H.R. 5: God-Awful Legislation


Justin Smith correctly expounds on how the Dem-Marxists impending legislation known as the Equality Act further normalizes ungodliness by legal means while destroying the God-given Natural Rights of the Bible-Believing. To wit I share some quotes from the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC):

 

Leviticus 18:22-25

 

22 You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.

23 Neither shall you lie with any beast and defile yourself with it; neither shall any woman yield herself to a beast to lie with it; it is confusion, perversion, and degradedly carnal.

24 Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for in all these things the nations are defiled which I am casting out before you.

25 And the land is defiled; therefore I visit the iniquity of it upon it, and the land itself vomits out her inhabitants.

 

Leviticus 20:13

 

13 If a man lies with a male as if he were a woman, both men have committed an offense (something perverse, unnatural, abhorrent, and detestable); they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

 

Romans 1:18, 24, 26-28, 32  

 

18 For God’s [holy] wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative.

 

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin],

 

26 For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one,

27 And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze (burning out, consumed) with lust for one another—men committing shameful acts with men and suffering in their own [a]bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution.

28 And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome,

 

32 Though they are fully aware of God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them themselves but approve and applaud others who practice them.

 

Jude 1: 4-5, 7

 

For certain men have crept in stealthily [[a]gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Now I want to remind you, though you were fully informed once for all, that though the Lord [at one time] delivered a people out of the land of Egypt, He subsequently destroyed those [of them] who did not believe [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him].

 

[The wicked are sentenced to suffer] just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns—which likewise gave themselves over to impurity and indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity—are laid out [in plain sight] as an exhibit of perpetual punishment [to warn] of everlasting fire. — Leviticus 18: 22-25; 20: 13; Romans 1: 18, 24, 26-28, 32; Jude 1: 4-5, 7 (AMPC)

 

You or I might face a future of jail or a civil suit for standing with God’s Word under the God-snubbing Equality Act.

 

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H.R. 5: God-Awful Legislation

The Democratic Party Supports A Deviant Agenda Camouflaged as “Equality”

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 2/26/2021 10:20 PM

 

The Democratic Party Communists and their “leader”, Joe Biden, are quite similar to past Democrats and other anti-American radicals, except they are even more unhinged, deluded and sick in their feverish goals to destroy America and fundamentally transform Her into something unrecognizable. It’s not enough to simply attack the Bill of Rights, item by item, but now they find mythical “rights”, such as “gay rights” and “transgender rights”, that they’ve fabricated and pulled from some dark nether region of a body orifice, as a part of their attack on everything it means to truly be American and their effort to create a socialist, centralized state. And more than equality under the law, they prefer their Party Members are a protected and privileged class above all others, as seen through the recent passage of the Equality Act on February 25, 2021; that is anything but an act for equality.

 

Homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals and any other deviant have the same exact rights under the law and the Constitution as anybody else, unless they seek to engage in pedophilia. There already exist numerous Civil Rights protections for men and women, to the degree that nothing more is required or demanded. However, in that the current movement specifically seeks to protect unnatural sexual orientations as a matter of law, in a manner that tramples all over other people’s Inalienable God-Given Rights, what they in fact are demanding is privilege above all others and a forced validation of their immoral lifestyle upon Christians and conservatives, thus violating the conscience of most of Conservative America.

 

The Equality Act, also known as H.R. 5, would redefine “sex” under federal civil rights laws to encompass “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”. This is about much more than simply protecting these people from discrimination, since a 2020 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court already does so.

 

Call them “progressive” or anything else. Whatever label they have hid under, since the beginning of their miserable Marxist philosophy in 1848, these socialists have advocated for sexual license, by way of “the community of wives”, “free love”, “sexual freedom” and a host of other immoral pursuits, such as pedophilia, as seen through their numerous associations with the North American Man/Boy Love Association. They saw this as a way to tear apart the core family unit of a father, mother and their children, breaking down the bonds of kinship, in order to reduce the individual to simply being one more cog in the machine of the state, eroding the family in the name of sexual freedom just like they erode property rights in the name of “social justice” and religion in the name of the myth of “separation of church and state”.

 

[Blog Editor: NAMBLA is an evil perversion that the Equality Act paves the way to yet another ungodly normalization. Consider these difficult to locate articles (some old enough that inherent source links may not function:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Equality Act (H.R. 5) passed the House for the second time in two years, by a vote of 224 to 206, supposedly as a needed measure to solidify protections for LGBTQ people in the areas of employment, housing, credit, education and other domains. It was stopped two years ago by the Republican controlled Senate, but things have drastically changed, now that the Democrats control the entire Congress and the office of the president, and this immoral piece of trash actually stands a very good chance of being entered into U.S. law, as one massive insult to our ancestors and all that came before and was put into the making of America, so exceptional in days gone by.

 

This God-awful bit of legislation follows on the heels of one more misguided Supreme Court decision, in Bostock v. Clayton County, that stated “the protections guaranteed by the 1964 Civil Rights Act on the basis of sex also extend to discrimination against lesbian, gay, and transgender Americans.” And so, the sum of this and H.R 5 amounts to nondiscrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity being codified and inserted into U.S. law, rather than providing for protections under the traditional meaning and category of “sex”.

 

Much as we’ve already witnessed through several past legal cases, regarding one’s religious conscience, this act would also have harsh and significant impacts on retail stores, stadiums and transportation providers, especially if someone chose to refuse service to any transgendered person based on religious beliefs. Essentially, H.R. 5 supersedes and abrogates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was passed to ensure that “laws” didn’t infringe upon religious freedom.

 

Throughout all faiths, religious groups and Social Conservatives are exasperated and worried by this act, that they fear will force people to act in contradiction to their religious beliefs and convictions. They have admonished that faith-based adoption agencies, who hold to the traditional views of what constitutes a “mother and father” may close in large numbers, as they also make note that private schools too may close, rather than submit to hiring staff whose conduct is immoral by their standards and the tenets of their school’s faith.

 

Many Conservatives have broached an array of numerous possible consequences, should H.R. 5 actually pass into law. Some even note that it could very likely be used as justification to eliminate the existing ban on the use of government funds for abortion.

 

Representative Mike Johnson (R-La) observed: “This is unprecedented. It’s dangerous. It’s an attack on our first freedom, the first freedom listed in the Bill of Rights, religious liberty.”

 

Equally dangerous, H.R. 5 prioritizes transgender people over women and it endangers women’s safety by erasing sex as a distinct legal category, while demanding that heretofore female-only spaces and opportunities designed to increase representation for girls are now open to biological males, to men. Its text clearly states that “an individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.”

 

Sounds like a free pass to the ladies’ restrooms and elsewhere for sexual predators, doesn’t it?

 

There’s nothing “equal” about this act, any more than it was an equally matched fight in the MMA cage between the transgendered man, now known as Fallon Fox, and his real live lady opponent, Tamikka Brents, when he broke her skull in several places, in 2014. This is the sort of insanity now advanced, advocated and facilitated by the Far Left and the Democratic Party, that is certain to facilitate and entrench transgender youth in girls’ sports, in high schools across America.

 

Under the pretense of “fairness”, the “Equality Act” would prohibit policy makers from ever acting in any manner that suggests a real difference exists between men and women or to actually guarantee the safety and equality of the sexes.

 

Adding jet fuel to the fire, America also recently witnessed a transgendered biological male, posing as female, in Dr “Rachel” Levine, refuse to properly answer a question from Senator Rand Paul, during the confirmation hearing on his suitability for assistant secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, on February 25, 2021. Paul suggested that current Democratic Party policy favored the government overruling the authority of parents to advance the hormone treatment of children and the “surgical destruction” of their genitalia.

 

Paul asked: “Dr Levine, do you believe that minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision as changing one’s sex?”

 

To which came Levine’s non-response: “Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research”.

 

Levine also went on to dodge Paul’s questioning, when the Senator asked: “Do you support the government intervening to override a parent’s consent to give a child puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation surgery of breasts or genitalia?”

 

Never failing to exhibit his true foolish and idiotic nature and flawed moral compass, during one October 2020 campaign event, Joe Biden opined: “The idea that an eight year old child or a ten year old child decides, you know, I decided I want to be transgender. That’s what I think I’d like to be. It’d make my life a lot easier. There should be zero discrimination.”

 

I guess a ten year old should be allowed to decide whether to drink alcohol or not, drive a car or not. Sure, what ten year old isn’t capable of making perfectly rational decisions for himself?

 

For decades, Conservative America has seemed unable to counter the mesmerizing Leftist language of the Democratic Party, because they camouflaged evil agendas in pretty sounding phrases, such as “civil rights”, a woman’s right to choose” and “protecting the children”, making it a hard argument to make, but at its heart, this Equality Act aims to advance the rights of transgender people above everybody else’s rights and to the explicit detriment of everybody else. It clearly violates religious liberty, by way of its subjective “equality”, while it ignores freedom of association and casts aside freedom of religion, in favor of emotionally-driven interpretations of discrimination, regardless of anyone’s actual intent or the reality of the matter.

 

In general terms, this immoral, junk legislation intentionally blurs the lines between biological sex and gender, something the Marxists have consistently relied upon for decades, regarding their so-called “gender theory”. The Democratic Party Communists want to control us all. They don’t want us working, living or praying freely, and now, they don’t even want us deciding what gender a baby is without their approval. The Equality Act is far removed from anything that barely protects anyone from real discrimination, and it has everything to do with compelling everyone to adhere to their sick, demented, deluded gender ideology.

 

Don’t be fooled by its name. Reject H.R 5 and every Evil, vile thing it holds. Fight like hell to see it and its lies and false narratives die in the Senate. 

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text embraced by brackets and embedded links are by the Editor.

 

© Justin O. Smith

 

Amy Coney Barrett Loves Liberty and America


Justin Smith examines Amy Coney Barrett as a nominee to SCOTUS. If Judge Barrett is as devoted to the Constitution as she claims, supporters purport and critics fear; then she might be one instrument to preserve the Founding Fathers’ American Republic.

 

Amy Coney Barrett (photo- 2017 via ND Law School)

 

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Amy Coney Barrett May Reshape [Save] America’s Society

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 9/26/2020 10:39 PM

 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett was officially nominated by President Donald J Trump on September 26th 2020 (4:06 PM CST), to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, a move that was anticipated days in advance by both critics on the left and the right of the political spectrum. Whatever the criticisms, she isn’t a “John Roberts” in skirts or a “statist” as portrayed by some of her conservative critics. More conservative than Roberts or Kavanaugh either one, a Catholic and a mother of seven children, Coney Barrett is an Originalist and a Textualist when it comes to reading the U.S. Constitution, and she will be a staunch defender of individual liberty, from this position on the highest court in the land, once she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

 

[Blog Editor: Originalism and Textualism in the Scalia/Barrett perspective:

 

 

 

 

President Trump offered this glowing nomination, [JOS] stating: “Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.” As Ms. Barrett stood at his side, in the Rose Garden, classy and poised, he also offered, “I looked and I studied, and you are very eminently qualified.”

 

Wasn’t it poignant to witness Amy Coney Barrett (ACB) nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court on the 34th anniversary of her mentor Justice Antonin Scalia’s swearing in ceremony to the Supreme Court? It was wonderful and beautiful to see Maureen Scalia in the company of the gathered guests, for this momentous occasion.

 

In October 2017, Amy Barrett’s nomination to the federal court was confirmed by a vote of 55 to 43 to the 7th Circuit Court. Her confirmation actually received the affirmative support of Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (WVA), Tim Kaine (VA) and former senator Joe Donnelly (IN), but now, with so important an opening at stake, the Democrats have once more found a reason to become unreasonable to the point of being unhinged on this matter, since they are trying to force Senator Mitch McConnell to wait until after the election, offering every disingenuous and falsely premised excuse under the sun.

 

Does anybody really believe if the situation was reversed that Democrats would refrain from seating the nominee of their choice, for any reason they chose? I think not.

 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett thanked the President and accepted the nomination with these words: “I am deeply honored by the confidence you have placed in me. I fully understand that this is a momentous decision for a President and if the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibility of this job to the best of my ability. I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution. I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court.”

 

That’s music to our ears. Finally, someone in a high government position says “I love the United States” out loud and unashamedly.

 

Ms. Barrett added: “I clerked for Justice Scalia more than twenty years ago but the lessons I learned still resonate. His judicial philosophy is mine too. A judge must be resolute and setting aside any policy views they might hold.”

 

On September 23rd, Representative Mike Johnson (LA) wrote an opinion piece for Fox News, that stated, in part: “Amy has been respected her whole life as a person of the highest moral integrity, and she has all the qualities that America needs and deserves in a Supreme Court Justice. She is brilliant, principled, hardworking, strong, and gracious. She reveres the Constitution, adheres to an originalist philosophy, and teaches and practices the importance of judicial restraint.”

 

No one can pretend that most of the hostility America currently sees aimed at Coney Barrett comes from the anti-American, anti-God, anti-Life Socialists and Marxists of the Democratic Party, who are intent on making certain the Supreme Court continues to stray from its proper constitutional role and also in making Barrett’s confirmation as incendiary an event as possible, because at the heart of this fight lies Roe v. Wade and the conjured and non-existent abortion “right”. These leftists want another Ginsburg type judicial activist, the sort that initially swept away the laws of fifty states in 1973 and trampled on the most basic fundamental human right, without any justification in the text, original understanding, logic or historical precedent within the Constitution. And, as the bottom line for the Democratic Party, especially its current presidential nominee, Joe Biden, any Supreme Court nominee must pledge fealty to this unconstitutional ruling.

 

[Blog Editor: From a rule of law perspective (AND there is a Will of God perspective), Roe v. Wade was an egregious use of Judicial Activism creating law that according to the Constitution is the job of Congress:

 

 

 

 

Virtually every objection from the Leftist Democrats of Congress center on Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic faith and the fact that she is the mother of seven children who holds the view that abortion is “always immoral”, and she has a clear anti-abortion record, from her three years on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, having already ruled to restrict access to abortions in two separate cases. Along with her expressed openness to severely limiting, or perhaps even ending, Roe v. Wade, if confirmed, Judge Barrett will consolidate the conservative majority and shift the balance of power on the court decisively towards a more conservative trend, shaping the American society for decades to come.

 

In October 2015, Judge Barrett signed a joint ‘Letter to Synod Fathers From Catholic Women’, in which [JOS] she affirmed “the dignity of the human person and the value of human life from conception to natural death”, and in January 2013, [JOS] she spoke of her own conviction that “life begins at conception.” It’s not hard to imagine her helping create a majority on the Court that eventually will overturn Roe v. Wade, possibly through an expanded view of what may legally constitute a “person” and all the rights that are associated with it.

 

During the September 6th 2017 Senate confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, despite Article VI of the Constitution forbidding the disqualification of anyone due to their religious convictions, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, dove right in with a vicious attempt to impugn Ms. Barrett, as she told Barrett that “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern … .”

 

Barrett pointedly and firmly responded: “I see no conflict between having a sincerely held faith and duties as a judge. I would never impose my own personal convictions upon the law.”

 

In an email to CBS News, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List — an anti-abortion group, gave high praise to Judge Barrett, stating: “She is the perfect combination of brilliant jurist and a woman who brings the argument to the court that is potentially the contrary to the views of the sitting women justices.” [Blog Editor: Breitbart found the quote to the NYT. After finding that, I didn’t look for the CBS sourcing.]

 

Ultimately, having graduated magnum cum laude from Rhodes College in Tennessee and summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, with the highest honors, she is extraordinarily qualified given the record of her career. She has litigated constitutional, commercial and criminal cases in both trial and appellate courts, as an associate at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in D.C., and she has taught law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, since 2002. Her appeal and standing as a woman of highly great intellect who is well qualified to assume a seat on the Supreme Court is further bolstered by the fact that she also clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most conservative Justices on the Supreme Court before his death.

 

In 2017, Barrett described Chief Justice John Roberts’ ruling on the Affordable Care Act as something that went beyond its plausible meaning, differentiating it as a “tax” rather than a penalty, in order to save it. Barrett has also written that Supreme Court precedents aren’t sacrosanct, and the Marxist illiberal Democrats have taken that as a threat to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave legitimacy to abortion “laws” nationwide.

 

In June 2020, Judge Barrett was the only dissenter regarding the ruling that blocked federal enforcement of President Trump’s public charge immigration law in Illinois. Immigrants were prevented by this law from gaining legal residency in the U.S., if they relied on the welfare system, i.e. food stamps and housing vouchers, and it changed who was considered a “public charge” under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

 

By and large, once one fully assesses and analyzes Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s decisions and rulings, one finds that she isn’t quite the government shill some would portray her as being. Just look at U.S v. Dimitris Terry (Feb 14th 2019), U.S. v David Watson (Aug 17th 2018), U.S. v Mandy L. Hagen (Jan 2nd 2019), U.S. v. Dandre Moody (Feb 7th 2019), and Alondous Briggs (Mar 27th 2019). These are cases where Barrett was skeptical of the government’s arguments, as it tried to put individuals in prison, but her record does present a mixed-bag of sorts, since at times, she has also rejected claims by defendants and prisoners that her colleagues found credible; in other words, she does the best she can to give the most accurate and true ruling possible, based on her own experience and wealth of legal knowledge.

 

With a Fourth Amendment violation at the heart of U.S. v. David Watson, Barrett concluded that an anonymous tip did not provide reasonable suspicion for police to stop a car driven by a man with a felony record in possession of a firearm. She noted: “The anonymous tip did not justify an immediate stop because the caller’s report was not sufficiently reliable. The caller used a borrowed phone, which would make it difficult to find him, and his sighting of guns did not describe a likely emergency or crime — he reported gun possession, which is lawful.”

 

However — as I mention that I’m no lawyer but I do tend to research several layers deeper than most and I’m extremely conservative —  many other conservatives have taken a fallacious understanding of Barrett’s recent ruling and mischaracterized her act of joining the majority in [JOS] Illinois Republican Party et al. v. J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, regarding the size of crowds allowed at political functions at the time, as “(allowing) Democrats to rip up the Constitution under the guise of safety”. I would urge everybody to read the full text of the actual ruling, while noting that Kavanaugh rejected the Illinois Republican Party’s argument first. Judge Barrett did take the disappointing maneuver of erroneously (in my opinion), hiding behind the Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905) ruling, but as she notes, basically, the Illinois Republican Party made a flawed and erroneous argument of their own and have no one to blame but their own legal team. But, one might also note, that recently, Western District of Pennsylvania Judge William Stickman rejected Jacobson as any argument for upholding the lockdown orders of Governor Wolf.

 

Daniel Suhr of the Liberty Justice Center argued the party should receive the same exemption as religious groups, because religious and political speech rights “live at the heart of the First Amendment.”

 

Judge Barrett stated that it might be different, they had argued that the governor didn’t have the authority to make the order, but in this narrow scope, if the governor’s group-size limits exempted movements such as Black Lives Matter protests that have been conducted over the duration of his executive order, “you’re talking apples to apples, you’re talking political speech to political speech, and it’s the same right at issue. But here, the exception that’s been carved out for churches isn’t just speech to speech, it’s not apples to apples. It’s speech plus free exercise against speech.” She further noted that the First Amendment somewhat treats free speech and free religious exercise “a little bit as apples and oranges”, since they’re separated into two distinct categories.

 

U.S. Circuit Judge Amy St. Eve concurred with Barrett, as she noted that the Republican Party’s argument left the court wondering where it would draw a line distinguishing First Amendment rights about political speech from First Amendment rights “about some other cause.”

 

Professor Stephen Yelderman, a longtime friend and colleague at Notre Dame, recently noted: “… people are reducing Amy to an ideological category instead of taking her for who she is — an intelligent, thoughtful, open-minded person.”

 

In her closing statement as she accepted the nomination, Judge Amy Coney Barrett gently and humbly offered: “It is important at a moment like this to acknowledge family and friends. But this evening, I also want to acknowledge you, my fellow Americans. The President has nominated me to serve on the United States Supreme Court, and that institution belongs to all of us.

 

If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake. I would assume this role to serve you. I would discharge the judicial oath, which requires me to administer justice without respect to persons, do equal right to the poor and rich, and faithfully and impartially discharge my duties under the United States Constitution.”

 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a true American who loves our country, just as much, if not more, than most Americans, and she has carried herself as an impeccable, honorable and consummate professional. Her love of liberty for all Americans, along with her body of work offer the proof that she will absolutely rule on cases based on the text of the Constitution as written, and in the process, she won’t hesitate to hold the government and its officials’ feet to the constitutional fire, as a serious jurist and a superb Supreme Court Justice. Not since the day Justice Antonin Scalia was sworn into the Supreme Court on September 26th 1986 has there been a Justice of such a high caliber presented to the Court, and no American should doubt that she is qualified, as most who have followed her career rest assured that she will bring a much needed refreshing esteem and renewed sense of honor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text embraced by brackets are by the Editor. Except where indicated by “JOS”, embedded links are by the Editor.

 

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Stand Firm Against Officials Dangerous to Liberty


You will notice Justin submitted this post a couple of days ago. I am an anti-masker and in saying so Justin’s submission points out mask mandates very simply shred Liberty in the Constitution and Natural Rights the Constitution is supposed to protect. There is  NO conclusive evidence a mask protects anyone from COVID or any virus for that matter. The hypocrites in the CDC, NIH and Surgeon General have waffled so much on mask efficacy giving despotic control to Dem-controlled regions that their claims of science is ridiculous.

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A Man’s Natural Rights Are His Own To Live Free

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 9/26/2020 12:37 AM

 

A man’s natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime, whether committed by one man, or by millions; whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber, … or by millions, calling themselves a government.”  ~ Lysander Spooner [Blog Editor: In the realm of politics and philosophy Spooner is a bit of an enigmatic figure in my opinion. The brief readings I found all seem to agree on one particular character, specifically the descriptor of Anarchist. For me Spooner’s enigma is his support and contradiction of the use of violence tA man’s natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime, whether committed by one man, or by millions; whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber, … or by millions, calling themselves a government.”  ~ Lysander Spooner [Blog Editor: In the realm of politics and philosophy Spooner is a bit of an enigmatic figure in mo achieve ends. For history buffs you can form your opinion: Wikipedia, FEE, Mises Institute and Ammo.com]

 

All people desire to live free and have the ability to exercise their individual liberty in a free society, especially here in America, where until recently, our nation has had a long history of preserving and defending all manner of freedoms for all our people. But today we consistently see one despotic case after another of the people’s basic personal freedom and individual liberty violated by some ill-informed “public servant” or police officer carrying out an illiberal and despotic “order” emanating from some governor’s or mayor’s office, these petty tyrants, enforcing unreasonable, high-handed “policies”, that have no real basis in any law.

 

Take a look at what the Constitution actually states in plain language and read it through the prism of the Original Intent of the Founders, and a person finds that any such power taken for granted as the authority of the government doesn’t exist anywhere within this document. The government cannot infringe upon Our personal freedoms, willy-nilly, regardless of any plandemic or emergency, no matter the vast number of excuses and flawed or outright erroneous science they offer as justification.

 

In recent days, America, the good Americans, watched in deep dismay, concern, and a great deal of anger, as five men and women were arrested in Idaho for worshiping at an outdoor church service without a mask, in Moscow, Idaho. This was considered a violation of the mayor’s and City Council’s draconian and arbitrary order that extends a mask mandate to January 2021, even though there no longer remains any real health emergency surrounding “the Virus”, that has proven much less severe and deadly than projections.

 

How many times will these mask mandates be extended? What happens in 2021 in Moscow, Idaho? Another extension into 2030? 2050?

 

On September 23rd in Logan Ohio, Alecia Kitts had made an hour and a half drive to see her son play in a ball game, where she sat with family members the required six feet distance away from other groups. It wasn’t long before she was approached by a policeman who noticed she wasn’t wearing a mask. She initially objected and stated correctly that she had done nothing wrong, and it was at that point that this small young lady was manhandled, tasered and arrested, like some thug criminal would be, for “non-compliance” with “the rule” and the governor’s mask mandate, when in actuality, as written, she was absolutely in compliance for outdoors, and in light of her own asthmatic condition.

 

VIDEO[JOS]: Woman arrested as result in not wearing a mask.

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Only in LOGAN OHIO does a person get TASED AND ARRESTED as a result of not wearing a freaking MASK

 

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But regardless of how it’s written or who complies or doesn’t comply with it, the [Governor Mike DeWine] [JOS]order’s premise is flawed and illegal on its face and should never have been given any ground or legitimacy whatsoever, from the start.

 

One witness can be heard on a video of the incident exclaiming in disgust, “Tasing this lady over not wearing a damn mask.”

 

So, this is what good Americans are handed, after they initially went along with a “temporary” lockdown measure aimed at “flattening the curve”. Well, the damned curve has long been flattened and its past time to end this insane arbitrary tyrannical use of police powers and force against regular, peaceful citizens just trying to go about their everyday life, as best they can.

 

I see a massive lawsuit on the behalf of Ms. Alecia Kitts against the Logan Police Department and Marietta City School System on the horizon, in the near future.

 

And I can hear the cop saying, “I was just following orders.” Isn’t that what the Nazi SS, such as Adolf Eichmann, said at their Nuremburg Trials? Hhmmmm … I wonder where that goes?

 

Fortunately, here in my home county (Rutherford County, TN), Mayor Bill Ketron issued a statement acknowledging the end of his mask mandate on September 22nd 2020, not that I was too concerned. I haven’t worn a mask since the first day the mandate was issued, and just like Ms. Kitts, I would have resisted any attempt to arrest me for non-compliance; I probably would have kicked the officer’s fat ass down the steps, if I could, simply on principle, no matter the price I would pay afterward.

 

Too many people say, “Oh, it’s just a mask. It’s just being ‘respectful’ to others. What’s the harm in just wearing it to make others feel better?” No. It’s not just a mask and I’m not concerned with anyone’s feelings. These mask mandates are strictly about control and a blatant, overt act of tyranny from any government entity forcing them upon the people.

 

Making an observation on the lockdowns on September 16th, U.S. Attorney General William Barr noted: “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay-at-home orders, is like house arrest. It’s — you know — other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”

 

Numerous lawsuits have grown from the abuses of power America is experiencing across our land, and while many activist, Marxist judges or judges who simply don’t understand the Constitution — probably bottom tier graduates of their respective law schools — have ruled on the side of the tyrants, some, such as Judge William Stickman, for the Western District of Pennsylvania, full well understand the implications, and they are ruling against these unconstitutional orders, in a righteous and correct manner. On September 14th, in [JOS] Butler v. Wolf, he ruled that the Governor Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions were unconstitutional, and he upheld that ruling again on September 22nd, stating that he was not convinced by the Wolf administration’s argument “that irreparable harm will result if a stay is not imposed.”

 

In his ruling, Stickman, a Trump appointee to the Court, stated: “The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weathered freedoms, in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble. There is no question that this Country has faced, and will face, emergencies of every sort. But the solution to a national crisis can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment. … the Constitution sets certain lines that may not be crossed, even in an emergency

 

Quite a few judges are hiding behind Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905) [Blog Editor: Short Version & Long Version] as their justification for upholding these illegal mask mandates and social distancing, even lockdowns, giving way to an erroneous view of the Constitution, since they ignore, that even the judges of the day made note of the potential for abuse of power through this ruling, if people weren’t careful in the future. The judges of 1905 even stated that their ruling didn’t mean government had complete authority to act in any manner contrary to one’s personal and individual liberty and one’s inalienable rights protected by the Constitution.

 

Stickman’s rulings essentially defended and upheld the people’s absolute right to peaceful assembly for any reason, whether political, religious or commercial. It also upheld everybody’s right to work, while rejecting the designation of “essential” and “non-essential” workers, since everybody has the right to travel to work, from across the street or across state lines, as a fundamental liberty protected by substantive due process of the law. His ruling is groundbreaking in that his court is the first to characterize the right to work as fundamental, and in so doing, he righteously and correctly limited and narrowly restricted the government’s power in this case.

 

Governors do not hold any inherent power to craft regulations in the face of any emergency that carry the force of law. Under the Guarantee Clause of the Constitution, that mandates our republic, only a representative legislature, either the States or Congress, can write laws that authorize any use of police powers and force and any criminal penalties. The governor of any state cannot constitutionally write laws, which means that their executive orders mandating masks and ordering economic shutdowns are completely illegal and illegitimate and can and should be ignored completely, by any American wishing to live free and survive a crisis well, through their own good common sense applied to their needs and the needs of their own families.

 

As reported by Michelle Malkin on September 15th, Florida House Representative Anthony Sabatini was ecstatic over the defeat of Wolf’s draconian orders, directed at “the Virus”, stating: “Some in the Judiciary are finally waking up to the fact that the government is not always right and that the Constitution is not suspended during an emergency. Sabatini, who has filed fifteen ongoing challenges to Florida’s lockdown measures, added, “We’re looking forward to winning.”

 

However, over the past six months, the facts on the ground in much of America, especially the Democratic Party strongholds, reveal that most of the country was imprisoned without due process and suffered threats of renewed lockdowns, while interstate travel was severely restricted; privacy rights have been devastated and numerous business takings occurred without compensation. Many other regulations have been enforced illegally, illegitimately and outside the statutory process requirements under a pretense and cover of a health emergency, that is no more dangerous than a bad case of the flu.

 

An untold millions of Americans have suffered injury, in various capacities, due to circumstances set in motion and end results of these unconstitutional actions, and if other courts in every state do not act so wisely as the Western District Court of Pennsylvania, or if states’ legislatures do not pass corrective legislation to ensure such tyranny never again rises under any pretense of an “emergency”, or any real emergency, they will have allowed the people’s Constitutional rights to be continually suppressed and violated in the future, simply because they demand that we just trust the unelected technocrats — the supposed “experts”.

 

Our inalienable rights empower each sovereign individual to make their own personal choices free from any government interference and not conditioned upon receiving any special permission from the government. As viewed through the prism of the Bill of Rights, our personal choices are insulated from government interference so long as those choices do not step on another individual’s rights. And, since the government’s power is derived from the consent of the people, any government action that circumvents such consent, violating our rights, is unlawful, invalid and unconstitutional.

 

Virtually every U.S. Governor, with the possible exception of South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem, and thousands of America’s mayors have violated the rights of their countrymen. They knowingly and criminally operated outside their oaths of office to their state constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Whether in Rutherford County or Logan, Ohio or somewhere in Pennsylvania, these petty tyrants do not have the authority to shut down entire counties and states and mandate masks for businesses and individuals, and, they certainly have no authority to place jail sentences and hefty fines against individuals they deem have violated their illegal orders. Each and every single one of them have acted outside the authority of their office.

 

This must never again happen in America under any set of circumstances or any new emergency. We must ensure that there are pathways to immediate redress of grievances under any emergency orders, especially once they are found to be premised on false and misleading information and deception and they trample on our inalienable rights, inadvertently or by plan. More importantly, sometimes less is more, and our leaders should fight their impulses to resort to extraordinary measures unnecessarily, doing more harm than good, as seen via the catastrophic economic damage from the illegal lockdowns, infringing on all of our Constitutional rights.

 

All Americans longing for better and more freely lived lives must continue to stand with their patriotic brothers and sisters to resist the government overreach and arrogance we see today. Keep fighting and resisting to halt the growth and expansion of the unrestrained power and corruption that runs through a deep vein in the core of all U.S. government currently, from D.C. to Tennessee to Washington and Florida and on to California, Minnesota, Illinois and all the rest. If we are to preserve our civil rights and personal freedom and liberty, we must make a firm stand against those evil and dangerous men and women currently in seats of power, whereby they have usurped Constitutional law and offered an illusion of safety to use force and compel compliance through their illegal orders, in order to return the nation to common sense governance and our constitutional principles, to restore individual sovereignty and to return America to some semblance of sanity and days that witness many of these petty tyrants and abusers of power prosecuted for violations of the federal criminal code.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

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China: 84-y-o Christian ordered to pray to Xi over God…


Chinese Muslim Uyghurs are being persecuted the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) today in the same way Jews were persecuted, used as slave labor and killed by Nazis of the past. Now don’t get me wrong, I am no friend of Islam due to the religion’s own Supremacist Antisemitism and Anti-Christian hate. YET I am NOT in favor of harming one single human being for their religious/ideological beliefs. I believe any person doing harm in the name of religion and/or ideological beliefs should be held accountable according to their crime or crimes.

Accountability is exactly what nations need to demand for the crimes of the CCP committed against Chinese citizens. The Uyghurs come to mind, the COVID infected Chinese come to mind. BUT what I want to highlight NOW are a group of Chinese citizens completely forgotten by the West where freedom is supposed to exist.

 

Those Chinese citizens are Christians being severely oppressed being tole how to think and believe … OR ELSE. (**Just a brief aside… The Biden/Harris Dem Party ticket is a formula for CCP-like actions against American Christians!)

 

READ what is happening to Chinese Christians to enforce Communist rule in China!

 

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China: 84-y-o Christian ordered to pray to Xi over God; cross replaced with image of CCP ruler

 

By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter

August 14, 2020

The Christian Post

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 18, 2017 — REUTERS/Aly Song

 

Authorities in China replaced a cross in the home of an elderly Christian man with an image of Xi Jinping and ordered him to pray to the country’s president instead of God as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to “sinicize” Christianity.

 

The 84-year-old man in Shanxi Province, China, was among a number of Christians in several provinces ordered to remove Christian imagery from their homes and replace them with pictures of Communist leaders, religious rights magazine Bitter Winter reported.

 

“The township [Chinese Communist] Party [CCP] secretary asked me to take down and throw away the cross and told me to pray to Xi Jinping from then on,” the unidentified Christian told Bitter Winter. “Xi Jinping is a man, not God. I feel saddened for the cross being taken down, but there is nothing I can do.”

 

Similar reports have emerged from at least five provinces over the last few months, with authorities urging believers — often low-income households reliant on government assistance — to replace crosses and images of Jesus in their homes with posters of Communist Party leaders, or lose welfare benefits.

 

In June, a village official in Lin County repeatedly ordered villagers through social media to remove all religious symbols from their homes, Bitter Winter reported.

 

“He stated that the cross symbolized heterodox teachings, which should be purged as per orders from higher authorities. If not, they will be held criminally accountable. The official stressed that impoverished households must replace the symbols with images of Xi Jinping,” the outlet said.

 

Officials in Lin County threatened to cancel poverty alleviation allowances if Christians refused to discard their faith-based books and other items. One Christian told Bitter Winter that every household was ordered to display portraits of Xi and that residents were to provide photos of themselves beside them.

 

In the southeastern province of Jiangxi, officials tore down crosses and other Christian imagery in the homes of officially recognized Three-Self Church members. When challenged, the officials told believers they were implementing state-issued orders.

 

“Though reluctant, the impoverished Christians had to remove the symbols since the officials threatened to cancel their subsistence allowance if they disobeyed. People must follow the party that gives them money, not God, the officials claimed,” Bitter Winter said.

 

It was previously reported that in April, the government of Xinyu city in the southeastern province of Jiangxi canceled a disabled Christian’s minimum living subsidy and a monthly disability allowance of 100 RMB (about $14) because the believer continued to attend worship services despite government orders.

 

In 2017, CCP officials visited believers’ homes in Yugan county of Jiangxi province and removed 600 Christian symbols from Christians’ living rooms, and hung 453 portraits of the Communist leader in their place, according to a report from the South China Morning Post.

 

SCMP, a newspaper that kowtows to the communist regime, claimed the move was part of a state-sponsored campaign to alleviate poverty in the region since some CCP members believe families’ faith is to blame for poverty.

 

“Many poor households have plunged into poverty because of illness in the family. Some resorted to believing in Jesus to cure their illnesses,” the head of the CCP campaign told SCMP. “But we tried to tell them that getting ill is a physical thing, and that the people who can really help them are the Communist Party and General Secretary Xi.”

 

Last year, authorities with the CCP removed the Ten Commandments from nearly every Three-Self church and meeting venue in a county of Luoyang city and replaced them with the president’s quotes.

 

Following the implementation of revised religious regulation rules in February of 2018, Communist officials have shut down churches, arrested congregations, and attempted to rewrite the Bible in efforts to free religion from perceived foreign influence.

 

China’s campaign to sinicize religion originated in a speech by Xi at the National Religious Work Conference in April 2016. At the time, Xi stated that in order to “actively guide the adaptation of religions to socialist society, an important task is supporting China’s religions’ persistence in the direction of sinicization.”

 

Persecution watchdog Open Doors USA ranks China at No. 23 on its list of 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. The nonprofit notes that while China’s constitution protects the right to religion, houses of worship are often tightly controlled and even shuttered if deemed too large, too political, or invite foreign guests.

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Black Robed Tyranny Lives


There are God-Ordained Inalienable Rights that no man-made law authority over. Even so, the U.S. Constitution affirms Religious Liberty in the First Amendment. Now that the Supreme Court appears to join Dem-Marxists dedicated to ignoring God-Given and First Amendment memorialized Religious Liberty, I’m beginning to wonder why Christians would abide by Godless judicial impositions of law.

 

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Religious Liberty: Some Things Are Self-Evident – A Violation of the First Freedom

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 8/1/2020 11:05 PM

 

Religious freedom and liberty is the First Freedom and an Inalienable Right granted all by God, enumerated in the Bill of Rights and sacrosanct, but somehow Chief Justice John Roberts, who is supposedly a conservative, barely bats an eye in casting the deciding vote for a ruling and a violation of this right, by which all others flow.

 

On July 24th 2020, [JOS]Roberts joined the four leftist Justices of the Supreme Court to deny the petition brought before the Court, to give Calvary Chapel in Dayton Valley, Nevada relief from Governor Steve Sisolak’s illegitimate and unconstitutional order, that limited attendance for the congregation to only 50 at a time — supposedly over Covid-19 concerns — despite allowing Nevada’s casinos to operate with hundreds of people flowing through its rooms and gaming arenas. And taken in total, this case actually represents one of the most blatant and overt attacks against Christianity and the Church that any American has witnessed in the course of American history, no matter the weak attempts to justify it by the weak, simpering backstabbing Chief Justice, who once again betrays his oath to the Constitution and America and dares to suggest he is upholding any rule of law.

 

The five justices handed out the majority 5-4 ruling in favor of Governor Sisolak and Nevada, and they chose not to write any opinion to explain their decision, probably due to the surreal nature any such explanation would hold in any attempt to defend the indefensible. However, it actually isn’t all that unusual, but their decision did draw three sharp dissents from the Court’s four conservative Justices.

 

Shortly after the ruling was revealed, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) exclaimed: “John Roberts has abandoned his oath.”

 

In his own criticism of Roberts, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated: “Justice Roberts once again got it wrong, shamefully closing church doors to their flocks.”

 

Even the Editorial Board at the Wall Street Journal was left scratching its head on this one, since a normally reliable SCOTUS on matters of religious freedom was now missing in action. Liberal reporters too were baffled and had trouble explaining how Nevada’s churches could mount so strong a challenge to Sisolak’s illegitimate order and still lose.

 

Roberts acted in the same anti-First Amendment manner on May 29th 2020, when he also sided with the four Communist Horsemen of the Supreme Court to deny South Bay Pentecostal Church relief from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s illegal order, that held it to a different and more onerous standard than California’s similar secular businesses. His decision there and most recently with Cavalry Chapel were both wrong-headed and in absolute contravention of any moral interpretation of the Constitution and the law.

 

Some things are self-evident, as noted often by America’s Founders, and nothing should be more self-evident than one’s right to worship in a house of worship when and where one chooses, without the heavy hand of government interfering. This is especially important to both Christians and Jews as we find in Hebrews 10: 22-27 of the King James Bible, that reads:

 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised; And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgement and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.”

 

Inalienable rights cannot be superseded or abrogated by any executive order, state legislation or federal order, since they pre-exist government and the Constitution, and any agreement to abide temporarily by any such order is only moral in a fair application across the board. In other words, what’s good for factories in California and casinos in Nevada is good for the Church. But that is not what we have witnessed.

 

Justice Brett Kavanaugh saw the Calvary Chapel case as straightforward, in his dissent, writing:

 

Nevada’s 50-person attendance cap on religious worship service puts praying at churches, synagogues, temples and mosques on worse footing than eating at restaurants, drinking at bars, gambling at casinos or biking at gyms. In other words, Nevada is discriminating against religion.

 

Rightfully so, lawyers for Calvary Chapel contended that Governor Sisolak’s order discriminated against churches and violated the First Amendment, writing in their brief: “This is a straightforward case. If the governor deems it acceptable for secular assemblies to occur at 50 percent capacity at casinos, restaurants, bars, gyms and fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor parks, bowling alleys, water parks, pools, arcades and more, he must apply the same 50 percent capacity rule to constitutionally protected worship services.”

 

[JOS]In his dissent, Justice Samuel Alito, one of the finest minds still on the Court, wrote:

 

That Nevada would discriminate in favor of the powerful gaming industry and its employees may not come as a surprise, but this Court’s willingness to allow such discrimination is disappointing. We have a duty to defend the Constitution and even a public health emergency does not absolve us of that responsibility. It says nothing about the freedom to play craps or blackjack, to feed tokens into a slot machine or to engage in any other game of chance.”

 

The executive order is so unbelievably biased against churches, that Governor Steve Sisolak reveals himself to be one of the most obscene and disgraceful faces of “the Government” and Big Brother. His order goes beyond the pale in its blatant disregard for the Church’s rights and its honest approach to worshiping in a responsible fashion. And so too does Chief Justice John Robert’s affirmation of Sisolak’s evil.

 

All the Church had asked was for the Governor to allow 90 parishioners rather than 50, in a church that holds 200. So, America bears witness to a mentally maladjusted, intellectual midget who is willing to allow thousands of people to pursue the hopes of fleeting riches through the inequities of gambling, while cracking the government whip on the Church for seeking to bring more of their brethren into their building in pursuit of a closer relationship to God.

 

In one sentence, Justice Alito nails the crux of the matter:

 

The idea that allowing Calvary Chapel to admit 90 worshipers present a greater public health risk than allowing casinos to operate at 50 percent capacity is hard to swallow, and the State’s efforts to justify the discrimination are feeble.”

 

During the course of the case, it was discovered that the Governor chose to disregard previous violations of his order by large masses of protesters. Not only did Gov. Sisolak not enforce his own directive, he actually supported and participated in at least one such protest, whereupon he shared a video of the protesters standing shoulder to shoulder. However, upon hearing that some churches might disregard the order, the State’s response from the attorney general came in part with a declarative statement that, “You can’t spit … in the face of law and not expect law to respond.”

 

What hypocrites. What anti-American hypocritical tyrants.

 

Of course all peaceful protests are protected too, by the First Amendment, but they are not any more important than Calvary Church’s Freedom of religion, and the State cannot favor one over another, since such a bias is anathema to the First Amendment, regardless of any imprimatur the Governor has given one in preference over the other. And it is still unconstitutional. [Blog Editor: Peaceful Protest is indeed a First Amendment Right BUT – rioting, looting, vandalism and other acts of violence are not First Amendment protected AND is NOT peaceful. Justin knows that, I just felt the need to reiterate it:

 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.]

 

And Justice Neil Gorsuch concurred with Alito, writing:

 

In Nevada, it seems, it is better to be in entertainment than religion. … Maybe that is nothing new. But the First Amendment prohibits such obvious discrimination against the exercise of religion. The world we inhabit today, with the pandemic upon us, poses unusual challenges. But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.”

 

Is it any wonder that America finds Herself in such dire straits, with Satan and the Enemy standing at Her gates? —  Disguised in many deceptive garbs and speaking many soothing, pleasing and beguiling manners.

 

Of some interest, Chief Justice Robert’s did somewhat explain his reasoning in his South Bay ruling, that may shed some light to his decision on Calvary Chapel. Unlike his associate Republican Justices, he tends to defer to democratically accountable officials during a public health crisis, and suggests the Court on the whole should also. However, one must note, from his rulings records, Roberts’s deference to “the politically accountable officials does not always move in favor of public health, or even democracy, as understood through the prism of republican governance, for that matter.

 

Roberts’s justification is lame as anything we will read this decade, and just as he had to jump through linguistic hoops to discover that Obamacare was a “tax” rather than an unconstitutional penalty, he has had to delve into a whole new Alice In Wonderland delusional alternative universe to negate and disregard the fundamental, inherent truth of the inalienable quality of our religious liberty, the First Freedom. His actions are inexcusable and unconscionable beyond anything any true American should ever hope to never see again.

 

The majority’s decision was worse than if they had simply set the case aside, since their ruling is tantamount to endorsing discrimination against the Church, pure and simple. In an unconscionable manner, this Court is failing in its constitutional responsibilities, and without rhyme or reason, their rulings have taken on an imperial tone, that is both dangerous and antithetical to the rule of law. And this Supreme Court is as close to Black Robed tyrants as America has ever seen, to date.

 

Chief Justice John Roberts has aligned himself with the adversaries of the very virtues, principles and righteous endeavors that stand between man’s freedom and tyranny, and still some attempt to hold him as a fine example of judiciary prudence. They excuse him in what they view as his attempt to prevent the American public from seeing the Court as a politicized body comprised of four Democrats and five Republicans, even though essentially that’s precisely what it is. And regardless of his intent, whether he is a purposeful closet liberal intent on advancing certain Marxist agendas, i.e. Obamacare, abortion and the deviant LGBTQ agenda, and seeks to be loved by Leftist America or he simply seeks to align the Court with the prevailing public opinion of the day, Chief Justice John Roberts is still ruling in ways, especially of late, that will have long reaching and long-lasting effects on America and undermine the rule of law, having the exact opposite effect he seeks, as all Americans who value truth and reality grow to see him as the betrayer of both.

 

And whenever any elected official holds before the people a “law” that is a malformed, cheap, imitation of anything remotely adhering to our founding principles, and it violates our Inalienable Rights in so egregious a manner as this, as un-Christian as it may seem to many, my own first initial response is to, in fact, spit square in the face of said “law” that is no law at all and fill the Church ’til its doors and windows pulsate with the Spirit of the Lord.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

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Adding Good News to Pro-Trump Facebook-Chains


John R. Houk

© May 30, 2020

Shared to me by Diana Houk notifying info the Dem propaganda MSM fails to inform YOU.

 

Unfortunately upon reading the Facebook-Chain, I have discovered the sentiment to be true but much of the specificity to be inaccurate at best. Below where I have determined Pro-Trump assertions as accurate I embedded a link in the phrase. Where I determined the Pro-Trump assertion to be inline with Donald Trump’s sentiment I offer clarification with corresponding embedded links.

 

On a personal level President Trump has made some budget mistakes that could come back to bite America’s future after one term of Office that favors a Globalist mindset more than an American Liberty mindset. NEVERTHELESS President Trump stands for Originalist Constitution interpretation evidenced by Federal Judiciary appointments drive Dem-Marxists nuts; Christian Liberty by protecting Christian voices and Church attendance; the promoting of 2nd Amendment Rights; Promoting Conservative Free Speech in the midst of Dem-MSM-Social Media censorship and that is just off the tip of my thinking.

 

America needs a SECOND Trump term of Office to at the very least stall the full Dem-Marxist indoctrinated transformation of America to allow Liberty loving Americans to confront the Marxist-Globalist totalitarianism foisted by the hands of gullible sheeple unaware their Freedom is being ripped from their very lives.

 

BY THE WAY! When looters come to your homes and businesses YOU do have the right to shoot no matter the condemnation of a derelict Leftist media or Dem Communists!!!

 

JRH 5/30/20

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Via Patti Wiseman

Sent 5/28/2020 2:05 PM

 

While so many work tirelessly to make Donald Trump out to be a buffoon, over the last week he did the following, but you probably won’t hear about it:

 

  1. Made vaccines voluntary not mandatory. Military will check purity and distribute vaccines

 

  1. Defunded WHO forever [Blog Editor: The “forever” assertion was not accurate when this Facebook-Chain began, but I just found out that as of 5/29/20 President Trump has terminated a U.S. relationship with the W.H.O.] and wants an investigation into its operations [SEE HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE]

 

  1. Cancelled the Democrats HR 6666 Bill, known as the Covid19 TRACE Act that was the basis for Bill Gates’s diagnosis and tracking project, which was also cancelled. [Blog Editor: The only fact here is a Bill with three numbers of the Mark of the Beast (666) has been proposed to surveil Americans. It hasn’t passed the Dem majority House. It is doubtful it would even get out of a Committee of the GOP majority Senate. AND I have serious doubts President Trump would support let alone sign a spy on Americans Bill. SEE HERE & HERE.]

 

  1. Cancelled Bill Gates project known as ID2020 [Blog Editor: ID2020 is an evil Orwellian Big Brother spy on Americans project. Other than Facebook variations of this list I have found no legitimate information that President Trump has a connection to any for-or-against this massive spy on ordinary people campaign cooked up by Left-Wing Globalists.]

 

  1. Opened a complaint platform to report censorship on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It was overrun with complaints. They got the evidence.

 

  1. Executive Order to reopen states: Governors who refuse to reopen will be sued. [Blog Editor: There is no Executive Order to open States; however there is the threat of withholding Federal Funding for various Federal-to-State programs. SEE HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.]

 

  1. Executive Order for W.H. to take over all Electrical Grids: Which will include Internet servers, Broadcasting systems, Electronic systems. [Blog Editor: The EO aimed at protecting the American Electric Grid does not mention the Internet or Televised/Radio broadcasting. The EO does address defending against foreign hacking of Electric Grid. Here is an irony – Left oriented US News & World Report on June 6, 2019 reports on ChiCom propaganda goals with media (which would include Broadcast Media):

 

In a 2016 speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping, leader of the Chinese Communist Party, told state media, “Wherever the readers are, wherever the viewers are, that is where propaganda reports must extend their tentacles.”

 

Today, years after the Chinese government began advising governments abroad and expanding its sphere of influence, Beijing is increasingly looking to global media as a tentacle for sharing its ideology. In line with that effort, Beijing is using a combination of jailing Chinese citizens at home with the use of soft power, technology and even intimidation, according to a new report by the rights group Freedom House.

 

The country’s practices, which include spreading positive reports about the Chinese government and silencing foreign critics, pose a threat to democracies around the world, the report warns.MORE TO READ

 

To my knowledge there is not an EO or Congressional legislation on foreign influence on Broadcast Media, BUT according to a 4/4/20 article from Multichannel News this title emerges: “Trump Orders High-Level Review of Foreign Ownership of FCC Licenses”:

 

President Donald Trump has ordered the review and possible revocation of the applications for, or sales of, FCC licenses, but it has nothing to do with the President’s view of media outlets or his legal team’s threats against TV station owners.

 

Trump issued an executive order Saturday (April 4) establishing the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector.

 

The committee’s aim is to help keep the telecommunications sector secure from foreign threats to national security, including by revoking existing licenses if necessary. The new committee will be chaired by Attorney General William Barr and funded by the Department of Justice.

 

The committee will make recommendations to the FCC on whether it should “dismiss an application, deny an application, condition the grant of an application upon compliance with mitigation measures, modify a license with a condition of compliance with mitigation measures, or revoke a license.” … MORE TO READ]

 

  1. Declares places of worship ‘Essential Services’. Some mayors are fining people for going to church. [Blog Editor: Churches rebel against restrictions. Religious Liberty attacked by arrests, citations and fines: HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and more not listed.]

 

  1. Applauded Australia and 116 countries [Blog Editor: As of 5/18/20] for insisting on a China Probe into the spread of Covid19 despite several threats from China about refusing critical exports.

 

He’s changing the world!

 

Choose Your God Wisely


Justin Smith submitted an Easter/Christian Rights message. The Easter part probably could have waited to next week because tomorrow is Palm Sunday rather than Easter. Palm Sunday represent the triumphal of Jesus into Jerusalem on a white donkey colt with the populace hailing the Lord Jesus with Hosanna to the son of David with palm branches and clothing laid in the path to honor Jesus. One week later a Sadducee/Pharisee Sanhedrin infused crowd shouted for the Lord’s crucifixion.

 

AND thank God for that Crucifixion because that led to the Resurrection of the Lord and Salvation for every person who believes in every generation.

PAY ATTENTION to the Christian Rights portion of Justin’s message. There are large numbers of Christians trying to congregate to worship the Risen Savior. Those Christians are being vilified by the MSM, the Dem Party and ironically vilified by many Christians gripped by the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In full disclosure on a personal level, I don’t have a lot of hitch in my get-along anymore. The result is I’ve been attending my Church online long before the ChiComs unleashed COVID-19 on the world.

 

BUT in this time of social distancing if Churches can figure how to meet without infecting others after Church, then BY GOD – congregate and worship even as fear is spread to hamper Christian worship.

 

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Choose Your God Wisely

We Call Ourselves “The Faithful”

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 4/4/2020 11:41 AM

 

Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen! Alleluia!

 

Today, faithful Christians in America are being tried and tested more than they ever have been in recent years, even the past century, as we prepare to worship God at this most holy season that commemorates Passover, the Last Supper and the Resurrection on Easter Day. Many troubling earthly matters have made life difficult for millions of our countrymen and people across the globe, as difficult as any time many have seen in this lifetime, and as one may think on the influence, or lack thereof, of the Spirit of God in our daily lives, one must wonder that we are not more concerned and anxious in preparing ourselves and our families for the events and inherent government evils currently lurking at our doors; for although this world is temporary, not one jot or tittle of the Lord will go unfulfilled.

 

With that said, every single Christian man, woman and child and every hungry questioning and inquiring soul seeking comfort and solace should be in attendance in Church this Easter Sunday, despite any and all “orders” and “mandates” handed down, after a grim cavalcade of data sheets, bad and false information and “experts” seemingly enabled the reins of power to be snatched from the executive, during this so-called “crisis”.

 

We call ourselves “the Faithful” and Christianity “the Faith”. Isn’t now the best time to exhibit some of that faith we are always holding up for the non-believers to see?

 

Are we so afraid of this virus, that we will actually comply with government orders and allow our right to assemble to be suppressed and essentially removed, based on an arbitrary whim of a politician? Can we not at the very least gather and hold hands in front of the Church altar for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who came to earth and shed His blood in sacrifice, so that we might all be redeemed of our sins and receive salvation? You can always wash Your hands before and after.

 

Everybody certainly is free to worship as they see fit; however, don’t say you are “faithful” if you are living in such fear of death that you cannot or will not even walk through the Church doors to worship the God you say you love, or you, the pastors and priests, cannot stand before your congregations and deliver your Easter sermon in person over fear of the virus or fear of what the government response may be.

 

Is it so easy to turn your back on Your faith?

 

Recall that Jesus first received and endured a public flogging before his crucifixion. The Roman centurions flogged Jesus repeatedly with whips made of leather, jagged pieces of bone and iron balls, heavily bruising and lacerating His flesh, as they tore into his underlying muscles and cut Him into a horrific mass of bleeding flesh, so terrible to see for anyone with any compassion and a trace of love for their fellow man and all humanity.

 

As Isaiah 52:14 in the King James Bible recorded for posterity: “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men“. Basically this tells us Jesus was so disfigured that the people were astonished, because one could barely recognize a person was underneath all the visible brutality and blood.

 

Following His Resurrection, Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene, as we know from many accounts such as Mark 16:9-10: “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.” But, He also remained on earth for the next forty days speaking to His followers, and there are no less than ten infallible proofs of His Resurrection offered in Scripture; Scripture also records that He ascended into Heaven, from Mount Olivet near Jerusalem, flanked by two angels as his Apostles stood by and witnessed it all.

 

We Christians understand the fellowship necessary in the Church to keep it alive and flourishing, and we train and teach our children in our ways, until the day they are baptized and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, which brings me joy as I recall my own grandchildren’s baptisms, in the Church and, when the weather permitted, outside in Drake’s Creek, with the frogs and snakes and all. We are baptized, we die and we rise with Christ.

 

And yet, the authorities would have us turn our backs on the One True God and our faith, without so much as a nod towards our right to freely assemble and worship, as we see fit. As reported by OneNewsNow on April 3rd, Mayor Bill de Blasio has threatened to close the Church down permanently if they refuse to abide and comply with his orders to close their doors: “(The police will) inform (church leaders) that they need to stop the services and disperse. If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and closing the building permanently.”

 

Attorney Brad Dacus, fellow at the Pacific Justice Institute, declared: There is absolutely no authority for the mayor (de Blasio) to engage in such a draconian, tyrannical practice, and to make such a threat in times like these shows a complete insensitivity to the rights of citizens in his town.”

 

On Monday, March 30th, in Florida, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister arrested Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne, after receiving an “anonymous tip” that he was still holding large church services at The River at Tampa Bay Church, in violation of a local “safer-at-home” order, that is obviously so illegitimate, illegal and UnConstitutional on more levels than one can mention here. He was arrested at his home and charged with “unlawful assembly” and violating public health emergency rules, misdemeanors carrying a 60 day jail sentence and a $500 fine.

 

Also recently, according to WAFB-TV (CBS News), Pastor Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was charged with six misdemeanors, after he repeatedly and rightfully defied Governor John Edwards orders prohibiting gatherings of ten or more people in one location. This past Sunday, March 29th, there were 1,265 people in attendance, and for each ten people, according to authorities, a separate charge can be placed that carries a 6 month jail sentence.

 

In a March 30th email and a separate statement to WAFB, Pastor Spell declared: “We have a constitutional right to congregate. We will continue. … The virus, we believe, is politically motivated (and I agree ~ JOS). We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says.”

 

Thank God at least two state governors, Gregg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida, are exhibiting a bit of good common sense and pushing back against the harsh tactics of many so-called “leaders”. Both men have noted that “attending religious services conducted in churches … and houses of worship” are essential services and activity.

 

But how despicable it is to find that people are pointing their finger at others who are not causing them harm in the slightest, as these accusers hide behind a mask of anonymity, cowards that they are. A gathering of Christians doesn’t affect anyone who is standing on the outside, looking in and acting as a government informant on the Christians terrible “crime” against the state, unless the informant should accidentally hear the Word of God in the process. And how repugnant it is that one of our Fundamental God Given Rights is now frowned upon and penalized by the Leviathan as “unlawful assembly”.

 

The government, the Leviathan, and its new “Law” pleases those among us too innocent and dumb to know better, as it compares its small power to God’s Eternal Might and demands that Christians, and all Americans, accept the delusion of the State as our God, with instant and unquestioning obedience, while it also tries to justify lockdowns through this “pandemic”.  And, it has been emboldened by those large numbers of clergy genuflecting to the State, and many within its ranks today proceed to use the “safer-at-home” orders to eviscerate the remainders of our shredded liberty.

 

I’ll be in Church Easter Sunday, or kneeling in prayer outside its locked doors, and I hope many of You will join me there. Do not follow the Leviathan into any betrayal of Jesus Christ. Stand as one Church for Our Lord and Savior and take joy in the salvation that has come through His sacrifice upon the Cross for us all, all who acknowledge Him as the One True God, who came to earth and defeated Satan and Death, in order to usher in a new age and a New Covenant with Man.

 

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3:15-17 King James Bible

 

Let us praise God for the bold believers and our courageous Christian Brothers and Sisters and Church leaders rebelling against tyrants and defying our “Rulers”, and in addition, we must pray that the Faithful throughout America follow their lead, challenging this arrogance of elected government officials and unelected bureaucrats, just as Believers across history have done. And let us stand firm, strong and staunchly together with friends and family, in defiance of government diktats, and open the churches to millions across America on Easter Sunday, throwing off the government’s chains of deceit and fear, as we, the Church, gather for the most precious and wonderful of Christian celebrations, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.

 

And don’t forget. He has promised to return.

 

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him; and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”  ~ Revelation 6:1-2

 

In closing, I will leave You all with the one most important question You will ever answer in Your lifetime, as it was once put to all America in song, ‘When the Man Comes Around’ by Johnny Cash, who sang: “The hairs on your arm will stand up at the terror in each sip and in each sup. Will you partake of that last offered cup or disappear into the potter’s ground when the man comes around?

 

And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, it is not unlawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and brought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.”  ~ Matthew 25:5-7 King James Bible

 

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”  ~ Matthew 26:26-28 King James Bible

 

He is risen. He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

 

By Justin O. Smith

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An Intro to ‘A Clear Vision’


Intro by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

By Rick Joyner

Intro © March 10, 2020

 

Regardless if you have the opinion that Rick Joyner’s (Joyner bios: Believers Portal & Wikipedia) theology is way out there or right on, the insights I just read on Church/State separation are spot on. Pay particular attention to the facts that various State Constitutions incorporated on religion that were repealed but NOT struck down by SCOTUS to demonstrate the Original Intent of America’s Founders. IT IS NOT THE LIVING CONSTITUTION crap America’s Left (Dem-Marxists) are trying to brainwash you to believe.

Pro-Original Intent Constitution

 

 

 

 

 

Living Constitution Implies Tyranny of Majority or the Few

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Constitution Rabble Tyranny

 

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A Clear Vision—Heritage Brief 10

Word of the Week

 

By Rick Joyner

March 10, 2020

MorningStar Ministries

 

Following up on the fact that nowhere in The United States Constitution does it state that there must be a separation between the church and the state, it only states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Because Congress was the Federal Government, this did not prohibit the states from establishing a recognized religion if they chose to, and many of them did.

 

For example, a couple of states made it a requirement to be of the Protestant faith to vote. Others required church attendance to vote. This did not make these laws right, and eventually they were all repealed, but that this was allowed proved that the states had authority to do such things under The Constitution. The Constitution only forbade Congress from establishing religion.

 

These religious test laws by some states were legal under The Constitution, but they were not right, and they did cause problems. The wisdom of how these matters could be worked out by the states while the whole country was not subjected to the turmoil they caused proved to be genius.

 

It has only been when the Federal Government started to exceed the authority given to it in The Constitution, and thereby encroach on the rights of the states and the people, that the turmoil and divisions this has caused became national and threatened to tear the nation apart. These unnecessary pressures will continue to grow until the Federal Government returns to its constitutional boundaries, and the rights of the states and the people that it has usurped is returned to them.

 

Concerning the proper and constitutional relationship between the church and the state, we have all likely witnessed men and women who were good friends ruin that friendship by getting married. It is a worthy goal for those who are married to be friends, but the love for each as friends may not work well in the more committed bonds of marriage. This is why many languages have different words for these two types of affection—friendship and romantic love. The point is that the church and the state should have a relationship as friends, but not marriage.

 

The church is called to be the bride of Christ, alone. In relation to the bride of Christ, the state is called to be like the eunuchs who provided security for the king and his bride. They defend her if necessary, but they can have no relationship with her beyond this.

 

When the relationship between church and state went beyond what it is supposed to be, it brought upon the earth the darkest of times—the Dark Ages. The abuses of the wrongful union of the church to the state was deeply impressed on the early Americans. Many had been witnesses to, or victims of, the horrible corruption that came from this wrongful union of the church and state in Europe, which culminated in the worst persecution in human history—The Inquisition.

 

The Inquisition was the persecution by Christians of other Christians and Jews. It was only possible by the institutional church being married to the state at that time. Christians and Jews who would not conform to the dogma of the institutional church of the time were slaughtered on an incomprehensible scale. Halley’s Bible Handbook estimates that up to 50 million of these non-conformist Christians and Jews were tortured and killed in The Inquisition. This number is corroborated by other historians. We can read in such works as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs the kind of demented and diabolical tortures used by The Inquisition. This was truly one of mankind’s darkest hours, and done in the name of Christ by the harlot church that had wrongfully married the state.

 

With many of the first colonists being victims of this persecution—and the leaders of the independence movement in America knowing their stories well—when The British imposed a law on the colonies that no minister of the gospel could be licensed except through The Church of England, it was intolerable to the colonists.

 

The Founders of the American Republic were resolute in ensuring that such a thing would never happen in America. To do this they established the government first and foremost on the freedom of religion, resolving to keep the Federal Government out of religion, but a protector of religious freedom.

 

As the Jews of Europe were persecuted along with the Protestants and other Christian movements, they also fled to America to escape. They were both welcomed and honored by their Christian fellow colonists. Those of other religions, or no religion, also found in America the tolerance and freedom they had not found anywhere else in the world. America was born as a haven for religiously persecuted people.

 

The American Founders were resolved to keep the church and state as separate entities, but it was clearly to keep the state out of the church’s business, not the other way around. We must then ask, how did The Supreme Court and many lower courts issue so many decisions prohibiting the free exercise of religion?  By blatantly violating The Constitution and The First Amendment. The leadership of Congress was too weak or inept to confront this tyrannical abuse by the judiciary.

 

If our Republic is to be preserved, we must recover the fact that The Supreme Court is not the “supreme law of the land”—The Constitution is. The Supreme Court has made many unconstitutional decisions in its history, some of which were reversed by later courts, but many have not. In recent times it is piling them up almost yearly because it has now departed so far from the lane The Constitution gave to the judiciary. If this is not corrected, it will soon cause the destruction of the Republic, just as Jefferson and other Founders warned.

 

We will cover these violations of The Constitution in more detail in future Briefs, along with the devastating impact they have had on the nation. The Judicial Branch may have been the biggest culprit in this, but all three branches are guilty of deviating from the clear and limited authority given to the Federal Government by The Constitution. The stress this has put on the entire country has us at the breaking point. Under The Constitution, the people are the sovereign. The longer we wait to demand that our Federal Government obey The Constitution, the greater the cost it will be to save our Republic.

 

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I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.

– James Madison, author of The Constitution and fifth President of the United States

 

     We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 –Preamble to the United States Constitution

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An Intro to ‘A Clear Vision’

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Intro © March 10, 2020

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A Clear Vision—Heritage Brief 10

 

© 2020 by Rick Joyner. All rights reserved. 

 

MorningStar Ministries

 

Donald Trump and Religious Liberty


As the Globalist and American Left (cough Dem Anti-Christians) assault the Liberty of Christians in the name of immoral Multiculturalist Humanism trying to ram unbiblical immorality down the throats of Bible Believers, read and comprehend the Originalist thinking of the Founding Fathers and America’s modern supporters of the Founders.

 

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Donald Trump and Religious Liberty

 

By Mark David Hall

January 20, 2020

The Imaginative Conservative

 

Many of America’s founders defended religious liberty, believing it grounded on the duty men and women have to worship their Creator. As late as the 1990s, Democrats and Republicans were able to work together to protect that liberty, but unfortunately, the political left has begun to abandon religious freedom.

 

Government and Liberty The featured image is a study for a mosaic in the Wisconsin State Capital, “Government and Liberty” (c. 1912), by Kenyon Cox (1856-1919), courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, conservatives would do well to reflect on two important speeches made last fall that were virtually ignored by the media. In September, President Trump gave an excellent address at the United Nations where he made it clear that religious freedom is not just an American constitutional right, it is a God-given right that should be respected across the globe. A month later, Attorney General William Barr made virtually the same argument in a speech at the University of Notre Dame.

 

As late as the 1990s, Democrats and Republicans were able to work together to protect religious liberty. Most notably, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 passed in the House without a dissenting vote, was approved 97 to 3 by the Senate, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

 

Unfortunately, the political left has begun to abandon religious freedom. The Obama Administration showed little concern for religious liberty when it required businesses to provide contraceptives and abortifacients to employees, even when business owners had religious convictions against doing so. It also offered a rare challenge to the doctrine of ministerial exception, a legal protection which holds that religious groups should be free to choose, in the words of Chief Justice John Roberts, “who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith, and carry out their mission.”

 

Not to be outdone, then-presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announced in October that churches that hold disfavored views on same-sex marriage should lose their tax-exempt status. He apparently views this important religious liberty protection as a “reward” that can be withdrawn when the government disagrees with the theology of a church, mosque, or synagogue.

 

In the academy, Professors Marci Hamilton, Brian Leiter, Richard Schragger, John Corvino, Micah Schwartzman, and others have made well-publicized arguments criticizing religious liberty. These scholars have penned multiple works with titles such as Why Tolerate Religion? and “What if Religion Is Not Special?”

 

In his United Nations speech advocating religious liberty, President Trump made it clear that religion is, in fact, special. He observed:

 

The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government; they come from God. This immortal truth is proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions.

 

He is absolutely correct. As I argue in my recently published book Did America Have a Christian Founding?, Americans embraced a robust view of religious liberty precisely because they believed that it was a God-given right. Colonial leaders such as Roger Williams, William Penn, Elisha Williams, Samuel Davies, Isaac Backus, and John Leland regularly made biblical and theological arguments to support this freedom. So did the civic leaders who crafted our constitutional republic.

 

Many founders believed that religious liberty is grounded on the duty men and women have to worship their Creator. A fine example of this is George Mason’s 1776 draft of Article XVI of Virginia’s Declaration of Rights:

 

That as religion, or the duty which we owe to our divine and omnipotent Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be governed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore that all men should enjoy the fullest toleration in the exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience, unpunished and unrestrained by the magistrate [emphasis added].

 

Mason’s draft of Article XVI was reprinted throughout the states and had an important impact on subsequent state constitutions and the national Bill of Rights. But it was not the draft that became law. James Madison, in his first significant public act, didn’t deny that individuals have a duty to worship God, but he objected to the use of “toleration” because it implies that religious liberty is a grant from the state that could be revoked.

 

The Virginia Convention agreed with Madison and amended Article XVI to make it clear that “the free exercise of religion” is a right, not a privilege given by the state. Like Virginia, the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, which was largely drafted by John Adams, grounds religious freedom in the “duty of all men in society, publicly and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe.”

 

President Washington agreed with Madison that it was far too late in the day to speak of religious “toleration.” In his wonderful 1790 letter to the “Hebrew Congregation” in Newport, Rhode Island, he noted that all citizens

 

possess alike liberty and conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

 

Like Mason, Madison, Adams, and Washington, President Trump and Attorney General Barr recognize that religious liberty is a God-given freedom that must be robustly protected, both in America and throughout the world. As we contemplate who we should vote for in November, we should remember which political party is most committed to protecting what many founders called “the sacred right of conscience.”

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Will You Obey God or Will You Obey the Government? Frightening Challenges to Americans’ Conscience


I read this CBN article rapidly and did not notice President Trump’s name in it. BUT the theme of this article is the very reason the Dems, the RINOs and various forms of Leftists want Trump gone by any means necessary. The theme is Biblical-minded Christians are being placed in a position to choose between their Biblical Christian conscience and the ever increasing government mandate to de-Christianize American culture. President Trump is an obstacle to this Leftist de-Christianizing transformation.

 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be [a]carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the [b]carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. –Romans 8: 5-8 NKJV

 

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Will You Obey God or Will You Obey the Government? Frightening Challenges to Americans’ Conscience

 

By Paul Strand

December 11, 2019

CBN News

 

SCOTUS building

 

WASHINGTON – Religious liberty today faces more challenges than ever.  If you pay attention to the headlines, you know these are dangerous days. The battleground is often in the courtroom, where a frequent defender of religious liberty there sees new reasons for hope.

 

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Senior Counsel Luke Goodrich points out every human has a conscience, and the government shouldn’t be messing with it.

 

“It’s that inner voice that urges us to choose the good and reject evil,” Goodrich told CBN News.

 

Big-Time Battler for Conscience Rights

 

He has fought for the right of conscience several times before the US Supreme Court, and writes about huge challenges to it in his new book titled Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America.

 

“When the government comes in and forces us to violate our conscience, it’s forcing us to go against our human nature and violating a fundamental human right,” Goodrich said.

 

But as America moves toward a post-Christian era, issues long felt by believers and their conscience as wrong are now exalted.  Therefore any opposition to them is condemned as rank discrimination.

 

‘Will You Obey God or Will You Obey the Government?’

 

Goodrich explained, “We have experienced a major cultural shift in the last 10 to 20 years where traditional Christian beliefs about truth, about human life, about human sexuality…they used to be fairly broadly accepted or at least uncontroversial, but now those long-standing Christian beliefs are actually viewed as a threat.”

 

He added, “We’re seeing all kinds of new religious liberty conflicts and Christians really being put to the choice: will you obey God or will you obey the government?”

 

The biggest current battleground: homosexual and transgender rights.

 

“If you’re a Bible-believing Christian and you hold a traditional view on sex and marriage, then the rapid advance of gay rights is certainly the most significant religious liberty threat today.  And we’re seeing conflicts in multiple areas all across the country,” Goodrich noted.

 

The government long ago said you can’t discriminate based on someone’s race or sex. If the Supreme Court this term rules “sex” includes sexual orientation or transgender status, it could mean real trouble for those with biblical views on human sexuality.

 

Jack Phillips x Thousands

 

You could likely multiply by the thousands new legal problems of the kind suffered by Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a cake celebrating gay marriage and ended up in a legal battle over his conscience rights for years.

 

“Thousands of religious organizations will face new lawsuits and new liability simply for acting on their long-standing beliefs about human sexuality,” Goodrich predicted.

 

At one point, supporters promised same-sex marriage wouldn’t harm anyone. Well, depending on how the high court rules, Goodrich pointed out those same people could go all out, claws bared, to get their opponents.

 

“There’s a strong effort right now, particularly among progressives, to brand traditional Christian beliefs about marriage as a form of bigotry, and then use the power of the state to punish those religious beliefs and practices,” he said.

 

Bigotry or Believing in What’s Actually Best?

 

On the other hand, Frank Wright of D. James Kennedy Ministries maintains believers back only one-man, one-woman marriage because it’s healthy for families.

 

“The Bible says it because it’s for our welfare. It’s what enables families to flourish,” Wright told CBN News. “The secular research going back decades is irrefutable. Children do better when they have a mom and a dad.  And they are safer, they are more economically secure, they have less bad outcomes in life in terms of drugs and crime and all these things. It’s God’s design because it’s what’s best for us.”

 

He’s sad that homosexuals and their allies view the conservative support of one-man, one-woman marriage as bigotry and hatred.

 

Wright explained, “If they were to come to me and say ‘Why do you hate me?’ I would explain to them that I don’t. ‘You and I see this issue totally differently.  I don’t hate you.  Why should I hate you?   And why should you hate me because we disagree?'”

 

How Culture Views ‘Good’ Religion vs. ‘Bad’ Religion

 

Goodrich believes some of this comes from how modern society views religion.

 

“I think our culture is not really hostile to religion per se, but rather draws a distinction between good religion and bad religion,” he explained.

 

Goodrich added the culture sees so-called “good religion” as, “Fairly relativistic. You keep it private. You don’t make absolute truth claims and you don’t make any intense moral claims.”

 

On the other hand, this same culture sees bad religion as one that makes moral judgments among other things.

 

“Makes absolute truth claims. It doesn’t stay confined to the four walls of the home or the church, and it gets out there,” he said. “It evangelizes. It claims truth and it actually makes moral judgments.  And that kind of religion really today is deemed to be bad, and folks are much more willing to use government power to punish those sorts of belief.”

 

Forced to do the Transgenders’ Bidding

 

As for the transgender issue, the Obama administration mandated that doctors and hospitals provide surgery for men who wanted to be turned into women and women into men.

 

Goodrich explained the government was ordering doctors to perform those surgeries, “Even when it violated their religious beliefs and their medical judgment.  And if they didn’t do that, they would be deemed to be discriminating and would be subject to government penalties.”

 

Abortion is another battleground where supporters try to demonize those who can’t and won’t back it.

 

Those Against Abortion Labeled as Discriminators

 

“If you as a Christian, whether you’re a doctor or an employer, if you oppose abortion, you’re somehow denying health care to women and discriminating against women,” Goodrich explained.

 

This Becket lawyer fought for both the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby’s pro-life stand before the Supreme Court.

 

“The government was trying to force them to provide abortion-causing drugs in their health insurance plans or in their businesses, even when their conscience told them ‘you cannot participate in an abortion,'” Goodrich said of his clients.

 

Many Dark Clouds, But a Silver Lining

 

The high court ruled in favor of both, and Goodrich says believers can take hope in how often their conscience rights win in court.

 

“There are some real difficulties ahead, and we should take stock of where we’re at and be realistic. But at the same time, there’s a lot of reason for hope.  We have a 90 percent win rate and we’re undefeated at the US Supreme Court,” Goodrich said.

 

He warned, however, Christians need to prepare for defeats and learn how to show Christ’s love even to a culture that’s turning more and more against them.

 

How the Bible Can Guide Us in Such a Time

 

“Much of scripture is written to Christians who are facing suffering and persecution for their faith.  And as Christians, we need to recall those teachings and let those influence us,” Goodrich argued. “And it’s not just about winning or fighting a culture war.  It’s actually more about being like Christ in the midst of these conflicts.”

 

What this attorney hopes for is a government that just leaves religion alone as much as possible.

 

For instance, in public schools, it shouldn’t force students to pray, but can allow a time where they can pray if they want. It shouldn’t build a cross on government property, but it can let those there stand. It shouldn’t oppose religion OR promote it. It should just let it be.

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