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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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PragerU: Does race really matter?

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PragerU Does race really matter

Leftwing talk about race frightens Dennis Prager and it should frighten you as well. There is a dangerous precedent being set by the left that is creating division where it no longer exists. Unfortunately, it definitely did exist in the recent past, but modern America generally does not look at race as much of an indicator anymore EXCEPT when the left makes it an issue. This is ironic, of course, because in their quest to supposedly eliminate racism, the left tends to make race a bigger issue than it needs to be.

We hear about cultural appropriations, certain races whose lives apparently matter more than others, and the deconstruction of our nation’s history based upon cultural norms from the time that are no longer acceptable now. Yes, many of America’s first people were racist. Some even owned slaves. Even after slavery was abolished, we experienced racial divides that continued through the civil rights movement all the way into modern times. But today, those divides are no longer as prominent. A black President was elected with a strong number of non-black voters behind him. Congress is more racially and sexually diverse than ever in our country’s history. We have more CEOs of major corporations who aren’t just “old white guys” than ever.

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America is making strong strides to effectively eliminate racial inequality, but the push to keep the divide as wide as possible isn’t coming from the general conservative side of the political aisle. Yes, there are white supremacists who claim a portion of the right-leaning mantle, but they are infinitesimal compared to the standard masses of conservatives who have seen beyond race. The real cultural and racial divides are being perpetuated by the left, and in particular by our leaders from the Democratic Party who cannot have a future if they do not play the race card incessantly.

This video by PragerU shows the stark difference between Dennis Prager and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). As she vies for votes by playing the race card, Mr. Prager calls out the real racism in America that’s coming from the left.

 


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What are the spiritual beings in the Bible?

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What are the spiritual beings in the Bible

Most people, even those who haven’t read the Bible, are likely familiar with it enough to know there are two primary groups being discussed: humans and God in his three forms, also known as the Trinity. Those who have read the Bible realize there are other groups of being as well. These are the “spiritual beings” of the Bible – angels, demons, and everything in between.

While I don’t always agree with everything taught by the folks at The Bible Project, most of their perspectives are excellent. More importantly, they’re able to break down the complex elements of the Bible and retell the stories in ways anyone can understand.

They’ve begun a new series focused on spiritual beings that I’m very hopeful will be enlightening and exegetically accurate. This is an important teaching to understand. While I’d recommend reading one of Michael Heiser’s books on the subject, those who aren’t ready for lengthy research should at least take a look at this or other teachings. It’s an important topic, one that gets much less attention than it deserves.

As we continue to work on our Principalities and Powers Podcast, it behooves us that more people are aware of the forces that we don’t necessarily see that are at work around us. This is why we’re hopeful about this new series from The Bible Project.

 


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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

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The Catholic-Mulsim fraternity deal is anti-Biblical

Before I get into the meat of this subject, it’s important to be perfectly clear about one thing. This is not an anti-Catholic perspective. I not only love my Catholic brothers and sisters who follow the Bible and embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I’m actually related to a great deal of them. Yes, the majority of my large family on my mother’s side is Catholic. Spent the day with about a dozen of them yesterday.

With that stated, the leadership of the Catholic Church and the direction of the Vatican are so far off course, it’s odd that so few are actually calling them out for what is arguably the most anti-Biblical action they’ve ever officially taken. As bad as the action was, I’m more concerned that it’s not getting nearly the press it deserves.

I’m referring to the agreement signed by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning. In this agreement, the truth of the God of the Bible is intermingled with the falsehood of the god of the Quran, Allah. Moreover, the call for the unification of religions in a fraternity of secular peace is disturbing, not because we’re against peace but because the call to make peace is done with an understanding that or beliefs are supposed to be secondary to the collective good in this world. Lastly and most disturbingly, there’s a line in the document that is drawing some ire, though not nearly as much as Bible-believing Christians might expect:

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings.”

The wording here is very careful. They’re trying not to say God willed other religions as a path to find Him, but when read in context with the rest of the document, that’s exactly what they’re trying to imply. They’ve put Islam on equal footing with the Judeo-Christian religions by insinuating God and Allah are the same entity.

They are not.

Defenses of the document seem to focus on two notions. First, in regards to the controversial line above, they’re saying that religious diversity is similar to sex, race, and other things that are willed by God because many are inherently predisposed to follow the religions of the culture surrounding them. Their second argument is that God wants his children to find Him, and if that path must go through Islam or Hindu or any other religion, so be it.

This is heretical teaching. One must do some pretty aggressive hermeneutical gymnastics to say that since God created everything, and other religions fall into the category of being included in “everything,” then God created the other religions. As a loving God, surely He didn’t limit which people could find Him and live eternal life, right?

The Bible cannot be more clear on one important fact: there is only one way to everlasting life: belief and worship of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The document insinuates Islam is a path to salvation since, hey, they believe that Jesus was a very important prophet, so they’re not totally wrong. If it leads them to Christ through a non-traditional path, so be it.

This is a very dangerous road, one that harms the way the Catholic Church leads its people. It’s time for Bible-believing Catholics to speak out against the heretical teaching their leaders have embraced.

 


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