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Leftist tolerance and intolerance: A brief list of what’s allowed

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A brief explanation of the tolerance of leftism

I’ll be the first to admit I hate social media. I don’t hate the concept or the potential, but I do hate the idiocy, trolls, and false activism. Did I mention trolls?

Sometimes, one can draw conclusions by sifting through the white noise. I’ve come to a conclusion.

What I’ve found most perplexing is the tendency by leftists to denounce intolerance with… intolerance. Here is a list of things leftists demand we all tolerate:

  1. Accusations by women against men regardless of corroboration – I’m not even going to elaborate on this one.
  2. Radical Islam in all its forms – While leftists are quick to denounce most violence of any kind (except for violence perpetrated by their activists) and gun violence in particular, they are hesitant to even mention violence if the alleged perpetrator is Muslim. This is why stories about violence driven by radical Islamic beliefs, whether they’re hate crimes, domestic violence, or outright terrorism, are buried or ignored by mainstream media.
  3. Open borders – It’s unfair to a leftist that some people aren’t Americans and won’t go through the legal immigration process. While many on the left hate America, they have no problem with accepting the freedoms allowed in America and wanting to share them with everyone who wants to infiltrate our borders. After all, they want us to build bridges, not walls.
  4. Censorship of conservative voices – It’s hate speech. It’s all hate speech. Whether it’s Ben Shapiro or Kathleen Parker or Gavin McInnes or any other right-leaning speakers, all they want is to divide us. They only have hate speech… at least to radical leftists who probably haven’t even heard them speak before.
  5. Police doing their jobs – If a police officer shoots and kills anyone, particularly a minority, it’s instantly bad and never justified in the eyes of the left. It doesn’t matter what they did to prompt action against them, how aggressive they were acting, what threats they posed, what drugs they were on at the time, or any criminal history they might have on record. No police officer should shoot and kill any unless the “victim” fires first… and even then we’ll often see protests.
  6. Socialism – “It’s never been tried,” the leftist will say. Examples of it failing were not really socialism. Examples of capitalist Scandinavian countries applying certain degrees of socialism are the model they want us to follow. Oh, and don’t read any of the reports suggesting their economies are not sustainable long term.
  7. Rich leftists – Bernie Sanders. Alyssa Milano. Colin Kaepernick. Glenn Close. Elizabeth Warren. Jeff Bezos. Taylor Swift. These people aren’t really rich. They just have money they’re saving up to redistribute to the poor when the Republicans finally allow them to do so.
  8. A woman’s reproductive rights – It’s her body, therefore she must decide what to do with the non-human-potential-for-life-if-she-chooses-to-allow-it that’s growing inside of her.

Now, here’s a list of some of the things we must never tolerate, according to leftists. See if you notice any parallels:

  1. Accusations against women for lying about men – I’m not even going to elaborate on this one.
  2. Judeo-Christian values – Our nation was founded on values that were derived from a Judeo-Christian worldview. These values have permeated into nearly every aspect of American life from our justice system to the charitable nature that gives more to other nations than all other nations combined. But hey, don’t preach to a leftist or you’re just an intolerant bigot.
  3. Border security – We are a sovereign nation, but don’t tell that to hardcore leftists. They believe America is a blight to the world and we’re lucky to have all the nice people from Central America, the Middle East, and Asia willing to come over and educate us about how we’re really supposed to be living. Oh, and 100% of those crossing the border are good people with no intention of committing a crime or hurting anyone, you bigot!
  4. Selective name-calling – Again, this only applies to certain people. President Trump, for example, is pure evil and a complete misogynist for calling a woman who sued him a “horseface,” but there’s not a peep from leftists when Kanye West is called Trump’s “token negro” on national television.
  5. Criminals doing their thing – There are no real criminals in this world, according to leftists. There are only people reacting to a condition forced upon them by the old, white male patriarchy. Murders in Chicago, Baltimore, or St. Louis are never the story if it’s an African-American killing another African-American. To the left, even talking about such violent acts means we must be bigots.
  6. Capitalism – This is pure evil to the left. Pure. Evil.
  7. Rich conservatives – Oh, how privileged it must be for the Koch brothers, Tim Allen, and James Woods to sit in their mansions and crap all over the poor people.
  8. A pre-born baby’s right to live – To a leftist, it isn’t a human life worthy of personhood until after it’s exited the host. Even then, there may be a grace period.

It’s a necessity for the loudest on the left to have big mouths. Otherwise they’d have a hard time speaking out of both sides of it.

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Does Matthew 22:29-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch?

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Does Matthew 2229-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch

Extra-Biblical texts such as the Book of Enoch are often frowned upon by churches. Some see 1 Enoch as fake. Others say it’s a good historical reference but not inspired. The Ethiopian Bible includes it as scripture. Should we read it?

To understand the answer to this question, we need to consider three things. First, it was referenced as holy by many of the early church fathers, but was excluded from official canon. Second, Enoch is referenced multiple times in the Bible: Genesis 4 and 5, Luke 3:37, Hebrews 11:5, and Jude 1:14. Third, Jesus makes a statement in Matthew 22:29-30 that references “scripture” but what he is saying is only found in 1 Enoch.

Many who oppose the validity of Enoch say that it was written after the Book of Jude because the it includes the quote that Jude references, but fragments of Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, which most scholars date to before Jude was born.

The scripture in question is Matthew 22:29-30:

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Nowhere in the 66 Books of the Bible does it say angels neither marry nor are given in marriage. What did Jesus mean when he said “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures” in reference to the angels not marrying?

Here is 1 Enoch 15:5-7:

5. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. 6. But you were ⌈formerly⌉ spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. 7. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling.

Hmm.

As with anything regarding extra-Biblical texts, I must urge caution. Many who believe 1 Enoch is authentic refute the authenticity of 2 Enoch and 3 Enoch. Then, there’s the question of inspiration and protection of the text. Many Christians believe the Bible has been able to survive and flourish despite so many attempts to disrupt it is because it has been protected over the millennia. If that’s the case, why was Enoch not included the whole time?

The answer to this question, to those who believe in its authenticity, may be found in the first two verses of the manuscript.

1 The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be 2 living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said -Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is 3 for to come. Concerning the elect I said, and took up my parable concerning them:

If Enoch is real, it’s meant for a later generation living in the day of tribulation. If it’s a fake, then it’s intended to deceive those in the end times. Either way, it’s understandable that it would not be included in most Bibles.

I tend to believe 1 Enoch is legitimate, but not to the point that I would teach on it. Not yet. Much more prayer and study is required before I would ever risk misleading anyone.

Nevertheless, the reference in Matthew 22 is compelling.

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Cartoon: Is that another huge immigration caravan?

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Cartoon Is that another huge immigration caravan

The 2016 GOP field seemed like a clown car routine compared to what was essentially five legitimate Democratic candidates. Whether they simply feared Hillary Clinton or didn’t want to take their shot following President Obama, many Democrats who were considered potentially serious candidates didn’t run.

That’s not the case for 2020. We may end up with more Democrats in the running than we had Republicans in 2016.

Cartoonist Michael Ramirez captured the growing group perfectly:

It’s certainly starting to look like a migrant caravan forming. Oh, wait. Those are actually American citizens.


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No national emergency declaration: Trump’s “major announcement” will be an offer Democrats can’t refuse

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No national emergency declaration Trumps major announcement will be an offer Democrats cant refuse

This may be the best news I’ve heard all day (yes, even better than learning the Buzzfeed story was debunked, though that was pretty awesome as well). According to multiple outlets, the President will NOT be declaring a national emergency to fund the border wall and end the government shutdown. Instead he will be making Democrats an offer on live television to get the wall funded while dangling an incentive that he hopes will push Democrats to the negotiating table.

I’ll admit up front that I didn’t see this coming. I even went so far as to scold the President prematurely for declaring a national emergency, which apparently he is not. As I’ve always said, I will praise him when he does well and criticize him when he does poorly. Unless this report is wrong, I’ll happily praise him… unless his offer is too much.

What might be offered? Perhaps the DACA fix he didn’t want to do when Senator Chuck Schumer shut down the government last year. Maybe he’ll throw them a curve ball and offer some sort of boost to environmental efforts. Perhaps it’ll be adding more humanitarian aid to his border security package, greatly increasing the size and manpower of facilities that hold and process illegal immigrants and migrant seekers.

If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on a DACA fix. Then again, I would have also put my money on him declaring a national emergency, and it seems I would have lost that bet.

Whatever the offer is, it’ll need to be something that will make the Democrats look poorly to Independents and moderate Democrats if they don’t take it while not being so much that his base will feel betrayed by the offer.

Assuming this pans out as expected, I owe the President an apology for assuming the worst. Instead of the worst, this may be the best case scenario and as long as he’s not giving up too much, may also be the best move of his presidency.


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