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Colin Kaepernick: Standing Up By Sitting Down


Does anybody out there remember how uninformed you were as a 26 year old? You are what you know and Kaepernick doesn’t know very much about what is really going on.

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Let me say right up front that I couldn’t care less what Colin Kaepernick thinks. I couldn’t care less what he does, what he believes, or who he promotes. For too long we have equated fame with wisdom. The fact that he has been successful at the highest levels of his chosen profession means nothing to me when evaluating his opinion.

The same goes for Barbara Streisand, George Clooney, Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon and a host of not-mentioned celebrities. The fact that they have reached the top of their profession does not qualify them as experts on the greater issues of the day.

I’m not even sure that I want to “be like Mike” when it comes to how I live my life and the values upon which my life is anchored. I learned that lesson when my mother permitted me at age 8 to eat straight from the spinach can in the hopes that it would do for me what it always seemed to do for Popeye. (BTW…can you imagine in today’s culture giving a child’s cartoon star a nickname based on a physical deformity?) But I digress.

Celebrities have instant credibility with the masses because of what they do. I’m sorry, but the fact that Bono can carry a tune has nothing to do with his ability to speak the truth. Celebrities, for the most part, are admired for who what they can do and not for who they are. I bet Leo De-Crap-rio is a major dolt. He has to be to take some of the positions he takes. Those who look up to him admire his ability to act…to “be someone else” and have no idea who he really IS.

I bet he doesn’t even eat spinach from a can.

So the latest brouhaha about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem is all a big waste of time to me. Once I heard what he had to say I understood completely why he did what he did. The dude is brainwashed. He has followed all of the BLM crap and has very little understanding of the real world. Does anybody out there remember how uninformed you were as a 26 year old? Heck, I voted for Teddy Kennedy in the 1976 primary. You are what you know and Kaepernick doesn’t know very much about what is really going on.

Unlike so many folks I see in press reports, Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem did not cause my blood pressure to go up one tick. The internet is full of people burning his jersey…calling him names…telling him to leave the country…full of media driven outrage. The media loved it as it played into their “discrimination” story line and their desire to show how “unfair” America is.

This may surprise you, but there is a part of me that agrees with the guy. I think it is good to see people stand up by sitting down. I wish more people would get teed off enough to protest something worthy. My bone with Kaepernick is not that he refused to stand for the Anthem, but that he was doing it for the wrong reason. I think there are a lot of reasons to stand up by sitting down. I wish more people would do it. I just believe the false narrative of Black Lives Matters is a bogus reason to throw away a career.

But here is where Pencilhead Paperneck made his mistake. What do you do when you are asked to “pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republican for which it stands” when the Republic no longer stands for what it was founded to represent? How do you honor the good and rebuke the bad in a country that has lost her way?

Kaepernick was right to stand up by sitting down. He simply was doing it for the wrong reasons.
Imagine this picture. What if Tim Tebow, when he was starting QB for the Denver Broncos, was seen sitting on the bench as the Stars and Stripes where hoisted over Mile High Stadium? Can you imagine the furor with which the media would descend upon this very public Christian man panting out questions as to why he refused to honor America?

What would have been the reaction of the national media and social media networks if Tebow had simply said:

I love my country but I am ashamed of what she has become. I honor our veterans and all of those who daily do all that they can to make America a better place for everyone. We are a nation where millions fight to make life better for others and I salute and honor their selfless sacrifice.

I love the American soldiers and appreciate their willingness to lay down their lives for their friends. I honor their service and their willingness to keep us safe. But I hate the military complex and the idea that America is the policeman of the world. I don’t know how to separate the two…I stand up for the soldiers but sit down for the pentagon war machine.

But our nation is no longer faithful to her creed as the land of the free. Today our government sanctions the slaughter of tiny pre-born Americans. We imprison our children in Godless public schools, and steal the hard-earned wages of individual Americans through an unjust and unrighteous system of taxation. We have become a nation where justice is no longer blind and the powerful and politically connected play by a separate set of rules. We burden the next generation with mountains of debt that they will never be able to repay, and we fail to honor Almighty God by rejecting His standards and precepts calling legal what He has already determined to be unlawful.”

I love my country but I disagree with my government. When I stand up for the Anthem I do it to honor the great Americans all across the nation. But I sit down for the likes of Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid, IRS, Federal Reserve, Department of Education, and US Supreme Court. When the Anthem plays I am not sure how I can show my disapproval while honoring the sacrifice of those who are deserving of honor.

I believe in standing up by sitting down. Colin Kaepernick’s mistake was sitting down for the wrong reasons. Perhaps we should ask ourselves why we so blindly stand and honor a Godless, out of control, American government.

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San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick: The Enemy on the Field!


Therefore, it should not come as no surprise when I tell you that Colin Kaepernick, the new NFL’s “useful idiot”, who recently converted to Islam before his anti-American stance in hopes of changing public opinion.

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“Islam is not a religion of peace, it’s a political theory of conquest that seeks domination by any means it can. –Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I have shown you in the past that musicians are the real legislators when it comes to overthrowing established laws in this country, and surely this includes the gods that are found in the arena of sports and it’ players (Jeremiah 11:13).

Furthermore, I have shown you in times past that America’s enemies have stated, “American people’s god has now become sports.”  So, they are attacking, both from without and within (Deuteronomy 32:25), even in the arena of sports all in hopes of changing public opinion.

“Football, beer, and above all gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.” –George Orwell

“Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically so.” –President Abraham Lincoln

Therefore, it should not come as no surprise when I tell you that Colin Kaepernick, the new NFL’s “useful idiot”, who recently converted to Islam before his anti-American stance in hopes of changing public opinion.

The controversy started when Kaepernick who rejected reality while giving over to the propaganda refused to stand for the national anthem during a pre-season game (Protesting racism while supporting Black Lives Matter, P.S. Colin was adopted by white parents), telling NFL.com:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.

Websters 1828: Oppressed defined- Burdened with unreasonable impositions; overburdened; depressed.

Oppressed, really? Colin’s life proves the opposite while signing an 114 million dollar contract with the NFL. Apparently, Colin has failed to remember that those he calls oppressed, do live in America where they become what they work to become (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Furthermore, he should know that no one gets to the top of the mountain because they were dropped there.  It’s because they worked hard to get there.

As a matter of fact, let’s take a quick look at others that are oppressed as Colin.

The National Football League has 68% black, 0.7 Latino’s, 1.1 Asian and 28% white.

The National Basketball Association has 74.4 % black, 23.3 % white, 1.8 % Latinos and 0.2 % Asian players. Oppressed?

Colin went on to say, to me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. …

According to the USA Crime Statistics (Crime Statistics Bureau- San Francisco)

Blacks killed by whites- 2%

Blacks killed by police- 1%

Whites killed by police-3%

Whites killed by blacks- 81%

Blacks killed by blacks- 97%

This didn’t sit too well with most Americans, and led veterans, like Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, to respond:

Colin Kaepernick needs to remember that a lot of men and women bled for that flag he refuses to stand for. A lot of those men and women were African-Americans who fought, bled, and died on behalf of that flag and those freedoms.

World War 1: 116, 506

World War 2: 405,399

Korea: 38,574

Vietnam: 58, 209

Afghanistan: 8,000 +

During a press conference, where other useful idiots, the media, were eager to make him a fellow propagandist, Colin added insult to injury by wearing a shirt, which had photographs of the 1960 meeting of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Malcolm X, which read, “Like Minds Think Alike.”

Oh, what Americans put up with! They stand back and allow this man, like that of this criminal administration, to desecrate the fallen.  It bewilders me to no end (Hebrews 10:26-31).

America, what has been the behavior of Muslims like Colin Kaepernick and Muslim organizations in this country?

Have Muslims and their illegal organizations exhibited a spirit of cooperation or have they repeatedly urged Muslims not to cooperate voluntarily, but to carefully go through them? Have they not encouraged the Muslims, and a credulous media that believes uncritically Muslim complaints, the idea that Muslims are being “victimized”?

Though foreigners are afforded asylum in this country, they are to assimilate to the American way, not Americans assimilating to them.

It is not legal in this country to by force, violence or other unconstitutional means overthrow the United States Constitution. No, it is not free speech to aid or abet the enemies within or without.

Islamic immigration alone to the US should be prohibited. The Koran, Sharia Law, and the hadith all require complete submission to Islam which is antithetical to the US Government (Public Law 414, Chapter 2, Section 212).

So, as to know what you are dealing with America, remember what Mustafa Carroll, the executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch, said, “If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land.”

Boy, oh boy, did Colin act accordingly. Talk about the American people being entertained out of their freedoms.  They are even paying them to do it!

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That Child Beating Case in Indy: More ‘Religion’ Coverage that Marginalizes Religion


Well, mainstream media came close to that “ideal” in coverage of a woman who gave religious reasons for beating her son.

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You know those pseudo-fruit drinks like Tang and Country Time – you know, tasting vaguely like orangeade and lemonade without the actual fruit? Well, mainstream media came close to that “ideal” in coverage of a woman who gave religious reasons for beating her son.

The stories, like this one in USA Today, have Kin Park Thaing quote Scripture to defend her taking a coat hanger to her child’s back, arm and thigh. Nothing on what her church or pastor might say about it:

INDIANAPOLIS (USA Today) An Indiana mother who beat her 7-year-old son with a coat hanger is citing the state’s religious freedom law as a defense against felony child abuse charges, saying her choice of discipline comes straight from her evangelical Christian beliefs.

The Indianapolis woman quoted biblical Scripture in court documents. She said that a parent who “spares the rod, spoils the child,” and: “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.”

This despite the fact that the article originated with the Indy Star, a local newspaper.

We’ll leave aside another fact, that “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is not in the Bible; it’s actually a digest of several verses by 17th century poet Samuel Butler – something a religion news specialist likely would have caught. Let’s look instead at the gaping holes in the coverage.

There is no denying the brutality of the mother’s attack:

The alleged abuse occurred Feb. 3, according to court documents, when 30-year-old Kin Park Thaing said she stopped her son from dangerous behavior that would have seriously harmed his 3-year-old sister. Thaing, documents say, hit both children with a plastic coat hanger before telling them to pray for forgiveness…

Read full article at GetReligion.org

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The Foundation of the American Arts Is God’s Law


I think the corruption on the political layer has an equally devastating impact on the layer of the finer arts.

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By Pastor David Whitney

Our Second President John Adams once wrote to his wife Abigail about the progression he hoped to see in our land from one generation to the next. He wrote “The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”

He saw that if a country could establish true liberty rooted and founded upon the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” then the next generation could build upon that liberty and advance in what might be called the practical arts of mathematics, commerce and agriculture. In advancing that realm of life he knew that following God’s laws they would enjoy a new level of prosperity which would build an economic powerhouse that freed their own children to study and enjoy what we often call the fine arts “painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.” So he envisioned a three tiered cake, the bottom layer which is liberty under God’s Law, the next layer economic prosperity established through the practical arts in obedience to God’s Laws and finally the top layer of the fine arts as a beautiful expression of God’s Law.

Consider his three tiered cake for a moment. What happens if the bottom layer becomes corrupted and debauched? Does it have any effect on the two layers resting upon it? Does a rejection of “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” in the political realm have any impact upon the economy, on the practical arts; and does it have any impact upon the finer arts as well? I think it clearly does and we see the evidence around us everywhere.

The political class as a whole has long ago abandoned “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” and the impact on the economy is palpable. Just consider what was done more that 100 years ago by Woodrow Wilson. With a stroke of the pen he created the Federal Reserve in direct violation of the eighth commandment. As we have said before, it is the biggest institutionalized gang of thieves the world has ever known. They have robbed the richest nation in the world for more than 100 years – grand theft on a galactic scale. They have effectively ruined the world’s most powerful economy.

So corruption on the first layer has a direct and devastating impact on the second layer. And we could cite multiple hundreds of other examples that demonstrate this as well.

And what of the impact on the third layer: painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain? I think the corruption on the political layer has an equally devastating impact on the layer of the finer arts.

If you go to the typical art museum today you’ll find some of the old masters and also modern artist. Just put side by side for example a Rembrandt with an Andy Warhol. There is no comparison, it is as if they lived in two different universes. The first reflects years of a Christian belief system influencing every corner of a culture and the later the postmodern meaningless despair. What an artist believes comes out through his brushe strokes, his sculpting chisel or his own words and actions on stage. The fine arts are simply an expression of a philosophy of life. One Christian artist writes,

“All of mankind craves and senses the innate potential for meaning that God has built into all of creation. Love, truth, beauty, and purpose all reflect various aspects of meaning. Man, however, wants his meaning on his own terms with no reciprocal responsibility to any other agent. In other words, man wants to be his own god. Therefore, scripture teaches that God allows man to foolishly rationalize that life just doesn’t make sense and can’t possibly have ultimate meaning.

Much art that is made reflects these sentiments. The hopelessness, despair, and anger that ultimately follows a denial of God comes screaming through the innate power of aesthetic expression. And, because of that aesthetic, expressive power, often more is communicated than by mere words alone.”

We see in much of the modern art, expressions of the rejection of the Creator God and His Holy Word.

And the reverse is also true, as John Adams envisioned. If the order of society can be established based upon God’s Holy Word there will be liberty in economic life that will result in a prosperity which allows for artistic expressions of many kinds to flourish which reflect the order and beauty of the Creator. But when the Creator Himself is rejected along with His Holy Word, then chaos and meaninglessness abound.

Now the realm of the finer arts is often an area that the average Christian doesn’t think God’s Word speaks directly to; but that is an error. This morning we will discover one example where God speaks directly to this field as well as giving us an understanding of the over arching principles of artistic expression. Let’s explore together the calling of Bezaleel in Exodus 31.

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When Fools Play God


All of these, and more, flow naturally, inevitably, from the cockeyed humanist project to set man up in place of God: and for “man” read “government.”

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What do all of these have in common–safe space, hate speech laws, “affirming” and “celebrating” whatever aberrant “lifestyle” anyone can think of, vaccinating infants for every disease under the sun, and claiming that government action and policies can control the earth’s natural processes and prevent “Climate Change”?

All of these, and more, flow naturally, inevitably, from the cockeyed humanist project to set man up in place of God: and for “man” read “government.”

To out-do God in being God, these people seek to remove any and all challenges from life. Don’t take my word for it: read “the Humanist Manifesto II.” “Using technology wisely,” we can wipe out disease, direct the course of human evolution, end war and poverty, and blah-blah-blah.

They can’t promise eternal life and forgiveness of sins (“Not yet, not yet–but we’re working on it!”), but for the time being they can transform the world into a secular paradise in which nothing bad ever happens–not even bad weather. And if perchance it does, well, it must be somebody’s fault it happened, and the government will soon take care of it.

This from people who would be hard-put to organize a softball tournament.

This is what we get from leaders and wise men who abandon God–now they’re the ones who have to be God! But don’t worry, it’s just bound to work: because they’re so smart, their intentions are so good, and anyhow human beings are naturally good and that will become apparent as soon as our masters engineer all the bugs out of the system. The problem is not original sin, oh, no! It’s just that our environment has been so screwed up by capitalism, racism, sexism, White Privilege, and yes, you bet, by Religion in general and Christianity in particular… and once we get rid of all that stuff, you’ll see heaven on earth.

But they have to prove they can do it–hence all these policies and programs to take all the struggle, all the stress, all the pain, and all the disappointment out of life: because if God were half as smart as they are, He never would’ve created such a defective world.

It started in the Garden of Eden and it’s still going strong today.

And Heaven help us if we’re fool enough to trust these people.

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David Maraniss and the Red Diaper Baby in Obama’s Red Cover-Up


Elliott and Mary Maraniss, along with Davis, were members of the same international conspiracy which had groomed Obama for the presidency, in order to hasten the decline and destruction of the United States.

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A Special Report from the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism

The lack of coverage in 2008 of the embarrassing facts in Barack Obama’s background, especially his deep personal relationship with a Communist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, stands as a sensational example of how dishonest the national media can be when they are determined to elect somebody. If Obama’s opponent, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), had been linked to a Nazi or a Klansman, the press would have jumped on the story, with endless follow-ups. But the story of Obama’s Communist mentor was suppressed by a journalist for The Washington Post who had all the essential details and could have broken the story wide open.

We now know why the potential blockbuster story about Obama’s Communist mentor was deliberately ignored by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist David Maraniss. He had personal and political conflicts that prevented him from telling the truth about Obama to the American people. Simply put, his parents were Communists, just like Davis.

Maraniss, in other words, was a red-diaper baby.

barack-obama-the-story-book-cover-1-218x300The shocking truth can finally be told. His parents, Elliott and Mary Maraniss, along with Davis, were members of the same international conspiracy which had groomed Obama for the presidency, in order to hasten the decline and destruction of the United States.

Looking back, we can now see how the truth about Obama’s communist ties could have led to embarrassing disclosures about the family of Maraniss. If Obama had a Communist mentor, and that was newsworthy, what about the fact that Maraniss had two Communist parents? Clearly, he didn’t want that to get out. We understand the motivation behind the cover-up. But having a father and mother involved in the Communist Party should not have stopped Maraniss from telling the truth about a presidential candidate’s Communist connections. He was supposed to be a journalist with ultimate loyalty to the truth.

One thing we do know: Maraniss, the author of biographies about two Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, didn’t want to talk about it then and doesn’t want to talk about it now.

The Cover-Up Begins

The controversial Communist connections help explain why, when Maraniss wrote a piece, “Though Obama Had to Leave to Find Himself, It Is Hawaii That Made His Rise Possible,” in the August 22, 2008, edition of the Post, the name of Frank Marshall Davis was completely left out.

Ironically, the story focused on Obama’s life and upbringing in Hawaii, where he met Davis, and where Davis exercised considerable influence over Obama’s growing-up years. By some accounts, Davis functioned as Obama’s mentor for seven or eight years. But Maraniss ignored Davis altogether. It seemed mystifying at the time.

Secret Reds and Fake Names

His father, Elliott Maraniss, was not only a Communist but an unprofessional and dishonest journalist. In addition to membership in a political party financed at the time by Moscow, the book, Dark Days in the Newsroom, reveals that Elliott Maraniss was accused of writing under a pseudonym for a newspaper published by the Communist Party and that this had led to his firing by the Detroit Times, one of several papers he would write for during his career. Eventually he would write for the Capital Times, a “progressive” voice in Wisconsin.

Bereniece BaldwinThe explosive charges came from Bereniece Baldwin, a Detroit housewife who had infiltrated the Michigan Communist Party for nine years. Her testimony was given in February of 1952 when she discussed how the party operated in “underground cells” with secret leaders.

The evidence showed that Elliott Maraniss used the name “Oscar Williams” when writing for a publication called the Michigan Worker, described as a Michigan edition of the Communist Party’s Daily Worker.  Testimony also showed that he was so secretive that he demanded to be known as “Ace,” rather than his real name, even by other Communists he worked with personally.

Edward Alwood, the journalism professor who wrote Dark Days in the Newsroom, told AIM that “I haven’t looked back in my notes but my memory is that I could not reach David Maraniss when I wrote the book. I recall sending emails. I am not aware that he has addressed his father’s past.” He said he was curious about what Maraniss remembered.

He added that when his book came out, he was interviewed on an NPR station and suggested that “they include David Maraniss as a guest with me.” But nothing came of it. “I vaguely recall the producer as saying that Maraniss declined,” he said.

It was a topic he may not have wanted to talk about. After all, his father had disgraced the family.

Elliott Maraniss was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities during a series of hearings in the 1950s, but refused to answer any questions about his Communist activities. It was a stand that led the local newspaper union, the Newspaper Guild, to withdraw support for him.

In short, Elliott Maraniss had embarrassed the journalism profession, just like his son did in 2008 when covering up for Obama.

Cover-ups seem to run in the family.

A Time for Truth

This issue may seem dated, but it is still newsworthy in 2016, not only because it’s important to set the record straight, but because Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s support in the media rivals that of Obama eight years ago. Indeed, many of the same media players who were determined to elect Obama now seem to want Hillary in the White House.

If they will cover up for Obama, to the extent of completely suppressing a damaging scandal and relationship, what will they do for Hillary? What are they suppressing? Does it have to do with her ideology, her associates, her sexuality, her health?

In Obama’s case, it was the communism.

Reds in the Bed

The eyewitness testimony against Maraniss and others from FBI informant Bereniece Baldwin was regarded as extremely reliable. The purpose of the hearings was to expose secret Communist Party penetration of labor unions such as the Newspaper Guild, which is still a major force in American journalism and represents 25,000 journalists and other media workers in digital and traditional news organizations. At the time, the Newspaper Guild was anti-communist and was trying to purge the union of members loyal to Moscow.

Maraniss testimony 2Elliott Maraniss refused to answer any questions about party membership, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. This was a standard technique used by members of the Communist Party to try to throw investigators off the trail of party members active in communist networks that could include Soviet spies and espionage agents.

His attorney was the notorious George W. Crockett, a future Democratic member of Congress from Michigan who never publicly admitted membership in the Communist Party USA. But he did associate with various CPUSA fronts and represented numerous members of the party in legal proceedings.

No Right to Know

Commenting on the new developments regarding Maraniss and his Communist parents—in connection with his whitewashing of Obama’s communist background just before the 2008 election—analyst Trevor Loudon told AIM that Maraniss “betrayed his duty to the American public.”

Loudon had played a major role, along with AIM, in bringing the story of the Obama-Davis relationship to the attention of the American people in 2008. However, the liberal media were determined to elect Obama, in the same way they are now determined to elect Hillary Clinton as president. So they would dismiss the work of Loudon and ourselves as “conspiracy theories.” We see the same kind of treatment accorded to those raising questions about the health of Hillary Clinton in the current campaign.

Maraniss was right in the middle of this journalistic cover-up and scandal. He ignored the Davis role in Obama’s life at a crucial time in the campaign, when the truth could have made a difference. The public had a right to know, a right to the truth. Maraniss disagreed.

The Obama campaign must have been appreciative. In 2015, former Obama campaign chief strategist David Axelrod would join David Maraniss for a friendly discussion of politics and public service, at an event co-sponsored by the Capital Times. Later, Maraniss would also agree to a podcast interview with Axelrod on his “Axe Files” show.

It turns out that Axelrod’s parents were also leftists with communist connections.

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Donald Trump May Have Just Won the White House


In a powerful, effective, and brilliant speech on the issue of illegal immigration delivered last night in Arizona, Trump laid out a view of true immigration reform that will secure our borders, protect our national security.

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If conservatives who care about border security and true immigration reform are looking for a reason to vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, they just found it.

Donald Trump may have just won the White House.

In a powerful, effective, and brilliant speech on the issue of illegal immigration delivered last night in Arizona, Trump laid out a view of true immigration reform that will secure our borders, protect our national security, protect American families in their own neighborhoods and communities, and above all, protect America’s cultural values.

Trump’s plan is gloriously simple: let’s enforce the immigration laws we already have. This involves rapid deportation of anyone who is found to be in this country illegally, whether that person is apprehended by federal authorities or local authorities. Deporting criminal illegal aliens will be given the highest possible priority under Trump’s plan, to end the utterly foolish and dangerous policy of releasing aliens who are criminals twice over: once after they have been apprehended illegally trespassing on sovereign American soil, and a second time after they have committed an act of violence against someone who has the right to be here.

Trump has pledged, starting on day one, to build an “impenetrable physical wall” along our southern border. European countries such as Hungary have proven that border fences properly patrolled work. Even Norway is in the process of building a wall to secure its northeastern border with Russia against illegal incursions. Fences work, and Trump is determined to prove it. To paraphrase Kevin Costner, if we build it, they – illegal aliens – won’t come.

Although Trump did not address this mechanism specifically in his speech, there is a simple way to fund the building of this wall: taxing remittances, which represent money shipped to Mexico by Mexicans working in the United States. Remittances are the second largest component of the Mexican economy, after oil. A four-percent tax on the $25 billion a year that’s sent south of the border would raise $10 billion over the next ten years, more than enough to build the wall. Mexico has all the incentive one could ask for to keep this spigot running wide open. We can even offer to lift the tax once the wall is built.

Trump pointed out that, according to The Boston Globe, under Hillary Clinton’s watch 13,000 criminal illegals were allowed to stay in the United States because their country of origin refused to take them back. Trump’s solution is brilliantly simple and devastatingly effective: no more visas for you. If you won’t take your criminals back, nobody from your country will be allowed to so much as set his foot down in America. That will fix that problem on day one.

To fix the problem of illegals working in America and taking American jobs, Trump poses ramped up enforcement of E-Verify. If illegals cannot find jobs in America because their legal status cannot be verified, they will self-repatriate. They won’t have to be deported since they’ll take care of that themselves.

(There are, by the way, no jobs Americans won’t do. I’ve worked most of the jobs the so-called experts tell us are beneath the dignity of the American worker. I worked in the fields doing stoop labor, I worked in a meatpacking plant, I worked as a car wash attendant, I worked as a janitor, and I slung hash to work my way through college.)

Trump also proposes shutting off immigration from any country – including Syria – in which it is impossible to properly vet prospective immigrants. He also proposes a perfectly constitutional ideological test to determine if a wanna-be immigrant is bringing values that will enable him to assimilate seamlessly into American culture or whether he wants to bring fundamentally un-American ideals into our society.

In addition, Trump pledges “to keep immigration levels, measured by population share, within historical norms.” This will ensure stability and consistency, and is similar to immigration policies adopted 100 years ago to ensure population balance and assimilation.

Under Trump’s plan, no one will ever be able to obtain legal residency or citizenship by entering this country illegally. They will have to leave, return home, and go through proper channels. The days of unconstitutional executive amnesty will be over.

Trump is exactly right. If his recipe is followed,

“[P]eace and law and justice and prosperity will prevail. Crime will go down, border crossings will plummet, gangs will disappear, and welfare use will decrease. We will have a peace dividend to spend on rebuilding America, beginning with our inner cities.”

Trump is also correct when he says, “But to fix our immigration system, we must change our leadership in Washington. There is no other way.” And he’s also correct that this election may be our last chance to make the change that’s required. We are getting close to the point where it will be too late if something dramatic isn’t done.

Bottom line: if conservatives who care about border security and true immigration reform are looking for a reason to vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, they just found it.

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The Trans-Truth: The Ugly Side of Body Integrity Identity Disorder


Chloe Jennings-White identifies as a paraplegic and is part of the “transabled” community. She suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID).

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Chloe Jennings-White, a 61-year-old research scientist in Utah who was a Fulbright scholar and has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cambridge University, has known since she was 4-years-old that she is different. She feels uncomfortable with her normal, healthy, fully functioning body. She experiences a mismatch between her physical body and her mental image of her body. In an effort to achieve consonance between her body and her “identity,” she has engaged in risky activities and self-harm, hoping that injuries would result in the type of body with which she identifies. For years in private, she used props to pretend she had the body she wanted, but now she engages in these behaviors publicly.

Chloe Jennings-White identifies as a paraplegic and is part of the “transabled” community. She suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), and careens about in a wheelchair wearing leg braces. Jennings-White reported that in 2010, she found a doctor overseas who was “willing to help her become disabled by cutting her sciatic and femoral nerves, but she could not afford” the $25,000 cost.

Oh, I almost forgot. In addition to identifying as a paraplegic, Jennings-White identifies as a woman. Chloe Jennings-White is, in reality, a man, formerly known as Clive. (Interestingly, according to a 2011 study, 25% of those who suffer from BIID identify as homosexual, while homosexuals constitute only 1-3 % of the population.)

While most people who suffer from BIID identify as amputees and desire a limb amputated, some, like Jennings-White, identify as paraplegics. Still others identify as blind persons, as is the case of 32-year-old Jewel Shuping who ten years ago was able to persuade a psychologist “to pour drain cleaner into her eyes…an excruciating process that took six months to fully take her sight.”

Dr. Michael First, a Columbia University professor of psychiatry, sees gender dysphoria as an apt though imperfect analogue for BIID:

 “When the first sex reassignment was done in the 1950’s, it generated the same kind of horror that voluntary amputation does now….It’s one thing to say someone wants to go from male to female; they’re both normal states….To want to go from a four-limbed person to an amputee feels more problematic.”

The medical community—though not all of its members—has decided that amputating healthy breasts and testes and providing sterility-inducing cross-sex hormones constitutes medicine, while amputating an arm is quackery. Isn’t that judgmental and “transabled-phobic”?

Yes, male and female are, indeed, both normal states, but being female is not a normal state for men, being male is not a normal state for women, and the desire to amputate healthy body parts in a futile quest to become the opposite sex is definitely not normal.

There are, however, differences between voluntary amputations of arms or legs and voluntary amputations of breasts or testes.

First, elective surgery for BIID—which doctors will not do—would actually succeed in transforming able-bodied persons into amputees, paraplegics, or blind persons, whereas elective surgery for gender dysphoria—which doctors will perform even on minors—creates only an elaborate disguise.

Second, with regard to gender dysphoria (and unlike BIID), the medical community has been politicized by the infiltration, badgering, and bullying of “trans”-activists who have compelled the medical establishment to at least publicly assert that the desire to be the opposite-sex is not a psychological disorder.

Don’t take my word about the political pressure effecting such a change. “Julia” Serano, a male “trans”-activist who pretends to be a woman, recently admitted as much. She said that our healthcare system is “gradually becoming our contemporary trans healthcare system” an “evolution” that was brought about in part by “trans activists ‘f***ing sh*t up’….[T]his change was facilitated by a more general trend within research and medicine — away from the paternalistic ‘Doctor Knows Best’ attitudes of the mid-twentieth century, towards today’s recognition that practitioners and researchers need to actually be concerned about, and seek feedback from, the communities that they serve.”

Translation: Science isn’t shaping “trans”-treatment. “Trans”-activists are.

The medical malpractice masquerading as “treatment” for those who suffer from gender dysphoria is actually fashioned out of the remnants left over from the Emperor’s new clothes, and the flimsy garment is unraveling before our eyes as research fails to support the claims of “trans”-activists and as more and more people experience “sex-change regret” and “de-transition.” Tragically, what is exposed is mutilated bodies (more on that in a coming article).

Even though BIID-sufferers report “depression, frustration, and ‘constant consuming agony,’” the medical community still opposes what I guess should be called “transabled-identity confirmation surgery.” Well. it’s opposed for now. Just wait till “transabled” activists learn some lessons from the “transgender” community and kick their badgering into high gear.

Maybe President Barack Obama could tell us whether public school students who “identify” as amputee-fluid should be allowed to park in handicap spots, use wheelchair-accessible facilities, and be provided with extra time during passing periods on the days they’re feeling limbless.

First published at Illinois Family Institute

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Is cop abuse about race — or power against the people?


After a major new report was released a little over one week ago, challenging the standard LGBT talking points, most gay activists and their allies are attacking the authors of that study.

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After a major new report was released a little over one week ago, challenging the standard LGBT talking points, I predicted that rather than interact with the findings of that report (specifically, a 143-page analysis of 200 previous, peer-reviewed studies), most gay activists and their allies would attack the authors of that study.

Before the day was out, the prediction began to come true, and it has been confirmed numerous times since then.

The report, authored by Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul R. McHugh, was titled, “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” and was published by The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society.

On Right Wing Watch, the headline to Peter Montgomery’s article stated, “A New Regnerus? Anti-Equality Groups Promote New Study on Sexual Orientation and Gender.”

He was referring, of course, to Prof. Mark Regnerus, whose studies claiming that children of gay parents do not fare as well as children of straight parents came under such attack that he almost lost his job. So much for academic tolerance and diversity.

Worse still, Montgomery writes, the new report is being hailed by notorious conservatives like Brian Brown of the National Organization of Marriage and Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation. Surely the research must be faulty if conservatives are citing it.

Robbie Medwed, writing for TheNewCivilRights.com, dismisses the report as that of a “Right-Wing Think Tank,” referring to The New Atlantis as “a so-called Journal of Technology and Society,” and then making reference to the report’s “findings” (in quotes, as if to say so-called findings; and note that this is “a so-called Journal of Technology and Society”; perhaps it’s actually a phone book or novel masquerading as a journal?).

Medwed continues, “To fully understand where this study came from and what’s really going on, let’s take a look at its authors and who’s funding it,” pointing to the journal’s conservative affiliations, in particular the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC).

How evil is the EPPC? Medwed cites the organization’s own description: It is an “institute dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy” – how utterly wicked!

But there’s more: “. . . EPPC and its scholars have consistently sought to defend and promote our nation’s founding principles—respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, individual freedom and responsibility, justice, the rule of law, and limited government.”

Surely there is no possible way that an organization like this, which helps publish The New Atlantis, could produce an unbiased, academically rigorous piece of research. Obviously not. It believes in the Judeo-Christian moral tradition!

As for McHugh, “His work has been debunked time and time again. McHugh has a distinguished track record of anti-LGBT bigotry and harm. . . . Simply, there is no possible way anyone can argue that his ‘scholarship’ is unbiased and objective.”

Medwed apparently fails to realize the circular reasoning of his argument, namely, that because McHugh’s research leads him to differ with LGBT talking points, and because LGBT researchers differ with his findings, “there is no possible way anyone can argue that his ‘scholarship’ is unbiased and objective.”

As for Mayer, he “reinterpreted” the date “to fit the outcomes they desired.”

At the Daily Beast, the headline to Samantha Allen’s article said it all: “The Right’s Favorite Anti-LGBT Doctor Strikes Again. Dr. Paul McHugh has a long history of anti-science, anti-LGBT stances. That doesn’t stop conservative media from lauding his work.”

How dare conservatives cite a bigot like him!

Over at The Advocate, the headline to Dean Hamer’s study read, “New ‘Scientific’ Study on Sexuality, Gender Is Neither New nor Scientific.”

Scorning the call by Drs. Mayer and McHugh for “more research,” Dr. Hamer wrote, “Mayer has never published a single article on human sexuality or gender (his name doesn’t even appear in the paper’s bibliography), and McHugh actually has a long history of blocking such efforts, beginning with his closure of the pioneering gender identity clinic at Johns Hopkins in 1979. McHugh claimed that his decision was based in science, but his real motivation became clear through his repeated reference to gender-confirmation surgery as a ‘mutilation’ and his decision to explain his actions not in a scientific journal but in a conservative Catholic publication.”

So, Dr. McHugh only “claimed that his decision was based in science.” It obviously was not, since he ended up opposing sex-change surgery and transgender activism.

To the Advocate’s credit, they did ask a respected gay scientist to pen the article, and Dr. Hamer does interact critically with the report. (Again, I said that most would attack the messengers rather than interact with the substance of the report, not that all would.)

Still, it is noteworthy that Dr. Hamer can hardly be called unbiased himself, since he is famous for his search for a gay gene. And even as a seasoned professional, he cannot hide his disdain, closing with these words: “But when the data we have struggled so long and hard to collect is twisted and misinterpreted by people who call themselves scientists, and who receive the benefits and protection of a mainstream institution such as John Hopkins Medical School, it disgusts me.”

Shoot the messengers indeed.

Similarly, Zach Ford who is the LGBT editor for ThinkProgress.org and who describes himself as “Gay, Atheist, Pianist, Unapologetic ‘Social Justice Warrior,” interacted at length with the content of the study, but not without launching some broadsides against the authors and publishers of the report.

While citing the critique of the Mayer-McHugh report by Dr. Warren Throckmorton (who, as would be expected, challenged their findings), Ford also wrote that Dr. McHugh is “generally the only scientist whom opponents of transgender equality ever cite and who has his own history of overt anti-LGBT bias.” As for The New Atlantis, he described it as “a journal that is affiliated with the anti-LGBT Ethics and Public Policy Center and prides itself on not being peer-reviewed.”

And while Ford seeks to be even-handed in his critique, taking time to delve into the subject matter, he still refers to the American College of Pediatricians, which opposes transgender activism, as “the fake anti-LGBT American College of Pediatricians.”

A previous article by Ford even carried this headline, “Fake Medical Organization Publishes Lie-Ridden Manifesto Attacking Transgender Kids. Do not trust your children with the American College of Pediatricians.”

So, because these pediatricians felt that the need to break away from the left-leaning American Academy of Pediatricians, based on their own research and medical experience and values, they are a “fake medical organization,” despite the fact that membership is limited to “pediatricians and other healthcare professionals who provide care primarily for infants, children, or adolescents.”

If they are not pro-LGBT activism, they cannot be a legitimate medical organization!

And on and on it goes.

I do hope that in the days to come, researchers and scientists from all camps will take the time to interact fairly and honestly with the Mayer-McHugh report, but for the moment, I guess this is where I say, “I hate to say it, but I told you so.”

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Comprehensive Medical Study Concludes Transgenderism Impossible


The most comprehensive study ever published with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity has now concluded what we all knew.

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Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Holly Meade, and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.

Sexuality and GenderThe most comprehensive study ever published with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity has now concluded what we all knew. And that is sexual orientation is not something that you’re born with, and the whole idea of transgender is a myth. It is not reality. We’re going to be talking about this study on Faith and Freedom.

Mat Staver: There is a study out. It’s by two Johns Hopkins University scientists and it reveals the evidence does not support the claim that homosexuals are born that way. And also with regards to transgender, which we want to focus on, that it’s simply a myth. It’s not reality. It’s written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, published in The New Atlantis, and the report is a “meta analysis.” Meaning that it evaluates all of the other research. So, it is a comprehensive, frankly it’s the most comprehensive report or study ever done.

It has evaluated, Matt, over 200 peer-reviewed studies. Not just studies, but studies that are done by first having it reviewed by peers…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. On The Upcoming Presidential Election


Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave this thought-provoking response during his ministry. “The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”

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“Hell’s Hottest Place is Reserved for Whom?”

Without any Jeopardy music in the background, how would you answer the above question? Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave this thought-provoking response during his ministry.

“The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”

Pastor Martin used the literary device, hyperbole, (from the Greek word meaning “over-casting”) to emphasize a point for a grander effect. In other words, he wanted to jolt people and awaken them to action.

Even though he gave no “chapter and verse” from the Bible to substantiate his opinion, this chilling quotation should arrest all of our attention. After all, in Revelation 21:8, it lists the “cowardly” as the first people who will “have their portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.”

In Deuteronomy chapter 20 God gave His instructions for times of crises and war. He underscored the importance of not being cowardly lest timid soldiers adversely affect others around them.

“The officers are to speak further to the people, and they shall say, ‘What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest his brother’s heart faint as well as his heart.’ ” (Deut. 20:8).

Billy Graham says, “Courage is contagious.” The opposite is also true.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Christian pastor in Germany who was martyred for speaking up and exposing Hitler’s lies, said the following, “Silence in the face of evil, is evil itself. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Recently, Barna Research completed a national survey of conservative Christians in America and their pastors. “God’s People Want to Know” was the title of the report and it should serve to goad pastors across America to greater cultural engagement.

While 80% of the Christians in churches want to be equipped on the hot button moral issues of our day like abortion, the ever-expanding LGBT agenda, transgenderism, gay “marriage”, etc., an extremely small percentage of pastors are willing to provide them with what they need to make decisions from a biblical worldview!

Why?

Pastors expressed a reluctance to address these issues for fear of losing members, contributions and their tax exemption. Although there has never been a church in America’s history that lost its tax exemption for speaking on political issues, this is a common misconception among leaders paralyzing them from speaking out.

I was once part of a large church that prohibited leaders from giving out objective voter guides to the people or displaying candidate bumper stickers or yard signs. I appealed for change but was unsuccessful in my attempt.

For over 40 years I have been a board member of Intercessors for America national prayer ministry and unfortunately, at times, have seen the reluctance in some churches to help people understand controversial issues or make available objective voter guides to help their people.

A couple years ago I served in my capacity as a public policy advisor with Liberty Counsel in going to 31 cities to inspire pastoral involvement in Christian activism and the political process. In one location where the involvement was minimal, a pastor confided in me that, “In many churches we’re preaching to the choir but the choir isn’t singing!”

The reason we initiated the 30 day Bullseye Challenge was to provide pastors, youth leaders, educators and parents with a resource to equip them and those they influence become informed influencers in today’s turbulent times. People who invest 15 minutes for 30 days viewing immediately accessible, free videos with an easy-to-read book will learn a scriptural worldview on the 30 hot button issues of today.

With the 2016 presidential election approaching rapidly, there is little time to squander in understanding the issues and candidate’s positions that will influence the future of America for decades to come. I encourage you to avail yourself of this timely tool endorsed by Steve Strang, Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Jack Hayford, Bill Johnson, James Goll, Mike Bickle, R.T. Kendall, Michael W. Smith and other senior leaders.

Living in Reality Not Fantasy

America is at a tipping point. We are in danger of becoming an America in name only and losing our godly heritage as a nation established on Judeo-Christian foundations.

As I travel and interact with leaders, I must confess it gets discouraging at times but I’m committed to persevere as I trust you are. With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as candidates, I admit that our choice is less than ideal. Yet we must not be passive with the upcoming election and its implications for our children, grandchildren and future as a nation.

Here’s the deal: Multitudes of Christians, including leaders, need to be awakened so that we might experience another spiritual awakening in our land. May we categorically recognize and reject deceptive, erroneous thinking currently circulating:

  • “Don’t be concerned about the upcoming election; God is
    sovereign.”

He does rule over all but entrusts us with the responsibility of electing righteous leaders in our democratic system. “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people mourn” (Prv.29:2). May none of us abdicate our sacred duty to “render unto Caesar” by not voting out of super-spirituality or some offense with a candidate’s personality or past immaturity.

  • “We don’t need to vote; God puts in whom He wants anyway.”

This is fatalism and contrary to what Scripture teaches about the nature and character of God giving us the ability to freely choose. Do you actually believe God put Hitler and Stalin in authority killing countless millions?

  • “Hey, if Hillary wins, pushes through the party platform and even appoints 2 or 3 liberal Supreme Court Justices, we’ll just ride it out like we’ve done these past years!”

Have you honestly assessed the damage and destruction exacerbated or foisted on our imperiled nation by current governing authorities? The following, quick overview is not exhaustive but intended to bring sober reflection regarding elections having consequences for decades – even centuries.

Consider: the SCOTUS ruling on homosexual marriage that obliterated the Western Civilization definition of marriage that had stood for over 4,000 years! Government endorsement and celebration of gay “marriage” legitimizes this lifestyle to “mainstream respectability”, further eroding the morality of our nation and jeopardizing the lives of generations of our children and grandchildren. Think about it.

Consider: the serious, intensifying polarization and acrimony in Congress; our smoldering, decaying inner cities; the failure, violence, drug addiction and dismal performance of more and more schools and cancelling or opposing voucher programs for deserving minority students; our deteriorating and weakened military; rampant corruption and lawlessness in government; unprecedented bias and dishonesty in journalism and today’s media; our diminished global reputation; our uncertain economy, exploding national debt and rapidly approaching “day of reckoning”; collapsing of Obamacare, initially promoted through deceitful promises; our porous borders, immigration debacle and reprehensible sanctuary cities protecting criminal “illegals”; the IRS admitting that illegal immigrants stole over one million Social Security numbers from American taxpayers.

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The 3 Steps to Achieving a Pleasant Work Environment


My concept for a good and solid step program for success in the workplace is only three steps, but they are comprehensive and far reaching.

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“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.” – Psalm 25:3 (NIV)

What started out as a recovery program for alcoholics among twentieth-century multi-step programs has become effective and fashionable for other human endeavors in the twenty-first century as well.

The original 12-Step Program created by Bill Wilson and “Dr. Bob” to treat alcoholics has been modified to master numerous problems, including rage, overeating, and other pathologies. If you are seeking success in the business world, you may find a step program abundantly helpful in the workplace. An organized approach can help you achieve not only financial gain and security, but also a prescription for healthy living both in and out of the office.

Just check your spam box and you will find numerous emails that promise instant wealth (or most anything else) by following 3 EASY STEPS! If I knew 3 easy steps to become instantly wealthy, I wouldn’t have time to share them with anyone!

My concept for a good and solid step program for success in the workplace is only three steps, but they are comprehensive and far reaching. Like any personality trait worth possessing, it will take personal work and dedication. But then, isn’t that what success is all about? Isn’t it about exerting hard work and dedication to achieving a singular goal or a set of goals?
Here’s what you can do to install a three-step program into your daily life.

The Workplace 3-Step Program

Step # 1 – Assume the role of leader in your work environment. That doesn’t mean for you to take control of your office and order people around, even if some co-workers are subordinates. Assuming a leadership role means to first adjust your attitude about yourself, then your attitude toward your co-workers and your supervisors. A Christian is called to lead others to righteousness. In the secular workplace, you can lead others to righteousness by setting an example for others so that they will wish to emulate you.

In our lives, we should be a constant and living example to others. Projecting a positive attitude, maintaining an ethical and honest performance, and displaying a conscientious and sympathetic demeanor are all keys to gaining the respect of our superiors and the confidence of our subordinates and co-workers.

Leadership literal means to serve others.

Step # 2 – Pray for God’s wisdom and for His guidance. While most step programs don’t mention God or Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit, they do refer to a higher power. You must be willing to be obedient to God, your higher power. Pray not for material things, but instead pray for God to reveal His will for your life, including your life’s work. Ask Him where He would have you work and live. He may wish for you to remain in your current workplace despite a conflict with your manager. Or you may be called to pursue a new work position in a new location far from where you always believed you’d live. Even if it appears to be a risk to change careers, you should follow God’s lead. That’s showing faith—a true belief in things both seen and unseen.

Prayer should become part of your workday in the same way that coffee breaks and lunch times do. By prayer, I don’t mean reciting a “gimme list.” Instead, ask for direction, for wisdom, and for knowledge. As with anything else, the more you practice, the better you become.

Step # 3 – In a number of step programs, there comes a time to make amends with those you may have harmed or with whom you are in conflict. In the workplace, this is usually someone who is your superior, usually an immediate supervisor. If you are in management, it may be a fellow manager or someone under you. The important thing is that you have achieved the goals in the first two steps. Once you’ve adjusted your attitude, then you’ll be ready to “bury the hatchet” and make peace.

Speak to this person privately and confidentially—meaning don’t blab to your fellow workers that you plan to meet. No matter what your gripe is, ask for his/her forgiveness. Don’t make excuses or try to explain your own behavior. Take responsibility for the conflict or misunderstanding. If he/she accepts your apology, he/she will know you are sincere and may even grow to like and respect you. Or he/she may refuse to accept your apology.

The important thing is that you take the initiative to address a workplace conflict. Whether he or she accepts your apology and shakes your hand or refuses to address the subject is not your concern. Your concern should be to keep your side of the street clean, as they say in other step programs. In other words, you are responsible to God for your own actions not those of others. If you make amends, it is not your responsibility for another person to accept your attempt or not. It is only your responsibility to correct your previous wrongdoings.

Start implementing these three steps in your professional career today and see what happens in your life tomorrow!

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Democratic Media and Lies, Red Pills, and Living in ‘The Matrix’


The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are popular culture symbols representing the choice between embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red pill) and the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue pill).

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Are We Living in The Matrix?

When “Neo” the allegorical Savior figure played by Keanu Reeves first meets the films John the Baptist type figure “Morpheus” Lawrence Fishburne says:

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.” ~ Morpheus – The Matrix 1999

The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are popular culture symbols representing the choice between embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red pill) and the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue pill). Redpills are people who have chosen to face reality, while bluepills remain living in ignorance of the truth, whether by choice or because they have not had a choice. ~ Wikipedia

Our Political system in the USA is comprised of two major Parties.

The Republicans (RED) and Democrats (BLUE)

In my years of engaging in spiritual, ideological, and political discourse with Democrats I am convinced that most of them have chosen the blue pill, or remain ignorant simply because they have not yet realized they have a choice. When faced with facts, statistics and actual irrefutable evidence they by-in-large change the subject, if cornered they call you names, if you remain undaunted by their barbs, they simply go silent. Indeed, they seem to have no real interest in seeing obvious truth.

The rabbit hole is indeed much deeper than most realize. Americans (and indeed the world) have become enslaved by entertainment, their devices, pornography, alcohol, sports, gambling and virtually anything that would distract them from the “World that has been pulled over their eyes”.

The long disputed right -wing conspiracy theory claiming that the Liberal media’s main purpose is to defend and deflect the treachery of the Democratic party from being brought to light, is now public knowledge. They lie to our faces, as we have long suspected, yet millions of Americans continue mindlessly skipping through their days willfully ignorant of the lie.

Many, perhaps even most, of the theories are true.

Is anyone on the left willing to unplug and face the reality that most of what we have been claiming for decades is real, it’s true and America is nearly lost due to their slumber and our complacency.

The Red pill that I took 25 years ago was stained Red with the Blood of the Cross of Jesus Christ. I have been unchained, unfettered, undeceived and unleashed for a purpose. To continue banging the drum of truth, hoping to free those enslaved with a message of hope.

Join me! Take the red pill, step back, look at the nightmare around you and free yourself from the “machine”.

Then fight to free those who slumber still.

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Can the Trump Revolution Save America?


J.B. Williams and Timothy Harrington contend that a “New American Revolution,” as represented by Donald J. Trump, is the only way at this point to save America from four more years of Marxist rule.

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As the election draws close, a new report from a communist defector to the United States and a new book from two staunch conservatives have put the stakes in very dramatic terms. Former Romanian intelligence chief Ion Mihai Pacepa warns of a “looming disaster” if socialism takes hold in the United States, while J.B. Williams and Timothy Harrington contend that a “New American Revolution,” as represented by Donald J. Trump, is the only way at this point to save America from four more years of Marxist rule.

After almost eight years of Obama, desperation is setting in. Pacepa’s Looming Disaster report is being provided for free by WorldNetDaily, while the book, Trumped: The New American Revolution,is available for a modest price from a conservative website that celebrates American principles of freedom. They both make the critical point that an America built on freedom and capitalism is fading fast.

The Williams/Harrington book helps to explain the Trump phenomenon. There’s no doubt that the New York businessman is representing the views of millions of Americans who are disgusted by what America has become under Obama. As Trump says, this is a “movement” that has taken hold in the country. The authors explain the failures of the Republican Party in detail.

The problem with both the report and the book is that the case is not made in either that Trump is personally devoted to conservative free market principles.

Pacepa does write, “I know a few of Donald Trump’s intelligence advisers from my past cooperation with the U.S. intelligence community, and I have no doubt that a President Trump will start a new ‘Campaign of Truth’ that will wreck ISIS and remake America as leader of the world without firing a shot.”

A “Campaign of Truth” is truly what is needed. But is Trump up to the job? Based on the lousy campaign he has waged so far, many conservatives are doubtful.

Pacepa also declares, “America’s reputation was built around a procession of patriotic capitalists, like Donald Trump, who were elected president because they had been successful in business and in defending our country’s wealth and freedom.”

This is true. America would not be the success it is without businessmen like Trump who built things. But being a successful businessman is not the same thing as being pro-American and devoted to America’s survival. After all, Soviet agent of influence Armand Hammer was a successful businessman.

Pacepa makes the case that Trump has all the right enemies, including a number of communist groups. Having the right enemies is a feather in his cap. But what troubles many conservatives is that Trump’s conversion to conservatism and the Republican Party is recent, and that it looks at times like he is trying to lose the presidential election.

Nevertheless, the Pacepa report is well worth your time and attention because he has a keen understanding of how the left has undermined our heritage through communist tactics, like disinformation, that confuse many people. You can sense by reading the pages of his report that he thinks America is slipping away from its founding principles, and that the communists are on the verge of total victory.

The Williams/Harrington book is also good at analyzing the sorry condition of America today, but falls short of making the case that Trump is another Reagan, although the comparison is offered to readers.

They say, “The resolve among Trump supporters has not been seen in this country since voters from across the political spectrum gathered together to replace Jimmy Carter with Ronald Reagan.”

That fervor is real and something to behold. The difference is that Reagan had a track record of involvement in the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Trump has neither. A long-time Democrat who contributed to the Clinton Foundation, he has basically engineered a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. The Republican Party establishment, which failed to stop Obama and gave Trump the opportunity to succeed, was overthrown.

This difference is important because many of the people backing Reagan were educated about conservative issues that Reagan also knew a lot about. By contrast, Trump touches on hot button issues, such as immigration, terrorism and common core, but does not seem able to articulate a message of why these issues matter and what he is going to do, in detail, to deal with them.

Nevertheless, the reaction to him is still as real as that which greeted Ronald Reagan. Anybody who has attended or watched one of Trump’s rallies knows there is a longing for another Reagan-type figure which can reverse America’s decline.

Can Trump be that figure?

In addition to his oratorical style of personal insults and one-liners, which have alienated many voters, his Achilles heel is the reluctance to address Russian aggression in the Middle East and Europe. Trump’s campaign connections to acolytes of Vladimir Putin have been made into a campaign issue by Hillary Clinton, herself a dupe of Putin when he exploited her Russian reset.

By contrast, Reagan never turned a blind eye to Russian aggression. He used a process known as “dialectical reversal” to turn the tables on Communists and promote a pro-freedom philosophy.

In an exchange of emails I had with the famed defector who is desperate to save America, Pacepa told me, “Our 2016 elections should exterminate nuclear terrorism and the bubonic plague of Marxism, which dispossessed over a trillion people of their properties, killed tens of millions, and transformed a third of the world into a gulag archipelago.”

His fear of nuclear terrorism is based on how an Islamic terrorist network with Russian support could strike America with no warning and make the body count on September 11, 2001, look minor by comparison.

That “bubonic plague of Marxism,” he makes clear, is carried by Hillary Clinton, and he says she intends to inflict it on America if she wins on November 8. Pacepa warns of America’s further decline into a European-style socialist state unable to defend itself or its allies.

The stakes are high. Regardless of what happens on November 8, the Trump movement will continue. Even if Mrs. Clinton wins the presidency and Democrats make gains in Congress, I don’t foresee Americans slinking away and giving up on the issues that Trump has emphasized.

Whether Trump turns around his campaign or not, this movement is real and determined to fight for American sovereignty, free enterprise capitalism, and educational reform.

We have seen in the squalor called Venezuela that the people may get beaten down, but they still see through the propaganda and disinformation when the products start disappearing from the store shelves and members of their families who protest the slide into socialism start “disappearing.” They understand that the rhetoric about “Socialism for the 21st Century” is a big lie.

Likewise, a Hillary regime in the U.S. may continue to accelerate the descent into socialism, but the American people will still resist. The Trump voters will not go away.

So Trump or no Trump, the “new American revolution,” as Williams and Harrington call it, will never die.

Will Trump become the “last peaceful effort to retake control of their party and their country?” That’s what Williams and Harrington suggest may come to pass.

Will the Republican Party end up on “the ash heap of history?” They also suggest this is possible if Trump goes down to defeat.

These are important questions. Another is, “Is Trump serious about winning this election?”

Losing a presidential election in 2016, with the Democratic candidate so weak, untrustworthy and offensive in so many ways, could not be blamed on incompetence alone.

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Gnostics and the Supposed Lost Words of Jesus


The Gnostic “Gospels” are nothing like Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which are based on eyewitness material and were written in the first century.

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I keep seeing people touting the idea that there are supposedly “lost words of Jesus” – for example, in pop-up ads. But the reality is that these are actually just ancient heresies being repackaged for an unwary modern audience.

The heresies are from an ancient group of pseudo-Christians, who were known as the Gnostics. The name comes from the Greek word gnosis: “to know.”

The Gnostics wrote many materials in the second, third and fourth centuries. They wrote “Gospels” in the names of some of the first-century apostles. The supposed lost words of Jesus found therein were written hundreds of years after the time He spent on Earth.

The Gnostic “Gospels” are nothing like Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which are based on eyewitness material and were written in the first century. The Gnostic Gospels are poor derivatives from the biblical Gospels and not vice versa.

The early church rejected the Gnostics and did not perpetuate and circulate their writings. A stash of some ancient Gnostic codices (book-like manuscripts) were found in 1945 in Nag Hammadi, Egypt.

A TV special on the History Channel called it the most important find of Christian history. No, it wasn’t. If anything, it just showed how correct Irenaeus and other early church fathers were in their condemnation of the Gnostic heresies.

The Nag Hammadi find has caused a rebirth of interest in the Gnostics. Finally, there are “alternative Christianities” liberal scholars can learn about and promote – as if the Gnostics were on the same level as the early Christians. The mega-bestseller “The Da Vinci Code” tried to make the case that the Gnostic Gospels were just as valid as the four we have in the Bible.

Before he died in 1998, Dr. Raymond Brown was probably the most respected Bible scholar around. He said of the Gnostic writings that they were rubbish when they were written, and they are rubbish now.

Liberal scholars seem to swoon over the Gospel of Thomas – which was written perhaps as early as A.D. 150, long after the biblical Thomas had died.

I find it ironic that politically correct Bible scholars, like Elaine Pagels of Princeton or Bart Ehrman of the University of North Carolina, who show up on TV specials about Jesus, talk about the Gospel of Thomas as if it’s more important than the biblical Gospels. Yet look at how it ends:

(114) Simeon Peter said to them, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.”

Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven.”

That’s sexist, to put it mildly. Its overall point does not fit the Judeo-Christian view that God made man (humanity) in His image – male and female He made them. Or the evidence from the true Gospels that Jesus allowed women to play a critical, positive role in His mission.

But it does fit the strange Gnostic worldview, which was anti-creation, anti-matter and anti-law. I suppose many of today’s Gnostics are really just selective Gnostics.

What’s more, many of these Nag Hammadi texts are essentially “word salad,” to use a phrase from Dr. Paul L. Maier, an excellent scholar on Jesus and the Gospels. These statements just don’t make sense. They are gibberish.

No wonder the early church rejected them. Here’s a statement from the Gospel of Philip (again, not written by Philip): “God is a dyer. As the good dyes, which are called ‘true,’ dissolve with the things dyed in them, so it is with those whom God has dyed. Since his dyes are immortal, they become immortal by means of his colors. Now God dips what he dips in water.” (James M. Robinson, editor, “The Nag Hammadi Library,” p. 146).

The Gospel of the Egyptians III, 2 and IV,2, has even more meaninglessness, if that were possible: “Domedon Doxomedon came forth, the aeon of the aeons…..iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu eee eeeeeeeeeee aaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa oooooooooooo ooooooooooo.” (“The Nag Hammadi Library,” p. 210).

These are actual quotes from the Nag Hammadi texts of the Gnostic Scriptures.

And yet some of today’s scholars prefer the Gnostics over Jesus as found in the biblical Gospels, who made statements like:

  • The truth shall set you free.
  • Do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.
  • Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.
  • Beware of sheep in wolves’ clothing.

I’m grateful that we can see God in Christ in the Gospels given us in the first century – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Thankfully, these words were never lost.

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Kirk Cameron Hopes to Revive America With This Strategy


Kirk Cameron’s Revive Us will feature Dr. Ben Carson, pastors Francis Chan and Dr. James MacDonald, best-selling authors Eric Metaxas and Jennifer Rothschild along with musical performances.

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Kirk Cameron is getting creative with his revival strategies.

This October, he hopes Christians around the nation will converge on movie theaters for a live event to inspire believers to press into revival.

Kirk Cameron’s Revive Us will feature Dr. Ben Carson, pastors Francis Chan and Dr. James MacDonald, best-selling authors Eric Metaxas and Jennifer Rothschild along with musical performances by Vertical Church Band and specially-formed duo Abby Ward and Isabella Cameron.

“As I travel to churches across America, I meet thousands who tell me they feel discouraged, concerned and afraid for their children’s future and the future of America,” says Cameron. “I want people to come to this event so I can help them return home awakened, empowered and engaged to make a difference in the real world. Together, we’ll discover the one and only strategy that has succeeded in every generation, on every continent, and never failed to restore a nation, morally, spiritually and economically.”

This live event is set for October 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET with an encore showing on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. local time at over 700 movie theaters. The evening will conclude with a 15-minute Q&A based on audience-submitted questions, and will be followed by an open time for attendees to gather in their theaters for prayer and discussion.

Although I doubt this will bring revival in and of itself, these are the types of moves we need to see in the entertainment world. Cameron has been a consistent voice for morality in the entertainment mountain, and a strategic evangelist that is effectively winning souls for the kingdom. Let’s pray this event succeeds in its mission and paves the way for more like it.

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Obama Wants to Take Over Everything


President Obama promised us that if elected he would “fundamentally transform” America. As his time is growing short, he is showing us more and more of what that means, and it’s not pretty.

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The view of the Founding Fathers, as expressed in the Constitution, is that the federal government would be small and have limited responsibilities. Here’s how James Madison put it in Federalist No. 45:

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

The whole point of the American form of government was to reserve as many powers as possible to the individual states. The genius of the Founders’ Constitution (not the one mangled by the courts) is that it preserved local control to the maximum degree possible.

The Founders believed, as do all right thinking Americans today, that as much as possible, decisions should be made by those who have to live with the consequences of those decisions.

Liberals, however, have a much different view of things, a view which is exceedingly dangerous and tends inexorably toward tyranny. In their elitist arrogance, they believe that only they are smart enough to run everything. Citizen class Americans, like you and me, aren’t smart enough to run our own lives, let alone our cities and our states. And they wish to run them for us.

President Obama promised us that if elected he would “fundamentally transform” America. As his time is growing short, he is showing us more and more of what that means, and it’s not pretty.

Three stories today on Drudge highlight the alarming reality that Obama and his minions have set their sights on taking over the election process at every level, taking over every police force in America, and running the entire justice system at every level from their enclaves in Washington, D.C.

Jeh Johnson, the director of Homeland Security, articulated earlier this month that the government is about to decide that the election process is a matter of “critical infrastructure” like roads and bridges, and that since the federal government has done such a bangup job with that, we ought to let them tell us how to run our elections.

“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

“There’s a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others (sic) critical infrastructure.”

This would obviously have alarming implications for electoral fraud. Right now, electoral fraud is contained. It happens, but it is localized at the state or county level. It doesn’t metastasize tumor-like into adjacent counties or adjacent states.

The possibilities for uncontrolled and uncontrollable mischief if the power to regulate the entire election process is concentrated in Washington is too horrible to contemplate. Not the least of these possibilities is the overturning of any election results the elite don’t happen to like, on the grounds of some contrived technicality.

If that wasn’t frightening enough, we discover that George Soros is at work using his billions of dollars to quietly take over the nation’s entire justice system by electing activist and politically-driven prosecutors at every level possible. These compromised prosecutors would use the power of the office to punish the politically incorrect good guys, again on contrived charges, and allow the politically correct bad guys to skate.

Says Politico, “The billionaire financier has channeled more than $3 million into seven local district-attorney campaigns in six states over the past year — a sum that exceeds the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by all but a handful of rival super-donors.”

Secular, liberal regressives are already aware of the enormous strategic importance of local DAs. “The prosecutor exercises the greatest discretion and power in the system. It is so important,” said Andrea Dew Steele, president of Emerge America, a candidate-training organization for Democratic women. “There’s been a confluence of events in the past couple years and all of the sudden, the progressive community is waking up to this.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, Soros also aims to put all local law enforcement under the thumb of our federal overlords, using police shootings as the excuse. Here are some brief excerpts from a leaked memo from a May board meeting of his Open Society Foundation (emphasis mine):

“… the White House recently launched the Policing Data Initiative to explore how best to use data and technology to build trust, voice, and solutions to improve community policing…We are gaining a better understanding of these efforts in order to determine how best USP can use this moment to create a national movement...The police killings of African-American men in Ferguson, Staten Island, most recently in North Charleston, Baltimore, and many other American cities, highlight that reform of policing policy and practice must be integral to our criminal justice agenda…they are also critically related to our goal of reducing incarceration...Perhaps more promising is the taskforce empaneled by President Obama on policing, which developed more than 60 recommendations to provide direct support and guidance to localities on how to improve policing practices…(we) are advocating for specific reforms at the city and state levels.

Bottom line: President Obama wants the federal government to run every election at every level, run every police department in every community in America, and manage every prosecutor’s office everywhere. Does that sound “few and defined” to you?

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio. Likewise no comments directed at the moderator(s) will be approved.)

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Students Call Kaepernick ‘Heroic’ for Refusing to Stand During Anthem


Students interviewed by Campus Reform at the University of Maryland expressed enthusiastic, albeit generic, support for San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem.

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Editor’s note: This right here is further proof for Dennis Prager’s assertion that sending young people to universities quite often creates more ignorant graduates rather than more learned graduates. College students without a solid biblical worldview haven’t a prayer of escaping academia unscathed: most state universities and colleges are pure and simple centers of Progressive indoctrination. Tami Jackson

By Cabot Phillips

  • Students interviewed by Campus Reform at the University of Maryland expressed enthusiastic, albeit generic, support for San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem as a protest against racism.
  • Most students, however, could not even recall the lyrics to the national anthem, with only two successfully reciting the entire “Star Spangled Banner.”

Last week, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the playing of the National Anthem before his team’s preseason game, saying “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people.”

Kaepernick was quickly trending on social media, with the majority of Americans expressing their displeasure with his actions, accusing him of protesting in a disrespectful manner.

Campus Reform went to the University of Maryland to find out what college students thought of the situation and if they viewed Kaepernick any differently than the average American.

“I think what he did was great, it’s heroic, it’s sending a message…” platitudinized one student.

“I would say it’s pretty heroic,” reiterated another. “I respect people who stand up for what they believe in.”

Kaepernick’s protest has also sparked a national conversation about the role and importance of the Star Spangled Banner in today’s society, and while many of the students who spoke with Campus Reform expressed an admiration for the Anthem, the majority of them could not recite the lyrics when given the opportunity.

“I know the tune, I just don’t know the words…” said one student, while another admitted outright, “Yeah, no… I don’t know it.”

Over the course of the day, just two students were able to successfully recite the Anthem in its entirety.

First published at Campus Reform

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New Scientific Study Confirms Human Beings Are Not Born Homosexual


A new scientific study has confirmed what we all have said from the very beginning, and that is, sexual orientation is not something in which you are “born that way.”

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Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Holly Meade, and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.

A new scientific study has confirmed what we all have said from the very beginning, and that is, sexual orientation is not something in which you are “born that way.” It is environmental, it is a choice. But it is not something that you are hard-wired to be from birth.

Mat Staver: Matt, this is a new study. It’s not, certainly, the first study. But it is the most recent study. It’s very detailed and it is from people who are associated with  Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Paul McHugh and others put this study together and it has several sections, one of which is the issue of sexual orientation, which we’ll talk about today. And the conclusion is, it says this as part of the summary of the conclusion:

The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence.

That’s a quote from the Executive Summary

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How Can Christians Oppose Same-Sex Marriage and Yet Pray…


Don’t Christians oppose same-sex marriage because they hate gay people? While some would like to say so, that’s just not true.

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…and Care for the LGBT Victims in Orlando at the Same Time?

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In a word: Love.

To some people, that may sound preposterous—but bear with me as we work through this.

Many have difficulty reconciling how Christians can engage in both of these activities. Don’t Christians oppose same-sex marriage because they hate gay people? While some would like to say so, that’s just not true. Yet it is easier for many to continue in this belief than deal with the tension brought about by sorting through the above question.

To help understand how Christians can tread both of these roads, we must examine what they actually believe.

Christians believe that all of humanity have turned their backs on God and none measure up to God’s holiness on their own effort. A big price needed to be paid for this violation of God’s high standard of holiness. Jesus paid this heavy price, by going to the cross and becoming the object of God’s wrath against all humanity’s sin. The benefit of his payment for sin is now available to all (including you)—if you believe that Jesus paid the price on your behalf. This is the gospel (or “good news”) of Jesus Christ. He restores our status with God for all eternity, regardless of how we have offended God. We just need to turn from our sin, repent, and believe. If we truly believe, we will want to follow and obey this God who saved us.

So what are we saying here? We are saying that God fully loves and forgives, yet his standards fully matter. Indeed, the very reason Jesus had to go to the cross was because the violation of the standards was serious enough to require a serious sacrifice. Yet the reason God sent Jesus to the cross was that he loved us so much that he wanted to be with us for eternity. When a Christian realizes how much Jesus loves them by dying for them, they can’t help but want to extend that love to others and seek their well-being—such as praying for hurting people like the LGBT victims of the Orlando attack.

The price that Jesus paid on the cross was very great because the seriousness of humanity’s departure from God’s standards was very great. So God’s standards matter. But he has also made a way for us to satisfy them.

If he has restored us to himself spiritually through Jesus, don’t we want to live consistently with the standards for whose violation he paid a great price? We will all remain sinners while we are on this earth—including Christians! But it is good for us to strive to live according to God’s standards. It is so good that God cared about it enough to send Jesus to pay the price for our departure from these standards. So any Christian who really understands the good news of Jesus can’t compromise God’s standards and say they don’t matter.

Christians therefore also think this way about how we conduct our sex lives. God’s principles in that area are for our best. Because Christians care for people, we don’t want to see them engage in harmful sexual practices contrary to God’s design for sex—which is only between a man and a woman in marriage. This also means, as a single person, it is good for me to not have sex. It may seem difficult, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is good. It brings me contentment, wholeness, peace, and joy. But even when I don’t feel those things, I still trust that God’s plan is good. Submission to God is not always easy. At times it is difficult, and doesn’t feel smooth. Yet it is still good—for me, as it is for all people. Therefore Christians urge all to not engage in actions outside of God’s plan—whether these are heterosexual or homosexual acts. God has designed marriage to be between a man and a woman. Humans can’t change that. Just as we can’t change it to be between two men or two women, we also can’t change it to be between three men and four women, or any other variation. Just because people have broken this standard at different times throughout history doesn’t mean we can say it is not God’s ideal—which we must remember, is ultimately for our good.

It is true that we have all fallen short, and all need the covering and forgiveness that Jesus had to provide on the cross. But we all know our choices on earth still matter, and can harm us or help us. Indeed, the whole reason Jesus had to go to the cross was because the choices of human beings harmed our relationship with God. Yet God has restored this relationship through Jesus.

It is natural that Christians therefore want to share this good news with others. It is the central message of Christianity, and it goes to the core of our existence on earth. We want others to hear this news because it is good for them. At the same time, this doesn’t change God’s standards on sexuality—which remain in existence, and work for our good. When we seek someone’s good, we are loving them. Therefore pointing someone toward God’s guidance on sexuality is loving toward them.

Christ provides a covering for our actions on the cross. But we can still harm ourselves on this earth even after we are spiritually purified by his sacrifice on the cross.

When we decline to agree that same-sex marriage (or any sexual conduct at odds with God’s standard) is okay, we are doing this for the good of those who may engage in that conduct which is harmful to them. When we pray for the well-being of the LGBT victims of violence in Orlando, we are doing it for their good. There should be no tension between the two for a Christian.

Many may not agree with my message. But I want everyone to clearly understand my motive.

If you desire to know more about God and the good news of Jesus discussed above, I invite you to find a Bible and open it to the book of John. Or contact me through our FRC website. I’d be happy to talk.

First published at FRC Blog

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