Daily Archives: June 26, 2020

Biden’s Basement Strategy: Just Say Nothing | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

Some polls now have Joe Biden running ahead of Donald Trump by 10 points and sweeping the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. This vindicates the strategy Biden’s advisers have adopted:

Confine Joe to his basement, no press conferences. Trot him out to recite carefully scripted messages for the cameras. Then lead him back to his stall.

This enables Biden to avoid the blazing questions that are dividing not only Democrats and Republicans but liberals and leftists. And most of these issues touch on the explosive subject of race.

Consider. California’s legislature just voted to put to a statewide ballot in November a return to the racial preferences that were banned as discriminatory in a statewide referendum, 25 years ago.

The proposal would reverse the 1995 constitutional amendment, approved by 55% of voters, which outlawed “preferential treatment” based on “race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.”

If the measure carries, California returns to a racial spoils system.

Race preferences are being pushed because they are needed to bring about greater representation of Blacks and Hispanics in the student bodies of elite schools of the state university system like UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley.

Asian students are today “overrepresented” in these prestigious schools, because of their superior test scores.

Where does Biden stand on anti-Asian discrimination?

Earlier this June, the California Assembly voted to establish a task force to make recommendations for reparations for slavery.

Now, California did not enter the Union until 1850, and slavery was outlawed in the state constitution, though several thousand slaves were brought there during the 1849 Gold Rush.

Where does Biden stand on reparations for slavery?

Many of the recent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death have involved the desecration and destruction of monuments.

What does Biden think about tearing down statues of Christopher Columbus and Robert E. Lee? Where does Biden stand on destroying statues of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Lincoln, Grant and Theodore Roosevelt?

What did Biden think of the removal of the statue of Caesar Rodney, Delaware statesman and slave owner, who, despite a grave illness, rode to Philadelphia to sign Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence and cast his lot with the American Revolution?

Understandably, Biden would prefer not having to choose between Caesar Rodney and BLM.

Black men are arrested and incarcerated more often than whites because of the systemic racism of law enforcement officials, we are told.

Does Biden believe white cops are congenital racists?

In the great cities where the killing of Black men is today all too common, the regimes that have ruled them for decades have been almost wholly Democratic.

Does Biden believe there is systemic racism in the ruling circles of all these Democratic-run cities?

Over the last month, there has been an explosion of shootings and killings. In Chicago, over Memorial Day, 84 people were shot, 24 mortally.

Last weekend in Chicago, 106 people were shot and 14 killed. New York City is experiencing the worst shooting violence in a quarter century.

Is there systemic racism in the police departments of our great cities? Again, who has been running those cities, if not Democrats?

Is there inequality in wealth between Black and white America because of systemic racism? If so, why did that inequality persist through two terms of our first Black president, with Biden as his VP?

Does Biden believe, with Elizabeth Warren, in wealth taxes on the rich and wealth transfers to close the Black-white wealth gap?

Is there systemic racism in American media?

Our dominant media institutions include The Washington Post, New York Times, ABC, CBS and NBC. All are controlled by liberals.

Is there systemic racism in our great universities and colleges? Yet, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and the rest of the Ivy League have long been run by an entrenched liberal elite.

Is our huge federal workforce permeated by racism?

Though African Americans are 13% of the U.S. population, they occupy 18% of all federal jobs.

Is there systemic racism in our public schools? Who controls the teachers unions? Who fills almost all of the teaching positions?

Is there systemic racism in California? If so, who is at fault? The governor, both senators, both houses of the legislature, all statewide offices, and 46 of 53 U.S. House seats in California are held by Democrats.

If Biden emerges, then he will have to answer why all these institutions where his party and people are predominant — the media, Hollywood, the academic community, public schools, big-city governments, the big foundations, the federal bureaucracy — are apparently shot through with systemic racism after decades of Democratic dominance.

And, more precisely, what he intends to do about it.

Perhaps it’s better to shelter in place in the basement.

Source: Biden’s Basement Strategy: Just Say Nothing

WATCH: White House coronavirus task force holds first briefing in months — 6/26/2020 — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Members of the coronavirus task force hold a media briefing on Friday, its first in two months. The task force has been out of the public eye since the White House on April 27 stopped holding what had been near-daily briefings. Friday’s briefing comes as the outbreak spreads in numerous states, including California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida and Texas, which are seeing record numbers of new infections.

 

via WATCH: White House coronavirus task force holds first briefing in months — 6/26/2020 — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Lindsey Graham: William Barr cleaning up ‘sewer that was the Obama Justice Department’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., commended Attorney General William Barr for cleaning up the “sewer” left by Obama-era Justice Department (DOJ) officials, citing newly uncovered notes penned by then-FBI agent Peter Strzok that appeared to show both the former vice president Joe Biden and President Obama had been part of the case against ex-Trump national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.

Source: Lindsey Graham: William Barr cleaning up ‘sewer that was the Obama Justice Department’

Judicial Watch Obtains Secret Service Records Showing Hunter Biden Traveled to 29 Countries, Including Five Visits to China — The Gateway Pundit

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained Secret Service records for the first five years of the Obama Admin showing Hunter Biden took 411 flights and visited 29 countries.

The Secret Service did not disclose, as requested by Judicial Watch, if Hunter Biden flew on Air Force One, Air Force Two or other government planes or whether other family members were in attendance.

The records reveal Hunter Biden visited China 5 times.

The new documents also show that Hunter Biden never visited Ukraine prior to being hired by Burisma Holdings, a corrupt Ukrainian natural gas company.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today it received records from the U.S. Secret Service showing that, for the first five and a half years of the Obama administration, Hunter Biden traveled extensively while receiving a Secret Service protective detail. During the time period of the records provided, Hunter Biden, son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, took 411 separate domestic and international flights, including to 29 different foreign countries. He visited China five times.

The Secret Service records show that countries and territories visited by Hunter Biden, between June 2009 and May 2014, included:

  • Ethiopia and India on June 14-22, 2009
  • Argentina on September 14-17, 2009
  • France and Spain on November 9-13, 2009
  • Canada on February 12-15, 2010
  • Dominican Republic on February 18-22, 2010
  • Puerto Rico on March 20-27, 2010
  • China on April 6-9, 2010
  • Belgium, Spain, and the United Kingdom on May 5-8, 2010
  • UK, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Ascension Island, U.S. Virgin Islands on June 6-13, 2010
  • Denmark and South Africa on August 9-24, 2010
  • Hong Kong, Taiwan and China on April 16-22, 2011
  • Mexico on May 15-17, 2011
  • Colombia, France, United Arab Emirates and France again on November 1-11, 2011
  • UK and Russia on February 15-18, 2012
  • Germany, France and UK on February 1-5, 2013
  • UK and Ireland on March 20-22, 2013
  • China on June 13-15, 2013
  • Switzerland and Italy on July 26-August 7, 2013
  • Japan, China, South Korea and the Philippines on December 2-9, 2013
  • China and Qatar on May 7-14, 2014

Ukraine and China knew Hunter Biden was a crackhead and chronic drug addict but paid him millions anyway — the countries then used it as fodder to blackmail daddy VP Joe Biden.

After many arrests and several stops into drug treatment facilities, Hunter joined his father, Vice President Joe Biden on a trip to China in 2013 where Hunter — inexperienced and out of place — was able to secure a $1.5 billion from China for private equity fund which he was forming at the time.

Even the best hedge fund managers at Goldman Sachs were unable to accomplish this, but crackhead Hunter Biden had the special touch of genius apparently.

Then in April 2014, just a couple months later, Hunter Biden Hunter joined the Board of Burisma Holdings in the Ukraine. Hunter served on the Board until early 2019. Hunter was paid approximately $50,000 a month in his position.

Joe and Hunter Biden still have not been forced to answer for their corruption, bribery and money laundering schemes.

“Given the Burisma-Ukraine-China influence peddling scandals, Hunter Biden’s extensive international travel during the Obama-Biden presidency, including at least 5 trips to China, will raise additional questions.” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

You can support Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch by clicking here.

via Judicial Watch Obtains Secret Service Records Showing Hunter Biden Traveled to 29 Countries, Including Five Visits to China — The Gateway Pundit

2 Views of America: Ronald Reagan vs. Albert Mohler — Capstone Report

There are two views of America: A land of harmony & peace or a land of systemic racism

Ronald Reagan saw America as a City on a Hill: “I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind, it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace—a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors, and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”[1]

As Henry Kissinger noted Reagan truly viewed America like this and because of it led America to victory in the Cold War. Kissinger said, “America as a shining city on a hill was not a metaphor for Reagan; it actually existed for him because he willed it to exist.”[2]

Contrast this optimistic view of America and its promise with what Al Mohler just said. Mohler views America as racked by unjust structures.

“Yes, there is systemic racism and systemic sin in America,” Mohler said.

Mohler tries to finesse what this means. “Do we believe in structural racism? Yes and no. Yes, in that sinful human beings bring their individual sin, including racism, into the structures and systems of society. We have seen that take place over the course of human history, and we can see it in the policies, laws, habits, and customs of our own society in this contemporary moment. This means that systemic racism is one of many aspects of sin’s presence in our society. Abortion, for example, represents another horrifying facet of systemic sin.

So, what does it mean?

“This means that no structural overhaul, no revolution, no eradication of biblical Christianity will secure lasting justice and peace,” Mohler said. Right before urging stamping out structural sin. “We are called to do everything within our power to expunge sin from the structures of our society. Christians know that the justice of God demands that we do so.”

Oh, and if you think the Founders and our Founding documents aren’t sinful, let Al Mohler dispel you of that belief.

Mohler writes, “Our national history unquestionably reveals structures of racism. When the nation was founded, the Constitution allowed for race-based chattel slavery. Black human beings were viewed as less human than those with lighter skin. Not only do we find systemic racism in the institution of slavery, but also in the era that followed the American Civil War in the Jim Crow South, and in pervasive notions of white supremacy that, for example, can be traced to President Woodrow Wilson in the White House. States and local governments codified race-based discrimination and enacted economic policies that harmed African American communities.”

Also, notice the trick Mohler uses to distract you. He talks about abortion. He uses that as an individual sin that is a systemic sin.

However, Mohler ignores the point—Abortion is Legal. Racism is banned in just about every way possible. And has been. The Fair Housing Act became law in 1968.

Here is the challenge: You claim America has systemic racism. Then prove it. Show examples of it today. Let’s see the stats not your ex cathedra pronouncement that such exists. Denying systemic racism are the likes of Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell. What do you have to affirm it? Matthew “I’m a racist and white supremacist” Hall? Howard Zinn?

Elites betray America

Also, Kissinger’s view of America is worthy of consideration. He wrote, “Having spent my childhood as a member of a discriminated minority in a totalitarian system and then as an immigrant to the United States, I have experienced the liberating aspects of American values.”[3]

That isn’t to say America is perfect.

It isn’t. You can hear on tapes Richard Nixon using racial and anti-Semitic talk  to Kissinger. It is horrible.

Yet, America has changed. It bans arbitrary and capricious discrimination. The public rejects racist talk.

However, Kissinger’s experience teaches us that America and its values are great.

America and its values are worthy of respect and protection.

Rich Lowry notes how Elites have worked to destroy the image of America. He explains the corrosive work of Howard Zinn’s Marxist view of American History. Then with this powerful excerpt from Samuel Huntington, he explains the treason of the elites: “In the 1960s and 1970s,” Samuel Huntington writes, “they began to promote measures consciously designed to weaken America’s cultural and creedal identity and to strengthen racial, ethnic, cultural, and other subnational identities. These efforts by a nation’s leaders to deconstruct the nation they governed were, quite possibly, without precedent in human history.”[4]

And this is what Al Mohler’s assertion of America as systemically racist does. It destroys our shared identity and strength. It lies about America—the least racist land in the world. As Ben Shapiro pointed out this week, there is so little actual racism in America that the Leftist media must invent racist stories.

America is a land that fought a Civil War to free the slaves. America is a land with millions upon millions of immigrants. It welcomes political refugees.

So, compare the views of Ronald Reagan and Albert Mohler. Which best fits the facts?

Is America a shining city on a hill?

Or, is America a racist land with structures that must change?

Al Mohler has joined the Elites deconstructing America. He offers no proof that America is racist other than historical facts–facts long since moot because of America’s conscious decision to outlaw racism.


[1] As quoted in Henry Kissinger’s World Order, p. 311.

[2] Ibid.

[3] P. 325.

[4] Rich Lowry, The Case for Nationalism, pp. 186-187.

ws of America

via 2 Views of America: Ronald Reagan vs. Albert Mohler — Capstone Report

June 26, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 26, 2020

THE FOUNDATION

“Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” —George Washington (1796)

Why Kneel for the Anthem When You Can Replace It?

A proposal to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner” with John Lennon’s “Imagine.”


COVID-19: Stay Very Afraid

Despite some reasonably good news, the mainstream media is still driving panic.


An Immigration Tug-of-War

An executive order and a Supreme Court ruling highlight Congress’s inaction.


A Virtual Educational Failure

Lockdowns changed education for millions of students, and not always in a good way.


Doxxing for Dollars

The nation’s two most powerful papers have decided to attack the little guy.


The Left’s Declaration of War

This next election could bring about the destruction of all we hold dear if we refuse to fight.


Video: Speaking Up — Why It’s Now or Never

We have everything to lose if we don’t speak up and push back.


Humor Video: BLM Lies to You

Black Lives Matter makes sense as a preposition. As a movement? Not so much. Here’s why.



TODAY’S OPINION

TONY PERKINS
Personality vs. Policy? We’ll Take Trump’s 200 Judges
ERICK ERICKSON
The Theology of the Protests
NEIL PATEL
Is Antifa on the Trump Campaign Payroll?
JOSH HAMMER
The American Regime Is Under Siege
DAVID LIMBAUGH
America’s Survival Hangs in the Balance
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday News Executive Summary

Police reform gridlock, Trump’s deportation win, COVID updates, and more.


Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Armstrong Williams, Robert Johnson, Joe Biden, and more.



TODAY’S MEME

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

TODAY’S CARTOON

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

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The Briefing Friday, June 26, 2020

Part I

Can You Be a Conservative and Officiate or Attend a Same-Sex Wedding?

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Same Side of the Aisle, by Nicholas Clairmont

Part II

Different Theology, Different Morality: The Transgender Revolution Comes to a Canadian Church

BAPTIST NEWS GLOBAL
Pastor reveals her true identity in live-streamed Sunday sermon, by Mark Wingfield

BAPTIST NEWS GLOBAL
American pastor in Canada doesn’t miss culture wars, church growth pressures, by Jeff Brumley


President Trump: Obama Might Have Committed Treason
“Treason. Treason. It’s treason,” Trump told CBN News, saying his team was “spied” in the last election during the Russia probe. “They’d been spying on my campaign,” Trump said. “Turned out I was right. Let’s see what happens to them now.”
Most of us already knew this, but when the big man says it, you know it’s about to go down.

President Trump’s DOJ Shuts Down Major Human Trafficking and Prostitution Website, Charges Owner
The Trump Department of Justice said Friday the federal government had shut down a major website for prostitution and sex trafficking and had indicted the website’s owner.

‘There’s nothing left’ – Sardinian farmland stripped by locust swarms
These insects have destroyed fields, pastures, grasslands, and invaded houses and gardens. Swarms of the same species had already caused damage in summer 2019 in an area of about 2,000 hectares. “The locusts feed on the most protein-rich part of the plants, so once the swarm enters the hayfield, there is nothing left for the flock,” says Alessandro, a young local shepherd.

John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Tops List of Woke National Anthem Alternatives
The woke libs are on a roll. They’ve progressed from tearing down Confederate statues in the name of racial justice to targeting statues of the president who waged war against the Confederacy to free the slaves, all in the name of some indecipherable cause that is presumably noble and beyond the comprehension of the unwoke masses.

Explosion reported near Tehran as Iraqi forces invade Iran backed militia
A large explosion was heard east of Tehran on Thursday night, with video from local sources showing a bright light lighting up the night sky, according to the Iranian Mehr news agency. Iranian officials are investigating. Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces raided a headquarters belonging to a powerful Iran-backed militia south of Baghdad late on Thursday, seized rockets and detained three commanders of the group at the site,

Trump to make big announcement on Middle East peace plan – Conway
US President Donald Trump will make a big announcement on the Middle East based on current talks, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway told reporters on the White House lawn on Wednesday.

Court Rules: Israelis Defeat Vatican-Affiliated Patriarch in Vital Jerusalem Property Dispute
The Jerusalem District Court rejected a final request on Wednesday by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to block the transfer of church property in Jerusalem to Jewish real estate consultants Ateret Cohanim. The ruling drew controversy following a dispute over the contract for the sale of the property was originally signed in 2004.

Public schools ordered to share pandemic funds with private schools
The Trump administration on Thursday moved forward with a policy ordering public schools across the U.S. to share coronavirus relief funding with private schools. Under a new rule issued by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, school districts are ordered to set aside a portion of their aid for private schools using a formula based on the total number of private school students in the district.

CHAZ BUSINESSES FILE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT SEEKING DAMAGES AGAINST CITY OF SEATTLE
Business owners in Seattle’s #CHOP are fed up with the protesters, and they’ve filed a lawsuit over the city’s lack of leadership. Caleb Heimlich, Chairman of #Washington state’s #GOP says his party expects to win big in November.

Supreme Court OKs government’s quick removal of immigrants who cross border illegally
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the government’s power to arrest, question and quickly remove immigrants who are caught crossing the border illegally. By a 7-2 vote, the justices rejected the claim that immigrants who say they seek asylum have a right to a full federal court review through a writ of habeas corpus, even if their claims are judged to be not credible.

US fighter jets intercept Russian warplanes near Alaska for 5th time in 2 weeks
U.S. planes intercepted another group of Russian warplanes near Alaska, marking the fifth intercept in the past three weeks out of eight total this year. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) F-22s and a U.S. KC-135 Stratotanker intercepted two Russian IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) within 50 miles of Alaskan territory.

Explosion reported near Tehran, as Iraq detains Iran-backed militia
An explosion took place at an Iranian gas storage facility in an area which houses a sensitive military site near the capital Tehran… The explosion took place in the “public area” of Parchin, said the spokesman, Davoud Abdi, as opposed to the military site, where Western security services believe Tehran carried out tests relevant to nuclear bomb detonations more than a decade ago. Iran has denied this.

House Democrats sign letter to Israel warning about annexation
Most House Democrats have made it clear: Israel should desist from annexing parts of the West Bank. As of Thursday, a letter to Israeli leaders warning of annexation’s perils had garnered 191 of the 233 members of the Democratic caucus in the US House of Representatives. Among Jewish Democrats, 23 of 25 signed on.

U.S. Marshals told to prepare to help protect monuments nationwide
U.S. Marshals have been told they should prepare to help protect national monuments across the country, according to an email directive viewed by The Washington Post, as President Donald Trump has vowed stern punishment for those who vandalize or destroy such structures as part of police violence protests.

Lincoln Statue With Kneeling Black Man Becomes Target of Protests
Protesters said they are planning to topple a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the capital meant to commemorate his 1863 proclamation freeing enslaved people in the rebel states at the height of the Civil War. The Emancipation Memorial, erected in 1876 in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill, has long drawn criticism for its paternalistic imagery of a standing President Lincoln looming over a kneeling black man and his broken shackles.

Climate change: Ireland on the verge of its ‘greenest government ever’
Ireland stands on the brink of putting climate change at the heart of its government if Green Party members vote in favour of a new coalition. The new administration plans to ban fracked gas imports from the US, make steep cuts in emissions and end new drilling for oil and gas. Agreed in talks with two larger parties, the plan now needs the support of two thirds of Green members.

Report: Mossad chief met with Jordan king on West Bank annexation
The head of the Mossad intelligence agency Yossi Cohen made a trip to Jordan in recent days to meet with King Abdullah II to discuss Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank, Channel 13 TV reported on Thursday. Cohen is said to have made the trip in order to deliver a message from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The exact nature of the message was unclear.

Iraqi forces raid Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah base, 14 arrested
Iraqi security forces have raided a base belonging to a powerful Iran-backed armed group in southern Baghdad and detained at least 14 militia members… The raid late on Thursday was the most brazen action by Iraqi forces against a major Iran-backed group in years and targeted the Kataib Hezbollah faction, which United States officials have accused of firing rockets at bases hosting US troops and other facilities in Iraq.

Magnitude 5.5 quake hits western Turkey
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit a town in western Turkey on Friday, sending people rushing out of buildings. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage. The earthquake was centered in the town of Saruhanli, in Manisa province, at a depth of 9 kilometers (5.6 miles), the government-run Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said.

Russia to Speed Up S-400 Delivery to India Amid China Standoff
Russia will accelerate S-400 air defense system deliveries to India by a year following tense standoffs with China and Pakistan in contested border regions, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday. New Delhi and Beijing have blamed each other for a June 15 battle in the Ladakh region in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed while China suffered an unknown number of casualties.

The unthinkable has happened: DCFS removes child from home because the parent had covid-19
The LA County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) successfully convinced a judge to remove a child from a home because his parent tested positive for covid-19. Is this the “new normal?”

All Across the Country, Cash Is Being Systematically Being Withdrawn
All Across the Country, Cash Is Being Systematically Being Withdrawn The process is beginning with extreme restrictions on the amount of change sent to each Federal Reserve bank and this filters down to the local businesses. We are on our way to a globalist digital currency.

The Real Reason Why Trump Is Bringing 10,000 Troops Home From Europe
The Real Reason Why Trump Is Bringing 10,000 Troops Home From Europe (video)

Argentina, Brazil monitor massive locust swarm; crop damage seen limited
Argentina and Brazil are monitoring the movement of a 15-square-kilometer locust swarm in Argentina’s northeast, though authorities and specialists said so far it had not caused significant damage to crops in the South American countries.

All COVID-19 vaccines to be made with aborted human fetal cells
If you or someone you know is anxiously waiting for a Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to hit the market, just know that all of the top contenders are being formulated with ingredients made from aborted human fetal cells.

Facebook smoking gun: Conservatives targeted for censorship because of their political beliefs… Facebook rigging elections
Thanks to the remarkable efforts of Project Veritas, it is now abundantly clear that Facebook has been selectively targeting conservatives for malicious censorship, effectively rigging elections in the United States of America.

World’s largest dam in ‘danger of collapse’ amid historic floods — 400 million people at risk, China
A flood alert has been raised near Three Gorges Dam in China– the largest hydropower project in the world– as the country grapples with its worst flooding in 70 years. Torrential rains have been causing havoc throughout the southwest and central region this month, with many rivers bursting their banks, prompting mass evacuations. As many as 400 million people may be at risk, however, local media Global Times said experts have dismissed reports that the dam is at a brink of collapse.

CANCEL IT: Radical Left Now Demanding That Our National Anthem ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ Be Rewritten Saying ‘It’s Time To Just Throw It Away’
If you haven’t figured things out by now, the ‘fight to end racial injustice’ on the radical Left is actually a fight to destroy the United States of America. The keen-eyed observer will notice that along with Confederate statues being torn down, statues of legitimate American heros like Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt are also being targeted. What does that tell you the real target is? That’s right, it’s America that they hate.

PROVED ME RIGHT: New York Black Lives Matter President Hawk Newsome Says They Will ‘Burn The System Down’ If America Doesn’t Give In To Us
All my life, I have stood on the side of the Jews and the blacks, two of the most ill-treated people groups there have ever been, and I have supported them both with equal fervor. I felt this way before becoming born again in 1991, and even more so as a Christian. But I have been against the Black Lives Matter Movement since its inception in 2013, why? Because Black Lives Matter is not about ending racism, it is about tearing down America and establishing a black fascist state. BLM New York president Hawk Newsome just said that exact same thing in an interview on Fox News, so you better start paying attention people, the revolution is at the door.

Mother Called Kids Whose Remains Were Just Discovered Zombies: Court Documents
The mother of the kids discovered dead in Idaho referred to them as zombies before their death, according to court documents.


Headlines – 6/26/2020

No final decision on Israeli annexation after 3 days of White House talks

Kellyanne Conway says Trump to make ‘big announcement’ on West Bank annexation – says he aims to be ‘agent for peace in the Middle East’

189 House Democrats warn against Netanyahu’s annexation plans

Hamas: Israeli annexation would be declaration of war

Abbas: Any Israeli application of sovereignty is ‘null and void’

UN envoy warns Israeli annexation could fuel extremism

Over 1,000 European lawmakers sign letter opposing West Bank annexation

Mossad chief visits Jordan’s king amid annexation tension

Security chiefs said split on whether annexation will cause Palestinian violence

Nefesh B’Nefesh signs deal with El Al for 14 ‘Group Aliyah Flights’ – Move comes on the heels of an unprecedented increase in interest from North American Jews to move to Israel

Lebanon’s Aoun sees ‘civil war’ climate as critics boycott meeting

U.S. Used Missile With Long Blades to Kill Qaeda Leader in Syria

Russia quits U.N. system aimed at protecting hospitals, aid in Syria

Iraqi forces arrest 13 pro-Iran fighters for attacks on US forces, officials say

Pompeo: Iran sanctions could return if arms embargo isn’t extended

Rouhani: We’re willing to talk US if it apologizes

Large explosion lights up Tehran night sky, state media reports

Rights group: Iran TV aired 355 suspected coerced confessions over past decade

Kosovo peace summit at White House postponed after president indicted for war crimes

California voters will be asked to restore affirmative action in November

NYC Criminal Justice System ‘Imploding,’ NYPD Boss Says as Homicides Hit 5-Year High

Wisconsin Mobs Beat Up Gay Lawmaker, Set Fire To Home, Invade Government Buildings

North Carolina cops fired over conversations about ‘slaughtering’ black people, second ‘civil war’

‘A Moral Issue’: Mississippi Baptist Convention Urges Removal of Confederate Emblem from State Flag

U.S. Marshals told to prepare to help protect monuments nationwide as Trump targets people who vandalize structures during protests

Billy Graham Statue Removed From Downtown Nashville

For Evangelicals, Supreme Court Ruling on LGBTQ Rights Presents a Trump-sized Dilemma

Biden’s big lead in the polls could be partly behind market’s drop and may lead to more weakness

From Bolton to Mattis, Trump Faces Aides Turned Adversaries

Court dismisses motion by Trump’s brother to block tell-all book by President’s niece

Supreme Court 2020: Major rulings on abortion, Trump’s tax returns still to come

Russia plans to take first tourist on space walk in 2023

Nasa names asteroid it will use as target practice to keep planet safe from impact

Mysterious lights spotted flashing in Houston sky

Earthquake in California triggers rock slide, sends boulders crashing down on camping area

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Hotan, China

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ozalp, Turkey

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Indian Ocean Triple Junction

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near La Ligua, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hotan, China

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Nishinoshima volcano on Japan erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Tropical Storm Boris forms amid unfavorable conditions

World’s largest dam in ‘danger of collapse’ amid historic floods – 400 million people at risk, China

Siberia Heatwave Sees Buildings Split in Two As Permafrost Thaws

A massive dust cloud is barreling toward the U.S. The health impacts could be deadly.

Coronavirus infections may be 10 times higher than reported, CDC says

First Vaccinations Begin in Africa for COVID-19 Trial

Vaccine against COVID-19 not certain, maybe in a year: WHO

Many studies of COVID-19 antibody test accuracy fall short: review

Gay ER doctor who survived COVID-19 says he can’t donate plasma because he’s sexually active: ‘We’re sitting on something that could be saving lives’

Thousands flocking to English beaches trigger ‘major incident’ response as coronavirus rules ignored

US supports legal challenge to Hawaii traveler quarantine

Hawaii to lift mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers with negative Covid-19 test results

The world is putting America in quarantine

Democrats confirm plans for nearly all-virtual convention

Democrats Tell Convention Delegates to Stay Home During Pandemic

Nev. church fighting state limits on worship gatherings not imposed on casinos, gyms

Colleges Weigh Scrapping Football Season in Threat to a Cash Cow

Chuck E. Cheese and GNC bankruptcies highlight America’s economic ‘washout’ from COVID-19

Trump administration sent $1.4bn in stimulus checks to dead people

Dow climbs 300 points in volatile trading as investors weigh virus impact on economic reopening

Oil prices settle higher after 2-session drop, but demand worries persist on coronavirus flare-up


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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

Biden says he would use federal power to require Americans to wear masks in public

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that he would use federal power to require Americans to wear face masks in public — a move that would mark a significant intervention by the federal government and could see considerable pushback from states.

Source: Biden says he would use federal power to require Americans to wear masks in public

6 Ways Your Credibility is Crushed When You Defend a False Teacher

Michelle Lesley

We had a huge storm come through yesterday that knocked out our power for almost seven hours, so I wasn’t able to finish up the new article I had planned for today, but I hope you’ll enjoy this article from the archives.


Originally published January 11, 2019

It’s so predictable it would be almost comical if it weren’t so wearisome and worrisome. Every time I write an article about a false teacher or mention on social media that someone is a false teacher, her disciples come out of the woodwork to defend her.

And every time, their arguments and defenses are formulaic. In fact, I wrote my article Answering the Opposition- Responses to the Most Frequently Raised Discernment Objections primarily because I was getting the same comments again and again and it was getting cumbersome to keep repeating the same answers again and again.

Not only are the same…

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How Our Mass Dishonor Of Elders Helps Destroy Society — The Federalist

We must re-acknowledge and respect the role of parents and the wisdom of elders so that we can affect authentic, lasting, positive change in our society.

How Our Mass Dishonor Of Elders Helps Destroy Society

Over the last 70 years, the glorification of youth-centric culture has exacerbated the degradation of parental honorHollywood sought to portray parents as unsophisticated and antiquated in their perspectives, and the entertainment industry successfully communicated this through sophomoric plot narratives and  imbecilic and self-interested parental characters.

The 1970s classic “All in the Family” depicts Archie Bunker, the traditional all-American father and husband, as a chauvinist and racist. His more open-minded and progressive family futilely attempts to “educate” him throughout the series.

Similarly, contemporary hits like “Shameless” have brought the media’s attack on parenthood full circle. The show tracks the story of patriarch and deadbeat father Frank Gallagher, who repeatedly abandons his family in search of booze and chicanery while his children fight for survival in South Side, Chicago, mirroring the degenerate behavior of their parents.

Although some of these storylines can be entertaining or humorous, the media has made a mockery of the common foresight possessed by parents and elders. In doing so, they have cultivated ridicule and irreverence towards the wisdom of elder generations. This altering of the public consciousness extends to the lack of value youth are now typically willing to place on the wisdom of those in seniority. In its place, society mindlessly extols and champions the ethos of adolescence, assigning equivalent value to the whims of youth, in contrast to the prudence of adulthood.

This shift is exemplified by the rapid anointing of Greta Thunberg as a climate change expert. Thunberg was trotted out by the United Nations (UN), at age 16, to give a speech condemning world leaders for their “self-serving” policies “wreaking havoc” on the climate. “You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us,” she scolded. In a climate protest in Germany earlier that year, Thunberg admonished adults further, “We are striking because we have done our homework, and they [those in authority] have not.”

Within hours of her speech at the UN in 2019, Thunberg was essentially ordained a global warming tsar. She swiftly began appearing on the cable news circuit and was even called upon as an expert for CNN’s coronavirus panel. Upon witnessing the media’s canonization of Thunberg, one cannot help but be reminded of the biblical admonition, “As for My people, children are their oppressors…Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.”

This is not a suggestion to silence the voice of youth, but a caution to place it in a proper context. Within rational bounds, adolescents should retain their freedom of expression. In some cases, they can indeed provide sincere insights their elders may not be able to see. A society, however, that comprehensively lionizes youthful hyperbole, and gleefully rejects the wisdom of age invites a perpetual revisitation of past failures.

Twenty-first century “woke” culture regards itself as the inclusive and enlightened generation, whose obligation it is to “educate” those in authority. The media and educational systems, in unison, have successfully conditioned the last four generations of Americans to assign little worth to our nation’s forbearers — especially those figures with past transgressions and a fallible nature.

This has yielded an all or nothing, zero-sum game that has become especially prevalent throughout the educational system. There is no need for nuance or to recognize the complexity of an issue. There is no desire, moreover, to examine and wrestle with the complexity of human nature, to realize absolute truth, and become a more evolved society.

It’s now deemed superfluous to learn from the mistakes of our elders and achieve a greater understanding of a matter. Instead, the past can be corrected and the future remedied by giving a reductive analysis of history and cultural affairs — hence, the voracious call for the removal of historical monuments.

The chaos and rioting that erupted nationwide after the death of George Floyd also exemplifies this. Floyd’s death was heartbreaking to watch, and those across the political spectrum were quick to decry it as such. This failed to assuage elite media and the radical groups that encircle them, who harnessed the tragic event to procure leftist policies.

Peaceful protests were quickly hijacked by largely juvenile mobs, who called for police defunding, censoring of “offensive” television and movie programming, and the toppling of commemorative statues. In the aftermath of Floyd’s death, a photo went viral, showing a protestor in Philadelphia whipping a statute, complete with graffiti writing on its base, stating “colonizer” and “murderer.”

It was soon confirmed that the statue was in remembrance of abolitionist Mathias Baldwin. This misappropriation illustrates the perils of rashly following the collective echoes of youthful hyper-emotionalism and its disregard of knowledge and truth.

Those who try to hide the negative aspects of a people’s culture and history  hinder its ability to elevate itself and overcome its deficiencies and shortcomings. The danger that lies in following a youthful ethos is that it lacks the wisdom acquired from experience. In an effort to divorce ourselves from any reminder of shameful past transgressions, we unwittingly destroy what will ultimately enable us to realize the liberty and justice that our founders desired to achieve.

If children are our future, then we must begin to acknowledge and respect the role of parents and the wisdom of our elders, so that we may realize true success and affect authentic, lasting, positive change in our society.

via How Our Mass Dishonor Of Elders Helps Destroy Society — The Federalist

If Washington And What He Stood For Can Be Condemned And Humiliated, None Of You Are Safe — The Federalist

If statues of our Founding heroes can be destroyed and what they stood for can be rejected with no resistance, no one else in this country is safe.

If Washington And What He Stood For Can Be Condemned And Humiliated, None Of You Are Safe

The image of George Washington’s statue facing the ground after being toppled and vandalized in Portland fills my heart with immense sadness. The imagery set forth a wave of baleful nostalgia of a similar incident 54 years ago. During China’s Cultural Revolution, a prominent statue of Confucius was dismantled by militant university and high school students who referred to themselves as the “Red Guards.” It seems, in many respects, 2020 may be a repeat of 1966.

What drove Chinese Communist Party dictator Mao Zedong to launch the Cultural Revolution in May 1966 was his unquenchable desire to seize and maintain power. After his disastrous economic policy resulted in a three-year famine (1959-1961) and an estimated 20-30 million deaths, Mao temporarily retreated from the power center and let his relatively moderate colleagues take charge. But, in 1966, he was ready to seize power again in the name of a proletariat revolution in culture.

In an editorial for the People’s DailyMao’s propaganda chief, Chen Boda, explained the aims of this proletarian cultural revolution:

…not only at demolishing all the old ideology and culture and all the old customs and habits, which, fostered by the exploiting classes, have poisoned the minds of the people for thousands of years, but also at creating and fostering among the masses an entirely new ideology and culture and entirely new customs and habits — those of the proletariat.

Following this rallying cry, a campaign to get rid of the “four olds” — old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas — was launched across on college campuses in Beijing. Professors and leaders with western educational backgrounds, as well as those who demonstrated any traditional Chinese cultural influence, were quickly denounced and publicly humiliated as “monsters and demons” by their enthusiastic students.

Soon, denouncing college deans and professors was not enough. The Red Guards needed a bigger target to send the shockwave to the rest of the nation.

Selecting the Ultimate Target

For the target of their cultural revolution, the Red Guards chose Confucius (551–479 BC), who had been worshiped as a great teacher and philosopher for establishing the system of morality and proper conduct that dominated China for more than 2,000 years and for generations was regarded as the ultimate embodiment of Chinese culture.

In November 1966, Tan Houlan, founder of the Red Guard faction at the elitist Peking University, led 200 Red Guards to Qufu, Shandong province, the home of the Confucius temple where Confucius’s family cemetery and historical living quarter resides. The local Communist Party forced the town to hire 300 local workers, who were paid 50 cents a day to assist the Red Guards for the planned destruction.

It’s no surprise that this mass destruction was led by those well-educated. As American author Cynthia Ozick wrote“Stupid mobs are spurred by clever goaders: The book burners were inspired by the temperamentally bookish — who else could know which books to burn?” Of course, the well-educated also like to think too highly of themselves to do the dirty work.

On November 15, after a massive rally called “Annihilate the Kong Family Business” transpired, the destruction began. The Confucius statue was toppled and later paraded around the village to be vilified. The Red Guards further directed the villagers to pull stone stelae and commemorative arches positioned along the spirit way leading to Confucius’s tomb.

Relics that could be burned were thrown into bonfires, including the plaque bearing inscription gifted to Confucius from Qing Emperor Kangxi, which read “Teacher of Ten-thousand Generations.” Relics that couldn’t be burned were smashed into pieces. Unfortunately, the destruction didn’t stop there.

From the beginning, the Red Guards wanted to destroy all the tombs inside the Confucius family cemetery. However, they were told by locals that the cemetery was massive, and contained 70 tombs of Confucius and his direct descendants as well as more 2,000 clan members, which would take up to months to dig up.

To save time, the Red Guards decided to dig up the first three generations. The targets became Confucius, his sons, and grandsons, as well as the last three generations of Confucius’s direct lineage: Kong Lingyi, his father, and grandfather. By doing so, the Red Guards could declare that they had destroyed Confucius’s family “from the beginning to the end.”

According to a report, “on the first day the grave was flattened, on the second day a three-meter deep trench was dug, but by the third day, the rebels had run out of patience so they used dynamite to blow up the site. The grave was effectively obliterated.” Valuable objects buried with the corpses, such as gold and jewelry, were looted; the Red Guards and the proletariats had no objections in keeping treasures for themselves. Corpses were mutilated and displayed for days before they were thrown into a ditch and burned.

The final tally of the damage consisted of 100,000 volumes of classical texts, of which 1,700 rare items were burned, as well as the destruction or vandalism of some 6,618 cultural artifacts. One thousand stelae were smashed. The Red Guards’ destruction inspired a tomb-digging frenzy. In the months that followed, more than 2,000 tombs in the Confucius family cemetery were looted.

A Parallel and A Warning

The destruction of Confucius’s temples and family cemetery in the early days of the Cultural Revolution was meant to send the message to the rest of the country. If someone who had been revered for thousands of years, one of the ultimate symbols of China and her culture, could be humiliated and destroyed in such a way, nothing and no one else would be safe.

In retrospect, that November marked the beginning of the darkest decade in China’s history, during which many more places would be destroyed, many more books burned, and many more families torn apart after children denounced their parents and spouses denounced each other in a desperate attempt to survive by demonstrating “ideological purity.” An estimated two million Chinese were either executed or driven to suicide as a result. Millions more suffered malnutrition due to famine fueled by a broken economy. Only later would people finally come to realize that the Cultural Revolution not only destroyed the culture but also ruined the country.

History may not repeat itself exactly the same way, but it does rhyme. The destruction we’re witnessing in America today is beginning to resemble 1966 China more every day. Washington’s statue was toppled not simply because of his personal failings for being a slave owner. Washington represents the ultimate symbol of the United States of America in a similar way Confucius was for China.

By pulling down his statue, the mob wants to send a message: they reject all founders of the United States and denounce the founding principles that this nation was built upon. If Washington can be condemned and humiliated in this way and what he stood for can be rejected with no resistance, no one else in this country is safe.

Just like Mao and his Red Guards, today’s mob is hungry for power. They seek the power to rule over us, and the power to impose a rigid conformity so the rest of us can only think and behave in the ways they alone approve. Ultimately, the annihilation we’re witnessing is a manifestation of their unwavering desire for this power.

The dismantling of Washington’s statue — and the dismantling of all historical statues — won’t stop the mob. More obliterations will come. Each destructive act that is left unchallenged will embolden the mob further.

Annihilation comes in many shapes and forms beyond the demolition of physical objects. More people who refuse to conform to the mob’s demand will lose their jobs and see their lives be ruined. The mob won’t stop until they destroy everything we hold dear and attain complete power over us.

Knowing this is where our nation is heading, one question we need to urgently ask ourselves right now is: am I going to sit back and hope the destruction will spare me (reality check: no one will be spared), or am I going to step forward and say “no” to the mob?

via If Washington And What He Stood For Can Be Condemned And Humiliated, None Of You Are Safe — The Federalist

Larry C. Johnson: Untangling the Lies About The Obama Biden Coup Meeting of January 5, 2017 — The Gateway Pundit

via Larry C. Johnson: Untangling the Lies About The Obama Biden Coup Meeting of January 5, 2017 — The Gateway Pundit

Banks Could Be Sending An Ominous Warning to Investors, Says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

When the economy is humming along, the stock market tends to out-perform. And one sign of a strong economy is a healthy banking sector.

On the flip side, when the economy is struggling, the banking sector lags. And this is a drag on the broader stock market.

Today’s chart has Joe Friday concerned that the latter scenario may be playing out… and another bear market may be lurking.

As you can see, the Bank Index to S&P 500 ratio has been an important indicator for stocks. In both 2000 and 2007, bank stocks underperformed for nearly 2 years before taking the broader stock market lower. This divergence can be seen at each point (1) on today’s chart.

Note that each of these divergences eventually lead to a major bear market.

The same (or worse!) divergence is rearing its head today at (2). Over the past 30 months, the Bank Index has grossly underperformed the S&P 500. Will this ominous warning bring a second wave of selling in 2020?

If past is prologue, investors should be careful here. Stay tuned.

This article was first written for See It Markets.com. To view the original post CLICK HERE.

via Banks Could Be Sending An Ominous Warning to Investors, Says Joe Friday — Kimble Charting Solutions

Andy Woods: A Generation Ignorant of God, Erasing History — Stand Up For The Truth

Andy Woods: A Generation Ignorant of God, Erasing History
TODAY’S GUEST: Dr. Andy Woods, author, pastor and teacher at Sugar Land Bible Church in Texas, President of Chafer Theological Seminary, and founder of Andy Woods Ministries. A few of his excellent books inlude The Coming KingdomThe Falling Away, Ever Reforming, and The Middle East Meltdown.Last month we discussed 2 Peter 3, conditions of the last days, how globalists are using the coronavirus as a pretext to usher in what the Bible predicts concerning the Antichrist’s one-world government, and the difference between mandatory vaccinations and the mark of the beast predicted in Revelation 13 and 14.

Today, we look at how and why America has been in constant crisis mode to the point of fear and fatigue – which is all part of the enemy’s agenda. We also discuss the agenda to remove statues, erase American history and the gravity of the recent Supreme Court LGBTQ ruling. (Questions about statues and monuments? See Joshua 4:19-24)

WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON?

It’s not just the protesters tearing down statues and erasing American history. New York City officials are planning to remove the bronze statue of Teddy Roosevelt from outside the Museum of Natural History. The statue has stood there in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda facing Central Park since before the Second World War.

To score points with the mob, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi gave orders to remove from the walls of the U.S. Capitol building four portraits of former House Speakers who served in the Confederacy. Andy Woods responded:

“ The deliberate erasure of history is a Stalinist, Maoist tactic for purposes of destroying one civilization so that they can bring in their “higher” social order (Communism, Marxism, statism). Beyond that, if you want to get rid of all vestiges of racism in the history of the United States, you would also have to also get rid of the Democratic party itself, which is the party of the Jim Crow South, the KKK, and Robert Byrd.”

LINKS

Watch the weekly Pastor’s Point of View with Andy Woods:

Aunt Jemima brand to be discontinued after 131 years over “racial stereotype”

COVID-19 death rate is 75% lower in states that didn’t lock down: WSJ

Biden would mandate wearing a mask as president

Statues of Jesus the Next Victims of Marxist Cancel Culture

Virginia Charging Huge Fines For Churches, Ministries For Their Beliefs

 

via Andy Woods: A Generation Ignorant of God, Erasing History — Stand Up For The Truth

Is the Bible’s definition of faith opposed to logic and evidence?

WINTERY KNIGHT

Bible study that hits the spot Theology that hits the spot

Probably the biggest misconception that I encounter when defending the faith is the mistaken notion of what faith is. Today we are going to get to the bottom of what the Bible says faith is, once and for all. This post will be useful to Christians and atheists, alike.

What is faith according to the Bible?

I am going to reference this article from apologist Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason in my explanation.

Koukl cites three Biblical examples to support the idea that faith is not blind leap-of-faith wishing, but is based on evidence.

  1. Moses went out into the wilderness and he had that first encounter with the burning bush, and God gave him the directive to go back to Egypt and let his people go. Moses said, Yeah, right. What’s going to happen when they say, why should we believe you, Moses?God said, See…

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Former US attorney: Flynn case was ‘manipulated’ at highest levels of Obama admin to go after Trump — Christian Research Network

(David Montanaro – Fox News)  Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s rights were violated and he should consider a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and former Obama administration officials, former U.S. attorney Brett Tolman said Friday on “Fox & Friends.”

“That’s why there is an action called a Bivens action. That is to go after a federal investigator that violates someone’s constitutional rights. It’s specific for that occasion and I hope is he looking at it strongly,” said Tolman, an attorney who served as a federal prosecutor in Utah from 2006 to 2009.

Flynn’s lawyers said this week that newly uncovered notes from former FBI official Peter Strzok indicate then-FBI Director James Comey appeared to downplay Flynn’s calls during the presidential transition with Russia’s ambassador as “legit” during a meeting where then-President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden also weighed in.  View article →

via Former US attorney: Flynn case was ‘manipulated’ at highest levels of Obama admin to go after Trump — Christian Research Network

Virginia Charging Huge Fines For Churches, Ministries For Their Beliefs — Christian Research Network

(John Harding – My Christian Daily)  On July 1, churches, Christian schools, and other religious ministries with theologically orthodox views on marriage will no longer be welcome in Virginia.

And if you are among those operating a ministry in accordance with your religious beliefs about marriage and human sexuality, the state has declared a sort-of legal “open season” on you. The first offense comes with a fine of up to $50,000. Subsequent offenses come with fines of up to $100,000!

The message is clear: Virginia will crush you if you disobey.

So what exactly does this Virginia law do? Because the SOGI language is an addition to existing law, it isn’t easy for the public to see how they are impacted or how state law has changed.  View article →

via Virginia Charging Huge Fines For Churches, Ministries For Their Beliefs — Christian Research Network

Listen to History’s Greatest Sermons

The Fight of Faith

We have history’s greatest sermons at our fingertips. I have recently discovered a new edifying podcast called Revived Thoughts. I was able to connect with Troy Frasier, one of the men who produce the content, and I asked him if he would be willing to write a guest post to let us know what Revived Thoughts is all about, and he graciously agreed.

Most people serious about their faith are familiar with some of the great theologians of the past. It’s not uncommon to hear a quote by Charles Spurgeon dropped in a sermon. Or maybe you have seen a quote go by on your social media of Jonathan Edwards or Martin Luther. These men continue to inspire us, and their books continue to be read by those seeking insights into their faith.

One thing we often forget is that before they were famous theologians they were preachers. To…

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Only 39 Percent of Americans Believe ‘Life Is Sacred,’ Barna Finds — Blogs

Six out of 10 Americans disagree with the statement that “human life is sacred,” according to a new survey.

Barna Group surveyed about 2,000 people and asked about feelings on human life. “Sacred” was defined as “having unconditional, intrinsic worth.”

Of the 2,000 people, only 39 percent said they agreed with the claim that “human life is sacred.”

“A substantially larger share of the population combined to offer views such as ‘life is what you make it, but it has no absolute value’ (37 percent); ‘life does not attain its full value until we reach our highest point of evolution and expression’ (11 percent); or other, less popular points of view that concurred that life has no infinite, unconditional value,” the report said.

Of those who said they were evangelical and born-again Christians, 60 percent agreed with the statement. Of those who identified as Pentecostals, that number was 46 percent and 43 percent of Roman Catholics surveyed.

Most (69 percent) said that people are “basically good.” More than 30 years ago, the Barna survey showed that 83 percent of people believed people were “basically good.”

Dr. George Barna, the founder of Barna Group, said the survey’s findings are impacted by demonstrations happening across the U.S.

“A movement to defund police departments might make sense if people are innately good,” he explained. “People with a humanistic worldview argue that crime and violence happen because of poverty, bad parenting, systemic discrimination, and other external forces. Yet crime statistics, political tensions, tendencies toward anger and hatred, and America’s moral deterioration and confusion suggest that we are neither innately good nor that emotional responses to empirical challenges will solve the problems.”

“The underlying issues are ill-formed character and a broken moral compass,” Barna continued. “Economic, social and cultural depravity are outgrowths of our moral and character deficiencies, not causes.”

In other findings, the survey showed:

  • 12 percent believe that people are “material substance – biological machines.”
  • 12 percent believe that people are “part of the mind of the universe.”
  • Other responses said humans are “an illusion, do not exist or are sleeping gods, part of the soul of the universe.”

via Only 39 Percent of Americans Believe ‘Life Is Sacred,’ Barna Finds — Blogs

June 26 Thoughts for the quiet hour

 

Small things

Zech. 4:10

It is the little words you speak, the little thoughts you think, the little things you do or leave undone, the little moments you waste or use wisely, the little temptations which you yield to or overcome—the little things of every day that are making or marring your future life.

Selected[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

June 26 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

“Oh, that You would bless me indeed,… and that You would keep me from evil.” … So God granted him what he requested.

Your blessing, Lord, makes me rich, and You add no sorrow with it. When You give quietness, who then can make trouble? And when You hide Your face, who then can see You?

Salvation belongs to You, Lord God. Your blessing is upon Your people. How great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! Jesus did not pray that You should take me out of the world, but that You should keep me from the evil one.

I ask, and it will be given to me; I seek, and I will find; I knock, and it will be opened to me. For everyone who asks receives, and seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. You, Lord, redeem the soul of Your servants, and if I trust in You I shall not be condemned.

I praise You for Your immeasurable goodness, Lord!

May I always trust in You who are faithful and kind,

all-wise, all-powerful, and all-loving.

1 Chronicles 4:10; Proverbs 10:22; Job 34:29; Psalm 3:8; Psalm 31:19; John 17:15; Matthew 7:7–8; Psalm 34:22[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 193). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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