Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it

I can hear a colleague of mine, in his great raspy voice, say “Wilson, be careful what you ask for. You just might get it.” Of course, he was right.

I am not an Alabamian. I have no vote in their upcoming special election to elect a Senator to the U. S. Senate. The primaries are over and there is a Republican and Democrat on the ballot. It can’t be changed. The election will occur and one of them will win unless there is a successful write in effort.

At a high level, this article will explore 2 issues:

  1. Some have a policy problem, in that Mr. Moore has twice refused to comply with orders from the Supreme Court and was removed from position on the Alabama Supreme Court. Despite that, he was elected by Republicans to fill the vacant seat in the U. S. Senate.
  2. Besides policy differences, some are very concerned that as a Christian, Mr. Moore seems to ignore Christian values and is hiding behind a victim response.

So we have spent much of the last week, in the political world, embroiled in the Roy Moore controversy. Many of my online friends have weighed in and I have commented where I could.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with 14-year-old Leigh Corfman when he was a 32-year-old district attorney.

The allegations: Leigh Corfman told the Washington Post that she met Moore in 1979 when she was just 14 years old. The then-district attorney offered to watch Corfman while her mother attended a custody hearing, she said, and he asked for her phone number when he was alone with her. Corfman said that days later, Moore drove her to his house and kissed her. During a second encounter, he allegedly took off her shirt and pants and touched her over her underwear and led her hands to touch him over his underwear. “I wanted it over with,” Corfman told the Post.

Moore’s response: “It never happened,” Moore said during an interview with Sean Hannity. “I don’t know Miss Corfman from anybody. I never talked to or never had any contact with her. Allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false. I believe they’re politically motivated.”

The Post investigation also quoted three other accusers who said that Moore pursued relationships with them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Five other women have since come forward with their own allegations against Moore. The former Alabama state judge has denied the allegations and his campaign has vowed to stay in the Alabama Special Senate election. Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, has also said her husband will not step down from the Senate race. That is a total of nine now, only four of them reported by the Washington Post.

All of this on top of public figures like Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, and others have been accused of sexual harassment and assault. Then this week we learned about Senator Al Franken. As you would expect, there is now a second Al Franken victim coming forward.

If nothing else, the timing of all this is horrible for Mr. Moore. There seems to a national consensus now that none of this can be tolerated any longer and that victims are to believed.

Here is a pretty good summary of the nine accusers and Mr. Moore’s responses. I know of many who believe this is a conspiracy to deny Mr. Moore the election. Mr. Moore has also stated that Mitch McConnell and Republican establishment is out to get him. Below is from Mr. Moore’s Twitter account:

Al Franken admits guilt after photographic evidence of his abuse surfaces.

Mitch: “Let’s investigate.”

In Alabama, ZERO evidence, allegations 100% rejected.

Mitch: “Moore must quit immediately or be expelled.”

— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 16, 2017

A couple of observations:

  • Before we even get to sexual assault issues, there seems to be a significant policy problem with his 2 removals from the Alabama Supreme Court. Personally I believe Mr. Moore was wrong in not upholding Supreme Court rulings. In these cases, I don’t particularly agree with the Supreme Court but the rule of law must prevail. That is what we sign up for in this country. His removal from office was justified and this should be a serious warning sign to his being elected to a Federal position in the Senate.
    • On January 15, 2001, Roy S. Moore was sworn in as chief justice of the Alabama supreme court. He promised to “support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Alabama” and to “faithfully and honestly discharge the duties” of his office. Although Moore had been elected to a six-year term, he would be removed from the bench in 2003 for failing to remove a 5,280-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments in the State Judicial Building that he had erected. A federal trial judge ruled that Moore violated the First Amendment’s imperative that government “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”.
    • Alabama voters restored Moore to the chief justiceship in 2012, but once again he would not finish his term. This time the issue was gay marriage. Like many, including myself, Moore feels Obergefell v. Hodges was wrongly decided, but he, further, believed that the Constitution does not require Alabama to recognize same-sex unions legalized by the decision. As in his fight over the Decalogue monument, Moore thought his opinions entitled him to disregard federal court orders. This time he went even further, publicly declaring his resistance to Obergefell and instructing state probate court judges to follow suit, even after federal courts issued orders against Alabama officials. Moore again denied the authority of federal courts, and again the Alabama judicial inquiry commission cut his term short.
  • I don’t believe Mr. Moore is a victim. In his response to Leigh Corfman allegation, It never happened,” Moore said during an interview with Sean Hannity. “I don’t know Miss Corfman from anybody. I never talked to or never had any contact with her. Allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false. I believe they’re politically motivated.” This is a consistent reaction. Mr. Moore, and Mr. Moore alone is responsible for his behavior. The true victims deserve to be heard just as he has a right to defend himself. Alabamians will decide if the accusations are relevant to the upcoming election.
  • Are the accusers credible? It is hard to know. There are an awful lot of them and there are very consistent themes among them. The don’t seemed to have conspired or colluded among themselves. As I mentioned earlier, we have come to understand that accusers are to be believed absent any apparent reason not to. Of course there false accusers. They are usually easily ferreted out. Consider Tawana Brawly, the Duke Lacrosse player accusers and the Rolling Stone debacle as examples.
  • Mr. Moore is a self professed follower of Jesus. Being a follower of Jesus, it is relevant to consider the higher issue of character. Without getting into quoting lots of scripture, Jesus clearly challenges us to love God, our neighbors and even our enemies. Mr. Moore is consistently demonstrating a complete lack of love for his enemies or even the slightest level of remorse for what might be legitimate misunderstandings from long ago. There is a high road, the way of Jesus, that compels us as followers of Jesus to be different. At some point it is not about politics but as followers of Jesus, are we exhibiting the love he challenges us to exhibit, even to our enemies? Jesus challenges us to be different. So far, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that Mr. Moore gets that. There are many alternatives to attacking your accusers. Here are two examples below. Agree and settle is one. Be silent is another. Loving your enemies will probable surface more ways to move forward.
    • “You don’t have to be a genius to understand these things. Just use your common sense, the kind you’d use if, while being taken to court, you decided to settle up with your accuser on the way, knowing that if the case went to the judge you’d probably go to jail and pay every last penny of the fine. That’s the kind of decision I’m asking you to make.” ~Jesus (Luke 12:57)
    • When Jesus appeared before his accusers he stayed quiet, “Jesus didn’t answer—not one word. But the high priests and religion scholars were right there, saying their piece, strident and shrill in their accusations.” (Luke 23:8-10)

This is all so very sad. It doesn’t seem like it is going to end very well for anyone. If elected, Mr. Moore will carry around this sordid badge of dishonor. The times have radically changed in the last few years. It doesn’t appear that is well understood how much so. I don’t think it is going away and none of it will favor Mr. Moore, whether he likes it or not. Victims have decided, with a great deal of courage, to speak up. Abusers are finding it difficult to count on shame and silence to win the day.

I’m afraid I and other followers of Jesus aren’t speaking up. To validate my sense of things, I called and talked to a Saint to get some insight on this. The Saint is my oldest sister. She is a mighty woman of God. I won’t go into why she is a Saint but trust me she is. She happens to live right across the border from Alabama in southwest Georgia. She tells me people of God down there believe that Mr. Moore should step down.

On a final note, if on a policy issue, you want to say that “the paramount goal of my political effort is to end the abominable human toll of abortion, and my conscience requires me to vote for the candidate who brings this country closer to that goal . . . ” well, it would be a little easier to understand.

Jim Geraghty  points out that we could argue about whether it’s the right choice, but it would at least be more logically consistent. Democratic Senate candidate in Alabama, Doug Jones – he doesn’t believe in any legal restrictions on abortion:

Jones: I am a firm believer that a woman should have the freedom to choose what happens to her own body, and I’m going to stand up for that, and I’m going to make sure that that continues to happen. I want to make sure that as we go forward, people have access to contraception, they have access to the abortion that they might need, if that’s what they choose to do.

Todd: You wouldn’t be in favor of legislation that said “ban abortion after 20 weeks,” or something like that?

Jones: No, I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose. That’s just the position that I’ve had for many years, it’s the position I continue to have.

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Gettysburg Address anniversary — Thursday, November 19, 1863

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I can’t help but think and reflect on these great words from our first Republican President on the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war’s turning point. Union Maj. Gen. George Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen.Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, halting Lee’s invasion of the North.

The two armies suffered between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties. Union casualties were 23,055 (3,155 killed, 14,531 wounded, 5,369 captured or missing), while Confederate casualties are more difficult to estimate. Many authors have referred to as many as 28,000 Confederate casualties, and Busey and Martin’s more recent 2005 work, Regimental Strengths and Losses at Gettysburg, documents 23,231 (4,708 killed, 12,693 wounded, 5,830 captured or missing).

Nearly a third of Lee’s general officers were killed, wounded, or captured. The casualties for both sides during the entire campaign were 57,225.

Here is Lincoln’s speech.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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When Bill Clinton Threatened to ‘End’ North Korea … sound familiar?

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Hmm, seems like I’ve heard this before.

On July 9, 1993, as the Washington Post reported at the time, Bill Clinton, amid a major swing through Asia, told the media the following of U.S. policy toward North Korea under his administration: “We would overwhelmingly retaliate if [the North Koreans] were to ever use, to develop and use nuclear weapons. It would mean the end of their country as they know it.”

Source: When Bill Clinton Threatened to ‘End’ North Korea | The American Spectator

Would you agree that “an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life.”

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This is telling. Is morality important in politics? Is this really how we want the world to see the followers of Jesus? Is this the witness and light Jesus wants us to show the world? What role does confession and repentance play in all of this?

In light of the Roy Moore controversy, I can see better what is going on.

So consider that …

In 2011, only 30 percent of white Evangelicals said that “an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life.”

In 2016, that number more than doubled to 72 percent. That’s what a PRRI/Brookings poll says.

White Evangelicals used to be the religious group that was least tolerant of immoral acts by public officials.

In the wake of Trump, they are now the demographic most tolerant of immoral acts in politicians.

At the very least, I think Jesus would ask us a lot of uncomfortable questions. Am I ready for them? Are you?

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“A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget.” ~John F. Kennedy

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When the federal government has grown to a $4 trillion dollar budget, it is hard to believe a tax cut isn’t in order. Even John F. Kennedy recognized that.

“A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues.” ~John F. Kennedy 

Did FDR End the Great Depression?

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Did FDR help end the Great Depression? Did his New Deal improve an otherwise hopeless economy? Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics at UCLA and consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, explains.

From Wikipedia we learn “The depression started in the United States after a major fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday). Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an estimated 15%. By comparison, worldwide GDP fell by less than 1% from 2008 to 2009 during the Great Recession.[4] Some economies started to recover by the mid-1930s. However, in many countries, the negative effects of the Great Depression lasted until the beginning of World War II.”

By Dorothea Lange – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID fsa.8b29516.

An open letter to the people of Sutherland Springs from Israel

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Excellent blog on Sutherland Springs. “I pray for your injured to be healed, for your bereaved to find comfort and that the people of America see what I see when I look to you.”

Inspiration from Zion: This is a Love Story

Dear people of Sutherland Springs, 

I am writing to you, from Israel, to tell you that I see you.

Halfway around the world, with enough worries of our own, it was heart-breaking to hear of the devastating shooting in your community.

We know what it means to have our loved ones ripped from us.

I see you. I see your pain. I see the children who no longer have parents. I see the parents who yearn for their children but will never again have the luxury of embracing them or reading them a bedtime story. Who will watch other children grow up, knowing that theirs should be the same age, be having similar experiences but, instead, are a memory, frozen in time.

I see the kids who want to play with friends who are no longer alive. I see cousins, uncles, grandparents, friends who are left behind, not knowing how…

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America’s Founders Radical Then and Now

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This is a great National Review article by Jay Cost. We tend to forget it took a real revolution to create America. Our form of government is really radical.

It is important to remember that as some days it is easy to give up hope. Our founders gave their lives to create this for us. It is a precious jewel to be treasured.

The first is the notion that civil liberty must be nearly absolute. The First Amendment guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship — with no caveats whatsoever. The Second Amendment empowers the people to arm themselves, as an alternative to standing armies, which had historically been tools of oppression. The remaining amendments in the Bill of Rights keep the government from abusing the rights of privacy, ensure fair and humane treatment in the investigation and prosecution of crimes, and underscore the limitations of federal authority.

The second idea is a radically republican conception of the state. “Republicanism” had long been around as a governing ideal — the notion being that government should serve the citizenry and, in some respect, reflect its views. Political philosophers had usually reckoned that the best way to accomplish this task was to blend different forms — like democracy and aristocracy — to keep the defects of any one system from undermining the whole regime. In the 1700s, European theorists such as Montesquieu and David Hume had judged the British Constitution to be the greatest realization of this idea, for it “balanced” the Commons against the House of Lords and the Crown.

“The delegates to the Constitutional Convention would have none of this. Their system of government was founded solely upon the people — with no self-appointed or hereditary authority. And we see their radicalism in the fact that they affirmed this commitment in 1787, when popular government in the United States seemed to have been foundering for many years. The national government was impotent during the 1780s, and the state governments were often no different than mob rule. But instead of seeking reconciliation with George III, or some reinstatement of mixed estates, the delegates to the Convention, as Madison put it, chartered a government that addressed the “inconveniencies of democracy” while remaining “consistent with the democratic form of government.”

Source: America’s Founders Radical Then & Now | National Review

How Segregating Kids By Age Led To Youth Culture And Broke Families

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, at The Federalist, speaks out the “Youth Culture”. Tara has worked as a child caregiver in social services, daycare, and as a nanny. She is a homemaker and mother, and serves as chair of the Dorothy Day Caucus of the American Solidarity Party in her free time. She may be followed on twitter at @TaraAnnThieke.

The big question is, should we outsource childrearing? Something to think about.

  • “Youth culture” is a benign phrase for the post-World War II phenomenon of age segregation. In truth it is a radioactive element in our society, one conveniently co-opted by the wealthy and powerful to ensure a more manageable, less rooted populace.
  • “The post-war era witnessed the culmination of efforts to standardize mass compulsive state education, a movement initiated in eighteenth-century Prussia. Propaganda not only insisted professionals would do a better job of educating, but also proclaimed a moral duty to hand children over for “socialization.” The American faith in the new bureaucratic class, which they saw as having rescued them from the Great Depression and Hitler, was so strong that they succumbed without protest.

Source: How Segregating Kids By Age Led To Youth Culture And Broke Families

How Women are Treated by Islamists and radical Jihadist

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Islamism has a huge problem with how they treat women based on Sharia law and its commitment to create a Caliphate. It is evil.

Newcastle upon Tyne is a small city in the North-East of England which, in 2017, was acclaimed the best city in the UK in which to raise children (London was the worst). Imagine, then, the shock when the city again became national news on August 9 when a trial at the Crown Court ended in the conviction of 18 people for the sexual grooming of children.

Juries “found the men guilty of a catalog of nearly 100 offences – including rape, human trafficking, conspiracy to incite prostitution and drug supply – between 2011 and 2014.”

Some great points from The Gatestone Institute:

  • “No one wants to demonize a particular community but the fact that this is happening again and again in the same circumstances and communities is a fact we cannot ignore. I think there needs to be a national approach…” — Greg Stone, Liberal Democrat party.
  • If we look at a list of 265 convictions for grooming gangs and individuals in the UK between November 1997 and January 2017 (and if we add on another 18 for the recent Newcastle gang), we will note that more than 99% are for Muslim men, mainly young men in their 20s and 30s.
  • It is, however, not just white (that is, non-Muslim) women whom Muslim men hold in such contempt. This abuse starts at home in Islamic countries in the treatment of Muslim women. Its roots lie in aspects of Islamic law and doctrine that are retained in the 21st century, despite having been formulated in the 7thcentury and later.
  • The idea that a man is not responsible for rape or other sexual assault and that women bear the blame for such a crime goes far to help explain why Muslim men in Britain and elsewhere may feel themselves justified in grooming and sexually abusing young women and girls far less well covered.

Source: How Women are Treated by Islam

Here’s Why an Unborn Baby Was Counted as a Person in the Texas Massacre

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I believe that life is sacred, both in the womb and outside the womb.

God said “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

David said “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.”(Psalm 139:13-16)

God said “You shall not murder.” (Deuteronomy 5:17)

The sheriff deputies who assessed the fatalities at the bloody crime scene at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, counted the death toll as 26 because one of the victims was a mother carrying an unborn child inside of her.

The federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 recognizes unborn children as separate victims for federal and military crimes. Texas law also defines a human being to include “an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth,” and recognizes an unborn baby as a potential crime victim.

“This has been a longstanding priority for us, and something we were instrumental in pushing,” said Jennifer Popik, a director for the National Right to Life, according to The New York Times. “The principle here is that there’s two victims. For a family already invested in the child, for the grandparents, this is a loss.”

Source: Here’s Why an Unborn Baby Was Counted as a Person in the Texas Massacre

Not Even Trans Apologists Can Keep Their Ideology Straight

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We are born male or female. That is about it. I believe that the Bible teaches that God made us male or female, and no matter our own feelings or confusion, we should act in accordance with the biological reality of God’s good design.

Transgenderism falls short of the glory of God and is not the way to walk in obedience to the Messiah.

Moses in Genesis said  He created them male and female.” (Genesis 1:27)

Jesus said “In the original creation, God made male and female to be together.” (Mark 10:5-9)

Here some thoughts from  at The Federalist for his speeches. Much of his experience comes from speaking at more liberal college campuses all around the country on different aspects of gender issues. Out of the gate, he tells audiences his belief on this subject is founded in the reality that humanity exists and is fundamentally understood as male and female, that both are wonderfully unique and they need each other.

  • “I then go on into my remarks asking if the males in the hall will raise their hands. Many do. The females? They make themselves known as well. “Are there others who don’t fit into either category?” On most campuses, I get a sprinkling of hands raised.
  • “I say to these folks the same thing you might. “Please come up afterward and introduce yourself. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting someone who isn’t male or female.” Who would pass up that opportunity, right? Each one who’s responded to the invitation over the years has only left me disappointed. Falsehood in advertising. They are always some hope-crushing variation of male or female, and often times, not that varied.

Source: Not Even Trans Apologists Can Keep Their Ideology Straight

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Jack Phillips and His Supreme Court Case on Same-Sex marriage

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From our friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom here are 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Jack Phillips and His Supreme Court Case on Same-Sex weddings.

“In marriage a man becomes one flesh with a woman—no longer two individuals.” ~Jesus 

“Haven’t you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? And because of this, a man leaves father and mother and is firmly bonded to his wife, becoming one flesh—no longer two bodies but one. Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart.”  ~Jesus

Jesus was clear that it is men and women who marry.

The recently signed Nashville Statement declares in Article One that:

“WE AFFIRM that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church.

“WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God.”

1. Jack does not discriminate.

Jack has never discriminated against anyone, and he certainly didn’t refuse to serve the couple that filed a discrimination complaint against him. When they walked into his shop, he offered to sell them cookies, brownies, or anything pre-made from his shelves. But that was not enough. The government wants to force him to use his artistic talents to celebrate events that violate his faith.

2. Jack has turned down other cakes in the past.

There are several types of cakes that Jack will not make. For example, he won’t make cakes with alcohol in them. He won’t do Halloween cakes or lewd cakes for something like a bachelor party. In the past, he has even turned down a cake celebrating a divorce. A cake artist deciding which messages he will promote has nothing to do with the concerns behind public accommodation laws.

3. Jack has faced anti-religious bigotry as well as threats and intimidation simply because he declined to promote an event.

When Jack was first sued, he received an avalanche of hateful calls and letters. At one point, a caller made a death threat against him and his family, telling Jack that he was going to show up at their cake shop. Fearing the worst, Jack had to call the police. No one should have their peace of mind taken away from them simply because they live consistently with their beliefs.

4. Jack owns a private family business, and he doesn’t give up his rights when he sells his art.

When Jack puts the “Open” sign on his business, he does not have to abandon his constitutional rights. Just like any other American, the First Amendment protects Jack’s freedom to run his family business consistently with his faith and to decline to promote messages that violate his beliefs. That’s a principle we should all be able to get behind.

5. Jack’s shop has been called an “art gallery of cakes.”

Not only did a local reporter call Jack’s cakeshop “an art gallery of cakes,” but Jack’s cake designs were also featured on advertisements for Season 2 of TLC’s Cake Boss. When Jack receives a custom order, he pours his artistic ideas and talents into making something special for his clients. He should not have to use his creative expression to promote something that conflicts with his deeply held convictions.

6. Wedding cakes made up about 40 percent of Jack’s business.

Jack loves creating special, custom designs for weddings. Because of the state’s order requiring him to create anything for same-sex couples that he creates for opposite sex couples, Jack is no longer able to create wedding cakes. If Jack has to step out of the wedding industry permanently, his business will take a huge hit. Jack shouldn’t be barred from working in an industry he loves simply because the tenets of his faith define marriage differently than the Colorado government.

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The harsh reality of dismemberment abortion

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I believe that life is sacred, both in the womb and outside the womb.

God said “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

David said “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.”(Psalm 139:13-16)

A Texas case reveals the harsh reality of dismemberment abortion. This detail is gruesome. See here for details.

“A bizarre spectacle unfolded this week in a federal district courtroom in Austin, Texas, where a group of abortion providers argued they shouldn’t have to kill a fetus before dismembering it in its mother’s womb, and the state argued that they should.

“At issue is a state law passed earlier this year, Senate Bill 8, that would ban live dismemberment abortions. A live dismemberment abortion is exactly what it sounds like: a doctor uses forceps to tear apart a live fetus, limb by limb, and remove it from the mother’s uterus. This is usually done in the second trimester, when the fetus is too large to be suctioned out.

“The law in question wouldn’t ban such a procedure, but it would require abortion doctors in Texas to ensure that a fetus is dead before they dismember it. The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton, hinges on the constitutionality of the Texas law and marks the first time the merits of such a statute have been considered at a trial.

“Other states have passed similar bans of live dismemberment abortion, and some of those laws have been challenged in court without proceeding to the trial phase. Arkansas and Alabama immediately appealed temporary restraining orders against their bans, forgoing trials at the district court level. Texas did not, opting instead for a five-day trial before federal district court Judge Lee Yeakel, which concluded Wednesday. No doubt Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants to build a record in anticipation of an eventual hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Dozens of abortion providers from across the state claim the Texas law effectively bans second-trimester abortions. There is simply no way, they say, to ensure the death of a fetus prior to dismemberment in a “safe and effective” way, so the law creates a substantial burden to a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.

“The state claims there are a number of safe and effective means of ensuring the humane death of a fetus prior to a dismemberment abortion, and that the law in question serves legitimate state interests in reducing fetal pain, treating the unborn in a humane and dignified way, and maintaining professional standards for Texas physicians who perform abortions.

“Hence the bizarre spectacle. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued this week that there’s nothing wrong with dismembering a live fetus, while attorneys for the State of Texas have been at pains to demonstrate just how “safe and effective” it is to kill a fetus before dismembering it in utero. You can inject a chemical called digoxin into the unborn child. You can inject potassium chloride directly into the child’s heart, which causes it to stop beating within minutes. Or you can simply sever the umbilical cord and allow the child to bleed to death. It’s all rather straightforward.”

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U.S. Senators Revive Anti-Catholic Bigotry To Intimidate Religious People

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 at The Federalist makes some excellent points about anti-catholic and anti-religious bias by some in government.

Article Six of our Constitution states “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States”

  • “Notre Dame professor Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee for judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was likely just as flabbergasted when several Senate Democrats, during her judicial nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, publicly asserted just that.
  • “Most vocal in confronting Barrett with highly unusual and bordering on unconstitutional “religious test” line of questioning were senators Al Franken, Dick Durbin, and Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein seemed most concerned, not about any matter of Barrett’s impeccable legal experience and qualifications, but that her Roman Catholicism is evidence enough: “that the dogma lives loudly within [her], and that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for years in this country.”
  • “That this line of questioning, at face value, may be easily explained away as merely the ill-considered efforts of a few hyper-partisan Democratic senators to score cheap political points at Barrett’s expense, or that they came dangerously close in appearing to erect an unconstitutional “religious test” for public service, is certainly cause enough for great national concern.”

Source: U.S. Senators Revive Anti-Catholic Bigotry To Intimidate Religious People

America’s Shifting Religious Makeup Could Spell Trouble For Both Parties but an opportunity for Jesus

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Here is some interesting data from FiveThirtyEight. The data is from a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). Since 2006, the proportion of Americans identifying as white evangelical Protestant, white Catholic, and white mainline Protestant have all dropped by 5 or 6 percentage points.

The median age of people who don’t identify with any religion (also called the “religiously unaffiliated”) is rising, which suggests that people who have left their faith tradition aren’t returning to the fold as they get married, start families or hit other major life milestones.

While this is being interpreted from a political point of view, I think Jesus would see this as an opportunity for the good news of God’s country (aka Kingdom). “What a huge harvest!” Jesus said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”

Here is a summary of what FiveThirtyEight had to say:

  • “This youth and diversity might seem like a gift to the Democratic Party, but it also presents a serious challenge for politicians hoping to present a compelling vision to voters who have a wide range of values and priorities. White Christians, especially white evangelical Protestants, have been a political powerhouse for the Republicans because of their enthusiasm and ideological unity. The religiously unaffiliated, according to the PRRI report, now constitute more than one-quarter of the Democratic base. “It’s really hard to find a message that speaks to someone who’s not religious at all and a devout Catholic or evangelical Protestant,” Cox said. “The danger for Democrats is that they don’t find ways to motivate all of these diverse groups, and those voters just stay home.”
  • “And the religiously unaffiliated — a plurality of whom don’t consider themselves part of any political party — are also less politically engaged than other religious groups and less likely to vote. “That’s partly because they’re younger,” Cox said, “but also because they’re not attached to formal institutions like churches.” Those institutions — especially churches — have been key for unifying voters around shared values and issues, and for motivating them to vote, according to Cox.
  • “There’s also evidence in the report that young religious voters of color in particular may feel less loyalty to the Democrats than older generations did. Only 35 percent of Hispanic Catholics under the age of 30 identify as Democrats, compared to 56 percent of Hispanic Catholic seniors. Similarly, just 58 percent of black Protestants under 30 say they’re Democrats, compared to 79 percent of black Protestants over the age of 65.”

Source: America’s Shifting Religious Makeup Could Spell Trouble For Both Parties | FiveThirtyEight

It’s Time to Call Out False Teachers Who Distort God’s Word on Abortion

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Here are some great thoughts  by Susan Wright at Red State. Jesus calls on us to speak the truth of his good news.

“It’s time for American Christians and church leaders to start publicly calling out those among their ranks that preach a gospel other than that of Christ, per Galatians 1:6-8.

“As the Apostle Paul (so rightly) wrote to the churches in Galatia:

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” – Galatians 1:6-7 NIV

“It is churches that preach another gospel, that act outside of God’s direction, all for the purpose of getting butts in the pews and dollars in the offering plate, or who are under the leadership of flesh-driven frauds that are distorting the Word and keeping the American church from being a true force cutting through the darkness of this present age.

“Too many otherwise decent, Bible-believing church bodies remain silent, feeling that we can peacefully coexist, praying in those who crave the sustenance of Jesus Christ’s message delivered rightly. Meanwhile, these charlatans and workers of iniquity continue to pervert the Word, leading many astray.

“We are not here to tickle ears and make the world comfortable in its sin. We are to bring a sword and do battle, knowing some will fall, the world will hate us for it, but for those who receive the truth, they will accept Christ and be saved.”

Source: It’s Time to Call Out False Teachers Who Distort God’s Word on Abortion

Should Sex Ed Teach Abstinence? Most Americans Say Yes

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The Barna Group has looked into the issue of sex education in schools. Demonstrably missing in sex education is a discussion of abstinence. Most Americans believe that should be the approach.

“When asked whether they personally believe it’s OK for teens to have sex, assuming the sex is consensual and a contraceptive is used, 37 percent of all adults affirm such sexual activity among teens—and males much more so than females (46% and 28%, respectively). Sexual behavior is a topic on which generations predictably disagree, and Millennials really stand apart. Among Millennials, more than half (54%) feel consensual, safe sex among teens is OK.

“While seven in 10 adults (71%) believe sex education classes should primarily use practical skills to reinforce waiting for sex, a smaller majority of Millennials agree (57%). This compares to much higher rates among Gen X (74%), Boomers (75%) and Elders (85%). The other 43 percent of Millennials believe sex education should communicate that teen sex is OK, so long as young people consent and use contraception. Overall, only 29 percent of adults agree with this approach. Additionally, Millennials (38%) are more likely to say federal funding should be used to support this point of view compared to Boomers (9%) and Elders (6%).

Source: Should Sex Ed Teach Abstinence? Most Americans Say Yes – Barna Group

If You Live in Freedom, Thank the British Empire

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Was the British Empire a good or bad thing for the world? To put it another way, is freedom a good or bad thing for the world? Historian and author H.W. Crocker III explains why we may want to rethink the British Empire’s bad rap.

Script: Over the last 400 years, what power has done the most to spread the ideals of limited government, an independent judiciary, certain inalienable rights, and free markets? That power would be the British Empire.

It was Britain that gave these ideals to the United States. It was the British Empire, the largest empire the world has ever known, which made these ideals global aspirations. It was the British Empire, along with America, that defended these ideals in two colossal world wars. Freedom was an Englishman’s right—and wherever he went, he took that right with him. Whether he was an English colonist in America, governing himself through a locally-elected assembly; or an English adventurer, like Sir Stamford Raffles, creating the free-market city-state of Singapore; or an English officer, like T.E. Lawrence, leading Arab tribesmen against the Turks, the British always thought of themselves as liberators, as bringers of freedom.

The British believed the final and necessary justification of their empire was a moral one. The British kept the peace; they brought sound, honest administration; and they insisted that basic moral standards were honored. The British did not try to nation-build in the way we think of it now. They were under no illusions about making Arabs or Afghans or Zulus into Englishmen.

They were more than content to leave people alone, to let them be themselves, to govern them with the lightest possible hand. In American history, we remember this when we think of the British Empire’s so-called “benign neglect.” We can see it throughout the history of the British Empire. Think about the vast territory of the Sudan—it was governed by 140 British civil-servants. Even Gandhi praised the British Empire, paraphrasing Jefferson, saying that he believed that the best government was the government that governed least, and that he found that the British Empire guaranteed his freedom and governed him least of all. In the defense of freedom, the empire drew moral lines.

No power did more to abolish slavery and the slave trade in the modern world than did the British Empire. The British treasury spent enormous sums to liberate slaves and compensate slave-owners in the Caribbean. The Royal Navy had, as a primary duty, the eradication of the slave-trade—and, in fact, abolishing the slave trade become a major factor driving the expansion of the British Empire. The British enforced a Pax Britannica, putting down pirates, taming headhunters, and keeping the peace between previously warring tribes and religions. While respecting—and often ruling through—local leaders, the British still insisted on certain Judeo-Christian moral standards. They were not, in that respect, multiculturalists.

They had a firm sense of right and wrong. When Sir Charles Napier was confronted by the practice of suttee – widow-burning – in India, he told the Brahmin priests involved that he understood it was their custom. But the British had a custom, too: They hanged men who burned women alive, and their goods were confiscated. So, if the Brahmins insisted on continuing their tradition of widow-burning, then he would insist on following his British tradition of hanging the murderers of widows. Widow-burning in India soon ceased. For the complete script, visit https://www.prageru.com/courses/histo…

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The Skinny On Kids’ Rights In Public Schools Teaching Transgenderism

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Here are some things we know:

  • God created Adam and Eve, the first human beings, in his own image, equal before God as persons, and distinct as male and female.
  • That divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God’s original creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing.
  • That the differences between male and female reproductive structures are integral to God’s design for self-conception as male or female.
  • That those born with a physical disorder of sex development are created in the image of God and have dignity and worth equal to all other image-bearers. They are acknowledged by our Lord Jesus in his words about “eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb.” With all others they are welcome as faithful followers of Jesus the Messiah and should embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known.
  • That self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture.

Some great insight on transgenderism by at The Federalist.

“General principles of First Amendment jurisprudence make that much clear. More than 70 years ago in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, the Supreme Court held that public schools could not force students to salute a flag, explaining: “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”

“Here’s what that means for classmates of a student presenting at school as transgendered. A school cannot mandate that other children “mis-sex” a gender-dysphoric student. In other words, a pupil cannot be forced to call a boy a girl, or refer to a boy as a “she” or “her.” Nor can a school insist that pupils celebrate a “gender-reveal” or “coming out” of a gender-dysphoric classmate through applause or other affirming behavior.

“Additionally, teachers may not require students to believe the transgender lessons taught in school or to profess such a belief in classroom discussions, on examinations, or otherwise. If instructors test students on theories of gender identity, students would be well within their rights to annotate questions or responses to make them accurate. To illustrate, if a teacher posed this question: “What pronoun should you use to refer to a transgender man?” A student could response with a caveat, along these lines: “You told the class to refer to a transgender man with masculine pronouns.”

Source: The Skinny On Kids’ Rights In Public Schools Teaching Transgenderism

Marriage 2.0: Software Review

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This is well worth reading and will help understand the programmers intent with Wife 1.0

Enjoy!

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A newly married man wrote this to a computer *Data Analyst*

Dear Data Analyst

I am desperate for some help! I recently upgraded my program from *Girlfriend 7.0* to *Wife 1.0* following acceptance of theoath from the KJVBible Instruction Manualand found that the new *Wife 1.0* program began unexpected Child Processing? *Wife 1.0* has also taken up a lot of space and valuable resources. This wasn’t explicitly mentioned in the _KJV instruction manual?

In addition *Wife 1.0* installs itself into all other programs and launches during systems initialisation at the start of each day and then it constantly monitors all other system activities.

Applications such as *”Boys’ Night out 2.5″* and *”Golf 5.3″* no longer run, and crashes the system whenever selected.

Attempting to operate selected *”Soccer 6.3″* always fails and *”Church 5.1″* and *”Shopping 7.1″* runs instead.

I cannot seem to keep *Wife 1.0* in the background whilst…

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More Americans now say they’re “spiritual but not religious”. Are they “self-identifying” with Jesus?

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I have always found the term “spiritual but not religious” to be somewhat odd and even confusing.

Wikipedia has this to say. “Spiritual but not religious” (SBNR) is a popular phrase and initialism used to self-identify a life stance of spirituality that takes issue with organized religion as the sole or most valuable means of furthering spiritual growth.”

It somewhat sounds like Jesus. He was constantly railing on the religious leaders. I don’t think most people who say this “self-identify” with Jesus.

Below is from: More Americans now say they’re spiritual but not religious | Pew Research Center

  • “Some people may see the term “spiritual but not religious” as indecisive and devoid of substance. Others embrace it as an accurate way to describe themselves. What is beyond dispute, however, is that the label applies to a growing share of Americans.
  • “About a quarter of U.S. adults (27%) now say they think of themselves as spiritual but not religious, up 8 percentage points in five years, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted between April 25 and June 4 of this year. This growth has been broad-based: It has occurred among men and women; whites, blacks and Hispanics; people of many different ages and education levels; and among Republicans and Democrats. For instance, the share of whites who identify as spiritual but not religious has grown by 8 percentage points in the past five years.

Here are some illustrative charts of a recent survey from Pew.

If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism

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Did you know that since 1970, the percentage of humanity living in extreme poverty has fallen 80 percent? How did that happen?

Jesus declared that we would always have the poor but challenged us to do something about it. Jesus, was not a capitalist. Jesus lived in a brutal dictatorship. Jesus challenges us to focus on wealth in God’s country not this one.

Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, explains.

Script: The next time you hear someone complain about capitalism, consider this: The percentage of people living at starvation level poverty has fallen 80% since 1970. Before then, more than one in four people around the world were living on a dollar a day or less.

Today, it’s about one in twenty. This is the greatest anti-poverty achievement in world history. So, how did this remarkable transformation come to pass? Was it the fabulous success of the United Nations? The generosity of U.S. foreign aid? The brilliant policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank? Stimulus spending? Government redistribution? No. It was none of those things.

It was capitalism. Billions of souls around the world have been able to pull themselves out of poverty thanks to five incredible innovations: globalization, free trade, property rights, the rule of law, and entrepreneurship. Globalization means the ever-increasing ability to move goods, people, and ideas from one distant location to another.

Free trade is open access to markets and people from all over the world with few, if any, barriers. Property rights is ensuring that what belongs to you can’t be taken away on a whim by the state. The rule of law safeguards contracts, assuring that they will be respected and lived up to whether the deal is made in Peru or Poland. And entrepreneurship is the creativity of free people to dream up new products that we never knew we wanted or needed.

It’s worth noting that in places like East Asia, these five things were all made possible by the historic peace after World War II that resulted from America’s global diplomatic and military presence. Let me put this in a slightly different way: The ideals of free enterprise and global leadership, central to capitalism and American conservatism, are responsible for the greatest reduction in human misery since mankind began its long climb from the swamp to the stars. This remarkable progress has been America’s gift to the world.

So, if these American conservative ideals have done so much to lift up the world’s poor, you would think conservative ideas would be gaining strength every single day – everywhere. And not just gaining strength among conservatives, but also among young idealists, immigrants, minorities, and advocates for the poor—all embracing the principles of free enterprise and unleashing its power on behalf of the vulnerable. But this hasn’t happened. To the contrary, capitalism is struggling to attract new followers. Indeed, some believe it’s destined to fade away – just as it has in much of Europe. According to a Harvard Study, only 42% of young Americans 18 to 29 have a favorable view of capitalism.

What explains this discrepancy between the incredible results of capitalism and its popularity? Why does capitalism get such bad rap? One answer is simple: The defenders of free enterprise have done a terrible job of telling people how much good the system has done around the world. Capitalism has saved a couple billion people, and we have treated this miracle like a state secret.

According to a 2013 survey, 84 percent of Americans are unaware of the progress made against poverty worldwide. Indeed, more than two-thirds think global hunger has actually gotten worse.

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Who supports the “Nashville Statement”?

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The Nashville Statement has made national news, even though it represents not a scintilla of change from historic Christian orthodoxy. Jesus is clear. Jesus hasn’t changed his mind.

The document, signed by a globe-spanning, denomination-crossing list of Christian theologians, ethicists, and ministry leaders, calls for fidelity to biblical sexuality. The are following Jesus. They are clear.

The secular pushback to the document was altogether expected. But an article in the Washington Post—bearing the gentle title “Why even conservative evangelicals are unhappy with the anti-LGBT Nashville Statement”—argues that “conservative evangelicals” are opposing the statement.

Not many are, it turns out; Katelyn Beaty quotes all of five evangelicals, most of whom agree with the document’s core commitments, but object to its tone. Given that more than 170 men and women signed the statement, things seem a bit overblown.

Source: The Nashville Statement Isn’t About Trump, And Evangelicals Support It

 

How Teens Spend Their After-School Hours

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The Barna Group does some great research. This report validates what many of us feel in our gut about inappropriate use of technology by teens. The culture war is tough enough with this fight added on top of it.

The family is the key. This is where the tough work has to be done. There are some great resources here for us.

  • Smartphones are changing the way an entire generation spends their time. Teens (or iGen, as some have named them) have come of age in a world dominated by devices and unfettered access to the web—and it’s dramatically altering their behavior. According to a recent article in The Atlantic, author Jean Twenge shows that although teens are partying and drinking less, they are feeling more depressed and isolated than ever as they spend increasing amounts of time glued to their smartphones.
  • “In his new book, The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, Andy Crouch explores the important role of the family in helping young people to navigate the demands of current technology. Recent research conducted by Barna for Andy’s book provides some insight into how young people spend their time when they aren’t at school (as reported by their parents), further illustrating the impact of technology on their lives.
  • “Between the school dismissal bell and the call for dinner, how do kids fill their time? If you picture an idyllic afternoon of bike rides, playgrounds and ice cream trucks, think again. These days, it’s almost impossible to imagine an off-the-grid, device-free existence, and this is especially true of children who have come of age in a tech-saturated world. In fact, most of the after-school activities of children involve technology. A significant majority of children (64%) watch television or movies after school, regardless of their age group. More than four in 10 (42%) play video games, but this is much more common among children ages 9–12 (48%) and 13–17 (49%). More than one-quarter (27%) spend their free time on social media or texting with friends, though this is primarily an activity among the 13–17 age group (48%). Half as many 9–12 year olds (25%) do the same, as well as only 13 percent of those eight or younger. One in four (25%) spend time browsing online, another activity dominated by teens.

Source: How Teens Spend Their After-School Hours – Barna Group

Victimizing Women: Islamic Laws vs. Multiculturalism

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According to the Gatestone Institute, in Britain, abusive practices against Muslim women are still undertaken by Sharia Councils with impunity. These practices include “triple talaq,” halala (a ritual enabling a divorced Muslim woman to remarry her husband only by first wedding someone else, consummating the union, and then being divorced by him) and iddah, a mandatory waiting period of three menstrual cycles before a divorced woman is allowed to remarry.

Unfortunately, women suffer in most Muslim countries. It is a clear abomination of what Jesus expects. There is justice in God’s country.

  • The majority of the judges nevertheless determined that “triple talaq” was actually “against the basic tenets of the Holy Quran,” and “what is bad in theology is bad in law as well.” According to the decision, the practice was in violation of Article 14 of India’s constitution, which guarantees the right to equality.
  • In Britain, abusive practices against Muslim women are still undertaken by Sharia Councils with impunity. In the West, the supposed dangers of multiculturalism are still regarded as more important than human rights. All Britain would need to do is enforce its own laws.
  • What supporters of this form of multiculturalism fail to realize — or refuse to acknowledge — is that the very existence of Sharia-compliant tribunals is not only a threat to modern justice, but necessarily abets the abuse of Muslim women, lack of equality, and the total lack of equal justice under law. In truth, justice is denied.

Source: Victimizing Women: Islamic Laws vs. Multiculturalism

Liberals in a Tizzy. We must focus on what will make a difference. Is it statues?

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Why do we want to remove statues and monuments? To understand it Walter Williams suggests that we need a review of the promises black and white liberals have been making for decades. What should we focus on? What will make a difference.

  • In 1940, the black poverty rate was 87 percent. By 1960, it had fallen to 47 percent. During that interval, blacks were politically impotent. There were no anti-poverty programs or affirmative action programs. Nonetheless, this poverty reduction exceeded that in any other 20-year interval. But the black leadership argued that more was necessary.
  • They said that broad advancement could not be made unless blacks gained political power. Fifty years ago, there were fewer than 1,000 black elected officials nationwide. According to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, by 2011 there were roughly 10,500 black elected officials, not to mention a black president.
  • In 1940, 86 percent of black children were born inside marriage, and the black illegitimacy rate was about 15 percent. Today, only 35 percent of black children are born inside marriage, and the illegitimacy rate hovers around 75 percent.

Source: Liberals in a Tizzy, by Walter E.Williams | Creators Syndicate

The Latest Victim of the Campus Hate Industry

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Robbie Travers is a 21-year-old law student at the University of Edinburgh and an articulate, insightful contributor to Gatestone as well as other websites. In his essays, he has illuminated the topsy-turvy values that dominate contemporary British political discourse – as exemplified by the refusal of the Speaker of the House of Commons to invite President Trump to address Parliament and the refusal of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to ban Al Qaeda from Britain as a terrorist organization.

Now, Travers has become the victim of the very forces about which he has written. In April, after the US Air Force carried out a successful anti-ISIS action, he posted a comment on Facebook:

“Excellent news that the US administration and Trump ordered an accurate strike on an Isis network of tunnels in Afghanistan. I’m glad we could bring these barbarians a step closer to collecting their 72 virgins.”

It was no different from a British subject during World War II celebrating the invasion of Normandy. But Travers’s comment offended first-year history student Esme Allman, who filed a complaint with the university. In it, she charged that Travers had violated the student code of conduct and accused him of “blatant Islamaphobia [sic]” and of putting “minority students at risk and in a state of panic and fear.”

As a result of Allman’s complaint, the university is now investigating Travers on “hate crime” charges. A spokesman for the university explained that it is “committed to providing an environment in which all members of the university community treat each other with dignity and respect.” Travers, for his part, has described Allman’s complaint as retaliation for a social-media posting in which he had drawn attention to a comment by Allman that “all men are trash.”

  • “All men are trash.” — Esme Allman.
  • Allman is a young woman who, although a student at one of the finest universities on earth, considers herself to be a multiply oppressed victim and who sees the world around her as swarming with oppressors. She has been so well-schooled in the idea that whites are always the oppressors and dark-skinned people always the victims that when she sees a fellow British subject rooting for his own nation’s side in a war against jihadists, her first and only thought is to brand him an “Islamophobe” — this, even though the enemy in that war are men who would force her into a burka or consider her, as an infidel, deserving of rape and/or death.
  • So it is that Robbie Travers, whose only offense is believing in freedom and opposing a totalitarian ideology, has found himself in hot water — a real victim of a mentality that is all about power and dogma even as its pretends to be devoted to “dignity and respect” for all.

Source: The Latest Victim of the Campus Hate Industry

Political parties and God’s country (aka Kingdom)

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I’ve come to eschew political parties, including being Independent. God has a goal for me. It isn’t to be political. That raises some questions.

  • Jesus challenges us to be citizens of God’s country (aka Kingdom). That is really the issue. Who is in charge? The President? Jesus challenges me to know that God has put him in charge of God’s country.
  • Does that mean I should have political opinions? I can have opinions. Jesus challenges me to have them formed out of what God thinks is important. This is the tough thing because it is easy to jump down the rabbit hole.
  • Should I vote? I should. I can. That doesn’t mean I must.
  • What about the culture of this world that clearly is in opposition to what Jesus wants?  Consider the Apostle Paul, “Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.”

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Law Professors Condemned as Racist After Praising America’s 1950s ‘Bourgeois Culture’

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UPenn Professor Amy Wax and University of San Diego’s Lawrence Alexander were slammed by a group of 54 UPenn doctoral students and alumni as “promoting hate and bigotry under the guise of ‘intellectual debate'” in their piece titled, “Paying the price for breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture,” published earlier this month by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Here is the premise they argue for. Do you agree these values are important?

  • Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake.
  • Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness.
  • Go the extra mile for your employer or client.
  • Be a patriot, ready to serve the country.
  • Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable.
  • Avoid coarse language in public.
  • Be respectful of authority.
  • Eschew substance abuse and crime.

Neither Wax nor Alexander have wavered on their views despite the blowback.

“What the objections boil down to is that the bourgeois virtues are somehow racist, or somehow cause racism—contentions that I and my co-author expressly contest, of course. But if, indeed, bourgeois values are so racist, the progressive critics should be out there in the street demonstrating against them, stripping them from their own lives, and forbidding their children to practice them. They should be chanting, ‘No more work, more crime, more out of wedlock babies, forget thrift, let’s get high!’ … Of course, there’s little chance we’re going to see anything like that, which shows the hollowness, indeed the silliness, of the critiques.”

Alexander said he “would change nothing” about the piece.

“The charges of racism, white supremacy, etc. are, sadly, the predictable responses of those who can’t refute the claims we made. And those charges are laughable, given that I was a civil rights marcher and have a multi-racial family. But, of course, when you don’t have the facts on your side, you resort to calling names. Pathetic!”

Source: Law Professors Condemned as Racist After Praising America’s 1950s ‘Bourgeois Culture’

When “Progressivism” Crushes Muslim Women

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You would think that liberals and progressives would support women in Muslim countries. Women are being victimized. It is brutal and horrible on every level. It must stop. The blood of Muslim women calls out for God’s justice.

Some great points below from Gatestone:

  • It seems illogical for self-described “progressives” to turn a blind eye to the misery of fellow females forced to endure the kind of unimaginable treatment documented by best-selling authors Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Azar Nafisi.
  • The reason for that is rooted in a regard for “multiculturalism” in which anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism are considered more vital than the victimization of women.
  • There is, of course, never any mention of the “people who suffered under Eastern colonialism,” such as the Iranian victims of the current regime, or the victims of al-Qaeda and ISIS, or the nearly 11,000,000 Muslims killed since 1948. Of these, 90% by other Muslims; only 3% by Israel.

Source: When “Progressivism” Crushes Muslim Women

Big Abortion Strikes Out In Protests Against Pregnancy Help Centers

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From the Federalist:

  • For all the bluster about “choice,” “access,” and “reproductive health,” the abortion industry and its assorted fans in Hollywood, politics, and the media have a remarkable tendency to swing for the fences and come up empty. That fact is becoming clearer to see every day.
  • Take, for instance, the recently failed “Expose Fake Clinics” campaign, starring Comedy Central and leftist icon Lizz Winstead and her abortion-extremist group, “Lady Parts Justice League.” Seeking to “expose” pregnancy centers that offer women the help they need to make an informed choice during an unexpected pregnancy, all Lady Parts Justice League exposed was its own ignorance of the facts.

Source: Big Abortion Strikes Out In Protests Against Pregnancy Help Centers

“If you can’t see how God works things out, then I think you’re the blind one.” ~Jake Olson

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Now this is an incredible story. God is in a good mood for sure.

“USC called a timeout after its last touchdown. … Coach Clay Helton was putting in a new long snapper, Jake Olson. Olson is blind. His snap was perfect, the point-after attempt was good and Olson got a big ovation” at the Coliseum, per the L.A. Times.

  • “Eight years after the USC football program adopted him after he lost both of his eyes to retinoblastoma, a rare form of [retinal] cancer, and three years after he joined the team as a walk-on [on a scholarship for disabled athletes], Olson snapped the ball in an official game for the first time.”
  • Olson, sweating through his uniform after the game: “There’s a beauty in it … If you can’t see how God works things out, then I think you’re the blind one.”
  • USC beat Western Michigan, 49-31.

Source: Axios AM – Axios

What is the Nashville Statement and why is it important to the United States?

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Recently a number of Christian leaders signed a document called the Nashville Statement. It’s a basic declaration of Christian orthodoxy on sexuality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.

Its 14 articles can be boiled down to a simple statement: We believe the Bible is the word of God, and the word of God declares that sexual intimacy is reserved for the lifelong union of a man and a woman in marriage.

It acknowledges the reality of same-sex attraction as well as the reality of transgender self-conceptions, but denies that God sanctions same-sex sexual activity or a transgendered self-conception that is at odds with biological reality.

In other words, it’s basic Christianity.

Of course, it was immediately attacked by group after group.

Jesus doesn’t get into politics. Everything Jesus said supports the Nashville Statement. As a follower of Jesus, I get to decide who to believe. I decide to believe Jesus.

Source: Nashville Mayor Barry Attacks Basic Christian Belief | National Review

John Kelly Gold Star Family Response: God Bless Them 

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White House chief of staff John Kelly, addressing reporters Thursday, describing the process of notifying the families of those slain while in uniform.

Thank God for men like John Kelly. His insight is significant and shame on those who belittle his heartfelt understanding.

A casualty officer typically goes to the home very early in the morning and waits for the first lights to come on. And then he knocks on the door; typically a mom and dad will answer, a wife. And if there is a wife, this is happening in two different places; if the parents are divorced, three different places. And the casualty officer proceeds to break the heart of a family member and stays with that family until – well, for a long, long time, even after the internment.

So that’s what happens. Who are these young men and women? They are the best 1 percent this country produces. Most of you, as Americans, don’t know them. Many of you don’t know anyone who knows any one of them. But they are the very best this country produces, and they volunteer to protect our country when there’s nothing in our country anymore that seems to suggest that selfless service to the nation is not only appropriate, but required.

But that’s all right . . .  As I walk off the stage, understand there’s tens of thousands of American kids, mostly, doing their nation’s bidding all around the world. They don’t have to be in uniform. You know, when I was a kid, every man in my life was a veteran — World War II, Korea, and there was the draft. These young people today, they don’t do it for any other reason than their selfless — sense of selfless devotion to this great nation. We don’t look down upon those of you who that haven’t served.

In fact, in a way we’re a little bit sorry because you’ll have never have experienced the wonderful joy you get in your heart when you do the kinds of things our service men and women do — not for any other reason than they love this country. So just think of that.

Source: John Kelly Gold Star Family Response: Bless Them | National Review

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

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Freedom doesn’t come with out some costs. For many, that has been paid by their life. Our freedom was first secured by men who were willing to die for it.

Freedom is a precious asset of our country.

What am I willing to do to support freedom? Perhaps loose a few friends. Perhaps offend a few people. Perhaps suffer a few trolls on Twitter. I somehow doubt I will have to die for it.

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

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How’s Socialism Doing in Venezuela?

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Venezuela is falling apart. Its economy? Ruined. Its people? Hungry. Its government? Corrupt.

It is a shame to see what is happening. Jesus wants us to help the poor. Jesus calls on us to love.

So what happened? In a word, socialism. Debbie D’Souza, a native Venezuelan and political activist, explains.

 

Conservative religious leaders sign anti-LGBT statement on sexuality — The Nashville Statement

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A nationwide coalition of more than 150 conservative Christian leaders signed a statement, affirming their beliefs on human sexuality, including that marriage is between one man and one woman and approval of “homosexual immorality” is sinful.

  • The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s list of 14 beliefs, referred to as the Nashville Statement, is a response to an increasingly post-Christian, Western culture that thinks it can change God’s design for humans, according to the statement.
  • “Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be,” the statement from the coalition members reads.
  • The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood convened a meeting of evangelical leaders, pastors and scholars at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s annual conference in Nashville. The coalition discussed and endorsed the statement.
  • Jesus is clear that marriage is only between a man and woman.

Source: Conservative religious leaders sign anti-LGBT statement on sexuality

While we’re toppling offensive symbols, what about the Democratic Party?

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John Kass with the Chicago Tribune makes a good point. Why shouldn’t we also attack the one racist institution that enabled the statues to be erected in the first place?

It is interesting, but worth noting, there wasn’t a single slave that was ever owned by a Republican. 100% of the owners were Democrats.

So … who are the racist?

“The Democratic Party historically is the party of slavery. The Democratic Party is the party of Jim Crow laws. The Democratic Party fought civil rights for a century.

And so by rights — or at least by the standards established by the Cultural Revolutionaries of today’s American left — we should ban the Democratic Party.

Not only get rid of it in the present, but strike its very name from the history books, and topple all Democratic statues of leaders who benefited, prospered and became wealthy by cleaving to the party. And shame Democrats until they confess the truth of it.

The Democratic Party’s military arm in the South was the KKK. The Democratic Party opposed the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, making the former slaves citizens of the United States and giving them the vote.

If the new Cultural Revolution was serious, wouldn’t it also demand that the Democratic Party be put in a museum somewhere, away from decent people, along with those Confederate statues?”

Source: While we’re toppling offensive symbols, what about the Democratic Party? – Chicago Tribune

Who Does a $15 Minimum Wage Help?

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Would a nationwide $15 minimum wage help or hurt American workers? Andy Puzder, former CEO of the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., explains.

Script:

Progressive politicians love to talk about raising the minimum wage.

It makes them sound caring, compassionate, concerned. They’re on the side of the worker, standing against the greedy employer.

The current call is for a national $15-an-hour minimum wage – more than double the current federal rate of $7.25.

A number of cities and states are already there – including New York, California, Washington D.C. and Seattle. Others are considering it.

The left casts the minimum wage debate as a war between employee and employer. But most business owners pay their workers as much as they can. Finding and keeping good people is the hardest part of any employer’s job.

I know. For 17 years, I ran CKE restaurants, the parent company for Carl’s Jr. and Hardees. Our company and franchised restaurants employed over 75,000 people, but, as with most retail businesses, our profit margins were razor thin.

Based on my experience, if we adopt a national minimum wage of $15, here’s what will happen:

1. A lot of people will lose their jobs or have their hours reduced. According to a 2014 Congressional Budget Office study, just a $10 minimum wage would cost half a million jobs as businesses terminate employees. Obviously, far more jobs would be lost at $15 an hour. To survive, employers would have to reduce hours even for workers who manage to keep their jobs. That’s a pay cut.

2. Businesses will close, and the jobs they created will disappear. A recent report from researchers at the Harvard Business School found that each $1 increase in the minimum wage results in a 4-10% increase in the likelihood of restaurants closing. An over $7 an hour increase, to $15, would be devastating not only for restaurants, but for small businesses and their employees.

3. Young people will lose that entry-level job opportunity. My first job was scooping ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1960s. I was paid just $1 an hour. But it taught me valuable lessons – like the importance of showing up on time, teamwork, and presenting a happy demeanor to customers. No one can get that better job until they have their first job.

4. The cost of all workers will have to go up. If you hire a dishwasher at $15 an hour, your cooks will be unhappy with their wages. You’re going to have to pay everybody more, which increases labor costs across the board. That’s more pressure on profits. Too much pressure and you’re out of business.

5. Fewer people will open businesses. $15 an hour is a very steep hill to climb. Would-be entrepreneurs will do the math on labor costs and realize it’s just not worth the risk. This is a real cost to the economy that we can’t measure. A company that never exists never employs anyone.

6. Prices for everything will go up as businesses pass higher labor costs along to consumers. One of two things will happen: Either consumers won’t pay the higher prices and businesses will lay off workers or close, or consumers will pay higher prices and have less money to spend elsewhere. Either way, the higher minimum wage will represent a drag on the overall economy.

For the complete script, visit https://www.prageru.com/courses/econo…

Scientific America’s Transgenderism Issue Only Delegitimizes Science

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Scientific America’s opening salvo is an editorial with the headline, “Why the New Science of Sex & Gender Matters for Everyone.”

The piece is astonishing not just because it’s poorly written and ill-conceived—one would expect more from such smart people—but also because it offers no evidence to back up its claim there is “new science” on sex and gender.

Here’s how it begins:

Sex is supposed to be simple—at least at the molecular level. The biological explanations that appear in textbooks amount to X + X = and X + Y = . Venus or Mars, pink or blue. As science looks more closely, however, it becomes increasingly clear that a pair of chromosomes do not always suffice to distinguish girl/boy—either from the standpoint of sex (biological traits) or of gender (social identity).

So you would think that science would cite multiple peer-reviewed studies or a meta-analysis of a body of work to prove this so-called “new” science, the article instead offers this:

“Researchers have found XY cells in a 94-year-old woman, and surgeons discovered a womb in a 70-year-old man, a father of four.” There is no link to either case in the magazine or online version; a Google search comes up empty. Pretty thin gruel for a bold proclamation that we are “biological hybrids on a male-female continuum.”

Really? That’s it?

I wouldn’t think that science would support facts over feelings. But I guess I am behind the times scientifically.

Source: Scientific American’s Transgenderism Issue Only Delegitimizes Science

Outspoken critic of same-sex practices leaves Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

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Robert A.J. Gagnon, a biblical scholar who became one of the most outspoken and polarizing opponents of same-sex practice in a generation of debates within his and other Protestant denominations, has resigned from the faculty of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

The seminary is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a denomination that debated sexuality for decades before deciding in 2011 to ordain non-celibate gays and lesbians and in 2015 to authorize same-sex marriages in its churches. Mr. Gagnon, an ordained elder in the denomination, spoke out often against such liberalizing trends.

Source: Outspoken critic of same-sex practices leaves Pittsburgh Theological Seminary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

California Law Threatens Jail Time for Dissenters from Transgender Dogma 

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California may see itself as a leader on criminal-justice reform, but it is on its way to creating a whole new class of criminals: citizens who use “him” to refer to a man and “her” for a woman.

The “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights” has already been passed by California’s state senate and by its state assembly.

It would impose left-wing dogma by force of law.

Source: California Law Threatens Jail Time for Dissenters from Transgender Dogma | National Review

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe: New Official Report

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So how are we doing with anti-antisemitism these days? Anti-Semitic violence is on the rise in Europe and the chief perpetrators are Muslims. But many politicians and news media have been so indefatigable in their efforts to obscure this uncomfortable fact that one is always grateful for official — or, at least, semi-official — confirmation of what everyone already knows.

  • Examining statistics from France, Britain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Russia, Enstad points out that one of these seven countries “clearly stands out with a very low number” of anti-Semitic incidents despite its “relatively large Jewish population…”
  • Absurdly, whenever a perpetrator draws a swastika, the Swedish government automatically considers it a “right-wing” act.
  • Enstad concludes that right-wingers, in all four of the major Western European countries in his study, “constitute a clear minority of perpetrators.” Indeed, “in France, Sweden and the UK (but not in Germany) the perpetrator was perceived to be left-wing more often than right-wing.”

Source: Anti-Semitism in Europe: New Official Report

What Gives Censors Any Right to Censor?

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What Gives Censors Any Right to Censor? We definitely need to think all of the nonsense associated with the current free speech debate.

Defenders of free speech have offered some familiar but still trenchant rebuttals:

  • Who decides what is acceptable? Do liberals really want to give a Republican Congress and, for Pete’s sake, Donald Trump the authority to decide which speech to punish?
  • Where do you draw the line? In Europe, courts have fined and imprisoned people not just for classic hate speech, but also for “glorifying terrorism” with a puppet show, saying mean things on Facebook, and posting “cruel humor” on Twitter, among a great deal else.
  • What about blowback? As Washington Post ombudsman Margaret Sullivan suggested in a recent column: “Imagine a civil rights march that is shut down because officials fear a violent response from racists.” She quotes Justin Silverman, of the New England First Amendment Coalition, who points out that until relatively recently “rallies for equality and civil rights were considered offensive and unpopular.”

Source: What Gives Censors Any Right to Censor? – Reason.com

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How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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John Bolton, as always, has some great ideas about Iran.

  • “Although candidate Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement, his administration has twice decided to remain in the deal. It so certified to Congress, most recently in July, as required by law.”
  • “Before the second certification, Trump asked repeatedly for alternatives to acquiescing yet again in a policy he clearly abhorred. But no such options were forthcoming, despite “a sharp series of exchanges” between the president and his advisers, as the New York Times and similar press reports characterized it.”
  • “Many outside the administration wondered how this was possible: Was Trump in control, or were his advisers? Defining a compelling rationale to exit Obama’s failed nuclear deal and elaborating a game plan to do so are quite easy. In fact, Steve Bannon asked me in late July to draw up just such a game plan for the president — the option he didn’t have — which I did.”

Source: How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal

When Feminists Join Islamist Terrorists

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Where are the feminists when it comes to radical Islamism? Alongside other social democrats, Federica Mogherini, the current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, recently visited the Islamist state of Iran to attend the official endorsement and inauguration of the regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani. Instead of enforcing the standards she professes — such as the strong support for women — she folded in with those around her.

Others who accepted Iran’s invitation were North Koreans, members of Hezbollah, and leaders of Hamas. All three of these groups are known for cruelty, especially against women, and crimes against humanity.

  • The fact is that these supposed feminists not only turn a blind eye to those atrocities, but their presence at these events actively endorses and legitimizes the rule of these dictators.
  • When the subject turns to the specific cases of millions of oppressed women around the world — such as Asia Bibi, a Christian mother on death row in Pakistan for seven years for taking a drink of water; or the 19-year-old who, this year, was raped by her cousin at gunpoint and then sentenced to death by stoning for “adultery”; or women who were forced to marry their rapists; or child marriages at 12,000 a day; or women who are beaten by their husbands or who have acid thrown in their faces; or women used as suicide bombers.
  • When Mogherini smiles in her hijab in Iran, she is delivering a strong blow to women rights movements that attempt to remove the compulsion of the obligatory hijab and grant women equal autonomy, education and freedom. She is empowering suppression.

Here is a message to people such as Mogherini and others like her is simple:

  • Do you have any conscience or sense of decency?
  • Or is it simply all about power, money, narcissism, and manipulations at the cost of the oppressed, including women?
  • Can you hear that little girl’s cry, or are your ears as deaf to it as the men who cause it?

Source: When Feminists Join Islamist Terrorists

“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” ~Thomas Jefferson

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The Federal government now owes over $20 trillion dollars to its creditors.

As you can see below, this is a massive problem no one seems to want to address.

I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements.”

Source: Thomas Jefferson

What does 20 trillion dollars look like in stacks of $100 bills?

$20 trillion in U.S. government debt

Here is the video.

Congress and the White House have until the end of December to raise the national debt limit before the federal government is faced with the prospect of either not paying its bondholders on time or deferring other bills.

Here’s a primer on the U.S. national debt, the debt limit and interest payments on the nation’s credit line:

Source: 5 facts about the national debt | Pew Research Center

Silicon Valley Liberals Ignore their Anti-Business History

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Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers.

During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a potential illiberal “outsourcer-in-chief” for investing in companies that went overseas in search of cheap labor.

The progressives are ignoring what is right under their nose. Why?

Consider:

  • Facebook, with 2 billion monthly global users, has now effectively cornered social media.
  • Google has monopolized internet searches — and modulates users’ search results to accommodate its own business profiteering.
  • Amazon is America’s new octopus. Its growing tentacles incorporate not just online sales but also media and food retailing.

The result was that they outsourced, offshored, monopolized, censored, and made billions — without much fear of media muckraking, trust-busting politicians, unionizing activists, or diversity lawsuits. Hip billionaire corporatism is one of the strangest progressive hypocrisies of our times.

Source: Silicon Valley Liberals Ignore their Anti-Business History | National Review

Study: Most People (Minorities Included) Rarely or Never Face Discrimination

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Professor Brian B. Boutwell, a professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice led a study that surveyed 14,000 Americans about their personal experiences with racism.

The study asked the following question,”In your day to day life, how often do you feel you have been treated with less respect or courtesy than other people?” and respondents could answer Never, Sometimes, or Often. When respondents answered Sometimes or Often, researchers followed up with, this question: “What do you think was the main reason for these experiences?” The respondents could choose from one of the following reasons: 1) race/ancestry/skin color; 2) gender; 3) age; 4) religion; 5) height or weight; 6) sexual orientation; 7) education or income; 8) physical disability; and 9) other.

Here is their conclusion:

Overall, 74.8 percent of people reported that they never or rarely faced discrimination in their daily lives. The breakdown by race is as follows:

White: 76.47 percent

Black: 67.80 percent

Hispanic: 68.12 percent

American Indian: 72.98 percent

Asian: 81.28 percent

Mixed Race: 73.01 percent

While we would like to see those numbers climb higher–and while a disheartening third of African-Americans reported experiencing discrimination–it’s pretty clear that experiencing discrimination based on race isn’t a given. That’s good news and reinforces the idea that most people are, well, people. Most of us live our lives and treat everyone pretty much the same.

Source: Study: Most People (Minorities Included) Rarely or Never Face Discrimination | Inc.com

They Serve Gay Clients, So Why Won’t They Cater A Same-Sex Wedding?

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This is, of course, the slippery slop we all feared. Whether an artist can be compelled to participate in a wedding is now going to the Supreme Court. 10 years ago, who would thought things would have moved so fast in this country.

God’s goal for me is to stand up for Jesus. Jesus is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Here is a great summary from an article in The Federalist.

  • Phillips’ legal battle centered on alleged discrimination, and free speech is expected to become a topic of national discussion when the Supreme Court hears his case later this year. The high court’s ruling in the 2015 case Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriages across the United States.
  • On Thursday at a Capitol Hill press conference, Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler (R-Missouri) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced that 86 members of Congress have signed on to an amicus brief in support of Phillips’ rights to free expression.
  • The Cato Institute, a leading libertarian think tank which supports same-sex marriage, also filed an amicus brief in his support. “Speech compulsions are just as unconstitutional as speech restrictions,” states an excerpt from their brief.
  • Most surprising to those opposing him, the Trump administration’s Justice Department also filed a brief supporting Phillips. “I find this nothing short of shocking,” said Louise Melling, deputy legal counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Source: They Serve Gay Clients, So Why Won’t They Cater A Same-Sex Wedding?

 

Does Israel Discriminate Against Arabs?

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Here is a great video from Prager University.

Does Israel discriminate against Arabs? Is it today’s version of apartheid South Africa? Olga Meshoe, herself a South African whose family experienced apartheid, settles the question once and for all.

Maybe you’ve heard someone say that Israel is an apartheid state. That Israel has a policy of segregating and oppressing the minority population within its borders – like South Africa once did.

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Maybe you’ve been so outraged by this information that you have considered joining the BDS movement––the effort to boycott, divest and sanction Israel until it ends its alleged “racist” policies.

I don’t blame you.

Apartheid is a great evil and deserves to be fought wherever we find it.

But here’s the thing: You won’t find apartheid in the State of Israel.

So, I’ll put it bluntly: The BDS movement is a slick propaganda effort built on lies.

I think I have the credibility to make this claim.

Having grown up in South Africa, and having spent a fair amount of time in Israel, I know what apartheid is and what it is not. My parents were raised under real apartheid where blacks were, by law, separated from whites at every level, from education to drinking fountains.

Blacks couldn’t vote, couldn’t own land, couldn’t live next to, or use the same transportation system as whites. I remember my father telling me about how my grandfather was kicked and humiliated in public by a young white boy. All he was permitted to say was, “Please stop, little boss.” That was the world my family lived in.

That was the world of apartheid South Africa.

But in Israel, the law is color-blind. Israeli Arabs have the same rights as Israeli Jews. They ride the same buses, study in the same schools, and are treated in the same hospitals. Arabs are elected to Israel’s parliament, serve as judges, and fight in the Israeli military.

On my first trip to Israel, the group I was with had a Jewish tour guide and an Arab bus driver. Imagine our surprise, having heard that Israel is an apartheid state. This would have been inconceivable in apartheid South Africa.

All these things would be self-evident to anyone who did any kind of actual research, or, even better, visited Israel––something I encourage everyone to do.

BDS doesn’t want you to do research or visit Israel. It depends on the ignorance of its audience. Sadly, on American college campuses, BDS has a significant presence. It succeeds by playing on the good intentions of good people through deliberate deception.

In short, they lie.

And lies really make me angry because lies empower evil.

Lies about blacks empowered apartheid in South Africa.

Lies about Jews made the Holocaust possible.

And lies about Israel are misleading a lot of good-hearted young people into opposing the only country in the entire Middle East that doesn’t segregate and oppress its minority population. Just ask the next Egyptian Copt or Iraqi Christian you meet on campus.

So, the question people should really be asking is: What does the BDS movement want?

The answer is simple. They want to destroy Israel.  They can’t do it militarily, so they try to do it through lies.

They say that Jews have no historic claim to Israel. Lie.

They say that Israel treats its Arabs as second-class citizens. Lie.

They say that Israel doesn’t want peace with its Arab neighbors. Lie.

If you tell lies, and you tell them often enough, people who don’t know the truth start to believe them.

The BDS movement’s leaders barely try to hide this charade. They will lie and say that they only want a Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel, and then they say this:

“We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine….Ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean upending the Jewish state itself.” That’s from Omar Barghouti, a founder of BDS.

Barghouti lives in Israel, so you might expect that he said this from inside an Israeli prison, like Nelson Mandela during South African apartheid.

You would be wrong.

Barghouti is a PhD student at Israel’s Tel Aviv University, where he enjoys the same rights as every Israeli.

My parents could only dream of that kind of freedom.

Is Israel a perfect country? No. There are as many perfect countries as there are perfect people. But to call it an apartheid state is not only an insult to the only democracy in the Middle East and the only country with equal rights for all its minorities, it’s also an insult to the actual victims of apartheid––like my parents and all those who suffered under it.

I’m Olga Meshoe for Prager University.

Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare: Here’s What the Data Actually Say

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The police have a tough job. I am confident I wouldn’t want to do it. I am thinking that most of the time they do it well. Occasionally they don’t.

Is there an epidemic of racism in the police departments in our country?

Let’s start with the question of fatal violence.

  • Last year, according to the Washington Post’s tally, just 16 unarmed black men, out of a population of more than 20 million, were killed by the police.
  • The year before, the number was 36.
  • These figures are likely close to the number of black men struck by lightning in a given year, considering that happens to about 300 Americans annually and black men are 7 percent of the population.
  • And they include cases where the shooting was justified, even if the person killed was unarmed.

Source: Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare: Here’s What the Data Actually Say | National Review

“It was an act of pure evil.” ~Donald J. Trump

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This says it all. Evil has struck America. President Trump calls it right.

As he said later in his statement, “May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.”

“My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil.”

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation, and they will provide updates as to the investigation and how it develops.

I want to thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and all of the first responders for their courageous efforts, and for helping to save the lives of so many. The speed with which they acted is miraculous, and prevented further loss of life. To have found the shooter so quickly after the first shots were fired is something for which we will always be thankful and grateful. It shows what true professionalism is all about.

Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one —a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period.

Scripture teaches us, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We seek comfort in those words, for we know that God lives in the hearts of those who grieve. To the wounded who are now recovering in hospitals, we are praying for your full and speedy recovery, and pledge to you our support from this day forward.

In memory of the fallen, I have directed that our great flag be flown at half-staff. I will be visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders, and the families of the victims.

In moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one — and it always has. We call upon the bonds that unite us— our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity.
Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today— and always will, forever.

In times such as these, I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.

Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. And we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.

May God bless the souls of the lives that are lost. May God give us the grace of healing. And may God provide the grieving families with strength to carry on.

Thank you. God bless America. Thank you.

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Why I Don’t Use Female Pronouns For My Transgender Brother

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The transgender assault is creating lots of challenges, including how we address the issue of what we call someone. In my mind, Bruce Jenner is Bruce, not Caitlyn.

It is not about the change of the name, people change their names enough. It is about the lie that a man is a woman. It simply isn’t so and being “polite” is not the truth.

Jesus says a lot about the truth. Consider “There’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests—look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular.

Here are some thoughts from  at The Federalist. His thoughts are very relevant since he has a transgender sibling.

“The demand that I refer to my sibling using a female pronoun is nothing less than thought policing. It is a demand that I assert what I do not believe, or at least a demand that I dare not evidence dissent from a particular pseudo-scientific understanding of human nature. Asking me to be polite is not the same thing as asking me to lie, or worse, to accept a lie as truth.”

  • “But the complaints about the profusion of pronouns miss a far more important point of language that seems to have slipped under the radar, something that makes this far more than a matter of courtesy. It has to do with the nature of second-person and third-person pronouns in English.”
  • “When I talk to you, I can do so without a gendered pronoun. You is the same no matter who, or what, I’m talking to. I can call my misbehaving car “You old pile of garbage” without making my car a he or a she. Likewise, I can speak to a male, female, or non-binary individual with the same second-person pronoun.”
  • “It’s the third-person pronoun in English that conveys gender (and here I’m so happy to be able to use the word gender in its appropriately technical and linguistic sense). I can use he,  she, or it as singular pronouns, and each conveys information about the object I’m referring to. There are odd circumstances when I’d use a third-person pronoun in the presence of someone who is in the room with me, but it never feels polite. In the majority of cases, I am taking about a person or thing not present.”

Source: Why I Don’t Use Female Pronouns For My Transgender Brother

Why I Don’t Use Female Pronouns For My Transgender Brother

God or the divine is referenced in every state constitution 

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I love this. God is honored in our country. What a great history we have. Our origins as a Judeo-Christian country are clear.

That seems to be slipping away. May we take a stand for Jesus and turn the tide.

“The U.S. Constitution never explicitly mentions God or the divine, but the same cannot be said of the nation’s state constitutions. In fact, God or the divine is mentioned at least once in each of the 50 state constitutions and nearly 200 times overall, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.”

Source: God or the divine is referenced in every state constitution | Pew Research Center

“The battle over whether America remains Judeo-Christian or becomes secular like Europe is what this, the Second American Civil War, is about.” ~Dennis Prager

How Iraq Was Won and Lost 

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What if people have the war in Iraq backwards? What if George W. Bush and the U.S. military won it, and Barack Obama and the Democrats gave it away? Well, we don’t have to wonder what if, because Pete Hegseth, who served in Iraq, explains what happened.

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The Iraq War was an absolute disaster – a historic mistake.

That’s probably what most Americans – not to mention most people around the world – would say. But is it true?

President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 is subject to fair debate. But it’s important to recall that, at the time, the war had overwhelming bi-partisan support in the House and Senate. Dozens of allied countries joined the coalition. That support, however, quickly faded as causalities mounted and the war started to bog down.

Criticism then turned to blame when the weapons of mass destruction that were expected to be found were not. Nothing seemed to be going right. I know – I was there, serving as a lieutenant in the United States Army.

As 2007 dawned, President Bush faced a near total collapse in both public and political support for the war. He had to make an impossibly difficult decision: accept strategic defeat and leave Iraq in chaos, or send even more troops into battle. He chose the latter, a decision that came to be known as “The Surge.”

The Democrats predicted disaster. Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader at the time, said, “This war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything.” Senators Joe Biden, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton agreed.

They were all wrong.

Led by General David Petraeus, and supplemented by 30,000 additional troops, American forces and their Iraqi counterparts reversed the course of the war. It was one of the most stunning and successful turnabouts in modern military history.
In 2008, I returned to the country to see for myself. I had seen the “before.” I could hardly believe the “after.”

Attacks on US forces were down 90%. American casualties were rare. Baghdad’s most dangerous neighborhoods were secure. Al Qaeda in Iraq was decimated. The oil was flowing again. Iraqis were rebuilding. And new elections were held.

This was the Iraq that President Barack Obama inherited when he took the oath of office on January 20, 2009.

Now, Iraq was certainly no Western-style democracy, but it was—as General Petraeus dubbed it—a functioning “Iraqracy.” So much so that, in a February 2009 speech to Marines at Camp Lejeune, President Obama said: “The relative peace and strong participation in January’s provincial elections sent a powerful message to the world about how far Iraqis have come.”

Vice President Joe Biden was even more enthusiastic a year later, when he said in February 2010: “I am very optimistic about Iraq. I think it’s going to be one of the greatest achievements of this administration.”

To put it mildly, it wasn’t.

So, what went wrong?

It started when the Obama Administration got into a dispute with the Iraqi government over something called a “Status of Forces Agreement.” The Iraqis said they wanted to be able to prosecute American soldiers who broke Iraqi law. Appropriately, the Obama Administration said no; we will prosecute our own law-breakers. But instead of continuing to work towards an agreement, the president, against the advice of his own generals, ended negotiations.

President Obama had said during his campaign that he would bring all the troops home, and the status-of-forces dispute gave him the perfect excuse to do just that.

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Nope, Lindy West, Abortion Isn’t ‘Liberty,’ It’s Murder

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In response to the news that congressional Democrats are willing to fund pro-life Democratic candidates, feminist author Lindy West has written what may be the consummate latter-day pro-choice movement essay. Horrified at the thought that liberals might be even mildly flexible on the abortion question, West declares: “This issue represents everything Democrats purport to stand for…[T]o be anti-choice on a policy level is absolutely indefensible from an economic justice, racial justice, gender justice and human rights standpoint.”

  • “Abortion is not a fringe issue,” West writes. “Abortion is liberty.”
  • It’s not. It’s actually murder. But before we get to that, it is worth reflecting on the pro-choice movement’s development over the past few decades or so. Not very long ago, for instance, the general sentiment among even the more single-minded and unbending abortion advocates was that the practice should be “safe, legal and rare.” Hillary Clinton herself used to say she believed that.
  • In the run-up to the election that she eventually lost, however, Clinton dropped the “rare” qualifier. This change tracks closely with the harder elements of the pro-choice crowd.
  • The abortion rights movement, as history professor Miles Smith has pointed out, has come to embrace “abortion as a positive good,” in much the same way that post-revolutionary American slavery partisans came to embrace slavery as a net benefit for American society.

Source: Nope, Lindy West, Abortion Isn’t ‘Liberty,’ It’s Murder

“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.” ~NFL Operations Manual

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Here’s what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

Obama’s Presidency Flawlessly Dismantled By Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell flawlessly breaks down Obama’s Presidency, and dismantles it.

Thomas Sowell (/sl/; born June 30, 1930) is an American economist, turned social theoristpolitical philosopher, and author.

He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover InstitutionStanford University. Sowell was born in North Carolina, but grew up in HarlemNew York. He dropped out of high school and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He received a bachelor’s degree, graduating magna cum laude[6] from Harvard University in 1958 and a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1959. In 1968, he earned his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and University of California, Los Angeles. He has also worked for think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He writes from a libertarian conservative perspective, advocating supply-side economics. Sowell has written more than thirty books (a number of which have been reprinted in revised editions), and his work has been widely anthologized. He is a National Humanities Medal recipient.

Source: Wikipedia

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Milton Friedman: The Rise of Socialism is Absurd “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

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Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economic Science, was one of the most recognizable and influential proponents of liberty and markets in the 20th century, and the leader of the Chicago School of economics.

In this video from the grand opening of the Cato Institutes’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 1993, Milton Friedman gives a talk about popular political aphorisms, one of his favorites being the one he helped popularize in the title of his 1975 book, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

Jesus challenges us to work hard. Mostly that is about creating wealth in heaven and not here. Interesting to change my mind (aka repent) about wealth.

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Mike Ditka Discovers Easy Way To Make Every NFL Player Respect National Anthem

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“Well, here’s the thing. When we live in a society that pays attention to athletes, say, as greatly as they do to Kaepernick, then we’re foolish. I mean, athletes’ opinions are no different than anybody else’s, they’re no more significant than anybody else’s. They’re no more important than anybody else’s.

“Kaepernick would be an unknown, a complete unknown – nobody would know who he was – without the game of football, without the sport he’s playing. And not to respect that, you’ve got be a pretty unintelligent person, I would think.

“Because I don’t care what your preferences are, you can have anything you want to. But what he has was given to him by the game of football. I think it’s important to me that some of these young people playing the game start giving something back to the game. And respect the game the way it should be respected instead of acting like a bunch of fools out there.”

Radio Host:  “No doubt about it. Hypothetically, Coach Ditka’s on the sidelines and one of his players takes a knee during the National Anthem, what happens to the player in that case?”

Ditka: “He doesn’t play for me ever again.”

Source: Mike Ditka Discovers Easy Way To Make Every NFL Player Respect National Anthem – World News Politics

Kentucky Could Be The First Abortion Free-State By 2018

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God is the God of life. In the womb, God creates us. Life is sacred. Jesus challenges us to protect life. God is a God of justice. God will hold us accountable for how we address the issue of life and it’s sacredness.

So what is going on in Kentucky.

  • Seven states, right now, have only one abortion facility: North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Mississippi, Wyoming, West Virginia—and Kentucky.  Activists on both sides of the abortion issue have had their eye on these states for some time, knowing full well that if one of them succeeds in shutting down its last abortionist, the national impact would be enormous.
  • In the past six months it has become clear that the battle for the first abortion-free state is going to be fought this year in Kentucky.
  • The reason is mostly a matter of Kentucky’s last two election cycles. In 2015 Matt Bevin was elected governor. Bevin is a strong social conservative with four adopted children in his family of 11, and no hesitation about describing himself as “unapologetically pro-life.”
  • Last year swept in a Republican majority in the state legislature; in the first week of their session (usually used for organizational purposes), it jumped to pass a 20-week abortion ban and an ultrasound requirement.

Source: Kentucky Could Be The First Abortion Free-State By 2018

The slovenly institution that is Congress

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George Will has some great insight into the legislative challenges of Congress.

When will we (the People) demand better performance.

  • Neither the House nor the Senate has passed the fiscal 2018 budget resolution that the Budget Act of 1974 stipulates should have been acted on by April 15.
  • Neither chamber has passed any of the 12 appropriations bills that are supposed to be passed by the Oct. 1 beginning of the fiscal year.
  • On-time passage of the appropriations bills has not happened since 1996.
  • Continuing resolutions involving “hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of spending” that annoyed Reagan three decades ago have become continuing resolutions involving more than a trillion — not counting the two-thirds of government spending (e.g., entitlements, debt service) that happens without congressional involvement.
  • As Arkin’s analysis was appearing, the Social Security and Medicare trustees projected the former’s insolvency in 2034 and the latter’s in 2029.

In January 1988, in Ronald Reagan’s final State of the Union address, he noisily dropped on a table next to the podium in the House chamber three recent continuing resolutions, each more than a thousand pages long. Each was evidence of Congress’ disregard of the 1974 Budget Act. Reagan fumed:

” … budget deadlines delayed or missed completely, monstrous continuing resolutions that pack hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of spending into one bill, and a federal government on the brink of default. … In seven years, of 91 appropriations bills scheduled to arrive on my desk by a certain date, only 10 made it on time. Last year, of the 13 appropriations bills due by October first, none of them made it. Instead, we had four continuing resolutions lasting 41 days, then 36 days, and two days, and three days, respectively. And then, along came these [three] behemoths.”

Source: George F. Will: The slovenly institution that is Congress | The Salt Lake Tribune

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Purity Culture Isn’t Wrong For Loving Chastity, But For Weaponizing It

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So let’s think about it. Followers of Jesus need to be clear with American culture about how to be pure. This isn’t popular but it is important.

  • Why am I pure? It is a question for our culture and for our faith.
  • Is purity because of something I’ve done or something Jesus has done? Knowing and living out the answer is critical.
  • If I have missed God’s goal (sinned), what should I do? Jesus challenges us to change our minds (repent) about how to be pure.

“Purity Culture glosses over one very simple fact: We aren’t pure because of anything we do. We are pure because Christ made us so in his death and resurrection. Our worth is not found in what we have done, but in what he has done for us.”

Source: Purity Culture Isn’t Wrong For Loving Chastity, But For Weaponizing It

Silicon Valley Censorship via Google, Facebook and who knows else

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Google’s latest project is an application called Perspective, which, as Wired reports, brings the tech company “a step closer to its goal of helping to foster troll-free discussion online, and filtering out the abusive comments that silence vulnerable voices.”

In other words, Google is teaching computers how to censor. While this isn’t the government censoring speech, it is troubling non the less.

  • If it is ever “toxic” to deem ISIS a terrorist organization, then — regardless of whether that is the result of human bias or an under-developed algorithm — the potential for abuse, and for widespread censorship, will always exist. The problem lies with the very concept of the idea. Why does Silicon Valley believe it should decide what is valid speech and what is not?
  • Conservative news, it seems, is considered fake news. Liberals should oppose this dogma before their own news comes under attack. Again, the most serious problem with attempting to eliminate hate speech, fake news or terrorist content by censorship is not about the efficacy of the censorship; it is the very premise that is dangerous.
  • Under the guidance of faulty algorithms or prejudiced Silicon Valley programmers, when the New York Times starts to delete or automatically hide comments that criticize extremist clerics, or Facebook designates articles by anti-Islamist activists as “fake news,” Islamists will prosper and moderate Muslims will suffer.

Source: Silicon Valley Censorship

Christians are “A Viable Target”?

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Jesus warned us that as his followers, we would be persecuted. From the beginning that has been so. It continues today.

  • “According to a report in the Christian Post, Christians displaced by Islamic attacks at the hands of Boko Haram terrorists are being denied food and vital assistance at camps run by local Muslim organizations. As many as 1.8 million people in Nigeria are currently facing starvation. “They will give food to the refugees, but if you are a Christian they will not give you food. They will openly tell you that the relief is not for Christians.” — Bishop William Naga, who fled his home in the Borno state, Nigeria.”
  • “A Pakistani government want-ad for street sweepers states that applicants must be Hindu, Christian or Shia — anyone but the dominant Sunni Muslim population – illustrates the way in which minorities are prevented from earning a living wage.”
  • “A sophomore at Rollins College in Florida was suspended for challenging a Muslim professor’s assertion that the crucifixion of Jesus never took place, and that his disciples never believed he was God. After the incident, during a Middle East Humanities class, the straight-A student was graded an “F” on a major essay.”

Source: Slaughtered Christians “A Viable Target”?

So Now American Zionists Want to Boycott Israel

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Several prominent American Zionists – including long-time supporters of Israel – are so outraged at the Israeli government’s recent decision regarding the Western Wall and non-orthodox conversion, that they are urging American Jews to reduce or even eliminate their support for Israel.

God is the protector of Israel. I would suggest caution in taking them on. Justice is on the side of Israel.

Remember, Jesus cried over Jerusalem. Jesus cares. Jesus was Jewish.

  • According to an article by Elliott Abrams in Mosaic, Ike Fisher a prominent member of the AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] board, threatened to “suspend” all further financial support for Israel.
  • Daniel Gordis, a leading voice for Conservative Judaism, urged American Jews to cancel their El Al tickets and fly Delta or United. He also proposed “withholding donations to Israeli hospitals, so that ‘They start running out of money’ and ‘begin to falter.'”
  • This sort of emotional response is reminiscent of the temper tantrum outgoing President Barak Obama engaged in when he refused to veto the UN’s recent anti-Israel resolution.

Source: So Now American Zionists Want to Boycott Israel

Is it ‘Illogical’ to Fight Abortion by Defunding Planned Parenthood?

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Is it logical to fight abortion (and killing babies) by de-funding Planned Parenthood?

Of course it is. God will hold us accountable for defending life. It is both logical and correct in the eyes of God. Jesus came that we might have life. That is clear. The evil one came to kill, steal and destroy. I will side with God.

In God’s Country (aka the Kingdom of God), Jesus is in control. As a citizen of God’s County, I must side for life.

“But that’s not the point. And the point is this: pro-life Americans don’t want to fund an organization – in any way, in any from – that violently tramples on the life and dignity of the unborn human person. Never mind the argument that money is fungible, or that Planned Parenthood could offset costs with public funds to free up other resources for abortion. (Another point highlighted by pro-life groups.)

And, despite offers from President Trump, Planned Parenthood has, time and time again, refused to separate abortion from its other services.”

Source: WashPost: ‘Illogical’ to Fight Abortion by Defunding Planned Parenthood

The Islamic View of “Feminism” via Sharia Law, Linda Sarsour and the Islamists

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There are some important things to know about Islamism and their view of feminism. It isn’t a pretty picture.

  • What the West needs to know is that in the Muslim world, jihad is considered more important than women, family happiness and life itself. If we are told, as Linda Sarsour said, that Islam stands for peace and justice, what we are not told is that “peace” in Islam will come only after the whole world has converted to Islam, and that “justice” means law under Sharia: whatever is inside Sharia is “justice;” whatever is not in Sharia is not “justice.”
  • Rebelling against Sharia is, sadly, for the Muslim woman, unthinkable. How can a healthy and normal feminist movement develop under an Islamic legal system that can flog, stone and behead women? That is why Sarsour’s jihadist kind of feminism is no heroic kind of feminism but the only feminism a Muslim woman can practice that will give her a degree of respect, acceptance, and even preferential treatment over other women. In Islam, that is the only kind of feminism allowed to develop.

Muslim activist and Women’s March organizer, Linda Sarsour, has helpfully exposed a side of Islam that is pro-Sharia and pro-jihad:

“I hope that … when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad, that we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”

Source: The Islamic View of “Feminism”

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The truth vs. CNN

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In his latest FIREWALL, host Bill Whittle recounts the recent CNN scandal, describes the masterful way the videos were released and shows what incredible — almost unbelievable — harm is caused by media bias.

Bill Whittle is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, author and the voice of The Common Sense Resistance.  He is best known for his YouTube videos, one of which, “Three and a Half Days”, has been viewed more than 2.5 million times. He is currently the host of Firewall, and co-hosts Right Angle with Stephen Green and Scott Ott. Bill’s latest video series We The People V2.0″  made for young adults in cooperation with Turning Point USA. In addition, Whittle has interviewed a number of political personalities as a PJTV.com commentator. 

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“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” ~~Thomas Sowell

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Dr. Sowell nails it. Of course, we live in a culture where self importance is rampant.

We could all listen more and speak less. That includes listening to wise men like Dr. Sowell.

“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” ~~Thomas Sowell

A Muslim Reformer Explains How To Fight Islamism — It is time to listen and act

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I really appreciate the insight that Dr. Jasser brings to understanding the Jihad. It helps to have the understanding of a Muslim who is opposed to Islamism. We will either be in the land of Islam or at war with Islamism.

  • Can we begin to relax? “We in the free world cannot ever afford to be complacent. Military victories in Iraq and Syria will increase ISIS’ global chatter calling for acts of war against the West and subsequent attempts at more attacks will follow. The emergence of ISIS in 2013 after the diminishment of al-Qaeda by 2008 should serve as a reminder that we are in a long global war against militant Islamism, and more broadly non-violent Islamism.”
  • Are willing to be in the land of Islam vs. the land of war? The precursor of violent Islamism and violent jihad is non-violent Islamism and its civilizational jihad. Islamists of any variety divide the world into the “Land of Islam” (Dar-al-Islam) and the “Land of War” (Dar al-Harb). Islamists will continue to promote the consciousness that non-Muslim majority nations are the “Land of War.”

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement (MRM), and author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith.” He is a practicing Muslim who has actively opposed Islamism.

Source: A Muslim Reformer Explains How To Fight Islamism

Obama In March 2011: Can’t Stop Deportations Through Executive Order

At a Univision Town Hall in March 2011, President Obama clearly said that he could not suspend deportations through executive order because we are a nation of laws.

He said something similar over 20 times. He was right. He then did it any way.

Just a reminder.

Congress should make the laws. The President should faithfully execute them.

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Is it time to pray for Justice?

September 11 always brings it back for me.

I know I have been praying for peace. Somehow I have forgotten about God delivering Justice. Is it time to pray for Justice instead?

It is probably past time. I now shift to praying for justice. The Jihad must stop.

I will have persistent faith that God will deliver justice to the evil ones.

Jesus said ” So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”

Source: Luke 18:6

The Judge. The Widow. 3. What then does the Lord want us to understand? Luke 18:6-8 And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Countries That Allow Gay Marriage Around The World

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I would have thought it would have been more countries although I guess it is 24 too many as it is. Jesus was clear that it is men and women who marry.

The recently signed Nashville Statement declares in Article One that:

WE AFFIRM that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church.

WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God.

The following is from: Countries That Allow Gay Marriage Around The World | Pew Research Center

“A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not.”

Dear Trans Lobby: The Military Is Not A Social Experiment

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Jesus correctly stated that we are born male and female. Jesus isn’t confused on the issue. As also correctly stated in the Nashville Statement,

WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture.

WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.

From The Federalist:

  • What is the issue here? “Transgender issues are the most emotive of our times, an echo of the paradigm wars of the early ‘90s. Transgenders and transsexuals are every bit as human as everyone else, deserve every bit of human compassion, and shouldn’t be discriminated against. But that’s simply not the issue here.”
  • Can I just change my sex if I feel like it? “As Brendan O’Neill pointed out in his scalding essay about proposed British transgender laws, the implications of transgender politics are immense. That someone can change his sex based on what he feels, without any scientific evidence, is a sign of how extremely individualistic and narcissist western society is. The demand that other individuals and institutions accept and adapt to it or face penalties is quite Soviet. Voice any criticism or concerns about this, and you are transphobic.
  • Is this just about what Trump thinks? “In that light comes Trump’s new war sermon. Naturally, middle-class urban commentators, celebrities, and national politicians are all uncomfortable with this new battle. Everyone thought the arguments against transgender troops and women warriors were done and dusted, swept under the carpet. Imagine a Democrat politician facing reelection in an American red state like South Carolina, from where most military recruits come, trying to explain why Trump is wrong, and why intersectionality is a good theory and the military should be more sexually politicized.”

Source: Dear Trans Lobby: The Military Is Not A Social Experiment

Caring and love in Sanford, Florida before Hurricane Irma hits

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Pam Brekke had traveled 30 miles from Sanford, Fla., to a Lowe’s in Orlando that got a surprise shipment of 216 generators amid the Irma frenzy, according to Nancy Alvarez of ABC affiliate WFTV.

  • Pam was “next in line to purchase a generator when she watched workers load the final unit onto a cart for the customer who was standing before her in line.”
  • That customer, Ramon Santiago, “walked up and insisted she take his.” He didn’t even know why she was crying.
  • It turns out that her father’s on oxygen, and she was worried about taking care of him during the storm.

See the Facebook video.

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When it comes to work, don’t follow your passion

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Should you follow your passion, wherever it may take you? Should you do only what you love…or learn to love what you do? How can you identify which path to take? How about which paths to avoid? TV personality Mike Rowe, star of “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” shares the dirty truth in PragerU’s 2016 commencement address.

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New Army Training Tells Female Soldiers To ‘Accept’ Naked Men

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On June 30, hours before the policy took effect, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis postponed the opening of military enlistments to transgender people for an additional six months.

  • The delay does not prevent currently serving soldiers from transitioning, however. It is intended to give the joint chiefs more time to review and mitigate the Obama-era rule’s impact on the “readiness and lethality of our [armed] forces.”
  • Late into President Obama’s last term, his military officials allowed transgender soldiers to serve openly, even funding gender-change surgeries with taxpayer dollars. Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter set a July 1 deadline for all four military branches to write policies for accepting openly transgender enlistments. Formerly, soldiers exhibiting gender dysphoria were automatically discharged. 
  • After Trump tweeted out his intent to return the transgender service member policy to its pre-Obama form, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joe Dunford, announced that the Pentagon would not implement the policy change until it received formal, detailed guidance from the White House. Apparently, his response has been wistfully interpreted as a soft refusal of a presidential order. But what else would you expect the general to say? 
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis on August 29, announced the creation of a panel to recommend how the military should put President Donald Trump’s new transgender military guidance into effect. But for now, the current policy allowing transgender individuals already in the military to serve will remain in place, Mattis said in the statement.

Source: New Army Training Tells Female Soldiers To ‘Accept’ Naked Men

Where are the most post-Christian cities in America?

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It may come as no surprise that the influence of Christianity in the United States is waning.

  • Rates of church attendance, religious affiliation, belief in God, prayer and Bible-reading have all been dropping for decades.
  • By consequence, the role of religion in public life has been slowly diminishing, and the church no longer functions with the cultural authority it held in times past.
  • These are unique days for the church in America as it learns what it means to flourish in a new “Post-Christian” era.

Source: The Most Post-Christian Cities in America: 2017 – Barna Group

Doctors Don’t Know Which Kids Should Gender Transition, Do It Anyway

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This is not only sad but more importantly, dangerous.

  • What does Jesus say? Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? – Matthew 19:4-6 The Message (MSG)
  • Why is this important?Children are encouraged, affirmed and assisted in “coming out” as transgendered without one word about the consequences of the dangerous game of “gender make-believe.” The consequences are real. Everyone needs to know what they are.
  • Is affirmation the answer? “Today, the politically correct response expected from adults, especially parents, is to affirm the child in the desired gender.” Affirmation isn’t the answer.
  • Why give false hope? “But affirmation gives young people false hope that they can really become a different gender. It’s a lie—a lie told with compassionate motives, but a lie nonetheless. Lying is not compassion.

Source: Doctors Don’t Know Which Kids Should Gender Transition, Do It Anyway

India’s Hindu Nationalism — Religious Minorities Persecuted

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We see a lot of persecution going on these days, even in places like India.

  • India is experiencing internal religious torment rooted in Hindu nationalist ideology.
  • Even more worrisome is that Prime Minister Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a bastion of Hindu nationalist sentiments. Elections held earlier this year strengthened the BJP’s already solid control over the country’s political system.
  • Its strong showing in state elections is particularly ominous for religious freedom since states have significant political power in India.
  • Cases of attempted forced conversion to Hinduism have also come to light. In the spring of 2016, “six Gondi tribal Christian families fled the village of Katodi after their Hindu neighbors attacked and threatened them in order to forcibly convert them [to] Hinduism,” according to the USCIRF.
  • A few months prior, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a radical Hindu nationalist group with close ties to the BJP, “reportedly placed signs in train stations throughout India that said Christians had to leave India or convert to Hinduism or they will be killed by 2021.”Source: India’s Hindu Nationalism — Religious Minorities Persecuted | National Review

Ex-NFL star Burgess Owens: The flag and why I stand

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Burgess Owens is a retired safety who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. He graduated from Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida in 1969, and then attended the University of Miami, where he was a 1st-Team All-American defensive back, Most Valuable Defensive Player of the North–South All Star Game, and MVP of the Coaches All-American Game. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall Of Fame in 1980, and its Orange Bowl “Ring of Honor” in 1999.

Owens was a first round draft pick of the Jets in 1973. During his rookie season, he returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on October 28. This was the Jets’ only TD scored on a kickoff return during the 1970s. He then became a continuous starting player for the Jets, and was a part of the Raiders’ 1980 championship team.

Owens is married with six children and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has publicly shared about his faith to large audiences.

Owens is the author of an ebook published in August 2012 with the title, It’s All About Team: Exposing the Black Talented Tenth. The book examines how the black community has fared since the start of the twentieth century, especially in following the thinking of W. E. B. Dubois and progressive liberalism.

Owens is the author of Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps (2016) which offers a history and analysis of the Black experience in the U.S.A. with suggestions for moving past conventional ideas of moving the Black community forward.

Here are his thoughts on standing for the National Anthem.

Millions of other Americans from every other culture share this American experience. It is the gratitude of our present generation for our ancestors’ grit and tenacity that forges a spiritual connection that gives us pride in our country’s flag.

It is this connection that most black Americans do not have due to the sanitization of their history.

So why do I stand?

I Stand- in gratitude to an eight-year-old boy, my great-great grandfather, who remained hopeful, tenacious and faithful as he grew to proudly serve his family, community and country.

I Stand– in gratitude to a grandfather whom at the age of 15 years old, volunteered to serve in WWI. As a successful farmer, he raised 12 children who would all earn college degrees and taste of the mid-1900’s American dream.

I Stand– in gratitude to a father who succeeded in the day of institutional racism in the arenas of academia, as a researcher, an entrepreneur, a dedicated father and husband and a pillar of his community. He once recounted that his greatest life decision was volunteering and returning home as a proud WWII veteran.

I Stand –in gratitude for the proud, successful, entrepreneurial and segregated Tallahassee, Florida, community where I grew up. The people of that community were determined that they would never be looked down upon or pitied as a race of victims.

I Stand- as an example for the millions of black youth who have not been taught to love God, country, family and themselves by the liberal Leftist overseers who have controlled the urban community for the last 60 years.

I Stand- against the sanitizing of our history.  The Left has already done so within the black community, resulting in the lack of gratitude seen on today’s NFL sidelines.

I Stand– as a voice to the NFL corporation leadership…it’s time to Stand Up, Man-Up and defend our country and culture. This will only occur when patriotism is valued over popularity, profit and politics.

Source: Ex-NFL star Burgess Owens: The flag and why I stand | Fox News

The Good Thing Harvey Washed Away

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What an amazing story that captures the love coming out of something we hate called Harvey.

My Best Laid Plans

There’s not much in the world I can truly say I hate. But I hateHarvey.

We have been sitting here for more hours than I can begin to count being brutally lashed by his seemingly never ending fury. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t scary…terrifying…at times, but we are among the lucky ones. We are safe and dry.


Harvey has taken so much from so many. Homes, lives, hopes, jobs–all washed into the Gulf of Mexico by his relentless anger. As the horrifying images and desperate needs flash across my screen in endless and quick succession, I sit here with tears in my eyes. Where do you begin? I have never felt so helpless. My neighbors are in dire straits and I can’t do anything but pray. It’s a terrible feeling.


Pregnant women and their toddlers stuck on roofs waiting hours upon hours for…

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These Graphic Pictures Show What Planned Parenthood Is Fighting For

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With the pro-life movement fighting to strip federal tax dollars from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, and Planned Parenthood and its allies fighting just as hard to hold onto that funding, the abortion issue has remained in the headlines.

But too often forgotten in such battles are those most affected by it: the unborn children whose lives abortion takes 2,537 times a day—35 percent of them by Planned Parenthood alone. Or about 60 million since Roe v. Wade.

Source: These Graphic Pictures Show What Planned Parenthood Is Fighting For

Hurricane Harvey: Ordinary American heroes inspire me

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, ordinary Americans throughout Texas are pulling together to help with rescues, shelter, food and support. I am inspired by their selflessness. God bless them all.

Here are some examples of the heroism.

Rescue boats fill a flooded street at flood victims are evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

 

Are Charter Schools Better Than Public Schools?

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What exactly are charter schools? Are they good for students? Watch this video and decide for yourself if they help or hurt public education. This video is part of a collaborative business and economics project with Job Creators Network. To learn more about JCN, visit http://www.jobcreatorsnetwork.com.

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America Needs a Post-ISIS Strategy

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John Bolton always has some great strategic thoughts when it comes to the Middle East. Based on President Trumps approach to Afghanistan, I wonder what the thinking is about Iraq, which is even more complicated.

Regardless, based on what has worked for us historically is to recognize we need to keep sufficient troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for a very long time.

Consider this about prior wars. Here is how many troops, as of the end of June, that we still maintain. Of course, we see nothing in Vietnam, where we lost.

JAPAN 39,983
GERMANY 36,052
KOREA, SOUTH 23,596
KUWAIT 14,790
ITALY 13,902

According to Mr. Bolton, “The headlines out of Syria are eye-catching: There are signs the Assad government may be planning another chemical attack. American pilots have struck forces threatening our allies and shot down a Syrian plane and Iranian-made drones. The probability of direct military confrontation between the U.S. and Russia has risen. Yet the coverage of these incidents and the tactical responses that have been suggested obscure the broader story: The slow-moving campaign against Islamic State is finally nearing its conclusion — yet major, long-range strategic issues remain unresolved.”

  • “First, the U.S. ought to abandon or substantially reduce its military support for Iraq’s current government. Despite retaining a tripartite veneer of Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs, the capital is dominated by Shiites loyal to Iran. Today Iraq resembles Eastern Europe in the late 1940s, as the Soviet anaconda tightened its hold. Extending Baghdad’s political and military control into areas retaken from ISIS simply advances Tehran’s power. This cannot be in America’s interest.
  • “Second, the U.S. should press Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf monarchies for more troops and material assistance in fighting ISIS. America has carried too much of the burden for too long in trying to forge Syria’s opposition into an effective force. Yet even today the opposition could charitably be called “diverse.” It includes undeniably terrorist elements that are often hard to distinguish from the “moderates” the U.S. supports. Getting fresh contributions from Arab allies would rebalance the opposition, which is especially critical if the U.S. turns away, as it should, from reliance on the Iraqi forces dominated by Tehran.
  • “Third, the Trump administration must take a clear-eyed view of Russia’s intervention. The Syrian mixing bowl is where confrontation between American and Russian forces looms. Why is Russia active in this conflict? Because it is aiding its allies: Syria’s President Bashar Assad and Iran’s ayatollahs. Undeniably, Russia is on the wrong side. But Mr. Obama, blind to reality, believed Washington and Moscow shared a common interest in easing the Assad regime out of power. The Trump administration’s new thinking should be oriented toward a clear objective: pushing back these Iranian and Russian gains.

Source: America Needs a Post-ISIS Strategy