It’s not your grandfather’s Congress, that’s for sure. Proportional representation? Have a look.
Yep. It seems that Christians are 3.2 times overrepresented. Not what the Founders had in mind.
Graham is a good man. Farcebook is evil. It’s no surprise they booted him, temporarily, for telling the truth about Satanism and mental illness worship. And, their apology rings as hollow as their promises to protect user privacy.
Facebook is apologizing to evangelist Franklin Graham for banning him from posting on the site for 24 hours last week, a Facebook spokesperson told The Charlotte Observer on Saturday.
It was a mistake to ban Graham over a 2016 post he made on the site, and a mistake to have taken down the post, the spokesperson said.
Facebook has restored the 2016 post and will apologize in a note to the administrator of Graham’s Facebook page, according to the Facebook spokesperson, who agreed to speak only on background, meaning without the spokesperson’s name.
A member of Facebook’s content review team — the team has 15,000 members — had mistakenly decided the post violated Facebook’s policy that bans “dehumanizing language” and excluding people based on sexual orientation, race and other factors, according to the spokesperson and Facebook’s written policy.
With respect to Rev. Graham, the rule-making is no secret:
Well, now we know. Facebook has a secret rulebook for policing speech. I was banned from posting on Facebook last week for 24 hours. Why? Because of a post from back in 2016 about North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (the bathroom bill). Facebook said the post went against their “community standards on hate speech.” Facebook is trying to define truth. There was a character in a movie a few years back who said, “The truth is what I say it is!” That’s what Facebook is trying to do. They’re making the rules and changing the rules. Truth is truth. God made the rules and His Word is truth. Actually, Facebook is censoring free speech. The free exchange of ideas is part of our country’s DNA. …
Use the enemy’s platform and accept their rules. To that end, a supporter sheepishly wondered: “[Kenan Lott]: Facebook has no right banning anything. If they keep it up someone will start a new better version for the people.” Actually, someone started another version and it was better. If you need social media – and I’m beginning to wonder why any of our People do – then try that site.
Hello, friends. As I prepare for a lovely five-hour drive, I give you these simple thoughts about The Season.
PCR has some cogent thoughts on Christmas and the importance of Christianity – even, maybe especially to, non-Christians.
What’s he mean with the Tower of Babel comments? Well, just as Kevin Hart demonstrated a few weeks ago, now Lebron James and some ATL rapper offer us a glimpse into the Trotskyite pecking order: the unthinking force meets the perpetually offended object.
Peace on Earth?
Christianity declines, to our peril. In its place, THIS?
Witchcraft is thriving in the US, with an estimated 1.5 million Americans now identifying as witches – more than the total number of Presbyterians. As Christianity declines across the country, paganism has swung to the mainstream, with witchcraft paraphernalia for sale on every high street and practises normalised across popular culture. In the past two years, it has also become darkly politicised.
Think yoga, if you need an example of normalization.
Dakota Bracciale, a 29-year-old transgender/queer witch and co-owner of Catland Books and witch shop in Brooklyn, is pleased with the outcome of the ritual hex placed on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October. The curse, carried out from Catland Books, was well attended by witches, atheists ad humanists – and was followed around the country on social media.
Transgender queer witch … a curse all it’s own…
Millennials, says Bracciale, are looking for spiritualism outside traditional religion. “The hex centres on the notion that we live in a universe of chaos, entropy, destruction, death, decay with a final ending of oblivion – scientists are telling us. So the witch does everything for themselves – there is no other help in this universe of decay and chaos. If you don’t get in the driver’s seat things will just get worse,” the witch said.
Y’s can’t run a stick-shift but they’re in the driver’s seat.
In a wide-ranging discussion with the Telegraph, Bracciale, who described the interview questions as “sensationalist”, talked about political hexes and witchcraft in general.
Bracciale is “absolutely” willing to cause physical harm through a hex – “no issue with that”. And while Bracciale would have been just as pleased with the new Supreme Court Justice’s death, resignation or physical disfigurement, the main goal of the Kavanaugh hex, and the three hexes on President Donald Trump from Catland Books this summer, was to “let them be exposed for who they are – especially as impotent men”. The curse began with a recitation of the Biblical scripture Psalm 109: 8: “let his days be few, let another take his office.”
Outside traditional religion until they blaspheme it. “Absolutely” willing to let the mental illness flow.
Not going to post it, here, but do look at the queer’s picture. How about “LGBTQPC&W?” For diversity’s sake, they have to include the pedos, cannies, and witches, right? Laugh or cry, this is the new Amerika. Now, seriously, who has some water handy?
The Bible tells us that the Apostles were all in one Accord… Acts 2:1… Pun…must have been like a Holy clown car.
Things have changed. Now, even the preacher’s wife gets the luxury treatment. A South Carolina megachurch
ring master pastor bought his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini as an anniversary gift.
Megachurch Pastor John Gray felt a need to explain it on a 23-minute clip on Facebook after catching a lot of flak,
Dec. 17 — This preacher’s wife has no reason to be late to church.
Megachurch Pastor John Gray bought his wife Aventer a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus for their eight-year anniversary, which he felt a need to explain on a 23-minute clip on Facebook after catching a lot of flak.
Ironically, Gray, who said he started preaching in 1994, started the video with a transportation metaphor.
“I want to thank the people who have been walking with me,” the Greenville, S.C. based holy man said before explaining the lavish present.
“The reason my wife and i wanted to have an eight-year wedding celebration is because I needed a new beginning — eight is the number of new beginnings,” he said.
He also clarified that being a pastor is just his job and he’s a husband first.
It’s all okay. I understand that (recently and suddenly) the Relentless (wow!) Church, which, by their website, more closely resembles a Motley Crue concert than a house of worship, has offered some cash to needy parishioners. I’m sure there’s no relationship to the Lambo backlash.
Really, it’s okay. Pastor Gray is associated with Opera and Joel Osteen so there’s no chance that he’s a post-modern, man of the world, do as I say, gospel of prosperity, churchian grifter. He’s a husband with a side business. Now, tithe.
Christian Tube Radio has great promise. If I know the founder, and I do, he will ensure a true furtherance of the Word of God. This is not a site for worldly, gospel of prosperity, churchian fakes.
It’s more of a sketch, right now, but please do keep a watch for developments. I’ll let you know more once they really get going. This week I’m scheduled to meet with their team.
And, they have a new Youtube channel:
More to come. Deus Vult!
“Okay. So a Veep and a Rabbi walk into a firestorm…”
Complete that joke as you like – my head hurts. But a laugh helps a little. That’s what I got out of this brand new story from Yahoo! “News” and I thought I’d share.
Mike Pence, doing what Vice Presidents do, traveled to Michigan to headline a campaign rally for Lena Epstein. Mrs. Epstein is a proud Republican running for Congress. She’s also Jewish. Trump, when not available himself, channels his inner Warren Zevon and sends the envoy – Pence in this case.
I’ve been to rallies like this, once even having forgotten my boots and shovel. It gets deep quick but, as everyone’s typically in the same party, no one seems to mind. Words were said, probably about taxes, jobs, the military, Israel, and making some country between Mexico and Canada great again. Stock stuff.
Then! Then, as is typical with these events, a prayer was offered. Here, matters of political identity and decorum can occasionally raise their heads. Pence is a Christian, Epstein a Jew, and the Michigan voters are probably Lions fans. So, who leads the prayer??? Rabbi? Pastor? Priest? Matthew Stafford?
Pence, likely with Epstein’s approval, settled the matter by offering up one Loren Jacobs, a “Christian Rabbi” from the area. But, “wait!” you say. Christians don’t have Rabbis and Rabbis aren’t Christian. Confusing possibly, but it’s a big country. The “Jews for Jesus” are a sect of Christians – I once knew one – who use Judaic titles and seek to convert Jews.
The hubbub it seems regards Jacob’s purported representation of all local Jews and his words of prayer offered for the victims of this weekend’s mass murder at Tree of Life Synagogue of Pittsburgh, PA. For those poor souls, he prayed in Jesus’s name. One might say that a prayer is a prayer, although one could also sense a sleight in action.
“Messianic ‘Judaism’ is a branch of Christianity and offensive to the Jewish community. Lena Epstein knew this and so did Pence and his team. This wasn’t ecumenical; it was an insulting political stunt,” said “real” Detroit Rabbi Jason Miller. There’s also the hot on the heels of the Synagogue shooting angle. Outrage. Firestorm.
It’s a call in the strongest, most straightforward terms imaginable. It’s a response more powerful and more informed than anything we could have hoped for. And that magnitude inspires hope anew.
Unless you’ve been under a rock (or glued to the TeeVee), then you’ve heard about the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Not the generalities, rumors, and bad jokes, decades old; but the hard and very fact specific allegations and supporting evidence as most recently manifested in the Pennsylvania grand jury report. I wrote much about that and the Vatican’s limp-wristed response thereto in last week’s TPC column.
One comment to TPC asked about news of “good” apples:
Now comes a whole barrel of good news apples. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former apostolic nuncio (a diplomat or ambassador) to Washington dropped a bomb on the corrupt hierarchy of the Church.
You can and should read his 11-page letter, at the above link in Scribd format, or HERE, in plan text. The rot truly go all the way to the top.
I say “read” the letter knowing full well that half cannot and most of the other half will not. We are a “postliterate” society. (Read more on that concept HERE – try to understand it from the perspective of a writer; “postliterate” looks a lot like illiterate [all I shall say on that for now]). Anyway,
Vigano’s missive cuts to the heart of the nature of what’s wrong on many different levels. Fully comprehending, he even touches on the utter confusion which moots the understanding of morality (thus often preventing proper identification of major problems when they come up):
Father James Martin, S.J., acclaimed by the people mentioned above, in particular Cupich, Tobin, Farrell and McElroy, appointed Consultor of the Secretariat for Communications, well-known activist who promotes the LGBT agenda, chosen to corrupt the young people who will soon gather in Dublin for the World Meeting of Families, is nothing but a sad recent example of that deviated wing of the Society of Jesus.
The Pope’s (tempted to place that title in quotation) performance in Dublin was weak at best – and was rightly criticized. But even some of those who are critical are so confused from the start as to be completely ineffective (the pot and the kettle, in other words). Take this ignorance – from a somewhat sympathetic source – for example:
“So much has been covered up by bishops in the Catholic Church,” the woman said. “I was so small when I was abused, not by a member of the Church but it was covered up by the Church.
“Everyone knew, my mother, the teachers in school, everyone but that was back in the 70s and everyone was so afraid of the Church.
“It was important for me and other victims, to be here today, to use Pope Francis’ visit as a stage for protest, to force change in the Church – that bishops must no longer be allowed to cover up child abuse.
“Ireland has come so far, with the ‘Repeal’ movement and LGBTI marriage rights and now in Ireland we are going to send a message to the Church together.“
Read that again. “Ireland has come so far…” She suffered abuse, horrible abuse. That is a problem faced by so many, on many continents, for years. But she fails to see the interrelation among the various evils. In fact, she views some of them as progress. The repeal movement refers to the recent legalization of child murder in IRE. Progress? LGBTI “marriage” is progress? I understand the aforementioned Father Martin was live and in full force in Dublin – connect those dots. What then, exactly, can the message be from the people of the Emerald Isle to the Church?
One cannot expect any organization, religious or political, to correct its mistakes if half of those mistakes are mistaken for successes. As I’ve noted before a full purge is in order. Vigano gets it and calls for it: the best of this “good apple” good news:
Francis is abdicating the mandate which Christ gave to Peter to confirm the brethren. Indeed, by his action he has divided them, led them into error, and encouraged the wolves to continue to tear apart the sheep of Christ’s flock.
In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.
Even in dismay and sadness over the enormity of what is happening, let us not lose hope! We well know that the great majority of our pastors live their priestly vocation with fidelity and dedication.
It is in moments of great trial that the Lord’s grace is revealed in abundance and makes His limitless mercy available to all; but it is granted only to those who are truly repentant and sincerely propose to amend their lives. This is a favorable time for the Church to confess her sins, to convert, and to do penance.
Let us all pray for the Church and for the Pope, let us remember how many times he has asked us to pray for him!
Let us all renew faith in the Church our Mother: “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church!”
Christ will never abandon His Church! He generated her in His Blood and continually revives her with His Spirit!
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
Mary, Virgin and Queen, Mother of the King of glory, pray for us!
Since the letter was delivered the Pope has been silent on the matter(s). Something tells me he (and certain associated figures) will not go quietly. It is up to the Faithful, then, to make some noise. Vigano is veritable shouting from the rooftop. I reiterate my call to arms.
There was another comment at TPC which I had thought to re-address. This one:
…blah, blah, blah … heretical, mid-witted blah…
In hindsight, I think my short reply was enough:
He dismisses with false interpretation and rampant speculation, all Trinitarian Churches, presumably in favor of his own organization which he doesn’t even mention by name. (I did cut out a few of his links; if he won’t name it, I won’t promote it).
Totally off subject, he presents a fake problem and then offers no solution. He fails to realize (or does not care that): there are many ways to interpret a dream; there is quite a bit of Bible prior to Revelations; The Trinity is real and Holy; more than a few countries boasted Christian death tolls to rival his (oddly unstated) number of murdered heretics, and; his misuse of Rev. 17:4, taken all the way through the cup, results in utter and self-defeating blasphemy. His use of Colossians 2:8 is projection. Fortunately, the same Christ who told us to pray in the Name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit also warned us about false prophets.
And the same Christ will never abandon His Church!
A good and happy Monday to you all.
Chalk this one up to most people being idiots. That, or general anti-Christian sentiment.
Yesterday’s TPC column, syndicated here, on the recent Church abuse report has generated interest. The episodes detailed therein are the tip of a deep, dark iceberg. The abuse calls out to Heaven for justice. But any justice needs to be tailored to the appropriate offenders, the actual offenders.
A man in Indiana got it wrong.
A Catholic priest was beaten while praying at his church in Merrillville, Indiana, and authorities are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
The Rev. Basil John Hutsko told police he was attacked Monday morning inside the St. Michaels Byzantine Catholic Church as he was praying in the sacristy.
The attacker “grabbed him by the neck, threw him down on the floor and immediately started slamming his head against the floor. Both sides, front and back,” Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch told CNN affiliate WBBM.
The assailant left Hutsko battered, bruised and unconscious. And during the assault the attacker yelled, “‘This is for all the little kids,'” Petruch said.
It was an apparent reference to the clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in recent years. Just last week an explosive grand jury report out of Pennsylvania detailed decades of abuse of children by more than 300 priests in that state.
“I have enough there to say it’s a hate crime,” the police chief said.
That’s why the FBI has been called in on the case.
Efforts by CNN to reach Merrillville police and Hutsko on Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Detective Sean Buck of the Merrillville Police Department told CNN that Hutsko was attacked in a dimly lit area and was unable to provide many identifying details about the suspect. The priest lost consciousness during the attack, Buck said.
A fellow priest said Hutsko has never been accused of sex abuse.
“He’s a very dedicated priest and hardworking and in good standing, it’s just a random act of an innocent priest,” the Rev. Thomas Loya told CNN affiliate WGN.
Loya said he’s not surprised by the attack because of the recent headlines.
“The stories are very ugly, you know, let’s face it, and very unbecoming of the church so I can see where some people might become enraged,” he said. “But at the same time people get enraged and do this to an innocent priest and that’s not going to help or solve anything.”
Hutsko sustained bruises to his head and was treated at a hospital and released. No one’s been arrested so far in the case.
Surprise, surprise, but CNN missed something here. Odds are the police missed it. Post-literate Americans have no idea. Certainly, the attacker overlooked something (unless he knew something about this specific priest or, more likely, just didn’t care).
The Byzantine Catholic Church is the GREEK Byzantine Catholic Church. Greek. Orthodox. That’s different from the Roman or Latin Catholic Church. While not as prolific as their Protestant Sisters, there are some 20 or so “Catholic” Churches. Similar but different. Different Rites, histories, hierarchies, etc. As I’ve noted previously, the Eastern, Orthodox branches have not suffered many of the modern afflictions of the Latin Church of Rome.
At least get it straight before going all vigilante.