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June 30, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 30, 2015

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President Obama welcomed Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to the White House Monday for a delayed visit, then promptly took her out to see the sights. Obama brought Rousseff to the memorial honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., located on Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin between memorials to presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Over the past year, Obama has made trips to the monuments on the National Mall a regular part of meetings with heads of state in Washington.

The U.S. designated two Brooklyn ports as part of the America’s Marine Highway system, making them eligible for federal subsidies that have the potential to revitalize New York’s shipping industry, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at a slower pace than projected in April, indicating the market was experiencing uneven gains as it entered the busier selling season.

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring employers to pay them overtime. Workers who earn as much as $970 a week would have to be paid overtime even if they’re classified as a manager or professional, according to a plan.

The world’s 400 richest people lost a combined $70 billion on Monday as equity markets around the globe were hammered on fears about Greece and declines in China fueled by leveraged investors exiting the market.

Chinese stocks rallied, sparking the benchmark index’s biggest intraday swing since 1992, on speculation the government will take steps to prevent bear-market losses from deepening.

Puerto Rico will seek to delay payments on the island’s $72 billion debt load for “a number of years” as part of a plan to bolster the commonwealth’s finances and revive its economy, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said.

A day before a self-imposed June 30 deadline for an accord to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, diplomats meeting in Vienna confirmed it’ll be all but impossible to complete an agreement by then.

A man committed suicide by self-immolation on a bullet train carrying about 800 people in Japan, in an act that left one woman dead and 26 people injured.

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An Indonesian air force transport plane carrying military personnel and their families plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing dozens.

The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of “sorcery,” the first such executions of female civilians in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Russia expressed disappointment on Tuesday over new sanctions imposed by Canada over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis and warned that it would respond.

NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.

A car bomb killed Egypt’s top prosecutor on Monday, ripping through his convoy in a Cairo neighborhood, in the first assassination of a top official in the country in a quarter century, marking an apparent escalation by Islamic militants in their campaign of revenge attacks for a 2-year-old crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

The misdemeanor trial for five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to control a high-speed car chase that led to two unarmed black people being killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire will be held in a predominantly black suburb, not in county court.

The United States and its allies staged 18 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq in the latest round of daily attacks on the militant Islamic group.

Around 30 percent of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities — including stealing the bricks to build houses — erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported.

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Midnight will come later tonight as for the first time in three years an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks. The “leap second” means the last minute of June will have 61 seconds in it. Leap seconds – and leap years – are added as basic ways to keep the clock in sync with the Earth and its seasons. However, there are concerns the extra second could cause problems for some computer systems because it has to be added manually.

South Sudan’s army and allied militias “abducted, torched and gang-raped girls” during fighting against rebel forces, a UN report says. Investigators found that at least 172 women and girls were abducted and subjected to sexual violence, it added.

A new opinion poll suggests that 87% of people in Nigeria support the legal ban on same-sex relations. That number is lower than five years ago, when 96% of Nigerians opposed relationships between same-sex couples. Gay rights activists, who commissioned the poll, said this showed attitudes towards gay people were changing, albeit slowly.

The body of a dead Liberian man has tested positive for Ebola – the country’s first reported case since it was declared free of the disease.

A senior US commander in Afghanistan has said that fighters allied with Islamic State (IS) are in contact with the militants’ Syrian headquarters.

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In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage in all 50 states, the Pentagon is now being urged to “cleanse itself” of chaplains who refuse to support same-sex marriage.

The United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, according to a new study.


Top News – 6/30/2015

Pentagon urged to boot chaplains who oppose ‘gay’ marriage
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage in all 50 states, the Pentagon is now being urged to “cleanse itself” of chaplains who refuse to support same-sex marriage.

ISIS Threatens Mass Slaughter of Christians in Israel Before End of Ramadan
Islamic militants claiming to be representatives of terror group ISIS in Jerusalem have threatened to “cleanse” Israel of all Christians and “non-believers” unless they leave the country. The extremists are accusing Christians of encouraging Muslims to abandon their religion.

Convergence of Jupiter and Venus on 6.30.15: The Return of the Bethlehem Star!
There is a rare and special celestial occurrence that will be happening just after sunset on June 30, 2015. On June 30th, 2015, the same conjunction that happened when Yeshua was born, known as the “star of Bethlehem” will happen AGAIN in the night sky. The two planets, Venus and Jupiter will spend eight evenings within 2° of each other from June 27th through July 4th. This rare conjunction/pairing of Jupiter and Venus coming this close to each other so that they appear to be on top of one another has not happened like this since the birth of Yeshua.

Terrorists Assassinate Egypt’s Attorney General
Egypt’s Attorney General Hisham Barakat, 64, was assassinated Monday in a deadly car bombing in Cairo, the most senior official to die in a terrorist attack since the election of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. No one has taken responsibility for the attack thus far.

Huckabee: Maybe We Should Ask Chinese Hackers For Lois Lerner’s Emails
Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Mike Huckabee gave an interesting response to a question about cyber security. “We’ve seen just last week what happens when supposedly the Chinese have now hacked into the personell records of upwards of 20 million government employees. The one positive out of all that is that the only hope we have of maybe recovering Lois Lerner’s emails from the IRS is to get them from the Chinese,” Huckabee joked to a laughing crowd of sheriffs.

Islamic State beheads female civilians for first time in Syria: monitor
One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of sorcery, the monitor said.

Scientists propose an enhanced new model of the source of a mysterious barrier to fusion known as the ‘density limit’
At issue is a problem known as the “density limit” that keeps donut-shaped fusion facilities called tokamaks from operating at peak efficiency. This limit occurs when the superhot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions reaches a certain density and spirals apart in a flash of light, shutting down the reaction. Overcoming the limit could facilitate the development of fusion as a safe, clean and abundant source of energy for generating electricity.

Hawaiian Natives and Astronomers Clash on ‘Holy Mountain’
There is trouble in the tropical paradise of Hawaii, as a culture clash pits natives defending a mountain on whose summit their ancestors believed “gods” dwelled against astronomers hoping to build the world’s best telescope. Mauna Kea stands a full 14,000 feet above the ocean and more than six miles above the sea floor, making it the tallest mountain in the world from base to peak.

EU approves Greek capital controls
the capital controls must be applied for the shortest possible period. “While the imposed restrictive measures appear necessary and proportionate at this time, the free movement of capital will, however, need to be reinstated as soon as possible in the interest of the Greek economy, the eurozone, and the European Union’s single market as a whole.”

Ramadan has become month of worldwide terror
President Reuven Rivlin together with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Tuesday condemned the spate of terror attacks against Israelis during the month of Ramadan.

2 minor earthquakes reported in Virginia in 2 days
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Two minor earthquakes have rattled parts of Virginia in the past two days.

Tuesday, Jun 30th 2015 7AM 59°F 10AM 67°F 5-Day Forecast Home Top Helium is LEAKING from massive earthquake fault in LA raising fears ‘big one&
A huge fault in the Earth’s crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating. It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of ‘the big one’ hitting California has increased dramatically.

Moderate intensity earthquake jolts Kashmir Valley
Srinagar: A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale shook the Kashmir valley in the early hours of Tuesday. The magnitude of the earthquake was 5.5 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Hindukush mountain range of Afghanistan.”

Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him “fast-track” power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation. Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged that his fight to secure the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was far from over.

Turkey ‘planning to invade Syria’
Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time… President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorised a change in the rules of engagement agreed by the Turkish parliament to allow the army to strike at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as well as the Assad regime, according to local newspapers.

Historic meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox head ‘getting closer’
An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is “getting closer every day,” a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on 28 June. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054.

US gay marriage: Texas pushes back against ruling
Texas’ top law officer has called the US Supreme Court decision legalising gay marriage in all 50 states a “lawless ruling” and vowed to support state workers who refuse to marry couples on religious grounds. The court ruled on Friday that marriage for all is a constitutional right. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said clerks could be fined if they refuse to issue marriage licences.

Data roaming charges to end in EU within two years
Data roaming charges are set to be abolished within the European Union by June 2017, it has been announced. Firms will be allowed to add surcharges to their domestic rates for a 14-month interim period from April 2016. The deal, which was reached on Tuesday, also sets out rules requiring telecom operators to treat most internet traffic equally.

Greece debt crisis: ‘Last-minute talks after new offer’
Last-minute talks are taking place in Athens over whether to accept an offer by creditors allowing Greece to repay part of its debt, Greek media say. Greece is hours away from a deadline to repay a €1.6bn (£1.1bn) loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – one it may miss. One of Greece’s creditors made a last-minute proposal of reforms on Monday, reports say.

China ready to set out climate pledges, says Li
China is set to reveal how much it intends to cut its carbon emissions by beyond 2020, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said. Mr Li is on an official visit to France where a UN-led climate summit will be held later this year. After meeting officials in Brussels, he said the details would be announced by the end of the month, which is Tuesday.

Egypt prosecutor Hisham Barakat killed in Cairo attack
Egypt’s public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, has been killed in a bomb attack on his car in Cairo, officials say. Mr Barakat died of his wounds in hospital after the bombing in the suburb of Heliopolis, a government spokesman told the BBC. …Mr Barakat has sent thousands of Islamists for trial since the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

New Ebola case marks disease’s return to Liberia
The body of a dead Liberian man has tested positive for Ebola – the country’s first reported case since it was declared free of the disease. Deputy health minister Tolbert Nyenswah said tests confirmed that the 17-year-old man, from a town near the main airport, had died of the disease. Officials are investigating how he contracted Ebola, Mr Nyenswah said.

Rev. Graham on White House Gay Rainbow: ‘May it Remind Us of God’s Judgment to Come’
Commenting on the White House being illuminated on Friday with gay-rainbow lights to celebrate homosexual marriage, Rev. Franklin Graham said it was “outrageous” and a “slap in the face” to millions of Americans who support real marriage, and added that because God gave the rainbow sign to Noah following the flood, it is an image forever “associated with His judgment” and a sign of “God’s judgment to come.”

Washington state wildfire destroys at least 23 homes
A wildfire burning unchecked in Washington state has destroyed at least 23 homes and three commercial buildings near the eastern foothills of the Cascades, state police and emergency management officials said on Monday.

Car bomb attack kills Egypt’s top public prosecutor
Egypt’s top public prosecutor was killed by a car bomb attack on his convoy on Monday, the most senior state official to die at the hands of militants since the toppling of an Islamist president two years ago.

What happens if Greece defaults on IMF?
Greece could take a risky step into the unknown Tuesday if it misses, as expected, a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) debt payment to the International Monetary Fund.

French Economy In “Dire Straits”, “Worse Than Anyone Can Imagine”, Leaked NSA Cable Reveals
Earlier today Wikileaks released a new batch of NSA intercepts among which one in particular stands out: an intercepted communication which reveals that then French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici believes the French economic situation was far worse, as of mid-2012, than perceived.


Top Headlines – 6/30/2015

World powers propose mechanism to ensure access to sensitive Iran sites

US prepares for ‘staggeringly consequential’ Iran deal

US says absurd to suggest that it will cave in Iran talks

The devil is in the details in the Iran nuclear deal

For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart

France preparing to resume business with Iran

‘Americans never presented Israel with full security plan for West Bank withdrawal’

Members of UNHRC ‘don’t care about human rights,’ say protestors in Geneva

Expert: Hamas, Not Israel, Caused Civilian Deaths in Gaza

Muslims Issue A Bulletin Throughout The City Of Jerusalem Calling On Muslims To Massacre All Of The Christians In Jerusalem By The End Of Ramadan

Terror attack in West Bank: Four Israelis wounded in shooting

UN report author: Israel, Palestinian groups are equal under the law

Obama signs anti-BDS bill into law

New, $11m. Jewish center to be built in Paris despite record emigration

French beheading suspect denies jihad motivation

Pentagon: Islamic State seen as potent force a year after caliphate declaration

Car bomb attack kills Egypt’s top public prosecutor

A direct line from ‘Arab Spring’ to Islamic State

New Jersey man charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS

Report: US intel community concerned about last resort chemical attack by Syria’s Assad

Putin urges all to fight IS group, backs Syria’s Assad

Erdogan Planning Turkish Invasion of Syria?

US says no evidence Jordan, Turkey considering Syria buffer zones

Israel acknowledges it is helping Syrian rebel fighters

Syria fighting could endanger truce with Israel, UN warns

Yemeni forces launch Scud missile at Saudi Arabia, Yemen military spokesman says

Iran and Saudi Arabia edge towards cyber war, study says

Feds shut down background check database over flaw

FBI setting up command centers to monitor terrorist threats over July 4 weekend

Greece in shock as banks shut after snap referendum call

Statement by Greek leader Alexis Tsipras accuses Europe of ‘blackmail’

Greece could face social unrest soon: Wilbur Ross

Drugmakers warn Greek medicine supply “may be in jeopardy”

Gas prices fall, Greece debt woes could cut prices even more

Greek Crisis Throwing Shade on September Rate Hike

World markets plunge, bank lines grow as Greece financial crisis deepens

Dow Plunges 350 Points, Worst Drop of 2015, Amid Ongoing Greek Crisis

Bear market grips Chinese stocks as investor panic grows

French Economy In “Dire Straits”, “Worse Than Anyone Can Imagine”, Leaked NSA Cable Reveals

Economists release critical Puerto Rico report after governor says it can’t pay $72B debt

Puerto Rico Governor Calls for Delay in Debt Payments for ‘Number of Years’

White House says it won’t bail out Puerto Rico

Loads of Debt: A Global Ailment With Few Cures

Leap Second: Why Tuesday Will Be 1 Second Longer and Could Screw Up Your Computer

NASA cuts live feed as ‘UFOs spotted leaving earth’

Star of Bethlehem? Jupiter, Venus to pair up for bright celestial event

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Ashkasham, Afghanistan

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Acari, Peru

Deep earthquakes in Bardarbunga and Tungnafellsjokull volcanoes

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Japanese Officials Raise Alert Level for Mount Hakone, Order Evacuations

Helium leakage from Earth’s mantle in Los Angeles Basin

Washington state wildfire destroys at least 23 homes

Robert Redford Urges Global Action on Climate Change

China cracks down on environmental protection, arrests thousands suspected of environmental crimes

Lamb engineered with jellyfish DNA sold as livestock in France

Feds predicted surge of illegals, see another 127,000 this year

Supreme Court denies states’ request for proof of voter citizenship

SCOTUS blocks Texas from enforcing part of abortion law

John Piper: Celebrating Homosexual Sin Isn’t New but Institutionalization of It Is

It Begins: New Calls To Strip Churches of Tax Exempt Status After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Rev. Graham on White House Gay Rainbow: ‘May it Remind Us of God’s Judgment to Come’

U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling likely to have global impact

500+ gay pride youth engulfed in flames in Taiwan as Biblical-scale firestorm spontaneously ignites, raining down fire from above

Woman knocked unconscious by falling drone during Seattle’s Pride parade

Omaha man arrested for burning gay pride flag, resisting arrest

Will the LGBT Movement Evolve Into Transhumanism?

How Italian Priests Are Conducting Exorcisms To Break ‘Voodoo Spells’ On Terrified Nigerian Prostitutes

Supreme Court dissenters signal historic challenge to death penalty

What is the Elijah List & who is Steve Shultz?

Geronimo Aguilar, ex-megachurch pastor, found guilty of sexual assault

Do You Worship in a State-Approved Church?

Al-Shabaab Jihadists Vow to Attack ‘Non-Believers’…Give Christians ‘True Taste of Jihad’

Supreme Court Rules States Can’t Force Voters to Prove Citizenship


June 29, 2015
ALAN KEYES — Note: In a column published this week on my blog, I began a discussion of the demand that South Carolina cease its display of the Confederate battle flag. In my column today, I conclude that discussion…. (more)

June 29, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Commentators have missed the real significance of Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the gay marriage case. He calls the decision a judicial “Putsch,” an attempt to overthrow a form of government – – ours. His dissent, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, was written “to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.”… (more)

June 29, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — During a radio interview Sunday, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren reinforced his position that President Obama’s relentless outreach to the Muslim world may be motivated by Obama’s being abandoned by two Muslim father figures…. (more)

June 29, 2015
ROBERT KNIGHT — Remember when Barney Frank insisted in 2003 that “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not in a crisis,” and “I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation toward subsidized housing?”… (more)

June 28, 2015
BRYAN FISCHER — From a moral standpoint, 6/26 has become our 9/11. On this day, June 26, 2015, five justices of the Supreme Court became moral jihadists who blasted the twin pillars of truth and righteousness into rubble. They did this by imposing sodomy-based marriage on the United States through an act of judicial tyranny…. (more)

June 28, 2015

NEWSMAX — With the national legalizing of same-sex marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court has swapped the law for politics, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy tells Newsmax TV. “The Supreme Court’s now a political institution. It’s not a legal one anymore,” McCarthy said Friday on “The Steve Malzberg Show,” following the high court’s 5-4 ruling that all 50 states must allow marriage rights for same-sex couples…. (more)


June 28, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accused Republicans of doublespeak and shedding “crocodile tears” over Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Many in the Republican party are “popping champagne” after the decision, Cruz said at stops across Iowa Friday, accusing Republicans of issuing deceptive press releases at odds with what they truly believed…. (more)

June 28, 2015

WASHINGTON TIMES — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee suggested Saturday that conservatives treat the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision like Abraham Lincoln treated the high court’s pro-slavery ruling in Dred Scott: Ignore it…. (more)


June 28, 2015
POLITICO — John Boehner and Barack Obama’s relationship reached new heights Friday. The Republican House Speaker took his first trip with the president on Air Force One as the two headed to Charleston, South Carolina, to mourn the nine African-American men and women killed at their church last week…. (more)

June 27, 2015
JAMES DOBSON — Even though Friday’s re-definition of marriage by the U. S. Supreme Court was anticipated, I have found myself grieving over its implications for my country and for Western civilization itself. This radical decree will have a devastating affect on every dimension of culture…. (more)

June 27, 2015
NEWSMAX — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Friday slammed the gay marriage and Obamacare rulings by the Supreme Court as “naked and shameless judicial activism” and called on Congress to support a constitutional amendment leaving the definition of marriage to the states…. (more)

June 27, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Obama administration lit up the north side of the White House in rainbow-colored light Friday night to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage around the country…. (more)

June 27, 2015
NEWSMAX — A Christian couple that owns a family farm in New York is pushing back after the state fined them $13,000 for refusing to host a same-sex wedding on their property… (more)

June 27, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Phyllis Schafly, the conservative leader who is credited with defeating the Equal Rights Amendment, is warning anyone who thinks the Supreme Court has settled the issue of “gay marriage” that “it’s not the end, it’s the beginning.”… (more)

June 26, 2015

CHELSEA SCHILLING — Declaring that America’s Founding Fathers “did not anticipate judicial tyranny on this scale,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says he is proposing an amendment to the Constitution that would subject the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices to judicial retention elections every eight years…. (more)


June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON TIMES — By a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court Friday struck down four state marriage laws, paving the way for gay marriage to be legal in all 50 states. The ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges said the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between people of same-sex, and also recognize same-sex marriages from out of state…. (more)


June 26, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — The subtitle of this Coulter-style “take-no-prisoners” book would suggest a red-meat laundry list of all the left-wing mischief planned or plotted for the downfall of America. Actually, it’s mostly about one issue… (more)

June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has saved Obamacare for a second time, writing the majority opinion Thursday that upheld the health care law’s key provision of paying tax subsidies to customers in all states and saying the law otherwise would be a mess – – something he doubted Congress intended…. (more)

June 26, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday was joined by Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in slamming the court’s 6-3 majority for using “jiggery-pokery” to keep alive Obamacare, President Obama’s signature health-care law…. (more)

June 26, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — It was a great idea while it lasted. There would be a Constitution that restrained the power of government and protected the rights of individuals. Most of the traditional governmental powers would be reserved to the states…. (more)

June 26, 2015
NEWSMAX — House Speaker John Boehner will pay for his support of the Trade in Services Agreement – – unless he decides to pack it in after this term and go fishing, political strategist Dick Morris tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

June 26, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — I have had enough of smug liberal elites wrapped in their “Celebrate Diversity” banners tearing down minority conservatives. Look in the mirror, media and academia bigots. Your own reflexive racism and divisive rhetoric are poisoning public discourse. There’s nothing “progressive” about attacking the children and grandchildren of immigrants who proudly embrace an American identity…. (more)

June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The State Department failed to submit a key report on Iran’s nuclear program on time, a lawmaker charged Thursday, in a move that hinders Washington’s ability to apply sanctions to those who would do the U.S. harm…. (more)

June 26, 2015
OP ED NEWS — Many think our government is for sale. However, by taking a look at the facts below provided by the Open Secrets, it is easy to understand where they are coming from. Looking back at Friday the 12th, the House voted on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the controversial bill that gives power to the executive branch to negotiate treaties… (more)

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Eight months after Congress requested emails from embattled IRS official Lois Lerner, tax agency employees “magnetically erased” hundreds of backup tapes…. (more)


The Briefing

1) Oklahoma execution method upheld by Supreme Court, despite severe questioning of death penalty

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug, Oklahoman Daily (AP)

2) Supreme Court stay against Texas abortion restrictions mean more infants will die

Supreme Court blocks enforcement of Texas anti-abortion law, USA Today (Richard Wolf)

3) Christians cannot shirk responsibility to speak biblicly about gay marriage

How gay marriage ruling affects local churches, Louisville Courier-Journal (Andrew Wolfson)

With Same-Sex Decision, Evangelical Churches Address New Reality, New York Times (Michael Paulson)

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Creates a New Reality, Wall Street Journal (Zusha Elinson)

4) Individualized use of religion in weddings effort to escape morality-binding authority

Couples Personalizing Role of Religion in Wedding Ceremonies, New York Times (Samuel Freedman)

5) Celebration of chimps as relatives key test of worldview division of America

Belated Protection for Some Close Relatives, New York Times (Editorial Board)

In other news…

Paxton: County clerks may refuse — on religious grounds — to issue same-sex marriage licenses, Dallas Morning News (Robert T. Garrett)

Regulating Sex, New York Times (Judith Shulevitz)

Here’s How Many Americans Sleep With Their Smartphones, TIME Magazine (Claire Groden)

Why the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage represents a new era for evangelicals, Washington Post (Collin Hansen)


The McAvany Intel Memo

“Common Core is a direct result from UN Agenda 21, which is evidenced in Chapter 36, which deals with ‘Education, Public Awareness, and Training.’ It is one part of the comprehensive plan of action adopted and signed on to by more than 168 Governments. George H. W. Bush represented the United States in its signing, while Bill Clinton later embraced Agenda 21 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 3-5, 1992. The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up. Education is indispensable for the UN to get its globalist agenda established.”

As soon as the US joined the United Nations in 1945, the government and the media began a concerted effort to denounce our school system as inferior and tell us how it had to be improved. Of course, the answer was growing involvement from the federal government. The first step was to destroy American history, as it was too geared toward freedom. Instead of history, geography, and civics, the federal government pushed for “social studies” as an umbrella class for these subjects. The socialist leaning here is impossible to miss, just from the name of the umbrella course.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015


Unprepared: What Do You Think Would Happen If A Greek-Style Crisis Hit America?

Despair And Depression - Public DomainIn this article, I am going to share with you some statistics that prove that most Americans are completely and totally unprepared for a Greek-style economic crisis.  According to one recent survey, an all-time high 72 percent of all Americans are concerned about an economic downturn, and yet the amount of actual preparation that is taking place for the next economic downturn is very low.  As 2008 has faded into our memories, most Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security.  Most people seem to be far more concerned about the latest exploits and scandals of their favorite celebrities than they are about the very real problems that this nation is steamrolling toward.  Hopefully what is going on in Greece right now will serve as a wake up call, because the truth is that similar things could happen in the United States much sooner than most of us would dare to imagine. (Read More…)


16 Facts About The Tremendous Financial Devastation That We Are Seeing All Over The World

Fireball - Devastation - Public DomainAs we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe.  Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States.  Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors.  Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been unleashed all at once.  Could it be possible that the great financial crisis of 2015 has begun?  The following are 16 facts about the tremendous financial devastation that is happening all over the world right now… (Read More….)


 
Commentators have missed the real significance of Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the gay marriage case. He calls the decision a judicial “Putsch,” an attempt to overthrow a form of government—ours. His dissent, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, was written “to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.” His comment about the Court using the kind of reasoning we find in a fortune cookie is a funny line. But there is much of the Scalia dissent that is not funny and which serves as a warning to the American people about what the Court has done to us. Scalia understands…
 


Author(s): Cliff Kincaid

 
The black scholar who previously revealed Obama’s personal relationship with Communist Party operative Frank Marshall Davis is now speaking in detail on the record. Professor Gerald Horne says that while the relationship is noteworthy and should have been uncovered by the press, there is no evidence that Davis turned Obama “into some sort of Manchurian candidate.” However, Professor Paul Kengor’s book about Davis, The Communist [1], argues that Davis had a significant influence on the formation of Obama’s Marxist views and policies as President. Horne [2], who holds the John J. and Rebecca…
 


Prediction: U.S. will force Israel to act – Jan Markell

“I guarantee you America won’t be by her side under this current administration,” Markell predicts of Israel. “And she may want to wait until 2016 to see if a Republican will get in to then be her ally.”

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Seven Well-Known Pastors Who Are Speaking Out Against Gay Marriage Legalization: ‘Culture Will Get Increasingly Darker’

A flurry of conservative pastors and faith leaders have responded to Friday’s same-sex marriage Supreme Court ruling, with many showing their disappointment over the decision to legalize gay unions across America, while voicing their concerns about religious liberty.

Below, see just seven reactions from prominent Christian leaders who take issue with same-sex nuptials:

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They Went To Their Pulpits With a Mission

I expected that most evangelical pastors across America today would ignore Friday’s ruling on marriage. I’m delighted to say I appear to be wrong. Based on a ton of feedback from across the nation and conversations with a lot of evangelical leaders, it appears pastors went to their pulpits with a mission last Sunday.

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The formal end to Judeo-Christian America – Dennis Prager

Beginning with the Supreme Court’s ban on nondenominational school prayer in 1962, the same-sex marriage decision has essentially completed the state’s secularization of American society. This is one thing about which both right and left, religious and secular, can agree. One side may rejoice over the fact, and the other may weep, but it is a fact.

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Rush Limbaugh: Here’s what’s next for marriages

‘There’s no legal basis to stop it now’

Get ready: Polygamy is the new “gay” movement – and talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh warns the June 26 legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court makes spouse collecting in America “inevitable.”

“Look, folks, you can think all you want, but there’s no legal basis to stop it now,” Limbaugh told his listeners on Monday’s show. “There is no intellectually honest way to distinguish the reasoning on gay marriage from applying the same reasoning to supporting polygamy.”

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The Mainstreaming of Falsehoods

Well, Michael Oren certainly knows how to pick up a slow news day. The June 23 release of his book, Ally (a look at his up-close observations of the Obama White House and its nasty attitude toward Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu), has created that proverbial firestorm of backlash.

Mostly from the Obama White House, of course.

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Which Republican Candidates Jump Ship of Marriage?

A survey of public statements shows only three of 15 Republican presidential prospects are on record supporting a constitutional amendment either defining marriage as between a man and a woman, or one that would let states decide the legality of same-sex marriages.

A fourth is leaning that way.

Those supporting such an amendment are:

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AFTERMATH: Time Op-Ed Calls For Churches To Lose Tax Exempt Status

Says it’s time to stop subsidizing churches and religious non-profits

“Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions,” screams the headline on the piece posted at Time.com. The sub-headline goes so far as to claim the government is subsidizing churches by not taxing them.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits,” reads the sub-head.

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June 30, 2015

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Some Liberties Are More Equal Than Others

One day before the Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage, ACLU deputy legal director Louise Melling wrote of the organization’s newly announced hostility to Christians and religious liberty, specifically regarding its withdrawal of support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “The ACLU supported the RFRA’s passage at the time because it didn’t believe the Constitution, as newly interpreted by the Supreme Court, would protect people … whose religious expression does not harm anyone else. But we can no longer support the law in its current form. For more than 15 years, we have been concerned about how the RFRA could be used to discriminate against others. As the events of the past couple of years amply illustrate, our fears were well-founded. While the RFRA may serve as a shield to protect [some], it is now often used as a sword to discriminate against women, gay and transgender people and others. … Yes, religious freedom needs protection. But religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others.” It’s not exactly surprising that the ACLU would find a way to oppose such laws once Christians found refuge in them. But this is an organization that has gone to bat for the KKK and the American Nazi Party. And the irony is too much: Melling decries the imposition of views while having no problem with homosexuals forcing bakers, photographers and florists to provide their services against their consciences. Now that the Supreme Court has found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, more imposition and discrimination will occur. And the ACLU will be leading the charge. Because “love wins,” right?

Puerto Rico Wants a Pass on $72 Billion Debt

“Death spiral” — that’s how Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla describes the commonwealth’s debt. Over the last few years, the island racked up a debt of $72 billion, or 3.5 times the amount that bankrupted Detroit. Padilla, who once vowed to repay the loans accrued by his and past administrations, now says it’s impossible and creditors should “share the sacrifices.” Problem is, Puerto Rico has been a popular place for retirees to invest because the commonwealth’s bonds are tax-free. The problem becomes stickier, as Puerto Rico cannot file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The island used to be an economic powerhouse, filled with manufacturing and a vibrant port. But Deepak Lamba-Nieves, research director for the think tank Center for a New Economy, said in 2013, “You cannot pay daily expenses with your credit card, and that’s what Puerto Rico has been doing for years. We borrowed just to keep the lights on.” Padilla doesn’t appear ready to make the difficult cuts, firing government workers, tightening its belt and getting serious about the debt. Like Detroit, Puerto Rico was destroyed by liberal politicians and their failed economic theories. Now, some will say the only way to save the commonwealth is with a bailout. Barack Obama says he won’t do so, but don’t be surprised if he proposes to “fix” the problem by floating Puerto Rico statehood again — in order to firm up some Latino support. While the offer is hollow, a narcissist like Obama would certainly be pleased with a legacy of altering the American flag.

Brady Center’s Frivolous Suit Against Ammo Company Backfires

After the massacre at the Aurora movie theater, The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence went after the company from which the murderer bought his ammunition. The center filed suit against Lucky Gunner because it sold its ammunition online, arguing that’s “unreasonably dangerous and create[s] a public nuisance.” But not only did the judge disagree, he reprimanded the Brady Center because he said it was filing suit simply to make a high-profile political point. Judge Richard Matsch wrote in his ruling, “It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order.” Furthermore, Matsch said the Brady Center had to pay Lucky Gunner’s legal fees. Lucky Gunner said those funds would be donated to pro-Second Amendment groups. For groups with deep pockets and a bitterness toward Liberty, an effective strategy is to silence the lovers of Liberty through suits, frivolous or no. Judge Matsch put a damper on that strategy.

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All Isn’t Lost, as SCOTUS Rebukes EPA

By Lewis Morris

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EPA chief Gina McCarthy isn’t pleased

The Supreme Court proved it still has a little bit of respect left for Rule of Law in its decision yesterday in Michigan v. EPA. In a 5-4 ruling that predictably followed partisan lines with Justice Anthony Kennedy swinging to the right, the High Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the high costs of regulation of emissions from coal-fired power plants.

That this Court — the one content to rewrite ObamaCare in order to save it, twice — found the EPA went too far in rewriting the law is saying something.

The EPA, which has been pursuing the ecofascist dream of completely wiping the coal industry off the face of the earth, released a series of regulations in 2012 that would force energy producers to comply with limits on mercury and air toxins released in coal energy production. The National Federation of Independent Business said the regulations, known as Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), are among the costliest ever issued.

The EPA estimated the new rules would cost close to $10 billion annually, while bringing direct annual benefits of no more than $6 million. Bureaucrats also made the un-provable assertion that the rules would prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths and 130,000 asthma cases each year. In developing its regulations, the EPA was expected to adhere to the Clean Air Act’s “appropriate and necessary” standard. But the agency arbitrarily determined that cost had no bearing in the development of the regulations, essentially flouting the decades-old law and choosing to make up its own rules. The EPA determined that its work protecting the environment justified whatever actions it saw fit.

Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion stated, “EPA strayed well beyond the bounds of reasonable interpretation in concluding that cost is not a factor relevant to the appropriateness of regulating power plants.” Scalia also noted, “The costs to power plants were … between 1,600 and 2,400 times as great as the quantifiable benefits from reduced emissions of hazardous air pollutants.” He added, “No regulation is ‘appropriate’ if it does significantly more harm than good.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California weighed in on the decision in a statement, saying, “The Supreme Court’s decision today vindicates the House’s legislative actions to rein in bureaucratic overreach and institute some common sense in rule making.” That said, Congress has more work to do to rein in an out-of-control EPA, especially given that the Court left open a substantial loophole of sorts: Regulations are fine as long as the EPA “counts the cost.”

Indeed, the EPA seemed nonplussed by the decision, with spokeswoman Melissa Harrison saying, “EPA is disappointed … but this rule was issued more than three years ago … and most plants are already well on their way to compliance.” In other words, she gloated that the damage was already done and blew a raspberry at opponents.

The EPA and the White House will certainly try to play down this loss, but the Court’s decision lays groundwork for a number of other cases in which multiple states are seeking to challenge the imperial overreach of the EPA. As noted by National Mining Association President Hal Quinn, “The decision effectively puts EPA on notice: reckless rulemaking that ignores the cost to consumers is unreasonable and won’t be tolerated.”

But Justice Clarence Thomas warned in his concurring majority opinion, “[W]e seem to be straying further and further from the Constitution without so much as pausing to ask why. We should stop to consider that document before blithely giving the force of law to any other agency ‘interpretations’ of federal statutes.” We can think of a few other cases in which that logic applies, and we hope this victory isn’t merely symbolic.

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Dennis Prager: “Beginning with the Supreme Court’s ban on nondenominational school prayer in 1962, the same-sex marriage decision has essentially completed the state’s secularization of American society. This is one thing about which both right and left, religious and secular, can agree. One side may rejoice over the fact, and the other may weep, but it is a fact. And what has replaced Judaism, Christianity, Judeo-Christian values and the Bible? The answer is: feelings. More and more Americans rely on feelings to make moral decisions. The heart has taken the place of the Bible. … Same-sex marriage is, above all else, the statement that male and female mean nothing, are completely interchangeable, and, yes, don’t even objectively exist, because you are only the gender you feel you are. That explains the ‘T’ in ‘LGBT.’ The case for same-sex marriage is dependent on the denial of sexual differences. It is the heart, not the mind, that has concluded that all a child needs is love, not a father and mother. And therein lies one of the reasons that the notion of obedience to religion is so loathed by the cultural left. Biblical Judaism and Christianity repeatedly dismiss the heart as a moral guide.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Love your country, but never trust its government.” —American writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)

Upright: “When any branch of government can exercise powers not authorized by either statutes or the Constitution, ‘we the people’ are no longer free citizens but subjects, and our ‘public servants’ are really our public masters. And America is no longer America. The freedom for which whole generations of Americans have fought and died is gradually but increasingly being taken away from us with smooth and slippery words. This decision makes next year’s choice of the next President of the United States more crucial than ever, because with that office goes the power to nominate justices of the Supreme Court.” —Thomas Sowell

Braying Jenny: “[O]ne thing you also said was that you would support a Texas state clerk who refused to issue a license to a gay couple on religious grounds. Let me ask you this: If a state clerk refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple, would you agree with that, too?” —NBC’s Savannah Guthrie to Ted Cruz

Dezinformatsia: “Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions” —Time magazine

Eco-alarmism: “This December, the world must unite behind a common goal. Because look, this is it. This is our only planet, our only life source. This may be our last chance.” —Robert Redford

Demo-gogues: “We need to join the rest of the industrialized world. We are the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee health care to all people as a right, and yet we end up spending much more than they do. So I do believe that we have to move toward a Medicare for all, single-payer system.” —Vermont Sen. and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (Because it worked so well in Vermont?)

And last… “Obama hailed the Supreme Court decision … to uphold federal subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. He cited anecdotal evidence to claim the program is working. In a recent survey, seventy-two percent of doctors say they think Obamacare is terrific as long as you don’t get sick.” —Argus Hamilton

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Puerto Rico governor calls for bankruptcy; adviser says island ‘insolvent’

Posted: 30 Jun 2015 06:51 AM PDT

Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday called for the commonwealth to be allowed to restructure its debts under U.S. bankruptcy code, while a newly appointed adviser to the U.S. territory said it is “insolvent” and will soon run out of cash. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, in a televised address, said sacrifice must be shared by bondholders, as he called for Washington to allow a bankruptcy debt restructuring.

The Caribbean island is struggling to relieve a $73 billion debt burden. It came to a crunch point on Monday – ironically at the same time as did debt-laden Greece – after a dire report on its stability by former International Monetary Fund economists was released ahead of key deadlines on Wednesday to repay debt. Steven Rhodes, the retired U.S. bankruptcy judge who oversaw Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and has now been retained by Puerto Rico to help solve its problems, gave a blunt assessment on Monday. FULL REPORT

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Asteroid tsunami could kill thousands in Britain, warn scientists

Posted: 30 Jun 2015 06:36 AM PDT

Britain is at risk from an asteroid tsunami which could kill hundreds of thousands of people living in coastal regions, scientists have warned. Experts at the University of Southampton have developed software which predicts the impact ‘corridors’ of known asteroids and calculates the risk to communities if they struck. Although the UK is not directly under an asteroid path, it is at risk from impacts in the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea which could trigger devastating tsunamis.

For example there is a one in 10,000 chance that a space rock could hit just off the coast of Norfolk within the next 85 years. PhD student Clemens Rumpf who developed the software – called Armor – is hoping it will help organisations like the United Nations decide whether to evacuate communities or send spacecraft to intercept deadly objects.“We have discovered around 13,000 asteroids and around 500 of them have a chance of hitting Earth,” he said. “We can now calculate where they could impact and the damage that would be caused so that we could get evacuation plans in order.” “When an asteroid strikes one of the biggest problems is a tsunami. Britain is an island with lots of coastline, and lots of people living there so it is a risk.” FULL REPORT

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Explosive helium is leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles

Posted: 30 Jun 2015 06:18 AM PDT

A huge fault in the Earth’s crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating.
It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of ‘the big one’ hitting California has increased dramatically. UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin.

He claims the results show that the Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper than scientists previously thought.
Using samples of casing gas from two dozen oil wells ranging from LA’s Westside to Newport Beach in Orange County, Boles discovered that more than one-third of the sites show evidence of high levels of helium-3 (3He).  ‘The results are unexpected for the area, because the LA Basin is different from where most mantle helium anomalies occur,’ said Boles, professor emeritus in UCSB’s Department of Earth Science. FULL REPORT

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Fires are spreading like crazy in Alaska and scientists are concerned

Posted: 29 Jun 2015 06:37 PM PDT

So far in June, Alaska has seen 391 wildfires, with 152 of these starting up on the weekend of June 21-22, totaling more than 1.1 million acres of scorched earth, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF). Alaska is no stranger to wildfires. The Alaska Division of Air Quality reports that in 2004, the state saw 701 fires which consumed more than 6.5 million acres of land, but they are on track to break that record before long. Alaska DOF official, Tim Mowry, told NBC News that the fires were caused by a relatively dry spring which left plains vulnerable to ignition via lightning, but what was unusual was the volume and variety of the fires.

“We have almost 300 fires going right now,” said Mowry.Fires actually serve a purpose in nature, as the charred vegetation returns minerals to soil, and makes way for young shoots to surface and provide food for animals like moose, but these fires are above and beyond the course of nature. The concentration and location of the fires make them a particular threat to people and structures. FULL REPORT

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Mystery Object Lights Up the Sky Over Parts of Georgia

Posted: 29 Jun 2015 06:21 PM PDT

A slow-moving mystery object lit up parts of the Georgia sky early this morning. NASA has five meteor cameras in the southeast part of the U.S. that picked up video of the object that was moving at approximately 14,500 mph at 1:30 a.m. ET. William Cooke, lead for NASA Meteoroid Environment Office, told ABC News today that “14,500 miles per hour is pretty fast, but it’s too slow to be a meteor.

It was possibly reentry of space junk.” Cooke added that objects will typically have to be moving at 20,000 miles per hour or faster to be classified as a meteor. Stacey Alexander, 39, saw the bright light move across the night sky for about a minute outside her work building in Rome, Georgia. “I honestly thought it was a plane that had caught on fire and was about to crash,” she told ABC News today. FULL REPORT

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Is Facebook Using Their Celebrate Pride Tool To Identify Anti-LGBT Users For Persecution?

Posted: 29 Jun 2015 06:11 PM PDT

CRITICS WARN CELEBRATE PRIDE TOOL MAY BE ANOTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST BY FACEBOOK

EDITOR’S NOTE: A Facebook spokesperson didn’t deny that the social network was tracking which users support gay marriage and adding that to the database of personal information the company has on its billion-plus users. It is the opinion of NTEB that this information will be shared with various government agencies to enable the targeting and persecution of all those who oppose the LGBT Mafia’s agenda.

For a website that started because some drunk college geeks wanted to creep on their female classmates, Facebook has evolved into an ultra-slick, end times tool of the government. To me, their various social and psychological “experiments” evoke images of Joseph Mengele and disgusting petrie dish of human tampering that was Auschwitz. But I think it’s more than just cataloging stats and user preferences to sell to their advertisers. I think Facebook is a major end times player, and the information they are collecting will be used against Christians from the deepest levels of DARPA and other black ops groups. You should be more afraid of the rainbow flag of the LGBT than you should be of ISIS, but they both end the same way.FULL REPORT

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Why We’re Headed Towards a ‘Cashless Society’

Posted: 29 Jun 2015 12:30 PM PDT

The Dow is back under 18,000 points after yesterday’s 178-point — or 1% — drop. Gold continues to wander around, apparently lost. More on that below… Our long-term stock market indicator, developed for us by our chief researcher and former ValueLine stock market analyst Stephen Jones, is flashing a warning. As we explained in the May 7 issue of Diary, it looks at the price of stocks relative to the economy that supports them.

And right now, it tells us to expect an average annual loss of 9.6%, after you account for inflation, over the next 10 years. Will this indicator be proven correct? We will wait to find out… Yesterday, came a report that the prime minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz, has urged Poles traveling to Greece to take ‘a larger amount of cash’ with them. FULL REPORT

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Pay with a flick of the wrist with new bPay wristband, key fob and sticker

Posted: 29 Jun 2015 12:24 PM PDT

If you’re sick of fumbling for change or punching in a PIN, then you probably love mobile payment. As services like Apple Pay shine a spotlight on the idea of paying for stuff without pulling out your wallet, UK credit card Barclaycard is introducing a new bPay-branded wristband, key fob and sticker that enable British shoppers to make contactless payments with a simple tap.

Contactless payment is widely supported in the UK and is becoming a common sight in other countries, including the US. Contactless credit and debit cards are now joined by phones that can pay for stuff, including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6, as tech companies try to elbow their way into the retail and financial sectors. By offering its own contactless devices, Barclaycard wants to keep the transaction fees from your purchases rather than seeing it taken by Apple or someone else, and by offering a range of devices Barclaycard is offering you more choice about how you pay for stuff in this new mobile payment age. FULL REPORT

 

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U.S. cities host historic pride parades after Supreme Court ruling

Posted: 29 Jun 2015 12:18 PM PDT

Rainbows and good cheer will be out in force in the United States as hundreds of thousands of people pack gay pride events from New York City to Seattle, San Francisco to Chicago to celebrate a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Organizers of San Francisco’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade, just called “Pride,” expect about 1 million revelers. It will have 240 groups marching in a parade Sunday and more than 30 floats, its largest in 45 years. “I just think it’s going to be magical this year,” said Gary Virginia, board president of San Francisco Pride.

That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling Friday giving same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states. Virginia’s comments were echoed by leaders of Pride celebrations in other cities. “It’s going to be an epic weekend,” said David Studinski, march director for New York City Pride. “I actually just wrote on Twitter that this is the most historic Pride march since the first.” New York City expects 22,000 people marching in a 2-mile route and more than 2 million people to visit. The event is considered a march, Studinski said, because the movement still has much to accomplish. FULL REPORT

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China could use neutron bomb in event of US invasion

Posted: 29 Jun 2015 12:13 PM PDT

Unconfirmed reports on various websites in China claim the People’s Liberation Army possesses a neutron bomb and would use it as a last resort against a potential US invasion, Duowei News, a news outlet run by overseas Chinese reported on June 26.

One online article said a neutron bomb could take out a US convoy of M1A2 Abrams main battle tank and M2A3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, killing all military personnel without doing significant damage to the vehicles themselves. A neutron bomb sends a massive wave of neutron and gamma radiation that can penetrate armor or several feet of earth and is extremely destructive to living tissue. The bomb was developed to counter a potential Soviet invasion of Western Europe during the Cold War. FULL REPORT

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Is Facebook Using Their Celebrate Pride Tool To Identify Anti-LGBT Users For Persecution?

Critics warn Celebrate Pride tool may be another psychological test by Facebook

EDITOR’S NOTE: A Facebook spokesperson didn’t deny that the social network was tracking which users support gay marriage and adding that to the database of personal information the company has on its billion-plus users. It is the opinion of NTEB that this information will be shared with various government agencies to enable the targeting and persecution of all those who oppose the LGBT Mafia’s agenda.

‘This is probably a Facebook experiment!’ warned the MIT network scientist Cesar Hidalgo on Facebook yesterday. ‘The question is, how long will it take for people to change their profile pictures back to normal.’

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In celebration of the Supreme Court’s approval of same-sex marriage, the site is offering users a tool to overlay their profile photos with a rainbow filter. But some people, such as MIT network scientist Cesar Hidalg, say the social network is carrying out another psychological test on its users

By setting up its own tool to let people filter their profile picture with the Celebrate Pride tool, the concern is that Facebook is able to get an unprecedented insight into how to influence people. Facebook did not respond immediately for comment, but, as a report in the Atlantic points out, the site has long been involved in research to better see how information spreads in a social network.

For instance, in March 2013, the company published a study that looked at the factors that predicted support for marriage equality on Facebook. The research looked at what might influence a user changing their or her profile photo to the red equals sign. They found that, people with more friends changing their profile photo to a red equals sign were more likely to go through with the change to their profile picture.


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Republican Presidential Candidates Respond to Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling

Washington Appears Uninterested in Tunisia Terror Attack that Killed 38

Supreme Court: Marriage is Between “Two Persons”

Gay Marriage is the Law of the Land: Two Couples, Two Views

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The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon

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June 30, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blog/Article Collection

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The Most Painful Interview I’ve Ever Watched

“There are some moments in the interview where Williams says that he takes ownership, accepts responsibility, etc., but despite Matt Laurer’s admirable pushing and prompting him on the “lie” issue, Williams refused to admit that he was trying to mislead people.”

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Laying a Beating on the Neighborhood Bully

“Imagine you are outside playing when the neighborhood bully comes your way. He walks up to you, shakes his fist in your face, and says, “I am going to pound you.” You know he is too strong for you, so you grit your teeth and prepare to get hurt. But then suddenly his eyes grow wide, his expression changes—is it fear?”

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Can We Really Know Our Pastors?

“I certainly agree that the megachurch model is pastorally problematic, but that doesn’t seem to me to be a plausible reason to explain Tchividjian’s fall. Or rather, to clarify, I don’t think that a small church would solve the problem. Sure, you will be able to “know” your pastor, in the sense of being on more personal terms with him, but how well?”

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Public Expressions of the Gospel

“We tend to do proclamation well in the evangelical world, but when we do, we often shout the truth from afar and shake our heads when others don’t listen. To be light, however, we need to be present. We need to be in the places where the darkness has a foothold.”

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How to Read More Books

“This past year I have attempted to become more intentional with my reading. In previous years I have read a lot but I would not say that I read well. My reading lacked a detailed attack plan. As a result, sometimes reading happened and other times it did not.”

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We … and Our Fathers Have Sinned (Daniel 9:8)

I have also learned these lessons from my elders in Augusta. They have taught me how important public confession of past sins—especially by a majority—is to racial reconciliation. What may feel to us to be something small, something that does not cost very much, communicates integrity and a desire for genuine relationship. As we as pastors, elders and congregation have admitted our church’s past sins we have gained relationships with African-American brothers and sisters in our city. Our city is being healed as a result of such public confession by whites and blacks.

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The Body Politic is Queer

Hopefully, places like City Church in San Francisco, who have recently embraced same sex marriage, will realize the full implications of that decision before queerness starts to define their entire belief system. In some ways, apostate Oneist churches are showing the way for the culture. If the body of Christ is queer, so will be the body politic. Just as apostate churches are seeking total integration of “gayness,” so must the culture.

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Theological Fidelity: An Interview with David Garner

“Theological contemplation is never private domain. The preacher doesn’t function autonomously; in fact, his work is, in a very important sense, shared and uncreative. As a contemporary spokesman, the preacher preaches the historic deposit of faith, following thousands who have gone before him with a view to the untold thousands that will follow.”

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Blindsided

“Hundreds of evangelicals were caught off guard in March when their church leaders, without any open discussion, announced that sexually active homosexuals could become members. How did that happen, and what steps can members of other churches take to forestall such surprises?”

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When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood

Rainbows everywhere, but they sure are not God’s rainbow. The inundation in the West of all things homosexuals is shocking to behold. It is a tsunami of evil crashing over everything in its path. And the greatest casualty in all this is the Christian church.

Yet tragically most Christians are utterly clueless as to the deliberate strategy of the homosexual lobby. They would never have read any of their literature, books, or war manuals. Thus they are blissfully ignorant of the fact that the Christian church has long been a target of the homosexual militants, and their aim is to entirely shut down its resistance and opposition to the homosexual agenda.

tsunami 1And sadly they are achieving many of their stated aims and objectives. Thus we need to be very clear here as to what this fight is all about. We must know the battle plans and take steps to counter them. We need to know about the homosexual attack on Christianity in general, and we need to know how to deal with the latest full-frontal attack, the Supreme Court ruling.


Talk show host Montel Williams compares gay marriage opponents to ISIS, Taliban

Jun 29, 2015 01:16 pm | Marsha West

 

Over the weekend Montel Williams attacked the “uber-right” with all the vitriol he could muster.  What the “uber-liberal” talk show host said was chilling and will surely be the mantra of the far-left.  What he said will make your hair stand on end. The battle has begun in earnest.  Daily, put on the full armor of God my brethren. ChristianExaminer […]

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TIME: Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

Jun 29, 2015 11:50 am | Marsha West

 

Mark Oppenheimer of the liberal The New York Times has wasted no time laying out the reasons America must abolish, or greatly diminish, religious institution’s tax-exempt statuses. Two weeks ago, with a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on the way, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which ensures that religious institutions won’t lose their tax exemptions if […]

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The Body Politic Is Queer

Jun 28, 2015 10:23 am | Marsha West

 

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision to legalize same-sex “marriage,” Peter Jones of truthxchange penned a piece with this warning: You cannot introduce into society a life style, now considered legal, without it redefining what the culture must receive as morally and spiritually acceptable. Putting blue dye in one end of the pool affects […]

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Justice Scalia Issues Scathing Dissent in Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ruling: ‘Pride Goeth Before a Fall’

Jun 27, 2015 11:46 am | Marsha West

 

(Christian News Network) As one of the four justices that dissented from today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex “marriage,” Justice Antonin Scalia issued a sharp rebuke of his colleagues’ arrogance, warning that “pride goeth before a fall.” “The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its […]

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Would the Son of God Contradict the Father?

Jun 26, 2015 01:10 pm | Marsha West

 

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decision on same-sex marriage, I’m posting an article I wrote a few years ago where I dealt with the ridiculous notion that Jesus never addressed homosexuality.  That He never said anything about homosexuality is utter nonsense.  Moreover, it is one of the most outrageous lies foisted on the public by […]

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“I will not bow to the Court on this gay-marriage decision any more than the Founders bowed to British tyranny”

Jun 26, 2015 11:30 am | Marsha West

 

The words of Gov. Mike Huckabee on the Supreme Court ruling: “The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial […]

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Boston doctor fired for telling truth about homosexuality

Jun 25, 2015 11:54 am | Marsha West

 

Gina Miller, columnist for Renew America, reports on what happens when a doctor dares to speak the truth that the homosexual lifestyle can be hazardous to ones health.  The truth teller, Dr. Paul Church, “cited irrefutable medical evidence that high-risk sexual practices common to the LGBT community lead to (among other things) a higher incidence of […]

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Netherlands pediatrician seeks to euthanize children under 12

Jun 24, 2015 06:35 pm | Marsha West

 

What this boils down to is that a child age 10 who shows “unberable suffering” will be able to end his own life if he so chooses. Prolife blog LifeSite News is concerned that, “no restrictions can truly safeguard against abusing policies that allegedly require terminal illness as a condition of performing the procedure.” ChristianExaminer […]

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Rick Warren’s “Power of a Campaign for Revival and Spiritual Awakening”

Jun 24, 2015 12:10 pm | A. Spreeman

 

Saddleback’s and Amurica’s pastor Rick Warren is talking revival and spiritual awakening! Can it be that he is finally preaching repentance and surrender to Christ?  Well, not exactly. We’re talking about a movement by numbers again, from his latest email blast. What does the Bible have to say about this? Rick Warren:  “If God allowed […]

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Mohler says Pope’s climate policy would devastate, not help the poor

Jun 23, 2015 03:31 pm | Marsha West

 

According to ChristianExaminer columnist  Gregory Tomlin: Pope Francis was right to claim in his encyclical on the environment that creation care is a part of Christian theology, but dead wrong about the importance of fossil fuels for cheap, abundant energy for the developing Third World, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler said in a […]

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Relativism Reeks

There are various forms of relativism, such as the belief that all truth is relative. Here I want to address more specifically the notion of moral relativism. This is the belief that morality is dependent upon one’s opinion, taste, preference or point of view.

It posits that there are no binding, objective, universal rights and wrongs. Instead, morality is relative to a culture, or an individual, or a period of time, and so on. Folks might think this is a neat, liberating and attractive way to approach morality, but it is nothing of the sort. All that it does is leave us totally unable to stand against real evil.

whatever 2Indeed, it does not even allow us to identify real evil. When everything is relative, all we are left with is the old cliché: “Who am I to judge?” Black and white in morality is replaced with 99 shades of grey, and the ability to make careful moral assessments goes out the window.

There are plenty of other problems with moral relativism, including the obvious fact that it is self-refuting. If there are no moral absolutes, then we can’t even say it is wrong to have a moral absolute. To make a pronouncement in favour of it – “It is right to affirm moral relativism” – is to deny your own premise.


Summer, Kids, and the Internet

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3 Dozen Posts on the Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top 5 biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. Continue reading →


Does the Bible Teach that a Christian Can be a Practicing Homosexual?


Rooting Out Hidden Bitterness


3 Resources for Christians Wondering What’s Next on Same-Sex Marriage


My Day at the Beach That Wasn’t Any Such Thing


The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel

The Book of Job has both shaken me and shaped me.

When I first read it, I found it troubling. It didn’t seem fair. Job was a righteous man.


Faith-Based Crisis Management Firm Helps Pastors “Come Out”

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision to make same-sex marriage the law of the land, a few strong pastors are making biblical public statements affirming God’s Word in the matter, and taking a stand based on what He says rather than what the world says. If your church or ministry hasn’t done that […]

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Here’s How Religious Business Owners Could Protect Themselves Against Gay Marriage Decision

Kelsey Harkness, columnist for The Daily Signal, says states need to adopt their own statutes to provide business owners with sincere religious beliefs protection. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has already started the process. According to Harkness, “Last month, Jindal quietly issued an executive order that “prevents the state from discriminating against people or their business with deeply held religious beliefs.”


Can Gays Be Saved?

A new blog post at the new blog: Can Gays Be Saved? http://credohouse.org/blog/can-gays-be-saved


Losing relationships over biblical truth

Has your family been divided over the legalization of same-sex marriage? Many have paid an enormous price for standing on God’s Word as truth. Some are wondering if they are putting a stumbling block of confusion if they bake a cake for a gay wedding, or photograph a celebration of a wedding or new baby […]

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The Tin-Foil Hat Brigade

You know who you are. You’re the person other people tip toe around when it comes to discussing current events or religion. You are the person who can spend hours devouring scripture or news with equal vigor, pointing out ‘last days’ events to anyone who would listen to you. You are semi-shunned at church. You are disinvited from church socials, because you are just too intense and narrow-minded. You’re called a ‘conspiracy theorist’ or a ‘Jesus Freak’ behind your back. You’re always going on about the Lord’s return and that “Rapture thingy”. Admit it. You are one of them, one of those “prophecy nuts”.

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Daddy, am I a Christian? (Mark Jones)

I appreciate IX Marks ministries, and their desire to take ecclesiology seriously. But I did read this from IX Marks and thought it would be good to interact a little with this perspective:


Trying to Respond Like Jesus to the SCOTUS Pronouncement on Same-Sex Marriage

Many Summit members have asked how to respond to last Friday’s Supreme Court legislation of the legitimacy of same-sex marriage for all 50 states.

Let me offer four thoughts about the decision, and then suggest a Jesus-centered way to pray for our country, and ourselves, during this time.

Thoughts:

1. The institutionalizing of same-sex marriage did not redefine marriage; rather, it is the fruit of a redefinition of marriage. Same-sex marriage is one star in a constellation of changes arising from a rejection of God’s pattern for family, a rejection that began decades ago. Many are amazed at the speed at which the cultural revolution on same-sex marriage took place, but that is because our society long ago rejected the Creator’s basic pattern for sex and relationships. When we enthroned our desires, rather than God’s designs, as the ultimate arbiter for what is right and wrong in relationships, the acceptance of same-sex marriages became inevitable. Improvisations on God’s designs have disastrous effects on society as a whole–most notably on the children–and this improvisation will be no different.

2. Now more than ever we, as Christians, should realize that we are citizens of another Country. We have grown accustomed to living in a country quite hospitable to our faith, and we should be exceedingly grateful for that. But we should also realize that this has been a privilege almost unknown in Christian history.

The entire New Testament, for instance, was written not from the seats of cultural and political control, but from the cultural and political margins. The Apostle Peter did not open his letter to the church with “to those in power” but “to those in exile.”

The good news is that Christianity thrives in such a context. Many of our country’s great spiritual awakenings came in times of great political darkness, times when the country’s spirituality seemed at its lowest point. Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds. As the darkness becomes darker, the light becomes more distinct. Christian families, operating by the Creator’s design and with the Creator’s blessing, will become more enigmatic and attractive than ever.

The early Christians recognized that the Lordship of Jesus was a direct challenge to the lordship of Caesar. Many paid the ultimate price for it. At its core, the Lordship of Jesus is a political claim: we pledge ultimate allegiance to Jesus, not to any court or the will of the people. If the government continues to exert an ever-increasing amount of control over our lives, we will reach a point when such a counter-cultural claim will not be tolerated.

I want neither to overplay or underplay the ramifications of this. The persecution that is coming is real–the first wave being economic. Some have already lost their livelihoods for refusal to conform to the party line. For years the LGBT community argued, “What could it possibly hurt to let these two people get married?” The answer now has become clear: it means that a lot of people who will not pick up the mantle of affirmation will lose their jobs.

This is going to be difficult for many of us to get used to. We are used to living in an environment that is friendly toward Christianity, and expecting our social institutions to reflect, however imperfectly, Judeo-Christian ethics. The Supreme Court decision reminds us that we should temper our expectations, disabusing us of any hope to create a utopia here on earth. While we will never quit working for “a more perfect Union,” we know that the struggle between God and the Enemy rages in every sphere, especially in the halls of power.

3. The ruling itself reflects an illegitimate use of the Supreme Court’s power. In the dissenting words of John Roberts, this decision by the Court had nothing to do with the Constitution. Rather, it was the legislation of an agenda, the writing of a new law into our country by a body never commissioned to do so.

Some have said that we, the church, should not be making a big deal (if any) out of this, since this is only the granting of a civil right. We have to, it is said, acknowledge that not everyone in our country believes like we do and they should be free to follow the dictates of their consciences in matters of conviction or morality. That is, indeed, a principle we hold to very strongly, but it is not the issue in this case.

The questions in this case are not whether gay people should be free to be gay or to enter into whatever covenants with one another they wish. (They have had the freedom to do that for some time, a freedom we respect and would want to see upheld.) Rather, the questions in this case were (a) whether the state should institutionalize that relationship and, concomitantly, (b) whether the state possesses the ability to define, or redefine, marriage (as opposed to recognizing that the definition of marriage derives from sources of authority outside the state).

As to (a), this Supreme Court decision institutionalizes what God calls sin. The state has not taken a neutral position, but an affirming position–which God expressly condemns (Romans 1:32). This means that (b) the state has taken upon itself the right and responsibility to define marriage. This decision presupposes that the U. S. government recognizes no authority other than the state–that all things start and stop with the will of the people. This is a precarious position to be in, as it, ironically, puts all of our rights in jeopardy.

Our founding fathers recognized the basis of freedoms and rights to be the will of the Creator, not the will of the majority. As Thomas Jefferson said, rights that derive their authority from the mob can be removed by the mob. Only when our rights are seen as “endowed by our Creator” do they become “inalienable.” That God, not man, defines and bestows our most basic freedoms and institutions has been the bedrock of our Republic, and, subsequently, the basis of every significant societal reformation in our nation’s history. Martin Luther King, Jr. appealed not to the will of the majority for the equality of races, but to a higher law, the law of the Creator. Abandon the design of the Creator, and we have no higher authority than the changing will of the people, the tyranny of the majority. Ben Franklin famously quipped, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a lamb having grounds on which to contest the vote.”

4. As a church, we must speak about this with others in a tone that communicates the spirit of our Savior, who came not to judge but to save. We are not a community of the righteous condemning the sexually wayward, but fellow rebels redeemed by Jesus’ blood, calling out for others to experience the grace we’ve experienced. With the gay and lesbian community we share a common humanity; a common problem–sin; and a common hope–the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.

I was saddened to hear that one of our church members who lives with a same-sex attraction recently overheard someone saying, “There is a special place in hell for gay people.” Actually, there is a special place in hell for self-righteous people. We should never speak in a way that separates gay and lesbian people from us. If we are right with God, it is because we are forgiven. If we are awake, it is because God roused us from the sleep of death. We have absolutely nothing about which to boast–and that transforms our entire disposition. It is not enough to possess the truth of Christ, we must also reflect the spirit of Christ.

Furthermore, we cannot “give up” on our culture or withdraw from it, as tempting as that is right now. I have felt the impulse to throw up my hands and say, “To hell with the culture” and to burrow myself into the Christian community, where I feel accepted and safe. But thank God Jesus did not do that with me. He entered our world, living and loving among us. We must enter our world as he did, sending our children into it as he did.

The Summit Church must continue to be a place where gay and lesbian people feel welcome as they seek repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, a place safe to “come out” with struggles of any kind. We must be the loudest advocates against acts of injustice or abuse of gay and lesbian people. They are us. And we must prepare ourselves to receive the refugees of this sexual revolution, for they will be many.

Now more than ever we need to put forward the distinctive Christian view of marriage and sex. We need to be able to show–through word and deed–the Creator’s better way for these life-defining relationships. Those who experience the bitter fruits of following their own way will likely be in a better place to receive it.

As my friend Russ Moore has said, this is a time for the church neither to panic nor to cave. The arc of history is long and gradual, but it tilts toward Jesus. The Supreme Court can do a lot of things, but it cannot put Jesus back in the grave. He sits enthroned over history, and all of history—his story—moves his direction. “Why do the nations rage, and set themselves against the Lord’s anointed?… You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Ps 2:1, 9) The Greeks rejoiced when the high priest Menelaus put a statue of Zeus in the Holy of Holies. But God had the last word. He always does. Rome crumbles; the kingdom of Jesus endures forever.

It turns out that the hashtag is true, #LoveWins—but Love has a name, and at his name every knee in heaven and earth will one day bow.

Prayer

Over the last few days, I have felt compelled to pray the Lord’s Prayer over our country. I believe no better pattern exists for how we should pray in this, or any other, situation.

Our Father, who art in heaven, holy is your name… Father, you reign in heaven. No human court can undermine your throne, put your Son back in the grave, or thwart your plans.

Let your kingdom come, your will be done… You willed this for your church at this time. Your plans are good, and we know you will turn what the enemy means for evil into good. The salvation and glorification of your church is the goal. So we receive this as from you, and ask that you enable us to use it for kingdom purposes, as you have willed.

“Give us this day our daily bread…” This turn of events presents new challenges for us, challenges we are unsure how to meet. We trust that you will supply the wisdom, courage, and grace to be faithful for this day.

“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Father, I confess part of me wants to throw up my hands and write off our culture–to withdraw into a secluded Christian subculture where I feel safe and loved. But that is not what you did with me. While I was still in sin you came for me. By your grace, I will do the same for my neighbors. We remind ourselves that we are first sinners. Each of us is guilty of our own willful rebellion and sexual misconduct. We are included in the number of the guilty. And our own churches have been plagued by marital unfaithfulness. We need forgiveness and renewal. As you have treated us graciously, we will seek to treat others the same way. You didn’t run from us; we won’t run from others. We recognize that our struggle is not against flesh and blood. An Enemy holds our culture captive, just as he once held us captive.

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We recognize in these developments an attack by our Enemy, an Enemy who wants nothing more to destroy us and ridicule your name. He will use our weaknesses in the process, and sadly, he has much to work with. God, save us from ourselves, and from our Enemy. We believe the power of your grace trumps both our weaknesses and the designs of our Enemy.

“For yours in the Kingdom, the power and glory, forever.” The arc of history tilts toward you. Why do the nations rage? You have commandeered all of history to prepare the church as a bride for your Son. This, too, will work toward that glorious end. You win, Jesus. We declare it. It’s all from you and through you and for you.

Amen.

 

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Here are some other helpful responses to the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage:

Why the Church Should Neither Cave Nor Panic about the Decision on Gay Marriage, Russell Moore.

Reaction to the Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage (video), Russell Moore.

“Everything Has Changed and Nothing Has Changed,” Albert Mohler.

Top 10 Quotes From Dissenting Judges on Same-Sex Marriage, Trevin Wax.

Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage.

Is there anything wrong with same-sex attraction? (sermon), J.D. Greear.


How to Handle Your Doubt When Times Get Tough

Dealing with DoubtIf you’re watching the culture closely, you’ve probably noticed it’s increasingly difficult (and unpopular) to hold a Christian worldview in America. Fewer and fewer of us identify as Christians in what is quickly becoming a “post-Christian” culture. Some predict it’s only going to get worse, and I tend to agree. That’s why I’m so glad I’m a Christian evidentialist. If you’re a believer, your definition of Biblical “faith” will determine the way you process your own doubt and it will shape your response in difficult times. The God of the Bible admonished Old and New Testament believers when they struggled with doubt in times of crisis, and His and response was consistently grounded in His evidential nature.

The Christian definition of “faith” is not simply “blind,” unsupported belief. Instead, Biblical faith is a reasonable trust in what cannot be seen, given the strength of the evidence that has been seen. When God’s children floundered in their faith, He repeated called them to a reasonable trust in the evidence He had provided them. Let me give you two examples of God’s evidential response to doubt; one from the Old Testament and one from the New:

An Example From the Old Testament: When the Israelites struggled with doubt and fear as they faced hostile cultures and difficult times, God provided them with an approach to help them overcome their uncertainty:

“…you shall not be afraid of them; you shall well remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt: the great trials which your eyes saw and the signs and the wonders and the mighty hand and the outstretched arm by which the Lord your God brought you out.” (Deuteronomy 7:18-19)

God commanded the Israelites to recall the public miracles He worked when He saved them from the Egyptian army. Yahweh told the Jewish nation to remember how He parted the Red Sea, and He used this supernatural act as an evidential point of reference. He didn’t simply tell his people to remember their own subjective, personal experiences with Him, but He instead asked them to recall the miracles He performed publicly. He gave them the evidence they needed to confirm His existence, even when they were starting to doubt this reality. In tough times, the Israelites simply needed to recall the evidence. If their faith was properly grounded and properly evidential, they could withstand even the worst of times. For this reason, they were commanded to respond rationally rather than emotionally.

An Example from the New Testament: When John the Baptist struggled with doubt while he was incarcerated (and just prior to his execution), he sent his disciples with a question. Jesus provided the same time-tested approach to help John overcome his doubt:

Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?” When the men came to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, to ask, ‘Are You the expected One, or do we look for someone else?’” At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached to them. Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” (Luke 7:19-23)

Jesus called John (and his disciples) to recall the public miracles He worked in response to John’s question. Jesus told John to remember how He healed the blind, deaf, lame and sick, and Jesus used these supernatural acts as an evidential point of reference. He didn’t simply tell John and his disciples to remember their own subjective, personal experiences with Him, but He instead asked them to recall the miracles He performed publicly. He gave them the evidence they needed to confirm His Deity, even when they were starting to doubt this reality. In tough times, John and his disciples simply needed to recall the evidence. If their faith was properly grounded and properly evidential, they could withstand even the worst of times. For this reason, they were commanded to respond rationally rather than emotionally.

Jesus often pointed to the evidence of his miracles to encourage those who had doubts. He once told his observers, “The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves” (John 14:10-11). Jesus’ followers remembered the evidence (“the works themselves”), and it gave them confidence even when their Christian worldview was unpopular and inconvenient. Jesus presented them with the truth and supported His claims with evidence. What option did they have, then, when things got tough? As Peter said, ““Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68).

Times are probably going to get tougher for us as Christians. Difficulty and doubt may be just around the corner. How will you respond? If you haven’t embraced a properly evidential view of Biblical faith, now is the time. Your definition will shape your response and your ability to stand strong, even in the midst of a crisis. If you actually know why Christianity is true (if you’ve examined the evidence), you’ve got a much better chance of survival. The Israelites and John’s disciples had an evidential point of reference, and by clinging to the evidence they survived their doubt. Before the crisis becomes severe, we need to review and master the evidence supporting the claims of Christianity so we can have a similar evidential point of reference. Don’t wait. Learn the evidence now so you can lean on the evidence later.

J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Detective, a Christian Case Maker, and the author of Cold-Case Christianity


Celebrating Distinction

Creator and creation. Male and female. Distinctions are important. In this excerpt from the teaching series Only Two Religions, Dr. Peter Jones explains why these biblical distinctions are under attack.


The New Secular Fascism

Of course you can have religious freedom: as long as that freedom does not show itself outside of the confines of your cranium. It cannot influence your words, your acts or anything else that would remind me that I am a rebel against the God I know is there (but refuse to honor and worship). —The New Secular Fascist living in the former United States of America—new name for that former nation pending.

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God’s Purpose for the Supreme Court — And Everything Else

Jesus Christ is hard at work (John 5:17) and this is what he’s up to:


Preoccupied with Controversy…or Holiness?

Pastors and church leaders have seemingly endless opportunities to engage in controversy. I’m just as guilty as the next. But there comes a point when we have to believe in God.


Top Christian Resources on the Marriage Debate (Books, Articles, Videos, Podcasts on Gay Marriage/Same-Sex Marriage)


Video

How can homosexuality be wrong when it doesn’t harm anyone?


Blogs

How Should You Talk To Your Children About Same-Sex Marriage | Russell Moore

God’s Purpose For The Supreme Court – And For Everything Else | Desiring God

5 Tips for Families Considering Homeschooling | The Federalist

5 Questions I Wished My Accountability Partner Would Ask Me | Brad Hambrick

When God Flips That Switch| Tim Challies
I loved this. If you read one, read this one.

In An Instant Messaging Age Sometimes It Is Best To Sleep On It | Nathan Bingham
And if you read two, make this the second.


How Church Culture Changes – Rainer on Leadership #137

Podcast Episode #137

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Today on the podcast we discuss how church culture has changed, is changing, and will continue to change in the future. Our society is pressing in on the church and will change much of how church is done, but we must hold fast to the unchanging Word of God in the midst of any change.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Cultural Christianity is ending.
  • As people change, culture shifts.
  • Society is changing so rapidly that it’s confusing the church and confusing church members.
  • Some church members view outdated cultural realities as the way things ought to be, and that causes conflict in the church.
  • About 75% of churches are really resistant to change, but many don’t realize it.

The six keys to dealing with power groups in your church are:

  1. ​Remember the simple truth that culture is people
  2. Leadership sets the tone
  3. Rapid societal change is normative
  4. Discern what is (1) unchangeable, (2) negotiable, and (3) must-changeable
  5. Grasp the church resistance scale to determine the type of leadership needed
  6. Look at the Autopsy principles

A La Carte (June 30)

Where You Start Determines Where You End – “This is an exciting, important time to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Our lost culture needs us now more than ever. We don’t have to be spectacular to stand out.”

On Twenty Years of Marriage – This is just a great bit of writing about the joy and beauty of marriage. (HT)

An Interview with Mark Dever – Tabletalk magazine has an interview with Mark Dever. He always has interesting things to say.

Celebrating Distinction – “Creator and creation. Male and female. Distinctions are important. In this excerpt from the teaching series Only Two Religions, Dr. Peter Jones explains why these biblical distinctions are under attack.”

5 Questions I Wish My Accountability Partner Had Asked – There is level-headed counsel in this article. And it’s not really about accountability partners at all.

Getting Ready to Forgive – I quite agree: “Rather than presenting forgiveness as a law, what we need to do is to shepherd the wounded Christian to the point where they could say truthfully that their hearts are watching the road.”


Tribulation Saints

I have a question about your study of Revelation 7. In the last 4 paragraphs you talk about the tribulation saints having a privileged existence in eternity, but yet you mention that they will not sit on a throne at the side of their beloved and will not share in God’s inheritance. Can you explain this further? This is really interesting.

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A Question About 2 Thessalonians 2:11

Why would God need to send ” a powerful delusion” to men that are already unbelieving and delighting in wickedness. What am I missing?

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What is The Gospel?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
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The Failure of Philosophy and the SCOTUS Decision

Apologetics for the Church

nietzscheI was reading an interview with seven philosophers about the SCOTUS decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, and in none of their short essays, save one, did the philosophers who responded actually apply any serious philosophy. Their answers are mostly opinion pieces lauding justice and dignity, with no attempt to define those terms philosophically, or to justify their importance. As K. Scott Oliphint says, Philosophy is largely well-articulated unbelief.

Only one philosopher, Cheshire Calhoun of Arizona State University, asks the right question. She notices that Justice Kennedy, in his majority opinion, referred several times to the “transcendent purpose of marriage.” As a non-Christian Calhoun questions where Kennedy gets the notion of the transcendent, and why that notion should be binding. The transcendent smacks of religion, and that cannot be tolerated, so she suggests that we do away with the concept and the vocabulary.

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Governor Mary Fallin signs bill protecting pastors from gay rights coercion

WINTERY KNIGHT

Oklahama Governor Mary Fallin Oklahama Governor Mary Fallin

Lindsay posted this happy article from Tulsa World.

It says:

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill that allows ministers to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if such marriages conflict with their religious beliefs.

Fallin said Friday that the law will protect the constitutional and religious rights of Oklahomans.

The law says no licensed, ordained or authorized official of a religious organization can be required to solemnize or recognize a marriage that violates that official’s conscience or religious belief.

Fallin said the bill makes it clear that religious leaders and houses of worship can’t be forced by the government to violate their faith where marriage is concerned.

This persecution of pastors for refusing to celebrate same-sex marriage is already happening in some states.

Here’s an article from Alliance Defending Freedom, which is doing a case on this right now.

It says:

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Don’t Miss List: SCOTUS Marriage Edition

Steak and a Bible

Whether last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling about same sex marriage caught you off guard or not, here are some responses I’ve found helpful in digesting and processing and attempting to answer the question: now what?

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