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How Hope can Kill the Progressive Agenda:  My thoughts from 2010 on how regressives have to kill hope in order to subjugate the masses. 

The POTUS used “Hope” as a slogan during his campaign.  While we would argue that “hope” has nothing to do with Obama’s policies, there is a different context for it.

The progressive agenda has nothing to do with hope; it is a proposal for a control mechanism, nothing more.

  • Health care for all?  Not necessarily.  CONTROL of healthcare?  Absolutely!
  • Financial reform?   Not so much. CONTROL of the financial sector?  Yup!
  • Dealing with “Climate Change” saving the planet?  Not even close.   Massive redistribution program?  YES!

I could go on and on, but I think the point is made.  If there is any hope there at all, it is only the “progressive’s” hope for total control of all human activity.

But what of real hope?  Here is the definition.

hope

/ho?p/ Show Spelled [hohp] Show IPA noun, verb,hoped, hop·ing.

–noun

1. The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.

2. A particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning.

How can we say that the “hope” that Obama advertised is actual hope?  His policies and actions have made things worse, just as we predicted.  Unemployment has gone up.  Debt has risen to unsustainable levels.  People are losing their health coverage and doctors.  Our standing in the world has decreased, as foreign powers ridicule him.  Businesses refuse to hire over the uncertainty of tax increases and excessive regulation.  Corruption has increased.  If anything, actual hope has decreased.  Frankly, I believe that this is the intent.

I think that this boils down to an old quote that I had heard years ago.  I believe it shows us what is happening.  Excuse my paraphrase.

“A man is useless to the socialist state until he has given up all hope.”

Kindly consider that in any totalitarian system, individuals cannot succeed in as much that the government permits them.  All phases in the life of the individual is under the control of the state.  Housing, education, work, wages, retirement, medical care, transportation,  and even diet, are all dictated by the state.  How can hope exist in that environment?  The state assumes the control of an individual at birth, and doesn’t let go until they die.  I would suggest that hope is derived from the ability to actively engage in efforts to improve one’s situation.  If one had no control or influence over even the most basic aspects of their lives, how can they hope for anything?  If personal effort, ideas, or labor will not change an individual’s situation, why would they try?

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I would submit that this is the general intent of the totalitarian system.   If a person has given up all hope, they will completely submit to the state’s control.  This submission would not be due to the superiority of the state’s position or it’s services, it would come after the realization that there are no alternatives.  The end result would be a discouraged citizen that would not only comply, but eventually wouldn’t even think about having hope for anything else. This is the soul crushing lack of personal will that gripped the population of the former Soviet Bloc.

We can also see this in how the former Soviet Bloc nations presented information to their citizens.  In the late 60’s, the Soviets had some difficulty in keeping their client states subjugated.  The Czechs, in particular, wanted freedom, and at least in that nation, Soviet troops were needed to crush freedom movements.  Therefore, throughout the Vietnam War period, the state controlled media behind the iron curtain piped as much information about American “atrocities,” (The Russians now admit to staging ones that never happened) and student protests as they possibly could.  This was, of course, to smear the American cause in Vietnam, but it was also to crush any hope for freedom among their own citizens.  The anti-war protests in the west were portrayed as a successful communist revolution (they were, in many ways, just that).

The overall goal was to discourage the people that sought freedom.  The United States represented the best hope for human freedom on Earth.  The people that were trapped behind the iron curtain looked to the US for hope (of freedom).  When the Soviets and their puppets broadcast the protests, and spun the coverage, it looked as if Americans were losing their freedom.  It was made to appear that there was no longer an alternative.  The Soviets couldn’t destroy America, but they could use their control of information to destroy the IDEA of America, at least among their own populations.    Again, causing the people to give up hope, and submit to the all-powerful state, as there appeared to be no alternatives.

Many people have asked why our “progressives” don’t go to Cuba, or some other Communist nation to live?  The true answer to that is relatively simple.  If America exists as a free nation, and our Constitution remains intact, it will continue to be a beacon of hope to the oppressed nations of the world.  As long as we remain a free state that protects human freedom, economically outperforms the rest of the world, and provides more wealth to more people, socialism will continue to pale by comparison.  As long as there is true hope for human freedom, and the individual opportunity that comes with it, people will continue to desire it.  Therefore, America, and the ideas that are associated with it, must be destroyed.  So, our left stays, and works hard at destroying America.  If they can accomplish that goal, they will not only end human freedom on this continent, but all over the planet.  Socialism will grow in control unimpeded, as there will be no alternative.  Eventually, the idea and reality of the United States would be scrubbed from history, and sent down the memory hole.  In a few generations, most people would never know that there ever was an alternative.

That’s what the “progressives” want.

Such is the extent of control, and the elimination of hope that is required by the left, that they don’t want their subjects thinking that even an after-life can be better.

In 1979, the Three-Self Church reemerged under the control of the Chinese government, which monitors its activities. Certain topics were off limits, including the Second Coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the establishment of the kingdom of God. Teaching from books of prophecy that predict the end times — such as Daniel and Revelation — was prohibited. The church’s influence over teenagers and younger children was severely limited. The government oversees clergy education and retains the right to review sermons to assure compliance with government restrictions. (Emphasis mine)

You see, the nanny state wants to take the place of God.  And, apparently, the god of the nanny state is a rather jealous one.  People cannot look forward to a day when God will save them.  They cannot look forward, with hope, to a day that they will be in paradise.  Even more so, they cannot look forward to the day when their savior might return.  The nanny god will have no other God before him.  Any other faith, and especially the Christian God and Savior, puts the state in a subservient position to God.  For the “progressive,” obedience to the state is first and foremost, so either Christianity must change, or it must go.

I realize that I am not painting a pretty picture.  Things do look rather grim.  Of course, that too, is a goal for the left.  Eventually, our “progressives” want us to give up on freedom, and seek the cold, unloving embrace of big brother.  However, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Let’s take a look at recent history, and see what happened when people found hope.

After a national pattern of high taxation, failure, and appeasement, Ronald Reagan was elected President.  In a single day, our pattern of engagement with the Soviet Union changed.  After a decade of high taxes and stagflation, the American economy boomed.  After the “malaise” of the inept Carter administration, the American people gained more pride in our nation, as well as in it’s future.  After a nearly a decade of neglect, President Reagan modernized and strengthened our military.  And, more importantly, Reagan challenged the Soviet Union directly.  Our diplomacy turned from one of capitulation, to one of confrontation.  This confrontation is perhaps best exemplified by the statement President Reagan made in Berlin…

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

The meaning of this change in diplomacy was not lost on the people of Eastern Europe.  They heard of Reagan, through radio and more clandestine means.  And as Reagan’s military buildup pushed the socialist economies of the Soviet Bloc to the breaking point, the differences between free and socialist states became all the more clear.  The people started seeing through the lies that they were being told, and gained hope for the freedom and prosperity that are available in the US.

The rest, as they say, was history.  As the Socialist nations crumbled, their people simply stopped believing in the false claims of their leaders and socialism.  They had heard of the US, and of Reagan, and of the ideas that formed this nation.  With that hope, they found the bravery to risk the wrath of the state.  Then, the states fell.  It is well known that in many homes in Eastern Europe, hangs a picture of Ronald Reagan.  The left may deny his influence, but the people who lived under tyranny kept score on their own.

So where does that leave us now?  While we are close to losing our Republic, we are also able to achieve victory.  The real choice is with us.  Will we lose hope, and give up to the state, just as our would-be masters would want, or will we realize that we can hold on to our hope?  We have to realize that it’s up to us and it’s right now.  We need to take some pages out of Reagan’s book.  We need to confront the left strongly, and give alternatives.  We need to be bold and confident. We are right.  We have evidence, and we need to spread the hope that springs from individual freedom,  a Constitutional Republic, and a real free market.  We need to spread the hope that comes with the ability to change one’s lot in life.  If we do these, and it will be a long and difficult ride, we can free the minds of millions more our fellow citizens.  Then, our socialist system will collapse under it’s own failure.

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The POTUS used “Hope” as a slogan during his campaign.  While we would argue that “hope” has nothing to do with Obama’s policies, there is a different context for it.

The progressive agenda has nothing to do with hope; it is a proposal for a control mechanism, nothing more.

  • Health care for all?  Not necessarily.  CONTROL of healthcare?  Absolutely!
  • Financial reform?   Not so much. CONTROL of the financial sector?  Yup!
  • Dealing with “Climate Change” saving the planet?  Not even close.   Massive redistribution program?  YES!

I could go on and on, but I think the point is made.  If there is any hope there at all, it is only the “progressive’s” hope for total control of all human activity.

But what of real hope?  Here is the definition.

hope

/ho?p/ Show Spelled [hohp] Show IPA noun, verb,hoped, hop·ing.

–noun

1. The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.

2. A particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning.

How can we say that the “hope” that Obama advertised is actual hope?  His policies and actions have made things worse, just as we predicted.  Unemployment has gone up.  Debt has risen to unsustainable levels.  People are losing their health coverage and doctors.  Our standing in the world has decreased, as foreign powers ridicule him.  Businesses refuse to hire over the uncertainty of tax increases and excessive regulation.  Corruption has increased.  If anything, actual hope has decreased.  Frankly, I believe that this is the intent.

I think that this boils down to an old quote that I had heard years ago.  I believe it shows us what is happening.  Excuse my paraphrase.

“A man is useless to the socialist state until he has given up all hope.”

Kindly consider that in any totalitarian system, individuals cannot succeed in as much that the government permits them.  All phases in the life of the individual is under the control of the state.  Housing, education, work, wages, retirement, medical care, transportation,  and even diet, are all dictated by the state.  How can hope exist in that environment?  The state assumes the control of an individual at birth, and doesn’t let go until they die.  I would suggest that hope is derived from the ability to actively engage in efforts to improve one’s situation.  If one had no control or influence over even the most basic aspects of their lives, how can they hope for anything?  If personal effort, ideas, or labor will not change an individual’s situation, why would they try?

I would submit that this is the general intent of the totalitarian system.   If a person has given up all hope, they will completely submit to the state’s control.  This submission would not be due to the superiority of the state’s position or it’s services, it would come after the realization that there are no alternatives.  The end result would be a discouraged citizen that would not only comply, but eventually wouldn’t even think about having hope for anything else. This is the soul crushing lack of personal will that gripped the population of the former Soviet Bloc.

We can also see this in how the former Soviet Bloc nations presented information to their citizens.  In the late 60’s, the Soviets had some difficulty in keeping their client states subjugated.  The Czechs, in particular, wanted freedom, and at least in that nation, Soviet troops were needed to crush freedom movements.  Therefore, throughout the Vietnam War period, the state controlled media behind the iron curtain piped as much information about American “atrocities,” (The Russians now admit to staging ones that never happened) and student protests as they possibly could.  This was, of course, to smear the American cause in Vietnam, but it was also to crush any hope for freedom among their own citizens.  The anti-war protests in the west were portrayed as a successful communist revolution (they were, in many ways, just that).

The overall goal was to discourage the people that sought freedom.  The United States represented the best hope for human freedom on Earth.  The people that were trapped behind the iron curtain looked to the US for hope (of freedom).  When the Soviets and their puppets broadcast the protests, and spun the coverage, it looked as if Americans were losing their freedom.  It was made to appear that there was no longer an alternative.  The Soviets couldn’t destroy America, but they could use their control of information to destroy the IDEA of America, at least among their own populations.    Again, causing the people to give up hope, and submit to the all-powerful state, as there appeared to be no alternatives.

Many people have asked why our “progressives” don’t go to Cuba, or some other Communist nation to live?  The true answer to that is relatively simple.  If America exists as a free nation, and our Constitution remains intact, it will continue to be a beacon of hope to the oppressed nations of the world.  As long as we remain a free state that protects human freedom, economically outperforms the rest of the world, and provides more wealth to more people, socialism will continue to pale by comparison.  As long as there is true hope for human freedom, and the individual opportunity that comes with it, people will continue to desire it.  Therefore, America, and the ideas that are associated with it, must be destroyed.  So, our left stays, and works hard at destroying America.  If they can accomplish that goal, they will not only end human freedom on this continent, but all over the planet.  Socialism will grow in control unimpeded, as there will be no alternative.  Eventually, the idea and reality of the United States would be scrubbed from history, and sent down the memory hole.  In a few generations, most people would never know that there ever was an alternative.

That’s what the “progressives” want.

Such is the extent of control, and the elimination of hope that is required by the left, that they don’t want their subjects thinking that even an after-life can be better.

In 1979, the Three-Self Church reemerged under the control of the Chinese government, which monitors its activities. Certain topics were off limits, including the Second Coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the establishment of the kingdom of God. Teaching from books of prophecy that predict the end times — such as Daniel and Revelation — was prohibited. The church’s influence over teenagers and younger children was severely limited. The government oversees clergy education and retains the right to review sermons to assure compliance with government restrictions. (Emphasis mine)

You see, the nanny state wants to take the place of God.  And, apparently, the god of the nanny state is a rather jealous one.  People cannot look forward to a day when God will save them.  They cannot look forward, with hope, to a day that they will be in paradise.  Even more so, they cannot look forward to the day when their savior might return.  The nanny god will have no other God before him.  Any other faith, and especially the Christian God and Savior, puts the state in a subservient position to God.  For the “progressive,” obedience to the state is first and foremost, so either Christianity must change, or it must go.

I realize that I am not painting a pretty picture.  Things do look rather grim.  Of course, that too, is a goal for the left.  Eventually, our “progressives” want us to give up on freedom, and seek the cold, unloving embrace of big brother.  However, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Let’s take a look at recent history, and see what happened when people found hope.

After a national pattern of high taxation, failure, and appeasement, Ronald Reagan was elected President.  In a single day, our pattern of engagement with the Soviet Union changed.  After a decade of high taxes and stagflation, the American economy boomed.  After the “malaise” of the inept Carter administration, the American people gained more pride in our nation, as well as in it’s future.  After a nearly a decade of neglect, President Reagan modernized and strengthened our military.  And, more importantly, Reagan challenged the Soviet Union directly.  Our diplomacy turned from one of capitulation, to one of confrontation.  This confrontation is perhaps best exemplified by the statement President Reagan made in Berlin…

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

The meaning of this change in diplomacy was not lost on the people of Eastern Europe.  They heard of Reagan, through radio and more clandestine means.  And as Reagan’s military buildup pushed the socialist economies of the Soviet Bloc to the breaking point, the differences between free and socialist states became all the more clear.  The people started seeing through the lies that they were being told, and gained hope for the freedom and prosperity that are available in the US.

The rest, as they say, was history.  As the Socialist nations crumbled, their people simply stopped believing in the false claims of their leaders and socialism.  They had heard of the US, and of Reagan, and of the ideas that formed this nation.  With that hope, they found the bravery to risk the wrath of the state.  Then, the states fell.  It is well known that in many homes in Eastern Europe, hangs a picture of Ronald Reagan.  The left may deny his influence, but the people who lived under tyranny kept score on their own.

So where does that leave us now?  While we are close to losing our Republic, we are also able to achieve victory.  The real choice is with us.  Will we lose hope, and give up to the state, just as our would-be masters would want, or will we realize that we can hold on to our hope?  We have to realize that it’s up to us and it’s right now.  We need to take some pages out of Reagan’s book.  We need to confront the left strongly, and give alternatives.  We need to be bold and confident. We are right.  We have evidence, and we need to spread the hope that springs from individual freedom,  a Constitutional Republic, and a real free market.  We need to spread the hope that comes with the ability to change one’s lot in life.  If we do these, and it will be a long and difficult ride, we can free the minds of millions more our fellow citizens.  Then, our socialist system will collapse under it’s own failure.

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Our regressive “friends” often say that institutions need to change to adapt to the prevailing social situation.  In other words, they are supposed to abandon God, who does not change, to ride on the rising and falling waves of social convention.  After all, they can claim to be diverse and inclusive!

Of course, there is a downside to that.  Alexander Griswold, writing at The Federalist, has some examples.

The Episcopal Church

In 2003, Gene Robinson became the first openly gay, noncelibate man to be consecrated as a bishop of the Episcopal Church. In the wake of his consecration, entire dioceses severed ties with the Episcopal Church, eventually creating the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). But the Episcopal Church continued to liberalize its sexual teachings, lifting a moratorium on any more gay bishops in 2006 and creating a “blessing ceremony” for gay couples in 2009.

In 2002, the number of baptized U.S. members of the Episcopal Church stood at 2.32 million. By 2012, that number had fallen to 1.89 million, a decline of 18.4 percent. Meanwhile, attendance has fallen even more steeply. Average Sunday attendance in its U.S. churches was 846,000 in 2002, but had fallen 24.4 percent by 2012 to only 640,000. Other signs of congregational liveliness have fallen even further. Baptisms have fallen by 39.6 percent, and marriages have fallen by 44.9 percent.

As for the ACNA? It’s seen its membership rise by 13 percent and its Sunday attendance rise by 16 percent in the past five years. Since 2009, the ACNA has planted 488 new congregations. In 2012, the entire Episcopal Church managed to plant four new churches.

The United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ (UCC) has long had a reputation for unfettered liberalism, sometimes bordering on the radical. In 2008, for example, the pastor of the largest UCC congregations in the country was one Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The UCC’s tendency for pushing traditional boundaries has led to unquestionably positive developments (such as the first African-American pastor as early as 1785) and the unquestionably silly (such as the first hymnal that refuses to call Jesus male). Needless to say, in 2005 UCC became the first U.S. mainline Protestant denomination to support same-sex marriage, and has been an outspoken voice in the gay marriage debate ever since.

While UCC has been bleeding members for decades, its decline rapidly accelerated after the gay marriage vote. Since 2005, UCC has lost 250,000 members, a decline of 20.4 percent over seven years. While an average of 39 congregations left UCC annually from 1990 to 2004, more than 350 congregations departed in the following three years. The UCC’s own pension board called the 2000’s decline “the worst decade among 25 reporting Protestant denominations,” and admitted that “…the rate of decline is accelerating.”

2013 marked a particularly grim milestone for the denomination, as membership finally fell below one million. If the post-2005 rate in membership losses doesn’t taper out, the denomination will cease to exist in 30 years.

There are more examples.  And, he also notes increases among many more traditional denominations.  It’s a good article, and well worth the time to read it in it’s entirely.

It seems that embracing Satan is a poor “business model” for liberal churches.

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God Movies Make Money

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Hat/Tip to CNSNews.com for this one, and I must say, Brent Bozell has it right once again.

The accountants in Hollywood don’t have to believe in heaven to notice the box office numbers on recent movies with religious themes.

“Heaven Is for Real” opened in the days before Easter and grossed more than $22 million, coming in second for the weekend, just $3 million behind the latest “Captain America” blockbuster (in its third week). The movie’s per-screen average — $8,895 — was far above the rest of the top five.

“Heaven Is for Real,” like many movies, is based on a best-selling book. It’s a real-life story about 4-year-old Colton Burpo and his visions of heaven after an emergency surgery in 2003. Within three weeks of its November 2010 release, the book debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times best-seller list. Eventually, it made its way to No. 1.

It would seem that Hollywood is slowly waking up to the idea that there are more of us than there are of them and guess what? WE SPEND MONEY!

Box Office Mojo reported, “Sony targeted their marketing towards Christian audiences, and placed an emphasis on calling ahead for group ticket sales.” Stop the presses. Breaking news. There is a Christian audience, and it has wallets that open.

But don’t worry, the good old film critics will do their best to ignore us, by trashing the movies that are targeted to Christians.

It happened in mid-March, when “God’s Not Dead” opened at No. 4 with a $9 million gross, and then surprised the ticket-watchers by persistently drawing an audience, as it now approaches $50 million at the box office. This comes despite film critics trashing it, and one insisting, “Even by the rather lax standards of the Christian film industry, ‘God’s Not Dead’ is a disaster.”

This was not a studio movie, but a production of the Arizona-based Christian company Pure Flix. At the center of the plot is a debate between a college philosophy professor and a freshman student over the existence of God. No, it’s not your usual popcorn fare, but there is an audience that surely enjoys the rare occasion of a script strongly striking back at Richard Dawkins and Charles Darwin, offering rebuttal to the usual atheist arrogance of most pop culture products.

And for your LOL of the day – product placement, those (sometimes not so) subtle commercials in movies, happens in Christian themed films as well.

Interestingly, there is also this: In the corners of the plot are several Christian product placements — appearances testifying to Jesus by “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Korie Robertson, and the Christian-rock band, the Newsboys. Jesus sells.

One can easily see how the word of mouth spreads on a movie like this, when all the people attending the Newsboys’ concert at the movie’s end are asked to text message “God’s not dead” to their friends and acquaintances.

But how successful are these movies?

“Son of God” was produced by adding some new footage and re-editing the Jesus sections of Mark Burnett’s History Channel miniseries “The Bible.” It was released in mid-February and also showed surprising strength, grossing $25 million in its first weekend and a total of $60 million so far. And why not? “The Bible” has become the top-selling miniseries on DVD of all time.

And just touting the Bible as your “inspiration” doesn’t guarantee success. To see this, one only has to turn to the bomb that is “Noah,” by Darren Aronofsky, starring Russell Crowe.

…there’s a reason it disappointed. Despite the movie’s putative inspiration in the Bible, “Noah” isn’t a religious movie. The leftist critics were kind, but critics at the conservative Intercollegiate Review panned it as “The Rocky Horror Bible Show,” comparing its Noah to a man-hating, eco-maniacal unabomber, and its story as Genesis “rewritten by Cher.” It should tell us something that another big-money Russell Crowe movie, “Gladiator,” had a nobler view of God and man.

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Is God With America?

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America today …

Same-sex marriage is just as acceptable as traditional marriage

A military comprised of homos … and if the commanders don’t like it … resign

Euthanasia

Perversion of our children in public schools

A fraud for a president

A congress consisting of corrupt, compromised people

Black on white violence is ignored by the press

Doctor assisted suicide

Trayon Martin is a hero

Hillary Clinton is the most admired person

Bill Clinton thinks we’ll be visited by aliens … that’s cool.

The Congress is mad that the CIA might have spied on them

The Congress thinks they need a raise for a job well done

Abortion is women’s health

Christians are evil for saying “Jesus loves you”

Muslims are good saying “Convert to Islam or die”

A criminal shoots some people … gun owners are punished

Inside trader is illegal … unless you’re a politician

If a boy in school thinks he could be a girl … it’s okay to use the girls restroom

Unemployment payments are good for the economy

Tax-payers are forced to pay for abortions

Paying people not to work encourages people to find jobs

The government can provide everything one needs in life

Athletes are roll models

Middle school girls can get abortions without their parents permission … but not an aspirin.

Praying before a sports event is a violation of the separation of church and state

It’s better to euthanize a new-born child rather than have it possibly be raised by poor people.

55+ million unborn children murdered in the womb in cause for celebration

Condom use is promoted in elementary schools as well as the joys of sex

Promiscuity is normal behavior

Retaining ones virginity until marriage is dumb

The president of America weakens the military while the leaders of Russia, China and our enemies strengthen theirs.

Christian values have been replaced by Hollywood’s values …

~~~
So, is God with us?

Words from the past …

We should be weeping for this once blessed nation …

Original Post:  Cry and Howl

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Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil …

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When reading the various news articles I can’t help but notice how bizarre everything has become. Bizarre probably isn’t a completely accurate descriptive word … it’s more like perverse. Yet “perverse” is quite acceptable and embraced by many, those of the more liberal persuasion honor that perverse trend in American society. Those of a more conservative persuasion are now looked upon as the enemy of progressive ideas. I noticed an article yesterday which was highlighting how Christians are not victims even though their values are and have been attacked relentlessly by those embracing perversion. I read in the piece that people are seeing that marriage equality strengthens the institution of marriage.”

Same sex marriage “strengthens the institution of marriage” … What a bizarre take on what the institution of marriage is supposed to be about.  Regardless of what the writer of that article thinks or says marriage in the true sense of the word, is between men and women … not man to man or woman to woman.

Yet we are inundated with perverseness which not only is acceptable to society but when those who don’t embrace perversion voice objection they are subject to ridicule.  Now it’s not just the idea of not accepting a perverse life-style, it’s the idea of being forced into enabling and supporting it is where the objection should be heard. If gay folks want to marry, go ahead but it simply isn’t right to force someone to partake in the wedding of two guys. a mental visual of their “wedding night” or “honey moon” is nothing short of abominable and would get this blogger wretching.

The writer of the piece mentioned  the changing understanding about homosexuality. This is interesting. The only thing changing is the tolerance for perversion conservatives and Christians have been forced to accept either through threats of fines and penalties by judges.

The thing the writer seems to point out is that Christians and conservatives are finding out that being a minority isn’t comfortable, but it isn’t suffering as victims either. And then he offers some comparisons … homos are in danger of being fired or assaulted just for being gay … Christians are forced by a judge to cater to same-sex married couples either through photography or making a wedding cake.

Being  a victim doesn’t always have to be physically damaging. Forcing people to go against the conscious is equally disturbing and damaging. When homos demand that Christians provide a service to something they view as disgusting and vile, isn’t that demand victimizing? Regardless of the methodology in bullying someone it all boils down to persecuting those who are weaker.

Another interesting statement from the article is,  The sky has not fallen, nor have church roofs caved in, just because gay marriage is legal in 17 states, plus the District of Columbia. Life goes on pretty much as normal …

There are a very many people who firmly believe that just because something hasn’t happened yet because of perversion or immoral behavior nothing will. That attitude or train of thought is a very dangerous one. I believe there is a saying that goes something like this:  Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

To sum up the idea that perverse and disgusting behavior is being accepted in society now and that even a majority of people are tolerant of that behavior I wouldn’t get too comfortable, as I recall some very strong wording …  Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

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Sunday Morning (On Monday): When Good is Evil, and Evil is Good

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I was reading about how God created the heavens, the earth, and humans last night and this morning. I couldn’t help but think how humans have corrupted the good that God created; God himself looking upon His creation … “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” thinking in His heart that all was good. And all was good for a space in time. God created a man and decided it wasn’t good for the man to be alone. So, out of the man God created a woman to be with him. Adam proclaimed, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Because of simple disobedience sin entered into the world and like a cancer spread throughout until … “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”

A human being was created into whom God breathed a soul. No longer “cavemen” or “Neanderthals”, but a living, breathing human being with a conscious and a soul placed there by God, set apart from the beasts.

“And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

And eight people were saved. But sin had already seized the heart of the human race. And here we are today. Is not the “wickedness of man” great even now? Isn’t “every imagination of the thoughts” of the hearts of mankind evil only?

We’ve entered into an age where evil is good and good is evil. Perversion is considered normal and completely acceptable even in the churches. Men with men, women with women … spreading disease and disgust, demanding to be accepted as normal.

Liberals and unbelievers attempt to make God like them. They think he’s some Santa Claus or Easter Bunny … can’t really see too good, and that he’s just as perverse as they are, and tolerant and accepting of the most ungodly and perverse acts imaginable.

I keep thinking about how much longer will God allow us to continue. I believe a very rude awakening will follow soon. Be patient, it’s coming.

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 

As I continue reading my Bible which I’ve done for more than 40 years now, I can’t help but think of God’s plan and His ways are like … well … a mosaic. We have to find the pieces and put them together to see the big picture. I’ve written before about moving into higher ground spiritually. Like looking at my neighborhood from the roof of my home instead of from my front yard. Looking at the exact same thing from a higher place gives us a whole new perspective. That is what I believe (just a personal opinion) is how we can begin to understand the ways of God if we grow spiritually … moving on up to a higher place in Him, reading the same Bible … and our understanding begins to grow.

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“I personally prefer those who believe in God to those who believe they are God.” Burt Prelutsky

bea·dle·dom – a stupid or officious display or exercise of authority, as by petty officials. – Dictionary.com

An old song once asked, “How can we miss you if you never leave?”  And, given the Narcissist-In-Chief’s propensity for decree, he’s got many otherwise sober folk worried that he never will.  But even if he and the Mooch decide to obey the law for once, surrender a future of free golf and luxury vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, and instead glide off to a retirement village for old Reds, the damage has been done.

Obamas America… behind the scenes, [Obama’s] radically increasing the government’s reach. His tools aren’t laws or even executive orders — it’s thousands of new pages of new rules in the Federal Register, the nation’s official book of regulations, controlling everything from home finance to car deals to city zoning. An unelected, unappointed shadowy network of leftie advocates are rewriting these rules — posing a direct threat to Congress’ legislative authority. (‘Obama Makes Up His Own Rules’)

Obamas Shadowy NetworkRadical Islamists? We’ve got much more to fear from radical bureaucrats.

“This always confuses liberals, that conservatives like the military and don’t like the bureaucracy. That’s because the military has their guns pointed out and the bureaucracy has them pointed in.” – Grover Norquist

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Planned Parenthood Board Member Calls Abortion “Blessing,” Celebrates “Decline” of Christianity

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Planned ParenthoodValerie Tarico is a Planned Parenthood board member, and has been featured in several leftist publications.  Here are some lowlights regarding her work and beliefs, via Christian News…

In a Huffington Post article last January, Tarico claimed that abortion is “a sacred gift.” She also encouraged people to “honor women who decide to terminate pregnancies” and “honor doctors who provide abortion services,” since they are “doing God’s work.”

“An abortion when needed is a blessing,” Tarico posited. “It is a gift, a grace, a mercy, a cause for gratitude, a new lease on life. Being able to choose when and whether to bring a child into the world enables us and our children to flourish.”

In one of Tarico’s most recent articles, initially published on AlterNet in late December, she lists ten reasons why she believes that Christianity is “in decline.”

“Things are looking bright for those who would like to see humanity more grounded in science and reason,” Tarico asserts.

There is more over at the link, but let’s make a few points…

1.  Tarico thinks that killing babies is a “blessing.”

2.  Nothing says “enabling a child to flourish” like killing other children.

3.  We should honor people that have their babies killed, and those that kill them.

4.  An organization, Planned Parenthood, that was created for the purpose of exterminating the “black race,” is somehow of a higher ethical standing as Christians.

And these are the “advanced and enlightened” people?  To which, I respond with Psalms 53:1…

The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

Just remind me; we DID win WW II, didn’t we?

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Why True Hope Can Kill The Progressive Agenda

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President Obama used “Hope” as a slogan during his 2008 election campaign.  While we would argue that hope has nothing to do with Obama’s policies, there is a different context for it.

The progressive agenda has nothing to do with hope; it is a proposal for a control mechanism, nothing more.

  • Health care for all?  Not necessarily.  CONTROL of healthcare?  Absolutely!
  • Financial reform?   Not so much. CONTROL of the financial sector?  Yes!
  • Environmental regululation saving the planet?  Not even close.   Massive redistribution program, with equally massive CONTROL?  YES!

I could go on and on, but I think the point is made.  If there is any hope there at all, it is only the “progressive’s” hope for total control of all human activity.

But what of real hope?  Here is the definition.

hope

/ho?p/ Show Spelled [hohp] Show IPA noun, verb,hoped, hop·ing.

–noun

1. The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.

2. A particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning.

How can we say that the “hope” that Obama advertised is actual hope?  His policies and actions have made matters worse, just as we predicted.  Unemployment has gone up. Debt has risen to unsustainable levels.  People are losing their health coverage and doctors.  Our standing in the world has decreased, as foreign powers ridicule him.  Businesses refuse to hire over the uncertainty of tax increases and excessive regulation.  Corruption has increased.  If anything, actual hope has decreased.  Frankly, I believe that this is the intent.

I think that this boils down to an old quote that I had heard years ago.  I believe it shows us what is happening.  Excuse my paraphrase.

“A man is useless to the socialist state until he has given up all hope.”

Kindly consider that in any totalitarian system, individuals can only succeed in as much that the government permits them.  All phases in the life of the individual are controlled.  Housing, education, work, wages, retirement, medical care, transportation, and even diet, are all dictated by the state.  How can hope exist in that environment?  The state assumes the control of an individual at birth, and doesn’t let go until they die.  On the contrary, I would suggest that hope is derived from the ability to actively engage in efforts to improve one’s situation.  If one had no control or influence over even the most basic aspects of their lives, how can they hope for anything?  If personal effort, ideas, or labor will not change an individual’s situation, why would they try?

I would submit that this is the general intent.  If a person has given up all hope, they will completely submit to the state’s control.  This submission would not be due to the superiority of the state’s position or it’s services, it would come after the realization that there are no alternatives.  The end result would be a discouraged citizen that would not only comply, but eventually wouldn’t even think about having hope for anything else. This is the soul crushing lack of personal will that gripped the population of the former Soviet Bloc.

We can also see this in how the former Soviet Bloc nations presented information to their citizens.  In the late 60’s, the Soviets had some difficulty in keeping their client states subjugated.  The Czechs, in particular, wanted freedom, and at least in that nation, Soviet troops were needed to crush freedom movements.  Therefore, throughout the Vietnam War period, the state controlled media behind the iron curtain piped as much information about American “atrocities,” (The Russians now admit to staging ones that never happened) and student protests as they possibly could.  This was, of course, to smear the American cause in Vietnam, but it was also to crush any hope for freedom among their own citizens.  The protests were portrayed as a successful communist revolution (they were, in many ways, just that).

The overall goal was to discourage the people that sought freedom.  The United States represented the best hope for human freedom on Earth.  The people that were trapped behind the iron curtain looked to the US for hope (of freedom).  When the Soviets and their puppets broadcast the protests, and spun the coverage, it looked as if Americans were losing their freedom.  It was made to appear that there was no longer an alternative. The Soviets couldn’t destroy America, but they could use their control of information to destroy the IDEA of America, at least among their own populations.    Again, causing the people to give up hope, and submit to the all-powerful state, as there appeared to be no alternatives-and no hope.

Many people have asked why our “progressives” don’t go to Cuba, or some other Communist nation to live?  The true answer to that is relatively simple.  If America exists as a free nation, and our Constitution remains intact, it will continue to be a beacon of hope to the oppressed nations of the world.  As long as we remain a free state that protects human freedom, economically outperforms the rest of the world, and provides more wealth to more people, socialism will continue to pale by comparison.  As long as there is true hope for human freedom, and the individual opportunity that comes with it, people will continue to desire it.  Therefore, America, and the ideas that are associated with it, must be destroyed.  So, our left stays, and works hard at destroying America.  If they can accomplish that goal, they will not only end human freedom on this continent, but all over the planet.  Socialism will grow in control unimpeded, as there will be no alternative.  Eventually, the idea and reality of the United States would be scrubbed from history, and sent down the memory hole.  In a few generations, most people would never know that there ever was an alternative.

That’s what the “progressives” want.

Such is the extent of control, and the elimination of hope that is required by the left, that they don’t want their subjects thinking that even an after-life can be better.

In 1979, the Three-Self Church reemerged under the control of the Chinese government, which monitors its activities. Certain topics were off limits, including the Second Coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the establishment of the kingdom of God. Teaching from books of prophecy that predict the end times — such as Daniel and Revelation — was prohibited. The church’s influence over teenagers and younger children was severely limited. The government oversees clergy education and retains the right to review sermons to assure compliance with government restrictions. (Emphasis mine)

You see, the nanny state wants to take the place of God.  And, apparently, the god of the nanny state is a rather jealous one.  People cannot look forward to a day when God will save them.  They cannot look forward, with hope, to a day that they will be in paradise.  Even more so, they cannot look forward to the day when their savior might return.  The “god” of the state will have no other God before him.  Any other faith, and especially the Christian God and Savior, puts the state in a subservient position to God.  For the “progressive,” obedience to the state is first and foremost, so either Christianity must change, or it must go.

I realize that I am not painting a pretty picture.  Things do look rather grim.  Of course, that too, is a goal for the left.  Eventually, our “progressives” want us to give up on freedom, and seek the cold, unloving embrace of big brother.  However, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Let’s take a look at recent history, and see what happened when people found hope.

After a national pattern of high taxation, failure, and appeasement, Ronald Reagan was elected President.  In a single day, our pattern of engagement with the Soviet Union changed.  After a decade of high taxes and stagflation, the American economy boomed.  After the “malaise” of the inept Carter administration, the American people gained more pride in our nation, as well as in it’s future.  After a nearly a decade of neglect, President Reagan modernized and strengthened our military.  And, more importantly, Reagan challenged the Soviet Union directly.  Our diplomacy turned from one of capitulation, to one of confrontation.  This confrontation is perhaps best exemplified by the statement President Reagan made in Berlin…

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

The meaning of this change in diplomacy was not lost on the people of Eastern Europe.  They heard of Reagan, through radio and more clandestine means.  And as Reagan’s military buildup pushed the socialist economies of the Soviet Bloc to the breaking point, the differences between free and socialist states became all the more clear.  The people started seeing through the lies that they were being told, and gained hope for the freedom and prosperity that are available in the US.

The rest, as they say, was history.  As the Socialist nations crumbled, their people simply stopped believing in the false claims of their leaders and socialism.  Alternatively, many of them never believed their government’s propaganda, but Reagan’s stand against the Soviets gave them the hope, and the boldness that comes with it, to face death in order to achieve freedom.     Then, the states fell.  It is well known that in many homes in Eastern Europe, hangs a picture of Ronald Reagan.  The left may deny his influence, but the people who lived under tyranny kept score on their own.

So where does that leave us now?  While we are close to losing our Republic, we are also able to achieve victory.  The real choice is with us.  Will we lose hope, and give up to the state, just as our would-be masters would want, or will we realize that we can hold on to our hope?  We have to realize that it’s up to us and it’s right now.  We need to take some pages out of Reagan’s book.  We need to confront the left strongly, and give alternatives.  We need to be bold and confident. We are right.  We have evidence, and we need to spread the hope that springs from individual freedom, a Constitutional Republic, and a real free market.  We need to spread the hope that comes with the ability to change one’s lot in life.  If we do these, and it will be a long and difficult ride, we can free the minds of millions more our fellow citizens.  Then, our socialist system will collapse under it’s own failure.

And real hope; the ability to chart one’s own destiny, and care for oneself, will kill it.

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To the executives at A&E Network;

Something is seriously wrong in America when you can no longer voice an opinion based on your religious values without fear of some sort of reprisal. I am a Christian and like Phil Robertson, I believe the act of homosexuality is a sin. I don’t judge the sin, that’s not for me. Judgment is left to God as Mr. Robertson stated in his interview. Does this make me extreme or wrong? Only in a Godless society I am viewed as extreme and wrong and that’s what we are rapidly becoming; a Godless society where what was once good is now bad and what was once right is now wrong. This is a society that cannot last long because it anchors its core beliefs to the laws of men and rejects the laws of God. It’s an unnatural existence that will eventually unravel and descend into chaos.

Phil Robertson is a man who clearly sees this. He’s sees us slipping away from God. He sees us normalizing and accepting sinful ways for the sake of inclusiveness and political correctness. He is God fearing man living in a society that rejects God’s laws and because of this he is chastised for his beliefs. By suspending him, your network is pandering to these forces who seek to destroy those who choose to abide by God’s laws. Your network has made a choice to persecute a man who stands with God. So I’m returning the favor and I’m choosing not to support your network anymore. I will not devote one more minute of my time towards your programming. I stand by Phil Robertson. Not because he stands against the sin of homosexuality, but because he stands with God.

Sincerely John Carey

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What’s With All of the Pedophilia?

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We’ve been covering the ever expanding list of cases where adults are victimizing kids, and are left scratching our heads and wondering why? Has pedophilia always been this frequent, or is all of these stories a manifestation of something new?  For example, here are some recent cases covered at The Other McCain.

‘Hundreds of Videos Depicting Underage Boys … in Sexually Explicit Conduct’

Cravers of Boy-Flesh: Yet Another Sad Example of a Disturbing Trend

Michigan Union: Teachers Still Have a Right to Benefits After Boning Teenagers

‘Teacher of the Year’ Learns a Tough Lesson: Always Take the Plea Bargain

And those are only the posts over the last several days.  Even more disturbing is the fact that so many from the political and cultural left are all too willing to defend, explain away, or justify these crimes against children. For example, we saw professional colleagues defending Neil Erickson, a teacher convicted of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old male student. And, of course, regular readers will know that there are quite a few supporters of Kaitlyn Hunt; an adult who recently plead guilty to having sexual contact with a 14-year-old high school freshman. Her family and supporters not only want to make this legal, but they have led a campaign of lies, threats, intimidation, and general harassment against anyone who opposes them. In the Ericsson case, the garage owned by the family of the victim was burned to the ground, and threats were painted on the side of the family home. Going back to the case of Kaitlyn Hunt, the family of her victim were subjected to harassment, death threats, and Hunt supporters even try to “dig up dirt” on the victim’s mother.

Here is a sampling of posts from the Conservative Hideout regarding the stories.

@JanaEschbach Interviews Smith Family Regarding #FreeKate Revelations, Supporters Still Trying Silence Truth Tellers

#FreeKate Supporters Continue to Lie in Order to Ban Those That Expose Them, Display Anti-Christian Hatred

#FreeKate Update: Supporters Lie to Censor Those That Quote Them-Shutuppery in Action!

#FreeKate Update: Some Supporters Think Nine Year Olds Ready for Sex?

#FreeKate and Normalizing Pedophilia

#FreeKate Update: Hunt Family and Supporters Escalate Threats Against Truth Tellers

#FreeKate Update: Steven Hunt Makes Death Threats, Kelley Hunt Smith Threatens to ‘Ruin” People

#FreeKate Update: Increasing Threats, False Accusations, and Rabbit Mentality

Bullying and #FreeKate: Playing the Victim

For me, I see this as a lack of morality. For decades now, we have been pushing moral and religious teachings out of our public conversation. We systematically banned prayer, and mentions of Christmas, with some schools even banning the colors red and green Christmas time – all to marginalize Christianity, and more importantly, God. The results seem obvious; without moral teaching, our people lack morals. without a moral center, people justify all sorts of behavior. And at this point, the next frontier of ” progress,” is the legalization of sex with children. As the Bible has predicted, we are living in a world where what is good is evil, and what is evil is good.

And, it’s only going to get worse from here.

Note: The American Psychiatric Association has historically stated that there needs to be a five-year difference in age between perpetrator and victim to be a case of pedophilia.  Kaitlyn Hunt was 18, and her victim was 14 at the time her crimes took place. She’s included in the story because her family and supporters have openly stated the objective of legalizing sex between adults and minors. I believe this to be an incremental step towards the normalization and legalization of pedophilia.

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Obama Administration Threatens to Arrest Catholic Priests That Minister to Troops During Democrat Manufactured Shut Down

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According to Da Tech Guy, the Obama Administration has found a way to combine their hatred of Christians, with blaming the government shut down on the GOP…

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“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”

Cardinal Francis George

Apparently Cardinal George’s prophecy is being fast forwarded

In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.

This is right out of the Soviet playbook

“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”

So, even God is banned during the Democrat engineered government shut down?  Apparently so!

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#FreeKate Update: Announcement from Lawyer and Statements of Supporters Give Insight Into #FreeKate Mindset

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Alleged Sex Offender Kaitlyn Hunt in Court

It’s been an interesting day on the #FreeKate front.   The Hunt’s Lawyer, Julia Graves, released a statement.  Here it is…


STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF KAITLYN HUNT

The actions in filing a detailed Notice of Violation of Pretrial Conditions such as the one filed in this case is almost a crime in and of itself. Of course this is my opinion as her counsel and as a parent. I fully understand what the law is. I do not know who is managing the case at this point as I receive a plea offer from Mr. Workman on Friday August 9th after 3:00 pm with no deadline to accept and a request to respond in writing for post conviction purposes one way or another. We quietly kept this to ourselves and were in the process of discussing the plea that takes time to answer all questions and fully understand the consequences. The last thing any attorney wants is a client entering a plea quickly without being fully informed. We have had motions scheduled on August 14th since June and we attended to take care of the closure of the courtroom motion by the State and a few deposition and address issues regarding witnesses. There was nothing out of the ordinary, other than it was made known a copy of the plea offer had been given to the media. Obviously until a case is settled and pled to it is imperative to still continue to prepare as though you are going to trial.

The next morning while I was in a motion hearing with another judge and client, the Notice of Violation of Pretrial Conditions is filed. The State did not get that much information that day as I received a copy to my office at 9:43 am. I only had seen it ten minutes before it was published on TCPalm. Prosecutors do have ethical obligations.

I practice Family Law as well as Criminal. One important aspect to always remember and stress to the client is “this is a public record”. What you file in a motion or petition is out there for the world to view or your children to look at later. Always be mindful of “airing your dirty laundry in public”.

I have made every effort to keep the alleged victim out of the public eye. I have not taken her depositions and do not plan to until the very last. While I feel what has happened in the past few months is an abomination to the alleged victim, I advocate for Kaitlyn. In advocating for her, that sometimes calls for taking measures that are not pleasant in asking questions.

If this matter had been considered properly in the beginning for what it truly is, we would not be where we are today — and that is with two devastated lives and two devastated families.

lt looks as though we have an alleged victim who doesn’t agree with how things are being handled by the State, her parents or their attorney. She has felt compelled to do what she thought was the only thing to save Kaitlyn from the State and her parents and that was to reach out and let Kaitlyn know this was not her idea or what she wants. I am totally cognizant that she is a minor.

For Chris Taylor to file a notice with those kinds of details in it, I just cannot begin to fathom why that was necessary. The same Notice with general language could have been accomplished and reached the same objective, to revoke her bond. What happened to a statement like “numerous texts and inappropriate language” without details? With today being the first day of school in Indian River County, I can only imagine the chatter at the school. Even if not said directly to the alleged victim, it is going to be discussed behind her back. You can’t stop it.

Nonetheless it comes down to we still have a situation of two teenagers who were in school together and involved in a consensual relationship. Yes one that under the current law is a crime, but still consensual. It was brought to an abrupt end and the older “adult” teen faces up to thirty years in prison. The younger teen cannot comprehend the seriousness of the matter because it was something she consented to. Her opinion is ignored by the State, interrogated by the Sheriff’s Department, taken to a church that labels being gay a sin, has the Bible thrown at her, all of her things in her room boxed up and taken from her, is apparently hit by her parents, and clearly yelled at for lying by her father in the presence of Detective Shepherd at the school in a subsequent interview. How could she not be confused, scared and feel as though this is all her fault and no one is listening? She already tried to speak to Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley, who shut her down. So she turns to the only person who could possible understand in her eyes and a person she clearly does not want to see hurt and that is Kaitlyn. She wants to try to save her and in doing so she just causes the walls to continue to tumble down.

And here we are. Now there are new charges that set us all back even further. The defense of Kaitlyn Hunt will continue until the matter is either resolved or determined in a court of law, not public opinion.

LAW OFFICE OF A. JULIA GRAVES, P.A.

Attorney for Kaitlyn Hunt

First off, if you want to see a perfect dissection of this, head on over to The Other McCain.  I do have some comments that R.S. McCain did not address…

Nonetheless it comes down to we still have a situation of two teenagers who were in school together and involved in a consensual relationship. Yes one that under the current law is a crime, but still consensual.

Yes, as a lawyer, you must know that a 14 year old in the state of Florida cannot consent.  That’s why, among other things, your client is in jail!   Perhaps you missed that?

I have made every effort to keep the alleged victim out of the public eye.

You didn’t have to, your client’s mother and supporters named the alleged victim, their parents, their personal information, and engaged in a campaign of harassment against them.

The younger teen cannot comprehend the seriousness of the matter because it was something she consented to.

Do you realize that you just proved our point?  The alleged victim cannot comprehend the seriousness of it.  That’s why teens can’t consent!  Given the potential consequences of sexual activity, adults create laws to protect children from predatory adults.  That’s why two year-olds can’t vote, and three year-olds can’t drive.  They can’t deal with the implications, decision making, and the consequences!

…taken to a church that labels being gay a sin

Which makes Christianity, and the Bible, a sin?  Oh, and sexual orientation has nothing to do with the offense.  If gays want equal protection under the law, then the law should be applied the same way here, right?  In fact, prominent Gay rights groups has said as much, and do not support your client.   Are you also saying that Christians have no right to protect their children, or that  adult lesbians have a legal right to have sex with minors?  Do you understand that your argument is asinine?

…all of her things in her room boxed up and taken from her,

Well, she did run away from home to have sexual relations with your client.  Some parents place limits on children, and have consequences when they act out.   I know, it might be an alien concept to you, but that’s how parents raise kids that aren’t sitting in jail cells for having sex with minors and violating release agreements.

She already tried to speak to Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley, who shut her down. So she turns to the only person who could possible understand in her eyes and a person she clearly does not want to see hurt and that is Kaitlyn.

On the contrary, there was communication between the alleged victim and Kelly Hunt.  The elder Hunt told her to “delete everything!” You know, destroy the evidence that your client violated the court order?  Kaitlyn Hunt instructed the victim to “lie,”  cursed at her, and warned her that she (Kaitlyn Hunt)  would go to jail if the victim admitted the truth.  The truth is the the victim was being manipulated by Kaitlyn Hunt and her mother.  They wanted the victim to lie to the court, and cover up Kaitlyn Hunt’s alleged crimes.

And here we are. Now there are new charges that set us all back even further. The defense of Kaitlyn Hunt will continue until the matter is either resolved or determined in a court of law, not public opinion.

There are new charges because your client sent pornographic images to a minor!

In the “court of public opinion?”  Your client and family appeared on the Today Show and MSNBC!  They are selling “Free Kate” merchandise!  They have put up petitions, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts.  The Hunts made this a national story.  They Hunts decided that Kaitlyn’s “get out of jail free card” was to make this as public as possible, and make it legal for adults to have sex with kids.  You can’t put the Genie back in the bottle, it’s too late for that.  The Hunts made this public, and it will stay that way until it’s over.

Was she thinking when she wrote this?

Now, here is a comment from a supporter…

Kaitlyn_Hunt_Heather_Wirth_DalagerTeachers, doctors, therapists, nurses, and the like are what are called “Mandated Reporters.”  They are required by law to report abuse.  State laws may vary a bit, and I don’t know Florida’s statute, but in my state, the teacher might be in trouble for not calling the police immediately.  She should have told the parents and the principal, but have also called the police.

If folks recall, not doing this got Joe Paterno fired, and Penn State sued out the wazoo.

Of course, Heather Wirth-Dalager thinks that as long as a lesbian is abusing the children, they somehow have a right to privacy.

I do have some notes on the whole situation, and particularly the #FreeKate crowd.

This is all a reflection of the common liberal tactic of “blame someone else.”  These people are incapable of accepting responsibility for their actions.  According to the #FreeKate crowd, the victim, and/or the parents are to blame, and the lawyer blames the prosecutor.  But, the only person not to blame is Kaitlyn Hunt.  After all, she had the legal “right” to have sex with that minor.

By my estimation, these are extremely deceived people.  They believe its OK for adults to have sex with minors.  They attack anything that resembles morality, because they have none themselves.  They do situational ethics, which means that their sense or morality, such as it is, changes based on how they are feeling moment to moment.  Having no  system of belief to guide them, they don’t understand that laws protect the innocent.  It simply doesn’t compute to them.   They don’t get that there is a wide gulf of maturity between 14 and 18.  They don’t get that the rules apply to them, or someone they love.  When they encounter a rule they don’t like, it’s “unjust,” and they don’t follow it.  And, if someone disagrees, the opposition are “haters.”  They respond to “haters” by engaging in actual hate themselves, but they don’t seem to get the irony there.

In other words, they are lost.  Christians would say that they are deceived. Bezmemov would say that they are “demoralized,” or “useful idiots.”   Satan would call them, “my busy little bees.” There is little use in engaging them, they cannot or will not see the truth.  They are incapable of it.

Updated to add picture and correct two misspelled words.  Also updated for a typo, thanks to a reader for catching that!

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University of Pennsylvania Professor, Anthea Butler, States That God is White, and Racist!

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Apparently, according to Anthea Butler, Religion professor at Pennsylvania University,  the supreme being is the creepiest assed cracker in the universe…

“God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in an nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”

Wow, the wiring in that woman’s brain is so tangled, it’s wonder she can breathe.  As much as it pains me, let’s parse this nonsense.

God is not for us:  God is against, and punishes sin.  That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you, he just has zero tolerance for shenanigans.

taking care of my reproductive rights:  You obviously leave out the part about killing babies.  God doesn’t like that.  He doesn’t like promiscuity either.  And, I can find no where in the Bible when anyone suggests that someone else be forced to pay for a woman’s $9/month birth control pills.

or my voting rights: Your right to vote is more secure than ever.  Your right to vote five times is under attack.  If fraud is on the agenda, yeah, we’re against that.

…he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.”  God doesn’t need a gun, but if a young black man was standing over him, and pounding his head into the pavement, he might just do take some action.   Or, is it the right of young black men to beat “White Hispanics to death?”  Just asking! 

“Their god is the god that wants to erase race, make everyone act ‘properly’ and respect, as the president said, ‘a nation of laws’; laws that they made to crush those they consider inferior,” she continued.

“Their god is the god that wants to erase race… Yeah, because if we didn’t judge people based on race, what would you have to rant and rave about?  If we actually treated each other like brothers and sisters, what would Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do for a living?   Racism and hate are a business, my sister in Christ, and you’re stoking the flames of hate, and driving up demand..

make everyone act ‘properly’ and respect, as the president said, ‘a nation of laws’; God does have expectations in terms of behavior, and they seem wise, and for our own good.  However, you seem to dislike them.  That is your choice and you’ll have the chance to explain it to him in person one day.  A nation of laws is how the slaves were freed, how voting rights were procured, how the Democrats, and their Jim Crow laws, were defeated.  If you want another system, go to North Korea-they’d be real happy to hear your nonsense.

Is it a wonder that we are so separated as a people? Should it be a surprise that we cannot bridge the gap?  As long as people subscribe to nonsense, and refer to it as reality, we are permanently separated from each other.

Note:  The post title was corrected to indicate the Anthea Butler, not the University, that stated that God is White, and racist.

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Christians Need Not Apply: Military Ramps up Persecution Against Christians

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In this age of increased persecution against Christians, think it should come as no surprise that more and more cases of people being fired or punished for their beliefs should come to light.  Earlier this year, it became “illegal” for  Christian to share one’s faith in the military.  Now, it seems that even being a Christian is a crime.  Take a look at the following below.  

Technical Sgt. Layne Wilson, a 27 year veteran of the Utah Air National Guard, was reprimanded for his opposition to a homosexual wedding in the West Point chapel. In fact, he was told to retire because his personal views were incompatible with military policy. How have things changed since Mr. Obama became commander in chief? Simple–liberals have become more intolerant than ever. If you disagree with the aberrant behavior displayed by a White House-preferred small group, you can kiss your military career goodbye. Commanding officers will be more than glad to obey their ring-tapping superiors by enforcing the mandatory acceptance of perversions. TSgt Wilson’s crime? Being Christian.

Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran, received an article 15 reprimand for his political and religious beliefs. He was being prosecuted by an openly gay officer. His crime: being Christian. According to the latest report, MSG Sommers is planning to file a discrimination lawsuit.

John Wells, the attorney representing TSgt Wilson, told Fox News: “The military is trying to make examples of people who have religious beliefs that homosexual conduct in the military is wrong.” “The end game is to force conservative Christians out of the military.”

Of course, we’ve read the Book, and know that this kid of thing is coming.  But, there seems to be a concerted effort to rid the military services of long standing leaders, and especially Christians.  I know the left has never trusted the military.  The military always votes to the right, which is why the Democrats always try to find ways to throw out their votes.   In a time of trouble, the left has never thought that the men and women in uniform would act against the public.  My many conversations with former military personnel show me this.  However, what if the Obama Administration were to remake the military into something more to his idealogical liking?  What if he could re-mold the military into something that would do his bidding, and would hate Christians, Jews, and anyone who believed in the Constitution?  What if he created a military that was trained that belief in the Constitution made for “dangerous radicals,” or that belief in the Bible made one an “extremist?”

Perhaps he wants a military capable of doing this…

Makes one think, doesn’t it?

And, just as a reminder…

18 “If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it; that is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: “Slaves are not greater than their master.’ If people persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours too. 21 But they will do all this to you because you are mine; for they do not know the one who sent me.

John 15

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Roy Costner IV Defies Athiests, Leads Graduation Ceremony in Prayer

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In an act of civil disobedience, and probably considered a hate crime in certain circles, Roy Costner IV, the valedictorian of his graduating class at-get this-Liberty High School broke from his school approved speech and spoke of faith.  even worse, he led the crowd in the Lord’s Prayer.  The Daley Gator has more, and the video...

The act, which drew loud applause, was taken in opposition to the School District of Pickens County’s decision to axe prayers from graduation events, Christian News reports. Officials said that they had recently received complaints from atheist activists and church-state separatists, leading to the removal of invocations from all school events.

But that didn’t stop Costner.

The Liberty High School ceremony is already making its way into national headlines, as the valedictorian’s actions and the subsequent cheers this past Saturday were caught on video.

As he spoke, Costner went from merely mentioning “the Lord” to jumping right into the well-known prayer.

People will speak out.  Part of me thinks that at one graduation, some insane judge will post police to haul anyone who speaks of God.  And, hundreds of people will record some kid, or kids being hauled away in cuffs.

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