Remembering Pearl Harbor and Raising The “Greatest Generation” [Video]

Pearl Harbor, Greatest Generation

December 7, 2019, was the 78th anniversary of the attack by Imperial Japan on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1941, it was a typical early Sunday morning an entire lifetime ago.

Families were getting ready to head to worship services all over the Hawaiian islands. Others were enjoying the blessing of another day of beautiful weather in Hawaii. That included the Naval personnel not on duty at Pearl Harbor.

It began like any typical Sunday, with no one believing that only a few hours later, 2,400 of them would be dead. That only a few hours after sunrise on December 7, 1941, the world would change forever, putting a terrible lie to the phrase, a ‘typical’ Sunday.

The Children of the Great Depression Go to War

The Greatest GenerationThe Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was one that America didn’t see coming and we weren’t adequately prepared for it at the time. The nation was shocked and sorrowful and roused to righteous anger as America plunged into World War II.

The young Americans who fought and died in that war have been called the “greatest generation.” However, before they were the “greatest generation,” they were children in the Great Depression, which the country was still mired in more than a decade after it began when Japanese bombers and fighters ravaged the American naval base at Pearl Harbor.

It is no overstatement to say that these young warriors from America literally saved the world those many decades ago. Yet, many of World War II’s first American victims at Pearl Harbor lived their formative years steeped in poverty and desperation.

What made these children into men and women strong and courageous enough to overcome the fearsome enemies that threatened the freedom of the entire globe? There are many factors that affect the formation of any person, but arguably the most important of these is the family environment.

Therefore, a key to understanding the “greatest generation” is to understand something of what their families were like when they were children. What was family life like in America during the Great Depression and how did that shape those who would later be thrown into the greatest and most devastating war in history?

Family Life in the Great Depression

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A rare color photo of a Depression-era family

The family unit was strained and though divorce rates plummeted during the Depression, more men, in particular, were abandoning families than in the past. Yet, compared to such statistics today, the family was a far more stable unit during the 1930s.

Of course, survival in such tough times had a significant impact upon keeping many families together, as one would expect. Family life necessarily varied depending upon what part of the country a family occupied.

In both rural and urban areas, the hardships forced families and communities to become innovators at being co-operatively frugal. One such example was the creation of community “thrift gardens” in many urban areas which helped serve the needs of multitudes of people.

Many families strived for self-sufficiency by keeping small kitchen gardens with vegetables and herbs. Some towns and cities allowed for the conversion of vacant lots to community “thrift gardens” where residents could grow food. Between 1931 and 1932, Detroit’s thrift garden program provided food for about 20,000 people. Experienced gardeners could be seen helping former office workers—still dressed in white button-down shirts and slacks—to cultivate their plots.

Many rural families had to contend with the father leaving for extended periods to find work. Other families moved to the cities in search of better fortunes and small towns got smaller and the residents more tightly-knit together for mutual survival.

However, none of these facts and statistics can adequately tell the story of how the “greatest generation” was raised. It is the family stories alone that can provide better insight into what it was like to be a child in a Depression-era family.

“The Walton’s”, a True-to-life Family Story Amidst the Depression

December 19, 1971, a new Christmas movie entitled “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” aired on television and the world was introduced to the “Walton” family. The movie was characterized as the “pilot” episode of a new TV series which began a nine-year run with weekly episodes from 1972-1981.

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The original family house of Earl Hamner Jr., creator of “The Waltons”

The series was a fictionalized account based on the real-life of its creator, Earl Hamner Jr., who also narrated each episode. It became enormously popular especially in America and allowed viewers a glimpse into the life of a rural family through the Great Depression and World War II.

The role of John Walton Jr., aka “John-boy”, played by Richard Thomas, was modeled after Hamner himself, and the series revolved around his life in rural Virginia during the 1930s and 40s. This remarkable program showed many millions a family unlike the ‘modern’ family of the 70s and 80s, and totally alien to what are called “families” today.

For instance, three generations of Waltons lived under the same roof of a two-story country home in Virginia. Grandparents, parents, and children, 12 people in all, lived in the Walton/Hamner home.

Family life under the best of circumstances was a constant battle with soul-crushing poverty, and viewers of “The Waltons” observed the manifestation of an adopted motto from the Depression,

 “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.”

One of the most profound parts of the Hamner’s personal, and the fictional “Waltons” family was the place of faith in the household. In this short video clip, that is reflected via a conversation between ‘John-boy’ and ‘Grandpa’ Walton about God at a moment of decision for the Walton family’s eldest child.

Were ‘The Waltons’ a perfect family? Far from it. Their weaknesses and setbacks were displayed many times during the series.

However, the portrait of a family such as the Waltons reveals that before the “greatest generation” went to war, they were molded in the toughest of times with fierce family loyalty and respect for God, country, and family values.

Life is far different nowadays, and of course, there is no going back in time no matter how much we may long to do so. What can be done is to bring the unchanging truths from the past into our individual lives and families first.

Relearn the truth that faith and patriotism must go hand-in-hand at the basic level of the family. This can be promoted even today if we start with one person, one family, and one community at a time.

Will there be loud opposition to those attempting to live with respect for God and dedication to a renewal of family values in the land? You can count on it.

But will it be any worse than the struggles of the Depression-era family in America? I think not, and moreover, whatever obstacles are placed before us should first drive us to our knees calling upon the God of the universe for strength and wisdom.

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Evil Insanity of Gender Identity, Part Two: Societal Madness [Video]

Gender Identity, transgenderism

The first part of this series examined the horrible sacrifice of very young children and their futures that are a tragic consequence of the newly ascendant ‘trans-rights’ movement as a so-called civil rights cause. There are other, widely-spread societal consequences which threaten to remake western culture wholesale and send us careening toward oblivion.

There are three primary areas of concern within our society that are negatively affected by ‘trans-rights’ advocates in our time. These areas are all forms of the Leftmedia, the world of competitive sports, and the monolith of both primary and secondary public education.

Transgender Propaganda Reigns in Leftmedia

The gaggle of networks and media outlets which I have chosen to call the “Leftmedia,” has been aggressively promoting the ‘trans-rights’ social program as something good or, at the worst, simply benign. In order to accomplish their goals, the Leftmedia must engage in blatant propaganda hoping that what thinking people might still exist on the Left won’t notice or if they do notice won’t care.

The following video by Steve Crowder and company highlights the false narrative coming from the Left on this issue. Maher’s attempt to feign ignorance about the facts that Dennis Prager presents seems very weak at best.

Two critical facts were presented in the video are indisputable. One is that the newest claim by the transgender community that ‘men can have periods too’ is far from a fringe view in the Leftmedia!

Crowder names media outlets such as MTV, HuffPo, The London Telegraph, and even People magazine that have featured headlines claiming that ‘men get periods too!’ In fact, as he notes, the campaign of propaganda has been so influential that the “woke” among the retail sales crowd have been actively promoting the sales of tampons and feminine pads to ‘transitioning’ persons.

However, there is a bit of sleight-of-hand involved in all of this. The advertisement for the international tampon company in the video employs this tactic by featuring a woman who is trying to change into a man and her statement that for a time during her attempts to reverse nature, she was still menstruating as a woman does.

The trickery is twofold. First of all, she was a biologically normal woman who was experiencing normal cycles that apply only to the female of the species before she began the process.

Therefore, this does not apply to the case of the opposite, a man attempting to change into a woman. They didn’t have periods before they ‘identified’ as a woman, and they won’t have periods even after hormones and surgery.

However, and this is the second part of the deceptive propaganda, the advertisement carefully arranges the video sequence to conflate both types of ‘gender identity’ claims as basically the same. Moreover, this falsehood is enforced throughout various social media avenues such as Twitter or Facebook.

Transgenderism Is Destroying Women’s Sports

transgenderismThe transgender ‘athlete’ has made a definite impact on women’s sports in recent years. Men ‘identifying’ as women have been routinely dominating women’s competitions at the state, national, and international levels. As an article in “Human Events” online states,

The victory of New Zealander Laurel Hubbard is just the latest in a growing line of instances in which transgender women are claiming the top spot in women’s sporting events. The 41-year-old dominated the Pacific Games weightlifting competition this week, winning a gold medal for her efforts – and breaking women’s records in the process.

Despite the politically correct pronoun usage, the article argues against the practice of allowing biological males to compete against females if they ‘identify’ as a female. They note that recent scientific research supports the author’s arguments.

In a paper published in the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics, researcher Lynley Anderson and her associates Alison Heather and Taryn Knox argued that capping testosterone levels, which has been proposed as a solution to maintaining a level playing field, just won’t cut it. …The researchers also argue that the advantages transgender women have over biologically female counterparts extends well beyond testosterone levels. Namely, they have denser and larger muscles, better muscle distribution, and higher lung capacities. Males even have an advantage when it comes to the amount of oxygen they can accumulate. All this lends to greater strength, agility, dexterity, stamina, and endurance.

A prime example of this is seen in a viral YouTube video with former Olympic women’s gymnastics champions Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson reacting to men doing women’s gymnastics.

In 2017, the state of Connecticut modified the rules of high school competition to allow biological males who ‘identify’ as females to compete in women’s athletics with no other requirements. Here is one result of the new policy that should convince any rational person this is not a good idea.

Connecticut’s 2017 rule change that allowed students to compete based on gender identity has terribly harmed women’s sports. A single male transgender student now holds 10 state records which previously belonged to 10 different girls.

What is worse, female athletes who rightly object to this practice are vilified and punished by ‘trans-rights’ activists. Tennis great Martina Navratilova, a fierce defender of LGBT rights was no exception to this.

In December, Navratilova tweeted: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” McKinnon was not pleased by this and began a tirade against Navratilova. In her Sunday Times essay, Navratilova describes this behavior as bullyish and argues that, while she feels able to take a stand, she worries that other women will be “cowed into silence or submission.”

McKinnon refers to Rachel Mckinnon, a “transgendered woman,” who recently won the Gold Medal at the World Indoor Women’s Cycling Championship. McKinnon had competed in cycling as a male until the age of 29.

In reward for her stand, Navratilova was thrown off the board of the LGBT advocacy group Athlete Ally. So much for tolerance and free speech by ‘trans-rights’ activists on the Left.

Transgender Dominance in Public Education is Dangerous

Inset.2.11.13.2019This is the most serious area of all for both the present and future of American and western society for as one goes, so goes the other. The forced progression of ‘trans-rights’ advocacy in public education is appalling and cause for grave concern.

This insidious movement is requiring access to K-12 public students to present a biologically false and unhealthy premise as a required part of the curriculum. Children as young as five years old are to be indoctrinated into advocacy for transgenderism and, as noted in part one of this series, potentially turned into sacrifices for mentally disturbed adults.

Moreover, these policies in public education force young children and teens of different biological sexes together in potentially hazardous situations, especially for young girls. One prominent example of such forcing comes from the Fairfax, County, Virginia school district, just south of Washington D.C.

The new policy holds that boys who self-identify as female can use the girls’ shower facilities, locker rooms, and bathrooms, and it was voted in without any time for public debate and adopted within weeks.

The article is from 2018 and the author notes the policy passed in 2015 and faced harsh criticism from parents when it was announced. The policy was apparently put on indefinite hold as the action to draft regulations for it has been tabled until further notice.

One of the obvious factors the Leftist advocates don’t want to mention is that this is far more than simply teaching something in a classroom. It has dangerous real-life effects on children at vulnerable stages of their sexual development and could be traumatized or worse by seeing a male ‘identifying’ as a female in the locker room environment, as evidenced by a recent incident in Pennsylvania.

Attorneys for a female Pennsylvania high school student filed a federal complaint last week alleging her privacy was violated and that she was subjected to sexual harassment when a transgender student was using the same locker room, WNEP-TV reported. …Lawyers for the student posted a video online describing what they say happened. The unnamed female student appears in the clip and said “while I was putting on my pants I heard a man’s voice, so I turned around, and he’s standing there on the opposite aisle looking at me. I glanced down and could tell that he was wearing women’s underwear and what was underneath it.” She added: “When I knew that a man was looking at me, I felt very violated and very scared — especially looking at me while I’m getting dressed.”

The school district stood behind its policy but did not offer any further comments. However, some of the criticism this young lady received on social media was disgustingly brutal.

Some observers commenting on the Facebook page for the Law Office of Andrew H. Shaw, which is handling the case, also sided with the complaining female student, others were decidedly against her and her attorneys:

…“Sounds like your client is the one who is guilty of voyeurism. WTF is she doing checking out other people’s genitals? Shameful ambulance chasers.”                            …“The student called the trans student a ‘man.’ I think we all know where this hate is coming from. From her parents. Using ‘man’ is scary! Transphobia is bigotry.”    …“F*** you transphobes.”

transphobia, gender identityAs nasty and idiotic as these statements may be, they manifest and reveal much about the attitudes from Leftist ‘trans-rights’ activists. For instance, the second comment says that the girl’s reactions are full of “hate,” and accuses her of being “transphobic” and therefore bigoted.

A phobia is an irrational fear. This student had a perfectly reasonable trepidation about a man being in the women’s locker room while she is dressing. Moreover, who is actually phobic when they state that “using [the word] ‘man’ is scary!”?

As far as being hateful goes, the third comment should dispel any illusions as to which side of this argument is projecting hate. Another reminder that the Left is always projecting their behavior to accuse their adversaries.

These things are the result of faculty lounge nonsense in higher education swiftly becoming mainstream. “Gender Study” departments in universities across the land have been teaching ‘Gender Identity’ theory as gospel for years especially since 2013 when the DSM-V changed the designation of people suffering from this mental illness from Gender Identity Disorder to Gender Dysphoria.

This movement was also given support by former President Barack Obama in 2016, through addition to current Title IX anti-discrimination law. This served to give a Presidential ‘seal of approval’ to ‘trans-rights’ advocacy and education in public schools across the land.

The Obama administration is sending out an edict today [5/13/2016] to every school district in the country, insisting they open bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers to all children, regardless of sex, or risk federal discrimination lawsuits and yanked federal funds. Schools must treat children as transgender and thus entitled to open facilities access as soon as parents say they are, not after a medical diagnosis or birth certificate change.

The goal of such an accelerated pace to inject ‘gender identity’ teaching is apparent. The Left’s ‘trans-rights’ advocates wish to normalize their disturbing practice by “reproducing” the only way they can, through recruiting children to expand their population.

The many risks to society posed by the ‘trans-rights’ movement threaten the basic fabric of civilization. Moreover, the battleground of this gender ‘identity’ war includes even more intrusive edicts than Obama’s 2016 pronouncement from various legal venues in America today.

Part three of this series will examine that phenomenon of the incremental establishment of legal status upon the transgender ‘community,’ at local, state and national levels in America, as well as why the “T” should be dropped from the LGBT acronym.

Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah Psalm 52:1-3 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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How the World Changed 30 Years Ago [Video]

How The World Changed 30 years Ago

Celebration of Fall of Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, 2014

Saturday, November 9, 2019, was the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the day the world changed forever in a way unimaginable for the seven decades preceding that historic event. It was also the first world-changing event I was aware of as an adult and the most significant until 9/11 in my lifetime.

Therefore, it is prudent that time is remembered and the events reviewed as we look back 30 years at what the world was like when the Berlin Wall still existed, and how that day was the death knell for the first and most powerful communist nation to have ever existed.

The Nuclear Threat Was Dangerous and MAD in 1989

It is difficult to realize what the fall of that infamous Wall signified at the time if one was not raised in school doing the ‘civil defense’ drills in class, as I did in grade school. We were instructed to lay underneath our desks with hands covering our heads when a civil defense alert sounded in the school.

Inset.1.11.10.2019That was the best method of survival we had if we weren’t close to a civil defense shelter in the event of a nuclear blast. After all, not every public school had a shelter that would serve to even minimally protect against a nuclear attack.

The USSR also had the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons which has ever existed. At the high point of its production, in 1985, the communist behemoth held a stockpile of over 39,000 nuclear weapons.

America’s nuclear weapons cache was the second largest, and at its peak in 1965 held just over 31,000 weapons. In 1985, though America remained the second largest nuclear power, a steady reduction of the size of our arsenal left a total of slightly more than 21,000.

Moreover, by 1985 five other nations had obtained nuclear weapons; the United Kingdom, France, Israel, China, and India. By 1989, the world was just preparing for North Korea to enter the realm of a nuclear threat.

The strategy developed to deal with the increasing danger posed by the proliferation of nuclear weapons was deemed the M.A.D. or Mutually Assured Destruction theory.

The theory is based on the fact that nuclear weaponry is so devastating that no government wants to use them. Neither side will attack the other with their nuclear weapons because both sides are guaranteed to be totally destroyed in the conflict.

This strategy was thought necessary to maintain a nuclear ‘balance of power’ between the Soviets and Americans. That strategy was developed during the Cold War era of the 1980s with the idea that as long as neither nation was capable of launching a rapid and overwhelming first strike, the ‘balance of power,’ would stand and an uneasy safety would result.

Inset.2.11.10.2019The M.A.D. strategy that began in earnest during the 1980s also met the instrument of its demise in the 1980s, with the American most credited with winning the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan. He began a change in the American stance with a now-infamous proposal for a Strategic Defense Initiative, which was labeled “Star Wars” by the Left.

Reagan declared his S.D.I. proposal in a March 1983, address known as his “Star Wars” speech. The initiative was a plan to build a nuclear missile defense network of satellites that would stop ballistic missile attacks on the United States primarily those that might come from the Soviet Union.

Reagan announced, “I call upon the scientific community who gave us nuclear weapons to turn their great talents to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.”

Earlier that same month, President Reagan coined one of his most famous phrases for the Soviet state by calling it an “evil empire.” Unfortunately,  the S.D.I. program was opposed from the start by the Leftist Democrats in Congress, and eventually was scrapped citing “budget concerns.”

The USSR Was the “Evil Empire”

Soviet Russia was unabashedly a communist nation. However, it is especially noteworthy that the name of the nation in 1989 was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR.

The Soviet Union was the prime example of the fact that Socialism is a kinder face to present to the world than Communism. In truth, they were simply two sides of the same blood-stained coin then, and that remains the case today.

The USSR was a conglomeration of 15 ‘states’ to form the largest nation by landmass the world has ever seen. Two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former Marxist goliath was fractured and two of their former states, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, had ‘inherited’ large amounts of nuclear weapons.

The prospect of worldwide nuclear destruction was regarded with fear both among Americans and around the globe. However, President Reagan changed that prevailing attitude with a phrase he used in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals on March 8, 1983.

When Reagan labeled the USSR “an evil empire,” he galvanized support for an active response to Soviet totalitarianism. That began the road leading to the destruction of the Berlin Wall six years later.

The inevitability of the fall of that wall was hammered home in another speech in June of 1987 at the front of the infamous “Brandenburg Gate” section of the Berlin Wall dividing West Berlin from communist East Berlin. It was there he publically challenged Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

Two years and five months later, the wall was declared null and void by the East German authorities. What happened next made the history we remember today.

The Berlin Wall stood until November 9, 1989, when the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens of the GDR could cross the border whenever they pleased. That night, ecstatic crowds swarmed the wall. Some crossed freely into West Berlin, while others brought hammers and picks and began to chip away at the wall itself.

The Berlin Wall was a very unique structure because it divided a city which lay well within the borders of communist East Germany. East Germany was one of a number of eastern European countries under the control of the Soviets when the continent was divided by what became known as the “Iron Curtain” after World War II.

Inset.3.11.10.2019All of that was changed because of that fateful day 30 years ago. When the final collapse of the USSR came in 1991, the map of Europe was radically rearranged.

Germany was one nation again after being divided since 1945. Others, such as Hungary, Poland and, Romania were freed from Soviet tyranny and became independent nations that remain so today.

Most importantly, millions of human beings were liberated from slavery under a regime and system as brutal and horrible and even more lethal than even Nazi Germany. The fall of the Berlin Wall deserves recognition as one of the monumental historical events in the 20th century.

A Cold War Ally from the Polish Shipyards

It would be remiss to not mention that President Reagan was allied with other opponents of the “evil empire,” who aided tremendously in the Cold War struggle. These included the formidable Britsh Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (the best PM since Churchill), Pope John Paul II, and an obscure Polish Union leader, Lech Walesa.

It would require a longer series of articles to give due credit to these three. However, I would like to highlight Walesa at the close of this piece for he represents the ordinary citizen under Communist oppression during the Cold War era.

Walesa began the first independent labor union under the Soviet rule of Poland which was later named, Solidarność, or Solidarity, in August of 1980. It started in a protest that issued a number of bold demands to the communists.

On August 14, 1980, during protests at the Lenin Shipyard caused by an increase in food prices, Wałęsa climbed over the shipyard fence and joined the workers inside, who elected him head of a strike committee to negotiate with management. Three days later the strikers’ demands were conceded, but when strikers in other Gdańsk enterprises asked Wałęsa to continue his strike out of solidarity, he immediately agreed. Wałęsa took charge of an Interfactory Strike Committee that united the enterprises of the Gdańsk-SopotGdynia area. This committee issued a set of bold political demands, including the right to strike and form free trade unions, and it proclaimed a general strike. Fearing a national revolt, the communist authorities yielded to the workers’ principal demands

Inset.4.11.10.2019“Solidarity” was born after that agreement and millions of other Polish workers joined or formed independent unions on their own. Eventually, the government recognized the new movement which steadily and carefully pushed forward the cause of liberty against the ever-present threat of Soviet intervention.

Walesa went on to become the President of Poland from 1990-95 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 for his efforts.

The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Wałęsa in 1983 was criticized by the Polish government. Fearing involuntary exile, he remained in Poland while his wife, Danuta, traveled to Oslo, Norway, to accept the prize on his behalf.

The beginning of the end of the Cold War was announced by the destruction of the Berlin Wall. However, it took the efforts of national patriots like Walesa to begin the march toward freedom from the evils of communist rule in Europe.

It also took the prayers of millions more to produce leaders of courage from Walesa to Reagan who would take on the monstrous “evil empire.” Those kinds of prayer warriors are needed even more today if the accomplishment of destroying one communist wall is not going to be revoked by allowing the specter of socialist enslavement to be raised up from within.

The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Left’s Illegal, Immoral, and Idiotic Pseudo-Impeachment [Video]

Trump, Impeachment

Photo from a February 2017 demonstration

In the past few weeks, the world has witnessed a series of historically unique political events courtesy of the Leftists occupying the United States Congress. All of these events are honed in on their last-ditch, desperation shot to stop the juggernaut that is President Donald J. Trump.

It is evident that the Left realizes the truth of the situation heading into a presidential election year in 2020. Each day Trump succeeds in any area, whether a speech electrifying mammoth crowds or his foreign policy victories, hammers home the understanding within the progressive psyche that no Democrat can defeat the President in this election.

This has whittled the choices of the Left down to three measures. Their chances of succeeding with these are slim and none and, as the saying goes, ‘slim just left town.’

The choices are first, that the Left can somehow engage in enough widespread voter fraud to snatch a phony ‘victory’ from the jaws of defeat. That possibility should not be taken lightly and measures such as a mandatory voter-ID law should be passed to help prevent this.

However, this avenue of attack is almost certain to fail should the forces on the Left attempt it. The 2020 elections will likely be the most scrutinized in history, and conservatives in all arenas have become much more aware of potential voter fraud since 2016.

Second, the Left can put its full efforts into influencing the vote through social media manipulation, however, this is also a vain effort 2020. The recent testimony of Dr. Robert Epstein revealed that millions of votes had been influenced toward Hillary Clinton through the machinations of the giant internet platform in 2016.

Of course, that hidden effort did not result in Hillary winning the presidency. Now that this information is public going into 2020, it is highly unlikely that another such attempt would be successful in defeating the President.

This leaves choice number three, which is the course the Left is currently embarking upon, to attempt to impeach President Trump. In their view, if somehow they can get rid of Trump in this manner, then the election will be theirs by default.

I’m not one to rain on the Left’s parade, well actually I am, but this effort is also doomed to failure for three big reasons. It is a pseudo-Impeachment that is illegal, immoral, and idiotic.

It Is Illegal

Inset.1.10.26.2019The U.S. Constitution gives the Impeachment power to the House of Representatives with but one statement within Clause 5, Section 2 of Article 1;

The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Section 3 of Article 1 deals with the functions of the Senate. The Impeachment process is explained in more detail concerning the role of the Senate in Clause 6 and 7.

The Senate shall have the sole power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be under Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment, and Punishment, according to the law.

Article 2 of the Constitution establishes the working rules of the Executive Branch of the Federal government. Section 4 of Article 2 provides the conditions under which a President could be impeached and removed.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, and other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Inset.2.10.26.2019The current ‘Impeachment’ inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee violates the Constitution with its limited and secretive procedures and is thus fundamentally illegal. The legal requirement is that the House, not a committee in the House, has Impeachment power.

Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA], the Committee Chair invoked rules keeping testimony ‘secret’ and not allowing subpoenas or ‘witnesses’ other than from Democratic sources. This is an unprecedented procedure by the House when dealing with the Impeachment of the President.

In prior Impeachment proceedings of any sort, nothing was conducted in secret and advocates for the President were allowed to participate. That was rightly the case because of the unique importance and seriousness of Impeachment.

Impeachment is arguably the most important criminal procedure in the nation for it seeks to remove the choice of the people who voted. Thus every part of the procedure should be open to public observance and legal participation by both sides of the argument which has been the case until now.

Moreover, the failure to even name a potential charge for any particular crime and keep the proceedings cloaked from view is more reminiscent of secret courts in tyrannical regimes throughout history.

Schiff and his allies have attempted to justify the secrecy by likening the Committee’s sessions to Grand Jury indictment proceedings. These are secret and designed to indict and move forward with criminal prosecution.

However, Impeachment functions more as a pre-trial hearing then as a Grand Jury indictment. When actual Impeachment happens, the real trial begins in the Senate, and both procedures are rightly public with representation for both accused and accuser.

To deny all of this is to foist an illegal pseudo-Impeachment upon the people of the United States. The determination of the Left to do so regardless of this and other destructive consequences renders the effort immoral as well.

It Is Immoral

ImpeachmentThe intent of the Left is simply to gain unassailable political power over America and its citizenry. Much like the Borg of Star Trek fame, they possess a hive mentality toward that end such that any means, moral or immoral to accomplish its goal is justified for the Left.

The pseudo-Impeachment attempt is one of those immoral means employed by the Left against America. It is immoral because it is aimed at forcing the removal of a duly elected President illegally without due cause and thus usurping the will of the people of the nation.

The accusation against President Trump is both ludicrous and fallacious. He is accused of pressuring the Ukrainian President Kesleyev to investigate a political rival for corruption in order to gain a political advantage in the 2020 election in a phone conversation in July of this year.

We know this accusation is bogus because President Trump provided the actual transcript of the phone call to the public, including the members of the House of Representatives. The transcript reveals that nothing resembling the Left’s preposterous claims is true.

At this point, some readers might ask, “What about the ‘whistleblower’ complaint?” First of all, the ‘whistleblower’s’ complaint which began this newest fiasco is a moot point since we have the transcript of the call.

In fact, the so-called ‘whistleblower’ is now so clearly irrelevant that Chairman Schiff has decided he or she might not need to testify at all.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that testimony from the intelligence community whistleblower at the center of the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump may no longer be necessary. “Given that we already have the call record, we don’t need the whistleblower who wasn’t on the call to tell us what took place during the call,” he told Margaret Brennan during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

It is telling that this pseudo-Impeachment is the culmination of the TDS infected Left’s efforts since before Donald Trump became the President. This was evidenced by a ‘celebrity’ video attempt in December of 2016 to convince the electors to change their pledged votes and go against Donald Trump.

The celebrity video was accompanied by numerous street protests demanding electors not support the then President-elect, against the voters of their respective states. As seen in the video, electors received a lot of pressure from Leftists in the form of calls, letters, emails to abandon their trust regardless of their promises.

The first national public official to call for impeachment was Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA]. In a recent interview with ESSENCE online, Waters stated,

I have been calling for and talking about the impeachment of this president since his inauguration.

When that statement is considered closely, it actually means that Waters believed it was a right or moral action to impeach a President who had literally not done anything in the office of the President! She would have been deliriously happy if formal Impeachment hearings would have begun on January 20, 2017, immediately after Trump took the oath of office.

Moreover, as can be seen from the top photograph, public demonstrations pushing for Trump’s Impeachment began a month after his inauguration.

Essentially for the Left, the entirety of Trump’s presidency has been an Impeachment investigation searching for a crime. Any possible crime, even with invented evidence, is tossed to the salivating Leftmedia and they invariably use it to excoriate the President and his supporters, while calling for Trump’s destruction.

It is immoral to visit political and personal destruction upon this President as the Left is doing with their pseudo-Impeachment. It has been so since the calls for Impeachment began.

It Is Idiotic 

Inset.4.10.26.2019The Left’s illegal, immoral, pseudo-Impeachment is also an idiotic political move. Moreover, there is already evidence that simply efforts at an ‘Inquiry’ concerning Impeachment have backfired with increasing support for President Trump.

For instance, since the rhetoric of Impeachment became incessant, Trump’s re-election campaign coffers grew by 125 million dollars last quarter, which is a record and many times the DNC’s fundraising efforts.

“President Trump has built a juggernaut of a campaign, raising record amounts of money at a record pace,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.  RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel credited Democratic attacks on Trump for motivating supporters to donate in record numbers.

This surge was a reflection of over 300,000 new donors added to the RNC in the third quarter as well.

President Trump’s 2020 re-election effort raised $45 million online in the third quarter on a surge of small-dollar donations driven by 313,000 first-time donors, campaign officials said. The money, which the campaign raised jointly with the Republican National Committee, was part of the $125 million overall raised in the quarter. The online amount wasn’t previously disclosed and represents a 29% increase over the second quarter.

 

The reality is that going through with this pseudo-Impeachment only ends badly for the Democratic party. If they manage to actually vote to ‘Impeach’ and can’t get the votes, they look petty and Trump wins 2020 in a landslide.

If they vote for Impeachment’ it is dead on arrival in the Senate, and Trump remains in office. The Democrats look foolish and petty and Trump destroys them in 2020.

The President is already packing out stadiums and campaigning at a furious pace. The Left’s ‘Impeachment’ furor is only serving to create a backlash that increases his support.

However, the political Left may now be cornered by reality. They cannot beat Trump at the ballot box, so they hope against hope to damage him with a pseudo-Impeachment.

The attempt will be futile, but that fact won’t stop the attempt from being made. Moreover, it is what the Left may try after failing with pseudo-Impeachment that is perhaps more concerning, but that is another article.

Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. Psalm 52:1-2 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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A Case Against Tax-exemption for Churches

Tax exemption, churches

Recently the increasingly desperate Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke lashed out at Christian churches and some other non-profit organizations who oppose same-sex ‘marriage.’ While appearing on CNN’s ‘town hall’ about LBGTQ+ ‘rights,’ on October 10, 2019,

O’Rourke was asked, “Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, and charities should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?”

“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us,” the former Texas 16th district congressman replied. “So as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

His statements have received significant pushback and O’Rouke will ultimately regret his response, if he isn’t doing so already. The majority of his critics have honed in on this as an attack against religious freedom.

I do not believe this is properly characterized as a threat to religious liberty. The question asked was too narrow in scope and O’Rourke’s response was far too broad for such to be the case.

A Threat to Christian Churches, Colleges, and Charities

Inset.1.10.17.2019It is noteworthy that the question put to O’Rourke focused on removing the tax-exempt status of “religious institutions like colleges, churches, and charities…if they oppose same-sex marriage,” without including other institutions such as mosques, synagogues, and non-religious colleges that also receive tax breaks and exemptions. O’Rourke decided that his response shouldn’t name those institutions, so he simply included “anyone…any institution…any organization…” that “are infringing upon the rights of our fellow Americans.”

However, the context of the question shows that O’Rourke was leveling his threat in the church’s direction, in agreement with the questioner. He enlarges the spectrum to provide political cover if he needs to adjust his views later to answer other questions.

The general response from the conservative community was in agreement that O’Rourke launched an attack on religious liberty.

Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, a religious liberty law firm, called it “blatantly unconstitutional,” adding “it’s also foolish because those groups provide billions of dollars in essential social services to their communities. Churches and ministries should be allowed to hold centuries-old beliefs without fear of government retribution.”

However, I submit that this is not the case. The threat to deny tax-exempt status is not a threat to religious liberty, but it is a test of the integrity of the Christian church in America.

What the State Gives…

Religious liberty is recognized as an inherent individual right by the U.S. Constitution, not a right which is granted by the state, aka the government. Thus, religious liberty can’t be legally taken away from any American by the state.

However, the same is not true of tax-exempt status. It is established with legislation passed by Congress and signed into law, beginning with the Tariff Act in 1894, and can be repealed by legislation as well.

There have been 17 ‘updates’ to this legislation since 1894. Since this was in place before the IRS came into being, the benefit of deducting charitable donations from one’s income tax was one of those changes. More about that later.

Inset.2.10.17.2019

In other words, what the state gives, the state can take away and tax-exempt status for churches is not exempted from that rule. Churches who accept it from the state must also accept whatever restrictions the state may require to keep such status.

Christian churches, like most other 501(c)(3) non-profits, generally apply with the IRS to be initially recognized as having tax-exempt status. Usually, this is done whenever a new church incorporates as an official organization recognized by the government.

However, churches are not required to do this. If they do not apply, they are automatically considered as tax-exempt and remain so unless they violate certain requirements mandated by the state.

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organizationi.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

Churches must also file some variant of IRS form 990 each year which asks detailed questions about the activities of the organization to confirm it complies with the requirements of tax-exempt status. If the church fails to do this, steps will be taken to rescind the government tax breaks for that church.

The Anti-Christian Left Use Tax-exemption as a Weapon Against Churches

During my time as a pastor, there were amazingly blessed days of service to God’s people, contrasted with other sad and frustrating days trying to be faithful to the calling. The Christmas and Easter seasons always brought a mix of both kinds of days.

Those were very important times for the church congregants and I with a wonderful host of volunteers strove to make them exceptional and special. It was an annual set of opportunities to reach people with the gospel who only went to church during those seasons.

However, those annual celebrations also brought forth the ire of anti-Christian groups against anything resembling a public display of Christian faith, even as is true today. Organizations such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, or FFRF, and the ACLU lead the way in Nativity Scene display battles each yuletide season.

 

Unabashed AtheistThe threat that a church might lose tax-exempt status is used to dampen the potential for expression and outreach at those times. This threat is more direct in election years, and letters are sent to churches from non-religious groups like FFRF warning against any political activity lest they lose tax-exemption.

What many may not realize is that these kinds of warnings also come from religious organizations against churches of the same denominational affiliation! A group which is known as the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty takes it upon themselves to caution certain Baptist denominations against politically offensive conduct during election years using the tax-exempt status as a cudgel to attempt beating the church into silence.

Moreover, in many cases, pastors are under pressure to preserve the tax-exemption from within their own congregations. There are members who give significant amounts to a church budget who stridently object to removing the tax deduction for charitable giving which would ensue if tax-exempt status were revoked.

Tax-exempt Status Is a Road “Paved with Good Intentions”

There is a very old saying; “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The idea of allowing tax breaks for churches and charities was to accomplish the ‘good intention’ of encouraging giving to institutions that worked toward individual and societal good.

However, as is often the case with good intentions, they fail because of reliance upon human wisdom instead of Divine counsel. Human wisdom is far too frail to avoid foolishness and sin without the power and righteous wisdom of God to direct it.

The founders of America realized this early on. They knew that the American experiment into self-government would never work without individuals who could exercise self-control of the kind which only results from submission to God’s rule.

As John Adams noted,

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

When the people of America began to forget this truth, the potential harm of such things as a tax-exempt status for churches became more of a reality than ever. The solution to this problem is quite simple, but it is definitely not easy to accomplish.

The simple part is determining what to do in the face of ever-increasing threats to revoke tax-exemption. The solution is for the church(es) to refuse a 501 (c)(3) designation by public declaration.

Inset.4.10.17.2019That would, of course, mean the church would have to pay taxes on items it purchases, as well as requiring donors to forego the tax deduction for their contributions. This is the ‘hard’ part of such action because it would require significant sacrifices from churches and their congregants.

However, I submit the sacrifice would be worth it, even if tax-exempt status was not being weaponized against Christian groups. The fact is that as long as this carrot is held up by the state, and as long as churches chase it, the likelihood is that the churches will grow dependent upon tax breaks.

When that happens, then the church will begin to slough off its mission to preach the gospel and teach the whole Word of God to enable discipleship for fear of losing the state’s favor when it demands, as it will surely do sooner or later, that the church restricts its activities in the public square until it essentially becomes the slave of the state.

The biblical injunction to the church can never include total obedience to anyone or anything in place of the LORD Jesus Christ Himself. If any Christian group desires to remain free in America to follow Christ alone, they should consider dropping the non-profit 501(c)(3) designation and accepting the financial loss from the state.

Today’s restrictions on churches with tax-exempt status are relatively light, and much can be legally done in the political arena under them. However, the relative freedom Christian organizations experience today is still freedom with conditions imposed by man and not by God.

saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:28-29 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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It’s Halloween Season and HRC Is Back from the Dead [Video]

It’s Halloween Season and HRC Is Back from the Dead [Video]

The recent ‘impeachment inquiry’ farce has revealed the corruption of the Leftist Democrat machine to a greater degree than perhaps ever before. Moreover, in recent weeks it has also once again brought forth the darkness the Democrats matron of evil to haunt us as we head into the 2020 election year.

It is fitting that in October of 2019, the political horror of 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been revived from near-death. Many doubted she would ever recover from her embarrassing thrashing at the hands of that despicable Donald Trump and his “deplorables.”

However, some recent media appearances and statements concerning the impeachment fever of the Left by Ms. Malevolence, aka HRC, have altogether dispelled the rumors of her demise. Yes, Hillary is back and, unfortunately, she will remain high-profile long after Halloween.

A Brief History of Hillary’s Evil

Entire books have been written concerning the nefarious exploits of HRC. For the sake of brevity, we will cover only two areas of Hillary’s vast catalog of heinous behavior.

The first area covers a series of horrible acts that have yet to be legally pinned to Hillary, but they are virtually certain to be actions she participated in by one means or another. The latest of these involved the ‘suicide’ of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in August of this year.

Clinton, EpsteinThere were connections between Bill Clinton and Epstein’s infamous “pedophile island,” as has been revealed in specific flight logs when the former President joined Epstein on excursions to that den of filth. That itself would only cast a shadow of suspicion towards the Clintons if not for the fact this makes almost 50 “associates” of Hillary and Bill which had died under suspicious circumstances, many of which were ruled a “suicide.”

Epstein would make the list of suspicious deaths three years after the last ‘victim,’ DC staffer Seth Rich who was murdered on July 10, 2016, in what was ruled a robbery attempt in which nothing was stolen. They are currently number 47 and 48 on the list.

Here are a few more outstanding examples of suspicious dying while having dirt on the Clintons:

 James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.
Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder …happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
Vince Foster – Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the Air Traffic controller committed suicide.
Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.

The sheer volume of the questionable deaths of those close to the Clintons defies any reasonable explanation other than somehow, they were involved in at least some of them. It resembles the body count of a Mafia boss who systematically eliminates his foes.

Inset.2.10.9.2019The second piece of Hillary’s sordid history is connected with a new revelation by Judicial Watch in their investigation of Hillary’s e-mail scandal. It shows communication between the Department of Defense and the State Department on the evening of September 11, 2012, concerning military support of Americans under fire in Benghazi, Libya.

The newly released email reads:

“From: Bash, Jeremy CIV SD [REDACTED]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:19 PM
To: Sullivan, Jacob J; Sherman, Wendy R; Nides, Thomas R
Cc: Miller, James HON OSD POLICY; Wienefeld, James A ADM JSC VCJCS; Kelly, John LtGen SD; martin, dempsey [REDACTED]
Subject: Libya

State colleagues:

I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton].

After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a [REDACTED].

Assuming Principals agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to procure the approval from host nation. Please advise how you wish to convey that approval to us [REDACTED].

Jeremy”

Jacob Sullivan was Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the time of the terrorist attack at Benghazi.

“Spinning up as we speak,” meant that they were ready to take off and awaiting the go-ahead order. According to congressional testimony by Gregory Hicks, this aid would have arrived in time to prevent American deaths. Hicks was the,

Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attack. According to Hicks’ 2013 testimony, a show of force by the U.S. military during the siege could have prevented much of the carnage. Said Hicks, “if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced, I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them.”

The help never arrived and Americans Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens likely could have been saved. Hillary knew about all of this and left them to die anyway.

Moreover, President Obama knew about it as well and both of them repeatedly lied, as well as told their underlings to lie about the attack both concerning its nature and cause, as well as denying that help could have been sent and lives saved. Bill Whittle provides more details in the following video.

A weeks-long cover-up of this horrific crime commenced, but the truth eventually came out despite Hillary’s insistent rant of,

What difference does it make?

Benghazi alone disqualified Hillary for the office of the President and should have bought her a ticket to prison. However, as we all now know, Hillary’s evil acts continued and it appears that the e-mail scandal could finally prove to be her downfall.

However hopeful that sentiment is for the sake of some justice, Hillary has once more resurfaced to torment us with her pearls of perverted wisdom. Here are some samples of Hillary’s latest “hits.”

Hillary’s Latest “Hits”

HillaryPerhaps the most astonishing thing about Hillary is how morally obtuse she is regarding the death and destruction she had already visited upon America even before she ran in the 2016 presidential election. In the annals of American history, Hillary was the most corrupt candidate ever to run for President of the United States, period.

She has learned nothing in the interim which would grant her a conscience in the time since her trouncing by Trump. Her latest ramblings remain full of elitist arrogance and ooze royal entitlement to a throne she still believes was stolen from her.

Evidence of that attitude was amply displayed in an October 2, 2019, TV interview.

Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump is an “illegitimate president” during a Wednesday appearance on ABC’s “The View.” The former presidential candidate made the comment after host Joy Behar asked what she made of Trump leading “lock her up!” chants at campaign rallies. “I do think that [Trump] knows that he’s an illegitimate president,” said Clinton to applause from the studio audience.

That is, of course, another lie spouted from the political queen of deception. President Trump not only scored a decisive defeat of HRC, but he also did it completely legitimately in full accord with the Constitution of the United States.

To no one’s surprise, Hillary has enthusiastically jumped aboard the “impeachment” train, which hasn’t legitimately left the station and is actually headed nowhere. However, for Hillary and her supporters, this is a step toward a bigger opportunity laid before them.

Hillary has to date claimed she is not interested in running for president again in 2020. Yet in a recent social media exchange, she strongly hinted at wanting a rematch, claiming she would win.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has trolled President Donald Trump, joking that she can defeat him in a 2020 rematch after he mockingly said that the former first lady should run for the president again. “Obviously, I can beat him again,” Clinton joked during an interview on PBS News Hour on Tuesday when asked about a tweet from Trump in which he suggested that she run against him in the 2020 polls.

This reference may indeed have been a joke, but make no mistake, the only thing Hillary would like more than a 2020 rematch would be if President Trump were impeached and removed from office. Then she would be able to run against a President Pence.

HillaryCould Hillary actually run as the Democratic nominee in 2020? Absolutely, and this is how it could come about.

Consider first the current crop of Democratic candidates. The frontrunners are former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Neither these two nor any of the remaining contenders are any real challenge to President Trump’s re-election, despite current political polling. Hillary could step in to try and ‘rescue’ the Democratic party given her wealth, popularity on the Left, and the promises of future power in her administration she could make to the other candidates.

Most importantly to the elitist Left, this is what they really want because they need to refute the 2016 election. They agree with Hillary that Trump should not ever have been elected President and only if Hillary triumphs over Donald Trump will they feel vindicated for the 2016 defeat.

At this point, a run by Hillary for 2020 seems unlikely for one reason, she has a lot more to lose than just another election. Hillary is facing a lot of heat already with the continuing e-mail revelations from Judicial Watch and the investigations of the Attorney General into the origins of the ‘Russia collusion’ hoax.

However, she has proved adept at avoiding the legal consequences of her evil actions in the past. If she does step back into the race, it will be quite a show, but I predict she would suffer an even more lopsided defeat this time, and I sincerely pray I would prove prophetic in that circumstance.

Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah Psalm 52:2,3 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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Exploiting Children to Promote Leftist Fairy Tales [Video]

Climate change, Greta Thunberg

This past week has been a loud reminder of how adamant the Left is about forcing everyone to listen to their unreasonable and insane demands in just about any area. What took place at the 2019 United Nations Climate Summit in New York City was an attempt at emotional blackmail to force western nations to submit to the Leftist Climate Change horde using a mentally disabled young girl.

The Left is adept at this tactic of exploiting children as drones to justify radical and destructive responses to any of a number of their causes such as gun ‘control’ and illegal immigration. The bottom line of these efforts is a simple and blatant grab at political gain regardless of the truth of their narrative or the human damage which would result from doing anything they propose!

The latest example of Leftist using children for their ends starred 16-year-old Swedish social media sensation, Greta Thunberg. Her performance at the U.N. was highly emotional and generated much controversy, though it was also notable for the lack of facts, as is typical of all advocacy for the fairy tale of “man-made climate change.”

‘Man-made Climate Change’ is a Destructive Fairy Tale

Inset 1 10.1.2019According to dictionary.com, the phrase “fairy tale” has two primary meanings.

1. a story, usually for children, about elves, hobgoblins, dragons, fairies, or other magical creatures.
2. an incredible or misleading statement, account, or belief

“Man-made climate change,” fits definition number two precisely. It is full of incredible and misleading statements of ‘evidence’ to provide a misleading account to prop up the incredible belief.

The incredible belief is that somehow man can effect and, in fact, has significantly effected the climate of the planet in a decidedly negative direction. Moreover, it is such a severe negative direction that the destruction of humanity and the worldwide ecosystem is imminent and therefore drastic action must be taken to stop and reverse humanity’s course of progress thus far in order to reverse the “climate crisis.”

All of that is simply false. All of the observable scientific evidence completely refutes this Leftist fairy tale, beginning with the very misleading statement that 97% of scientists agree about man-made climate change.

This journal has recorded previously the fallacies and evil intentions of the MMCC (man-made climate change) fable. However, since that time other evidence has come forth about the real cause of global climate change, courtesy of NASA via an excellent piece at Natural News.

It turns out that the actual driver of changes in the earth’s climate has nothing to do with any human activity. It has instead everything to do with the planet’s ever-changing distance from and axial position relative to the sun.

In the year 2000, NASA did publish information on its Earth Observatory website about the Milankovitch Climate Theory, revealing that the planet is, in fact, changing due to extraneous factors that have absolutely nothing to do with human activity.

Milankovich was a Serbian astrophysicist who proposed the theory that global climate change is due primarily to the influence of the sun on the earth as the orbit and axial tilt of the globe changes. NASA observed that variations in both the distance from the sun and the tilt of the planet’s axis are the cause for climate variations on earth over fifty years ago, confirming Milankovitch’s theory.

It was the year 1958, to be precise, when NASA first observed that changes in the solar orbit of the earth, along with alterations to the earth’s axial tilt, are both responsible for what climate scientists today have dubbed as “warming” (or “cooling,” depending on their agenda). In no way, shape, or form are humans warming or cooling the planet by driving SUVs or eating beef…

Images acquired by NASA December 21, 2010 – September 20, 2011.

Of course, in 1958 there was no fairy tale “climate crisis” afoot, and NASA’s observations were likely thought of at the time as interesting evidence of scientific common sense. By the time the “global warming” myth, which morphed into “climate change,” took hold a quarter-century later, it was no longer politically correct to cheer for anything other than MMCC in much of the scientific community.

In spite of this, further confirmation of Milankovitch’s theory would come in 1976 and 1982.

…in 1976, a study published in the journal Science confirmed that Milankovitch’s theory is, in fact, accurate, and that it does correspond to various periods of climate change that have occurred throughout history.  In 1982, six years after this study was published, the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences adopted Milankovitch’s theory as truth, declaring that:

“… orbital variations remain the most thoroughly examined mechanism of climatic change on time scales of tens of thousands of years and are by far the clearest case of a direct effect of changing insolation on the lower atmosphere of Earth.”

Perhaps the pressure of others continuing to support and confirm that the sun is actually the overwhelming factor in the earth’s changing climate moved NASA to finally publish its findings in 2000, as was noted above. However, in the 19 years since this information has yet to become widely known, having been drowned out amid the frenetic hand-wringing and screeching of the Left’s “climate change” PC police.

The 2018 mid-term elections in America brought into Congress a crop of youngsters from the Left who whole-heartedly embrace the MMCC fairy tale. So much so that their most popular member, AOC slapped together and presented the “Green New Deal” proposal which would literally devastate America and take the rest of western civilization down with it.

Children Exploited as Intellectual Human Shields for the Left

The Leftist agenda is not piloted by people who are ignorant of the emotional effects of a child crying out for help, even if it reaches the level of shaming adults for not helping alleviate the child’s supposed ‘suffering.’ Consequently, they are not averse to grooming a child for this purpose ahead of time, as happened in the case of Greta Thunberg.

As was pointed out in the video, Thunberg was not simply another average 16-year-old girl. She was rife with anxiety and mental disability and had previously suffered an eating disorder.

For the advocates of MMCC, Greta Thunberg was not a fragile child but rather an intellectual human shield produced to forward a political agenda. Since Leftists cannot credibly dispute the facts against MMCC, they put forth a child sacrifice to silence the critics.

It doesn’t seem to matter to her parents and the other adults who have enabled her fame and ultimately this performance before the U.N. that Thunberg has a brittle psyche which could be further damaged by all of this. A hint of the damage already done to this girl was revealed in her presentation to the U.N.

She directed her speech to the adults at the U.N. and says at one point that they, “have stolen my dreams and my childhood,” because of their refusal to act against MMCC. I believe that her dreams and childhood have indeed been stolen but stolen by her parents and other Leftists around her.

Pediatrician Meg Meeker clarifies precisely what this means when she writes,

The 16-year-girl from Sweden went before the U.N. and reprimanded adults in the audience for their part in ruining her life — not because she had extensive knowledge of the subject, but because she was very good at parroting her parents’ and teachers’ beliefs. Adults essentially threw this girl under the bus in order to advance a political agenda. …As a pediatrician who has a seen hundreds of kids struggle with anxiety and depression at alarmingly high rates, young Greta’s address further fueled kids’ feelings that they should be anxious, too. After all, their futures have been destroyed — she told them that. Our job as adults is to quell our children’s fears — not to allow their anxiety to be worsened.

Inset.3.10.1.2019The Left was using Thunberg for one cause, political gain for a prized issue, regardless of the fiction MMCC truly is, or the harm Thunberg would suffer. Nor is this the only issue where such tactics are employed with regard to children.

There are numerous examples of children used as intellectual human shields concerning illegal immigration, gun control and “transgender rights.” The “transgender tights” movement, in particular, has taken this to extreme levels with parents promoting the idea that toddlers can decide whether they are male or female for themselves and then can take steps to engage in a dangerous “transition” process.

A prime example of this is taking place now in the U.K. where a mentally ill couple is engaged in helping their 5-year-old son ‘transition’ to become a girl. This couple consists of a 21-year-old heterosexual woman and her companion, a 27-year-old woman named “Greg” who has ‘transitioned’ to the appearance of a man.

“Greg claims their five-year-old son is ‘adamant she is a girl,’ citing the boy’s affinity for dressing up as a princess from the popular Disney film “Frozen.” ‘They say it’s cruel we let her wear a dress but is it not more cruel to do nothing when you’ve got a kid who’s so adamant she’s a girl she’s ripping her hair off and banging her head off the walls?’ said Greg.”

What seems obvious is that this child of only five years has imagined he wants to become a girl and the ‘parents’ have never discouraged this, in fact, they have only encouraged and strengthened his nascent resolve.

Much like MMCC, the “transgender rights” movement is embracing a fairy tale. Moreover, as with MMCC, this Leftist cause is shown to be a fairy tale by scientific evidence, i.e. the basic genetics of human beings.

However, in keeping with the methodology of the Left, neither these causes or any other they attempt to advance is focused on solving the problems they have manufactured. They are instead laser-focused on giving more power to the government and turning these ‘problems’ over to them.

The dangers of this are apparent to conservatives, which is why there is staunch opposition to giving such power to the government. We know that fundamentally, as government authority increases, individual liberty decreases, and that must be vigorously opposed or more children and our civilization itself will suffer irreparable damage.

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience Ephesians 5:6 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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“Pro-Choice” Depravity Reaches New Depths of Evil

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This author has been ardently pro-life for about 40 years. Along the way, I have participated in some protests by marching with thousands and in others by praying alone in front of Planned Parenthood clinics, as well as helping establish Crisis Pregnancy Care centers in two communities.

During this time, I have also followed the antics and arguments of the “pro-choice” crowd closely and written much about the evil nature of the “pro-choice” philosophy. Earlier this year this vile doctrine of the Left plumbed the depths of evil to the very bottom when politicians in New York and Virginia promoted killing the baby up to, and even beyond, leaving the womb.

Or so I thought. I should have known better. I actually underestimated how grotesque  “pro-choice” actions can, and have become.

One might wonder what could possibly be worse than executing infants even after they are born. The answer is found when the motives of the murderers are seen.

Two recent reports concerning murderous motives used to destroy innocent human life revealed a new depth of depravity in the name of the ‘right’ to be “pro-choice.”

Baby Body Parts Peddled for Politics and Profit 

AbortionThis story is not new, but it is also not well-publicized and non-existent on the Leftmedia. It involves the work of two undercover journalists from back in 2016.

David Daleidien and Sandra Merritt were undercover citizen journalists who videotaped conversations with Planned Parenthood officials who detailed the illegal selling of aborted baby body parts to the company StemExpress.

The videos were released and of course, Planned Parenthood denied that they were authentic. However, with the aid of a current Democratic candidate for president, they also managed to convince California to charge Daleidien and Merritt with 15 counts of the illegal taping of confidential conversations.

Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris [D. CA] was then-Attorney General in California and ordered the seizure of the video evidence from Daleidan’s home in 2016. That search and seizure were specifically against California law.

An excellent piece chronicling this case which has now come to court in preliminary hearings in San Francisco was penned by Madeline Osburn on Sept. 11, 2019, at thefederalist.com. Turns out the videos were both legal and authentic.

…former California attorney general Kamala Harris sought to prosecute Daleiden at the behest of her political donors at Planned Parenthood. Even though Daledien’s unreleased footage should have been protected by the California Shield Law, Harris ordered a search warrant against Daleiden in 2016 and a raid of his apartment, seizing his computer, camera equipment, and footage.  Email records show correspondence between Harris’ office and Planned Parenthood officials, orchestrating public responses, filing police reports, and even drafting legislation targeting Daleiden. Harris has received tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions from Planned Parenthood-affiliated entities, so the nature of her behavior is no mystery.

Inset.2.9.14.2019The involvement of Kamala Harris would explain why more hasn’t been forthcoming in the Leftmedia concerning this. That and, of course, one other serious political consideration, the malevolent doctrine of “pro-choice” being a primary icon of the Left.

Otherwise, the Left might see this as a very important free speech case, as Ms. Osburn highlights. However, the video which is now being viewed in court has revealed the most disturbing details yet of Planned Parenthood’s baby body-parts trafficking.

Four days into the hearings, significant and graphic details about StemExpress’ business steadily emerge, such as their supplying of beating fetal hearts and intact fetal heads to medical researchers.

This means Planned Parenthood was selling the beating hearts and complete heads to StemExpress who would then sell hearts that were beating and fully intact heads to the, um, ‘researchers!’ All of this is illegal, by the way, and undercover evidence of illegal activity is legal to obtain not only in California but under most whistleblower laws nationwide.

The fact that the “pro-choice” enthusiasts believe so fervently in their cause that they would support such butchery for profit and political gains even though it is illegal is pure malevolence befitting the label of demonic. Yet as disturbing as this revelation is, the next story matches, if not exceeds it in reaching new depths of malignant depravity.

Abortions for Sexual “Pleasure”

abortion, pro-choice, pro-lifeIf you are staring at the subtitle in disbelief, I shared similar astonishment when I first heard of this in another article from Sept. 11, 2019, at lifenews.com. Author Micaiah Bilger chronicles the beginnings of a disturbing new trend in a particular part of social media.

 As unimaginably evil as it seems, apparently some couples find a sexual high in purposefully getting pregnant and aborting their unborn babies. Summit News recently uncovered couples discussing the disturbing sexual fetish on Reddit. The comments came from a post where one user explained that their female friend “has a really powerful fetish for breeding.”… “My girlfriend enjoys her pregnancies and she enjoys the abortion,” the person responded. “Her preferred date to abort is between 20 and 24 weeks of gestation. I enjoy making her pregnant. And I enjoy the time of her pregnancy. She has no menstrual period and she is sexually very active. …“In the last ten years in our relationship we have done seven abortions and my girlfriend is pregnant again with a little girl,” he continued. …A third person praised the abhorrent behavior, writing: “It is good (and rare) to hear of a couple (both man and woman) where both members are into abortion and pregnancy. This is a wonderful and potent example of personal power, where sex meets violence and creation combines with destruction,” the report continues.

The most surprising aspect of this behavior is not that it actually happened. Something akin to this was always the logical extension of the legal and societal approval of abortion on demand.

One thing that is more surprising and disturbing is this scenario makes abortion a “good” thing because couples can exercise their “personal power, where sex meets violence and creation combines with destruction.” It’s kinda like being a pair of sex-crazed serial killers without ever having to see your victims or worry about getting caught.

To put it another way, the couple gets a high playing God by sacrificing other lives over and over. Moreover, it’s all for the physical comfort and ‘pleasure’ of the self-made demigods which they can enjoy again each time a child is snuffed out!

What I also found astonishing was the nonchalance the Reddit commentators showed discussing killing the unborn child when they obviously know he or she is really a human child. The one whose girlfriend was now pregnant for the eighth time casually noted that the child now in her womb was a girl.

He makes this comment knowing that in a few weeks, they were going to pay someone to have this little girl killed once she served her purpose for their pleasure. Not only was he okay with that, but he seemed happy that they could just start the cycle all over again!

pro-life, pro-choiceThis is a different level of depravity on display than any I know. It manifests a deeper evil than even the abuse and murder of slaves or the Nazi medical experiments on living human beings.

This practice is a deeper evil for two simple and virtually unprecedented reasons. First of all, there is no force or coercion of any kind toward the mother.

In the vast majority of abortions, coercion plays a large part in the decision to abort. The mother is often pressured by the father, her own parents, other authority figures and peers to “fix” her “mistake,” so she can move on with her life.

However, in this scenario, the father and the mother agree to a long series of abortions, one after the other, for as long as they are together and physically able, for the sake of their own ‘pleasure’!

Secondly, the child in the womb is viewed here as a “sex toy” to be used and later discarded in favor of another human child to use as another “sex toy.”

Not only is the life of the child viewed on a lower level than the life of the parents, but the child herself is regarded as an inhuman non-living thing! Even when deceptive “pro-choice” advocates say that the fetus is a “lump of cells” they at least acknowledge that those are living human cells.

Recently an official from Planned Parenthood said this,

…we will continue to defend the truth: EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason,” said Colleen McNicholas, chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

This means that Ms. McNicholas would have no problem with serial abortions as a sexual fetish. Taking what she has said in another light, she could add that according to this view, there is also no good reason to actually give birth to a child and every good reason to destroy that child!

Welcome to the depths of depraved “pro-choice” ideology where what was called light is now darkness and what was good is now called evil. Should this ideology continue unabated, it is a frightening omen for the future of society.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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Forgetting to “Never Forget” 9/11 [Video]

9Those who were of the age of perhaps 8 or 9 and up at the time can probably remember where they were on the Tuesday morning of September 11, 2001, when the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York. I was considerably older at that time and I precisely recall where I was when I heard the news.

I was in my office at the First Baptist Church when I heard the unbelievable over the radio. I rushed home and spent the rest of the day in front of the television watching the horrible scenes unfold.

The attacks on New York were followed by another plane crashing into the Pentagon building, and another terrorist attempt on United Airlines flight 93 that was foiled by valiant passengers who gave their lives in defense of others.

I also vividly remember the reaction of America and much of the world in the aftermath of those horrendous attacks. The united expression of rage and resolve coalesced around two words, NEVER FORGET!

We were never going to forget the lives snuffed out by Jihadist terrorists. We were never going to forget to meet this terrible enemy with both decisive military force and civil vigilance.

We were never going to forget that this was an attack against American liberty and unity. And we were never going to forget our need of Christian faith and values to stand with God against our newest and deadliest enemies.

How has the nation fared in keeping the vows so sincerely given 18 years ago? In many ways, it appears we are forgetting to ” never forget” 9/11.

Forgetting the Enemy

9/11To be clear, America has not completely forgotten who the enemy is and the danger they present. However, I fear we have been moving rapidly in that direction.

By comparison, ask if in 2001 there would have been hundreds of Muslims around America running for Congressional offices in the next election. Moreover, could a member of Congress have had the temerity to proudly state that she represents the Palestinians?

Or could blatantly anti-Semitic statements on the floor of Congress by a Muslim Congresswoman not be specifically condemned 18 years ago? Could the wholesale promotion of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions [BDS] policy be seen on Capitol Hill in 2001 as it is today?

What about the current aspirations of the Muslim community in America? They are ambitious and I daresay would have been unthinkable in 2001.

For example, note the enthusiasm of fellow Muslim Rep. Andre Carson [D. IN].

During a speech at a welcoming event hosted by CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, he said, “It’s more than just about having three Muslims in Congress… I won’t rest until 2020 we have five more members of Congress; 2022 and 24 we have 10 more Muslims in Congress. In 2030 we may have about 30, 35 Muslims in Congress.” He went on to name the heights of Muslim ambition in the United States,  “…we could be saying Speaker of the House Ilhan, Speaker of the House Rashida, Senator Rashida, Governor Ilhan, President Fatima, Vice President Aziza. Inshallah (Allah willing).”

It should be mentioned that the reactions to the 9/11 attacks didn’t stop at the borders of America. Nations around the globe joined in solidarity with sympathetic gestures, prayers and many individuals in tears over the reports of the Islamic terrorism which took the lives of over 3,000 people.

However, the interim of almost two decades has also radically changed the tune of many of those same nations, especially those from the continent of Europe. In 2001, it would have been unimaginable to most that London would have a Muslim mayor, and that Germany would be housing hundreds of thousands of Islamic migrants to the detriment of their citizenry, and in recent years have agreed to take in thousands more.

Of course, we should also not forget that there were enemies of America who rejoiced at the heinous attacks of 9/11. A celebration of Palestinians dancing in the streets after the attacks was recorded by an AP reporter, but has never been released after threats from terror groups and Palestinian officials.

Here are the facts, all of which are matters of public record. On the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of jubilant Palestinians took to the streets, chanting “God is great,” firing automatic weapons and handing out sweets to passers-by. The largest demonstration took place in Nablus in the West Bank, where some 3,000 marchers danced and cheered as guerrillas fired assault rifles and grenades into the air. Many journalists were on the scene, but they were forcibly detained in a hotel by armed Palestinian security forces to prevent coverage of the rally. One cameraman — a freelance AP reporter — nevertheless managed to film some of the celebration. …The next day, members of Tanzim, the military arm of Fatah, physically threatened the cameraman and warned AP not to air the material. A cabinet secretary for the Palestinian government told the Associated Press that the government could not “guarantee the life” of the cameraman if the film were broadcast.

Forgetting Unity and Liberty

One of the iconic images from the aftermath of 9/11 was an impromptu event symbolizing American unity as a free nation to combat the forces of terrorism arrayed against us. The leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate along with most of the members gathered before the press on the steps of the Capitol building. After speaking and a moment of silence, someone in the group began singing “God Bless America,” and everyone else joined in to make a beautiful, patriotic chorus as depicted in this rather blurry video.

However, in 2019, any American unity against Islamic radicalism seems like a nostalgic wish from antiquity. In fact, unity on almost any issue in America is virtually impossible.

Even the suggestion of a unified spirit of patriotism in America is dismissed by Leftists as “nationalist” and therefore their conception of the essence of evil. Patriotic unity against Jihadists is being characterized as ‘racism’ or a close substitute term like ‘white nationalist’ by the Left today.

Liberty is also being increasingly forgotten in our time since 9/11/2001. This is seen with increasing fervor in the social media arena.

9/11The Left’s influence in this area has consistently attempted to silence those who disagree with Islamists, branding them as ‘Islamophobic.’ This has emboldened the Jihadists online to advance their cause even more especially with legions of Twitter and Facebook users adoringly following Muslim members of Congress.

In 2019, the Left is an amalgamation of various ‘identity’ groups that includes radical Muslims as a favored minority in America. The situation ‘across the pond’ for essential liberty is far worse as Muslims are swiftly on the way to becoming the majority group in large European nations.

One of the inevitable after-effects of that development is the alarming rise in the very real violence and crime in areas of Muslim power such as “no-go zones.” Take these recent examples from the Socialist ‘paradise’ of Sweden which is being colonized by Muslims.

“Due to a lack of police officers, several no-go ‘vulnerable areas’ in Sweden have been forced to hire security guards in an effort to combat crime and violence.” It’s no mystery why there is a lack of police officers. Three years ago, Jihad Watch reported that 80% of Swedish police were considering quitting their jobs because of the dangers posed by Muslim migrants, and it has gotten much worse.

The United States could face the same reality of the influx and influence of Muslim communities. It is how one Representative Tlaib [D. MI] could even be elected to Congress and then accomplish recently meeting with anti-Semitic Jihadists in Dallas, Texas.

Rep. Rashida Tliab (D., MICH.) recently met with a controversial pro-Palestinian organization that has encourage violence against Isreal, justified the use of terrorism against the Jewish state, and has called for the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, according to onliine postings on social media. Tlaib, who has been under fire for her  hatred of Israel and support for the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement was pictured meeting with members of the Palestine Youth Movement during the Arab Texas Festival held recently in Dallas. The PYM organization is known for its vitriolic rhetoric against Insraelis and Jews and has been caught in the past glorifying the leaders of anti-Semitic terrorist organizations.

Forgetting our unity and liberty as Americans is a horrendous error in the face of the threat which struck with such force on September 11,2001. However, it would be far worse if the nation continued to forget the Christian faith and values which formed the foundation for our republic.

Forgetting Christian Faith and Values

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This cross-like beam from North Tower of WTC found two days after 9/11. Now at the WTC Museum.

The most fundamental forgetting we are experiencing is the importance of America’s roots in Christian faith and values. That’s because this is a battle which strikes at the soul of the nation.

The importance and influence of Christianity upon America’s founding cannot be emphasized enough, as has been noted in this journal on numerous occasions. From the roots of the Christian faith and values which they inculcate has grown the greatest, most prosperous and freest nation ever known to humankind.

Full disclosure requires mentioning that the denigration of Christian faith and its values had been occurring in America and the western world for quite some time before 9/11/2001. It is likely this has served to weaken the foundations of the nation before the full expression of Jihadists hatred was unleashed on that morning 18 years ago.

It is good and right that we have days of remembrance for events of such importance to civilization both in the United States and worldwide. However, it is foolish to forget the danger that is still present in our midst.

Instead, we must cling with renewed intensity to the unity, liberty, Christian faith, and values which stand as foundational supports for our blessed America. Only then can we recognize and combat the enemy both without and within our hearts and homes.

Finally, as followers of Jesus, we must engage in the fight on the spiritual plane and enlist the aid of our LORD in the battle against the Islamic hordes of modern times. We must call upon our God for true and lasting victory.

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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Christianity and The Siren Song of Socialism [Video]

Christianity, Socialism, Communism

Lately, there have appeared some statements by certain church pastors extolling the ‘virtues’ of Socialism and claiming its endorsement in the Bible. Nor are they the only class of religious leaders who have been publicly and strongly advocating the Socialist way.

Though this phenomenon has been very visible recently, it is hardly a new thing. Various portions of Christian church bodies have been enamored with and even actively practiced forms of Socialism in America more than 150 years ago.

“Bible Communists” in 19th Century America

The “Bible Communists” were a group founded by one John H. Noyes and a few disciples in 1841. They got their start in Vermont and later flourished after moving to Oneida, New York.

 

Bible Socialism

Noyes himself was a seminary and Yale Divinity school graduate who embraced an extreme form of the doctrine of perfectionism and promoted it publically. As a result, Noyes was rejected for ordination.

Perfectionism as Noyes perceived it, was the teaching that upon salvation the sinner is immediately able to become perfectly free of sin. This also led to Noyes further embracing the notion that whole communities of disciples could form perfected groups of people living in a utopian paradise.

As many cultists tend to do, Noyes managed to gather a cadre of disciples which numbered 306 people at its height in the Oneida location. There were a few other satellite sites in Vermont, Connecticut, and New Jersey as well.

Moreover, as cultists also invariably do, Noyes took a few biblical truths and then added his own abhorrent notions in abundance thus twisting sacred doctrine to his taste. Here is a small taste of just one of Noyes’ teaching concerning the family system in “Biblical Communism.”

Noyes’s …considered sexual union very important but rejected monogamy and the idea that one man and one woman should become closely attached to each other. The application of his views led to the practice of complex marriage in his community, in which every woman was the wife of every man and every man was the husband of every woman. Noyes also believed that Socialism without religion was impossible and that the extended family system devised by him could dissolve selfishness and demonstrate the practicality of perfectionism on Earth. …Though marriage was complex, the Perfectionists denied the charge of free love. Sexual relations were strictly regulated, and the propagation of children was a matter of community control. Those who were to produce children were carefully chosen and paired. Children remained with their mother until they could walk but were then placed in a common nursery.

The consequences of this system resulted in the first experiments in eugenics through selective breeding of human beings in the Oneida Community. That is, Noyes and the ‘community’ determined who would be paired sexually with whom based on superior human characteristics.

Between 1869 and 1880 there was a selective breeding programme (“stirpiculture”) with parents chosen for intellectual, physical and spiritual characteristics. Fifty-eight children were born.

That these practices were considered remotely biblical was and is absurd. Thankfully, “Biblical Communism” met its demise in a relatively short period of time.

The communities surrounding Oneida in New York began to object to these family practices in particular. Eventually, due to the public pressure, the Oneida Community disbanded in 1881 and Noyes and a few others moved to Canada where he exited this life in 1886.

In case the name “Oneida” seemed familiar to readers you should know that, ironically, they became an independent manufacturer of silver plates and silverware and are still around today. Some of the followers of Noyes had developed skill in this area which they used to generate revenue for the “Biblical Communists” and this ended up becoming a Capitalist enterprise!

The Promise of Heaven on Earth Is the Siren Song of Socialism

6329871274_427534f28e_mAccording to Greek mythology, the Sirens were half-human beings who lured sailors to their doom by singing a bewitching song that was irresistible for any human. For some who claim Christ, the Socialist promise of heaven on earth is akin to a Siren’s song.

The “Biblical Communism” of Noyes and his group was similar to Marxism in all areas with one glaring exception. Noyes tried to include Christianity and God into the mix.

However, even that inclusion couldn’t save his Socialist endeavor for one reason in particular. He confused the inclusion of God with the sovereignty of God.

Marx’s dream of a workers’ paradise and Noyes’ dream of human perfectionism are both versions of a utopian heaven on earth. The problem is God has sovereignly declared that earth and heaven are forever separated and therefore heaven on earth can never exist!

It doesn’t matter how much you or I or anyone might desire heaven on earth, God has decided differently. According to His Word, there is a glorious paradise awaiting the faithful and a new earth and new heavens will comprise the real perfection in our future lives with Christ.

The Siren song of heaven on earth is deceptive and comes from a false notion that imperfect human beings can create a perfect world. In biblical terms, it could be called the lie that sinful people could make a sinless world.

However, this hasn’t stopped many ‘leaders’ today who still attempt to adopt a Socialist view of Christianity within their organizations. A recent exchange on social media concerning a pastor’s insistence that Christianity endorses Socialism is illustrative.

In a twitter exchange, a Baptist pastor made the following claims,

Rev. William Barber stated, “When we embrace moral language, we must ask, does our policy care for the least of these? Does it lift up those who are most marginalized and dejected in our society? Does it establish justice? That is the moral question. If someone calls it socialism, then we must compel them to acknowledge that the Bible must then promote socialism. Because Jesus offered free healthcare, and he never charged the leper a co-pay.”

Congressman Dan Crenshaw from Texas gave a proper rebuke to these claims on Twitter,

Crenshaw tweeted, “Deliberate misreading of Biblical principles by DNC to promote socialism. The Bible teaches charity with one’s own time and money. Socialism teaches charity with other people’s time and money. So….not the same thing.”

The real destructive force of Socialism in practice can only be appreciated when testimony is given by those who have lived under its cruel mantle. Here is an important and timely video posted on Twitter from such a person who escaped the Castro regime in Cuba.

The Erroneous Biblical Justification for Christian Socialism 

The Leftist faith leaders who champion Socialism in Christianity aren’t limited to a Baptist pastor on social media. In fact, the current Pope has recently been tagged with that accusation.

Inset.3.9.5.2019In 2015, Pope Francis produced both an encyclical [a ruling interpreting Christian practice] and a speech with the message of Socialism as a righteous system at its core. He attacked Capitalism as,

the “mentality of profit at any price, with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature,” and an “idolatrous system which excludes, debases and kills.”

His proposed solution calls for the government to guarantee,

rights to land, labor and lodging—

In order for the government to provide these guarantees, it has to exert a Socialist level of control over the means of production and distribution of goods. In other words, the state has to force the people to give their production to the state and trust it will be redistributed “fairly.”

The consequences of this procedure have invariably been disastrous throughout history. What is the justification for such foolishness in both Catholic and Protestant groups?

There is one passage of Scripture used by all who promote some form of Christian Socialism to justify their beliefs. The passage describes the experience of the first community of Christians in Jerusalem from the fourth chapter of Acts.

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own and with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet, and they distributed to each as anyone had need.  Acts 4:32-35 [NKJV]

One can easily see that the possibility of living in a faith community like this would be very attractive. However, it is erroneous to believe that this was anything other than a unique event, and human attempts to duplicate it are rife with the failure of human pride.

Inset.4.9.5.2019The Jerusalem church at birth and infancy was unique in two particular areas. First, it was directly administered by the apostles themselves and none questioned the rightness of that and all gave willingly believing in that, at least for a short time.

Secondly, it was the closest example to a ‘perfect’ church ever, and even there, just as in the Garden at the beginning, sin crept in quickly. Once that happened, the idea of a humanly perfected Christian church on earth was an impossibility.

The remainder of the New Testament gives abundant witness to this fact. From Acts chapter 5 through all the letters to various churches by Paul, Peter, and John, the story told is of a church broken up into small groups in various cities, imperfectly struggling against persecution, legalism, greed and false doctrine.

Teaching that the Bible, and therefore Christian doctrine, supports a Socialistic system is a prime example of human pride overstepping Divine bounds. As the Word of God reminds us, overstepping Divine bounds is always fraught with terrible consequences.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Romans 1:18-21 [NKJV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Thomas Nelson, 1975

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Originally published in TIL Journal