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#1 – Christians should be aware of cultural trends that weaken the weak

Lesbian Feminist Testifies Against the ‘Equality Act’

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A 2 April 2019 National Review article points to the words of lesbian feminist Julia Beck as she points out many of the things that Christians have regarding the Equality Act. Specifically, she points out many instances where the Equality Act will allow the blurring of lines that protect women.

On Tuesday Julia Beck testified against the Equality Act (H.R. 5) before the House Judiciary Committee. Beck is a lesbian who was booted out of the Baltimore LGBT Commission for describing a male transgender rapist as a male and saying that men can’t be lesbians.

Advocates of the Equality Act characterize it as anti-discrimination for LGBT people and a much-needed extension of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Nearly 300 Democrats (and a few Republicans) support the bill. It is scheduled for hearings later this spring, and a vote this summer. It will likely pass the House, if not yet the Senate.

In her testimony, Beck said the law would mean that,

male rapists will go to women’s prisons and likely assault female inmates as has already happened in the U.K.; female survivors of rape will be unable to contest male presence in women’s shelters; men will dominate women’s sports — girls who would have taken first place will be denied scholastic opportunity; women who use male pronouns to talk about men may be arrested, fined, and banned from social media platforms; girls will stay home from school when they have their periods to avoid harassment by boys in mixed-space toilets; girls and women will no longer have a right to ask for female medical staff or intimate care providers, including elderly or disabled women who are at serious risk of sexual abuse; female security officers will no longer have the right to refuse to perform pat-downs or intimate searches of males who say they’re female and women undergoing security checks will no longer have the right to refuse having those security checks being performed by men claiming a feminine identity.

She pointed out that “everything I just listed is already happening, and it’s only going to get worse if gender identity is recognized in federal law.” And added, “I urge my fellow Democrats to wake up. Please acknowledge biological reality.”

(Read more at National Review)

Now that a recognized leader in the lesbian community has said the same thing that Christians (such as Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association) has been saying, maybe more people in government will start to take note.

Then again, maybe they will just sideline Ms. Beck just like they have sidelined Christians.

Still, with that said, what about the Christians who want to live out their faith despite aggressive attacks from liberal activists? What about Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop? What about the former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa? What about Barronelle Stutzman?

Rep. Nadler says that we cannot hide behind religion when discriminating against transgenders and homosexuals. Can this question be turned around? Have lesbians used their power with liberal states to persecute Christians? Is there equal representation under the law?

#2 – Christians should be aware that government doesn’t want to protect your children

Houston Library continues program after registered sex offender found in Drag Queen Storytime

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The Houston Chronicle tells of Alberto Garza in a 17 March 2010 article, a transgender who was convicted of abusing an 8-year-old boy has now been found participating in the Houston Public Library’s program that has transgenders reading to preschoolers. What can go wrong there?

Houston Public Library officials apologized Friday for failing to conduct a background check on a registered sex offender who read books to children at an event hosted by drag queens.

Albert Garza, a 32-year-old registered sex offender, participated in the program under the name Tatiana Mala-Niña, according to the conservative anti-LGBTQ group, MassResistance.

Library officials acknowledged in a statement Friday that Garza has “a criminal background that should have prevented him from participating” in the Drag Queen Storytime program, in which drag queens read books at the Freed-Montrose library.

Department of Public Safety records show Garza was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of an 8-year-old child in 2009, for which he received five years of probation and community supervision.

Mala-Niña did not respond to attempts Saturday to confirm her apparent criminal background.

“We assure you that this participant will not be involved in any future HPL programs,” the library’s statement reads. “…We deeply regret this oversight and the concern this may cause our customers. We realize this is a serious matter.”

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

Although many citizens of Houston’s Montrose would not be surprised to find that a transvestite who was reading to children at the public library was a registered sex offender, this is still a breach of the public trust. The sad thing is that it was not the Houston Public Library’s last breach of trust under this program.

Second Child Sex Offender Unmasked at Drag Queen Story Time, Houston Activists Say

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According to a 5 April 2019 article on PJ Media, a second child abuser discovered within the Houston Public Library Drag Queen program.

On Thursday, activist parents with MassResistance unmasked another child sex offender who greeted children at Drag Queen Story Time. According to local MassResistance leader Tracy Shannon, a drag performer with many aliases has sexually assaulted children and publicly recounted his history as a transgender dominatrix and prostitute for hire. His name has been redacted here because he was allegedly convicted for sexual assault against children at age 16, so his record has been sealed.

“We have another big reveal today at our press conference which will take place at 2 PM at the Freed Montrose Library,” Shannon announced in an email. “Due to this individual using multiple aliases and having moved around a lot it was hard to nail down his identity but we finally connected the dots. We found his name a few days ago but trying to find some affirmation and photos was like looking for a needle in a haystack of social media postings.”

“Once we affirmed the identity we ran background checks and found the record. We will reveal all at 2 PM Central time at our press conference,” she added. She also excoriated the Houston Public Library (HPL) system for allowing child sex offenders to greet children.

At the conference, “MassResistance will demand an audit of the entire HPL background checks vs volunteer applications to see how many have experienced an ‘oversight’ and how many sex offenders have been allowed to participate in children’s programming at the libraries in Houston. We will also be demanding a city ordinance that requires background checks for all city-sanctioned programs for children when we have our press conference.”

Shannon sent PJ Media the research document outlining how MassResistance uncovered this second alleged sex offender.

She connected the man to an article at About Online recalling experiences in “sex work” as a “professional dominatrix.” At the beginning, the anonymous author admitted, “I had tried for so many years to alleviate my depression and dysphoria through random sex, I had lost track of how many partners I’ve had.” This eased the transition from “sex work” to becoming a transgender prostitute and porn actor.

(Read more at PJ Media)

Hat tip: Frank and Freeda Blunt, Trigger Reset

Hopefully, this will be the last breach of trust for the Houston Public Library for a while.

We must protect children and others who are incapable of protecting themselves. Allowing preditors, whether in the library or in the church, does not cut it. We need to either stay with them or know those in whom we trust our children.

#3 – Christians should know that most powers want to shut us up

From Baylor to Yale, Free Speech for Christians Is Dying, and Ted Cruz Wants Some Answers

As made evident in a 5 April 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article, even liberals on Christian campuses are threatened by Christian speakers coming with messages that other crowds of Christians want to hear.

Freedom of speech is under fire now possibly more than ever on college campuses as this fundamental American freedom is being stripped from students, professors, and even public speakers.

Examples of threats to free speech continue to roll in across the nation, especially for Christians and conservatives and their biblical stand on issues.

Even at a Christian university in the Bible belt, free speech is at risk. Some at Baylor University in Texas are trying to stop Matt Walsh, a Christian author and blogger, from speaking on campus.

Walsh was invited by Baylor’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter to give a speech titled, “The War on Reality: Why the Left Has Set out to Redefine Life, Gender, and Marriage.”

It didn’t sit well with some students and so they circulated a petition to stop him from speaking on the topic from a biblical perspective.

The petition accuses Walsh of spreading “harmful hate speech.” Some students even vandalized posters advertising the event.

Walsh took to Twitter saying he simply wants to express a point of view, is trying to have a good sense of humor about the protest, and is asking students to try to have a rational dialogue with him.

Organizers say the event, scheduled for April 9, is now sold out.

A second recent case involves Yale Law School saying students who work for Christian groups supporting biblical teaching on marriage being between one man and one woman will no longer receive school financial support.

The controversy erupted when an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom was invited to speak on campus about Christian baker Jack Phillips who, for religious reasons, declined to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

A number of Yale’s liberal groups, including the LGBTQ advocacy group the “Outlaws” protested the speech and the school’s financial help to conservative students.

Yale responded by pulling the funding for students who follow their biblical beliefs.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is now involved. He sent a letter to the dean of the Yale Law School saying its new policy is “transparently discriminatory” and intended to “blacklist Christian organizations.” Cruz has threatened legal action.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

It would seem that a number of liberals have flocked to the private institutions founded by religious groups (like Baylor, which is currently at least partially funded by the Southern Baptist Convention). Therefore, it seems that Christians have been tolerant of liberals who moved into their halls of learning. However, it also seems that those same liberals cannot be tolerant of Christians.

#4 – Christians should watch for politicians who try to pander to the crowd

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Melts Down over Criticism of Fake Accent

This Breitbart article highlights both the extremes of pandering that the Democrats have fallen to and the degree of pain they feel upon being called out for that pandering.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to criticism for her patronizing use of a fake accent in front of a black audience in the usual manner — crybabying.

The not-terribly-bright socialist was caught on video Friday patronizing the mostly black audience with a fake southern drawl at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.

The humiliating video quickly made the rounds on social media, earning the criticism and ridicule it deserved.

The video is as shocking as it is excruciating. All of a sudden, the Westchester socialist, who is famous for her Jerry the Mouse voice, starts talking like a black preacher.

“This is what organizing looks like. This is what building power looks like,” Ocasio-Crazy said with her affected cadence. “This is what changing the country looks like. It’s when we choose to show up and occupy the room and talk about the things that matter most, talking about our future.”

“Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy,” she continued. “There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work”:

The moment is reminiscent of two-time presidential loser Hillary “Hot Sauce” Clinton’s similar attempt to condescend to a predominantly black audience with her “Ain’t No Ways Tired” remarks in 2007:

(Read more at Breitbart)

#5 – Christians should know that apostasy is growing in the “Church”

The Swedish Church Creates LGBTQ View of the Bible for Children, Identifies Jesus as ‘Queer’

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One 5 April 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article shows that one diocese of the Church of Sweden has published a guide stating that Christ was homosexual.

The Diocese of Västerås, a division of the Church of Sweden, is now giving away an LGBTQ guide for “Christian queer kids.” Bible-believing Christians may be stunned to hear that this extreme guide describes Jesus as “queer” and Joseph as transvestite.

No, this isn’t just some radical college course about the Bible. This is coming from the actual Church of Sweden.

The church, which identifies as Protestant, has created what it calls a “survival guide” for LGBTQ youth. A Swedish news site, Nya DagBladet, states the church’s guide contains definitions and concepts, a bit about the Bible and LGBTQ, as well as Bible stories that it claims are related to LGBTQ people.

The guide goes on to contradict Scripture by stating the Bible is actually not against homosexuality, implying scriptures dealing with it are actually about exploitation or rape. Click Here to see what the Bible actually says about homosexuality.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

#6 – Christians should know that the groups that spew hate aren’t going away

‘Hate-Filled, Anti-Christian, Anti-Conservative Organization’: Why the SPLC Has Been Given an ‘F’ by Charity Watch

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A 4 April 2019 article at the Christian Broadcasting Network points out the vehemence of the attacks by the SPLC.

More than 25 Christian and conservative leaders have signed a letter to the CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon, urging them to end any working relationships with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC has notoriously listed Christian and conservative groups as hate groups.

“It is now clear that the SPLC has proven to be a hate-filled, anti-Christian, anti-conservative organization and nothing more than a weapon of the radical Left, whose goal is to bully people into compliance with their ideology,” the letter states. “Fail to comply with their demands, and you will be labeled as a hate group or an extremist.”

The Family Research Council is one group the SPLC has put in that hate group category for its Biblical beliefs and defense of traditional marriage. Others like the Alliance Defending Freedom and Prager University have also been targeted.

And this letter may be just the beginning of the SPLC’s worries. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is calling on the IRS to investigate the non-profit and review its tax exempt status.

“They’ve really become kind of a hate group themselves,” Cotton told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “Serial repeated defamation against what you see as a political opponent is not a tax exempt purpose.”

The SPLC has a reported $500 million in assets with a good chunk of that in offshore accounts.

(Read more at Christian Broadcasting Network)

When you also consider that the leadership of the SPLC left under the cloud of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism, you would not know it from the virtual silence among the mainstream media outlets.

Additionally, you would not know that the current leader of the SPLC (Tina Tchen) has close ties to the Obama administration — including Greg Craig — and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case). What do we here about this? Do we even hear crickets out of the media?

 

Media Silent (Part 3)


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Media Silent on Democrat Racism

Tweet Video of One Out of Six Announced Speakers for the Boston Free Speech Rally

In the following tweet and encapsulated video, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai speaks against the racism exhibited by Antifa, the Neo-Nazis, Elizabeth Warren, and other current Democrat “leaders.” In contrast, he also points toward the free-speech standards of those like Harry Truman and other icons.

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The speech begins:

They tried to stop us today, didn’t they? But we weren’t cowed down and we will always stand up for all of you here and for true patriots. Because, we, in spite of the noise out there, are going to stand up for something very fundamental, which is called free speech. They tried to prevent me from coming here. As you may have heard in the media, they asked me why I associated with all of you guys even though they have no idea of who you are, do they?

They don’t know anything about us and they don’t ask questions of the real racists. Did any one of them ask the numerous people who share the stage with Joe Biden? Let me remind you about Joe Biden. He’s the guy who said Obama (which many of those people support) is a “clean and articulate black man.” He’s a racist, but no one asked about that, did they?

Did anyone ask who shared the stage with Harry Reid? Let me remind you. Harry Reid’s a person who claimed that Obama was acceptable to Democrats because he was half white and suppressed his negro accent. Right? They never questioned Obama or anyone about that.

Did any one of them question who shared the stage with Jimmy Carter? Let me remind it was Carter who said “We need ethnically pure neighborhoods.” That sounds like a white supremacist to me.

The establishment is what is obsessed with race. It’s not us.

Tony Posnanski Counts 100 Nazis at the Free Speech Rally

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Looking at the video of Shiva Ayyadurai, it didn’t look like there could be quite 100 in attendance. However, in other pictures of the Nazi-flag-waving crowds, those gathered might have reached about 100. Any which way, I was not there and don’t want to be accused of overestimating the crowd size in favor of Nazi sympathizers.

Boston Police Call for a Return to Sanity

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Maxine Waters Calls Ben Carson a White Supremacist

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Ben Carson’s House Marked with Racist Graffitti

In an 19 August 2017 OneNewsNow article, the ugly face of racism brought up by Maxine Waters seems to have borne some ill fruit.

Leftist vandals struck Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson’s home in Virginia by writing hateful racist anti-Trump messages in reaction to the racial mayhem that hit Charlottesville, Virginia.

The former brain surgeon took to social media to describe his latest bouts with racial tensions, including the recent attack that literally hit home. He connected a couple of his personal stories to the “racial and political strife” that came out of Charlottesville last weekend.

“Several years ago, we bought a farm in rural Maryland [and] one of the neighbors immediately put up a Confederate flag,” Carson recounted on his Facebook page on Wednesday. “A friend of ours who is an African-American three-star general was coming to visit and immediately turned around, concluding that he was in the wrong place. Interestingly, all the other neighbors immediately put up American flags – shaming the other neighbor who took down the Confederate flag.”

Good out of the bad

He used this as a segue to describe the latest incident at his current Virginia home – where the racial attack was waged by Leftists – but a common positive thread woven into both accounts was that his neighbors rallied behind him to denounce the senseless acts of hate.

“More recently, our home in Virginia – along with that of a neighbor – was vandalized by people who also wrote hateful rhetoric about President Trump,” Carson continued. “We were out of town, but other kind, embarrassed neighbors cleaned up most of the mess before we returned.”

In contrast to the bombardment of media coverage championing violent agitators for declaring a war on whites and American history, Carson extolled those who tried to cover over the racial tensions and bring peace and unity to bad situations.

“In both instances, less than kind behavior was met by people taking the high road,” the former Republican presidential candidate pointed out. “We could all learn from these examples. Hatred and bigotry unfortunately still exists in our country, and we must all continue to fight it, but let’s use the right tools. By the way, that neighbor who put up the Confederate flag subsequently became friendly. That is the likely outcome – if we just learn to be neighborly and to get to know each other.”

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Whether it is Antifa violence or graffiti emblazoned on conservatives’ homes, it seems the American mainstream media has no taste for reporting the truth.

CBS, NBC, and ABC Ignore the Issue as CNN Hurts Itself

CNN Cites Often-Disproven SPLC by Using the Hate Map

OneNewsNow reported in a 18 August 2017 article how CNN has willfully joined a repeat offender (the Southern Poverty Law Center) in mischaracterizing a number of Christian organizations as “hate groups.”

CNN has become the latest to cooperate with an organization whose own list of “hate” groups was used to carry out attempted mass murder at a Washington, D.C think tank.

Following up on the violent clash between neo-Nazis and left-wing protesters in Virginia that claimed a life, CNN published a list of the 917 U.S.-based “hate groups” compiled by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center.

Yet that decision came on the fifth-year anniversary that left-wing activist Floyd Corkins attempted mass murder at the Washington, D.C.-based headquarters of the Family Research Council.

Corkins has told authorities he intended to kill as many FRC employees as he could and his plan was stopped only by a guard, Leo Johnson, who took a bullet in the arm when he fought Corkins in the lobby.

Corkins, who surrendered to authorities on the scene, was asked by FBI agents why he targeted the Family Research Council.

“How did you find (inaudible), how did you find it earlier? Did you look it up online?” Corkins was asked by an FBI agent in a recorded interview (see video below) of his confession of the crime.

“Southern Poverty Law lists, uh, anti-gay groups,” Corkins replied, “and I found them online.”

CNN is acting “unbelievably irresponsible” by using the SPLC Hate Map, responds FRC President Tony Perkins.

He points out that SPLC was linked to Corkins’ attempted massacre in his court appearance and calls the once-lauded civil rights law firm a “money-making machine” worth more than $350 million.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

It is sad when purported journalists like those in CNN cannot learn from the mistakes of the FBI or the investigation of credible investigative organizations like Judicial Watch. Still, what can you expect from CNN as long as they refuse to remove their blinders?

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Media Silent on the Size of the Free Speech Rally vs. the Size of the Paid Antifa Crowd

Tweet Showing the Size of the Free Speech Rally vs the Antifa Rally

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Racist Reactions to Ferguson: A Result of Obama’s Focus or a Post-Literate America?


 Have the racist reactions that have been broadcast in various televised reports been the result of:

  • Statements from the Obama administration that seem to support one side over the other
  • A post-literate America that relies on short and shallow television reports over more in-depth textual sources of information
  • Other influences

 To choose between these options, I will present:

  1. A definition of racism
  2. Articles that list the information provided to the grand jury
  3. A shortened set of racist reactions to Ferguson
  4. Instances where the Obama administration may have presented false hope to the Black community
  5. Examples of how televised reports present a different story than that presented by written articles
  6. Instances of racism provoked by the events of Ferguson but not encouraged by Obama or the media
  7. The Answer

  1. Racism Defined

For the purpose of this blog post, I will use the definition of “racist” provided by Derryck Green of Project 21 in his video Who are the Racists: Conservatives or Liberals?. According to Mr. Green, “A racist is a person who believes that one race is inherently superior or inferior to another based solely on skin color.”  Racism may come to the forefront in the standard way when a white man rejects an Hispanic job applicant not because of the work samples provided but on the kinship he feels to another white candidate. In the case of the Michael Brown’s shooting, racism may occur when a person claims to be a witness to an event only because he or she shares skin color, not information, regarding one party in the altercation. Racism may appear in low expectations for people of a particular skin color (for example, not expecting Oriental cashier to understand a slang phrase or not expecting a White choir member to keep a beat or overlooking the riots started by members of your own race). Racism might be manifested by journalists that only present one side of a story and feel a need to shout down any opposing narrative.

Many people call the racism that has become part of the narrative after the Michael Brown shooting “reverse racism” because the discrimination involved works in support of the minority (Blacks, as embodied by Michael Brown, his family, various leaders who injected a Black-versus-White narrative, various groups, or various journalists) over the interests of the majority (Whites, as embodied by Officer Wilson, various leaders, or various communicators).  While some may approve of this (or approve of it through denying its existence), I do not.  Somehow, they think that one instance of discrimination excuses another or that a multitude of acts of discrimination must occur before past discrimination can be overlooked.  However, racism is racism.  None of it should happen.

Christianity and Racism

Undeniably, some Christians have been racists.  Christians are humans with a sin nature and the possible sins include making unjust decisions.  However, Christian teaching runs counter to racism.  Although some verses may be bent to support a racist argument, the central messages of the Bible run directly counter to racism.

Central to the Christian message is the great commission:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)

Obviously, no Christian can obey this central commandment and avoid the many other races included in  “all nations.”  Similarly, Romans 10:12 demonstrates the equality of races in the Christian worldview:

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:12-13 NIV)

Although there are verses in the Bible calling for believers to be a “a people for his own possession” (1 Peter 2:9-10) and “a people I formed for myself” (Isaiah 43:20), the concept central here is that “the people” are a group centered on a belief in God.  That is, the people of God are not a race, but a people that have been transformed by God in response to their belief in him (2 Corinthians 5:17).

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  (1 Peter 2:9-10 NIV)

The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.  (Isaiah 43:20-21 NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

  1. Articles Addressing the Evidence to the Grand Jury

Key Facts found by the Ferguson Grand Jury as reported by CNS News

In a 25 November 2014 article published by CNS News, the following facts affected the Ferguson grand jury decision:

  1. Officer Wilson identified Michael Brown as a suspect in a robbery
    From the County Prosecuter Bob McCulloch:

    “At About 11:53 AM, Wilson heard a radio broadcast of stealing in progress at a market. The broadcast also included a brief description of the subject.”

    “As Officer Wilson was attending to his emergency call, Michael Brown and a companion were in the local convenience store. Michael Brown’s activity in the store was recorded by the store security cameras. The video often played following its release in August by the Ferguson police department shows Michael Brown grabbing a handful of Cigarillos and heading toward the exit without paying. As Michael Brown and his companion left the store, somebody inside called the police.

    “As Officer Wilson continued west, he encountered Mr. Brown and his companion walking in the middle of the street. As Wilson slowed, he told them to move to the sidewalk. Words were exchanged and they continued to walk down the middle of the street. Wilson observed that Michael Brown had Cigarillos in his hand and was wearing a red hat and yellow socks. At approximately 12:02 PM, Wilson radioed he had two individuals and needed assistance.”

  2. Michael Brown initiated the attack on Officer Wilson inside his police vehicle

    From Officer Wilson’s sworn testimony:

    “He then grabs my door again and shuts my door. At that time is when I saw him coming into my vehicle. His head was higher than the top of my car. And I see him ducking and as he is ducking, his hands are up and he is coming in my vehicle.”

    From Officer Wilson’s sworn testimony:

    “I had shielded myself in this type of manner and kind of locked away, so I don’t remember seeing him come at me, but I was hit right in the side of the face with a fist. I don’t think it was a full-on swing, I think it was a full-on swing, but not a full shot. I think my arm deflected some of it, but there was still a significant amount of contact that was made to my face.”

    From County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch:

    “Several other witnesses described Mr. Brown as punching Officer Wilson while Mr. Brown was partially inside the vehicle.”

  3. Michael Brown grabbed Officer Wilson’s gun

    From Officer Wilson’s sworn testimony:

    “He grabs my gun, says, “You are too much of a pussy to shoot me.” The gun goes down into my hip and at that point I thought I was getting shot. I can feel his fingers try to get inside the trigger guard with my finger and I distinctly remember envisioning a bullet going into my leg. I thought that was the next step.”

    From County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch:

    “A total of 12 rounds were fired by Officer Wilson. Two shots in the car, 10 more farther east. Mr. Brown sustained a graze wound to his thumb while standing next to the vehicle.”

  4. The gun was fired twice during the initial struggle.

    From Officer Wilson’s sworn testimony:

    “At this point I’m like why isn’t this working, this guy is going to kill me if he gets a hold of this gun. I pulled it a third time, it goes off. When it went off, it shot through my door panel and my window was down and glass flew out of my door panel. I think that kind of startled him and me at the same time.”

    From County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch:

    “Many of the witnesses said they heard a gunshot while Mr. Brown was still partially inside the vehicle.”

  5. Officer Wilson feared for his life during the struggle

    From Officer Wilson’s sworn testimony:

    “I felt that another one of those punches in my face could knock me out or worse. I mean it was, he’s obviously bigger than I was and stronger and the, I’ve already taken two to the face and I didn’t think I would, the third one could be fatal if he hit me right.”

  6. Officer Wilson repeatedly told Michael Brown to surrender

    From Officer Wilson’s sworn testimony:

    “At this point I start backpedaling and again, I tell him get on the ground, get on the ground, he doesn’t. I shoot another round of shots. Again, I don’t recall how many hit him every time. I know at least once because he flinched again.

    Well, he keeps coming at me after me again, during the pause I tell him to get on the ground, get on the ground, he still keeps coming at me, gets about 8 to 10 feet away. At this point, I’m backing up pretty rapidly, I’m backpedaling pretty good because I know if he reaches me, he’ll kill me.”

  7. Michael Brown was charging Officer Wilson when he was fatally shot.

    From Officer Wilson’s sworn testimony:

    “When he does that, his left hand goes in a fist and goes to his side, his right one goes under his shirt in his waistband and he starts running at me.

    At this point it looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting at him.

    And when he gets about that 8 to 10 feet away, I look down, I remember looking at my sites and firing, all I see is his head and that’s what I shot.”

    From County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch:

    “Other witnesses stated Mr. Brown stopped for a very brief period and moved toward Officer Wilson again. One described his movement as a full charge.”

  8. Michael Brown hands were not held up in surrender when he was shot.

    From Officer Wilson’s sworn testimony:

    “His first step is coming towards me, he kind of does like a stutter step to start running. When he does that, his left hand goes in a fist and goes to his side, his right one goes under his shirt in his waistband and he starts running at me.”

    From County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch:

    “Several witnesses stated that Mr. Brown did not raise his hands at all or that he raised them briefly and then dropped them and turned towards Officer Wilson who fired several rounds.”

  9. Michael Brown had marijuana in his system and on his posession at the time of the incident.

    The official autopsy performed on Michael Brown showed that he had THC in his system–at a level that would have been more than twice what would have allowed him to be arrested for impaired driving in Washington State, where marijuana is legal. THC is the chemical most responsible for the effects of marijuana. Brown was also carrying a bag of marijuana at the time of the shooting.|
     

  10. Not all witnesses spoke to the media.

    From County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch:

    “According to some witnesses, Officer Wilson stopped firing when Mr. Brown stopped moving towards him and resumed firing when Mr. Brown started moving towards him again. These witnesses did not make any statements to the media.”


All of the Ferguson Documents

If you want to look at all of the documents, go to http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_documents/ferguson-shooting/

These documents are also linked from the New York times at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/25/us/evidence-released-in-michael-brown-case.html?_r=1


NPR Account of Ferguson

From an article published by National Public Radio on 25 November 2014, the following points were made.

After sitting through hours of testimony and reading through thousands of pages of documents, a grand jury decided that there was not enough probable cause to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old.

Their decision, like the shooting that led up to all this, sparked violent protests overnight in Ferguson, Mo.

“The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact and fiction,” the prosecuting attorney, Robert McCulloch, said in a televised address Monday night. After weighing the evidence, the grand jury decided that Wilson acted within the limits of the lethal-force law. To issue an indictment, the jury needed at least 9 members to vote for it.

In a rare move and in an attempt to allay concerns about bias, McCulloch made public the mountain of evidence presented to the grand jury. We’re combing through the thousands of pages — including testimony from Wilson and many witnesses — and throughout the day, we’ll update this post with the pieces that help explain how the jury reached its decision.

Leading up to this decision, witness testimony has been hotly debated — so much so that the symbol of this story has become protesters raising their hands, symbolically telling police, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

We have documents of dozens of witness interviews. If you listened to McCulloch last night, much of this jury’s decision came down to whether Brown was charging Wilson or surrendering or running away.

As we’ve detailed in another post, it’s really complicated. Some witnesses say Wilson started shooting after he got out of the car; some say he started shooting inside the car. Some say Brown was very clearly surrendering, others say it didn’t look like he had been hit at all.

Perhaps the simplest way to explain all of this is to take a close look at Witness 14.

Without a doubt, Witness 14 is sympathetic to Brown and, in fact, had run into him at least once in the past.

“[Brown] was to me, and I’m going to say it, he was executed,” the witness said. “[Wilson] had made up his mind he was going to kill him.”

That was the witness’ conclusion — that as Brown was shot, he was surrendering, he had his hands up.

That’s what the witness told local authorities. But when the feds interviewed Witness 14 and drilled down on the details, the witness’ assumptions became less clear.

Were Brown’s hands a sign of surrender? Or was he checking his injuries? Were his palms facing the officer or facing Brown?

The witness eventually says: “He was defenseless, hands up, he was trying to stay on his feet and you could see that his knees was beginning to buckle and he was going down.”

But the investigator eventually gets to a very important point. He leads the witness to say that Brown was moving toward Officer Wilson, who was screaming, “Stop,” as he fired his weapon:

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New York Times Article Amid Conflicting Accounts, Trusting Darren Wilson

The New York Times account of the grand jury decision relays:

The prosecutor said that forensic evidence, along with public and private autopsy reports, supported the assertion that Officer Wilson and Mr. Brown had struggled inside the police vehicle.

A crime scene investigator described swabbing Officer Wilson’s gun; the subsequent DNA report found Mr. Brown’s genetic material on Officer Wilson’s Sig Sauer pistol. Similarly, DNA from Mr. Brown was also found on the officer’s uniform pants and shirt.

The medical examiner who performed the initial autopsy showed the grand jury close to 100 gruesome photos of the gunshot wounds from every angle, giving exhaustive descriptions and lessons in the physics of such wounds.  He described the soot, or unburned gunpowder, on a graze wound on Mr. Brown’s hand, proof that it was shot at a range of six to nine inches.

Over the months, the jurors seemed to focus intently on the final movement that Mr. Brown may have made toward Officer Wilson, after a brief chase. The prosecutor asked witness after witness if it seemed as if Mr. Brown were reaching for a weapon, though few said they saw anything like that. Mr. Brown was found to be unarmed.

Jurors asked whether Mr. Brown, when he was said to be moving toward Officer Wilson, seemed to have “any kind of expression, a blank look, aggressive look or anything.” They also had seemingly come to memorize the distances and challenged witnesses on their memories of the geography of the confrontation.

Forensic evidence was also presented that supported Officer Wilson’s statement that Mr. Brown was moving toward him after the first volley of bullets.

  1. Examples of Racist Reactions to Ferguson

Houston Local Media Racist Reaction

On Channel 11 in Houston, one protester claims that it is “police brutality” for an officer to shoot a robbery suspect that has beaten an officer, attempted to take the officer’s gun, started to walk away, and then (by several witnesses) charge the officer.

Group repeats “Hands up, don’t shoot” (a phrase that seems to have sprung from nowhere according to the Blaze and) as an indictment of police officers.  By their repeating this phrase, they are suggesting that at least a significant portion of police will attack them without provocation (although it has been proven that Michael Brown was inside of the police car, did hit the officer, and did start to leave the scene just before he may have charged the officer and was killed).

Unless the “Support Economic Justice” sign shown in this video refers to an unrelated case where an innocent person was gunned down by someone else, the sign seems to say “if any Black is killed for any reason and if you are of a different race, you need to pay that Black or all Blacks.”  What else could it mean?

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  1. False Hope Provided by Obama to the Black community

 Obama Requires Federal Bureau of Investigation to Open a Case on Brown’s Death

 According to an AP story published on 17 August 2014, Obama required the FBI to open an investigation on 11 August into Brown’s death, and two men who said they saw the shooting tell reporters that Brown had his hands raised when the officer approached with his weapon and fired repeatedly. That night, police in riot gear fire tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse a crowd.

 Obama Addresses the Nation regarding Ferguson

According to a Washington Post article, Obama addressed the nation with the following words.

 “Now, second, I want to address something that’s been in the news over the last couple of days, and that’s the last situation in Ferguson, Missouri. I know that many Americans have been deeply disturbed by the images we’ve seen in the heartland of our country as police have clashed with people protesting, today I’d like us all to take a step back and think about how we’re going to be moving forward.”

Obama Sends Holder to Ferguson

In an article published by the Business Insider, Obama announced on 18 August that Attorney General Eric Holder, with whom he met at the White House on Monday, would travel to Ferguson on Wednesday to “assess the situation” and hold meetings with law-enforcement officials investigating Brown’s death.

Holder Assures Rioters

As reported by the AP, on 20 August Holder visited Ferguson to offer assurances about the investigation into Brown’s death and to meet with investigators and Brown’s family. In nearby Clayton, a grand jury begins hearing evidence to determine whether Wilson should be charged.

The Media Reports Obama Receives Updates on Ferguson During Vacation

The Washington Post reported that Obama kept on top of Ferguson matters through briefings from his staff.

Holder Announces an Investigation into Missouri Police Departments

The Business Insider reported:

“In Ferguson, our investigation will assess the police department’s use of force, including deadly force,” Holder said at a press conference, according to his prepared remarks. “It will analyze stops, searches, and arrests. And it will examine the treatment of individuals detained at Ferguson’s city jail, in addition to other potentially discriminatory policing techniques and tactics that are brought to light.”

Politico Observes the Sharpton-Obama Team

According to Glenn Thrush, there is a synergy.

Yet as Obama’s presidency enters its final two years, Sharpton—so often criticized for being a self-promoter—finds himself in the unusual position of being too close to a White House that seems to be losing power by the day. “We are now living in a world where Al Sharpton is considered a sellout,” joked one Sharpton ally.

“Stay the Course”

Just before the grand jury decision, the Blacksphere (along with the New York Times) reported Obama encouraging the protesters to “stay the course.”

Obama Addresses the Grand Jury Decision

As reported by The Hill, Obama addressed the nation as follows:

“It is incumbent upon all of us as Americans, regardless of race, region, faith, that we recognize this is an American problem and not just a black problem or a brown problem or a Native American problem; this is an American problem.

“When anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law, that’s a problem. And it’s my job as president to help solve it,” he said.

 Racial-Based Murders that Obama Ignores

Oddly enough, there are a number of cases that run against Obama’s narrative.  Just this year, Obama has not addressed the similar murders of  Keith Passmore, Zemir Begic, Brendan Tevlin, Colleen Hufford, Captain Kevin Quick, Delbert Belton, or Christopher Lane.  Of these murders, Obama’s silence on the jihadist murders of Brendan Tevlin (Livingston, New Jersey) and Colleen Hufford (Moore, Oklahoma) is particularly baffling (until you consider the letter of congratulations Obama sent to the mosque of Colleen Hufford’s murderer).

Obama’s National Address

On 24 November, Obama said:

“First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law.  And so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make.  There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry.  It’s an understandable reaction.  But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.  Let me repeat Michael’s father’s words:  “Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer.  No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain.  I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.”  Michael Brown’s parents have lost more than anyone.  We should be honoring their wishes.   
I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur.  Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day.  They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.  As they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence — distinguish them from the vast majority who just want their voices heard around legitimate issues in terms of how communities and law enforcement interact. 
Finally, we need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation.  The fact is, in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color.  Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country.  And this is tragic, because nobody needs good policing more than poor communities with higher crime rates.  The good news is we know there are things we can do to help.  And I’ve instructed Attorney General Holder to work with cities across the country to help build better relations between communities and law enforcement.”

Obama Sets Another Meeting

As reported by numerous sources, Obama set a Monday, 5 December, meeting to discuss options.

  1. Televised Reports present a different story than that presented by written articles

CNN Continually Emphasizes One Side of the Testimony

CNN Panel Member’s Suggestion Denies Common Sense

On the edition of CNN’s New Day aired on 25 November 2014:

PAUL CALLAN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: You know, and I think just focusing on that imagery, obviously he’s referring to a cartoon character when he’s talking about those things, but it doesn’t surprise me because he’s trying to be, I think, as vivid in getting his point across to the grand jury that I was terrified. And I think if you step back and look at the whole picture, it starts in that convenience store, and people should remember that video. You’ve got big Michael Brown, grabbing a little guy by the neck, throwing him up against the wall. Now, by the way, that’s literally ten minutes before he encounters Officer Wilson.

CAMEROTA: But Darren Wilson hadn’t seen that video.

CALLAN: Well, no, no, but I’m not talking – – but I’m talking about when you try to figure out who’s who in this saga. Is it possible that Mike Brown acted in this violent a way, because what happens next is Wilson says, I backed the car up when I became aware that they were the robbery suspects. They pushed the door closed, and then Brown gets into the car, tries to get my gun. I could feel his finger on the trigger, says Wilson, and the gun then discharges twice. Wilson was afraid he was going to be killed. So, in Wilson’s mind, someone has just tried to kill him, and now they’re trying to escape, and that person, by the way, is a wanted felon. So what does he do? He gets out of the car, and pursues, and I think the grand jury looked at this and said what’s a cop supposed to do in that situation?

CAMEROTA: Because – – and what is a cop supposed to do? After that situation, where you have an altercation, a physical altercation with someone at your police cruiser and gunshots are fired, you can’t drive away from that, can you?

TOOBIN: Sure you can. You absolutely can. I mean, there is no reason to initiate a confrontation if you can avoid it. There is part of the being a cop is to get help, especially if you feel like you can’t handle the situation by yourself.

Note that Brown had first strong-arm robbed the convenience store, that Officer Wilson had been notified of the description of Brown, that Brown had reached into the squad car and fought over the gun, and that Brown had hit Officer Wilson in the face; however, Toobin says that “there is no reason th initiate a confrontation.”

  1. Racism Provoked by the Events of Ferguson but not Encouraged by Obama or the Media

Pregnant Woman Loses Eye in Confrontation with Police

  1. The Answer

The Most Direct (But Not Easy) Answer

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:27-36 NIV)

Church needs to Intervene for Reconciliation to Occur

Bishop Jackson

According to a 25 November article in One News Now, Bishop Harry Jackson says:

“I believe that there has to be in this season a merging of prayer and practical works.  We’re going to need to bring that together in a real dynamic way in our urban communities. If we do it, we’ll see dramatic change. Ten years from now America will not have the possibility of another Ferguson, if we act now.”

The Answer in the Words of Martin Luther King


The Answer of Acting in Protection of Others

These four men used guns to do the right thing.
This photo comes via a link to the Blaze.

According to an article published on 28 November in the Blaze, a group of four black men armed themselves and protected the business of a white owner.  Why did they do it?

“We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them,” Morello said following the Ferguson riots. The business is a Conoco gas station and convenience store first bought by Morello’s father in 1984.


The Answer of Protecting Others

As reported by Gateway Pundit, there was another group of 20 men who protected businesses.

Will the Real Black Americans Stand Up


Will the Real Black Americans Stand Up
by Charles R. Patrick Furguson

Although I agree with Mr. Ferguson regarding his core message of taking personal responsibility, there are points I must dispute.  Although slavery has not been part of the American experience for generations, parts of this world do still experience the practice of slavery.  Specifically, Christians are kidnapped in Eritrea and Sudan and transported to Sinai by Muslims.  Secondly, in America, there are racist cops and it does not need to be glossed over.  Nonetheless, when we protest injustice, we need to be certain that injustice has actually occurred (as opposed to the case where a criminal died during an attack on a policeman).

Yes, we need to stop doing criminal acts.  However, as Christians, we need to do more than just not sin or break man’s law.  We need to protect others and stand against wrongdoers.  Therefore, if a policeman stops me without probable cause, I am going to stand up respectfully and protest loudly in order that this injustice does not happen to the next person.

Finally, in this country, there is something called “equal representation under the law.” This concept is based on the equality of all Christians under Jesus (“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 NIV). Due to the concept of equality under the law, nobody should be singled out for special treatment.

This post requires a hat-tip to a commenter to an unrelated Blaze article and their link to the Gateway Pundit.