Daily Archives: May 27, 2021

Biden’s $6 Trillion Socialist Budget Will Cause Even More Inflation And Even More Shortages — The Economic Collapse

If you are enjoying the ride on the highway to hyperinflation, then you are going to absolutely love Joe Biden’s new budget.  Instead of realizing the mistakes that he has made and reversing course, Biden has decided that now is the time to push the accelerator to the floor.  That means that a lot more inflation is on the way, and I am encouraging all of my readers to do what they can to get prepared for that.  In my latest book, I sound the alarm about what hyperinflation will eventually do to our economy.  We are literally in the process of becoming Venezuela, and most Americans have absolutely no idea how horrific that will be.  In Venezuela today, almost everyone is a millionaire, but just about everyone is also living in poverty because the money is absolutely worthless.  We don’t want to end up like that, but that is the road that we are on.

While he was still in the White House, President Trump’s proposed budget for 2021 was $4.8 trillion.  That is an extremely high number, but Joe Biden’s new budget for 2021 is actually 25 percent larger

The proposal represents a 25 percent increase over what former President Donald Trump proposed in his final budget – in a year that would be upended by the coronavirus.

The spending levels would continue on an upward trajectory, hitting $8.2 trillion at the end of a decade, according to detailed top-line numbers leaked to the New York Times.

I could sit here all day and still probably not be able to come up with sufficient words to describe how insane it would be for the U.S. government to spend 6 trillion dollars in a single year.

According to Biden, his new tax increases will offset part of the new spending, but even his own projections show us running trillion dollar deficits long into the future

The budget would have the nation continue running deficits of more than $1 trillion, a level it already topped with the onset of the pandemic – with estimated annual deficits of $1.3 trillion amid enacted and proposed federal programs.

Of course these sorts of projections are usually way too optimistic.

In my estimation, Biden’s plan would have us facing deficits of at least two trillion dollars per year throughout his presidency and beyond.

We can’t keep doing this to our children and our grandchildren.  Already, borrowing and spending giant mountains of money that we do not have has resulted in the worst stretch of inflation since the Jimmy Carter years of the 1970s.

Larry Summers was the former director of the National Economic Council under Barack Obama, and even he is warning that big time inflation is coming

He told a CoinDesk conference: ‘We’re taking very substantial risks on the inflation side.

‘I think policy is rather overdoing it. The sense of serenity and complacency being projected by the economic policymakers, that this is all something that can easily be managed, is misplaced,’ he added.

When even Larry Summers is sounding the alarm, you know that it must be really late in the game.

As I have detailed in numerous recent articles, prices are absolutely exploding all over the nation right now.  And today we learned that one prominent analyst is claiming that “US inflation data surprises are at their highest in the 20-year history of the series”

As we noted over the weekend, positive US data surprises seem to be normalizing (i.e. the Citi US econ surprise index has flatlined) due to a combination of analysts catching up with the prior stronger pace of growth, and also due to some evidence that the rate of change of US growth is peaking out (JPMorgan disagrees).

However as DB’s equity strategist Parag Thatte points out in his latest positioning piece, US inflation data surprises are at their highest in the 20-year history of the series with the last 10 data points almost ‘off the chart’.

We should be taking emergency measures to get inflation under control, but instead Joe Biden has decided that this is the perfect time for a spending spree.

Inflation is one of the hallmarks of a socialist economy, and another thing that we commonly see in socialist systems are shortages.

At this moment, we are witnessing the most severe shortages that the U.S. has experienced in my entire lifetime.  As I discussed the other day, Bloomberg is reporting that “the world economy is suddenly running low on everything”.

When there are way too many dollars chasing way too few goods and services, it is inevitable that shortages will happen.  And we are being told to expect that some of the shortages will get even worse in the months ahead.  In fact, CNN is telling us to expect very serious gasoline shortages this summer

And that could be the least of the problems for the those taking to the highways for summer vacations. The gas shortages experienced earlier this month when a key pipeline shut down could once again be on the horizon, according to experts.

This time, the squeeze could be triggered by the lack of tank truck drivers to deliver the fuel, and a repeat of panic buying by travelers topping off their tanks.

Meanwhile, economic conditions continue to deteriorate for those at the bottom of the food chain.

Earlier today, an article about current economic conditions in New York City really struck an emotional chord with me…

In Times Square, the most densely tourist-populated place in the United States, a mentally disturbed man known as Mr. Kim begs cops to kill him. ‘I want to die. You have a gun? Shoot,’ he pleads. After the officers demur, he picks up a plank of wood and starts smashing it against the Pele soccer shop.

On Sutton Place, one of the most affluent residential areas in the city, a lone man squats on the sidewalk, intently reading a paperback novel next to a shopping cart that contains his worldly goods. He begs for cash with a sign saying he has lost everything. ‘Trying to survive,’ it adds.

Joe Biden may think that he is going to bring the U.S. economy back to life with all of the borrowing and spending that he is doing, but the truth is that it is just going to make our long-term problems even worse.

Unfortunately, a lot of our long-term problems are rapidly becoming short-term problems, and that is not good news for any of us.

Biden’s $6 Trillion Socialist Budget Will Cause Even More Inflation And Even More Shortages — The Economic Collapse

May 27 Evening Quotes of The Day

Not Forsaken Because You Are Low
Lamentations 3:22–24, 31–33; Deuteronomy 15:7–11; Luke 6:20–22; Hebrews 13:5

God respects you as much in a low as in a high condition, and therefore it need not so much trouble you to be made low. Not only so but, to speak home, he manifests more of his love, grace, and tenderness in the time of affliction than prosperity. As God did not at first choose you because you were high, so he will not forsake you because you are low. Men may look shy upon you, and alter their respects as your condition is altered. When providence has blasted your estates, your summer friends may grow strange, as fearing you may be troublesome to them. But will God do so? No, no!

JOHN FLAVEL

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

Books First, Then Clothes
Proverbs 2:2; 4:7; 16:16; 19:8; 23:23

I have been applying my whole mind to the study of Greek; and as soon as I receive any money I shall first buy Greek authors, and afterwards some clothes.

DESIDERIUS ERASMUS

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

May 27 – The Most High rules the kingdoms of men — Reformed Perspective

That the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men. – Daniel 4:17

Scripture readings: Romans 13:1-7Daniel 4:13-18

Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream is fulfilled soon after he receives it in order to send a message that the LORD is sovereign over all. There is a lesson for us in this as well. We learn, by way of contrast, that the fear of God is truly the beginning of wisdom and the greatest way to escape the foolish pride and arrogance of living in our own strength. Living a self-centred life does not always have the catastrophic consequences that it did for Nebuchadnezzar, but it does result in a drifting away from God and a distancing of oneself from His care and protection.

Who needs protection or mercy if you are strong and right? This is the boast of our own sinful hearts until the Lord intervenes to make us appreciate again how much we need Him in our lives. He appoints kings and councillors and numbers their days. He designates the length of a kingdom’s duration and sets the borders of nations with an authority that our international governing bodies do not possess. Moses, in Psalm 90, reminds us that our regular petition to the LORD should be to, “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

”Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 and “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Let us learn from the LORD how He shows His favour to the lowly and gives grace to the humble who trust and believe in Him!

Suggestions for prayer

Teach us to number our days. Transform our hearts with godly wisdom and contentment. Humble us that we may receive Your grace.

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.

May 27 – The Most High rules the kingdoms of men — Reformed Perspective

More Protestant Churches Closed Than Opened Before Pandemic, Study Shows — Faithwire

More Protestant churches closed than opened in 2019, a trend that is expected to continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which greatly restricted church activity and religious services.

The new LifeWay Research survey, which analyzed church data from across 34 Protestant denominations, found that around 3,000 churches started in 2019, while some 4,500 Protestant congregations closed.

Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, said that, even prior to the pandemic, “the pace of opening new congregations was not even providing enough replacements for those that closed their doors.”

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This is a marked shift from the last time LifeWay compiled similar data in 2014, when there were about 4,000 churches planted and 3,700 closed.

Some of the change, though, can be credited to denominations working to revitalize congregations rather than closing old churches and launching new ones.

“Over the last decade, most denominations have increased the attention they are giving to revive existing congregations that are struggling,” McConnell said. “This has been more than a fad. This has been a response to a real, growing need to revitalize unhealthy congregations.”

Others, like author and church planter Daniel Im, have suggested there is “a growing hesitancy to plant” churches, so the concerning trend isn’t a surprise.

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“Starting a church from scratch is not as it used to be,” Im said, “especially with the rise of Boomer pastors retiring and needing to find a successor.”

Ed Stetzer, who has been part of several church plants and serves as executive director of Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Center, said it’s clear “church planting is slowing, and the number of closures is growing.”

“Yet,” he added, “the opportunity is still before us — people are searching spiritually, and the Gospel is the answer.”

For context, there are somewhere between 320,000 and 350,000 Protestant congregations across the U.S., according to the Religion News Service. So the number of closures in 2019 represents a loss of 1.4%.

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Regardless, McConnell said, there is still “a need for new churches to share the Gospel with everyone.”

This study comes on the heels of new data suggesting only 6% of American adults hold to a truly “biblical worldview.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said every Christian “can and should obtain a biblical worldview, which is only achieved when a person believes that the Bible is true, authoritative, and then taught how it is applicable to every area of life, which enables them to live out those beliefs.”

More Protestant Churches Closed Than Opened Before Pandemic, Study Shows — Faithwire

Millennials & Gen Z Are Leaving Church. What Can We Do? — The Faithlife Blog

Millennials and Gen Z are weighing heavy on pastors’ hearts these days. 

According to Barna, 

When presented with a list of possible challenges facing their church today, half of Protestant pastors note that “reaching a younger audience” (51%) is a major issue for their ministry. Just over one-third of pastors (34%) marks this statement as a top three concern for their church, with 12% noting it as the top concern.1

And it’s no wonder millennials and Gen Z are causing concern. The statistics you’ll read below are unignorable.

In short, millions of young people are missing the vital community and discipleship the Church provides. The Church’s reach is being limited, too, as younger generations are investing their time, money, and energy elsewhere.

What can be done?

Let’s dive deeper with questions, answers, and actions that make the biggest impact.

Who are millennials? 

According to Pew Research, millennials are anyone born between 1981 and 1996. Yes, that’s right—they can be as old as 38!2 There’s even a smaller group of “geriatric millennials,” those born between 1980 and 1985, who can be more adept at working with both Gen Z and older generations.3 

The millennial stereotype, in fact, more closely resembles Gen Z. 

Who are Gen Z?

Pew Research says Generation Z includes anyone born in 1997 or later.4 Springtide Research Institute agrees, putting Generation Z at ages 13–25 in their report The State of Religion & Young People 2020.5

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Millennials are leaving church

According to The Kaleidoscope Effect: What Emerging Generations Seek in Leaders

Whereas 85% of the silent generation (born 1928–1945) call themselves Christians, just 56% of today’s younger Millennials (born 1990–1996) do the same, even though the vast majority (about 8 in 10) was raised in religious homes. Over the past 70 years, each successive generation has included fewer and fewer Christians, and the overwhelming majority of the Christians remaining today are over the age of 35.6

Why Millennials Are Skipping Church and Not Going Back shares more about the rapid decrease in millennials at church:

The drop-off has been most pronounced among people ages 23 to 38. In 2019, roughly two-thirds attend worship services “a few times a year” or less, and 4 in 10 say they seldom or never go. A decade ago, it was more than half and only 3 in 10, respectively.7

Gen Z are leaving church

According to Springtide Research’s The State of Religion and Young People report, “Nearly 40% of young people ages 13–25 indicate that they are unaffiliated, whether agnostic, atheist, or ‘nothing in particular.’”8 

The Nones: Where They Come From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going gives additional insight: 

More people are entering adulthood without a religious affiliation, and they become more likely to stay a none as they age. To put a fine point on this, nearly a third of people who were born between 1990 and 1994 had no religious affiliation between the ages of eight and thirty-five.9

And even when the younger generation is in church, they’re not embracing Christianity. 

Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: 5 Views presents another statistic that all pastors, parents, and church leaders should know:

Depending on how you interpret teens’ “commitment” to church or the Christian faith in the first place, between 50% and 88% of those teens are leaving the church by the end of their first year in college. Other research, however, has shown that this departure from the church happens before they hit college; college is simply the release point of freedom from the faith of their parents.10

 How to engage millennials & Gen Z in church

1. Take a hopeful view

Church events may not be as well attended, and the pews may not be as full on Sundays. But the world isn’t the same as it was before the internet—or COVID. 

While you can’t see the Spirit moving during a live streamed service, he still is. While someone texting their small group leader doesn’t feel as significant as a small group meeting together at church, it still makes a meaningful difference. 

And while much data doesn’t look good, some presents encouraging news. In The Nones, Ryan Burge shares that “while nearly 1 in 4 Americans no longer affiliates with religion, just 1 in 10 Americans does not believe God exists.”11 

The Church can step in and introduce him using methods old and new.

2. Focus on the opportunity

Skye Jethani, pastor and cohost of the Holy Post podcast, understands pastors’ frustrations—but also sees how much opportunity there is to reach young people today. 

He said in his interview with sociologist and Springtide Research Executive Director Dr. Josh Packard:

In my interactions with a lot of church leaders . . . they’re pulling their hair out, and especially during COVID as their institutions are largely empty, they’re pulling their hair out in frustration about “Where are the young people? Why aren’t they coming? The Church is dying.” 

And in the other part of my existence I’m engaging with a lot of these younger people, just in relationship or . . .  casual engagements or whatever and I’m seeing what I consider the generation that’s most ripe for religious engagement for spiritual awakening, and the fact that their instinct is not to darken the door of a church to find that is what’s upsetting. . . . Is our mission to maintain this institution, or is our mission to engage these young people where they are? And that’s I think the conflict that a lot of church leaders are having.12

Packard responded with, “You can save the institution and engage young people both.” 

Since Christ founded the Church and gave us the Great Commission, this comes as no surprise! Even if the Church needs to adopt a new perspective and new methods to reach new generations, it can still spread the eternal message. 

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3. Prioritize relationships over programs

Gen Z does not trust institutions—including churches. In fact, they give churches a 4.9 out of 10 on their level of trust.13 So if you build a church event, for instance, they more than likely will not come. 

Millennials and Gen Z aren’t looking for programs. They’re looking for relationships. 

And many are not finding them when it comes to church leadership.

When Springtide Research surveyed young people after the first COVID lockdown, only 2% of Gen Z said that a religious leader had checked in to see how they were, even though 40%–50% were connected with a church.14

Does that sound like churches are prioritizing relationships?

Gen Z is lukewarm about religion, but open to relationships, study shows summarizes the critical next step for churches: 

The challenge for religious organizations is to pivot with the times—to stop evaluating their success based on how many young people show up for a pizza party and start establishing small-scale mentoring relationships between committed religious adults and young people who want to have religious conversations.15

4. Understand what’s on their minds

Isn’t it so much easier to connect with someone when you know “what makes them tick”?

Longtime youth pastor Scott Chrostek shares that insight in The Kaleidoscope Effect

The questions the younger generations ask themselves are:

1) Who am I?

2) Why am I here?

3) What am I supposed to do with my life?

. . .

These three questions reside at the core of the emerging generations’ thinking. Embedded within the younger population is a driving concern for purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. These are the substantive questions that fuel everything they do. Their answers to these questions shape their life decisions about work, school, family, friends, where they live, what they buy, and ultimately, what they choose to do with their life.16

5. Understand what they need

Even though young people crave meaningful relationships, Springtide’s study found that:

  • “more than 25% of young people ages 13–25 [tell] us they have one or fewer adult mentors in their lives”17
  • “69% have 3 or fewer meaningful interactions in a regular day”18

Let those stats sink in for a minute. 

Now look at the incredible difference having an adult mentor makes:

  • “Nearly 70% of those who have at least one mentor report that their life has meaning and purpose.” That’s 20% higher than those who don’t have a mentor, and the number keeps rising the more mentors a young person has.19 

Religion News sums up more of the report’s findings:

They [Gen Z] also respond to “relational authority,” which means authority that is not based on hierarchy or titles so much as a genuine interest in young people as individuals. Four in five Gen Z members surveyed said they were likely to take guidance from adults who care about them.20

Who from your church can provide those meaningful interactions, build those relationships, and help young people grasp the purpose God has for them?

It doesn’t have to be just the youth pastor. 

In fact, it shouldn’t be. It’s impossible for one person to build strong relationships with every teen unless your church is very small. 

Building these relationships is worth the effort, as Chap Clark shares firsthand from his experience as a teen in Youth Ministry in the 21st Century:

At the end of the day, like every other teenager, what I really needed was security and significance. This security comes from the message that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:39). It was this gospel reality that helped me realize that I didn’t need an earthly father because I had a heavenly one. And my new Father would never leave me nor forsake me. This youth ministry provided mentors in my life who became my spiritual fathers and mothers. They poured into me and told me again and again that I was lavishly loved by God. This theological security that burst forth from the gospel saved me from a floundering, wasted, and potentially crime-ridden life.21

6. Understand how they like to communicate

According to Pew Research, “95% of 13- to 17-year-olds have access to a smartphone, and a similar share (97%) use at least one of seven major online platforms. . . . Some 45% of teens say they are online ‘almost constantly,’ and an additional 44% say they’re online several times a day.”22

That means . . . your church needs to be online and on social media. 

It doesn’t mean you only have to be on social media, though:

I think the right lesson here would probably be to think that I can’t do effective ministry without technology. . . . It should be a gateway and a bridge to actually having conversation. —Josh Packard23

And part of those conversations should take place through texting. Almost 75% of Gen Z would rather text than talk on the phone.24 

Building relationships won’t end with texting because so much of communication is nonverbal—sometimes we need tone of voice and facial expressions—but it’s a good place to start. For example, even texting “Hey, can I call you in a few minutes?” before making a phone call helps open the door to conversation.

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7. Provide the kind of leadership that resonates

Scott Chrostek shares in The Kaleidoscope Effect:

The emerging generation wants to be seen and treated as unique, to be engaged right where they are, to have opportunities for immediate participation, and to have their participation translate in very relevant and tangible ways.

This is what they’re craving. However, in order to ever find these things, they must have a leader they respect and trust who will galvanize them to action. To this end, I have found that the emerging generation has some very specific opinions about who that leader needs to be.25

What are they?

The Kaleidoscope Effect goes on to list the 15 key leadership traits church leaders must possess to connect with millennials:

  • Authenticity 
  • Humility 
  • Vulnerability 
  • Listening 
  • Empathy
  • Relatability
  • Vision 
  • Passion 
  • Communication 
  • Spirituality 
  • Optimism 
  • Discipline 
  • Determination 
  • Team Player/Collaboration 
  • Integrity26

Dr. Packard echoed the need for authenticity, vulnerability, listening, and empathy in his podcast interview. He said that most young people don’t feel listened to and suggested leaders tell a story from their own youth, then invite the young person to share a story of their own.27 

As the old saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

8. Reveal answers from the Bible—& show how to find them

Pew Research says Gen Z “are on track to be the most well-educated generation yet.” But all the education in the world doesn’t matter if they don’t know their Bibles. The Bible is the only book that is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12).

It’s the only thing that can be a lamp to their feet and a light to their path (Ps 119:105).

In Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: 5 Views, Brian Cosby attributes younger generations leaving church in large part to “the drive to elevate experience over biblical teaching and ministry.” He draws out that more and more money in youth ministry is spent on entertainment elements, pizza parties, and game nights—but that’s not what changes lives.28

So teach your young people how to study the Bible. Disciple in person, and take advantage of digital discipleship, too. 

9. Share your church’s vision—& invite help to accomplish it

Chrostek shares in The Kaleidoscope Effect:

The emerging generations . . . possess a keen sense of vision. 

These visionaries are in need of valued relationships with people who find life in “getting things done.” The emerging generations need the influence and mentorship of the generations that have gone before. The question I pose to people of older generations is, “Are you willing to help them, join them in their vision, and collaborate to make change happen?” 

This vision and imagination needs to be matched with freedom and flexibility to own, shape, and express it in both the what and how of church life and ministry. They need leaders who not only provide the opportunities, but also help them do it.29

As a millennial myself (though an older one), I can attest to the fact that we want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves in a tangible way. We want to see how we can make a difference—and then have a part in making that difference.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Prov 29:18 KJV)

10. Eliminate barriers

We’ve talked about eliminating barriers like a mistrust of institutions and a lack of vision, but there are also practical barriers to tear down before you can best reach the millennials and Gen Z at your church.

  • Take care of the nuts and bolts—establish all your communication methods. Do you have texting, emailing, and video chat at your church? What about an online church group?
  • Gather resources for digital discipleship. Do you have Bibles, commentaries, devotionals, video Bible courses, and small group studies for your members to use? (This is a huge part of the mentorship piece. You may have people who’d be more than willing to mentor and disciple but don’t feel they have the time to prepare to teach the Bible. Giving them the tools helps remove that concern.)
  • Eliminate as many unnecessary tasks as you can so you have more time to minister. Prioritize, delegate, and get help from your church software. How? Take a look at Faithlife Equip.It includes all the apps and discipleship resources your church needs in one seamless platform—with one login and one bill.

***

I’ll leave you with parting words from Justin Wise in The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication:

What if, like St. Paul, Luther, McPherson, Graham, Cynthia Ware, Bishop Michael Hanson, and Shaun King, we seize the technological opportunities in front of us and make an impact far greater than we could ever imagine?

What if we truly believed the charge we received in the garden of Eden? To be co-creators with God, partnering with him to change and shape reality with the tools he brings us. . . .

 What if we blazed new trails online instead of following the hard-packed paths?

 What if we chose to be simple, absurd, and lived in a way that caused people to ask questions?

What if people who don’t know Jesus could come to know him because his church knew how to speak the language of the culture they’re called to serve?30

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Millennials and Gen Z are weighing heavy on pastors’ hearts these days. 

According to Barna, 

When presented with a list of possible challenges facing their church today, half of Protestant pastors note that “reaching a younger audience” (51%) is a major issue for their ministry. Just over one-third of pastors (34%) marks this statement as a top three concern for their church, with 12% noting it as the top concern.1

And it’s no wonder millennials and Gen Z are causing concern. The statistics you’ll read below are unignorable.

In short, millions of young people are missing the vital community and discipleship the Church provides. The Church’s reach is being limited, too, as younger generations are investing their time, money, and energy elsewhere.

What can be done?

Let’s dive deeper with questions, answers, and actions that make the biggest impact.

Who are millennials? 

According to Pew Research, millennials are anyone born between 1981 and 1996. Yes, that’s right—they can be as old as 38!2 There’s even a smaller group of “geriatric millennials,” those born between 1980 and 1985, who can be more adept at working with both Gen Z and older generations.3 

The millennial stereotype, in fact, more closely resembles Gen Z. 

Who are Gen Z?

Pew Research says Generation Z includes anyone born in 1997 or later.4 Springtide Research Institute agrees, putting Generation Z at ages 13–25 in their report The State of Religion & Young People 2020.5

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Millennials are leaving church

According to The Kaleidoscope Effect: What Emerging Generations Seek in Leaders

Whereas 85% of the silent generation (born 1928–1945) call themselves Christians, just 56% of today’s younger Millennials (born 1990–1996) do the same, even though the vast majority (about 8 in 10) was raised in religious homes. Over the past 70 years, each successive generation has included fewer and fewer Christians, and the overwhelming majority of the Christians remaining today are over the age of 35.6

Why Millennials Are Skipping Church and Not Going Back shares more about the rapid decrease in millennials at church:

The drop-off has been most pronounced among people ages 23 to 38. In 2019, roughly two-thirds attend worship services “a few times a year” or less, and 4 in 10 say they seldom or never go. A decade ago, it was more than half and only 3 in 10, respectively.7

Gen Z are leaving church

According to Springtide Research’s The State of Religion and Young People report, “Nearly 40% of young people ages 13–25 indicate that they are unaffiliated, whether agnostic, atheist, or ‘nothing in particular.’”8 

The Nones: Where They Come From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going gives additional insight: 

More people are entering adulthood without a religious affiliation, and they become more likely to stay a none as they age. To put a fine point on this, nearly a third of people who were born between 1990 and 1994 had no religious affiliation between the ages of eight and thirty-five.9

And even when the younger generation is in church, they’re not embracing Christianity. 

Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: 5 Views presents another statistic that all pastors, parents, and church leaders should know:

Depending on how you interpret teens’ “commitment” to church or the Christian faith in the first place, between 50% and 88% of those teens are leaving the church by the end of their first year in college. Other research, however, has shown that this departure from the church happens before they hit college; college is simply the release point of freedom from the faith of their parents.10

 How to engage millennials & Gen Z in church

1. Take a hopeful view

Church events may not be as well attended, and the pews may not be as full on Sundays. But the world isn’t the same as it was before the internet—or COVID. 

While you can’t see the Spirit moving during a live streamed service, he still is. While someone texting their small group leader doesn’t feel as significant as a small group meeting together at church, it still makes a meaningful difference. 

And while much data doesn’t look good, some presents encouraging news. In The Nones, Ryan Burge shares that “while nearly 1 in 4 Americans no longer affiliates with religion, just 1 in 10 Americans does not believe God exists.”11 

The Church can step in and introduce him using methods old and new.

2. Focus on the opportunity

Skye Jethani, pastor and cohost of the Holy Post podcast, understands pastors’ frustrations—but also sees how much opportunity there is to reach young people today. 

He said in his interview with sociologist and Springtide Research Executive Director Dr. Josh Packard:

In my interactions with a lot of church leaders . . . they’re pulling their hair out, and especially during COVID as their institutions are largely empty, they’re pulling their hair out in frustration about “Where are the young people? Why aren’t they coming? The Church is dying.” 

And in the other part of my existence I’m engaging with a lot of these younger people, just in relationship or . . .  casual engagements or whatever and I’m seeing what I consider the generation that’s most ripe for religious engagement for spiritual awakening, and the fact that their instinct is not to darken the door of a church to find that is what’s upsetting. . . . Is our mission to maintain this institution, or is our mission to engage these young people where they are? And that’s I think the conflict that a lot of church leaders are having.12

Packard responded with, “You can save the institution and engage young people both.” 

Since Christ founded the Church and gave us the Great Commission, this comes as no surprise! Even if the Church needs to adopt a new perspective and new methods to reach new generations, it can still spread the eternal message. 

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3. Prioritize relationships over programs

Gen Z does not trust institutions—including churches. In fact, they give churches a 4.9 out of 10 on their level of trust.13 So if you build a church event, for instance, they more than likely will not come. 

Millennials and Gen Z aren’t looking for programs. They’re looking for relationships. 

And many are not finding them when it comes to church leadership.

When Springtide Research surveyed young people after the first COVID lockdown, only 2% of Gen Z said that a religious leader had checked in to see how they were, even though 40%–50% were connected with a church.14

Does that sound like churches are prioritizing relationships?

Gen Z is lukewarm about religion, but open to relationships, study shows summarizes the critical next step for churches: 

The challenge for religious organizations is to pivot with the times—to stop evaluating their success based on how many young people show up for a pizza party and start establishing small-scale mentoring relationships between committed religious adults and young people who want to have religious conversations.15

4. Understand what’s on their minds

Isn’t it so much easier to connect with someone when you know “what makes them tick”?

Longtime youth pastor Scott Chrostek shares that insight in The Kaleidoscope Effect

The questions the younger generations ask themselves are:

1) Who am I?

2) Why am I here?

3) What am I supposed to do with my life?

. . .

These three questions reside at the core of the emerging generations’ thinking. Embedded within the younger population is a driving concern for purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. These are the substantive questions that fuel everything they do. Their answers to these questions shape their life decisions about work, school, family, friends, where they live, what they buy, and ultimately, what they choose to do with their life.16

5. Understand what they need

Even though young people crave meaningful relationships, Springtide’s study found that:

  • “more than 25% of young people ages 13–25 [tell] us they have one or fewer adult mentors in their lives”17
  • “69% have 3 or fewer meaningful interactions in a regular day”18

Let those stats sink in for a minute. 

Now look at the incredible difference having an adult mentor makes:

  • “Nearly 70% of those who have at least one mentor report that their life has meaning and purpose.” That’s 20% higher than those who don’t have a mentor, and the number keeps rising the more mentors a young person has.19 

Religion News sums up more of the report’s findings:

They [Gen Z] also respond to “relational authority,” which means authority that is not based on hierarchy or titles so much as a genuine interest in young people as individuals. Four in five Gen Z members surveyed said they were likely to take guidance from adults who care about them.20

Who from your church can provide those meaningful interactions, build those relationships, and help young people grasp the purpose God has for them?

It doesn’t have to be just the youth pastor. 

In fact, it shouldn’t be. It’s impossible for one person to build strong relationships with every teen unless your church is very small. 

Building these relationships is worth the effort, as Chap Clark shares firsthand from his experience as a teen in Youth Ministry in the 21st Century:

At the end of the day, like every other teenager, what I really needed was security and significance. This security comes from the message that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:39). It was this gospel reality that helped me realize that I didn’t need an earthly father because I had a heavenly one. And my new Father would never leave me nor forsake me. This youth ministry provided mentors in my life who became my spiritual fathers and mothers. They poured into me and told me again and again that I was lavishly loved by God. This theological security that burst forth from the gospel saved me from a floundering, wasted, and potentially crime-ridden life.21

6. Understand how they like to communicate

According to Pew Research, “95% of 13- to 17-year-olds have access to a smartphone, and a similar share (97%) use at least one of seven major online platforms. . . . Some 45% of teens say they are online ‘almost constantly,’ and an additional 44% say they’re online several times a day.”22

That means . . . your church needs to be online and on social media. 

It doesn’t mean you only have to be on social media, though:

I think the right lesson here would probably be to think that I can’t do effective ministry without technology. . . . It should be a gateway and a bridge to actually having conversation. —Josh Packard23

And part of those conversations should take place through texting. Almost 75% of Gen Z would rather text than talk on the phone.24 

Building relationships won’t end with texting because so much of communication is nonverbal—sometimes we need tone of voice and facial expressions—but it’s a good place to start. For example, even texting “Hey, can I call you in a few minutes?” before making a phone call helps open the door to conversation.

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7. Provide the kind of leadership that resonates

Scott Chrostek shares in The Kaleidoscope Effect:

The emerging generation wants to be seen and treated as unique, to be engaged right where they are, to have opportunities for immediate participation, and to have their participation translate in very relevant and tangible ways.

This is what they’re craving. However, in order to ever find these things, they must have a leader they respect and trust who will galvanize them to action. To this end, I have found that the emerging generation has some very specific opinions about who that leader needs to be.25

What are they?

The Kaleidoscope Effect goes on to list the 15 key leadership traits church leaders must possess to connect with millennials:

  • Authenticity 
  • Humility 
  • Vulnerability 
  • Listening 
  • Empathy
  • Relatability
  • Vision 
  • Passion 
  • Communication 
  • Spirituality 
  • Optimism 
  • Discipline 
  • Determination 
  • Team Player/Collaboration 
  • Integrity26

Dr. Packard echoed the need for authenticity, vulnerability, listening, and empathy in his podcast interview. He said that most young people don’t feel listened to and suggested leaders tell a story from their own youth, then invite the young person to share a story of their own.27 

As the old saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

8. Reveal answers from the Bible—& show how to find them

Pew Research says Gen Z “are on track to be the most well-educated generation yet.” But all the education in the world doesn’t matter if they don’t know their Bibles. The Bible is the only book that is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12).

It’s the only thing that can be a lamp to their feet and a light to their path (Ps 119:105).

In Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: 5 Views, Brian Cosby attributes younger generations leaving church in large part to “the drive to elevate experience over biblical teaching and ministry.” He draws out that more and more money in youth ministry is spent on entertainment elements, pizza parties, and game nights—but that’s not what changes lives.28

So teach your young people how to study the Bible. Disciple in person, and take advantage of digital discipleship, too. 

9. Share your church’s vision—& invite help to accomplish it

Chrostek shares in The Kaleidoscope Effect:

The emerging generations . . . possess a keen sense of vision. 

These visionaries are in need of valued relationships with people who find life in “getting things done.” The emerging generations need the influence and mentorship of the generations that have gone before. The question I pose to people of older generations is, “Are you willing to help them, join them in their vision, and collaborate to make change happen?” 

This vision and imagination needs to be matched with freedom and flexibility to own, shape, and express it in both the what and how of church life and ministry. They need leaders who not only provide the opportunities, but also help them do it.29

As a millennial myself (though an older one), I can attest to the fact that we want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves in a tangible way. We want to see how we can make a difference—and then have a part in making that difference.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Prov 29:18 KJV)

10. Eliminate barriers

We’ve talked about eliminating barriers like a mistrust of institutions and a lack of vision, but there are also practical barriers to tear down before you can best reach the millennials and Gen Z at your church.

  • Take care of the nuts and bolts—establish all your communication methods. Do you have texting, emailing, and video chat at your church? What about an online church group?
  • Gather resources for digital discipleship. Do you have Bibles, commentaries, devotionals, video Bible courses, and small group studies for your members to use? (This is a huge part of the mentorship piece. You may have people who’d be more than willing to mentor and disciple but don’t feel they have the time to prepare to teach the Bible. Giving them the tools helps remove that concern.)
  • Eliminate as many unnecessary tasks as you can so you have more time to minister. Prioritize, delegate, and get help from your church software. How? Take a look at Faithlife Equip.It includes all the apps and discipleship resources your church needs in one seamless platform—with one login and one bill.

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I’ll leave you with parting words from Justin Wise in The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication:

What if, like St. Paul, Luther, McPherson, Graham, Cynthia Ware, Bishop Michael Hanson, and Shaun King, we seize the technological opportunities in front of us and make an impact far greater than we could ever imagine?

What if we truly believed the charge we received in the garden of Eden? To be co-creators with God, partnering with him to change and shape reality with the tools he brings us. . . .

 What if we blazed new trails online instead of following the hard-packed paths?

 What if we chose to be simple, absurd, and lived in a way that caused people to ask questions?

What if people who don’t know Jesus could come to know him because his church knew how to speak the language of the culture they’re called to serve?30

Faithlife helps pastors, church leaders, and volunteers serve congregations and communities. It makes it easy to communicate with people in the way they prefer (e.g., email, text), and it helps churches build digital discipleship pathways that meet people where they are. Find out more today

Millennials & Gen Z Are Leaving Church. What Can We Do? — The Faithlife Blog

A Trustworthy Name — VCY America

I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. (Zephaniah 3:12)

When true religion is ready to die out among the wealthy it finds a home among the poor of this world, rich in faith. The Lord has even now His faithful remnant. Am I one of them?

Perhaps it is because men are afflicted and poor that they learn to trust in the name of the Lord. He that hath no money must try what he can do on trust. He whose own name is good for nothing in his own esteem, acts wisely to rest in another name, even that best of names, the name of Jehovah. God will always have a trusting people, and these will be an afflicted and poor people. Little as the world thinks of them, their being left in the midst of a nation is the channel of untold blessings to it. Here we have the conserving salt which keeps in check the corruption which is in the world through lust.

Again the question comes home to each one of us. Am I one of them? Am I afflicted by the sin within me and around me? Am I poor in spirit, poor spiritually in my own judgment? Do I trust in the Lord? This is the main business. Jesus reveals the name, the character, the person of God; am I trusting in Him? If so, I am left in this world for a purpose. Lord, help me to fulfill it.

A Trustworthy Name — VCY America

When You Don’t Know What to Pray — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Have you ever been so burdened by a problem that you say “I just don’t even know what to pray?” When the circumstances of life seem too big or complex to comprehend, shift your focus to who God is by praying God’s character.

For every circumstance I believe and proclaim…

God is sovereign. All authority and all power is His. Mathew 28:18.

Nothing takes Him by surprise. All circumstances serve Him. God knows the end from the beginning. Psalm 119:91, Isaiah 46:9-10.

His word is forever settled in heaven. Psalms 119:89.

God does all things for our good and His glory, to conform us to be like Jesus. Romans 8:28-29

The blood of Jesus covers all circumstances, people, places, and times. The One who did not spare His own Son will freely give us all His best.  Romans 8:31-32.

God is for us and nothing can separate us from His love. That was settled on the cross. Romans 8:35-39.

God’s loving kindness never ceases. His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23.

God supplies all our needs by His riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19.

God knows and cares. The very hairs of our head are numbered. Mathew 10:30.

He is God of all comfort and Father of mercies. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

God is able to supply His abundant grace to us, so that in all things, at all times, we have all His sufficient grace we need for strength, encouragement, and hope. 2 Corinthians 9:8.

God is able to show His perfect power in our weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

We can know with certainty that He is able to guard what we have entrusted to Him.  2 Timothy 1:12.

He is our strength, our shield, our strong tower, our refuge, our hope, our joy, our peace, our all. Psalm 18:1-3Colossians 3:11b.

God renews our strength as we wait on Him. Isaiah 40:31.

God promises that He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He is with us, a very present help. Hebrews 13:5-6, Psalm 46:1.

God never goes back on a promise. Joshua 21:45.

God has a heart that tears can touch and invites us to climb up in the Father’s lap and cry. Hebrews 4:15, Psalm 56:8.

God gives gladness instead of mourning and praise instead of fainting. Weeping endures for a night, but He gives joy that comes in the morning. Isaiah 61:3, Psalm 30:5. 

God is enthroned on the praises of His children. Psalm 22:3.

When we lift God up continually in a sacrifice of praise, we glorify Him in this situation in the here-and-­now. John 12:28a.

Father, glorify Yourself this hour. John 12:28

By Sylvia Gunter
Used by Permission
From: For The Family (1994)

Further Reading

•  Life Can Bring Joy out of Sorrow by Norma Becker
•  Fully Surrender to the Lord
•  Salvation Explained

When You Don’t Know What to Pray — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

May 27 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Nobody Could Invent Jesus
Luke 1:2; 2 Peter 1:16

Who among his disciples, or among their proselytes, was capable of inventing the sayings ascribed to Jesus, or of imagining the life and character revealed in the Gospels? Certainly not the fishermen of Galilee; as certainly not St. Paul, whose character and idiosyncrasies were of a totally different sort; still less the early Christian writers, in whom nothing is more evident than that the good which was in them was all derived, as they always professed that it was derived, from the higher source.

JOHN STUART MILL

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

We Must Pray Constantly and Fervently
Isaiah 64:4; Matthew 7:7; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

To occupy oneself in prayer outside the allotted time is an act of spiritual providence; to pray at the appointed hour carries with it the merit of obedience; to allow the time of prayer to go by unheeded is an act of negligence. Our prayer should be the more frequent as we possess a clearer knowledge of its value. Constantly and fervently must we pray, because through this means God promises us immense blessings.

HUGH OF ST. VICTOR

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

27 May 2021 News Briefing

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Taliban warns nearby nations against hosting US military after withdrawal
The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday warned nearby nations against allowing the United States to use their territory for operations in the country after they withdraw from Afghanistan. As foreign forces withdraw troops by President Joe Biden’s announced deadline of Sept. 11, experts and diplomats have speculated that Washington’s future role in the region could include bases in nearby countries, especially Pakistan.

Amazon faces anti-trust lawsuit in US capital for unfair trade practices
E-commerce company Amazon is being sued by the office of the Attorney General of Washington, DC, for reportedly using its dominant market position to stifle competition from other platforms, such as eBay, Walmart and even the websites of third-party sellers. The company’s anti-competitive practices have raised prices for consumers, Karl Racine, the attorney general for Washington, DC, said. “Amazon has used its dominant position in the online retail market to win at all costs.

Alaska’s Great Sitkin volcano unleashes major eruption, sending ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air
In the early hours of Wednesday morning (GMT), Alaska’s Great Sitkin volcano erupted … “Since that explosion, seismicity has decreased and satellite images show that the ash cloud has detached from the vent and is moving towards the east. “Additional explosions are possible and the Aviation Color Code remains at RED and the Volcano Alert Level at WARNING.”

Taiwan foreign minister warns Xi Jinping’s army ‘is preparing for war’
Taiwan’s foreign minister has warned China is “preparing for war” as the island country braces itself for future conflict. Joseph Wu said Beijing has been trying to “cut off” Taiwan from the world with military actions and international pressure.

Biden’s Asia Czar Says Era of Engagement With Xi’s China Is Over
“The period that was broadly described as engagement has come to an end,” U.S. policy toward China will now operate under a “new set of strategic parameters,” Campbell said, adding that “the dominant paradigm is going to be competition.”

Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds Say Politics Influenced Fauci’s COVID Decisions
65 percent of voters believe political considerations have influenced Fauci’s decisions and public statements about the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released on Wednesday. This includes 40% who think political considerations have had much influence on Fauci

Quinnipiac Poll: GOP Majority Want Third Trump Presidential Campaign
A new Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday found that 66 percent of Republicans want former President Donald Trump to make a third run for the White House. That number also mirrors the 66 percent of Republicans that believe the 2020 election was “stolen” by President Joe Biden and the Democrats. “The numbers fly in the face of any predictions that Donald Trump’s political future is in decline,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said.

IAEA director admits an Iranian nuclear weapon “inevitable”
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi told the Financial Times that while most of the measures taken by Iran since the United States unilaterally exited the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018 could be reversed, the level of research and development that has taken place since then is an “issue.”

Hamas boasts of digging up water pipes to make rockets while US sends them money for more
A recent video from the al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ military wing) shows them digging up water pipes in Gaza and using them to manufacture rockets to be fired at Israeli cities. This comes at a time when Gazans are already suffering water shortages and though the US has pledged to help rebuild the infrastructure of Gaza, the State Department admitted they are unsure that the humanitarian aid will not be usurped for terrorism.

Ancient amulet bearing the Divine Name and intended to ward off demons turned over to Israel 40 years after discovery
The amulet is a necklace pendant made of bronze. The obverse bears the figure of a rider on a galloping horse. The rider’s head is encircled with a halo and he thrusts a spear down toward a female figure lying on her back. Engraved in a semicircle above the rider is a Greek inscription that reads: ‘The One God who Conquers Evil’.

Solar eclipse in June: Warning the enemies of Israel that the Redemption has already begun
In a few weeks, a solar eclipse, a warning to the nations in Jewish tradition, will come with a specific message. One of the most prominent mystics in Israel today declared that the message is clear: the final redemption has already begun. It is interesting to note that in a paper published in the scientific journal Astronomy and Geophysics in 2017, researchers from England’s Cambridge University confirmed a theory that Joshua’s miraculous ‘stopping of the sun’ during a battle to allow the Israelites more time to defeat their enemies was actually an annular solar eclipse identical to the one that will appear in June.

UNHRC to call for arms embargo against Israel along with war crimes probe
The United Nations Human Rights Council is set to vote Thursday on a resolution that would call for an arms embargo against Israel and would create a permanent fact finding commission to investigate it for war crimes against Palestinians. If approved at Thursday “special session” the 47-member UNHRC the “commission of inquiry’ would begin looking at incidents that occurred both before and after April 13, 2021.

Ireland becomes first EU state to accuse Israel of ‘de-facto annexation’
Ireland’s Parliament unanimously approved a resolution condemning “de facto annexation” in the West Bank with government support on Wednesday night, while voting down a motion to expel Israel’s ambassador. The motion against Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria was an initiative of opposition party Sinn Féin, which has long taken an anti-Israel position…

Egypt invites Israel and Hamas for direct talks in Cairo, Israel accepts
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday that the latest developments between Israelis and Palestinians reaffirmed the need for direct talks between the two sides with Washington’s involvement. Egypt invited Israel and Gaza to Cairo to discuss the return of captives and the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip, Kan News reported.

Mild coronavirus infection leaves behind lasting antibody protection, research suggests
Even a mild case of coronavirus could leave people with lifelong protection against the virus, a new study suggests, with researchers calling previous reports that immunity was not long-lived following infection “a misinterpretation of the data”…While antibody levels in the blood…did drop quickly in the first few months before mostly leveling off, some antibodies were detectable even 11 months after infection.

DR Congo: Thousands flee Goma after second volcano warning
Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo over fears of another volcano eruption. Local authorities have said Mount Nyiragongo could erupt once again with little warning. The volcano, located 10km (six miles) from Goma, erupted over the weekend, killing 32 people and leaving thousands homeless, according to the UN.

Hong Kong electoral reform: LegCo passes ‘patriots’ law
Hong Kong has passed a controversial electoral reform law, aimed at keeping people China deems “unpatriotic” from positions of political power. The reform will allow a pro-China panel to vet and elect candidates, reducing democratic representation. Critics warn it is designed to remove all opposition from the city’s parliament, allowing Beijing to tighten its control over Hong Kong.

U.S. drivers to get hit by soaring pump prices over Memorial Day holiday
U.S. motorists will see the highest gasoline prices in seven years when they hit the roads this Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer driving season, as fuel demand surges alongside coronavirus vaccination rates. Retail gasoline prices are at about $3.04 a gallon on average nationwide, the most expensive since 2014, data from the American Automobile Association showed.

Qatar pledges $500m for Gaza reconstruction
Qatar has pledged $500m to reconstruction in the besieged Gaza Strip, the Gulf state’s foreign minister announced, following a ceasefire that ended the worst fighting in years between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the coastal territory. “The state of Qatar announces $500 million in support for the reconstruction of Gaza,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Black Death victims vomiting blood as death toll on the rise in African nation
At least 11 people have died in an outbreak of the Black Death in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports say. People are being urged to wear masks and staying away from corpses amid the surge in the deadly disease which caused the most fatal pandemic in history. Near-daily deaths with at least 15 cases of the bubonic plague have been recorded in Ituri province’s health department, the Express reports.

Severe flooding affects more than 450 000 people in northern Brazil
Weeks of severe flooding have affected more than 450 000 people across 52 municipalities in northern Brazil, the Civil Defense reported on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. More than 7 700 people have been displaced as rivers continue to rise. Heavy rain has been affecting northwestern Brazil, particularly the Amazonas state, since early May.

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “Yaas” makes landfall over Odisha, India
Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “Yaas” crossed the north Odisha coast, India about 20 km (12.4 miles) south of Balasore from 05:00 to 06:00 UTC (10:30 to 11:30 IST) on May 26, 2021, with an estimated wind speed of 130 – 140 km/h (80 – 87 mph) gusting to 155 km/h (95 mph). Yass then moved NNW at a speed of about 14 km/h (9 mph) and was about 15 km (9 miles) SSW of Balasore at 06:00 UTC. It weakened into a Severe Cyclonic Storm by 07:00 UTC.

Chicago restaurants echo “no colored people” chapter of history by pushing unvaccinated people into designated areas, treating them like vermin
The far-left cesspool known as Chicago is now under a new city guidance that forces restaurants to create designated unvaccinated seating areas, much like how black people used to have to sit at the back of the bus and use different drinking fountains than white people.

Full update: Vaccine tourists flock to America to receive vaccine DEATH shots, while the CDC bribes dating apps to attach vaccination badges and “super likes” to dating profiles
“..vaccine tourism” where people from Mexico and even Taiwan — which is its own country, not a territory of China — are flocking to the United States to get free death shots that are misleadingly labeled “vaccines.” Many people in Taiwan, Mexico and other countries have been brainwashed into thinking America’s vaccines are somehow better, not realizing that even in America, the vaccines are engineered as depopulation weapons to exterminate the human race through infertility and spike protein deaths.

The Contemporary Christian Music Scene Is Imploding As Artist After Artist Is Renouncing Faith In Jesus Christ To Follow The New Age ‘Universal Christ’
I have been a musician since the age of 9 years old, a songwriter and performing artist for many years in addition to working as an actor in Hollywood before getting saved in 1991. You would think that someone with my background in the performing arts would be a natural fit in the Contemporary Christian Music scene, but you would be wrong. From the moment I got saved, the songs that resonated with my born again spirit were the old hymns like ‘Blessed Assurance’, ‘Saved By The Blood’, and countless others that sing of Jesus Christ. Contemporary Christian Music sings not of Jesus Christ, but the ‘universal christ’ of the New Age.

As Phony Fauci And Biden Cover For Communist China, It’s Becoming Clear That COVID-19 Came From Lab In Wuhan And Was Intentionally Released
There is  no one in the Biden administration as far as I can see, or in the Democratic Party for that matter, that can stand up to the evils perpetrated on a daily basis by Communist Red China. Any idiot knows that COVID came from a lab in Wuhan, but not everyone knows the incredible connection between the COVID-19 virus, the CDC, and Anthony Fauci. Senator Rand Paul has been making headlines exposing phony Fauci and his ‘gain of function’ dirty dealings in Wuhan.

Christians Are Finally Starting To Realize That Appearances Of Super Blood Moons Have Nothing To Do With The Joel 2 End Times Prophecies 
Over the past ten years or so, Christian end times authors have enjoyed best-sellers writing about how the appearances of a blood moon in the night skies is a harbinger of the prophecies mentioned in Joel 2 in your King James Bibles. However, a careful reading, (or even a casual one for that matter) of what Joel actually said shows this not to be the case ten out of ten times.

Politifact pulls ‘fact-check’ ‘debunking’ the ‘conspiracy theory’ that COVID-19 was made in a lab
…The “fact-check” — which was used by Big Tech to justify censorship of “conspiracy theorists” all over social media — was titled, “Tucker Carlson guest airs debunked conspiracy theory that COVID-19 was created in a lab” and was rated “Pants on fire!”

Australia gripped by rat plague of biblical proportions 
A catastrophic rat infestation is sweeping across eastern Australia in what some people describe as a “plague of biblical proportions.” Journalist Lucy Thackray shared on Twitter a clip of dead and live rats seemingly raining down on a farm in New South Wales.

Canadians Overwhelmingly Support Leaving US Border Closed Until September
And even after it opens, they won’t allow any unvaccinated American heathens across.

HHS document reveals US government involved in funding research to “create, transfer or use” pandemic pathogens
After Dr. Anthony Fauci was caught lying about NIH involvement in coronavirus gain-of-function research, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) revealed a government document called the “Framework for Guiding Funding Decisions about Proposed Research Involving Enhanced Potential Pandemic Pathogens.”

Johns Hopkins Prof: Half Of Americans Have Natural Immunity; Dismissing It Is “Biggest Failure Of Medical Leadership”
“Please, ignore the CDC guidance”

Only 6% of Americans have a ‘biblical worldview,’ research from George Barna finds
Only 6% of Americans have a “biblical worldview,” according to research from notable evangelical pollster George Barna released as part of a new endeavor with the Christian conservative advocacy organization Family Research Council.

Source: 27 May 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Thursday 5-27-21

The New Evangelical False Gospel of Unity

RZIM CEO Apologizes for Failures, While Former Director Blasts Remaining RZIM Leaders

Biola Trustee: Mary Was a Poor ‘Single Mom’ and ‘Colonized Person Living Under Roman Oppression’

As memberships fall, more Protestant churches shuttering than opening: study

Jim Bakker Claims His Spectacular Downfall and Jail Time was Due to ‘Cancel Culture’

Michigan School Censors Senior’s References to Jesus in Graduation Speech, Attorneys Say

CNN shredded over ‘pathetic’ report criticizing eating habits of ‘ancient Judeans: ‘Seriously, this is news?’

Ohio City Bans Killing Babies in Abortion, Becomes “Sanctuary City” for Unborn Children

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Unvaccinated concert-goers will pay 50-fold more than those who get the shotPosted: 27 May 2021 07:01 AM PDT(ETH) – With new CDC guidelines, concerts are starting to come back to Florida, but for at least one show, the ABC Action News I-Team has learned your COVID-19 vaccination status will determine how much you pay to attend.“These are all my tickets from over the years,” said Brittney Wigen, showing framed displays containing hundreds of ticket stubs. Wigen has been a fan of punk rock and has attended shows regularly since she was a teenager.Continue reading Unvaccinated concert-goers will pay 50-fold more than those who get the shot at End Time Headlines.
Hamas warns “We have 10,000 terrorists within Israel ready to strike”Posted: 27 May 2021 06:52 AM PDT(ETH) – Gaza’s Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar claimed on Wednesday that Hamas has 500 km. of tunnels in the Gaza Strip and that only five percent of the tunnels had been damaged in recent clashes.In his first speech since Operation Guardian of the Walls ended, Sinwar also warned that the Islamic terror group has 10,000 “martyrs” inside Israel who are “ready to respond” if Jerusalem is harmed. “In the coming period, we will carry out an advanced popular resistance, whose back will be protected by military resistance,” he added.Continue reading Hamas warns “We have 10,000 terrorists within Israel ready to strike” at End Time Headlines.
Microsoft president warns “Orwell’s 1984 could happen in 2024”Posted: 27 May 2021 06:37 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Life as depicted in George Orwell’s 1984 “could come to pass in 2024” if lawmakers don’t protect the public against artificial intelligence, Microsoft’s president has warned. Speaking to BBC’s Panorama, Brad Smith said it will be “difficult to catch up” with the rapidly advancing technology.The program explores China’s increasing use of AI to monitor its citizens. Critics fear the state’s dominance in the area could threaten democracy.Continue reading Microsoft president warns “Orwell’s 1984 could happen in 2024” at End Time Headlines.
The race to put a microchip in your brainPosted: 27 May 2021 06:26 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – In a surprising move Peter Thiel, co-founder of Palantir and a venture capitalist has recently invested $10 million in Blackrock Neurotech, a company that does research similar to that of Elon Musk’s Neuralink— mapping the brain.Peter Thiel who co-founded Paypal with Musk in 1998 is backing Blackrock Neurotech with an undisclosed stake in the company. The company, which is headquartered in Utah, has been serving the neuroscience research community with hardware and software since 2008.Continue reading The race to put a microchip in your brain at End Time Headlines.
Oregon school board members push plan to fly BLM and pride flags alongside Old GloryPosted: 27 May 2021 06:10 AM PDT(ETH) – An Oregon school board tabled a vote on flying Black Lives Matter, “progressive pride” and POW/MIA flags alongside Old Glory at its facilities and within each classroom earlier this month after a fiery meeting that saw young progressive members clash with the rest of the board.Board member Robyn Stowers berated members who wanted to send the proposal to the Oregon School Boards Association for legal review, although they eventually prevailed.Continue reading Oregon school board members push plan to fly BLM and pride flags alongside Old Glory at End Time Headlines.
Taiwan foreign minister warns Xi Jinping’s army ‘is preparing for war’Posted: 26 May 2021 06:51 PM PDT(ETH) – Taiwan’s foreign minister has warned China is “preparing for war” as the island country braces itself for future conflict. Joseph Wu said Beijing has been trying to “cut off” Taiwan from the world with military actions and international pressure.Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province and has threatened to start a conflict in order to reunite the island with mainland China. Mr. Wu was asked what he believes Beijing’s intentions are in the wake of increased military drills and aggression.Continue reading Taiwan foreign minister warns Xi Jinping’s army ‘is preparing for war’ at End Time Headlines.
‘American Friends for Hamas’ asks Portland college students for donations to ‘destroy Israel’ — and many are happy to helpPosted: 26 May 2021 06:25 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Ami Horowitz — a creator of digital shorts that throw conservative light on sociopolitical issues — is at it again. Horowitz decided to pay a visit recently to left-wing bastion Portland State University to pose as a worker for “American Friends for Hamas” —a made-up group — who asks students to pledge donations in order to assist the terrorism-loving organization to carry out its mission to “destroy Israel.” And boy, did Horowitz lay it on thick for the camera.Continue reading ‘American Friends for Hamas’ asks Portland college students for donations to ‘destroy Israel’ — and many are happy to help at End Time Headlines.
High School student told to remove references to “Christ” and “God” in Valedictory AddressPosted: 26 May 2021 06:13 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – A Michigan high school student was directed by her principal to remove religious references she included in a valedictory address she was expected to deliver on June 6.“For me, my future hope is found in my relationship with Christ,” Hillsdale High School senior Elizabeth Turner wrote in her prepared remarks. “By trusting in him and choosing to live a life dedicated to bringing his kingdom glory, I can be confident that I am living a life with purpose and meaning.Continue reading High School student told to remove references to “Christ” and “God” in Valedictory Address at End Time Headlines.
McDonald’s is so desperate for workers it is giving away iPhonesPosted: 26 May 2021 11:58 AM PDT(ETH) – A McDonald’s restaurant in Illinois is now offering iPhones in a desperate attempt to attract new workers. A viral tweet shows the red and yellow poster outside the store.“McDonald’s Now Hiring,” the sign reads. “Free iPhone.”  The sign did not forget to include fine print that says: “After 6 months employment & meet employment criteria.”The sign is at a McDonald’s in Altamont, Illinois.Continue reading McDonald’s is so desperate for workers it is giving away iPhones at End Time Headlines.
Hospice workers share accounts of patients reaching for deceased loved-ones as they diePosted: 26 May 2021 11:51 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Known as “end of life visions” or “visioning”, they are only visible to the patient. Care workers at the Western Reserve Hospice shared some of their extraordinary experiences of looking after patients on the verge of death with Oklahoma’s News 4 channel.They described how many of those in their care seemingly had encounters with deceased loved ones before they passed away. A carer related how one man had been visited by his beloved wife Becky, moments before he drew his last breath.Continue reading Hospice workers share accounts of patients reaching for deceased loved-ones as they die at End Time Headlines.

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“It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.” —Thomas Paine (1776)

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Wuhan Lab: China’s Deceit and Biden’s Weakness

The president’s COVID-origin probe may end up running cover for the ChiComs.

Nate Jackson

Nearly 600,000 Americans and nearly 3.5 million people around the world have died of COVID-19 during the ChiCom Virus pandemic. That world total isn’t counting how many Chinese actually died — certainly several orders of magnitude more than Beijing’s laughably false number of less than 5,000. The pandemic (and response to it) has also caused untold economic upheaval, from lost jobs and livelihoods to endless product delays and rampant inflation. That’s to say nothing of the psychological damage to people who are still irrationally terrified of the virus. So, inquiring minds want to know more about China’s role in unleashing this hell on the world.

There are, of course, many who don’t have inquiring minds. In fact, they seem to want to help the Chinese communists cover up the truth. One such mind is that of President Joe Biden, and his deception and weakness is as much the story as China’s malevolence. He did, after all, win the election largely thanks to the Democrat Party’s effort to hang the entire pandemic around President Donald Trump’s neck.

Just yesterday, our Douglas Andrews recounted how COVID’s origins have been shrouded in lies, some of which have been perpetuated by the American president. Among Biden’s actions: Administration lackeys quashed an origin probe launched by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when they thought they could get away with doing so. The “solution” then proposed by the White House was to let the World Health Organization take the lead in any investigation. Of course, the Chinese toadies at the WHO had already bowed to pressure and obstruction, absolving Beijing of responsibility.

Yet there was a problem for Biden: The media was finally beginning to exhibit a little bit of inquisitive interest in COVID’s origins, so a day after the WHO play, Team Biden fell back on a new plan that he claims is an old plan — order U.S. intelligence agencies to investigate and return a report in 90 days.

“Shortly after I became president, in March, I had my national security advisor task the Intelligence Community to prepare a report on their most up-to-date analysis of the origins of COVID-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident,” Biden said Wednesday. He added, “The U.S. Intelligence Community has ‘coalesced around two likely scenarios’ but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this question.”

Let’s assume for a moment that this is a real investigation. The questions we want answered are simple, if incredibly consequential.

The first is actually what Biden outlined: Did the coronavirus originate in nature, or did it escape in a lab accident? Those are not mutually exclusive, of course. Perhaps the natural coronavirus became part of gain-of-function research, or perhaps it was the modified product of a bioweapon program.

Furthermore, what role did U.S. taxpayer funding play in any relevant research? American funding of the Wuhan Institute of Virology certainly would be a motivation for American officials like the all-knowing Dr. Anthony Fauci to deny, deny, deny.

Did the virus spread first via a wet market as the conventional “wisdom” has held, or was it released — again, whether intentionally or not — from a Wuhan laboratory?

Did the ChiComs, once the bug was out, develop a strategy to delay saying anything so as to use the impact to their advantage? Or did the ChiComs develop the strategy for their weapon first and then unleash it upon the world?

The theory that COVID originated in a Biosafety Level Four laboratory in Wuhan is not new, of course. The evidence is strong, if, at this point, still largely circumstantial. Senator Tom Cotton was among the first to advance it way back in January 2020, before the virus had even really hit the U.S. Trump and Pompeo also believed it to be likely. Yet they and every other person asking such questions were immediately labeled “racist” by the Left.

According to American leftists, thinking that Chinese scientists were studying a virus is racist, while thinking Chinese people visiting an unsanitary wet market and then spreading a bat virus isn’t.

The evidence for the lab theory grew much stronger just this week with the revelations about a Chinese mine dating all the way back to 2012. Six miners fell ill with symptoms very similar to COVID-19. Three died. Wuhan researchers collected samples of coronaviruses from that cave for further study.

“Wuhan is about 1,140 miles away from the mineshaft, a 21-hour drive by car, roughly the distance from New Orleans to New York City,” notes National Review’s Jim Geraghty. “The city of Wuhan is well beyond the natural habitat and natural migration patterns of bats who are most likely to carry viruses such as this one.”

Geraghty collected a veritable treasure trove of other information — about the cave, the miners, the lab and its research (as well as a mysterious period of zero cellphone activity from a high-security portion of the lab in October 2019), and Chinese efforts to obstruct investigators and punish truth-tellers after the pandemic began. As Geraghty admits, much of the evidence is circumstantial, but it is more than persuasive. To deny a nefarious ChiCom role in the origin and spread of this terrible virus is to be deliberately blind to reality.

We believe there’s little doubt of the answer to one of our questions: The ChiComs absolutely used the release of the virus, whether accidental or deliberate, to their advantage in weakening geopolitical foes like the United States.

A new and “America Worst” president with a history of being beholden to Beijing is only helping them. China never had an adversary quite like Donald Trump. And it’s never had an American friend quite like Joe Biden.

Indeed, we suspect this U.S. intelligence probe is Biden’s way of doing everything he can to not challenge China. As long as he’s in charge of the U.S. investigation, we can surmise the truth but may never definitively know the answers.

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Biden’s ATF Nominee Wants to Ban AR-15s

David Chipman views law-abiding gun owners as criminals-in-waiting.

Thomas Gallatin

In Senate confirmation hearings on Wednesday, David Chipman, Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), confirmed his desire to ban the AR-15, the most commonly owned rifle in America.

During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked, “The AR-15 is one of, if not the most popular rifle in America. It’s not a machine gun. It’s a rifle. Your public position is that you want to ban AR-15s. Is that correct?” Chipman at least didn’t dodge the question: “With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban as has been presented in a Senate bill and supported by the president.”

However, in an attempt to defend his position, he added, “The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on ATF’s SWAT team, and it’s a particularly lethal weapon. And regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons I have advocated for.” Chipman then pledged to “simply enforce the laws on the books” should he be confirmed, noting that “right now, there is no such ban on those guns.” That’s small comfort coming from a gun-grabbing activist who is consistently unable to define precisely what constitutes an “assault weapon.” (Here’s a definition.)

When Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) asked for a quick definition, Chipman responded, “There’s no way I could define an assault weapon,” though he offered “one definition that ATF currently uses.” But Kennedy was having none of the deflecting. He pressed for “Chipman’s personal definition,” since if confirmed he would be directing the ATF, not the other way around.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) then highlighted the significance of terminology by asking if stores would be required to label certain firearms as “assault weapons.” Chipman answered, “I don’t believe … that the firearms industry has used the term ‘assault rifle’ in their marketing since there was a ban on it.”

Cotton then astutely observed, “I think our exchange here illustrates that there really is no such thing as an assault weapon. That is a term that was manufactured by liberal lawyers and pollsters in Washington to try to scare the American people into believing that the government should confiscate weapons that are wildly popular for millions of Americans to defend themselves and their families and their homes.”

The Washington Examiner’s Tiana Lowe noted, “At one point, [Chipman] seemed to concede that [an ‘assault weapon’ is] whatever Congress decides it is. At another, he defined it as ‘any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine above the caliber of .22.’ This definition would encompass the overwhelming majority of rifles in a nation where private individuals own hundreds of millions of rifles.”

Chipman has repeatedly expressed his radical anti-Second Amendment views, from suggesting that illegal gunfire should be investigated as “potential homicide” to advocating for arresting people who fail background checks when attempting to purchase a firearm, as “this is a perfect opportunity to arrest people before committing crimes, rather than responding after the fact.” That’s a position Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) rightly called “especially troubling for someone who has been nominated to serve as the ATF director, because even setting aside for a minute the Second Amendment … this violates our most fundamental rules of due process.”

Regarding the Democrats’ and anti-gun lobby’s false narrative surrounding “assault weapons,” we have repeatedly noted the data shows year after year that rifles of any kind are used in only a fraction of all firearms-related deaths. To put it bluntly, AR-15s are not the primary weapon criminals use — not even close. Given that fact, it’s highly dubious for Chipman to single out America’s most popular rifle for banning. Apparently for Chipman, fiction matters more than facts when it comes to advocating against Americans’ Second Amendment rights. This is the same guy, after all, who made the demonstrably false claim that “at Waco, cult members used 2.5 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters.” No helicopter was shot down.

Just to name a couple this week, Biden picked a racist to lead the Civil Rights Division and an anti-Second Amendment radical to head the ATF. Protecting Americans’ Liberty is clearly not his agenda.

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John Cena Disgraces Himself — and His Industry

The Hollywood star’s nauseating apology showed just how beholden Hollywood is to communist China.

Douglas Andrews

And we thought NBAer LeBron James was a money-grubbing, bootlicking ChiCom stooge.

Earlier this week, in a deeply disgraceful bit of kowtowing, former Hollywood tough guy John Cena not only one-upped James, he made him look like a piker, an amateur, a B-lister. For the sin of having merely mentioned the very real country of Taiwan, which exists in all its independent and free-market glory right there across the South China Sea from democracy-crushing, organ-extracting, COVID-coverupping China, Cena took to the Red Dragon’s state-controlled version of Twitter to beg forgiveness for having accidentally uttered a simple, empirical, geographic truth.

As Daniel Victor of the commie-sympathizing New York Times reports, “John Cena, the professional wrestler and a star of ‘F9,’ the latest installment in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, apologized to fans in China on Tuesday after he referred to Taiwan as a country while giving a promotional interview. Joining a long list of celebrities and companies that have profusely apologized after taking an errant step through China’s political minefields, Mr. Cena posted a video apology in Mandarin on Weibo, a Chinese social network.”

Said Cena to the ChiComs, “I made a mistake in one of my interviews. … I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, very important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I apologize, I’m very sorry. You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies.”

Trust us: It sounds even worse in the original Mandarin. Three times he mentioned that he’d made a mistake, but he never once explained what the mistake was. Clearly, that wasn’t in the script that they’d approved for him. But at least he was clean-shaven, which is a considerable improvement on most hostage videos.

Why would Cena grovel like this? Why would he debase himself so thoroughly? Doesn’t he have a family and friends? Doesn’t he have any kind of a reputation to protect? We all know the answer: He and his Hollywood ilk are addicted to Chinese cash. “F9” took in a healthy $163 million from just eight foreign markets last weekend, but, as the Daily Wire’s Megan Basham notes, “There was just one problem. More than 80% of those earnings — $136 million — came from a single nation: China. It’s ironic, given the source of COVID-19, that 2020 marked a troubling milestone for American movies. It was the first year in history they collectively made more money in China than at home.”

Think about that. Chinese audiences are becoming more important to Hollywood than American audiences.

Unfortunately for Cena, his ChiCom bootlicking has gotten plenty of attention beyond conservative media. Comedian JP Sears took to Facebook to impersonate Cena, saying, “I’d like to sincerely apologize to the CCP for calling the country of Taiwan a country. I couldn’t be more sorry, have smaller testicles, or have less bravery.”

The New York Post’s Kyle Smith, though, said it best: “It’s a pitiful thing to see a strong man cry. It’s a sickening thing to see a man body-slam himself, then twist his own arm behind his back and make himself tap out. … It would have been an embarrassing display of cowardice for an asthmatic muskrat. But for Cena … what is the point of having muscles carved out of granite if your moral fortitude rates at the same level as overcooked linguine?”

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San Francisco Suffers More Deaths From ODs Than COVID

There’s even more to the sad story playing out in Nancy Pelosi’s district.

Arnold Ahlert

In San Francisco, an epidemic deadlier than coronavirus afflicted that city in 2020. And in 2021, while COVID appears on the wane, the increase in deaths engendered by that other epidemic is even greater.

Drug overdoses killed more than 700 people in San Francisco in 2020, compared to fewer than 300 deaths attributed to coronavirus. Now? “This year’s preliminary tally of 252 accidental overdose deaths from January to April, which is the latest available through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, suggests San Francisco is on track to surpass 2020 in overdose deaths, which was a record-breaking year itself — 181 people fatally overdosed over the same time period in 2021,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Chronicle further reveals that in recent years, accidental overdose deaths in that city have risen sharply, and that the 252 deaths in the first four months of 2021 exceeds the total of 222 deaths recorded during the entire year of 2017.

The story behind the story? The paper adds, “The chief medical examiner’s data shows that overdose fatalities in San Francisco began to skyrocket in 2019, when fentanyl entered the city’s drug supply.”

For anyone paying even the remotest attention, this is hardly surprising. As a 2019 report from the CDC revealed, nationwide deaths from fentanyl soared more than 1,000% from 1,600 deaths in 2011 to 18,335 deaths in 2016.

In 2019, the total number of U.S. overdose fatalities reached a new high of 70,980, of which 36,500, were attributed to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Cocaine and methamphetamine fatalities also increased, largely because these substances were mixed with fentanyl. And a paper produced by Vanda Felbab-Brown for the Brookings Institution reveals something else many Americans have known for quite some time. “Since 2013,” it states, “China has been the principal source of the fentanyl flooding the U.S. illicit drug market — or of the precursor agents from which fentanyl is produced, often in Mexico — fueling the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history.”

In a better nation, this contemptible combination of communist Chinese thugs enabling Mexican drug cartels — for the sole purpose of getting Americans addicted to deadly drugs — would be seen as tantamount to an act of war.

In this one, under a deliberately comatose Biden administration, “business as usual” has become better than ever. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection confiscated more fentanyl in the first half of 2021 than in the last three years,” The Federalist reports. “CBP seized 6,494 pounds of the drug between October 2020 and April 2021, according to recently released data. Nearly 2,000 more pounds of fentanyl have been seized by CBP officials compared to last year amid the southern border surge. CBP seized 4,776 pounds in 2020 and 2,801 pounds in 2019.”

Remember back in March when President Joe Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to address the crisis occurring at our southern border, where illegal border crossings remain at 20-year highs — and monthly deportations of illegals reached the lowest level ever recorded in April?

Harris apparently doesn’t. It’s been 64 days since her appointment and she hasn’t held a single press conference on the subject or taken single trip to the border. On Monday, the White House revealed this was no accident. Despite a new video showing a group of illegal immigrants rushing the border and overwhelming Border Patrol agents in Texas on Sunday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed that Harris still hasn’t made any arrangements to meet with the local officials bearing the brunt of the chaos. “I expect she will make a trip to the Northern Triangle at some point soon,” Psaki said. “So that would be where she would travel given her purview.”

And while Harris’s purview remains focused elsewhere, along with that of a deliberately somnambulant media, Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed the impact of drug smuggling the Biden administration seems intent on ignoring. “The Texas Department of Public Safety patrols the border every single day,” Abbott stated. “And they have seen an 800% increase in the amount of fentanyl coming across the border. They seized this year enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman, and child in the entire state of New York.”

For the record, New York is home to more than 19.3 million people, and as Abbott reminds us, that was merely the amount of fentanyl seized by the Border Patrol.

How much fentanyl wasn’t seized? For open-border advocates in general, and the Democrat Party in particular, such inconvenient questions are of little concern, as is the reality the Biden administration has proven to be one of the best business partners Mexican cartels and their Chinese suppliers could ever hope for. So much so that Homeland Security Investigations, the principal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, has revealed that Mexican cartels are attempting to establish a presence in the Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest.

No doubt San Francisco and other American cities and towns will “benefit” from this improvement in the supply chain. The cartels will benefit even more — much more. “Experts estimated the money made on drug trafficking by the cartels at around $500 billion a year,” columnist Wayne Allen Root reveals. “That’s half a trillion dollars a year — ‘trillion’ with a T.”

And where is San Francisco’s most powerful politician? Two months ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted all of the problems associated with the wholesale chaos at the border were Donald Trump’s fault. “Every minute that a child is separated from a parent, to me, is a crisis,” Pelosi bloviated. “So we want this to move along expeditiously. But you have to have a good plan. And what [the Biden administration] inherited was terrible.”

Perhaps Pelosi might have a tad more credibility if she expressed an equal amount of concern for San Franciscans of all ages separated from their futures, courtesy of the exponentially increasing number of addicts and overdoses in the city she ostensibly represents. Yet that is apparently a bridge too far for the woman who insisted, less than a month later, that America was “on a good path at the border under the leadership of President Joe Biden.”

In San Francisco, Dr. Phillip Coffin, director of substance abuse research for the Department of Public Health, appears resigned to this contemptible reality. “There isn’t a quick way to go back to the way things were before fentanyl hit San Francisco’s streets,” Coffin said. “It’s important to recognize that fentanyl is here for good.”

For bad is more like it. And the Biden administration is facilitating the scourge, every step of the way.

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The Green New Deal Comes in Pieces

Joe Biden is advancing the ecofascists’ agenda one order at a time.

Lewis Morris

President Joe Biden has made some important moves recently to fulfill the climate agenda of his leftist overlords. Taken together, these executive orders and top-down calls for action that are clearly and deliberately outside the legislative process have the potential to put environmental fascists in complete control of the American economy.

We’ll start with the so-called green bank. This latest government gem of an idea is being lauded by the White House as an attempt to “mobilize private investment” in the “clean energy economy.” According to the plan, the Treasury Department will establish a permanent financing arm that will operate as a direct line of credit for entrepreneurs looking to establish clean energy projects.

We’ve seen this movie before, and it always has a sad ending. Disregard for a moment, if you can, the fact that government bureaucrats are almost universally undereducated about the industries and projects they’re called in to fund and oversee. You may even ignore, if you will, the fact that the government is always a poor business partner because it has no stake in the game and doesn’t care if it loses taxpayer money because there will always be more. The big reason why a government green bank will never work — well, at least as conservatives define “work” — is because it is driven entirely by political motivations. Of course, given that those are precisely the reasons leftists favor such things, they’ll think it works just fine.

Indeed, the political gamesmanship that has polluted environmental and climate science (pun intended) is so vicious and fraught with dishonesty that there is no reason to assume this green bank will make reasoned lending decisions. Instead, by leftist design, the green bank is sure to wind up as nothing more than a crony capitalist tool where those who toe the party line will be given a seat at the table, and those who don’t will wait out in the hall until they grow old. It’s easy to envision the green bank becoming nothing more than a trough where Democrat supporters will line up to receive practically blank checks to fund their scientifically questionable and economically disastrous green dreams. And taxpayers will be on the hook.

If that weren’t enough to demonstrate just how the ecofascists are putting their collectivist boot on the economic scale, multiple federal agencies and departments will soon have the power to kill any government-related investments that do not meet environmental standards. This comes in the form of an executive order calling for federal agencies to analyze and mitigate the supposed financial risks of climate change. Senior-level climate officials will perform a government-wide review of federal programs that contribute to climate change, reevaluate the efficacy of said programs, and if they see fit, kill said programs.

Wait, there are federal programs that could be eliminated?

Programs up for review could include housing projects, road projects, and of course anything related to fossil fuels. Also on the hook will be pension plans and their investments, labor initiatives, and much more. As with the green bank, this program is ripe for abuse. There is no hard standard that defines when or how a program “contributes to climate change.” We can only assume based on past evidence that the moving goal post will be liberally applied, with the guilty parties often being Republicans, conservatives, and anyone who does not bow to the eco-racial-social-enviro-justice cabal that now runs the White House and the president who resides there.

Why the rush to push these climate initiatives? It can’t be because of public concern over climate change. According to a recent survey conducted by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, 53% of voters said that climate change was not a factor in how they voted in the 2020 election. Only 6% said it was the top issue they considered when voting. Even more telling, when asked whether they would be willing to spend their own money to combat climate change, 35% said they would not spend one dollar. And 53% said they were somewhat or very unlikely to spend extra money to replace a gas-powered vehicle with an electric one.

The reality is that all of us are already paying a lot more than $1 for the Left’s climate fraud, and it will never be enough to satiate the Democrats’ desire for your money.

One could assume that the Biden administration misjudged the public’s concern, or lack thereof, about climate change. But that’s not it. Team Biden knows that it has a limited amount of time to act before the voting public realizes the mistake it made in November and begins a course correction starting with next year’s midterm elections. The other reason to create such a regime is to gain more power, which is what the Left has always been about, no matter the sea level or the global temperature.

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The Unhinged Left Threatens Rand Paul

The Kentucky senator is no stranger to leftist violence and intimidation, but enough is enough.

Douglas Andrews

“We won’t be intimidated. And yes, we have guns.”

What a remarkable statement that is, coming as it did from the wife of a United States senator. And what a sad, sorry indictment it is on our nation — and specifically the American Left — that Kelley Paul felt she needed to say it.

“At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday,” said the FBI’s Louisville field office, “the U.S. Capitol Police was notified a letter containing a powdery substance was sent to the Kentucky home of Senator Rand Paul.”

But that’s not the half of it. The image on the envelope is a picture of a badly beaten Rand Paul: neck brace, right arm in a cast, left arm working a crutch, and a stick-figure rifle pointed at his temple. The caption at the bottom reads, “I’LL FINISH WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOR STARTED, YOU MOTHERF—ER.”

We’re not sure what to make of leftists’ Oedipal obsession with other people’s mothers, but perhaps they’re all taking their talking points from Barack Obama.

In any case, to argue that the powdery stuff in the envelope turned out not to be Anthrax, or that no harm came to Paul or his family, is to miss the point entirely. And the point, insofar as the thuggish Left is concerned, is intimidation. Rand Paul, for obvious reasons, gets under the Democrats’ skin. Way under their skin. He’s smart, social-media savvy, his wife of 30 years is prettier than theirs, his libertarian conservatism holds up well in the marketplace of ideas, and he seems to make mincemeat out of every left-wing bureaucrat who comes before him during a committee hearing. For those reasons — and others, no doubt — they’re desperate to silence him.

If anyone has a right to take this death-threat stuff seriously — anyone besides Congressman Steve Scalise — it’s Rand Paul. He was there on that ball field in 2017 when a deranged Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer opened fire on a group of congressional Republicans who were practicing for their annual Congressional Baseball Game. Were in not for two Capitol cops who engaged and killed the assailant only because they happened to be at the park as part of then-Majority Whip Scalise’s security detail, there’s no telling what sort of massacre would’ve unfolded.

To its eternal disgrace, the Andrew McCabe-led FBI whitewashed that attack as a case of “suicide by cop.” That designation stuck until recently, when, under bipartisan rebuke, the bureau rightfully reclassified it as an act of “domestic terrorism.”

Speaking of “domestic terrorism,” why hasn’t Nancy Pelosi convened a “June 14 Commission” to study that near-assassination of her colleagues? The answer, of course, is that she has no interest in it because political violence comes overwhelmingly from the Left, as it has throughout history. While progressives and their Leftmedia enablers constantly warn us of the looming threat of violence from the Right, it never seems to materialize. Even the “armed insurrections” of the fringy Right turn out to be unarmed non-insurrections.

2017 was tough year for Rand Paul. In addition to his near-deadly experience on the ball field, he was the victim of a felonious cheap shot by an unhinged next-door neighbor, Rene Boucher. The attack sent Paul to the hospital and left him with six broken ribs and bruised lungs. At trial, Boucher claimed Paul had stacked a pile of brush too close to their property line, but, as NBC News reported at the time, “Earlier accounts of the incident suggested bad blood between the neighbors, who have known each other for roughly 17 years, including a dispute over a property line and possible distaste for Paul’s politics, as well as those of his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul.”

In August of last year, Paul and his wife were surrounded and menaced by a mob during their walk from the White House back to their hotel following Donald Trump’s RNC acceptance speech.

“I take these threats immensely seriously,” Paul tweeted on Monday. “As a repeated target of violence, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family.”

Paul was speaking of pathetic pop singer Richard Marx, who seems to have nothing better to do these days than stalk Republican senators. “I’ll say it again,” he said in a since-deleted tweet. “If I ever meet Rand Paul’s neighbor I’m going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can consume.”

Wow. Stay classy, Dick.

And stay strong, Rand and Kelley Paul. Stay strong.

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Companies Target Kids With LGBT Promos

An increasing number of companies are promoting Pride Month, specifically toward children.

Thomas Gallatin

Years ago, the month of June was co-opted by the Rainbow Mafia as “Pride Month,” an effort to loudly push cultural acceptance of homosexuality. What began with narcissistic parades and banners spread into indoctrination via mainstream media TV shows and commercials, initially targeting adults but quickly moving toward inculcating children in leftist dogma. The Rainbow Mafia’s culturally subversive march continues apace, with the latest iteration being the blatant marketing of LGBTQ-themed children’s toys and other products.

Recently, LEGO announced, “We have committed to support a number of organizations on an ongoing basis, including UK charity Diversity Role Models which helps children learn about empathy to ensure our future builders are accepting of everyone!” The virtue signal included an image of multi-colored LEGO figures lined up to mimic a rainbow flag.

But its not just LEGO jumping on the “Pride” bandwagon targeting kids. Mars Wrigley North America is releasing limited edition all-gray Skittles Pride Packs with packaging that features the following message: “Only one rainbow matters during Pride. Give the Rainbow!” Buyer beware — Mars says that it will donate $100,000 on packages purchased in June to the LGBT advocacy group GLAAD.

Breakfast cereal maker Kellogg’s has also gotten in on the act. “Together With Pride cereal marks the latest chapter in a years-long partnership with GLAAD and is the evolution of the much-loved All Together cereal, which previously was only available online,” says company general manager Doug VanDeVelde. “Our delicious new recipe features berry-flavored, rainbow hearts dusted with edible glitter. We can’t wait for fans to try our latest limited run.”

Obviously, companies are jumping on the Rainbow Mafia’s bandwagon because they see money in it. These products sell because so many emotionally incontinent folks want to virtue signal their solidarity with an “inclusive” cause. Unfortunately, a growing number of parents seem more than willing to promulgate this deviancy to their children, insisting that it is good.

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Government & Politics

  • Most voters (correctly) believe politics influenced Dr. Fauci’s coronavirus decisions (Rasmussen)
  • Fact-check fail: Facebook reverses ban on posts claiming COVID was man-made (NY Post)
  • Laptop bombshell: Hunter Biden introduced his dad to business cronies in 2015 (PJ Media)
  • The BIG Lie: DHS chief tells Congress “the border is closed” (Washington Times) | Kamala Harris has gone 64 days without a news conference since being tapped for border crisis role (Fox News)

Culture & Heartland

  • San Jose rail yard shooting leaves nine dead (Fox News) | Ex-girlfriend of suspect alleged rape and violent, alcohol-fueled “mood swings” (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • USA Today removed word “male” from female athlete’s op-ed on biological men in girls’ sports, calling the term “hurtful” (Daily Caller)
  • The pernicious media paint Chip and Joanna Gaines as racists for donating to relative’s campaign opposing Critical Race Theory (Daily Wire)

Other Notables

  • Immunity to COVID may persist for years (NY Times)
  • Climate activists’ victory fractures Exxon board (AP)

The Karma Chronicles

  • Atlanta “defund the police” councilman has car stolen by kids in broad daylight (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: What’s next for the COVID vaccine IP waiver proposal? (AEI)
  • Humor: Dr. Fauci gets in heated debate with 17 previous versions of himself (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it … gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” —Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Observations: “It’s time for the federal government to get back to work. … How is this going to work to still effectively serve the needs of the American people?” —Congressman Jody Hice on the prospect of many federal government bureaucrats continuing to work from home (Reality check: Federal bureaucrats have never “effectively served” the American people.)

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Re: The ChiComs II: “Communist China is not a normal country. It is engaged in genocide. It always lies. Our media repeated China’s lies, and 600,000 Americans died. We must have a full American-led investigation into COVID’s origins to discover the truth. But we won’t get that from the Biden Administration, which continues to insist that the World Health Organization (WHO) lead any investigation. That’s right — the same WHO that is hopelessly compromised by communist China.” —Gary Bauer

Observations: “Taiwan is such a bizarre situation where we know they’re a separate country and treat them like a separate country but no one is allowed to say it.” —Frank J. Fleming

Touché: “When I was a kid, my grandpa told me ‘Alcohol, tobacco, and firearms should be a convenience store name, not a govt agency’ and that seems more true today than ever.” —Cabot Phillips

And last… “I wonder if Joe Biden would be more interested in the origins of the coronavirus if his son hadn’t of made so much money from the CCP?” —Lisa Boothe

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BIDEN BIG LIE BLOWS UP: VP Joe Biden Met with Hunter Biden’s Corrupt Foreign Business Associates | Geller Report News

The ministry of Democrat media propaganda, aka the media, will make sure this story never sees the light of day.
The Democrat communists worry not, knowing their ministry of propaganda will take a bullet to protect the “Biden” coup and the forces behind it.

Report: Then-VP Joe Biden Met with Hunter Biden’s Foreign Business Associates

A report in the New York Post Wednesday appears to confirm reporting by Breitbart News last October that then-Vice President Joe Biden met his son Hunter’s business associates from Kazakhstan at Café Milano in Washington, DC, despite earlier denials.

By: Breitbart, May 27, 2021:

In August 2019, on the campaign trail in South Carolina, Biden told reporters: “I have never discussed, with my son or my brother or with anyone else, anything having to do with their businesses. Period.”

The new Post report casts further doubt on that claim.

In October 2020, Breitbart News revealed a photograph showing Vice President Biden and Hunter Biden with oligarch Kenes Rakishev of Kazakhstan, who had explored business ventures with the younger Biden.

As Breitbart News reported: “The photograph of the Bidens with Rakishev and [Kazakhstan’s former prime minister, Karim] Massimov appears to have been taken at Café Milano in Washington, D.C. The iconic restaurant’s logo appears on the drapes in the background (backwards in the photo). The date of the photograph is unknown.”

The Post report notes:

Joe Biden met with Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakhstani business associates of his son’s at a dinner in Washington, DC, while he was vice president, records on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop show.

The dinner, on April 16, 2015, was held in the private “Garden Room” at Café Milano, a Georgetown institution whose catchphrase is: “Where the world’s most powerful people go.”

It is not clear whether that dinner meeting was the same one reported by Breitbart News, or whether there were similar ones.

But the date is crucial: the next day, April 17, 2015, the Post notes, was when Hunter Biden received an email from a senior member of the corrupt Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, thanking Hunter for introducing him to his father. The email was one of the most significant documents to emerge on Hunter Biden’s laptop last October.

At the time, the Biden campaign lashed out, claiming Biden’s “official schedules” showed no meeting with the Burisma executive. The mainstream media, and Silicon Valley, suppressed the laptop story.

After the campaign, Hunter Biden admitted he was under federal investigation over tax problems.

There may be other legal troubles for the Bidens ahead.
The Post suggests that Hunter Biden used the World Food Program as a cover for the introduction between his father and his business associates. And Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) has already asked the DOJ last year to look into Hunter Biden’s failure to register as a foreign agent while representing Chinese companies in the U.S.

There will also be questions about then-Vice President Biden’s apparent use of his position to benefit his son’s business interests.

Source: BIDEN BIG LIE BLOWS UP: VP Joe Biden Met with Hunter Biden’s Corrupt Foreign Business Associates

Migrants from overseas are now flocking to the southern border to enter the US | TheBlaze

A new wave of migrants who are not from the typical countries that flood the U.S. southern border are attempting to illegally enter the United States, according to a report from Axios. There are tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from overseas who are traveling to the southern border because they believe they can gain access to the U.S. during the current migrant crisis.

Typically, migrants encountered at the U.S. southern border are from Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle, which includes Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. However, there has been an alarming spike in migrants from atypical countries on the other side of the world.

There were 33,877 migrants from countries other than Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador encountered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in April. The number of migrants who are not from the usual countries is exploding during the border crisis. There were 25,126 in March and 11,911 in February. April 2021’s total is triple what it was in 2019 (11,665) and there were only 1,310 CBP encounters in April 2020, according to Department of Homeland Security data.

U.S. immigration agents have encountered people from over 160 countries, the New York Times reported earlier this month.

“More than 12,500 Ecuadoreans were encountered in March, up from 3,568 in January,” the outlet stated. “Nearly 4,000 Brazilians and more than 3,500 Venezuelans were intercepted, up from just 300 and 284, respectively, in January. The numbers in coming months are expected to be higher.”

“From India and elsewhere in Asia, they embark on Phileas Fogg journeys,” the Times said. “Some reported taking buses in their hometowns to a big city, like Mumbai, where they boarded planes to Dubai and then connected through Moscow, Paris and Madrid, finally flying to Mexico City. From there, they embarked on the two-day bus ride to reach the Mexico-U.S. border.”

There were over 2,217 Romanians apprehended by CBP at the southern border since the start of the fiscal year 2021, which began in October 2020. There were only 266 Romanians caught at the border in fiscal 2020 and 289 in fiscal 2019, according to CBP data.

Reuters photographer claimed to have witnessed nearly 200 Romanians crossing at different points along the Texas border over a three-week period this year.

Many of the overseas migrants at the U.S. border are Romani, a traditionally nomadic people who originated from northern India and are now Europe’s largest ethnic minority, but “have a long history of social exclusion and discrimination” and are attempting to seek asylum in the United States.

Four people whose names were on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database have been arrested attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico since Oct. 1 of last year. Three of the suspects were Yemen nationals and another was Serbian.

Border Patrol agents encountered 178,622 migrants in April attempting to enter the U.S. illegally at the southern border. Border apprehensions during April were the highest in over 20 years, since March 2020 when there were 220,063 illegal aliens during Bill Clinton’s presidency.

Source: Migrants from overseas are now flocking to the southern border to enter the US

GOP lawmaker on bill to fire Fauci: He’s been ‘wrong over and over again’

Member of the House China Task Force, Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, says Fauci has been ‘wrong’ over and over again, as GOP lawmakers call to have Fauci fired following his statements defending 600k in subgrant money being given to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Source: GOP lawmaker on bill to fire Fauci: He’s been ‘wrong over and over again’

Report: Biden Met with Son Hunter’s Foreign Business Associates as VP | The Western Journal

It’s the laptop that just keeps on giving.

According to a report published Wednesday by the New York Post, emails found on a laptop apparently abandoned by Hunter Biden show that now-President Joe Biden’s son brought his father to a dinner with Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakhstani business associates in Washington during Biden’s tenure as vice president.

While previous emails found on the laptop had hinted at meetings between some of the shadier associates Hunter Biden picked up during his time on the board of the Ukrainian energy holding company Burisma, the report throws serious doubt on Joe Biden’s claim he had little knowledge of his son’s business dealings in Eastern Europe.

According to the Post, the meeting took place on April 16, 2015, in the so-called “Garden Room” at Cafe Milano, a restaurant described in a 2017 New York Times article as “the Georgetown restaurant where some of the world’s most powerful people go to be noticed but not approached. “

The importance of the date is that it came one day before one of the more controversial emails found on the infamous laptop, where Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden for an introduction to the then-vice president.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” Pozharskyi wrote.

“It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”

“The guest list prepared by Hunter three weeks before the Café Milano dinner included Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, corrupt former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, who since has died. Baturina wired $3.5 million on Feb. 14, 2014, to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a Delaware-based investment firm co-founded by Hunter and Devon Archer, a former adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry,” the Post reported.

In an email to Archer three weeks before the event, according to the Post, Hunter described the guest list as including associates from the business world, diplomats and representatives of World Food Progra:

“3 seats for our KZ [Kazakhstan] friends.

“2 seats for Yelana and husband

“2 [seats for] you and me.

“3 seats for WFPUSA people

“Vadym [Pozharskyi].

“3 Ambassadors (MX, ?, ?)

“Total 14”

In a back-and-forth, the Post reported, Archer told Hunter that Baturina wouldn’t be attending; “Yelena doesn’t want to steal Yuri’s Thunder, so she’ll be in town to meet with us but doesn’t want to come to dinner,” he wrote in a March 20 email. “That was just her thoughts. We could insist.”

“Obviously save a seat for your guy (and mine if he’s in town),” he added.

In a reply, Hunter said, “I think your guy being there is more trouble than it’s worth- unless you have some other idea.”

It’s unclear whether Archer’s “guy” was John Kerry, although we can assume Hunter’s “guy” was his own father. If Archer’s “guy” really was the current climate czar of the United States, I think Kerry might have seen less trouble from this than Hunter’s “guy” did.

Furthermore, while the impetus behind the dinner was supposed to be about food security — hence the World Food Program USA’s presence — Hunter’s language seemed to indicate this was more pretext than purpose.

“Ok – the reason for the dinner is ostensibly to discuss food security,” Hunter wrote in a March 26 email, according to the Post.

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“Dad will be there but keep that between us for now. Thanks.”

“Ostensibly” — defined by Merriam-Webster as “to all outward appearances” — isn’t a word often used when discussing what a meeting will actually be about. In fact, one could say its use practically denotes subterfuge. It could be a poor word choice by Hunter. A better explanation is that it the word choice was totally appropriate, it was just the event itself that was a poor choice.

The reported dinner is yet another complication to the official Joe Biden line: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden said in October of 2019, according to a New York Post report from the time.

And yet there are the emails, the golf outing with a Burisma executive in 2014, this dinner and other red flags.

As The Wall Street Journal noted in an Oct. 15 editorial, a Senate report found multiple Obama administration officials knew about Hunter Biden’s work with Burisma and that one official emailed colleagues saying that “the presence of Hunter Biden on the Burisma board was very awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine.”

Even then, none of this would have been an issue had Biden not famously bragged that he got chief Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who once investigated Burisma, fired as a precondition for international aid in 2016 when the then-vice president was the Obama administration’s point-man on Ukraine.

While Shokin’s efficacy in fighting corruption at Burisma — or anywhere in Ukraine, for that matter — was questionable at best, Biden’s boast made it clear that, if Hunter Biden was serving on the board of a major Ukrainian company, getting involved in the country’s politics was a massive conflict of interest.

So, as he said, he had no idea about any of what his son was doing. That’s a fine excuse — unless, of course, there are emails like this.

As the Post noted, it was unclear who actually attended the dinner. However, the fact that Hunter Biden received an email the next day from one of the invitees thanking him for the opportunity to meet his father strongly suggests the elder Biden was present.

Imagine, if you will, that Donald Trump Jr. had a sinecure like Hunter Biden’s at Burisma. He arranged a dinner with his father, the president, to meet some of his business associates — “ostensibly” to talk about food security. One of those associates emailed him the next day thanking him for the opportunity to be introduced to Don Jr.’s father.

Do you think the media’s reaction would be to shrug it off or ignore it?

Source: Report: Biden Met with Son Hunter’s Foreign Business Associates as VP

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