“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Walking Over the Pit of Hell Matthew 7:13; 10:28; Luke 12:5; 21:34–36
Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering, and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that they will not bear their weight, and these places are not seen.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Christ Is the Righteousness of Believers Romans 3:22, 24; 8:4; 10:4; Philippians 3:9; 1 Peter 3:18
Christ is now the righteousness of all those who truly do believe in him. He for them paid their ransom by his death. He for them fulfilled the law in his life. So that now in him, and by him, every true Christian man may be called a fulfiller of the law, since that which their infirmity lacks, Christ’s justice has supplied.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (James 3:16-17 ESV)
The apostle Paul lived in an age when sensuality, the pursuit of pleasure, and rebellion against the Lord were prevalent. In response, he wrote letters urging Christians not to follow in the ways of the world. Like those early believers, we are to pursue godliness by…
Presenting our bodies to God. Our total being–mind, will, emotions, personality, and physical body–are to be turned over to our heavenly Father (James 4:7a). Submitting ourselves to the Lord requires a definite decision to give Him control and a daily commitment to remain under His authority. By surrendering to Him, we will position ourselves for godly living.
Becoming living sacrifices. The Christian life is built around the concept of sacrifice. Jesus left the perfection of heaven to dwell among a sinful people so He might reconcile us to God. He offered up His life to make payment for our sins (1 John 3:16) and brought us into His family. As believers, we are to follow His example. Paul called it a living sacrifice, because it is ongoing–one that is repeated daily.
Life is full of options. Many decisions involve a choice between following God’s way or our own. Maturing Christians will increasingly sacrifice their own desires and embrace His will.
A life of godliness is characterized by a heart and mind bent toward the things of God. Although we will live imperfectly, our focus is to be on obeying His will and pleasing Him. Let’s commit to becoming more like Jesus, the One who willingly gave Himself to God as a sacrifice for us.
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1:7 example. The Gr. word was used to describe a seal that marked wax or a stamp that minted coins. Paul commended the Thessalonians for being model believers leaving their mark on others. in Macedonia and Achaia. The two Roman provinces which comprised Greece, Macedonia being to the N and Achaia to the S.
1:7 — … so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.
The believers in Thessalonica were very young in the faith, and yet Paul claims that they had already greatly inspired other believers who heard of their experience. The Holy Spirit, not age, is what makes someone a good example.
1:7 The effect of the gospel was so powerful that the Thessalonians became examples to the whole province of Macedonia, of which their town was the capital. The word examples (Gk. tupos) is singular in the original and refers not to a number of individual examples of Christian living, but rather to the single pattern of response to the Word. It was this willingness to obey the Good News and believe in Christ as the Messiah promised in the OT that Paul praised.
1:7. The followers then in turn became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. When believers do what is right, others notice and are moved to follow their example.
1:7 The Thessalonians became model Christians. First of all, their example of joy in the midst of persecution was an example to believers in Macedonia and Achaia, that is, to all the Christians in Greece.
1:7. The testimony of these Christians did not burn brightly merely at home; it also shone abroad to other people in other parts of Macedonia, reaching even to Achaia, the neighboring province to the south. Having become imitators of the missionaries and their Lord (v. 6) they in turn became the object of imitation by other believers. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians he pointed to these Macedonians as a model (typon; cf. 2 Thes. 3:9) of sacrificial giving (2 Cor. 8:1–8). He wrote that they had given money to help other believers even though they themselves were poor. One of the most revealing evidences of a Christian’s true spirituality is the way he manages his money. In this revealing test the Thessalonians emerged as gold tried in the fire.
1:7. In the first century, the word model referred to the mark left by a hammer or die as in the making of a coin, leaving an impression like the original. Thus, the Thessalonian church became a “model” of believers banded together, a prototype of what a church should be.
After commending the local gathering and the way it was living and responding in a hostile culture, Paul, Silas, and Timothy opened the eyes of the Thessalonians to the influence they were having beyond their city. They were connected to a great network of God’s kingdom. Their adherence to the faith had become an encouragement and example to other churches. The authors knew that understanding their place in the broader context of God’s church would encourage the Thessalonians to continue in faithfulness.
Many believers care about the ways of Christ, and even seek to grow and serve—but primarily as individuals. As good and necessary as our personal efforts are, in the process we can easily forget that there is a distinct model for the local church’s actions and reputation. To model Christ is not only a call to each church member, but to the church as a whole. Many involved in church skirmishes need to read and apply this truth.
1:7 “you became an example to all the believers” The Thessalonian believers’ joy and perseverance under testing and trial was a source of great encouragement to other believers. This is also how the suffering of Job, the prophets (cf. Matt. 5:10, 12), the Messiah, and the Apostles affect future believers. Often believers most powerful testimony is during times of trial, pain, and persecution.
7. So that ye were. Here we have another amplification—that they had stirred up even believers by their example; for it is a great thing to get so decidedly the start of those who had entered upon the course before us, as to furnish assistance to them for prosecuting their course. Typus (the word made use of by Paul) is employed by the Greeks in the same sense as Exemplar is among the Latins, and Patron among the French. He says, then, that the courage of the Thessalonians had been so illustrious, that other believers had borrowed from them a rule of constancy. I preferred, however, to render it patterns, that I might not needlessly make any change upon the Greek phrase made use of by Paul; and farther, because the plural number expresses, in my opinion, something more than if he had said that that Church as a body had been set forward for imitation, for the meaning is, that there were as many patterns as there were individuals.
Ver. 7.—So that ye were ensamples. The word here rendered “ensamples” literally signifies “types.” It is used to denote a form or figure (Acts 7:43), a model or likeness (Acts 7:44), a mark or impression (John 20:25). Hence, in a metaphorical sense, it came to signify an example, a pattern for imitation. “Now these things are our examples” (1 Cor. 10:6). To all that believe—to all believers—in Macedonia and Achaia. These are the two provinces into which ancient Greece was divided by the Romans, each of which was governed by a proconsul. Macedonia was the northern portion, including Macedonia proper, Epirus and Illyricum; at first it was divided into four districts, but afterwards united into one province, of which Thessaloniaa was constituted the capital. Achaia was the southern portion of ancient Greece, including the Peloponnesus, Attica, Bæotia, etc., and, until recently, was nearly of the same dimensions with the modern kingdom of Greece; its capital was Corinth.
7 If our surmise that the “and” with which verse 6 begins functions grammatically to connect the second part of a (now very long) compound sentence, then the present result clause (v. 7) finally brings the whole to a conclusion. In any case, it brings the clause that began in verse 6 to its conclusion. As a further word of reassurance Paul informs the Thessalonian believers’ that their “imitation” of Paul, Silas, and Timothy, and thus of the now-reigning Lord (see n. 48 above), has in turn served as a “model”54 for “all the believers in Macedonia and [in] Achaia.”
That much is clear enough. The difficulties arise with the relationship of this sentence to that which follows immediately (as our v. 8), which elaborates by explaining “how” they had become such a model. “All the believers” refers to those who had come to faith—almost certainly through the ministry of the three itinerants—in the two provinces that make up the whole of ancient Greece, which would include all of modern Greece and at least the southern part of modern Macedonia. Although his and Silas’s path was most likely more narrowly circumscribed, Paul is well aware that word about the gospel and its affects in Thessalonica had spread like wildfire among the Jewish synagogues in Greece, and therefore especially among the Gentiles who attended the synagogues. And as the word spread, the Thessalonians served as a “model” of “faith in the midst of suffering” as the gospel continued west and southward. Thus Paul sees them, like a stone thrown into the water, as fitting into an ever-widening circle of “models” to be “imitated”: Christ → Paul → Thessalonica → Macedonia and Achaia.
This passage has considerable significance, both theologically and in terms of Christian conversion, well beyond its first purpose of encouraging the Thessalonians by reminding them of both the fact and nature of their conversion. Indeed, it is of more than passing interest that Paul’s first recorded thanksgiving is so full of information regarding his understanding of “conversion” as such. In fact, had the majority of people who made up the believing community in Thessalonica had Jewish origins, this “thanksgiving” would have been expressed quite differently. But as it is, it stands as the first—and vivid—reminder that early Christian conversion among Gentiles was an experienced reality, and that both “faith,” here expressed as “deep conviction,” and the gift of the Holy Spirit were its essential ingredients. Even so, it was not their “conversion” itself that was to serve as a model for others, but the way they welcomed the gospel in the context of “severe suffering” that served as the model, and continues still to do so where “conversion” takes place outside of cultures deeply influenced by “Christendom.”
7 But the imitators in their turn were imitated, and that widely. Paul speaks of this with satisfaction. His word for “model”40 is that from which we get our word “type.” Originally it denoted the mark left by a blow (as in John 20:25, where it is translated “marks”). Then it came to be used of a figure stamped by a blow, like the design stamped on a coin. From that it came to denote any image, whether stamped or not (as in Acts 7:43), and then a pattern (Acts 7:44; Heb. 8:5). It comes to have ethical significance when it is used of a pattern of conduct, occasionally of a pattern to be avoided (1 Cor. 10:6), but more usually, as here, of an example to be followed (Titus 2:7; 1 Pet. 5:3, etc.). In the present passage the word is used in the singular. Paul is speaking of the church as a pattern community rather than of the individuals comprising it as so many individual patterns.
They are an example “to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia,” which was an area comprising all of the land we know as Greece, together with the province to the north of it, a considerable area. This is the one place where Paul speaks of one church as “a model” for others; he sometimes speaks of churches imitating other churches (as this church imitated the churches of Judea, 2:14), but here only does he use the precise term “model” of any church. He specifically makes the point that these believers are a pattern to other believers; he is not simply contrasting them with pagans who do not know the power of God. It is easy to pass over the significance of “all the believers,” for nowadays great stress is placed on good works of various kinds, especially social service, and often people regard this as the essence of Christianity. Apostolic Christianity was in no danger of confusing the root with the fruit in this way. Throughout the New Testament the characteristic mark of Christians is their faith—their dependence on Christ alone for all things. Naturally and unobtrusively Christians are called simply “believers.” That is the heart of the matter, and Paul’s usage makes it clear. Nothing more is needed to characterize Christians, and nothing less will do.
7 The greatest attainment for these new Christians was becoming for others what Paul and his companions had been for them. They had become an example to Christians throughout Greece. Typos (“model,” GK 5596) suggests an exact reproduction. Christians in Philippi, Berea, Athens, Corinth, and elsewhere in the Grecian provinces of Macedonia and Achaia did well to look to Thessalonica in modeling their own lives.
a behavior that is exemplary
so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. (1:7)
A seventh indicator of the Thessalonians’ election, and an extension of the others, was their exemplary conduct. They went from commendable imitators of Paul and Christ to those whose own Christian lives became worthy of imitation. The church had become an example to all the believers, a model for even older, more mature Christians to follow. Example is the Greek word tupos (“exact reproduction”), from which the English type derives. The Thessalonians became like blueprints for others throughout the region to build their lives on (cf. 1 John 2:6). Macedonia was the province in northern Greece that contained Thessalonica, as well as Philippi and Berea. Achaia was the southern province of Greece that included such prominent cities as Athens and Corinth.
To illustrate this specifically, the Thessalonians were among those believers Paul cited to the Corinthians as models for giving and financial stewardship. The Thessalonians were in deep poverty, likely because of the persecution they underwent. Yet they gave liberally and sacrificially to help the needy believers in Jerusalem (2 Cor. 8:1–5), thus demonstrating a pattern of godliness, and again in a sacrificial way proving the reality of their election.
 Thomas, R. L. (2006). 1 Thessalonians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 381). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.” Luke 11:21-22
Why did Peter deny Jesus?
He confidently declared “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” (Matthew 26:35) But only a few short hours later, Peter did the exact opposite. He denied he knew Jesus three times, just as Jesus predicted. We don’t have to imagine Peter’s sorrow: We’re told plainly that afterwards “he went outside and wept bitterly.” (Matthew 26:75)
But this doesn’t answer the question of why Peter denied knowing Him. Part of it was fear: Fear of losing his reputation by being associated with a man accused of being a criminal. Fear of his responsibilities. Fear, perhaps, for his own life. But another reason that Peter ended up denying knowing His Lord is because he was away from Him.
Peter lost sight of his Lord. It wasn’t until “The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter” (Luke 22:61) that Peter came back to his senses and realized what he had done. After losing sight of Jesus, Peter had been trying to do things on his own strength. Rather than trusting God, he was trusting in himself.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Peter himself explains the imminent danger of trying to do everything ourselves God: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) The apostle James advises us: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:7-8) While even the strongest of men & women are no match for Satan’s temptations on our own, with God we have nothing to fear.
We can stay near to God by reading His Word, by speaking and listening to Him in prayer, and by living in community with His sons and daughters. Stay near to God, and you will never be overwhelmed.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Question: What is the danger of not staying near God? How does staying near God protect us from danger?
“I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.” Psalm 38:18
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16
While discussing the importance of confessing “one to another,” a friend said, “I always feel better after I’ve confessed.” Because I do not always experience such relief, I wondered if perhaps her brand of confession was more spiritual than my own. Many years ago another friend described his own post-confession reaction: “Confession was so horrific and shameful that I never want to go through that sin…or the confession again!”
The psalmist doesn’t say that he confessed his iniquity so that he would feel good. It seems rather that after confession, the nature of his sin—though forgiven—still deeply troubled him. Christians know and bask in the amazing truth that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” but that does not mean we should not look deeply into the horror of sin or the reasons behind sinful actions. We should not berate ourselves unnecessarily or remain in the “slough of despond,” but it is far too easy to cheapen the grace and forgiveness of our loving God by surface confession with a subsequent sigh of relief that all is well.
While Jesus graciously forgave Peter his heartbreaking denial, it is interesting that there on the beach near the embers of a fire, the conversation that concluded with a world changing job description for the disciple, Jesus lingers, asking three times, “Do you love me?” Peter’s soul is revealed when the writer records, “Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time…”
Confession, while necessary, may not always bring the instant relief we desire but God is faithful to forgive and bring His healing.
Art and the Beauty of Creation Genesis 1:1; 4:17–22
If God is and remains Sovereign, then art can work no enchantment except in keeping with the ordinances which God ordained for the beautiful, when He, as the Supreme Artist, called this world into existence. And further, if God is and remains Sovereign, then he also imparts these artistic gifts to whom He will, first even to Cain’s, and not to Abel’s posterity; not as if art were of Cain, but in order that he who has sinned away the highest gifts should at least, as Calvin so beautifully says, in the lesser gifts of art have some testimony of the divine bounty.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Hard Work and Love 1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 5:10; Revelation 2:19
Hard work and love make you carry out a task; concern and alertness make you well-advised. Through hard work you keep matters going; through love you bring them to perfection. Through concern you look ahead; through alertness you pay close attention.
HUGH OF ST. VICTOR
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
When Jeremiah brought the word of the LORD to Daniel’s predecessors in Judah before the exile, there were many who spoke against him to denounce his message of the judgment of God against their sins. They sought to have him killed for bringing the truth to God’s covenant people.
Astonishingly, Daniel received a better reaction from the pagan king Nebuchadnezzar than Jeremiah received from those who had been given the Law and the Prophets and the covenant signs.
Nonetheless, while King Nebuchadnezzar was more receptive to Daniel because of the intensity of his fear of the vision he’d received, he still challenged Daniel by asking, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” Daniel testified that the bankruptcy of those who said, “There is no one who can interpret your dream” was matched by the supremacy of the God in heaven Who reveals mysteries about “what is to be.”
This God of heaven continues to send out messengers who have come to us with words of life so that you would sincerely believe and trust in Christ Who was crucified by those who rejected Him, but embraced by those who cherish Him. Therefore, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
Suggestions for prayer
Pray for a readiness to daily take up your cross as you follow Jesus. Praise God for bringing you His Word today. Ask the Lord to open the hearts of those who refuse to embrace Him as their Saviour.
Rev. Norman Van Eeden Petersman is the pastor of the Vancouver Associated Presbyterian Church and he is the husband of Rosanna and father of Elliott. Prior to being ordained in the Associated Presbyterian Church, he was the pastor of Adoration United Reformed Church in Ontario. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
Depression over Lakshadweep area to intensify into a cyclone, move toward Gujarat coast and Pakistan A Pre-Cyclone watch has been issued for the coasts of south Gujarat and Diu after a well-marked LPA concentrated into a Depression over the Lakshadweep area. Heavy rainfall was already reported over areas of Kerala, with the IMD advising fishermen not to sail in the area. Parts of Kerala and Lakshadweep are placed under red alert. Forecast models show the cyclone will continue intensifying over the next 4 days and make landfall over Pakistan on May 19, bringing strong winds and heavy rain.
Space Alien Theorists And The New Age Movement Are Right Now Preparing Post-Rapture Deception That UFOs Caused The Worldwide Disappearance One of the reasons why we are seeing such mass acceptance of UFOs and space aliens at the highest level of world government is because the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church is right now ‘on deck’ and awaiting liftoff. So many things happened at the end of WWII, it was a true paradigm shift. Adolf Hitler, a type of Antichrist, was introduced to the world, the United Nations was formed in fulfillment of Zephaniah 3:8 (KJB), and the Jews were regathered in fulfillment of Jeremiah 29:14 (KJB), and the first space alien UFO made headlines in Roswell.
Pipeline panic is preview of CYBER TAKEDOWN of U.S. infrastructure It now seems obvious that the Colonial Pipeline “cyber attack” was a deep state operation to further disrupt America’s economy and accelerate the engineered collapse. America is under full-blown attack from multiple vectors: Economic, biological weapons (vaccines), political (rigged elections), terraforming / geoengineering, food scarcity, and so on.
How soon before evil Amazon requires a “vaccine passport” to deliver anything to your home, including food? Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, who is now worth over $200 billion, has completely dominated e-commerce for two decades now, and is solely responsible for bankrupting tens of thousands of small-to-mid-sized businesses across America with his online shopping mall monopoly. On Amazon, you can find scum of the earth books and promotional products that promote Antifa, worshipping the devil, pedophilia, and ‘gender fluidity,’ but what you won’t find is anything that exposes the corrupt vaccine industry, and there lies the rub. Amazon literally bans literature about natural remedies while promoting dirty vaccines and chemical medicine that causes cancer and dementia.
Vaccinated People Don’t Have to Wear Masks – Rotter News …The digital vaccine passport system links your medical records to your smartphone. When entering public places, all you need to do is open the app, which will show you have been vaccinated. Number of the Beast anyone? Read the book of Revelation in the Bible and let me know what you think.
(HEALTH IMPACT NEWS) – The CDC released the latest death figures following the experimental COVID injections this week, and that death toll now stands at 4,434 people, adults and children, that have been recorded as dying after receiving one of the experimental COVID injections.
To put this number in perspective, since the CDC continues to claim that these deaths do “not establish a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines,” these deaths now exceed the total number of deaths reported to VAERS following vaccination for the past 21 years!
From 1/1/2000 through 11/30/2020 (the last month before COVID shots were given emergency use) there were 4,394 deaths recorded for a span of 21 years.
(LIFESITE NEWS) – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put employers on notice that should they attempt to require employees to receive injections of experimental COVID-19 gene-therapy vaccines a resulting adverse reaction will be considered “work-related” for which the employer may be held liable.
OSHA released its new guidance on April 20 under a “Frequently Asked Questions” section of its website having to do with COVID-19 safety compliance.
The question asks whether an employer who mandates employees receive these experimental COVID-19 shots is required to record any adverse events as a result of these injections. Such recording requirements of serious work-related injuries and illness may not only leave an employer vulnerable to worker’s compensation claims, but such incidents could also impact the employer’s safety record.
While debates over ‘vaccine passports’ are in full swing all around the world, conservatives have questioned why such a program would be moral and just, comparing with a program to require identification before voting.
“Remember guys: mandating voter ID is unattainable and racist but mandating vaccine ID cards? Not a problem,” tweeted conservative author and commentator Candace Owens on Saturday – echoing the concerns of many others.
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Actually, the debate is a sensitive one not only for the US. Across the ocean, in the UK – where Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also planning to introduce a voter ID system – conservatives made similar arguments, questioning why those in support of vaccine identification were opposed to voter ID laws.
Replying to Owen’s tweet, some liberals argued that the comparison was a form of “gaslighting” and “false equivalency.”
“One is to suppress the vote. The other is to protect people. Pretty simple,”argued one person, while others turned the argument around, asking why conservatives don’t want vaccine passports but are happy with voter ID.
Though there has been a substantial push by billionaires, the media, politicians, and activists alike for a vaccine passport system in the US, the UK, and elsewhere, there has also been huge opposition.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has opposed mandatory vaccine passports for both travel and domestic use and several US governors – including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – have banned them in their states.
The concept of a voter ID system has also been controversial in both the US and UK, with proponents arguing that the lack of an ID requirement leads to voter fraud, and critics arguing such a requirement would suppress voting.
Roughly half of all National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees are refusing to take the COVID vaccines that they are pushing on the rest of us.
The FDA’s Peter Marks admitted that that 40-50 percent of CDC and FDA employees have opted not to take the vaccine during an exchange with Sen. Richard Burr.
NIAID Director Anthony Fauci said the number is about the same for his agency.
Senator Burr asked Fauci, Peter Marks from the FDA, and @CDCDirector what percentage of their own employees are vaccinated.
“Okay, this question I’m gonna go to Dr. Fauci, Dr. Marks, and Dr. Walensky,” Burr asked. “What percentage of employees in [Fauci’s] institute, [Walensky’s] Center, or [Mars’] agency, of your employees, has been vaccinated?”
“You know, I’m not a hundred percent sure, senator, but I think it’s probably a little bit more than half, probably around sixty percent,” Fauci claimed.
“I can’t tell you the exact number, but it’s probably in the same range, some people vaccinated at our facility, and others at, uh, outside of the facility,” Marks added.
“We’re encouraging, um, our employees to get vaccinated, we’ve been doing town halls and education seminars, um, we have, our staff have the option to report their vaccination status but it’s you, un-understand [sic] the federal government is not requiring it so we do not know,” Walensky said, dodging the question.
Prince Harry is still new to North America, and perhaps is still adjusting to some of its customs. For example, the First Amendment, which he dismissed as “bonkers” during a recent interview.
The comments inspired backlash online, with some critics calling for the young prince (who will almost certainly never be king) to “go back to England” in a series of hostile tweets.
During a Thursday appearance on Hollywood actor Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, Prince Harry (who lives in California with wife Meghan Markle and his young son Archie after stepping down from his royal duties) declared: “I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment. I still don’t understand it, but it is bonkers.”
He also lamented the “genetic pain” of growing up a royal, implying that he was “mistreated” by his family, the latest in an unceasing string of criticism that has sparked talk about Harry becoming estranged from the family (he renounced his royal duties before leaving England after his wife engaged in a controversial lawsuit against British tabloids).
The comment elicited a stream of angry tweets.
Hey, go home! We fought a war to get rid of Royals on our soil. No need to understand anything we do. Bye!!
Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw even weighed in, joking that he “just doubled the size of my Independence Day party.”
Moving on, the prince criticized self-made podcast host Joe Rogan for entertaining the notion that young health people don’t need to get the vaccine – something Rogan has apologized for doing, even calling himself “a moron” for sharing the ideas on his podcast.
Harry mused that “in today’s world, with misinformation just endemic,” people have “got to be careful about what comes out of your mouth.” Celebrities like Rogan (who Harry mentioned by name) should just “stay out of it” and “not say anything at all if they don’t have anything useful to say.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have mostly occupied their time in the US with making pointed criticisms of the royal family in interviews like their blockbuster sit down with Oprah.
Given the reaction his comments inspired, Maybe Harry can pitch Netflix on a series where he breaks down and criticizes the Bill of Rights?
GAZA—In an embarrassing blunder on camera, a Middle East reporter for the Associated Press Forgot to remove his green Hamas headband and ski mask before going live to cover Israel’s latest airstrike.
“This is a shocking war crime,” said AP’s foreign correspondent Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Mohammed. “Israel is now blatantly attacking journalists. Behind me is the building that was our Gaza bureau of operations before the evil Jews demolished it. Death to Israel. Allahu Akbar.”
The journalist quickly caught himself and realized he was still wearing his terrorist headgear before frantically ducking out of frame.
“Sorry folks, technical difficulties. As I was saying, Israel and its supporters in the United States have a lot to answer for in the deliberate targeting of the free press.”
He then tried to cut the feed but pressed the wrong button and blew himself up.