1987 LGBTQ Demands Would Become Law in the Equality Act

Remember when activists on the Supreme Court, in essence, made same-sex marriage the law of the land? Elated, Obama said, “Love wins!” He celebrated the unconstitutional destruction of the God ordained sacred institution of marriage by ordering that the White House be lit in rainbow colors. Leftists decreed that the LGBTQ lifestyle is a “beautiful thing” which Americans had better embrace or suffer severe punishment.

Shockingly, Christian churches began embracing same-sex marriage. Ignoring the Bible (Leviticus 18:22), deceived and cowardly pastors said, “Love is love. It’s a beautiful thing.”

I did an internet search for pictures of gay pride parades. I could hardly believe my eyes; men wearing giant genital costumes, nudity, men mock performing various sex acts on each other. Such public debauchery would normally get one arrested. Because it was happening during a gay pride parade, city officials and police ignored it.

I thought, “Okay, if this lifestyle is such a ‘beautiful thing’, why not share the reality of it with the world?” I posted a few gay pride parade pictures on my website. Christian and conservative friends said, “Oh my gosh, has Lloyd lost his mind?” My response was, “Why are you guys upset with me? Christians and conservatives have surrendered to leftists’ lie that the LGBTQ lifestyle is a beautiful thing. I’m simply sharing the beauty.”

I was severely criticized by my associates and even called a hater by LGBTQ enforcers for simply posting pictures of their public gross behavior. While beating up on me, none of my Christian and conservative friends dared to express any criticism of gay pride parade participants performing vulgar sex acts live in front of thousands of parade watchers. Somehow, I was the bad guy for posting pictures.

In response to the Supreme Court dismantling marriage, LGBTQ enforcer George Takei gleefully said this is only the beginning. LGBTQ enforcers have been engaged in a well orchestrated marketing campaign to ban biblical morality for decades. 

In 1987, homosexual activist Steve Warren published a chilling article titled, “Warning to the homophobes.”

Henceforth, homosexuality will be spoken of in your churches and synagogues as an “honorable estate.”

You can either let us marry people of the same sex, or better yet abolish marriage altogether. You will be expected to offer ceremonies that bless our sexual arrangements…You will also instruct your people in homosexual as well as heterosexual behavior, and you will go out of your way to make certain that homosexual youths are allowed to date, attend religious functions together, openly display affection, and enjoy each others sexuality without embarrassment or guilt.

If any of the older people in your midst object, you will deal with them sternly, making certain they renounce their ugly and ignorant homophobia or suffer public humiliation.

You will also make certain that laws are passed forbidding discrimination against homosexuals and heavy punishments are assessed….

Finally, we will in all likelihood, want to expunge a number of passages from your Scriptures and rewrite others, eliminating preferential treatment of marriage and using words that will allow for homosexual interpretation of passages describing biblical lovers such as Ruth and Boaz or Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

Warning: If all these things do not come to pass quickly, we will subject Orthodox Jews and Christians to the most sustained hatred and vilification in recent memory.

We have captured the liberal establishment and the press. We have already beaten you on a number of battlefields.
You have neither the faith nor the strength to fight us, so you might as well surrender now.” 

LGBTQ enforcer and homosexual Democrat congressman, David Cicilline is sponsor of the Equality Act. Cicilline’s evil bill is the most aggressive assault on our constitutional religious liberties in U.S. History. The Equality Act is fully supported by house Democrats. If the Equality Act becomes the law of the land, every outrageous tyrannical demand in LGBTQ enforcer Steve Warren’s 1987 article will become reality.

Please help our faithful Christian patriots at Liberty Counsel fight to stop HR 5/ S788 (Equality Act).

Please sign their petition.

Decades of turning a blind eye and passivity has gotten us into this mess. We are on the verge of government forcing Christians to betray Christ; kneel in worship to the false god of LGBTQ. Foolishly, Christians still believe if we are simply nice enough and ignore biblical teachings, LGBTQ enforcers will end their vitriolic quest to ban Christianity.

When the land that God promised Israel was occupied by giants, only Joshua and Caleb believed God would help them defeat the giants and claim their land.

Brother and sister Americans, LBGTQ giants are occupying our land. We must believe that God will help us defeat them. Quoting Joshua, I say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

I eventually removed what leftists describe as “beautiful” gay pride parade pictures from my website; uncomfortable with the ugliness, vulgarity and satanic debauchery.

Soviet Fascism in America: Guard Your Freedoms!

Token liberal Marie Harf a political activist from the State Department left Fox News to join 2020 Democrat campaign. I don’t know how Fox News could tolerate her for so long—she is a typical political-operative, Soviet-style, like many others within the Democrat Party. 2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg mocked President Trump using a Chinese proverb about walls in response to Trump making fun of him at a campaign rally the day before. “You got to recognize we need something completely different than what we have in this White House.” A typical Soviet-style fraud insulting our President.

“I was thinking of a Chinese proverb that goes ‘When the wind changes, some people build walls, some people build windmills,’” Buttigieg said in response to Trump. The logic of this proverb is obvious, but considering the current predicament in America and the invasion of illegal immigrant Caravans under the KGB’s control of our Southern border, logic in Buttigieg’s words is absent. He just wanted to imitate Ronald Reagan, using a Russian proverb, which was firmly logical when dealing with the Soviets at the time. Mr. Buttigieg also reminds me of a Soviet style political-operative, like several other Dems. Where is our Intel? We have enemies of the American Republic with a staunchly un-American agenda within our House of Representatives! Stay tuned…

I am deliberately reminding you of the Soviet era and the term political-operatives. Political-operatives are as alive and well as ever before. They are not “Partisan Pundits,” but part of an un-American criminal cabal, run by the KGB and pursuing the destruction of America. I have been writing about them for the last thirty years, refraining: “knowledge of Russia and its Intelligence is a MUST.” There are thousands political-operatives on our soil, they multiply year after year and they all are working for the Democrat Party against Republicans in different spheres of our society and all corners of the country. I have repeated many times the statement made by the KGB Chairman, Yuri Andropov: “Information is the most precious commodity in politics.” Do you remember Obama’s unmasking Americans? It was Russia who needed the data about Americans!   

The internet era presents incredible opportunities for those political-operatives in the domain of all gigantic holders of information…Watch them in Twitter, Google, and others…Facebook co-founder says: Zuckerberg’s power is “unprecedented and un-American,” “It’s time to break up the power of Facebook.” I agree completely—in this era of a technology boom, those political-operatives, people with an adversarial ideology are also working within the circles of the internet giants, who turn it un-American by removing conservative thoughts and voices. The First Amendment gives us all freedom to express our thoughts and social media giants use their power to keep them hidden from the rest of the world. Thousands, like Zuckerberg, inculcated by a cosmetic version of Socialism in America’s Colleges and Universities, don’t know the real Socialism or its agenda for us (and for them as well), keep the keys to “the most precious commodity in politics–information…”   

The current freedom to express our thoughts on the internet has brought about a change in the headlines. These ‘new’ Socialist’s crimes are being exposed lately, requiring an appropriate and smart term to categorize the adversary’s ideology. My previous column was titled Socialist Ideology—the Enemy of Humanity to show the crimes committed under the ideology of Soviet Socialism. Time and new researches done demand more tangible term pertaining to the crimes now established. Their historical connections to the global war against Western civilization make the relevant term, Soviet Fascism. I heard the term for the first time in the winter of 1979, from my friend Vlad, walking along the streets of sleeping Leningrad. Read Baltic Winds: Testimony of a Soviet Attorney, Xlibris, 2002

Historical Perspective

In my current writings, I deliberately bring to your attention different political terms showing the various forces attacking our great system of government. They are: Stalinism, Sovietization, the Soviet Mafia, Soviet Socialism, Islamism, and Socialist Mafia. These terms are the tentacles of Soviet Fascism’s ideology that have been entangling America for several decades. By giving and defining these terms, I hope, you will be able to grasp the long-term process of infiltration of our country by the global socialist/communist forces and the KGB’s political-operatives. Knowing history will help you to understand this massive invasion that started after the Socialist Revolution in Russia a hundred years ago, and which has doubled since 1967, when Yuri Andropov became the KGB Chairman.

The result has been stunning, we feel it in 2019. What Stalin started decades ago, his devoted disciples promoted globally. The first target of Stalinism was the Russian Christian clergy. Please, see the book Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America by David Horowitz, 2019. In his book Horowitz described the war by the Left to destroy Christian America. He names the president who is mostly responsible for the war against Christianity—President Barack Obama. The harm inflicted to the American Republic by President Obama is titanic and global. In his latest column, Horowitz also listed and named that overwhelming harm.

In my opinion one of the most serious crimes was his support for the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which gave a green light to that infidel-hating organization to murder thousands of Coptic Christians simply because they were Christian. Socialist-Obama was echoing Communist- Stalin, who began the genocide of Christianity in Russia and later pursued it globally with the help of Islam. Thus Islamism, infiltrated by the KGB, took off…

I remember well the year 1949, it was a year of lavish celebration of Stalin’s seventieth birthday across the Soviet Union. At the time I did not know that Stalin invited to the Kremlin the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the sponsors of Arab “SS” Division, fighting in the Nazi Army and defeated by Allies. I found this information in America while researching Soviet Socialism. I did not know a lot of Socialist’s crimes then. Now, many years later, Western civilization is targeted by a huge and well equipped army of global terror, I called this army the Axis of Evil—an ideological Association of governments under Russia’s umbrella. All those governments adhere to the expansionist ideology of Soviet Fascism and act accordingly.

It was due to internet that I found Stalin’s list of leaders targeted for assassination. For your information, dozens of foreign and domestic leaders have been assassinated on the orders of KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov. In my books and columns, I have given you a detailed description of Chairman Andropov. President Putin is the student of Chairman Yuri Andropov. I hope that the Free World will finally seriously approach the study of Soviet Fascism and its leaders to realize the root cause of the agony in the world and stop it. Just look at the ugly ongoing war against the leaders of Western civilization, the Trump and Netanyahu families—it is Soviet fascism in action. Obama and Putin mortally hate Trump and Netanyahu. The Dems created a myth that Putin helped Trump to win, it’s the usual Leftist propaganda, to distract from the treason committed by them. Just think, why would Putin put in the White House a man who wants to Make America Great Again?

Evidence of Democrat Collaboration with Fascist Voices

Rep. Adam Schiff slammed Attorney General William Barr, saying the top DOJ official was engaged in the “Trumpification” of the Department of Justice. The old ‘Trojan Horse’, Bernie Sanders, is echoing the same lies. Perhaps he forgot that he was speaking on American soil when he stated that AG Barr’s investigation is to cover-up the Trump admin. It’s a well-known KGB trick to fool and deceive the uninformed. [The Dems’ propaganda proclaiming a crisis in America to divert attention from real criminals by using Soviet-style propaganda; lies, fraud, cheating, melodramatic nonsense, and other garbage]. We have no crisis. A Fox anchor excoriated Democrats for “hijacking” the House of Representatives and abusing their power to investigate and obstruct President Donald Trump with false claims of a “constitutional crisis.” The Democrats are demonstrating that they no longer care about the people, and have committed themselves full-time to anti-Trump political theater…” Janine Pirro said. She is right. To save their skin, the Dems are using Stalin’s teaching-“Offence is the best defense, never admit the crime committed, but accuse the opposition in that exact crime.” You saw it in America…

There is no constitutional crisis. On the contrary, we are winning. President Trump is the first American President who is standing up to Soviet fascism for over thirty years. His tariff war is the most significant issue of the day. You know by heart: Chinese Communists are exploiting our free market, stealing our intellectual property, lying and cheating for decades, they are constant violators of human rights and International Law, like Russians. Watch political-operatives threatening high prices and a chaos. The tariff war is Trump’s response to the war waged by Soviet fascism against Western civilization and capitalism. I believe the trade war with China will be stabilized, but I don’t know when. Remember, we are in an ideological war—the tariff war is an integral part of it–a kind of moral punishment as well…During the last year of Obama’s Presidency, the Justice Department spied on Trump’s campaign and created the groundwork for Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russia collusion. You know the result: it was Soviet fascism in action that failed…

Unfortunately, contemporary academia and philosophers have avoided contrasting vying ideologies—to bring some political literacy to the public. The collapse of the Soviet Union was the appropriate time to do so. Instead, the world’s euphoria prevented serious discussions and analyses. Knowing the consequences of Marxist-Socialist teaching, I would argue that Marxism with its “scientific” appearance was a fraud used by charlatans and criminals to acquire power, to fool, deceive, abuse, manipulate, and exploit people. Stalin then quadrupled the fraud. So-called Soviet Socialism, using fascist tactics, methods, tricks, and violence caused immense caused immense destruction of property and death of 200 million of innocent people around the globe. Contrast that with the overwhelming success of the free enterprise ideology of Capitalism with personal liberty and freedoms!

Ignoring a fascist ideology had allowed it to keep growing, spreading and harm more and more people. Whether academia recognizes it or not, the people of this world need to know the ideology of Soviet fascism or continue to suffer the same fate. I tried to deliver this explanation in my books and columns, especially in my book Socialist Lies: From Stalin to the Clintons, Obamas, and Sanders, Xlibris, 2016. I am not alone in analyzing contemporary fascist ideology, the article Unprecedented Obama, by Michael Oberndorf, RPA, presents neo-fascism as alive and well on our American soil. The column was also reprinted by Canada Free Press, July 21, 2011. He is the first journalist who is publicly identified the Democrat Party as neo-fascist. I gave definition to Soviet Fascism on p.159 of my book: What Is Happening to America? The Hidden Truth of Global Destruction Xlibris, 2012

Syria and Iran are discussed in print and radio daily. If you want to know what is going on there, just read my columns about Russia. Syria has been a Muslim Soviet Republic since 1971, a colony of Russia under Papa Assad, the collaboration with his son continues today. Iran became a colony of Russia under Putin—the KGB has built The Revolutionary Guard, mimicking its own structure. The Soviets started a war in Yemen to implement the ideology of Soviet Socialism in 1973. Iran just continued the Russian design by widening the war, attacking Saudi Arabia and causing many other mischiefs in the Middle East…

While reading my books and columns, you will find a lot of different methods and tricks of Soviet fascism used by the Axis of Evil—the Association of the governments under Russia’s umbrella. For example, you’ll find out how Otto Warmbier was poisoned, by Soviet style “medicine” in the North Korea. In Europe, the KGB successfully orchestrated the Arab invasion of the land, the same way it was organized by the KGB in all Caravans breaking into our country to help the Dems’ policy of open borders. The Dems are playing the Soviet play-book games now and the country is paying for it. It is time to stop the KGB’s crimes against the American Republic and humanity…

I found some KGB methods and tricks inside America, too. When I heard about hammering smartphones-Barry and e-mail bleaching Hillary, I immediately recognized the KGB’s fingerprints–Clinton’s connection to the KGB did not surprised me. Then, the Mueller Investigation came: The most important criteria of the American Law is presumption of innocence. Mr. Mueller in his investigation presumed not innocence, but GUILT, like in the Soviet Union. It is no coincidence that the Dems are involved in one Anti-Semitic scandal after another. Simply look at two America-hating Democrat House members, promoting Islamism against the principles our Republic. They are adhering to the ideology of Soviet fascism… Just listen to them endlessly chipping away at the major attributes of our political system. Read in this e-magazine: Democrats are Allowing Rashida Talib’s Anti-Semitism to become Public Policy, by Robert Heller, May 15, 2019

Beside Anti-Semitism, Soviet Fascism has all the other features of the fascist ideology. Please, recall 1984 by George Orwell—Newspeak and control of language and information. Do you remember how Nazis burned books written by their political adversaries? Do you know why Solzhenizin was sent to Gulag in Russia? The answer is simple: Fascism doesn’t have First Amendment rights. In this connection, I’ll give you an example of my personal experience of Soviet Fascism in America…

Fascist Tactic Used Against Me

I had been writing about Russia and its KGB for many years. Somewhere in the 1990s, I noticed some abnormalities in my mail and computer, but I did not have time to investigate the cause. In 2002, I published my first book and those abnormalities doubled. Since then I have experienced all sorts of violations of my Constitutional rights from wiretaps to arresting my mail, like it was in the Soviet Union. I recognized this to be the KGB. To silence me and ban my writings, the KGB, through the infiltrated FBI or CIA submitted my name to the FISA Court and made me a foreign agent in 2002, the year my first book was published. Just listen to the story of my third book…

In the spring of 2012, I had completed and published my third book titled: An Agony: Face to Face with Soviet Fascism. Intermedia Publishing Inc. 2012. I identified the ideology of Soviet Fascism in the book. With joy, I sent immediately several copies of the book to my friends and got the alarming news: “everything is up-side-down in your book with a lot of grammar mistakes.” I was in shock. I open the book and… it was obvious the KGB had gotten access to the manuscript, because the Trojan Horse has become a Trojan House in the entire book with many similar changes—the internet allows these mischiefs very easily.

The 2012 election was around the corner, I had critically short time to correct the harm and my friends helped me. But the next news did not wait, they made me speechless—Intermedia Publishing Inc. was forced to file for bankruptcy and my book was killed… I was in shock…

When I got over the shock, I had to act and the only choice was Xlibris, the publishing house that produced my first and second books. I understood that I couldn’t use the same title, I had to change it. I did. Xlibris accepted the book under a new title: What is Happening to America? The Hidden Truth of Global Destruction, Xlibris, 2012. A fantastic and alarming Press Release was written and published. Let me give you the words from Press Release to assess its significance:

“Etched within the pages of this book are several key points in identifying the faceless and nameless enemies that have secretly been operating under the radar. It also pin-points the single-most driving force behind today’s threats of global terrorism, as well as identifies why the 9/11 attack was just one fragment of this long, relentless chain of battles against Western civilization.”

To be continued www.simonapipko1.com or www.drrichswier.com/author/spipko/.

Australia: Tough on jihad Scott Morrison wins big in re-election, “shocks” media and pollsters

Yesterday, The Washington Post tried to set the stage in prepping for elections, using the same tired old tactics of attacking “populists“, levying accusations about the rise in tide of populists who are supposedly shifting ‘reasonable’, right-of-center folk to the so-called ‘far right’, and blaming the latter for “cultural conflict” (instead of blaming jihadists and their Leftist enablers for eroding democracy bit by bit). Then there was the inescapable Leftist compulsion to malign Trump as WaPo did….

Americans tend to think that our politics are unique and that President Trump has caused all our political disruption. That’s not true. The same patterns of populism, cultural conflict and the movement of well-off and educated center-right voters away from their traditional party are happening around the globe. Australia, which holds its national elections …is a case in point.

The article went on explaining that…”Nearly 30 percent of all Australians are foreign-born, and the number rises each year, and that “this has led to the rise of a new populist party, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation. Hanson is a longtime anti-immigrant crusader who first rose to political influence in the mid-1990s. The recent influx of immigrants, combined with the increase in immigrants from Muslim countries, has given her a second moment in the sun.” WaPo also referenced Morrison as emerging as a compromise candidate, signifying its attempts to malign populism and dismiss Morrison as a possibility. Polls did indicate that he would lose, much like the Trump predictions right up to the ballot box.

The newly re-elected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was humble in stating that “he had ‘always believed in miracles’ as partial results showed the Liberal-National Coalition close to a majority,” while mainstream media called the election results, “shocking”, perhaps in part because it is difficult to easily brand Morrison since he is seen as “center-right“.

For the out of touch mainstream media, there sure seems to be shock-waves, but there really shouldn’t be. There is a shift going on and although immigration issues are front and center, Leftist crass politicking and public manipulations have blurred lines of reasoning and thus, the sensible analysis of all possible outcomes.  It should be clear to anyone that citizens who have some clue about the state of domestic and world affairs (thanks to Islamization) should be at least interested in electing a leader who they can trust, one who represents their values, future well-being and confronts issues of pertinence like: securing borders (akin to putting locks on doors) against manifest dangers. They should also be concerned about a barbaric doctrine that has been seeping into Western borders and their homeland security as a result of it. They should be bothered about their children and grandchildren’s future in the event of rapid ‘Islamization’.  For ample clues about what that looks like, just observe the chaos in Sweden, Germany, France, and the UK etc. and while at it, observing the state of human rights in Islamic regimes might also be of use.

Australians have shown themselves to be more aware and reasonable than they are given credit for. Australians were studied in a recent poll, aimed to find out about their attitudes toward immigration.  Findings revealed that they were positive toward immigration, but are negative towards Islam. Why might that be? They are likely quite aware about the incompatibilities between Sharia tenets and Western constitutions, while at the same time, they are positive about “good” immigrants.

In an imagined scenario only for illustration: if Muslims will leave their political Islam at the door when they arrive in Western countries, they will be seen no differently than other faiths. Other faiths have not been the regular subject of news headlines and for good reason: they assimilate. Unfortunately, a troubling number of Muslims are not willing to park their sharia doctrines at the door.  Some Muslims practice their faith in peace and reject the parts about a Muslim’s jihadi duty to conquer infidels (via stealth taqiyya or violent jihad), deeming them to be antiquated. But far too many Islamic supremacist lobbies -acting as the voice and defenders of Islamic adherents–continue to bombard Westerners with demands for special privileges, and is in everybody’s face about “islamophobia”, just as Muslims abuse innocents wanton.   They also relentlessly attack free speech,  which is the cornerstone of democracy, and are well versed at manipulating democratic rights against Western countries, and at using anti-racism drives as a tool to benefit them.  They befriend far leftists who aid them with their victimology subterfuge, and cast aspersions on truth-tellers who highlight and warn about their global supremacist abuses and connections to foreign terrorist entities.

Scott Morrison has been refreshingly forthright in confronting the jihad problem in Australia, even though he is generally deemed by media to be “center-right“. He has been a reliable leader in protecting his citizens and democratic rule of law.  In so-doing, he has endured fierce condemnations.

Following a jihad attack by Hassan Khalif Shire Alithat, which left one man dead and two others injured last November, Morrison drew outrage from The Australian National Imams Council because of comments he made that linked Islam to a radical and dangerous ideology.” Morrison was in fact, rather gentle in delivering obvious statements. He stated that…

while he supported religious freedom, religious extremism must be called out.
“Radical, violent, extremist Islam that opposes our very way of life,” he said in a speech….Religious extremism takes many forms around the world and no religion is immune from it….But here in Australia, we would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact that the greatest threat of religious extremism in this country is the radical and dangerous ideology of extremists.”

Morrison also faced attack for mulling a plan to strip jihadists of citizenship, and have them expelled from Australia–something every democratic country should be doing. Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration Jason Wood reasoned at the time…

As far as I’m concerned, if you’ve put your hand up to say you uphold the rights and responsibility of Australian citizenship, but the next minute you want to talk jihad all day, it’s a breach of contract and you need to go.

Wood’s words were met with expected rage by the Muslim community which also lied that Morrison had suggested that all Muslims were culpable.

Morrison has also dismissed mental illness as an “excuse” for the “dangerous ideology of extremist Islam”.

And only two months ago, Morrison announced that he was considering breaking ties with Turkey over its leader Erdogan’s threats tied to the New Zealand massacre. Erdogan reportedly stated that “if Australians with anti-Islam views come to Turkey, we will send them back in caskets”.

The New York Times has summed up his win…

his coalition’s performance amounted to another swell in the wave of populist fervor that swept President Trump into office and set Britain on a path out of the European Union.

Morrison’s win has now led to the announcement that “his Labor opponent, Bill Shorten, will resign his party leadership.” Congrats to Morrison who has evidently advanced from center-right branding to populist.

As an aside, let’s hope that Australia switches back on Jihad Watch. Right before the election, major internet providers in Australia reportedly made Jihad Watch inaccessible (totalitarian style), along with other sites that warn about the global jihad and globalist mischief.

“2019 Australia election: Morrison celebrates ‘miracle’ win”, BBC, May 18, 2019:

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked voters for re-electing his centre-right Coalition in a shock result at the federal polls.

He told supporters he had “always believed in miracles” as partial results showed the Liberal-National Coalition close to a majority.

Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has announced he is resigning after accepting defeat.

Exit polls had suggested a narrow Labor win for the first time in six years.

The final result of the election may not be known for some hours, but with more than 70% of votes counted the Coalition has won, or is ahead in, 74 seats in its quest for a 76-seat majority, with Labor on just 66 seats.

The result nobody predicted

By Hywel Griffith, BBC Sydney correspondent

Try finding someone who says they saw this result coming.

For well over two years, the coalition has trailed behind Labor in the opinion polls, and the assumption had been it would be Labor’s turn to govern.

But somehow Scott Morrison managed to turn things around at the 11th hour – and he did it largely on his own…..

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission.

CAIR condemns Law & Order for “Islamophobic” episode, demands producers meet Muslim leaders

CAIR “wants the producers of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) to meet with Muslim community leaders, in response to a controversial episode that aired last week, which viewers criticized for promoting Islamophobia and perpetuating harmful stereotypes.”

Strange. The CBS program “Living Biblically” is an entire series which mocks Christianity but is generally accepted as free expression, ignored by some, disgusting to some, watched and laughed at by others. That’s the extent of it. There are many programs in fact, that make fun of Christians, Indians, Chinese people, blacks, virtually everyone. But Islamic supremacists will not integrate into Western society where many Westerners engage in offensive humor and expression. Instead, there is a dramatic, embarrassing fallout when Muslims are insulted; a big hoopla which is characteristic of sharia societies if Muslims ever do feel insulted. Unfortunately, rather than encourage Muslims to adapt, many are enabling the same behaviors found in these countries. Islamic supremacists refuse to live peaceably in Western societies as Hindus, Buddhists and other religions adherents do without expectations of special treatment.

As for the sensitivities expressed about ridiculing Ilhan Omar in the episode, is there any politician mocked more than the current President of the United States, Donald Trump?

“Muslim Group Calls Out ‘Law & Order: SVU’ For Episode ‘Enflaming Islamophobia’”, by Marina Fang,  Huffington Post, May 14, 2019:

A Muslim advocacy organization wants the producers of NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU)” to meet with Muslim community leaders, in response to a controversial episode that aired last week, which viewers criticized for promoting Islamophobia and perpetuating harmful stereotypes.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Monday that it wrote a letter to the show’s executive producer Dick Wolf to “urge you and your staff to meet with leaders of the Muslim community to learn why this episode makes the rising tide of bigotry even worse, and what you can to do mitigate the damage that has already been done.”

One of the episode’s storylines involved a character, city councilwoman Nahla Nasar, who appeared to be an exaggerated version of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Omar has been the subject of bad-faith attacks from opponents who have falsely equated her support for Palestine with anti-Semitism.

CAIR said that the episode advanced “a ridiculous plot line that mocks the real hatred being experienced by real American Muslims and other minority communities,” executive director Nihad Awad wrote in the letter.

Afaf Nasher, the director of CAIR’s New York chapter, urged the show’s producers to “avoid enflaming Islamophobia,” warning that the episode may “lend a hand to anti-Muslim bigots.”

The group said the episode, which aired last Thursday, also “portrayed Muslim men in a negative light and suggested that growing Islamophobia in America is a hoax.”

A spokeswoman for NBC did not immediately return a request for comment on the letter and the criticism of the episode.

Last Thursday, social media users criticized the episode, which mashed together Nasar’s storyline with plot points inspired by two other real-life figures who sparked controversy: “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and high school student Nicholas Sandmann…..

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission.

Polls: Trump Popularity Soars to Highest Level, Trust In Media Tanks To Lowest

The events in the above headline are not unrelated.

Once the literally “no news” two-year news cycle of Trump-Russia collusion ended with the thump of the Mueller report finding no collusion and not recommending any obstruction of justice charges, it turns out Americans are OK with President Trump. More than OK.

The Zogby Poll has Trump’s job approval at 51%, 3 points above Obama’s in the same poll at the same point in his first term.

Again, it cannot be said enough, this is after two years of media hyperventilating over something that did not happen.

Maybe more interesting: A majority of Millennials approve of Trump’s performance as President, which has been a huge GOP fear — that Trump would turn off young voters to conservatism for a generation. This may not end that worry, but it sure tamps it down. Further, Trump is winning back Hispanic, Independent, college educated and urban voters.

Rasmussen polls have already placed Trump above Obama at the same time in his term for awhile now.

This is astonishing considering the very friendly, to put it mildly, coverage of President Obama and the nakedly partisan coverage of Trump.

On that point, Trump’s approval ratings are giant leaps ahead of the media’s trust ratings. Maybe not apples to apples, but close. The Columbia Journalism Review, the most prestigious publication for and about the media, reports with surprisingly little verbiage (I think we know why) just how bad the problem is through a commissioned Reuters poll.

Here’s what they found: The media led all institutions for which the public has the lowest confidence. Nobody’s lower. And of all demographic groups, only Democrats expressed a positive confidence in the press. Gosh, I wonder why?

Here are the numbers, which an honest media look at and admit they have a severe bias problem: 42 percent of Democrats believe the media isn’t biased. But only 10 percent of Republicans said the same.

Reagan used to talk about going over the head of the media and talking directly to the American people. Because even then, the media bias was pronounced, albeit nothing like today. Now, it looks like the American people are going over the head of the media directly to reality.

All of this means that the attempt to bring down Trump through what is now demonstrably “fake news” has backfired magnificently. The media as constituted probably cannot recover legitimacy from it’s past 10 years combined of covering for Obama and making it up over Trump. Which is a shame, and shame on them, because the Fourth Estate is an important part of America.

EDITORS NOTE: This Revolutionary Act column is republished with permission.

The Party That Extremism Built

When Democrats ask for their jobs back next year, there should be two dates on voter’s mind: February 25 and May 17. One should have been an unremarkable Monday. That all changed when 44 men and women marched to the Senate floor and justified taking the life of a newborn baby. Three months after that extreme, the House is taking its turn at gut-wrenching clarity — this time, with a bill that would wad up 231 years of freedom and throw it in the garbage along with the rest of the so-called “personal choices” liberals won’t protect. If there was ever any doubt that Democrats are out to destroy the republic, today’s vote on the Equality Act ought to have made that quite clear.

Apparently, the party of legal infanticide wasn’t radical enough. Now, Speaker Nancy Pelsoi (D-Calif.) is going for broke. She doesn’t just want to treat infants like garbage, but women, freedom, parents, science, employers, and religious organizations too. When 228 members of her party cast their “yes” votes for H.R. 5, they weren’t only saying yes to the most extreme piece of LGBT legislation in history — they were saying no to girls’ sportsparents’ authorityreligious libertywomen’s rightsprivacy, and the free market.

What most people don’t understand is that this campaign was never about equality. That was just a convenient stalking horse to get what the far-Left really wants: raw power. Think about it, Stella Morabito writes in a frightening column about the end-game of H.R. 5. “If you and your cronies wanted to control everybody’s lives, how exactly would you go about [it]?” Obviously, you wouldn’t come right out and say it. “You would mask your self-supremacist intentions with a benign and trendy word like ‘equality.’ You’d pretend that your project was about helping a vulnerable minority.”

In this case, that minority is a handy one. Society is already trained to tiptoe around the people who identify as LGBT. That’s why this legislation is so shrewd — it plays right into the country’s hypersensitivities about tolerance. As Stella points out, Democrats already have an infrastructure in place that shames anyone who with morals, questions, or points of concern about their agenda. Add that to the Left’s around-the-clock reward system for CEOs, organizations, and celebrities who support the con job, and suddenly, the culture is ripe for the taking. “It’s another attempt by a ruling micro-clique to exert mega-control over everyone else’s lives…”

And eight Republicans were foolish enough to take the bait. Reps. Susan Brooks (Ind.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Will Hurd (Texas), John Katko (N.Y.), Tom Reed (N.Y.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), and Greg Walden (Ore.) played right into the Democrats’ hands. And it’s not as if the warning signs aren’t there. Teachers are already being fired for using the “wrong” pronoun. Girls are already being violated in restrooms and changing rooms and bathrooms. Shop owners are already being driven out of business for their beliefs. Female athletes are already losing scholarships and competitions to biological males. Taxpayers are already bankrolling abortion. Doctors, nurses, and therapists are already handcuffed into violating their conscience. Religious charities are already closing their doors because the government wants to force them to change their standards. America is already catering to the 0.6 percent at the expense of the other 99.4. This would just give the government more painful tools to punish non-conformers.

“No one who disagrees with this bill,” Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said, “believes [anyone] ought to be treated wrongly, badly. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) echoed his friend. “There are some fundamental principles that we ought to agree on: don’t hurt other people, respect the right of doctors to do no harm, respect the right of parents to protect their children… Unfortunately, [the bill before us today] violates these principles in the most fundamental way… And this isn’t speculation. Many states have adopted similar laws so we can see firsthand the result of them. This bill harms people in so many ways, taking away safe spaces for women, undermining women… We know this will happen because it already has.”

One after another, conservatives held the line. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) warned that H.R. 5 is “a classic example of passing something now and figuring out what it actually means later. We have been here before. If the devil is in the detail, we’re in for a lot of devilish surprises. This is a small price for some greater good [that] the bill’s proponents have argued.” She’s right, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) made clear. “This is not equality. This is far from it.” Almost as far as the brave new Left is from the American people.


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Democrats are allowing Rashida Talib’s Anti-Semitism to become Public Policy

Nancy Pelosi–Where are you?

When will Jews wake up to the fact that the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives is covering up antisemitism among its Democratic members. Recently the Democratic House of Representatives has downplayed Rashida Talib’s most recent antisemitic remarks claiming they were mischaracterized by Republicans. Then how they explain the fact that almost every Jewish organization is upset with Talib’s antisemitic remarks even though they know most Jews vote for Democrats? The Democratic leaders also know these Anti-Semites use their antisemitism to raise funds following their outrageous remarks.

The Democrats are covering up antisemitism within their ranks rather than addressing it.They are enablers. Covering up antisemitism encourages more of it and  makes it socially acceptable.  The difference between outspoken Anti-Semites and enabler’s is that enablers practice their antisemitism in secret.

Tlaib’s Morbid Fantasies of a “Safe Haven” For Jews

By Joseph Klein

Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is standing by her latest hate-filled statement, which is based on a monstrous falsehood. She said that she has a “kind of calming feeling” when she thinks about the Holocaust because her Palestinian “ancestors” tried “to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time.” In the same interview by hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman, Rep. Tlaib complained, according to her one-sided Palestinian victimhood narrative, “that it was my ancestors, Palestinians, who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways…”

Rep. Tlaib’s Palestinian “ancestors” were in fact amongst the enthusiastic boosters of the Nazi genocide machine during World War II. Palestinian leaders sought to carry on the plan to exterminate as many of the Jews as possible who had managed to escape the Holocaust and reach the Holy Land following the war. Instead of accepting the original two-state solution proposed by the United Nations more than seven decades ago under which the Palestinians could have been living in their own independent state all this time, their leadership rejected the idea of a Jewish state existing side by side in peace with a Palestinian state.

President Trump correctly admonished Rep. Tlaib, tweeting “Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.” Bernie Sanders rushed to her defense. Senator Sanders tweeted that President Trump should apologize for “taking Rep. @RashidaTlaib’s comments out of context.” This is the same man who said the Boston Marathon terrorist bomber should have the “right” to vote from jail.

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LGBTQ: Forcing Us to Embrace Evil Destructive Lies

Someone asked, “What is behind the LGBTQ agenda?” The goal of LGBTQ enforcers is to forcibly normalize their lifestyle in the minds of the 97% of the population that is not LGBTQ. This is why we are bombarded with the LBGTQ lifestyle inserted into everything. Why are major corporations making the promotion of LGBTQ which are less than 3% of the population their top priority? 

A Disney theme park TV ad featured two homosexual couples with children without showing a single heterosexual couple. Why is Disney so intent on appeasing this minute less than 3% of their market?

Converse launched a new line of shoes celebrating the LGBTQ lifestyle. The star of Converse’s depraved marketing campaign is an 11 year old drag queen. Converse says their campaign shows the power of expressing one’s true self. That is a lie. Converse is encouraging children to live a lie, rather than embrace who they truly are. Converse is engaged in child abuse

Pure and simple. Lord help us.

Those in the LGBTQ lifestyle appear angry at and in rebellion against God; the God of Christianity. If you notice, everything LGBTQ enforcers advocate is in direct contradiction of God’s original plan for family, marriage, gender and Christian principles and values. It is not a coincidence that God’s symbol of the rainbow has been hijacked to represent a behavior which God says is an abomination. (Leviticus 20:13)

LGBTQ enforcers demand that we affirm their lifestyle to soften their nagging guilt. This is why LGBTQ enforcers have infiltrated public education beginning in preschool to teach our kids that their lifestyle is normal and even superior to heterosexuality

My wife Mary said, “You know they will attack you for saying they feel guilty.” The Bible says they feel guilty until God gives them over to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1:28)

We all have LGBTQ family and friends whom we love. Since liberal activists on the Supreme Court, in essence, made same-sex marriage the law of the land, our acceptance and tolerance is no longer good enough. With an iron-fist, LGBTQ enforcers are using government to demand that we affirm their lifestyle against our conscience and religious beliefs. Clearly, those in the LBGTQ lifestyle feel guilty. Therefore, they must force us to say they are normal to make them feel better about themselves.

Countless studies confirm that the LGBTQ lifestyle is not normal; usually related to childhood trauma.

A homosexual friend said he loved his dad dearly. When he was a child, he awoke every morning at 3am to have breakfast with his dad before he went to work. One morning his dad scolded him telling him not to wake up. His dad simply did not want him tired for school. But to my friend, it was a profound rejection. My friend said from that day forward, he never woke up at 3am again. I could hear the pain in my friend’s voice. Over the years, I witnessed my friend suffer; always seeking love from unattainable men. I helped him recover from a suicide attempt over a man who rejected him.

One of my aunts had 5 sons by two fathers. Neither of the fathers participated in the boys’ lives. They lived in the projects on government welfare. I did sleepovers at my cousins’ home. Even though I was a little kid, I could feel that they envied me for having my dad living with us; my mom and 4 younger siblings. My cousins’ home had a sadness, an air of hopelessness, poverty and depression. I felt sorry for them.

Their mother was bitter and brutal. I saw her beat the two sons she disliked with pots, her fist and even a baseball bat. She treated her youngest son horribly. He and I were around ten years old when I watched her repeatedly pound him with her fist. He was so use to being brutalized that he did not cry until well into his beating. He became homosexual and died young of AIDS.

Her eldest son was amazing, assuming the role of father to his brothers. He worked his way through college and became extremely successful. Embracing homosexuality, he died of AIDS around age 40.

I believe growing up in that household contributed to my aunt’s two sons’ homosexuality.

Islam advocates executing homosexuals. So why have LGBTQ activists launched war on Christians rather that Muslims? LGBTQ enforcers target Christian businesses to force them to service same sex weddings against their religious convictions. And yet, LGBTQ enforcers stay clear of Muslim bakeries, flower shops and wedding photographers. Logically, shouldn’t LGBTQ enforcers be on the warpath against Muslim businesses rather than Christians?

God calls the homosexual lifestyle an abomination, but does not advocate killing them. God said with loving kindness have I drawn thee. (Jeremiah 31:3) So why do LGBTQ enforcers despise Christians while expressing support for Muslims?

We are becoming increasingly pressured to stop speaking truth and forced to embrace evil destructive lies. A woman told me her adult children are seriously questioning her sanity for supporting Trump and for not supporting Planned Parenthood, man-made climate change and the LBGTQ agenda.

I stand strong that God is on our side and in control. The roots of evil are shallow. We stand on a rock-solid foundation of righteousness and truth. Our job is to simply continue spreading truth and fighting the good fight for what is right. Rest in Christ and trust that all is well.

VIDEO: Pro-Abortion Legislator’s Bullying Led to a Massive Pro-Life Rally in Philadelphia

That is Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims, a self-described “LGBTQ activist” and apparently a cowardly bully.

Last weekend, Representative Sims recorded himself harassing Pro-Life demonstrators outside a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood clinic. According to The Daily Wire, he also offered a $100 bribe to whoever would expose the personal information of three teenage girls praying outside the clinic.

However, instead of being cowed into silence, over 1,000 Pro-Life activists returned to the same street corner in Philadelphia less than a week later in response to Sims’s bullying tactics. The rally was organized by The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh who spoke alongside Unplanned’s Abby Johnson and Live Action founder Lila Rose.

You can watch the entire rally in the video below:

Not surprisingly, Representative Sims was nowhere to be found. But Matt Walsh did recognize his contributions to the rally:

Matt Walsh

@MattWalshBlog

HUGE thanks to @BrianSimsPA for making this happen. We couldn’t have done it without him.

Will you send a special “thank you” to Brian Sims as well? Let’s send a note to Planned Parenthood’s corporate supporters and ask why they align their companies with pro-abortion bullies. Use our research and choose one of the corporations on our resource page here. Each link has the contact information for each company where you can let them know we stand against Planned Parenthood.


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New York Times May Have Broken Law by Publishing Trump’s Tax Returns

The New York Times no doubt considers it quite a coup to have obtained and published President Donald Trump’s tax return information from 1985 to 1994. But doing so violated Trump’s right under federal law to the confidentiality of his tax returns.

The Times—which reported that Trump’s businesses lost $1.17 billion during the 10-year period—has no more right to Trump’s tax returns than it has to mine or those of any of you reading these words.

Confidentiality, as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held in 1991 in U.S. v. Richey, is essential to “maintaining a workable tax system.”

Taxpayer privacy is “fundamental to a tax system that relies on self-reporting” since it protects “sensitive or otherwise personal information,” said then-Judge (now Supreme Court Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1986 in another case when she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Federal law—26 U.S.C. §7213(a)(1)—makes it a felony for any federal employee to disclose tax returns or “return information.” Infractions are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine as high as $250,000 under the Alternative Fines Act (18 U.S.C. §3571).

Regardless of the accuracy or inaccuracy of The New York Times story, tax returns themselves, as well as tax return information such as these IRS transcripts (which are a summary of the tax returns), are protected from disclosure by federal law. And this provision applies to private individuals as well as government employees, a fact that should be considered by the New York Times’ source.

According to the newspaper, it did not actually obtain Trump’s tax returns but “printouts from his official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, from someone who had legal access to them.”

The Times quotes a lawyer for the president, Charles J. Harder, as saying that the tax information in the story is “demonstrably false” and that IRS transcripts, particularly from the days before electronic filing, are “notoriously inaccurate.” However, that claim is disputed by a former IRS employee now at the liberal Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.

The president tweeted Wednesday in response to the Times story: “Real estate developers in the 1980’s & 1990’s, more than 30 years ago, were entitled to massive write offs and depreciation which would, if one was actively building, show losses and tax losses in almost all cases. Much was non monetary. Sometimes considered ‘tax shelter,’ … you would get it by building, or even buying. You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes….almost all real estate developers did – and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport. Additionally, the very old information put out is a highly inaccurate Fake News hit job!

Regardless of the accuracy or inaccuracy of The New York Times story, tax returns themselves, as well as tax return information such as these IRS transcripts (which are a summary of the tax returns), are protected from disclosure by federal law. If the newspaper obtained this information from an employee of the IRS, that employee will be in big trouble if he or she is identified.

Could the editors and reporters at The New York Times be prosecuted for publishing this information?

Section (a)(3) of the law makes it a felony for any person who receives an illegally disclosed tax return or return information to publish that return or that information. But it’s unknown if the bar on publication by a media organization could survive a First Amendment challenge.

What we do know is that in previous incidents, the government did not attempt to prosecute the publisher of tax return information. In 2014, the IRS agreed to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 to settle a lawsuit after an IRS clerk illegally disclosed the organization’s tax return.

The clerk gave the tax return to Matthew Meisel, a former employee of Bain & Company, who gave it to the Human Rights Campaign (a political opponent of the National Organization for Marriage). The tax return was then posted on the Human Rights Campaign website and published by The Huffington Post.

Although the IRS paid to settle the lawsuit, none of the individuals or organizations involved in the illegal disclosure and publication were prosecuted.

If such a prosecution were attempted, there is no doubt that a First Amendment challenge would be filed.

The courts would then have to answer an important question: Are the interests of the government in an effective tax system and that of citizens in maintaining the confidentiality of their financial information outweighed by the First Amendment right of the press, and by and the public’s interest in obtaining financial information on elected officials?

In the midst of this illegal disclosure to The New York Times, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Monday that he would not comply with a demand by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., to provide the committee with copies of tax returns filed by Trump and eight of his companies for the last six years.

Mnuchin sent a letter to Neal telling him that “the Supreme Court has held that the Constitution requires that congressional information demands must reasonably serve a legitimate legislative purpose.”

The treasury secretary is correct. Numerous court decisions hold that legislative investigations must have a legitimate legislative purpose. Mnuchin says that Neal’s request “lacks” such a legitimate purpose.

The court decisions supporting Mnuchin’s decision include the 1957 decision in Watkins v. U.S., in which the Supreme Court told the House Un-American Activities Committee that “there is no congressional power to expose for the sake of exposure” the “private affairs of individuals.”

Neal has claimed that the legislative purpose of getting the Trump tax returns is to examine how the IRS audits presidents. But as Trump’s legal counsel has pointed out, Neal didn’t ask for the tax returns of any other presidents and hasn’t asked any questions of any kind about IRS policy and procedures for such audits.

Mnuchin tells Neal in his letter that he is willing to provide the congressman with complete information on “how the IRS conducts mandatory examinations of Presidents, as provided by the Internal Revenue Manual.”

If examining how the IRS audits presidents is really Neal’s legislative purpose—as opposed to simply wanting to expose anything embarrassing the committee finds in Trump’s tax returns—IRS information on its policies and procedures would be the only information the House committee would need.

So the Treasury Department has put House Democrats in check for now. It will probably be up to the courts to see who achieves checkmate when it comes to the Trump tax returns.

Now the interests of protecting the privacy of taxpayers warrants the opening of a government investigation to find the leaker who provided the Trump tax information to The New York Times.

The IRS and the Justice Department should investigate how this disclosure happened, find out who did it, and prosecute anyone who violated the law.

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A Tale of Two Revolutions

Could a contrast between the American Revolution and the French Revolution be relevant to today’s conflicts? I think so. The attempt to demote historic icons, like George Washington, is a case in point.

George Washington grew up as a gentleman farmer in Virginia and was a fourth generation slave-owner. But by the end of his life, he had decided slavery was immoral and so at his death, he freed his slaves and made provision for them.

But in our day—where the alleged “right to not be offended” often seems to trump the constitutional right to free speech—some are calling for images of George Washington to be torn down, like statues of Confederates.

The DailyWire.com (5/2/19) reports on how “George Washington High School” in Northern California is contemplating tearing down two 1930’s panels featuring George Washington because the pair of murals allegedly “traumatizes students and community members.”

This is in San Francisco, so the outcome seems likely.

How long will our historical iconoclasm last? The cultural Marxists are working overtime to cut Americans off from our history.

I believe that despite his flaws, including being a slave-owner, there are many heroic aspects of our first president. Dr. Peter Lillback and I wrote, George Washington’s Sacred Fire, which puts all this in context. Recently we discussed Washington and slavery.

Our founders fought the American Revolution, led by Washington, so that we could enjoy our God-given rights. Though slow in coming, recognition of those God-given rights eventually gave the slaves their freedom. What is happening in the culture wars today is a revival of the French Revolution, which waged war against God.

France in 1789 fought against injustice, even in the church; but their godless “cure” ended up being worse than the disease. The French Revolution was anti-God and pro-tyranny—leading to death in the streets. The American Revolution was pro-God and pro-freedom.

America’s founders mentioned God four times in the Declaration of Independence. They identified King George III’s tyranny as illegitimate—because he was violating our God-given rights. The founders, with a firm reliance on the Lord, laid down “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” in support for their declaration as a new nation.

When George Washington first read the Declaration to his troops, one of his first acts was to hire Christian chaplains—systematically, throughout the army. He felt that if we were to win this war, it would only be with God’s help.

And he and the other colonists felt that God did help. To paraphrase Washington in his First Inaugural Address, no people should be more grateful to the Lord than we Americans because God aided us at every step to become an independent nation.

Consider a few further contrasts between the American Revolution and the French Revolution.

Our framers signed the Constitution in “the year of our Lord” 1787. The French Revolutionaries got rid of the Christian calendar; and so they declared 1791 as Year 1 of their new non-Christian calendar.

The French Revolutionaries desecrated Notre Dame Cathedral, disallowing Christian worship there and placed a half-naked woman on the altar, calling her “Reason,” whom they worshiped.

In contrast, our founders hired Christian chaplains for the military and also for the House and Senate. Since there weren’t enough church buildings in Washington, D. C., they held Christian worship services in the Capitol building. Presidents Jefferson and Madison attended those services.

The French Revolution eventually consumed its own. Since then, France has had 17 different governments, while the U.S. still lives under one—the Constitution.

I predict that today’s social justice warriors, who are consuming our past heroes, will one day be consumed themselves by future revolutionaries. Future generations could look back at us and say things like: “You had 4D sonograms documenting the humanity of the unborn and yet you allowed millions of abortions on demand?” or “Science has documented genuine differences between men and women, yet you allowed boys who claimed to be girls to compete and dominate in sports, winning valuable scholarships?”

Every generation has its flaws and blind spots. Our generation has yet to recognize its own.

Slavery was evil. Thank God for those strong Christians who defeated it. Thank God for William Wilberforce’s Christian anti-slavery crusade, which took him about five decades to complete. That crusade inspired abolition here in America. Interestingly, in his day, Wilberforce was sometimes called “the George Washington of Humanity.” Both men worked hard to liberate others.

Slavery has plagued humanity from the beginning of time and can even be found in some places today, places where the gospel of Christ has no sway.

Too bad the children of the French Revolution are rising up today to cut us off from our past heroes. There is a reason Washington continues to be a hero to millions. Enough with the historical revisionism.

Liberals Break the Facts Machine

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) just learned what a garbage disposal is, but she says it’s American men who don’t know anything about plumbing! In a pair of incoherent tweets Tuesday night, the former bartender blasts the new abortion limits in Georgia by arguing that “Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body.” But maybe the real problem is that some Democrats don’t know the first thing about reading the bills she’s talking about!

What the LIFE Act does and what abortion extremists say it does are two very different things. Like a lot of far-Left radicals, Ocasio-Cortez is running around social media insisting that Georgia’s new law bans abortion before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. “It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period [and] not be pregnant,” she argues. “So this is a backdoor ban.” But if a woman isn’t pregnant, how is anyone denying her an abortion? Either Ocasio-Cortez is confused, or Democrats are calling this an attack on women who aren’t even expecting!

“I don’t think you understand how these bills work,” Lila Rose politely tweeted back. “They ban abortion after the baby’s heartbeat can be heard by an ultrasound, which is around six weeks.” Of course, in this new House majority, it’s impossible to know whether Democrats are just criticizing bills they didn’t bother to read — or they’re intentionally trying to mislead people. Either way, Lila points out, “A lot of women support these life-saving laws. Myself included. You should join us.” Then, in a subtle jab at Ocasio-Cortez’s earlier comment, she posted, “Glad some of ‘the men’ are on board, too.”

Still, Ocasio-Cortez keeps firing. “There are a TON of ways this law ignores basic biology.” But if biology is where Democrats want to debate this bill, they’re already on shaky ground. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) party has spent the better part of the last 10 years ignoring “basic biology.” It’s almost comical. Liberals call us anti-science when we’re the ones who believe what research says about gender, conception, the environment, and creation. The Left, meanwhile, is so confused about basic biology that it doesn’t even know which bathroom to use!

And Democrats probably shouldn’t be lecturing anyone about science when CNN is airing interviews with New York leaders who don’t even think babies are human. On “Cuomo Prime Time,” the network actually gave a platform to a woman who told viewers, “When a woman gets pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her.” Oh really? What is it then — a banana nut loaf? According to Christine Quinn, the former speaker of the city’s council, it’s “a part of her body.” Rick Santorum, who was also in on the conversation, couldn’t believe it. “So the baby is their property and they can do whatever they want to it? They can maim the baby or torture the baby?”

Quinn got angry and shot back that Santorum was “spinning fake stories.” “You’re so desperate here,” she said. But I think the award for desperation was already doled out when Christine made it sound like children were a foreign object that just magically turns into a baby at birth. Obviously, none of this is new. Democrats are famous for dehumanizing the unborn. Back in 2012, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) famously said abortions didn’t kill children. “We’re not dealing with human beings at this point” — a soundbite he probably learned from Planned Parenthood, who built an entire empire on the philosophy that the less women know, the better.

But along came the ultrasound machine — and keeping women in the dark got a lot more difficult for Democrats and their pals in the abortion industry. Now women have a rebuttal to Planned Parenthood who insists, “That’s not a baby.”

Thanks to science, both parents are more aware of how intensely human their children are. Of course, Ocasio-Cortez would probably say it’s sexist to acknowledge that babies even have a father. But like it or not, there are tens of millions of men in this country who aren’t going to be silenced just because Democrats want to shame them with phony gender baiting. The truly courageous ones — like Governor Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) — aren’t protecting the unborn because they’re men. They’re protecting the unborn because it’s the right thing to do. And right and wrong has never cared about people’s chromosomes, no matter what liberals say.


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The Gang of Five and the Pseudo Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

The Gang of five.

Five powerful Congressional Chairmen and Chairwomen who control the Democratic Caucus, (3) from California ,(1) from New York and (1) from Maryland all from Democrat ‘safe’ Districts who received a total of approximately one million votes will decide whether to impeach and try to remove President Trump from office, a duly elected President that received approximately sixty three million votes.

The following are the votes counts for these five Congressmen and Congresswomen:

Pelosi 275,000 votes
Cummings 202,000 votes
Shiff 196,000 votes
Walters 152,000 votes
Nadler 192,000 vote

President Trump’s 63,000,000 voters could be disenfranchised by five powerful Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen. Even if they are unable to convict the President they could bring the wheels of government to a halt. Their threats and spurious investigations have to a great extent already done this.

In 2018 Republican and Democratic voters gave the Democrats control of the House of Representatives believing that a Democrat controlled House would address America’s real issues. They were sent there to resolve issues that affect every man, woman and child in America.

The Tyranny of the Gang of Five

The gang of five consists of the following four House Chairmen and Women and the Speaker who come from ‘safe Democratic seats’: Pelosi, Cummings, Shiff, Nadler and Walters. These five people literally control the Democratic caucus and thus control the total agenda of Congress. Instead of doing the business of the voters they are proceeding with a Pseudo Impeachment because they have no evidence of any ‘high crime or misdemeanor’ by Trump. For these five it is a matter of power and control — the voters business be damned.

They are like five angry pit-bulls who can’t give up the bone. The tyranny is that the Gang of Five together got about 1 million votes out of a total Presidential vote of approximately 123 million votes (less than 1%) and they have the power and audacity to conduct a Pseudo Impeachment or possibly a real Impeachment in the future without regard for the voters or the country. In drafting our Constitution our forefathers never contemplated that five ‘professional’ politicians with less than (1%) of the vote could stymie the will of all voters. But that is what is happening.

This is no joking matter.

The issue of Trump ‘collusion’ with Russia and then “obstruction of justice’ were to be resolved by the Robert Mueller Special Counsel investigation. No collusion and no obstruction was found. Instead of moving on the Democrats continue to rehash a closed investigation and are continuing with a Pseudo Impeachment against President Trump and now a Contempt Order against Attorney General Bar. In the case of AG Barr they have found him in contempt of Congress for failing to make public a limited amount of redactions, which he is not permitted to release to the public by law.

Nevertheless at an interview Speaker Pelosi said to interviewer Costa…(Transcript) “How far can you go on that front, Speaker Pelosi? Could you hold the Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin in contempt? Some Democrats have even raised the prospect of arresting the Treasury secretary if he does not comply with congressional demands?”

PELOSI: “Well, let me just say that we — (Applause) — we do have a jail down in the basement of the Capitol. (Laughter) But if we were arresting all of the people in the administration — (Laughter) — we would have overcrowded jail situation, and I’m not for that. But I think again, getting to the committee, Richie Neal, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, he has a path — again all of this is so low and precedent-based to do the right thing as we go forward. And there are several options. One of them is to go directly to court.”

COSTA: “So it’s probably going to be settled in court?” [crosstalk]

PELOSI: “We will see what the chairman announces because that’s the way we do it.”

Read what the Wall Street Journal says:

The Pseudo-Impeachment

Democrats hold show trials rather than vote to oust the President.

House Democrats are escalating their campaign against the Trump Administration with complaints that its resistance to Congressional requests for documents is a threat to democracy. It’s more accurate to say that Democrats are performing what amounts to a pseudo-impeachment so they don’t have to undertake a real one.

Democrats are agonizing over impeachment because while they’re itching to do it, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report blew up their Russian collusion hopes. He also took no position on obstruction of justice while reporting a highly critical “analysis” of President Trump’s actions. Democrats now find themselves caught between a left-wing base that says they’ll abdicate their duty if they don’t impeach and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cold-blooded calculation that it could cost their majority in 2020.

What to do? Democrats have decided to act out a pseudo-impeachment that claims Mr. Trump and his Administration are committing offenses against the Constitution without daring to open a formal impeachment inquiry. The split-level goal is to appease the left while sparing the swing-district Democrats who delivered the 2018 majority from ever having to vote on articles of impeachment.

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Should We Panic over the Measles Outbreaks?

In general, it is not a good idea to panic about anything. The panic itself often causes more harm than the original threat.

Crisis situations, real or contrived, lead to new intrusive laws that the public would never accept otherwise. We supposedly cherish freedom, but if we believe that the world will end if we don’t act NOW, then we may clamor for the government to save us. Cynical politicians bent on increasing their power never let a crisis go to waste.

Something like the Green New Deal—the end of our comfortable, prosperous lifestyle—takes a truly apocalyptic threat. But to eliminate our freedom to decline a medical treatment, the threat that “millions will die” of measles is evidently enough. Or if not millions (most older people had measles and recovered fully), a few especially vulnerable children, who can’t be vaccinated themselves, might catch measles and die.

There are several hundred cases of measles nationwide, more than in 2014, and bills are being pushed through state legislatures to eliminate all but very narrow exemptions to the 60 shots now mandated for school attendance.

In New York City, people are receiving summonses based on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s emergency order. Everybody, adult or child, who lives in four ZIP code areas must get an MMR shot or prove immunity, or face the prospect of a $1,000 fine ($2,000 if you don’t appear as ordered). Your religious exemption is overridden. The threat of 6 months in prison and the prospect of forcible vaccination were removed before a hearing on a lawsuit brought by five mothers. The judge dismissed the case.

Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said that the purpose of the fines is not to punish but to encourage more people to proclaim the message that vaccines are safe and effective. Get it? If you say something to avoid a fine, that makes it true.

It’s about the need for herd immunity, they say. We need a 95 percent vaccination rate for herd immunity to measles. With only 91 percent or so we are having outbreaks! If we could just vaccinate another 4 or 5 percent!

Mayor De Blasio has a point about vaccinating everyone. Adults are getting measles because their shots have worn off. It is likely that we have survived for decades with a large part of the adult population vaccinated—but not immune. So where do the mandates stop?

Outbreaks have occurred in populations with a near-100 percent vaccination rate. Was it vaccine failure? Or was the vaccine not refrigerated properly? Or was a claimed outbreak real? One in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was called off when a special test, a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) showed a vaccine-strain measles virus rather than a wild-strain measles virus. Some 5 percent of vaccinees may get an illness that looks like measles, but it is just a “vaccine reaction.” Can they shed live virus? Yes. Should you keep your immunocompromised child away from recently vaccinated people? Just asking.

Like all medical treatments, vaccines are neither 100 percent effective, nor 100 percent safe. Read the FDA-required, FDA-approved package inserts. Arizona defeated a law that would have required making these available to parents in obtaining informed consent. (You can get them on the internet.) Vaccine Court has paid out about $4 billion in damages—recently for two children with severe brain damage from encephalopathy (that’s brain inflammation) after a fight lasting about 15 years. Just incidentally, they had an autism diagnosis also. Parents bring their severely injured children to hearings. You won’t see these children on tv, only pictures of babies with measles. No “fear-mongering” allowed about “rare,” possibly coincidental problems from vaccines.

There are trade-offs with vaccines: risks and benefits. But in the panic about measles, the right to give or withhold informed consent—fundamental in medical ethics as well as U.S. and international law—is being sacrificed. And so is free speech. The AMA wants to censor “anti-vaccine” information on social media. I happened on a factual article by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, but was not able to retweet it because it had been removed.

The threat of infectious diseases is real and increasing. We need more robust public health measures, better vaccines, and improved public knowledge and awareness. Deploying vaccine police and shutting down debate will erode trust in health authorities and physicians, although more people may get their shots. But such heavy-handed measures will not defeat the enemy—measles and worse diseases.