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A Liberty University graduate wowed the judges and earned the “Golden Buzzer” on NBC’s America’s Got Talent Tuesday after performing an original song that had Simon Cowell in tears.
“Your voice is stunning – absolutely stunning,” Cowell said after Liberty grad Jane Marczewski, 30, sang an original song, It’s OK, that sparked a standing ovation.
The song, she explained, is the “story of the last year of my life.” Marczewski is battling cancer. During her most recent medical checkup, she said the doctor found “some cancer in my lungs, in my spine and my liver.”
“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy,” said Marczewski, whose stage name is Nightbirde.
Moments later, Cowell hit the Golden Buzzer, which automatically advances her to the competition’s semifinals. Marczewski fell to her knees in disbelief as confetti showered the stage.
A YouTube video of her performance has tallied more than 6 million views and was the No. 2 trending video on the platform Thursday.
Judge Howie Mandel also was impressed.
“That felt like the most authentic thing I’ve heard this season,” he said.
Before the song, she told him, “It’s so important that everyone knows that I’m so much more than the bad things that happen to me.”
Wearing a smile, she said she has a two percent chance of survival.
“But two percent is not zero percent. Two percent is something. And I wish people knew how amazing it is,” she said.
Terry Crews, the host of the show, told her, “You are the voice we all need to hear this year.”
“I expected I’d go out and do my best and try to keep the mindset I’m not there to impress people,” she told the Newark Advocate. “I’m there to give people a gift. It helps me not be so nervous. With all I’ve been through, when you come so close to death, it kind of changes your perspective, and you’re not afraid of anything.”
Marczewski was profiled in 2019 in the Liberty Journal. She graduated from the Christian school in 2013.
On her website, she discusses her faith and her battle with cancer. She titled a March 9 blog post, “God is on the Bathroom Floor.”
“I remind myself that I’m praying to the God who let the Israelites stay lost for decades,” she wrote. “They begged to arrive in the Promised Land, but instead He let them wander, answering prayers they didn’t pray. For forty years, their shoes didn’t wear out. Fire lit their path each night. Every morning, He sent them mercy-bread from heaven.
“… Call me cursed, call me lost, call me scorned. But that’s not all. Call me chosen, blessed, sought-after. Call me the one who God whispers his secrets to. I am the one whose belly is filled with loaves of mercy that were hidden for me,” she continued. “Even on days when I’m not so sick, sometimes I go lay on the mat in the afternoon light to listen for Him. I know it sounds crazy, and I can’t really explain it, but God is in there – even now. I have heard it said that some people can’t see God because they won’t look low enough, and it’s true.”
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Can you be a devout Christian and also a rebel and a resistor at the same time? Can you defy the authorities and powers that be, yet still claim to be a godly believer? Well, the short answer is yes. One can love God and serve him faithfully while also at times resisting and defying rulers, governments and unjust laws.
Of course one must distinguish between engaging in various acts of resistance when they might be called for, and being someone with a rebellious spirit – someone who just always defies all forms of authority for any and all reasons. But that distinction I have already carefully discussed – see here: billmuehlenberg.com/2021/05/22/on-rebellion/
In that piece I offered a brief overview of how we might proceed here:
-Yes, rebellion against God and his laws is a bad thing.
-Yes, rebellion against the just laws and rulings of a justly constituted authority is a bad thing.
-No, rebellion against tyranny and unjust laws is not necessarily a bad thing.
Indeed, this is the 39th article in my ongoing series of pieces on resistance theory. This has to do with how believers look at things like disobedience to unjust laws and resistance to tyrannical regimes. And I have looked at quite a few biblical examples of this, including what we find in the book of Daniel.
In one article I looked at Daniel 3 and how Daniel’s friends defied King Nebuchadnezzar. I also looked at Daniel 6 and how Daniel defied an ungodly edict of the king. billmuehlenberg.com/2021/03/24/12-biblical-cases-of-civil-disobedience/
A recent article by Peter J. Leithart – “On Not Being Assimilated” – also discusses this biblical book and is worth quoting from. He begins:
The first six chapters of the Book of Daniel present a narrative theology of resistance. Daniel and his three friends—best known by their Babylonian names, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego—are Jews in Babylonian exile. Again and again, they run afoul of kings and courtiers. As they begin training for Babylonian civil service, the four reject the king’s choice of food and wine, yet end up “fatter” than all the others (Dan. 1). Nebuchadnezzar threatens to kill Daniel along with all the Babylonian sages who fail to interpret the king’s disturbing dream of a metal statue that is reduced to rubble (Dan. 2); Daniel saves the day by telling Nebuchadnezzar the statue represents a series of empires that will crumble when struck by the smooth stone of God’s kingdom. Later, Nebuchadnezzar throws Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego into a fiery furnace for refusing to bow before an image (Dan. 3). On the night Babylon falls, Daniel reads an uncanny divine warning during King Belshazzar’s feast (Dan. 5), and he’s condemned to a lions’ den when he continues to pray to Yahweh in violation of the edict of the Persian King Darius (Dan. 6).
Daniel 3 is particularly apt for our times. Nebuchadnezzar erects a monumental golden image as the center of a new imperial cult. He gathers his court to the plain of Dura (reminiscent of Babel’s “plain of Shinar,” Gen. 11:2). Whenever music plays, the officials must prostrate themselves before the image, on pain of death. The list of instruments (tediously and comically repeated in Daniel 3:5, 7, 10, 15) includes Persian and Greek loan words, and the fourfold classification of musicians parallels the four-metal statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The orchestra is an empire in sound, harmonizing voices from every tribe and tongue. Nebuchadnezzar unites his dominions in song. From the king’s viewpoint, a fiery furnace is an appropriate punishment for refusing to worship: Dissenters will be forcibly melted in the crucible of Babylon. The message is clear: One way or another, you will be assimilated.
He goes on to say this:
Contemporary lessons abound. We too live in an empire that seeks to enforce consensus. When the rainbow flags start waving, everyone had better join in and mean it. You’d best sing along when everyone celebrates the latest trans breakthrough. Private dissent won’t be allowed to remain private; cultural Chaldeans scan the landscape for people who take a stand when they should be showing respect. Some resisters will find themselves face-to-face with kings. When that happens, Daniel 3 instructs us, let your “No” be “No,” and leave the consequences to God. http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2021/06/on-not-being-assimilated
I like the idea of refusing to be assimilated. And it is not just relevant for the culture wars. The entire statist over-reaction to Covid, with whole nations shut down, economies destroyed, businesses ruined, mental health problems and suicides skyrocketing, churches closed, and ordinary citizens arrested for no good reason, demonstrates how we also need to consider how we too might not assimilate.
Resisting authoritarianism is increasingly becoming our duty. Saying no to Big Brother Statism is now an aspect of faithful witness. We have had some brave pastors for example rebelling against the draconian state dictates, keeping their churches open.
Just as Moses resisted Pharaoh and insisted on the right of God’s people to worship, so too these courageous church leaders have defied the authorities. But too many Christians have simply assimilated. They have said a big yes to the Big State while effectively saying a big no to their own faith.
And there are very real consequences to all this. One area I have often written about in this regard is how the push by Big Business and the Big State for mandatory vaccines and vaxx passports is creating a two-tiered society with a new underclass. See here for example: billmuehlenberg.com/2021/06/09/forced-vaccines-health-fascism-and-medical-apartheid/
A new piece on this same topic has appeared which is worth drawing your attention to. Rachel Marsden also warns about this social chasm between those with rights and privileges (the vaxxed) and those without. She writes:
While the authorities keep saying that Covid-19 vaccination isn’t obligatory – at least, not yet – good luck trying to live a normal life without it. It’s clear the ostracization of those who haven’t had the jab is well underway. Last year, at this time, Covid-19 cases fell significantly without any substantial measures, as everything opened up for the summer and the powers-that-be in some countries allowed life to return to normal for a few months, all in the absence of vaccination.
This year, exactly the same phenomenon observed in 2020 is being attributed to mass inoculation. The narrative is that this is what’s saving us from Covid. And now the pressure’s on to force everyone into compliance, lest they want to live any semblance of normal life, beginning with summer travel.
She looks at these travel options and then continues:
So, hassle-free travel to these countries and others is almost fully dependent on vaccination, even though these same governments have so little faith in the jab itself that they still require vaccinated travelers to be tested unless they’re coming in from a place where Covid-19 is so rare as to be virtually non-existent. Makes you wonder what the point of vaccine-based travel restrictions are if they’re viewed as so shoddy they can’t be trusted to prevent spread.
These rules reflect what we’ve already been told: that the vaccine doesn’t prevent disease or transmission, but rather reduces the likelihood of severe illness in the relative few who may have been prone to it.
Nor is the vaccine seemingly enough to allow life to go back to pre-pandemic norms in some places, even as the annual virus season draws to an end and summer ramps up. While some countries’ swimming pools and gyms are back to relatively normal capacity and use, others are still making patrons sign up for limited time slots and swim up one lane and down another in order to maintain social distancing between length swimmers – presumably, so they don’t risk infecting someone while breathing during front crawl.
There’s absolutely no justification for forcing anyone to vaccinate – for travel or otherwise. This mantra being bandied about that everyone has to do their part and take the shot in order to protect others is just total nonsense. The proof is in the lack of confidence that governments themselves are showing this summer by demanding that even the fully vaccinated take Covid tests.
The jab protects one person: the jabbed. That’s it. And no one should be ostracized or inconvenienced as a result of making a different choice for whatever reason. This highly personal medical decision is being misrepresented as some kind of collective necessity and is marginalizing those wanting to make a choice that’s different from the one that governments are pushing. Since self-protection from serious forms of Covid-19 is in the hands of each individual, why exactly is the individual who chooses differently considered such a threat? http://www.rt.com/op-ed/526310-vaccine-two-tier-society/
Christians should care about things like fairness and justice. When clearly unfair and unjust policies like this occur, we should not be assimilating. We should be resisting. When even pagan filmmakers such as those who made Gattaca, The Island, and Elysium can warn about two-tiered systems in health care, Christians should be sounding the alarm as well.
We should be rebelling against this, not assimilating.
Bred and Fed by the Word
Deuteronomy 17:19; 29:9; Acts 17:11
If you mean your hope of salvation should rise to any strength and solidity, study the word of God diligently. The Christian is bred by the word, and he must be fed by it.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
War Is Not for Displaying Power
All actions no way conducive to obtain a contested right, or to bring the war to a termination, but calculated merely to display the strength of either side are totally repugnant to the duties of a Christian and to the principles of humanity. So that it behooves Christian princes to prohibit all unnecessary effusion of blood, as they must render an account of their sovereign commission to him by whose authority, and in whose stead, they bear the sword.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (James 5:8)
The last word in the Canticle of love is, “Make haste, my beloved,” and among the last words of the Apocalypse we read, “The Spirit and the Bride say, Come”; to which the heavenly Bridegroom answers, “Surely I come quickly.” Love longs for the glorious appearing of the Lord and enjoys this sweet promise-“The coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” This stays our minds as to the future. We look out with hope through this window.
This sacred “window of agate” lets in a flood of light upon the present and puts us into fine condition for immediate work or suffering. Are we tired? Then the nearness of our joy whispers patience. Are we growing weary because we do not see the harvest of our seed-sowing? Again this glorious truth cries to us, “Be patient.” Do our multiplied temptations cause us in the least to waver? Then the assurance that before long the Lord will be here preaches to us from this text, “Stablish your hearts.” Be firm, be stable, be constant, “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” Soon will you hear the silver trumpet which announces the coming of your King. Be not in the least afraid. Hold the fort, for He is coming; yea, He may appear this very day.
76:12 cut off the spirit of princes. God shatters the attitude of proud governmental leaders who rebel against Him.
76:11b, 12 Then the Gentile nations surrounding Israel are counseled to bring presents as tribute to the Supreme Ruler—this Mighty One who can reduce earth’s princes to size and cause awesome things to happen to the most powerful rulers.
12. If verse 11 left the matter open, this closes it. The first line can mean either ‘he snuffs out the lives’ (jb) or ‘he breaks the spirit’ (neb). The second line takes a related word to ‘feared’, discussed above (11); but now, as in verse 7, its context can only allow the meaning terrible.
If this is an Old Testament ending, the New Testament presents the same alternatives of willing or unwilling submission. But it adds to this the daunting dimension of eternity.
12. He will cut off the spirit of princes. As the Hebrew word בצר, batsar, occasionally signifies to strengthen, some think it should be so translated in this passage. But as in the two clauses of the verse the same sentiment is repeated, I have no doubt that by the first clause is meant that understanding and wisdom are taken away from princes; and that by the second, God is represented in general as terrible to them, because he will cast them down headlong from their loftiness. As the first thing necessary to conduct an enterprise to a prosperous issue is to possess sound foresight, in which the people of God are often deficient from the great perplexity in which they are involved in the midst of their distresses, while, on the other hand, the ungodly are too sharp-sighted in their crafty schemes; it is here declared that it is in the power of God to deprive of understanding, and to inflict blindness on those who seem to surpass others in acuteness and ingenuity. The majority of princes being enemies to the Church of God, it is expressly affirmed, that He is sufficiently terrible to subdue all the kings of the earth. When it is said, that their spirit is cut off, or taken away from them, it is to be limited to tyrants and robbers whom God infatuates, because he sees that they apply all their ingenuity and counsels to do mischief.
Ver. 12.—He shall cut off the spirit of princes. “The spirit” seems here to mean “the life.” God cuts off princes in their prime as a gardener cuts off bunches of grapes (comp. Isa. 18:5). He is terrible to the kings of the earth. Not “princes” only—נגידים—but “kings”—מלכים—also are cut off in their prime when God pleases. Sennacherib’s untimely death (2 Kings 19:37) followed not many years after the destruction of his host, in which there must have been many “princes.”
76:12 He breaks the spirit of rulers. The verb for “breaks” is used of cutting off grapes in preparation for the treading of the winepress and here gives the picture of “snipping” off the spirits of rulers, a figure of divine vengeance. This is an example of a truncated metaphor, where a verb or noun is enough to suggest the whole picture of the phenomenon represented in the author’s mind.
He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth (v. 12). God is able to take the life of rulers, using the analogy of pruning of vines. Not only within Israel is he the object of fear, but foreign rulers are called on to treat him with awe. Events in Israel and Judah were intended to be a lesson for other nations as well. The theme of fear of God occupies a central (nôrâʾ, v. 7) and concluding place in this psalm (môrâʾ, v. 11; nôrâʾ, v. 12).
 MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ps 76:12). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
 MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 665). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
Webster’s dictionary defines hope as: “to cherish a desire with anticipation.”
Hope leads a woman and man to profess their love for one another and commit to a lifetime of love together. Hope gives that same couple the strength to endure nine long months before holding their child in their arms. And it is with hope in their hearts they send that same child off to college and beyond….
In the movie Jakob the Liar, Jakob Heym is a Jewish man living in a poor Polish neighborhood during the Second World War, where suicides are common place and food is rare. There is no contact with the outside world and little reason for any hope.
One day, unexpectedly, Jakob finds himself outside the community where he happens to hear a news broadcast. He returns to the neighborhood, and before long the place is buzzing. The community begins to throb with life as hope grows. Hope gave the people a reason to go on living.
For us as followers of Jesus, hope gives us a reason to live — really live. This hope is strong and sure; it is the anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:19)! The pain and suffering of this world is minuscule in comparison to the glory that awaits us.
When life has you in its cross hairs and there seems to be no respite for your weary soul, remember, there is hope. It’s not wishful thinking, but it’s a hope that is sure.
Dear God, thank You that You have given us a reason to live. When our world seems like it’s crashing in, Lord, help us to remember Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
By Kristi Huseby
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“I cry aloud to the Lord, I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.” Psalms 142:1
I love the Psalms because they are so genuine; you know how the Psalmists feel even if it’s ugly and seemingly hopeless.
Would you believe that the person who wrote Psalms 142:1 was described as the apple of God’s eye? Impressively handsome? A brave military leader? The next king of Israel? Yes, the writer was David as he hid in a fortified cave outside the city of Adullam. He was hiding there because reigning King Saul, enraged with jealousy and fear, was out to kill him.
If you recall, David had a few chances to kill Saul even as Saul hunted him down, but in each case David resisted, not wanting to harm God’s anointed ruler. David took the high road despite his opportunity to remove his nemesis. But this Psalm of his lets us know it wasn’t easy.
Have you been in similar situations? Are you convinced you are living for God the best you can but you still experience struggles? Perhaps it’s health issues, financial woes, or relational problems. Perhaps you feel like running to a cave to hide and scream out, “Lord, have mercy on me!” or “Why this Lord?”
Be assured that God hears your complaint. And be equally confident that God hopes for us to stick with his plan, to take the high road, to keep being faithful even when life throws us problems, injustices, and pain. Our issues are not evidence of his unfaithfulness; rather, they remind us that we need to rely on him faithfully to help us through, just as David did.
Are you crying from a cave just now? Will you trust God to sustain you amidst your challenges?
God, listen to my heart, for it cries out to You; keep me in Your hands as I struggle. Thank You for sustaining me as I choose the right path despite many tribulations. Amen.
By Dr. Bill Strom
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The Analogy of Faith Better than Systems
There is the analogy of faith: it is a master key, which not only opens particular doors, but carries you through the whole house. But an attachment to a rigid system is dangerous: Luther once turned out the Epistle of St. James because it disturbed his system. I shall preach, perhaps, very usefully upon two opposite texts, while kept apart; but, if I attempt nicely to reconcile them, it is ten to one if I do not begin to bungle.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Suffering with Christ
Matthew 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 14:27; Romans 8:17; Philippians 3:10
Christ suffered for His beloved; should we wonder then that He has left us His example, in order that we endure patiently ourselves all things for our own salvation? He is God and we are His creatures; He is the Lord and we are His servants; He is the master of the world and we are insignificant mortals; He has need of nothing, we are destitute of all; He has suffered, why should we not suffer likewise, especially when suffering is for us a purification?
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Earthquakes Shake Caribbean; New Volcanic Eruption Possible
A series of earthquakes have rocked the Caribbean today and scientists are concerned that another volcanic eruption is possible in the Lesser Antilles on the island of Martinique. 17 earthquakes struck the Caribbean today, with most around western and southern Puerto Rico.
Macron says G7 countries should work together to tackle toxic online content
“The third big topic that could benefit from efficient multilateralism and that we’re going to bring up during this G7 summit is online regulation,” Macron said. “This topic, and I’m sure we’ll talk about it again, is essential for our democracies.” Really?
France and its partners work on financing mechanism for Lebanon – Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he was working with international partners to create a financial mechanism to ensure important public services can continue to work in Lebanon despite its deep political and economic crisis.
Palestinian teenager killed in West Bank protests, riots continue in Acre
in Acre, dozens of Arab residents began to protest following the arrests of residents due to their involvement in last months riots, according to N12.
Biden halts program that brings down cost of insulin, EpiPens
One focus during the Trump administration was lowering prescription drug costs, especially for low-income individuals. When he struck a deal with Big Pharma to lower the cost of insulin and epinephrine (EpiPens) for low-income patients, the White House rightly celebrated the accomplishment. Now the Biden administration has halted that initiative. Why does Joe Biden want to raise the price of such lifesaving drugs to those in greatest economic need?
Rep. Chip Roy Unveils Bill Banning Chinese Communist Party Members from Buying U.S. Land
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) will introduce legislation Friday designed to ban Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members from purchasing land in the U.S., according to The Spectator. Currently, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews some purchase agreements by foreign entities who seek to acquire land in the U.S. The Securing America’s Land from Foreign Interference Act will be put forward by Roy and fellow Texas Republican lawmakers Reps. Lance Gooden and Randy Weber.
After Inflation Earnings of Americans Have Declined in Every Month of the Biden Presidency
The real earnings of American workers fell for the fifth consecutive month in May as inflation erased all of the month’s wage gains and more. Real average hourly earnings for working Americans fell 0.1 percent in May compared with April, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday show.
Gallup poll on same-sex ‘marriage’ a wake-up call to Church
The newest poll of Americans shows an overwhelming majority supports same-sex “marriage,” and a prominent pastor lays the blame on the Church whose influence appears to be waning. According to Gallup, a record-high 70% no longer oppose two men being recognized as husband and husband after public acceptance has continually rose since Gallup first polled the public on the issue in 1996. That first-ever poll showed 27% in favor a quarter-century ago.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, who leads First Baptist Church in Dallas, did not hold back: the Church has dropped the ball. “I think it’s an indictment against the Church of Jesus Christ,
Biden a ‘devout’ Catholic? Record says it ain’t so, Joe
The list from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights includes executive orders, policy statements, administration rules, and Cabinet appointments that go against Catholic teaching; his budget, which doesn’t have Hyde Amendment pro-life protections; an Executive Order allowing boys into girls’ school bathrooms and locker rooms; and the appointment of Rachel Levine, a man who publicly presents as a woman, to a top position in the Department of Health and Human Services. According to Mike McDonald of the Catholic League, the new president wasted no time in violating his professed faith.
Nikki Haley to ‘Post’: Biden response to rocket attacks ‘not appreciated’
Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley fell short of condemning US President Joe Biden’s reaction to the recent security escalation between Israel and Hamas, but told The Jerusalem Post that his reaction was “not appreciated.” “If you had 4,500 rockets that went into DC, if any of our allies said they think we need to see restraint on both sides, I don’t think we would be very appreciative,” she said.
Questions raised after US State Dept tweet about Shi’ite charity
“Al-Khoe’i Foundation is a well-regarded international charitable and educational organization that has been doing good work since its establishment in 1989,” read an unusual tweet, without context or explanation, posted by the US State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs on Saturday. A search on Twitter for some background left many perplexed.
Billionaire tax leak deals Biden blow in getting GOP support for IRS funding
The massive leak of billionaires’ tax data has imperiled what support there might have been from Republicans to back President Joe Biden’s plan to give more money and authority to the IRS. On Tuesday investigative nonprofit organization ProPublica released details about the tax returns of thousands of the nation’s wealthiest people, a leak so expansive it covered some 15 years.
Disruption to shipping could delay Christmas orders
Disruption in the global container shipping industry shows no sign of being resolved quickly and could lead to shortages in the run-up to Christmas, say industry experts. An outbreak of Covid-19 in Guangdong province in southern China has caused acute congestion at the region’s ports. As a result, shipments have been delayed, exacerbating tensions within global supply chains.
Texas governor promises to build border wall amid migrant surge
The governor of Texas has vowed to build a wall on its border with Mexico, amid a surge in illegal migration. Republican Greg Abbott said he had allocated $1bn (£706m) in state funds to uphold border security. “While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows,” Mr Abbott said.
US lawmakers introduce bills targeting Big Tech
US lawmakers have introduced five bills aimed at limiting the power held by Big Tech companies. The bills were drafted after a 16-month investigation into the powers of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook. They address topics including data, mergers, and the competitive behaviour of these companies – which could ultimately lead to them being forced to sell some assets.
France’s Macron spars with UK’s Johnson over Brexit geography
French President Emmanuel Macron stepped into the Brexit maelstrom…by sparring with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the post-Brexit geography of the United Kingdom and France. Ever since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016, the two sides have been trying to solve the riddle of what to do about the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland which has a land border with EU member Ireland.
Israel’s incoming and outgoing leaders prepare for political change
Yamina leader Naftali Bennett marked the morning of his inauguration as Israel’s 13th prime minister with a prayer… Bennett posted an image of himself on Twitter wearing the traditional Jewish tefillin, with Hebrew version of the famous prayer from the Torah: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His countenance shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”
Saudi Arabia bars foreign pilgrims from Hajj due to COVID
No foreign pilgrims will be allowed to perform the Hajj once again this year after Saudi Arabia restricted the annual pilgrimage to citizens and residents, and set a maximum of 60,000 pilgrims in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Those wishing to perform the hajj must be free of chronic diseases and be vaccinated” and between the ages of 18 and 65, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Northern California under water shortage emergency, farmers warn water is unnecessarily let out to sea
Nearly two million people in Northern California have been placed under a water shortage emergency on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, as a severe drought continues to worsen in much of the western U.S. Mandatory water restrictions have been issued for Santa Clara County, while almost 17 million endangered salmon are being transported to the sea as rivers are drying up.
Northern California under water shortage emergency, farmers warn water is unnecessarily let out to sea
Nearly two million people in Northern California have been placed under a water shortage emergency on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, as a severe drought continues to worsen in much of the western U.S. Mandatory water restrictions have been issued for Santa Clara County, while almost 17 million endangered salmon are being transported to the sea as rivers are drying up. Meanwhile, Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona border and the largest in the U.S., has reached historically low levels as the water dropped to 326.61 m (1 071.57 feet) above sea level. Meanwhile, farmers are warning that water from reservoirs is unnecessarily being let out to sea.
Southwest monsoon advances, tropical low expected to bring heavy rain to areas recently hit by Tropical Cyclone “Yaas”
A Low Pressure Area over the NW Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal is expected to become more marked today and move WNW across Odisha, Jharkhand and north Chhattisgarh over the next 3 to 4 days, bringing widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal & Sikkim, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Vidharbha, Telangana during the next 5 – 6 days.
Pfizer vaccine linked to heart inflammation in young men, Israeli experts conclude
In a preliminary report submitted Tuesday, June 1, to Israel’s Ministry of Health, researchers found a probable link between the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and cases of heart inflammation following vaccination.
Remember that ‘ALL totalitarian regimes control people through protein starvation’ as these ‘two most precious commodities for the coming months’ come under ‘attack’
With hackers now going after the largest meat packing plant in the world, JBS SA, leading to supply chain fears as meat packaging plants are shuttered and some of world’s largest slaughterhouses globally are shut down just the latest signs that the closures are spreading as reported in this Reuters News story, videographer ‘Ice Age Farmer’ warns in the first video at the bottom of this story that the World Economic Forum’s “cyberpandemic” has hit our food supply, as the biggest animal protein producer in the world.
SHOCKING JUMP in Vaccine Deaths Reported This Week at CDC-Linked VAERS Tracking Website
There are more US deaths related to vaccines in 2021 in less than 5 months than there were the entire past decade. The number of deaths linked to vaccines this year has absolutely skyrocketed. According to the CDC’s own data, in 2021 n the first 3 months, the VAERS website recorded over 1,750 deaths due to vaccines in the US.
Joe Biden At G7 Announces $40,000,000,000,000 Plan To ‘Build Back Better For The World’ In Stunning Globalist Move Towards Great Reset
The first time I heard Joe Biden’s campaign slogan of ‘Build Back Better’, it struck me as strange because it was just so clunky and inherently meaningless. Build what back, better than what, it just kind of hovers in the ether, meaning nothing and saying nothing. But as it turns out, it says a lot, so much so that it turns out to be the main slogan to the impending New World Order of the United Nations. What an odd choice for a campaign slogan for a United States candidate for president, unless….
Half of all COVID unemployment relief was stolen – and most of of the $400 billion in illegally-claimed handouts were funneled to Russia, China and Nigeria, experts claim
Up to $400 billion in COVID unemployment relief was stolen – and more than half that cash was funneled to criminals in Russia, China and Nigeria, it was claimed.
Nevada Governor Found Hoarding Hydroxychloroquine After Banning Drug by Bronson Stocking
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, Democrat, had a kneejerk reaction to President Trump’s optimism about a malaria drug that might be an effective treatment for the Wuhan coronavirus. Trump was hopeful about the drug, so anti-Trump Democrats like Sisolak were against it.
Source: 13 Jun 2021 – Rapture Ready
Arkansas Gubernatorial candidate and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders discusses the press treatment the Biden administration gets, and all the ‘disasters’ that have unfolded since the 46ht President took the oath of office. – via The Benny Report with Benny Johnson, Saturdays at 9:30PM ET on Newsmax
Schools boards across America are getting an earful from angry parents and teachers for implementing the Marxist-based Critical Race Theory in their curricula, including from a black mother in Florida.
Keisha King told the Florida Board of Education on Thursday it was teaching hate and ruining the “greatest country in the world,” Fox News reported.
“Just coming off of May 31, marking the 100 years [since] the Tulsa riots, it is sad that we are even contemplating something like Critical Race Theory, where children will be separated by their skin color and deemed permanently oppressors or oppressed in 2021,” she said.
Her comments followed a request by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that the state school board pass a rule banning CRT and associated ideas in schools. The board later approved the rule.
CRT “is not teaching the truth,” King added, “unless you believe that whites are better than blacks.”
She rejected the claim that CRT was “racial sensitivity or simply teaching unfavorable American history or teaching Jim Crow history.”
“CRT is deeper and more dangerous than that,” she said. “CRT and its outworking today is a teaching that there’s a hierarchy in society where white male, heterosexual, able-bodied people are deemed the oppressor and anyone else outside of that status is oppressed.”
See Keisha King’s testimony:
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a mother who survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China before immigrating to the U.S. told the Loudon County School Board in Northern Virginia she is “very alarmed” by what schools are teaching.
“You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history,” she said.
The mothers, Xi Van Fleet, compared the ideology of CRT to the propaganda that fueled Mao’s deadly purge, which resulted in the deaths of as many as 20 million people dead from 1966 to 1976.
See Xi Van Fleet’s testimony:
In Florida, Keisha King noted corporations such as Coca-Cola are “asking their employees to be less white, which is ridiculous.”
“I don’t know about you, but telling my child or any child that they are in a permanent oppressed status in America because they are black is racist – and saying that white people are automatically above me, my children, or any child is racist as well,” she said.
“This is not something that we can stand for in our country.”
She said in the past, white and black Americans, and others, “hung, bled, and died right alongside each other to push America towards that more perfect union.”
If the teaching of CRT and other trends continue, she said, “we will look back and be responsible for the dismantling of the greatest country in the world by reverting to teaching hate and that race is a determining factor on where your destiny lies.”
Along with CRT, schools are implementing teaching from the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which contends the nation was founded on the institution of slavery. The author, Nikole Hannah Jones, said in a webinar last month that the intent of her project was to supplement the standard school curriculum and shape how U.S. history is viewed.
‘Simply no evidence” for ‘1619 Project’ claim
Proponents of CRT and the “1619 Project” contend injustices against minorities have been covered up in the teaching of U.S. history.
However, last October, prominent professors, academics and historians signed a letter urging the Pulitzer Prize Board to rescind its award to the author of the “1619 Project,” Nikole Hannah-Jones, arguing there is “simply no evidence” for her claim that “protecting the institution of slavery was a primary motive for the American Revolution.”
The Pulitzer board called her work “a sweeping, deeply reported and personal essay for the ground-breaking 1619 Project, which seeks to place the enslavement of Africans at the center of America’s story.” Hannah-Jones asserts that 1619, “when some 20 Africans arrived at Jamestown,” should be recognized as the year of the nation’s founding, not 1776.
But the scholars pointed out that the 1619 Project has been discredited by so many historians that the Times “has felt the need to go back and change a crucial passage in it, softening but not eliminating its unsupported assertion about slavery and the Revolution.”
“Prominent historians” keep finding “serious factual errors, specious generalizations, and forced interpretations,” they emphasized. But Hannah-Jones has dismissed the criticism, and the Times has stonewalled, the letter said.
The New York Times’ own fact-checker, Leslie M. Harris, the scholars pointed out, has “warned the newspaper that an assertion that ‘the patriots fought the American Revolution in large part to preserve slavery in North America’ was plainly false.”
Twenty-four members of UK Parliament have called on President Joe Biden to drop the US pursuit of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. A letter from the MPs was sent to Biden on Friday as the president attends the G-7 summit in Cornwall.
It takes aim at Biden’s predecessor for indicting Assange and calls on the president “to drop this prosecution.”
“We hope that your administration will become a staunch ally of all those working to roll back the shadow of criminalization against journalists,” the letter says, citing the US First Amendment.
The letter points out that as vice president in 2011 Biden opposed Assange’s prosecution.
“You, like us, must have been disappointed when your predecessor launched a prosecution carrying a 175-year sentence against a globally renowned publisher,” the MPs wrote.
They told Biden Assange’s case “weakens the right to publish.”
“Our countries are … increasingly confronted with the contradiction of advocating for press freedom abroad while holding Mr. Assange for years in the UK’s most notorious prison at the request of the US government,” the letter says. “We appeal to you to drop this prosecution, an act that would be a clarion call for freedom that would echo around the globe.”
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The text of the letter:
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, discusses cracking down on continued FISA abuse within the FBI, adding that the Durham report was supposed to be released a year ago.
The SBC will be making choices about how we respond to abuse, race, and more at this watershed convention.
I could have titled this piece, “Southern Baptists are at a Crossroads.” Southern Baptists have faced many crossroads in their history. Where things sit for Southern Baptists in June 2021 isn’t a crossroads moment, but a fork-in-the-road moment.
The choices facing Southern Baptists in the year of our Lord 2021, remind me of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.”
In that poem Frost talks about how two roads diverged in the woods leaving him with a choice of which road he was going to take. Southern Baptists in a few days will be facing votes on a series of issues, including a president, that have the weight to set the trajectory of the denomination either positively or negatively for years to come.
First, there needs to be an independent investigation regarding recent accusations of mishandling of abuse claims. We need to ask hard questions about what was handled well, what went wrong, and more. Truth be told, survivors and our Baptist family deserve better than leaked letters with accusations followed by counter accusations. Given the severity of the issue at hand, we need clarity on these accusations that only an independent third-party investigation can give.
If we are people of truth, we need to seek the truth.
Second, we must continue to deal with the issue of race and listen to our African American brothers and sisters more and the voices claiming CRT has infiltrated the SBC less. Also, race will likely be a key factor in both the resolutions report and the presidential election.
The issue is not (usually) blatantly racist comments; it is the inability to recognize—and consequently address—issues of systemic racism that remain. It’s failing to listen to African …