Revisionist History: Columbus Discovered America Because He Hated Muslims, LA Times Claims

My latest in PJ Media:

Christopher Columbus was the “progenitor of a continental genocide,” claims Alan Mikhail in the Los Angeles Times Monday, and Mikhail is not part of some affirmative action plan at the Times to give a voice to those who propagate insanely ahistorical anti-American garbage. Mikhail is, in fact, the chair of the Department of History at Yale University, and if that isn’t evidence of the advanced state of rot in American academia today, nothing is. Columbus, in Mikhail’s febrile fantasies, was something even worse than a genocidal maniac: he was an “Islamophobe”: “A primary force behind Columbus’ Atlantic crossings was a fear and hatred of Islam.”

Columbus – or so the august academic Mikhail and the Los Angeles Times would have you believe – was motivated to sail the ocean blue in 1492 by the worst impulse possible, as far as the contemporary Left is concerned: “At heart, Columbus was a Crusader. Throughout his life, in his encounters with and then battles against Muslims, he felt the burden of holy war deep in his soul.” For shame, infidel! All these years you have lived in America without realizing that its very foundations are built on “Islamophobia.”

Nor does the villainy stop with the discovery of the new continent: “An anti-Islamic worldview was the mold that cast the European understanding of race and ethnicity in the Americas, as well as the concept of warfare in the Western Hemisphere.”

While portraying the discovery of America as an exercise in gratuitous racial hatred, Mikhail doesn’t bother to mention what really led up to Columbus making his voyage. He did so because the land route to Asia had been closed to Europeans since the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The fall of the city was the occasion for an unforgettable demonstration of jihadi bloodlust. As The History of Jihad shows, the warriors of jihad entered the great city on May 29, 1453, and made the streets run with rivers of blood. Muslims raided monasteries and convents, emptying them of their inhabitants, and plundered private houses.

Mikhail says nothing about that. Nor does he inform his hapless Los Angeles Times readers that in this course of this plunder, pillage, and wanton murder, the jihadis entered Hagia Sophia, which for nearly a thousand years had been the grandest church in Christendom. The venerable old building was filled with Orthodox Christians: the faithful had gathered within its hallowed walls to pray during the city’s last agony. The Muslims halted the celebration of Orthros (morning prayer), while the priests, according to legend, took the sacred vessels and disappeared into the cathedral’s eastern wall, through which they shall return to complete the divine service one day. Right in the church, the jihad warriors then killed the elderly and weak and led the rest off into slavery.

There is more. Read the rest here.

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Is Instagram about to become the next taboo product?

In mid-September, the Wall Street Journal published “The Facebook Files,” a series of investigative reports that was partially based on internal documents leaked by a whistleblower. The overall impression left by the revelations is one of hypocrisy: a company saying in public how seriously they take their responsibility to protect their users from harm and police their content, but in private giving free passes for certain favoured “whitelisted” users and conducting research that reveals how harmful Instagram can be to teenagers, especially girls.

Just how harmful is it?

Time Magazine’s summary of the WSJ articles includes such tidbits as the following. Internal research presented at Facebook showed in 2019 that “Instagram makes body image issues worse for one in three teen girls”. Among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, “6% of American users traced the issue to the photo-sharing app”. Eating disorders and depression are also linked to Instagram use by young people, which according to the article comprise about half of Instagram’s user base. “Young” was not defined, but presumably we are talking about people in their teens and early 20s.

In a Congressional hearing held Sept. 30 in response to the revelations, Facebook’s Antigone Davis, the firm’s global head of safety, disagreed with how the WSJ characterised the company’s research. She emphasised that users benefit from Instagram, which helps them in dealing with the hard issues that beset teens. The reason for the research, she said, was “to make our platform better, to minimise the bad and maximise the good, and to proactively identify where we can improve”. But on Monday, the firm announced that it was pausing its work on a product tentatively called Instagram Kids, designed for users under 13. Of course, anybody who is old enough to type and read can say they are 13 and try to get an Instagram account today, and millions have succeeded.

One senator drew a parallel between Facebook and the tobacco industry, which concealed internal research for years showing that smoking caused lung cancer and publicly denied the facts it knew about privately. Suicide isn’t lung cancer, but dead is dead. While it’s unlikely that a statistically significant number of teen suicides can be definitively linked to Instagram, it is an unvarnished fact that teen suicides in the US have risen dramatically since the early 2000s, rising from a rate of about 10 per 100,000 in age group 15-19 to 14.5 per 100,000 by 2017, the latest year for which national numbers are available. And COVID-19 has not improved matters in that regard.

Correlation is not causation, and there are many factors besides Instagram that make it hard for teenagers to negotiate life these days. But the question before us is this: does the harm done by Instagram (and similar photo-based media) to teenagers outweigh whatever perceived benefits the services provide?

Phrased that way, the question implies that the proper way to analyse this issue is a cost-benefit study. But I’m not at all sure that’s the right way to do it. For one thing, the benefits are of many different kinds, as are the costs.

The most obvious benefit is financial, to Facebook, its investors, and similar media giants, along with their advertisers who pay Facebook gargantuan fees to sell goods and services. Another category of benefit is whatever good feelings, sensations, and experiences users get from using Instagram and similar products. The parallel to tobacco is relevant, because studies both by Facebook and outsiders show that social-media use is highly addictive, and is purposely designed to be that way. This is an open secret, deplored even by some developers of social media, but it is well known and needs to be considered in any discussion.

It’s one thing if a mature, responsible adult decides to indulge in an addictive product, but there are reasons that states have minimum ages for purchasing tobacco and alcohol. Society has made a judgment that teenagers below a certain age need to be protected from these substances, because their ability to judge such matters as alcohol or tobacco use is not yet fully developed. Having been a teenager myself, I can vouch for the truth of that statement.

Some states such as Texas have already taken steps to restrict certain social-media firm activities such as banning individuals based on political content. If we as a society decide that the benefits of Instagram to teens are not worth the harms, we could try to make it illegal for them to use it. Under the present social dispensation, that idea sounds almost ludicrous. But in 1965, who would have imagined that a scant thirty years or so later, smokers would be a disdained minority, unable to light up in workplaces, restaurants, or bars, and condemned to puff in freezing weather at least twenty feet from the nearest entrance? Yet it happened, and a big factor in the social turn against smoking was the blatant hypocrisy the tobacco firms indulged in, as investigations later showed.

I have had at least one young person talk to me wistfully about what it was like growing up without social media, saying that he thought his smartphone was one of the biggest differences between my generation and his, and not a good one, either. As powerful as the tobacco interests were, their wings were clipped, and they paid huge sums to states in retribution for the harms that were caused.

I don’t know what’s going to happen to Facebook in the future with regard to their teenage customers. In the Greek myth about Antigone, she got into trouble with a king who had defeated and killed her brother in battle, and who didn’t want anyone mourning for him or burying him. She tried to anyway and ended up committing suicide.

Facebook’s Antigone Davis may be trying to bury some facts that refuse to stay buried. With regard to the whistleblower who leaked internal data to the press, she said, “We’ve committed to not retaliating for this individual speaking to the Senate”. But a lawyerly reading of that sentence shows it says nothing about not retaliating for anything else the person did. And if the experience of other whistleblowers is any guide, that person’s career in social media is over, and they might as well start studying for their real-estate license or something else they can do on their own.

This article has been republished with permission from the Engineering Ethics blog.

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Karl D. Stephan

Karl D. Stephan received the B. S. in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1976. Following a year of graduate study at Cornell, he received the Master of Engineering degree in 1977… More by Karl D. Stephan

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The Left Hates Columbus Day! So, Happy Columbus Day to you all!

Happy Columbus Day to you all! Usurper president Biden also signed an order calling it “Indigenous People’s Day”!! I wonder if he knows what he signed? Nah – thinking not!

The hatred and lies and racism continue in an never ending stream from this evil administration. I was going to write something else of my own on the subject but found my friend Chris Wrights story from a large group of patriots I belong to and I decided to take a day off and let you read his great article. ( I know – I take several days off! ).

As always his pieces are well researched with many links for you to follow up. He debunks many of the lefts false claims about Columbus which they just throw out of nowhere and, as always, with no evidence apart from stuff they make up. Anyway. Enjoy and as always share using this blog far and wide.

Monday, October 11th, is Columbus Day, which is still an official national holiday despite the Left’s best attempts to cancel it. We will probably be treated to the usual attacks on his statues, as well as the man himself.

The problem for the Left is that there is not a lot of evidence from contemporaneous historical accounts to back up claims Columbus was a rapist and genocidal maniac. It is said he brought thousands of natives back to Europe as slaves, but his ships were so small this could not possibly have happened. He was accused of rape, but the letter accusing him has since been shown to be fraudulent, mentioning temples that did not exist.

Primary sources do indicate he reined in the Spaniards who were with him on several occasions when they wanted to rape and pillage. Crimes committed by Spaniards – some perpetrated decades after Columbus died – were attributed to Columbus falsely. Some incidents occurred when Columbus’ crew were fighting off cannibals.

Today, we think of the trashing of Christopher Columbus as coming from the Left and anti-colonialist Marxists, but it originated in the 19thCentury with anti-Catholic and anti-Italian groups like the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan, which was an armed wing of the Democrat Party, worked to stop Columbus Day celebrations and to smash his statues. This prejudice was real. I’m part Italian. My own grandfather was a victim of the Ku Klux Klan. He came home one night to find a burning cross in his yard.

The motivation of today’s Left goes deeper than ethnic prejudice. They trash Columbus in order to tear down the country entirely, erase its history, destroy its self-confidence, and ultimately replace it with a new culture more amenable to domination by a tiny Leftist elite. The foot-soldiers who tear down statues might not realize they are acting in the service of leaders who are only in it for wealth and power for themselves, but that’s exactly what the recruits are doing.

Ushering in a tiny Leftist elite to rule over us is the true purpose of the movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day. The problem with that is, the people considered ‘indigenous’ were not the first people in North America. The first to arrive here were southeast Asians, according to National Geographic magazine which slants Left. So I’ll be happy to give the country back to indigenous people if they’ll agree to give it back to the southeast Asians who were here first.

The impulse to tear it all down can be traced back to a Russian revolutionary named Nechayev. His philosophy, if you can call it that, stopped with the utter destruction of everything in society. He had no idea what to do next. Today’s Left is equally irresponsible – tear it all down? Then what?

You have to reach a certain age before the importance of cultural sustainability occurs to you. If you want to tear everything down, you are playing with fire and it WILL burn your house down. While working a booth recently, I met a young woman who told me she was a socialist, but denied being a Marxist. Her starting point was anticolonialism and the view that all white people are oppressors. Her heroine was the anti-imperialist Angela Davis, whom the young woman said was not Marxist. In fact Angela Davis was a committed communist and ran for vice-president twice on the Communist Party USA ticket. I told the young woman I had read an article in a socialist magazine where the writer admitted socialists have no idea how to govern once they’re finished tearing everything down. I asked her, ‘Why would I buy a house from people who freely confess to me they have no idea how to build houses?’ She had no answer, other than to say she wasn’t talking about houses. Ye gads!

Columbus and Western Civilization, which he represents, are looking better by the day.

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“Keyword Warrants”: Fraudulent Biden Govt Secretly Ordered Google To Identify Anyone Searching Certain Information

The Democrat-criminal-media won’t remind Americans how the same tech giants and enemedia outlets, refused to cooperate with the government when jihadis slaughter Americans.

This is fascism. This is totalitarianism. This is a coup.

  • Investigators are secretly using keyword warrants to help track down criminals 
  • The relatively new style of warrant orders Google to track and provide user data on anyone who searches specific names, addresses or telephone numbers
  • Cybersecurity experts fear that keyword warrants set a precedent for breaching the fourth amendment protection against unreasonable searches
  • Google, however, has defended its decision to respond to the federal government’s keyword warrants and claims they protect users when doing so
  • Both the FBI and Department of Homeland Security have been cited as entities that have or may use keyword warrants 

“Keyword Warrants” – Feds Secretly Ordered Google To Identify Anyone Searching Certain Information

By Tyler Durden, Oct 07, 2021:

An accidentally unsealed court document reveals that the federal government secretly ordered Google to provide data on people searching specific search words or phrases, otherwise known as “keyword warrants,” according to Forbes.

According to the report, the Justice Department inadvertently unsealed the documents in September (which were promptly re-sealed), which were reviewed by Forbes. In several instances, law enforcement investigators asked Google to identify anyone searching for specific keywords.

The first case was in 2019 when federal investigators were on the hunt for men they believed sex-trafficked a minor. According to a search warrant, the minor went missing but reappeared a year later and claimed to have been kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Investigators asked Google if anyone had searched the minor’s name. The tech giant responded and provided law enforcement agents with Google accounts and IP addresses of those who made the searches.

There have been other rare examples of so-called keyword warrants, such as in 2020 when police asked Google if anyone searched for the address of an arson victim in the government’s racketeering case against singer R Kelly. Then in 2017, a Minnesota judge requested Google to provide information on anyone who searched for a  fraud victim’s name.

Forbes also added this update post-publication:

After publication, Jennifer Lynch, surveillance litigation director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), highlighted three other Google keyword warrants that were used in the investigation into serial Austin bombings in 2018, which resulted in the deaths of two people.

Not widely discussed at the time, the orders appear even broader than the one above, asking for IP addresses and Google account information of individuals who searched for various addresses and some terms associated with bomb making, such as “low explosives” and “pipe bomb.” Similar orders were served on Microsoft and Yahoo for their respective search engines.

You can read the orders on Google herehere and here. The Microsoft and Yahoo orders can be found here and here.

Every year, Google responds to thousands of warrant orders, but the latest keyword warrant is an entirely new strategy by government investigators and is becoming increasingly controversial.

“Trawling through Google’s search history database enables police to identify people merely based on what they might have been thinking about, for whatever reason, at some point in the past,” Jennifer Granick, surveillance and cybersecurity counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, told Forbes. “This never-before-possible technique threatens First Amendment interests and will inevitably sweep up innocent people, especially if the keyword terms are not unique and the time frame not precise. To make matters worse, police are currently doing this in secret, which insulates the practice from public debate and regulation,” she added.

Google responded news about secret keyword warrants and defended its decision:

“As with all law enforcement requests, we have a rigorous process that is designed to protect the privacy of our users while supporting the important work of law enforcement,” a Google spokesperson said.

Court records reviewed by Forbes show Google has given away data on people who searched for specific keywords, which is more evidence the US is transforming into an authoritarian state of monitoring and surveillance of online activities just like China’s.

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Putin’s Counterintelligence Operations in America

We are at war! Afghanistan, invasion at our Southern border by people from 120 countries, and an attempt to bankrupt our republic are parts of this long war against Western civilization and American capitalism. This war is being waged by Socialist/Communist forces against Western civilization and American capitalism. The Democrats lie, deceive and mislead us into implementing Socialism and crashing the political system designed and left to us by our Founding Fathers. Their ideology and modus operandi are lies, deceit, distortion and fraud. They have never changed.

Don’t be surprised by the title of this column: there is ample evidence of Putin’s KGB (Mafia/Army) operations against our country starting with school shootings and the infiltration of churches, and the latest one’s are the 2020 election, invasion on the Southern border from 120 countries and the surrender in Afghanistan. The FBI and our Intelligence community are missing it, hence, the vast majority of Americans are not aware of the threat. Using this unawareness Putin is playing the role of a conduit between the Taliban and Biden–a tactical maneuver, an old ploy to supervise both in the 21st century. He did it for many years as a KGB operative.

 Vladimir Putin—a Counterintelligence Operative

Putin served as a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, before resigning in 1991. Since 1975 he operated as a KGB spy–counterintelligence agent, in Europe and as he said: “a KGB agent is always a KGB agent.” A devoted disciple of the KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov 1967-1982, Putin continues those operations in America and globally for the last 20-25 years. I know that as a former Soviet attorney. According To The FBI, Your Odds Are 30 Times Higher Than In 2019… Yet, the FBI is unable to see the roots and real source of instability in America and the world… or maybe doesn’t want to see it…

The man who said “America First” instantly became Putin’s enemy #1 and the war against Donald J. Trump started the moment Trump announced his run for the U.S. presidency on escalator. Trump had become a very convenient target to destroy the American Republic–Putin’s agenda since he joined the KGB in the 1970s.

Putin started his war against Western civilization and capitalism as a KGB counter intelligent officer in Germany. He has 25 years term as a counter intelligent officer in a foreign country. That means, the minute he came back into Moscow’s government in the 1990s, Russian Counterintelligence operations against America resumed.

I purposely gave you that short Putin resume to grasp the real events in 2021. You saw the Afghanistan chaos blame game during Hearings at Senate and House Armed Services Committees September 28-29, 2021. Biden didn’t take the advice of the Military leadership. So who does advise President Biden? I have given you my opinion in my column: A Quick Crash of Afghanistan and The Man Who Wants to Run the World, August 24, 2021. I insist on my opinion: Biden has been working with Putin since 2013-2014 to suffocate the young Ukrainian democracy, he is still does…

Joe is not alone, Hunter Biden had a direct ties with the KGB dealing with the wife of Moscow’s Mayor. The government of Russia exercises executive power in the Russian Federation: only members of the KGB or informers can be elected and have power in the country. The Moscow mayor is definitely connected with the KGB. The two days of Hearings in Washington D.C. has revealed a lot. The Democrat Chairman of the House has pretty well illustrated the war between the Dems and Republicans by being involved in a constant disputes with them. He was trying to defend Biden and his endless lies. He was covering up the crime committed by the Biden’s.

You also saw our Military leadership unaware of Russia’s criminal activities in America. General McKenzie reported their military opinion: “We had alternatives to Russia and China by dealing with Central Asian Republic like Kazakhstan. “ He has revealed the military incompetence equal to treason. As a matter of fact, all those former Muslim Socialist Republics are being run by Putin’s KGB Mafia/Army and all those former Republics have Russia’s military installations on their lands. To deal with Kazakhstan or Tajikistan means to deal with Russia.

Moreover, we saw that our Military leadership had no guts to reject and stand up to Biden’s lies and his surrender to the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS in Afghanistan. Under such a predicament in America, when the Military leadership doesn’t defend and protect the political system designed by our Founding Fathers, We the People had been left behind naked, mute, and deaf before Putin’s Counterintelligence operations.

Pay attention to the military decision to see Afghanistan and the Taliban as equal and deal with them diplomatically, despite the fact that the latter didn’t complain with seven basic prerequisites of the agreement. And this is not the end of the American problems. In my opinion, every executive order signed by President Biden has been written by Vladimir Putin through Biden’s advisers—his staff. My recently published book will prove it.

General Milley a Dark Horse of a Global Spy Ring

I was warning and reporting about an anti-Trump Criminal Cabal in America for many years. Yet, without the staff it was hard to present an eloquent story of the enemy within. I was warning you that the Democrats conspired with the Russian/Chinese Intelligence to build a Soviet Style corrupt-bureaucratic America. I was warning about Three American Manchurian Presidents, Deep State, and other Democratic politicians. General Milley aided me to grasp America’s structural ties to Global Spy Ring, testifying during Hearings at Senate and House Armed Services Committees September 28-29, 2021.

I was writing and warning you about an anti-Trump Criminal Cabal in America for many years. But I couldn’t show the operational concept implemented by the Dems to fight the Republicans. General Milley showed the world how anti-Trump Criminal Cabal is a part of a Global Spy Ring run by Vladimir Putin. Milley’s call to the Chinese General and the core of the conversation was quite suspect to me. General Milley was undermining Constitutional civilian control of the military by the US President. Two days of the Hearings had revealed more suspicious activities of General Milley.

He was acting like a typical political apparatchik. Though he is a military man, you have no doubts of his political affiliation. He admits it saying “We won the election.” He is discussing Trump’s mental capacity with the Speaker Nancy Pelosi and totally agreed with her that “Trump is crazy.”  There is a real political affiliation between the two to prevent Trump from using nuclear arsenal—a continuation of the Dems coup against Trump.

Yet, there is more. General Milley talks with both our ideological enemies: China and Russia. He admits discussing the use of Russian military installations in the Central-Asian former Soviet Republics! Here you have a double connection with Putin’s KGB Mafia/Army by the Dems leadership and the Military representative. In the Soviet Union my Father often called the corrupt Soviets government—Socialist Junta.  I have never thought discussing the term Junta, in this American crises. Yet, in case you are interested, here it is: Dictionary Junta meaningA group of political intriguers; esp., such a group, of military men in power after a coup d’état… they want to rule the country.

I have a very bad feeling towards General Milley: if you know who is behind the Critical Race Theory, you will join me.  As a typical political apparatchik, he joined the KGB’s recent narrative to divide us. The KGB started with White Oppressors, then White Privileges in the 1960s, and the Critical Race Theory in the 21st century. General Milley now is promoting it. To enhance his personality he was giving interviews right and left to predominantly anti-Trump’s media. Rash Limbaugh was right saying: “Socialism corrupts everything it touches.” General Milley demonstrated it.  Yet, he was not the leader of the Junta.

 Socialist Junta

To conceive the concept of Socialist Junta you have to be well versed in history of politics and its leaders. Though it was established decades ago, you could’ve heard lately about Libya’s Counterintelligence operation by the Putin/Obama conspiracy. The development of a Socialist Junta in America has never stopped. If Russia has initiated it, today we have a tandem of leaders–Russian/Chinese Counterintelligence forces. When you hear the endless lies, deceit, and fakery accompanied with intimidation and threat from your government—you are governed by Socialist Junta.

I gave you an old meaning of Junta. The 21st   century has changed the role of the woman, allowing and promoting their leadership. Nancy Pelosi is an example of it. I called her “a Queen of Lies.” Presenting herself as a devoted Catholic, she has stolen our beloved Christmas Season in 2019 by hurrying to impeach Trump in the heart of Christmas, December 2019. Then, I didn’t know why she was in a hurry. It became clear to me in January 2020 when the Pandemic started… She had known it in December 2019. She is the leader of a Democrat Party that has become a Socialist Junta and is now fighting against the American Constitutional republic in concert with Putin’s KGB Mafia/Army.

I know Socialism and recognize it instantly, when I see it and I see Socialism exercised by Biden’s administration—they are weaponizing everything to protect themselves. When the FBI intimidate and threaten  the parents accusing them of terrorism, I recognized Putin’s handwriting to build the American KGB’s Mafia/Army, a-la Stalin’s political agenda in 1937, when my Mother was imprisoned… Baltic Winds Testimony of a Soviet Attorney, Xlibris, 2002. A criminal circle of Stalinism is destroying America hundred years later. I am devastated by the speed of Putin’s success in our country.

My recent book Socialist Revolution in America tells you a full story of the Democrat Party’s conversion to Socialism by the KGB’s Mafia/Army.  It is the history of ideology that brought the world to this contemporary crisis in many different aspects of our lives. You will learn terms you have never heard before, like Stalinism, Soviet Fascism, WWIII, the KGB’s Mafia/Army, and Socialist Charlatans… You will learn about Bernie Sanders, George Soros, and Terry Mc Auliffe, who are conducting and promoting Social Engineering in America. Socialist Revolution in America, Xlibris, 2021.

Ahead of us is an election in 2022. The recent election campaign is a misleading enterprise by the Democrat Party to deceive and defraud you. It is not only the Democrats’ Grab for Power, but a Socialist Revolution from within the Democrat Party. As Putin plays a global game, there is a new warning. Watch Biden’s Ambassador Appointees and the countries they are heading to. Putin will use those American Embassies for his global game like he uses Biden now. Without the knowledge of our enemy, we are not able to survive and can lose our American Constitutional Republic. Everyone pursuing the Truth should read Socialist Revolution in America.

To be continued simonapipko@gmail.com or at www.drrichswier.com/author/spipko/

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Twitter Tweets Child Sexual Abuse – You can hold them accountable!

One of the world’s most powerful companies has crossed the line.


It’s shocking …

The influential social network Twitter allows users to share videos of child sexual abuse and then, with a straight face, claims it has no knowledge of how its platform is being used to degrade and destroy?

It’s absolutely true. And today I’m urging you to give now to stop them.

After calling on Twitter multiple times to stop knowingly distributing and profiting from illegal child sexual abuse material — and getting nowhere — the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two of the many victims.

Twitter is so cynical that in a response to our lawsuit, the company responded with this: “… the law does not punish a defendant [Twitter] for participation in a lawful venture with sex traffickers, or knowingly but passively receiving the financial benefits of sex trafficking.”

Richard, have you ever heard such nonsense?

Twitter actually further claims that, because it is not technically a “publisher,” it is immune from prosecution. But the law is clear: online interactive services such as Twitter can claim immunity only if they act in good faith to remove the obscene material.

Twitter, of course, did not — and has not — acted in good faith.

It would take pages to explain the case, the background, and the status of our suit. But what we want you to know is that NCOSE is going hard at Twitter. We’re doing everything we can to force the company to do what’s right AND what’s required by law: a much better job of policing their network and protecting vulnerable children.

Today we’re asking you to join us in holding Twitter and ALL social networks accountable. Your gift will help ensure this never happens again … ensure Twitter is brought to account … ensure other social platforms are put on notice that they cannot profit from the misery of vulnerable people and then claim protection in the name of “free speech.”

Please give now to battle Twitter’s shameful profiting from child sexual exploitation.

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Dear New York Times Executive Editor, Dean Baquet RE: Capitol Hill Stalemate

Good day Deano,

I hope today finds you well today over at The New York Times, as their executive editor.  Well, it has been a busy couple of weeks over there on Capitol Hill.  Our elected officials are trying to iron out details of the $3,500,000,000,000 reconciliation bill.  This of course is tied to (held hostage) to the much needed $1,000,000,000,000 infrastructure bill.  This latter bill actually has 20% of the money dedicated to actual infrastructure, which seems very reasonable……..to some people, that is.   I’m not too sure about the other 80%.  Like Old Nancy says, “just pass it and we can read it later.” Always the consummate, honest, unbiased politician…..eh Deano, old sport.

CAPITOL HILL STALEMATE

It seems also, that we have some infighting in our own Democratic Party.  Crazy right? We usually only see this from the radical right, not the party of the people, Democrats. Let’s take a look at some of the key players and their stances and then examine what Democrats and Republicans are saying.  Of course, we will also look at Joey’s input in all of this.

KEY MODERATE PLAYERS

First, we have Senators Manchin and Sinema.  These two are fast becoming enemies of the liberal left, and rightly so!  These two are asking for the cradle to grave entitlements, Socialist/Communist bill to be scaled down considerably……sorry, I mean reconciliation bill, I keep doing that.  Senator Manchin says his cap is $1,500,000,000,000, while Senator Sinema has given no dollar figure.  Both are being hounded relentlessly for their stances.  Senator Sinema was actually accosted in a woman’s bathroom. Yep, chased right into a stall by someone who claimed to be an illegal alien. Joey even commented on the attack saying “it’s part of the process.”   Very Presidential like, unless it was say………Maxine Waters for instance, then it would be blatantly racist. Ah, Joey’s America, when an illegal alien can verbally assault and harass a sitting Senator with no repercussions.  Word is Joey called the Senator a racist because, she cut the illegal alien in line for the stall.  A protest march is being prepared as we speak. Well done Joey, we’ll done!  President Trump is a racist!

KEY (SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST) PROGRESSIVE PLAYERS

On the other side we have the part time bartender/Congresswoman AOC, and the rest of the squad.  I mean, what a great country we have.  Where can you go from working lady’s night or organizing a beer pong tournament at the local tavern, to being a key figure in how TRILLIONS of dollars are allocated to this once great country? Yes indeed, what a country we now have.

Of course, we have the major players.  The always even-keeled, Bernie Sanders (multimillionaire/owner of multiple homes).  The very approachable skilled negotiator, (self proclaimed, devout Catholic) Nancy Pelosi. The always crucial presence of Kamala “Heels” Harris, always a key player, in regards to decision making. They put old heels Harris on a plane to California, possibly thinking, “out of sight, out of mind at crunch time,” on the big vote day (which didn’t happen for the 3rd time Pelosi had promised it) And of course, the installed POTUS, negotiator, orator, unifier extraordinaire ……Joey Talibiden!

Of course, the right is screaming about this pork-filled entitlement farce of a bill. They’re saying Joey, Nancy and Jen Goebbels Psaki are delusional, claiming this $3,500,000,000,000 will cost ZERO dollars, yep, ZERO DOLLARS.  Is this the new math that they talk about?  They want to know if Joey’s severe cognitive decline is actually contagious?  They wanted to get specifics from Joey, but there was no time to get the teleprompter set up, and the guy who normally cuts the feed to Joey’s microphone and screen when he starts to babble, wasn’t available.  Besides it was getting close to the Bugs Bunny/ Roadrunner hour, which Joey never misses, I’m told.

Of course, it was beautiful seeing Joey show up to try and broker a deal, which did………..absolutely nothing.  Then to see him walking holding Nancy’s hand as he strolled the hall of the Capitol.  “Dr” Jill said this usually has a calming effect on Joey, this is what his health aides usually do.  By the way, the right is questioning when the “Dr” will be arrested for elder abuse?  Well, they asked Joey for comment and he said, “we’re going to work like hell to get this thing passed.”  Then he IMMEDIATELY headed over to the beach house in Delaware, for a much deserved break.  I mean it had been 4 days since his last jaunt to the compound.  It’s not like there is a lot going on right now anyway.  I mean ease up radical right , the man is not a machine.  President Trump is a racist!

WHAT TO DO NOW?

Well Deano, I think I have a plan to pass Joey’s fantastic Build Back Communism Bill. Why not have the esteemed “Dr” Fauci (plandemic expert), do a press conference, declaring a brand new deadly virus variant…….let’s call it, The Pelosi Debacle Variant!

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION STRATEGY REDUX

Seeing as how it appears that Nancy has lost her once ironclad authority over the house, we need to go to plan B, immediately.  Why not say, this PDV (Pelosi Debacle Variant) forbids the members from coming to Capitol Hill.   Then Old Fauci can say the only way this bill can be safely passed……..would be through mail in voting.  If not done this way,  Fauci can say the alternative would result in almost certain death.  Are you starting to follow me now Deano?

Ok, then they can start to tally the votes and it can be neck and neck into the night. News coverage could have us on the edge of our seats, simply riveting!  Then somehow, almost miraculously, when the voting is finished in the early morning hours……..the Democrats can garner 99% of the votes!  I mean, somehow the vote ended up 530 to 5, between both chambers of Congress; a miracle, right? Almost mathematically impossible…..well, then again, it actually is impossible.

LIBERAL LION

I can hear Senator Paul screaming from the roof tops that someone cast his vote fraudulently, preventing him from voting. (Sound familiar?)  Then, he points out that one of the mail in votes he saw was from Teddy Kennedy (1932-2009), the infamous “Liberal Lion.” A man of impeccable integrity, just not too good a driver or reporter of drowning victims. But a hell of a swimmer, he can swim a large body of water after a suspicious car wreck, before exhaustion sets in. That’s when he had to sleep for 12 hours (then afterwards speaking to lawyers and confidants), before reporting this drowning victim to police, minor detail..……what a liberal icon.  But let’s not waste time on these pesky details. Viola, problem solved, in regards to this annoying voting issue, what do you think Deano?   Maybe you should run it by your boss AG Sulzberger.  Let me know what Ole Slushy thinks about this, buddy.

Then of course, the radical right can start screaming bloody murder, drama queens that they are.  But it then it falls on deaf ears with the DOJ, KGB, sorry, I mean FBI and also the news and media outlets, even your pristine outlet Deano, Pravda….. I mean the NY Times. Possibly, the FBI will be busy with the Clinton Russian collusion conspiracy sham which backfired, or they may be possibly shredding documents in regards to our Olympic women athletes sexual coverup coup by them….they must be busy.  Maybe, they could reach out to bipartisan level headed  Alyssa Milano to show her outrage, in regards to these poor athletes, who the FBI tried to silence.  They must have available agents though, we know there has never been any man power dedicated to voter fraud.

JOEY HITS THE ROAD

It seems Joey is now hitting the road to push his Build Back Communism Bill. I understand he is putting in backbreaking 2 hour work days.  I also understand teleprompters are being set up at a feverish pace nationwide.  With the exception of course, of anywhere near the Southern  border debacle.  Not to worry though VP Kalamity Harris (Border Czar Expert), has that territory.  She has to squeeze it into her demanding schedule, between bakery sampling’s, interviews on the View, Ellen, CNN and the always important college football game coin tosses.  I understand these sports venues have their own chant for the installed POTUS, “ – – – –  Joe Biden,” also know as FJB.  I believe he is the first installed POTUS to have his own personal chant, very impressive.  That’s Joey, always breaking down barriers.

My major concern with Joey crisscrossing this once great country is of course climate change.  I mean, I am weeping , inconsolable actually, as I type this just thinking of the “carbon footprint”, destroying the world.  Between this and Heels Harris jaunting off to Viet Nam to accomplish………….well, President Trump is a racist.  Or Heels jetting out to California for a one nighter, all while Joey was walking the halls of the Capitol, looking for Barack Hussein.  No word if she flew out to her affluent hamlet of Brentwood California, where she may have left a light on, or possibly looking up old friends like Willie Brown.  Climate change, carbon footprint darn it!!  Wait a minute, wait a minute my mistake, this is not the time to use this narrative Deano, my bad, sorry.  I’ll just wait till a Conservative gets on a plane, then we can rip them a new one buddy.  Whew, that was close. I can put the tissues away now.

DOMESTIC TERRORISTS

Well it seems we are finally addressing the most important issue to date, domestic terrorists.  We have finally nailed down the biggest threat to National security.  It’s the parents of our children voicing their concern about what schools are indoctrinating children with, namely CRT.  That and arbitrary mask mandates, like the one the very credible Gavin Newsom has implemented.  You know, where K-12 graders must be inoculated as the vaccine is approved for their age groups………but teachers don’t have to be.  Seems very reasonable and fair Deano, what are these radical right wingers so upset about.

Well Joey isn’t standing for it!  He has ordered the DOJ to investigate these terrorists, and provide protection to these poor apolitical administrators.

CONSERVATIVES TAKE ON THINGS

Many on the right are outraged.  Claiming this Installed POTUS is a kowtowing disgrace.  This is what Conservatives say among his numerous gaffes, his most egregious acts are….

  • surrendering to the Taliban and leaving Americans and our allies to fend for themselves, on conditions dictated by these terrorists.
  • surrendering our Southern border to the tune of 200,000 illegal aliens a month, while vilifying the heroes of the border patrol that are doing an insurmountable job.  All while he spends long weekends in Delaware cowardly hiding and shirking responsibility to protect Americans and our borders.  All the while he has these illegal aliens transported in the dead of night throughout this once great nation.
  • surrendering major cities to escalating violent crimes, putting the onus on the problem being police officers, not the criminals and ridiculous revolving justice door. Empowering lackey Governors and Mayors in Democratic run cities…..De Boobio, Newsom, Lightfoot, etc .
  • trying to surrender our economy to absurd Progressive/Communist wish list to the tune of 3,500,000,000,000, which, in actuality, is closer to 5,000,000,000,000. All orchestrated by looney Bernie Sanders, the Squad and those who fear the Squad, namely Nancy Pelosi and Chuckie Schumer, and assorted other players. Talibiden has no clue, they claim, he just parrots what they feed in on the teleprompter and then runs away from reporters and their questions.
  • surrendering our children to indoctrination theories, and covid narratives that suit their agendas, that has parents (domestic terrorists) across the nation up in arms against them.

And much, much more.  Conservatives ask, name one positive thing this installed puppet has done for America so far, just one?  I mean really Deano are these right wing zealots kidding me? I mean Joey has done plenty, like……………………..well, President Trump is a racist.

LIES, LIES, LIES, AND THEN, MORE LIES

The radicals want to know if anyone, they mean anyone, can stop the pathological lying in this abysmal administration?  It is spreading worse than the Delta variant, Conservatives say.  From the king of liars the star Joey Talibiden, we have “Dr” Jill,  Blinken, Austin, (Daddy Warbucks) Mayorkas, Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, AOC, Milley, Mackenzie, Harris, (she really doesn’t count, she hasn’t been seen in weeks).  But the one that makes my blood boil is them calling Peppermint Propaganda Patty a liar.  I, as you Deano,  know, that Little Red Lying Hood is pure and honest as the driven snow, the audacity of these ghouls, have they no shame. They also point to esteemed reporting agencies like your New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC  for peddling this ridiculous, biased, laughable tripe.

One last question for you Deano.  Is it true all of Joey’s lies and cheating all started way back in 1st grade.  Sources say, he was caught cheating on a Phonics test and when the teacher questioned him he said, it’s Trumps Fault!

Keep up the fantastic, apolitical, unbiased and professional work over there at the Old Gray Lady.  I’m sure Joey is very proud.  Give my regards to Slushy and the gang, we’ll talk soon.

Sincerely,

Chris Cirino

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Joe Biden’s Top 10 Blunders!

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald


We all know that from day one of this illegal Biden regime acting like a power hungry rabid dictator or as a King, the blunders have come thick and fast. The illegal and unconstitutional acts just keep pouring out of their sick and evil anti American socialist mouths and minds.

I recently read a top 10 list from Newt Gingrich and I wanted to share it with you all. It is well written and worthy of all you readers of this blog. Enjoy and share. Remember that this list is a list that should anger you and ensure you want to fight this attack on our beloved Constitutional Republic.

How much more of this can we take? By Newt Gingrich.

As I’ve watched the events of the past few weeks – and thought about the nature of Joe Biden’s young presidency – I began to ask myself: How much more of this can we take?

In just seven months, President Biden has overseen a remarkable number of complete blunders. To make sense of them all and consider how to overcome them, I decided to make a list of them. Of course, it would take months of time and writing to list all the errors Biden has made in his 48 years in politics, so I decided to start at his inauguration in January. These are roughly in chronological order. It seemed impossible to rank them as so many of them could have lasting, unforeseeable consequences.

1 – Bipartisan Baloney

As I write in my upcoming book, Beyond Biden, which will be released on Nov. 2, the first major mistake Biden made was immediately failing to live up to the pledges he made in his inaugural address. In his inaugural address, Biden said: “Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.”
Had Biden actually led from the center as a bipartisan president, he would have quickly formed a strong coalition in Washington and built a strong majority. But, he didn’t. On day one in office, Biden signed 17 executive orders, most of which were highly partisan, with nine being direct reversals of popular, effective policies set by the previous administration. Biden’s day-one action message to a deeply divided America was that talk of bipartisanship was pure baloney.

2 – Destroying Our Energy Independence

Biden’s second big mistake was his aggressive effort to cripple America’s energy independence. In his early days of office, he recommitted America to the Paris Climate Accords, which restricts America while giving high-polluting countries such as China a pass. He canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline, which cost Americans roughly 30,000 jobs and contributed to rising oil and gas prices. He also canceled oil and gas exploration in the arctic. Because of these destructive actions, Biden later had to crawl back to OPEC nations and grovel for them to increase production to lower prices.

3 – Giving in to Iran.

Desperate to salvage one of his former boss’s few achievements, Biden immediately sought to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, which will not stop Iran from eventually developing nuclear weapons. It also freed up billions of dollars which Iran can now use in its continued effort to fund terrorism around the globe. This sent a clear message of weakness to our allies in the Middle East and will only benefit Iran – the world’s premier funder of terrorism.

4 – Kowtowing to China.

President Biden has consistently failed to stand up to China, which is our single biggest competitor. We know that the Chinese Communist Party intentionally withheld information about the spread of the COVID-19 virus as early as December of 2019. We know it lied to the world about the existence and origins of the virus – and used the World Health Organization to spread its propaganda. Biden has done nothing to hold the Chinese Communist Party to account – and has unconditionally recommitted American tax dollars to the WHO. Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping has no reason to believe the American government will be a serious competitor as long as Biden and the Democratic Party is running the country.

5 – COVID-19 Confusion.

Let’s be clear: The historically rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines is all thanks to President Donald Trump. Biden had nothing to do with empowering our private pharmaceutical sector to create the vaccines – or streamlining the regulatory structure so they could quickly get to Americans who needed them. Biden is responsible for setting incredibly low goals for vaccine distribution, leading a completely confused vaccine messaging campaign at the federal level, and further polarizing the country over vaccines by consistently demonizing Republican governors who didn’t toe federal lines – even when Republican states were experiencing fewer COVID-19 deaths than states with Democratic governors with extreme restrictions and higher infection rates.

6 – Surrender at the Southern Border.

President Biden has overseen the most porous, permissive, and lawless U.S.-Mexico border in generations. In July, illegal crossings at the southern border hit a 21-year high. This is remarkable, as border crossings typically drop off in the summer, because the desert heat becomes so dangerous. At the same time, deportations of illegal immigrants are at a record low. Biden has essentially surrendered the southern border to whoever wants to come in – including drug dealers, human traffickers, potential terrorists, and other violent criminals. The U.S. Border Patrol is deeply demoralized, and Americans are less safe. Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court is beginning to roll-back some of Biden’s disastrous decisions and forcing it to re-implement measures that work – such as President Trump’s remain in Mexico policy.

7 – Betrayal at the Border.

I mention this as a separate failure because it is so dramatic and dismissive of Americans’ safety. Biden has allowed record numbers of people to illegally cross the border and stay in America during a global pandemic without any requirement that they be tested for COVID-19 or quarantined before going wherever they want. President Biden and Democrats impose strong restrictions on Americans in the name of defeating the virus, but they impose nothing on the people who are illegally entering the country. This is one of the clearest examples of the contempt this administration and national Democrats have for the American people. It is a complete betrayal.

8 – Bankrupting America.

Just when American jobs were beginning to be revived following the global pandemic, Biden has reinstituted regulations which make it harder to hire people and suggested an $8 trillion spending plan – including $1 trillion in non-infrastructure infrastructure projects and another $3.5 trillion in liberal pipedreams. It is as if he is intentionally reliving the disastrous Jimmy Carter presidency. Biden’s rabid spending will not create jobs. It will continue to hike inflation, weaken the U.S. dollar, weaken Americans’ retirement accounts, and lead the Democrats to instinctively try to raise taxes. He is doing everything he possibly can to hamstring the economy and keep us in the pandemic depression.

9 – Surrendering in Afghanistan.

Of course, the most recent and glaring example of Biden’s failure is his disastrous surrender and withdrawal from Afghanistan. His decision to pull all our military forces out and surrender our most effective evacuation facility (Bagram Airfield) before safely evacuating American civilians and civil servants is a quintessential example of how and why he is incapable of leading America. It forced Biden to then recommit twice as many American soldiers to the evacuation effort as were there before we left (and created a much more dangerous environment). On Thursday, we learned that suicide bombers killed more than 60 people, including 12 U.S. service members, and injured many more at the airport in Kabul. These are the first America service members to be killed by enemies in Afghanistan in the last 18 months. Biden’s failure in Afghanistan is now unfortunately deeply real to at least 12 more American families. He should be ashamed of himself.

10 – Failing to Surrender his Ego.

The last and greatest of Biden’s failures is his inability to acknowledge his own incompetence. Throughout this process, I have been unable to find a single positive thing Biden has done for Americans. He continues to implement and impose his failures on our nation. It is costing Americans their jobs, their peace of mind, and now their lives.

Again, I wonder: How much more of this can we take?

Post note by Fred Brownbill. The above truly is a very small example of this insane administrations failures. Failures in domestic, international and economic policies. It hasn’t just been a failure. It is a purely unmitigated disaster. America is now the laughing stock of the world and our enemies are getting bolder and stronger daily as we grow more cowardly and weaker daily. Taiwan and the Middle East are two areas that are at great risk not just from China in regards to Taiwan but from a nuclear armed Iran who has and will continue to threaten the entire region. The race issue is now so much more dominant as is anger and hatred. The middle ground so loved by Americans is gone. The extremists in the New Socialist Democrat Party have moved so far left as to have removed any common ground.

America. We are down to the last few months to save this constitutional republic from total demise. What ever it takes is what ever it takes.

©Fred Brownbill. All rights reserved.

Biden Plan Would Sabotage U.S. Economic Competitiveness in One Huge Way, Analysis Finds

That’s not ‘Building Back Better’—it’s shooting ourselves in the foot.  


President Biden has heralded his $4.5+ trillion spending proposals and accompanying tax hikes as an investment in “leading the world versus letting it pass us by.” Yet, paradoxically, a new analysis exposes one huge way Biden’s plans would make the US less competitive on the global stage.

Key to financing the spending plans is a proposed increase in the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 26.5 percent. When factoring in state corporate taxes, the US’s average corporate tax rate would reach a whopping 30.9 percent. And according to a new Tax Foundation analysis, this punitive level of business taxation would be the third-highest corporate tax rate among developed countries, outstripped only by Colombia and Portugal.

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Why is this a problem?

Well, the US would become a less attractive place for business investment, which is bad news for entrepreneurs, workers, and customers alike. Businesses would understandably be less likely to conduct business in the US when they could go to dozens of other developed countries with lower tax rates. As a result, our economic competitiveness would suffer.

“Returning to near the top of the OECD in corporate tax rates would… disincentivize investment and encourage firms to shift profits and locate elsewhere, resulting in fewer job opportunities for Americans and less tax revenue for the U.S. government,” the analysis explains.

Yikes.

Biden claims his tax-and-spend agenda is meant to reassert America’s dominance. But the costly tax hikes the president seeks would set our economic competitiveness back on the global stage. That’s not “Building Back Better”—it’s shooting ourselves in the foot.

COLUMN BY

Brad Polumbo

Brad Polumbo (@Brad_Polumbo) is a libertarian-conservative journalist and Policy Correspondent at the Foundation for Economic Education.

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WATCH: Fauci and HHS Officials Plot for ‘A New Avian Flu Virus’ to Enforce Universal Flu Vaccination

Medical Kidnap reported the following as participants at the Milken Institute meeting:

Joining Fauci, Rick Bright, and Michael Specter at this event were: Margaret Hamburg, Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine, Bruce Gellin, President, Global Immunization, Sabin Vaccine Institute, Casey Wright, CEO, FluLab.

Explosive Video of Fauci and HHS Plotting for a New Outbreak to Enforce mRNA.

Watch:

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT

Michael Specter: Why don’t we blow the system up? I mean obviously, we can’t just turn off the spigot on the system. We have and then say, hey everyone in the world should get this new vaccine that we haven’t given to anyone yet. But there must be some way that we grow vaccines mostly in eggs the way we did in 1947.

Fauci: In order to make the transition from getting out of the tried-and-true egg growing which we know gives us results that can be beneficial, I mean we’ve done well with that. There must be something that has to be much better. You have to prove that this works and then you’ve got to go through all of the clinical trials: phase 1, phase 2, phase 3, and then show that this particular product is going to be good over a period of years. That alone, if it works perfectly, it’s going to take a decade.

Bright: There might be a need or even an urgent call for an entity of excitement out there that’s completely disruptive, that’s not beholden to bureaucratic strings and processes.

Fauci: So we really do have a problem of how the world perceives influenza and it’s going to be very difficult to change that unless you do it from within and say, I don’t care what your perception is, we’re going to address the problem in a disruptive and in an iterative way because she does need both.

Bright: But it is not too crazy to think that an outbreak of novel avian virus could occur in China somewhere. We could get the RNA sequence from that.. to a number of regional centers if not local, if not even in your home at some point, and print those vaccines on a patch of self-administer.

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An Important Church and State Battle in Seattle

We have all seen the horrible violence in Seattle in the last year or so. But now there’s a new battle, virtually under the radar.

In 1932, the Union Gospel Mission began serving the poor and downtrodden in Seattle. But now this ministry which has been serving millions of meals through the years and providing many other services may have to shut its doors because of a decision by the Washington Supreme Court.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is defending the mission. They write:

“A Washington Supreme Court decision forces a religious nonprofit, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, to hire employees who do not share the organization’s religious beliefs.”

The mission chose not to hire a potential candidate to work for them, who by his own profession does not share their beliefs. He is not a Christian. So he sued. Yet, Christianity is at the core of what they do.

Scott Chin, the president of the mission, told Virginia Allen of Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal (9/27/21):

“We are 89 years old and [at] Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, we exist to love and serve and share the Gospel with our homeless neighbors. We do that by providing food and shelter, addiction recovery services, job placement services, and legal services.”

For example, their website explains one aspect of their mission:

“11,751 of our neighbors in the greater Seattle area are homeless. Every night, Search + Rescue vans drive to the darkest places in the greater Seattle area to hand out life-saving supplies and care to men and women.” Who knows how many homeless they might have spared from freezing to death?

But all of their good works for Christ might grind to a screeching halt because the Washington Supreme Court is ignoring the true meaning of the First Amendment.

On June 12, 1788, James Madison, a key architect of the Constitution, declared:

“There is not a shadow of right in the general government to intermeddle with religion.”

The founders did not intend for the state to run the church, nor did they intend for the church per se to run the state—however, that’s a far cry from saying the church would have no influence in the state.

A month after he was sworn in as our first president, George Washington wrote a group of Baptists: “If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed in the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it.”

In short, if you believe that the Constitution allows for government to interfere with religious organizations, you’ll find no support from the father of our country.

The legal battle is an important one, says Chin: “And so we’ve asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on this critical issue, ‘Does the government have the power to punish religious organizations for living and operating consistently with their faith in this way?’”

Appealing to the U. S. Supreme Court is always a long shot. But the irony is that the Supreme Court has even spoken on this type of issue.

Imagine a Supreme Court decision in which both the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late Antonin Scalia agreed upon. Ginsburg was as far left as they get, and Scalia was far right. But they both agreed on this: A religious organization has the autonomy under the Constitution to hire according to its religious beliefs.

This was a 2012 case out of Missouri involving a Lutheran school, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC.

In the unanimous decision (9-0), Chief Justice Roberts wrote:

“The interest of society in the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important. But so too is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith, and carry out their mission. When a minister who has been fired sues her church alleging that her termination was discriminatory, the First Amendment has struck the balance for us. The church must be free to choose those who will guide it on its way.”

Jeremy Dys—Special Counsel for First Liberty Institute, which fights for religious liberty—told me:

“No one should be surprised when a religious organization acts religiously. It is only surprising—and unconstitutional—when the state insists a religious institution shed its faith commitments or be punished.”

If the mission loses this case, imagine the potential impact on the hungry and downtrodden of Seattle. But for the Left, this isn’t about suffering people. Despite First Amendment protections and clear Supreme Court rulings, these dedicated secularists are wholly devoted to undermining the influence of religion and religious organizations in America—and we see the results as our society comes unglued around us.

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The January 6 Insurrection Hoax

The following is adapted from a lecture delivered at Hillsdale College on September 20, 2021, during a Center for Constructive Alternatives conference on “Critical American Elections.”


Notwithstanding all the hysterical rhetoric surrounding the events of January 6, 2021, two critical things stand out. The first is that what happened was much more hoax than insurrection. In fact, in my judgment, it wasn’t an insurrection at all.

An “insurrection,” as the dictionary will tell you, is a violent uprising against a government or other established authority. Unlike the violent riots that swept the country in the summer of 2020—riots that caused some $2 billion in property damage and claimed more than 20 lives—the January 6 protest at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. lasted a few hours, caused minimal damage, and the only person directly killed was an unarmed female Trump supporter who was shot by a Capitol Police officer. It was, as Tucker Carlson said shortly after the event, a political protest that “got out of hand.”

At the rally preceding the events in question, Donald Trump had suggested that people march to the Capitol “peacefully and patriotically”—these were his exact words—in order to make their voices heard. He did not incite a riot; he stirred up a crowd. Was that, given the circumstances, imprudent? Probably. Was it an effort to overthrow the government? Hardly.

I know this is not the narrative that we have all been instructed to parrot. Indeed, to listen to the establishment media and our political masters, the January 6 protest was a dire threat to the very fabric of our nation: the worst assault on “our democracy” since 9/11, since Pearl Harbor, and even—according to Joe Biden last April—since the Civil War!

Note that phrase “our democracy”: Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and various talking heads have repeated it ad nauseam. But you do not need an advanced degree in hermeneutics to understand that what they mean by “our democracy” is their oligarchy. Similarly, when Pelosi talks about “the people’s house,” she doesn’t mean a house that welcomes riff-raff like you and me.

I just alluded to Ashli Babbitt, the unarmed supporter of Donald Trump who was shot and killed on January 6. Her fate brings me to the second critical thing to understand about the January 6 insurrection hoax. Namely, that it was not a stand-alone event.

On the contrary, what happened that afternoon, and what happened afterwards, is only intelligible when seen as a chapter in the long-running effort to discredit and, ultimately, to dispose of Donald Trump—as well as what Hillary Clinton might call the “deplorable” populist sentiment that brought Trump to power.

In other words, to understand the January 6 insurrection hoax, you also have to understand that other long-running hoax, the Russia collusion hoax. The story of that hoax begins back in 2015, when the resources of the federal government were first mobilized to spy on the Trump campaign, to frame various people close to Trump, and eventually to launch a full-throated criminal investigation of the Trump administration.

From before Trump took office, the Russia collusion hoax was used as a pretext to create a parallel administration shadowing the elected administration. Remember the Steele dossier, the fantastical document confected by the “well-regarded” former British spy Christopher Steele? We know now that it was the only relevant predicate for ordering FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page and other American citizens.

But in truth, the Steele dossier was just opposition dirt covertly paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. From beginning to end, it was a tissue of lies and fabrications. Everyone involved knew all along it was garbage—rumors and fantasies fed to a gullible Steele by shady Russian sources. But it was nonetheless used to deploy, illegally, the awesome coercive power of the state against a presidential candidate of whom the ruling bureaucracy and its favored candidate disapproved.

The public learned that the Democratic National Committee paid for the manufactured evidence only because of a court order. James Comey, the disgraced former director of the FBI, publicly denied knowing who paid for it, but emails from a year earlier prove that he knew all along. And what was the penalty for lying in Comey’s case? He got a huge book deal and toured the country denouncing Trump to the gleeful satisfaction of his anti-Trump audiences.

What was true of Comey was also true of the entire intelligence apparat, from former CIA Director John Brennan to Congressman Adam Schiff and other Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee to senior members of the FBI. All these people said publicly that they had seen clear evidence of collusion with Russia. But they admitted under oath behind closed doors that they hadn’t.

General Michael Flynn, Trump’s original National Security Advisor, had his career ruined and was bankrupted as part of this political vendetta. Meanwhile James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, John Brennan, Peter Strzok, and all the rest of the crew at the FBI, the CIA, and other intelligence agencies suffered nothing. When it came to light that an FBI lawyer altered an email in order to help get a FISA warrant—in other words, that he doctored evidence to spy on a political opponent, which is a felony—he got probation.

The recent news that Special Counsel John Durham is indicting Michael Sussman, a lawyer who covertly worked for the Clinton campaign and lied to the FBI, is welcome news. But it seems like small beer given the rampant higher-level corruption that saturated the Russia collusion hoax.

At least 74 million citizens voted for Donald Trump in 2020, which is at least 11 million more than voted for him in 2016. Many of those voters are profoundly disillusioned and increasingly angry about this entire story—the years-long Robert Mueller “investigation,” the two impeachments of President Trump, the cloud of unknowing that surrounds the 2020 election, and the many questions that have emerged not only from the January 6 protest at the Capitol, but even more from the government’s response to that protest.

Which brings me back to Ashli Babbitt, the long-serving Air Force veteran who was shot and killed by a nervous Capitol Police officer. Babbitt was a useful prop when the media was in overdrive describing the January 6 events as an “armed insurrection” in which wild Trump supporters, supposedly at Trump’s instigation, attacked the Capitol with the intention of overturning the 2020 election.

According to that narrative, five people, including Babbitt, died in the skirmish. Moreover, it was said, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was bludgeoned to death by a raging Trump supporter wielding a fire extinguisher. That gem of a story about the fire extinguisher, reported in our former paper of record, The New York Times, was instantly picked up by other media outlets and spread like a Chinese virus.

Of course, it is absolutely critical to the Democratic Party narrative that the January 6 incident be made to seem as violent and crazed as possible. Hence the comparisons to 9/11, Pearl Harbor, and the Civil War. Only thus can pro-Trump Americans be excluded from “our democracy” by being branded as “domestic extremists” if not, indeed, “domestic terrorists.”

The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution accords American citizens the right to a speedy trial. But most of the political prisoners of January 6—many of whom have been kept in solitary confinement—are still waiting to be brought to trial. And although the media was full of predictions that they would be found guilty of criminal sedition, none has.

Indeed, the prosecution’s cases seem to be falling apart. Most of the hundreds who have been arrested are being charged with trespassing. Another charge being leveled against them is “disrupting an official proceeding.” This is a felony charge designed not for ceremonial procedures like the January 6 certification of the vote, but rather for disrupting Congressional inquiries—for example, by shredding documents relevant to a Congressional investigation. It originated during the George W. Bush administration to deal with the Enron case.

The indisputable fact about January 6 is that although five people died at or near the Capitol on that day or soon thereafter, none of these deaths was brought about by the protesters. The shot fired by Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd that hit Ashli Babbitt in the neck and killed her was the only shot fired at the Capitol that day. No guns were recovered from the Capitol on January 6. Zero.

The liberal commentator Glenn Greenwald further diminished the “armed insurrection” narrative in an important column last February titled “The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot.” The title says it all. Kevin Greeson, Greenwald notes, was killed not by the protesters but died of a heart attack outside the Capitol. Benjamin Philips, the founder of a pro-Trump website called Trumparoo, died of a stroke that day. Rosanne Boyland, another Trump supporter, was reported by The New York Times to have been inadvertently “killed in a crush of fellow rioters during their attempt to fight through a police line.” But later video shows that, far from that, the police pushed protesters on top of Boyland and would not allow other protesters to pull her out.

Four of the five who died, then, were pro-Trump protesters. And the fifth? Well, that was Officer Sicknick—also a Trump supporter, as it turned out—who, contrary to the false report gone viral of The New York Times, went home, told his family he felt fine, but died a day later from, as The Washington Post eventually and grudgingly reported, “natural causes.” No fire extinguishers were involved in his demise.

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The January 6 insurrection hoax prompts lots of questions.

Why, for example, did the government mobilize 26,000 federal troops from all across the country to surround “the people’s house” following January 6? Why were those troops subjected to FBI vetting, with some of them sent packing?

Why is there some 14,000 hours of video footage of the event on January 6 that the government refuses to release? What are they afraid of letting the public see? More scenes of security guards actually opening doors and politely ushering in protesters? More pictures of FBI informants covertly salted among the crowd?

My own view is that turning Washington into an armed camp was mostly theater. There was no threat that the Washington police could not have handled. But it was also a show of force and an act of intimidation. The message was: “We’re in charge now, rubes, and don’t you forget it.”

In truth, there is little threat of domestic terror in this country. But there is plenty of domestic conservatism. And that conservatism is the real focus of the establishment’s ire.

It is important to note that while the government provides the muscle for this war on dissent, the elite culture at large is a willing accomplice. Consider, for example, the open letter, signed by more than 500 “publishing professionals” (authors, editors, designers, and so on), calling on the industry to reject books written by anyone who had anything to do with the Trump administration.

These paragons pledged to do whatever they could to stop “enriching the monsters among us.” But here’s their problem: over 74 million people voted for Trump. That’s a lot of monsters.

Many people have been quoting Benjamin Franklin’s famous response when asked what sort of government they had come up with at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. “A republic,” Franklin said, “if you can keep it.” Right now, it looks like we can’t. It looks as if the American constitutional republic has given way, as least temporarily, to an American oligarchy.

As the years go by, historians, if the censors allow them access to the documents and give them leave to publish their findings, may well count the 2016 presidential election as the last fair and open democratic election in U.S. history. I know we are not supposed to say that. I know that the heads of Twitter and Facebook and other woke guardians of the status quo call this view “The Big Lie” and do all they can to suppress it. But every honest person knows that the 2020 election was tainted.

The forces responsible for the taint had tried before. Hitherto, their efforts had met with only limited success. But a perfect storm of forces conspired to make 2020 the first oligarchic installation of a president. It would not have happened, I think, absent the panic over the Chinese virus. But that panic, folded in a lover’s embrace by the Democratic establishment, was not only a splendid pretext to clamp down on civil liberties; it also provided an inarguable excuse to alter the rules for elections in several key states.

“Inarguable” is not quite the right word. There could have been plenty of arguments, and many lawsuits, against the way the executive branches in these states usurped the constitutionally guaranteed prerogative of state legislatures to set the election rules when they intervened to allow massive mail-in voting. But the Trump administration, though foreseeing and complaining about the executive interventions, did too little too late to make a difference.

Among the many sobering realities that the 2020 election brought home is that in our current and particular form of oligarchy, the people do have a voice, but it is a voice that is everywhere pressured, cajoled, shaped, and bullied. The people also have a choice, but only among a roster of candidates approved by the elite consensus.

The central fact to appreciate about Donald Trump is that he was elected president without the permission, and over the incredulous objections, of the bipartisan oligarchy that governs us. That was his unforgivable offense. Trump was the greatest threat in history to the credentialed class and the globalist administrative state upon which they feed. Representatives of that oligarchy tried for four years to destroy Trump. Remember that the first mention of impeachment came 19 minutes after his inauguration, an event that was met not only by a widespread Democratic boycott and hysterical claims by Nancy Pelosi and others that the election had been hijacked, but also by riots in Washington, D.C. that saw at least six policemen injured, numerous cars torched, and other property destroyed.

You will search in vain for media or other ruling class denunciations of that violence, or for bulletins from corporate America advising their customers of their solidarity with the newly-installed Trump administration. As the commentator Howie Carr noted, some riots are more equal than others. Some get you the approval of people like Nancy Pelosi and at least the grudging acceptance of oligarchs of the other party. Others get the FBI sweeping the country for “domestic terrorists” and the lords of Big Tech canceling people who defend the protesters’ cause.

Someday—maybe someday soon—this witches’ sabbath, this festival of scapegoating, and what George Orwell called the “hideous ecstasy” of hate will be at an end. Perhaps someday people will be aghast, and some will be ashamed, of what they did to the President of the United States and people who supported him: the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, for instance, proposing to put Senator Ted Cruz on a “no fly” list, and Simon & Schuster canceling Senator Josh Hawley’s book contract.

Donald Trump is the Emmanuel Goldstein (the designated principal enemy of the totalitarian state Oceania in Orwell’s 1984) of the movement. But minor public enemies are legion. Anyone harboring “Trumpist” inclinations is suspect, hence the widespread calls for “deprogramming” Trump’s supporters, who are routinely said to be “marching toward sedition.”

Michael Barone, one of our most perceptive political commentators, got it right when he wrote of the rapid movement “from impeaching incitement to canceling conservatism.” That is the path our oligarchs are inviting us to travel now, criminalizing political dissent and transforming policy differences into a species of heresy. You don’t debate heretics, after all. You seek to destroy them.

Donald Trump’s accomplishments as president were nothing less than stunning. Trump was, and is, a rude force of nature. He accomplished an immense amount. But he lacked one thing. Some say it was self-discipline or finesse. I agree with a friend of mine who suggested that Trump’s critical flaw was a deficit in guile. That sounds odd, no doubt, since Trump is supposed to be the tough guy who mastered “the art of the deal.” But I think my friend is probably right. Trump seems never to have discerned what a viper’s nest our politics has become for anyone who is not a paid-up member of The Club.

Maybe Trump understands this now. I have no insight into that question. I am pretty confident, though, that the 74 plus million people who voted for him understand it deeply. It’s another reason that The Club should be wary of celebrating its victory too expansively.

Friedrich Hayek took one of the two epigraphs for his book, The Road to Serfdom, from the philosopher David Hume. “It is seldom,” Hume wrote, “that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” Much as I admire Hume, I wonder whether he got this quite right. Sometimes, I would argue, liberty is erased almost instantaneously.

I’d be willing to wager that Joseph Hackett, confronted with Hume’s observation, would express similar doubts. I would be happy to ask Mr. Hackett myself, but he is inaccessible. If the ironically titled “Department of Justice” has its way, he will be inaccessible for a long, long time—perhaps as long as 20 years.

Joseph Hackett, you see, is a 51-year-old Trump supporter and member of an organization called the Oath Keepers, a group whose members have pledged to “defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” The FBI does not like the Oath Keepers—agents arrested its leader in January and have picked up many other members in the months since. Hackett traveled to Washington from his home in Florida to join the January 6 rally. According to court documents, he entered the Capitol at 2:45 that afternoon and left some nine minutes later, at 2:54. The next day, he went home. On May 28, he was apprehended by the FBI and indicted on a long list of charges, including conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, destruction of government property, and illegally entering a restricted building.

As far as I have been able to determine, no evidence of Hackett destroying property has come to light. According to his wife, it is not even clear that he entered the Capitol. But he certainly was in the environs. He was a member of the Oath Keepers. He was a supporter of Donald Trump. Therefore, he must be neutralized.

Joseph Hackett is only one of hundreds of citizens who have been branded as “domestic terrorists” trying to “overthrow the government” and who are now languishing, in appalling conditions, jailed as political prisoners of an angry state apparat.

Hayek’s overriding concern in The Road to Serfdom was to combat the forces that were pushing people further along that road to servitude. His chief concern was unchecked state power. In a new preface to the book’s 1956 edition, Hayek noted that one of its “main points” was to document how “extensive government control produces a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people.”

“This means,” Hayek wrote, “that even a strong tradition of political liberty is no safeguard if the danger is precisely that new institutions and policies will gradually undermine and destroy that spirit.”

This dismal situation, Hayek continues, can be averted, but only if the spirit of liberty “reasserts itself in time and the people not only throw out the party which has been leading them further and further in the dangerous direction but also recognize the nature of the danger and resolutely change their course.”

Note the power of that little word “if.” It was not so long ago that an American could contemplate totalitarian regimes and say, “Thank God we’ve escaped that.” It’s not at all clear that we can entertain that happy conviction any longer.

That’s one melancholy lesson of the January 6 insurrection hoax: that America is fast mutating from a republic, in which individual liberty is paramount, into an oligarchy, in which conformity is increasingly demanded and enforced.

Another lesson was perfectly expressed by Donald Trump when he reflected on the unremitting tsunami of hostility that he faced as President. “They’re after you,” he more than once told his supporters. “I’m just in the way.”

Bingo.

COLUMN BY

Roger Kimball

Roger Kimball is editor and publisher of The New Criterion and publisher of Encounter Books. He earned his B.A. from Bennington College and his M.A. and M.Phil. in philosophy from Yale University. He has written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Book Review, and is a columnist for The Spectator WorldAmerican Greatness, and The Epoch Times. He is editor or author of several books, including The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed AmericaThe Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages ArtTenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education, and Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism.

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Worldview is Central to Determining Views on Abortion

The month of October kicks off “Respect Life Month” in the Catholic Church, and with the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled to hear the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case on December 1, Christians across the country have begun praying in earnest for the case that could overturn Roev. Wade. How will Americans react to the possibility of the Court altering the long-standing Roe ruling concerning abortion?

Many Americans wonder why abortion remains such a high-profile issue after all these years. The explanation is simple. Almost 50 years ago, seven appointed—not elected—justices decided that killing unborn babies should be a constitutionally-protected act. Since that time, more than 62 million unborn babies have been killed in our nation.

Rest assured, that fact has not gone unnoticed by the God who knitted together those babies in the wombs of their mothers.

Recent worldview research provides helpful insight into Americans’ views about abortion. The annual American Worldview Inventory undertaken by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University shows that after a half-century of energetic public debate about abortion, the abortion perspectives of millions of Americans remain surprisingly tenuous and pliable.

Keep in mind that very few adults are capable of applying a biblical worldview to this (or any other) issue. Although 51 percent of Americans think they have a biblical worldview (according to a Center for Biblical Worldview survey), the American Worldview Inventory reveals that only six percent of Americans actually have one. Since most Americans (88 percent) are driven by a Syncretistic worldview—an inconsistent, unpredictable combination of elements originating in various competing worldviews—the nation’s thinking about the morality and permissibility of abortion is more likely to be based on current emotions and popular thought, not on biblical principles related to life.

Indeed, the American Worldview Inventory underscores the morally wayward thinking of Americans. Not quite four out of 10 adults (39 percent) believe that life is sacred. An equal proportion of Americans argue that life is what we make it or that there is no absolute value associated with human life. The remaining two out of 10 adults possess a variety of other views about life, including outright uncertainty as to whether or not life has any intrinsic value.

Views about life are closely related to worldview and faith commitments. For instance, more than nine out of every 10 adults (93 percent) who have a biblical worldview believe that human life is sacred. Eight out of every 10 (81 percent) SAGE Cons (i.e., the Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservative Christians) possess that view as well. Surprisingly, only six out of 10 theologically-determined born-again Christians (60 percent) say that human life is sacred. Those proportions dwarf those among people associated with non-Christian faiths (25 percent) or those who are spiritual skeptics (15 percent).

Many people are surprised to discover that Millennials are not a pro-life generation. Less than one-quarter of them (22 percent) believes that human life is sacred. Meanwhile, twice as many in Gen X and a slight majority of Boomers and their elders contend that human life is sacred.

Americans’ views about abortion continue to shock many observers. For instance, two out of three adults (64 percent) either say that the Bible is ambiguous in its views about abortion or that they don’t know what those views are. For a nation where roughly seven out of 10 adults call themselves “Christian,” that represents a mindboggling degree of biblical ignorance concerning one of the most high-profile social issues of the past half-century.

Not everyone falls into that vacuum of wisdom, though. More than nine out of 10 people who have a biblical worldview—a group known as Integrated Disciples—reject the notion that the Bible contains ambiguous ideas about abortion. Similarly, eight out of 10 SAGE Cons reject that position as well.

But the idea that the Bible is ambiguous about abortion is held by a variety of population segments. More than 70 percent of people who draw heavily from non-biblical worldviews—specifically, Marxism, Secular Humanism, Modern Mysticism, Postmodernism, and even Moralistic Therapeutic Deism—believe the Bible can be interpreted multiple ways regarding abortion. At least seven out of 10 adults aligned with a non-Christian faith or spiritual skeptics also embrace that point of view. And two-thirds of adults under the age of 50 harbor that misconception as well.

Given these perspectives, then, it should not shock us to find that nearly six out of 10 adults (57 percent) believe that a woman who chooses to have an abortion because her partner has left and she believes she cannot reasonably take care of the child is making a morally acceptable decision. Again, the survey shows that such a decision is a direct reflection of one’s worldview. Just two percent of the Integrated Disciples support abortion under such circumstances. In contrast, more than eight out of 10 who are adherents of other worldviews support that decision. That includes 89 percent of those who often draw their worldview from Postmodernism; 88 percent who often rely upon Secular Humanism; 82 percent who draw frequently from Modern Mysticism; and 81 percent who lean heavily upon Marxist philosophy.

Previous research by the Cultural Research Center also revealed that national opinion is roughly equally divided as to whether the Supreme Court should overturn its disastrous Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. The subgroup numbers line up similarly to the segmentation patterns related to the responses to the other abortion-related questions described earlier. In general, those most desirous of the Court overturning the 1973 ruling are led by Integrated Disciples (67 percent consider a reversal of Roe to be a priority) and by SAGE Cons (74 percent). Those who want the Court to affirm Roe are led by groups that are not favorable to Christianity.

The Court’s ultimate decision, whatever it may be, will not satisfy everyone—or, perhaps, even a majority of Americans. But for biblically informed Christians, the abortion issue is not about pleasing a majority of the public or persuading a majority of jurists; it is a matter of understanding and obeying God’s principles and standing for His truth.

COLUMN BY

George Barna

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VIDEO: Government Strong-Arming Fuels American Distrust

According to Pew Research, in the early 1960s nearly 80 percent of Americans trusted the federal government “to do what’s right just about always/most of the time.” Today, that number hovers around 20 percent.

Is it any wonder why? The Biden administration refuses to control our borders, betrays friends, and bewilders allies in Afghanistan, and is reverting to the failed tax-and-spend policies typical of the Left. But now there’s something else that is troubling millions of Americans: A new and dangerous push for mandatory vaccinations in both public and private sectors.

President Biden is planning to issue a new federal requirement that “all businesses with 100 or more employees have to ensure that every worker is either vaccinated for COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing for the coronavirus.” This would affect no less than 80 million people in the workplace.

Last month, a survey of corporate executives indicated that nearly half “plan to institute a vaccine mandate.” And it’s not just the big companies: Forbes Magazine reports on another recent poll showing that 75 percent of small business owners “would fire workers for failing to comply with their vaccination policies.” Some firms, including some major health care providers and even United Airlines, are already doing this.

What’s going on? Since when did the federal government have the legal right to demand that citizens of a free republic accept a specific and, for many Americans, unnecessary medical treatment? And what happened to the belief that mature adults could make wise decisions for themselves and their children?

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He joined “Washington Watch” to warn Americans about some of the claims being made by the federal government about vaccines. He mentioned “a study out of Israel [of] two and a half million people” showing “that if you’ve had the disease … the odds of you getting hospitalized [are] seven times less than if you’ve only been vaccinated.”

“This isn’t an argument against being vaccinated,” Senator Paul made clear. In fact, he noted that he believes people in “high risk groups” should be vaccinated. However, he said, “for the people [who] have already had the disease … there is really no evidence that you have to get vaccinated or that the vaccine is better than natural immunity.”

Maybe even more striking is the Senator’s comment that “the Biden administration is not following the science.” Thousands of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals now have immunity from COVID due to working with victims of the disease for many months before there were vaccines. Why should they be, as Senator Paul said, “slapped away” in “callous disregard” for their brave service?

The senator faulted Dr. Anthony Fauci for much of the problem. “He disseminates more bad information and misinformation than probably anybody ever has in the history of public health,” said Senator Paul, citing the example of Dr. Fauci’s insistence that Americans wear masks of any kind, even though “cloth masks don’t work.”

We Americans are not subjects of a group of our “betters” in a far-distant capital. We are citizens whose liberty has been hard-won and must be vigorously defended. Whatever one believes about vaccines, no elected or appointed official has the constitutional authority to demand that we accept an injection we do not want.

If policymakers want to restore the public’s faith in their government, one way not to do it is to treat free people like wayward children, or worse, subjects who must be quiet and do whatever they are told.

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Democrat Senator Feinstein Introduces Bill to Require VAX to Fly on ALL Domestic Flights

Nazi tactics, plain and simple, the end of America.

FEINSTEIN INTRODUCES BILL TO REQUIRE VAX TO FLY ON DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

By: The DC Patriot, October 4, 2021:Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced a bill, The U.S. Travel Public Safety Act, that would require travelers on domestic flights in the U.S. to be vaccinated for COVID-19, test negative, or have had a previous infection.​If passed, it would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to consult with the Federal Aviation Administration to develop national vaccination standards and procedures related to COVID-19 and domestic air travel.

Feinstein said on twitter, “We can’t allow upcoming holiday air travel to contribute to another surge in COVID cases. Today, I introduced legislation requiring passengers on domestic flights to be vaccinated, test negative or be fully recovered from a previous COVID illness.”

The bill would allow air passengers who don’t have proof of vaccination or a negative test to provide “written or electronic documentation of recovery from COVID-10 after previous SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s White House coronavirus adviser said in September he “would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated.”

United Airlines announced it is firing about 600 employees who chose not to comply with the company’s vaccine requirement, while Frontier Airlines has announced similar policy requiring employees to be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Frontier’s deadline for vaccination was October 1.

Most airlines have expressed opposition to a vaccine mandate, with the issue of the logistics of enforcement required.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told the New York Times in August, “Requiring vaccinations to travel and not requiring vaccinations to do anything else around the country isn’t something we’re looking to do.” He also emphasized “It would be physically possible to do without enormous delays in the airline system.”

Talking along the same lines, Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian also has argued, “The logistical challenge of getting vaccination paperwork and understanding exemptions, would cause a massive crimp on the operations.”

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