Baltimore, Ferguson, And The Devil’s Playground

Protestors tell us police brutality driven by racism is a huge, ongoing problem, existent for years. They say violence and looting are the result of pent-up rage resident in black men who have suffered this brutality.

It is difficult to understand how such a serious problem could exist for so long without the slightest mention being made, in Ferguson, or in Baltimore. Democrats have ruled in these areas for decades. Certainly public officials knew about this problem, correct? Obviously, they would have done something about it, correct? Citizen complaints and lawsuits and public hearing testimonies would have substantially addressed solutions, right? Has the voice of protest ever been silenced in this country in the last 50 years? Haven’t we heard primarily about the success of community policing, diversity in these departments, and declining crime rates?

Prior to the events in Ferguson almost a year ago, did you hear about horrendous incidents of police brutality directed almost exclusively toward Black men? Do we really believe such terrible, epidemic events were ignored by Democrats in power, public officials sanctioned and supported by the vast majority of media outlets? Isn’t it reasonable to expect such problems would attract the attention of politicians and the press? Police kill more unarmed whites than blacks. How does that factor into deliberations? And if police brutality encouraged by racism is overstated, then what explains these multiple instances of death videotaped by bystanders–and the resulting riots? In other words, what is the driving force behind the riots if indeed the supposed cause is not really the central cause at all?

A couple of years ago, I had a telling conversation with a black pastor. I asked him how it can be that, after all we’ve been through these last 50 years, race relations are worse than ever. His answer was telling. He acknowledged certain black leaders are in the business of stirring strife, to gain prominence and to profit, noting that many have a political agenda involving the actual destruction of the country. He also pointed to dependency created by government, and the resulting environment characterized by indolence, hopelessness, and resentment. He referenced the drug problem and the destruction of the black family thanks to the effects of demoralization and the welfare state. And he said the current regime at the federal level really does not really care about blacks in the inner city, their plight worsening these last 10 years. But the most telling thing he said was to say whites do not understand or appreciate the lingering anger, even rage, real or conjured, in the hearts of millions of blacks in America.

“You cannot imagine the conversations I heard around the dinner table as a little kid,” he explained. “The old people and our parents told stories about how they were treated. In 1950, it was still possible to hear first-hand accounts about slavery, lynching and all. Some people were just sad, even defeated. Others were filled with hate and rage, and they transferred that to young ones. Stories have been handed down through the generations. White people don’t understand what happens to you when you are told for 400 years you are not human, when you are beaten and insulted and worked to death, when they rape your wife, and sell your children away. We need healing. We need to forgive, but we also need white people to understand. White people also need to understand more violence has been done the black community through abortion than all other violence combined. Abortion in the Black community is actually systematic genocide.”

That pastor is a wise man, telling the whole truth and offering the only real solution to this problem.  Shall we continue to root out racism and address brutality in the police department, and in the larger society? Of  course. Can we do that without condemning all white people and all law enforcement officers and without burning down our cities and starting a race war? Let’s hope so. Shall we reject the voices of agitation calling for unending strife? Most certainly! Is the problem much bigger than accusations on the streets where police are making legitimate arrests, and where they are often damned if they do and damned if they don’t? Obviously.

Real, intelligent, compassionate, and courageous leadership is required. Solid families are crucial. Serious crackdowns on violence merchants are necessary. But beyond all that, healing and forgiveness will be absolutely mandatory if we are ever going to turn the corner in this country. Trillions of dollars spent through government programs for 50 years have led us right back to 1968, when we saw nothing but fear, rage, resentment, and riots—the devil’s playground.

The pastor offers up the ultimate solution. He says unity, forgiveness, and healing are found in one place: at the foot of the Cross. The outstanding question then becomes: are we really interested in real solutions, or will we prefer the devil’s playground?

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America Might As Well Be Advocating For The Death Of Israel…

Jew hatred (anti-Semitism) is as old as Mt. Sinai.

From the beginning, every time righteousness appears, animosity follows. The people of Sodom assaulted Lot and his family. Abraham was attacked many times by the ungodly. Pharaoh never gave the Israelites rest. For centuries, the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Philistines, Arabians, and many other tribes all took turns trying to destroy the Jews. Hitler could not destroy them; neither could the Inquisitions. Stalin hated the Jews, seeking their eradication, even after the purges pre-dating the communist revolution. Jew hatred is on the rise in Europe and in America, once the most welcoming country in the world, now led by a man openly hostile to Israel.

A tiny minority dispersed several times throughout the world, living under constant threat of annihilation, survives to this day, thriving in many places, especially in Israel–the ancestral home of the Jewish people. This Muslim cleric marvels at the way the Jews have worked hard to build a modern nation in a short time, causing the desert to flower:

Still, the Jews are hated. They are hated based on the old lie that ‘They killed Christ.’ (In truth, we all killed Christ.) The Jews are hated and envied for their success. They are hated because they are called God’s Chosen People. Part of it amounts to racism. Jew haters resent the Torah and the claim it represents ultimate moral law. Muslims represent 14 centuries of irrational anti-Semitism. And then there remains the Palestinian conflict, animating Jew hatred in America perhaps more than any other factor.

David Horowitz, a communist turned conservative American patriot, writer, and founder of the Freedom Center and FrontPage.com, writes about a crisis in America: the growing hatred expressed toward the Jewish people, accompanied by threats of violence and death:

Jews account for just over 2% of our population, but they are the victims, according to FBI statistics, of over 60% of all hate crimes committed in the U.S. And where is this hatred most virulent? Among less educated and poorer Americans? No. This hatred is spewed most flagrantly by our intellectual elite on the college campuses of this country where university administrators allow Islamist brown shirts who support Hamas and Hezbollah to wage unending hate campaigns against Israel and the Jewish students who support it. University administrators turn a blind eye to daily anti- Semitic activities—ranging from intimidation and harassment to   outbreaks of overt physical violence — against Jewish and pro-Israel students they would not tolerate if they were committed against students from any other ethnic group. Jew Hatred has become the dirty little secret of American higher education.

Horowitz visits campuses constantly addressing students about the truth, working to stem the tide of anti-Semitism in America. Here is a chilling video of one of his encounters on campus. The student echoes the call of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and many secular leftists, the call for the eradication of the Jewish people.

As in the U.S., anti-Semitism is growing around the world. Writing recently on FrontPage.com, Horowitz concluded:

Thanks to the savageries of the Islamic State . . . Americans have begun to wake up and to see Jews as canaries in the mine, and to understand that what is happening to Jews is also happening to Christians and others in the way of Islamic Nazis. Nonetheless, the continuing successes of front organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine are ominous indicators of the dangers that confront us, and should be a wake-up call, too.

And it is the saddest of commentaries realizing the American President and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are supporters of the very forces that execute seek-and-destroy missions against Jewish people, every day, throughout the world.

Sources:

Obama helped install Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

The Clinton Hamas connection

How HRC enabled Hamas construction of terror tunnels

Obama arming Hamas terrorists

Obama removes Iran & Hezbollah from terror watchlist

Obama sends sophisticated weaponry to Jihad

Obama gives $11.9 Billion to Iran

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A Few Words On ‘Discrimination’

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In an age when certain groups of people refuse to use words according to their definitions, the discriminating person starts with clear definitions in order to discriminate between good and bad word usage, good and bad policy, and good and bad outcomes.

Discrimination:

the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people

the ability to understand that one thing is different from another thing

The broad brush in popular culture paints a mile-wide, errant definition.

Discrimination: anything that a privileged group does to make a disadvantaged group feel uncomfortable, allowing the uncomfortable group to level charges of bigotry: _______phobia, racism, emotional assault, psychological battery, or the sense of being offended. (Definitions of ‘privileged’ and ‘disadvantaged’ are left to self-identified ‘disadvantaged’ people.) With this so-called definition, society leaves the safe harbor of equal protection of the law, sailing now for the churning waters of special classes, special crimes, special rights, and discrimination of other kinds–the quest to make courts god and conscience, adjudicating all manner of conflict (even the most trivial).

A special group of blacks in Ferguson feel discomfort; false accusations are leveled, leading to an indictment the police are largely racist–and by extension, the entire society is likewise racist, justifying accusations of racism across the board for months, leading to violent protests, shootings, injuries, and the destruction of private property. Full investigations are conducted on every level, concluding the accusations largely false–and where is the only lawlessness to be found? In the special group, the disadvantaged group. At the same time, roving bands of Black Panthers, fully armed, state their intention to shoot whites indiscriminately–and there is silence. The law is not brought to bear on the Ferguson rioters or the Black Panthers. Instead, the Panthers are again ignored by the Obama Justice Department, while the rioters receive grants from the federal government. Meanwhile, George Soros, the President’s chief bundler and cheerleader, spent $33M in one year funding groups responsible for unrest in Ferguson and elsewhere. One might reasonably conclude that white people are being discriminated against, that average Ferguson citizens are being treated unfairly, and that taxpayers are also being ‘emotionally assaulted.’

The use of the false charge of ‘discrimination’ also provides useful fuel to the amnesty and open borders movement. The rule of law is overwhelmed by emotional rhetoric, demonization, false accusations, and increasing lawlessness. Based on a discrimination argument, transgender inmates now receive taxpayer-funded sex change operations. Is this what Ben Franklin had in mind?

Facing increasing assault and real discrimination, people of faith, for 22 years, have sought added protection for religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Leading Democrats sponsored the federal bill in 1993, and it was signed by President Clinton. So it was with some surprise that officials in Indiana recently faced a media frenzy covering homosexual protesters objecting to the state’s version. Immediately, the cry went out: Indiana is trying to legalize discrimination against homosexuals! It was and is a complete fabrication; but lacking a good crisis to exploit, one must be created.

Hence, for the 500th time during the last several years, all traditionalists and conservatives were pigeon-holed as homophobes, another battle in the never-ending culture war, one waged for no apparent reason other than the love of conflict and the hate of tradition. Much the same can be said of the phony war on women, itself sparked by explosive and false charges of gross discrimination. If you oppose killing babies in the womb, you obviously discriminate against women–another false allegation, especially when you consider that pro-lifers give disproportionately to crisis pregnancy centers and adoption agencies.

It’s worth mentioning too that jihadists have no problem discriminating with a vengeance. However, if someone in the West suggests we have a right to self-defense in the face of Jihad, then watch as the ‘disadvantaged’ howl about profiling, racism, bigotry, and Islamophobia.

Unfair treatment based solely on race, gender, national origin, disability, or sexuality is indeed unfair and unlawful. All that is ALREADY unlawful! Equally unfair is the hysteria generated by false claims of discrimination leveled against people of faith and other traditionalists, for the sole purpose of winning a cultural and/or political war. It is a construct giving government god-like powers to pick favorites, setting the stage for a society run by the law of the jungle, not the rule of law.

I’m a Christian. It is unfair and unkind for an atheist to insult me for saying “Happy Easter!” But I’m not going to hire a lawyer to sue over it, call the cops, or organize a protest march. Only control freaks, the immature, and mentally unstable insist others agree across the board, making death threats to push for full conformity. However, if a jihadist threatens me, I’m certainly within my rights to use this as an example of discrimination:)

Just remember: when the control freaks take over, everyone loses.

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Netanyahu: The Churchill Of The Modern Era

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech today was brilliant.

He accurately and thoroughly described the lethal and global Iranian threat, he cooled the fever of anti-Israel rhetoric, he made the case for Israel, he outlined the historic bonds between America and Israel, he truthfully described the perils of the proposed deal promoted by Obama, he offered sober analysis of the options, he proposed a realistic and effective path forward, and he inspired Western resolve to confront and defeat the real Great Satan.

The world saw courageous statesmanship in Netanyahu today, something we have not seen for many years in America.

Our prayer is the world responds to Netanyahu’s recommendations with enthusiastic resolve.

Had we listened to Winston Churchill in the 1930s, we might have avoided World War II and the Holocaust. If we heed Benjamin Netanyahu today, we will avoid World War III and the Second Holocaust.

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We Did Not Hear An Honest Man Of Faith Speak At The Prayer Breakfast

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Reading Obama’s recent prayer breakfast remarks, the first thing that comes to mind is: this man again makes himself the center of attention. Right out of the gate, he poked political opponents in the eye. Trying to curry favor with his audience, he complained about Congress holding up his agenda; and he almost likened himself to the Dalai Lama. Referencing keynote speaker and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, who mentioned his critics, Obama had to one-up, telling everyone his critics are exceedingly more vicious–calling Waltrip “a piker.” The title of Obama’s speech should have been: ‘What the national prayer breakfast means to me . . . me . . . me.’

At a traditionally Christian prayer breakfast where other faiths are welcome, in a spiritual setting attended by people agreeing denial of self is a spiritual discipline, Obama instead exalts himself. What a contrast. What hypocrisy. While elevating himself, however, he did condescend to make mention of God, saying the breakfast is an “opportunity to come together in humility before the Almighty.”

Displaying that humility further, he continued:  “ . . . certainly for me, this is always a chance to reflect on my own faith journey.”  At this point, he told the crowd the burden of his office is unbearable, invoking a prayer by Eleanor Roosevelt asking God for power and wisdom, wisdom and power he has appropriated “not just in my own life but in the life of our nation.” He would proudly return to the theme of ‘humility’ throughout the speech, beseeching us to become likewise humble.

As to wisdom and power, one must ask: did the power bestowed and the wisdom imbued lead Obama to break the law at least 25 times, lie to the people over and over, provide aid and comfort to the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, bankrupt the nation, engage illegal wars and revolutions, demoralize the citizenry, inflame racial tensions, encourage our enemies, and discourage our allies? What kind of god gives that kind of power and wisdom?

Obama went on recounting the atrocities committed by ISIS, carefully attempting to separate those atrocities from the teachings of Islam, a separation only possible if one separates one’s eyes from the pages of the book and the murders recorded on videotape.  Then, as if to excuse Islamic atrocities, and draw comparisons to Christianity, Obama said:  “ . . . lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.  In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was (sic) justified in the name of Christ.”

Obama would have us believe that 1,400 years of Islamic aggression and invasion driven by a theology of world domination are comparable to a few years of the Crusades and Inquisitions, both contradicting biblical theology in many ways. He would have us ignore the self-correcting function of the church to disavow the Crusades and the Inquisition, based on the theology of love and service.  But never let a good crisis, or an errant comparison, go to waste.

Christians ended their Crusades and the Inquisition hundreds of years ago. The Muslim Crusade never ends. ISIS is simply the latest edition of the ongoing Inquisition. Despite these truths, Obama would have us accommodate Islam and feel guilt over Christianity.  He urges us to follow his example: deny reality, embrace fantasy, then call it spiritual, morally correct, and intellectually sound.  The man is insane.

And in typical fashion, he played the race card, without the slightest mention of the hundreds of thousands of Christians in America and Great Britain who worked, fought, and died to end the sin of slavery, working thereby to end the scourge of racism, a resurgent racism conjured up by this President to use as a political weapon. (“Lest we get on our high horse,” indeed.)

Obama is a master of smoke and mirrors and divisive rhetoric. In this speech, he spoke of being true to God’s word, a word he constantly misrepresents, talking about humanistic universalism when God’s word is exclusive to His divine nature. He spoke of “pushing back against those who try to distort our religion,” even as he distorts both the nature of Islam historically and the temporal anomalies of Christianity regionally.  He invoked the “wisdom of our founders,” people he ignores or insults. He hailed religious liberty after years of promoting anti-Christian policies that undermine that very liberty.

And he urged us, “As children of God, let’s stand up for the dignity and value of every woman, and man, and child,” ignoring the fact his administration has worked overtime to secure public funding of abortion, even to the point of endorsing the murder of full-term babies actually being born and the willful killing of babies surviving excruciating abortion procedures.  He further ignores the devastation done men and women by the cruel practice of government playing god with the lives of others.

This is how Obama slows down and pauses for “prayer and fellowship.”  Like Narcissus, he pauses to reflect on his own reflection. We did not hear an honest man of faith speaking at the prayer breakfast.  Instead, we heard the forked-tongue of the faithless usurper, an egomaniac preaching to us about humility, a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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