Four more times the Democrat message turned into Anti-Americanism

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Snuffing out the freedom of religion, step by step

  1. California’s Governor forbids Christians from singing in church houses

Christian Broadcasting Network shows us how churches now have to decide whether to obey God or Governor Newsom of California.

GavinNewsomGolden State Christians have been ordered by California’s governor to stop singing in church. This is a direct assault on the First Amendment, as I warned folks about in my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.” Click here to read.

“Californians are still free to attend their house of worship. But they’re forbidden from singing or chanting,” read the lead paragraph in a story published by the Sacramento Bee. 

The new guidance for places of worship was issued on July 1.

“Discontinue singing (in rehearsals, services, etc.), chanting, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets. Consider practicing these activities through alternative methods (such as internet streaming) that ensure individual congregation members perform these activities separately in their own homes,” the 14-page order reads.

The previous guidelines only encouraged churches to “strongly consider” ending corporate worship, the Sacramento Bee reported.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

In the early history of the church (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 5), a similar event happened.

Peter and the apostles were confronted with a similar command by a similar governmental leader. In Acts 5:29, Peter and the apostles responded:
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. (Psalms 68:32 NASB)

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

We have the same choice. We can let the government mandate that we abandon our Biblical acts and beliefs or we can follow the Word of God. We can we can kowtow to a more politically-correct message or choose to share the good news of the gospel. We can hold our praise and singing or we can obey the mandates in the Psalms. We can ignore the Bible and go the World’s way or we can follow what we read in the Bible.

By the way, since this article centers on singing, here are some of the Psalm verses commanding Christians to sing praises to God:

  • Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. (Psalms 47:6‭-‬7 NASB)
  • My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalms 57:7 NASB)
  • All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah. (Psalms 66:4 NASB)
  • Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. (Psalms 68:32 NASB)
  • Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord , all the earth. (Psalms 96:1 NASB)
  • I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O Lord , I will sing praises. (Psalms 101:1 NASB)
  • Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. (Psalms 105:2 NASB)
  • Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, (Psalms 147:7 NASB)

Believe me, there are multiple other verses.

Nike hopes that the silent majority will visit their stores when based on Nike’s silence

  1. Nike remains quiet after Kaepernick calls Independence Day a ‘Celebration of White Supremacy’

Breitbart points out the silence of Nike as they ignore their spokesperson’s words on Independence Day.

NikeKaepernickNike has not responded to a request for comment after Colin Kaepernick, one of their leading pitchmen, called Independence Day a “celebration of white supremacy.”

On Saturday afternoon, as 4th of July festivities were getting underway across the country. Kaepernick took to Twitter and accused America of having “dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized” black people for centuries.

(Read more at Breitbart)

This ignores stories like that of Richard Allen: From slave to pastor to founder of AME church to Founding Father and many other firsts

Kaepernick’s narrative ignores the true potential of America. Kaepernick’s narrative says: “Look over here at these cases of injustive.” Never mind that America elected a Black President for two terms. Never mind that people like Oprah Winfry, General Colin Powell, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and many others enjoy success in America. However, even from the beginning, some have been able to apply the teachings of the Bible and the principles of the Declaration of Independence to the betterment of all. For example, the Christian Broadcasting Network recounts the accomplishments of Richard Allen, a Black founding father.

From his young years, Richard Allen knew the humiliating and dehumanizing pain of being a slave. Born in 1760, his entire family was sold from his first master to another. And when that second master fell on financial hard-times, he divided the family by selling Richard’s mother and three of his siblings to another plantation.

Then the teenager known as “Negro Richard” went on in toil and drudgery with just one of his brothers and sisters still with him. That’s when he met the Lord Jesus Christ when listening to the preaching of an abolitionist pastor. He and his brother decided their best Christian witness would be to serve their master all the more and with excellence.

Richard then got his slave master to listen to that preacher too, and his master also came to know the Lord. One of his Christian deeds was to offer Richard his freedom within five years if Richard could pay for that freedom. Throwing himself into odd jobs for cash, Richard managed to buy his way out of slavery in just one and a half years.

He educated himself and became an itinerant preacher in the mid-Atlantic states, changing his name from Negro Richard to Richard Allen. He thought soul-saving would now be the major mission of his life. But he also frequently advocated for an end to the enslavement of the colonies’ 700,000 black people, even as America was fighting for its liberty from Britain.

A Methodist Episcopal church in Philadelphia asked Allen to preach on a more regular basis. His sermons became so popular that black people began to flood the church to overflowing. The church built a new balcony area and then tried to force the African Americans to worship there, separated from their white Christian brothers and sisters. It literally picked some blacks up off their knees and dragged them away from praying with those whites.

Allen and many of his fellow congregants decided to walk out of that church. He decided they needed their own house of worship.

Dr. Peter Lillback founded and heads up the Providence Forum, a group that wants to keep in Americans’ hearts how much God and faith figured into the founding of their nation and the forming of its values.

Lillback said of Allen, “This now former slave who’s been educated is going to establish a church that reaches out to the African Americans.”

The popular pastor had earlier purchased land in 1787 with the help of George Washington and Declaration of Independence signer Dr. Benjamin Rush.

Allen eventually bought a blacksmith’s shop, and in 1794 had it dragged by horses to this property, which has become the piece of land continually in the possession of African Americans longer than any other real estate in the US. He turned that blacksmith shop into a church, meant to be for blacks only so they wouldn’t have to deal with the degrading prejudice of whites and being pushed around by them in the holy space of a church.

But white Methodist leadership in Philadelphia fought back and demanded control over aspects of Allen’s church. He finally took them to court and what’s come to be known as Old Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church won its independence.

This became the nation’s first major African-American church. Then Allen convinced several other black congregations in the region – who also wanted to be free of racist overseers – to join with his church. In 1816, they became the African Methodist Episcopal Church, America’s first independent black denomination and oldest formal institution in the US for African-Americans.

Allen was named its first bishop. The AME now has 2,500,000 members in more than 7,000 congregations in 39 countries spread across five continents. And Allen’s Old Mother Bethel is still a lively church within that denomination.

Those weren’t Allen’s only firsts. He was the first black activist invited into a US president’s home. He was the first African American to write a copyrighted pamphlet; the first black to write a eulogy for George Washington (and the only person at that time to write of Washington emancipating slaves).

“If you love the God of love,” he wrote in 1794, “clear your hands from slaves, burden not your children or country with them.”

Allen also helped put together the first convention of African American activists. Conventions became a major place for blacks to push for reforms, abolition and civil rights.

He and fellow reformer Absalom Jones formed the Free African Society to benefit blacks. And he made his own church a major place to educate African Americans and help them improve their place in the young nation. That church harbored more than 30 Jamaicans who’d escaped their slave masters. It became an early stop on the Underground Railroad and helped finance it.

He went on to influence major black reformers in the 1800s like Frederick Douglass and such civil rights activists in the 1900s as Martin Luther King Jr.

While slave owners were using the Bible to justify slavery, Allen was using that same Bible and the Declaration of Independence to battle against racism and men owning their fellow men.

Frederick Douglass went so far as to say that what Allen preached about freedom and equality for his fellow African Americans formed “a new Declaration of Independence.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Corporate Cancel Culture forces a communications exec to resign for stating the military’s official position when he was a Navy pilot

  1. Boeing forces Golightly to resign for an op-ed in a Navy internal publication 35 years ago

The New York Post reports on the forced resignation of Neil Golightly.

BoeingBoeing communications boss Niel Golightly has resigned over a sexist article he wrote three decades ago opposing women’s service in the military.

His exit leaves the embattled planemaker searching for a new top spokesman as it works to get its troubled 737 MAX jet flying again.

Golightly stepped down Thursday as Boeing’s senior vice president of communications following an employee complaint about the 1987 article, which he called “embarrassingly wrong and offensive.”

“At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks,” Golightly, then a US Navy lieutenant, wrote in a US Naval Institute magazine. “Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for — peace, home, family.”

Golightly, who had only been with Boeing about six months, said he decided to resign for the company’s sake even though the article does not reflect his current views.

“My article was a 29-year-old Cold War navy pilot’s misguided contribution to a debate that was live at the time,” Golightly said in a statement. “The dialogue that followed its publication 33 years ago quickly opened my eyes, indelibly changed my mind, and shaped the principles of fairness, inclusion, respect and diversity that have guided my professional life since.”

Boeing said it disagreed with the content of Golightly’s article and that it has started a search for his successor. Greg Smith, Boeing’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of enterprise operations, will oversee communications in the meantime, the company said.

Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun talked with Golightly about the article and its implications for his role as the company’s top spokesman, Calhoun said. He added that Boeing has an “unrelenting commitment to diversity and inclusion in all its dimensions.”

“I greatly respect Niel for stepping down in the interest of the company,” Calhoun said in a statement.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Everybody thinks their sins are too small to be noticed and their accomplishments are too big to ignore

We are all self-centered. We all think too highly of ourselves (and we know it, unless we have become self-deluded and have begun to drink our own Kool Aid).

However, from God’s perspective, our best deeds are like a dirty diaper or used bandage.

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6 NASB)

Therefore, maybe these punks are letting us know something that any Bible-reading Christian knows: we have feet of clay (we sin, we are fallible).

However, this makes me wonder what these self-righteous Marxists will think in 10 or 20 years when people change values and destroy their icons. Hey, maybe it won’t even be that long. Maybe the next generation will value babies and wonder how America could sacrifice over 60 million to Molech.

Maybe the next generation will find itself knee deep in debt and will wonder why we squandered our economy for a cold.

Cancel Culture creeps into the Church

  1. Indiana Priest Suspended for Condemning BLM’s Violence, Marxism and Destruction — BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

As I first found at BUNKERVILLE, an Indiana priest has been reported to have suspended for condemning BLM‘s violent Marxism. Here is part of Bunkerville’s assessment:

We are witnessing the wholesale capitulation of the bishops before the Marxist mob.

Father Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana was suspended this week after his condemnation of the radical Black Lives Matter protest movement published in the parish’s Sunday bulletin on June 28, 2020.  Liberal media outlets almost immediately published excerpts from the bulletin article and called for Rothrock’s removal.

Here is the Father Rothrock’s column in its entirety:

The lady (doth) protest too much, methinks

Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 June 2020

This dialogue from Hamlet is taken from Act 3, scene 2 and is a response to Hamlet’s query: “how like you this play?” The line suggests a hidden agenda that is revealed in the objections, where the accuser is actually the perpetrator. History is replete with examples of misdirection. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, the 6th century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha in central Afghanistan, claiming them to be pagan idols. The world was horrified, but did nothing about it.

Despots and tyrants have always employed accusation and distortion to achieve all manner of mischief in an effort to shape and mold public opinion. Anyone currently doing business with Amazon could not help but notice the prominent banner headline from the internet giant touting their proud support for “Black Lives Matter.” But do those black lives really matter to the community organizers promoting their agenda? Is “Antifa” concerned with the defeat of fascist right-wing nationalism or more interested in the establishment of left-wing global socialism?

The brutal murder of a black man in police custody has sparked a landslide of reaction to the alleged systemic racism in America. We are being told that the scars of race relations in this country are really unhealed wounds that continue to fester and putrefy; amputation is required! Reforms must be sweeping and immediate to crush the rising wave of racism that pervades the nation and perverts the body politic.

On the heels of the Covid sequestration, the bottled-up tension of an isolated population has exploded into riots and demonstrations that we have not seen the like in fifty years. What would the great visionary leaders of the past be contributing to the discussion at this point in time? Would men like Fredrick Douglas and the Reverend King, both men of deep faith, be throwing bombs or even marching in the streets? Would they be pleased with the murder rates in our cities or the destruction of our families by the welfare system? Would they see a value in the obliteration of our history to re-write a future without the experience and struggles of the past? Would we tear down their monuments?

Who are the real racists and the purveyors of hate? You shall know them by their works. The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own. They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.

The message of peace that comes to us in Christ is the gospel we carry in common with the Orthodox Churches and other Christians. We must stand in solidarity with our brethren across the world to oppose this malevolent force. Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe. They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God.  Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured. The father of lies has not just been seen in our streets, we have invited him into our home. Now he is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith.

On Tuesday, Fr. Rothrock was forced to issue an apology, stating “It was not my intention to offend anyone and I am sorry that my words have caused any hurt to anyone.”Apparently this was not enough for the “frothing at the mouth” Marxists calling for his removal.  On Wednesday, Bishop Timothy Doherty removed Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

(Read the statement from the church on Fr. Rothrock’s removal at BUNKERVILLE)

Since I come from a denomination that has leading factions that have promoted “gospel diversity” and other idiocy, I don’t point to a perfect church

Since my church includes the likes of Russell Moore, JD Greear, and other inventors of attempts to pull the world’s philosophies into the church, I cannot claim to have a perfect church.

With that said, this act against Fr. Rothrock seems to be like a huge step back toward liberation theology.

May Jesus come soon.

Peace with God, but …

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First, the most important point — peace with God

During these days of layoffs, stay-at-home orders, and release of thousands of felons, it seems that we have continual war with the world. Truthfully, we do, but — for all who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior — we have peace with the winner of the total conflict. We have peace with God.

Because we did nothing to earn salvation, we can do nothing to lose it. So we can rest in our salvation (and that means no more fighting with God).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Of course, we cannot claim being the source of even the faith needed for salvation

We got the faith we needed for salvation through God’s undeserved grace toward us. Because of that, we can shout joyfully since we stand in the promise of God and are covered by His glory.

through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Considering all of this, we can be happy when problems come from the world

wp-1588900799918.jpgAs shown by the repeated attacks on Jack Phillips and Samaritan’s Purse, the world is all too ready to go out of its way to attack Christians even after the Christians do good things for the world. Still, we must rejoice about this, because it teaches us to live with persecution.

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;

With this, we not only learn to live with persecution, but we build a reputation that can speak for Christ

Once we show that we can live through persecution, we prove our character. With that, we show the message and promise that we have within us.

and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

God’s message never disappoints. God’s love pours over us, the Holy Spirit has been given to us, and our hearts are filled.

The promises and messages of God never disappoint. Not only has His love been poured out on us when we did not deserve it, His Holy Spirit came to us.

and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1‭-‬5 NASB

For a more in-depth version of this on video, go to the preaching of Pastor Marcus Hayes at:

If you were wondering how one Mosque deals with the coronavirus pandemic


Syracuse mosque limits groups to 10 and follows other precautions

However, unlike Christian churches that followed precautions, the mosque gets no harassment from local government

With a hat tip to the Nwo Report, the Syracuse Post-Standard (aka Syracuse.com) reports that a local mosque conducts services by social distancing. However, the pictures taken tell a different story.

Irfan Elahi is an asbestos abatement expert who worships at the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary on the North Side.

He used his skills to create a prayer room covered in plastic with special ventilation that allows daily prayers to continue in the 116-year-old former church, as the holy month of Ramadan nears.

The room is lined with plastic, and two machines siphon air out of the room to create negative pressure. Air in the room is recycled every four minutes . Elahi used the materials and expertise from his day job to create what he called a “clean room.”

About 10 worshippers in masks are allowed in at a time, though rarely do that many show up. They stand far apart from each other as they follow a prayer leader standing on a plastic covered prayer rug.

(Read more at Syracuse Post-Standard)

The problem with all of these claims of social distancing come through the photos

NotSocialDistancing1First, there is the photo of one Muslim man helping another with his mask. No matter the mask and gloves, that is not social distancing.

NotSocialDistancing2Next, they show the men kneeling on the floor for prayer. Unless each of these men is well over 7 feet tall and they have proportional bodies, then these men are not 6 feet apart.

NotSocialDistancing3Finally, in another image, the photographer captured a man adjusting his mask while another man walked by. Unless the focal length on this shot was extremely long and the man in the foreground is extremely short while the man in the back is extremely tall, then these men are not socially distancing.

 

 

 

However, who am I kidding? With Christian churches, it has been about persecution, not coronavirus.

When a Mississippi church had a drive-in church service in their parking lot where church members never got out of their vehicles, they were ticketed (but obviously not for violating social distancing).

When California disallowed singing during online services, that had nothing to do with social distancing.

When U.S. District Court of Kansas Judge John Broomes issued 24 protocols for two churches to follow in order to have in-person meetings of 10 or less, it is hard to say exactly what was on the judge’s mind. However, I can tell you one thing that never occurred to the judge: how the church members could follow the first tenet of Christianity — the Great Commission. You see, the judge disallowed any visitor from attending either church.

For those wondering what the Great Commission is, it follows:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NASB)

Not to be boorish, but I think this statement bears repeating

When the State tells you it’s safe to go to Home Depot to buy a sponge, but dangerous to go and buy a flower — it’s not about your health.

When the State shuts down millions of private businesses, but doesn’t lay off a single government employee — it’s not about your health.

When the State bans dentists because it’s unsafe, but deems abortion visits to be safe — it’s not about your health.

When the State prevents you from buying cucumber seeds because it’s dangerous, but allows in-person lottery ticket sales — it’s not about your health.

When the State tells you it’s dangerous to go golf alone, fish alone, or be in a motor boat alone, but the Governor can get his stage make up done and hair done for 5 TV appearances a week — it’s not about your health.

When the state puts you IN a jail cell for walking in a park with your child because it’s too dangerous, but lets criminals OUT of jail cells for their health — it’s not about YOUR health!

When the state tells you it’s too dangerous to get treated by a doctor of chiropractic or physical therapy treatments, yet deems a liquor store essential — it’s not about your health!

When the State lets you go to the grocery store or hardware store, but is demanding mail-in voting — ITS NOT ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.

WAKE UP PEOPLE — If you think this is all about your health you’re mistaken! Please open your eyes! Stop being lead like blind sheep.

Eleven stories we will likely not see on the main stream media


On turning away from coronavirus hysteria and returning to work

  1. Arizona Representative Andy Biggs explains why he wants Arizona reopened ‘Yesterday’ despite virus concerns

Phoenix News Radio KTAR relays the words of Representative Andy Biggs as he explains why he wants to open Arizona despite virus concerns.

AndyBiggsIf social distancing guidelines continue to be observed, U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona would like to see nonessential businesses reopen as soon as possible.

“Allow retail shops to open up the way they normally would with social distancing you see in grocery stores… businesses are just dying on the vine. We need to take care of that,” Biggs said Wednesday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.

Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday that he had asked for input from lodging and business communities in a plan for economic recovery and would reopen the state when the time was right.

More than 95,000 Arizonans filed first-time unemployment claims last week, according to the Department of Economic Security. Continuing claims totaled 164,483.

“I think we can responsibly allow Americans to be free and to make these adjustments and I think that’s important to realize,” Biggs said.

Were another economic stimulus package make its way around the Capitol anytime soon, Biggs is ready to vote no again, as he did March 27.

“If they throw in, like they did last time, nearly a trillion dollars of spending that’s absolutely unrelated to coronavirus, that would be a dealbreaker,” he said.

Biggs also cited voting by mail and removal of previous welfare reforms, as other examples, of what would cause him to vote against another potential virus relief bill.

(Read more at KTAR)

You will not hear this for the same reason that you will not hear Pelosi continues to block recovery funds

Words from a Republican that support the side of the President will not go reported. Likewise, when Pelosi again blocks relief funds to American small business, nothing will be reported.

  1. Global stocks rally Friday on Gilead’s coronavirus treatment and Boeing’s production restart

Fox News reports on how global markets have responded to news that America may reopen its business sector.

US_StockFuturesU.S. stock futures are signaling a strong start to Friday’s session adding to the momentum seen on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average are up more than 700 points or 3 percent while the S&P 500 was higher by nearly 3 percent and the Nasdaq Composite 2 percent.

Earlier in the evening, President Trump outlined the early-stage, phase approach as part of the  “Opening Up America Again” coronavirus come back plan and there was also positive news on Gilead Sciences.

Its drug Remdesivir, according to Statnews.com, showed effectiveness for treating COVID-19 patients. Shares of Gilead rose over 8 percent in premarket trading.

A recent clinical trial of Remdesivir, an antiviral medicine used as a potential treatment for Ebola, found rapid recoveries in coronavirus patients’ fever and respiratory symptoms.

The trial, conducted by the University of Chicago Medicine, found nearly all patients who were given daily infusions of Remdesivir were discharged from the hospital in less than a week.

(Read more at Fox News)

Anything that counters the hair-on-fire narrative will miss the air waves

Anything that projects a ray of hope (from news on opening up to news on developing new treatments) will receive scant coverage until after the elections. Of course, after the election, hopefully Trump will be re-elected (as long as we take nothing for granted) and Trump Derangement Syndrome will be in full bloom.

On insulting the electorate

  1. Michigan Governor deems Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy ‘Essential Workers’

Breitbart points out how Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has taken to making quips about the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy as she curtails the religious rights of Michigan citizens.

Michigan Democrats Hold News Conference After Post-Primary Unity RallyAs frustrations grow among Michigan workers, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer assured the state on Wednesday that the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are exempt from her newly expanded stay-at-home order.

Then on Thursday, she increased the crackdown on tax-paying workers.

“We heard there were kids in Michigan who had a few concerns, so I wanted to let you know that I spoke with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy to let them know that they are essential workers and they can keep doing their jobs even though the rest of us are staying home,” Whitmer said in the video message.

The following day, Whitmer extended her stay-at-home order, and widened it to additional retailers, saying:

A new section of the order imposes restrictions on stores in an effort to reduce crowds. Large stores must limit the number of people in the store at one time to no more than 4 customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor space; small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits (including employees) under the fire codes. To regulate entry, stores must establish lines with markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Large stores must also close areas of the store that are dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint.

Michiganders are growing increasingly frustrated with the shutdown.

“The governor’s extended Stay-at-Home order is the wrong call and is bad for Michigan families,” state House Speaker Lee Chatfield posted on Twitter.

(Read more at Breitbart)

So, this condescending governor will exempt the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy, but not allow people to go to church

This falls into the same category as “life-sustaining” abortion: it doesn’t exist except in your mind (and there is some question about that).

  1. Michigan Governor cites a “bad weather” exemption to your rights to property and assembly

Red State reports on Michigan Governor “Half” Whitmer and her attempt to explain her baseless curtailing of rights.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer must be feeling the heat from her own draconian methods of dealing with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak as she’s now trying to explain why it’s not so bad and not doing a very good job of it.

Appearing on “Today,” Whitmer explained that her orders to stop people from doing everything from traveling to their own properties in different parts of the state to planting gardens within the bound of their own home won’t be that big of a deal because…

…wait for it…

…there’s snow on the ground.

Apparently snow justifies the suspension of Michiganders to do what they want on their own properties. I had no idea.

Snowflake“So we just had snow. I’ve got snow on the ground in Lancing. We’re expecting 30 inches in the upper peninsula,” said Whitmer. “The fact that we’re cracking down on people traveling between homes or planting, or landscaping or golfing, really for a couple more weeks, isn’t going to meaningfully impact people’s ability to do it because the snow will do that in and of itself.

(Read more at Red State)

This redefines the standard for a Michigander snowflake

Considering the clause in the Declaration of Independence that covers the origins of our rights (that is, the clause assigning “unalienable rights” from our Creator — which leads to our Constitution and its Bill of Rights), there is no way one can square her statements about the rightness of her taking away rights with the extended logic within the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Furthermore, when you review the temporal nature of the underpinnings of her statements, this really redefines “snowflake.”

  1. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer: Abortion during coronavirus ‘is life sustaining’

Fox News informs us us this gem: Governor Whitmer thinks abortion during the coronavirus scare “is life sustaining.”

Michigan won’t ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak as other states have done, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday, insisting the procedures were part of maintaining “life-sustaining” health care.

“We stopped elective surgeries here in Michigan, and some people have tried to say that that type of a procedure is considered the same, and that’s ridiculous,” Whitmer, a Democrat, told former Barack Obama political strategist David Alexrod on his podcast when he asked about other states that have sought bans amid the outbreak.

(Read more at Fox News)

Does she not know the true nature of abortion or is she willfully blind?

Christ said:

Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14 NASB)

Considering that at least one person comes out dead from every abortion, it would seem that Governor Whitmer has become willfully blind to the facts around abortion.

On liberal media hiding their agenda

  1. Hey, NBC News, You Buried This Critical Detail in Your Article About Hydroxychloroquine

Townhall comments on how MSNBC hid a pivotal point that could have turned the story around.

Well, it looks like NBC News is at it again. With no vaccine against the Wuhan coronavirus, there have been reports that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine has been effective in combating the symptoms of the virus. It is not a cure and it has yet to get the seal of approval from the task force as something which is recommended as a treatment for those infected with COVID-19. It’s a stopgap until we get a vaccine, giving us some breathing room regarding preventing future deaths. It’s a hopeful story that the anti-Trump opposition press is trying to squash. They can’t have hope. That means Trump is doing something right. That cannot be allowed to be broadcasted. And it’s the usual suspects. In March, NBC News reporter Heidi Przybyla tweeted a shoddy article from her colleagues about an Arizona couple who ingested chloroquine phosphate, a fish tank cleaner, which isn’t the same drug and Trump hasn’t recommended it but noted the anecdotal evidence that’s it’s worked on a lot of COVID patients. Yet, NBC tried to insinuate that this was Trump’s fault, as the husband died, and the wife was left in critical condition.

Now, Heidi is pushing her story about a woman who took hydroxychloroquine and died, which our friends at Twitchy picked up. Again, we have another piece that seeks to blame Trump for this woman’s death, but talk about burying the lede here [emphasis mine]:

A New York woman with coronavirus symptoms died last week after being prescribed a drug cocktail with known cardiac side effects, and family members say she was not tested for COVID-19 or for heart problems before receiving the medication.

[…]

In early April, Ligia, a 65-year-old Queens resident, was given the drug by her general practitioner after she reported having a bad cough, fever and shortness of breath. Ligia’s last name is being withheld on the request of her children.

While Ligia’s symptoms were consistent with those of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, she was never tested for the virus, her brother-in-law, Lee Levitt, told NBC News. Ligia received the drug after speaking by phone with her doctor, Levitt said. She was never evaluated in person and received no heart screening or warning about the potential side effects.

“It was handed over like a bag of cookies,” Levitt said.

NBC News made two attempts to reach Ligia’s doctor for comment. A man who answered the office phone and identified himself as the doctor then said there’d been a misunderstanding and offered to take a message.

Levitt acknowledged that the family does not know that the drug caused Ligia’s death. The family has not received a death certificate.

(Read more at Townhall)

Anyone who has taken Chemistry 101 knows that it isn’t just the chemicals, but the way they are combined.

Hydrogen peroxide and water both consist of hydrogen and oxygen; however, one will give you consequences to deal with if you drink it.

On persistent liberals persecuting conservatives

  1. Masterpiece Cakeshop Sued Again— This Time Over A Transgender Cake

The Washington Examiner reports on the latest suit by LGBTQ activists against Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop.

JackPhillipsIt feels like ancient history amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it was only a few years ago that the Supreme Court case pitting Christian baker Jack Phillips against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission captured the national imagination and sparked a debate over religious liberty and gay rights. Phillips won that case due to the overt “religious animus” in the Colorado government’s actions against him. Yet, due to the narrow scope of its ruling, Phillips was in court once again last week.

On Thursday, Phillips and his attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom asked a state court to dismiss a case brought against them not by the state of Colorado, which after years has seemingly given up on persecuting the Christian baker, but by an angry transgender lawyer and activist now pursuing him for declining to make a cake explicitly celebrating gender transition.

This whole affair is deeply disturbing. More importantly, it shows once again that many in the activist Left, particularly, self-described gay and transgender advocates, no longer seek the noble goals of equality or dignity but rather punishment and humiliation for religious holdouts who do not fully embrace their dogma.

First, let’s recap the facts: Phillips has always happily served customers of all races, classes, sexual orientations, and gender identities in his bakery. A gay man like myself could walk into his store and buy a cookie or a cupcake any time, or even a pre-made wedding cake. The only thing Phillips refused to do was specifically design and create cakes that convey or endorse ideological messages he profoundly disagrees with — for example, a customized cake for a wedding between two men. In this, he cited his First Amendment right to be free from compelled speech; the same right someone like me would want to have to decline making a custom cake that says “burn all the gays.”

As a result, Phillips was met with years of national scorn, vilification in the liberal press, death threats, hate mail, and financial ruin. He lost 40% of his business and had to fire much of his staff. Today, he struggles even to keep his business open.

The disproportionate consequences Phillips had to bear merely for defending his rights in court were bad enough, but now continuing to pepper him with lawsuits even after he was vindicated by the Supreme Court?

This is simply beyond the pale of what any level-headed person, even a liberal supportive of gay and transgender rights, can call reasonable. It’s vindictive and nasty, too. Of course, the transgender activist now persecuting Phillips didn’t simply happen upon his bakery by coincidence. And who has even heard of a transition celebration cake?

This litigant obviously targeted Phillips and specifically sought a means of putting him in further legal jeopardy. This is the behavior of a petty, insecure, authoritarian personality.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Never let a good crisis go to waste

As a good friend of Barack Obama once said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Obviously, this coronavirus panic presents too good of a crisis for the LGBTQ community to let Mr. Phillips rest.

  1. Catholic League warns ‘State Overreach’ in pandemic threatens religious liberty

Breitbart warns by communicating the words of the Catholic League as they pointed to the abuses of religious liberty.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue declared Monday that recent bans on religious activities to curb the spread of the coronavirus constitute “state overreach” that directly threatens religious freedom.

“Whenever religious liberty collides with public health, the government is obliged to put the least restrictive measures on religion,” Dr. Donohue stated, which has not been respected in several recent cases.

One of the most egregious examples is that of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Donohue notes, who issued a ban last week prohibiting drive-in church Easter services, after which the On Fire Christian Church sued both the mayor and the city.

For his part, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that authorities would record the license plates of people attending religious services and force them all into 14 days of quarantine.

On April 11, U.S. District Judge Justin Walker ruled for the church, issuing a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city from “enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce; or otherwise requiring compliance with any prohibition on drive-in church services at On Fire.”

“On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter,” Walker wrote in his 20-page decision. “That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of The Onion.”

“The Mayor’s decision is stunning. And it is, ‘beyond all reason,’ unconstitutional,” Walker wrote.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Thankfully, Christians are standing up to this bullying

Along with other freedom-loving Americans, Christians are standing up against this tyranny and protesting.

On liberal social media

  1. Five times Facebook didn’t fact check coronavirus fake news

Breitbart lists five times the fact checkers overlooked coronavirus fake news.

As the Chinese virus pandemic has swept across the world, there’s been a familiar panic about “misinformation” on social media. Yet certain types of misinformation — in particular the types that could damage President Donald Trump and Republicans — seem immune to crackdowns by the Masters of the Universe.

Facebook stands out as a company that has publicly touted its “misinformation” policy in recent years. As the Chinese virus crisis took off, the company leaped into action with a plan to “combat misinformation” and “connect users to accurate information.”

Yet some misinformation seems to be able to infest Facebook in broad daylight, without any sign of a crackdown from the all-powerful tech giant. Like the media-orchestrated smear of the Covington high school kids, some forms of misinformation appear to be immune from the tech giants.

1. CBS uses footage of an Italian hospital in stories about coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S.

One of the easiest ways to trick viewers is to use footage of a different, but similar event to illustrate a current one. That’s what CBS did when they used chaotic footage from an Italian hospital in not one but two reports about the coronavirus in New York City and Pennsylvania. Even the left-wing fact-checker Snopes called CBS out on this — but there weren’t any “fact check” labels on the story on Facebook.

2. ABC reports that Trump knew about the virus in November 

Last week, ABC news ran a story claiming that the U.S. intelligence community knew about the Chinese virus as early as November, and prepared a report on the matter. ABC’s sources were, as per usual, anonymous. Anonymous sources can sometimes provide true information, of course, but not this time — as Breitbart News’s Kristina Wong reported, the National Center for Medical Intelligence made a rare departure from its policy of not commenting on specific intelligence matters in order to publicly debunk the story. Nevertheless, it remains in circulation on Facebook where it has accumulated thousands of shares — without any “fact check” labels or warnings to those sharing it.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Thank Heaven for watchdogs that catch Facebook at its game

Thanks to Breitbart for catching Facebook as it checks just one side of the slanted news coverage.

  1. Facebook will start warning users who engaged with ‘harmful’ misinformation regarding coronavirus

The Guardian warns us of Facebook‘s current politically-correct tripe.

Facebook will begin showing notifications to users who have interacted with posts that contain “harmful” coronavirus misinformation, the company announced on Thursday, in an aggressive new move to address the spread of false information about Covid-19.

The new policy applies only to misinformation that Facebook considers likely to contribute to “imminent physical harm”, such as false claims about “cures” or statements that physical distancing is not effective. Facebook’s policy has been to remove those posts from the platform.

Under the new policy, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks, users who liked, shared, commented or reacted with an emoji to such posts before they were deleted will see a message in their news feed directing them to a “myth busters” page maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We want to connect people who may have interacted with harmful misinformation about the virus with the truth from authoritative sources in case they see or hear these claims again off of Facebook,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice-president of integrity, in a blogpost.

Facebook does not take down other misinformation about Covid-19, such as conspiracy theories about the virus’s origins, but instead relies on its third-party factchecking system. If a factchecker rates a claim false, Facebook then adds a notice to the post, reduces its spread, alerts anyone who shared it, and discourages users from sharing it further.

The announcement coincides with the release of a new report by the online activist group Avaaz that highlights Facebook’s shortcomings in counteracting the coronavirus “infodemic”. The study found examples of coronavirus misinformation remaining on the platform even after third-party fact checks had been completed. Avaaz also cited delays in Facebook applying factchecking labels to posts.

Facebook challenged the methodology of Avaaz’s report but said it “appreciated their partnership in developing the notifications we’ll now be showing people”.

(Read more at The Guardian)

If you can’t say 1984, can you at least acknowledge that Facebook is Big Brother?

If you can’t see that there are strains of totalitarianism in Facebook, you are blind or a Democrat. Or both.

On companies doing the right thing

  1. Sixty-five companies in America doing their part to fight the coronavirus

Breitbart points out how 65 companies have set themselves to doing the right thing about coronavirus.

President Donald Trump continues to ask all companies in America to find ways to help the country fight the coronavirus.

From offering free meals and assistance to medical and health care workers to constructing masks, ventilators, and protective equipment, here are some of the top ways that America’s top businesses have answered the call.

President Trump has welcomed several CEOs to the White House to thank them for their efforts, and Breitbart News has been tracking some of the biggest contributions from America’s businesses.

Do you know of a business that belongs on the list? Let us know on Twitter @charliespiering or @BreitbartNews or in the comments section.

  1. Ford: Collaborating with 3M and GE Healthcare to increase the production of ventilators and personal protective equipment.
  2. Toyota: Utilizing several of the company’s North American facilities to manufacture face shields while collaborating with medical device companies to speed the manufacture of ventilators, respirators and other vital devices for hospitals.
  3. General Motors: Manufacturing respiratory masks and working with Ventec Life Systems to mass-produce ventilators at GM’s Kokomo, Indiana, manufacturing facility to ship as soon as next month.

(Read more at Breitbart)

I thank God for spurring people to do the right thing

While I believe people can do good things from selfish motives; a number of selfless acts have (I believe) been prompted by God. For these, I am thankful.

Six stories on the Democrat coronavirus dictators

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  1. Helfenbein: Christians Must Stand Up Against the Assault on Religious Liberty

Breitbart reports the words of Helfenbein who points out that Christians must stand up against an overreaching government.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Today, we are seeing the very thing Franklin warned against in real-time.

First, let me be clear about the COVID-19 virus. Even with new data modeling that has soundly demonstrated that all early predictions of Covid-19’s death toll were wrong, the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly impacted people’s personal lives.

There are many who are now grieving the loss of loved ones and will no doubt remember this year as coming at extraordinary personal cost.

I am personally thankful to President Donald Trump for taking the necessary precautions early to slow the spread and making every resource available to combat the virus. I am also thankful to the countless health care professionals, emergency workers, small businesses, and non-profit organizations, like Samaritan’s Purse, who have mobilized resources and made sacrifices to respond to the virus. They are all heroes and they deserve our gratitude.

The problem today isn’t just the virus.

The problem is overreaching governments that have abused power in a moment of opportunism across several local jurisdictions in this country.

This week we have witnessed several first-hand accounts of religious discrimination, and the selective targeting of worship gatherings and religious assemblies, ostensibly for reasons of public health and safety.

(Read more at Breitbart)

The people circling the capital in Michigan, the people going to church in Mississippi, and others are on the front lines

The woman who protested to open jobs up again in Raleigh (and was arrested for her troubles) stands among the heroes of the day. Likewise, the pastor who filed suit against the police for ticketing church members who were attending a drive-through church service in the church parking lot — he stands as a hero of sorts. Similarly, the people who have been driving their cars around the capital building of Michigan (all with their windows down, so that the governor cannot come out of her office) have been our heroes.

  1. Police threaten and arrest North Carolina protesters demanding America reopen

The Blaze reports in a 14 April 2020 article on how police were sent to threaten and arrest protesters in North Carolina.

Amid a rally that drew more than 100 protesters to downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday demanding the reopening of the state’s economy, a tweet about the demonstration from the city’s police department was clear: “Protesting is a non-essential activity.”

The tweet came after cops earlier declared “protestors are in violation” of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home executive order to stop the spread of the coronavirus “and have been asked to leave.”

Blogger’s note: Shortly after this article was created, the Raleigh Police deleted the above tweets and posted the following:

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The response to the above tweet (split into two identical tweets) was not by any means conciliatory.

(Read more at The Blaze)

Doesn’t the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence center on God-given rights?

Specifically, doesn’t the second paragraph begin: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” — and wouldn’t that make those rights things that government cannot take away? From my reading, only God can take these rights. These rights may be violated by a lower power (as these police did), but they are still our rights.

  1. Democrat Mayor Errick Simmons of Greenville, Mississippi banned drive-through services at churches

The Washington Examiner reports on the unconstitutional acts of one Democrat Mississippi mayor.

A Mississippi church on Thursday accused local government officials of “targeting” the drive-in services it has been holding during the coronavirus pandemic.

The church, King James Bible Baptist Church, sent a letter to Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons through First Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit legal institution that specializes in religious liberty cases, asking that Simmons lift a ban on drive-in church services. The letter said that the order infringed on the right of Charleston Hamilton, the church’s pastor, to assemble his congregation.

“Your recent order prohibiting drive-in services leaves him in reasonable fear that he and his church members will be fined and criminally prosecuted for merely engaging in drive-in church services that fall well within the CDC guidelines,” the letter said. “We require Greenville, Mississippi, to withdraw the unconstitutional order that, disturbingly, targets religious exercise.”

Simmons’s order, issued on Tuesday, listed drive-in services as gatherings that violated Gov. Tate Reeves’s shelter-in-place order for the state. The city ban on drive-in services, Simmons said, would not be lifted until Reeves ended his ban on church gatherings.

The letter opposing Simmons’s ban stated that Hamilton’s congregation had not gotten out of their cars during services and that Hamilton himself had maintained the proper 6-foot social distancing requirements while preaching. Hamilton intends to continue this practice on Easter Sunday regardless of whether or not the ban is lifted.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

For all who have claimed they would stand beside M. L. King or the Apostle Paul, now is your chance

For everyone who thought themselves to be a hero born 50 years or 2 millennia too late, here is your chance to stand up to tyrants.

  1. Mississippi church sues police after congregants ticketed during drive-in service

Fox News reports that a Mississippi church has decided to fight back after its members were ticketed during a drive-in service.

A Mississippi church is suing the city of Greenville after police shut down its drive-in service this week in accordance with a city ban on the practice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of the Temple Baptist Church. The filing challenges Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons’ April 7 executive order that prohibits drive-in church services until a statewide shelter-in-place order is lifted.

The suit comes after eight uniformed Greenville police officers reportedly issued $500 tickets to congregants who refused to leave a parking lot where a drive-in service was being conducted Wednesday, the ADF said in a statement announcing the legal challenge.

(Read more at Fox News)

The last time I checked the Declaration of Independence paragraph on “unalienable rights,” I don’t remember a “except when the Democrat mayor suspends them” clause

As much as the left wants to accuse conservatives of being “Nazis,” it is the Democrat Socialists that are proving to be the little Hitlers, Pol Pots, Stalins, or Maos.

  1. Police take license numbers, issue notices as Kentucky church holds in-person Easter service

Left-wing, biased USA Today reports (and is countered with my in-post comments and links) on the Democrat totalitarian on the actions of Governor Andy Beshear and Christians.

As hymns sang out Easter Sunday from a large outdoor speaker overlooking the Maryville Baptist Church parking lot, two Kentucky State troopers placed quarantine notices on parishioners’ cars and wrote down their license numbers.

Inside the church, roughly 50 worshippers ignored Gov. Andy Beshear’s order against mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic so they could attend services together on Christianity’s holiest day.

Blogger’s note: This church’s sanctuary was built to hold over 2,100 and pictures of a full sanctuary can be viewed at this link. If they only had 50, there was sufficient room for social distancing. If there was also hand sanitizer, that also reduces the risk.

At some services, people remained in cars

Across Kentucky, reports came in of other churches in potential violation of the mass-gathering rules and CDC guidelines on drive-thru services.

Sgt. Josh Lawson of Kentucky State Police said most of the department’s 16 posts responded to between two and five complaints about church services.

(Read more drivel at USA Today)

Looking at the Declaration of Independence clause on “unalienable rights,” I also don’t see an exception for power-grabbing governors

This all seems ripe for setting a precedent. It seems like Democrats are just itching for a chance to shut down churches. Maybe there will be an SARS outbreak or the pig flu. Still, there will be a precedent that conservatives and Christians did not stand up.

  1. Proof of executive philandering? Executives demand the deaths of the children of female underlings

Top Execs of 180 Companies: Abortion necessary to be successful in business

Breitbart reports on the culture of sexual license and death at 180 companies.

The top executives of more than 180 companies have signed a letter that says abortion is essential in order for people to be successful in their businesses.

“When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities and our economy are better for it,” the executives say in the letter posted on a newly launched website titled “Don’t Ban Equality.”

“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” they said, adding:

Simply put, it goes against our values and is bad for business. It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across the states, and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out.

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A full list of the companies who signed the letter can be found here. They include:

  • Slack Technologies
  • Bloomberg LP
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • H&M
  • Yelp
  • Square, Inc
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Atlantic Records & Warner Music Group
  • POPSUGAR
  • Hint, inc.
  • The Body Shop US

(Read more at Breitbart)

These slime really scrape the bottom of the barrel. They support decadence that they cannot hold back to benefit the lives of their elders.

For weeks, Democrats shut down restaurants, bars, and other small businesses by telling us all that we need to isolate ourselves for the benefit of our elders. However, when it comes to holding back on the covering-up of their misdeeds, they cannot think of the way using supplies for abortion keeps those supplies from being used for Covid-19 recovery.

They say liberalism is a mental disease. It looks like the abortion brand of liberalism centers on narcissism.

Pray without ceasing


This post was taken almost completely (with the exception of two or three extended verses and a few changed sentences) from a lesson provided by Mark Ramsey. Therefore, if a Bible passage seems too long or a sentence does not make sense, blame it on me.

Pray without ceasing

In the midst of this crisis, I have prayed that people who do not know the Lord may approach Him through prayer and supplication. Maybe they might find a Bible in their home and begin to read it. Possibly someone might join a friend in an online Bible study. Through prayer, may it be that this unprecedented may draw people closer to the Lord than ever before. Of cours, Satan is hard at work to prevent that from happening. This is evident in the main stream media — which

  • Emphasizes that it is the Christian gatherings which have helped spread the virus
  • And convinced the President to delay the proper procedures to protect the public.

Clearly, there is disdain by the media for Christians. Just witness the attacks on Mike Lindell of My Pillow, who is converting his factories to make masks, but had the audacity to encourage the public to read the Bible and pray. None of this is surprising to us, though.

We do know an interesting fact — the vast majority of people in pain and fear all do one thing: pray! Even people who don’t typically pray will pray during crisis.

As a Christ follower, this principle is a no-brainer. But, the Bible teaches by precept and practice two broad types of prayer:

  1. Quiet time prayer (which refers to daily devotional time set aside to worship and fellowship with the Lord through prayer and scripture reading — emphasizing an intimacy with the Lord)
  2. Crisis time prayer (in which you are seeking help from the Lord).

Quiet Time Prayer

This is a good point to pause before we look at the crisis time prayer.

How is your quiet time prayer life? Is it consistent, difficult, or nonexistent?

Do you think it is important to continue consistent quiet time prayer in the midst of our crisis? Why?

Crisis Time Prayer

Now, how about your crisis time prayer: What is the content of your crisis time prayer?

Over and over again, the Bible calls us to pray. Prayer keeps us focused, centered, with our hearts tuned into the One Who can truly help us. Prayers in the closet, on the rooftop, alone, with others, out loud, quietly, short, long, weeping, laughing — this is God’s way of communicating to us. Too often, we try to figure out things on our own and then we seek God’s blessing on our choice/decision. Our job is to get on our knees, seek His face, and let Him guide our steps.

Saturate your mind with these scripture verses:

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18 NASB)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NASB)

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. (James 5:13 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And H is ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil .” (1 Peter 3:12 NASB)

Now examine these crisis time prayers:

Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the Lord . She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. She made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.” Now it came about, as she continued praying before the Lord , that Eli was watching her mouth. As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. Then Eli said to her, “How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you.” But Hannah replied, “No, my Lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord . Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation.” Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” She said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord , and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord .” (1 Samuel 1:9‭-‬20 NASB)

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, and he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord , And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice. For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me. So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head. I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. While I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord , And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple. Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness, But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord .” Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land. (Jonah 2:1‭-‬10 NASB)

They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; They did not find a way to an inhabited city. They were hungry and thirsty; Their soul fainted within them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. He led them also by a straight way, To go to an inhabited city. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! (Psalms 107:4‭-‬8 NASB)

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psalms 107:28‭-‬29 NASB)

When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:23‭-‬27 NASB)

One of the synagogue officials named Jairus *came up, and on seeing Him, *fell at His feet and *implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” (Mark 5:22‭-‬23 NASB)

As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. (Exodus 14:10 NASB)

And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29‭-‬30 NASB)

The common theme in these requests is distress. We come to a point where there is very little we can do except plead to God.

Cameron Thompson authored the book, Master Secrets of Prayer, and he wrote this:

There comes a time, in spite of our soft, modern ways, when we must be desperate in our prayers, when we must wrestle, when we must be outspoken, shameless and importuneate (persistent). Many of the prayers in scripture are “cries” and the Hebrew and Greek words are very strong. Despite opinions to the contrary, the Bible recognizes such a thing as storming heaven – “praying through.” The fervent prayer of a righteous man is might in its working.

This time is such a time for this crisis prayer – yes, quiet time prayers , but also crisis time prayers. This time is urgent and we must cry out to the Lord earnestly, humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand that He may lift us up and cast our anxieties on Him because He cares for us.

Won’t you join me as we cry out to the Lord in our distress and ask for His intervention that He may be glorified?

Acknowledge the crisis, but fix your eyes on Christ


This post was taken almost completely (with the exception of two or three extended verses and a few changed sentences) from a lesson provided by Mark Ramsey. Therefore, if a Bible passage seems too long or a sentence does not make sense, blame it on me.

Acknowledge the crisis, but fix your eyes on Christ

We find it so natural to fix our eyes on the current crisis, because it affects us all — our health, our jobs, our food and essentials, our socialization, our time to worship, and our time to serve together (and the list goes on). The government issues mandates to stay home and to social distance. Not only do we experience the economic and health issues of the coronavirus, but we read about the locust plague causing food concerns in East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. We fix our eyes on the crisis, because it is so immediate and frightening.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly. Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. (Exodus 14:5‭-‬9 NASB)

But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” (Exodus 14:13‭-‬14 NASB)

Focus on the words “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord …”

Do we really believe this when we fix our eyes on the crisis?

Here is our problem — we often get the central principle of this lesson backwards. We acknowledge the Lord, but fix our eyes on the crisis. Far better to acknowledge the crisis and fix our eyes on Jesus. It is not difficult to acknowledge the crisis as it surrounds us like the Egyptian army. But how hard is it to fix our eyes on our Savior?

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NASB)

Hebrews 12:2 tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, as we run this race we call life. The word “fix” means to “look away from all else and set one’s gaze upon.” Greek scholars say that this present participle means attention focused “constantly during the entire struggle.”

So, how do we apply this in a practical, everyday way? We have all probably heard the phrase, “fix your eyes on Jesus” for most of our Christian life.

First, let’s look at what the Bible says about our eyes and the eyes of the Lord.

Our eyes

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. (Psalms 101:3 NASB)

There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, (Proverbs 6:16‭-‬17 NASB)

Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. (Psalms 119:18 NASB)

For my eyes are toward You, O God , the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless. (Psalms 141:8 NASB)

To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! (Psalms 123:1 NASB)

Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. (Psalms 25:4 NASB)

My eyes are continually toward the Lord , For He will pluck my feet out of the net. (Psalms 25:15 NASB)

The Lord’s eyes

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, (Psalms 33:18 NASB)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. (Psalms 32:8 NASB)

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord , And He watches all his paths. (Proverbs 5:21 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12 NASB)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB)

Now that we have examined the scripture about eyes – think about a time or times when you locked eyes with someone you loved. What did you communicate? “I love you. It’s going to be ok. I’ve got your back, don’t worry. I am here with you.”

We are called to lock eyes with the One who saved our soul for all eternity. When we do that, we have such a connection with Him that everything about us abides in Him and He in us (John 15:4-5).

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (John 15:4‭-‬5 NASB)

With this coronavirus pandemic surrounding us and a stimulus package of over $2 trillion passed (with unknown consequences), how do we keep our eyes locked on the eyes of Jesus when life as we knew it before seems to be falling apart?

Steps for keeping our eyes on Jesus

  1. Focus on who God is:
    • Our Savior

      for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

    • Our Redeemer

      Our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 47:4 NASB)

    • The Anchor of our soul

      This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, (Hebrews 6:19 NASB)

    • Our Stronghold

      The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; (Psalms 9:9 NASB)

    • Our Shelter

      The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalms 18:2 NASB)

    • Our Rock

      He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; (2 Samuel 22:2 NASB)

    • Our Living Hope

      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3 NASB)

    • Our Father

      I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30 NASB)

    • Our Creator and Maker

      for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:10 NASB)

    • Our Comforter

      “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 NASB)

    • Our Everlasting Peace

      And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NASB)

  2. Focus on your time with Him — Begin every day with Him through prayer, quiet time, and reading His Word.
  3. Focus on who you are in Christ:
    • Blessed

      Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Luke 6:21 NASB)

    • Chosen

      So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; (Colossians 3:12 NASB)

    • Redeemed

      Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13 NASB)

    • Saved

      For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; (Ephesians 2:8 NASB)

    • Adopted

      He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, (Ephesians 1:5 NASB)

    • Loved

      But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NASB)

    • God’s Workmanship

      For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NASB)

    • A new creation

      Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)

    • Forgiven

      Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32 NASB)

    • Born again

      for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:23 NASB)

    • Free

      It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 NASB)

    • Sealed by the Holy Spirit with a guaranteed inheritance

      who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. (2 Corinthians 1:22 NASB)

  4. Focus on His promises:
    • He will never leave you or forsake you

      Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you , nor will I ever forsake you ,” (Hebrews 13:5 NASB)

    • Every good thing comes from Him

      Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NASB)

    • He will pick us up when we fall

      The Lord sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. (Psalms 145:14 NASB)

    • You will never be alone

      In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord , make me to dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8 NASB)

    • He is our Advocate

      My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; (1 John 2:1 NASB)

    • He is our High Priest and we can approach the throne with confidence

      And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:9-10 NASB)

    • He has a special place for you in heaven

      In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2 NASB)

    • He is coming again!

      If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3 NASB)

  5. Focus on His call on your life:
    • An ambassador for Christ

      Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB)

    • His light

      Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NASB)

    • His salt

      Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (Mark 9:50 NASB)

    • A disciple maker

      Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19 NASB)

The Left uses the coronavirus scare to restrict rights and advance leftist causes


American Rights have been abridged

New Orleans Mayor issues coronavirus order allowing ban on sale, transportation of firearms

Breitbart reports on the action of the New Orleans Mayor as she works to restrict the ability of citizens to protect themselves during this crisis.

NewOrleansMayorLaToyaCantrellNew Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D) signed a coronavirus emergency order last week allowing her to ban the sale and transportation of firearms.

She signed a follow-up proclamation on March 16, 2020, further emphasizing her emergency powers to “suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation, of alcoholic beverages.”

The declaration declaring the mayor’s power to restrict gun sales and transportation says she is “empowered, if necessary, to suspend or limit the sale of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles.”

On March 16, 2020, the Second Amendment Foundation responded to Cantrell’s claims of emergency powers over firearms by reminding her that they sued over Second Amendment infringement following Hurricane Katrina and will do so during the era of coronavirus if needed.

(Read more at Breitbart)

What could the reason for this ban be, other than symbolic?

This does not stop any law-abiding gun owner from protecting his or her property. However, it might keep a cash-strapped gun owner from paying his or her mortgage or rent in the event that there have been coronavirus-related layoffs. Additionally, it would prevent a law-abiding person from buying a firearm in a time of need.

However, there will be criminals in New Orleans with new guns. There may be coyotes selling an array of firearms not available legally and LaToya will not have a thing to say about it.

Still, now that she has pulled this little stunt, she will later produce a Mike-Bloomberg-esque commercial claiming that she stood up to the National Rifle Association.

Harris County Democrat Judge Lina Hidalgo restricts the operation of restaurants and closes bars

Houston CBS affiliate KHOU reports that Democrat Lina Hidalgo unilaterally closed all bars in Harris county and restricted the operation of all restaurants.

On Tuesday, bars closed in Harris County and restaurants switched to take-out, drive-through or delivery only. Those are just two of the big changes underway as officials try to slow to spread of COVID-19.

On Monday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, alongside Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, announced the changes would take effect Tuesday morning and will be in place at least 15 days.

Since the county is under a public health emergency declaration, the county does have the authority to close down businesses, according to KHOU 11 legal analyst Gerald Treece.

“If the county deems that there is a health emergency, the county has the authority to close any establishment, including a bar,” Treece said. “You put the rules in neutral and general police power takes over. General police power: to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of that jurisdiction.”

During this time, if a business refuses to comply, the county does have authority to fine an establishment and then take the owner to court to seek an injunction, which would shut a business down, according to Treece.

If there are widespread compliance issues, the National Guard could step in.

“They can prevent violence, they can enforce the law, including injunctions, including an order from the city or county,” Treece said.

(Read more at KHOU)

Take this with a grain of salt, since this order comes from a left-wing ideologue

Before you come to the defense of this woman, remember that Houston Public Media pointed out that this little dictator also dedicated taxpayer funds to the creation of an illegal alien defense fund without any public input. On multiple occasions, she has spoken out against the border wall (a stance that has disappeared online now that the poll suggesting that Americans favor an open border has been discredited).

Additionally, Ms. Hidlago can be remembered as the politician who allocated Hurricane Harvey’s disaster-recovery funds on the basis of skin color rather than damage, citing her theory of “equity.” What’s more, this egotistical, left-wing Millennial also answers to  the moniker of the liberal who attempted to triple Harris County’s property taxes just after a disaster and during a time that no no extra funds were needed (refer to the first paragraph regarding her creation of the illegal alien defense fund).

So, here you have a liberal who stands against the border wall (somewhat silently now), but builds borders around our bars and restaurants. She complains about equiity, but directs disaster-relief funds by skin color and not need. She wants to take from the rich (that is, anyone making over the median wage), but doesn’t mind making us all poor.

Although I do not support disobedience in this case, it seems that this liberal would stand much watching (just based on her track record). Remember, Jesus told us to be as innocent as doves and as wise as serpents.

Is this the new standard Democrat?

Previous Democrats issued subpoenas for pastors’ sermons, this one shuts down all churches with an order

Not that many years have passed since Mayor Annise Parker issued subpeonas to Houston-area pastors to intimidate them into not preaching against her transgender bathroom bill. Thankfully, Annise Parker lost in the courts of public opinion, in the ballot box over her bathroom bill, and in the separation of church and state decision.

Still, this blanket closing of all churches seems to be an overreach and the meeting of the goal imagined by Houston’s previous mayoral administration. Admittedly, as Christians, we must take into mind the needs of the least powerful among us. In this case, the least powerful would be those with compromised immune systems and the aged (which, depending on the person’s health, may vary from 65 to 85 as a in-risk group). The problem with just submitting to the whims of a dictatorial Millenial is, of course, that we may not be submitting to the will of God unless we submit the whole issue to prayer.

Additionally, in light of the following article, we have to ask whether we are praying to God or our own hubris.

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. (Proverbs 16:18 NASB)

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27 NASB)

Baton Rouge area pastor defies governor, welcomes large gathering into church service

Baton Rouge CBS affiliate WAFB reports that Reverand Tony Spell has chosen to hold church meetings in violation of the order by the governor of Louisiana.

The Louisiana National Guard says it has not been tasked with breaking up large gatherings in the state, including at churches.

The statement comes on the heels of a pastor of a Louisiana church defying government orders by welcoming in hundreds of people into his church service Tuesday evening (March 17).

The gathering directly defied an order by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards that bans groups larger than 50 from gathering at any one time, including in churches. President Donald Trump has recommended no groups larger than 10.

TonySpellThe pastor, Rev. Tony Spell, says police showed up at the church after the service telling him the National Guard would break up any future gatherings that exceed 50 people.

However, Louisiana National Guard Colonel Ed Bush said Wednesday that is not accurate.

“The National Guard has not been tasked with enforcing any of the curfew, social distancing or meeting requirements as set by the governor,” Colonel Bush said. “Our focus right now is completely with helping state agencies with preparedness and medical readiness,” Bush added.

Numerous churches across the state have canceled services until further notice because of the governor’s proclamation, which he says aims to control the spread of the virus.

(Read more at WAFB)

Leftist causes get promoted

Harris Co. considers releasing inmates over COVID-19 concerns

According to Houston’s Fox affiliate, Democrat Sheriff Ed Gonzales wants to open the jails due to the coronavirus.

Jails and prisons can be breeding grounds for disease.

EdGonzales“We do have an aging population here we have several hundred that are above 55 years of age and also very sick,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

With more than 8,000 inmates at Harris County Jail, social distancing is not possible.

“We operate in tight spaces,” the sheriff said. “So there’s not a lot of opportunity for social distancing.”

There have been no known cases of COVID-19 in the Harris County Jail, but that will likely change.

Remember, most inmates in the jail are pre-trial, meaning they have not been convicted of a crime.

“We are working on our compassionate releases that are smart, that make sense, that don’t put the community at harm,” Gonzalez said. “It’s important for us to balance this public health crisis with public safety. So we are working with our judges and other avenues to see how we could, in a smart way, release population, if it makes sense.”

“There are no cases of TDCJ in or connected to any TDCJ facility,” says TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel.

(Read more at Fox 26)

Take in mind I have blogged repeatedly about murderers being released on bail

On numerous occasions, I have blogged about the result of electing the social justice judges who continually let murderers and other violent criminals out on the streets based on their inability to pay for the bail bond that a sane justice system would require.

Just in case you have forgotten, there was the case where Chicago’s Mayor defended the release of an illegal alien who raped a 3-year-old.

There is the case in Houston where a man on bond for murder robbed a convenience store while wearing an ankle monitor. During that armed robbery, surveillance cameras show him jumping over the counter and threatening the clerk with a gun. This man has been accused of murder in 2017 and 2018.

On 14 February 2020, I blogged about seven stories that concerned the numbers and types of criminals released by our Democrat judges.

As early as 7 February 2020, I blogged about a career criminal who killed three family members because he was out on bail.

So, if these past blog posts warm your heart, get ready for more (thanks not only to the social justice District Attorney Kim Ogg and the social justice Democrat judges, but also the social justice Sheriff Ed Gonzalez).

Not to be outdone by Texas, New York Democrats release inmates

With a hat tip to sfcmac, we find from the New York Post that New York Democrats have announced the release of inmates from city jails.

Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to release “vulnerable” inmates from city jails to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic into local lockups, he said Wednesday.

“In the next 48 hours, we will identify any inmates who need to be brought out because of either their own health conditions — if they have any pre-existing conditions, etc. — or because the charges were minor and we think it’s appropriate to bring them out in this context,” de Blasio said on WCBS radio Wednesday evening.

“That said, we still need our criminal justice system to function,” he added.

The announcement comes as a correction officer and an inmate both tested positive for the deadly illness in the past day.

The Correction Officers Benevolent Association union has called for new masks to protect its members and for all new detainees to be housed in facilities other than Rikers Island amid the outbreak.

Some city officials, including Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, have pushed for the city to begin releasing prisoners who are over 50 years old and at a low risk for reoffending.

(Read more at the New York Post)

What can I say?

I could ask that New York keep their criminals where they should be; however, the moving of criminals where they should be to other places seems to be the entire point of the article above.

The only thing I might suggest would probably be an impossibility in New York: vote conservative.

Speak to the Texas Republican Party


The Texas Republican Propositions, my suggestions, and a Biblical reasoning

The propositions put forward by Texas Republicans seek to get the pulse of the grass roots.

Therefore, I encourage you to inform yourself and vote on these propositions.

The following table includes the text of the proposition items, my suggestion for a vote, a reason for my suggestion, and a Bible verse backing that suggestion.

Prop Text: Yes / No ? Why: Verse & Explaination
Prop 1:
Texas should not restrict or prohibit prayer in public schools. Yes. It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after he had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1 NASB)

The best way to teach about prayer will be to teach it at home. However, to allow the use of prayer in school can only benefit.

Prop 2:
Texas should reject restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. Yes. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:4 NASB)

We must have the opportunity to protect ourselves and others.

Prop 3:
Texas should ban the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, which allows your tax dollars to be spent on lobbyists who work against the taxpayer. Yes. Do not rob the poor because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate; (Proverbs 22:2 NASB)

This prevents the powerful state from using the money of the people against the people.

Prop 4:
Texas should support the construction of a physical barrier and use existing defense-grade surveillance equipment along the entire southern border of Texas. Yes. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. The people whom He has choses for His own inheritance. (Psalm 33:12 NASB)

Because God recognizes the separations of nations and honors the nations that honor Him, people need to be able to defend their own borders.

Prop 5:
Texas parents or legal guardians of public school children under the age of 18 should be the sole decision makers for all their children’s healthcare decisions including, but not limited to, psychological assessment and treatment, contraception, and sex education. Yes. But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8 NASB)

It is up to the parents (especially the father) to protect the children.

Prop 6:
Texas should ban chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital mutilation surgery on all minor children for transition purposes, given that Texas children as young as three (3) are being transitioned from their biological sex to the opposite sex. No. For each will bear his own load. (Galatians 6:5 NASB)

This proposition contradicts (in essence) the previous. It removes a “no” that the parent must voice and introduces the possibility that the state will make other decisions for the child without consulting the parents.

Prop 7:
Texans should protect and preserve all historical monuments, artifacts, and buildings, such as the Alamo Cenotaph and our beloved Alamo, and should oppose any reimagining of the Alamo site. Yes. So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever. (Joshua 4:7b NASB)

The importance of having a physical reminder of the past comes through here.

Prop 8:
Texas election officials should heed the directives of the Office of the Governor to purge illegal voters from the voter rolls and verify that each new registered voter is a U.S. Citizen. Yes. Stand firm, therefore, having girded your loins with truth. (Ephesians 6:14a NASB)

We must encourage truth among those who we entrust with governmental power.

Prop 9:
Bail in Texas should be based only on a person’s danger to society and risk of flight, not that person’s ability to pay. Yes. When the righteous increase, the people rejoice. But when a wicked man rules, people groan. (Proverbs 29:2 NASB)

The release of murderers by social justice judges has resulted in the murder of innocents.

Prop 10:
Texas should limit our state legislators’ terms to 12 years. Yes. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 NASB)

Because we are imperfect people, limiting the amount of power any one person has over us only makes sense.

Two stories for Christians today


Group (2ndVote) identifies how liberal or conservative charities act

Watchdog Group Is Helping Conservatives Push Back on Leftist Corporate Activism

A Townhall article points out 2ndVote was born and how it operates.

We’ve all experienced it—standing in the checkout line at the grocery store when the clerk asks if you’d like to make a donation to the cause du jour. Sometimes the organization is a household name, other times not. Either way, customers are never given the full picture about how that organization uses its money.

When Dr. David Black was confronted with the question in 2011 at his local grocery store asking for donations to March for Dimes, he obliged without giving it another thought.

To this pro-lifer’s surprise, his wife, former Rep. Diane Black, informed him that the group has ties to Planned Parenthood.

The seemingly mundane incident forced Black, a forensic scientist by training, to question what else he didn’t know.

2ndVoteOut of his curiosity 2ndVote was born—a corporate activism watchdog that researches and exposes what retailers do with your dollars, giving conservatives and Christians the tools they need to shop and donate according to their principles.

While the group started by looking into nonprofits, 2ndVote quickly began to focus on corporations and identified seven conservative and Judeo-Christian values that are under attack: life, religious liberty, marriage, the Second Amendment, immigration, education, and the environment.

To date, the organization has a database of 900 for-profit and nonprofit entities that are ranked on a one (liberal) through five (conservative) scale. Christian and conservative consumers can now shop smarter and easier by utilizing tools on the 2ndVote website and app, such as the Everyday Shopping Guide.

(Read more at Townhall)

As far as commands from Jesus go, this would fall under “be wise as serpents and innocent as doves”

Jesus set an impossibly high standard that we must strive to attain when He told us:

Behold, I send you out as sheep among wolves, so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16 NASB)

As anyone who has dealt with sheep would know, referring to his followers as sheep was no complement. However, this was a theme within the Old Testament that continued to the New that illustrated the believers’ dependence on God. Nonetheless, while continuing to refer to our dependence on God and the evil of the world (the wolves), Jesus commands us to use our brains to match the wiles of the world.

To make things a little easier, 2ndVote has apps on the Google Play and Apple platforms. Through those apps, any curious user can explore the proclivities of charities they wish to investigate.

If the user comes from the ideological left, the story section and news section of 2ndVote might make that user a bit uncomfortable (just as reading CNN makes most right-leaning users uncomfortable). Still, considering the pro-life genesis of the group, maybe that should be expected.

Therefore, with all this in mind, “study to show yourselves approved” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Islamists burn 30 alive in cars

The BBC reported in a 10 February 2020 article that Islamists burned 30 as they slept in cars in Nigeria.

borno2Most of the victims were travellers who were burnt to death while sleeping in their vehicles during an overnight stop, officials added

The attack took place in Auno town on a major highway in Borno State.

Militant Islamist group Boko Haram and its offshoots have waged a brutal insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.

About 35,000 people have been killed, more than two million have been left homeless and hundreds have been abducted in the conflict.

Nigeria’s government has repeatedly said that the militants have been defeated, but attacks continue.

(Read more at the BBC)

For the mass media, one or two American illnesses and a number of Chinese deaths in the struggle against coronavirus seem to have outweighed this slaughter

While one might understand the self-interest built into the media’s decision to broadcast news on the coronavirus rather than these Islamist attacks, Christians need to lift up our brothers in prayer. Because this, like a long-festering sore, does not seem to be anywhere near going away — we need to continually pray for these Christians’ delivery.