

Now, the interview. Tommy talks about:
- himself long before any activism,,
- his development over the past decade,
- his response to people who have given up,
- laughing though the situation is desperate,
- the huge change that has happened for him over the past 2 years, because he now can feel the massive support he has,
- and the suggestion that we might just be seeing a Prime Minister in the making.

To sign the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-free-tommy-robinson
To support Tommy:
https://tommyrobinson.online

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Oh, and here’s one more.  World powers attempting to intimidate America, as America sits firmly, contentedly…

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

When Liberty turns to Anarchy; and Anarchy into Oppression…

We’ve all heard the warning concerning Democracy:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship…

“Largess” need not be referring merely to  government handouts.  “Largess” may also be in the form of things that were formerly considered immoral.  Examples include  such things as gambling – which used to be a crime but is now government sponsored and widespread; abortions, which used to be “murder” but is now a woman’s legal right; and gay marriage, recently legalized.  At the same time, Christianity, the Bible and prayer, which were common in our public schools until the late ‘50’s, are all legally prohibited.

As Benjamin Franklin warned:

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”

The Liberty that Ben Franklin referred to was a good thing, but only when there was a culture that valued individual self control and personal responsibility based on mutually agreed on moral and ethical standards. 

Our predominantly Christian heritage gave our culture this gift – that is until the last few decades, and especially until the last few years.  Our laws were much fewer and our personal liberties were much greater several decades ago.  We had an inner sense of what was good and acceptable to say and do without the need for external, government imposed laws and oppressive “political correctness.”

Christians will often point out the excessive Jewish laws of the Old Testament Scriptures and rail against the Pharisees that promoted and enforced those laws.  Newsflash!  Our laws now outnumber the old Jewish Law by a factor much greater than 10,000 to one.  Shouldn’t we be railing against this, much worse, current excessive “legalism?”

There are two senses to the word “liberty.”  The sense given in our nation’s founding was a good thing.  Back then liberty meant freedom of choice of belief and practice in an environment of respect, safety and self control.  More recently that definition has morphed into a radical extreme.  The sense of liberty today is “do whatever you damn well please”; “who are you to tell me what to do”;  “judge nothing – tolerate everything”; a pervasive belief that “the moral rules of the past were based on ancient myths – they don’t really apply to anyone today.”   Thus we have the negative definition of liberty – an out of control liberty that has transformed our culture into an immoral chaos of rebellion against morality, disrespect toward our nation, increasing lawlessness in our schools and cities, and acceptable perversions that were unthinkable a few years ago.  This has become a form of moral and political anarchy.

To counter a portion of this new corrupted version of liberty/anarchy, the left (progressives) shut off any kind of dissent as being “politically incorrect.”  That means that if we say, write or do anything that the anarchists find disagreeable, we will be called bigots, haters, various “-phobes”, and generally marginalized.  Think of any topic:  Sexual morality, affirmative action as government-endorsed discrimination, pro-national borders, gun rights, abortion counseling, smaller government, lower taxes,  promoting drug abstinence, nationalism/patriotism.  Any and all of these things will bring on a torrent of hate down from the progressive left.

Moral and political anarchy has become Oppression.  Jobs and careers will and have been destroyed by our disagreement with the radical “liberty” promoted by the left.  Christian bakers and photographers have been the front line victims.  It will not stop there.  There will be a point, soon coming, where churches and Christian schools will not be able to teach Bible principles that conflict with the radical libertarian left.  That is Oppression.

True liberty requires a generally accepted moral foundation.  That foundation was Judeo-Christian teachings inherited from our founders.  To the extent that moral foundation erodes – and it has in a destructive way - additional laws are required.  True liberty diminishes when more laws are forced upon us by government.  And this leads to oppression.  And the majority wolves in this unintended “democracy” prevails against the sheep.

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An on-target article on this topic was written by a gifted commentator, Joe Angione,  who writes on his The Conservative Way blog (bookmark it!).  Here it is…

Satan is loose in the land. Should you be worried?

The “prince of darkness” struts across the length and breadth of our land with brazen confidence never seen before in the history of our nation. The same is true of his rampage through Europe, the Middle and Far East and everywhere around the globe. The blame for this cannot be placed solely on George Soros…Vladimir Putin…Kim Jong Un…the Ayatollah Khamenei…or on any world dictator. We have mainly ourselves to blame for Satan’s ascendency.  

Why is this becoming so much more important now? Because if we don’t make a concerted, nationwide effort to change what we are and what we do, we won’t survive the horrific events Satan has planned for the age in which we live. It’s time to go behind today’s terrible news headlines to examine why evil is so powerful in our world.  

At home here, gun violence is massacring Americans in schools—16 school shootings already this year-- and in other public places with shocking frequency and massive devastation. In knee-jerk reactions we blame this staggering violence on gun ownership, or mental disorders, or rage prompted by terrorism, racial hatred, drugs, sexual desire or something else with the power to drive someone to murder. 

Any of these things can be subordinate contributors to this mayhem, but there is something far more sinister, vastly more evil, that is causing such terrible events. Our nation is abandoning God, denying His existence, and allowing ourselves to be possessed by the only force that remains when we drive God out of our lives. In greater and greater numbers, we are consciously or unconsciously embracing the greatest evil in the universe: The Devil, Lucifer, himself.  

Things seem to be going terribly wrong for this nation with alarming frequency. And it’s mostly our own fault. We’ve given Iran a $150 billion to pacify the greatest supporter of terrorism in the world. The money hasn’t induced that nation to abandon its development of nuclear weapons. Instead it has enabled the ayatollahs to fund massive new terrorism across the Middle East and North Africa. In essence, we have surrendered to the malevolent power that controls the government of Iran.

Losing the battle against our inclination toward evil. In the U.S., in return for our submitting ourselves to liberalism…socialism…atheism… and to other things that are an abomination to God, we’ve allowed ourselves to become passive to the greed and corruption that now plagues our government at all levels. We’ve permitted false promises, blatant lies and outright criminality to control our fate. God demands that governments be fair, honest, just and focused on the wellbeing of their citizens. And when “we the people” allow our government to embrace evil, we become complicit in that evil.
Crime without punishment.   We’ve always believed that crime deserves punishment. Yet today, there is virtually no punishment for crimes committed at our highest levels of government. The term punishment has been watered down to mean “accountability,” which means nothing more than the right to point a finger at someone and accuse him or her of a crime, but nothing more. The crimes of the politically influential go unpunished, as in the cases of Hillary and Bill Clinton, Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, James Comey and Rod Rosenstein to name just a few. A double standard has crept into our justice system, and when this happens the rights of every citizen are in dire jeopardy.   

God demands consistency in our love for Him and our obedience to His laws. If we are not unwavering in our relations with God, His punishment will surely follow.  He also requires nothing less in our observance of the laws we make to govern ourselves. All human law is derived from the will of God, and He expects society to uphold its own laws including appropriate punishment for all offenders.


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The need to be worthy of God’s miracles.  Only about a week ago, in the Far East, we saw our hopes for peace and cooperation with the rogue government of North Korea nearly destroyed when its murderous leader backed off on his promise to give up his nuclear arsenal and end his threats to annihilate America. Few thought such a deal between Jim Jong Un and President Trump would ever become a reality. Most believed that it would take a miracle to make such an unlikely event happen. They were right. A miracle was needed, and will be needed, if peace talks are ever renewed between the U.S. and North Korea.  

Miracles are blessings from God awarded to those who love Him. It’s certain that the abundance of love needed to merit God’s blessing on a summit between North Korea and the U.S, was not there. And so, it appears that God withheld his blessing, at least for now.  

If God’s love is unconditional, why would He withhold a blessing that would bring so much good to the world? Much is made of the truth that God is a loving supreme being. But not enough is said about God’s righteous anger at those who reject Him and His love for them. The Bible’s Old Testament is full of instances when God’s anger was manifest against his own chosen people. He devoted Himself to them, but His favor toward them continued only as long as they loved Him and followed His laws.

Good transmogrified [transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner] into evil.  Today we’re beset by a monstrous plague of drug addiction, not only to illicit substances such as heroin and fentanyl, but also to legal prescription drugs that are now being vastly overprescribed by thoughtless physicians who care nothing about the ease with which these prescriptions are abused.  Misuse of beneficial drugs is delivering an unrelenting death sentence to thousands of people who first used them to relieve pain and suffering, but then succumbed to inevitable death by overdose. Why is this happening so often and so easily?  Mainly because we’ve chosen to separate ourselves from God’s intercession when we need it most. Prayer, so little employed today, is the link between our needs and God’s intercession.

God’s loving intercession demands a partnership with his people. It’s been said often, but needs to be said again: “When you draw closer to God, God draws closer to you.” This is one of the most powerful statements about our relationship with God. It is, essentially, a “positive-sum game,” an agreement—as in a covenant with God— where both parties’ needs and concerns are met and satisfied. In other words, we benefit every time we ask something of God in return for giving God what He asks of us.  

The whole process of gaining God’s blessings is contained in a simple, but sincere partnership agreement. But too many of us don’t think this way anymore. The growing distractions presented by new technology and new forms of entertainment, that often deny God’s existence and seduce us into violating His laws, are making this partnership almost impossible to initiate or maintain. For too many of us, the concept of a single supreme entity who created and rules over a universe composed of billions of galaxies and trillions of stars appears unbelievable. Some even call it ridiculous. Unfortunately, we fail to understand God because we’re viewing Him through the prism of our finite minds, which cannot comprehend that God’s is an infinite existence where all things are possible whether we understand them or not.  

Judeo-Christian beliefs are under attack everywhere in the world, and with increasing intensity here in the United States. We now treat atheism as the moral equivalent of belief in God. We’ve enshrined “relativism” as the concept to embrace when comparing the merits of one culture, one religion, with another. This doctrine says there is no universal, objective and absolute truth; therefore, all cultures and religions are equal. One is no better than another. How can an Islamist philosophy of hate and death be equal in any way to the eternal love and everlasting forgiveness that is at the heart of Christianity? To believe they are equally virtuous is a sin of political correctness that ensures we are deaf, dumb and blind to reality.  

Each year we continue to kill hundreds of thousands of unborn children through legal abortions. For our black community, in particular, this taking of life may soon reach the level of genocide. One of the most important traits of a benign nation—one the God would smile upon-- is that it protects the lives and the rights of its weakest citizens…and the weakest of them all are those defenseless babies in the womb waiting to be born.   

Prospects look bleak for sustaining a partnership with God.  One of the baseline examples of how a large segment of American society has turned away from God occurred in 2012 at the Democrat National Convention when it needed three promptings from the party’s leadership to obtain a vote from attendees to include a plank in their campaign platform that acknowledged the existence of God. Are Democrats the party of the “godless?” If so, we may have little hope as a nation for drawing closer to God.  

Dr. David Voas, a professor of human behavior at the University of Essex in England, is convinced that Christianity, which has been steadily losing ground, will never make a comeback in the West. His years of study reveal that a massive secularization is underway in the West. He says only about 50 percent of people in the West believe at all in God…and this percentage has been dropping decade after decade. Since the late 20th century, parents have been less inclined to teach their children about God, and to get them involved in religious practices. Dr. Voas asserts that you have to be raised with religion in order to sustain belief in it throughout your life.  

Besides this, Voas contends that there are two other principle reasons why Western societies are abandoning belief in God.: First is that prosperity brings choice. As nations become more prosperous, they lose interest in God. Affluence reduces the number of occasions when a person must plead to God to obtain life’s necessities. We can readily obtain the things we used to pray for. God doesn’t seem so necessary anymore.  

Second is that Christianity has become counter-cultural in that, rightly or wrongly, it has suffered from association with sinful activities, such as the much publicized instances of child abuse.  

The overwhelming perception in the West is that a great chasm now exists between modern society and the classical reasons why people in the past sought benefits and comfort from religion. It appears that Dr. Voas believes the God-man partnership is done and dead forever. We have irrevocably abandoned Christianity.

The rising specter of “Hell on Earth.” Hidden within Dr. Voas’ statements about the demise of Christianity is a false, or at least an unrealistic, premise that prosperity will continue, unimpeded and unabated, therefore guaranteeing that man no longer needs to call on God for anything. But it’s clear that prosperity ebbs and flows; it is not certain to last.  

There is every reason to believe that evil has reached new terrifying heights in our world. Clear evidence of this is in the news reports we see each day. About 80 percent involve negative, frightening events. Might this portend that “Hell on Earth” could be just around the corner?  

Here in America, confidence in our government is beginning to rise. But, only because President Trump is delivering on at least some of his promises to bring the nation back to greatness. But we have absolutely no certainty that he will be allowed to continue working for our benefit. The deep state is marshalling all its power to depose both him and Vice President Pence. This cabal’s ultimate goal is to manipulate the U.S. Constitution to place the presidency in the hands of one of the political world’s most obvious abusers of our laws and God’s wishes: Hillary Clinton.   

Would God allow this to happen? Our freedom of choice that evolves from God’s love for us allows us to freely choose either good or evil. If we choose an evil such as robbing Donald Trump of his election victory and undoing his accomplishments, God won’t stand in our way. The right choice is always available to us, but it’s essentially up to us to make this choice. Only by seeking God’s assistance through prayer will He guide us to the right decision. Also, we must remember God never ordained that perfection was to rule our world. Only heaven is the true realm of perfection.  

But if perfection is not going to happen in our world, there are degrees of rightness and wellbeing that God has made possible for us to achieve. But this depends on the quality of our partnership with Him.

Little time to make things right.  Life’s experiences tell us: “If you want to keep on getting what you’re getting, keep on doing what you’re doing.” And so, true partnership with God demands that we change what we’re doing to what God wants us to do. Each of us, through this partnership, determines everything that is good or bad in our world.  

If you’re worried that the “end of days” might be upon us, and you recognize that what you’ve done or haven’t done has contributed to Satan’s ascendency, I urge you to pray hard…pray regularly…return to your house of worship and beg God for forgiveness and deliverance. Do it now. There may be precious little time left.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Fundamentalist Christianity compared to Fundamentalist Islam

We often hear “fundamentalist Christianity” used in a negative way, especially over the last few decades.  “Oh, he’s a ‘fundamentalist’.  He’s really extreme in his views.  Crazy.”

On the other hand, “fundamentalist Islam” is referred to on Wikipedia as merely

…a movement of Muslims who think back to earlier times and seek to return to the fundamentals of the religion[1] and live similarly to how the prophet Muhammad and his companions lived. Islamic fundamentalists favor "a literal and originalist interpretation" of the primary sources of Islam (the Quran and Sunnah),[2] seek to eliminate (what they perceive to be) "corrupting" non-Islamic influences from every part of their lives[3] and see "Islamic fundamentalism" as a pejorative term used by outsiders for Islamic revivalism and Islamic activism.[4]

Doesn’t that sound sweet.  How faithful of them.  What the academic and intellectual definitions fail to mention is that the “fundamentals of Islam call for Islamic supremacy through terror and intimidation, just as Muhammad practiced and promoted.

On the other hand, fundamentalist Christianity is the belief by Christians in the inerrancy of Scripture, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sins, and eternal life through trust in Christ.

Wikipedia correctly notes the negative connotation attributed to Christianity:

The term fundamentalist is controversial in the 21st century, as it can carry the connotation of religious extremism, even though it was coined by movement leaders. Some who hold these beliefs reject the label of "fundamentalism", seeing it as too pejorative,[9] while to others it has become a banner of pride.

So, in current reporting, fundamentalist Islam is not so bad.  It just promotes the original faith and practice of Muhammad while fundamentalist Christianity is extreme and worthy of mockery.

Here is a video that graphically depicts the reality of fundamentalists of each religion…

Here is one of the better books available that more accurately and fairly defines Christian fundamentalism than our leftist, anti-Christian media do…

Fundamentalism and the American Culture - 2006

A blurb introducing this book says this:

“ In the late nineteenth century American Protestantism was gradually dividing between liberals who were accepting new scientific and higher critical views that contradicted the Bible and defenders of the more traditional evangelicalism. By the 1920s a full-fledged "fundamentalist" movement had developed in protest against theological changes in the churches and changing mores in the culture. Building on networks of evangelists, Bible conferences, Bible institutes, and missions agencies, fundamentalists coalesced into a major protest movement that proved to have remarkable staying power.”

Understanding the history and original usage of terms freely thrown around today is very helpful to understanding reality versus the fiction and “fake news” we get from most media.

There couldn’t be a more striking example of this than the false distinctions made between “fundamentalist Islam” and “fundamentalist Christianity.”


Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Is the Church’s Focus Too Narrow?

Last week I posted a blog that centered on the breadth of topics in the Bible that are substantially ignored by our churches but which can be instructive for us today.  Such topics include immigration, the role of the Federal government, sexual cultural issues, personal responsibility, among others. Our culture and government have gone astray regarding each of these areas of concern.  The Churches inexplicably ignore these and many other essentials the Bible teaches.

In a number of churches I’ve attended I’ve noted an exceedingly narrow focus of sermons. 

In one Presbyterian church, the very well educated Doctor of Ministry preached as if he were nothing more than a teacher of ancient Biblical history.  He focused on the languages they spoke, the food they ate, the utensils that were used, the geography of the area, the form of money they used, the laws they tried to enforce and many other bits of historical trivia.  Nowhere in the sermons was there any attempt to draw spiritual analogies to current cultural or political issues and concerns.  And they called their building a “church.”

Another example:  I’ve attended a church where over a period of 50 Sundays the focus of the Sermon was centered on the need to accept Christ to receive forgiveness of our sins and then urging individuals to come up to the alter.  Can you guess how many have come up to the alter in that year to make a profession of faith in response to those dozens of hours of sermons?  None!  Not one. 

I certainly appreciate the central importance of preaching Christ and the need for salvation in our Churches.  Don’t get me wrong.  But I also recognize two more things:  1) The concept of knowing your audience, and 2) The great void in the teaching of other Bible topics.

If after a couple dozen Sundays of basically the same message with zero response one might realize that either everyone in the Church is already saved, or there are a few people who don’t want to show their hand.  In either case, I would suspect that an alternative message – alternative lessons - may be in order.  Protestants are often critical of the rituals of Catholics.  Protestants have some rituals of their own to overcome.  It reminds me of the old axiom of the definition of insanity regarding doing the same thing over and over.  You get the point. 

Preach Christ. But he had more to say than “repent and be saved” or “believe and be saved.”  Repent from what?  Believe what?

One thing that’s lacking in our culture and among many congregations is an understanding of the principle and consequence of “sin.”  A less “Christiany” phrase is “deadening of conscience.”  In today’s culture, understanding or accepting the concept of “sin” is eroding fast.  I know, I know.  Some don’t want to discuss this in our churches because it is a downer – it lacks “joy.”, “fun”, “excitement” – it isn’t “entertaining.”

Isaiah 53:3 reflects the burden Christ felt concerning the lost and sin around him.  He certainly felt little “joy:”

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

Joy, like happiness, is elusive – too often based on superficial actions or events.  Joy without substance is dead, every bit as much as faith without works is dead. 

Today’s culture is killing conscience – mocking morality.  The culture is jettisoning bits and pieces of the definition of sin every week.  Think “homosexuality”, “gay marriage”, “gay clergy”, forcing Christians to celebrate these perversions in their professions:  photography, baking cakes.  Public schools are forcing acceptance of various perverse behaviors on our children, mostly sexual in nature, that used to be called “sin”.   Thirty years ago public schools began prohibiting the singing of Christian carols at Christmas.  Now they protect and defend the practice of perversions that have been clearly labelled “sin” for centuries by the Christian faith.  How far down we’ve gone since 200 years ago when Christianity was the norm in state governance, and since 50 years ago when we read Bible versus and said the Lord’s prayer in our public schools.

Our states and our nation were founded on Biblically-based Christian principles.  But to suggest that today is secular blasphemy.  Do the churches engage to refute these secularist lies?  No!  Not even many of the more conservative churches I’ve attended do this.  And the mainline churches:  They may as well redact 50% of the Bible with a King Sized Sharpie.

It is time for Churches to broaden their teaching and address the lack of understanding of some very basic concepts in Scripture, “sin” being one among many.  Without an understanding of “sin” and its partners, “conscience” and “self control”, there will be no understanding of the need for Christ and His offer of salvation and eternal life with Him.

Without this understanding, there will be no reason for “joy.”  Joy and a sense of fulfillment will be empty gestures until individuals accept the saving grace of Christ.  And to accept that, they need to understand what sin is, what their sin is, that they need to commit to their own self-judgement, and seek Christ for the ultimate solution.  Then joy will come.  Joy is a by-product of our salvation, not an end in itself.

Sure, Churches use all sorts of techniques to attract “the lost” to attend their services.  I’ve attended some really upbeat events, complete with rock bands, fantastic soloists, huge pipe organs, and thrilling light shows.  Joy abounds.  But is there any sense or urgency in needing Christ in all of that?  I suspect the entertaining “noise” masks much of the message.  Yes, I understand we are to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”  But I sense that much of the “joyful noise” Churches produce is unto the lost and for the lost who will remain lost.

What about a congregation that already believes they have been saved?  What do you do with them?  That is where lessons in evangelism, discipleship,  teaching - among other spiritual gifts - would be very appropriate.  And that is where lessons that connect the Bible’s vast teaching concerning nationhood, governance, and the many cultural issues facing us today would be exceedingly valuable. 

The point is this:  Essential explanations of a Biblically-based Christian world view are being ignored in favor of excessively narrow teaching.

Having a congregation that feels confident in the numerous Bible precepts that impact our culture for good would have a high probability of producing “joy.” 


Friday, March 30, 2018

Is the Church Avoiding “Politics” to its Detriment?

Church leaders often express their disdain for the discussion of “politics”, especially from the pulpit.  I often hear “we don’t discuss politics…it’s too divisive.”

In the Church’s blanket avoidance of discussion of “politics” it conveniently avoids discussion of numerous teachings of the Bible that are at the heart of our cultural, governmental, and economic dissensions and divisions.

The Church appears to over broadly define politics as anything that has to do with the relationship between governments, laws, morality, personal behavior and self-discipline.

Don’t discuss homosexuality.  It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss gay marriage.  It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss abortion.  It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss out of wedlock marriage.  It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss the government’s incentive sapping welfare system. It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss excessive reliance on government entitlements.  It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss the evils of Islam.  It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss the overblown role of government that displaces personal and church responsibilities.  It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss rampant illegal immigration.  It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss patriotism and building a strong nation.  It might offend someone.

Don’t discuss the Christian foundations of our nation.  It might offend someone.

These are all components of what many Church leaders define as “politics”, discussion of which is to be avoided at all costs.  Off limits.  Don’t cause dissension.  Don’t offend.  Let’s avoid these topics so we can attract more members – more potential “converts” or more revenue.  This “big tent” priority sounds more like the aspiration of a political party than a legitimate priority of the Church.

The whole Bible, from beginning to end, discusses the relationships between God, governments, and mankind.  It begins with the first interactions between Adam and Eve and God, with Satan as the  foreshadow of government:  The antagonist; the interloper.  The relationship between God, the people, the Laws, the Judges and the Kings continues throughout the Old Testament.  The New Testament brings about a cleansing from oppressive Laws through Jesus Christ.  It renews the spirit of the personal relationship between God and the individual which was  intended from the beginning.  Throughout, it continues to demonstrate the tug of war between our innate evil tendencies and what God desires of us as a “higher law”, superior to all the laws created by either secular or religious laws.

But the modern Church appears to prefer to ignore these themes.  It prefers justifying our surrender to the culture and government overreach, declaring its overly broad definition of “politics” as taboo; off limits.

Instead, the Church finds a comfortable corner of Scripture concerning faith, personal salvation, and how much better we will all feel.  Sin?  What’s that?  Can it even be defined anymore since such a large part of the Church not merely excuses but embraces what was formerly universally understood to be sin.  Without acknowledgement of “sin”, how can there be forgiveness and reconciliation?  Then who needs Christ?  Wow, we are now free from the constraints of religion.  Imagine, as John Lennon did.

And now, whether a misquote or a revelation from an apostate, an official of the Catholic Church appears to have said there is no hell.

Without a “hell” there is no constraint.  Both individuals and governments can do whatever they please.  Wipe away all sense of right and wrong, don’t judge, and we have the ultimate clean slate for us to be made in the image of government instead of in the image of God.  Who needs God if there is no sin and no hell?  This is the ultimate path to Communism, the “ideal” that has led to more dictatorships, more death, and more loss of freedom than any other ideology with the exception of Islam.

The Church is allowing the culture to destroy it by its silence.

Why doesn’t the Church talk about these things?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Broward Sheriff Should Resign–Guest comment

Many across the nation are urging the firing of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his incompetence demonstrated by his department’s many failures before and during the Parkland high school atrocity.

The Rebel website highlights a number of additional reasons justifying his resignation or firing.  Here it is:

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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel must resign or be fired

JOHN CARDILLOREBEL HOST | OFF THE CUFF

SIGN THE PETITION NOW

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s history of corruption, incompetence, protecting radical Muslims, and politicizing the Sheriff’s Office has now resulted in the deaths of 17 innocents.

He must be removed.

It's time for Florida Governor Rick Scott to fire Sheriff Scott Israel if he refuses to resign.

Scott Israel was a problem for Broward County long before the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. His history of disgracing the Sheriff’s Office before the school shooting includes:

Israel’s policies, most likely architected by his political appointees doing jobs that should have been done by career law enforcement professionals, allowed for dozens of calls on Parkland killer Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks.

It was Israel's management, also shown by those same incompetent political appointees, which resulted in four deputies, including the now disgraced School Resource Deputy Scott Peterson, not entering the high school. They refused to enter despite hearing the gunshots that were slaughtering those children and faculty members.

Every day Scott Israel remains Broward County Sheriff, the residents of Broward County and the good men and women of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office are less safe.

The citizens of Broward County deserve better. Those deputies deserve better. And school children throughout the county definitely deserve better.

Scott Israel is a far left politician in a Sheriff’s Uniform. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is one of this nation’s largest and needs a cop, not a political hack at the helm. Israel must go.

The time has come to Fire Scott Israel! If you agree, then please sign my petition below. 

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Here is an article from other sources urging Israel’s removal:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/25/broward-sheriff-scott-israel-facing-calls-for-his-ouster-after-florida-school-shooting.html


Note this:  In stark contrast, the officers of The Coral Springs Police Department did the right thing and entered the school to attempt to confront the shooter immediately upon arriving at the scene – bringing credit to that department.   This reflects the vast difference in leadership and training between the two departments.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Parkland School Shooting and Decline of Common Sense…

At 2:30 pm on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, local police responded to a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in affluent Parkland, Florida.  Seventeen people, mostly students, were killed, and another 14 injured.

The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, age 19, is a former student who was expelled due to threats made to other students.  The Superintendent of public schools in Broward County reported that Cruz was reassigned to another local school.

Officials and parents are puzzling over why this  killing occurred and how similar events in the future can be avoided.

Many suggest “guns” are the problem.  Cruz owned his AR-15 legally despite many signs of hateful and crazed behavior.

In fact, the FBI was made aware of a YouTube post in September 2017 by Cruz.

From The Sun:

“Writing underneath a documentary clip about the notorious 1966 University of Texas clock tower sniper, a commenter called Nikolas Cruz wrote: “I’m going to [do] what he did.”

“A man calling himself “BentheBondsman” released a clip alleging that someone commenting under the gunman’s name wrote: “I want to be a professional school shooter.””

I heard an FBI spokesman this morning say there was no way to identify the source of those YouTube comments.  Really?  Or was this just a lame excuse for FBI failure?  We hear the frequent pleas of FBI and law enforcement to citizens: “see something – say something.”  A YouTube viewer saw something AND said something to the FBI.  And nothing happened.

We hear of those who report suspicious activity by Middle Eastern or Arabic/Farsi speaking individuals only to later learn of a lawsuit or bad press against either the reporting individual or law enforcement for “discrimination”, “harassment”, or a bogus “hate crime.”

In our  increasingly liberal churches we incessantly hear the out of context command of “don’t judge”, or friends mindlessly parroting “take the log out of your own eye before you judge others.”  But we all have logs.  Does that mean we are to never judge?  Foolish!

Some say this was a "senseless act" and Cruz was "mentally disturbed." These are the excuses used by those who don't want to bother to dig deeper and understand the sense this made to the shooter.

Sure, the shooter had a troubled life. A lot of people have a "troubled life" but the vast majority don't kill because it.  But some do.

In this case his “troubled life” was made known to multiple agencies who. did. nothing.

It is absolutely true that there were "a lot of signs." The students knew it.  The school administration knew it.  The Superintendent of schools knew it.  So Cruz was transferred to another school?  Sounds like the shuffling of sodomizing Catholic priests form one diocese to another.  And the FBI knew it but did nothing despite someone saying something.

The school leadership,  Broward Count Child and Family Services, the Sheriff's Department and the FBI, all of these entities had a hand in ignoring the problem.

Are schools too big and impersonal?  The student enrollment of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is over 3,100.   Students generally, and especially existing and potential troublemakers specifically, get lost in the huge bureaucratic system and social system in such a large school.

Possible solutions: Drastically downsize schools.  This is more costly, yes.  Would this be worth the price?  Very likely.  Are parents and voters willing to pay the price?  Probably not.

Other alternatives for parents who care more:  Sacrifice to send to small private schools or home school.

Many schools across the nation have tighter security than this school apparently had.  They keep exterior doors locked.  They screen visitors before they buzz them in.  They keep those out who are unknown or seen as a potential threat.  They keep armed security (teachers or law enforcement) at entrances at school openings and closings.  None of this was done at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  In fact, the two law enforcement officers at the outsized school reportedly never saw the shooter.  For a huge, sprawling school with over 3,100 student, do we really believe two trained security officers is enough?  A security assessment is essential.  Maybe 5 or 10 trained officers are needed for this size school.

Here is the broader problem:  We have become a culture whose highest value is “judge nothing; tolerate everything.”

We have a cultural and political environment that frowns on the promotion of traditional morality in the schools that used to be based on (dare I say it) Christian Biblical Standards. These standards were an integral part of our public education system until 50 to 60 years ago. We've fallen so far down the slippery slope due to this lack.

Our churches and Bible studies focus on not judging anything or anyone.  They are too often led by those who value “not offending” more than Biblical truth.  They take Scripture out of context to stress their culture-driven value system.  Very little that was considered immoral 50 years ago is considered immoral today.  What ever happened to Biblical concepts such as “admonish”, “reprove”, “rebuke”, or “correction?”  Those who stand by Christian self-discipline are derisively called “fundamentalists”, “extremists”, or “haters.”  Christian values have deferred to a declining culture of extreme permissiveness and out of control tolerance. 

Here is this culture’s mandate:  We certainly don’t want to offend anyone by calling them out on their crude, rude, or otherwise disturbing behavior.  After all, we all do it. In fact, even the Bible says [out of context] “judge not” and “take the log out of your own eye.”  Anything else is immoral.  Who are we to judge others?  And above all, don’t report it to any authorities.  We don’t want to be accused of being a snitch or a hater.

The above paragraph reflects some of the reasons we have become what we are as a culture.  Yup, we all “mind our own business.”  That mindset is a convenient excuse to not be bothered. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Women’s “Me, Too” Marches Glorified by Media…

Tens of thousands of American women demonstrated in a dozen or more US cities today to promote….what?

Here is some of what I heard.  They demonstrated on behalf of:

  • Gender equality
  • Abortion rights
  • Respect in the workplace
  • The new religion of “judge less”
  • Boundless immigration
  • Equality for everyone
  • Anti-Trump

And now I present my likely misogynist, hateful, judgmental thoughts on the demonstrators’ wish list.

Many demonstrators appeared to participate out of ignorance and were attracted by a party atmosphere.  The issues expressed seemed to come from an attitude of entitlement, selfishness, and gross sexism.  They appeared to be following in the mold of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations as if no other lives matter, no one else suffers hardship at the hand of government or business, and any sense of morality is now off limits.

The demands represented by these demonstrations were as disparate and ill-conceived as the “Occupy Wall Street One Percenters” movement.  Both clearly reflected the Communist agenda:  Equal pay and equal outcomes for everyone; disregard for religion, religious morality, substituted with an “anything goes – don’t judge anything” amorality; irrelevance of national borders and immigration for everyone, and a one-world utopia.

The hypocrisy of all of this is stupefying.  “Judge less” or “don’t judge” is great as long as the people they disagree with are the ones who don’t judge.    Yet these protestors judged their hearts out against those they disagree with.

And the “babes” who virtually sell their bodies and souls to get ahead in their chosen professions and work places are disgusting to me.  Then they cry foul 10, 20, 30 years later after they earned their filthy lucre.  Respect in the workplace indeed.  They sold out!  The women were enablers.  They allowed it to happen due to their own greed and lack of morality.

One young lady was asked why she was there:  “I’m for equality.”  That’s it.  Equality in what?  Jobs?  Pay?  Age of death?  Sports?  IQ?  Motivation?  Body parts?  Gender?

And many are so blind, dumb, or selfish in the face of the reality that abortion is murder, yet they continue to insist on still MORE “abortion rights.”  Sick.

The giveaway that the huge majority of demonstrators were comprised of liberal democrats, socialists, Communists, and America haters was that there was a “we hate Trump” thread running throughout their proceedings.

And of coarse the media glorifies this madness.