Politics and U.S. Current Events

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Posted 11/8/18 at 9:45 PM | Carrie Stoelting

The Importance of Veterans Day

Much like the modest veterans it honors, Veterans Day tends to quietly arrive and exit before the general public even takes note. Veterans Day is November 11. Are you ready?

With the inspiration and information held in this edition, you can be ready and able to encourage the veterans in your path. This should be a priority for every American.

It is time to honor and thank our nation's heroes. So many heroes are humble. They often look into the distance and say the real heroes are the "ones who didn't get to come back home."

When veterans say that to us, we frequently try to reply with this affirmative fact: We believe that all of the men and women who were willing to risk their lives for the sake of our freedom and safety are heroes.

As millennials on a mission, we are passionate because our veterans urgently need our appreciation and encouragement. Post traumatic stress, depression, and suicides are on a tragic rise among veterans of all ages. In addition to professional help, every honorable veteran deserves our encouragement, appreciation, and prayers -which make a big difference! Most Americans want to encourage veterans, but they don't know how. We make it easy for busy families to honor heroes. And it warms our hearts to hear how much it means to veterans and their families. Please join us and let us make it easy for you to reach out to veterans. Reaching out may even help to save a life of a veteran who fought for our lives. Click here to see ideas on how you can thank veterans. FULL POST

Posted 10/21/18 at 6:26 PM | Carrie Stoelting

Voting is not an option. It is our sacred honor.

Voting is not about politics. Voting is our sacred honor. This is an important and timely reminder for America.

The birth of our nation required the death of valiant and valuable human beings who sacrificed their lives so that the lives of others and the freedoms of others would be attained and maintained. As we guard and preserve the freedoms for which so many men and women have died, it is our duty, rather, it is our sacred honor to exercise our right to vote.

A way to honor the heroes who died to keep us free is to vote for policies presented by the candidates and not for the popularity of a politician. Voting shines as a pinnacle of our freedom as a nation and our freedom preservation. Therefore, we sincerely believe that voting is our sacred honor.

Our Founding Fathers risked everything for the sake of freedom and independence. In fact, the final sentence in the Declaration of Independence says, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

President Ronald Reagan said, "This Nation was born when a band of men, the Founding Fathers, a group so unique we've never seen their like since, rose to such selfless heights. Lawyers, tradesmen, merchants, farmers, 56 men achieved security and standing in life, but valued freedom more. They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Sixteen of them gave their lives. Most gave their fortunes. All preserved their sacred honor." FULL POST

Posted 8/30/18 at 4:58 PM | Carrie Stoelting

Powerful Memories of Two Heroic POWs, Two Friends: John McCain and Bud Day

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, there have been 142,246 prisoners of war since WWI. These brave Americans suffered tortures beyond description. On August 25, 2018, we lost one of these American heroes: John S. McCain. As we continue in our mission to honor veterans, educate Americans on their heroism, and share God’s love with all, we often hear about the heart-wrenching sacrifices of our nation’s heroes.

When we visited with John McCain or sang for him, our hearts felt inspired because, like many veterans, he served to keep us free and he endured hellish torture to protect us. (Yes, that includes you and me.)

For five and a half years, John McCain suffered extreme torture at Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam. That equals approximately 2,008 days. (And people complain about being in line, waiting in traffic, or slow Internet.) He waited for relief from hair-raising torture for 48,180 hours. Think about that.

His wartime injuries inflicted such damage that he lost the ability to lift his arms higher than his chest. What a daily reminder of the nightmare he endured for our country. For you. For us.

John McCain’s Buddy

If you’ve flown through Sioux City, Iowa, you’ve likely craned your neck to look up at an inspiring statue of John McCain’s buddy and Hanoi Hilton cellmate, Col. Bud Day. FULL POST

Posted 6/15/18 at 12:39 PM | Becky Moore, BCCLC, BCMFC, UACertMFC

A comical look at immigration and the Bible: Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions properly quoting Scripture? Taking another glance at dominionism, the NAR and the fascist fusing of church and state

Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions a dominionist? What is going on here?

In a recent article at Market Watch, it is noted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has cited the Bible to justify the separation of families at the U.S./Mexico border. Children are being taken from their parents.

Is Sessions a dominionist like Rick Perry? The problem is that dominionists are a militant, theocratic, fascist group calling for world rule. By force.

According to this article a while back by journalist Mark Russell at Newser, "Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are far more than just two hard-right Christian candidates angling for the GOP presidential nomination—both have ties to a scary, theocratic movement called Dominionism, writes Michelle Goldberg at the Daily Beast. While many have pooh-poohed those worrying about a Christian sect bent on world rule as paranoid, Goldberg says that this presidential nomination cycle has brought 'the most theocratic Republican field in American history. It turns out we weren't paranoid enough'".

For those of you who do not know, Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California is a part of the leadership in the NAR and dominionism. Most sincere people involved in this group have no clue how their beloved gurus are shaping modern politics and society, for the worse, taking away our freedoms and the much-needed separation of church and state.

According to the article from Market Watch aforementioned, Sessions explained:

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then the Department of Homeland Security will arrest you and the Department of Justice will prosecute you. Having children does not give you immunity from arrest and prosecution.” FULL POST

Posted 6/2/18 at 2:14 PM | Becky Moore, BCCLC, BCMFC, UACertMFC

The stealth rise of fascism in evangelical Christianity and politics: A brief look at the fascist and dominionist roots and history of sozo from Bethel Church and its ties to Latter Rain, NAR and Dominionism

What is sozo? Why does it matter, and what ever happened to separation of church and state? Sozo is a new age, unique, inner-healing practice which is tied to Bethel Church in Redding, California, which has strong affiliation with the Latter Rain Movement and Dominionism. Dominionism is also known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Joel's Army or the Seven Mountains Mandate. Bethel Church is the subject of public debate and is an extremely controversial "church" led by Bill Johnson. All these movements can be likened to separate, polluted "rivers" which may look different at first glance but truly come from the same muddy source.

The following is some rather helpful information on the "sketchy" history of sozo's related movements:

"The origins of the movement are sketchy, but trace back to at least two influences, the Latter Rain movement and Dominionism. The Latter Rain movement gained traction in the 1950's as a movement holding Pentecostal beliefs but largely outside the existing Pentecostal denominations, teaching the imminent rise of a victorious church that transcended denominational organizations and endowed with supernatural power through miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. The early Latter Rain movement is sometimes linked to William Branham, although most reject Branham's Jesus-only baptism beliefs, and may have also had some influence on parts of the Jesus Movement and on the Discipling and Shepherding movement. Among the Latter Rain movement's teachings were that the rise of a victorious church of "overcomers" endowed with supernatural power to wage spiritual warfare and perform miracles would usher in the second coming of Christ. The terms 'Manifest Sons of God' and 'Joel's Army' referred to these 'overcomers'. Dominionism is a movement that began in the 1970s with Calvinist roots, teaching that the Biblical admonition for Christians to 'take dominion' over all the earth includes taking dominion over civil government and law, and that civil law should be based on Biblical teachings." (1) FULL POST

Posted 11/15/17 at 5:10 AM | Boris Dzhingarov

Where Should We Draw The Line On Monuments To The Past?

The resurgence of white supremacy in the United States is never more apparent than in the Charlottesville protest rally where a clash between the far right and the anti-fascists left one counter-protester dead and 19 others injured. The incident spurred officials of cities and towns across the country to consider removing Confederate statues and memorials erected in their domain.

Days after that violent rally, Baltimore took down four Confederate statues overnight without fanfare. Mayor Catherine Pugh cited her responsibility to protect the people of Baltimore and spare them from the pain of seeing constant reminders of persecution.

Elsewhere, similar actions were taken. The University of Texas in Austin moved four Confederate statues on its campus. In Durham, NC, anti-racist protesters did not wait for the decision of their local officials and took down a statue of a Confederate soldier, in defiance of a state law. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that a committee will review monuments on public property and remove all “symbols of hate.”
But, as government and school authorities attempt to maintain peace and solidarity in their communities, President Trump continues to promote racism with his reckless and inappropriate remarks after the Charlottesville rally. Democrats and his fellow Republicans criticized his response to the violent clash. Senators John McCain (R-AZ,) Lindsey Graham (R-SC,) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) denounced his statements, and made clear that there is no moral equivalence between the white nationalists and Americans against hate and bigotry.
The dispute on removing confederate statues in public places in the US is locked in impassioned arguments. Proponents for its removal claim that the display of these statues commemorate the institution of slavery and promote white supremacy. Confederate apologists argue that the statues are part of American history and heritage, and deserve to be memorialized.
As the national debate continues, some professors defend the presence of the monuments. Michele Bogart, professor of Stony Brook University in New York, says, “These are works of public art with complex and specific histories.” Alfred Brophy, a legal scholar, claims that removing the statues would “quite literally erase an unsavory but important part of our nation’s history.” FULL POST

Posted 11/13/17 at 11:50 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Are We Being Ruled By A Class of Elites?

 As Democrats and Republicans play the "good cop, bad cop game," much of what we experience seems to be too much of the same. 

Source: Wikileaks images
Former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barak Obama represent over forty years of leadership within the United States. However, each one of them played a role in the vision of having a global system of governance.

How long will it be before our “governing class” becomes our “ruling class, or has it happened already?” At least there is one group of people who see it this way (and perhaps even more!) This is what former president George W. Bush stated during the fund-raising concert for victims of hurricane Harvey as he lamented that “Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs.”

Governing class? What governing class? Perhaps this explains so much of what is happening in America today. Maybe there has been an aristocracy that has slowly but certainly evolved and is now entrenched in Washington, D.C. itself. This class of people now believes that this nation’s future course can no longer be entrusted in the hands of the common folk, especially with the election of such an outsider of the likes of Donald Trump. Remember in his January 29, 1991 State of the Union Address, then president George Herbert Walker Bush (41) spoke so proudly of us one day coming into an era of a “New World Order.” Each of the former presidents who stood on that stage that night have been definite contributors towards reaching that state of existence—some more than others, but steadily and consistently in that direction. FULL POST

Posted 11/13/17 at 8:01 PM | Mark Ellis

Trump officials finalizing Israeli peace plan

President Trump with Prime Minister Netanyahu

By Mark Ellis

The Trump administration is completing a draft of an Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal based on a two-state solution, according to The New York Times.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman corroborated the Times story in an interview with the Jewish News Service (JNS.org) on November 12th.

“We’re working very hard on it,” he said of the peace proposal. “It’s hard to comment on it while we’re in the middle, because it’s delicate.” He added that more information about the plan will be publicized in “a few months.”

Friedman is part of a four-person team working on the proposal, along with President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell.

The team is consulting with U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome, as well as others from the State Department and the National Security Council. FULL POST

Posted 11/9/17 at 4:30 PM | Michael Bresciani

Victims at First Baptist Church in Texas, Not Just Murdered - They Were Martyred

Many Americans especially Christians are now struggling to wrap their minds around the horrific slaughter of worshipers from the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

While it cannot bring back a single soul, nor will it alleviate all the suffering of the wounded, this writer, at last was able to see this as something more than just another act of terrorism with the help of two people I know.

Former military chaplain Dr. Gordon James Klingenschmitt who hosts a website and full scale ministry called “Pray in Jesus Name,” (PIJN) interviewed Matt Barber, former associate dean of Liberty Law School and publisher of the “Barbwire” website in a video that sheds serious light on the shooting.

After all the reports of carnage, motives, the shooters background, community reactions, visits from leaders and the usual call by the democrats for more gun control comes a clear voice with an explanation that can help us to understand what this horrible tragedy really means. FULL POST

Posted 11/9/17 at 4:10 PM | Mark Ellis

Egypt: Prominent lawyer cites national duty to rape women wearing revealing clothing

Unidentified woman attacked at metro center

By Mark Ellis

During a televised debate about a proposed bill that would toughen anti-prostitution laws in Egypt, a prominent lawyer, Nabih Wahsh, caused an uproar when he stated the following:

“Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?” he asked the audience on Al-Assema TV, October 19th.

“I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her. What she allows herself to do constitutes depravity.”

Wahsh is not alone in his sentiments, which appear to be shared by many conservative Muslims – and some have acted upon their views.

On February 11, 2011 CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted by 200 men in Tahrir Square as she covered the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak. They stripped, raped, and beat the hapless reporter for 40 minutes before she was rescued by some Burka-clad women who also managed to summon police. FULL POST

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