The Progressive Compulsion for Cruelty (3)

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Loud and proud!  A state representative in Pennsylvania accosts young girls and old women with vile accusations and intimidation as they peacefully pray in front of an abortion clinic.

The Totalitarian Face of Abortion Revealed

We have entered a new and shocking phase of Progressive abortion support.  Long gone are the days of “safe, legal and rare.”  In its place we now find the claim that abortion support is a pinnacle of virtue.  Even more appalling, it’s no longer abortion under constrained circumstances, but rather up to the moment of birth and even after birth (i.e., infanticide).  It is this murderous position that Progressives now consider to justify absolutely vile public conduct.

Hateful Harasser of Young Girls and Old Women

For Exhibit A I give you Brian Sims, the Pennsylvania State Representative (D) who publicly assaults young girls and an old woman as they peacefully pray and demonstrate in front of abortion clinics.  His actions are well summarized by Rep. Jerry Knowles (R) and his memo seeking Sims’ censure.

On the first occasion, Representative Sims recorded himself berating, harassing, and violating the First Amendment rights of an individual, whom he labeled, an “old, white lady” for peacefully protesting and praying in public.

On the second occasion, Representative Sims again recorded himself berating, harassing others. He went a step further the second time, though, calling for the “doxing” of three minor children and one adult female. By soliciting strangers on the internet for their personal identifying information (i.e. names and addresses), Sims placed these citizens in reasonable fear for their own safety, merely because they were exercising their constitutional right to peacefully protest.

It should be noted that Representative Sims also used his elected position to intimidate the individuals with whom he was interacting, clearly stating on the videos that he was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Bloody Minded Madness

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Alabama State Rep. John Rogers (D)

Exhibit B is another state representative, this one being Alabama State Rep. John Rogers (D) during a hearing on a proposed abortion bill.  Apparently this statement was intended to change the hearts and minds of those supporting the bill (emphasis added).

“All I’m saying to you is it ought to be the woman’s choice,” Rogers said. “I’m not about to be the male telling a woman what to do with her body. She has a right to make that decision herself. Through rape or incest. Some kids are unwanted. So you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later. But the bottom line is just that I think we shouldn’t be making that decision.”

Since 1983 sixty-six people have been executed in the state of Alabama.  The last execution by electric chair occurred in 2002 (all have been by lethal injection since then).  In other words, less than two people per year have been executed since 1983.  Between 2006 and 2015 an average of 9,641 abortions per year have been preformed in Alabama.  So, by the logic of this bloody minded monster were abortion eliminated:

  • Un-aborted babies would grow up by the thousands to commit capital crimes;
  • The number of executions would rise from less than two per year to thousands;
  • Alabama would reinstitute the electric chair to execute these thousands of new capital criminals per year.

This is the generous but implausible interpretation.  He most likely means that mothers should have the right to condemn their unwanted children to death after birth.

But this vile man wasn’t done (emphasis added).

This [above statement] set off a firestorm, with the president’s son tweeting, “This is stomach curling and makes Ralph Northam look like a moderate on abortion.”

Rogers fired back Thursday, defending his remarks on abortion and personally attacking Trump saying, “That’s an honor. Thank God. Right on … Him being born is the very good defense that I have for abortion. His mother should’ve aborted him when he was born, and then he wouldn’t have made that stupid statement.

Note that this second quote supports the less generous interpretation of this man’s beliefs.

So where were the supposedly morally superior Democrats on this man’s evil rantings, virtually nowhere (emphasis added).

On Wednesday, Republicans denounced comments by State Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, suggesting that children killed in abortions would have to be killed in the electric chair later if they had lived.

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Lest you leave with the misapprehension that this moral idiocy is limited to low level state politicians I give you the vacuous musings of a U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (D., New York).

“If you are a person of the Christian faith, one of the tenets of our faith is free will. One of the tenets of our democracy is that we have a separation of church and state, and under no circumstances are we supposed to be imposing our faith on other people. And I think this is an example of that effort.”

I challenge anyone to discover the logical progression of ideas within they statement.

But Senator Gillibrand wasn’t done.  Later on she compared pro-life beliefs to racism, anti-semitism and homophobia.  Here’s what she said while discussing appointments to the judiciary.

“I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable,” she said.

“Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America—I don’t think that those are political issues anymore.”

In what moral universe does a presidential candidate denigrate roughly half the population as the equivalent to racists, ant-semites and haters of homosexuals for being pro-life?  In the Progressive moral universe exposed by the 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.



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U.S. Representative Norma Torres (D., CA)

Just when I was finishing composition of this post the following pathetic example rolled-in (emphasis added).

A routine House debate nearly exploded Wednesday when California Democrat Norma J. Torres implied her Republican colleagues were “sex-starved males” for opposing abortion.

Mr. Speaker, it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose,” Torres said as lawmakers debated a rule setting up amendment consideration for a four-bill spending package that includes funding for public health programs.

Torres, one of the newest members of the House Rules Committee, clearly broke House Rules — members cannot personally impugn their colleagues on the floor.

Note that this item nicely ties together the feminist misandry of the previous post with the abortion totalitarianism of this one.

No further comment is necessary.

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The Progressive Compulsion for Cruelty (2)

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The dominant contemporary moral framework defines women as morally superior to men.  Many people consider this attitude to be due to the millennia of men believing the opposite about women.  The theory is that current men are benefiting from the centuries-long patriarchy that can only be corrected by an imposition of the opposite conceit.  One is left to wonder if it will take 5,000 years of this correction to finally “balance the scales” of “gender justice.”

Attacking and Humiliating the Men in their Lives

Regardless, this belief has led to numerous cases of women (often wives) humiliating the men in their lives in highly public ways.  The perpetrators clearly feel “entitled” by their designated social superiority to behave in this manner.  I suppose they think that this cruelty is a part of the retributive justice necessary for the historic prejudice of men to be corrected.  In reality they are destroying their own most intimate relationships and sowing distrust, angst and disorder among the general population.

This situation first clearly lit up on my radar when Victoria Bissell Brown’s tirade against all men, definitely including her husband of 50 years, for the outcome of the Bret Kavanaugh affair was published by the Washington Post.  The following short excerpts provide a sampling of this woman’s uncontrollable, vicious rage.

This was 30 minutes of from-the-gut yelling. Triggered by a small, thoughtless, dismissive, annoyed, patronizing comment. Really small. A micro-wave that triggered a hurricane. I blew. Hard and fast. And it terrified me. I’m still terrified by what I felt and what I said. I am almost 70 years old. I am a grandmother. Yet in that roiling moment, screaming at my husband as if he represented every clueless male on the planet (and I every angry woman of 2018), I announced that I hate all men and wish all men were dead.

Although I don’t have any first-hand knowledge about the inner-dynamics of her marriage, the following description of her husband’s response is telling.

My husband of 50 years did not have to stifle a laugh. He took it dead seriously. He did not defend his remark, he did not defend men. He sat, hunched and hurt, and he listened. For a moment, it occurred to me to be grateful that I’m married to a man who will listen to a woman. The winds calmed ever so slightly in that moment. And then the storm surge welled up in me as I realized the pathetic impotence of nice men’s plan to rebuild the wreckage by listening to women.

Is it out of line for me, a mere man, to conclude that Victoria Bissell Brown’s behavior was infantile, cruel and deranged?  Is it impermissible to point out that her seeking out of a publisher for this screed entailed utter contempt for the feelings of her husband?    Also, am I being unfair to notice that her self-described behavior ironically confirms the male prejudice that women are over-emotional?  To sum up, is Victoria Bissell Brown above criticism by a man because she is a woman?  It’s time to firmly answer No! to all of these questions.

There have been other less extreme but still troubling examples of this same dynamic since then.  For example:

Toxic masculinity—and the persistent idea that feelings are a “female thing”—has left a generation of straight men stranded on emotionally-stunted island, unable to forge intimate relationships with other men. It’s women who are paying the price.

Even Good Husbands Are Sexist. Here’s What I Did About Mine.

Entitlement to Spit in the Face of a Man

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The Progressive “New Rules”: “Stephanie Wilkinson is the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA. … Friday, the Washington Post published a piece in which Wilkinson offers her thoughts on the recent spitting incident involving Eric Trump. You’ll be shocked to learn that Wilkinson is for it (or at least willing to defend it)”  You go girl!

Recently Eric Trump was in Chicago and went to a high end bar.  What happened next would be beyond belief had I not lived through the past decade (emphasis added).

Shortly after Eric Trump had arrived at Aviary, an upscale bar in Chicago on Tuesday night, a young female employee walked up to him and spit in his face. According to Breitbart, an eyewitness said the woman “murmured inaudibly something that sounded like it was anti-Trump.”

ABC5 Chicago’s Mary Ann Ahern reported that the offender was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody by Trump’s Secret Service agents. She was later released after Trump declined to press charges.

This was a clear case of assault, but given the cultural circumstances no charges were filed.  To her credit the new mayor of Chicago criticized this act.  I will be stunned if there is significant criticism from the Progressives about this woman’s behavior.  In their moral universe this is just the act of a victim fighting back against one of her oppressors (see the above cited Washington Post oped).

In a sane world this deranged employee would have been fired on the spot and hauled before a court to account for her assault.  But, apparently since she can claim the role of a “victim” and the real victim of this assault was a Progressive “enemy,” nothing of the kind has occurred.  Please pardon me if I draw conclusions about the true moral standing of the Progressive movement based on this and the previous case.

Commentary

I can almost understand how the secular culture could have come to believe that men are inherently worse than women, but it is a theological scandal that the same has occurred in Christianity.  When the Apostle Paul, quoting multiple Psalms, wrote in Romans that:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
“Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  (Romans 3:10-18 NIV).

he is making a universal declaration regarding the human condition.  Thus, we are all, male and female, under the same curse of sin.  Yes, men and women tend to manifest this common sinfulness in different ways.  But the underlying condition is exactly the same.  And yet we have not just tolerated, but in many cases actually encouraged feminist theology that claims moral superiority for women and moral depravity for men.

The Christian Church has thus in many cases surrendered itself to the dominant secular ideologies running rampant in our culture.  It should rather be a confident, faithful beacon of truth that opposes the soul-destroying beliefs sadly personified by Victoria Bissell Brown and her sisters in misandry.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  (Galatians 3:28, NIV)

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The Passing Progressive Parade (2a)

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Not a Good Look, Wealthy Progressives!

In a recent post I satirically proposed that our wealthy Progressive betters “can convince the deplorable masses through leadership by example” on immigration policy.  Little did I know that a mere day later an article would be published titled “San Francisco: wealthy opponents of new shelter claim homeless are bad for environment.”  This article adds more proof (as if more were needed) that in this time of Progressive dominance reality is making satire obsolete.

I mean really, even the Babylon Bee couldn’t make this stuff up.  From the article in question (emphasis added):

The wealthy San Francisco residents who launched a crowdfunding campaign to block construction of a new homeless shelter in their waterfront neighborhood are employing a new tactic: arguing that homeless people are bad for the environment.

In a lawsuit filed against the city of San Francisco and the California State Lands Commission, the residents called for the project to undergo an environmental review before breaking ground.

“This project will have a significant effect on the environment due to these unusual circumstances, including by attracting additional homeless persons, open drug and alcohol use, crime, daily emergency calls, public urination and defecation, and other nuisances,” the lawsuit states.

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San Francisco human poop map.

But, BUT, these are the exact conditions that residents of and visitors to San Francisco are forced to endure when they walk the streets of this previously beautiful city!  And, AND, the policies that have led to this appalling state are those demanded by the very same wealthy, virtue signaling people who are trying to keep their neighborhood free from these same conditions.

I guess leading by example isn’t in the cards.

Their position is: “Our superior virtue is proved by the extent of suffering that we are willing to impose on the less fortunate in pursuit of our utopia!”

The Progressive Compulsion for Cruelty (1)

Projection

Opening Comments

Under extreme duress members of a particular political persuasion can succumb to what amounts to mass hysteria.  A specific example of this phenomenon on the Conservative side is the set of conspiracy theories that swirled around the suicide of Vince Foster, Deputy White House counsel in the Clinton administration.

My contention is that the behavior currently occurring in the Progressive camp is different in kind from simple hysteria.  That is, prominent Progressives have entered the realm of conscious, unmediated hatred expressed as appalling, purposeful cruelty.

We have experienced nonstop hatred regarding Donald Trump (and his supporters) from the moment it became clear that he had won the 2016 Presidential Election.  That’s now over two and one-half years and counting, with no sign that we are heading back to any sort of normalcy.  The intensity of this hatred-fueled cruelty has been far beyond anything that I have observed in my four-plus decades of adulthood.  The public displays of rage, fear and outright assault boggle the mind.  The scope of this behavior is not limited to isolated members of the general public, but rather extends into the highest levels of the Progressive movement, including elected officials.

Although this extended bout of hatred manifests itself in many and sundry ways, the most prominent and revealing aspect can be understood as an extreme form of projection.  The Encyclopedia Britannica defines this behavior as follows.

Projection is a form of defense in which unwanted feelings are displaced onto another person, where they then appear as a threat from the external world. A common form of projection occurs when an individual, threatened by his own angry feelings, accuses another of harboring hostile thoughts.

The principal example of this behavior is that while the Hillary Clinton campaign was using a foreign agent to concoct political dirt on candidate Donald Trump from sources in Russia, they simultaneously charged that Mr. Trump was colluding with the Russians to steal the election.  Once Mr. Trump was elected high government officials who had corruptly (and likely illegally) used their unelected positions to spy on and then undermine the President spewed accusations that the Trump administration was a danger to our democracy.

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“Distraught Democrats who still can’t deal with President Trump’s victory in the 2016 election will mark the upcoming first anniversary of that day — Nov. 8, 2016 — by screaming in the streets. (Philly UP)”

These general comments, while necessary, don’t convey the actual intensity and scope of what is occurring in the Progressive movement.  Thus, specific examples are required to explore this ongoing and troubling situation.  As you will see, this deranged rage is not limited to President Trump and his administration.  No, it has metastasized to virtually every area in which Progressives encounter disagreement with their beliefs.

I will not be generalizing these specific cases to the population of people holding Progressive views.  However, to the extent that Progressives refuse to condemn this behavior (or even worse, affirm it) they do bear responsibility for its toxic impact on out culture and politics.

The Passing Progressive Parade (2)

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Time to Put Up on Illegal Immigration

Background

I think that it’s time for our Progressive betters to put up or shut up about illegal immigration.  You’d have to be living in a cave to not notice the hectoring, highhanded, contemptuous onslaught of moral preening by Progressives on this issue.  There can no longer be any doubt that this elite and wealthy cohort supports a policy of “open borders.”

A majority of the Democrat Party base believes in open borders.

But Democrats’ response on the hot-button issue of immigrants being allowed to remain in the United States if they make it to the border was stunning. The pollster asked, “Do you think that people who make it across our border illegally should be allowed to stay in the country or sent home?”

… A staggering 53 percent of Democrats polled, however, believe that any immigrant that makes it to America’s borders should be allowed to stay.

The Democrat presidential candidates have also endorsed open borders.

There’s one clear policy takeaway from the second Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday night — the Democratic candidates are pushing for de facto open borders.

In a stunning moment, every single candidate on stage, including the leaders of the pack — former Vice President Joe Biden and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders — raised their hands to signal their support for government-run health care that covers illegal immigrants.  …

Later in the debate, all but one of the candidates again raised their hands, this time to signal they would decriminalize border crossings.

What these developments mean are:

  1. The Democrat Party wants anyone of the 6+ billion people living outside of the United States to be able to enter without limit and without anyone knowing who they are;
  2. The U.S. taxpaying citizens will be obligated to provide free health care and other social services to this unlimited population of immigrants.
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Top 25 wealthiest U.S. counties and how they voted in the 2016 Presidential election (Blue = D, Red = R).

Where exactly do these wealthy Progressives expect this uncontrolled mass of humanity to live?  Certainly not in their upscale, gated and protected communities!  No, these immigrants of unknown origins and intentions will be living in communities without the wealth and political muscle to keep newcomers out.  Thus it will be the less prosperous areas that suffer the school crowding, increased crime, health care system overload and culture shock of mass, uncontrolled immigration.

But there’s a problem.  These Progressive moral betters haven’t yet been able to convince a majority of the general public to support this policy.  This in spite of a decades long campaign to do so.  Clearly a new persuasion strategy is sorely needed.

The Wealthy Progressive’s Put Up Strategy

Let’s start with what is known for sure about the Progressive elite:

  • They are far wealthier than the typical U.S. citizen;
  • They are far more altruistic and generally moral (because they do endlessly say so themselves) than their fellow citizens;
  • Unlike their typical fellow citizens, they are not controlled by ignorant fear, but rather are the fearless vanguard of a utopian world order (because they do endlessly say so themselves).
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Nancy Pelosi’s Napa Valley compound could accommodate hundreds of open borders immigrants.

Therefore, the Progressive elites can convince the deplorable masses through leadership by example, that being:

  • Since these wealthy individuals live in large homes with guest bedrooms and cottages, they commit to putting up signs that invite anyone who wishes to take up residence in their homes.
  • Commit to meeting all of the human needs (after all, these are human rights!) of every person who takes up residence in their home.
  • Commit to expanding community institutions and services to meet the needs of these welcomed guests (without limit and without cost to the immigrants).
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Look at all the unused space in the wealthiest county in the U.S., Loudoun County VA (near Washington D.C., of course).  Just think how many open borders immigrants could live there in utter harmony with its morally superior Progressive community!

By showing the unwilling how they have nothing to fear, how they have nothing to lose, how beautifully this all works out, our Progressive betters will shame us deplorables into accepting their open borders policy!  After all, don’t the elite Progressives endlessly say that the wealthy aren’t doing their “fair share?”  Here’s your opportunity to turn that propaganda statement into lived reality!

Don’t let us down you mighty moral betters!

Psalm 3

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John Calvin sets the stage:

How bitter David’s sorrow was under the conspiracy of his own household against him, which arose from the treachery of his own son, it is easy for every one of us to conjecture from the feelings of nature. And when, in addition to this, he knew that this disaster was brought upon him by God for his own fault in having defiled another man’s wife, and for shedding innocent blood, he might have sunk into despair, and been overwhelmed with anguish, if he had not been encouraged by the promise of God, and thus hoped for life even in death. From his making no allusion here to his sins, we are led to infer, that only one part of his prayers is comprised in this psalm; for as God punished him expressly on account of his adultery, and his wicked treachery towards Uriah, there can be no doubt that he was at first distressed with grievous and dreadful torments of mind. But after he had humbled himself before God, he took courage; and being well assured of having obtained forgiveness, he was fully persuaded that God was on his side, and knew that he would always preside over his kingdom, and show himself its protector.  But he, nevertheless, complained of his son, and of the whole faction involved in the conspiracy, because he knew that they wickedly rose up for the purpose of frustrating the decree of God. In like manner, if at any time God makes use of wicked and mischievous men, as scourges to chastise us, it becomes us first diligently to consider the cause, namely, that we suffer nothing which we have not deserved, in order that this reflection may lead us to repentance. But if our enemies, In persecuting us, rather fight against God than against us, let the consideration of their doing so be immediately followed by the confident persuasion of our safety under the protection of him, whose grace, which he hath promised to us, they despise and trample under foot.

Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol. 8: Psalms



A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of me,
there is no help for him in God.        Selah

Thoughtless people often view persecution as a sign of God’s abandonment rather than as a chastisement of a beloved child.  We are so quick to declare ourselves blameless when suffering cruelty from our foes.  We are never blameless, but we may yet be found by God to be in the right within context of the specific situation.

But thou, O Lord, art a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cry aloud to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy hill.        Selah

This may well be an example of David’s complete confidence as one of God’s elect.  He has sinned terribly and with malice aforethought.  He has tried to hide his shameful acts from men.  But God, by exposing his evil and dispensing terrible punishment has driven David into true repentance.  There he has found God’s forgiveness even while continuing to suffer under the lash of His punishment.

I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.
I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
who have set themselves against me round about.

And so, in spite of the terrors that surround him David yet sleeps in the peace that can only come from confidence in God’s protection.  When awake David is not dominated by fear, but trusts in God’s providential purposes.

Arise, O Lord!
Deliver me, O my God!
For thou dost smite all my enemies on the cheek,
thou dost break the teeth of the wicked.

It is a terrible thing for the elect to yet sin against God.  It is a wicked thing to set your face against God and His chosen, seeking their destruction.  In some cases the wicked come to destruction in this life.  In all cases their destruction is complete in the next.

We have been trained by contemporary philosophy to deny the existence of wickedness.  By succumbing to this lie we allow wickedness to grow in power and spread in scope.  We also are blinded to the places within ourselves where wickedness holds sway.

Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
thy blessing be upon thy people!        Selah

When under siege in this life we may fall or we may prevail.  But our deliverance is sure are we to be found in Christ.

PCUSA Proud of a Shameful Past (3)

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The public relations facade of a denomination led by a clique of hateful, violence approving Progressive radicals.

Commentary on the Contemporary Situation

This situation came to my attention through reception of promotional material associated with the PCUSA’s “Matthew 25” initiative.  As has become my custom, rather than stopping at the happy-face, virtue-signaling surface, I dug down into the details of the supporting documents and commentary.  It was here that I came across the PCUSA document (by The Presbyterian Mission Agency) titled Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community Antiracism Study Guides  that contains the discussion of past support for Angela Davis (see the first post in this series).  Further research uncovered the unmentioned support for the Black Panthers.

Even if we limit ourselves to Angela Davis the implications are shocking.  Here’s a summary of her beliefs and actions.

Davis’s continued presence is merely another reminder that the progressive left will tolerate the most odious characters as long as they seek “justice” for a favored cause — in this case Palestinians.

Just as Davis wasn’t merely a communist sympathizer but a champion of the most reprehensible Soviet regimes, she’s not merely a supporter of boycott, divestment, sanction’s Jewish boycotts but a champion of men like Marwan Barghouti, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades leader who coordinated suicide bombings targeting Jewish civilians.

Yet, somehow, Davis claimed to be “stunned” when, after objections from Holocaust remembrance organizations and other Jewish groups, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute recently rescinded their award that was meant to honor her. The incident spurred the usual suspects to say the usual things. Though most of defenses were predictably vacuous, the habit of ignoring her biography is also journalistic malpractice.

There could be an entire book written detailing Davis’s loathsome views and actions (Cathy Young has a good article here.) Still, it’s quite striking to see folks like TED talker Sally Kohn taking to Twitter to let her followers know that she stands with Davis because of her fight against the “prison industrial complex.” In the real world, Davis was an enthusiast supporter of the largest and most lethal prison system the world has ever known.

Davis was also a supporter of and involved with the Black Panthers (emphasis added).

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

This is the woman who the PCUSA chose to hold up as an example of Christian public engagement.  In so doing they abuse the trust of their members to deliver a fraudulent narrative that pushes the unsuspecting into collaboration with an ideology that they would never choose given sufficient knowledge.

However, when we add in the unmentioned but real and continuing support for the murderous, raping, racist Black Panther Party the situation becomes even more horrific. Look at the signs being held by the unsuspecting children placed at the front of the above pictured march.  I challenge you to explain how the PCUSA’s support for the Black Panthers and Angela Davis can be rationalized with the messages on these signs.  It can’t.

But this is how the radicals in control of our denomination paint a thin veneer of Christian respectability over the vile evil that underlies their initiatives.  These are “Christians” who fellow-travel with, if not outright support, murderous totalitarian ideologies and those in the secular sphere who promote them.

It is far past time that the remaining members in this denomination cease trusting these

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Our national leadership’s Chrisrian Potemkin village facade

leaders.  They are little more than minor political players who do the bidding of the secular radical Progressive movement.  By giving them our allegiance we are signing onto an agenda that, were its true purposes and beliefs known, would shock our Christian consciences.

By the way, you do now know much more about these purposes and beliefs.  However, as will be demonstrated in my forthcoming book (A Denomination’s Debacle), even this is only a small fraction of the theological corruption and ideological evil that exists behind the PCUSA national leadership’s Christian Potemkin village facade.

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Over 300 pages detailing the theological corruption and ideological evil of the PCUSA leadership.

Independence Day 2019

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Our blessed Republic, can we keep it?

This year I have mixed feelings about Independence Day.  For while I live in great thankfulness for this Republic, birthed 243 years ago today, there are many of my fellow citizens who have grown to hate it.  Where I see the courage and labor of fallible generations past bequeathing us freedom from tyranny and want, they see evildoers who purposefully sought to impose oppression upon everyone but themselves.  Where I see a new nation struggling to live up to the ideals upon it was created they see an evil and grasping rising power.  Where I hope that my children will share in this fraught but wonderful journey they hope for a fundamental transformation that will render this nation unrecognizable.

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2001: Bill Ayers, past domestic terrorist and present elite radical Progressive activist, stomps on the American Flag

There have always been cohorts of the discontented within our body politic.  For most of this nation’s life they were marginalized by general consensus on the legitimacy of our political founding and processes.

However, so overconfident were we in the durability of this consensus that over the past sixty years those in radical opposition have marched through one institution after another without effective resistance.  They now own the commanding heights in media, education, big business, religious organizations, professional groups, government bureaucracy and the Democrat Party, among others.  And they have made it absolutely clear that they are in a hurry to use all this institutional power to impose their fundamentally transforming ideology upon us by any means necessary.

It’s difficult to fathom the bizarre combination of ignorance, stupidity, narcissism and

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June 30, 2019: Fascist Antifa Progressive shock troops beat multiple men in Portland.  Progressive mayor does nothing to protect the victims.  Progressive media and organizations support Antifa’s violence.

evil that characterizes this dominant class.  We see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY) appropriating Holocaust terminology to attack U.S. border enforcement and then denying it, apparently in the belief that all Americans are as ignorant as is she.  We see Democratic Socialists proposing the most brutal form of economic organization ever devised be tried once again in the United States (even after having tragically failed once again in Venezuela).  We see a dominant class narcissistically  preening themselves about their moral superiority while leading institutions infested by sexual predation, incitement and dishonesty.  And we see their evil shock troops driving people out of restaurants, spitting in their face, beating up journalists and others in the street and destroying property all while being ignored or even outright supported by the Progressive movement.  Finally, we see all of this purposeful will to power being channeled into our national politics by the current crop of Democrat presidential candidates.

I suppose some tender souls will bristle at my making partisan comments within a post on a holiday that is supposed to “bring us together.”  However, it is the fantasy that we are a people living in consensus that has blinded us to the truth and encouraged passivity in the face of open provocation.

So, for what am I advocating?  Absolutely NOT the mirror image of their tactics.  But rather we must:

  • have the courage to stand up to this onslaught using fearless free speech (because you could well be accused of being a Nazi if you oppose them);
  • utilize legitimate political participation (because only by sustained, decisive defeat at the ballot box might they come to their senses);
  • insist that the rule of law (not of a two-tier system, one for the elite class and the other for everyone else) be reestablished and upheld (because the lawlessness will increase until legitimate enforcement is brought to bear);
  • create organized opposition (because they have out-organized us for decades).

We also can’t allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good when faced with difficult choices.

The fundamental question is:

Do we want to preserve and defend the Republic as much as the radical ruling class wants to destroy it?

On that answer turns the future of our nation as founded and passed down to us through the generations.

So, happy Independence Day!  And let’s use all of our blessed freedoms to lawfully uphold and pass on that which has been given to us all!

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We can only keep it if we recognize the stakes and commit to fighting for its preservation.

PCUSA Proud of a Shameful Past (2)

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The Black Panthers: Murderers and rapists, supported and glorified by the PCUSA elite

The PCUSA’s Presbyterian Mission Agency has recently chosen to proclaim their pride in one of the most shameful acts of political action conducted by a Presbyterian denomination.  I’m here (and in the previous post) excerpting the section of my under development book, A Denomination’s Debacle, that discusses this appalling episode.

Supporting the Black Panthers and Angela Davis (Part 2)

Discussion

It’s difficult to convey the depths of depravity and outright evil associated with this support, but the following discussion at least scratches the surface.

The following excerpt summarizes Angela Davis’ career.

A Communist true believer, Davis became a Soviet propaganda icon as an American “political prisoner” in 1970, when she was charged with murder for her alleged role in a deadly courthouse attack intended to free three members of the Black Panthers. … After her acquittal, she made a triumphant tour of Communist countries, received honors and prizes, and pointedly refused to speak up for Eastern-bloc political prisoners, even those who were Communist reformers. She did not leave the slavishly pro-Soviet Communist Party USA until 1991 when the USSR was about to collapse.

Although her acquittal may have at the time appeared to justify the UPUSA’s support, their support of the Black Panthers remains a vile stain on thats denomination’s leadership.

A good summary of the Black Panther’s ideology and violence can be found at the History News Network.

The American Black Panthers were probably the most violently racist of all the black groups in the United States. It was founded in 1966 and its leaders promoted their organisation as one which advocated self-help and keeping drugs out of black communities across the United States. The original philosophy behind the Panthers combined militant black nationalism with Marxism-Leninism (later Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh would inspire them) and advocated black empowerment and self – defense, often through confrontation. During its heyday, members of the Black Panthers murdered more than a dozen law-enforcement officers. Today, former Panthers Eddie Conway, Mumia Abu-Jamal, H. Rap Brown, Ed Poindexter and David Rice are serving life sentences.

Lest you come to the false conclusion that the Black Panthers only murdered police, the following excerpt from a review of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution contains a partial description of other crimes.

Further, the movie makes no mention of his [Huey Newton] other murders. These include his involvement in the slaying of Panther Party secretary Betty Van Patter and of teenager Kathleen Smith. Newton also confessed to committing the Smith murder and was indicted, though he then fled to Cuba to avoid prosecution. Nonetheless, prior to running off, Newton sent henchmen to kill witness Crystal Gray. When his lieutenants failed in that plot, Newton decided to cover his tracks by arranging for Panther member Nelson Malloy to be fired upon, then buried alive. When Malloy managed to survive, he identified Newton for his role as the planner and organizer of his attempted murder.

If you have the stomach for it, here in his own words is an excerpt from Soul on Ice (published in 1968) by Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver.

‘I became a rapist. To refine my technique and modus operandi, I started out by practicing on black girls in the ghetto — in the black ghetto where dark and vicious deeds appear not as aberrations or deviations from the norm, but as part of the sufficiency of the Evil of the day — and when I considered myself smooth enough, I crossed the tracks and sought out white prey. I did this consciously, deliberately, willfully, methodically — though looking back I see that I was in a frantic, wild and completely abandoned frame of mind.

Rape was an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women — and this point, I believe, was the most satisfying to me because I was very resentful over the historical fact of how the white man has used the black woman. I felt I was getting revenge.

Note well, this book was published two years before the UPUSA decided to contribute $25,000 to the Black Panthers.  I simply ask, how was it that members of a murderous domestic terrorist organization could be supported by a Christian denomination?  This support occurred both in 1970 by the UPUSA and in 2011 by the PCUSA.  In 1970 there was easily available information about the Panther’s evil, and in 2011 that information had been on the public record for over 40 years.  In both cases not only was their violence and cruelty overlooked, but they were actually celebrated as making positive contributions to society.

In his essay, “Black Murder Inc.” David Horowitz (who collaborated with the Black Panthers before breaking with them over the murder of Betty Van Patter) explains why Progressive organizations, most definitely including some Christian denominations behaved in this manner.

The existence of a Murder Incorporated in the heart of the American left is something the left really doesn’t want to know or think about. Such knowledge would refute its most cherished self-understandings and beliefs. It would undermine the sense of righteous indignation that is the crucial starting point of a progressive attitude. It would explode the myths on which the attitude depends.

It is this radical environment within which the PCUSA continues to operate as a small appendage to the secular, radical Progressive political movement.  Although most (but not all) of their actions don’t rise to the murderous level of supporting the Black Panthers, they are unified by a hatred of the United States and a determination to undermine its civilizational confidence.  They are also united by the unmerited sanctimony of a self-identified elite class who never need repent of or even acknowledge their moral faults, or take responsibility for the disastrous failure of their supported policies.

PCUSA Proud of a Shameful Past (1)

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The PCUSA gives thanks to God for The Black Panther Party (“self-defense” = murder)

The PCUSA’s Presbyterian Mission Agency has recently chosen to proclaim their pride in one of the most shameful acts of political action conducted by a Presbyterian denomination.  I’m here (and in the next post) excerpting the section of my under development book, A Denomination’s Debacle, that discusses this appalling episode.

Supporting the Black Panthers and Angela Davis (Part 1)

Background

The Presbyterian Church has been a hotbed of radical Progressive political action from well before the PCUSA was created in 1983.  Perhaps the most notorious example is the decision by the United Presbyterian Church (UPUSA) to financially and morally support the Black Panthers and Angela Davis.  A brief summary of this pre-PCUSA scandal follows (emphasis added).

In 1970 and 1971 the UPUSA gave $25,000 to defend the Black Panthers and $10,000 to the Angela Davis Defense Fund. These and other similar gifts brought a storm of protest from thousands of church members but the 1971 UPUSA General Assembly defended the gifts and refused to criticize the agency which made them.

In 2011 the PCUSA, in a Presbyterian Peacemaking Program liturgy, gave thanks to God for the Black Panthers, mentioning two of their most notorious members by name.

For Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and the youth and young adults of the Black Panther Party, who emphasized the need for self-defense, and instituted community programs to address poverty and to provide health care in communities of need; 

The UPUSA support resurfaced in a 2019 PCUSA document (by The Presbyterian Mission Agency) titled Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community Antiracism Study Guides.  In this document the PCUSA brags about this event, claiming it as an inspirational example of Christian political activism (emphasis added).

The strength of this commitment to diversity and fairness was soon tested. In 1970 the Council on Church and Race approved a $10,000 grant to the Angela Davis Defense Fund. Angela Davis, Ph.D. was a black faculty member at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She was also a political activist, leader of the Communist Party USA, and affiliated with the Black Panther Party, a highly controversial black activist group in the 1960s and 70s. Dr. Davis was arrested for conspiracy relating to the armed takeover of a California county courtroom by the Black Panther Party that resulted in four deaths. The Angela Davis case was a vortex of social dissent for the denomination. Many saw Angela Davis as the antithesis of traditional American values and they were enraged that the church would be sympathetic to her and supportive of her defense. They petitioned the General Assembly to reverse the Council’s decision. 

In its response the Council stated, “The General Assembly, by establishment of a Council on Church and Race, has challenged Presbyterians to a more radical posture in the struggle for social justice and world peace than many American citizens care to assume. The call to Presbyterians to support those who conscientiously practice civil disobedience under extreme injustice, the call to bear witness for peace in international relations, ‘and, in its own life, to practice the forgiveness of enemies,’ (Book of Confessions, 9.45) all break with the conventional righteousness and mark our Church as a voice crying in the wilderness of moral complacency and chauvinism, ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord!’” (Minutes, 24 May 1972, p. 994). 

Note that while the Presbyterian Mission Agency highlights their support of Angela Davis, they fail to mention their larger financial support of the Black Panthers.  The reason behind this omission will become clear from the following discussion of the Black Panther’s history, particularly as related to the timeframe in which the UPUSA provided their moral and financial support.