“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
If you are a woke parent, raising your kids to be woke is your highest calling in life! It’s important to start them off early so those timeless woke principles are deeply engrained. Here are a few classics that every woke parent should read to their kids at bedtime.
1. Communist Manifesto (Illustrated Kids Edition): This beloved classic by Karl Marx has been rewritten for young audiences! Follow your friend Karl as he teaches your child everything from seizing the means of production to throwing your enemies in the gulag!
2. The Very Gay Caterpillar: Follow the beloved central character as he goes through 7 same-sex partners in 7 days! This is normal and should be celebrated.
3. Are You My Birthing Person?: The classic-yet-problematic Are You My Mother? has been updated with more inclusive language. About time!
4. All 371 of Barack Obama’s memoirs: Open one of Obama’s many memoirs and let your child bask in the warm glow of the light-bringer himself. Read it, and hide his words in your heart.
5. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift– but unironically: This is a great way to teach your kid the dangers of overpopulation in urban communities and the virtue of abortion.
6. The brilliant peer-reviewed paper “The Psychology of BDSM Fat Studies In a Trans-Intersectional Context: a Survey Study into the Relationships of Trauma and Attachment Style”: riveting and essential reading for children of all ages.
7. Harry Potter but just say “Trump” instead of Voldemort: To drive the point home, make sure and scream at the sky every time you say his name.
8. The Little Engine That Was Held Back By Systemic Oppression So She Shouldn’t Even Try: An essential life lesson for every woke child.
9. ‘Men Can Have Periods’ pop-up book: If your child throws up while you read it to them, remind them that they are a bigot.
10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad USA: Another children’s classic rewritten for modern audiences. It teaches one of life’s most important lessons: America is bad.
That should get you started! Get reading, woke parents!
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Ollie Mackerelli is determined to face his fear of the dark once and for all, but he gets more than he bargained for when his therapist turns out to be an actual monster. To make it even worse, Ollie is transformed from a boy to a possum and locked in a cage.
With no way to call for help, Ollie must learn to be brave (with the help of some furry friends) or he will be the main course.
17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. 18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. 19 For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. Romans 16:17-19 (NASB)
The visible church is overrun with false teachers and their doctrines. There is a mindset in the Church right now that is actually part of the problem in that it ostracizes and attempts to isolate and silence those who, in their obedience as watchmen, reveal the truth about certain false teachers and why their doctrines are unbiblical….
Some of these wolves in sheep’s clothing are very popular in the visible church to the point that their supporters are more than willing to “give them a pass” when they err biblically because they have been ministered to by them in the past. However, this very thing simply promotes the environment for “tolerance” of error. This mindset contains a lie that those who discern these things, warn the body, and expose the false teachers and their doctrines, are the ones being divisive, unloving, and unChristlike. Thankfully, we still have God’s Word, and in it, we learn that we must always be on guard against false and deceptive teaching. One of the helpful things it teaches us in this battle is the knowledge of the believer’s new identity in Christ. This knowledge helps us resist the arguments of false teachers as we walk before the face of God for His glory alone. View article →
The Limits of Our Reason Genesis 18:13–14; Job 42:3; Psalm 139:6; Proverbs 30:18–19; Ecclesiastes 5:2
Preaching Themes: Humility, Pride, Wisdom
I know there is nothing in the word or in the works of God that is repugnant to sound reason, but there are some things in both that are opposite to carnal reason as well as above right reason; and therefore our reason never shows itself more unreasonable than in summoning those things to its bar that transcend its sphere and capacity.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Angels Present without Being Seen Genesis 21:17; 24:44; Judges 6:12; Luke 1:28; Acts 12:7–10; Revelation 1:1
Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you.
FRANCIS DE SALES
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake; because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people. (1 Samuel 12:22)
God’s choice of His people is the reason for His abiding by them and not forsaking them. He chose them for His love, and He loves them for His choice. His own good pleasure is the source of their election, and His election is the reason for the continuance of His pleasure in them. It would dishonor His great name for Him to forsake them, since it would either show that He made an error in His choice or that He was fickle in His love. God’s love has this glory, that it never changes, and this glory He will never tarnish.
By all the memories of the Lord’s former lovingkindnesses let us rest assured that He will not forsake us. He who has gone so far as to make us His people will not undo the creation of His grace. He has not wrought such wonders for us that He might leave us after all. His Son Jesus has died for us, and we may be sure that He has not died in vain. Can He forsake those for whom He shed His blood? Because He has hitherto taken pleasure in choosing and in saving us, it will be His pleasure still to bless us. Our Lord Jesus is no changeable lover. Having loved His own, He loves them to the end.
How many people do you know that have made it to the hall of fame in music, art, literature, or sports because of their love? We elevate people to the status of heroes because of their gifts, their talents, and their power, but not because of their love. Yet, from God’s perspective, love is the chief of all virtues. But what is love?
Love is said to make the world go round, and romantic love certainly makes the culture go round in terms of advertising and entertainment. We never seem to tire of stories that focus on romance. But we’re not referring to romantic love when we speak of the Christian virtue of love. We’re talking about a much deeper dimension of love, a virtue so paramount that it is to distinguish Christians from all other people. Moreover, love is so important to the Bible’s teachings that John tells us, “God is love” (1 John 4:7–8). Whatever else we say about the Christian virtue of love, we must be clear that the love God commands is a love that imitates His own. The love of God is utterly perfect. And we are called to reflect and mirror that love to perfection, to be perfect as He is perfect (Matt. 5:48). Now, of course, none of us loves perfectly, which is why we must be covered with the perfect righteousness of Christ by faith in Him alone. Nevertheless, it’s important for us to return time and again to Scripture to find out what love is supposed to look like, for we’re so easily satisfied with a sentimental, maudlin, romantic, or superficial understanding of love.
First Corinthians 13 plumbs the depths of what love really means. It’s a measuring rod by which we can examine ourselves carefully to see whether this love resides in our hearts and is manifested in our lives. Given that truth, I’m surprised that 1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most popular passages in all of Scripture instead of being one of the most despised. I can’t think of any chapter in Scripture that more quickly reveals our sins than this chapter. It’s popularity may be due to its being one of the most misunderstood and least applied chapters in the Bible. There’s a sense in which we’re ambivalent toward it. We’re drawn to it because of the grandeur of its theme and the eloquence of its language, yet at the same time we’re repulsed by this chapter because it reveals our shortcomings. We want to keep some safe distance from it because it so clearly demonstrates to us our lack of real love.
This chapter is part of an Apostolic admonition to Christians who were torn apart by contentions in the church. They were behaving in an immature, fleshly manner, and at the heart of this ungodly behavior was a manifestation of certain talents, abilities, and gifts without the presence of love in their lives. In the opening verses, Paul speaks of love as the sine qua non of Christian virtue (1 Cor. 13:1–3). He’s speaking with hyperbole, intentionally exaggerating things to make his point. He starts off comparing love to the gift of tongues. Paul says, in effect, “I don’t care if you are fluent in fifty languages or if you have the gift to speak foreign languages miraculously. I don’t care if God has endowed you with the ability to speak the language of the heavenly host. If you don’t have love, the eloquence of your speech becomes noise. It becomes dissonance, an irritating and annoying racket.” He says here that if we speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, we become a sounding brass or a clanging symbol—mere noise. All the beauty of speech is lost when love is absent.
Paul then compares love to the gifts of prophecy and understanding, miraculous endowments that God gave to people during the Apostolic era. These tremendous gifts were nothing compared to love. The Apostle says that you can have a miraculous endowment, you can receive power from God the Holy Spirit, but it is to be used in the context of the grace of love. And without that love, the use of the divine power is a charade. Jesus had to warn even His own disciples about the danger of using a God-given gift without love. Jesus empowered His disciples to participate in His ministry of exorcism, and they went out on their mission and came back clicking their heels. They were so excited at the effectiveness of their ministry that they were rejoicing in the power Christ had given them. But what did Jesus say? Don’t rejoice because you have been given power over Satan, but rejoice that your names have been written in heaven (Luke 10:1–20). The disciples were caught up with the power instead of the grace that was underlying that power. They were intoxicated with the gift, and were forgetting the One who gave it.
The bottom line is that the gifts of God can be used without love. When that happens, their value is destroyed. The essence of love, 1 Corinthians 13 tells us, is to seek the welfare of others. A person who reflects God’s love is driven to give of himself for others, not to wield his power for his own benefit. But we are people who are more interested in power, in doing rather than being. We’re more concerned to seize the supernatural power that God can give rather than the supernatural love that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5). We have misplaced priorities. Thanks be to God that His love for us is greater than our love for Him. May He strengthen us to pursue love above all else, a love that reflects His love for us in Christ (5:8).
19:1Hallelujah This is a Hebrew command meaning “Praise Yah.” “Yah” is a shortened version of Yahweh. Verses 1–3 are akin to the Hallel psalms (Pss 104–106; 111–118; 120–136; 146–150; from the Hebrew word halel, “to praise”). The Hallel psalms commemorate God’s deliverance via the exodus event, a theme echoed many times in Revelation.
Salvation and glory and power This grouping of three is meant to contrast with the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet—who are undeserving and powerless before God.
19:1 After these things. This is a time key. After the destruction of Babylon at the end of the Great Tribulation, just before the kingdom is established (chap. 20). This section bridges the Tribulation and the millennial kingdom. great multitude. Probably angels, since the saints join in later (vv. 5ff.; cf. 5:11, 12; 7:11, 12). The imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ prompts this outburst of praise.
19:1 The great multitude here is the “great multitude which no one could number” in 7:9. The reference to salvation (7:10) and the later reference to the twenty-four elders and four living creatures (v. 4; 7:11, 13) seem to support this understanding. However, some contend that multitude here refers to angels. Alleluia represents the Hebrew word meaning “praise the Lord.” The Hebrew word is well known in the OT from its frequent use in the Psalms (“praise the Lord” in Ps. 150:1, 6). The Greek transliteration of it appears in the NT only in Revelation (vv. 1, 3, 4, 6).
19:1After these things John hears a great multitude in heaven, praising the Lord for His righteous punishment of the great harlot. The song extols Him as the Lord our God to whom belong salvation, glory, honor, and power.
19:1. Beginning in chapter 19 a chronological development is indicated by the phrase after this (meta tauta). Literally this phrase means “after these things,” and refers to the events of chapter 18. Accordingly John heard what sounded like the roar of many people in heaven praising God, obviously because of the judgment on Babylon. Interpreters have shown much confusion in understanding the order of the events in chapters 19–20; thus it is important to note that this praise in 19:1 follows Babylon’s destruction in chapter 18.
The word “roar” (phōnēn) is literally a “sound,” modified by the adjective “great” (megalēn). This loud noise is from a great multitude, the same phrase used in 7:9 where the “great multitude” refers to the martyred dead of the Great Tribulation. For them in particular the judgment of Babylon is a great triumph. The Greek word for Hallelujah is hallēlouia, sometimes translated “alleluiah.” The word “hallelujah” is derived from the similar Hebrew word in the Old Testament. It occurs in the New Testament only four times, all of them in Revelation 19 (vv. 1, 3–4, 6). This is the biblical “Hallelujah Chorus.”
19:1“I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven” This is an allusion to Jer. 51:48. Chapters 17–18 draw heavily from Jer. 50–51 (the destruction of Babylon) for their imagery. This same phrase or concept is also found in Rev. 11:15 (the Second Coming after the seventh trumpet) and 19:6. There has been much discussion about who the multitude might be, but it is simply speculation as to whether it is the faithful angelic host or redeemed humanity.
1. After a loud voice of a vast multitude in heaven saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and praise and power belong to our God.”
The phrase after these things occurs nine times in the Apocalypse and usually denotes a shift in focus from one scene to another. That is, from looking at the destruction of Babylon the Great, John now concentrates on what is happening in heaven. The break between heaven and earth is never greater than when the measure of human lawlessness is full and reaches to heaven (18:5). When God’s plagues strike, nothing is left on earth except distress and devastation, but in heaven a countless multitude raises the hallelujah chorus.
After seeing Babylon’s demise on earth, John now hears what appears to be a loud voice coming from a vast multitude of angels and saints in heaven. Incidentally, while recording Revelation John mentions both seeing and hearing; he readily switches from the one to the other (e.g., 1:10, 12; 5:6, 11; 14:1, 2). The vast multitude (see 19:6 and 7:9) in heaven represents the voice of the redeemed and the angels surrounding God’s throne (compare Heb. 12:22–24). Both angels and saints form one immense chorus, perceived by John as a loud voice singing “Hallelujah!” This transliterated Hebrew word made up of hallelu (praise) and yah (an abbreviated form of Yahweh) has become a universally accepted term. In the same way, words like amen, abba, and maranatha appear in numerous languages around the globe. From Hellenistic Jews in their synagogues, early Christians adopted the expression hallelujah as a liturgical exclamation of joy.
The word appears only in the Psalms (twenty-four times) and in the nineteenth chapter of Revelation (four times). This shout of spiritual jubilation occurs at the beginning and end of individual psalms (e.g., Ps. 104, 106, 113, 117). Psalms 113–118 are known as the Hallel. Also the last five Psalms in the Psalter begin and end with the word Hallelujah (Ps. 146–150). “As the Heb[rew] Psalter closes with God’s chosen people singing ‘Hallelujah,’ the N[ew] T[estament] closes with God’s redeemed in heaven singing ‘Hallelujah.’ ” This is even more striking when we consider that Revelation 19 features the last series of hymns in this book.
The heavenly host continues its praise with the words, “Salvation and praise and power belong to our God.” John lists three attributes of God, the first of which is salvation. God planned salvation and chose us in Christ before the creation of the world (Eph. 1:4–5, 11). When the human race plunged into sin, God stood ready to redeem his people. God saves body and soul of all those whom the Lamb redeems throughout the world anywhere and anytime. He receives all the praise and glory for the redemptive work the Lamb has accomplished (7:10).
The salvation that God initiated and Jesus fulfilled results in God’s displaying both his glory and power (compare 5:12; 7:12). In the decisive battle against Satan, the victory belongs to God, whose glory is matchless and whose power is infinite. These three attributes of salvation, glory, and power demand songs of praise from all God’s creatures, especially saints and angels.
1. John tells us that he heard ‘as a great voice’ (niv paraphrases). This is somewhat puzzling, for there seems no doubt that he is telling us of the song of a heavenly host. It is a further example of his reserve in describing heavenly realities. The singers are not named, but they are probably angels, the throng of 5:11 (though Mounce thinks of the church). They sing a song of praise which begins, Hallelujah! This transliterates a Hebrew expression meaning ‘Praise Jah’, i.e. ‘Praise God’. It is the typical Hebrew note of praise. The word is found four times in this passage (vv. 1, 3, 4, 6), and not again in the New Testament. The Hebrew equivalent occurs a number of times in the Psalms, but it is always translated. This is thus the only passage in the English Bible where ‘Hallelujah’ occurs. The song ascribes to God salvation, glory and power. The events just described form an illustration of all three.
1 The great multitude in heaven praises God for judging the prostitute and avenging the blood of the martyrs. Many writers understand this multitude to be an angelic host; others believe it to be made up of the faithful dead. The specific mention of salvation (as in 7:10) and the concern for avenging the blood of the martyrs (as in 6:10) make it more likely that they are the church triumphant of 7:9–10, 13–17. The word “Hallelujah” occurs only in this passage in the NT (vv. 1, 3, 4, 6). It is derived from two Hebrew words (hālal and ah), and means “Praise Yahweh.” The Hebrew form introduces a number of Psalms (106, 111–13, 117, 135, 146–50), and is regularly translated “Praise the Lord.” Salvation, glory, and power belong to God. Salvation is more than personal deliverance. In this context it refers to the safeguarding of God’s entire redemptive program. It stands first in the sequence in that it is the fundamental aspect of God’s redemptive work (cf. 7:9). Glory and power follow and refer respectively to the majesty and the might revealed in effecting a deliverance of such magnitude.
Because Full Salvation Has Come
After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; (19:1)
As it does throughout Revelation (cf. 4:1; 7:9; 15:5; 18:1), the phrase after these things marks the beginning of a new vision. This new vision takes place after the destruction of Babylon (chaps. 17–18) and before the triumphant return of Jesus Christ (19:11–21) to establish the Millennial Kingdom (20:1–10). As the loud laments over Babylon’s destruction fade into silence, loud hallelujahs ring out in heaven.
In his vision John heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven. The text does not identify those whose composite voices make up the loud voice John heard, but they are likely angels. This great multitude does not appear to include the redeemed saints, since they are encouraged to join in the praise later (vv. 5–8). The uncounted millions of holy angels make up a majestic, awe-inspiring choir.
The angelic chorus opens with the important word Hallelujah, an exclamation of praise to God. The Greek word Allēlouia is a transliteration of a Hebrew phrase comprised of the verb halal (“to praise”) and the noun Yah (“God”). It appears only in this chapter in the New Testament (cf. vv. 3–4, 6). The Hebrew phrase first appears in Psalm 104:35, “Let sinners be consumed from the earth and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!” In its first Old Testament appearance, as in its first New Testament appearance, Hallelujah expresses praise for God’s judgment on the wicked oppressors of His people. The Hebrew phrase is associated with God’s deliverance of His people from Egypt in Psalms 113–18, which are known collectively as the Egyptian Hallel. It is a word often associated with both the judgment of the ungodly and the salvation of God’s people.
Heaven rejoices specifically because salvation has come for God’s people, and with it the glory and power that belong to God (cf. 1 Chron. 29:11) have been put on display. The word salvation does not focus on justification or sanctification, but celebrates the final aspect of salvation history, the glorification of the saints in the kingdom of Christ. The imminent coming of Jesus Christ prompts this praise as the angels anticipate the glory of His kingdom.
 Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Re 19:1). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you”Psalms 32:8.
We were anchored at a beautiful beach in the Spanish Virgin Islands. My thirteen-year-old daughter had met a friend and they were off adventuring in the kayaks.
Upon their return, they were full of excitement, chatting about the spot they had found. After beaching the kayaks and discovering a mountain they wanted to climb, they ventured all the way to the top. They navigated their way through steep, rocky terrain covered with many different types of cactus. As they didn’t anticipate the treacherous journey they would encounter, they neglected to bring shoes.
The next day, my daughter was up bright and early, excited to take me on the same trek. With shoes on, we boarded the kayaks. Once ashore, we began the excursion up the mountain for the spectacular view. Not long into the journey, we looked just five feet over and saw a well-traveled trail. She couldn’t believe her eyes: a trail with no jagged rocks or thorny cactus. Just a slight alteration to yesterday’s route, and they could have spared their feet such agony.
How many times do I find myself in parallel situations? If only I had consulted the Lord before retaliating with my tongue. If only I had remembered God’s word about being a servant. What about the times I deliberately choose not to follow my husband’s lead because I want something else?
How many times conflict could have been avoided if I spoke to Jesus first and recalled what He has taught me in His Word. Seeking the path He has laid out for me in scripture, rather than forging my own way, will protect me and the relationships with those around me.
Spectacular view from the top. Follow the map.
Thank you Jesus, that you have given me an exact map for my travels in life. Thank you that Your Word provides all the answers I will ever need. Please help me to look to you before making any decisions or course changes in order that I do not wander away from your plan for my life. Thank you for making your direction clear to anyone who looks for it. Amen.
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mark 4:39
I remember a friend of mine a few years back calling to tell me about a report whirling around the office. “My company is planning a ‘reorg’,” he said, which is a significant and disruptive overhaul of its business structure. He had a new baby on the way at the time. The possibility of getting laid off concerned him a great deal and his stress level soared as we continued to talk.
Since I have survived several reorgs, I was glad he had reached out to me. I tried to ease his worries about his family and close friends at work by giving him my perspective on what to expect in the coming days and weeks.
As we continue to exchange ideas to help him prepare, I realized how often we fail to go to our Savior when we see an approaching storm. Our tendency is to brace for the looming trouble ahead with the help of colleagues and friends alone.
Jesus knows about the approaching storms we face and wants to assist us through them.
But we must remember, he will not force us to call on him. Instead, he patiently waits for our prayers for assistance, nudging us to call out to him before it becomes too late.
Let us not overlook our need for his presence and power to quiet the heavy rains and strong winds advancing toward us. He sees ahead and knows what steps to take. Invite Jesus into our problems, reaching out to him in prayer, so we can receive his guidance on what to do before the storm comes ashore.
Lord, let me always be in awe of your power and wisdom that I do not foolishly attempt to take on the storms in my life by myself. By the work of the Holy Spirit, please remind me to seek your wisdom and guidance first before I start looking elsewhere for help. Amen.
Ask the Lord to meet you in the middle of the storms of your life and invite him to guide you by faith.
Faith and Humility Are One Habakkuk 2:4; Zephaniah 3:12
As we see how in their very nature pride and faith are irreconcilably at variance, we shall learn that faith and humility are at root one, and that we never can have more of true faith than we have of true humility.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Given Patience in the Midst of Trials Romans 5:3; 12:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:4
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will reward me plentifully, and will give me in my trials the help of patience.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Looking back over 27 years of ministry, I’ve come to realize one of the great challenges as Christians is to be consistent in our daily walk with the Lord.
Chosen by the Father, redeemed in Christ, born again and sanctified by the Holy Spirit – all by grace, how must we now live Corum Deo, before the face of God? How are our lives as Christians to be uniquely different from those of the world?
How? Ephesians 5 provides the answer. We are to be imitators of God. We are to walk in love. We are to walk in light. We are to walk in wisdom. What does that look like? Well, let’s walk through these passages together in the coming month. It is also my goal to write these devotionals simple enough for children and young people to engage in further discussion together during family devotions.
Be imitators of God
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. – Ephesians 5:1
God, through the apostle Paul, issues a command, “Therefore be imitators of God…” Notice, God is not merely making a helpful suggestion or offering believers some good advice for our careful and prayerful consideration. No, this is a command. Do this! The word translated here as “imitator” is from the Greek word meaning “to mimic” or “to copy”. God is actually commanding us to mimic or copy Him. We are to be just like Him.
The command to be God-like takes us back to the dawn of creation.“Then God said. “Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). God is the eternal Creator and we are but mere creatures, and yet, God created us in His image and likeness to be just like Him.
To be made in God’s image means that, as prophets, we can know God and tell others the truth about God and everything He has made and done. As priests, we can offer ourselves to God in our service of love and obedience to Him. As kings, we can fight against sin and evil and rule with God over the works of His creation. The creation of man in God’s image at the dawn of creation indicates that we were created by God to be imitators of God to His praise, glory and honor.
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower you more and more to be the image-bearer of God that He created you to be.
Rev. Henry Van Olst felt called to the ministry at the age of 32 after 12 years of working in the accounting field. He served the Parkland Reformed Church (URC) of Ponoka, Alberta from 1993 to 2005; served in several other churches, and upon retirement in 2020 moved back to Ponoka, Alberta along with his wife Mary, to be closer to their four married children and fifteen grandchildren. Rev. Van Olst remains active in preaching and teaching as the church is currently vacant. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
Biden Considering Bringing Deported Illegal Aliens BACK Into the US, Presumably With Your Money According to a bombshell new report from the Associated Press, … Joe Biden and his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are considering bringing back illegal aliens who were previously deported. The stunning revelation would most likely funded with your tax payer dollars. The Biden administration is being pressured by open borders activists and the National Immigrant Justice Center who want Biden to issue an executive order, creating a separate branch within the DHS allowing illegal aliens the ability to request their return back in to the States.
Russia Monitoring Biden’s “Persecution” Of Capitol Hill Rioters & Their “Opposition Rights” Moscow had some stinging words for Washington which were also hilariously ironic on Monday, as both Putin and Biden look ahead to their in-person summit set for June 16 in Geneva. Warning of “uncomfortable” signals to come, the Kremlin indicated that high on the agenda would be a range of human rights and free speech issues in the United States, particularly the “persecution” of those behind the January 6 Capitol riot by the Biden administration. He said Russia was monitoring the “persecution” of those behind the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
I’m Christian, I Have Nothing To Do With Palestine Hamas itself insists that Palestine is “Islamic,” while Israel is “Jewish.” As Christians who believe in the Bible, which side we choose should be obvious. The Bible clearly states that “Palestine” belongs to the Jews, and the return of the Jews to this land in 1948 fulfilled one of the Bible’s greatest prophecies.
Mossad Chief Wants to Increase ‘Activities’ Against Iran “In our war against terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas and against Iran for all its violent activity in our region and its ambition for nuclear weapons – I think that activity against the Iranian regime should be stepped up. Iran and his activities must be fought to the end until it realizes that any departure from the lines will cost it enormously,”
Russia Warns America To Expect Various ‘Uncomfortable’ ‘Signals From Moscow’ Ahead Of Putin-Biden Meeting “The Americans must assume that a number of signals from Moscow … will be uncomfortable for them, including in the coming days,” Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said according to RIA news agency, Reuters reported. Russia is also ramping up its military activity in the west, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reportedly added Monday, according to Interfax news agency. Shoigu explained the move is a reaction to increased military activity from the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),
North Korea Warns Of ‘Acute And Instable Situation’ In Message To Biden Administration North Korea warned the United States it was creating an “acute and instable situation” in the region Monday following a recent summit between President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The warning was North Korea’s first response to the May 21 summit between the U.S. and South Korean leaders at the White House, The Associated Press (AP) reported. Biden and Moon had agreed in a joint statement to end decades-long restrictions on South Korea’s missile program.
Miri Regev: Bennett is the Madoff of Israeli politics Speaking to Channel 12 News, she said, “I still hope that we will succeed in forming a right-wing government and that Bennett, who is in fact the ‘Madoff’ of Israeli politics, because he deceived and lied to his voters, will come to his senses and come back.”
Is an Iranian warship heading towards Venezuela? Two warships flying Iranian colors are sailing south along the east coast of Africa and may be headed to Venezuela, Politico reported on Saturday. The US national security apparatus is monitoring the ships’ progress. The vessels, a frigate and the Makran forward staging base, are believed to be headed toward the Islamic Republic’s South American ally, but their destination, cargo and goal are unclear.
France’s Macron says US spying on European allies is not acceptable Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that wiretapping allies was not acceptable after reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on European allies. Macron said France and Germany were seeking full clarity on what happened. “This is not acceptable amongst allies,” Macron told a news conference after a virtual Franco-German meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
BLM founder calls for the “End of Israel” A recently resurfaced video of the recently deposed head of the BLM movement underscores the movement’s viciously anti-Israel history. A closer look reveals that BLM’s agenda not only calls for the destruction of the only Jewish state but they are also dedicated to tearing down the US.
Shin Bet fears violence against Lapid, Bennett, and Shaked The Shin Bet warned today (Monday) of an increase in incitement against the chairman of Yesh Atid, MK Yair Lapid, and senior members of the Yamina party, MKs Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, who are working to form a unity government. According to a report on the Haaretz website, the Shin Bet ordered the police and the Knesset Guard to increase security around Bennett and Shaked to level 5 – one level below the highest level of security.
China claims new fusion record with its “artificial sun” nuclear reactor China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) is one of a number of promising nuclear fusion research devices in operation around the world, and over the past few years we’ve seen it take some impressive steps forward. Chinese state media is now reporting that scientists working on the project have achieved a new world record by holding plasma of 120 million degrees Celsius for 101 seconds in their latest round of experiments,
Historic rainfall hits New Zealand, causing severe flooding Hundreds of residents in north Canterbury in New Zealand have been evacuated amid severe flooding fuelled by a one-in-100-year heavy rain over the weekend. According to NIWA, the rainfall was 200 to 400 percent of normal for the month of May, causing rivers to rise and flood A state of emergency has been declared on Sunday, May 30, 2021, as flooding threatened thousands of homes.
Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Alaska, U.S. A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Alaska at 06:59 UTC on May 31, 2021, at a depth of 58.2 km (36 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.
The coronavirus pandemic is over, but the VACCINE pandemic is only just beginning It’s over folks. Over. Take off your useless, bacteria-laden mask and quit that ridiculous social distancing. Take your vitamin D and your zinc. Take your medicinal mushrooms. So you had to “eat” a whole year of fear-mongering and pandemic propaganda, but it’s finally come to a close for the ones who “know” what fake news really means, and what the CCP/Biden Regime is really capable of – insidiousness.
New York Times and Washington Post bash Israel with false claims The New York Times and the Washington Post have once again engaged in Israel bashing—spewing out fake maps and phony history about Israel, its origins and indeed its continued existence as the Jewish National Home—first articulated in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine and confirmed in article 80 of the United Nations Charter.
When You Willingly Report to the New Government’s Camps for Food, What Does History Say About Your Odds of Coming Out Alive? ..Before describing the fate that lies ahead for many unprepared and spineless Americans, please allow me to remind you that these globalists serve Satan. Communism serves Satan. Karl Marx worshiped Satan. Also, I must ask the naive and cowardly, did you not you read the quotes I posted from UN supporters last week? They clearly serve Satan and they are hell-bent on your destruction. Along the same vein, did you not read the CHICOM Defense Minister, Wei Fenghe, leaked speech made to the CCP which stated that their intent was the total extermination of all Americans? He clearly serves Satan whether he admits or not.
Russian army mocks US Army recruit adPosted: 01 Jun 2021 06:41 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – On the latest episode of “The Rubin Report,” BlazeTV host Dave Rubin gave his reaction to the viral Russian army ad that was juxtaposed alongside the new “woke” ad for the U.S. Army.The Russian army ad is downright menacing. By contrast, the U.S. Army ad focuses on LGBT social justice issues and is animated, as if it was made for little children. “We’re screwed, people,” Dave said after playing the video.Continue reading Russian army mocks US Army recruit ad at End Time Headlines.
“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” —John Adams (1797)
Gov. Greg Abbott counters with special session and a threat to veto funding for the state legislature.
As the Texas legislature neared the end of its session and was poised to pass a new voting integrity bill, SB 7, Democrat lawmakers snuck out of the building, preventing the quorum required for voting on legislation. It was a forgone conclusion that Texas’s Republican-controlled legislature would pass the bill, and Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised to sign it.
Democrats justified pulling the political stunt by falsely charging that the new voter integrity bill is an effort to suppress minority voting. However, as with the charges leveled against Georgia’s voter integrity law, the Texas bill is anything but suppressive. Instead, it works to close potential windows for fraud opened by accommodations during a once-in-a-century pandemic.
As the Wall Street Journal editorial board pointedly observes, “The 67-page bill would roll back Covid-19 innovations like Harris County’s drive-through voting and 24-hour voting. Those options were used disproportionately last year by black and Hispanic residents. But when did emergency procedures amid a 100-year pandemic suddenly become the new baseline? It’s hardly crazy to think polling-place shenanigans might be more likely at 3 a.m.”
Furthermore, the bill sets early voting at a generous two weeks, while creating a new ID number-based system for authenticating absentee ballots rather than the notoriously unreliable system of trying to match signatures.
While not going as far as to call the Texas voter integrity law “Jim Crow,” Joe Biden did ridiculously assert that “democracy itself is in peril.” What may be in peril is the Democrat Party’s scheme to prevent commonsense protections against voter fraud like voter ID laws while expanding their strategy of bulk-mail balloting.
Moreover, as Ben Shapiro aptly noted, “TX Dems walked out to deny a quorum, and then called on the federal Dems to completely override the principles of federalism and take control of voting procedure. This is not, apparently, a threat to democracy. It seems ‘threat to democracy’ just means anything Democrats oppose.”
Fortunately, Texans have a tough, no-nonsense governor who quickly punched back at Democrat shenanigans by calling for a special emergency session. “I declare Election Integrity and Bail Reform to be must-pass emergency for this legislative session,” Abbott declared. “It is deeply disappointing and concerning for Texans that neither will reach my desk. Ensuring the integrity of our elections and reforming a broken bail system remain emergencies in Texas. They will be added to the special session agenda.”
But Abbott didn’t stop there. He also warned Democrats, “I will veto Article 10 of the budget passed by the legislature. Article 10 funds the legislative branch. No pay for those who abandon their responsibilities.”
As with the Wuhan lab-leak theory, the mainstream media and Democrats have teamed up to declare that any suggestion of fraud in the 2020 election is tantamount to spreading misinformation. Ironically, Democrat lawmakers in Washington are the ones who have pushed their partisan election “reform” via HR 1, while at the same time insisting there was no election fraud. The question then obviously arises: If there was no election fraud, then why the insistence on passing their massive election reform bill? Keep in mind that HR 1 was created well before the 2020 election.
Republican-controlled states’ efforts to pass election integrity bills have everything to do with both reining in the sweeping COVID-induced election rule changes and preventing Democrats in Washington from turning the entire nation’s election system into California’s. This also explains why Biden and others continue to disingenuously slander Republican election integrity bills as “voter suppression.” The real voter suppression is diluting the legitimate votes of honest citizens by preventing the enactment of sensible protections against voter fraud. That’s especially true given that Biden has opened the U.S. southern border to record numbers of illegal immigrants now flowing into the country.
The vice president’s message to the American people was more than merely tone-deaf; it was repulsive.
Were there any lingering doubt about Vice President Kamala Harris’s unfitness for office, she removed it on Saturday with a four-word abomination of a Memorial Day message.
“Enjoy the long weekend,” she tweeted above a dazzling profile picture of Hers Truly. And that was it. No mention of the reason for that long weekend, nor any acknowledgment of the awesome and deeply sobering sacrifice of the warriors, the American Patriots, who made it possible.
Her tone-deaf tweet speaks for itself, but New York Congressman Lee Zeldin, himself an Iraq War veteran, properly finished it for the rest of us: “…and pay tribute to the courageous men and women of our nation’s military who sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedoms and liberties.”
We wonder, in all seriousness: Where’s the apology? Because this was profoundly insulting to every American who understands what Memorial Day means. Remarkably, as we went to press, the tweet is still up there, visible for all to see.
Said another veteran, a Marine named Joey Jones, a Fox News contributor and a former bomb technician who left two legs in Afghanistan, “Just remember, it’s not ‘the Republicans’ who make the argument that Republicans are the only pro-military pro-patriotism culture party.”
“This is my Uncle Walter, Madame Vice President,” wrote another Twitter respondent. “He won’t be enjoying the ‘long weekend’ because he was KIA at Peleliu in September 1944, advancing with his fellow Marines to take the island’s airfield. Obliterated by an enemy artillery shell. He had just turned 18.”
But, yeah, Madame Vice President, enjoy the long weekend.
On Sunday, Harris and her handlers tried to do some damage control: “Throughout our history our service men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country,” she said in a sorry do-over. “As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice.”
As a politician, Harris checks a lot of demographic boxes: female, black, Asian, and the like. But as a potential commander-in-chief, she’s a walking, talking how-not-to course. More evidence of that was on display Friday during a commencement address she gave to the U.S. Naval Academy. Here’s an excerpt:
You are ocean engineers who will help navigate ships through thinning ice. You are mechanical engineers who will help reinforce sinking bases. You are electrical engineers who will soon help convert solar and wind energy into power, convert solar and wind energy into combat power. And just ask any Marine today, would she rather carry 20 pounds of batteries or a rolled-up solar panel? And I am positive she will tell you a solar panel, and so would he.
As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York noted, “Left almost entirely undiscussed was the more basic mission of the Navy and the Marines. They fight wars. Heavily armed, they protect U.S. interests and shipping and project America’s power at sea and around the world. They have done it, with great valor and sometimes at enormous personal sacrifice for sailors and Marines, for more than 200 years.”
York also contrasted Harris’s address with one given four years ago to that year’s graduating class of Midshipmen. The contrast couldn’t have been more stark. Nor could their performance as vice presidents of the United States, nor could their respective Memorial Day messages.
“Today is Memorial Day in America,” tweeted Mike Pence, “the day that we honor all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Their duty was to serve, our duty is to remember, and their memory will live in our hearts forever. God Bless our fallen heroes and their families.”
Exactly that. God bless our fallen heroes and their families.
The unemployment numbers from red and blue states certainly seem to.
John Edwards may not have coined the idea of “two Americas,” but he did bring the phrase to prominence in the 2004 presidential race, resurrecting it for his second bid in 2008. His message was that there’s one America for the powerful and one for the rest, and his intent was to show that Democrats are always the ones to fix it. The truth is, to the extent his bromide is true, the division is largely because of Democrats.
New statistics on the two recoveries from the pandemic-induced economic crisis brought this phrase back to mind.
Comparing the April unemployment rates on a state-by-state basis reveals that there has been a Republican recovery and a Democrat, well, non-recovery. In fact, say Allysia Finley and Esther Plecy in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “It’s rare to see differences that are so stark based on party control in states. But the current partisan differences reflect different policy choices over the length and severity of pandemic lockdowns and now government benefits such as jobless insurance.”
Before “15 days to flatten the curve” became “15 months” in some quarters, the nation largely did shut down in an attempt to prevent the rampant spread of COVID from overwhelming our hospitals and healthcare workers. The economic devastation was quick and abysmal.
Unfortunately, the goal shifted from the reasonable to the unattainable — eliminating the spread of the coronavirus entirely. At least that’s what Democrat governors and mayors across the nation seemed to convey as they kept their states and economies shuttered for months on end. Their real aim was the acquisition of power, and most of them used it to handicap the economy to defeat Donald Trump and make more Americans dependent on government. High unemployment is literally being subsidized — except in GOP-controlled states that have eliminated “enhanced” benefits.
Thus, here we are, 15 months after the shutdowns began, looking at starkly different unemployment numbers. Finley and Plecy lay it out:
With some exceptions, those run by Democrats such as California (8.3%) and New York (8.2%) continued to suffer significantly higher unemployment than those led by Republicans such as South Dakota (2.8%) and Montana (3.7%). …
Nine of the 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates are led by Republicans. The exception is Wisconsin whose Supreme Court last May invalidated Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’s lockdown. The unemployment rate in Wisconsin is 3.9% — the same as Indiana — compared to 7.1% in Illinois whose Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been slow to reopen.
Well, at least Democrat governors saved lives, right? Not exactly. Power Line’s John Hinderaker does the math and it’s not good. “I added up the coronavirus deaths per 100,000 of population, according to the CDC, for the ten states in the Journal’s chart with the highest unemployment rates, and averaged them,” Hinderaker writes. “I found that the ten states with highest unemployment averaged 202.6 deaths per 100,000. I then did the same thing for the ten states (all but Wisconsin with Republican governors) with the lowest unemployment. Their average deaths per 100,000 was much lower, at 134.5.”
Now, as Hinderaker and his Power Line colleagues admit, it’s certainly not entirely fair to compare the death rate of a densely populated place like New York City with that of a rural state like South Dakota. And there’s enough data to at least make it arguable that lockdowns (and mask mandates) did reduce deaths, even if they were far less effective than proponents would have us believe.
Ultimately, this is not a black-and-white argument, or even a red-and-blue one. That, actually, is the real point, and it’s something politicians of any stripe rarely admit: There are tradeoffs with policy choices. Lockdowns, for example, did one thing at the cost of another. The job of a leader is to speak honestly about the choices we face, not to pretend that they are our saviors and their policies have no downside.
Last Thursday, our friend Foster Friess died. He was 81. Foster had been a Patriot Post reader, encourager, and supporter for many years. A man of faith, boundless energy, enterprise, and foresight, we were all distressed to hear about his cancer diagnosis last September.
Foster grew up on a cattle farm in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. He was his high school valedictorian and his family’s first-generation college graduate. He became an Army intelligence officer, and in 1962 demonstrated how smart he was when he married his sweetheart, Lynn.
In 1964, Foster joined the Brittingham NYSE member firm, where he rose to become their Director of Research. Ten years later, he and Lynn founded their own investment firm, Friess Associates. He grew that asset management business substantially, being lauded in 2001 by Business Week as “the longest-surviving successful growth-stock picker, having navigated markets for 36 years, in his own firm since 1974.”
Foster was a major backer of conservative political candidates. He also backed a few successful online conservative publications, including The Patriot Post, and he seeded funding for Charlie Kirk’s organization, Turning Point USA. He was committed to organizations whose mission was extending the blessing of Liberty to the next generation and was thus a supporter of our nonprofit Patriot Foundation Trust.
Spending his later years in Wyoming, Foster did what he did best right unto the end — having accumulated significant wealth, in return he invested much of it back into organizations that supported the freedom which made his success possible.
Foster is survived by Lynn, their four children, and 15 grandchildren. His family said, “We are grateful for the wonderful life Foster lived and thankful to the many people who have shared their prayers during his illness.”
Fair winds and following seas, Foster. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Emails on Hunter Biden’s laptop provide further proof that Joe Biden lied about overseas business dealings.
It’s probably pure coincidence that Hunter Biden’s money-for-nothing Burisma salary got cut by a third in early 2017, just two months after his dad left office. And then halved the following year. Pure coincidence.
Only the most jaded of observers could think it had anything to do with the fact that his dad was no longer setting U.S. policy in Ukraine. After all, Hunter still brought plenty to the table: his encyclopedic knowledge of the energy industry, his familiarity with the country and its customs, his fluency in its native tongue, and, of course, his sterling reputation for decency and clean living.
One wonders what our crackerjack FBI has been doing all this time with Hunter’s laptop, because it sure seems to have plenty of incriminating information on it. New York Post columnist Miranda Devine has been sifting through emails and invoices and the like, and putting together a book due out in September titled Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide. We can’t wait.
As Devine reports, “The Ukrainian energy company that was paying President Biden’s son Hunter $1 million a year cut his monthly compensation in half [beginning] two months after his father ceased to be vice president. … In 2016, Hunter’s total income from Burisma was $999,996. In [May] 2017 it dropped to $665,000, and then $498,000 in 2018.”
Still, according to an email from Burisma executive Vadim Pozharskyi, the notoriously corrupt Ukrainian energy company was eager to retain whatever influence-peddling services Hunter could provide. “We are very much interested in working closely together,” Pozharskyi said, “and the remuneration is still the highest in the company and higher than the standard director’s monthly fees. I am sure you will find it both fair and reasonable.”
Yep, pure coincidence. Just like it was pure coincidence that Michelle Obama nearly tripled her “community affairs” salary at the University of Chicago Hospital — from $121,910 in 2004, just before Barack was elected to the Senate, to a cool $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office.
Anyway, nice work if you can get it. But you can only get it if you’re a connected Democrat.
“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Joe Biden snarled back on September 19, 2020, at a campaign event in Iowa — the state that got to know him best, and the state that relegated him to a telling fourth-place finish in its caucuses. “Here’s what I know: Trump should be investigated,” he added. “Ask the right questions!”
Ask the right questions, eh? Hunter’s former business associate, Tony Bobulinski, gave the corrupt mainstream media all sorts of great questions back in October, just before the election, but reporters weren’t interested.
Still, we’ll give the president one more chance to come clean: If you never spoke to your son about his overseas business dealings, then what did you and Hunter talk about at that secret dinner on April 16, 2015, at Café Milano in Georgetown? You remember — the dinner he arranged so he could introduce you to his Ukrainian, Russian, and Kazakhstani business associates.
“The reason for the dinner is ostensibly to discuss food security,” Hunter told one of the attendees via email. “Dad will be there but keep that between us for now.”
Yeah, better keep that under wraps. We wouldn’t want the American people to think that a future U.S. president lied to the American people about his sleazy son’s business dealings. Or worse, that a sitting U.S. vice president was working a side hustle with that same son, trading on the family name instead of tending to the affairs of state.
The social media giant censored the Wuhan lab-leak theory, calling it “misinformation” — until now.
One of the top reasons Facebook gives for justifying its censoring of users’ posts is to stop the spread of misinformation. It’s a disingenuous rationale no matter the earnestly declared “righteous” intentions of the Big Tech giant, as absolutely no person or organization has a corner on the truth. It was this reality, in fact, that led America’s Founding Fathers to wisely erect protection for the freedom of speech via the First Amendment. While that governs Congress’s conduct, it’s clear that Americans should cherish a prevailing culture of free speech.
It is pure hubris to suggest that an organization or entity can fairly and justly police thought. Yet it is this hubris that has led Facebook to believe it’s in a position to determine what information Americans should and should not be allowed to promulgate on its platform. It’s also an unsurprising irony that those running Facebook are often the most guilty when it comes to spreading misinformation via their media “fact-checkers” — partisans whose “facts” are more often than not better defined as opinions.
Case in point is Facebook’s recent about-face on the Wuhan lab-leak theory for the origin of COVID-19. When first broached back in March of last year, the mainstream media, out of its aggressive anti-Trump resistance, quickly derided early evidence and suggestions that the coronavirus may have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology rather than a Wuhan wet market. The lab-leak theory was the stuff of tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracists, The Journalists™ declared, and therefore even asking questions about it was classified by Facebook’s “fact-check” army as “misinformation.”
Fast-forward to a year later, and evidence continues to grow in support of the lab-leak theory, while at the same time the validity behind the wet market claims are fading. Even mainstream media outlets have suddenly become interested in the possibility that the ChiCom Virus pandemic actually did originate in a ChiCom lab. Facebook too has flipped.
Now that the one-time “crackpot theory” that Facebook censored and prevented from being posted on its platform has become the leading explanation for COVID-19’s origin, the social media giant has shifted its stance. Facebook says it “will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made or manufactured from our apps.”
While it’s true that an increasing number of public health experts have begun favoring this theory — the excuse Facebook gives for its sudden change — the reality is that political considerations were the actual motivating factors behind the censorship in the first place. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board observes, “While a political or scientific claim is disfavored by government authorities, Facebook will limit its reach. When government reduces its hostility toward an idea, so will Facebook.”
Just two years ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed, “I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy.” However, when his own political interests were threatened, Zuckerberg clearly had little hesitation engaging in censorship for the sake of Democrats. This is yet another reason why Section 230 needs to be changed to prevent this kind of politically calculated abuse of free speech rights.
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Insight: “A world of unseen dictatorship is conceivable, still using the forms of democratic government.” —Kenneth Boulding (1910-1993)
Political futures: “The problem that Democrats have is that they have accepted — and celebrated — the people making a comprehensive case against the police as systematically racist. This argument doesn’t naturally allow for nuance. In fact, it logically entails calling for fewer cops and less police funding, an agenda that will be hard to sell to most people in the best of circumstances but is toxic in an environment of rising crime. Black Lives Matter has already been losing support in the polls, while trust in the police has been rising. Things would have to get much worse for crime to become as central an issue as it was in the 1970s. But Democrats who aren’t alarmed that reporters are dodging bullets at the George Floyd memorial are temping political fate.” —Rich Lowry
Re: The Left: “No one seemed upset when President-elect Joe Biden claimed Ted Cruz was a latter-day Goebbels spreading the ‘Big Lie.’ If challenging the legitimacy of an election is tantamount to fascistic disinformation, Democrats have been running the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda for the past five years.” —David Harsanyi
Re: the ChiCom Virus: “If you follow the money, you usually get to the bottom of things. In this case, when you get to the bottom of things the world population will find out that their governments approved a level 4 biolab that can produce biological weapons for China — the world’s number one enemy of freedom. And so far, 3.4 million human beings have died because of it.” —Michael Reagan
For the record: “Despite criticism of the pharmaceutical industry, sometimes well deserved, it represents a source of incredible innovation. Drug development has contributed to increasing life expectancy and quality of life for millions. Innovation in the industry is done at risk with no guarantee of success. According to the Tufts Center for the Study for Drug Development, it takes approximately $2.6 billion and from 12 to 15 years for a drug to go from development to FDA approval. Each new drug then has only five years of patent exclusivity. In addition, only five of 5,000 compounds that enter pre-clinical trials make it to human testing. From those five, only one is approved. Vegas has better odds. Business takes risk with the idea of a greater reward. IP protection in any industry is the insurance policy for the risk. Waiving IP protection, even in the extraordinary circumstances of a global pandemic, will dampen a willingness to take risk in the pharmaceutical industry, lessening innovation, and potentially depriving future generations of medical advances.” —Richard D. Kocur
And last… “If you took President Xi Jinping and turned him upside down and shook him, the World Health Organization would fall out of his pocket.” —Senator John Kennedy
In the map here, the blue isn’t for America’s Democratic Party. Rather, it’s for European countries that require voter photo IDs, which Democrats oppose in the U.S. The exception is Britain (green), which plans to require IDs for all elections, while Denmark (light blue) requires them on request.
Late-night HBO host Bill Maher came to Israel’s defense during the Friday episode of his weekly show, slamming the “liberal media” for its biased coverage of the conflict between the Jewish state and Gaza.
“One of the frustrations I had while I was off is that I was watching this war go on in Israel … and it was frustrating to me because there was no one on liberal media to defend Israel, really,” said Maher, who was out of commission for a week after testing positive for COVID-19.
Because of that, he said, kids “don’t … understand” the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. He quipped younger generations “can’t learn history from Instagram” because “there’s just not enough space.”
Maher found himself at odds with guest Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist who argued Israel has committed “possible war crimes” against Gaza.
“Well,” the HBO host said, “Gaza fired 4,000 rockets into Israel. What would you say Israel should have done instead of what they did?”
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Kristof replied, “I mean, international lawyers are pretty clear that they have a right to defend themselves. … But there is a sense that their response was probably a war crime because they did not sufficiently avoid civilian casualties.”
“But they purposely put the rockets in civilian places,” Maher shot back, referring to the terror group Hamas using community spaces like schools and hospitals to store their weaponry. “That’s their strategy.”
Maher also slammed the idea promoted by many on the left and in the media that Israel “stole” land that rightfully belongs to the Palestinians and are acting as “occupiers.”
“The Jews have been in that area of the world since about 1200 B.C., way before the first Muslim or Arab walked the earth,” he said. “[I] mean, Jerusalem was their capital. So if it’s who got there first, it’s not even close. The Jews were the ones who were occupied by everybody; the Romans took over at some point and then the Persians and the Byzantines and then the Ottomans. So yes, there was colonization going on there. Beginning in the 19th century, they started to return to Palestine, which was never an Arab country. There was never a country called Palestine that was a distinct Arab country.”
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The 65-year-old host pointed out that Hamas has “time and time again” rejected peace agreements that would have given them land.
“As far as Gaza goes, it’s amazing to me that the progressives think that they’re being progressive by taking that side of it, the Bella Hadids of the world, these influencers,” Maher said. “I just want to say in February of this year, a Hamas court ruled that an unmarried woman cannot travel in Gaza without the permission of a male guardian. Really? That’s where the progressives are? Bella Hadid and her friends would run screaming to Tel Aviv if they had to live in Gaza for one day.”
The post appeared first on American Lookout . Joe Biden reportedly received a sizable donation from a lobbyist in Russia before signing off on the Russian pipeline. Is the media still interested in Russia collusion or are we not doing that anymore?