Daily Archives: March 15, 2021

GIFT OF THE VIRUS Dinesh D’Souza Podcast Ep46 – YouTube

In this episode, Dinesh explains the obvious truth behind a Biden official’s confession that Covid-19 was a gift to Biden and the Democrats. Dinesh also reveals the two real lessons of the virus, neither one ever raised in the media. Some vaccines reportedly used fetal remains for research; Dinesh lays out the moral implications. Dinesh shows what real multicultural education looks like, using the example of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic story, “Kabuliwallah.” Also, Rep. Devin Nunes joins the show to talk about how to strike back at the digital censors, and Trump’s role going forward in the Republican Party.

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CBN NewsWatch PM: March 15, 2021 – YouTube

New findings on state restrictions and the affect on curbing COVID19. What the findings are economically and for the health of Americans. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris travel the nation promoting the benefits of the latest …

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The corrupt press is America’s Source for left-wing propaganda | Chris Salcedo – YouTube

Chris Salcedo slams the mainstream media’s consistent ‘spin’ of the news, Chuck Todd and Brian Stelter’s claim to cover the truth when in fact ‘pushing left wing advocacy’ and more – via Newsmax TV’s ‘The Chris Salcedo Show.’

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COVID-19: 365 days of Hell – YouTube

News.Views.Hughes presents a retrospective special report on the year that COVID-19 changed our way of life in the US and across the world. After initial reports of a novel coronavirus in February 2020, who could have predicted the tremendous changes it would bring to public life in every part of the world? RT America’s Natasha Sweatte reports the details of COVID-19’s arrival in California and subsequent spread across the US.

Then RT’s Charlotte Dubenskij examines ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns in Europe. Then investigative journalist Ben Swann joins to discuss issues in reporting the details of the coronavirus and the US response says about Americans’ struggle to balance public health with personal liberty. Plus, infectious disease expert Dr. Bob Arnot discusses the easing of restrictions in the US and whether an impatient public eager for an end to restrictions is putting itself in danger.

Finally, former Georgia state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler and Ned Ryun of American Majority join Scottie Nell Hughes to debate whether fears of COVID-19 have been cynically manipulated for political purposes.

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Democrats Want ‘Vaccine Passports’ Required To Attend Concerts, But No IDs Required To Vote

The left seems intent on removing voter ID, but is simultaneously flirting with the idea of mandating Coronavirus testing and vaccine proof.

Biden Spokesperson Jen Psaki Blames Trump For Southern Border “Problems” | Video | RealClearPolitics

WH press secretary Jen Psaki blamed the border migrant surge at the Mexican border (with illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking) on the “previous administration” during Monday’s press briefing. 

Q Thanks. Just two quick ones, Jen. Given how fast moving the situation has been, does the President believe that his administration has a handle on what’s happening on the southern border right now?

MS. PSAKI: We certainly do. And let me just give you a bit of an update on a couple of the steps that we’re taking. You know, first, let me say that, like COVID — obviously a different issue, but we recognize this is a big problem — the last administration left us a dismantled and unworkable system. And like any other problem, we are going to do everything we can to solve it.

So our focus here is on solutions. Let me just walk you through a couple of the steps — and we’ve done this a little bit, but there’s always, of course, developments on considerations that are underway.

So, first, we’ve updated — or we have not, but CDC has updated guidelines to return to full capacity. This will help expand capacity to move children more quickly out of CBP facilities. That’s an important step. The implementation of that is of course ongoing. 

We are — there has — there is now an embedding, at the President’s ask, of HHS and ORR with CBP, which will allow government to more quickly I.D., vet, confirm sponsors and family members of the unaccompanied minors and will lead to quicker placement. Because, as you know — as all of you know, big issues here are expediting what’s happening at the border. None of these Border Patrol facilities are made for children, and we want to move them as quickly as possible into shelters and then into homes.

FEMA — this was an announcement over the weekend — is now supporting — providing support at the border, adding extra capacity to HHS for quick processing to avoid overcrowding. This will hope — we hope this will help quickly get children into HHS and ORR facilities, and placed with vetted sponsors and families. The President is very focused on expediting what’s happening at the border at every step in the process.

And then this happened on Friday, but it didn’t receive a lot of — there was a lot going on, so I just wanted to highlight: We rescinded the 2018 MOU between DHS and HHS, which we believe will encourage families and sponsors to come forward without fear of additional immigration enforcement. And we’ve seen this as an issue, where family members or even sponsor families are worried that this will mean they will be tracked. And this over- — rescinds that.

We’re also looking for additional facilities, and this remains a focus.

So, we recognize this as a problem. We’re focused on addressing it. That’s just five steps we’re taking, and we’re continuing to evaluate what additional steps can be taken to address the situation at the border.

— Read on www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2021/03/15/biden_spokesperson_jen_psaki_blames_trump_for_southern_border_problems.html

High emotional intelligence helps people recognize fake news – Study Finds

People who correctly spotted fake news said the material was “more of a rant” or a “fearmongering article with no data.”

High emotional intelligence helps people recognize fake news – Study Finds

GLASGOW, Scotland — Misinformation and fake news continue to be a major problem across social media platforms. Now, a new study reports people with high emotional intelligence are much less likely to fall for deceptive and untrue news items.

Conducted at the University of Strathclyde, the study asked a group of volunteers to take a look at various social media news stories, some true and some false. The group then tried to determine which were real and which were fictitious. Each participant also gave a short explanation as to their fact-checking thought process and filled out a test to gauge their emotional intelligence.

The news stories presented to participants covered a variety of topics, including health, the environment, crime, and wealth inequality. The fake headlines in particular featured a lack of trusted sources, not a lot of information in general, and emotive language.

Ultimately, participants scoring high on the emotional intelligence test were most likely to accurately pick out fake news items. Study authors also noted a similar relationship between education level and fake news detecting ability. In other words, participants with more education appear to have a better eye for spotting fake news.

“Fake news on social media is now a matter of considerable public and governmental concern. Research on dealing with this issue is still in its infancy but recent studies have started to focus on the psychological factors which might make some individuals less susceptible to fake news,” says Dr. Tony Anderson, Senior Teaching Fellow in Psychology at Strathclyde, in a university release.

“We assessed whether people were better able to disregard the emotionally charged content of such items and better equipped to assess the veracity of the information. We found that, while distinguishing real news content from fake was challenging, on average participants were more likely to make the correct decision than not,” the researcher adds. “Previous research has shown that people can be trained to enhance their own EQ levels. This should help them to discern with a greater degree of accuracy which news is reliable and which is misleading.”

Study authors also included some quotes from participants. Some statements made by those who fell for fake news items include “the commenter on the post has the same thoughts as me” and “my kids are in this position so I completely get this.”

Meanwhile, subjects who correctly identified fake news told researchers “comes across as more of a rant” and “fearmongering article with no data.”

The study is published in PLOS ONE.

The post STUDY: People With ‘High Emotional Intelligence’ Less Likely To Fall For Fake News… captured from The Drudge Report left column, article 9 on 3/16/2021 2:00:12 AM UTC.

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A Coming Covid Catastrophe — Christian Research Service

Del Bigtree
The Highwire
thehighwire.com

World renown vaccine specialist, Geert Vanden Bossche, gave a groundbreaking interview this week risking his reputation and his career by bravely speaking out against administration of #Covid19 vaccines. In what may be one of the most important stories ever covered by The Highwire, the vaccine developer shared his extreme concerns about these vaccines in particular and why we may be on track to creating a global immunity catastrophe.

https://www.brighteon.com/257797f0-06fa-4596-be69-af71bb3adc21

https://www.brighteon.com/embed/257797f0-06fa-4596-be69-af71bb3adc21

Also see below for interview transcript:Virologist: ‘We Are Going to Pay Huge Price’ for COVID Mass Vaccination Campaign

A Coming Covid Catastrophe — Christian Research Service

The Equality Act and the Rise of the Anti-Theological State — Public Discourse

Will America sacrifice religious freedom for the sake of newly constructed sexual and gender identity liberties? We will know the answer to that question in short order, and the prospects for preserving religious liberty hang in a dangerous political balance.

The legislation known as the “Equality Act” represents the greatest present threat to religious liberty in the United States. The House of Representatives has passed the legislation twice—in 2019 and again in February of this year. The Democratic majority in that chamber has forwarded the bill to the Senate, which is soon to begin debate over the bill. President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to sign the bill, and his administration is working hard to see the bill approved by the Senate and sent to his desk for signature.

The Equality Act represents a defining issue for the entire nation. The act would amend the Civil Rights Act to add sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity to protected classes covered by the bill. The scope of the bill is vast, covering housing, employment, public accommodations, education, credit, and all programs receiving federal funding. No aspect of American public life would be unchanged, and the bill would invade the private sphere as well.

Beyond the direct legislative reach of the bill, the Equality Act would send a clear moral message throughout the culture, with both national and international consequences. The forces pushing for the passage of the Equality Act clearly intend these consequences. A moral message will be telegraphed throughout society, normalizing virtually everything comprehended within the ever-expanding categories of LGBTQ.

Yet the Equality Act is not merely a message. It is a draconian threat of legal, political, financial, and cultural coercion, and the coercive powers of the new moral order will be directed—as the Equality Act makes clear—against any resistance. Make no mistake about it: That coercion will be brought against religious schools, ministries, non-profits, and all religious institutions. The bill does not even acknowledge the sacred rights of religious congregations and denominations. Individual believers too will be coerced into compliance with the new moral regime, which is coming with a vengeance.

The Equality Act is not merely a message. It is a draconian threat of legal, political, financial, and cultural coercion, and the coercive powers of the new moral order will be directed—as the Equality Act makes clear—against any resistance.

“It Will Be an Issue”

During the oral arguments for the Obergefell case before the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, arguing for same-sex marriage, was asked by Justice Samuel Alito if religious colleges and universities would eventually be forced to allow same-sex couples to live in student housing. Verrilli, without skipping a beat, honestly responded, “It will be an issue.”

You can bet it will be an issue. Student housing for married couples is but one in an apparently endless list of other accommodations that the LGBTQ community now demands. But note that Justice Alito’s question was pointedly defined with regard to the coercion of a religious college or university. The Solicitor General did not hesitate to affirm the threat against religious schools. As soon as the Supreme Court mandated the legalization of same-sex marriage in that very case, the coercion of Christians and other citizens of religious conviction became an issue.

The Obergefell decision was handed down in 2015, but arguments for the curtailment of religious liberty as the cost of newly declared LGBTQ rights were already widely circulated. Chai Feldblum, then a professor of law at Yale University, was asked years ago if she could think of any case in which religious liberty interests should take priority over the interests of LGBTQ liberation. Professor Feldblum responded that she could not think of a single case in which religious liberty should win. Not one.

In clear-minded dissents to the Obergefell majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Justice Antonin Scalia, and Justice Clarence Thomas joined Alito in warning of the threat to religious liberty posed by the decision.

Then, five years later, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, extending federal employment nondiscrimination rights to citizens claiming LGBTQ identity. The decision turned mostly on the sexual orientation and transgender issues, but the effects will cover the entire array of LGBTQ identity. Sadly, the majority opinion was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, who went so far as to acknowledge that the decision would pose legal vulnerabilities for religious believers and that the questions would “merit careful consideration.” In his dissent in this case, Justice Alito argued that the Court’s majority had created a threat to the religious liberties of religious Americans and their religious institutions. He was clearly right.

The Equality Act would not only establish Bostock as federal law; it would also expand the reach of the law far beyond the text of the Court’s decision. Put plainly, the legislation includes no acknowledgement of the right of Christian colleges and schools, for example, to hire teachers in accord with the school’s stated religious convictions. The same would be extended to all other dimensions of operation covered by the bill—and almost nothing would escape that coverage. Individual believers and their private businesses would be covered, as would any institutional entity.

Furthermore, the text of the Equality Act specifically precludes any claims of religious liberty based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was adopted by Congress in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support. This bill would actually put Congress in the position of denying in advance defenses made on the basis of its own previous action. The audacity is breathtaking, and the threat to America’s first liberty is all too real.

Put plainly, the Equality Act includes no acknowledgement of the right of Christian colleges and schools, for example, to hire teachers in accord with the school’s stated religious convictions.

“The Determination Will Have to Be Made”

The lead sponsor of the Equality Act in the House of Representatives is Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI], an openly gay congressman who is confident of ultimate victory in the current Congress: “This is going to be a vote that’s going to be remembered in the history books, and I think people are going to want to be on the right side of history.”

When he was asked about the threat the Act would present to religious institutions and their right to operate by their own religious convictions, Cicilline offered these chilling words: “The determination would have to be made as to whether or not the decisions they are making are connected to their religious teachings and to their core functions as a religious organization,” he explained, “or is it a pretext to discriminate?”

The determination will have to be made. With those words, every religious congregation, denomination, and institution is put on notice: The government will determine if your hiring and housing and student conduct and employee policies are truly “connected” to your religious teachings, or if you are merely using a claim of religious conviction as a “pretext to discriminate.”

These words mean the effective death of religious liberty, for the burden of proof will now fall to each religious institution to prove to the government’s satisfaction that its convictions are authentic.

Furthermore, the United States government would be effectively transformed into an anti-theological state. Note carefully that the specific forms of religion that are targeted by the Equality Act share one major theological distinctive. Each, in its own way, makes a claim to written revelation. Each of those religious texts defines sexuality, marriage, and gender in explicitly theological terms. The Torah, the Bible, the Quran, the Book of Mormon, and other religious texts are recognized as divinely inspired by American citizens and their religious bodies ranging, according to theological convictions, from Orthodox Judaism to Roman Catholicism to Evangelical Protestantism to Islam and Mormons and Seventh-Day Adventists and more.

Evangelicals and Catholics, Orthodox Jews and Muslims, Seventh-day Adventists and Mormons all understand the radical theological differences that separate us. But the factor common to all is the claim of an authoritative scripture. That is actually the central fact that explains the antipathy of the moral revolutionaries and their willingness to deploy the coercive powers of the state against believers. Those religious texts are incompatible with the normalization of LGBTQ identities, behaviors, relationships, and gender confusions.

The Equality Act, therefore, represents the threat of government coercion against a certain structure of theology, doctrine, and morality. This means the threat of the state directed against any claim of divine revelation that contradicts the new morality, the newly minted definition of marriage, and the newly constructed “rights” of the LGBTQ revolution.

Visible before our eyes is the threat of an anti-theological state and the end of authentic religious liberty in America. Don’t take my word for it—just take Congressman Cicilline at his.

The Equality Act and the Rise of the Anti-Theological State — Public Discourse

Don Lemon v. God — The Heidelblog

Don Lemon: “God is not about hindering people or even judging people.”

God: “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them’” (Gen 6:5–7; ESV).

Don Lemon v. God — The Heidelblog

March 15 Evening Quotes of The Day

Temptation Is an Encouraging Sign
Hebrews 2:17–18; 4:15

Temptations are rather hopeful evidences that your estate is good, that you are dear to God, and that it shall go well with you forever, than otherwise. God had but one Son without corruption, but he had none without temptation. Pirates make the fiercest assaults upon those vessels that are most richly laden; so does Satan upon those souls that are most richly laden with the treasures of grace, with the riches of glory.

THOMAS BROOKS

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Faith Possesses a Perfect Righteousness
Romans 1:17; 3:22; 4:5, 13, 22; 5:1; Galatians 3:6–8; Philippians 3:9

Faith brings nothing of our own to God, but receives what God spontaneously offers us. Hence it is that faith, however imperfect, nevertheless possesses a perfect righteousness, because it has respect to nothing but the gratuitous goodness of God.

JOHN CALVIN

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.