Unmasking the Mask Mandate Mania [Video]

49740365902_299164f506_kAt this writing, more than half of America is struggling to live under tyrannical orders requiring face masks to be worn in public at all times. The reason given to justify these edicts is that wearing a face-covering protects yourself and others from the predations of the COVID 19 virus.

However, it is becoming evident that the evidence in favor of masking is almost non-existent. Moreover, substantial truly scientific evidence against mask-wearing has also come to light in recent weeks.

You might be forgiven if you haven’t heard much about such evidence. After all, none of the major networks are giving this information, nor are any but a small minority of cable channels reporting it.

Wearing a Mask Is Ineffective Against The Virus

Inset.1.7.29.2020I pose a question to the reader. Have you as yet seen or heard about any RCT’s, or Random Controlled Trials quantifying the effectiveness of wearing a mask to limit the spread of the Wuhan virus?

I don’t think anyone would expect them to be 100% effective, but what about 75%, or 50%, or 25%? The fact is that you will find no such studies that will even claim a 10% level of protection against the virus.

However, there is also the claim that wearing the mask prevents others from getting the virus from you. That is debunked as well by data as recent as 2 months ago

The video that Facebook censored with its phony ‘fact check’ mentioned by Mr. Swann was also removed from YouTube a day after I viewed it. This is an updated version that contains compelling evidence that there is no conclusive evidence wearing face masks is effective against COVID-19.

As Swann mentions, there is conflicting information from various studies. However, that only leads to the conclusion that there is no conclusion concerning the efficacy of masks against the Wuhan virus.

Since that is the case, why is there such an effort to mandate the wearing of masks across the land? As will be seen, there is a malevolent reasoning behind this push, as hinted at by the fact that Democratic lawmakers are in no hurry to tell us when this will all end.

The Democrats Want Americans to Wear Face Coverings Until…?

Before I continue, I must give full disclosure. I am employed at a direct care facility for disabled adults. I have been working throughout the ‘pandemic’ and we are required to wear masks around the residents.

This is understandable as many of these individuals have immune deficiencies and co-morbities to deal with, therefore such protection as may be possible is needed against bodily fluid spills and other such things as we may encounter. However, this is miles removed from requiring everyone everywhere to wear masks for everyday life!

Inset.2.7.29.2020Has anyone noticed something peculiar and similar in the various rulings concerning how we should behave during the pandemic-panic? There is never a firm date given as to when these measures will end.

What began as a reasonable request for a ‘lockdown’ of “15 days to flatten the curve” of COVID-19 spread, became lengthened for another month, then states began to implement longer ‘lockdowns’ while noting ever-moving goalposts as the virus raged on. The initial goal of avoiding overwhelming the healthcare system was changed to staying locked down to ‘slow the spread’ and then until we somehow ‘defeat the virus’ with a vaccine.

At every stage of this dangerous fiasco with the exception of the initial shutdown, there has never been an ending date applied to any measure. Which brings us to the newest proposals to force the mandating of wearing masks nationwide with no firm time limit applied.

Senator Diane Feinstein has decided to tie mandatory mask laws to federal aid in her newest proposal concerning this.

Feinstein said, “Wearing masks in public should be mandatory. Period. [Senate Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.] said the Senate will take up the next coronavirus economic relief bill later this month. At that time, I intend to offer an amendment to prohibit sending funds to states that haven’t adopted a statewide mask requirement.”

There is no “until when” part in her demands. She and the rest of the Democrats are fine with keeping the American people in the dark and under their thumb in every way they are able for as long as they are able.

Face Coverings Are Aimed at Subjugation of Society 

6797826815_45e2be65fa_w (1)The establishment of “laws” requiring the wearing of face coverings is a step toward the establishment of a society subjugated to the whims of Leftist Socialists. How is this the case?

What has occurred during the pandemic-panic of 2020 is the Chief Executive, one person within the various state and local governments has effectively made law by decree both imprisoning and de-personalizing the people. These authorities now know that under the right conditions of emergency bolstered by the Leftmedia they will be allowed to do so again.

Mandatory mask orders are simply declared the law, and unless the legislature and/or judiciary intervenes on behalf of the citizen, the people are masked regardless of their wishes…or else. 

The order is also very convenient for government officials as well. Witness the recent masking order in Washington D.C. which exempts government officials while on official business.

Thus the overlords can keep easy surveillance of their subjects and immediately know who is defying them, without bothering to worry about abiding by their own rules. It also allows the subjects to see clearly who is in charge.

On the “Buck Sexton Show” of last Friday, he played a very perceptive quote from Irish journalist John Waters concerning mandatory mask-wearing,

At the very height of this alleged pandemic, back in April, there was no talk of compulsory masks. In all of May, when the figures were dying down to nothing…there was no talk of compulsory masks. In June, when there were no cases virtually at all, there was no talk of compulsory masks. Now, when it’s all but disappeared, it’s gone, they are now bringing in compulsory masks. The reason for that is they need …to create visibility of the terror they want to create in the people and that’s why this is so important to them. These are really sinister people we’re dealing with now… these politicians… They are the enemies of the Irish people. Because the mask is a way of denying the very human face of the person. It is a way of taking away the individual unique humanity of each person and turning us all into zombies and restoring us all to a kind of animal state. So that no longer when we look at each other coming down the street, we see Tom or Mary or Mick, my friend, my brother, but instead as a festering mess of bacteria and viruses which is a danger to my health. [emphasis mine]

What the Left wants to destroy they first must de-humanize. What is more dehumanizing than forcibly erasing a living person’s individual visage, covering the face where emotions and reactions are most expressed? Where we walk around thinking of other people and perhaps even our closest friends and family as diseases to avoid because the state has taught this?

The answer to that question is found in the Islamic world where women are fully covered in Burkhas to highlight their inferior status in that society.  Moreover, though burkhas and face masks are not the same, they represent the same spirit of submission to tyranny that Americans are being brought to by the state.

On that same July 24th program, Buck Sexton highlighted this point noting his experience in Afghanistan as a CIA intelligence analyst,

When you see people walking around with [burkhas] on you understand there’s a subjugation and dehumanization that occurs with that. …When you drape someone head-to-toe in a formless tarp, basically, …It is easier not only for you to view them as someone to be subjugated, they themselves will feel more subjugated.

Thus with the malevolent intent of reducing Americans to obedient servants of the state, we see a test run at just how obedient we can become to their commands. Mandatory masking is a large step toward tyranny and it must be resisted in every way possible even if it means defying the law, and it must be resisted now.

At the moment there are a few options still available to form a resistance to this oppression. The first is to be aware of and expose the truth wherever and whenever we can.

The second option is to exercise our right to vote, in person, and remove the Leftists from power via the ballot box in November. Unless that occurs, our efforts may all be in vain.

The third option is exercising the right to self-defense. Americans are seemingly becoming more aware of this in recent months as gun sales are skyrocketing.

If this seems excessive, consider that people have been physically attacked specifically for not wearing a mask in public. In fact, there was a recent example of someone being sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray at close range, which could result in losing one’s sight.

This, and the fact that the rioting in cities around the nation puts many at substantially more danger than in saner times, explains the very real and necessary precaution of obtaining and learning to properly use a firearm.

The most important option is to put our lives and hearts in the LORD’s hands, calling upon Him for mercy and wisdom and grace and love that we need in this hour. In hope and faith let us come to Him in prayer for this nation, that America may remain the bastion of liberty for the world.

Psa 27:1  Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:1-3 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Canceling the ‘Cancel Culture’ Part 2 [Video]

cancel culture, Leftism, Democrat partyIn the previous article, we covered how the so-called ‘cancel culture’ operates, as well as how it has sought to erase history, particularly American history, in an attempt to dissolve the American government and replace it with some sort of Marxist-Socialist model. However, there are still some obstacles remaining to a Leftist takeover of the nation.

A critical obstacle to this is the Christian heritage that definitively shaped American history from the very start. Today this is represented by a severely weakened Left-leaning Christian organizational structure in this nation.

There are two elements of this factor that make it such a necessary foe for the Left to defeat. One element is the inherent connection between this heritage and America’s creation and sustaining until recent times in her history.

Attempting to ‘Cancel’ America’s Christian Heritage

The Left has been engaged in trying to remove or ‘cancel’ any hint of Christian presence or involvement with America’s founding and subsequent history for over five decades. This effort came to initial fruition back in 1962 with two Supreme Court decisions that abolished prayer and Bible reading in the public schools.

The results of this were predictable and many Christian conservatives warned against this though scoffed at by the Leftist elite at the time. The following video by David Barton illustrates this perfectly.

The current push to ‘cancel’ Christianity is a result of events that began shortly after the SCOTUS decisions of 1962-63. In fact, the rioting and demolishing of statues now are attributable to two generations of young people being taught in public schools and especially in colleges that America is simply an evil nation, perhaps the most evil nation ever established.

Is it so strange to discover that the progeny of this system comprise the typical Antifa and BLM ‘protestors,’ who now so delight in trashing America’s heritage? However, statues and monuments have not been the only targets of the destructive Left.

Inset.1.7.16.2020Both churches and synagogues were defaced and visited with terrible destruction in the last month. Strangely, there were no reports of such violations upon mosques in America during this same period.

What could be the reason for such a disparity? Might it be that there is a connection between BLM and folks such as Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam?

Melina Abdullah, the lead organizer of Black Lives Matter in LA and a professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State, had been very clear about her motive for bringing her hateful campaign to the area. “We’ve been very deliberate in saying that the violence and pain and hurt that’s experienced on a daily basis by black folks at the hands of a repressive system should also be visited upon, to a degree, to those who think that they can just retreat to white affluence,” the BLM-LA co-founder ranted. Melina Abdullah has a hateful record of appearing at Farrakhan and Nation of Islam events and praising the antisemitic hate group and its leader. When Facebook decided to remove Farrakhan over his hateful rhetoric toward Jews, the Black Lives Matter LA co-founder came to his defense.

Moreover, these attacks aren’t limited to property but have been conducted against people as well. One prominent example of such was seen at Grace Baptist Church in the city of Troy in the state of New York.

There is another element of America’s Christian heritage which makes both it and Judaism in the nation targeted for destruction from the Left. That is the strong bond with another enemy of Marxist/Socialist/Leftist Democrats in this country, the family.

The Final Enemy of the Leftist ‘Cancel Culture’ is the Family

The radical Left has also been trying to ‘cancel’ the family unit in western society for many decades. In their view, it is necessary to basically abolish the family for the same reason that the influence of Christianity and Judaism must cease to exist.

Inset.2.7.16.2020They can allow no one person’s loyalty to be fixed higher than the loyalty to the state, or ‘party.’ Thus, devotion to either God or a family, or both, is to be subsumed to the devotion to one’s governing authority under a Leftist “paradise” of Socialism.

This is the same strategy demonstrated in Marxist regimes throughout history. Ultimate devotion to the state or the party is always required.

Therefore, both faith and blood ties are to be either weakened or eliminated for the Leftist dream to come to reality. Because of this factor, faith and the family are the final and most critical obstacles to obtaining the power over others they desire above all else.

Moreover, this also means that the Left will use any tactic, whether illegal or immoral, to achieve this goal. We have already seen this play out historically with the immoral tactic of encouraging children to turn in their parents for non-compliance with the government mandate.

In fact, if one goes to the BLM webpage, as covered previously in this journal, one will find that a stated goal is the elimination of the so-called ‘nuclear family.’ That same desire is a critical component of all within the radical Left, whether groups like BLM, Antifa, or the Democratic party itself.

The ‘Cancel Culture’ can be Cancelled

As we have seen, the Leftist ‘cancel culture’ is a formidable foe to the continuing existence of civilization in the West. How can this pernicious effort be combatted and defeated?

There are some measures that can be taken to halt and turn away the ‘cancel culture’ concept. First, arm yourself with the truth and stand strong in it. This begins with knowing the truth of God’s Word, the Bible, and trusting it to guide us.

Inset.3.7.16.2020We must also seek out good, reliable conservative sources for news and commentary. These are a few suggestions from such sources that I recommend.

Radio, podcasts, and video: Rush Limbaugh, Buck Sexton, Tucker Carlson, Mark Levin, Bill Whittle, Michael Knowles, Matt Walsh, Judicial Watch (Tom Fitton deserves a medal for his efforts), The Daily Wire, One America News, Blaze TV, and The First TV.

All of these can be accessed online via Facebook, YouTube, podcasts or radio for free, or by subscription in the cases of Blaze TV and The First TV. There are several printed sources in digital form that are excellent examples of conservative journalism and commentary.

The best of the lot for straight news and investigative reporting is “The Epoch Times.” They have an app for the cellphone that provides a ton of great reporting, and they put out an excellent printed newspaper with a subscription.

Once the truth is known, it must be defended. Those who are invested in a ‘cancel culture’ are either ignorant of the truth because they are trusting in the malevolent Leftmedia and their favorite social “justice” warriors, or they are aware and intentionally deceive for their purposes.

Defending the truth means calling it out in the midst of Leftist hysteria, and that requires a measure of courage, especially today. The devotees of the Marxist Left cling to their utopian fantasy as if they were members of a religious cult.

Thus when they are challenged with truths they don’t approve of, the response is to berate and belittle the truth-teller and even respond with threats of violence. This is both an emotional response and done by design to discourage and wear down those of us who realize that their goals mean the destruction of liberty in America.

The most important step of all is to place your faith and trust in Christ and rest in His strength. Do not let your heart embrace fear, but instead, embrace the LORD.

When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:2-3 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Canceling the ‘Cancel Culture’, Part 1

BLM, Antifa, rioting, Leftists, historyOne of the more unfortunate phenomena that have come to fruition in modern society is the so-called ‘cancel culture.’ The main thrust of this Leftist effort is seen through the influence of social media minions and the main targets are leaders in society, politics, the media and, big business.

The power of ‘cancel culture’ has increased almost exponentially in 2020. The catalyst propelling this Leftist tactic was the murder of George Floyd and the immediate response with riots and by the impetus of Leftist organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

The main weapon of this moment that is employed to incite the mob, whether a human mob or a digital mob, against conservative pushback and solutions, is the slogan sword of ‘black lives matter.’ The use of this weapon is very attractive to the Left since it can be done through social media such as Twitter and Facebook and those who wield it do not have to go face-to-face with their target.

The targets of the Leftist attacks have two things in common. They are either conservative or have made statements or performed acts that support, or that the Leftist thought police think support, conservative principles or institutions, or even if they have not supported BLM enough!

The ‘Cancel Culture’ Method

cancel culture, Leftists, BLM, Antifa, riotsThe way ‘cancelation’ works for the Left slightly varies depending on their particular target, however, the object is the same in each case. It is to cause shame and effect silence or removal upon whoever or whatever may stand in opposition to their societal and political goals.

If one is a prominent figure in conservative media, such as Tucker Carlson on Fox News, then you are targeted on social media with attacks on sponsors of the program in an effort to get it ‘canceled,’ from the network. If one is a leader in the business community, you will be monitored through ordinary and social media and if found ‘offensive’ or ‘racist’ in some manner, boycotts and shaming will be used for intimidation to try and get the certain mogul to appease the Leftist demands.

As the ‘protests’ and violence has escalated the Leftist crowd, guided and emboldened by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, has also escalated their target base to private citizens whose social media is not in concert with their goals of domination. Moreover, make no mistake, domination is their goal.

If you doubt that assertion, let me provide a couple of examples. The first comes from the Seattle, Washington occupied zone that was known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ, but now call themselves the Capitol Hill Occupy Protest, or CHOP.

Jaiden Grayson, a CHOP ‘leader,’ made these statements while being interviewed by documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz,

“Every single day that I show up here, I’m not here to peacefully protest,” Grayson said. “I’m here to disrupt until my demands are met. You cannot rebuild until you break it all the way down.”…Respond to the demands of the people or prepare to be met with any means necessary,” she said. “By any means necessary. …“It’s not a slogan. It’s not even a warning. I’m letting people know what comes next.” …Grayson said that she lives by her own definition of violence. “A response to violence is not violence itself,” she said.

The method of ‘cancelation’ has now moved to include violence in an attempt to ‘cancel’ our entire current system of government and way of life. This is spelled out in graphic detail by another example from a New York City Black Lives Matter leader in an interview with Martha McCallum of FOX News.

During the interview, she asked him about his comments that he would burn the country down. He replied, “If this country doesn’t give us what we want then we will burn down the system and replace it,” Newsome replied. “And I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation.”

What do these mobocracy leaders want to put in place of the American system of government? The answer is a Marxist system akin to a “1984” scenario with people like them calling the shots, of course.

A critical step toward this nightmare world is to rid the nation of any record of any kind of troublesome reminders of historical facts on the pretext that these are ‘racist.’ This is an attempt to ‘cancel’ American history in order to remake the future in their Marxist model.

The Attempt to ‘Cancel’ History

Inset.2.6.28.20In recent weeks these calls for ‘cancelation’ have been amplified both in volume and scope to ranging from ordinary people losing their jobs to rage mobs destroying historical monuments, mostly statues, of any figure even perceived as racist even some who fought against slavery. In fact, statues of President Abraham Lincoln have been defaced and in one case there is a petition demand endorsed by the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts to remove the Emancipation Memorial featuring a statue of Abraham Lincoln and a newly freed slave.

It is interesting to note that the Emancipation Memorial was financed by former slaves who wished to commemorate the moment of their release from bondage. The fact that this actually dishonors the liberation of blacks seems irrelevant to the Leftist mob on their march to dominance.

Moreover, statues and monuments of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Grant, and Teddy Roosevelt are on the Left’s chopping block as well. One interesting fact is true about every name I have mentioned; none of them fought for the Confederacy.

Thus, those who would claim this rioting and monument toppling is simply a shot at racism are ignorant at best and malevolent at worst. That includes the surrogates of the Leftist BLM, the Democratic Party in America, whose leaders have already endorsed pulling down various statues and destroying monuments.

This is a critical move to attempt ‘canceling’ the American heritage and western civilization by lawlessness and brute force. It has gained momentum primarily as a result of frustration because of the phony pandemic panic ‘lockdowns,’ the incendiary spark of the George Floyd murder, and the racial and intellectual fraud of the “1619 Project” courtesy of the New York Times.

We are now seeing the fruit of seeds planted long ago and newly nurtured by public academia through this fraudulent history released in 2019. As this journal noted in August of 2019,

Rewriting history is always a perilous proposition because it paves the way for future tyranny. It has been used as a prominent tactic by all Socialist and Fascistic movements from Marxists to National Socialists, aka Nazis, in modern history.

While the road to tyranny is now opening up for the Left, there is on crucial societal obstacle still in the path of their complete domination. That obstacle is the existence of an increasingly fewer faithful Judeo-Christians remaining in western society.

Until that vanguard is defeated and forced into submission, the Left will not rest. The effort to do just that, as well as ways to counter the Leftists’ ambitions, will be the subject of part two.

Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. Psalm 13:3-5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Recognizing Humanity

As appalling current events unravel before our very eyes, an underlying message lies deep between the lines of the newspapers and social media posts. Christians must understand we need to stand up, today, for the Lord and His written Word. Be followers of Jesus, or live in the sinful realm of Satan!

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.  1 John 3:7

Are all people not created equal? Did God make one race superior over another? No! He made each person unique in His own light, and an “image of Him.” So, why is there a need for racism?

My first thought in recognizing humanity is the word equality. It engulfs the notion that every person, regardless of religion, race, or gender, has the same rights. I believe this to be true, but many in the United States have a tough time putting it into practice. I think the issue is not about equality, but a varying difference of opinions. Let me give you an example…

In today’s times, the Jews often dispute “the image of God.” They feel strongly that God was referring only to Israel’s nation, for they abide more so by the Old Testament than Christians. The problem with this is God didn’t create people to be more valuable than others, nor more deserving of His love than others.

We must come to grips with the fact that humanity will either accept God’s Word or not and live a life worthy of God. It is an individual choice – one which will be personally answered to before the Lord.

I find the greatest country on earth, oddly enough, is spreading the most immature behavior. Americans are like a box of crayons standing collectively inside a little cardboard box. Our colors bring vibrancy to creativity, yet the mean-spirited are determined to break us in half, creating separation through social justice. We each bring gifts and talents to the table, and all skin colors and religions are equal in the worth that God has given them.

My goodness! Isn’t it time to come together? Yes, I’m aware Satan has control over many; but it shouldn’t deter the rest of our communities from acknowledging the self-worth of man.

In the spirit of recognizing humanity, let us attend church regularly instead of rioting. If you want equality, then put God first. Yes, let’s recognize humanity! Instead of rioting and judging others for their race and religion, let us go to church on Sunday morning and ask for forgiveness. Pray for the lost that they may find solace in the Lord.

It is Satan’s unending motive to disenfranchise us from God, so why are we empowering him? The discrimination of racism begins in the heart, so give it to God! I ask you to recognize humanity for what it is – the Lord’s beautiful creations… born with many differences.


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Unraveling the Fabric of Civilization

Riots, George Floyd murder, BLM, Leftism

It is not necessary to recount the news in America today as, by this time, the entire world has witnessed the horrific murder of George Floyd on video, and seen the aftermath thus far. Perhaps by now most of the globe has already viewed Mr. Floyd being put to rest on every available media at hand.

The daytime peaceful protests concerning the death of Mr. Floyd in cities across the nation have almost inevitably degenerated into violent riots, looting, and wanton destruction as well as cost many other lives in the process. Media coverage of that development has swept the COVID-19 crisis off the headlines and it is now acceptable to  come outside in massive crowds despite the former hysteria concerning masks and ‘social distancing.’

The rioting that has exploded throughout America and in many other nations has also exposed the fragility of our civilization, and that, with the right impetus of a critical event or events, the Left will try with all their fervor to unravel the delicate fabric of society. Make no mistake about this, the Left isn’t interested in solving any problems that exist within America including racial bias.

The Left is simply and purely concerned with increasing their power and eliminating the American system of government even if it takes destroying both the lives and property of their fellow citizens to do so. It doesn’t matter if one is a minority who has to watch his entire life’s work burn to the ground or if a retired black policeman is killed in defense of his friends’ business because this is not and really has never been about racial justice for the Left.

The Left Encourages and Empowers the Violence in the Streets

George Floyd murder, rioting, Black Lives MatterThe rioting and looting has spread to multiple cities nationwide during these times of ‘protest’ organized by groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa, as well as other Leftist groups. Moreover, as the riots have spread, the violence has increased in murderous intensity.

The level of evil intent has also grown to proportions heretofore unthinkable as even children are becoming the victims. One such incident occurred in Richmond, Virginia as rioters tried to prevent firefighters from responding to a building that other rioters had set on fire, even though the life of a child was at stake.

Thanks to the police already on the scene the child was rescued from the inferno. Yet, even in the face of such evil, the Leftmedia and Leftist politicians have been encouraging and empowering the rioters in malevolent efforts to somehow justify this violence for which there is no justification.

One of the more outlandish examples of how the Leftmedia is enabling the violence and destruction comes by way of Chris aka ‘Fredo’ Cuomo of CNN on a June 2, 2020 broadcast. He rants about the anger of the protestors which somehow means that violent rioting is acceptable.

 please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful.

There is a very simple response to this supposedly educated commentator. It is written in the text of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution where the absolute right for Americans to “peaceably assemble” is declared.

Mayor Bill DeBlasio, riotingIn New York City, Mayor Bill DeBlasio responded to multiple incidents of violence directed at law enforcement during the rioting from May by stating that rioters should be treated with a “light touch,” by police. This was after he had stated that the city would “protect” the rights of those protesting, while still prohibiting the opening of businesses and other public gatherings because of COVID-19 concerns.

The New York City Police Department was understandably upset with the mayor’s declaration and the Sargeant’s Benevolent Association of NYPD responded on social media with this statement.

If Mayor DeBlasio wants a light touch then let him stand in front and take the first brick to the face. Or perhaps he can sit in a police vehicle and catch the Malatov Cocktail that’s thrown into it. Here’s the light touch, DeBlasio brain.

The incidents referred to in this statement weren’t fictitious predictions. Those acts in particular have occurred during police responses to rioting in NYC.

New York is one of several cities whose officials have helped empower the violence by calling on police to back off from violent rioters. However, the overall agenda has now been revealed in a specific demand from those such as the incorrectly named “Black Lives Matter” organization to defund and disband police departments in various cities.

BLM Aims for Anarchy and Control of America

Black Lives Matter, George Floyd death, rioting“Black Lives Matter” is not a slogan or even simply a mindless mantra repeated at protests and the riots that have followed them nationwide. BLM is a large organization on the level of a corporation and has a far more expansive agenda than simply racial justice and one completely oriented toward the Leftist-Socialist ideals.

This is easily confirmed by visiting their website and examining the “What We Believe,” statements therein. There are plenty of declarations that one would expect to see, however, there are also others that bear a strong resemblance to goals of the Socialist Left today.

We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts. …
We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).

Elsewhere in the document, BLM states that it is a “family-friendly” organization. However, in the next statement, we discover what the organization’s leadership considers to be a true “family.”

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

This past weekend BLM rocketed to a higher place of influence in culture and politics than any other movement in the nation and perhaps the world. They did so with one demand to defund and dismantle the police everywhere boldly presented and pushed at the demonstrations over George Floyd’s murder.

This power and influence are manifested within one particular video portraying the mayor of Minneapolis being humiliated at a protest because he would not agree to abolish the police department. This incident has been viewed millions of times on both social media and cable TV news programs and Mayor Jacob Frey was shouted down and they demanded he leave, a demand he immediately obeyed.

Despite the mayor’s stance, the City Council voted with a veto-proof majority to dissolve the Minneapolis Police Department. The speed with which this has happened is breathtaking!

In mere days since the murder of Mr. Floyd, a major city has begun the process of totally abolishing the local police department! Additionally, both the mayors of New York City and Los Angeles have agreed to severely defund their police departments.

What is uncertain for the moment is how and with what they intend to replace the police. However, make no mistake, they will eventually furnish replacement ‘enforcers’ who are in lock-step with their agenda.

Minneapolis has declared its plans according to City Council member Steve Fletcher to,

start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity.

Defund the police, George Floyd murder, Black Lives MatterIt stands to reason if this proposed ‘community public safety’ organization is to be specifically ‘non-violent’ that its personnel will be unarmed. I doubt that those committing the crimes will return that courtesy.

A reasonable question that most people would ask is this, “If there are no police, who do I call in case of a crime against me or my family?” An unofficial answer to this question is given via a tik-tok video that I viewed on Matt Walsh’s You Tube presentation of June 9th.

The video is set to music from the opening theme to the film “Ghostbusters,” and lists several suggestions should one find themselves in an emergency situation. Some would not normally involve the police except in a cursory role so here are the most pertinent examples.

In the case of domestic violence, rape, or assault you would call “social workers” and/or “trauma response psychotherapists.” In case of theft, you would call “social workers with defensive armor & training.”

Should you be faced with a physical threat to do violence against your person, the suggested course is to call “on-call community defenders.” Isn’t an “on-call community defender” what we could call a police officer now, with the big difference being that the “community defender” would not be armed?

This is a recipe for violent anarchy on a mammoth scale both in Minneapolis and any other city that tries to implement it. That is precisely what BLM and other Leftist sympathizers want to happen, and they are using the mantra of “defund the police” to achieve that result.

The anarchy will be allowed to continue for some time, in fact, I would predict that the Left, probably with BLM and Antifa, will try to keep it going until the November elections so that they can blame the disorder on President Trump. Should Joe Biden become elected, measures will be taken to reign in the criminals with new enforcers who will be armed and will suppress dissent as well as some crimes.

Should President Trump be re-elected, expect further and perhaps more brutal rioting and unrest to follow. The Left will not settle for not being in control and be sure they will redouble their efforts at creating chaos during the second term of President Trump.

In either case, we must also redouble our efforts to preserve liberty with order and ask for the LORD to show us how this battle must be fought.

But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry. And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.  Nehemiah 4:7-9 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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It Isn’t ‘Selfish’ to Advocate Against the Lockdowns [Video]

It Isn’t ‘Selfish’ to Advocate Against the Lockdowns [Video]There has been a rash of protests erupting against continuing the foolishness of “lockdown” in various states across America. In turn, there has also been a different bunch of people attempting to fearmonger and shame those who are engaged in such protests.

The battle has been waged across social media between the ‘pro-lockdown’ and ‘end the lockdown’ camps, and within the Leftmedia the universal opinion is that these draconian tyrannical ‘lockdowns’ must continue until “we” who know better, aka the Leftist elites, say they can end. In the turbulent sea of this battle, one phone call in particular to the Mark Levin radio show on May 22, 2020, sparked this author’s response/article.

The woman on the call was upset because she was being forced to remain unemployed as the authorities in California wouldn’t let her employer open. She decided this wasn’t right (after being locked down for a month) and became active in a movement to open up the state.

She was soon set upon by the pro-‘lockdown’ crowd especially via social media who accused her of being “selfish” because she wanted to go back to work and reclaim the liberty to which we as Americans are entitled by God, and that are secured by the Constitution. Not only is the claim she is “selfish” incorrect, the precise opposite is actually true.

It Is More than Selfish to Demand that Lockdowns Continue

Lock downs, coronavirus responseThe pro-lockdown Left doesn’t always use the word “selfish” to characterize those who wish to end living in our pandemic-panic-penitentiary. Sometimes one might read that we “don’t care” about anyone else, or more commonly that “you just want people to die!” in various social media and Leftmedia rants.

Either way, the Leftist claim is an impure and ‘selfish’ motive on the part of those who oppose the ‘lockdowns.’ So, let’s begin by examining the definition of the word itself. Dictionary.com gives what is a commonly accepted definition of the word ‘selfish.’

devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.

The claim from the pro-lockdown folks is that wanting the lockdown to end and wanting to go back to making a living is really “caring only for oneself.” That sentiment is ignorant of the fact that these ‘lockdowns’ have demonstrably failed and done far more harm than good in every area.

Moreover, a few days ago over 600 physicians sent a letter to President Trump pleading that he take steps to end the ‘lockdowns’ now. They presented solid evidence that the negative health effects of the ‘lockdowns’ far outweigh those created by the Chinese Communist facilitated coronavirus.

“Millions of Americans are already [in critical condition],” the letter argued. “These include 150,000 Americans per month who would have had a new cancer detected through routine screening that hasn’t happened, millions who have missed routine dental care to fix problems strongly linked to heart disease/death, and preventable cases of stroke, heart attack, and child abuse. Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%. “We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients,” the doctors added, noting real-life examples they have witnessed in their practices. “The downstream health effects … are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error.”

These facts make it clear that the ‘pro-lockdown’ Left isn’t concerned about over 100,000 small businesses that have gone under permanently, as well as the other millions of people who have lost their jobs. They are the ones who don’t care about the enormous health risks pointed out by the physicians in the letter above and exhibit a complete “lack of consideration for the future health” of millions of Americans.

However, the push to keep extending the ‘lockdowns’ is much more than simply selfish. It is also a political tactic designed to virtually ruin America economically and help to stop the re-election of President Trump.

This is apparent by the absolute terror high-level Democratic operatives are showing at the prospect of a rapid economic recovery should the nation be freed from the Leftist’s pandemic prison. An analysis and prediction by a former Obama economic advisor, Jason Furman, triggered the fears of Democrats that America’s rebound could boost the President to a runaway win in November.

Furman’s prediction highlights the possibility that the economic recovery could resemble a “V” shaped upward direction which would produce astonishingly good results for America. However, the Left is afraid of this possibility because of the political implications.

Furman’s counterintuitive pitch has caused some Democrats, especially Obama alumni, around Washington to panic. “This is my big worry,” said a former Obama White House official who is still close to the former president. Asked about the level of concern among top party officials, he said, “It’s high — high, high, high, high.”

It Is More than Selfish to Demand that People Wear Masks Everywhere

pandemic panic, masksThe case for wearing masks is not that they protect the wearer, rather they are supposed to protect others in case you have the virus. Demanding that everyone wear masks everywhere means that you are asking everyone else to do something that you want to save you from a disease with a 99.8% survivability rate!

Moreover, wearing masks is of extremely limited benefit. They are far less effective than most people give them credit for.

An excellent piece in The Federalist points this out, as well as adding an ominous tidbit.

Last week, a doctor in the Wall Street Journal pointed out that cloth masks—the type worn by the overwhelming majority of the population—are not very effective, echoing Fauci’s earlier admission. The WSJ author noted that even the N95 masks fall short: “They’re considered effective at blocking coronavirus particles only when they’re form fitted and tested to make sure there isn’t any leakage.” In short, cloth masks are largely symbolic. The science hasn’t changed, but the agenda has.

The author of this piece, Molly McCann, begins by discussing the new Mandatory Masking edict being put into place in Virginia on May 29th. Under that “order,” no one will be allowed outside of their home without wearing a mask.

Given the fact that we know masks are marginally effective at best, why would anyone in authority give this kind of order? McCann correctly identifies the motive behind it.

 To take our freedom from us, people with anti-American agendas have to mobilize some initial quorum of consent from the population. …Mandatory masking seeks to build that consent. In addition to extending the fiction that we are in an emergency sufficient to trigger the extra-constitutional authority of local and state executives, mandatory masking acts as a peer pressure-fueled signal that encourages conformity to our coming “new normal.”

This motive is what makes the requirement of mask-wearing much more than selfish. It is a Leftist attempt to gain control and make others conform to a culture that is alien to liberty.

Moreover, Virginia is not the only state with such executive mandates, in fact, they are late on the scene. As far back as April 8, 2020, New Jersey had a stringent policy in place requiring mask-wearing in public and authorizing denial of entry to any ‘essential’ business without wearing a face mask.

By April 20th, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Hawaii, Maryland, and Pennsylvania all had some form of mandatory mask-wearing order in operation. This indeed signals an effort to reshape American culture and render the populace easier to mold for Socialism to be accepted.

Incidentally, this strategy is putting pressure on many in the general public. This is confirmed by the various “mask-shaming” incidents recorded on video, including one where Leftist network MSNBC was caught in blatant hypocrisy on Memorial Day weekend.

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@edhenry Full video my husband, Andy, took of @CalNBC at Lake Geneva on Memorial Day! Hypocrites on full display! @MSNBC Cameraman and other crew NOT wearing masks while shaming others exercising their freedom not to! @IngrahamAngle @DonaldJTrumpJr @scrowder @greggutfeld

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It Is More than Selfish to Demand that Churches Remain Closed

The egregious demands of the government ‘lockdowns’ have included orders for the closing of religious gatherings in many places around America. This is a blatant denial of 1st Amendment rights as the vast majority of faiths in the nation require such gatherings on a regular basis, as well as during special celebrations each year.

churches reopening, coronavirus, lock downsRisking life and limb to secure religious freedom was what brought settlers such as the Pilgrims to America at the beginning. It was what drove those ministers who became known as the “black-robed regiment” to join in the battle against British tyranny during the Revolutionary War.

The sacrifices of people such as these were finally validated by victory in the war, and later by the adoption of the Bill of Rights as the first 10 amendments to the Constitution in 1787. As a result, American citizens have enjoyed the greatest period of freedom and prosperity in human history.

It is therefore rather remarkable that one of the prime targets for closure during these ‘lockdowns’ has been religious gatherings for worship. It is astounding that such gatherings in places of worship were determined to be “non-essential” activities in many states in over-reaction to the threat of the Chinese Communist Party facilitated pandemic.

That over-reactionary bent has been supported by over-zealous enforcement in more than one case when churches have defied the state overlords. One of the most recent examples is also one of the most extreme and comes courtesy of Chicago’s Mayor, Lori Lightfoot.

The following is from an official “Letter of Grievance” concerning an incident epitomizing the tyrannical mindset of the Left in this era of pandemic panic.

Dear US Attorney John Lausch,
Mayor Lightfoot today sent armed police officers to our small church (45 attendees today) to shut our services down today. They came with 3 squad cars two unmarked Durango’s and a Mayor representative’s car. Like the Soviet styled KGB they knocked on our locked doors; the only thing she hasn’t done “yet” is beat the doors down and arrest our members.
Thankfully our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago. Mayor Lightfoot is defiant of the US Constitution and our freedom to worship. …She is one of few former US Prosecutors in the US to be censured by the 7th Circuit Judge Rovner and the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for defying their order.
Our church has gone out of its way to follow CDC Guidelines and we have cooperated fully having online services, outdoor services, and practicing all social distancing requirements. We are even taking members temperatures on the way in our church doors.
We are not allowing our elderly to attend services.
We are trying to follow the laws of man as much as reasonably possible but when the laws of man conflict with the laws of God I as a Pastor have a duty to follow the laws of God. We will not be intimidated by this overhanded government bully but we are requesting the assistance of our President and our justice department in correcting the grave miscarriage of the law. If it were not for a Chicago church practicing and reaching others I personally would be one of the people perpetuating the violence on the streets of Chicago as I grew up on the streets of Chicago until I was reached for Christ through a church meeting together not an online service.
Please contact me as soon as you can at 219-871-9255. Please help!
Sincerely,
Courtney Lewis
Pastor

President Trump understands that these are clear violations of freedom of religion, as well as harmful for America as a society, and has acted by putting the states on notice concerning the status of religious activities.

Trump on Friday (May 22) stressed the importance of churches in many communities and took issue with some of the businesses that had been allowed to reopen. “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential” but not churches, he said. “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.” “These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united. The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue, go to their mosque,” he said.

The President also declared that if the states refuse his request he will “override them.” Some might question whether or not he could do this, however, several avenues exist to possibly accomplish that result, including the Federal Courts.

The American people have graciously accepted the ‘lockdowns’ until now in a very selfless manner. The public must be allowed to work and live and play and worship again before there is no nation or liberty left to reclaim and it is terribly selfish to demand that we all stay caged in our homes to satiate the fears and feed the ambition of the Left.

It is past time to end these tyrannical practices and embrace these words from God’s Word that we may do what is right in His sight.

You recently repented and did what was right in my eyes by proclaiming liberty, each to his neighbor, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name  Jeremiah 34:15 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Considerations for The Coming ‘New Normal’

Chinese Communist Party, Coronavirus, COVID-19The White House has released its three-phase plan “Opening Up America Again,” to deal with the restarting of the economy nationwide after April 30, 2020. The plan is as detailed and precautionary as possible and commits to a very measured pace of the states coming online economically with the aid of the federal government.

The task of restarting everything that has been shutdown is perhaps the most difficult task America has ever attempted. After all, it is always much easier to destroy something than to rebuild it.

Moreover, in this instance, the nation has not simply shut down the majority of the economy. America has also created some very substantial new phenomena in the efforts to hinder the damage from the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, coronavirus.

Therefore, those who may be longing and calling for a “return to normal” are not going to see that longing fulfilled. To be clear, it is far, far too late to return to the pre-CCP coronavirus “normal” in any real sense.

We aren’t going to get back to “normal”

coronavirus, economyDuring the state-imposed national economic cessation, there have emerged a number of changes both cultural and political that could remain in practice after the threat of this latest pandemic has passed. These factors mean that we aren’t going to get back to what was considered ‘normal’ life in the future.

The most noticeable adjustments will come from the cultural side of the societal scale. Those will imprint our national psyche toward a new kind of ‘normal’ that will have both advantages and disadvantages attached.

These variations of cultural habits could range from no longer routinely greeting each other with a handshake or a hug to routinely glancing over our shoulders to determine if we are being watched by drones. After all, such overhead surveillance has already been used in more than one location in America.

When a drone identifies a group of people collected together, such as individuals quarantined in their backyard, it says, “you should not be congregating in groups.” Consequences for refusing to abide by the drones in Elizabeth, NJ include a court summons or a $1,000 fine. In Lewes, Delaware, the police department is using drones to fly over bike trails and beaches. According to a local news station, the Lewes PD Chief said the state may use the drones in the future to enforce out-of-state quarantine protocols. Anyone with an out-of-state license plate would be subject to the drone.

Another case of some rather oppressive measures comes from the great state of Montana. One county is now requiring people to wear armbands or wristbands to be able to go shopping!

In what might be one of the most over-the-top and draconian responses to coronavirus yet seen in Montana, Valley County is mandating that people wear government-issued pink arm bands in under to purchase products inside of stores. The measure, enforced by the Valley County Health Department, insists that store-owners keep customers out unless they have the pink arm-bands, which denote the customer has been in the area more than 14 days and submitted to quarantine protocol. According to the flier produced by the Valley County Health Department, out-of-towners who lack the government-issued armbands will be prohibited from stores and residents are notified to call law enforcement if they do not comply.

It is more than a little disturbing that state and local government officials feel free to violate basic constitutionally guaranteed human rights so easily. It is frightening to see how many individual citizens are willing to assist them by ratting out their neighbors.

One police officer I spoke with told me his department has gotten multiple calls reporting couples—couples!—for walking down a sidewalk without maintaining a six-foot distance. Leave aside that these couples sit on the same couches, eat at the same tables, and sleep in the same beds, presumably within six feet of each other. Assuming one of these couples actually had the virus, the responding officer who is forced to “investigate” their afternoon constitutional is likely to have contracted the virus from them, and will pass it on to whoever he interacts with for the rest of his shift.

coronavirus, economyIt seems there are always these kinds of people lurking in society who long to serve as the ‘hall monitors’ for the rest of us. Now they have been given some hopefully temporary power to be a serious nuisance for everyone else while they happily engage in restricting liberty.

However, not all the news is bad news concerning the responses to the CCP Coronavirus pandemic, whether by the government authorities or individuals in local neighborhoods. One example is that at least six states in America, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas are planning to begin ‘reopening’ on or before April 30, 2020.

The governors of these states realize that their citizens will act responsibly with proper precautions if they are able to go back to work and that delaying reopening any longer will cause more misery than the virus ever will. I believe the results of these actions will show that reopening the economy in all the states is essential and that it must be done very soon.

One of the more encouraging local stories comes from a small creamery  in Wisconsin.

Sassy Cow Creamery, located in Columbus, Wisconsin, and owned by brothers James Baerwolf and Robert Baerwolf, is keeping a refrigerator outside the creamery that is fully stocked with milk and other dairy products. The creamery has called this refrigerator “the kindness cooler” because it is available to anyone in need, and it is open until the end of the pandemic.

The idea of getting back to normal has a tremendous amount of appeal especially considering the condition of America before the pandemic panic. However, the ideal shouldn’t be a return to normal but a movement toward a better ‘new’ normal for the future.

We must learn our lessons and re-learn our liberty for a new and better ‘normal’

There are several lessons we must learn in the light of the pandemic’s damage both to life and to liberty. One of the lessons we should learn is not to place our trust in the government and global “experts.”

Perhaps the greatest example of this was the [intentional?] incompetence of the famed World Health Organization. The W.H.O. was warned as early as the end of December 2019, that the CCP Coronavirus was a serious danger, and they ignored it in favor of Chinese talking-points.

Taiwan officials say they alerted China and the WHO on Dec. 31 that suspected human-to-human transmission of the virus was taking place in China’s Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, according to NBC News. That is the same day China first officially notified the world that the virus existed.

economy, coronavirusHad the world been aware of this threat on Dec. 31, 2019, it is certain the massive destruction of life would have been largely avoided around the globe. Moreover, the economic devastation of America and many other nations need not have happened.

In fact, I believe that once this is examined reasonably, with the correct facts, the six-week shutdown of the American economy will prove to have been one of the worst policy decisions we could have made. President Trump, you may remember, was in favor of opening up after 15 days, a blow that our economy reasonably could have weathered.

Instead, because of the insistence of the public health ‘experts’ on Vice President Pence’s Coronavirus team, the President went against his own instincts and extended the lockdown to April 30th which has brought about terrible economic consequences for tens of millions of American workers and business owners. We are now in a full-fledged Depression, a self-induced economic coma, that the federal government will have to print money by the trillions to halt and reverse, the ultimate results of which nothing is known because it’s never been done before.

The public health experts within America have also been wildly inaccurate in their predictions about the spread and lethality of the virus primarily because Drs. Fauchi and Birx have been relying upon figures produced by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation [IHME] from the University of Washington. Perhaps using figures from an organization funded by China sympathizer Bill Gates was not such a wise idea.

In addition to learning important lessons from this state-imposed nightmare, we all need to re-learn our liberty as human beings. There are some indications that many Americans are realizing this and standing up against political tyrants in various states and localities around the nation.

Justin Caruso from The Daily Caller reports, Protesters gathered Thursday in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond demanding that the state be reopened. Virginians protesting stay-at-home orders due to CV are following the lead of other protesters around the country. This week, protests occurred outside state capitols in Michigan, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

Citizens must re-learn and stand up for constitutional rights especially the first and second Amendment guarantees in the Bill of Rights. Some churches are realizing this and have already been fighting local and state tinpots who wish to deny the right to assemble in worship, even while taking innovative steps, such as drive-in services for their worshippers.

Coronavirus, faith, economyThus we come to the most important liberty we must re-learn, our liberty from sin and despair through Christ. It is my hope and prayer that one of the few benefits of the lockdown has been a turn, or return for some, to a serious examination of faith in the LORD.

In the midst of this pandemic panic, fear drives many toward seeking security, but we will never find real security in the arms of the government. We cannot allow this crisis to push us to invest our total trust in the state for that road leads only to slavery.

We must instead be all the more driven toward embracing our liberty and security in Christ. Faith in His provision will carry us through any hardships that may surface in the coming ‘new’ normal and keep us free in every way.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 [ESV]

D. T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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The Leftist War Against Children Part 1, Abortion on Demand [Video]

abortion, leftismThe 2020 election season in America has thus far demonstrated that not only is there a radical divide between Leftists and conservatives in politics but there exists such a divide in culture as well. Nowhere is that divide more exhibited, nor the contrast so stark as between the Leftist and conservative camps’ views of families and especially their views concerning children.

In the next few articles, we will explore how the Leftist treatment of children is not only the opposite of the conservative view but amounts to an attack on many fronts to the child’s life, identity, and necessary place within a family. The Left is ruthlessly waging war on children in America, and around the globe.

The single most incriminating evidence of this is found in the vast gulf between each camp’s views and actions concerning legalized abortion. A piece of this evidence was on display on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building on March 4, 2020.

Leftist Protest for More Abortion No Matter What 

Inset.1.3.8.2020There is a case currently before the SCOTUS concerning a Louisiana law that requires abortion clinics and personnel to operate with the same standards as other health clinics in the state. This would mean that many abortion clinics would close because neither the clinic conditions or the abortion “doctors” can meet those requirements.

A lively protest by the pro-abortion crowd at the Supreme Court last week was demanding the Court rule this law unconstitutional under Roe v Wade. There was a time not that many years ago when the plea from the “pro-choice” crowd was that abortion should be ” safe, legal, and rare.”

With this protest, the Left has publicly announced that the only part of that three-word phrase remaining is that abortion should be “legal.” ‘Safe’ and ‘rare’ are now less desired than legality when it comes to abortion according to the Left.

Leftist pro-aborts have demonstrated that this is the case with increasing fervor in the last few years. These so-called ‘feminists’ have been arguing in recent times that abortion is not really a necessary evil but is, in fact, a positive moral good!

This argument goes beyond words mouthed by extremist advocates of abortion on demand. Witness the case of abortionist Kermit Gosnell just last year, who before being finally brought to justice was allowed to operate with impunity for decades even though his clinic, his personnel, and his practice was manifestly harmful and even deadly for many women.

What enabled such a predator as Kermit Gosnell to remain in practice for more than 20 years prior to 2010? It was the complicity of left-leaning bureaucrats and elected officials who believe abortion is so sacrosanct that death, injury or sterilization of women is just the cost of defending the ‘right to choose.’ Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of murder on May 12, 2013, for killing babies, “who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic,” He was sentenced the next day to two life terms in prison. He avoided the death penalty by agreeing not to appeal his conviction.

This reveals the Leftist belief that legalized abortion under any conditions no matter how horrible is to be encouraged at all costs. It also means that the humanity of the unborn child is not even to be considered by the “woke” protestors favoring a woman’s so-called “right to choose.”

The devaluation of the child’s life in the abortion procedure is now second-nature among Leftists. In fact, in most cases when one hears the pro-abortion rhetoric tossed out by Leftists today the fact that a human child lives within the womb at whatever stage of gestation is simply ignored.

The Academy and Political Arenas Are Relentlessly Pro-Abortion

11965180126_c8c0a50901_wThere are those in high standing within the academic establishment who will claim that even if the child in the womb is a living human being, he or she can and should be killed if the mother wishes it to be so. Moreover, this is still considered an ethical action if the child happens to survive the abortion attempt and is alive after exiting the womb!

Here is part of an account given by a student at Harvard University in 2010.

I walked into my “Ethics” class the next morning prepared to have my comment on the case be this: “There is no ethical dilemma here.  Dr. Chin did exactly what his professional ethics (not to mention his humanity!) would require him to do—save the baby.  The nurse called him in to be a physician to the new-born child—not because the mother needed care.  He had been summoned for the baby and thus was professionally obligated to help the child.  He did.” …I was stunned by the responses that followed, the essences of which were “HOW DARE the physican treat that baby!” He mentions that during an hour-long discussion there were only three others beside himself who thought it was right to save the baby. 92% of students in an ethics course at the most prestigious University in the nation, perhaps in the world believed the baby should have been left to die. Those students weren’t taught that at Harvard, they already believed it when they got there. They brought those beliefs into the first day of class. The professor himself was with the 92% opinion. He justified letting the child perish, by saying:  “The only thing that matters here is:   Who are the decision makers? …Can the fetus make a decision?”

This horrid philosophy is being manifested at the political level, as was demonstrated by the governor of the state of Virginia just over a year ago. Governor Ralph Northam is the most notorious figure in this matter.

His clear admission that the new bill proposed in his state would allow the killing of a child already born has shocked many. However, that shock wasn’t found within his own party. Truly the unthinkable of past times is being boldly proclaimed as a righteous defense “of women’s rights.” That is how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo characterizes his state’s new abortion till birth law.

Governors are not the sole proponents of such evil. The aforementioned protest in front of the Supreme Court building on March 4th was joined by a very prominent Democrat U.S. Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer who said the following,

Here is an example of a Leftist Democratic politician jumping into the war against children with the intention of visiting death upon them at the start of their lives, and harboring no qualms about announcing his intentions, even going so far as to threaten SCOTUS justices by name. It is evident that Leftism as a whole, culturally, politically, and in practice regard pre-born and even some already-born children as enemies and the more of their blood spilled the better as far as they are concerned.

Yet the battlefield doesn’t stop at the Planned Parenthood clinic doors or the Supreme Court steps. The Leftist war against children is waged on those who survive the abortionist’s knife further into the childhood years as will be discussed in part two.

Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, but the upright are concerned for his life. Proverbs 29:10 [NASB]

Sources: The New American Standard Bible, The Lockman Foundation,1995

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Time for Roe v Wade to Go Away [Video]

Abortion, Roe v WadeJanuary 22, 2020, was the 47th anniversary of the infamous United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision which granted the federal government’s imprimatur to abortion on demand as a newly ‘created right’ suddenly discovered hidden within the U.S. Constitution.

Since that horrible decision, over 60 million babies have been aborted in America. The devastation extends to the millions of mothers who are damaged physically and emotionally, many of whom die themselves as a result of abortion.

Friday, January 24, 2020, was the annual National March for Life in Washington DC. President Donald J Trump made history at that event by becoming the first president to address the March in person.

The March for Life began in response to the demonic debacle of Roe v Wade one year after the SCOTUS decision. 46 years later, the 45th President of the United States cements himself firmly as the most pro-life president since one became needed in January of 1973.

It All Began with “Penumbras” and “Emanations”

Roe v Wade began in Texas when a woman under the pseudonym ‘Jane Roe’ brought suit against Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade challenging legal restrictions on abortion as a violation of her constitutional rights. The final decision in favor of Roe was by a 7 to 2 vote of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision itself was based in a right to ‘privacy’ which was magically discovered in the U.S. Constitution after almost 200 years of looking for it to appear. In a previous case, Griswold v Connecticut the precedent of the privacy ‘right’ was established in 1965.

The legal precedent for the decision was rooted in the 1965 case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which established the right to privacy involving medical procedures.

Supreme Court, Roe v WadeThe justification for the Griswold decision, which created a new ‘right’ for artificial contraception [read, birth control pills] was also used in deciding Roe. One must bear in mind that the Supreme Court at that time was dominated by ‘progressive’ justices who favored treating the Constitution as something ‘living’ which must change to suit the times, rather than a constitutional originalist who believes the court should make judgments based on the actual text of the Constitution.

The whole thing was based on the “right to privacy,” which is not spelled out in the Constitution. Instead, it comes from Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which stated: “…specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance. …

Examine for a moment the definitions of these two critical words, “penumbras” and “emanations.” “Penumbra” is first defined by dictionary.com as a term used in Astronomy.

“the partial or imperfect shadow outside the complete shadow of an opaque body, as a planet” or “the grayish marginal portion of a sunspot.”

A second common meaning for penumbra is also provided on the site.

a shadowy, indefinite, or marginal area.

The word “emanation” is defined as something that “emanates,” so to understand the term we must look at the word “emanate.” “Emanate” is a verb which means;

to flow out, issue, or proceed, as from a source or origin; come forth; originate.

What the SCOTUS claimed in the Roe decision was that some shadowy or indefinite area somehow arises from the text of the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments that automatically grants a previously unknown human ‘right’ to end the life of a newly formed human being while still in the womb of the mother. In fact, some political leaders have suggested this killing time extend to after the child is out of the womb, as Virginia governor Ralph Northam did last year.

What the SCOTUS actually did with this terrible decision was to judicially amend or change the Constitution, which is on its face an unconstitutional act! The sole method for changing the Constitution is provided in the document itself through the passing of Amendments by very specific means that do not include changes by the courts.

And they did this on the basis of an indefinite and shadowy message invisibly rising from the Constitution? That is some seriously horrible judgment from the highest “Justices” in the land in 1973.

Roe v Wade is Horribly Bad ‘Law’

Roe v WadeI am far from a legal expert, as I have stated on many occasions. However, I am also not alone in my opinion of Roe among some others who are exceptional legal experts, including other Supreme Court Justices.

Among the legal scholars who have roundly criticized the Court’s ruling in Roe as not being grounded in the U.S. Constitution are the following:
Six justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, unfortunately not simultaneously seated – White, Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy3 and O’Connor4;

  • Virtually every recognized constitutional scholar who has published a book or article on Roe – including many, like Harvard’s Laurence Tribe, who support Roe’s outcome on other grounds (although he’s switched grounds over the years).5 Yale Law School professor John Hart Ely spoke for many when he stated: Roe v. Wade “is bad because it is bad constitutional law, or rather because it is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be”;6

Perhaps the most forceful and persuasive legal objections to the Roe decision came from an interesting, and somewhat conflicted source, a man named Edward Lazarus. He was the law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun who wrote the decision. He states,

What, exactly, is the problem with Roe? The problem, I believe, is that it has little connection to the Constitutional right it purportedly interpreted. A constitutional right to privacy broad enough to include abortion has no meaningful foundation in constitutional text, history, or precedent. …The proof of Roe’s failings comes not from the writings of those unsympathetic to women’s rights, but from the decision itself and the friends who have tried to sustain it. Justice Blackmun’s opinion provides essentially no reasoning in support of its holding. And in the almost 30 years since Roe’s announcement, no one has produced a convincing defense of Roe on its own terms.7

When your own law clerk, who admits he thought of Blackmun as “a grandfather,” says stridently and clearly that the triumph of your career was a legal fantasy, it is indeed a savage critique. However, it gets even worse when the fact that Roe was based on a series of lies is considered.

The case was put forth as a lie from the very start, which facilitated other lies in order for Roe to be compelling enough to succeed.

The main lie was that an abortion was needed for Roe (whom we later learned was Norma McCorvey) because she was supposedly gang-raped. But that was not true. McCorvey just wanted an abortion, and her attorney falsely promised to help her get one, knowing full well it could not happen in time (since cases that go up to the Supreme Court take time to adjudicate). Another lie was the number of women who supposedly died in America because of illegal abortions. Abortionist Bernard Nathanson told the media that each year about 10,000 women died from illegal abortions. He later admitted that he made the number up from thin air, but a willing media reported it as if it were gospel truth. In 1972, the last year before Roe, the CDC reports that 39 women died from illegal abortions in America. That may be 39 too many, but it’s a far cry from 10,000. Thankfully, both McCorvey and Nathanson became pro-life Christians and came to strongly oppose abortion.

The trouble with such unprecedented tampering with the Constitution motivated by ideology and empowered by lies is the fact that the consequences in society are bound to render unprecedented destruction as well. Roe v Wade has reeked monumentally unprecedented and staggering societal damage in America and beyond since its inception.

The Staggering Societal Devastation of Roe v Wade

Roe v WadeThe first and most obvious devastation as a result of Roe is evidenced by the enormous body count left in its wake. Over 60 million human beings have been slaughtered in America’s abortion mills in 47 years.

The total deaths resulting from Roe dwarf all the deaths of Americans in every war in our history, which amounts to just over 1.3 million who have lost their lives in our nation’s wars and military conflicts. However, this story goes beyond the body count of babies destroyed as a consequence of Roe.

The fact is that Roe did not legalize abortion without restriction past the first three months of pregnancy. States were allowed to place some restrictions on abortion after that first trimester period.

The restrictions were allowed in cases of ‘extreme’ circumstances, such as a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or that continuing the pregnancy would pose a threat to the life or health of the mother. These were impotent to stop the flood of abortions which came about in the wake of the SCOTUS decision principally because of the open-ended interpretation of what constituted a threat to the life or health of the mother.

There are not one but two victims of the legalized abortion Roe provides. The second victim is the mother who is most often coerced into their abortions by those closest to her, such as boyfriends, parents and even clergy in some cases.

Moreover, there are some horror stories told by women who were physically forced into an abortion after expressing doubts about going through with the procedure.

Muriel Ramos moved in 1980 to Florida, where she met her future fiancé. When they moved in together, she became pregnant even though she was on the pill. When she went back to the clinic that gave her the pill, employees told her “Oh, you need to have an abortion because your baby’s going to be deformed, you were taking the pill.” Both she and her fiancé were scared, she remembered, and he “dropped me off one day to have the abortion.” She went into the waiting room and recalled the other women who tried to reassure her. “One said to me, ‘Oh, don’t worry, this is my second time. Don’t be afraid.’ Another said, ‘It’s my third time,’” she said. “All of a sudden it hit me what I was doing, and I went to the receptionist and asked to use the phone” to call her fiancé to go home. When she revealed she had changed her mind, the receptionist “got mad,” moved her into another room, and advised that “everybody has their doubts.” After Ramos protested again, a woman put an IV in her arm and the doctor entered the room. “By this time I was crying,” she remembered, but still the “doctor ignored my pleas” and instead  “nodded to the lady that had put the IV in, like, ‘up it.’” “The next thing I knew, it was over and I had woken up,” she said. Afterwards, that same lady appeared saying, “It’s time for juice and cookies. Now you can get on with your life.” Ramos said she got an infection from the abortion and suffered from an autoimmune disease as well as fertility problems. She also had five miscarriages.

The evil results of Roe run deeper than even these kinds of stories, of which there are thousands of examples that represent a far larger amount of women devastated by abortion. There are many stunning examples of demonic depravity afoot within the world of legalized abortion in America demonstrated by people such as Kermit Gosnell,

Perhaps most revealing about the real attitude of the Left concerning women’s health is this description of Gosnell’s abortion clinic when it was raided in 2010,

“Instruments were not sterile. Equipment was outdated and rusty. Women recovering from their abortions sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets that employees said they “tried” to have cleaned weekly.”

Gosnell was a sick abortion “doctor” responsible for thousands of babies’ deaths and the deaths of many mothers as well. He was eventually convicted on three counts of murder for killing babies,

who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic,

Gosnell was sentenced to two life terms in 2013 and only avoided the death penalty by agreeing to not appeal his conviction. Roe is the principal enabler of monsters like Gosnell, and those like him who operate with almost virtual impunity because of the pro-choice evils legitimized by Roe.

Roe v WadeHowever, the worst consequence of the Roe v Wade decision is the empowering of Planned Parenthood in America and around the globe. The power and influence of this malevolent organization cannot be overstated, nor can its destructive results be truly calculated.

Planned Parenthood has a far longer and more sinister history than Roe, as this journal has chronicled in greater detail in previous articles, and that will not be repeated here. However, it is no stretch to state that Roe empowered Planned Parenthood as nothing else ever has and the outreach of this death-dealing organization was only expanded to a global arena after Roe.

Thus a decision of the United States Supreme Court has facilitated the exportation of abortion to most of the rest of the world! The abortion body count worldwide is staggering.

According to the website numberofabortions.com, since 1980, 7 years after Roe, worldwide is over 1.5 billion souls! This number is larger than all deaths by war, famine, and disease in recorded history!

Roe v Wade Has Damaged the Soul of America

The manifested evils of this SCOTUS decision are more than apparent now and have been so since this travesty of Roe v Wade began. However, the most damaging aspect of Roe has been the harm inflicted upon the soul of the nation.

It is the quality of a human soul to value human life, their own and others, and it is a quality I believe that each person has from the moment any conscious thought comes into the human psyche. That is what inspired Thomas Jefferson to pen the words in the Declaration of Independence,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

The affirmation of a fantasy ‘right’ in Roe pulls against what is self-evident in the very soul of each human being. It is such an egregious violation of what we all know that our ordinary speech to one another refutes the conclusion of Roe and every ‘pro-choice’ advocate alive.

Test this for yourself the next time you have an opportunity to speak to a woman who is pregnant. No one I know of will ask that woman when her fetus is due because we instinctively know a human child is present in the mother’s womb.

Yet the pro-choice crowd will either deny the humanity of that unborn child, or they will assign the child to a lesser category of humanity in order to justify killing him or her in an abortion. That can only be done when the value of human life has been judged to be assigned according to the whims of godless people who deny the Creator and the inestimable value He has vested in each human life, so much so that His own Son suffered and died a horrific death on our behalf.

It is long past time for Roe v Wade to be consigned to the ash heap among the worst ideas ever to become ‘law’ anywhere in the world. May God grant the removal of this stain upon history sooner rather than later or we may pay an enormous price for the blood which has been spilled.

Their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their highways.  Isaiah 59:7 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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What Happened to the Dream of MLK Jr.? [Video]

Martin Luther King Jr.January 20, 2020, was the official recognition holiday of the life of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is intended to be a time of remembrance and celebration of a life courageously given to make a simple but monumentally profound dream into a reality.

However, MLK Day should not stop with a moment or two of reflection, though the reflection is appropriate. As noted in this journal previously, King was a childhood idol of mine, and I was crushed when he was assassinated in 1968, less than five years after he gave voice to his righteous dream in the nation’s capital.

Rev. King’s most famous speech is known as the “I have a dream” address on August 28, 1963, in front of 250,000 people in Washington D.C. at the official end of the “March on Washington.” His most famous quote is from that speech,

I have a dream that one day my four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character I have a dream today.

His dream was a powerful and iconic ideal set before a people who were languishing in the evil of racial oppression and sensed the winds of history were poised to sweep away the injustice of racism. A dream of such potency that it could not be ignored, especially when spoken with the force and elegance only Dr. King could invoke as the man God chose for that time.

Identifying the Dream of Liberty

There remains no better person to articulate and identify the noble dream of Dr. King than King himself. Here is a video capturing the entire address on the mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial to the quarter-million listeners in D.C. and the millions watching on television, who hung on every word.

If you have never heard this astonishing address in its entirety I would urge you to view and listen to it carefully. It has the additional grace that most great speeches throughout history in that King’s words are inspired but brief at just over 17 minutes in length.

In my time as a pastor, I preached over a thousand sermons both inside and outside of a church sanctuary. There were two comments I would invariably hear spoken to me after almost every one of those messages, and I wager that many of the readers could easily guess the content of those comments.

I would hear, sometimes from the same person, the words, “Good sermon,” and “You really stepped on my toes today.” Sometimes, in my efforts to be cordial, I would thank the person and I always tried to make sure I verbally gave all the glory to God, where it rightly belonged.

However, many times I would be dismayed by those comments and would often reply, “If I stepped on your toes I missed my target because I was aiming for your heart.” Dr. King presented a sermon before his audience that hot August day in 1963 and did what I often longed to do, hit the target at which God was aiming, the human heart.

The ideal, the dream set forth before the world by Dr. King carried the power of profundity with the force of the Divinity straight to the hearts of his listeners. Moreover, even today, over 46 years after the profession of his dream and through the filter of technology, the power of King’s dream can still grip our souls anew, if we will but listen anew.

As Dr. King set forth God’s message, he built an eloquent case for the righteousness of the dream that people would be regarded as equally human by each other just as they were so regarded by the LORD. Though he targeted the condition of America specifically, his speech was a worthy ideal for all the world to emulate.

Pursuing the Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.It is one thing to identify and masterfully present an idealistic goal to any audience. It is another matter entirely to actively pursue that goal with sincerity and integrity.

The biggest reason Dr. King drew such crowds in 1963 was that he went far beyond just talking about it. He pursued it with deeds that risked his alienation and much worse from his opponents.

He had built support starting with his first noteworthy act of civil disobedience, the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott of 1955-56. He helped organize the boycott through his organization the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which virtually shut down the city busing industry there.

The boycott took place from December 5, 1955, to December 20, 1956, and is regarded as the first large-scale U.S. demonstration against segregation. Four days before the boycott began, Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested and fined for refusing to yield her bus seat to a white man. The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ordered Montgomery to integrate its bus system, and one of the leaders of the boycott, a young pastor named Martin Luther King, Jr., emerged as a prominent leader of the American civil rights movement.

Dr. King suffered for his actions as did many of those who were his supporters. On one such occasion, he was arrested and thrown into a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama for organizing demonstrations against the racial injustice of that city in 1963.

Dr. King had read of a public statement “of concern and caution” about the demonstrations released by eight white religious leaders in the South shortly before his arrest and he wrote a lengthy response, Letter from a Birmingham Jail. The letter was a brilliant defense of non-violent action aimed at the religious leaders’ objections as well as educating all who read it about the specific goals and methods of their actions.

In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive, negotiation, self-purification, and direct action. We have gone through all of these steps in Birmingham. There can be no
gainsaying of the fact that racial injustice engulfs this community.

Dr. King then continues to specifically list the problems and steps that had already been taken to address the racial injustice.

Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. Its ugly record of police brutality is known in every section of this country. Its unjust treatment of Negroes in the courts is a notorious reality. There have been more unsolved bombings of Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in this nation. These are the hard, brutal, and unbelievable facts. On the basis of them, Negro leaders sought to negotiate with the city fathers. But the political leaders consistently refused to engage in good-faith negotiation.

When negotiations with the city failed, King and his followers went to step three, the step he called “self-purification.” King described what that process entailed as a prerequisite to demonstrations.

We started having workshops on nonviolence and repeatedly asked ourselves the questions, “Are you able to accept blows without retaliating?” and “Are you able to endure the ordeals of jail?”

The careful preparations of both body and spirit were necessary for what those who followed Dr. King to fully participate in non-violent civil protest without reservation. As King realized, his was not the only movement against the oppression of blacks which garnered significant support.

Opposing and Reviving the Dream

Louis Farrakhan, the current leader of the Nation of Islam

Dr. King was virulently opposed by racists from groups like the KKK, and worse by black groups who advocated violence such as the original Black Panthers and the Black Muslims, aka the ‘Nation of Islam’ under Elijah Muhammed. Contrary to the urgings of King and others, black leaders on the other side demanded that civil rights be fought for “by any means necessary,” in the words of Malcolm X.

The great civil rights leader rightly feared the probable outcome of violent demonstrations against forced segregation and ‘Jim Crow’ laws that kept black people disadvantaged. Dr. King wrote that the groups advocating violence were,

…made up of people who have lost faith in America, who have absolutely repudiated Christianity, and who have concluded that the white man is an incurable devil. … There is a more excellent way, of love and nonviolent protest. I’m grateful to God that, through the Negro church, the dimension of nonviolence entered our struggle. If this philosophy had not emerged, I am convinced that by now many streets of the South would be flowing with floods of blood.

Today most of us rightly give respect to the accomplishments of Dr. King who gained more for the rights of black Americans than all the calls to “Black Power” and violence have ever done. Yet the minions of those who call for violence today, such as the group “Black Lives Matter,” and the so-called ‘woke’ groups of “Antifa” insist that non-violence is impotent in present-day America.

Tragically, both the violent means and the societal goal are directly in opposition to the principles embraced by Dr. King a half-century ago. In an excellent piece by Dr. Eric Wallace of the “Freedom’s Journal Institute,” he compares the stance of BLM versus that of Dr. King’s strident non-violence, specifically the dream of being judged not by color but character.

But with what measure are we to be judged today? How are the demands of today’s “Woke” culture or the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement representative of a people who continue to thrive in the face of injustice? Needless to say, neither of these movements proclaim a biblical foundation or Christian roots.[1] In fact, one could argue that these contemporary movements demand the opposite of what Dr. King stood for and fought to accomplish. Many in these groups are quick to judge White people by the color of their skin while insisting they have “white privilege,” which automatically makes them guilty of racial injustice simply because they are White. This reasoning turns Dr. King’s words on their heads. Thinking that one is guilty simply because he or she is White or another is oppressed simply because he or she is not is the opposite of what King preached.

The lifelong quest of Dr. King for racial justice and equality through non-violence has been largely spurned by those who claim to speak on behalf of the black population in America today. It is past time for that righteous dream to be revived if we are going to continue moving toward a more just society instead of careening down a steep slope toward racial anarchy and destruction.

Fortunately, King’s dream is still alive and growing though it has taken President Trump’s administration to move it off of life support. Ironically, it is a person the Left constantly berates and accuses of being the biggest racist in world history who has brought more opportunity and prosperity to minorities than any administration in our history.

Those among the minority population, other than the mind-controlled minions of the MSM, have seen these results from the Trump administration and are leaving the Leftist Democratic [but I repeat myself] plantation in droves. The support for President Trump has risen to unprecedented levels among blacks in America as evidenced by a number of recent polls and is consistently above 30% today.

While 30% is far from a majority, consider that President Trump won in 2016 with just 8% of the black vote. As noted in a recent piece at Real Clear Politics,

Even 20 percent African-American support for Trump would all but dismantle Democratic Party presidential hopes for 2020.

This is truly good news for the promise of the profound dream of Dr. King. I hope and pray that the re-election of President Trump will take place and move America closer to the point of true racial justice and harmony.

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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