The Deliberately Fraudulent History of “The 1619 Project” [Video]

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It didn’t take the New York Times long to implement their newest strategy in the Left’s holy quest to dispose of President Trump. Their intent to pursue a plan labeling Trump and his supporters as purveyors of ‘pseudo-racism’ and ‘white supremacy’ is beginning with a large false premise they are spending hundreds of thousands of words to promote.

It is called “The 1619 Project,” and it is a deliberate attempt to revise American history and portray America as founded upon slavery itself. It is a series of articles, a photo essay, and poems presented in the New York Times Magazine that total 100 pages.

This ambitious effort carries its title because 1619 is the year when the first slaves were sold at the Jamestown colony in what would become America. This publication happens to be both 400 years later and just in time to begin maligning the nation prior to the 2020 elections.

The Fake News Deliberately Tells Fake History

Fake News, N.Y. TimesThis initial offering of the Times race-baiting history series proposes that we should re-view the America founding from 1619 instead of 1776. The claim is that America’s founding actually began with slavery and racism, moreover that America was built upon slavery and the racism that has outlived that horrible institution.

The “1619 Project” supports this contention with some factual information, for example specifically about the contributions of blacks in all of America’s wars. However, though facts are given, the whole truth is not.

There are some very glaring omissions from the list of black Americans who have bravely served in the United States military. For example, the lone mention of a Revolutionary War black soldier was Crispus Attucks, yet the following brave fighters were left out.

James Armistead was a spy for Lafayette who had access to General Cornwallis’s headquarters. Back in 1996, the New York Times wrote about the First Rhode Island Regiment, who fought at Newport and Pine’s Bridge, and in a regrouped form, Yorktown. By one account, one-quarter of the American forces at the battle of Yorktown were black. The 1619 Project does not mention the Battle of Yorktown.

There is an amazing number of facts which would tell an accurate history and are left out of the “1619 Project.” Here are a few other such omissions concerning black Americans who have served the nation in military service.

There’s no mention of the Harlem Hellfighters fighting in World War One, and no mention of Dorie Miller’s heroism at Pearl Harbor. The horrors of the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male are discussed, but the Tuskegee Airmen are never mentioned.

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Dedication of Tuskegee Airmen Historic Museum

It is beyond comprehension that a group of black soldiers who were so renowned as to have a major movie made about them is not mentioned in a purported historical account like this. It seems that tales of heroism on the battlefield by Americans of African descent don’t quite fit the portrait the “1619 Project” is trying to paint.

But the fake news history doesn’t stop there. Here is a partial list of famous black Americans who have contributed to our history in enormous ways up to and through the civil rights movement of the 1960s, that are simply left out of the “1619 Project.”

Harriet Tubman-founder of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.
Sojourner Truth – a prominent abolitionist during the Civil War
Jesse Owens – Olympic athlete in the 1936 games
Jackie Robinson – First American of African descent in Major League Baseball
Booker T. Washington – Prominent intellectual and advisor to American presidents
Rosa Parks – The famous woman who refused to give up her seat and “go to the back of the bus,” in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. This triggered the beginning of the civil rights movement by spurring Martin Luther King Jr. to lead a yearlong boycott of buses in Montgomery.

The obvious question is this; How can any true account featuring the struggles of black Americans throughout history not include these names? The answer is that this can only happen if what is being produced is a revised history to be used as propaganda for a malevolent cause.

The “1619 Project” is Designed to Justify Claims that Everything Is Racist in America

racism, 1619 ProjectThe historical propaganda of the “1619 Project” is designed to advance the false narrative that America was born as an inherently racist nation that, despite all the progress toward racial equality in America, remains racist today. They try to do this by questioning what it is that made America’s real founding exceptional.

Where the 1619 articles go wrong is in a persistent and off-key theme: an effort to prove that slavery “is the country’s very origin,” that slavery is the source of “nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional,” and that, in Hannah-Jones’s words, the founders “used” “racist ideology” “at the nation’s founding.” In this, the Times steps beyond history and into political polemic—one based on a falsehood and that in an essential way, repudiates the work of countless people of all races, including those Hannah-Jones celebrates, who have believed that what makes America “exceptional” is the proposition that all men are created equal.

There are those who claim that since slavery isn’t outlawed in the original Constitution, it was evidence of essential racism. However, that ignores two critical facts.

First, though slavery wasn’t outlawed outright, the Constitution did provide for the future outlawing of the slave trade. Article 1, Section 9 prohibits Congress from making any laws against maritime trade until 1808.

Second, as Professor Charles Kesler points out to Mark Levin in a recent interview, the first day the Congress could outlaw the slave trade according to the Constitution, they did so under this clause. That was a portion of the Founder’s vision to gradually remove slavery by lawful and peaceful means.

1619 Project, socialismRewriting history is always a perilous proposition because it paves the way for future tyranny. It has been used as a prominent tactic by all Socialist and Fascistic movements from Marxists to National Socialists, aka Nazis, in modern history.

The same motivation lurks behind the New York Times’ efforts at fraudulent, fairy-tale American history. The editors and authors of this Leftist bastion publication believe that if America can be portrayed as a racist nation throughout history, people will realize that the nation needs to be “fundamentally transformed,” as former President Barack Obama declared just before assuming office.

It doesn’t concern the Left that the historical narrative presented is patently false and based on false assumptions. All that matters to them is setting and controlling the narrative so that enough people believe the lies to aid in overturning liberty in the land.

It doesn’t matter to the Left that pushing the ‘racism is endemic to America’ myth could easily result in violence that threatens to racially divide the country and perhaps permanently damage the fabric of society. The one thing that matters now for the Left is to eliminate the biggest obstacle to their plans of domination and that is President Trump and all of his supporters.

It Is Also Designed as a Weapon Against President Trump and His Supporters

The “1619 Project” is intended to set the basis for racist attacks against President Trump and all of his supporters ahead of the 2020 election. Hints of this have been around throughout Trump’s first term.

1619 Project, LeftismFor instance, witness the retorts of Leftists to the Trump campaign motto, Make America  Great Again. The response was and remains a disdainful “America was never great!”

The “1619 Project” reinforces that dismissive claim with bogus historical evidence that itself dismisses some of the most noteworthy accomplishments of black Americans in history.

Another dangerous tactic of the Left, especially of the Leftmedia in particular, has been enlarging their hatred of Donald Trump to include his supporters. There has been a flood of vitriol over social media castigating Trump supporters and even calling for violence against them for the better part of the last four years.

It is seen on protest signs, featured on CNN and MSNBC and the networks, and actual violence has been committed against individuals simply for wearing a red MAGA hat! Moreover, in an excellent article last summer by John Nolte, he catalogs over 600 incidents of violence and harassment against Trump supporters from September of 2015 to July of 2018.

One of the best refutations of the claim that America is racist comes from one American of African descent who supports President Trump and proudly believes in the actual and potential greatness of America. He was confronted by a Leftist woman who saw his Make America Great Again  hat and asked, “When was America great?”

This man’s stern and valid defense of America’s greatness is a fine example of how all supporters of the President must respond to these Leftist attacks. The “1619 Project” is but the beginning of the onslaught against Trump and all who stand with him.

As supporters of the President, we must know and defend the truth that America is exceptional today because it was declared at her founding that indeed, “All men are created equal.” That was and remains a rare and exceptional ideal which America has striven to fulfill as no other nation on earth has and we have come closer to doing so than any nation on earth.

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

D.T. Osborn

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Reason Won’t Convince The Left: Use it Anyway [Video]

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I recently read this quote attributed to legendary  actor Clint Eastwood,

If you could reason with Democrats, there wouldn’t be any Democrats.

I immediately thought that truer words have never been spoken. This same idea has rolled around in my brain concerning the Left in general for many years and I have wondered why that is so.

Why can’t reason sway a Leftist? Why is it that using reasonable speech to counter a Leftist talking-point is met with verbal, and sometimes beyond verbal, attempts to silence you?

After much consideration and observation of Leftist behavior, I think I have at least a partial answer.

Why Reason is Unconvincing to Leftists

There are several reasons the Left can’t be reasoned with. However, they can be summed up by the elevation of emotion over truth by the devotees of Leftism.

Leftism, unreasonableIt is important to understand that emotions are not inherently unreasonable. For instance, it is not unreasonable to have strong negative emotions toward someone who has harmed you or your loved ones.

However, emotions become unreasonable when they are allowed to dictate beliefs and actions to such an extent that seeking harm to another is the result. This is, in part, why God’s Word rails against seeking vengeance against an enemy.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 [ESV]

A specific example of using emotion over reason was analyzed in this journal last year concerning the disgusting behavior of the Left against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In that drama, the presumption of innocence was tossed aside in favor of a political agenda while smearing an honorable man before Congress.

Moreover, two of the current Democratic candidates for President, Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ] and Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA], were exceptionally defamatory and ridiculous at the same time. Recall that the Kavanaugh hearings were where Booker became a self-proclaimed ‘Spartacus.’

Worse, they also did real damage to those who are the vast majority of victims of sexual crimes. Which makes it easier for those who are truly guilty to prey on the innocent.

Moreover, this terrible farce will not serve to help real victims of sexual crimes. Instead, it will make it harder for accounts to be believed even if the stories are credible. So much for the Democrats helping women.

It is unreasonable to advocate for an emotional response which, if successful, would harm those who they claim are their staunch allies.

The Left today epitomizes and advocates incoherent and unreasonable policy in society with enforcement by the state in a number of areas. The attempt to justify this is full of emotional appeals designed to castigate logic and reason.

Leftism unreasonableThe current press of “transgender rights” into society and law is a perfect example of emotion over reason. Reason would recognize the biological reality of male and female and not accept the concept of ‘gender fluidity.’

The emotional appeals of imagined victims who claim their right to ‘identify’ as any sex they wish anytime they wish are used as attacks against not allowing the mentally disturbed to have their way. The impact of the emotion on some drives them to attempt the patently absurd.

For example, witness the infamous case of a Canadian man who now ‘identifies’ as a woman that wanted to have “her” genitals waxed, but was refused service by a real woman who wasn’t comfortable doing that. He is suing the business on the basis of gender discrimination.

The fact that both high-ranking politicians and ‘gender-challenged’ people will engage in totally unreasonable and even deranged behavior invites an important question. What is their motive, that is, what do they have to gain through this?

The Motive Is Power

Put simply, the motive is power. In the case of the man convinced he is really a woman, the motive will be personal power, specifically power to legally invade the privacy of real women and children.

In some particular people, the personal power of gender ‘identity’ is specific to athletic endeavors. The recent domination of several women’s sports on the high school level is evidence of that.

In some, those of means or already in positions of power, such as politicians, the motive is gaining power over others. The Leftist politicians will say that they should be given more power to be used for the creation of a more perfect, humanistic utopia.

Some of those political figures might truly believe in the Socialist ideal of a man-made paradise on earth. If so, they are also exhibiting unreasonable faith in a system that has never worked despite many, many attempts in the real world.

unreasonable LeftTheir misplaced faith is even more deluded given that there are real-time examples of Socialism’s inherent failure going on around the world today. Venezuela is the most recent prominent example of such yet that does not dissuade the enthusiasts of the Left at all.

This faith of the Left, or as they might call it, “progressivism,” is very much like a religious cult without a real Diety. This false faith is placed in imperfect humans in authority with the expectation that somehow a more perfect government and society will be the result.

The Founders of America did not see humanity as capable of perfecting itself, which is why they placed limits on the power of government in the Constitution. The cult of the Left sees the Constitution very differently and the consequence of adopting their view has been leading steadily toward tyranny in America.

Professor Charles Kessler explains this clearly in a portion of his appearance with Mark Levin a few nights ago. Pay particular attention to the last two minutes of the video for some real enlightenment on the Left’s view of the world.

Kessler says that Leftism is really like a medieval religion with an inquisition, an index of forbidden books and thoughts, and a “moral patrol” to ensure no one reads forbidden books or expresses forbidden thoughts.

All three of those qualities are manifested today by the Left on social media. The “moral patrol” on social media can be called the morality police that put those who express forbidden thoughts into ‘Twitter jail,’ or ‘Facebook jail.’

The inquisition can be seen unfolding through the flurry of hostile ‘tweets’ viciously attacking anyone who disagrees with the Left, especially if they can characterize it as ‘offensive.’ The attacks are consistently low on substance and high on overwhelmingly emotional accusations of ‘racism,’ ‘xenophobia,’ ‘Islamophobia,’ ‘Anti-LBGTQ+,’ etcetera, etcetera, which make up the lexicon of forbidden words and thoughts. 

However, these qualities of Leftism are not unique or restricted to social media. As has been seen particularly in Portland, Oregon with the dangerous antics of Antifa, the Left’s morality police on the street will enforce their decrees with violence against innocents.

It is evident the Left is so entrenched in their completely illogical and unreasonable positions that they can’t be argued out of them. So why should conservatives continue to bring logic and reason to the fore to refute the Left?

Reason Is Still Necessary to Combat the Unreasonable Left

unreasonable LeftistsReason is absolutely necessary as a tool to combat the Left and their agenda, despite the fact that it will not convince a committed Leftist to abandon their faith in the cult of Progressivism. There are three key considerations favoring the use of reason against the unreasonable Left.

First, consider that not all Leftists are equally committed to the cause. Because it takes a large amount of blind faith to completely swallow the illogic of Leftism, there are those among them who can be convinced by solid reasonable evidence.

The evidence for this is found in many places online. Examples include the #walkaway movement filled with testimonies on YouTube and FB and Twitter of former Leftists who have “walked away” from that view, and encourage others to do so as well.

Another example is influential broadcaster Candace Owens, a black woman who was a young believer in the Leftist agenda and became a convert to conservatism a few years ago. She is at the forefront of a multitude of black conservatives expressing themselves with both emotion and reason online, some of whom have recently seen the light of conservativism.

Second, consider that there are uncommitted people who are listening and some are looking for reasons to get out of the middle of the road. In many cases, those people are also getting tired of being run over especially by the strident and incessant clamor of the Left in society.

These are the people who just wanted to live a peaceful, non-political life raising a family and perhaps gaining some relative prosperity in the process. That is until they found out that their kids were being forced to support the delusion of ‘transgender identity’ in the classroom of their public school.

These parents were living and enjoying life and just minded their own business. But now, the Left has begun to push into their own lives and that makes it their business, thus they are listening for ways to combat the Left.

gospel and reasonThird, consider that it is always right to present the truth against falsehood even if the odds seem to be against you. That is the example provided by God in His Word to counter the greatest falsehood of all, the falsehood of hopelessness.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest truth in history which banishes the lie of hopelessness against the reality of sin. All people know and are bothered by the fact that in some way, they are imperfect and incomplete both without and within.

However, not all understand that this condition is really the inherent sin common to all. Some will react with a denial that there is a problem, even going so far as to unreasonably deny the existence of God, and abandoning any hope or effort to find the truth.

By the way, denying the existence of God is an unreasonable position. But that is a subject for another time.

Others will try almost anything to remedy their imperfections both physically and spiritually from cosmetic surgery to psychic “ascended masters,” without success. That leads to a sense of frustration and hopelessness.

However, the gospel presents the truth that there is hope in Jesus Christ and relief from the imperfection and destruction of sin is found for each of us through faith in His sacrifice on the cross. A sacrifice prompted by the perfect love of God to bring hope to humanity.

The truth that as you or I grow in faith, we can with renewed hope see the time when faith comes to completion and we are made perfect in Christ. That hope is one good reason among many to accept the gospel truth.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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Journalistic Bias and Pseudo Racism: The Case of the New York Times [Video]

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A very revealing transcript from an internal “town hall” meeting at the New York Times was reported on in the Friday, August 16th, 2019 issue of Newsbusters online. The transcript reveals two Leftist principles combining to herald a new and alarming era in the history of the Times and perhaps in mainstream journalism as well.

One of those principles is well known to conservatives. The other is not as recognized, but it is a very important, and dangerous, weapon of the Left.

The Poorly Hidden Principle: Journalistic Bias

It is hardly surprising that the Leftmedia is extremely biased against President Trump. This journal has covered the topic of Leftist bias in journalism on several occasions.

Journalistic biasIn fact, the transcript of this N.Y. Times internal meeting shows the same level of focused bias revealed by CNN in Project Veritas undercover videos from 2017. In those videos, a producer at CNN, John Bonifield, was asked about the cable network’s seeming obsession with Trump and the Russian ‘collusion’ narrative.

The producer gave an example of just how much CNN was focusing on the Russia narrative:

The CEO of CNN said in our internal meeting, he said, good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia.

The Executive Editor of the N.Y. Times, Dean Baquet, couldn’t have given a more fitting example of the same bias against the President than the way he started the meeting.

Executive Editor Dean Baquet began his remarks by boasting about coverage of Russian collusion conspiracy theories. “We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” Baquet said. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story. …to write about race and class in a deeper way than we have in years.” Baquet declared “Chapter 1 of the story of Donald Trump, not only for our newsroom but, frankly, for our readers, was: Did Donald Trump have untoward relationships with the Russians, and was there obstruction of justice? That was a really hard story, by the way, let’s not forget that. We set ourselves up to cover that story.”

There you have it, folks, straight from the horse’s mouth. The most revered newspaper in the nation, if not the world, was laser-focused on the Russian ‘collusion delusion’ and then, along came Mueller and “his” report and the goal of taking out Trump was dashed.

Mueller collusion delsusionThis focus wasn’t for the sake of simply reporting the facts. This pervasive phony story from the Leftmedia extended into every part of both Trump and anyone remotely associated with him.

The lynchpin of the Left’s effort to destroy Trump was the Russia-collusion hoax, and that has now been effectively countered by the truth reluctantly presented by Mueller’s testimony. A trustworthy unbiased newspaper would do two things.

They would apologize for their false reporting and vow to get back to real news without the goal of removing the President from office. The N.Y. Times doesn’t qualify as trustworthy or unbiased, so of course, they used the rest of the internal meeting to instead look for another way of falsely condemning President Trump.

The Emerging Principle: Omnipresent Pseudo-Racism

The meeting went on to explore what direction their attacks against the President should now take. The answer came from another high-level staffer who challenged Baquet about his reluctance to use the word “racist” against Trump, and frankly wanted the Times to cry “racism” about everything!

This staffer question in general caught a lot of attention:

“I have another question about racism. I’m wondering to what extent you think that the fact of racism and white supremacy being sort of the foundation of this country should play into our reporting. Just because it feels to me like it should be a starting point, you know? Like these conversations about what is racist, what isn’t racist. I just feel like racism is in everything. It should be considered in our science reporting, in our culture reporting, in our national reporting. And so, to me, it’s less about the individual instances of racism, and sort of how we’re thinking about racism and white supremacy as the foundation of all of the systems in the country.”

There are two critical statements made by this staffer. The first is that he feels “like racism is in everything,” and should be the basis for their reporting on science and culture and simply national news.

false racismThis staffer is an excellent example of what comes out of the American university system today. He is reflecting the mantra of “systemic racism” that has infected the academic Left for 60+ years.

The second statement shows the essence of almost all modern history teaching in the public school system for the last half-century and is the basis for his belief that racism is in ‘everything.’ His belief is that America itself was founded on ‘racism and white supremacy,’ and continues to exist as a racist nation today!

This strategy of branding the President as racist goes all the way back to the campaign of 2015-16 when candidate Trump began to speak of the problem of illegal aliens flooding America. The Left claims to this day that Trump called all Mexicans rapists and criminals then, which was a bald-faced lie then and is such today.

Trump specifically criticized the rampant criminal activities committed by illegal aliens coming across the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom are Mexican nationals.

The same fraudulent charge of racism continues to be tossed out regularly by the Left concerning the statements the President made after the Charlottesville, Virginia protest that turned violent. Let’s set the record straight on that lie with this video from Prager University.

Thus, the narrative that the President is ‘racist’ is not a new tactic by the Left. However, the Times seems to believe that if they just keep repeating it enough and assigning this pseudo-racism as a motive for everything American, their blind readers will believe it.

They are probably correct about their most loyal readers. However, they also hope that some others who only casually follow the news will also believe this lie.

It becomes apparent that the media push for the remaining years of the Trump presidency will focus on this kind of pseudo-racism. However, since the word ‘racism’ itself has been vastly overused by the Leftmedia, it is becoming drained of real meaning.

After all, if everything is racist, then nothing is racist. Which is why this staffer, and the Leftmedia as well, are also using the words “white supremacy” and “white nationalism,” more often in place of simply screaming ‘racist’ at Trump and his supporters.

media biasThe only counter to this deceptive strategy is to call it out by showing the real truth as often as can be done. The few true journalists who will encounter these Leftist charges in the next few years should be certain they challenge them directly to produce facts, not false statements, in support of their false allegations.

If this doesn’t happen, then we as Americans must directly challenge the media itself and demand to know why not. The pseudo-racism of the Left must not become entrenched in society any more than it already is now.

This will likely become a repetitive and tedious task for anyone who tries to do it. It will take determination and grit to withstand and counter the Left, especially on the big social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

The Left’s cry of ‘racist’ and ‘white supremacist’ is being heaped upon Trump and his supporters regardless of their ethnicity will continue to be employed to intimidate conservatives. That may be seen even this weekend in Portland, Oregon when the group “Patriot Prayer” and others come for a hopefully peaceful “Anti Antifa” rally.

This has already sparked some reaction from the “Rose City Antifa” group. I pray there is no violence there like the kind from Leftist Antifa thugs in June against Andy Ngo at another Portland demonstration.

The push of the Left to say Trump or any and all of his supporters are racist or white nationalists will be vicious, and my advice is twofold. First, don’t do this alone. We need the strength and encouragement of others who will stand along with us.

There are strong conservative voices on both Twitter and Facebook, as well as some new ones in the media like One America News, and they are making some headway. There are also alternate online sites such as Parler that won’t censor conservatives and where allies can be found.

Secondly, and most important, lean heavily upon faith in the LORD. Call to Him in prayer and study the teachings of His Word in the Scriptures so that heavenly strength can augment our earthly efforts toward what is right and true.

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Penultimate Power-grab of The ‘New Left’ [Video]

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The Left has always been a movement which sought power to obtain their warped view of the ‘greater good.’ Moreover, that view has always trended toward Socialism in one variety or another.

Leftists search for power is through both cultural and political avenues. For the better portion of the last 60 years, the Left has used the public education system at all levels toward gaining influence and control in both.

Thus it was only a matter of time before their movement would produce powerful Leftist leaders in culture and politics. The Left’s quest in America reached its political height when Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

They exulted during Obama’s 8-year attempt to “fundamentally transform” America. Now the Obama years are behind us and Left’s anointed choice to ascend did not win.

In the three-plus years of President Trump’s first term, we have witnessed the emergence of a new set of Leftist politicians, an overtly and aggressive Socialist bunch, along with a more violent Left in society. This is the dangerous and desperate ‘new Left’ of today.

No Longer the Non-violent Left

AntifaToday’s new Left is becoming increasingly violent in pursuit of their nefarious goals. They are beginning to resemble the Leftists of the 1960s and 70s from whom they are descended.

The recent violence by the Fascist Left group Antifa is troubling, but it has not reached the level of protest bombings that characterized the earlier Leftists of the 20th century. Such violence of that level could yet occur if this is not effectively squashed.

In fact, recently an attempt was made by a committed Leftist, who claimed at least sympathy with Antifa in a written manifesto, at an I.C.E. facility in Tacoma, Washington to destroy it altogether.

“Anti-immigration enforcement protester, Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was armed with a loaded rifle and attempted to ignite a commercial-size propane tank attached to the detention facility,” Shawn Fallah, resident agent in charge of ICE Office of Professional Responsibility said in a written statement provided to Breitbart News. “This could have resulted in the mass murder of staff and detainees housed at the facility had he been successful at setting the tank ablaze, said Shawn Fallah, resident agent in charge of ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. These are the kinds of incidents that keep you up at night.”

However, there is one rather startling difference between these eras of Leftist unrest. During the 1960s there emerged a very hardy and effective counter-movement of non-violent protest, led by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The modern ‘new Left’ has no such non-violent champion who is rallying the faithful in a peaceful manner. Moreover, it is increasingly clear that they aren’t interested in conducting any sort of non-violent campaign.

In fact, the violent anarchists also have the Leftmedia practically cheering them on when they practice violence. This excusing of violence was engaged in by many so-called “progressives” as well.

The only reason actions like these can go unpunished and under-reported is because of the source of the attack and the victim. Antifa is heralded by many progressives as people who simply oppose fascism. They’ve been praised by politicians ranging from Joe Biden to Mitt Romney.

No Longer the Lawful Left

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Portrait of Luftwaffe staff, Goering in center

Today’s Leftist spokespeople, in media and politics, are reminiscent of the testimony by Reichs Marshall Hermann Goering at the famous war-crimes trial in Nuremberg, Germany, after the allies had triumphed in World War II.

Before I venture into this potentially troubling area, I need to make something clear. I am not claiming that Leftists are Nazis. Rather I am claiming that the Left now employs the same methods to gain power as the Nazis did almost a century ago.

Goering was Hitler’s second-in-command and the head of the Luftwaffe, i.e. the German version of the Air Force. He was very close and loyal to Hitler right up to the very end of the Third Reich.

This was Goering’s answer to a specific question about whether or not Hitler and his cohorts had come to power “legally.”

Goering: Of course the Party had come to power in an entirely legal way, because the Party had been called upon by the Reich President according to the Constitution, and according to the principles in force the Party should have been called upon much earlier than that. The Party gained strength and came to power only by way of normal elections and the franchise law then valid.

The ‘Party’ Goering referred to was the National Socialist German Workers Party, aka the Nazis. A few moments later he explained the rationale for not simply gaining power, but trying to keep that power on a permanent basis.

Goering: It was a matter of course for us that once we had come into power we were determined to keep that power under all circumstances.We did not want power and governmental authority for power’s sake, but …We did not want to leave this any longer to chance, to elections, and parliamentary majorities, but we wanted to carry out the task to which we considered ourselves called. [italics added]

Antifa, Leftism, violence

SA Stormtrooper and his son.

Reviewing Goering’s testimony and other historical facts revealed some interesting items which seem very like the maneuvers of the ‘New Left.’ One such item was the formation and operation of the SA, aka “Storm Troopers,” or “Brownshirts.”

The SA was very instrumental in the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party. They functioned as an ‘army’ of thugs to intimidate Hitler’s foes.

the SA men protected party meetings, marched in Nazi rallies, and physically assaulted political opponents.

The astute readers of this publication, which I of course believe is all of you, will have already seen the parallels between the SA and Antifa today. The Left as a political movement is obviously in favor of Antifa and their like-minded allies and has been for a long time.

Antifa has obliged the Leftists and become their violent head-buster gang to deter conservatives in as many ways as they can. They are the modern storm-troopers of today and many in Law Enforcement are having their hands tied due to the cowardly cooperation of higher city officials.

Witness the pathetic excusing of Antifa in Portland after attacking journalist Andy Ngo, and the Police Association President’s critique of the mayor.

Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner condemned the violence but demanded that Mayor Wheeler allow police to do their jobs. “Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence?” Turner asked in a statement. “If this violence had been directed at Antifa, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation. “It’s our job to ensure that our community can peacefully protest without fear of violence but right now our hands are tied,” he added later in the statement.

Nor is Portland, Oregon the only place Leftists attacks are going unopposed by law enforcement. Recently an I.C.E. facility in Aurora, Colorado was stormed by protestors and they took down the American flag and ran up the Mexican flag in its place.

Instead of an attack on individuals, this was a shot at the symbol of the national sovereignty of America, on our soil! Law enforcement stayed away from the immediate scene did nothing to stop the disgraceful act.

There are a plethora of examples of unopposed violence from a number of Left-wing college campuses to public disasters where people have died, such as Charlottesville, VA, where enforcement response was virtually non-existant and could have prevented it. In other words, law enforcement officers were on the scene or nearby, and did not intervene in an adequate measure.

The Penultimate Power-grab Is Coming in 2020

AntifaWe have seen that the Left doesn’t hesitate to use violence to further their Socialist agenda. It has also been noted that the law is not a barrier for Leftists as they have and will continue to abuse as well as use the law when it’s to their advantage.

This brings us to the upcoming national election in 2020. The campaigning has already begun in both political parties and there is still another 15 months before the election.

The Left will make its next attempt for a penultimate grab at political power during the campaign and election process in those 15 months. However, control of the government in America is not the Left’s ultimate goal.

Rather, it is the last step they need to climb in order to reach the Leftist’s ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is not simply government control, but total and permanent government control.

The true idealists on the Left do not even realize that fact. They truly believe the goal is to make humanity a blissful Socialist utopia.

Goering also had declared that the Nazi party wanted power to make things better, not for power’s own sake. Personally, I believe Goering was lying, at least to himself, about his own ideals.

I believe that because Goering also noted that once they obtained the power they were not going to willingly give it up. Trust me, the Left might legally obtain power through our elections, as the Nazi party did but they won’t be satisfied there.

If this modern group of Leftist power-brokers obtains such power, they will try to keep it by any means deemed necessary, just like the Nazis in Germany. Whether the idealists on the Left realize a permanent hold on power for the sake of power is the ultimate goal or not, there are those on the Left who do understand and aim to have it.

Thus it is critical that the Left be opposed in this effort at every turn. Perhaps the most essential area is the preservation of American election integrity.

Things such as mandatory voter identification laws need to be in place, which President Trump supports. Moreover, it is vital that enforcement of election law ensuring that not one living non-citizen can vote in the election is also in place.

Finally, we must be about coming with renewed vigor to the LORD for His Divine aid. Pray for the President and all those who combat the Left on a daily basis, and ask God what you can do to help combat against this dangerous and vile attempt to destroy the nation.

The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. Psalm 11:5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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Epstein, the Left and Sexual Abuse of Children [Video]

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There is one advantage to the Leftist displays of lunacy in recent years. It is revealing to more people than ever how insane the Left actually is.

However, there is also a decided disadvantage in acquiring this knowledge. It is when one discovers just how depraved Leftist insanity has now become.

Such knowledge stirs emotions ranging from disgust to anger, especially when it concerns those who are helpless among us. We learned this anew when the newest charges against wealthy Leftist Jeffery Epstein were revealed recently.

This convicted pedophile is now facing further charges and perhaps some real hard time, not the 13 months of light-duty he received before. In fact, most commentators expect that Epstein could take several high-profile Democratic stars down with him, most of all former President Bill Clinton.

The author of “Trafficking,” Conchita Sarnoff appeared on Fox News where she destroyed Bill Clinton for his denial statement being involved with Jeffrey Epstein. Sarnoff dropped a huge bomb by establishing not only did Bill Clinton ride Epstein’s plane 27 times and many without secret service, but the pilot logs establish many underage girls were riding those flights as well.

Panic on the Left

Bill Clinton, Jeffery EpsteinThe Left is practically in panic mode because of these revelations. They realize that the fallout from the Epstein affair could seriously damage their hopes of regaining the White House.

Consequently, the Leftmedia has taken care to make sure that President Trump is mentioned in association with Epstein at every opportunity. The one huge problem is that not only is there no evidence of any association as the only dealings between the two was when Trump had Epstein thrown out and banned from his Mar-a-Lago hotel.

Patterson had another revelation about whether or not Trump had knowledge of Epstein’s disgusting activities.

At another point in the interview, Patterson said he “knows Trump didn’t know” about Epstein’s alleged criminal activity.

However, Trump’s Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has been under the gun because he was the prosecutor involved in Epstein getting a sweetheart plea bargain in 2008. Acosta has tendered his resignation as Labor Secretary in light of that revelation.

President Trump announced he did not have any involvement of Acosta resigning and he came to that decision on his own. Trump told ABC, “He’s doing this not for himself, he’s doing this for the administration.”

Chuck Schumer, Jeffery EpsteinThe Left is also furiously trying to use this episode with Acosta to keep the focus on Trump and away from the Leftist power brokers they adore. One example features the lovable (?) Senator Chuck Schumer [D-NY] calling for Acosta’s resignation to deflect from the rather substantial amount of money Epstein donated to Schumer’s political aspirations.

The New York senator and entities that are linked to him received a grand total of around $22,000 from the accused sex trafficker, The New York Post reported.

It will be interesting to see in the coming weeks just how many names of influential Leftists will be discovered as close associates and companions of this billionaire sex trafficker. Moreover, it should not be surprising that Leftists use and abuse children since they have routinely been doing so in their own political and cultural arenas for quite awhile.

Leftists Child Sex-Abuse Reaches Beyond Epstein

Some may point out that Epstein is not representative of the Left as he is only one person. Of course, this ignores the grave implications of the Clintons and various other celebrities of Leftist bent having close associations with Epstein.

However, there is far more evidence implicating the Left in pedophilia and other types of child abuse.  For instance, there is an entire Leftist organization dedicated to normalizing pedophilia called the North American Man-Boy Love Association, or NAMBLA.

North American Man-boy Love Association

So there is no confusion, the “love” part of the name refers specifically to the sexual attraction male pedophiles have toward underage boys. They openly advocate for the normalization of “consensual” sexual relationships between adult males and underage boys and campaign for the reduction or elimination of age-of-consent laws.

Here is one of the arguments they use to justify their existence:

Most man/boy relationships are based on mutual respect and affection, and strongly desired by both partners. Such relationships do not harm anyone, and often entail many benefits for both man and boy. Boy-lovers and boys alike respond to the needs of those they love — needs for affection, understanding, and freedom.

However, a fascinating video from a 2009 “Hannity” episode gave a bit of an inside look at NAMBLA from someone who infiltrated the group. The video quality is poor but the message is very clear and disturbing.

Jennings was appointed by then-President Obama in 2009 and served as “Safe Schools Czar” for 18 months before he stepped down in 2011, presumably so as not to make Obama’s re-election campaign more difficult.

Kevin Jennings, a homosexual activist who has served in the U.S. Department of Education as the “Safe Schools Czar” for the last 18 months has stepped down, with some saying Jenning was pushed out for fear that his unsavory past would become an issue in the 2012 elections.

A more recent example of pedo-promotion occurred just last month in a tweet which is no longer available on Twitter as the account has been suspended. The account belonged to Amos Yee, a refugee who came to America seeking political asylum in 2016, which he received in 2017.

Mr. Amos Yee, for the record, is a pedophile himself who on Dec. 6, 2018 posted a photo of a pre-pubescent girl on Twitter with the comment “How does one not become a pedophile?” He wrote a tweet on June 11, 2019, which reads,

Children enjoy sex, whether that’s between themselves or someone their age or even better yet someone who’s mature and can guide them through sex. Sex between an adult and a child doesn’t always = rape. Pedos need to be accepted. #LGBTQP #Pride 2019

Pedos need to be accepted?! Seriously? This is an obvious attempt to normalize pedophilia, and Yee is one of many on the Left who want such normalization to happen.

PedophiliaIn fact, prominent Leftist publications such as Salon magazine have promoted the idea that there exist “virtuous pedophiles,” in several articles from 2015. Moreover, a New York Times op-ed writer advocated on October 5, 2014, that pedophilia should be protected as a disability under the law!

The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination against otherwise qualified individuals with mental disabilities, in areas such as employment, education and medical care. Congress, however, explicitly excluded pedophilia from protection under these two crucial laws. It’s time to revisit these categorical exclusions. …

These episodes are a few revelations of how those guilty of heinous crimes against children prey on the young with the support of the Left. Moreover, there is another movement that has gained massive support from the Left which exploits and physically harms very young children, the movement for “transgender rights.”

Leftist Political Action for The Torture of ‘Transitioning’ Children

This journal, along with many others, has repeatedly warned of the dangers of ‘transgenderism’ to society as a whole and to children in particular. Here is a movement of child sex abuse that has received active promotion by past President Obama.

This happened in 2016 with 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.”

Some might ask why transgenderism should be included as sexual child abuse. I would ask another question in response.

Transgenderism

“How is a societal and political movement which encourages children as young as 3 or 4 to ‘identify’ as the wrong sex, eventually take dangerous drugs as ‘puberty blockers’, followed by injecting dangerous ‘cross-sex hormone’ chemicals and finished by surgical destruction of sex organs be anything other than the sexual abuse of children?”

This is simply a process of slow torture for the child, dooming that child to a lifetime of confusion, depression and eventual suicide for almost half its victims. It also involves the powerful adult imposing their fantasy onto the child as early as possible to give the child little room to escape.

An excellent piece in Thinkr’s online magazine goes through the entire process in cold detail and makes the following observation.

The age at which each of the phases commences is getting continually lower. This decreases the likelihood that children will be able to consider a different course. They will be hemmed into a particular course of action far before they are emotionally, psychologically, and socially developed enough to realize the ramifications of their feelings.

The Left owns this issue, as even a casual observer can see. However, it must also be admitted that the Christian community has experienced more than its share of cases of child sex abuse.

The Question of Child Abuse by Christians

I’m going to address one objection which will undoubtedly be raised against the crux of this article. “What about Christians, like Catholic priests, or Protestant ministers who have been guilty of sexual abuse of children? They’re not a bunch of Leftists, are they?”

There are two incorrect assumptions within those kinds of questions. First, there is the assumption that Catholics and Protestants are not Leftward leaning at all.

Pedophilia, ChurchThat is not the case, as this journal has noted in several articles. Perhaps a majority of these organizations are conservative, however, a substantial minority of them are what I have called the Leftward Church.

Second, and more importantly, is the false assumption that the sexually abusing children is approved and accepted by the conservative Christian community. Incidents of such abuse have been hidden by church authorities, which is precisely the point.

While sexual abuse of the young may happen within Christian and conservative circles, it is roundly condemned and punished there when it becomes known. It is because of such condemnation and punishment that these acts are hidden by the abusers.

The Left is not trying to hide this agenda at all. As has been noted above, many are not only open about it, both pedophilia and transgenderism are being celebrated by the Left and pushed toward normalization in society and through the law.

It is vital that these efforts by the Left at normalization of child sex abuse are resisted with all the fervor which we can muster. Moreover, such resistance should begin by calling upon the LORD’s grace and mercy for not resisting the Left, and pleas that He help us stand for righteousness against the fury of the Left.

Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle. Jeremiah 8:5-6 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Siege Against Christianity, Part 3: 5 Threats from Within [Video]

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Parts 1 and 2 of this series covered the determined siege against Christianity by forces outside of the Christian fellowship. This final piece will examine the greatest peril to Christianity if all, the threat from within.

For the purposes of this article, a threat from within is something or someone whose presence and/or purposes are detrimental to the existence and mission of Christianity. The biblical witness is the measuring standard to find and guard against these kinds of dangers.

Based on my experience of two decades as a pastor, and my long examination of the subject, here are my top five threats to Christianity from within.

Five: Embracing the Socialist Leftist Agenda

Inset.1.7.9.2017This journal has extensively chronicled the Leftist influence within the modern church in an earlier series. There is abundant evidence for this claim in the recent prominence of modern Mainstream churches who align with the Left on issues such as abortion, gender ‘identity’, ‘climate change,’ and illegal immigration.

To discern the aims of the Leftward Church, examine what they support and oppose. In every case, the religious and social policies of the Leftward Church are identical to the policies of the political Left. Both entities support abortion on demand, redistribution of wealth, gay marriage, illegal immigration, and any number of other leftist causes. Moreover, the Leftward Church inculcates these policies within their faith as well as advocating for them publically. I can state this definitively because of both extensive research and personal experience as a pastor. One example of how Leftism becomes part of the religious practice is found at Grace Baptist Church in Chicago. This church employed an openly lesbian pastor who lived with her partner. This organization of Christian name and claim chooses a leader whose lifestyle embraces radical feminism and sexuality. Both of which are cherished causes of the political Left.

Since the election of President Trump, the mainstream Leftward Church has taken up the “progressive” cause with renewed desperation. Unfortunately, the 2018 midterm elections have also allowed the Left and their religious allies some new wind in their sails, and the Leftward Church is happily along for the ride.

Thus we should expect to witness more movement by churches with the “Christian” pedigree in the direction of favoring open borders, defending and promoting abortion before and perhaps after birth and pushing for immediate action against the myth of man-caused ‘climate change.’ Moreover, though there is hesitation at the moment, perhaps before the year is out we should see some denomination or splinter group of Catholics, etc. leaping to embrace the newest jewel for the Left, “transexual rights.”

Four: Cultural Appropriation by the Church

Inset.2.7.9.2019Any fellowship of Christian believers exists as a subculture of seekers within an overarching culture which it is, ideally, trying to reach for the LORD Jesus Christ. There has always existed for Christians a delicate balance between being living in the world and living for Christ.

In our modern-day, the balance is increasingly in favor of the culture influencing churches rather than the reverse. The Contemporary Christian group Casting Crowns’ song “What This World Needs” has a particular lyric which fits the phenomenon of churches ‘appropriating’ culture.

What this world needs,
Is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance
Blending in so well that people can’t see the difference
And it’s the difference that sets the world free.

Within the modern-day church, a movement began 40 or so years ago as a way of outreach to create an environment that welcomed strangers and attracted “seekers.” Efforts were made to become more relevant in order to provide opportunities to present the gospel to unchurched youth and families.

This is similar to what the Apostle Paul wrote about in his First Letter to the Corinthian church.

To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:20-23 [ESV]

This is not a bad strategy, as long as one thing remains clear. Don’t neglect to present the gospel because all that is happening, in that case, is showing the outside world that you aren’t serious enough to stand for Christ.

When the gospel is sacrificed to make any church more culturally relevant it will eventually prove destructive to the Church’s continued existence. That is happening in some large churches today.

Listen to the song “What This World Needs” here. There is another portion of it that points us directly to the number three internal threat to Christianity.

Three: Doctrinal Twisting by Leadership

I love that song because it is so on point in so many ways, and Casting Crowns has made a great statement about culture and society and Christianity in it. By the way, I saw them live years ago in Kansas City, and they were awesome.

To be clear, Christian doctrines are simply clear biblical teachings which are meant to help disciples of Christ follow in His footsteps. These particular lyrics by Casting Crowns capture the essence of what I mean by the modern twisting of biblical doctrines,

Another ear-pleasing candyman afraid of the truth,
Another prophet in an Armani suit.

The two types of leaders described both peddle false, twisted doctrine though in different ways. The ‘ear-pleasing” leader does fear the truth, so they bring convoluted positions and policy to bear that are both unbiblical and illogical.

These denominational bodies which are trying to sanctify sin and justify evil in alliance with the Left…  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, Lutherans and even a group called “Catholics for Choice.” All of which are allied officially within the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

13960795899_4a76df702e_mAs can be seen by the list above, doctrinal twisting and outright denial of biblical doctrine are a widespread infection of evil within the Left-leaning denominations today. However, there are many very visible ‘independent’ church bodies with leaders that deform biblical teaching and then reform it into their own image for their own benefit, and they are the “prophets in an Armani suit.”

Some of these leaders captured large audiences during the so-called ‘televangelism’ movement that came to prominence in the 1980s. A few of these became very bold in their sin and greed, like Jim Baker and Robert Tilton and others, and they lost their churches and some lost their freedom.

However, there are others who either started after the turmoil had subsided, or laid low and continue in ‘ministry’ today. A common doctrinal error among many of the current crop of deceptive leaders still broadcasting today is known by various names, ‘name it and claim it,’ ‘prosperity gospel,’ or the ‘word of faith’ movement.

In my estimation, this is the most dangerous form of doctrine twisting for it can ensnare those newly acquainted with Christian thought and some who boast long tenure within a church but have not grown in their faith. “Prosperity” teachers such as Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar [that’s his name, at least on TV] to name two among many, tempt those within their influence with greed, claiming that God wants everyone to be materially rich and if you aren’t its because you lack faith in God’s promises in the Bible.

A thorough review and exposition of the errors of the “prosperity gospel,” would require another article. However, in short, there is one overarching reason these aberrant teachings have arisen with any potency at all, the abysmal biblical illiteracy among Christians today.

Two: Continuing Biblical Illiteracy among Christians

Inset.3.7.9.2019These final two threats from within Christianity differ markedly from the others. All five are somewhat connected among church denominations, networks and leadership, however, these two are more personal than the rest.

This means that of all the internal dangers to the Christian faith, the top two are dangers which can be directly remedied by personal action. The number two threat is a large number of individuals who claim faith in Christ that are not very literate in the basic teachings and content of God’s Word.

When I began in the pastorate I was like most Seminary graduates, both eager and very naive about the task of being a pastor. I was most naive concerning the apathetic attitude of church members toward knowing and following the Word of God.

My thoughts were that Christians would be clamoring to know Scripture and discern its meaning for application in their own lives. Alas, that proved not to be the case.

My own experience is severely limited as I pastored in just four congregations [two simultaneously for a time] throughout my pastoral tenure. Yet I believe, as was true in my own journey, the majority of church-goers and members seldom seek any regular classes or studies about biblical content.

I am quite sure that there are some exceptions to this situation. However, I would challenge any person curious about this to conduct the following experiment.

Attend the Sunday worship service(s) of a church of any size in your area and then attend a Bible study from the same fellowship. Most cases in Protestant or Independent churches will have far lower attendance for Bible studies than for Sunday worship.

For those who wish further confirmation, I can think of nothing but Biblical ignorance to explain these results of a 2018 study by the Barna research group.

Matthew 28:18-20 is the most well-known biblical record of what is commonly referred to extra-biblically as “the Great Commission.” But despite the significance of these and other verses that call Christians to “go and make disciples of all nations,” a surprising proportion of churchgoing Christians in the U.S. are generally unaware of these famous words from Jesus.

The blame for such widespread lack of a very important part of Scripture could be cast at church organizations and church leaders. However, there is a personal, individual responsibility all Christians share to learn the Bible and know its precepts.

That same sense of responsibility to know the Bible extends into obedience to the teachings in Scripture. Which leads us to the number one internal threat to Christianity, the poor witness of Christians to the world.

One: A Poor Christian Witness to the World

20067121_295da2e2d0_mThis is the single most important factor to be considered as a threat to Christianity, especially in the developed world. In point of fact, some of the previous threats listed here can be classified as examples of the Church providing a poor Christian witness on a large scale.

However, the greatest danger lies not with large groups, but with small groups and individual Christians that present a poor Christian witness in two main ways. The most obvious way is not to give any testimony of the gospel at all.

A study conducted by LifeWay Research helps flesh out the severity of this problem.

The study… found 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a month believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith. Yet despite this conviction, 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months.

This problem runs even deeper than simply sharing the gospel. The study also revealed that the same people are hesitant to even invite others to church to hear the gospel, provided they attend a church that preaches the good news of Christ.

Moreover, this reticence extends to personal prayer as well. According to this same study,

If Christians feel comfortable sharing their faith and recognize it’s their responsibility as disciples, why do so few share the gospel? And why don’t they at least pray for others? One-fifth—-20 percent—-say they rarely or never pray for the spiritual status of others. [empahsis added]

This is another area where personal observations over the years come in handy. I have found that a saying I heard years ago is largely accurate; ‘If you want to see an empty building, just call for a prayer meeting in the church.’

20065283_58c831ec26_mConversely, the most effective efforts at any kind of outreach and discipleship all have one factor in common, they rely heavily upon the prayers of the saints. I have been privileged to work with such efforts on both large and small scales, including several campaigns conducted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In my estimation, the extent of fervent prayer by the faithful is the single critical item that will either make or break Christianity in the future. It has often been said that ‘prayer changes things,’ and it can result in some remarkable changes in things mundane and serious.

However, the ‘thing’ that personal and group prayer changes the most is the heart of the praying person. It is impossible for anyone to connect with the God of the universe in heartfelt prayer and not be changed and challenged to live for Him. 

Here is where I put on my ‘preaching’ hat for a moment and say, as I often did in the pulpit, ‘When I ‘preach’ I am always speaking to myself as much as anyone else.’ So I will finish by stating that we would better serve the LORD if we sought His face more often and sincerely in prayer.

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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Why We ‘Object’ to the Left [Video]

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I begin with a note of full disclosure that I am an unabashed fan of almost all things Star Trek. In fact, I have been a fan since I viewed the original series when it ran the first time.

My favorite character from that series has remained my favorite Star Trek character of all; ‘Mr. Spock,’ masterfully portrayed by the late Leonard Nimoy. I was enthralled as a youth by Spock’s embrace of logical thinking and calm clarity in very sticky situations.

Among the multitude of insightful statements made by ‘Mr. Spock’ one, in particular, seemed to apply quite well to the current state of mind of the Left in our society. It is from one of my favorite episodes with the title, “The Squire of Gothos.”

Spock is verbally confronted by an almost omnipotent, yet rather childish, alien being known as “Squire Trelane” who has captured the Enterprise crew.

TRELANE TO SPOCK: I don’t know if I like your tone. It’s most challenging. That’s what you’re doing, challenging me?

SPOCK: I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose.

The two phrases, “intellect without discipline,” and “power without constructive purpose” describe the Leftist mentality and goals to a tee. As conservatives, we should oppose the Left and forcefully state what ‘Spock’ declared to ‘Trelane,’ “We object to you!”

The Left Epitomizes ‘Intellect without discipline’

AOCThe prevailing mentality of the modern Left is the epitome of ‘intellect without discipline.’ On just about any subject that requires a modicum of clear thinking and logic, Leftists have zero discipline.

Intellectual discipline demands at least an attempt to be accurate and truthful when presenting arguments, and the Left routinely ignores this principle in every area. A prime example was recently presented via the voluminously ignorant Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex [D-NY] commenting about illegal aliens in government detention.

In a tweet she remarked:

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border,…That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps.”

Note that AOC didn’t simply compare the temporary border detention centers to concentration camps. She literally called them concentration camps.

This level of ignorance combined with defiant confidence in spite of the truth is evidence of a completely undisciplined intellect. That is particularly objectionable in someone charged to represent American citizens.

Examples of this abound among the Left in every arena of life. The whole “climate change” hysteria is a hoax that demonstrates undisciplined intellect on a massive scale, all for political payoffs.

The video reveals the lengths to which ‘climate change’ advocates will go to foster their false and destructive narrative upon everyone else. As conservatives, we rightly object to this demonstration of ‘intellect without discipline,’ and the inevitable harm that results.

However, there is another aspect which needs to be explored. That is, what motivates the Left to push for nonsensical and demonstrably destructive changes in all facets of human existence.

As it happens in human affairs, the motive at the bottom is power and control. Make no mistake, for the Left, it is power without any constructive purpose whatsoever. In fact, the power they seek is inherently destructive to Western society and freedom itself.

The Left Seeks the Power that Destroys

LeftistsIt is no secret that those on the Left seek ever-increasing influence and power within Western nations, as well as globally. Such efforts are aimed at establishing the authority of the state in a Marxist/Socialist manner in the assurance that this would herald the illusionary utopian society of Leftist imaginations.

There is a substantial factual difficulty with the purposes of the Left. At every point in time and at every place on the planet where Socialism has been established, the results are always destructive.

The most prominent example of this today is, of course, the devastation experienced in Venezuela. What was once the most prosperous country in South America, with the largest oil reserves in the world, is now reduced to the status of the third-world nation whose people are starving.

Aside from chubby dictator Nicolas Maduro and his fellow elites, the Venezuelan people are running out of food and medical supplies. In their starving desperation, citizens have resorted to breaking into zoos to slaughter and eat the also malnourished animals; buffalo, pigs and horses are top choices on the menu.

SocialismMoreover, we should not forget the horrific destruction of Socialism throughout history, most notably the bloody tally of the 20th century. It is noteworthy that many on the Left specialize in denouncing Nazism while forgetting that Hitler’s ideology was simply another form of Socialism.

Understand that Socialism has various pedigrees, but the same evil end. The Nazi party in Germany was officially known as the “National Socialist German Workers Party.” Together with Germany’s National Socialism, the Communist Socialists such as the old USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and Communist China have racked up a body count of over 150 million people!

If one took a cursory look at any portion of life or any sector of culture, a plethora of destructive examples rear their heads in constitutional rights, education, science, politics, entertainment, media, religion, marriage, and the family. Consequently, the question becomes, ‘How do conservatives best object to the use of ‘undisciplined intellect’ towards no ‘constructive purpose?’

How to Object to the Left

I believe the most effective way to object to the Left is with determined, steadfast and immovable opposition to their destructive aims. We must do so with a manifestly disciplined intellect and striving toward a truly constructive purpose.

This means employing a disciplined intellect to invariably counter the Left’s fallacies with actual facts. It means never letting them go unchallenged when making their fraudulent claims.

In order for this to happen, we can no longer remain uninformed or unequipped to counter the destructive squawking of Socialists. A continuing innocent ignorance will only serve to empower the Left toward its destructive goals.

Social Media censorshipThis also requires the ability to engage Leftist arguments in the open arena of social media. Unfortunately, the social media giants of our time are awash with the vapid ideas of Leftists who control the most sought-after platforms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, making it difficult to have opposing views published and widely disseminated.

There are four possible responses to such Leftist efforts to censor and banish conservatism from social media. One is to attempt creating a new social media platform allowing a free exchange of ideas, however, that task is beyond most of us but a select and daring few.

The second response is to exclusively support and use alternative social media that operate with freedom of speech, meaning to abandon the use of entities such as Facebook altogether. The prospects for success in that venture are only slightly greater than creating one’s own platform from scratch.

The third response is a hybrid of utilizing alternative media as well as the social media goliaths of today. This is a more promising alternative, though I believe it is still short of the real solution.

The fourth response is likely the most effective in both the short and long run. It is a push to break up the social media monopolizing of the Left by advocating legal action.

Rather than take unnecessary space to explain the justification and need for this, I’ll let Bill Whittle lay out the case in the following video.

A thousand more words would not suffice to comprehensively catalog all the incidents of conservative voices being banned or demonetized by the huge social media machine. This must be fought with determined effort until the goal of a truly free internet is realized.

The most precious item destroyed by Leftist ideals is individual liberty. The Socialist Left would rather each individual ‘know their place’ as part of a slave-like society forfeiting all rights to the omnipotent government.

Conservatism inherently believes in individual freedom under representative government accountable to its citizens. Our solution to the purveyance of “bad” destructive speech is to encourage more “good” constructive speech and be free to announce and support it publically.

It is not our aim to ban or shut down Leftist voices whether on social media or not. It is instead our aim to ensure an open and upfront debate in the marketplace of ideas.

Sooner or later [hopefully sooner] we can realize this aim, and a renewed hope for the future can come to light, with God’s help. As was said long ago, we should

pray as if everything depends on God, work as if everything depends on you.

Therefore, with redoubled effort and conviction, let us stridently stand and declare to the Left, “We object to you!” And let us lean upon the LORD who is with us to proclaim and act upon the truth.

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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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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