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Marianne Williamson: Why are conservatives nicer to me than the left is?

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Is it because … lefties aren’t very nice generally?

I mean, who are they nice to? Besides Bernie, of course.

This isn’t the first time lately that she’s complained about their meanness, for what it’s worth.

She knows one of the reasons for the disparate treatment, as she explained to Eric Bolling in a subsequent interview (which you can watch in full here): “The Republicans don’t have to be attacking me now, I’m in a Democratic primary, so Republicans are like, ‘Hi, Marianne!’ And some people on the left are working for other candidates, you know how that goes.” She’s an agent of chaos in the Democratic race, a wild card offering progressive policies packaged with New Age warnings about “dark psychic forces” in the White House. Righties naturally crave Democratic electoral chaos, Democrats naturally abhor it. Ergo, righties are warmer to her than lefties are.

But there’s a point to be made here too about righties being more open to religion — or “spirituality,” in Williamson’s case — than lefties are, with some caveats. The numbers from Pew:

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More Republicans signal religious/spiritual interest than Democrats do no matter how you phrase the questions, although the gap often isn’t as wide as you’d think. In the table above, for instance, the Republican advantage over Dems among those who say religion is very or somewhat important to their lives is 12 points — noteworthy, but not overwhelming. When asked if they’re absolutely or fairly certain that God exists, 90 percent of Republicans say yes but so do 76 percent of Democrats. Steer the questions away from God/religion and towards vaguer “spiritual” signposts and the gap narrows. Among those who say they “feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing” at least once or twice a month, Republicans lead just 77/72.

There are some notable divergences, though.

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Asked where they’re most likely to seek guidance on right and wrong, 44 percent of Republicans say religion. Just 25 percent of Democrats do. Go figure righties might take appeals about “dark psychic forces” more seriously than lefties.

But wait, there’s another important distinction here. Although it’s true that most Democrats are generally religious, it is not true that religious belief is distributed uniformly across demographic lines within the Democratic Party. An eye-popping result from another Pew survey:

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Just one-third of white Democrats believe in God as described in the Bible. Nearly as many, 21 percent, don’t believe in God at all. And it’s Very Online white Democrats, of course, who are writing most of the liberal commentary on the presidential race and who are heavily invested in Sanders and Warren as instruments of a social-justice revolution that can overtake America if only the rest of the field, which includes Williamson, will get out of their g-ddamned way already. (If Williamson thinks they’ve been mean to her, she should ask Beto O’Rourke how it felt to be targeted by Berniebros early in the race as a potential obstacle to socialism’s final victory.) Of course the left’s atheist-agnostic progressive pundit niche would have special contempt for someone like Williamson. They’re the ones who are “being mean” to her, not Democrats generally.

And in fairness to them, sometimes they’re right to be. Not for religious reasons but for crankery like this.

Anyway, she missed the cut for tonight’s debate and has never polled much better than an asterisk despite her splashy performances at the first two debates, so she’s effectively out of the race even though she technically remains in. From now on we’ll have to get our fix of religion, progressive-style, from Pete Buttigieg, who seems to view Christianity chiefly as a political cudgel. Although given his polling lately, he might be headed for oblivion with Marianne soon enough.

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City of San Antonio Hit With Lawsuit From Texas Chick-fil-A Supporters Over Airport Banning

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FILE – This Thursday, July 19, 2012 file photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

The city of San Antonio landed itself in hot water earlier this year over its March decision to effectively ban Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant at the city’s airport for the next seven years. The stated reason why was a report on the company’s 2017 charitable contributions to organizations characterized by the actvist left as “anti-gay.”

As outrage ensued, the FAA launched an investigation in May into the actions of the San Antonio city council. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against them in June over documents the state had requested but not received over the issue.

Now some Texas fans of the America’s favorite fast food chicken chain are filing a lawsuit of their own.

Fox News reports:

Five Texas fans of Chick-fil-A have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio for its decision to ban the chicken-centric chain from opening up shop in the local airport. In March, city council officials rejected the restaurant’s bid to open a new location in San Antonio International Airport due to the company’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

On Sept. 5, plaintiffs Patrick Von Dohlen, Brian Greco, Kevin Jason Khattar, Michael Knuffke and Daniel Petri filed suit against the city under S.B. 1978, otherwise known as the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill.”

Supporters of the bill argue that the provision, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, defends the fast-food restaurant and protects religious freedoms, while opponents say it discriminates against the LGBTQ community.

What does the lawsuit call for? To allow for Chick-fil-A to resume plans for a restaurant at the airport, and to take away the ability of the city council to do this to any other business on the same grounds in the future:

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs pushed for the court to declare that the city of San Antonio “violated and continues to violate” the law by banning Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport and issue an injunction to block the city and airport shop operator Paradies Lagardère from banning the chain at the air hub in the future.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs also hope to issue another injunction to have a Chick-fil-A open at the airport and issue an order to stop the city from “taking any adverse action against Chick-fil-A or any other person or entity, which is based wholly or partly on that person or entity’s support for religious organizations that oppose homosexual behavior” and receive attorney’s fees and other relief.

Do the plaintiffs have a case? Stay tuned.

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    Justin Bieber Pens Emotional Post Detailing Depression, Addiction, and Salvation

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    Justin Bieber has been the subject of adoration and ridicule for nearly a decade. The Canadian pop singer first hit the scene at 13-years-old, when he instantly shot to stardom after being “discovered” by hip-hop artist and producer Usher.

    Like many celebrities who become very popular very quickly, Bieber didn’t have to wait long before the public soured on his overexposure. Bieber fatigue led to a lot of late night jokes, ribbings about sending him back to Canada in some kind of trade, and plenty of snarky commentary over his “boy band” looks.

    I must fully disclose here that I was one of those people who constantly criticized Bieber, not thinking about what he might be seeing or feeling.

    The thing is, child stardom isn’t a privilege. It is a burden. The money is great but the price is high. Bieber has clearly paid the price in recent years, struggling with public meltdowns, addiction and depression. It may have seemed strange to the world when he announced his sudden marriage to Baldwin offspring Hailey Baldwin, but Baldwin comes from a nuclear family that is very active in the Christian faith (father Stephen Baldwin had a very public conversion years ago and now makes his living as a teaching pastor and Trump surrogate). Bieber was clearly looking for some stability, and he may have actually found it.

    The young couple have become increasingly involved in their celebrity-friendly church in Los Angeles, with the pop star even stepping in to lead a worship service recently.

    In an emotional Instagram post over the weekend, Bieber opened up about his struggles with fame, depression and addiction. He spoke about the emotional weight of having so much attention so young in life, and how it distorts one’s view of their own ego and their place in the world.

    You see I have a lot of money, clothes, cars, accolades, achievements, awards and I was still unfulfilled. Have u noticed the statistics of child stars and the outcome of their life? there is an insane pressure and responsibility put on  a child who’s brain, emotions, frontal lobes (decision making) aren’t developed yet. No rationality, defiant, rebellious, things all of us have to go through. But when you add the pressure of stardom it does something to you that is quite unexplainable.

    The singer went on to explain how disorienting it was at 13 to go from being a small town kid to being praised and adored all over the world.

    I don’t know about you, but humility comes with age. You hear these things enough as a young boy and you actually start believing it. Rationality comes with age and so does your decision making process (one of the reasons you can’t drink until you’re 21)…everyone did everything for me so I never even learned the fundamentals of responsibility. So by this point I was 18 with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted. This is a scary concept for anyone.

    The singer continued on, discussing how troubling it was as a young boy to go from the most loved and adored person in the world to one of the most hated.

    Bieber admitted that he started heavy drug use by the age of 19 and by 20 he’d managed to alienate most of the people who cared about him. He suspects a great deal of his addiction issues stemmed from the false “high” of being on stage.

    Being on stage according to studies is a bigger dopamine rush than almost any other activity…so these massive ups and downs on their own are very hard to manage. You notice a lot of touring bands and people end up having a phase of drug abuse, and I believe its due to not being able to manage the huge ups and downs that come with being an entertainer.

    He ended his post by expressing gratefulness for the people who stood by him during his worst times, and for his marriage, which Bieber credits as something that is teaching him how to be a “good man”.

    In the end, Bieber invited his fans to look to God for help and comfort.

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    It is our instinct as entertainment consumers to look at celebrities as special, perfect and always comfortable in their luxurious lifestyles. Over the years I have reported extensively on child abuse in the entertainment industry and it has truly changed my outlook on kids like Bieber. There was a time when I also ridiculed him. For that, I am sorry. I couldn’t have imagined some of the fright and horrors he was experiencing as a young boy alone in a grown up world where anything goes and everyone keeps their secrets.

    So for that, Justin…I apologize. You never deserved my wrath. I would never be okay with someone ridiculing my 12-year-old daughter, even if she was being annoying for whatever reason. It would crush me. I don’t know why I ever thought it was okay to do that to you.

    I hope Justin has found some lasting peace, and that he and his wife have found a community that will love them for just being human and will hold them accountable to their marriage and their responsibilities. As Justin has discovered, money can’t buy you peace. Peace is priceless.

    The post Justin Bieber Pens Emotional Post Detailing Depression, Addiction, and Salvation appeared first on RedState.

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    Justin Bieber Pens Emotional Post Detailing Depression, Addiction, and Salvation

    Westlake Legal Group 3cf58034-e906-4f3e-a480-7b03b118011f Justin Bieber Pens Emotional Post Detailing Depression, Addiction, and Salvation perversion Justin Bieber Instagram Front Page Stories Featured Story fame Faith Entertainment depression celebrity lifestyle addiction

    Justin Bieber has been the subject of adoration and ridicule for nearly a decade. The Canadian pop singer first hit the scene at 13-years-old, when he instantly shot to stardom after being “discovered” by hip-hop artist and producer Usher.

    Like many celebrities who become very popular very quickly, Bieber didn’t have to wait long before the public soured on his overexposure. Bieber fatigue led to a lot of late night jokes, ribbings about sending him back to Canada in some kind of trade, and plenty of snarky commentary over his “boy band” looks.

    I must fully disclose here that I was one of those people who constantly criticized Bieber, not thinking about what he might be seeing or feeling.

    The thing is, child stardom isn’t a privilege. It is a burden. The money is great but the price is high. Bieber has clearly paid the price in recent years, struggling with public meltdowns, addiction and depression. It may have seemed strange to the world when he announced his sudden marriage to Baldwin offspring Hailey Baldwin, but Baldwin comes from a nuclear family that is very active in the Christian faith (father Stephen Baldwin had a very public conversion years ago and now makes his living as a teaching pastor and Trump surrogate). Bieber was clearly looking for some stability, and he may have actually found it.

    The young couple have become increasingly involved in their celebrity-friendly church in Los Angeles, with the pop star even stepping in to lead a worship service recently.

    In an emotional Instagram post over the weekend, Bieber opened up about his struggles with fame, depression and addiction. He spoke about the emotional weight of having so much attention so young in life, and how it distorts one’s view of their own ego and their place in the world.

    You see I have a lot of money, clothes, cars, accolades, achievements, awards and I was still unfulfilled. Have u noticed the statistics of child stars and the outcome of their life? there is an insane pressure and responsibility put on  a child who’s brain, emotions, frontal lobes (decision making) aren’t developed yet. No rationality, defiant, rebellious, things all of us have to go through. But when you add the pressure of stardom it does something to you that is quite unexplainable.

    The singer went on to explain how disorienting it was at 13 to go from being a small town kid to being praised and adored all over the world.

    I don’t know about you, but humility comes with age. You hear these things enough as a young boy and you actually start believing it. Rationality comes with age and so does your decision making process (one of the reasons you can’t drink until you’re 21)…everyone did everything for me so I never even learned the fundamentals of responsibility. So by this point I was 18 with no skills in the real world, with millions of dollars and access to whatever I wanted. This is a scary concept for anyone.

    The singer continued on, discussing how troubling it was as a young boy to go from the most loved and adored person in the world to one of the most hated.

    Bieber admitted that he started heavy drug use by the age of 19 and by 20 he’d managed to alienate most of the people who cared about him. He suspects a great deal of his addiction issues stemmed from the false “high” of being on stage.

    Being on stage according to studies is a bigger dopamine rush than almost any other activity…so these massive ups and downs on their own are very hard to manage. You notice a lot of touring bands and people end up having a phase of drug abuse, and I believe its due to not being able to manage the huge ups and downs that come with being an entertainer.

    He ended his post by expressing gratefulness for the people who stood by him during his worst times, and for his marriage, which Bieber credits as something that is teaching him how to be a “good man”.

    In the end, Bieber invited his fans to look to God for help and comfort.

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    It is our instinct as entertainment consumers to look at celebrities as special, perfect and always comfortable in their luxurious lifestyles. Over the years I have reported extensively on child abuse in the entertainment industry and it has truly changed my outlook on kids like Bieber. There was a time when I also ridiculed him. For that, I am sorry. I couldn’t have imagined some of the fright and horrors he was experiencing as a young boy alone in a grown up world where anything goes and everyone keeps their secrets.

    So for that, Justin…I apologize. You never deserved my wrath. I would never be okay with someone ridiculing my 12-year-old daughter, even if she was being annoying for whatever reason. It would crush me. I don’t know why I ever thought it was okay to do that to you.

    I hope Justin has found some lasting peace, and that he and his wife have found a community that will love them for just being human and will hold them accountable to their marriage and their responsibilities. As Justin has discovered, money can’t buy you peace. Peace is priceless.

    The post Justin Bieber Pens Emotional Post Detailing Depression, Addiction, and Salvation appeared first on RedState.

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    Songwriter for Award-Winning, Chart-Topping Christian Group Renounces His Faith

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    Are you familiar with the Christian music group Hillsong United?

    The band won the Dove Award for best recorded worship song in 2018, 2017’s best long form video, and best worship album the year prior. In 2014, it took home five Doves.

    Now Hillsong is making news for a very different reason: Marty Sampson — a songwriter for the hitmaker — has announced he’s “genuinely losing” his Christian faith.

    As reported by Christian Headlines, Marty put up a now-deleted post to Instagram noting his religious foundation was “on incredibly shaky ground.”

    And not only is he losing his religion, he also seems to be losing his concern:

    “Time for some real talk. I’m genuinely losing my faith … and it doesn’t bother me … like, what bothers me now is nothing … I am so happy now, so at peace with the world… It’s crazy.”

    He laid out reasons:

    “This is a soapbox moment so here I go … how many preachers fall? Many. No one talks about it. How many miracles happen. Not many. No one talks about it. Why is the Bible full of contradictions? No one talks about it. How can God be love yet send four billion people to a place, all coz they don’t believe? No one talks about it. Christians can be the most judgmental people on the planet — they can also be some of the most beautiful and loving people … but it’s not for me. I am not in anymore. I want genuine truth. Not the ‘I just believe it’ kind of truth. Science keeps piercing the truth of every religion. Lots of things help people change their lives, not just one version of God. Got so much more to say, but for me, I’m keeping it real. Unfollow if you want, I’ve never been about living my life for others.”

    Furthermore:

    “All I know is what’s true to me right now, and Christianity just seems to me like another religion at this point,”

    He later explained to The Christian Post that he’s searching:

    “I have and continue to analyze the arguments of prominent Christian apologists and biblical scholars, and am open-minded enough to consider the arguments of atheist debaters and debaters from other religions. If the truth is true, it will remain so regardless of my understanding of it. If I search it out, surely it will become even more clearly seen as the truth that it is. Examining a diamond more closer reveals the quality of the diamond. As I am still breathing, I am still learning.”

    Of course, these kinds of things are going to happen. People fall out of their faith. I recently covered the case of Christian author Joshua Harris, who wrote a million-plus-selling church dating guide in the 90’s and is now renouncing his religion and getting a divorce (here).

    As noted by RedState’s Brandon Morse, John Cooper — lead singer of the Christian rock band Skillet — had something to say about highly publicized religious turnover as of late:

    “I have a few specific thoughts and rebuttals to statements made by recently disavowed church influencers…first of all, I am stunned that the seemingly most important thing for these leaders who have lost their faith is to make such a bold new stance. … I’m perplexed why they aren’t embarrassed? Humbled? Ashamed, fearful, confused? Why be so eager to continue leading people when you clearly don’t know where you are headed?

    “It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word. And to value the teaching of the Word. We need to value truth over feeling. Truth over emotion. And what we are seeing now is the result of the church raising up influencers who did not supremely value truth who have led a generation who also do not believe in the supremacy of truth. And now those disavowed leaders are proudly still leading and influencing boldly AWAY from the truth.”

    Are you a Hillsong fan? What are your thoughts on this particular story, and on the notion of lost faith in general? I anxiously await them.

    -ALEX

     

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    Skillet’s Lead Singer Gives Christians a Reality Check After Faith Influencers Publicly Abandon the Faith

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    A rash of Christian youth leaders has publicly announced that they’re losing their faith via social media outlets. For those who follow them closely, and/or came to God through them, this is potentially a hard blow to their faith as well.

    I was seeing reports about these faltering leaders and even I felt downhearted. While my personal faith wasn’t shaken, we live in a time where God is quickly becoming something of a secondary thought in our society, and it shows. People are miserable and directionless. They lack purpose and their lives feel shallow.

    With these Christian youth leaders walking away from the faith, this problem can only deepen.

    Enter John Cooper of the Christian rock band “Skillet.”

    Cooper saw, as much of the Christian did, the announcement from Hillsong songwriter Marty Sampson on the renunciation of his faith. Taking to Facebook, Cooper noted that we’ve made it the influencer’s job to be the leaders of our faith, not Christ and that we’ve made our faith emotion-based, not truth-based.

    “Ok I’m saying it. Because it’s too important not to. What is happening in Christianity?” began Cooper’s blistering post. “More and more of our outspoken leaders or influencers who were once “faces” of the faith are falling away. And at the same time they are being very vocal and bold about it. Shockingly they still want to influence others (for what purpose?)as they announce that they are leaving the faith.”

    Cooper noted that making internet influencers and celebrities the most relevant people in Christianity has to stop and that relying on modern songs to teach the Gospel instead of the Gospel itself is a mistake that can potentially lead people astray. He even includes himself for good measure:

    My conclusion for the church(all of us Christians): We must STOP making worship leaders and thought leaders or influencers or cool people or “relevant” people the most influential people in Christendom. (And yes that includes people like me!) I’ve been saying for 20 years(and seemed probably quite judgmental to some of my peers) that we are in a dangerous place when the church is looking to 20 year old worship singers as our source of truth. We now have a church culture that learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the teachings of the Word. I’m not being rude to my worship leader friends (many who would agree with me) in saying that singers and musicians are good at communicating emotion and feeling. We create a moment and a vehicle for God to speak. However, singers are not always the best people to write solid bible truth and doctrine. Sometimes we are too young, too ignorant of scripture, too unaware, or too unconcerned about the purity of scripture and the holiness of the God we are singing to. Have you ever considered the disrespect of singing songs to God that are untrue of His character?

    Cooper also wrote on the flaring foolishness of these influencers wanting to stay influencers despite the fact that they seem to be directionless themselves:

    I have a few specific thoughts and rebuttals to statements made by recently disavowed church influencers…first of all, I am stunned that the seemingly most important thing for these leaders who have lost their faith is to make such a bold new stance. Basically saying, “I’ve been living and preaching boldly something for 20 years and led generations of people with my teachings and now I no longer believe it..therefore I’m going to boldly and loudly tell people it was all wrong while I boldly and loudly lead people in to my next truth.” I’m perplexed why they aren’t embarrassed? Humbled? Ashamed, fearful, confused? Why be so eager to continue leading people when you clearly don’t know where you are headed?

    After calling out how cavalier these influencers are being with other people’s lives by “being real,” Cooper calls out these leader’s ideas that no one is addressing hard Biblical issues but them:

    Thirdly, there is a common thread running through these leaders/influencers that basically says that “no one else is talking about the REAL stuff.” This is just flatly false. I just read today in a renown worship leader’s statement, “How could a God of love send people to hell? No one talks about it.” As if he is the first person to ask this? Brother, you are not that unique. The church has wrestled with this for 1500 years. Literally. Everybody talks about it. Children talk about it in Sunday school. There’s like a billion books written on the topic. Just because you don’t get the answer you want doesn’t mean that we are unwilling to wrestle with it. We wrestle with scripture until we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

    Cooper concludes by essentially saying we need to turn back to the Word of God and leave behind the word of influencers who are driven more by emotion than faith. He warns not to follow these leaders as they try to get people to follow them when they don’t even know where they’re going:

    It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word. And to value the teaching of the Word. We need to value truth over feeling. Truth over emotion. And what we are seeing now is the result of the church raising up influencers who did not supremely value truth who have led a generation who also do not believe in the supremacy of truth. And now those disavowed leaders are proudly still leading and influencing boldly AWAY from the truth.

    Is it any wonder that some of our disavowed Christian leaders are letting go of the absolute truth of the Bible and subsequently their lives are falling apart? Further and further they are sinking in the sea all the while shouting “now I’ve found the truth! Follow me!!” Brothers and sisters in the faith all around the world, pastors, teachers, worship leaders, influencers…I implore you, please please in your search for relevancy for the gospel, let us NOT find creative ways to shape Gods word into the image of our culture by stifling inconvenient truths. But rather let us hold on even tighter to the anchor of the living Word of God. For He changes NOT. “The grass withers and the flowers fade away, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8)

    I wanted to highlight this because Cooper has a point. It can be damaging to see someone who leads flocks go astray themselves, but we shouldn’t be considering them our leaders in the first place. God is the leader. People falter and lose faith all the time. Every Christian goes through having their faith tested to the breaking point.

    It bugs me that these so-called faith leaders would be so shallow as to suddenly make it a public show of renouncing the faith they promoted and became a beacon for so many for. As Cooper said, it’s awfully cavalier, and not at all brave or “real.”

    If you would like to read Cooper’s Facebook post in full, you can read it below.

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    Mass Shootings: Internet Anti-Communities And A Disturbing Lack Of Faith

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    Here we are again, following two mass shootings over the weekend, trying as a nation to make sense of senseless killing. And of course the debate over guns — specifically their availability to those broken enough to open fire in a Walmart (as in El, Paso, Texas) or kill their own sister (as in Dayton, Ohio). But this time there’s an added element of confusion that might just make us, for the first time in a long time, able to see a bit clearly about the issue of mass killings with firearms that won’t force us to trample the 2nd Amendment or misapply blame to an entire community of people with mental illness.

    That confusion, which led in the immediate to a disturbing lack of empathy and a heightened level of vitriol, may in the long term lead us to answers. Because the killers, except that they were both white (giving the side screaming that the white nationalists are to blame the best platform), looked nothing alike.

    They were political opposites (or least opposite enough in the surface stuff) that neither political side could blame the other very easily. Which is why President Trump talked about something besides just policy and legislation in his address Monday morning from the White House.

    Culture. And the ways our modern behavior — technology, a rejection of values, etc. — are increasing the distances between us.

    We have a culture problem. We are a Black Mirror episode come to life. But it’s more than that, too.

    An exchange on Twitter (proving that social media has its good side as well as its echo chamber of hatred) said a great deal about what’s happening to us.

    The concept of anti-communities sticks with me, too. Groups with no soul, who form just to complain and share their misery. It’s the weaponization of the soulless before they remember they’re human or before anyone can reach them to help.

    And there’s no doubt they’re aided along by internet radicalization. 8chan has become the designated criminal (and maybe it should) as a place where the soulless go to encourage each other. And the internet is noticing and acting accordingly. A good thing we hopefully see more of as we debate free speech and government regulation of online behavior.

    But it’s more than that, too.

    This LA Times op-ed was edifying in its look at the commonalities among mass shooters. They mention the fact that the shooters all had access to their weapons (prompting, of course, the discussion of how to keep the mentally ill away from firearms), that they all sought approval from their anti-communities and were radicalized to an extent by these online communities, and how they had all reached a crisis point.

    But it’s more than that, too. Because they had almost all been subject in some way to violence at an early age. And that speaks to a rot maybe we can address.

    This survey from back in April of 2019 shows that those claiming no religious affiliation topped the list of religious preferences among Americans, and that more and more Americans are simply rejecting organized religion of any kind.

    Faith in something trumps anti-communities every time. Perhaps someone will point out that one of the shooters may have been a Satanist so he had faith of a kind. But faith in evil is worth than no faith at all, and may in fact be the same thing.

    The long and short of it is we have become a nation of lost sheep and we’d rather blame anything and everything — guns, video games, mental health, medications, politics — than the shooters who deserve the blame and the culture we’ve allowed to flourish that encourages them toward hopelessness.

    And I’m sure it’s more than that, too.

     

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    Brian Stelter Keeps a Running Total of Mitch McConnell’s Offers of Thoughts and Prayers Because Journalism

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    In the immediate aftermath of horrific mass shootings like the ones that happened in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH over the weekend, one of the first orders of business for Democrats is to shut down anyone who says the victims are in their thoughts and prayers.

    So it was no surprise to anyone that CNN media firefighter Brian Stelter, who only masquerades as an impartial journalist, adopted a similar tactic and ran with it on Sunday.

    Stelter took to the Twitter machine midday yesterday to “report” on at least six different instances where Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered prayers to the victims of past shooting tragedies and their respective communities:

    Was this supposed to be an act of journalism or something? It sure didn’t appear that way to a number of Twitter users, who took him to task in the comments:

    Here was Stelter’s response to the criticism:

    Red State‘s Brad Slager and Joe Cunningham weren’t buying what Stelter was selling and let him know it:

    Sadly, Stelter is not above such childish mockery, nor is he above blatantly displaying double standards when it comes to holding Democrats and Republicans to the same standards. Case in point:

    I wrote this in response to Sen. Cory Booker’s despicable rant against people offering their thoughts and prayers after the UNC Charlotte mass shooting that happened here in April. Re-upping today because it still holds true:

    Thoughts and prayers provide an immeasurable feeling of comfort and peace and – for some – answers in the aftermath of tragedy and loss. In the days after the UNCC gunman stormed the Kennedy building at the university, prayer vigils and prayer walks were held on campus. Individually, students held hands, hugged each other, and prayed together.

    People all across the city and state – and the nation – offered their thoughts and prayers for Charlotte in the aftermath. As a person of faith myself who was in so much shock after it happened, it provided me comfort and solace as I began the grieving and healing processes.

    Any person of faith who has read and studied the Bible knows better than to say that offering up thoughts and prayers is meaningless. It’s reprehensible that Sen. Booker has decided to play the “who is the truuuue person of faith” game but he’s on the campaign trail, so I guess that’s to be expected. Shame.

    What’s Stelter’s motivation for playing this game? To carry the left’s water on these issues, naturally, which is par for the course for such a dishonest fraud.

    If CNN is trying to earn back the trust they’ve lost with viewers and readers over the years, they sure have a lousy way of showing it.

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    Miracle in China: 3-Year-Old Falls 60 Feet From a High Rise Balcony, But Neighbors Catch Him (Video)

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    A video from southwest China posted to social media Monday reveals a harrowing scene: a 3-year-old hanging from the balcony of an apartment building, six stories up.

    As indicated by the tweet, the baby boy climbed his own way out of the high-rise.

    Absolute doom seemed certain.

    NBC news reports he’d been left alone while his grandmother went out for groceries.

    What the heck?? He’s three.

    A crowd had formed far below, and someone had had the good sense to bring out out a blanket.

    They stretched it…

    The little one struggled to get back onto the balcony.

    But he couldn’t make it up.

    He lost his grip as onlookers screamed in horror.

    The boy fell straight down onto the taut blanket, wondrously saved from a 60-foot plummet.

    Watch the incredible video above.

    All who held the blanket will live the rest of their days knowing they saved a precious life by caring enough to attempt the impossible.

    And the little boy will always know he was given a second chance — by neighbors and, perhaps, strangers.

    According to the BBC, he suffered no injuries.

    What an absolute miracle.

    May God bless the heroes of our world.

    -ALEX

     

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    Video: CNN’s Don Lemon Grows Visibly Agitated as Black Pastor Refuses to Take His ‘Trump Is Racist’ Bait

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    On Monday, 20 African-American faith leaders were at the White House for a meeting with President Trump for a discussion on various issues including those that impact inner city communities across America.

    The gathering happened at a time when Trump is facing accusations of racism from liberals and mainstream media journalists over his criticisms of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7) and the inhumane conditions in parts of his Congressional district.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the meeting:

    Atlanta Evangelist Alveda King said she was invited to the meeting that was planned several weeks ago.

    […]

    King said the meeting was not a photo op and focused on urban affairs, “things that many of us around the table were concerned about” including the sanctity of life, urban development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, prison reform, jobs and HBCUs.

    King said she doesn’t think Trump is racist and or that his words and actions have emboldened white supremacists.

    Another faith leader at the meeting was Pastor Bill Owens from the Coalition of African-American Pastors. The 80-year-old Owens was interviewed Monday night by CNN‘s Don Lemon in a segment that turned out to be a textbook example of agenda-driven journalism.

    Here’s on overall recap of it went down:

    “What did the president say about his attacks against the leaders of color and did any of the faith leaders raise concerns about that?” Lemon asked Owens on “CNN Tonight” after the pastor shared he has met with the president four times in five months.

    “I don’t remember him saying anything about colored leaders, leaders that are colored. There was some things discussed, that were said, but I don’t remember him referring to leaders of color,” Owens, an African American, replied.

    “Today the meeting was how can we help the black community. That is my concern. That was the purpose of the meeting. That is the reason I came to Washington. That is my focus, helping our inner-city young people especially. Our children. Our young people,” he added.

    “So I know it’s hard for you, you think it’s hard to believe that Trump is racist. But he’s repeatedly used racially charged language. He consistently attacks black and brown elected leaders. So, why is that hard to believe, pastor?” Lemon asked.

    “I find President Trump leader of all colors. He attacks who he will. He’s his own man. I can’t dictate what he should or shouldn’t do. But he does not just attack black people. He attacks anybody. And you know it,” Owens retorted.

    “So as a man of faith, as a Christian he attacks anyone. It sounds like you’re condoning attacks? Is that Christianly or Godly?” Lemon asked.

    “I’m just stating a statement of fact. I’m not condoning anything … President Trump does not pick the people he attacks because of color. He attacks anybody he feels needed,” Owens replied.

    You can tell just from reading about the interview that Lemon changed the parameters of the discussion once Owens correctly pointed out that Trump’s criticisms are not about race. Lemon switched gears and then made it about whether or not Owens, as a Christian, condoned Trump attacking anyone.

    Lemon, who has compared Trump to Hitler in the past, repeatedly pressed Owens to buy into the argument that Trump’s attacks are race-based, but Owens made it clear he wasn’t going to play that game.

    And once Lemon figured out Owens was not taking the bait, the CNN anchor – who is gay – then despicably shifted his ire to Owens himself, accusing him in so many words at around the 2:35 mark of being a homophobe because he’s a conservative who is opposed to gay marriage. Lemon also cut Owens off several times during the segment, citing time constraints.

    Watch the full interview below:

    Had Owens agreed with Lemon’s assessment of Trump’s motivations, not only would he not have been repeatedly cut off during the course of the interview, but his “controversial” views opposing gay marriage would never have been mentioned. But because Owens doesn’t and won’t toe the liberal line on “racism” accusations against the President, he got the Lemon Treatment.

    The liberally biased interview was yet another nail in the coffin of CNN‘s journalistic credibility, but they’re beyond caring at this point because Orange Man Bad and stuff.

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