Saturday, July 04, 2020

Prayer For Our Nation: July 4, 2020

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Prayer for our nation:

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 2019)

Monday, June 22, 2020

Calif. city bans downtown church; Tenn. "heartbeat" bill; Now election sabotage a "good thing"? ...more

Calif. city bans church from meeting at its own property, says it doesn't fit in downtown
A federal court in the San Francisco Bay Area recently sided with the city of Salinas, ruling that churches generate limited interest, do not draw tourists, and therefore detract from the city's goals of vibrancy, said the Pacific Justice Institute, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of New Harvest Christian Fellowship.

"We have appealed this case to the Ninth Circuit, and we are optimistic that a different result will be reached upon review by a higher court," PJI added, noting that while the church is banned from gathering, the city is allowing theaters and live entertainment venues to operate, as well as non-entertainment businesses...

After riots, nearly 8 in 10 want to 'restore order,' blacks, Hispanics, and Democrats agree
Despite liberal demands to “defund the police” and the cheering by some of Seattle’s police-free and chaotic “Autonomous Zone,” the latest poll from McLaughlin & Associates for Secure America Now showed strong support for get-tough policies championed by President Trump...

Tennessee legislature passes "heartbeat" abortion bill, Gov. Lee to sign
The Tennessee House and Senate has passed a bill banning abortions in the state after an unborn baby's heartbeat has been detected, which occurs as early as six weeks' gestation. The bill also bans abortions which are "motivated by sex, race, or disability diagnosis of the unborn child."...

AOC brags that anti-Trump TikTok users sabotaged Trump rally sign-up: So election sabotage is now a good thing? Good to know. I tend to avoid writing about socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) because I find her intensely off-putting on any number of levels. But her bizarre victory dance over the questionable claim that TikTok users sabotaged President Trump’s Tulsa rally seems worth addressing.
I did initially find it odd that there were so many empty seats at the rally, and I was a bit concerned about it until, that is, AOC and her ilk began their bragging about cratering attendance with a ticket claim scheme...

Companies Use Virtual Meetings To Duck Shareholder Questions About Woke Agendas
...With virtual shareholder meetings, questions are submitted in advance. This gives the opportunity for staff to script answers or, as seems to be the case with United, ignore uncomfortable questions altogether...
Today’s corporate revolutionary enthusiasts had better prepare for the inevitable turn...

What Happens When the Madness Ends?

...Governors and mayors can demand masks and all sorts of social distancing measures. But once they declared that only those not demonstrating—the non-looting and nonviolent—were subject to their rules, while millions both peacefully protesting and violently looting were exempt, then their words meant nothing. It will be impossible for them ever to be seen as credible again. Virus or no virus, crowded freeways, and busy malls will soon be referenda on the bond of governors like Gavin Newsom and Gretchen Whitmer.
In a few weeks, we are promised that multimillionaire NFL players and coaches in unison will not deign to stand up for the National Anthem. Promises, promises....

200 Law Enforcement Agencies Across U.S. Hacked, Sensitive Intel Exposed
It appears the group Anonymous and their Antifa affiliates hacked ten years’ worth of data from fusion centers and police departments across the United States. The groups claim hundreds of thousands of law enforcement sensitive bulletins are in their hands.
Under the code name #BlueLeaks, the group, commonly known as Anonymous and their self-claimed antifascist affiliates like Distributed Denial of Secrets known online as DDoSecrets leaked sensitive law enforcement data from federal, state and local law enforcement databases.

Chris Bedford: Why Google Censorship Is A Threat To Free Speech
“Google though has a huge amount of power that the United States has allowed for them, basically with monopolistic power in the United States and in a large part of the planet, we’ve allowed that for the free exchange of ideas because we’re a healthy democracy,” Bedford said on Fox News. “But if the monopolists decide that those ideas are not allowed and they are in decent, they’ll take them down. That’s a threat to free speech, and to the republic.”

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Blitz in Seattle, Post-Modernism Rot, American Soviet Mentality, Death of Europe...more

Hands, Old, Typing, Laptop, Internet, Working, Writer
A Published Homage to My Unpublished Dad
...But I am holding out my dad as an example of the type of fruit borne by a man who gave up ambition for public notoriety to focus exclusively on the well-being of his sheep. Some pastors need to steward their gifts for the good of the capital “C” church. But, most of us might be able to do far more good by spending ourselves caring for the sheep in our pasture. My dad never published a book, signed a contract, or received a royalty check. But his writings are cherished by men and women in a church who care far more about his Wednesday email than they do about the latest best-seller...

The American Soviet Mentality...Collective demonization invades our culture
...From my vantage point, this cultural moment in these United States feels incredibly precarious. The practice of collective condemnation feels like an assertion of a culture that ultimately tramples on the individual and creates an oppressive society. Whether that society looks like Soviet Russia, or Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, or Castro’s Cuba, or today’s China, or something uniquely 21st-century American, the failure of institutions and individuals to stand up to mob rule is no longer an option we can afford....

The Death of Europe: When a death-wish gets what it wants.
...Diversity and multiculturalism became the new European religion, except that Europeans knew little about the culture of their Muslim immigrants. So, the European elites were busy rooting out European traditions that excluded people and supposedly restricted the liberties of their Muslim immigrants. Christianity and churches were considered stupid and superstitious but not mosques and Islam. Colonial guilt drove European obsession with Third World causes...

The Advancing Nihilism and the Rot of Post-Modernism in the West: The link between philosophy and anarchy has never been more evident.

"I myself was shocked when I received an email from my home institution apprising me of a workshop that had as one of many programs on its agenda the business of “decolonize that syllabus.” The reasoning is predicated on misguided social engineering. This is not a matter of diversifying the syllabus. It means literally divesting it of all white canonical figures who are presumed to be racist because they are white and who wrote during particular historical epochs that did not celebrate black agency."

The Coming Legal and Financial Blitz in Seattle
...Did Durkan ever consider that the fire trucks and ambulances slowed at the whim of unelected, nongovernment Antifa parasites, might cause fire insurance rates to go up, up, up?
What happens when Seattle police can not go instantly into the so-called Capitol Hill Organized Protest (formerly known as CHAZ)? (Shucks! Durkan’s cops can’t even go to their own precinct headquarters!) Did the mayor consider that property insurance rates might race skyward?
Who pays for this? Everybody in Seattle, and maybe the rest of Washington State, in the form of high insurance rates. I’m sure all those folks who have nothing to do with Durkan’s milquetoast response to the Communist Antifa “summer of love” simply will be overjoyed with that...

NYPD Planning 'Strike' on July 4 to Give People Their 'Independence From Police'

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

News and Views June 17, 2020

Work In The Garden, Garden, Digging, Plucking Weeds
Tend Your Own Garden
...I can’t hope or expect to change the world every day, but maybe that isn’t my job. Instead of trying to change the whole world in a single stroke, maybe I should focus on tending my own garden. I can teach my children to love Jesus and to care about justice, and live a life that honors the Lord.
Do we turn our back on a culture that is suffering? Absolutely not. But we live in the reality that our first priority is our own garden. Before I can hope to impact the world beyond my own front door, I have to impact the people under my own roof...

Thousands of Christians killed in Nigeria amid fears of genocide, report warns
The report, by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (APPG-FoRB) warns of escalating violence in central Nigeria, where Christian farming communities are being targeted by armed ethnic Fulani herdsmen.
The report warns that "the violence has claimed the lives of thousands of people and displaced hundreds of thousands more".
"It has caused untold human and economic devastation and heightened existing ethno-religious tensions," it reads.

SCOTUS's Transgender Ruling Firebombs The Constitution
...This decision also cements public schools’ status as social enforcers and subsidizers of far-left politics, as they can have no potential legal defense against a teacher switching genders in front of students, putting boys in girls’ locker rooms and sports, or teaching preschoolers that Heather can have two or even three mommies. Queer theory is now reigning U.S. employment law. This means it must also dominate all institutions of higher education that are not explicitly religious, both public and private...

Trans activists bully author into 'withdrawing' from public life
"Due to sustained bullying received from within the children's publishing industry for speaking out on gender issues, I am withdrawing from public life as an author for the sake of my mental health," wrote Rachel Rooney on Twitter.
The London-born Rooney, 57, is the author of "My Body is Me!"

Fact check: Yes, Kente cloths were historically worn by empire involved in West African slave trade

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

News and Views June 16, 2020

The Four Horsemen Of America’s Apocalypse...Roots of evil guaranteed to destroy a civilization.
It takes a lot to build a civilization, and though it is much easier to destroy a civilization, it takes a lot to do that, too.
But now we have four roots of evil that are guaranteed to do so...

The Supreme Court confuses mental illness with sex...Put simply, the Civil Rights Act does not cover sexual orientation and was never intended to.
...Transgenderism is in the news. J.K. Rowling is under attack for her concern that transgender rights are damaging women’s rights and placing women and girls at physical risk. We also fought the bathroom wars in America, which seem to have ended in a draw.

But what few people talk about is whether there’s any evidence that transgenderism exists – that is, that it’s scientifically true that people are born in the wrong bodies. I haven’t found any medical or scientific articles saying that’s true. I just find articles assuming that transgenderism is real and that mutilating surgery and drugs that cause sterility, cancer, and heart disease can fix it...

China Creep on Campus: Dozens of universities failed to disclose millions in Chinese donations
...The Chinese government has funneled millions of dollars to American universities to support more than 100 Confucius Institutes across the country. Colleges such as the University of Michigan, University of Maryland, and Emory University, which did disclose funding, have received $30.4 million in total between 2014 and 2020 for their Confucius Institutes, according federal filings.

But experts warn that the widespread failure to report the foreign funding leaves millions of dollars worth of Chinese government funding in the dark...

WATCH: OANN‘s Jack Posobiec Films Inside Seattle‘s ‘Autonomous‘ Zone
“The media narrative on this place has been an absolute lie — absolute, utter lie,” Posobiec said, filming large piles of trash. “This place need to be shut down.” He added that several people had been transported outside the zone by ambulance due to drug overdoses.
Posobiec said: “I’m perfectly fine with people wanting to peaceably assemble there. … But you’ve got to have some level of public safety. … Something bad is going to happen.”
“It’s the mob,” Posobiec’s associate said.
They reported no sanitation and no “social distancing,” despite the threat of renewed coronavirus infections.

Three NYPD Officers "Intentionally Poisoned" With Bleach At Manhattan Shake Shack; Company Responds
"At some point during their meal period, the MOS discovered that a toxic substance, believed to be bleach, had been placed in their beverages," reads a statement from PBA President Patrick Lynch, who added that the contamination was not discovered until the officers had already consumed some of their beverages.

Archbishop Vigano Is Right About the “Deep Church.”...There are two Catholic churches in America; the malign one hates President Trump.

The NYC school system is teaching my ten-year-old son that he's racist
...Other than a few packets during Black History Month, fourth graders have not yet learned about the Civil Rights movement or the enslavement of Africans and their descendants in bondage. But they are now learning that the United States is founded on racism, that racism is the pervasive undercurrent in American governance, law enforcement, social interaction, employment, literature, arts, entertainment, real estate, and education.

What this means is that the school is teaching kids how to interpret history before they learn the history they are meant to interpret. They’re telling kids what opinions to have before they’re giving the facts about which that opinion should be formed. Educators are making sure that these fourth graders look at history through the lens of critical race theory before they even know what that history is...

Monday, June 15, 2020

News and views June 15, 2020

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'You Are Finished!' Turkey’s Growing War on Christians...Once secular, Turks are now born and bred on hating infidels.
...Hate for Christians in Turkey has reached the point that it pursues these “infidels” beyond the grave: attacks on Christian cemeteries are on the rise, prompting one frustrated Christian to ask: “Is it now the turn of our deceased?”...

Christian's Aren't Allowed To Cancel Anyone - Anne Kennedy
..."If you’ve been cancelled, come to church. The church can’t cancel you. We’re not allowed to, for one, and on the other hand, we don’t want to. You are just like all of us—sheep needing a shepherd, wicked people needing forgiveness, hopeless people basking in the light of God’s transforming, redeeming acceptance."...

Business departs the inner cities
With their votes these folks can send the unmistakable message that they've had enough of Democrat lies and turn out in force for the president in November. Any other method of sending that message will be warped and distorted by the mainstream media. Word must get out and people must get to the polls to avoid their pro-Trump votes being harvested into Democrat votes by the harvesters.

Ivy League Professor Says Intimidation Campaigns Gaining Ground On Campus
... Criticism of BLM leads to renewed calls to oust Cornell law professor William Jacobson

Baltimore fines Church for holding services while thousands protest in the streets
Perhaps some of those protesters could turn a portion of their energy toward protesting the closure of their churches.

How to force social media to respect free speech -- or pay big
You might expect to have your speech suppressed in Communist China. But in the United States? That should be unthinkable. Unfortunately, it now happens every single day in the digital public square.
The targets are usually conservatives, and we can and must fight back by reforming an outdated law adopted long before the rise of social media.

The Mother of all Fake News: The New York Times

...Gray Lady gives a free pass to tyrants, conspiracy theorists and serial murderers - but reserves invective for a U.S. senator.

Voter Fraud Complaint Upends Push for Universal Vote-by-Mail in Arizona
...Yet ample research and evidence prior to this complaint already indicate that mail-in voting is susceptible to fraud. According to the bipartisan commission on federal election reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter, the findings concluded that absentee ballots remain “the largest source of potential voter fraud” in the electoral process. The New York Times reported in 2012 that there was bipartisan consensus that votes cast by mail are “less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than votes cast in a voting booth.”...

The Left's Circular Firing Squad Aims at High School Principal Who Told Students Not to Loot

U.S. fighter plane crashes off coast of northeast England...the fate of the pilot and the cause of the crash unknown

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Do not be conformed to this world...

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2

News and Views June 14, 2020

Alamo, Landmark, Historic, America, Mission, Famous
State of Texas delivers powerful warning to protesters wishing to destroy The Alamo
In fact, Bush said that law enforcement has been preemptively deployed to The Alamo to defend it from potentially violent protesters.

Trump admin. reverses Obamacare rule compelling doctors to perform abortions, transgender procedures

Truckers wouldn’t deliver to cities that defund police, poll suggests

The Backlash to Violent Protesters Will Come — We Just Don’t Know What Form It Will Take
"There will be a backlash to these actions, but not in the form of the “white people’s riot” that In Living Color imagined. That backlash may come at the ballot box, or it may come in some other indirect form. Some people aren’t interested in direct confrontation in the streets. They may simply prefer to express their opposition in a way that these protesters expect it least — businesses moving out, reluctance to hire, reluctance to visit a neighborhood, effectively abandoning a community. Not every wall that is built is physical and visible. But one way or another, the reaction is coming."

Ben Carson Cuts To Chase: We Need To Stop Being Offended By Everything, Grow Up It’s Ridiculous
“We’ve reached a point in our society where we dissect everything and try to ascribe some nefarious notion to it,” said Carson.

“We need to move away from being offended by everything, of going through history and looking at everything, you know, of renaming everything.”

“Some of our prestigious universities, have a relationship with the slave trade. Should we go and rename those universities? It really gets to a point of being ridiculous after a while. And, you know, we’re going to have to grow up as a society.”

Teen Who Makes Teddy Bears for Children of Fallen Police Officers Receives Death Threats for Her Kindness to Police   What’s wrong with these people? Abusing a child for acts of kindness is just evil. How awful.