The Inevitable Tyrannical Inequality of The Equality Act [Video][Update]

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a piece of legislation with the deceptive title of “The Equality Act.” This title is not simply an inaccurate representation of the act itself, it is, in fact, a large step toward codifying strict societal inequality.

HR-5 is the designation given to “The Equality Act,” which was passed on May 17, 2019, in the House. It now heads to the U.S. Senate where the prospects of passage are somewhat bleak.

However, this should not be taken as either the final word by the government nor as a solid victory if the legislation does not pass. HR-5 is a harmful expansion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes of people.

This effort is extremely dangerous and potentially deadly for the innocent victims of ‘trans-fraud’, the helpless children. Children whose lives will be needlessly traumatized and for almost half of them will result in death by their own hands.

Why Is This Happening Now?

This journal has recorded the steady progress of so-called ‘transgender rights’ movement in the current culture in several articles. What was once universally known as a serious mental illness has become enshrined as some sort of human ‘right’ in popular, leftist culture today.

The question which arises when considering the current in-your-face promotion of transgenderism is just how did this happen? Put another way, why is this complete about-face happening now, as compared to just seven years ago, when there was no political support for the issue and very little indication that the popular culture would embrace it?

Three key events since the end of 2012 which have enabled those in favor of ‘transgenderism’ to boldly crusade for a slice of the newly created additions to established human rights. The first was a little reported action in 2013 which granted a measure of legitimacy to ‘transgenderism.’

The Diagnostics and Statistics Manual is the “bible” of psychiatric diagnosis.

In the pre-2013 DSM-IV, anyone “identifying” as other than their biological gender had Gender Identity Disorder. As a “disorder,” it was a mental illness. Today, due to political and cultural pressure, the DSM-V calls this condition Gender Dysphoria. Such a classification is not considered a mental illness. Rather it is considered a kind of psychological discomfort and confusion. This is how mental illness can be masked as a difficult, but “normal,” reality.

18818913278_cea20fe699_mThe second was virtually a cultural event, well-publicized and celebrated on the Left. It was the revealing and popularizing of a very famous celebrity as a ‘transgendered’ person in 2015.

Transgenderism rocketed to social popularity with the ‘transition’ of Bruce Jenner from a male to appearing as the ‘female’ Caitlyn Jenner. He appeared on the cover of Vanity Fairmagazine’s, July 2015, issue. He was also celebrated on ESPN’s Espy Awards later in 2015. Since then he has greatly enhanced the cultural status of the transgender movement.

The third and final event was the granting of federal government approval of the ‘transgender rights’ cause. This was accomplished by former President Barack Obama in 2016.

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.

These events and a relentless campaign of Leftist intimidation and virtue-signaling have brought America to the “Equality Act.” The consequences of passing this tyrannical insanity are dire and reach far beyond sexuality and gender confusion.

Tyrannical Inequality Is Inevitable Under the “Equality Act”

Should the “Equality Act” become law, inequality and total tyranny will follow sooner rather than later. In fact, various forms of tyrannical behavior are afoot even now and it is targeting traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs.

One of the most recent examples of such action occurred this past Wednesday, June 12, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Watch as a street preacher of the gospel is denied his freedom of speech and religion by the state.

Note that it was the peaceful preacher who was the victim of harassment and assault, yet he was the only one arrested. This demonstration of force by the police violated this man and his small group’s rights and manifested both tyranny and inequality by their unequal enforcement of the law.

This man was guilty of nothing except offering the gospel of Jesus Christ to a group of gay pride demonstrators. Perhaps the most salient point in the video was made by one Christian commenting to the camera after the pastor was arrested.

We did not form a mob, a mob was formed against us.

This is the consistent method of the Left on virtually any subject nowadays, especially concerning the LGBT issue. Form a “mob” of one kind or another and attack by emoting rather than engage in reasonable discussion.

46182496122_8560c4025d_mHowever, the facts, in this case, uphold the actions in the video, and we will see this descend upon America with force should the “Equality Act” become established as law. Here are some of the disastrous consequences that would follow.

  • the category of male or female) would be altered to include (undefined) “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” everywhere the word “sex” appears in federal non-discrimination law. …

  • It would force compliance of the radical (and lunatic) LGBT agenda into every person’s life – in businesses, public accommodations, jury selection, schools, hospitals and clinics, social life, even churches!

  • It writes into federal law radical concepts (“sexual orientation” and “gender identity”) and creates a protected class for people with a psychiatric disorder (“gender dysphoria”).

  • It gives only minimal, vague definitions for the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” guaranteeing that legal chaos will ensue. For example, many radicals consider pedophilia a “sexual orientation” – which could end up becoming protected!

  • Goodbye to freedom of religion on LGBT issues. Many have noted that religious speech critical of “sexual orientation and gender identity” could be considered unlawful discrimination. Not even churches will be exempt as they could be considered “public accommodations” (“a place or establishment that provides … gathering…; any establishment that provides a good, service, or program”).

The Most Vulnerable Are the Potential Victims

[Update] In another example of how far the Left will go to push the insanity of transgenderism, the exploitation of mentally handicapped individuals is not out-of-bounds for their malevolent agenda.

In a clip released by CNN you will see how the Left is now pushing Down Syndrome individuals into drag in order to make money off of them. We can tell the Down Syndrome people are not interested in the drag aspect, but enjoy the attention they get on stage. What the left is doing is absolutely disgusting and abusive for taking advantage of the weak in our society.

That video clip is now labeled as “no longer available,” and thank the LORD for that! I saw it two days ago but delayed the update for this reason. I work directly with mentally disabled people including some with Down Syndrome. When I first saw this, I was incensed and for a bit, my mind was filled with some unChristian thoughts toward the purveyors of this abuse! I needed to take that to prayer and let the LORD work on my attitude before I published this update.

Anyone who has followed the continual push for so-called ‘transgender rights’ knows that it is the most vulnerable among us, the children, who are the targeted victims. These advocates are not content with adults mutilating their bodies in obedience to signals from an ill mind.

670021031_931e226cdb_mThus it is the children who are placed as priority candidates for insane actions because mentally disturbed adults must justify their fetish-like obsession. These adults, in some cases even the parents are, wittingly or no, targeting their toddlers for the destruction of their psyche and a short-lived, hellish existence on earth.

Why would any truly loving parent visit this on their young children? The answer is that no loving parent in their right mind would subject their children to such abuse.

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. The instability and insecurity of the adults are condemning this child to a horrible life without a chance of even experiencing childhood.

Moreover, sane and loving parents would respond to this boy’s angry displays with a firm hand and the hair-pulling and head-banging would cease. If the behavior continued afterward, the next step would be to seek medical help and treatment for possible mental illness from a responsible doctor who knows the facts about children’s whims.

…the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology admits that prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children who were distressed by their biological sex eventually outgrew that distress.

However, that will never happen because it would mean the parents would have to admit that they themselves are mentally ill and are inflicting their illness upon the child. Moreover, in the U.K. transgender ‘rights’ advocates are celebrated both politically and culturally dooming the boy ‘Jayden’ to grow up under enormous pressure to follow-though and begin harmful hormone treatments in a few years even if he changed his mind and decided against ‘transitioning.’ 

This is not a problem confined to Europe. There are various examples of such sentiment in America as well, as I wrote in a previous post.

There are also some in America specifically targeting children as young as 4 years old. This tactic began to surface about 3 years ago in custody battles during divorce proceedings.

Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians. …“…first began hearing from distraught parents in this situation in 2016 and in 2017, I heard from seven families in as many different states in this situation. In all but one case the child was a 15 year-old girl who never had any sexual identity confusion prior to her parent’s divorce,” Cretella said. “The other case involved 4-year-old triplet boys whose mother desperately wanted a girl. The mother was a psychologist herself and had cross-dressed one of the boys for two years, insisting that it was his idea. In each of the seven cases the guardian ad litems and judges removed the right to medical consent and/or custody from the parent who objected to transition with puberty blockers and hormones.”

Puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are not well-studied and thus the harmful side effects are also not well-known. The physical damage of these potent and potentially dangerous drugs was not considered by the judges or the mother in this case.

6936743236_8ec5a03b63_mIt is noteworthy that the punishment from the judge was aimed at the guardians or parents “who objected to transition with puberty blockers and hormones.”! States ranging from California to South Dakota have presented legislation which would make empower insanity and make normal, loving parents outlaws pitted against their children.

The “Equality Act” would ensure this disturbing behavior as legal nationwide and doom children as young as three or four to the vicious whims of adults who cannot grapple with biological realities. Parents who object would watch the child ripped from their arms and placed with others who were more in line with the Left and its demented views.

Our society has now come to a point of no return, a cultural crossing of the Rubicon with the ‘transgender’ movement and its implications. The “Equality Act” must be defeated in the Senate and if it [heaven forbid] reaches the President’s desk, it must be vetoed.

If not, there may come a time very soon when Christians of conscience will have to defy the law in order to save children and show the better way of Christ to them and to the lost and disturbed adults involved as well.

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:13-14 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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A Behavioral Experiment: Predicting the Pro-Abortion Left’s Response to Alabama and Company [Video]

Scientist.article.5.23.2019

There has been a number of states who recently passed measures to severely limit and outlaw abortion. These pro-life laws have brought down the wrath of the Leftists who favor abortion at all times and for any reason.

The most controversial of these so far is the new Alabama law criminalizing abortion except for saving the life of the mother. With this and other such activities in mind, I decided to conduct an experiment concerning Leftist’s mindsets on abortion and see if they really were as easy to predict as I surmised.

This experiment was conducted in two steps. First, I drew from my experience in the pro-life movement for 36 years and predicted seven reactions from the Left to this law in advance. Then I compared my predictions to the actual responses represented by 10 articles either giving the Leftist response or pieces talking about multiple responses.

Predicting the Predictable

Leftist, pro-abortion

My predictions took the form of generalizations, as I had no way of knowing in advance the precise wording which was used in the articles. Here are my seven prognostications of Leftist responses to the new pro-life legislation in states such as Alabama and Georgia.

1.) In at least one article, [and likely many] the response that the new law is attempting to regulate women’s bodies will be mentioned.
2.) Ditto for one or more mentions that the law is a threat to Roe v. Wade.
3.)There will be false assertions of what the law actually requires.
4.) In some manner, the humanity of the unborn child will be denied.
5.) It will be asserted that the law will harm women.
6.) Trump will be criticized because he is pro-life.
7.) The ‘far-right’ and/or the ‘religious right,’ will be blamed and scorned.

I made these predictions at 8:51AM, CDT,  on May 18, 2019. I realize that the reader will have no way of knowing for certain that I didn’t read the article responses ahead of time except for my word that I didn’t do so.

However, besides my assurance, when the results are tabulated it should bolster my claims… I hope. I returned to the experiment for part two on 5/21/2019 and checked on how my predictions panned out.

The results are calculated by number for each source that was cited. Whether or not a particular prediction was actually used more than once in an article was not noted, merely counted as one ‘fulfillment’ of a prediction.

It should be noted that this is far from any kind of scientific survey. I selected 10 examples only, which is insufficient for any definitive conclusion according to statistical science.

I suggest, however, that even this small sample could be expanded over a longer period of time with more responses and the results would vary only slightly. More importantly, even this smattering of evidence reveals the priorities and motivations of the Left when they try to argue for a woman’s ‘right to choose.’

Each example of at least one predicted response is noted in the list below. I read each article and recorded the instances when a predicted Leftist reaction/response occurred and assigning it a number from my list of 7.

218px-Protesting_Illinois_6th_District_Republican_Congressman_Peter_Roskam_Chicago_Illinois_7-26-18_2843_(42951185284)In other words, in the first article, I found at least one example of my number 2 prediction that the new laws would be seen as a threat to Roe v. Wade. This ‘raw data’ if you will, is compiled and analyzed afterward, as will be seen.

1.) From a Reuters story, 5/16/2019: Responses 2, 4, and 6 were shown in this.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-abortion-republicans-idUSKCN1SM2KL

2.) From a Washington Post story, 5/15/2019: Responses 2, 4, 5, and 6 occurred here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democratic-2020-candidates-warn-roe-v-wade-at-stake-after-alabama-abortion-bans-passage/2019/05/15/f4f77c7a-7719-11e9-bd25-c989555e7766_story.html?utm_term=.9f0f3f2842b3

3.) From Townhall.com story about the reactions 5/16/2019: Responses 1, 2, and 4 are used in this example.   https://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2019/05/17/democrats-unhinged-over-alabamas-abortion-bill-n2546477

4.) From a NY Times article on 5/14/2019: This uses predicted responses 2 and 5  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/abortion-law-alabama.html

5.) From a NY Times ‘op-ed’ with a pro-abortion actress, 5/15/2019: Here we find responses 1, 4, and 5.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/style/busy-philipps-abortion-youknowme.html?  action=click&module=RelatedCoverage&pgtype=Article&region=Footer

6.) From an article concerning Leftist talking points on “The Federalist” site highlighting social media posts from the pro-abort crowd: Here it can be seen that points 1, 2, 4, and 5 are used.  https://thefederalist.com/2019/05/17/many-pro-choice-talking-points-border-propaganda/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=215d30f116-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-215d30f116-84040107

7.)From a National Review article concerning NPR’s rules for discussing abortion: Predicted response number 4 is mentioned.  https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/nprs-abortion-rules/

8.)From a May 19, 2019 ‘Intellectual Conservative’ article on leftist reactions: Here predictions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 can be found. http://www.intellectualconservative.com/the-progressives-socialist-anti-science-on-abortion/

9.)From a May 21, 2019, Townhall Article on a pro-abortion rally in D.C.: Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are featured. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/05/21/pro-abortionists-held-a-stopthebans-rally-outside-the-supreme-court-heres-what-n2546698?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=05/22/2019&bcid=8620a513a8eac12722df4b6aed35298b&recip=27779030

10.)From May 21, 2019, on ‘Twitchy.com’ about the pro-abort protest in D.C.: This piece featured responses 1, 3, 4, and 5. https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2019/05/21/wtf-is-she-smoking-dem-rep-jackie-speier-takes-a-page-from-aocs-book-to-argue-for-abortion-rights-video/?utm_source=twtydaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&bcid=8620a513a8eac12722df4b6aed35298b

Results and Some Surprises

Leftist, Pro-abortionThe results of this ‘experiment’ yielded a mixed bag of the expected and the surprising among the pro-abort Left’s responses.

All of the predicted responses appeared at least once. However, the top four responses are revealing about the mindset of the Leftists as these give vital clues to what they consider most important in the abortion battle.

The highest frequency pro-abort response among those I had predicted was number ‘4.) In some manner, the humanity of the unborn child will be denied.’  In 9 of the 10 examples, this response was observed.

The next most frequent Leftist response was number ‘2.) …mentions that the law is a threat to Roe v. Wade.’ This was used in 7 different pieces.

The third most frequent response was recorded 6 times in two different articles. First is prediction ‘1.) In at least one article, [and likely many] the response that the new law is attempting to regulate women’s bodies will be mentioned’ which is tied with response number ‘5.) It will be asserted that the law will harm women.’

The other three predicted responses had a large drop in stating what I assumed they would. Only 3 pieces used predicted reaction number ‘3.) There will be false assertions of what the law actually requires.’ Two articles used the number 6 prediction that ‘Trump will be criticized because he is pro-life.’

The most unexpected result to this author was that only one response used number 7.) The ‘far-right’ and/or the ‘religious right,’ will be blamed and scorned. In some cases responses that I should have predicted also appear in these articles I examined.

One of those is the false claim that the Bible and Christianity are supportive of abortion, which was cited in at least one case. This journal has covered that claim in a number of past articles.

Another false claim from the Left that I should have expected was the accusation that these laws are a reflection of ‘racism’ on the part of conservatives. The racism claim did surface, however, I did not record the number of times it appeared.

In The Final Analysis

From this small experiment, we can only make limited assumptions rather than hard conclusions. Yet, these assumptions are not without merit and can be instructive to gain some understanding of the destructive worldview that pro-abort Leftists embrace, in order to rightly oppose its evil design.

Of course, the pro-abort Left could as easily make predictions about the pro-life responses to these new state laws concerning abortion. I would concede that, however, I also would stress that one side is predictable for its object to preserve life, while the other is staunch in a campaign to destroy life.

Leftist, pro-abortion

If the frequency of occurrence indicates importance, the factor the pro-abort Left considers most important is that the humanity of the unborn is denied always, regardless of the truth. The pro-abortion mindset is that above all else and at any cost, it cannot be admitted that the unborn child is a living human being.

The second most important point is that Roe v. Wade must be untouchable. Roe v. Wade is the Left’s symbolic Holy Grail and it is considered a sacred validation of an absolute right.

The problem with that position is the history of bad precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court, namely the 1857 “Dred Scott” decision. “Roe” has been compared many times with this infamous SCOTUS ruling which enshrined the institution of slavery as a supposed constitutional ‘right’.

The comparison is from a different era and addresses a different issue, but the point is the same. That point being that just because the SCOTUS makes a ruling does not automatically create a newly-imagined Constitutional right.

The third item on the pro-abortion acolytes’ list of most cherished beliefs is that pro-life advocates wish to regulate and control women’s bodies. Any threat to the full legalization without exception of abortion on demand is a perceived threat to a woman’s bodily autonomy, and therefore must be opposed.

The final important finding is that abortion is portrayed as good for women’s ‘health,’ while any other solution to a pregnancy, including birth, is harmful to women. This fiction is peddled constantly and is easily refuted by many facts, not the least of which is this, as Anna Paprocki writes in the Federalist,

There is no federal abortion reporting requirement. Even the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute acknowledges that the current “patchwork of surveillance efforts” relies on “incomplete” reports from states and that California—estimated to account for 17 percent, or one out of every six abortions in the country—is one of three states that “do not report to the CDC at all.” Guttmacher uses voluntary reporting from abortionists, filtered through its own ideological lens, which fails to fill these gaping holes.

The following video demonstrates the use of these four beliefs employed by the pro-abort Left in a brief debate recently shown on CNN.

The desperation of the Leftist pro-aborts is evident from the blatant denial of reality especially on the part of the woman in the video, as well as the deflection of the host. For example, Cuomo is correct when he says that no states currently allow for the killing of a child already born in an attempted abortion.

However, he also fails to mention that Virginia recently tried to pass such a law which was proposed in January of this year. The law failed to pass in that state, but it is a harbinger of things to come if Leftists have their way.

America must make the choice to embrace either life or death and in doing so embrace either God’s curse or His blessings. The lovers of abortion today are clearly favoring a choice of death without understanding the terrible consequences that will follow.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.  Deuteronomy 30:19 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Left and Islamofascism, A Strange and Troubling Alliance: Part Four, Origins and Opponents [Video]

Islamofascism. Leftism

The first three parts of this critical series chronicled the alliance of the modern Leftist movements with Islamofascism in illegal immigration, politicsculture, and religion worldwide. This final part provides the answer to an unspoken question lurking in the background, “How did these seemingly disparate groups unite at all?”

The answer is found by examining the historical origins of both Islam and the Left. Within those origins will be discovered the most important factor that both groups hold in common and is an ancient and persistent enemy of both ideologies.

Origins of the Modern Left

Leftism, IslamofascismThe political and social Left as it is today has roots which stretch back to 1848, the date Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto. That document formed the basis for socialist thought which survives in the Leftist camp to this day.

In it, the two philosophers depicted all of history as a series of class struggles (historical materialism), and predicted that the upcoming proletarian revolution would sweep aside the capitalist system for good, making the workingmen the new ruling class of the world.

What Marx and Engels foresaw was not simply another revolution that toppled a tyrant. They saw a historical war between the economic and social ‘high’ and ‘low’ classes in which the low socio-economic class or proletariat upending the high socio-economic class called the bourgeoisie. 

The object of this theoretical Marxist revolution was not the replacement of the bourgeoisie with the working class. It was instead the elimination of all economic class distinction by restricting access to capital to the state, i.e. the government.

Under this system, the government owns or controls the means of producing wealth, and redistributes the funds of those companies to the people regardless of the production of the individual worker. In theory, this means that the government takes “from each according to his ability,” and distributes the wealth produced, “to each according to his need.”

The huge economic problem with Marx and his followers’ scenario is that the government is not a real producer of wealth, it is a consumer of it. The big social problem is that Socialism disregards the individual and dismisses the capacity of the state to tend toward tyranny.

The most infamous disciple of Marx put his plan into action on a nationwide scale. Vladimir Lenin led the way almost 100 years after Marx was born with the Russian revolution of 1917.

This revolution created the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the USSR. The USSR fell apart after seven decades and the slaughter of 30 to 50 million of its own citizens trying to keep their Socialist Union afloat.

During the entirety of that period, the Left both praised and excused the Soviet Union for their tyranny. In fact, one of the current Democratic crop of presidential candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders [I-VT], was so enamored by the USSR that he spent his honeymoon in Moscow and came back with glowing reviews about his time there.

Sanders, along with the entirety of the Left in society, is still hopelessly in love with the Marxist-Leninist ideology. Like the battered spouse who insists there is nothing wrong with their abuser, Leftists cannot admit their adored Socialism is a fatally flawed system.

The most recent example of this is playing out before our eyes in Venezuela. Once the richest nation in South America, after two decades it has been reduced to a country of starving people who are in revolt against a corrupt dictator.

There are many reasons for the fact that Socialism itself is flawed and that Leftists are unable to admit this. Overall the socio-economic theory of Marx doesn’t comprehend economic law nor human fallenness, thus its failure is inherent in the system.

The Origins of Islamofascism

Islam came into being when Muhammed,

a member of the Arabic Quraish tribe from the West-Central part of the Arabian Peninsula in the region of present-day Mecca. …He claimed to receive a revelation from the archangel Gabriel in AD 610 to be a prophet to the Arabic peoples promoting monotheism and a belief in Allah.

Islamofascism, LeftismThe ‘revelation’ resulted in the writing of the Koran, the definitive holy book of Islam. The term Islamofascism doesn’t refer to the belief system but rather to the means of spreading this religious ideology.

From the beginning, Islam was spread primarily through conquest and forced ‘conversion.’ Muhammad began with the conquest of Mecca in AD 630, an event which is the basis for the holiday month of Ramadan.

Islam’s founder died just two years later. He never named a successor, which led to the divisions of Islam into certain sects, namely the Shia and Sunni branches.

Thus, Muhammad never saw the full extent of the Islamic conquest at its peak. That came many centuries later from AD 661 through AD 1922, over 1,300 years duration and through “Five Great Islamic Empires”.

During a part of this period, the land mass controlled by Islam grew to its peak and reached from India through all of the Middle East and Northern Africa, portions of eastern Europe and all of Spain. However, according to scholars, the greatest of the Islamic empires was the last, the Ottoman Empire.

A variety of reasons are given for designating the Ottoman Empire as the greatest of Islamic history, chief among them the fact that it lasted over 600 years, the longest period of any Islamic empire. The Ottoman Empire also bears the most importance and relevance to the current time.

That importance was achieved in 1453 with the Muslim conquest of Constantinople. Constantinople was the capital and greatest city of the Christian Byzantine Empire, a result of the Roman Empire splitting into West [Rome] and East [Byzantium], divisions centuries before.

The city was named after Emperor Constantine of Rome [AD 306-337], the first Imperial ruler to embrace Christianity. By 1453, the Western Empire had fallen and Constantinople was the last refuge of Christendom to hold out against Islam’s threat.

The city was an almost impregnable fortress of immense size that was only capable of being taken by siege over a prolonged period. It had survived multiple attempts by Muslim forces over hundreds of years before its final defeat.

The fall of Constantinople marked a period of almost 500 years of continuous control over all of the Middle East including present-day Israel and the second most important Christian city of the ancient world which is now Istanbul, the capital of Turkey.

Between the Left and Islamofascism, there is virtually no agreement on ideals and beliefs, with one large exception. Both have expressed hatred of Judaism and Christianity since the times of Marx and Muhammad.

Leftists and Islamofascists have always despised Judaism and Christianity

Islamofascism, Leftism

From the outset, the Marxist-Leninist Left has had no true place for religious belief in its philosophy and action. One could legitimately worship God as long as the place and practice were government approved.

The reason such ‘pure’ Socialism has for marginalizing faiths such as Judaism and Christianity is simple. Under a truly Marxist regime, no entity but the government can be recognized as the ultimate authority.

In the old Soviet Union, this was played out using government persecution to brutally shut down any Christian church not approved by the USSR. This is not as pervasive presently since the fall of the Iron Curtain after the Cold War.

However, in China, the repression of religion other than state approved is still rigorously enforced. This includes the repression even of the practice of Islam, as recent reports have shown.

The Chinese and North Korean regimes are harsh in particular to Christians. According to Soon Ok Lee, who escaped from North Korea after being imprisoned, Christians are referred to as “tailless animals” among the prison staff and are subjected to the harshest treatment in the prisons.

They were beaten more often than other prisoners and yet halfway through the beatings Soon saw that many believers:

would stand up… and begin to sing hymns and say, ‘Amen.’ The guards thought they were crazy and took them back to the electric torture room. I never saw any of the believers return from that room.

Islamofascism has no less of a heinous record of persecuting both Judaism and Christianity around the globe. Islamic law relegates both Jews and Christians to the status of enemies or within Islamic nations to second-class citizens known as dhimmi. 

Islamofascism, LeftismThe obvious adversarial relationship between Islamic expansionists and the nation of Israel is ample evidence of Muslim animosity toward Judaism. That is why whenever one observes a large protest for ‘Palestinian liberation,’ one will also notice a sign or more declaring “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

To accomplish that goal, Israel would have to be removed from the map. Islamofascists see that goal as an imperative since Israel was once under Islamic rule.

Islamic ideology teaches that any place where Islam ever ruled is by divine right Islamic land forever. Therefore it is the duty of all faithful Muslims to wage Jihad to reclaim that land.

Nor are Christians less in danger from Islamofascism, for persecution on a massive scale, is taking place today against followers of Christ. The numbers are difficult to calculate with precision, but in the 44 Muslim majority nations worldwide today, there are approximately 56 million Christians and the vast majority are being severely persecuted in various ways.

Moreover, since Islam is an ideology espousing world domination, the globe is divided by Muslims into two parts. Dar-al-Islam [House of Islam] refers to lands already under Muslim control, while Dar-al-Harb [House of war] labels the rest of the world.

The modern alliance between the Left and Islamofascism has a strong motivation against the Judeo-Christian philosophies and beliefs which are central to Western civilization. While both groups are serious threats on their own, the overall danger for the West comes more from Islamofascism than Leftism.

That’s because the Left in places such as Europe and America somehow believe that aligning with Islamofascists will never negatively affect them. However, it is certain that the radical Muslims entrenched in Western countries will as easily enslave Leftists as anyone else after the hated Jews and Christians have been eliminated.

A recent prayer request from the “Voice of the Martyrs” organization gives an individual example of what all believers could face should Islamofascists work their will upon us.

Joy Danlami was on her way home from a Christian festival in Nasarawa state with her younger siblings on March 23, 2019, when a group of Fulani Islamic militants attacked them. Her brother and sister escaped with gunshot and machete wounds, but 19-year-old Joy was raped and killed. The Fulani attackers continued on to Joy’s village, where they burned 17 homes and two church buildings. They then attacked a nearby village, burning 11 more homes and two more church buildings. Please pray for Joy’s family and for the hundreds of other Christians displaced or otherwise affected by these attacks.

This is one of the factors making Islamofascism the most dangerous ideology on earth. In the following video, the presenter calls this ‘Islamism.’

As Mr. Ibrahim notes, though the threat is severe, there is hope if the free people of the world can recognize and fight against Islamofascism. However, until the Left removes its own blinders and bigotry against the Judeo-Christian foundations of freedom, that hope remains over the horizon.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

Eyes of The Tailless Animals, Prison Memoirs of a North Korean Woman: Living Sacrifice Book Company, 2002

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The Left and Islamofascism: A Strange and Troubling Alliance, Part Three

Islamofascism

Islamic symbols inside the Hagia Sophia, formerly an Orthodox Christian church in Istanbul, Turkey

The second part of this series began the examination of the modern alliance between the Leftist ‘Christian’ church and Islamofascism by the embracing of both massive Muslim migration globally and of a rising anti-Semitism within the Leftist flock.

These churches have relied on a faulty theology which dismisses or reinterprets biblical instruction to fit a “social justice” agenda. This agenda works through a philosophy of ecumenism.

In short, ecumenism is the ideal of cooperation across the entire spectrum of Christian churches worldwide. For the Leftward churches, this has been expanded to attempt unity with many other religions.

Those church organizations that favor Leftism long ago jettisoned the Bible as the infallible guide for Christianity. This has enabled them to now falsely embrace Islam and Christianity as if both are sanctioned by Christ’s teaching.

Nothing could be further from the truth, as Jesus Himself states,

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 [ESV]

In most such attempts, the process toward unity results in the Christian belief system being modified to “fit” the other faith and declare it as valid as Christianity, regardless of the severity of the differences. Thus, the Leftward church is now committing a final, fatal error by attempting to convince the world that Islam and Christianity are equally valid choices for anyone.

Embracing Islam and Christianity as Equally Valid

St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican

It is very disturbing that the Leftward churches are equating the Christian faith with Islam. Validating Islam as equal to Christianity began with the Catholic Church in the text of the Second Vatican Council in 1964.

The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place among whom are the Muslims: these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.

The Council acknowledges that Islam doesn’t recognize the divinity of Christ. However, that seems not to matter because further on in the same document they state,

Although not acknowledging him as God, they venerate Jesus as a prophet, his Virgin Mother they also honor, and even at times devoutly invoke.

The Divine nature of Jesus Christ is a non-negotiable doctrine for Christians. Therefore, despite the Council’s statement, Muslims do not ‘together with us adore the one, merciful God..’

Moreover, to be blunt, this ain’t what Jesus meant when He said, 

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 [ESV]

While I hold a Masters degree in Biblical Interpretation and Theology and it is helpful, no degrees are necessary to understand the biblical teaching that Christ the Incarnate Son of God is Divine. It is spelled out throughout the Word of God, as well as in the passage above.

Vatican II remains in place and the current Pope is rather sympathetic to Islam. Indeed,

Pope Francis received a noteworthy accolade in June when Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar, thanked him for his “defense of Islam against the accusation of violence and terrorism.”

Berlin Cathedral, German Evangelical Protestant Church

However, lest the Catholic Church inaccurately receive all the blame, let us turn to the Protestant Left as represented by the World Council of Churches. As was noted in the previous articles, these churches have been very supportive of the Islamic immigration invasion in Europe.

Moreover, various Leftward Protestant groups are going further to favor Islam as a valid alternative to Christianity. For example, during 2016 in Germany, the overlord of the German Protestants made the proposal that classes on Islam should be required in all German state schools.

Note that this proposal is not introducing the idea of classes teaching Islam in Germany. The introduction of this dangerous policy came 11 years prior.

It was Wolfgang Schaüble, while interior minister in Angela Merkel’s administration, who first called for Islam to be taught in schools after declaring publicly for the first time that “Islam is part of Germany” in 2005.

The evolution of this idea eventually resulted in the incorporation of Islamic teaching in many places within Germany, with state universities prominently among them. Thus, in 2015 the process of taking Islam farther than just ‘a part’ of Germany to the goal of making Germany a majority Muslim nation.

Islam is now being incorporated into public school lesson plans and university disciplines all throughout Germany where religious groups and the state have always shared deep symbiotic relationships, the government has taken drastic measures to put Islam on the same legal footing as Christianity

The church and the government do not function independently within Germany. Thus, when ‘the government’ endeavors to ‘put Islam on the same legal footing as Christianity,‘ it is stating they are equally valid belief systems.

IslamofascismAnother example from a European nation with exploding Muslim migration reaches back in time to the 2016 Islamic terror attack at the Charlie Hebdomagazine in France. The response to this terrorism was for European Catholic and Protestant group leaders to hold ‘interfaith’ services that yielded some heretofore unprecedented actions.

Islamic songs resonated in Florence’s Cathedral, the Church Santa Maria del Fiore. Under the famous Dome of Brunelleschi, Islamic melodies accompanied Christian ones. …[later] A priest in the south of Italy then enraged parishioners by dressing the Virgin Mary in a Muslim burqa for his church’s Christmas nativity scene. 

No, dear reader, that was not a misquote, a Catholic priest dressed the Virgin Mary in a burqa! Another priest in Italy simply eliminated the nativity scene altogether to avoid upsetting Muslims.

In the Protestant camp, the Anglican Church in the U.K. had its own idea, while American Left-leaning churches are warming up to Islam as well. Think of how absurd the following suggestion by an Anglican Bishop in 2014 would have sounded just a few years before.

In the UK, Bishop Harries suggested that Prince Charles’s coronation service should open with a reading from the Koran. In the US, more than 50 churches, including the Washington National Cathedral, hold Koran readings.

It almost goes without saying that such incorporation of Christianity with Islam in Mosques around the world is nil. In other words, there are probably no readings of the Bible nor singing of Christian hymns is Islamic places of worship.

CAIR rally in NYC, 2017

During a 2017 presentation in the U.S., cited in part two of this series, representatives of CAIR and the United Church of Christ pled with Christians, Muslims, and Jews for more unity between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. This might appear to be a surprising development, however, it shouldn’t be that much of a shock,

…given the UCC’s cooperation nationally with CAIR, such as in co-production of a 90-second video on interfaith relations between a Jewish rabbi, a Christian pastor, and a Muslim imam. The clergy trade places in their houses of worship (although the female rabbi preaches in a church, not a mosque) and discuss a common “commitment to the Ten Commandments” and the “importance of marriage and the family.” The video does not discuss Muslim views of the UCC’s commitment to LGBT agendas like same-sex “marriage” or Jewish and Christian views of Muslim polygamy.

The Anglican Church, the German Protestants, and the UCC are not alone in equivocating Islam and Christianity. They are but the tip of the iceberg among Leftward Protestants.

This three-fold embrace of Islamofascism by the Leftward Church combines with the strange alliance of both governments and the media to effectively enable attempts to elevate Islam and Sharia law to pre-eminence worldwide.

It should be apparent that when one group infiltrates the government, the media, and the church in society, total domination of that society is the goal. It is but a small step from there to the Jihadist wish of Muslim rule coming true.

The Left is straining to defend Islamofascism worldwide in an attempt to both validate its false sense of ‘tolerance’ and unite against its despised Judeo-Christian foes. If their stated support for Islamic invasion should continue, a ‘victory’ for the Left might not be what they expected.

Once Islam becomes the most numerous faith, it becomes the most powerful faith in a country. When that happens, the Islamic agenda no longer needs to tolerate Leftism and their former ‘allies’ will cast them down with everyone else under the heel of Islam.

The Left is aiding this goal and unwittingly sowing the seeds of its own destruction, along with the destruction of a free West. Pray that God grants us the vision to see and the wisdom to act so that this unholy alliance never bears fruit.

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Left and Islamofascism: A Strange and Troubling Alliance, Part Two [Video]

Islamofascism

Ruins of an ancient Christian church (4th century), with Muslim shrines in the background. Sudan

Part one of this series explored the deepening and disturbing alliance between Islamofascism and Leftist political and media machines particularly in the United States.  Here we will focus on the most troubling part of this alliance, the entanglement of the Left-leaning ‘Christian’ churches around the world with the Islamic movement.

This portion of the unofficial alliance involves churches on both sides of the Reformation divide. Catholicism has its portion within this alliance from the Pope and throughout the hierarchy of the church.

Most of the Protestant churches involved are in cooperation with or are members of the World Council of Churches. In both cases, it is the Leftist application of the so-called “social justice gospel,” that is employed to form and continue this unholy alliance.

Two points need to be clear as we continue. First, at every level, it is the leadership of these church bodies that are responsible for embracing the expansionist intentions of Islamofascists. The plain people in the pews are generally apathetic about or ignorant of these machinations.

The second point is that many in the leadership of these churches do not comprehend the true motivation of those with whom they align themselves. Jihadists are not always forthcoming with their actual intentions, and some can be notoriously patient while waiting to carry out their plans.

Embracing a Global Islamic Invasion Through Immigration

IslamofascismMost conservatives would say that embracing anything Islamofascism favors is madness. However, there is a sinister method to this madness which requires the Leftward churches to embrace some crucial factors.

This method began in modern times by the Leftist churches embracing an immigration invasion of Muslims chiefly in Europe. The most significant Muslim immigration has happened since 2010.

The immigration numbers support a suspicion that this is an attempt to invade and overwhelm the various governments of the European Union and the nations Sweden and Norway. Most disturbing of all is how much the churches on that continent are supportive of opening the nations to massive and unchecked immigration of Muslims who categorically oppose Christianity itself!

This philosophy of the Left turns the goal of Christianity, the salvation of individual sinners, on its head and makes it a political goal for society overall. In other words, unlike Jesus, the focus of the Leftward church is the transformation of society politically instead of the transformation of the soul.

On the Catholic side of the ledger, there is the instance of the Vatican vociferously disagreeing with the Italian government about Muslim migration. The unusual bout of disagreement happened in 2018 when the Italian government wanted to shut off the migration spigot, and the response of the Church was to suggest this would be non-Christian.

An illustrative example from the Leftward Protestants comes via the United Church of Christ. A presentation of one particular UCC congregation in the state of Virginia promoted open migration of Muslim ‘refugees’ and denounced objections to such as “Islamophobia,” in June of 2017.

“One of the real gifts that Islam brings is an understanding of what it is to have a country with diverse religious viewpoints,” stated Rev. Dr. David B. Lindsey on June 11 at the Little River United Church of Christ (UCC) in Northern Virginia. Befitting the declining UCC’s leftwing, anti-Israel politics, his roseate understanding of Islam set the tone for Little River UCC’s biased, superficial presentation on “Faith in Film: Refugees and Islamophobia.”

I have no cogent explanation for the meaning of Lindsey’s first statement. Any cursory examination of Islam reveals virtually zero tolerance for diverse “religious viewpoints.”

The presentation was held before a small crowd in the sanctuary of the Church building. It consisted of a viewing,

…three short films in the Little River UCC sanctuary followed by a discussion between Lindsay and Zainab Arain from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The entire presentation was directed toward enabling and encouraging massive Muslim migration which was burgeoning at that time. A reflection of the recently increased Muslim presence is the also recent presence of anti-Semitism within the Leftward churches.

Embracing Anti-Semitism in ‘Christ’s’ Name

IslamofascismLeftist churches globally have been embracing anti-Semitism directed against the Jewish homeland of Israel. One such example is from an Episcopal Church gathering of anti-Israel groups in Bethesda, Maryland in 2018.

Zionism is like cancer and an “obscenity of Judaism and the Christian religion,” stated a female audience member during a March 11 film screening event at Bethesda, Maryland’s St. John’s Norwood Episcopal Church …The audience member… was in sympathetic company at St. John’s Norwood. Father Sari Ateek, who introduced himself to this author during the event, presides over the congregation and is the son of the Palestinian Anglican priest Naim Ateek, a leader of the anti-Israel Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center.

This is an annual gathering of Leftist Jews, Christians, and Muslims who take turns bashing anything at all that favors Israel’s existence. However, this is hardly a singular Leftist church effort targeting the Jewish homeland.

Earlier in 2018, a similar event was held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. One of the featured speakers was,

Reverend Ben Trawick from Springfield, Virginia’s Grace Presbyterian Church… his brother Robert is in the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the dying Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Reflecting PCUSA’s animus, IPMN has a vicious historyof antisemitism, including promotion of Hezbollah,

IslamofascismA previous article in this journal highlighted a January 2019 report concerning the WCC’s anti-Semitic stances against Israel in recent years. One of those highlights discussed in the report centers around a group of 1800 volunteers who spent many weeks in Judea and Samaria with Palestinians and ‘balanced’ that with a one-day visit to Israel.

Of course, the results of this ‘training’ fit the bias of the churches denouncing any attempt at self-defense from Israel against the ‘Palestinians.’ Moreover, the sentiments exclusively condemned Israel and defended her enemies.

When (the 1,800) volunteers return to their home countries and churches, they engage in anti-Israel advocacy, such as BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns and comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany.

One might reasonably inquire, “Why would church groups that claim allegiance to Christ embrace the enemies of Judaism and Christianity?” The answer lies within the Leftward churches faulty, unbiblical beliefs.

These church organizations claim fidelity to Jesus while adhering to a Leftist  ‘ecumenical’ theology that considers all “faiths” valid. That incongruence will be examined in the final part of this series.

Much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, the leaders of these Leftward churches follow their own teaching twisted and torn from God’s Word. In the same fashion, they believe they know better than Christ who warned His disciples against such false teaching.

“How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matthew 16:11-12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Left and Islamofascism: A Strange and Troubling Alliance, Part Two [Video]

Islamofascism

Ruins of an ancient Christian church (4th century), with Muslim shrines in the background. Sudan

Part one of this series explored the deepening and disturbing alliance between Islamofascism and Leftist political and media machines particularly in the United States.  Here we will focus on the most troubling part of this alliance, the entanglement of the Left-leaning ‘Christian’ churches around the world with the Islamic movement.

This portion of the unofficial alliance involves churches on both sides of the Reformation divide. Catholicism has its portion within this alliance from the Pope and throughout the hierarchy of the church.

Most of the Protestant churches involved are in cooperation with or are members of the World Council of Churches. In both cases, it is the Leftist application of the so-called “social justice gospel,” that is employed to form and continue this unholy alliance.

Two points need to be clear as we continue. First, at every level, it is the leadership of these church bodies that are responsible for embracing the expansionist intentions of Islamofascists. The plain people in the pews are generally apathetic about or ignorant of these machinations.

The second point is that many in the leadership of these churches do not comprehend the true motivation of those with whom they align themselves. Jihadists are not always forthcoming with their actual intentions, and some can be notoriously patient while waiting to carry out their plans.

Embracing a Global Islamic Invasion Through Immigration

IslamofascismMost conservatives would say that embracing anything Islamofascism favors is madness. However, there is a sinister method to this madness which requires the Leftward churches to embrace some crucial factors.

This method began in modern times by the Leftist churches embracing an immigration invasion of Muslims chiefly in Europe. The most significant Muslim immigration has happened since 2010.

The immigration numbers support a suspicion that this is an attempt to invade and overwhelm the various governments of the European Union and the nations Sweden and Norway. Most disturbing of all is how much the churches on that continent are supportive of opening the nations to massive and unchecked immigration of Muslims who categorically oppose Christianity itself!

This philosophy of the Left turns the goal of Christianity, the salvation of individual sinners, on its head and makes it a political goal for society overall. In other words, unlike Jesus, the focus of the Leftward church is the transformation of society politically instead of the transformation of the soul.

On the Catholic side of the ledger, there is the instance of the Vatican vociferously disagreeing with the Italian government about Muslim migration. The unusual bout of disagreement happened in 2018 when the Italian government wanted to shut off the migration spigot, and the response of the Church was to suggest this would be non-Christian.

An illustrative example from the Leftward Protestants comes via the United Church of Christ. A presentation of one particular UCC congregation in the state of Virginia promoted open migration of Muslim ‘refugees’ and denounced objections to such as “Islamophobia,” in June of 2017.

“One of the real gifts that Islam brings is an understanding of what it is to have a country with diverse religious viewpoints,” stated Rev. Dr. David B. Lindsey on June 11 at the Little River United Church of Christ (UCC) in Northern Virginia. Befitting the declining UCC’s leftwing, anti-Israel politics, his roseate understanding of Islam set the tone for Little River UCC’s biased, superficial presentation on “Faith in Film: Refugees and Islamophobia.”

I have no cogent explanation for the meaning of Lindsey’s first statement. Any cursory examination of Islam reveals virtually zero tolerance for diverse “religious viewpoints.”

The presentation was held before a small crowd in the sanctuary of the Church building. It consisted of a viewing,

…three short films in the Little River UCC sanctuary followed by a discussion between Lindsay and Zainab Arain from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The entire presentation was directed toward enabling and encouraging massive Muslim migration which was burgeoning at that time. A reflection of the recently increased Muslim presence is the also recent presence of anti-Semitism within the Leftward churches.

Embracing Anti-Semitism in ‘Christ’s’ Name

IslamofascismLeftist churches globally have been embracing anti-Semitism directed against the Jewish homeland of Israel. One such example is from an Episcopal Church gathering of anti-Israel groups in Bethesda, Maryland in 2018.

Zionism is like cancer and an “obscenity of Judaism and the Christian religion,” stated a female audience member during a March 11 film screening event at Bethesda, Maryland’s St. John’s Norwood Episcopal Church …The audience member… was in sympathetic company at St. John’s Norwood. Father Sari Ateek, who introduced himself to this author during the event, presides over the congregation and is the son of the Palestinian Anglican priest Naim Ateek, a leader of the anti-Israel Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center.

This is an annual gathering of Leftist Jews, Christians, and Muslims who take turns bashing anything at all that favors Israel’s existence. However, this is hardly a singular Leftist church effort targeting the Jewish homeland.

Earlier in 2018, a similar event was held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. One of the featured speakers was,

Reverend Ben Trawick from Springfield, Virginia’s Grace Presbyterian Church… his brother Robert is in the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the dying Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Reflecting PCUSA’s animus, IPMN has a vicious historyof antisemitism, including promotion of Hezbollah,

IslamofascismA previous article in this journal highlighted a January 2019 report concerning the WCC’s anti-Semitic stances against Israel in recent years. One of those highlights discussed in the report centers around a group of 1800 volunteers who spent many weeks in Judea and Samaria with Palestinians and ‘balanced’ that with a one-day visit to Israel.

Of course, the results of this ‘training’ fit the bias of the churches denouncing any attempt at self-defense from Israel against the ‘Palestinians.’ Moreover, the sentiments exclusively condemned Israel and defended her enemies.

When (the 1,800) volunteers return to their home countries and churches, they engage in anti-Israel advocacy, such as BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns and comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany.

One might reasonably inquire, “Why would church groups that claim allegiance to Christ embrace the enemies of Judaism and Christianity?” The answer lies within the Leftward churches faulty, unbiblical beliefs.

These church organizations claim fidelity to Jesus while adhering to a Leftist  ‘ecumenical’ theology that considers all “faiths” valid. That incongruence will be examined in the final part of this series.

Much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, the leaders of these Leftward churches follow their own teaching twisted and torn from God’s Word. In the same fashion, they believe they know better than Christ who warned His disciples against such false teaching.

“How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matthew 16:11-12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

Featured and Top Image courtesy of Valerian Guillot’s Flickr page – Creative Commons License
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The Left and Islamofascism: A Strange and Troubling Alliance, Part One [Video]

Leftism

Much has been written here and elsewhere about the many detrimental elements that the 2019 crop of Democratic congressional rookies have brought to American society. However, there is at least one somewhat positive service these neophytes have done for the public, they have visibly revealed the mind of the activist Left.

One of the more troubling revelations that have come to light is the political and societal alliance between the far Left and Islamofascists in the United States. No, there isn’t a formal written agreement between the two groups, nor could there be one that truly states the intentions of either party, as will be seen.

However, each of these ‘movements’ has something to gain through cooperation in their fight against a common foe, the traditional, conservative Judeo-Christian society of the West. Whatever differences they may have they are unified in this immediate goal.

The Political Alliance

IslamofascismThe political alliance of the Left with Islamofascism in America began immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the opportunity was unwittingly provided by former President George W. Bush. In a speech six days after 9/11, Bush declared that,

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.

The naivety of President Bush was a denial of the brutal history of Islamic Jihad and its resurgence in modern times. Yet the refrain that “Islam is a religion of peace,” became the moral pedestal for the Left to the present day.

Most political conservatives at that time were approving of Bush’s call for tolerance out of a sense of solidarity and the inherent conservative tendency to place blame for evil acts on the individual perpetrators. The other side of that coin is conservatives, in general, tend to trust others until given a good reason not to trust them.

During the remainder of the Bush presidency, Islamic terrorists focused on America’s efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the homefront was relatively quiet. However, that situation began to change after the ascension of Barak Obama to the Oval Office.

One of the first actions President Obama took after his inauguration was to embark upon what became known as his ‘apology tour,’ in various countries. During that international speaking jaunt, Obama routinely degraded American policy, both with dictators in places such as Cuba, and shamed our conduct of the ‘war on terror’ in Islamic nations.

LeftismPresident Obama then proceeded to initiate secretive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood around the time of the so-called ‘Arab spring,’ uprisings in Egypt during 2011. Obama supported the uprisings which were aided by the Muslim Brotherhood.

At the same time, Obama began to withdraw troops from Iraq, which quickly resulted in the rise of ISIS and their successive military conquests in the Middle East. This set the stage for the veil to be lifted on any pretense that our Commander in Chief and his cohorts were not aligning with radical Islamofascism against American interests.

The veil came off on September 11, 2012, at Benghazi, Libya. The Obama administration, in a strategic alliance with Islamic terrorism backed by Leftist political players including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, covered up a clear Islamic attack on Americans by falsely blaming the attack on an internet video.

This horrible event cemented the troubling alliance between the political Left and Islamofascism. The stage was now set for a new crop of eager young Leftists and Muslim terror apologists to arrive in 2018.

The chief representative of the Left is, of course, the ever verbose Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [D-NY]. The main apologist for Islamic terrorism is the slightly less infamous Representative Ilhan Omar [D-MN].

Rep. Omar has been featured in a previous article and the clear danger she poses to America was thoroughly outlined in that piece. However, there is another necessary element which supports the pernicious alliance between the Left and Islamofascism. That element is the Leftmedia.

The Leftmedia Supports Islamofascism

IslamofascismThe conglomerate of the Leftist media apparatus has shown unwavering support for the assault of Islamofascists upon Western civilization at every juncture, especially during Obama’s tenure. The pre-eminent example of this was the lack of honest coverage by the Leftmedia network outlets after the terrorist attack on Benghazi.

For the seventh night in a row, ABC’s World NewsCBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News refused to give one single second of coverage to the Obama administration’s deceitful response to the terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11.

However, there are many other examples where Islamic terrorist attacks on American soil were downplayed or dismissed altogether. One prominent example that has faded from memory, especially if one is of the millennial generation, occurred in 2009 at my former military home base of Food Hood, Texas.

U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan went on a premeditated murderous rampage at Ft. Hood on November 5, 2009. As was later uncovered, Hasan was a sympathizer with Islamofascism groups and vocally declared his allegiance to Islamic Jihad as he shot and killed 13 American soldiers.

The response of the Leftmedia was to cover-up Hasan’s clear connections to Jihadists with every lame reason they could concoct including PTSD, though Hasan never served overseas. Prominent among the fables was the Left’s favorite screed of ‘racism’ directed against Hasan which caused him to kill his fellow soldiers.

Media outlets found another convenient motive that would fit its worldview — racist U.S. soldiers drove Hasan to kill. ABC News ran a story the day after the attack titled Nidal Malik Hasan, “Suspected Fort Hood Shooter, Was Called “Camel Jockey.” This allowed the media to ignore any relationship between the attack and Islam and blame it on “racist” U.S. military personnel.

Examples such as this abound including the Leftmedia. Another example is the media blaming conservative groups like the Tea Party for the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring 264. Before the scene was even cleared, many in the media had a suspect — the Tea Party. Chris Matthews and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer attached great significance to the fact that it was Patriots Day. Michael Moorealleged that the Tea Party was behind the bombing. CNN’s security analyst Peter Bergen “suggested more than once that a right wing extremist group could be behind the attacks.”

IslamofascismFast forward to 2019 and the same Leftmedia apologists are busy excusing the anti-Semitism of Ilhan Omar. As a result of this support, the House of Representatives changed their mind about a critical resolution against anti-Semitism and instead passed a meaningless one which spoke against several categories of so-called ‘hate speech.’

Her recent characterization of 9/11 as “some people did something” rightly garnered harsh criticism. It also brought sympathetic support from some of her Democratic colleagues as well as those in the Leftmedia who said that outrage over this comment was phony and insisted the real problem was bigotry against Muslims.

This is a small sampling of the evidence that the Left in America is allied with those whose objective is to further Islamic Jihad. It is also but a fraction of the evidence seen around the globe, perhaps most notably in Europe over many decades.

Moreover, this strange alliance between the Left and Islamofascism involves one final serious participant. It is the Left wing of the ‘Christian Church’ around the globe, which will be examined in part two.

I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, sending them persistently, saying, ‘Turn now every one of you from his evil way, and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to serve them, and then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to you and your fathers.’ But you did not incline your ear or listen to me. Jeremiah 35:15 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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The Conservative ‘Long Game’ in The Culture War [Video]

In part one of this series, we examined the state of the culture today and countering the growing influence of the Socialist Left in Western society. The reality is that there is already a war initiated by the Left against the West, and it must be stopped in a strategic manner.

The importance of battling the Left in the short run, or ‘short game’ is akin to holding the line against a multitude of attacks on multiple fronts in the culture war. It cannot be overstated that conservatives must protect Western society against the imminent dangers of a Leftist takeover.

However, it is perhaps even more vital that conservatives work out a strategy to successfully engage in the ‘long game’ of cultural change. Otherwise, the ‘short game’ victories will be short-lived and the overall war will tilt even more toward a Leftist defeat and a disaster for liberty around the world.

There are three critical battlegrounds where conservatives must make a long-term commitment to defeating the Left. These three fronts are the family, the education system, and the churches.

Fight for the Family

Western civilizationThe most important target of the Left in the culture war is the West’s traditional Judeo-Christian family structure. They realize that the two-parent family with children is the fabric of Western society.

Breaking this model apart has been a key goal of the Left wherever they plant their insidious presence. It is at the root of any Socialist effort from the early Soviet Union and moving onto American soil in the early 20th century.

The founding of Planned Parenthood is a prime example of this. It’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was enamored of Socialism, especially the Nazi variety, and hated the traditional family.

From the beginning of the feminist movement’s rise in the 1960s, it’s leaders espoused disdain for the two-parent family, especially if that meant the woman was a stay-at-home mother married to a man. In fact, in less than 20 years, the feminist champions had managed to make marriage almost verbotten for the modern woman and had successfully gotten abortion legalized and rapidly spreading throughout the land.

All of this effort was aimed at supposedly freeing women from the slavery of the family and bearing children. An unexpected result was the liberation of men from responsibility as fathers.

This has devastated the most vulnerable in the family unit, the children. Moreover, it has ironically made women more impoverished and miserable as single mothers forced to care for their children.

All while many men skip out feeling little shame because, after all, that woman could have aborted the child so it is her problem right?!

Leftism and cultureThe Left is just fine with this situation as it hands them the excuses necessary to insist that the government handle the problem. Therefore, they say, we must enact Socialist policies which secure government-funded child care while welfare incentivizes single motherhood by refusing to help as long as a male presence exists in the home.

The traditional family is more than a target, it is an enemy of Socialism. Socialism, when fully formed, can brook no allegiance to anything but the central government planners and their plans.

Loyalty to the party is the overarching theme of Socialist and later Communist nations. Loyalty to one’s family cannot be allowed to compete with the all-powerful state.

Fighting for the traditional Judeo-Christian family model is essential to preserving  Western society and perhaps turning it back from the brink of extinction. In the real ‘long game,’ defending and extending true family values throughout society is vital for now and more so for the future.

Take Education Back from the Left

The second front of the ‘long game’ involves an entity which has, unfortunately, been taken from the people and given to the Federal government and the academic Left. That is the battleground of education.

Education in America has seen a particular turn toward favoring all things regarding the Socialist Left. This is true at both the philosophical and structural level.

The philosophy of public education took a radical Leftward turn with the advent of two Supreme Court decisions in the 1960s. Those decisions took the voluntary observance of prayer and Bible reading out of the public school system, and the results have been disastrous.

This philosophical change was followed in less than a decade by an explosion of protests on college campuses all over America that lasted through the early 1970s. People such as Obama confidant and domestic terrorist bomber Bill Ayers were key participants in violent protests against the government during that era.

Bill Ayers is notable not simply for his violent Leftist past, but more so because of what he went on to become within the education establishment at the highest levels of academia.

Ayers went on to eventually become a distinguished professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His teaching centered on issues such as urban childhood education and social justice. He taught there for 20 years, eventually retiring in 2010. He taught untold numbers of undergraduates his conviction that Socialist political power was superior.

Ayers is but one of many who have arisen in academia to create a system where the radical Socialist Left is teaching those who teach our children and have been doing so for decades.

Leftist EducationThis change to education philosophy has been abetted by the change in structure that took place with the creation of the Federal Department of Education in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter.

How Education became a Cabinet-level office is an example of the Left playing the ‘long game’ in the political realm.

In the period between 1908 and 1975, more than 130 bills were introduced to form a
Department of Education

Control at the highest government level over public education was the Socialist Left’s vision and for 7 decades in Congress and they hammered at the opposition to that goal. Each step along the way the Left gathered and consolidated support from the National Education Association who eventually gave vital help to Jimmy Carter securing victory in 1976.

the NEA released “Needed: A Cabinet Department of Education” in 1975, but its most significant step was to endorse a presidential candidate—Jimmy Carter—for the first time in the history of the organization.

There are already many steps being taken to wrest some of the control of education away from both its philosophical chains and governmental servitude. The emergence and growth of homeschooling, charter schools, and religious education present solid alternatives to public schooling.

However, about 90% of children in America still attend public schools and it will take a concerted effort on all cultural fronts to seize control from the Left there, although abolishing the Department of Education would be a tremendous help in that regard. Fear not, I am not holding my breath waiting for that, although the current Secretary of Education and her boss, President Trump, have at least undertaken to reduce the size of the DOE.

The third essential front of the cultural battleground is needed for any substantial movement from a Leftist-dominated culture and Socialist slavery toward liberty and the continued existence of Western society. This is the battle to return the Christian churches to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Return the Churches to Christ

Leftism in churchesThe state of the modern Christian church can only be called abysmal largely because of two factors. The primary factor is the abandonment of the authority of God’s Word, along with the embrace and spread of Leftist Socialist philosophy as a consequence.

Both factors are evident with even a cursory examination of both Protestant and Catholic divisions of the modern church. Major portions of both have aligned solidly with the Left on a host of cultural and political positions.

On the Catholic side, that is demonstrated by groups such as “Catholics for Choice,” [a pro-abortion and influential dissident group of Catholics] and their ilk, and the overt support for illegal immigration by this pope in particular.

Last December, Pope Francis took the opportunity of the Christmas season to falsely compare illegal immigrants with the birth of Christ in a manger. His ‘tweet’ demonstrated both incorrect Biblical interpretation and adherence to Socialist goals.

Pope Francis used the hashtag #internationalmigrantsday to compare Jesus to the global immigration crisis. He tried to equate Mary and Joseph being unable to find any “room at the inn” as an excuse to peddle open borders.

Pope Francis

@Pontifex

Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed. May our hearts not be closed as were the houses in Bethlehem. #Internationalmigrantsday

He objects to a border wall by conflating legal immigrants with illegal aliens, a typical language tactic of the Left. That, and the fact that Jesus’ mother and step-father were not traveling as immigrants, but in obedience to an imperial decree, show the Leftward tilt of Catholicism.

Churches and abortionThe Protestants, especially those in the so-called ‘mainline churches’ are perhaps even farther down the path of Socialist Leftist indoctrination. A prominent example is the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice [RCRC] that officially includes both ‘Catholics for Choice,’ and a large number of Protestant denominations.

They include the United Methodist Church, the Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Church in America, and the United Church of Christ. In addition, certain leftist strains of Presbyterians, Baptists, [and] Lutherans…

The swerve to the Left taken by the churches is the product of abandoning the inerrancy, and thus the authority of the Scriptures as the Word of God. Inerrancy teaches that the Bible as God inspired it and as it was originally written is totally trustworthy and thus qualifies as the authoritative and final Word from God to humanity.

Therefore, the Christian Church on earth, whatever name they may assign to themselves, has but one legitimate source of teaching God’s requirements for Christ’s people, the Holy Bible. When that is set aside for humanist Leftist causes such as ‘social justice’ instead of biblical doctrine, the result is rampant falsehood leading to destruction.

Leftward church organizations who deny biblical inerrancy reveal that their ultimate loyalty is given to someone or something other than Jesus.

This final piece of what I am calling the ‘long game’ of cultural change is the most important of them all. For, without a healthy Christian presence, the basis of the West’s liberty and prosperity will crumble into Socialist tyranny very quickly.

The true ‘Church’ established by God Himself must become once more under the discipline and direction of His Word. It will take a passion for Christ, perseverance in the struggle, and potent prayers of the faithful for this to happen, and it needs to happen soon.

Let us strive to follow and advocate for what the Apostle Paul taught in his New Testament letter to the Church at Colossae,

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:16-17 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Long and Short of Cultural Change [Video]

Leftist culture

There is little doubt that Western culture is in desperate straights today. The assault of the Left on multiple fronts pushes hard at the traditions and values that conservatives hold dear and are necessary to the existence of Western civilization itself, and it is no understatement to say that the Left and Right are at war for the soul of the Western world.

Most of the major cultural battlegrounds of the conflict have seen exposure previously in this journal. Everything from ‘climate change‘ to the leftist radicalization of the mainline churches to the ‘transgender rights‘ movement has been covered, commented on and analyzed.

However, what has been lacking is a strategy to defeat the Leftist enemy on a societal level. Therefore, I propose a strategy that addresses the problem much like playing a strategic game such as chess, or military war games.

In these and other similar contests, there are really two games going on at once. One is the ‘short game,’ as I call it.

The ‘short game’ is the game which focuses on the crucial immediate moves needed to position the player for quick defense and battleground victory. The ‘long game’ focuses on a step-by-step approach, blocking the enemy and opening the way to winning the cultural war/game.

The Short Game and the Long Game

Leftist cultureThis idea occurred to me as I was reading an article about why newly declared Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke needs to be defeated. The author outlined both the ‘short’ and ‘long’ game approach in the political arena.

He cites O’Rourke as a danger because “Beto” comes across as a bit less radical than the other offerings from the loony Left. That may strongly appeal to the middle of the road voter between perceived extremes.

While that may seem a desirable outcome for conservatives in the ‘short game,’ it could easily prove disastrous in the ‘long game.’ It would insulate the people from the inevitable failures of full-fledged Socialism while moving the political needle steadily towards the Left and eventual Socialistic ruin.

Thus, the article argues, we should welcome the wackier Leftist candidates and their ideas being presented in a general election. This is why it is Mr. O’Rourke who poses a danger as a less radical alternative who could ease these ideas into acceptance.

These young people, millennials, will grow out of supporting guaranteed incomes, abolishing fossil fuels, slavery reparations, abolishing planes and cars, eliminating cow farts (and cows), retooling every building in the country for green energy and all the rest of the foolishness offered by Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders and the rest of the gang. But an election that fully exposes that idiocy will let the American people drive that socialist nightmare underground for a generation.

This is an interesting premise, and as far as it goes, it appears solid. That is, as long as the millennial voters behave as the author believes they will.

Moreover, this is a great example of playing the ‘short game’ at the political level. The ‘short game’ counters the immediate threat, “Beto” becoming the nominee, with a move to encourage the insane radicalism of the far Left in order to secure a longer-term victory in the political phase.

Leftist cultureHowever, a big problem is that this premise does not go far enough in the ‘long game.’ The ‘long game’ in this instance only looks at the political gains to be had among millennial voters once they ‘grow out’ of their juvenile leftism.

The true ‘long game’ must go beyond politics and reach the culture, especially the youth. For the Left, politics and culture have become inextricably entangled in their personal lives.

Moreover, winning the ‘long game must’ account for more than the millennial generation. It must envision the state of generations to come and make critical moves to ensure the destruction of the Socialist agenda for the foreseeable future.

Countering the Immediate Threats of the ‘Short Game’

Conservatives today are visibly engaged in countering the aggressive attacks of the Left from multiple angles. However, that has not always been true, and as a result of being late to the game, the Left garnered a substantial head start in the cultural conflict.

For this moment the conservative defense of Western society requires steady and strong vigilance to continue to fight the many challenges the Left has put forth in every area of culture. The cultural line must be held at each point of attack.

This means equipping ourselves through self-education concerning the plans and tactics of the Left. Which means learning many unsavory proposals designed to break through societal norms at every point.

Such self-education is not pleasant, take it from one who knows. You will learn terrible things that are true, and be asked to believe terrible things that aren’t.

Leftist cultureLearning that there are people who have no qualms about carving up or poisoning babies in the womb is sickening. Moreover, learning that the present push is to assassinate newborns who happen to survive the murderous onslaught is both infuriating and appalling.

This is but a single point of attack in the Leftist scheme to win the culture completely.

There is the immigration invasion which the Left wholeheartedly endorses. This provides them with new supporters and their children who can be easily indoctrinated and recruited for the Socialist Left.

Combine these with other issues the Left is promoting, such as gun restriction and eventual gun elimination, free-market economics destruction through things like the “green new deal,” and the expansion of a centrally controlled national government (which means the elimination of the Constitution) and the immediate task seems overwhelming.

Nonetheless, these issues are where the fight is the most urgent, and being overwhelmed may be the price which must be paid. That being the case, it makes the warrior mindset all the more imperative for conservatives in the fight.

However, winning the frenetic ‘short game’ battles need not be a daunting task, because of a factor the Left disdains. That factor is the power of our LORD to overcome any odds against those who fight for righteous liberty in His name and for His people.

As long as the odds may seem for victory in either the short or long term war for the culture, they are no longer than what David faced when he made this statement as a boy facing the 9-foot giant, Goliath.

This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. …that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hand. 1 Samuel 17:46-47 [ESV]

The short ‘game’ is the urgent one, and vital to purchase time and pave the way for the lasting generational cultural change to be sought via the ‘long game.’ In part two, we will discuss what it will take to implement the conservative ‘long game,’ and help rescue a beleaguered Western civilization from Leftist devastation.

D.T. Osborn

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

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Two ‘Newbies” in the House: A Comparative Assessment [Video]

AOC and Dan Crenshaw

The U.S. Capitol Building at night

The current crop of freshmen Representatives in the U.S. Congress feature some colorful personalities as well as diverse perspectives. Admittedly, the Democratic newbies have gotten the most attention because of radical statements, policy proposals, and controversies.

However, there is one Republican rookie who has been turning heads, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw. It might be illuminating to assess this GOP rising star in comparison with the Left’s most meteoric House member, N.Y. Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Their Resumes

What do we know about AOC and Crenshaw before they came to Congress? What might serve as a hypothetical resume for each of them?

Inset.Image.1.3.8.2019Let’s start with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. She grew up in the Bronx, New York City as the daughter of a father of Puerto Rican descent who was born in America, and a mother who was born in Puerto Rico.

Her involvement with politics began while she was attending college at Boston University. She became an intern in the immigration office of Senator Ted Kennedy during his final year in the Senate.

What AOC says about that time is illustrative.

I was the only Spanish speaker, and as a result, as basically a kid—a 19-, 20-year-old kid—whenever a frantic call would come into the office because someone is looking for their husband because they have been snatched off the street by ICE, I was the one that had to pick up that phone, …I was the one that had to help that person navigate that system.

AOC graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a degree in international relations and economics. She went back to her home in the Bronx to help support her mother, as her father had passed in 2008.

Her next foray into politics came as an organizer for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. She was inspired to run for office during her work traveling the country for Sanders.

AOC’s campaign and election resembled something straight out of a Hollywood script, especially her victory in the Democratic primary. While working as a bartender, she managed to defeat a 10-time incumbent Democrat who had a huge advantage in funding.

What about Representative Crenshaw? His ‘resume’ is slightly different. First off, he is five years older than AOC, having been born in 1984.

Dan CrenshawCrenshaw grew up in Katy, Texas. His mother died when he was a child, and afterward, he lived with his father who worked in the oil industry.

Since his father traveled and lived for long periods of time overseas, Crenshaw spent time living in Ecuador and Columbia as a youth. He became proficient in Spanish during those years, which is perhaps the only characteristic he and AOC share.

Crenshaw graduated from Tufts University in 2006. During his time at Tufts, he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps [ROTC] and became a commissioned officer in the Navy after graduation.

He became a Navy SEAL and served 10 years which included three tours of duty overseas. In 2012 while serving in Afghanistan, he was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device [IED] and lost his right eye as a result.

As a Navy SEAL, he earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor. He medically retired from military service in 2016

After military service, he went on to obtain a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2018. During that time he also worked as a legislative assistant for Texas Congressman Pete Sessions.

Crenshaw began his campaign in November of 2017 and had to survive a contentious runoff election in the Republican primary. However, the most interesting incident of the campaign happened just prior to the general election in November of 2018.

Comedian Pete Davidson made a mocking remark about Crenshaw as a joke on the November 3, 2018 episode of Saturday Night Live. The public disapproval of that joke has been credited by some as helping Crenshaw secure victory in the election the following Tuesday.

However, what happened the following Saturday on SNL was remarkable.

Davidson’s sincere apology for his remarks the week before and Crenshaw’s good-natured acceptance of the apology was a refreshing look at the character of both. Moreover, it was an impressive first appearance on the national scene for the newly-elected Representative.

Political Positions

The political positions of AOC and Crenshaw could hardly be farther apart. Ocasio-Cortez is extreme Left-wing Socialist, while Crenshaw is a solidly Conservative Republican.

AOCThe greatest example of AOC’s political aspirations is the now infamous Green New Deal. Her surprising influence in less than 3 months has gathered support for the GND from every declared Democrat candidate for President in 2020.

The most recent estimated cost of that Socialist nightmare was 93 trillion dollars! However, the inconceivable amount has not deterred AOC or her minions.

AOC is also a proponent of abolishing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and basically an open borders status for America.

As might be expected, Crenshaw opposes the ‘Green Dream.’ He has ably stated the reasonable objections to it in many forums.

However, there are some far less publicized positions that Dan Crenshaw has put forth which deserve attention for a fair comparison between the Texas Republican and AOC.

Crenshaw was joined by two other Representatives back in January of this year in proposing a bill to withhold the salaries of Congress, the Vice President, and the President in the event of a government shutdown. Crenshaw stated at the time,

Federal employees should never have to carry the burden caused by a dysfunctional government, …We should have to feel the very real effects of a shutdown, just as our fellow federal employees are forced to do.

Concerning that same issue, Crenshaw also revealed something the Mainstream media, umm… had skipped over.

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw reported on Twitter that Republicans had a plan to pay federal workers during the shutdown. But that proposal did not pass because all but 6 Democrats voted against it.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw

@RepDanCrenshaw

Big deal that never got reported:

Last week, House GOP voted to pay federal employees their 1st paycheck of 2019, despite shutdown. Only 6 Dems voted with us. It failed.

Dem priority is not paying workers or opening gov’t. It is opposing Trump. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll043.xml 

59.9K people are talking about this

Border wallThis was while the shutdown was happening. Employees could have received pay during the shutdown itself if this had passed. It will be interesting to see at election time if federal workers remember which party had their backs during the shutdown, and which did not.

Rep. Crenshaw is also a vocal supporter of border security, including a physical barrier aka a ‘border wall,’ and an advocate of President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration.

Public Presence

One factor remains to conclude this assessment. That is the factor of public presence.

Presence refers to the public persona of each person. As national public officials, a large portion of their lives is now subject to media scrutiny. In today’s society, this means the scrutiny of social media, as well as TV and radio coverage.

For example, AOC was recently questioned about real concerns with probable ethics violations and ‘laundering’ or ‘funneling’ money to her boyfriend, through her campaign manager. The violation involved her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, using a Political Action Committee’s funds to pay AOC’s boyfriend thousands of dollars.

The campaign manager and AOC herself said the boyfriend was not on staff [even though her office had listed him as staff] and the payments were not unethical. However, it was found that the boyfriend also was given a House e-mail account, which the rules state is wrong unless he is actually part of the staff. 

AOC and Ben CrenshawAOC’s excuse was that her boyfriend needed a house.gov email account to have access to her Congressional calendar. Hmm …guess she forgot how to text him about her schedule.

Moreover, she seems to want to be excused from media attention towards her personal life.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired off a tweet suggesting that the media unfairly target her family and love life in their reporting – and I can’t stop laughing. Here’s the tweet:

You know, when I got to DC I was told that it’s considered “off limits” to report on a member’s family, love life, etc. Unsure why that consideration is suspended for me. (Also for those who ask how I learned to handle pressure, try being the only daughter in a Latino household) https://t.co/M2lgHITz1B

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019

AOC has apparently not been paying attention to media coverage of late. Especially the mainstream media’s metaphoric ‘body-cavity search’ and automatic condemnation of any family member of President Trump’s household, including his young son, Barron.

How does Rep. Crenshaw present himself in light of media attention? We have already seen the very classy way he responded to Saturday Night Live’s mockery.

Here is another reaction by Crenshaw decrying the Leftmedia, but not for anything targeting him. Instead, he speaks out about the anti-Christian bias of the MSM.

Dan Crenshaw

@DanCrenshawTX

Media blunders this week:
-hardly any coverage of #MarchforLife
-Buzzfeed lies about Cohen case
-slandering Covington Catholic students over false narrative
-slandering Karen Pence for working at Christian school

3 out of 4 are fundamentally anti-Christian. Just last 7 days.

20.9K people are talking about this

The Texas Congressman recently appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and calmly dismantled the hyperbole of the media attacks on President Trump. In response to the leftist claim that Trump is attacking freedom of the press, Crenshaw replied,

How has he done that? The Obama administration had many press members under investigation, Trump has not, so what is the difference here?

Crenshaw is 100% correct about Obama. He actually tried squashing freedom of the press with everything from seizing records to covert surveillance of reporters he didn’t like.

All Trump has done is briefly expel an obnoxious reporter who hogged the microphone from the privileged seat at the White House press briefings. Oh yeah, and he has called the Leftmedia names.

Much remains to be seen concerning both AOC and Crenshaw and their performance as ‘newbies’ in the House. Moreover, since they are both considered rising stars in their respective political circles, they will also be targeted, fairly or not, as defining the policies of their Party.

This analysis is not definitive by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, it can be instructive as to which person is best suited to the role of U.S. Representative that both are occupying now.

In that light, my hope is that we will see more of the likes of Rep. Crenshaw and far less of the likes of AOC in Congress. However, I am not making that prediction, and I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to happen.

I also hope and pray that all who would govern would desire the same as Solomon did from God when he became the King of Israel.

Give your servant, therefore, an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people? 1 Kings 3:9 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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Originally published in TIL Journal