August 07, 2018

The Purge Begins: Monopoly YouTube, Apple, Facebook, and Spotify Censor INFOWARS

So, a multi-media monopoly of YouTube, Apple, Facebook, and Spotify have joined to censor Alex Jones and INFOWARS on the same day based on "hate speech" but a quick search of "kill Trump" on YouTube brings up an extremely disturbing and graphic video "Killing Trump" published on Sep 19, 2016, that glorifies the killing of the president with non-stop violence.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AOQIdj4O-A
  

Tech social-media companies emphasized that they blocked INFOWARS, not for conspiracies, but for "inciting hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics.” Facebook said they were shutting down several of Jones’s pages for “glorifying violence." But no actual sentences or specific words likened to rule breaking were ever cited. If anyone believes they were, they can post a link.
     
Because of the remaining radical-left inflammatory content that incites violence against President Trump and conservatives, clearly, the censorship of INFOWARS is mainly for political reasons and the fact that a few gigantic multi-media tech companies banned them on the same day implies collusion and a political monopolization of commercial social media, which according to precedent is illegal.

June 20, 2018

Seven Facts MSM News Is Not Telling You About Child Immigration Law Controversies



Rachel Maddow is receiving a lot of attention today after crying on her news program about immigrant children being separated from adults while crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S.  without permission.  While I don't doubt that she truly feels sad about the situation, and it is truly a heartbreaking tragedy, it's clear that Democrat politicians are blocking long-term practical solutions that would allow for safer immigration as families that can stay together and it's also clear by her past record that Maddow will blatantly deny critical facts (whether consciously or not) in order to support her animus and pre-conceived prejudices against President Trump. The history of Maddow's tendency towards twisting facts and promoting propaganda, plus critical facts on the present situation in U.S. politics, are all very relevant.

Maddow's history of propaganda

Rachel Maddow's bias in the past has been so extreme and dishonest that even left-leaning news sources objected to it and called her out on it. Fox News showed how a Huffington Post writer, Willa Frej objected to Maddow's dishonesty in the article: What The Hell Was This Rachel Maddow Segment? “Everybody that I know is appalled by this.” -and Frej described the deceptive approach of Maddow:

"It was a vintage Rachel Maddow stemwinder. A deft, 25-minute weaving of carefully curated sound bites, screenshots of news reports, slick maps and graphics, all strung together to make the case that something fishy is afoot. It’s a style Maddow has perfected, and it has propelled her to the top of the ratings heap. There was just one problem. Maddow’s theory was so flimsy that it could be debunked by a quick glance at a map, let alone a phone call with an expert."

With regard to Maddow's recent tearful news, as she was crying and describing children allegedly being snatched away, she said, "Can we put up the graphic of this?" and an image of the young girl (Yanela Denise) that was the poster child for alleged refugee child separation was posted in her news feed. But there are big problems. To begin with, that child was not a refugee and was never separated from its mother. The mother had left their home in Mexico leaving behind three other children and a husband with a good job behind to try to cross the U.S. border illegally.

The mother essentially kidnaped the young girl and put her through unnecessary trauma and risked both of their lives in the desert and, apparently, she did this in search of her conception of the "American Dream" that would for her include a single mother on welfare living the easy life. This is what passes for "refugees" in many cases. There is no persecution of any people group in Mexico.

Rachel Maddow's entire appeal to emotion based on this image was essentially a lie and the facts of the matter reveal a number of arguments as to why there should be strong border control and not incentives to cross the border illegally. News sources are ethically responsible to do at least minimal research to ensure that their stories are accurate. What we increasingly see is MSM news creating a false narrative in order to attack President Trump and then fabricating images to try to push the narrative. Ethical journalism is based on finding real evidence and then describing a true description based on tested facts.

 Huffington Post's Camille Preston underscores that there's an inverse relationship between emotions and critical thinking skills such that when we are very emotional, our critical thinking abilities decrease dramatically. Again, I won't offer that Rachel Maddow is consciously manipulating people with tears but I will offer that it's very possible that she's come to believe her own background narrative without being aware of critical facts.

Seven Critical facts ignored by Maddow and MSM news

1. The subject of immigration is a timely distraction from widespread government corruption.

Regarding an immigration law that has been on the books since 2002, it's important to note that this hysteric attention to the southern border of the U.S. did not become news until just after the Inspector General's report on the FBI was released affirming not only that there has been extreme corruption on many levels in the previous administration but in the FBI itself. Did Maddow's MSNBC ever cover this corruption? The first article that comes up in a Google search for "MSNBC inspector general report on FBI" is John Podesta's opinion of that matter. Wikileaks revealed in posts that Podesta was a part of the corrupt campaign approach of Hillary Clinton and that they desired to undermine the conservative values of the Catholic Church with a "revolution" of progressivism, and none of this has been denied. Yet, this is the 'expert opinion' MSNBC brings on to evaluate the IG report.



The immigration distraction began with a false and defamatory Twitter post by Obama's speechwriter, Jon Favreau, showing photos of Obama's mishandling of children, with the false caption: "This is happening right now," and, apparently, no apology was ever offered for the mistake.



June 15, 2018

FBI IG Report: Obama Lied, Comey let Hillary off, and the Clinton "Crime Against Children"

It's interesting to me that the Inspector General's Report released yesterday shows that OBAMA LIED about whether he knew Hillary Clinton was using a private email account for sensitive emails and yet "Trump is lying" is trending in the FAKE NEWS networks. The conclusion of the Inspector General's report offers that there was no influential 'political bias' by the FBI investigation of the 2016 election, however, that conclusion is absurd when details are reviewed.
Obama Lied and 13 supported criminal activity, not to mention the FBI's support. The Inspector General's report states that "President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail.com account." Not only does the report show Obama was lying when he said he was not aware of this, it shows that key FBI officials ignored crimes because they were committed to keeping Trump out of the White House, as confirmed when lead FBI agent on the Clinton investigation, Peter Strzok, told his colleague who asked him if Trump would win: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,”. The fact that a total of 13 government employees, and the FBI, were aware that Hillary Clinton was illegally using a personal email system for classified information and said nothing at a minimum shows extreme political bias because, like Obama, these were individuals also supporting her presidential run and expecting that she would be the next president. Hillary did not only use a private email account, but she had a private computer server at home to store data and the implication is that she wanted to be able to destroy data whenever she chose to. The fact that the FBI was aware of many aspects of criminal activity and did nothing not only implicates them as biased but because this also relates to a serious crime that undermined national security, the FBI was complicit in criminal activity. It seems the real motive was that too many people on "their side" were supporting criminal activity and to expose this would implicate not only multiple democrats but the FBI itself. The IG report on the FBI underscores that a special counsel or a Grand Jury should be convened to root out the documented widespread and serious criminal corruption within the FBI and the government in general. Either Bill Clinton or Loretta Lynch Lied The Washington Examiner documents how Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave extremely conflicting accounts of how and why they met privately on the airport runway tarmac. This detail in the IG report implies that one of them was lying. Because the descriptions are so different, they both cannot be true. Why would they lie about their meeting? Perhaps because Lynch was supposed to be overseeing the Hillary Clinton email case without bias and that meeting was patently unacceptable in and of itself. Any legal professional should know that.

June 11, 2018

Atheist Hemant Mehta is Wrong About Reduced Suicide and Religion

Shortly after Anthony Bourdain Committed suicide, atheist Hemant Mehta, who runs the "Friendly Atheist" website, was incensed that someone pointed out that there is a correlation between a religious and spiritual lifestyle and reduced suicide attempts based on scientific research.

The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue correctly pointed out a statistical fact: "...there is an inverse relationship between religiosity and suicide: those who are regular churchgoers have a much lower rate of suicide than atheists like Bourdain."[1]

And Hemant Mehta responded, "Donohue, as you’d expect, doesn’t understand what the data shows." Mehta elaborated by claiming that the main factor in such studies is social, not religious:

"Donohue, as you’d expect, doesn’t understand what the data shows. Casting logic aside and believing in God will not cure an addiction or prevent suicide. Being part of a tight-knit community, having a social support network, and having people to turn to in times of need can help. For some people, religion provides that. But it’s not the only option. An atheist group, a sorority, a sports team, an improv group, etc. can all serve those purposes."[2]

However, a 2004 study reveals that aspects of a religious life were isolated from other aspects, such as mere social aspects, and thus Hemant Mehta is wrong.[3]

June 08, 2018

Why did Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain Commit Suicide?



When I saw Anthony Bourdain's publicized suicide trending on Twitter this morning my first question was "Why?", but there was no answer to this question in any of the lead stories. Another famous person committed suicide just three days prior, Kate Spade, and, again, I looked for the reason why. There are many potential signs as to why, many overlapping life issues such as substance dependence, but I'm not going to try to offer a definitive answer as to what specifically may have pushed them over the edge and I won't rule out the possibility of foul play either. I'm going to look at all the issues and the overlapping issues related to suicide and I'm going to try to offer helpful answers and encouragement to anyone seriously struggling in life.

My heart goes out to family and friends impacted most by these losses and I pray for their consolation while I'm also hoping that this post will be practical for anyone that might be struggling with serious emotional pain and thoughts of suicide.

There's a saying that "hurting people, hurt people." It's not really clear why in 2017 Anthony Bourdain said that he would poison Donald Trump if he had to cook for him. The fact that CNN kept him on after this statement shows how toxic culture has become normative. Reading about his life, I don't get the sense that he was very political per se, but he was critical of politicians and he was very outspoken regarding sexual predators in Hollywood, especially Harvey Weinstein. On Twitter on May 25, 2018, Bourdain stated: "Looking forward to the Penalty Phase of the #Weinstein trial." And on Twitter, he made numerous other comments about justice being served against Weinstein that are listed on Reddit.

It's not logically possible so far in Bourdain's case to completely rule out foul play.

June 02, 2018

List of Documented Dishonesty and Fake News From CNN



This is not a comprehensive list but simply offers notable examples of extreme bias, misinformation, and abuse from CNN. If anyone can compile a list from any other US mainstream news source that comes close to this level of abuse and dishonesty, please post a link in the comment section. The company that produces more fake news stories and lies more than any others also censors out any discussion of Jesus Christ. Coincidence? That's the first example I show on the list, the extremely rude cutoff of Christian NFL player Benjamin Watson. For entertainment value, there are a few epic CNN green-screen video failures with fake backgrounds, for example, when Andersen Cooper pretends to be at Sandy Hook and his nose disappears and when a CNN reporter pretends to be on a boat.

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)

CNN rudely cut off Benjamin Watson's mic in mid-sentence while he was discussing the gospel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4YQ6n9_y8E&feature=youtu.be
CNN's April Ryan falsely claimed that President Donald Trump was booed during the White House’s “Celebration for America” event 6-5-18:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/06/05/april-ryan-spreads-fake-news-about-trump-being-booed-at-celebration-for-america/
CNN host Brian Stelter admits he let David Hogg tell lies during interview.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/03/27/cnn-host-admits-he-let-david-hogg-tell-lies-during-interview-just-wait-until-you-hear-his-reason
CNN denied school survivor and hero Colton Haab right to ask his own questions about school shooting incident and then lied about offering their scripted questions.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5422367/Shooting-survivor-claims-CNN-gave-scripted-question.html
CNN's Don Lemon defended two false statements on guns: "I was able to go and buy an automatic weapon … Most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon."
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/don-lemon-automatic-guns 
CNN cuts feed when Wikileaks is mentioned as a possible check for Hillary Clinton's lies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbA5RE9eK08
CNN (falsely) claims that reading Wikileaks is illegal:
https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/787749893649600512?lang=en
CNN contributor Donna Brazile gave Hillary Clinton debate questions in advance:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/31/new-email-shows-dnc-boss-giving-clinton-camp-debate-question-in-advance.html
CNN cuts live feed after focus group picks Trump
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alSd_iKFkKs
CNN's Pamela Brown caught on a hot mic rehearsing “live” discussion group on answers to questions so as to praise Hillary Clinton:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrdFD-SdpiM
CNN audience member seen with a piece of paper titled "your questions"
http://imgur.com/dKfrMpt
CNN turns off their cameras at huge political rally as Trump calls out dishonesty of their focus groups.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPjuk6VO_qs
CNN misrepresented Trump's comments on gun control:
https://www.dailywire.com/news/23258/cnns-john-berman-misrepresents-trumps-comments-james-barrett
CNN fakes reporter Charles Jaco being in Middle East during Gulf War:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTWY14eyMFg
CNN fakes Anderson Cooper being at Sandy Hook and his nose disappears in a green screen failure:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcG5hnYQjPA
CNN presents fake story to make BLM look good, ignores call to violence:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SxHOLWiUnA
CNN fakes satellite feed when two reporters are in the same parking lot:
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/videos/the-daily-show-calls-out-cnn/83283367/
Hospital CEO wins major court victory after CNN fakes statistics http://lawnewz.com/uncategorized/hospital-ceo-wins-major-court-ruling-after-accusing-cnn-of-false-reporting/
CNN green screen fail, reporter pretends to be on a boat:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn5pIkEHPf0

May 31, 2018

How Hillary Clinton's Loss Helped the #MeToo and #GreatAwakening Movements






In the recent US presidential election, Hillary Clinton represented the political establishment and Donald Trump represented opposition to the "swamp" of corruption that many see as having overtaken US establishment politics. One of the pressing themes of the Clinton campaign was to try to portray Trump mainly as a sexist and a simpleton that simply appealed to a "basket of deplorables" with outdated values and ways not in keeping with Clinton's politically correct platform. However, Clinton's attempt to insult US conservatives as a strategy backfired and the turnout was strong against Clinton.

The recent presidential campaign brought to light opposing contrasts in personal worldviews in the US and also peeled back some layers of censorship and propaganda in the US. Tim Pool outlined how there is still a concerted effort by the left to brand any basic and outspoken American conservatives as "alt-right" and "Nazis" and exposing this helps to dismantle some of the massive disinformation being thrown about today. 

Trump realized that his words were being constantly twisted by mainstream news outlets so he communicated directly through Twitter. This aspect of fresh and direct exposure was frustrating for establishment news outlets because they lost their grip on the American people as the sole arbiters of timely information and opinion. With direct communication, much of the leftist propaganda was being exposed. 
  
The "Me Too" phrase was coined back in 2006 by Tarana Burke as a way to help women who had survived sexual violence. However, this phrase was not popular until after Hillary Clinton lost her establishment run for the presidency. If you note the caption in the Weinstein breaking lead story, it outlines that these types of sexual assault allegations had been known for decades during PC establishment party administrations but not acted upon:

"Harvey Weinstein, the independent film executive, will take a leave of absence from his production company after a news report detailed decades of sexual harassment accusations against him. (Oct. 5, 2017)"
    
Though Weinstein's sexual abuse was well-known for decades, Hillary Clinton was working with Weinstein on a documentary of her political campaign right up until the time that Weinstein's rape and harassment allegations began to be taken more seriously, about the time that Clinton lost her grip on the election and her seat of influence. The New York Times outlined that Harvey Weinstein and the Clintons were a part of a 'complicity machine' and it was as large as Hollywood and the Democrat Party combined, not to mention complicit establishment MSM news. One hand washed the other. To get a sense of how warped the values of Hollywood were becoming, producer-director Roman Polanski drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl and Weinstein and others remained on a mission to absolve him while Meryl Streep and others gave Polanski a standing ovation. Cory Feldman has insisted that this just scratches the surface of the apparent multitude of pedophiles still controlling the narrative in Hollywood.

May 21, 2018

Christian Faith: The Mets and Yankees Share Their Beliefs in Videos



Our family went to the Mets game yesterday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and it was inspiring not just to watch the game but also to look deeper into the lives of the players. One of our sons was invited along with hundreds of local Little League players to walk on Citi field before the game in a parade of sorts and we also received a free ticket because of this league which helped to offset the cost of food there. Personally, I'm more interested in football and lacrosse and this was the first pro baseball game that I've gone to, but the come-from-behind win was inspiring boosted by Rosario's pair of solo home runs and Cabrera's homer.

We all had a great time at the game and I was also inspired by reading about how the players and managers from both the Mets and the Yankees share their Christian faith and by watching some of their videos that I've linked to. Although there is a fan-based rivalry between the Mets and Yankees, faith transcends the game and it's inspiring to hear spiritual testimonies from all teams and players.

April 07, 2018

We Love Simply Because God is Love and we are Born of God


“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 NIV)

The question of "why" is one of the most important questions in life that little children intuitively understand but adults tend to forget. It's extremely important today to understand why we as Christians love God and other people and what this love is based on because popular false teachings have sprung up that seriously misrepresent this very issue.

First, scripture teaches that our love and all other actions should not be based on humanistic motives or self-centered urges, rather, we are taught that our prime impetus as Christians is a supernatural type of love that was initiated wholly on the part of God, "because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19 NIV)

Second, it's clearly explained that God's nature is to love with a self-giving type of agape love. Everything that exists has an identity and nature that is manifested. God does not love in order to feel pleasure or to seek His own glory. To love is simply God's nature. Fish swim, birds fly, God loves. And we love because we have God's nature.We love because God is love and we are born of God.

“Beloved, let us love one another because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8 NIV)

February 21, 2018

Should Christians Discuss Politics on Facebook and on Social Media in General?



This question of social media etiquette and discussing politics on social media was born out of a comment on my blog by Josh Lee implying that Christians should avoid all such discussions. If public school children are now freely discussing gun politics after the Parkland school shooting, then it seems adult Christians should probably also feel at liberty to discuss their political views on the Internet and on social media. Christians are often the "silent majority" regarding important rights. One of the reasons for this is that a tact of the radical left is to bully and mock conservatives in the public forum and to try to intimidate us into silence.

My opinion is that God desires to guide each Christian personally on this type of question and that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. However, the one-size-fits-all answer is, unfortunately, the default that many Christians embrace and promote. The general opposition to becoming 'too involved' in politics was based on the following points that seem to be common:

“I personally don’t get involved into politics, because I feel getting into such an environment immediately puts people at odds (and even make enemies of one another), which I think is counter to what God teaches us to do.”

This is a common approach by many Christians, including many pastors. But I'd offer that there are underlying misconceptions in this statement that need to be fleshed out.

A) Political discussion (allegedly) puts people immediately at odds and makes enemies.

First: I'd offer that while there is a strong possibility that tension can be experienced in political discussions, this is not necessarily the case. Some people prefer photos of kittens and other people gravitate towards online discussions and debates. We have an opportunity to learn and grow through discussions and debates if we are open-minded and interested. If not, there is no harm done and no compulsion to be involved.

January 27, 2018

John Piper's False Doctrine of Utilitarian Happiness in Worship






Should our worship of God be mainly understood as self-seeking in order to experience pleasure?

Recently, Jesse Morales argued in defense of John Piper's doctrine of Christian Hedonism (his full argument is posted following this article in blue text). And Jesse is very much on target in proposing that the concept of Christian happiness needs to be fleshed out. This is perhaps more important now than any other time in history. It's a good idea to break down doctrinal ideas as much as possible for the sake of discerning truth from error as much as is helpful, and I'm thankful for Jesse's interest in clarifying the truth.

With all of the devoted followers of John Piper out there, it's a bit surprising how few are interested in discussing and defending his doctrine. The main reason that I published the following argument, as described in a previous post, was to pinpoint error and deny wiggle room for potential sophistry and to invite important discussion. This CHAI argument has yet to be successfully challenged:

ARGUMENT AGAINST CHRISTIAN HEDONISM AS IDOLATRY

1. According to the law of identity, "joy in God" is not God, and God is not "joy in God."

2. Seeking as the highest aim anything but God is idolatry.

3. Therefore, seeking joy in God as the highest aim is idolatry.

The first observation I'd like to point out is that Jesse in his response did not deny John Piper's opinion that the prime objective of the Christian life is basically seeking joy in God as the highest aim. This is a repeated central theme in Piper's material. For example, we see in Piper's summary article that I discussed previously this claim: “...we should pursue happiness, and pursue it with all our might.” There is a 2015 video post of Piper's titled, "It Is Right to Live for Maximum Pleasure". A 2017 post titled "Joy is Never Optional" states, "God commands all people, everywhere and in all times, to pursue their maximum pleasure." Piper explicitly requires that our worship of God is based on seeking joy: "Christian Hedonism does not put us above God when it makes the joy of worship its goal." (DG p 95)

January 16, 2018

Three Important Ways to Honor “Religious Freedom Day”



January 16 has been declared “Religious Freedom Day” in the U.S. and this is an important subject.

Because religious freedom is so basic, the Apostle Paul urged a focus on this. No matter what country you live in, true religious freedom is a not something to be taken for granted but is something vital to pray for and support. It's now perhaps more important than ever to understand that U.S. Christians are increasingly being attacked for simply refusing to support anti-biblical values, as Christian bakers have experienced, and for personally holding to biblical values, as was the case of former fire chief Atlanta Chief Kelvin Cochran. While persecution in America has not reached the levels seen in Saudi Arabia and China, 2016 was the first year that the U.S. reached the 'top 12 list' of countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. 

History Informs our Present Needs

National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly's adoption of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. That statute became the basis for the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and led to freedom of religion for all Americans.”

President Trump today issued a formal proclamation to declare and commemorate January 16th as "Religious Freedom Day" suggesting that "religious freedom around the world" is a good goal. It would be wonderful if this became an international commemorative holiday based on a need to address increasing opposition to freedoms based on unfair laws and practices:

"Unfortunately, not all have recognized the importance of religious freedom, whether by threatening tax consequences for particular forms of religious speech, or forcing people to comply with laws that violate their core religious beliefs without sufficient justification."

January 15, 2018

Why Today's "Racial Activism" is Mainly a Disgrace to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy


This is an article in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ideals that he not only stood for but gave his very life for. Rev. King was known for promoting ultimate positive racial harmony, non-violence, and free speech, recognizing the importance of dialogue based on open and honest communication. His understanding of Christian ethics formed the basis of his values and actions that transformed society for the better. Alveda King, the niece of the late Reverand and activist, is highlighting the low ethical level to which racial activism has stooped. She is calling attacks against President Trump regarding alleged racist comments as “outrageous.”

Alveda King is also a committed activist and she is interested in defending and preserving King's true and honorable legacy while emphasizing the issue of abortion as critical to Rev. King's views and addressing deception within the African American community:

“He said the Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety,” King said. “Abortion, of course, forces us to do exactly that.”

January 01, 2018

New Year 2018: To Live Less for Self-Interest and More for God's Interest


Wishing you a meaningful, happy New Year and that your soul would prosper as well as your life in general in 2018 and that we will all know God's perfect will for our lives.

I never really got very excited about the New Year in the past. But the more I think about it, there is hope for new possibilities and also this reminds me that I am closer to experiencing eternity with God at the next level, something to be happy about.

God is good all the time. I'm glad that God's perfect nature never changes.

It's interesting that C.S. Lewis' quote on timelessness is from his book, The Four Loves (chapter on Charity), written mainly about on God's love that never changes:

"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date."

If you look at the context of this quote, C.S. Lewis emphasized a few other ideas, including that we as Christians find perfect rest in Christ:

December 23, 2017

Why Tim Keller's Summary of Trump and Evangelicals is Misleading





The following introduction outlines important considerations that we all should be taking into account before we make any assumptions about politics and politicians:

COMPARE TWO LEADERS

One leader warns about documented fake news and news bias and urges fact-checking truth claims while another leader uses popular opinion and polls in such a way as to imply that truth is based on consensus. 

Which approach displays more wisdom? 

Which approach warrants more trust? 


The Bible encourages us to "test all things" as true or false, good or evil, and that includes not just opinions but the basis of opinions and where information is obtained (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Unfortunately, many Christians and even evangelical leaders are not doing this these days and are succumbing to media manipulation and false ideas.

I have respect for Rev. Timothy Keller in many ways. I am acquainted with him because I used to be involved at Redeemer Church and led a Redeemer Bible study in Brooklyn after I graduated from the Cooper Union. I appreciated Dr. Timothy Keller's sermons, and I agree with the premise of his new book, The Freedom of Forgetfulness. I also went on my first mission trip to Uganda through Redeemer Church that was a powerful and life-changing one led by Katherine Leary Alsdorf. I was disappointed, however, when I read Timothy Keller's article in The New Yorker, "Can Evangelicalism Survive Donald Trump and Roy Moore?" that explores the label "evangelical" as its use is changing in society. While warning of Christian identity politics, Rev. Keller offers an extremely biased approach that vilifies one group and through this, he actually engages in the practice of supporting a heavy-handed type of Christian identity politics. The subject of evangelicalism is basically a platform that Keller uses for passing along his surreptitious judgments.

Dr. Keller apparently feels tainted by evangelical Trump supporters and he presents some loaded phrases to imply that Christian evangelicals that support President Trump are basically hypocrites. His article appears to take public opinion and polls as extremely valuable while neglecting the greater value of God's word, research, and the use of critical thinking as necessary for Christians in forming a sound basis of opinion on evangelicalism and politics.

I believe that three main apparent errors should be addressed. First, it seems disingenuous for Keller to imply that certain evangelicals are hypocrites simply because public secular opinion might suggest this or because he as an evangelical holds to a different approach for evaluating politics. Second, decorum is not the main deciding point in supporting a political leader both in terms of specific scriptures and regarding valid points raised by highly-respected evangelical leaders, though Keller implies that this is the most important factor. And, third, passing along unqualified selective outrage against Trump and his evangelical conservative supporters is divisive and counterproductive. Towards the conclusion, I'll examine more closely why we should be extremely wary of popular opinion and polls in an age of fake news and how Trump is actually a better example in this regard than Keller.

Rev. Keller distills public opinion into loaded phrases without qualification and offers effective tacit support for such opinions per the maxim, "Silence equals consent." The subtle suggestion that truth is based on a consensus of opinion is a logical fallacy known as argumentum ad populum. Note the following quote:

'“Evangelical” used to denote people who claimed the high moral ground; now, in popular usage, the word is nearly synonymous with “hypocrite.”'

Dr. Keller does not question whether the label of “hypocrite” often applied to conservative evangelicals that support Trump could be misapplied or false, but in his article simply implies that the label is valuable and true based on a high regard of public opinion. Left-leaning Politico actually treats evangelical Trump supporters with more fairness than Keller and nowhere is the word "hypocrite" used in their summary article when describing that evangelicals tend to support Trump based mainly on abortion and Supreme Court issues.

“People who once called themselves the “Moral Majority” are now seemingly willing to vote for anyone, however immoral, who supports their political positions.”

This loaded phrase by Rev. Keller offers assumptions that were not appropriately fleshed out. The broad brush that Keller is using to label conservative politicians as “however immoral” does not refer to lawbreaking, but to accusations regarding moral indiscretions. This evaluation is in keeping with Max Lucado's rejection of Trump based on “tone and decorum” in his article "Decency for President" that I quoted in a previous article.

Tim Keller implies that supporting a polished politician such as Hillary Clinton (one his Gospel Coalition prefers) and abortion, Marxism, radical Islam, transgenderism, the destruction of religious rights, is preferable to supporting Trump. Though Donald Trump is neither a polished speaker nor a candidate for the priesthood, he actually works to protect traditional freedoms and values. While Keller and Lucado are entitled to their opinion, many highly-respected evangelical leaders raise referenced scriptural arguments that are in my opinion more cogent. Added to the previous problems, it's further disturbing that Keller heaps on the leftist tact of selective moral outrage:

“The fury and incredulity of many in the larger population at this constituency has mounted.”

December 19, 2017

What is the Best Gift This Politically-Correct Christmas Season?




What is the best type of gift I can give? What is the most meaningful type of gift? These are the types of questions we ask around this time of year.

As a Christian, I can honestly say that to me the greatest gift of all is knowing Christ on a personal level. This is the central meaning and source of joy of this holiday season for me and my family. Someone in a business email wrote "Happy Holidays" to me and in reply, I wrote, "Wishing you etherial joy this Christmas!" That was the first thing that came to mind. Anything would be better than the standard generic option. While I respect people's rights to celebrate the winter solstice, pagan sun gods, and Santa Clause, I truly believe that Christ is the basis of deeper peace and joy and at least I can offer a conversation starter if someone wants to take the subject further. Instead of more materialism this Christmas, maybe we as Christians need more reflection time on the giving nature of God and the opportunity that we have this season to share the greatest gift of all that is not material but is spiritual and personal:

Christ is the only one that can offer the greatest gift of all simply with open and outstretched hands.

The gift of eternal life that God offers was made possible by Christ giving himself on the cross. Scripture describes how Jesus still had the scars on his hands after his resurrection and showed these to doubting Thomas as evidence of who he was (John 20:27). Despite this type of incredible self-less love being the very core of God's nature, it's interesting that many people will become triggered and offended when you bring the word "Christ" into Christmas. And it's good to ask why. Jesus defined his main mission as such:

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10 NIV)

People don't like to be called "lost" -especially men. And this is just the beginning. The gospel is an inherent aspect of the Christmas message, and maybe that's why it's considered offensive. Some of the misconceptions of the gospel have to do with misconceptions about life itself. For example, people usually don't like exclusivity, unless perhaps you are talking about a private club that they belong to. However, according to the basic rules of logic, truth claims about life are in fact exclusive and two opposing views cannot both be true.

December 18, 2017

The Migration of Abuse: The Irony of the Muslim Refugee Crisis


The irony of the refugee crisis is that migrants are fleeing abusive Muslim countries and arriving in countries that promote the very same totalitarian abuses that led to the migrant problem in the first place.

Instead of promoting true and equilateral tolerance, for example, allowing all people of all religions to discuss and debate their views, countries that heavily promote Muslim immigration, such as Germany, Sweden, France and Britain, are unequivocally favoring and promoting Islam even above the beliefs of their own people. Totalitarian beliefs and Muslim Sharia laws have helped to cause the migrant problems in the first place in their own countries and are now being employed in the EU.

Syria is the main provider of refugees and the fighting there is between 'rebel' soldiers who support the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who don't want Assad to be in power anymore, and the group self-defined as the Islamic State.

The Islamic State stands with al-Qaeda as is considered one of the most dangerous jihadist groups, after its spread in Syria and Iraq. It was formed basically in April 2013, growing out of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

It would be more logical for countries that do welcome Muslim refugees to allow the Christians and people of other beliefs in their own lands to reason with Muslims, to debate ideas, and to be free to share the gospel of peace and Christianity if they wish to, instead of claiming that there is "hate speech" anytime someone offers an alternative voice or debates the subject of religion. But instead of this, we are finding Orwellian totalitarian dystopias forming in the very countries that are supposed to be the "better" alternatives. True concern for wellbeing is what drives the Christian scriptural view of humanitarian aid and assistance, not merely checking off boxes for numbers of people relocated.

The Gatestone Institute has documented how Sharia Law is now being widely promoted in European countries. And there is a dark irony at play when secularist Europe promotes the inordinate suppression of its own women, among other ironies: "To paraphrase the American writer Daniel Greenfield, the irony of women celebrating their own suppression is both heartbreaking and stupefying."

In short, Europe is increasingly promoting Sharia law, which has been the justification for persecuting and murdering infidels and causing the refugee crisis in the first place. The fact is, many strict Muslims think that killing an infidel guarantees going straight to paradise, that all apostates are to be killed, and that men have a certain right over women.

According to Italian sociologist and author Massimo Introvigne, Christians continue to be the most persecuted believers in the world with over 90,000 followers of Christ being killed in 2016, mainly at the hands of Muslims. But we don't hear much about this persecution from politically correct leftist governments. Rather, if you happen to use "hate speech" in questioning ideologies, then this is treated as the most serious issue by far.

And the effect on the women in Europe should not be seen merely as an undermining of ideological feminism. Statistics show that serious violent crimes against women have increased based on Muslim immigration. In terms of the most severe abuse in Sweden, "92% of all ‘severe rapes’ (violent rapes) are committed by those of a migratory/asylum background." The most violent types of rapes tend to statistically occur with groups of men and gangs. In Sweden, "According to a recent survey, 94% of gang criminals have at least one foreign-born parent." This abuse is not limited to Sweden. After Denmark submitted to United Nations pressure in 2015 and began allowing in thousands of refugees, the rape rate soared 163% in just one year.

Extreme Intolerance against Jews and Christians in Europe is on the Rise

December 09, 2017

List of Trump's Key Positive Conservative Accomplishments



A person doing objective research into the facts of President Trump's list of actions and accomplishments since taking office will see that overall he has promoted a less-controlling government and a renewed impetus towards religious liberty in the truest sense of the word. His list of achievements shows support for traditional values and freedoms and the critical right to public free speech. In contrast to this, the past few U.S. presidents have increasingly supported globalist totalitarian governmental control, increased bureaucracy, and status-quo corruption. This is why Trump's approach has been labeled "draining the swamp." All of the following points have documented reliable sources based on original source links.

List of Trump's Key Positive Conservative Accomplishments

Abortion 

January 27, 2017—'Vice President Mike Pence became the first vice president in United States history to speak at the annual March for Life march in Washington D.C. Additionally, Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway also spoke at the event, and Trump himself strongly expressed his support for the march.'

April 4, 2017—'The Trump Administration halted U.S. funding of the United Nations Population Fund, which has links to inhumane abortion programs such as China's one-child policy. Instead, the $32.5 million was shifted to the U.S. Agency for International Development.'

'President Trump appointed several pro-life advocates to Department of Health and Human Services positions. On April 28, 2017, in an apparent victory for the pro-life movement,'
   
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a revised strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception. 
   
Religious Liberty

February 22, 2017—'President Trump rescinded former President Obama's pro-transgender guidelines for schools receiving federal aid that are subject to Title IX. A day earlier, the Trump Administration announced it would discontinue Obama's pro-transgender policies.'

May 4, 2017—On the annual National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty. Among its provisions, it loosened IRS restrictions against political activities by tax-exempt religious organizations, effectively weakening the Johnson Amendment; and it attempted to make it easier for employers not to provide contraceptives if they had religious objections. The order gave conservative Attorney General Jeff Sessions greater authority regarding religious liberty policy.  Although well received by some Christians and conservatives, others criticized it for being ineffective and easy to repeal.'