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Another inconvenient bigot

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The left in America claims to occupy the moral high ground on bigotry and xenophobia. They claim that they uniquely possess an open-mindedness, tolerance, and welcoming spirit. That’s their narrative.

It’s sadly wrong, and proven so every day.

The chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party–home of Sen. Bernie Sanders–is named Faisal Gill. A 48-year-old man named Christopher Hayden was arrested for sending threatening, anti-Muslim, e-mails to Gill, who is Muslim. Hayden is a Democrat. Quite inconvenient.

To be sure, there are many open-minded, intellectual, tolerant, and truly wonderful people who happen to hold leftist political views. I’d love to sit down and have coffee with Rep. Seth Moulton from Massachusetts’ north shore, for instance–a former Marine and great guy. I’ve heard Anderson Cooper will give you the shirt off his back, and George Clooney will wash it for you.

The most inconvenient fact for the left is that bigotry isn’t tied to political orientation. It’s much more tied to mental health, education, emotional stability, and upbringing. College and post-graduates tend to lean more Democrat, and church-going Christians lean Republican. The sight of Berkeley students rioting is quite inconvenient to the narrative that education is the hallmark of non-violence.

However, the left refuses to accept the facts. They continue to press a false narrative.

Gill, who Vermont Democratic Party officials say is the first Muslim in the nation to be a state-level party chair, attributes the increased frequency of race- and religion-based harassment to the presidential campaign of now-President Donald Trump.

Gill would really have us believe that Trump incited a Democrat to send threatening emails to his own party chair because the man is a Muslim.

“I want to terminate my registration as a Democrat,” Hayden allegedly wrote on May 24. “You make me sick. I want you out of my state you freak.”

In philosophy, this fallacy is called “no true Scotsman,” because no true Democrat would be an xenophobic anti-Muslim bigot. Therefore he must be a closet Republican.

They also offer the converse argument that anyone who supports or voted for Donald Trump must be a bigoted, closed-minded fool, prone to violence. They’d have us believe that 62 million Americans are potentially dangerous bigots.

This argument in itself is dangerous, and creates the conditions for violence. Any educated person who repeats it has to realize that Democrats can also be pushed to political violence. James T. Hodgkinson proved that.

Floyd Lee Corkins, who in 2013 tried to massacre the Family Research Council’s office staff, “kill as many people as possible and smear Chick-fil-a sandwiches in their faces as a political statement,” also proved it. And that was when Barack Obama was president.

Jared Loughner, who shot Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011, was never a Republican. But the New York Times still (shamefully) tried to trot out the discredited conspiracy theory that Sarah Palin was somehow responsible for inciting the shooting, in an editorial published after Hodgkinson’s attempted massacre in June.

The truth that Democrats and the left like to ignore, cover their ears and yell “LA LA LA” when told to them, is that violence is not confined to the set of people identified as “not liberal.” Hate is not a result of conservative thought, or Donald Trump.

Until the left, which controls most of the press, can accept this fact and stop advancing false “no true Scotsman” arguments, it’s going to be very hard to combat real bigotry and violence.

For this reason, the left truly occupies the low moral ground.

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Video: What is a Classical Liberal?

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A short video making the point that the Left is no longer Liberal, having traded individualism for collectivism.

In one of their first animated video shorts, the Rubin Report discusses the vitally important topic of just who is a Classical Liberal.

OUR FIRST ANIMATED VIDEO! What is a Classical Liberal?

Liberalism has been confused with Leftism or progressivism, which is actually has nothing to do with classical Liberalism. Sadly the Left is no longer Liberal at all for it has traded individualism for collectivism.

The Rubin Report
Published on Jul 10, 2018

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$.02: When is it OK to quit church?

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Chris Sonsken of South Hills Church and founder Church BOOM penned a piece on Fox News that caught my attention on Twitter. It was a good column. Read the article here. The article addressed a Pew Research finding as to why people change churches. There finding as shown by Sonsken are:

  • Sermon quality
  • Welcoming environment/people
  • Style of worship
  • Location

Sonsken does a great job in arguing that there are biblically sound reasons for leaving a church and finding a new one.

1. It’s OK to leave if God calls us to leave.

2. It’s OK to leave for family and marriage.

3. It’s OK to leave a church if you have moved too far away to conveniently drive to your church.

4.  It’s OK to leave if you cannot follow the church’s leadership.

5.  It’s OK to leave if heresy is being preached.

Sonsken even mentions that unethical practices like abuse are reasons to leave, though not the norm for the majority of church swapping.

The reasons Sonsken gave are no cause for disagreement, and I’m sure his book Quit Church probably better articulates them.

Where I want to add my two sense on the matter is that I disagree with his assessment sermon quality is not a biblical reason for changing churches. The supposition that sermon quality is inherently a result of the person treating church like an object of consumption, as Sonsken suggests is not true. I believe sermon quality is an umbrella term for several reasons for not liking a Sunday message.

Too often people leave a church because of disagreement, not getting their way, or because the sermons are no longer deep enough. Often when we dig into the reason the sermons are not deep enough, it ultimately goes back to the person being offended or not having their faulty theologies endorsed from the pulpit. The same pastor who was previously deep enough becomes shallow once there is an offense. It’s incredibly difficult to hear from God in a sermon when we are offended by the person delivering the sermon.

This is true in many cases. A sin that is personal gets preached on and the offended party leaves. I don’t deny this to be the case. But I believe we should look deeper into the current trends of worship and focus on the mission of the church.

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-21 ESV

The church is to preach the gospel, but people accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior is only part of the mission. The Church is tasked with making disciples. The church is meant to teach. Not every follower is at the same level in their spiritual maturity or theological depth. Some churches, larger churches in particular dumb down the bible. In public education, this would be seen as lowering the bar. In church this practice could hold back believers in their growth. Small groups are a way to supplement this, and every church should employ bible study as a means to grow discipleship.

Many churches now are focused on metrics. This can lead to theologically watered down sermons and worship. Why risk offending that person who may leave with a sermon? But if a church is more focused on using a Sunday message to give a motivational speech using an out of context passage, what does it matter if they are doctrinally sound (in their written beliefs)?

There are a lot of heretical churches in America. We have issues like gay marriage to separate the sheep from the goats. But what about the sheep that suck? If a church has the right doctrine but is more focused on metrics than the power of the Holy Spirit, their head is in the wrong place. So it is biblically sound to change churches so that your head to remains in the right place.

That is not treating church like a consumer product. That is treating church like one’s means to grow spiritually, better recognizing the mission of the Great Commission.

That is my $.02 on the matter. I hope I added some meaningful word to this topic.


This post was originally publishd on Startup Christ. Startup Christ is a website for business and theology articles and columns.

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Video: So, You Think You’re Tolerant?

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Leftists like to fancy themselves as being tolerant and Liberal, but they fall way short in both qualities.

Leftists will tell you that they are the most tolerant people who have ever lived, they will also scream at you for being a racist, xenophobic troglodyte if you happen to mention that you’re a conservative. They are supposedly ‘Liberal’, being in favour of Liberty while demanding it’s polar opposite – socialism.

Yes, if there is one constant in the universe, its that Leftists cannot be honest about who they truly are. This is what we love about our wonderful opponents on the nation’s socialist Left, for they are nothing like another group that went by the same nomenclature who also screamed at people in the streets with the motto: Common Good Before Individual Good. [Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz]

But let’s not talk about the epithets they project on their enemies, let’s talk about how they get along with everyone who just happens to agree with everything they say. A new PragerU video featuring Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report looked at who is really tolerant. He is a true Liberal that discovered that it is actually the Pro-Liberty Right that is more tolerant, go figure.

Dave Rubin
Jul 9, 2018
Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.

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