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Let me say in the beginning of this post that I’m not Catholic (I strongly think their view of salvation is wrong) nor did I vote for Trump.  Also I am not a racist, being a minority myself nor am I anti-Native American since I married someone who is much more Native American than Elizabeth Warren.  I’m writing this post for the sake of truth: There’s been more fake news from the mainstream media against these high school kids from Coivington High School and the more I look into it the more disturbing it gets.

I have also talked about this with a liberal friend on social media and when I showed them what I found I didn’t get a reply.  But I have seen him become more cautious in his comments with others as a result of what I shared and his friends pointing out that there’s something to what I was saying.  Perhaps this post can help others too.

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We must be careful that just because something is made into a “meme” doesn’t mean it is logically sound.  For instance here’s a meme on social media:

Of course this question is trying to make a case against Christian cake shop owners’ refusal to be involved with a wedding ceremony that they disagree with.

So here’s my quick serious answer to this “serious question:”

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Business Insider has an article titled “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey forced to apologize for eating Chick-fil-A during Pride Month.”  The reason why Twitter CEO apologized for eating Chic Fil A is because the company’s owner supports biblical Christian value concerning marriage and family.  These days Christians who believe in what the Bible has to say about marriage, sex and family are demonized as the equivalent of Klansmen and Nazis.

But we must not miss the totalitarian nature of what the Left and our culture is becoming.  What do I mean?

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I just saw Huffington Post had a recent piece written on their front page for their religion column titled “Former Mayor Of Hell Rewrites Bible To Make It Really, Really Gay (NSFW).”  It has the above picture as its main picture to get people to click on it from the religion column.

Basically the article was about a guy making a mockery of the Bible.  You know it is bad when it has to be labeled NSFW which means it is not safe for work.  It’s essentially giving blasphemy against the Bible a platform on a national leftist website and the feel of the article is it was written and shared to make readers laugh.  For a website that talks a lot about fake news, one wonders if this piece that is more fitting for the Onion gets front and center stage as a news coverage where a Youtube comedian is quoted from his childish tweets all to get readers to laugh while the Huff Post writer drops his own lines alluding to the Bible.

I just wonder if Huff Po religion does the same thing with the Quran or with Islam in general like how they post things on the Bible and Christianity…or if there’s a double standard with the editors’ decision of what they select.  Not that I’m encouraging people to desecrate the Quran but I wonder would the Leftists over at Huff Post put similar pieces in content, tone and attention with the Quran?

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I made this meme because it captures an observation I made from this month of June 2017.  

Let me explain.

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As a Christian I do enjoy flying and the opportunity to share the Gospel (Jesus dying on the cross to save us sinners) with those next to me.  Now of course this must be done in a manner that is Godly and respectful.  It’s also a joy to talk to different people and walks of life.  Up to this point all my conversations have been cordial.

Apparently Christians aren’t the only ones who want to share their worldview.

looney-left

This past weekend a lady and her husband was kicked off their flight because the wife was berating a Trump supporter flying home after the inauguration.

Let’s just say she did not talk to the Trump supporter in a Godly manner.

Here’s my two cent.  I realize my tone is stronger than usual but I think it captures just how dangerous some on the Left have become in their intolerance.

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Liberal Huffington Post Religion Section has a piece yesterday titled “It’s Lonely Being A Liberal Asian-American Christian.” Personally I found the whole piece reeking of everything that I can’t stand with my generation: A hyper obsession with being different in one’s identity, a super sensitivity of finding things that are wrong with others, and a way of going about always having others have the responsibility instead of self masked in intellectual sounding guises.  Yet where the intellectual powers are suppose to count (in critical thinking skills) it is somewhat lacking.  Somehow the university scene inject all these things on steroids for some Millennials.

For example let’s look at what the writer has to say for why Asian American churches are conservative.  She said the following:

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I’m not white but I don’t like racism when I see it, even when they are against whites.

On October 21st, 2016 some students at UC Berkeley stage a protest in which they block public walkways to white people.

So much of today’s Social Justice Warriors are hypocritical double standard racists.

See it for yourself:

Can you imagine if this was reversed and minorities were blocked?  Imagine the outrage.  But when its against whites…its okay?

This is evil.

This is intolerance in the name of tolerance.

Secularized self-righteous Leftist Pharisees is a frightening thing to see.

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hillary-protecting-all-of-god-children-is-americas-callingSometimes you got to wonder about the ironies of the left-wing Huffington Post with their Religion section.  Coming from people who decry “Separation of Church and State” when it comes to those they disagree with both theologically and politically, they have no problem having their top news story in their religion section being “Protecting All Of God’s Children Is America’s Calling’” which essentially is the unblinking Huff Po writer gushing at Hillary speaking at a church service in North Carolina in an effort to win that state.

But that’s not the biggest irony.  The biggest irony comes from Hillary Clinton herself.

The Huff Po piece gives us a glimpse of her message:

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log in eye

This post is not about Donald Trump per se.  This post is about Planned Parenthood.  It is about Planned Parenthood’s attack on Donald Trump that reveals a much greater problem with Planned Parenthood.  The way Planned Parenthood put a foot in their mouth is simply incredible.

Jesus taught the following:

Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how[b]can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5)

When we look at Planned Parenthood, the words of Jesus describe them.  Just look at their recent Tweet from their Twitter account:

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Huffington Post Muslim logical fallacy Argumentum ad populum

This is part 3 of my response to a Huffington Post Religion piece titled “Did Jesus Predict Muhammad?”

Here’s the first two responses:

 

Since my time is short in light of sermon preparation this post will respond to a shorter quote from the Huff Po writer who is trying to demonstrate that Jesus predicted Muhammad.  The quote is as follows:

When we look at Islam as a world religion, and see that 1.6 billion people and growing are following in the way of Muhammad, the time has surely come to recognize him as a prophet. If Muhammad is not a prophet, who is?

Is this argument logically sound?  Here’s my response:

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright respond to applause as Clinton is introduced to a gathering of the Women in Public Service Institute at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, June 11, 2012. Both women are graduates of Wellesely. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

I saw this on the news:

Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright introduced Hillary Clinton at an event in New Hampshire on Saturday, telling the crowd and voters in general: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

Of course “help each other” is stated in the context of Hillary’s campaign for presidency in a highly contested political battle against Bernie Sanders.

The defense?  “Albright has always been saying this.”  What makes this right just because she’s always been a sexist?

Last week blogger Fred Butler exposed Rachel Held Evans then and Now concerning her double standard views on politics.  I don’t think we would hear much moral outrage against Albright from the theological left here either.

This is a reminder that the Left is its own “religious” worldview with their own blasphemy codes.

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The Man Without a Face Vladimir Putin

“The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin” is available on Amazon

The name Vladimir Putin comes up again and again in news headlines with his confrontation of Obama over Syria and now with the ongoing Ukranian crisis.  Yet how much does the average American (or Westerner) know about this Russian President?  This book is a biography about Putin written by a Russian female journalist who worked for US News and World Report.  She has lost colleagues and friends involved in investigative journalism in Russia which faded her early optimism for Russia.  Readers should appreciate what the author is up against when she wrote this book.

The book covers Putin’s early years growing up in St. Petersburg and his youthful infatuation with the KGB.  It also discusses how Putin portrays himself including the stories he like to tell of him fighting people as a youth.  Putin’s desire to enter the KGB made him desire to go to college to the surprise of some.  Surprisingly this fighter went on to complete a doctoral degree later in life but according to the author much of Putin’s thesis was plagiarized.

The author’s coverage of Putin in the KGB is quite informative especially his days working in East Germany.  Although the author insists that Putin was merely a low level KGB officer, I think one must not forget that he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel.  He resigned from the KGB in 1991 during the KGB’s failed coup.

The most intriguing part of the book was on Putin’s rise to power, beginning with Putin’s entry as a low level official in the city of St. Petersburg and moving upward towards Moscow.  The book discusses about how some wanted to take credit for Putin’s rise to power but we must not miss how Putin is an ambitious man and not just a crony to be manipulated by others.  Yet it is this perception of Putin as a yes man with no personality that led Boris Yeltsin to appoint Putin to become the acting president of Russia when he stepped down.

The book also talks about plots, corruption and killing by those around Putin.  Most heart breaking was the book’s discussion of the disaster of the Russian submarine Kursk and how he handled it poorly.  Specifically, Putin would rather let those men die than allow other nations to help rescue those men for the sake of national honor.  The hostage situation in a school in Belsan was also covered, with Putin’s disregard for the lives of the hostages.

This book is an important read because it gives a little window into the life and thinking of Putin.  I hope there will be more works like this in order for the West to understand more accurately who this man really is in light of current affairs.

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Wikileaks David Leigh

(Available on Amazon)

In today’s “selfie” age, it’s not enough that the news is news but the process of getting the news has become news itself. But as fast as something has gone viral just as instantly does something fade away in the midst of the next information tid bit. Case in point: Wikileaks. This book is about Julian Assange the founder and spokesman of Wikileaks. The book is written by a journalist from the Guardian an established English newspaper company that cooperated with Wikileaks to publicize some of the US secret cables Wikileaks released. He writes from the third person and it was odd to see instances in the book where David Leigh came up in the third person instead of “I.”
What’s Good:
• Interesting background information behind Wikileaks including the motive and ideology that drove Assange and Private Manning.
• Reveals the back story of the relationship of the mainstream media with Wikileaks
• Honesty of the author’s portrait of Assange, warts and all. One gets the sense that this guy is an egomanic, self-important, undisciplined, unhygienic, paranoid man yet an opportunist, tries to speak out against oppressors, etc.
• Gives us more background to the rape accusation against Assange and also his reluctant confession that it was not a CIA love nest sting.
What’s Bad:
• Sometimes the book overstretch its claim of US military wrong doing in Iraq and Afghanistan uncovered by Wikileaks and at the end of the day, it definitely was not the bombshell that some were expecting it to be.
• Anti-climatic ending of the major news organizations who secretly cooperated with Wikileaks rushing to published stories from the cables. It was so anti-climatic to an interesting topic.
• Redundant feel when the book summarizes something and then quotes the document or online chat using the same words and phrase.
Reflection
I believe our current government has too many secrets and a healthy republic require a more transparent and open government if it’s going to ever be accountable to the people. To that end, I sympathize with Wikileaks even though we are probably coming from a different political spectrum. I’m surprised at how immature both Manning and Assange could get and yet one gets the feeling that one has met such characters before in one’s own life people like Manning and Assange. They are more of a cross section of guys in this generation more than perhaps the author realized. I find Assange as a person to be quite repulsive: the author did a good job filling in the details of one of the accuser against Assange for being sexually wronged by him. Assange is a guy that doesn’t know how to handle women and handle them roughly. I thought the book in telling the story of Assange and Manning could have noted more explicitly the blatant ironies of the two of them. For instance, Assange is strongly for all information to be public—yet ironically, he react strongly against certain information about himself being made public. He says there’s people out there who are ought to smear him from the US government but he goes ahead and smears the women’s reputation and deliberately lies about them and their ideology. Assange runs an organization that has the name “leak” in it but strongly disapproves and threatens editors of the press for acquiring leaks from his own Wikileaks. He even said leaks of the stolen US government cables from Wikileaks is criminal. Oh the irony. It’s very hard to live a consistent worldview that’s reductionistic.

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Note: Pray for this post as I am pondering if I should forward this to Anthony Weiner on Twitter.

Anthony Weiner

Some people don’t know how to blush and have shame, you have to blush and be ashamed for them.  Another sign of the times.

The disgraced former Jewish Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is currently a candidate for the major of New York and has issues with sending pictures of himself to women online, has just engaged in a shameful shouting match with a Jewish Voter.

You can see it here:

What disturbs me is the fact that he can go up to a law abiding citizen who voices his concern with Anthony Weiner and he can go on to scream and yell at this voter.

Most disturbing of all is the fact that Anthony Weiner keeps on repeating “Who are you to judge?”  Four things needed to be said about this video.

(1) Let’s start off politically in evaluating his statements in light of the political system of this country.  As a person running for office, voters have the responsibility and the duty to “judge” and make sure they pick the right candidate for office.  That’s the job of the voter!  This is something Weiner needs to understand:  Politicians are accountable to the people.  And if a politician thinks the people does not have a right or basis to judge their elected officials, that is pretty scary; there’s no telling what this kind of dangerous mentality of someone office will do.  I don’t think anyone should vote for him to be governor on this point alone.

(2) Moreover, according to the Jewish Scripture, we see what happens when those in political authority such as the Judges end up being immoral in their life and subscribe to relativism.  The book of Judges is an indicting work of the chaos that follows.  Again and again the book of Judges states this line: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”  It is frightening to think that Weiner’s form of ethics is one that he could do whatever he want as he sees fit.  In terms of the Jewish Scripture, this is definitely something God does not approve of.   We know where sexual immorality took Judges, Kings and leaders of Israel so Weiner and those who believe in the Scripture should be warned of it’s consequences.

(3) The Jewish guy’s comment about Anthony being a bad example is right on in terms of the Jewish Scripture.  Proverbs 22:24-25 states: “Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, 25 Or you will learn his ways And [a]find a snare for yourself.”  While this passage talks about not associating with one who is hot tempered, I think it makes the point that the purpose of this is so that  you will not learn his way (see verse 25).  How much more so you don’t want to put someone in a position of leadership or a pedal-stool that’s angry, because others will follow.

(4) I don’t want this to be political since I’m more concern about Weiner’s guilt before God.  Is Weiner aware of the Ten Commandments: ““You shall not commit adultery.”  Anthony Weiner, before the sight of God, have you committed adultery before?  If so, what does that make you?  I imagine Weiner will probably say to me the same thing he said to this Jewish man: “Go talk to your Rabbi.”  Weiner said more than once about asking your Rabbi.  My Rabbi once said,

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye makes you [w]stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you [x]to lose one of the parts of your body, [y]than for your whole body to be thrown into [z]hell. 30 If your right hand makes you [aa]stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you [ab]to lose one of the parts of your body, [ac]than for your whole body to go into [ad]hell.

(Reference: Matthew 5:27-30)

As He said, there’s consequences of hell.  It’s even better to pluck out our eyes (v.29) but we can keep lusting in our minds.

What we really need is to confess our guilt before God, and trust in Jesus and His Work on the Cross by dying for our sin, and our place of punishment.  Jesus is the Lord and Savior for Jews and Gentiles!  Confess, Repent, and Trust that God can forgive our sins by His Grace Alone In Christ Alone Through faith alone.

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