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Bad news for white nationalists and antifa

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When white nationalists gather under a banner of “unite the right” and the leftist–really anarchist–antifa counterprotesters show up, violence ensues. This is human nature, as these two tribes have been itching to beat each other to a bloody pulp for quite some time.

They hide under ideological umbrellas and various pseudo-intellectual statements, but in essence, they are no better than the German Weimar gangs Ben Shapiro has been warning about since May (and probably before). It’s the violent communists against the violent fascists. In the end both of the groups end up ruling in a totalitarian state.

America under the Bernie bros–progressive secular humanists with absolute power–would be just as bereft of liberty as America under Richard Spencer’s jackbooted jackasses. In fact, many of the same groups (Jews, orthodox Christians) would suffer the same fate under either.

Shapiro wrote “America isn’t Weimar. Law and order still prevails.” True, but that’s not enough to win. Everything Hitler’s regime did, once he was given power, was legal and in order. The Germans insisted on order–it was (and still is) a cultural imperative for them.

Pluralistic liberty is still a cultural imperative for individualistic America. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be led down the well-worn path of “bread and circuses,” where democracies vote themselves into bondage in exchange for booty, while the booty lasts. We are very much on the verge of some hard choices.

But as my headline blares: I have bad news for antifa and white supremacists. What ancient Rome never had, and Weimer Germany rejected, America still has, in some abundance. I’ll get to that in a minute.

White supremacists (neo-Nazis, really) like Spencer believe that white, European Christianity is America’s culture, and therefore should be elevated to the pinnacle of society–to the point of expelling other races and punishing “race traitors” who value pluralism. They believe that the societal elements of harmony and adaptability give this tribe a leg up on others.

They’ve grasped on especially tightly to Trump’s message of Make America Great Again, not because of the slogan (Reagan used the same slogan in 1980), but because Trump spent years cultivating his siren song to the conspiratorial right. In 2012, he sided with the “birther” movement. He launched his campaign with a broadside against Mexican immigrants. He retweeted the shibboleths of the “alt-right” movement. He tolerated their worship and adoration.

Antifa and the communist, Che-worshipping left, believe in social revolution based on Marxist principles of class warfare. Anarchists hold to the primitive “might makes right” nostrum. He who has the power wields it for their own purposes.

It’s all tribalism.

On one point, the white nationalists are right. Judeo-Christian society, lately of Europe–historically-speaking–is responsible for most societal, industrial, and technological advances since the end of the Dark Ages. Only through civil society based on laws, and specifically the body of common law and inalienable rights (“human rights”) distilled from Biblical morality, has humanity been able to overcome great waves of evil that form when those morals are discarded.

But the white nationalists are terribly wrong about the source of this power to overcome. It’s not in the whiteness or European-ness of society, it’s in the power of the Bible, and the Gospel, supporting it.

The secular humanists also have a point. Great, horrible crimes and injustices have been carried out in the name of Christianity. But again, doing things against the Gospel in the name of the Gospel is what Christ called “a house divided against itself.”

Both tribes miss the essential elements of the human struggle. It’s not a battle of cultures and racial communities. It’s not a battle of capital-owners and the proletariat. It’s a battle of the life-changing Gospel against rebellious mankind.

Christianity is not white, and certainly not American. The Gospel works as well (better!) in Liberia, Nigeria, Brazil, Vietnam, China, and even North Korea, as it does in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Read the story of Joshua Milton Blahyi, aka General Butt Naked (really!). He was a Liberian warlord who committed some of the most heinous crimes imaginable against and using children. Now he’s a preacher of the Gospel, helping those children. Nigerians now plant churches in America.

In fact, a 2013 study found that “of the ten countries sending the most missionaries in 2010, three were in the global south: Brazil, South Korea, and India.” Other countries of note were South Africa, the Philippines, Mexico, China, Columbia and Nigeria.

It’s not white Christian society that advances mankind, it’s Christian society that has blessed all races. The original apostles were sent in all directions. They made it as far as Spain, India, the African continent, and possibly even China. They spread the seeds of the Gospel far and wide. England, then America, for a time, wore the mantle of missionary activities, but now that mantle is moving to other nations.

This is very bad news for both the far-left and the far-right. Their efforts to drain America of the last dregs of Christianity will fail. Therefore, they are doomed to lose.

The tribes will fight each other on various battlefields, and casualties will be claimed by both sides. But the love and compassion infused into our nation by our Judeo-Christian roots, and the power of the Gospel to defeat hate with love, evil with good, will prevail. New institutions and expressions of our American nature will rise up as surely as the Greatest Generation rose up to oppose evil in the last century.

As much as this present darkness now seems to consume us, I am optimistic for our future. As Sen. Ted Cruz wrote, we are better than this.

It’s bad news indeed for the tribes, but very good news for America.

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The truth about Thanksgiving

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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