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CA Nannies: Thou Shalt Have No Boys Nor Girls Depts. – Leftist insanity.


Take that, Trump! Elizabeth Warren unveils bold plan to combat potential coronavirus pandemic with… more open borders? — More saltwater from the Left.  Seems like the pandemic would be a great time to remind people of the importance of border control.  Most people would agree that we’d want to screen out people with the virus if they were traveling here by plane or boat.  So why not at the borders?!


Justice Department Goes After Harvard Racism — That’s sad for half of the blacks that actually qualify, because everyone – including the qualified ones – will rightly wonder if they belonged there or if they were only there because of racism.


Trump Can Withhold Grant Funding From Sanctuary Cities Says Appeals Court  — Great news!  Also, sanity.


The media gets busted again admitting to gross bias.


No One on Food Stamps Should Be Allowed to Vote — Agreed, but anyone benefiting from government payouts shouldn’t be allowed, and that’s hard to discern when the lobbying comes from corporations.  The key is less government, where there is less to give away and less people to bribe.  This isn’t a new phenomenon.

Constantine beefed up the palace bureaucracy. He created a set of powerful officials who were directly responsible to him. They were new and more specialized administrators with new bureaus to run. There was an even a new corps, staffed by legionaries, to carry confidential messages between the center and the provinces. All this consolidation and centralization made government more efficient but not more pure. All those administrators expected “tips,” to put it mildly. In fact, the bigger Roman government grew, the more corruption became a problem. Constantine understood that exchanging gifts and favors in return for services was no small part of government. So, in order to forge ties with powerful people in the provinces, he created new titles and distinctions and even, as mentioned, a new Senate for Constantinople. He was also lavish in his generosity to individuals and cities. This was good for politics but not for the Treasury. As a result, taxes went up.

Strauss, Barry. Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine . Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

Strauss, Barry. Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine . Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.


We regret to inform Gayle King and the other awful CBS moderators that there’s an on-the-record witness to the Mike Bloomberg ‘kill it’ story —  Of course what he said was vile. But on the views of all those Dems who deny the scientific fact that the unborn are human beings, then what he said wasn’t wrong. What ghoulish hypocrites!


#DemDebate: Joe Biden claims 150 million people have been killed with guns since 2007 — The issue isn’t that he had another slip of the tongue, but that a parallel to pharmaceuticals is absurd. Those companies aren’t liable for people who misuse those products, nor should gun manufacturers be. It is just a shameless anti-2nd Amendment ploy to take our guns.


‘Good for me but not for THEE’: Betsy DeVos absolutely owns AOC for being a flaming hypocrite over Public Charter Schools — Just another hypocritical Leftist.


Best of the Bee

Planned Parenthood Endorses Bloomberg After Learning He Told Pregnant Woman To ‘Kill It’ | The Babylon Bee

Catholic Plans To Spend Lent Giving Up Something He Really Shouldn’t Have Been Doing In The First Place | The Babylon Bee


We’re gonna need a lot of millstones to clean this up . . .

Nine Year-Old Asks Mayor Pete To Help Him Come Out — Shame on Pete Buttisex, the kid’s parents, and the entire Left — including the “Christian” Left — for perversions like this.

Male Teacher Demands to Use Little Girls’ Restroom

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“Shock wave”: LA Times troubled by Trump’s “flipping” of the 9th Circuit — Great news if the LA Times is troubled!  The judiciary is an amazing accomplishment for Trump and it alone should sway the prideful “never Trumpers” into voting for him.


Greg Gutfeld rips Hollywood community for protecting Weinstein: Never ‘lecture us about morality again’ — Great point.  Every time they lecture anyone for anything the response should be, “Shut up.  You protected Harvey Weinstein.”


HuffPost reports on ‘tense’ meeting as Cenk Uygur urges Young Turks staff not to unionize — Sweet, sweet schadenfreude.  Leftist discovers that unions have a negative effect.  Go figure.  What a raging hypocrite.


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‘I’m coming out, I’m leaving the Left.’ LGBT/Women’s advocate Arielle Scarcella speaks out against ‘ridiculously woke cult’ in video (watch) – Epic rant.  Glad to see a shred of sanity still exists.


America continues to lead in cutting greenhouse gas emissions — The Leftist media “forgot” to tell you this good news about what they claim is the number one issue in the world.


MSNBC Melts Down As Bernie Sanders Projected To Win Nevada Caucuses – Paging Dr. Frankenstein.  The Left created Sanders, Antifa, etc. and are now turning on their monster because they think it can’t win just yet.


Officer Specter, Disney’s First LGBT Animated Character – Perverted and predictable.


Best of the Bee

Pastor Asks Men To Please Silence Their Wives Before Service | The Babylon Bee

‘The Science On Climate Change Is Settled,’ Says Man Who Does Not Believe The Settled Science On Gender, Unborn Babies, Economics | The Babylon Bee


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Graffiti Vandals Awarded $6.7 Million – Brought to you by the Left.

Democrats Vote to End Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Battery in Schools – Brought to you by the Left.

Law Against Arresting Illegal Aliens for Driving Without License – No one is above the law!  Except illegal aliens.


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Powerful video – she went from feminism to neutrality after actually talking to men’s rights people – her alleged enemy.  And of course then the Left (including the media) hated her for it.

Note the list of things she rattles off which have a wildly disproportionately impact to men yet are ignored by the media, schools, etc.

Paternity fraud
Selective service
War deaths
Workplace deaths
Suicides
False rape allegations
Failure to launch
Homelessness
Sentencing disparity
Life expectancy
Child support
Child custody
Criminal court bias
Veterans’ issues
Resources for male victims of domestic violence
Lack of “choice” once a child is conceived (of course we’re glad for that – no one should have a choice to kill a child)


Religious pluralism is intellectually bankrupt

One of my old favorites . . .

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There are two main kinds of religious pluralism.  One is good and one is intellectually bankrupt.

Good pluralism: Numerous distinct ethnic, religious, or cultural groups are present and tolerated within a society.

Bad pluralism: All religions are true and equally valid paths to God.

Pluralism can be a good thing if it means we should tolerate the beliefs of others.  Jesus, who was God in flesh, didn’t force anyone to convert.  So why should we think that we can?

Christianity should flourish in a society with good pluralism, as the Gospel can be shared freely and there isn’t pressure to fake one’s beliefs.  Sadly, we often get complacent in such atmospheres and Christianity spreads just as well or better in times of persecution.  It tends to weed out false believers and teachers more effectively.

Of course, there are some truths in each religion, but there are irreconcilable differences in their essential truth claims regarding the nature of God, the path to salvation, their view of Jesus, etc.

Here are some examples:

One of the following is possible when we die, but under no circumstance could more than one be possible:

  1. Reincarnation (Hinduism, New Age)
  2. Complete nothingness (Atheism)
  3. One death then judgment by God (Christianity, Islam, others)

Jesus was either the Messiah (Christianity) or He was not the Messiah (Judaism and others), but He cannot be both the Messiah and not the Messiah.

God either doesn’t exist (Atheism), He exists and is personal (Christianity) or He exists and is impersonal (Hinduism).

Jesus either died on the cross (Christianity) or He didn’t (Islam).  The Koran repeatedly claims that Jesus did not die on the cross (Sura 4:157-158). What evidence does Islam offer? One guy with a vision over 500 years after the fact. That is not what we base history upon, especially when scholars of the first century — whether Christians or not — agree that a real person named Jesus died on a Roman cross.

God either revealed himself to us (many religions) or he didn’t (Atheism, Agnosticism).

Jesus is the eternally existent God (Christianity) or He isn’t (everything else, including the Mormon and Jehovah’s Witness). In fact, in Islam it is an unforgivable sin to claim that Jesus is God, so there is no way to reconcile Christianity and Islam.

Some people hold the view that God will be whatever you conceive him to be in this life.  That is one of the most bizarre religious views I have heard.  I’m not sure how they came to the conclusion that every human gets a designer god and that at death it would be just as one wished.

Consider the view of Mahatma Gandhi and Hinduism in general:

After long study and experience, I have come to the conclusion that [1] all religions are true; [2] all religions have some error in them; [3] all religions are almost as dear to me as my own Hinduism, in as much as all human beings should be as dear to one as one’s own close relatives. My own veneration for other faiths is the same as that for my own faith; therefore no thought of conversion is possible. (Mahatma Gandhi, All Men Are Brothers: Life and Thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi as told in his own words, Paris, UNESCO 1958, p 60.)

Yet the exclusive claims of Christianity prove Gandhi’s worldview (that of Hinduism) to be false.  Among other things, the Bible claims at least one hundred times that Jesus is the only way to salvation.  It also commands us not to worship idols and that we die once and then face judgment (it does not hold to reincarnation).  Those are key elements of the Hindu faith.  So if Hinduism is true then Christianity cannot be true.  But if Hinduism is correct in stating that all religions are true, then Christianity must be true.  But Christianity claims to be the one true path, so if it is true then Hinduism is not.

Also, Hinduism claims that Christianity is true, so if Christianity is false then so is Hinduism.  Either way, the logic of Gandhi and Hinduism collapses on itself.

When I share the Gospel with people I do so as respectfully as possible.  But I always try to work in examples like the above to highlight that under no circumstances can we both be right about the nature of God and salvation.

I used to hold the position of religious pluralism.  We studied world religions about 15 years ago in an Adult Sunday School class and, sadly, didn’t dig very deep (I was attending church but not really a believer . . . at best I was “saved and confused”).  Most of us walked away thinking the religions were “all pretty much the same” and with no incentive to go out and make a case for Christianity. 

So why did I – and so many people today, including Christians – embrace bad pluralism? I think it is typically out of a lack of clear thinking on the topic.  When you examine the essentials of these faiths it is not that hard to show how they are irreconcilable.

Political correctness and fear contribute as well.  It is easy to deny the exclusivity of Jesus (or the truth claims of whatever faith one follows) if one wants to avoid controversy.  But as unpopular as it is to make truth claims, it is really a rather logical thing to do.  The one claiming all religions are true needs to back up that claim with their evidence and logic.  Just rattle off a list of religions, sects and cults and ask why they are all true.  Just be careful saying things like, “Hinduism has a lot of sects.”  If you say it too quickly people will have surprised looks on their faces.

Sheer laziness is another factor.  Knowing enough about one’s faith to defend it in the marketplace of ideas is hard work.  Religious pluralism is a great excuse not to evangelize.

I expect many non-Christians to say that all paths lead to God, but it really bothers me when Christians do so.  They should meditate on this passage, among others:

Galatians 1:8-9 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

 

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Venezuelan describes daily life in his country: ‘My Socialism Nightmare’ — Is there a political party in the U.S. that is anti-police?  Asking for a friend.

It’s not just the health system that has collapsed, it’s also the police. “No one ever is going to invest in Venezuela if there is no police,” he explained. “If you get robbed and you cannot tell anyone, who is going to put their money in jeopardy like that?” he said. Monagas said his own mother was kidnapped when he was 12 years old by men who took her to a city several hours away, tied her up, stole her car and credit cards. People in Venezuela rarely go to the police because they know they are corrupt.



John MacArthur Warned Moody Years Ago About James MacDonald, Emails Reveal  — Good for MacArthur and Julie Roys (the journalist doing great work) and bad for all those Moody and Harvest people who propped up MacDonald.  One of the links had a video taken before MacDonald was fired.  It was a group of sycophantic elders shaming and slandering some elders who had left because they didn’t approve of MacDonald’s behavior.


Survey of UK art world finds ‘a quagmire of wokeness’ rife with ‘coercion, bullying, intimidation and intolerance’ — Leftist thinking ruins everything it touches.


Study: Most journalists are to the left of Bernie Sanders (but don’t worry they’re totally fair) — this explains lots.


Steven Spielberg’s daughter launches adult entertainment career, says dad supports her sex worker ambitions — Aaaaand another reason to avoid Hollyweird.  Spielberg is considered a more moderate and mainstream director, and he supports this?

According to the aspiring star, the “Schindler’s List” director and his wife, Kate Capshaw, were “intrigued” when she shared the news with them of her new porn gig over the weekend. She added that her parents were “not upset” by her revelation.

The 23-year-old added that producing solo porn has made her feel satisfied after having battled years of mental health issues and alcoholism.

Oh, yeah, doing porn will definitely improve your mental health issues and addictions /sarcasm.


How To Control Your Lust – interesting article from a former “player.”


UK: Hospitals to Deny Care to “Racist” or “Homophobic” Patients — Coming soon to a country near you.  Gee, what could go wrong with giving the government sole control over your health care?


Mike Bloomberg Says Farmers Aren’t Smart Enough To Code  – When he’s not busy making racist (by Dem standards) and sexist comments he insults smart, hard-working people.  Yet he is still buying the nomination because Leftists love money even more than they accuse conservatives of loving it.


Best of the Bee

More Evidence Jesus Was A Socialist: New Passages Say He Fed The 5000 By Robbing A Nearby Village | The Babylon Bee

Pete Buttigieg Releases Study Bible With Notes That Explain Why Most Of The Verses Are Wrong | The Babylon Bee

Genius: Church Introvert Wears Mask So People Will Think He Has Coronavirus | The Babylon Bee

John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Rereleased With More Realistic Description Of Communism | The Babylon Bee


Not the Babylon Bee

Gavin Newsom: Cure Homeless With A Doctor’s Prescription



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Switzerland Criminalizes Resistance to LGBT Agenda — This is what the Left wants in America.


How To Improve Your Preaching — I’m not a preacher, but this seemed like a good list.  Hopefully lots of other preachers read it.


Athiest Dawkins Says ‘Eugenics Would Work’ – Of course he tried to say he opposed them morally, but the point is that his worldview has no way to ground his morality.  In his Darwinian worldview, eugenics would be a completely legitimate thing.


NYC subway thief thanks Democrats after his 139th arrest, release: ‘Bail reform, it’s lit!’ — Republicans should run on this 24×7. The Left fails at basic economics – i.e., simple understandings of human nature about supply/demand, incentives and consequences, etc. They are also malicious in patronizing some groups at the expense of good citizens.


Biden accuses Sanders of not being enough of a gun grabber — Make no mistake: All those Leftists want to take your guns.  Some are just more open about it than others.

Of 12,278 murders committed in the United States in 2018, 235 were committed using rifles. And that rifles of all types, not just the scary looking ones. By contrast, 1,545 were killed by someone using “knives or cutting instruments.” Another 431 were murdered through the use of “blunt objects” including baseball bats and hammers. Both of these categories accounted for far more “carnage in our streets” the rifles.

So should the manufacturers of kitchen cutlery sets be sued out of business? Perhaps the Louisville Slugger factory should be shut down, along with Craftsman and everyone else that sells carpentry tools. Is that what Joe Biden would like to see as President?


Democrat Bill Would Impose Mandatory Vasectomies — Anti-science, Molech-worshiping pro-abort drama queens trot out nonsense like this to try and advance their agenda. They think they are being clever but they just broadcast their ignorance.


Senator Cotton: China Refusing to Hand Over Evidence About Wuhan BioLab – In a pathetically predictable and counterproductive attempt to “save face,” China is harming countless people.


Biologists propose radical concept that there are only two genders/sexes — Great reminder that conservatives are the real party of science.


Joe and Hunter Biden’s China connections under even closer scrutiny — Biden is spectacularly crooked and tries to misdirect by pretending it is just about his son.  Can Trump point out these treasonous deals or will that result in another impeachment?


A quick-reference guide to spiritual gifts — good list and good distinctions on those gifts that ceased and those that didn’t.


Traditional Wives Set Feminism Back — I’m glad to see the “tradwife” thing becoming a popular discussion topic.  Even if the feminists are hating on the concept, it highlights the debate.  Too many women think there is no alternative, but there is a much better way.  Countless women – including many in the church – have bought that lie that they can sleep around and be career-oriented until they are 30 and then have their pick of perfect men.  But that’s not how it plays out.

Feminists can plainly see how much more difficult feminism has made their lives, yet going back home, being wives, mothers, and homemakers is appalling to them since it “sets women back.” You see, women, Satan is the author of confusion. Feminists are confused. They believe they fought so hard for their rights that if they go back, they’re giving up all of these rights that have made their lives so difficult.

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‘I hope this goes viral’: Scott Presler asks San Franciscans why illegal immigrants matter more than homeless citizens — Good stuff!  Simple questions like that resonate with people.


Should You Not Marry Your Soulmate? — I have never liked that term.  Seems like people who chase that keep finding a better “soulmate” and tend to destroy lives along their selfish ways.


“The Silence Was Deafening”: Trump Jnr. Rages at Media Ignoring Attempted Terror Attack on Trump Supporters — Still silent!  Just like the Gosnell trial and hundreds of other things.


Thanks, @realDonaldTrump! The United States led the world in 2019 in reducing energy-related CO2 emissions on a per-country basis — You won’t hear about this from the Left.


Pete Buttisex: We need unity in America!

Also Pete Buttisex: If you don’t support taxpayer-funded child-killing up to their first breath then you have no room in the Democratic party!

Seriously, their phony “unity” message will resonate with many people who don’t think carefully.  Sure, we’d all like unity, but the Left has no intentions of having real unity.  It is like an old person once said when not getting her way: “That’s not a compromise – you aren’t giving me what I want!”

Intellectual laziness is poison.


BIAS: Roger Stone Jury Forewoman Is Partisan Anti-Trump Democrat — And yet another Dem fiasco where they are caught cheating while trying to blame Trump et al.  She’s a moron for thinking this wouldn’t get out and hurt the Left’s cause, but not a complete moron because she probably inferred that the Leftist media would hide it while they try to go after Barr and Trump.

The foreperson on the jury that convicted Roger Stone has come forward, and is revealed to be a failed Democrat candidate for Congress and activist vehemently opposed to President Donald Trump. Tomeka Hart, a former Memphis City Schools Board President, came forward as the Stone jury foreperson in a Facebook post on Wednesday, voicing support for prosecutors in the case.


Acts 29 President Matt Chandler Under Fire for Removing Staff Alleging Abuse & Changing Story About Removal of CEO – Very disappointing.  Chandler has failed at many big things.  Those mega-church guys work too hard to defend their turf and it leads to major implosions.


Mike Bloomberg and the Underbelly of #MeToo – So other than his racism (especially by Leftist standards) and sexism and his totalitarian things like limiting soda sizes . . .

One advantage Trump has this cycle is that he’s been more than thoroughly vetted (i.e., they’ve made up things on top of anything he actually did), so all his baggage has been factored in already.

Bonus: FLASHBACK: Mike Bloomberg lied about his height on his driver’s license (BONUS: Photo caption mockery from the NYT) — Trump will have fun with that.


Florida man arrested after threatening Trump supporters with a cane sword — The Left’s solution: Ignore this guy and take away your guns.


Best of the Bee — good week!

Scholars Now Believe Jesus Called Pharisees ‘Dog-Faced Pony Soldiers’ | The Babylon Bee

Woman Donates Last Dollar To Warren Campaign In Final Bad Financial Decision | The Babylon Bee

Brady is yet another victim of the great but not super-duper extra great economy and especially of her own decisions, picking up a ton of student debt in a major for which there aren’t any jobs. She has barely managed to subsist after college thanks to her low pay and also thanks to living in a place that is well out of her price range and constantly indulging in things like $30 avocado toast delivered through GrubHub because she “deserved it.” All of this has now culminated in her final dollar ending up in the failing presidential campaign of Elizabeth Warren to support Warren’s completely unworkable plans that would never pass Congress in the extremely unlikely event that Warren ever became president.

Source: Song Of Solomon Sweetheart Candies Now Available | The Babylon Bee

“Your spouse will swoon upon reading that her teeth are like a flock of sheep or that her nose is like a giant tower,” said the CEO of Solomonhearts, David Meyers. “It’s a foolproof way to let her know how beautiful she is and how much you love her.””

Note: not actually foolproof and we do not guarantee any swooning.”

Messages include touching, romantic poetry like the following: Hey, tower neck! Ur breasts are fauns Ur teeth are sheep You have goat hair Ur legs = marble pillars Pardon me but your goblet is showing Ur tower nose is hawt

The candies will only be sold to those with a valid marriage certificate so as to avoid encouraging fornication.

 

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Chicago Schadenfreude: Smollett Charged Again — This is important news.  God had a great idea to prevent false accusations: The hoaxers would risk getting the punishment they sought for the innocent! He said that would be just and a deterrent to other false accusers.

Deuteronomy 19:16–21 If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days. The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. And the rest shall hear and fear, and shall never again commit any such evil among you. Your eye shall not pity. It shall be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.


Is There Still a Place for Blogs in 2020? — Yes!  Good analysis.

Second, we are seeing the shortcomings of other forms of social media. When blogs began, they were social media. They were an early form of online social connection between people who shared similar interests, whether that was politics, hobbies, Reformed theology, or anything else. But it did not take long for other forms of social media to develop—Twitter was at first considered “microblogging” and Facebook was a kind of “friend and family blogging.” Yet as much as each of these has displaced blogging in certain ways, none has quite replaced it. Twitter causes as many problems as it solves by its immediacy and by the nature of its character limit; Facebook emphasizes the most urgent information while older updates or articles almost immediately disappear into the void. These forms of social media speak to the present, but don’t adequately archive information. They allow people to speak quickly, but don’t value thoughtfulness. Though they have strengths, they also have weaknesses—weaknesses that blogs address well.


Elizabeth Warren Is Doomed, and Feminists Can’t Understand Why — All of the pro-abortion, gun-grabbing, pro-coveting, pro-perversion, pro-fornication Democrats are evil, of course, but that doesn’t mean we can’t rejoice as most of them lose. It is schadenfreude time to watch Warren.

Warren is the phoniest politician in memory, from the Fauxcahontas lie as the foundation for her entire career to the cringe-worthy beer video and everything in between. She was popular among some females, but what real male would vote for a woman who says she will let a trans child — who is by definition mentally ill and foolish — pick the Secretary of Education?

And now in her desperation she’ll get even weirder. Pass the popcorn!


What’s Wrong with Jesus Calling? — Everything.  I just made this point to a group of Kairos prison ministry volunteers.  There was an exercise that was half good (expressing your desires to Jesus through prayer) and half bad (asking Jesus to tell you what He wants you to do, but not telling you to read the Bible to find that out).  Of course I told them why we wouldn’t be doing the second part.  I noted that with books like Jesus Calling you need to add them to the Bible or throw them away, and that they could guess which one I would recommend.

So Young has either written the words of Jesus, or she hasn’t. There’s no in between. If she hasn’t received a word from the Lord, but she claims she has—and made a lot of money from it—is that not the very picture of a false prophet?

The Bible is God’s sufficient word. We need no other! Beware these crazy women who claim God has spoken to them apart from Scripture. The Bible calls them liars, when we understand the text.


Suspect Who Ploughed Vehicle Through Voter Registration Tent Admitted Anti-Trump Motive

Will the media now dig through Timm’s social media history to discover who radicalized him into attempting this act of terror? Or will the story completely disappear by the end of the week? Don’t hold your breath.


Push Your Sin Out the Window — Good strategy!


‘Just Xerox a copy’: After you hear Mike Bloomberg’s 2015 speech on minorities you’ll see why he tried to block it #BloombergIsRacist — Also see Pete’s comments on black money — oops, dark money — to a group of black people.  If Trump said these things we’d hear about it 24×7, even though the only “racist” comments they attribute to Trump are those they have made up.


When the Church Apologizes for Its Beliefs — We dishonor God when we apologize for what He says.  And we make a terrible witness as well.  The world will always hate you for beliefs, but when you cave to them they lose all respect.

Just days later came another headline, and this one, sadly, didn’t surprise me: “Church sorry for saying that sex is just for married heterosexuals.” Leaders in the Church of England said their initial statement had “jeopardized trust” and caused “hurt and division.” Nothing in the follow-up statement retracted the substance of their earlier pastoral guidance, which made their subsequent apology something like this: We’re sorry we told you what we believe.


Original sin in photo form.  “You can’t tell me what to do!”