Daily Archives: July 4, 2021

July 4 Evening Quotes of The Day

Think of Lying as Coming from the Devil
Exodus 20:16; Deuteronomy 5:20; Leviticus 19:11; 1 Kings 22:22; Proverbs 6:17; 12:22; John 8:44; Ephesians 4:25; 1 Timothy 4:1–2

Every lie you tell, consider that the devil sits upon your tongue, breathes falsehood into your heart, and forms your words and accents into deceit.


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

Treating the Scripture Like an Alchemist
2 Peter 3:16

I hold it for a most infallible rule in expositions of sacred Scripture that where a literal construction will stand, the farthest from the letter is commonly the worst. There is nothing more dangerous than this licentious and deluding art, which changes the meaning of words as alchemy does (or would do) the substance of metals, making of anything what it pleases, and brings in the end all truth to nothing.


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

How Difficult It Would Have Been To Fake The New Testament’s Historical Details — Triablogue

The political condition of Palestine at the time to which the New Testament narrative properly belongs, was one curiously complicated and anomalous; it underwent frequent changes, but retained through all of them certain peculiarities, which made the position of the country unique among the dependencies of Rome. Not having been conquered in the ordinary way, but having passed under the Roman dominion with the consent and by the assistance of a large party among the inhabitants, it was allowed to maintain for a while a species of semi-independence, not unlike that of various native states in India which are really British dependencies. A mixture, and to some extent an alternation, of Roman with native power resulted from this arrangement, and a consequent complication in the political status, which must have made it very difficult to be thoroughly understood by any one who was not a native and a contemporary. The chief representative of the Roman power in the East—the President of Syria, the local governor, whether a Herod or a Roman Procurator, and the High Priest, had each and all certain rights and a certain authority in the country. A double system of taxation, a double administration of justice, and even in some degree a double military command, were the natural consequence; while Jewish and Roman customs, Jewish and Roman words, were simultaneously in use, and a condition of things existed full of harsh contrasts, strange mixtures, and abrupt transitions. Within the space of fifty years Palestine was a single united kingdom under a native ruler, a set of principalities under native ethnarchs and tetrarchs, a country in part containing such principalities, in part reduced to the condition of a Roman province, a kingdom reunited once more under a native sovereign, and a country reduced wholly under Rome and governed by procurators dependent on the president of Syria, but still subject in certain respects to the Jewish monarch of a neighboring territory. These facts we know from Josephus and other writers, who, though less accurate, on the whole confirm his statements; they render the civil history of Judaea during the period one very difficult to master and remember; the frequent changes, supervening upon the original complication, are a fertile source of confusion, and seem to have bewildered even the sagacious and painstaking Tacitus. The New Testament narrative, however, falls into no error in treating of the period; it marks, incidentally and without effort or pretension, the various changes in the civil government—the sole kingdom of Herod the Great,—the partition of his dominions among his sons,—the reduction of Judaea to the condition of a Roman province, while Galilee, Ituraea, and Trachonitis continued under native princes,—the restoration of the old kingdom of Palestine in the person of Agrippa the First, and the final reduction of the whole under Roman rule, and reestablishment of Procurators as the civil heads, while a species of ecclesiastical superintendence was exercised by Agrippa the Second. Again, the New Testament narrative exhibits in the most remarkable way the mixture in the government—the occasional power of the president of Syria, as shown in Cyrenius’s “taxing”; the ordinary division of authority between the High Priest and the Procurator; the existence of two separate taxation—the civil and the ecclesiastical, the “census” and the “didrachm;” of two tribunals, two modes of capital punishment, two military forces, two methods of marking time; at every turn it shows, even in such little measures as verbal expressions, the coexistence of Jewish with Roman ideas and practices in the country—a coexistence which (it must be remembered) came to an end within forty years of our Lord’s crucifixion. (George Rawlinson)

How Difficult It Would Have Been To Fake The New Testament’s Historical Details — Triablogue

Jesus is our Temple — HeadHeartHand Blog

What would you do if you came to church one Sunday and you saw it turned into an open-air marketplace for buying, selling, and changing money on the blackmarket? It was just one big garage sale or car boot sale?

Christ came to church one day and found the outer court was just like this. There were fourteen acres of stalls and booths, charging exorbitant prices for Passover animals, and making massive profits by changing currency to shekels for the Temple tax. It was a filthy, noisy, and smelly scene. Behind it all was the High Priest Annas who rented the stalls at excessive rates, sold franchises, and extorted money from the businessmen. Few if any protested. Most just accepted it as the price of doing business and didn’t want to cause any trouble

This exact situation is unlikely to occur here in at First Byron. But this specific situation of church corruption raises the more general question of: How do we respond to errors and failings in the Church’s faith and practice? Do we respond as most did in Jesus’ day? Hear/see/speak no evil? Indifferent, tolerant, and accepting?

That’s not how Jesus responded. When he went up to the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there (14), his reaction was zealous reformation. That’s a rare quality in Church today but it is approved and commended by God (Num. 25:13; Rev. 2:2).

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Jesus is our Temple — HeadHeartHand Blog

The Key to Blessing — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“He replied, ‘Yes, but even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice’” (Luke 11:28)

If you and I could know only one rule that would guarantee us real happiness, no doubt this should be it. Because the meaning of this promise is the same in or out of context, we shall share briefly the out – of – context guarantee contained therein.

Mankind’s chief happiness – his, or her, highest honor – is to obey the Word of God. No earthly honor or achievement can compare with the blessing, meaning in and fulfillment that come from obeying the Word and Will of God.

Implicit in putting into practice – or obeying – the Word of God is the matter of knowing the Word of God. This, of course, implies reading, studying, meditating upon and even memorizing the Scriptures. If we are neglecting this phase of the Christian life, we are omitting a vitally important part of spiritual nurture, without which it is impossible to live a supernatural life.

Something about the Word refreshes, cleanses, uplifts the heart and soul of each one of us when we spend time in its pages. God made it – and us – that way. No matter how many times we may have read the Word of God, even the entire Bible, there is something remarkably fresh and new about it every time we read it.

If somehow we lack the discipline to do what we should about the Word, we may pray ceaselessly for the Holy Spirit to illumine its truths to our minds and apply them to our lives.

By Dr. Bill Bright
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•   How to be a Friend to an Immigrant
•  Love is Patient and Kind – a story of a man on a bus
•  Salvation Explained

The Key to Blessing — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Blessings, Praise and Guidance — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Lord, you are to be blessed and praised;
All good things come from you:
You are in our words and in our thoughts,
And in all that we do.   Amen
St Teresa of Avila

How often do we think like St Teresa?  Knowing absolutely that everything we are saying and doing comes from God?  I know, speaking for myself  that it is not easy to praise and feel blessed when things are not going well, especially when I find myself faced with the problems and trials of everyday living.  It is very easy to count blessings and see God in everything when things are going well and going the way we wish them to, but it is so hard to feel blessed and want to praise when they aren’t.

One of the things that I have learned to do when things seem the darkest is to look around me and see the many blessings that are right there beside me.  The blessing of sunshine, the rain falling on parched land, the excited voices of small children playing, the many colors of the flowers or trees that are so close to me,  or even the food that will sustain me throughout the days that are to come.  If I am lucky enough to be near the ocean all I have to do is look far out to the horizon and realize that God is to be blessed and praised and that just as He is in midst of the tides He is also in me.  There are so many blessings around us and all we have to do is recognize them.

Blessed One, sometimes it is hard for me to see the blessings that are all around me.  Enable my eyes to be opened to the beauty and the joys that surround me.  Help me to see the blessings in every situation and respond with thanks and praise, just as St Teresa did.  Amen

Receive the blessings and guidance that God is offering you and give thanks.  Even if you don’t feel like praising, or you feel God’s presence and his blessings are far away, simply sit and feel His presence which is one of the most beautiful blessings.  He will understand.

by Terry Stead
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•  How to be fill with the Holy Spirit
•  Stepping Into a Personal Revival
•  Salvation Explained

Blessings, Praise and Guidance — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

July 4 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Mortification Must Be Done by the Spirit
Romans 8:9–26

All other ways of mortification are vain; all helps leave us helpless. It must be done by the Spirit.


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

Associate with the Humble and Speak Edifying Things
Proverbs 11:2; Ephesians 4:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Associate with the humble and the simple, with the devout and virtuous, and with them speak of edifying things.


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

4 Jul 2021 News Briefing


Crenshaw: Troops Wore ID with Race, Social Class in Diversity Training
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) this week revealed several instances where service members were forced to classify themselves by race and socio-economic status during diversity and inclusion training.

Radio Host Says ‘Burn the Churches’ as Fires Reported Across Canada
A Canadian radio personality called for the burning of churches, as news outlets have reported more Catholic and Anglican churches being burned in parts of the country, primarily on First Nations reserves.

Dominican Republic Evacuates Residents as Storm Elsa Takes Aim
Elsa’s winds weakened slightly on Saturday as the Caribbean storm churned toward Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where residents threatened by severe floods were being evacuated.

Major X1.5 solar flare erupts — the first X-class flare of Solar Cycle 25
A major solar flare measuring X1.5 at its peak erupted on the Sun’s NW limb — most likely from the newly-formed Active Region 2838 — on July 3, 2021, producing R3 – Strong radio blackout. The event started at 14:18, peaked at 14:29, and ended at 14:34 UTC. This is the first X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 25 and the first since September 2017.

Massive mudslide hits Atami after 2 days of record-breaking rain, Japan
At least 20 people are missing and two were found in a state of cardiac arrest after a large-scale mudslide hit Atami, a seaside resort town in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan at around 10:30 LT on July 3, 2021. Atami is about 100 km (62 miles) SW of Tokyo.

CBP officers seize $1.4 million in drugs at Laredo Port of Entry over two-day period
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized over $1 million in drugs at the Laredo Port of Entry in Texas over a two-day period at the end of June. Officers captured $1.4 million in alleged cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl in four drug busts Monday and Tuesday, according to a Friday press release.

Canadian Government To Extend “Pride Month” To The Whole Summer
Yes, really. A post on the official government ‘Canadian heritage’ website reveals the change, meaning that LGBT events and narratives will be promoted every year from June until the end of September. “In Canada, local Pride events span over the course of several months,” states the website.

Philippines warns of Taal volcano eruption, calls on people to evacuate
Philippine authorities increased the alert level on Taal volcano, located south of Manila, after it showed signs of volcanic activity on June 1. Its alert level was raised from level 2 to level 3 on a five-level scale due to “magmatic unrest,” according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). Because of this, the agency warned of potential eruptions and urged people in nearby areas to evacuate.

New Government In Jerusalem Confirms The Abraham Accords For Israel As The US Senate Passes Israel Relations Normalization Act
When Joe Biden was installed as the pretend president of the United States back in January, many people wrote to me saying that this would likely spell the end of the Abraham Accords, and even more so should Benjamin Netanyahu be removed from office in Israel, which he was in June. But knowing from reading my King James Bible that the Abraham Accords were the direct link to the Daniel 9:27 covenant that Antichrist will confirm after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church takes place, I confidently told them not to worry, the Abraham Accords are here to stay.

GRID DOWN: Electric supply shortages may strike communities across the US, warns NERC
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) 2021 Summer Reliability Assessment shows that parts of the U.S. are at elevated or high risk for potential electricity emergencies this summer. According to NERC’s assessment, electric supply shortages may occur in the western parts of the country, Texas, New England and parts of the Midwest.

Mao Lives: January 6 defendant required to confess her “sins” for leniency
You can bet that when violent Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters are brought to trial, a quite rare occurrence, they won’t be asked to renounce their beliefs in exchange for leniency. But not so for the first January 6 trespasser to be sentenced, even though she’s a grandmother guilty only of entering the Capitol and peacefully strolling about for a few minutes. So much for equality under the law.

EXODUS: 40% of residents plan to leave San Francisco as crime rises; 76% call for more police 
San Francisco used to be a picturesque tourist destination and great place to live, but all that has changed dramatically in recent years as crime and homelessness rise, prompting residents to flee the city in droves. Homeless encampments and human feces on the streets are quickly replacing the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars as the dominant images that people associate with the city.

Facebook Testing User Prompts Leading People To Turn In Their Friends Who Are ‘Becoming Extremist’ And Posting ‘Harmful Content’ Like Bible Verses
As of May 2021, Facebook reported that it had 2,850,000,000 users of its social media platform, roughly one-third of the entire world’s population, that’s a lot of people. Every day, billions of people “check in” to let everyone know what they’re doing, where they’re going, and who they are interacting with. All of this activity recorded, sorted, harvested and sold to the highest bidder, pushing the valuation of Facebook to now over one trillion dollars. What are they doing with all that money? Remaking the world in their own image.

The Fourth of July Isn’t Just Another Party – IT IS A REMINDER
..The above, scant bits of the unfolding nightmare of 2021 America are only just a few of the hellish travesties we are walking into since our nation’s grand Declaration of Independence 245 years ago. The only true God, our Creator and Lord, so perfectly warned us about minds that can be hardened to the point of total spiritual death. He said in Isaiah chapter 5 verse 20 …“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Source: 4 Jul 2021 – Rapture Ready

VIDEO: Migrant smuggler reveals the reason why so many migrants are coming to American right now | Conservative Review

The border crisis may not be making headlines every day, but the crisis continues to unfold. Reporters, in fact, briefly spoke with a migrant smuggler this week who revealed why migrants are making the dangerous trek to the United States right now.

What did the smuggler say?

While reporting from the Rio Grande river in Texas, which forms a natural border boundary between the U.S. and Mexico, reporters from Townhall and the Daily Caller caught up with a migrant smuggler early Friday morning.

That smuggler, who was in the middle of transporting migrants, said that crossing the Rio Grande river was more difficult under former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, adding that migrants are coming to the U.S. right now because President Joe Biden is giving them asylum.

“[Daily Caller’s Jorge Ventura] asked one of the smugglers if it is easier to cross the river under Biden. He said yes because Biden is giving the migrants asylum,” Townhall reporter Julio Rosas said.

“He also said it was harder to cross the border under Obama/Trump because U.S. boats would patrol the river day and night,” he explained.

.@VenturaReport asked one of the smugglers if it is easier to cross the river under Biden.

He said yes because Biden is giving the migrants asylum.

He also said it was harder to cross the border under Obama/Trump because U.S. boats would patrol the river day and night. pic.twitter.com/SFIPED0omE
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) July 2, 2021

What are others saying?

The account from the unnamed migrant smuggler confirms what others, including Central American presidents, are saying about the connection between the border crisis and Biden’s immigration policies.

In fact, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador directly blamed Biden while speaking at a press conference in March.

“Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden, there would be a better treatment of migrants. And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so,” López Obrador said.

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei agreed with López Obrador’s analysis during an interview with MSNBC in April.

“I am nobody to make a judgment here, but I believe in the first few weeks of the Biden administration, messages were confusing,” Giammattei said. “They were compassionate messages that were understood by people in our country, especially the coyotes, to tell families, ‘we’ll take the children, the children can go in and once the children are there they will call their parents.’ And so those messages were confusing. Not because of the way they were communicated, but because of the way they were translated here.”

While campaigning for president, Biden promised a major part of his immigration policy would involve reversing Trump’s policies. Mexican officials have said since that rolling back Trump’s deterrent policies contributed to the migrant crisis.

Anything else?

Migrant apprehensions for fiscal year 2021 surpassed 1 million last month, according to Reuters, the majority of which have come under Biden’s watch.

“U.S. Border Patrol made 172,000 migrant arrests at the southwestern border in May, on par with 20-year highs from March and April. Similar figures are expected in June,” Reuters noted.

Source: VIDEO: Migrant smuggler reveals the reason why so many migrants are coming to American right now

IT’S HAPPENING: Army Tells Commands – Prepare for MANDATORY Vaccinations in September Despite Recent Adverse Effects | The Gateway Pundit

You knew this was coming.

They are going to push this on the young men and women in the US Army first — mandatory vaccines.

Whatever happened to “my body, my choice?”

And will someone please explain the science on vaccinating young healthy people who have next to zero chance of suffering severe complications from the virus?

This aggressive plan comes at the same time that myocarditis was identified in healthy military personnel within 4 days of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine.

How is this happening?

The Army Times reported:

The US Army is going to demand vaccinations of

The Army has directed commands to prepare to administer mandatory COVID-19 vaccines as early as Sept. 1, pending full Food and Drug Administration licensure, Army Times has learned.

The directive came from an execute order sent to the force by Department of the Army Headquarters.

Army Times obtained a portion of a recent update to HQDA EXORD 225-21, COVID-19 Steady State Operations.

“Commanders will continue COVID-19 vaccination operations and prepare for a directive to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for service members [on or around] 01 September 2021, pending full FDA licensure,” the order said. “Commands will be prepared to provide a backbrief on servicemember vaccination status and way ahead for completion once the vaccine is mandated.”

Source: IT’S HAPPENING: Army Tells Commands – Prepare for MANDATORY Vaccinations in September Despite Recent Adverse Effects

Shock: Americans ditch biblical worldview for ‘fake Christianity’ | WND

American Christianity has fallen. Thanks to cultural corrosion and a lack of biblical literacy, a new “fake Christianity” has raked the dry ground of the American church.

This counterfeit religion is moralistic therapeutic deism, a worldview that has quickly gained prominence and given many Americans a theology that looks nothing like historical Christianity, despite what they may claim.

George Barna, director of research at Arizona Christian University, said MTD — or “watered-down, feel-good, fake Christianity” — is “the most popular worldview in the United States today,” according to Christianity Daily. A recent poll conducted by ACU found that 38 percent of adults hold this view.

What’s more, three out of four people who hold to MTD still consider themselves Christians.

The poll was conducted in February among 2,000 adults with a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.

“The fact that a greater percentage of people who call themselves Christian draw from [MTD] than from the Bible says a lot about the state of the Christian church in America, in all of its manifestations,” Barna said.

“Simply and objectively stated, Christianity in this nation is rotting from the inside out.”

What Is MTD?

Barna explained to The Western Journal what MTD is and how it affects the way Christians engage in culture.

“MTD is essentially what I would call fake Christianity. Because it has some Christian elements in it, but it’s not really biblical, it’s not really Christian,” Barna said.

He then went on to explain each element of this worldview.

“The moralistic perspective is we’re here to be good people and to try to do good,” Barna said. “That’s really what life is about. I’ll be good to you, you be good to me, it’ll all work out.

“The therapeutic aspect is everything is supposed to be geared to making me feel good about myself, ultimately to make me happy.”

Deism is the idea that God created the world but has no direct involvement in it.

Basically, according to MTD, there is a distant God who just wants everyone to be nice, and the purpose of life is to be happy.

American “Christians” who have adopted this philosophy have borrowed heavily from the modern secular world, which elevates personal definitions of right and wrong above any objective standard of truth — like the Bible.

According to a study conducted by Lifeway Research, a little more than half of Americans would describe the Bible as a “good source of morals.” Only 38 percent said it was an historical account and 37 percent said it was helpful today.

The study was conducted from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2016, among 1,000 Americans with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.

MTD is a cake-and-ice cream theology for those who want to feel good about themselves without sacrificing cultural relevance.

Why Is MTD a Problem?

MTD distorts the God of the Bible in an attempt to make him bless all the dissipations and vanities of the modern world.

“It’s one of those models that says — and there are a number of worldviews that say this — you gotta live in the moment. This is all you’ve got, and you’ve gotta make the most of it,” Barna said.

It makes sense that “Christians” who embrace MTD are hesitant to criticize the culture. How can anyone pass judgment if everyone’s just trying to be happy? The only sin is getting in the way of someone’s personal “truth.”

Without a firm foundation in the Truth, increasing numbers of Christians are ill-prepared to fight the moral battles being waged in our country. That’s why so many are siding with groups like Black Lives Matter and the LGBT movement. They’ll listen to the loudest voice on either side.

Enter the screaming woke mob.

Some “Christians” have tried to argue for secular trends using biblical language. And while it is true that the Bible condemns racism and hatred, progressive agendas certainly do not reflect Christian values. They promote sin under the guise of “loving everyone.”

Followers of Christ have forgotten that Jesus didn’t come to tell people to be nice. His message has always been a stumbling block, and it’s especially hard for 21st-century Americans to accept.

There is no such thing as “your truth”; there is only the Truth and deception.

What Is the Solution?

If the church does not train up believers in the Truth, they will find themselves floundering in a culture that desperately needs Christ.

In essence, Christians need to return to a competent state of biblical literacy.

Churches must focus on shepherding their sheep instead of obsessing over numbers. And believers must take the initiative to read and learn the Bible in order to apply it to their daily lives.

Barna said that conservative Christians were the least likely to talk to others about candidates and issues during the last election cycle. This was because they did not know what they believed or how to put it into words.

“Christians have to be clear about why they believe the Bible is trustworthy, why they would say it’s reliable for their own life, and then to be able to articulate that to other people,” he said.

“Secondly, we’re gonna have to have churches that are willing to bring the Bible into the real world.”

“We found that two-thirds of conservative Christians said they were dying for their pastors not to tell them who to vote for, but how to think biblically about the issues so that they could make up their own minds based on biblical principles,” Barna added.

Having a solid understanding of what the Bible teaches will help Christians engage confidently with the culture. They need to be prepared to give a defense of what they believe, because challenges to their faith are guaranteed.

America needs a firm foundation on which to stand. The Truth is the only one that will not sway with the ever-shifting sands of our sinful culture.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Source: Shock: Americans ditch biblical worldview for ‘fake Christianity’

PBS, Vanessa Williams spark backlash over ‘black national anthem’

PBS has sparked tense backlash with its decision to have Vanessa Williams perform the “black national anthem” during its July 4 coverage — with critics blasting the move as divisive and un-American.

Source: PBS, Vanessa Williams spark backlash over ‘black national anthem’

The eternal meaning of Independence Day | Power Line

(Scott Johnson)On July 9, 1858, Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas gave a campaign speech to a raucous throng from the balcony of the Tremont Hotel in Chicago. Abraham Lincoln was in the audience as Douglas prepared to speak. Douglas graciously invited Lincoln to join him on the balcony to listen to the speech.

In his speech Douglas sounded the themes of the momentous campaign that Lincoln and Douglas waged that summer and fall for Douglas’s Senate seat. Douglas paid tribute to Lincoln as a “kind, amiable, and intelligent gentleman, a good citizen and an honorable opponent,” but took issue with Lincoln’s June 16 speech to the Illinois Republican convention that had named him its candidate for Douglas’s seat. In that speech Lincoln had famously asserted that the nation could not exist “half slave and half free.” According to Douglas, Lincoln’s assertion belied the “diversity” in domestic institutions that was “the great safeguard of our liberties.” Then as now, “diversity” was a shibboleth hiding an evil institution that could not be defended on its own terms.

Douglas responded to Lincoln’s condemnation of the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision — a condemnation that was the centerpiece of Lincoln’s convention speech. “I am free to say to you,” Douglas said, “that in my opinion this government of ours is founded on the white basis. It was made by the white man, for the benefit of the white man, to be administered by white men, in such manner as they should determine.”

Lincoln invited Douglas’s audience to return the next evening for his reply to Douglas’s speech. Lincoln’s speech of July 10, 1858, is one of his many great speeches, but in one respect it is uniquely great. It concludes with an explanation of the meaning of this day to Americans with incomparable eloquence and insight in words that remain as relevant now as then (I have added some paragraphing in the interest of readability):

Now, it happens that we meet together once every year, sometime about the 4th of July, for some reason or other. These 4th of July gatherings I suppose have their uses. If you will indulge me, I will state what I suppose to be some of them.

We are now a mighty nation, we are thirty—or about thirty millions of people, and we own and inhabit about one-fifteenth part of the dry land of the whole earth. We run our memory back over the pages of history for about eighty-two years and we discover that we were then a very small people in point of numbers, vastly inferior to what we are now, with a vastly less extent of country,—with vastly less of everything we deem desirable among men,—we look upon the change as exceedingly advantageous to us and to our posterity, and we fix upon something that happened away back, as in some way or other being connected with this rise of prosperity. We find a race of men living in that day whom we claim as our fathers and grandfathers; they were iron men, they fought for the principle that they were contending for; and we understood that by what they then did it has followed that the degree of prosperity that we now enjoy has come to us.

We hold this annual celebration to remind ourselves of all the good done in this process of time of how it was done and who did it, and how we are historically connected with it; and we go from these meetings in better humor with ourselves—we feel more attached the one to the other, and more firmly bound to the country we inhabit. In every way we are better men in the age, and race, and country in which we live for these celebrations.

But after we have done all this we have not yet reached the whole. There is something else connected with it. We have besides these men—descended by blood from our ancestors—among us perhaps half our people who are not descendants at all of these men, they are men who have come from Europe—German, Irish, French and Scandinavian—men that have come from Europe themselves, or whose ancestors have come hither and settled here, finding themselves our equals in all things. If they look back through this history to trace their connection with those days by blood, they find they have none, they cannot carry themselves back into that glorious epoch and make themselves feel that they are part of us, but when they look through that old Declaration of Independence they find that those old men say that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men, that it is the father of all moral principle in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration [loud and long continued applause], and so they are. That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world. [Applause.]

Now, sirs, for the purpose of squaring things with this idea of “don’t care if slavery is voted up or voted down” [Douglas’s “popular sovereignty” position on the extension of slavery to the territories], for sustaining the Dred Scott decision [A voice—“Hit him again”], for holding that the Declaration of Independence did not mean anything at all, we have Judge Douglas giving his exposition of what the Declaration of Independence means, and we have him saying that the people of America are equal to the people of England. According to his construction, you Germans are not connected with it. Now I ask you in all soberness, if all these things, if indulged in, if ratified, if confirmed and endorsed, if taught to our children, and repeated to them, do not tend to rub out the sentiment of liberty in the country, and to transform this Government into a government of some other form.

Those arguments that are made, that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying; that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow. What are these arguments? They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world. You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden.

That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it. Turn in whatever way you will—whether it come from the mouth of a King, an excuse for enslaving the people of his country, or from the mouth of men of one race as a reason for enslaving the men of another race, it is all the same old serpent, and I hold if that course of argumentation that is made for the purpose of convincing the public mind that we should not care about this, should be granted, it does not stop with the negro. I should like to know if taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle and making exceptions to it where will it stop. If one man says it does not mean a negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man? If that declaration is not the truth, let us get the Statute book, in which we find it and tear it out! Who is so bold as to do it! [Voices—“me” “no one,” &c.] If it is not true let us tear it out! [cries of “no, no,”] let us stick to it then [cheers], let us stand firmly by it then. [Applause.]

Thank you, Mr. Lincoln. Let us stick to it then. Let us stand firmly by it then. (Posted annually on July 4 since 2004.)

Source: The eternal meaning of Independence Day

CANDACE OWENS: Schools Are Targeting Our Children. It’s Time To Fight Back. | The Daily Wire

Did you know that Bill Gates is spending $1.7 Billion to “fix” the US education system? That’s so like him, right? Every time we hear about Bill or Melinda Gates, they seem to be extending their tentacles into every facet of American life, because they’re philanthropists, right? They just want to help.

So Bill Gates decided to “help” with what he views to be problematic: math. Gates says math suffers from — you guessed it — white supremacy, so he’s put forth an equitable math curriculum.

His organization, Equitablemath.org, describes the problem with math being the white supremacist notion that in order to be “right,” students must get the correct answer in class. Now, in order to foster “equity,” they want to make every answer correct in classrooms across the country.

To put it another way, they’re going to make your kids stupid in the name of fighting white supremacy and furthering equity.

This infuriates me because it’s just the latest example of perversion inside our children’s schools.  You might remember a few weeks ago when a woman named Justine Ang Fonte, a health and wellness educator at an elite private school in Manhattan, showed her first grade students a supposed “sex-ed” cartoon. The video featured conversations on  — get this —  erections and touching oneself for pleasure.

This isn’t the first time this particular “educator” has shared such materials with children. She also taught a health and sexuality workshop to juniors at Columbia Grammar Preparatory School in which they all learned about different genres of porn, which included gang bang, anal and even stepmother porn, incestuous type porn.

You might think this woman would be fired for such behavior. But no, the schools simply said she’s stepping down, but they’re proud of the work that had been done. In fact, the school has spoken out on her behalf.

Does that seem okay to you? It doesn’t seem okay to me.

I travel the country a lot, and it seems the number one question I am now getting from parents is: what can we do? They’re realizing that something is wrong. They’re teaching critical race theory, which is really just teaching your children how to be racist. They’re teaching equitable math, which is teaching your children how to be stupid. And now, of course, is the hyper-sexualization of our children.

I’m always asked, “What can we do?” I’m going to reverse that question and ask you, what you would do. What would you do if you took your first grader to the playground and they came across another adult who showed them a cartoon about masturbation? Would you call a school administrator? Would you call the people who own the playground and say this is not acceptable? Is that all you would do?

When something of this nature happens within an institution or school, parents don’t know what to do. But if it were at the playground, they would know what to do. They would call the cops because that is a sexual offense.

Children are now being sexually offended in the classroom, and parents don’t understand that. They can’t comprehend that it doesn’t change the crime because it’s happening from a teacher. In my opinion, teachers who push such content on children should have to register as a sexual offender. If that were my child, I would have have gone to the police station, not to the school administration.

I want you to understand something: at this moment in the country, our children are under attack. They are being preyed upon by the educators. They are being preyed upon by people with nefarious goals.

It’s time for parents to remind themselves that they are the parents.

I’m a big supporter now of homeschooling, because I think that schools are a disaster. They cannot be trusted with our children. I hear people say they can’t afford homeschooling because they have to work, and I understand the predicament. But if you’re sending your children to school because you think it’s free, you must understand something: it’s not free.

It is costing you your child’s mind. It is propaganda. It is lies. It is making them dumber. And it is sexualizing them.

It’s a huge trade off. For eight hours a day they have your children and they are turning them into whatever it is they desire to turn them into. This is something everybody should be having a serious discussion about and let me tell you, regarding home school, do you think it’s hard? You should know that our country was based upon that model. When the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, the moms got together and they sorted things out in a community and a local level.

They organized. We still have the power to do that. We still have the power to organize. The government is not the parent. We are.

Source: CANDACE OWENS: Schools Are Targeting Our Children. It’s Time To Fight Back.

Largest teachers union says critical race theory is ‘reasonable and appropriate’ for kids

The country’s largest teachers’ union has moved to undermine the left-wing talking point that critical race theory is not taught to children — by voting promote it and arguing it is “reasonable and appropriate” to use CRT in social studies classes.

Source: Largest teachers union says critical race theory is ‘reasonable and appropriate’ for kids

Facebook Warns Anyone Attending 4th Of July Fireworks That They May Have Been Exposed To Extremist Activity — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—According to reports, millions of Americans will be attending 4th of July celebrations today, many of which will feature problematic displays of the American flag and extreme levels of patriotism. 

“Latest government intelligence says that people who feel proud to live in America are more likely to be insurrectionist Trump supporters or colorblind racists,” said Facebook content moderator and CCP party member Xiu Zhao. “We want people to realize they are putting themselves in danger by attending these hotbeds of extremist activity.”

Facebook will be sending notifications to any user found to have attended a patriotic parade, fireworks show, or cookout. Users will be directed to totally confidential resources to help cure them of their extremism.

“I’m glad Facebook is taking steps to prevent people from going down these dangerous roads,” said Robin Diangelo, racism expert and author of White Fragility. “We as Americans must always remember that America is not for people of color. It’s only for white people. Every time a white person acts in a patriotic manner, he is reminding BIPOCS that they have no place here.”

According to sources within Facebook, users who ignore the extremism warnings will have all their personal information sent directly to the FBI.

Facebook Warns Anyone Attending 4th Of July Fireworks That They May Have Been Exposed To Extremist Activity — The Babylon Bee