Daily Archives: September 28, 2018

SEPTEMBER 28 WHY BE ARTIFICIAL?

Except ye…become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3

Christian men and women who have sincerely knelt at the feet of Jesus and have surrendered themselves to His meekness have found a comforting and satisfying place of rest.

They have discovered that we do not have to worry about what people think of us—as long as God is pleased!

We are no longer plagued with the heavy burden of artificiality. Think of the millions who live in secret fear that someday they will be careless and by chance an enemy or a friend will be allowed to peep into their poor, empty souls. Bright people are tense and alert in fear that they may be trapped into saying something common or stupid.

It is plain to see that the heart of the artificial worldling is breaking under the burden, under the weight of pretense and pride.

To men and women everywhere, Jesus says, “Come unto Me, and I will give you rest!” He offers His grace and His mercy—blessed relief that comes when we accept ourselves for what we are and cease to pretend!

Thank You, Lord, that I can come to You exactly as I am and that You accept me completely. You are a loving, safe haven.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

SEPTEMBER 28 FOR THY SAKE

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

—Luke 9:24

A Christian poet of a bygone generation wrote a rather long hymn around a single idea: You can, by three little words, turn every common act of your life into an offering acceptable to God. The words are “For Thy sake.”…

All this seems too simple to be true, but Scripture and experience agree to declare that it is indeed the way to sanctify the ordinary. “For Thy sake” will rescue the little, empty things from vanity and give them eternal meaning. The lowly paths of routine living will by these words be elevated to the level of a bright highway. The humdrum of our daily lives will take on the quality of a worship service and the thousand irksome duties we must perform will become offerings and sacrifices acceptable to God by Christ Jesus.

To God there are no small offerings if they are made in the name of His Son. Conversely, nothing appears great to Him that is given for any other reason than for Jesus’ sake. If we cannot die for Christ we can live for Him, and sometimes this is more heroic and will bring a larger reward.

“For Thy sake.” These are the wondrous words which, when they are found in the heart as well as in the mouth, turn water into wine and every base metal into gold. BAM068, 070-071

Lord, whatever seemlingly small thing I am called on to do today, let me do it joyfully for Your sake. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

09/28/2018 — Wretched

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•The roots of Afikomen: Spoiler, it’s not in the Bible
•Can we command Demons?
•How do we deal with the Book of Mormon in hotel rooms?
•Todd is asking Millennials the wrong question
•Is humor an attribute of God?
•Can we spend money on vacations?
•Mindfulness continues to poison schools
•Is it sinful to take an oath of office?
•Ray Comfort’s new video is getting attention
•Why Jonah depends on the rest of Scripture
•KJV Onlyists must divide
•Are the Love Languages a quid-pro-quo?

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09/28/2018 — Wretched

Liberals Change Word Meanings With Intent to Deceive (Reprise) — Christian Research Network

This article by CRN managing editor Marsha West was first published in 2012.

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. — Winston Churchill

Almost anything is possible if one has the power to change the definition of words. Take for example the word truth. Once upon a time truth had a clear concise meaning.  Merriam-Webster’s dictionary (M-WD) defines truth as “the body of true statements and propositions. Truth is the ‘state of being the case.’”  In other words, it is a fact. A fact is something that actually exists, or an actual occurrence.  M-WD defines In truth as in accordance with facts. “Facts are stubborn things,” said John Adams, “and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

In our post-modern culture a number of people have come to believe that there is no absolute truth.  For them all truth is relative.  M-WD defines relativism thusly: “A theory that knowledge is relative to the limited nature of the mind and the conditions of knowing (b) a view that ethical truths depend on the individuals and groups holding them.”  The relativist will declare, “What’s true for you is not true for me” also “no one can know anything for sure.” For the relativist there is no universal moral truth, only what each individual perceives as truth. We all have our own truth, they say, and it is intolerant to push our views on others.

Surprisingly a growing number of self-professed Christians embrace the concept of moral relativism even though doing one’s own thing is patently unbiblical.

John 8:32“What is truth?” Pontius Pilot asked Jesus prior to sending Him to the cross. In this instance Jesus chose to remain silent, but on other occasions He addressed the truth question head-on.  For instance, He stated “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).  Anyone who rejects Jesus Christ will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven — ever.

Truthful means “telling or disposed to tell the truth.” Truth defines what a person believes in. It is not abstract, like a feeling or an idea. Jesus declared, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). “Your word” is the Bible, both Old and New Testaments.  Take the time to read it “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).

Ask yourself this question, professed Christian: If there is no absolute truth as the moral relativist claim, then why did the Apostle John assert, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17)?

Liberal ideologues redefine words to help advance a religious, political, environmental, scientific or social agenda. Never mind that to do so is to pervert the truth. Their motto is “The end justifies the means” or to be more precise: Do whatever it is you must in order to get the result you want, regardless of the methods used.  “It does not matter whether these methods are legal or illegal, fair or foul, kind or cruel, truth or lies, democratic or dictatorial, good or evil.”

The cults are infamous for perverting historically accepted biblical terms. “Is it any wonder then,” said the late Christian apologist/polemicist Dr. Walter Martin in The Riddle of Semantics, “that orthodox Christians feel called upon to openly denounce such perversions of clearly defined and historically accepted biblical terminology, and claim that the cults have no rights — scholastically, biblically, or linguistically — to redefine biblical terms as they do?” (Source)

Oh that more evangelical Christians would feel called upon to denounce cultists who bastardize Christianity. Likewise, politicians are infamous for taking a word and twisting it into a pretzel. Even a former president of the United States did some fancy word twisting when he thought it would get him off the hook. You may recall how Bill Clinton stunned the nation during the Monica Lewinsky probe when he stated under oath:

Pinocchio

If the — if he — if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not — that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement….Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.

In an age of moral relativism there’s no virtue in honesty. In fact, being dishonest, underhanded, unfaithful, unashamed and unrepentant is commonplace among our elected officials – even worse, those who profess a belief in Jesus Christ!  It is a sad day when our Christian clergy and Church leadership blatantly sin and exhibit no remorse and only repent when others compel them to.

When it comes to perverting the intended meaning of words unscrupulous radical gay activists are sharper than a dual blade saw.  They know all too well that if they’re going to achieve the acceptance they yearn for, they must manipulate words that are a stumbling block to their cause…which is to make same-sex sex appear as normal as, well, normal heterosexual sex.

For example, homosexuals have fought to prohibit thought on the question of whether or not sodomy is normal. Anyone who dares to take the position that sodomy is unnatural is accused of spreading hate.  Even our once free press is no longer free to be critical of homosexuality for fear of the Lavender Police coming down on them.  Not surprisingly the gay activists that are supposedly all about tolerance go mute when the media smears a gay conservative or a Christian leader.

Before radical homosexuals stripped “normal” of its original definition, it meant “occurring naturally.” This leads one to wonder: If a practice goes against nature, is it normal or abnormal? Common sense dictates that man on man/woman on woman sex is not only abnormal it is in fact a sexual perversion. I can report that this is true because the M-WD defines perversion as “an aberrant sexual practice or interest especially when habitual.”

If we can’t trust M-WD to give accurate word definitions, we’re doomed! So, in order to mainstream homosexuality gays and lesbians have had to resort to perverting the meaning of words. And to avoid hurting a homosexual person’s feelings, a large number of people (including people of faith) have all but waved the white flag of surrender.

The reason I bring up homosexuality is not to attack gays and lesbians, as I will certainly be accused of, but to show that liberals have had huge success in changing vocabulary and terminology to normalize aberrant behavior.  Other examples of this are fanatical feminist fruitloops who’ve been pushing to change the meaning of the word “prostitute” to “sex-worker.” And then there are the pathological perverts whose primary sexual preference is for prepubescent boys and girls insisting on replacing the term pedophilia with the softer sounding “intergenerational sex.”

Moving back to the cults, as I pointed out the cults are masterful at word manipulation as stated by Dr. Martin:

Devil is a liar

If the reader consults the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, published by the Unity School of Christianity, he will see the masterpiece of redefinition for himself. For in this particular volume, Unity has redefined exhaustively many of the cardinal terms of biblical theology, much as Mary Baker Eddy did in her Glossary of Terms in the book Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures. The reader will be positively amazed to find what has happened to biblical history, the person of Adam, the concept of human sin, spiritual depravity, and eternal judgment. One thing, however, will emerge very clearly from this study: Unity may use the terminology of the Bible, but by no stretch of the imagination can the redefinition be equated with the thing itself. (Source)

To put it bluntly, cultists lie.  M-WD defines liar thusly: to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive.  2: to create a false or misleading impression.

Change agents intentionally create a false impression. And as I said, liberal ideologues redefine words to help advance a religious, political, environmental, scientific or social agenda.

For the liberal elites (the news media, politicians, jurists, attorneys, radical homosexuals, rabid feminists, Hollywood, environmental extremists, scientists, educators, even some religious leaders) words are whatever they say they are!

Most Americans have been asleep at the wheel while powerful far left ideologues work ’round the clock to create words in his or her own image. Before long we’ll all be echoing “One Nation Under Liberals.”  However, for them to accomplish their desired goals they must first obliterate truth. Dr. Martin warned of the dangers of perverting semantics:

The problem of semantics has always played an important part in human affairs, for by its use or abuse, whichever the case may be, entire churches, thrones, and governments have been erected, sustained, or overthrown. The late George Orwell’s stirring novel 1984, in which he points out that the redefinition of common political terms can lead to slavery when it is allowed to pass unchallenged by a lethargic populace, is a classic illustration of the dangers of perverted semantics. It should be of no particular surprise to any student of world history that trick terminology is a powerful propaganda weapon. (Source)

The lethargic populace seems not to realize what some sly devils have been doing. And if the populace is aware of what’s going on they seem not to understand the dangers of perverted semantics.  People had better come out of their stupor before it’s too late.

Resources:

Cults & Aberrant Teaching—On Solid Rock Resources

Homosexual Agenda—Berean Research

New Age Movement—Berean Research

Adapted from Words Are Whatever I Say They Are

Copyright by Marsha West, 2012.  All rights reserved.

via Liberals Change Word Meanings With Intent to Deceive (Reprise) — Christian Research Network

What’s Behind the Social Justice Gospel-ers? — Pyromaniacs


ow that the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel (https://statementonsocialjustice.com/) has arrived as a bulwark against the mudslide of attempts to merge the two (i.e. social justice and the gospel), not even those most opposed to its conception can disagree with its content.

But one awkward truth lingers in the back of every thoughtful Christian’s mind. It’s a lesson that has been reinforced repeatedly by the cyclical rhythm of church history. It’s this: When one merges human amelioration of suffering and injustice with divine remediation of sin, inevitably the purpose and impact of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ takes a backseat. As Pastor John MacArthur has remarked, this is the sad legacy of mainline Protestant denominations over the past century—a rise in the focus on enhancing social welfare tightly correlated with a decline of interest in (and understanding of) how sinners might be saved from their sin.

So how does the “social justice gospel” maintain its appeal? To elaborate, how could the evangelion of Jesus Christ, with its transcendent promises—that a sinner worthy only of eternal punishment can be forgiven of all moral debt (Col. 2:13-14; 1 John 1:9), can be robed in the righteousness of the Savior (Isa. 61:10), can be adopted by God as a full-fledged sibling of Christ (Rom. 8:15-17), can be set higher than angelic beings with the same glory as of God Himself (John 1:12; 1 Cor. 6:3; 1 John 3:2), and can be made an ambassador of Christ for the sake of other souls He seeks to save (2 Cor. 5:18-20)—how could such an infinite, too-marvelous-for-words opportunity ever be pedestrianized with finite goals such as elimination of economic disparities and redress of earthly inequalities? With such a stupendous opportunity at stake, why would anyone be tempted to substitute anything for the incomparable prize of the upward call (Phil. 3:14)?

Jesus knew how ludicrous any conflation of earthly and heavenly possibilities would be, asking—incredulously—(Mark 8:36), “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” For Jesus, it does not matter how much one might improve his or her condition in this world—even to the conquest of it all!—if such a development also brought eternal damnation. In another passage, Jesus wonders why one would come to Him to remediate an earthly injustice when His heavenly offer beckons, even going so far as to implicate covetousness as the root cause of fixation on earthly conditions (Luke 12:13-15).

The true gospel is about how penitent and believing sinners—no matter the race, nationality, gender, or any other category—forfeit the world and become united in one spiritual family (Eph. 2:13-22) precisely because a Holy Father has redeemed them through faith in the substitutionary work of the Holy Son. It is about how one turns his or her back on the temporal in order to have one’s sins forgiven, blotted out and remembered no more (Isa. 43:25; Heb. 8:12). It is about renunciation of this world and all its attractions for the sake of an eternal inheritance that is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Pet. 1:4). It is about how doing the above grants access to the throne room of God! (Rom. 5:1-2). This should not be a tough sell, folks.

So, given all of the above, given the gulf between what God offers in His true gospel and what “social justice gospel-ers” are offering in theirs, how does their so-called “social justice gospel” maintain any traction? What’s behind the “social justice gospel-ers” and their incessant focus, on the temporal and material, on the evanescent here and now?

The Bible is not silent on this question. In fact, it provides the universal explanation behind all corruptions of the true gospel, regardless of the age or form. But before we see God’s explanation behind “social justice” (or any other) distortions of the true gospel, we must first address the two distinct aspects of what it means to be a Christian: (1) what one does and (2) what one says. From the earliest days of the Church, these have always been the twin features of the authentic Christian life. We might term them the benevolent works and benevolent words of the faithful.

Let’s start with benevolent works—what one does as a Christian. The Bible is clear—Christians love (1 Cor. 13:35). They serve (John 13:14-15). They bind up the wounds of the hurting, feed the hungry, and clothe the poor (Isa. 58:10). They remember the widows and orphans and others who are easily forgotten (Isa. 1:17; James 1:27). They care for the stranger, for the sick, and for the imprisoned (Matt. 25:34-40). And do you know what? The world loves it all. Write it down: the world has always loved the good works of Christians. In fact, it will even seek to partner with Christians in doing these works. The conflict between the world and the Christian promised by Jesus (John 7:7; 15:18; 16:1-4; 1 John 2:15-17) never comes from the world’s disapproval of the benevolent works of the Christian.

No, the conflict between the world and the Christian comes only in the other aspect of what it means to be a Christian, when the faithful believer proclaims the benevolent words of salvation. Here is where the love affair between the world and Jesus abruptly ends. Why is that? Because as much as the world will love what Christians do, when those same Christians are faithful in proclaiming the true gospel of Jesus Christ, the world will hate what they have to say (Matt. 10:22; Luke 21:17; John 15:19).

Christians do good works and enjoy the affirmation of the world. Then the faithful open their mouths, starting with the announcement of a holy God who cannot look upon evil (Hab. 1:13), and who has promised its eventual just judgment (Eccl. 12:14). They tell the world that evil is endemic to all as the result of Adam’s fall, and therefore everyone lives under a sentence of condemnation and coming judgment (John 3:18; 36). The faithful plead with the world to repent before Christ the Savior and surrender to His Lordship (Mark 1:15). The faithful warn all who will listen that without repentance and belief in the transforming work of Christ, they will die and spend eternity in hell as a penalty for their sin (Ezek. 18:4,20; Luke 13:1-5; John 8:24).

All the while, faithful Christians announce the true gospel—the “good news”—that God will forgive those who repent and trust in His grace to pardon them of their sin, knowing that the true gospel message is the only hope for sinners. And because the gospel they proclaim is the only hope for a dying world, faithful Christians know that pointing sinners to the eternal life God offers for those who repent and believe is true love. But the sinful, rebellious heart is wired such that, apart from God’s effectual call and power to illuminate His truth, it spurns the benevolent words spoken by Christians. In fact, Romans 1:18 says that the unrighteous suppress the truth precisely because of their unrighteousness.

The last week of Jesus’ life is a case study of the world’s diametrically opposite responses to Christ’s benevolent works and to His benevolent words. At the beginning of the week, Jesus rides into Jerusalem to the welcome of the adoring multitude, who hail Him as their coming King. The crowd had witnessed His miracles. They had eaten the miraculous loaves and fish (John 6:1-14). They had seen Lazarus raised from the dead (John 11:1-44). Jesus had proven to them with His miraculous works that He was someone of power and authority. The crowd worshipped Him for His signs, and they always pressured Him for more (Matthew 12:38; 16:1; Mark 8:11; Luke 11:29).

So as Jesus rides into Jerusalem at the start of Passover Week, the people go before Him and cry, “Hosanna! Hosanna!” They are ready to follow Him as their leader. They are ready for the revolution and the new Kingdom they believe Jesus is introducing (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-15). But do you notice that adoration does not last for long? In the following days, one sees Jesus deconstructing all the empty religious premises the people held dearest. One sees Him overturning the tables of profiteers in the temple and driving out the moneychangers (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48). One sees Him undermining the Jews’ entire form of religion as He upbraids their religious leaders (Matthew 23:1-39). Pretty soon, the crowd has lost all its regard for Him. Now, Jesus is saying things to them, not doing things for them. And what He is saying insults them. His message offends them.

In a parable, He says that the owner (understood as God) of a vineyard (understood as Israel) is coming to destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to those who will be more faithful (Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12). The crowd knows that Jesus is referring to them as the unworthy tenants. So even though they cheered His entry into the city earlier in the week, by Friday they are crying, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” The benevolent works of Jesus brought the praise of the people. And, in the same manner, the benevolent words of Jesus brought about His crucifixion. The people loved His works and hated His words. And twenty-one centuries later, nothing has changed. God continues to bring sinners to repentance, day by day, one sinner at a time. But most ultimately reject His offer of eternal life, because they hate the message that they are sinners in need of a Savior.

Jesus says in John 3:19, “‘And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil’.” Because the world loves its sin, the gospel message proclaimed by faithful Christians will provoke the world’s hatred and rejection. And if one persists in declaring the benevolent message of pardon for repentance, it will ultimately bring persecution. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:12 that, “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” This is the normal response to be anticipated for all faithful believers, for all who bring the true gospel message. The world has no problem with the Church doing good works. In fact, it welcomes them. It will even seek to partner with the Church in pursuing them. But the world despises the true message of the Church, the only message offering real hope by calling all to repentance and faith in Christ’s atoning work. And it will reject and persecute those churches that persist in proclaiming the true gospel.

So here is our answer to the question posed in our title: the social justice gospel is, at its core, driven by a desire to avoid repudiation by the world. Do you doubt this? Then look and see the extent to which those propounding a “social justice gospel” have in their teaching and ministries any statements or positions that would incite the world’s opprobrium. Go to the body of teaching of any prominent spokesperson for a “social justice gospel” and see how often that individual highlights the vilification and persecution God says will come to those who faithfully pursue His true gospel. Look hard and look long, because the data will be slow in forthcoming.

Paul writes to the Galatians, “It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ” (Gal. 6:12). The Judaizers of Paul’s day demanded that converts to Christianity must also comply with Jewish ceremonial stipulations—including circumcision—in order to be truly redeemed. The reason? The very real possibility that Jewish denunciation might lead to Roman persecution (Acts 18:12-17). And this potential for persecution has attended all gospel proclamation until now. Since the days of the early Church, no matter the particulars of the age or threat, the rationale for deviation from the true gospel is always fear of rejection, fear of reproach, fear of recrimination from a hostile world.

All false gospel efforts—including the “social justice gospel”—are attempts to have it both ways, to maintain a veneer of Christian orthodoxy while at the same time currying favor with the world. The result? A reinvention of Jesus into someone who is less polarizing and more genteel, and a sanitization of His gospel into one that the world might accept. But this is nothing less than apostasy. Want to know what God considers an apostate church? It is a church that is all about good works, and timidly avoids saving words. It is a church that aligns its ministry with the works the world wants to see—helping the poor, healing the sick, feeding the hungry—without simultaneously proclaiming the saving gospel the world despises. And as it pursues good works, even claiming to do them in Jesus’ name, the apostate church will deliberately shun Jesus’ saving words. Its distorted gospel—devoid of sin, judgment, or any call to true repentance—becomes, “God loves us, so let’s love Him back by doing good works in the name of Jesus.” It will avoid bold proclamation of the true gospel message, because the true gospel is a message that the world abhors, and the apostate church is ever genuflecting at its throne.

On the other hand, a true church knows that persecution is coming, but still remains faithful to the true gospel. A true church carefully extricates ideas of human munificence from the true gospel of divine accomplishment. A true church instructs its members on the two essential duties of all who are saved: yes, certainly, benevolent works bringing temporal reprieve toward those deprived of justice or suffering from want. But these works, no matter how good and how necessary, are never, ever to be the focus of, and therefore lead to the exclusion of, benevolent words bringing opportunity for redemption and eternal glory in union with God.

Dr. Colin L. Eakin
Pyromaniac

Dr. Eakin is a sports medicine orthopædic surgeon in the Bay Area and part time teacher at Grace Bible Fellowship Church’s Stanford campus ministry. He is the author of God’s Glorious Story.

(Portions of this article are adapted from God’s Glorious Story: GBF Press, 2017)

via What’s Behind the Social Justice Gospel-ers? — Pyromaniacs

September 28 Daily Help

HOW comprehensive is the love of Jesus! There is no part of his people’s interests which he does not consider, and there is nothing which concerns their welfare which is not important to him. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Believer, rest assured that the heart of Jesus cares about your meaner affairs. The breadth of his tender love is such that you may resort to him in all matters; for in all your afflictions he is afflicted, and like as a father pitieth his children, so doth he pity you. The meanest interests of all his saints are all borne upon the broad bosom of the Son of God.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 275). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

September 28, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A major 7.5 quake struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, briefly prompting a tsunami alert after a milder tremor brought down houses, and initial reports from the area said “many buildings” had collapsed.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court hung in the balance on Friday after a jarring and emotional hearing into sexual misconduct allegations against him that gripped the country and reflected the nation’s larger political divide.

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted by 21 votes to eight on Friday in favor of prolonging an inquiry into human rights in Yemen, overriding objections from Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

A new chief of Thailand’s army took command on Friday, a staunchly royalist general who will oversee a return to barracks to make way for a civilian government after nearly five years of military rule.

The Trump administration is expected to release the text of its trade agreement with Mexico as early as Friday, launching a contentious congressional approval process as it tries to coax Canada into a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement.

India’s Supreme Court lifted a ban rooted in a centuries-old tradition that prevented women of menstruating age from entering a prominent Hindu temple in southern Kerala state, upholding rights to equality of worship.

U.S. consumer spending increased steadily in August, supporting expectations of solid economic growth in the third quarter, while a measure of underlying inflation remained at the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target for a fourth straight month.

Pope Francis has defrocked Father Fernando Karadima, the 88-year-old priest at the center of the vast sexual abuse scandal in Chile, the Vatican said on Friday.

AP Top Stories

New photos taken on the surface of an asteroid show that it is (drum roll, please) … rocky. It may be no surprise, but Japan space agency scientists and engineers are thrilled by the images being sent to Earth by two jumping robotic rovers that they dropped onto an asteroid about 170 million miles away.

The former Vatican ambassador who accused three popes and their advisers of covering up for a disgraced American ex-cardinal has challenged the Vatican to say what it knows about the scandal and accused Pope Francis of mounting a campaign of “subtle slander” against him.

The Chinese defense ministry on Thursday denounced flyovers by US B-52 bombers over the South China Sea and East China Sea as “provocative” actions amid soaring tensions between the two global powers.

A New Mexico judge sentenced a paramilitary religious sect leader Wednesday to more than seven decades in prison after her conviction in a child sex abuse case that authorities say involved a victim who was taken from Uganda as a baby and mistreated throughout her life.

A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for what authorities say was the largest collection of child pornography they have seen.

Sea ice in the Arctic has just about melted to its lowest point of 2018, and this reinforces a trend of dwindling ice atop the globe – where the climate is warming two to three times faster than the rest of the planet. As of last week, it’s the sixth-lowest ice extent – known as the sea ice minimum – in nearly 40 years of satellite records.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses must pay $35 million to a woman who says the church’s national organization ordered Montana clergy members not to report her sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a congregation member, a jury ruled in a verdict.

Nigerian troops have repelled an attack on a military base by Boko Haram jihadists in the country’s northeast, the army and security sources said on Thursday.

The United States used an F-35 jet against a Taliban target in Afghanistan earlier on Thursday, marking the first U.S. combat use of the stealthy plane, a U.S. official said.

Former Massachusetts State Sen. Brian Joyce, who was awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, was found dead in his home Thursday, authorities said.

BBC

San Diego’s port operator has been caught out by ransomware. The Port released a statement saying the malware had infiltrated its computer network and was disrupting administration systems. It said the attack had not stopped ships or boats using the port, or put members of the public in danger.

Petrobras, Brazil’s state oil company, has agreed to pay more than $853m to the US and Brazil, ending a long-running corruption investigation.

A gay teacher at a top Zimbabwean boys’ school has resigned after death threats and pressure from parents. Neal Hovelmeier, deputy head for St John’s College’s sixth form, came out to his students last week. He was encouraged to do so as a Zimbabwean newspaper was planning on outing Mr Hovelmeier, the school’s chairman wrote in a letter.

A 56-year-old man from Hong Kong has developed the world’s first human case of rat hepatitis E.

Google is facing legal action from Belgium for not blurring images of military sites. The Belgian defense ministry had requested that the company obscure air bases in its satellite imagery.

WND

According to a study in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, which cites the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations International Study on Firearms Regulation, the more guns a nation has, the less criminal activity. But the key is firearms in the hands of private citizens.

A federal judge has sided with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and against students and parents in the San Diego school district in their fight against a program that provides special protections and considerations to Islam that are not provided to other religions.


News – 9/28/2018

Powerful earthquake strikes Indonesia
A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia on Friday, hours after several tremblors struck the country, officials said. The most intense quake struck the central Sulawesi region at around 6 p.m. and was centered at a depth of 6 miles about 35 miles northeast of Donggala, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake briefly triggered a tsunami warning that was later lifted.

NSA engineer gets five years in prison for stealing ‘massive trove’ of classified information
On Tuesday, a Baltimore federal judge sentenced a National Security Agency engineer to five-and-a-half years in prison for taking highly classified information to his home, which is a chief security breach. 68-year-old Nghia Pho handled very delicate and classified information in very large quantities at the National Security Agency, some of which he took home across a five-year period between 2010 and 2015, amounting to a “massive trove,” Politico reported Tuesday. Allegedly, some information was confiscated by the corrupt Shadow Brokers organization, who tried to auction off and expose various tools via the internet.

IDF Releases Photo of Alleged Hezbollah Missile Site Close to Beirut Airport
The Israeli military released images of three sites in Beirut that it claims are being used by Iran’s Lebanese proxy – Hezbollah – to hide underground precision missile production facilities. The sites, located within close proximity of Beirut’s international airport, were first revealed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

Thousands March Through Jerusalem’s Streets in Support of Israel
With flags from all over the globe waving high, a colorful march of some 80,000 Israelis and foreign friends of Israel descended on the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon for the annual Jerusalem March to celebrate Israel and pray for peace.

Germany: Plot to attack Israel with chemical weapons uncovered
A Syrian national recently arrested in Germany was part of an apparent plot to attack Israeli targets with chemical weapons, the German Bild newspaper reported. Last Thursday, Germany’s special police unit, the SEK, arrested a 21-year-old Syrian man in Berlin. At the time, police said the suspect was wanted in connection with an April 14th assault in the German capital.

85 Members of Congress Ask FDA to Cancel Contract Purchasing Aborted Baby ‘Tissue’ for Research
85 members of Congress have signed a joint letter urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cancel its contract with a biomedical procurement company to purchase “fetal tissue” that will be used to create mice with a human immune system in order to test drug safety and efficacy. “Unborn children are not commodities to be bought and sold,” the letter reads. “The practice of conducting research using the body parts of children whose lives have been violently ended by abortion is abhorrent.”

Italy raises deficit target, defies EU and rattles markets
Italy’s new government proposed a 2019 budget with a deficit three times bigger than the previous administration’s target, setting up a clash with the European Commission and sparking a sell-off of state bonds.

Democrat awaiting corruption trial found dead; autopsy planned
A former Massachusetts state senator awaiting trial on federal corruption charges was found dead in his home Thursday, authorities said. The body of former state Sen. Brian A. Joyce, 56, was found by his wife, the Bristol County District Attorney’s office said in a statement. The DA’s office said “foul play” was ruled out for the time being. In December 2017, Joyce was named in a 113-count indictment charging him with racketeering, extortion, wire fraud and money laundering.

Accuser denounces pope’s silence over abuse cover-up claims
The former Vatican ambassador who accused three popes and their advisers of covering up for a disgraced American ex-cardinal has denounced Pope Francis’ refusal to directly respond to his claims and challenged the Vatican to say what it knows about the scandal. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano penned a new missive a month after his initial 11-page bombshell sent shockwaves through the Catholic Church. It was uploaded to a document-sharing site late Thursday.

U.S. official calls on IAEA to investigate Netanyahu’s secret Iran file
A US State Department official called on the International Atomic Energy Agency…to investigate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims that Iranian official spread 15 kilograms of radioactive material in Tehran last month in an effort to hide a secret atomic facility… It is “absolutely imperative that the IAEA…exercise its authorities…to provide confidence to the international community that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran…

European Union proposes additional €40 million of funding for UNRWA
The European Union proposed an additional €40 million for Palestine Refugees in a…meeting of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)…Thursday night. The funds are intended to allow the agency to keep providing access to education for 500,000 Palestine refugee children, primary health care for more than 3.5 million patients and assistance to over 250,000 vulnerable Palestine refugees…

Netherlands police arrests foil ‘major terrorist attack’
Police in the Netherlands have arrested seven men over an alleged plot to carry out what they describe as a major terrorist attack involving guns and explosives. Police say the men were trying to source AK47s, hand grenades and bomb materials to carry out their attack. The men, aged between 21 and 34, were arrested on Thursday.

Major quake prompts tsunami warning off Indonesia
A major 7.7 magnitude quake struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, prompting a tsunami alert, hours after a milder quake hit the same area. Indonesia’s meteorology agency issued an early tsunami warnings for people in Central Sulawesi and West Sulawesi provinces, asking people to evacuate to higher ground. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the second quake at a strong 7.5, after first saying it was 7.7.

World’s first human case of rat disease found in Hong Kong
A Hong Kong man has developed the world’s first ever human case of the rat version of the hepatitis E virus, according to new research from one of the city’s leading universities. There had previously been no evidence the disease could jump from rats to humans, the University of Hong Kong said Friday, warning the discovery had “major public health significance”.

Sealed-off road at Israeli-Egyptian border opens for Sukkot
A normally sealed-off road along the Israel-Egypt border was opened for Sukkot, giving travelers on the Israeli side a glimpse into the Sinai desert backdrop to the biblical journey commemorated by the festival. The holiday celebrates the biblical story of God’s protection of the Israelites after their exodus from Egypt and 40-year sojourn in the wilderness, which religious scholars say included the Sinai.

At U.N., U.S. at odds with China, Russia over North Korea sanctions
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned members of the United Nations Security Council…that they must “set the example” by enforcing sanctions on North Korea as China and Russia suggested the council consider easing the tough measures. China and Russia said the council should reward Pyongyang for the “positive developments” this year with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un having met in June and Kim pledging to work toward denuclearization.

Christians stoned to death after Islamic mob seeks revenge
A MUSLIM mob stoned three Christians to death in an act of revenge at a construction site in Kenya, a religious watchdog reports.

Muslim Brotherhood memo urges its Islamic supporters to burn churches down in Egypt – why are they still not considered a terror group?
The Democrats refuse to designate this terrorist group, a terrorist group. And worse still, the Democrats advance the Muslim Brotherhood in America. The Muslim Brotherhood’s most powerful operative, DNC co-chair Hakim Muhammad (nee Keith Ellison), has a history of well-documented sexual assault and beatings of women, and the Democrats support Hakim Muhammad’s run for Attorney General in Minnesota.

Japan only lets in 27 Islamic refugees because they don’t want the chaos that has hit Europe – 2 of them have already been arrested for rape
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two Turkish nationals currently applying for refugee status for allegedly raping a woman in Kita Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 22).

Leaked Report: German Catholic Church Covered Up Alleged Child Sexual Abuse by 1,670 Clergymen
report leaked by two German media outlets, Der Spiegel and Die Zeit, on Sept. 12 found that the German Catholic Church covered up at least 3,677 alleged cases of child sexual abuse by at least 1,670 clergymen from 1946 to 2014.

George Soros Needs to be Arrested Under the NDAA As a Foreign Terrorist
Soros paid protesters to disrupt Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. Soros has paid instigators (eg Antifa) to threaten and harass conservative politicians (eg Ted Cruz). Question: Why Is Soros still a free man

The Kavanaugh Nomination Could Be the Trigger for Civil War In America
Whoever thought that when Archduke Francis Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serbian radical that it would trigger a world war in which millions were killed? Along these same lines, the outcome of the Kavanaugh nomination could very well be the modern-day flash point for a very bloody civil war that could culminate in World War III.

The number of babies born with deadly syphilis has more than doubled
The number of babies born with syphilis has more than doubled since 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a trend that medical professionals said shows the need to be vigilant about testing and treating the rare but potentially disease.

Tropical Storm Kirk today: Reemerges and strengthens in the Atlantic — National Hurricane Center latest forecast, path, track
Tropical Storm Kirk, which lost strength and had dissipated earlier this week as it crossed the tropical Atlantic, has strengthened and reemerged Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Forecasters say little additional change in strength is expected through Thursday and is expected to weaken as it crosses over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

New California Law Allows Children to Get Transgender Treatments Without Parental Consent
A new law recently passed in California allows children as young as 12 years old to receive taxpayer-funded transgender treatments and services, without parental consent.

Europeanize America? Not on Your Life
If Europeanize were not a word, we would have to invent it, because that is what many are doing to America. Remember when candidate Obama was asked if he believed America is exceptional? He answered yes, but only in the sense that Britain, Greece, and other nations are exceptional.

Google Chrome browser gives “Critical Error” notice when you play Project Veritas videos EXPOSING crooked deep-state “Democratic” communists
Did you know that the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) group is a communist group full of members that are working hard to dismantle the U.S. government and thwart policies and legislation of the current duly-elected administration?

‘Major mistake’: Israel, US warn Russia against giving S-300 missiles to Syria
Both Jerusalem and Washington warned Russia on Monday evening against its declared intention to provide the Syrian military with advanced surface-to-air missiles within two weeks, saying the move would further destabilize the region and increase already high tensions.

US Schools BAN Christian Prayer Before Football Games Because of ‘Complaint’
The student-led prayer, which has been a long-standing tradition in American schools, has now been scrapped due to a complaint from an organization outside of the Christian community, according to Christian persecution watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC).

George Soros Takes Hungary to Court to Force Open Borders Policies
George Soros’s international philanthropic organization has announced it will take Hungary to the European Court of Human Rights laws over the country’s recent ‘stop Soros’ laws that made it a crime to aid illegal immigrants.

Trump Planning MASS ARRESTS and Military Tribunals For Deep State Traitors
According to the below-cited documents, President Trump is gearing up to carry out the mass arrests of the deep state traitors.Some of these Deep State operatives include Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, James Comey and even Barack Obama.

Vatican Betrays Chinese Underground Church with “Provisional Agreement”
On Saturday, September 22, the Holy See signed a “provisional agreement” with the People’s Republic of China on the appointment of bishops. The Vatican press office stated that as part of the “comprehensive deal,” Pope Francis has decided “to readmit to full ecclesial communion the remaining ‘official’ bishops, ordained without Pontifical Mandate.”


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The Ten Commandments: Foundation of Liberty

Is this the Worst Pastor Job Listing EVER?

‘Aggressive Christianity’ cult leader, Deborah Green, gets 72 years in prison

Harold Camping Programs Canceled by Family Radio, Says Teachings ‘Not Scriptural’

Dallas Theological Seminary Settles Lawsuit After Graduate Sexually Abused Boys as Pastor

Singer Tauren Wells Stepping Into Call to Preach, Begins Speaking at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church

Infanticide in Kenya: ‘I was told to kill my disabled baby’


Headlines – 9/28/2018

Meeting Netanyahu at UN, Egypt’s el-Sissi calls for resumption of peace talks

Abbas urges world leaders to recognize Palestine

Abbas to UN: No Peace Without Palestinian State With East Jerusalem as Its Capital, Including Holy Sites

Abbas tells UNGA ‘Jerusalem is not for sale’

Palestinian president Abbas accuses US of undermining two-state solution

Architect of two-state solution doubts Trump can deliver Mideast peace

As Trump readies peace plan, Palestinians hold NY meet to push an alternative

US envoy urges world to join America in ‘being direct, frank with Palestinians’

Rejecting Trump, Abbas at UN says US is too biased to mediate peace talks

Palestinian leader: Our ‘rights are not up for bargaining’

Abbas: ‘We are not against negotiations’

Abbas to UNGA: Israel committing acts of blasphemy against our holy sites, especially al-Aqsa mosque

Hamas on Abbas’s speech at UNGA: ‘Declaration of failure’

Ministers lambaste Abbas for rejecting US, praising ‘martyrs’

Palestinians reject presence of Israeli soldiers in future state

Israeli security needs trump Palestinian statehood, US envoy says

Netanyahu Confirms Positive Meeting With Trump, Netting ‘All’ of Israel’s Requests

Palestine confirmed to head massive bloc of developing countries at UN

Palestinian Authority: Israel owes us taxes

Closing UNRWA won’t remove Palestinian refugee problem, says agency chief

EU to Add 40m Euros to Its UNRWA Financing: ‘An Investment in the Two-state Solution’

EU committee votes to freeze $17m in Palestinian aid over school book incitement

UN agency for Palestinian refugees gets $118 million in new funding

Hamas urges Abbas to lift Gaza ‘sanctions’

PA reportedly arrests dozens of Hamas members in the West Bank

Hamas prepares for war as Gaza situation worsens

Netanyahu talks with Sisi amid Quartet concern over Gaza violence

PLO chief: Netanyahu’s speech is denial of our rights

Delek-Noble Energy announces $500m deal to allow Israeli gas exports to Egypt

PM to UNGA: ‘Israel will do whatever it must do to defend itself against Iran’s aggression’

Netanyahu, in U.N. speech, claims secret Iranian nuclear site

Netanyahu reveals Iran nuclear site, demanding IAEA inspection

‘What Iran hides, Israel will find’: Full text of Netanyahu’s UN speech

US official calls Netanyahu’s Iran nuclear warehouse claim ‘somewhat misleading’

Iran mocks new nuclear claims by Israel’s PM

Iran’s FM calls Netanyahu’s claims at UN an ‘obscene charge’

Iran Says U.S. Regional Bases Would Not Be Secure if It ‘Does Anything Wrong’

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Warn Saudi Arabia, UAE: ‘Don’t Cross Our Red Lines’

IDF releases photos of alleged Hezbollah missile sites near Beirut airport

Lebanon’s foreign ministry condemns Israeli remarks on Hezbollah

Hezbollah could be banned in UK in bid to toughen Iran stance

UK set to outlaw Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah

Netherlands says major terrorist attack at public event foiled, 7 arrested

Syrian man arrested in Berlin for alleged chemical weapons plot targeting Israel

Russia maintains contacts with Israel over downed plane

Pentagon admits war on Isis has killed more than 1,100 civilians in Syria and Iraq

US, Jordan among 7 nations urging UN to begin Syria constitution process

Turkey’s Erdogan rebukes US over Kurdish militia in Syrian city

Merkel Reopens to Erdogan as Trump Squeezes Turkey’s Economy

In First, U.S. Uses F-35 Jet During Strikes Against Taliban in Afghanistan

Those responsible for Myanmar crimes could face genocide charges: U.S.

Argentina’s economic woes exacerbate the misery of slum life

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pays surprise visit to U.N.

UN court asked to probe Venezuela; Maduro defiant in speech

US ambassador calls for Maduro ouster with megaphone diplomacy

US says no exceptions can be made to UN sanctions on N.Korea

House committee to vote on release of Trump Russia transcripts

Tears and raw fury: Kavanaugh hearing makes for riveting TV

‘Man on Fire’: Tucker Says Kavanaugh Appeared ‘Transformed’ at Hearing, Confronted Dems’ Hypocrisy

Emotional Kavanaugh decries ‘circus’ and maintains innocence, as Ford testifies he ‘sexually assaulted me’

Kavanaugh calls Dems’ treatment ‘a national disgrace’

Sen. Graham slams Democrats, vigorously defends Kavanaugh

‘Special Place In Hell’: Twitter Users Shred Lindsey Graham After Kavanaugh Rant

Trump’s US Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh vows he will not withdraw

Factbox: Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court bid hinges on handful of senators

Kavanaugh says daughter suggested praying for Dr. Ford

Conservative Christian Women Rally in Support of Judge Kavanaugh, Warn Against ‘Weaponizing’ #MeToo

Ginsburg cheers on #MeToo movement in advance of Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

‘Men Are Trash’ vs. ‘I Stand With Brett’: Wild scene at the Capitol for Kavanaugh drama

Marc Thiessen: If Kavanaugh’s nomination can be derailed by allegations without evidence then no one is safe

Clarence Thomas Looms Over the Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing, But So Does Al Franken

American Bar Association requests to delay Brett Kavanaugh vote until FBI investigates

Donald Trump Jr. Mocks Christine Blasey Ford For ‘Selective’ Fear of Flying

Religious magazine rescinds endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh after sexual assault testimony

World’s first flying car about to go on sale

Eerie ‘Death Comet’ with a Skull Face Will Pass Earth After Halloween

A powerful 7.7 magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia

Tsunami warning lifted after major quake strikes off Indonesia

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Rutog, China

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Palu, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Ebeko volcano in Kuril Islands erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Powerful Typhoon Trami to slam Japan with life-threatening impacts

Hurricane Rosa grows into Category 4 storm as Kirk drenches Caribbean

Hurricane Rosa may bring heavy rain and flooding to Arizona

Flooding persists in Carolinas, nearly two weeks after Florence

Warm waters boosted 2017’s major hurricane tally, study says

‘Medicane,’ a rare, hurricane-like storm, is on track to hit Europe

“A bad science fiction movie”: Large, aggressive mosquitoes swarm N.C. city after Florence

Orca ‘apocalypse’: half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution

The Flu Killed More Americans Last Winter Than It Has in Decades

Return of U.S. Flu Season Brings Worries About a Virulent Replay

Vietnam’s nascent rave scene reeling after drug deaths

‘Body’ turns out to be sex doll, police say

Doctors slam sex robot ‘family mode’

China school sued by fired gay teacher in potential landmark case

#MeToo Is Making Colleges Teach Toxic Masculinity 101

Accuser denounces pope’s silence over abuse cover-up claims

Pope says youth are ‘scandalized’ by Catholic Church’s ‘monstrous’ abuse crisis

Egypt’s Persecuted Coptic Christians Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for 09/28/2018

September 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump and his aides spent much of Thursday glued to the TV watching Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford testify in a stormy Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, with the president believing the nominee survived the decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct and binge drinking…. (more)

September 27, 2018
YOUTUBE — Senator Lindsey Graham accuses Democrats of an ‘unethical sham,’ says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has nothing to apologize for, urges fellow Republicans to vote to confirm Kavanaugh…. (more)

September 27, 2018
YOUTUBE — Judge Brett Kavanaugh responds to allegations… (more)

September 27, 2018
YOUTUBE — At the start of Thursday’s hearing over her sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty.”… (more)

September 27, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — CNN host Don Lemon said Sen. Ted Cruz, by becoming a public official, had “signed up for” harassment by antifa activists and likened attacking lawmakers in any and every public space to the civil rights movement. In a segment late Tuesday evening with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, who joined Cruz opponent Rep. Beto O’Rourke in decrying the attack on Mr. Cruz and wife Heidi at a D.C. restaurant, Mr. Lemon said the activists from Smash Racism DC had no choice…. (more)


September 26, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — The push to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been dogged by one scandal after another. It was supposed to be an easy confirmation process because he knew what to say and how to say it to the liberals. He told them abortion and gay rights were “settled law.” But he offered the left a target-rich environment that has tainted not only his reputation but his Catholic education and the conservative movement…. (more)

September 26, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump told the United Nations on Tuesday that the U.S. is guided by patriotism instead of globalism, rejecting the authority of world bodies such as the International Criminal Court, the World Trade Organization and a U.N. migration initiative even as he praised the U.N. itself as a force for peace. In the most in-your-face defense yet of his “America First” agenda, a defiant Mr. Trump stood before U.N. delegates who sneered openly at him and told them that the U.S. will never submit to international controls as long as he is in charge…. (more)


September 26, 2018
At UN, urges resistance to system of ‘suffering, corruption, and decay’
ART MOORE — In his address Tuesday to the United Nations, President Trump called for the “restoration of democracy” in Venezuela and used the once prosperous nation’s demise as an illustration of why every country on earth “should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone.”… (more)

September 26, 2018
PAUL BEDARD — That was fast. Media mogul Mark Levin’s Sunday Fox News show has surged to No. 1 on cable news in just seven months. New ratings showed that the popular conservative lawyer and commentator didn’t just win his 10 p.m. slot on Sunday, but according to Adweek’s TVNewser it had the biggest audience of any cable news show last weekend, one in which there was intense interest by viewers in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination…. (more)


September 26, 2018
Truth, due process, evidence, rights of the accused: All are swept aside in pursuit of the progressive agenda
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is no longer fiction. We are living it right now. Google techies planned to massage Internet searches to emphasize correct thinking. A member of the so-called deep state, in an anonymous op-ed, brags that its “resistance” is undermining an elected president. The FBI, CIA, DOJ, and NSC were all weaponized in 2016 to ensure that the proper president would be elected – – the choice adjudicated by properly progressive ideology. Wearing a wire is now redefined as simply flipping on an iPhone and recording your boss, boy- or girlfriend, or co-workers…. (more)

September 26, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The Republican party is enjoying its highest favorability rating in seven years, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Almost half of those surveyed in the poll, 45 percent, said they view the GOP positively, the most since January 2011, when 47 percent had a positive view of the party. Democrats, meanwhile, are one point behind at 44 percent favorability. Both parties have a 52 percent unfavorable rating…. (more)

September 26, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republicans announced plans to hold a committee vote Friday morning on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, signaling confidence they’ll be able to speed the process after Thursday’s showdown hearing involving the woman accusing him of sexual assault as a teenager…. (more)

September 26, 2018
DAILY CALLER — Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz was chased out of a DC restaurant by protesters on Monday night, according to video posted on Twitter. Two videos were posted by “Smash Racism DC” and they show a large group of protesters chanting “We believe survivors” in reference to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at Sen. Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz…. (more)


September 26, 2018
Movie spotlights ‘America’s biggest serial killer’
ART MOORE — Planned Parenthood convinced a hotel in Austin, Texas, to cancel a screening of a new movie about convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell, according to the film’s producers. The movie, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” which opens in theaters Oct. 12, was to be screened Saturday night in the Hyatt Hotel in the Texas capital at the same time Planned Parenthood hosts a $400 a plate gala dinner headlined by Cecille Richards, the organization’s former CEO…. (more)

September 26, 2018
Contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources for ‘fresh’ aborted fetal tissue called ‘grotesque’
VALERIE RICHARDSON — The Health and Human Services Department has undertaken its most aggressive action on fetal-tissue sales to date, terminating a contract with a supplier and launching an audit after an outcry from the pro-life movement. The department announced late Monday that it would conduct the audit into “all acquisitions involving human fetal tissue” after cancelling a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources to purchase aborted fetal tissue for research…. (more)

September 26, 2018
CBS-PHILADEPHIA — Bill Cosby learned his fate inside a Montgomery County courtroom on Tuesday. The 81-year-old actor and comedian has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee at his home in 2004…. (more)

September 26, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Professors at Yale University have roiled the immigration debate with a new study calculating there are between 16 million and 30 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. – – as much as three times more than most demographers figure. The professors’ model looked at estimates of how many people came illegally, and how many people likely left, and concluded there are a lot more people who arrived than the 11 million suggested by traditional estimates. The model says the most likely figure is double that, at about 22 million…. (more)


September 24, 2018
MATT C. ABBOTT — For the second time this year, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich has unceremoniously removed a pastor with a reputation for Catholic orthodoxy. First, it was Father C. Frank Phillips of St. John Cantius Church (click here if you’re not already familiar with what transpired in that situation)…. (more)

September 24, 2018
If he leaves the Justice Department, that could jeopardize Mueller’s Russia probe
VOX — It looks like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will stay in his post until at least Thursday, when he’s set to meet with President Donald Trump. Monday was a wild day in Washington, as different news reports gave rise to speculation that Rosenstein had resigned or even been fired. It started when Axios reported on Monday morning that Rosenstein offered to resign in a conversation with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Others, like the Washington Post and CNN, reported the same…. (more)

September 24, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Rod Rosenstein is even a weasel when repudiating his weasel moves. Here (with my italics) is the deputy attorney general’s non-denial denial of a New York Times report Friday that he brainstormed about ousting President Trump in May 2017:… (more)

September 24, 2018
THE WRAP — Actor James Woods was locked out of his Twitter account on Sunday for a tweet from July that the site said was in violation of its rules. According to the Associated Press, Woods was suspended for a July tweet of a satirical meme that encouraged men not to vote in this November’s midterm elections…. (more)


September 24, 2018
Ranking of top media referrals shows portside bias
WORLDNETDAILY — A survey of the percentages of search traffic received by 36 U.S. news sites, including many of the biggest, provides stark evidence that Google, representing nearly 90 percent of the market share of U.S. searches, is playing ideological favorites with those leaning left and most antagonistic to President Trump and the Republican Party near the last stretch of the 2018 mid-term elections that could change the balance of power in Congress…. (more)

September 24, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Just when you think things couldn’t be more upside down, Hillary Clinton declares that only one side is to blame for the vast cultural divide in America. “There is a tendency, when talking about these things, to wring our hands about ‘both sides,'” she writes in an Atlantic essay adapted from the paperback edition of her book “What Happened.”… (more)

September 24, 2018
NEWSMAX — Iran’s economy is faltering after the U.S. pulled out of a nuclear deal earlier this year and Europeans are deciding not to do business there, said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The U.S. position remains not to do business with European countries that engage with Iran, and while that means European leaders such as British Prime Minister Theresa May have a decision to make, companies are already acting, Haley said in an interview airing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, one of three scheduled appearances…. (more)


September 23, 2018
Alan Keyes notes judge’s 6th Amendment right to confront accuser
ALAN KEYES — The U.S. Senate should move ahead with the vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Even if his accuser were willing to testify, the vote would be warranted. Recent reports suggest that she is not. This makes taking the vote even more appropriate…. (more)

 

This ‘n’ That for 09/28/2018

  • A bit about our dual citizenship.
  • We all have opinions. We all have something to say. Just because we have something to say, doesn’t mean we have to say it. There is often wisdom in silence.
  • Andy Stanley gives us a perfect of example of an instance where, perhaps, it would be best to stay quiet rather than speaking and revealing his ignorance.
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Um, did they not see this coming?
  • The Day of Atonement was a copy of Christ’s atonement.
We do not yet perceive how he will make those dark dispensations of trials and afflictions that come upon his people really to subserve his glory and their lasting happiness; but up there we shall see providence, as it were, face to face; and I suppose it will be amongst our greatest surprises, the discovery of how the Lord dealt with us. —Charles Spurgeon

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