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Mexican cartel massacre suspects arrested in attack that left 9 Americans dead, government says

A major military operation Sunday jointly carried out by three branches of the Mexican armed forces netted several suspects accused in the November massacre that claimed nine members of a well-known Mexican-American family believed to have been targeted by a drug cartel, federal authorities in the country said in a statement.

The federal attorney general’s office didn’t specify how many suspects were rounded up in the military show-of-force, however, local newspaper El Universal reported at least three were arrested.

MEXICAN CARTEL MASSACRE: 9 AMERICANS, INCLUDING 6 CHILDREN, FROM MORMON OFFSHOOT MURDERED

It’s the third time the Mexican government has announced arrests in the case. In at least one of the previous cases, it was later determined those arrested were not linked to the massacre.

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Rhonita Maria Miller, left, along with 4 children, Dawna Langford, center, and Christina Marie Langford, right, were among those killed on Nov. 4. (Facebook)

Nine members of the LeBaron family — who lived in a faith-based community in La Mora, northern Mexico and had dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship — were shot to death Nov. 4 by suspected drug cartel gunmen.

FBI JOINS MEXICO CARTEL AMBUSH INVESTIGATION INTO KILLINGS OF MOTHERS, CHILDREN

The six children and three women who died in the shocking ambush were part of a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located around 70 miles south of Douglas, Ariz. The family members were traveling on a remote dirt road in broad daylight when gunmen sprayed their three SUVs with bullets.

The first suspect, arrested near the U.S.-Mexico border a day after the killings, was determined not to be linked to the attack, despite reportedly being found with four assault rifles and two hostages bound and gagged in a bulletproof vehicle, Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said at the time.

Then, in mid-November, authorities announced an undisclosed number of arrests related to the massacre amid competing reports about which cartel may have been behind the shooting and Mexican authorities’ apparent struggle to track down those responsible for it.

CONFUSION OVER WHICH DRUG CARTEL RESPONSIBLE FOR MASSACRE THAT KILLED 9 FAMILY MEMBERS

While it’s unclear which groups are the focus of the investigation, Mexican authorities have mentioned several cartels operate in the area, including La Linea, Los Jaguares and Jalisco Nueva Generacion. La Linea, the armed wing of the Juarez drug cartel, was initially believed to be involved.

The Mexican government has suggested the families may not have been the target of the attack, claiming the gunmen possibly mistook the families’ large SUVs for those of a rival gang. Officials have noted the ongoing, violent turf war between cartels in the region, however, some relatives of the deceased and at least one prominent former Mexican official insist the LeBaron family was hit by design.

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President Trump called on Mexico to wage “war” on the drug cartels following the attack and vowed to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, something some in the LeBaron community urged him to do.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Houston Police Department changes dress code to allow religious clothing in honor of fallen Sikh deputy

The Houston Police department announced Monday that the department is changing its dress code policy to be more inclusive in honor of a fallen Sikh deputy.

The department will now accommodate Sikh officers by letting them wear their articles of faith while on duty, Mayor Sylvester Turner said. The announcement was made at a news conference on Monday morning.

The city of Houston tweeted that “Houston Police is now the largest law enforcement agency in Texas to adopt a policy allowing officers to wear articles of faith on duty.”

“I know that Sikhs have a proud history as first responders & members of the military. #HPD [Houston Police Department] can be their home,” Turner said.

Sandeep Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and its first Sikh deputy, was shot multiple times while conducting a traffic stop in September.

TRAILBLAZING SIKH DEPUTY SHOT AND KILLED DURING TEXAS TRAFFIC STOP 

Dhaliwal’s dashboard camera captured video that showed the officer speaking with the driver in what appeared to be a conversational tone with “no combat, no arguing,” Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Lee said. The driver’s door was opened at one point, and Dhaliwal shut it as the driver remained in the vehicle. When Dhaliwal turned to walk back to his patrol car, the driver steps from the car “almost immediately running with a gun already out,” Lee said. The driver shot the deputy from behind, hitting him in the back of the head. The driver got back in his car and drove away.

Dhaliwal, 42, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The deputy was a father of three children.

“Deputy Dhaliwal taught us all a valuable lesson about inclusion. It was an honor to know him,” Turner said on Monday.

The sheriff had implemented a religious accommodation policy that allowed Dhaliwal to wear the traditional turban and beard of the Sikh religion.

“We know the spirit, the soul, the delight that that man emitted,” Fox 26 reported Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

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Dhaliwal was known as being one of the first law enforcement officers in the nation to wear his turban while on the job, the station reported.

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Sandeep Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and its first Sikh deputy, was shot multiple times from behind while conducting a traffic stop in September. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

“We have seen Sikhs across the country proud to show their children that here in America, Sikhs can serve as an officer in the law enforcement without compromising their faith,” the television station reported Kiran Kaur Gill of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund said.

“What it really means to people like me is: we love you, we respect you, and your turban is a part of the fabric of this nation,” Army Reserve Lt. Col. Kamal Singh Kalsi of New Jersey reportedly said.

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Robert Solis, 47, had been charged with capital murder in Dhaliwal’s death, according to the sheriff’s office. Solis was wanted on a parole violation warrant dating back to January 2017, when he was reportedly accused of threatening his girlfriend and possessing a prohibited weapon, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. Click2Houston reported that Solis was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison in 2002 for aggravated kidnapping but was released on parole in 2014. His parole would have expired in 2022.

Fox News’ Melissa Leon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Why Pastor Joseph Prince takes communion daily — and his ‘simple’ message for America

Joseph Prince, a Singapore-based megachurch pastor who has been called a missionary to America and is credited with starting a “Gospel of Grace Revolution,” is touring the United States with a “simple” message for the nation. He’s sharing about the power of the Holy Communion, something he talks about in his latest book.

The senior pastor of New Creation Church talked to Fox News after the first stop on his U.S. tour of worship nights in New York City before his event in Washington, D.C., where he was invited to the White House to meet with Vice President Mike Pence and pray over him.

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“I feel what America needs is to return back to the gospel of grace,” Prince said after his sold-out event at Madison Square Garden. “I hear a lot of preaching…that emphasizes you, not what God has done,” which he calls “the biggest heresy” today.

“The gospel is all about grace. Grace is not a teaching, it is a person of Jesus,” Prince added. “It’s actually the gospel.”

He says a lot of pastors and teachers today point their fingers at what they’re against, robbing believers of the good news. And for the New York Times best-selling author, whose new book is called “Eat Your Way to Life and Health: Unlock the power of the Holy Communion,” it’s something he learned himself, which he calls a “neglected but very powerful truth.”

WHO IS KANYE WEST’S CALIFORNIA PASTOR PREACHING AT SUNDAY SERVICE?

Before he became a megapastor who grew his church to more than 33,000 attendees, Prince was a young believer who didn’t dare take communion because he was afraid he was unworthy. But now it’s something he says he does daily after “the Lord opened my eyes to how he has made it so easy for any of us to receive the divine health that our Lord Jesus paid for us to enjoy.”

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New York Times best-selling author, Joseph Prince, wrote a book about communion called, “Eat Your Way to Life and Health: Unlock the Power of the Holy Communion.” (New Creation Church)

“I believe that the Lord gave me a mission to teach on the health-giving, life-imparting, healing power of the Communion,” Prince said, explaining on why he wrote the book about a sacrament that some believers only partake of once a week or once a month, if at all. “I want them to know beyond a shadow of any doubt that God wants them healed, whole and well.”

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Prince calls Communion the “proverbial ‘fountain of youth’ mankind has been in search of for generations” and “is more powerful than any medicine, antibiotic, or medical procedure.” He believes it can be the difference between life and death. He shares testimonies of people throughout the book who have been healed by the power of Holy Communion.

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Joseph Prince, Singapore megachurch pastor and best-selling author, speaks during the first stop on his America tour. (Joseph Prince)

And Prince says he witnessed the power of Communion while writing his book. His six-year-old son, Justin, had two skull fractures and was bleeding and throwing up after he fell from a high place on the playground during recess. When the doctors said all they could give him was painkillers, Prince and his wife, Wendy, partook communion with their second-grader at the hospital.

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“The amazing this was, we could literally see him getting better and better each time we partook,” Prince said. “Every time we had Communion with Justin, his headaches got less painful, to the point when he told us he would rather just partake of the Communion that to take the painkillers that the doctors had given him!”

No matter how dire your medical report might be, God can still turn your situation around!

— Joseph Prince

Instead of taking six weeks to recover, as the doctors predicted, Justin was given the all-clear to return to school in just three weeks. “All glory to Jesus!” Prince said.

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Pastor Joseph Prince packed out the Hulu Theather at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Joseph Prince)

He encourages anyone who hasn’t been healed or seen any changes to keep going – and believing.

“Don’t give up. No matter what diagnosis you might have received from your doctor, keep filling your heart with scriptures,” Prince said. “Keep listening to messages about the Lord’s finished work and partaking of the Communion.”

Prince said his faith in Jesus means everything and it’s “not based on any legalistic human tradition but founded upon an intimate and meaningful relationship with my loving Savior.”

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It’s how he believes he went from a little-known pastor in Singapore to a worldwide phenomenon in the faith community.

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“A Night of Worship with Joseph Prince” included worship and teaching on the Holy Communion. (Joseph Prince)

“My ministry is all about exalting the name of Jesus and proclaiming the Gospel of Grace,” Prince concluded, adding, “My desire is for this generation to discover that the power to reign over every sin, bondage, and addiction comes from receiving not just grace, but the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness!”

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The next “Night of Worship with Joseph Prince” will be in Dallas on Oct. 20, then Houston. He will wrap up his U.S. tour in Los Angeles on Oct. 30.

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Jewish leader warns Christians amid rising anti-Semitism: ‘They start with Jews, but they never finish with Jews’

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Jewish leaders met this week in New York to address a rise in anti-Semitic incidents over the past few years across the globe – especially in major cities in Europe – and warned that Jews will not be the only ones targeted in the future.

Joel Rubinfeld, president of the Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan, located in Belgium, told CBN News that anti-religious incidents will target Christians next.

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“More problems will come,” Rubinfeld told the Christian news site. “No, it’s just the beginning. We know this. We know that about anti-Semitic…the anti-Semite. They start with Jews. But they never finish with Jews.”

While the increase of anti-Semitic attacks is concentrated in Europe, Chrisitan persecution, according to watchdog group Open Doors USA, is prevalent in Asia, the Middle East and parts of Africa.

Rubinfeld’s comments come on the heels of an “unprecedented” report on anti-Semitism released by the United Nations last month that pointed out the frequency of incidents appears to be increasing.

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It also linked anti-Semitism to denunciations of Israel as well as the Palestinian-led Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for a boycott of all Israeli products.

The report stressed that the “prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes and the risk of violence against Jewish individuals and sites ” are significant.

Specifically, the report mentioned the 2018 attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a gunman opened fire and killed 11 congregants “in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history” and the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting in April on the last day of Passover when a gunman killed one woman and injured three others, including the rabbi.

‘COLOR PURPLE’ ACTRESS SUES AFTER BEING FIRED FOR VIEWS EXPRESSED ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ‘THEY KNEW THAT I WAS CHRISTIAN’

Earlier this year, the New York Times, the Women’s March, as well as the Democratic Party have all had issues with anti-Semitism.

The NY Times announced in June that it will end political cartoons after “anti-Semitic” depictions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with President Trump.

Last month, the anti-Trump Women’s March severed ties with leaders, Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Bob Bland, all accused of anti-Semitism, but then had to quickly drop a new replacement, Zahra Billoo, a lawyer and executive director of CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relation), whom the Anti-Defamation League described as having a “long history of deeply offensive and antisemitic statements.”

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The Democratic Party has been grappling with an anti-Semitism problem especially this year following a series of comments from prominent freshman Democrats, particularly Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, that members of both parties have called anti-Semitic.

In June, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution explicitly and unequivocally condemning anti-Semitism, something the Democrat-controlled House failed to do earlier this year.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan contributed to this report.

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Christian doctor of 30 years loses job for refusing to use transgender pronoun

A seasoned British doctor lost his government job as a medical assessor after more than three decades because he refused to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth.

Dr. David Mackereth, 56, a National Health Service employee, was fired from his post at the Department for Work and Pensions in July because he would not use a transgender pronoun, saying he believes “gender is defined by biology and genetics” and the “Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female.”

This week he lost his case before an Employment Tribunal in England, where the judge ruled his beliefs were “incompatible with human dignity.”

‘COLOR PURPLE’ ACTRESS SUES AFTER BEING FIRED FOR VIEWS EXPRESSED ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ‘THEY KNEW THAT I WAS CHRISTIAN’

Mackereth, who now works as an NHS emergency doctor in another city, said his supervisor pressured him to refer to a “man six foot tall with a beard” as “she” and “Mrs.,” but the doctor refused.

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Dr. David Mackereth, 56, a doctor of 26 years in the NHS, lost his job for refusing to refer to clients by a transgender pronoun, citing his religious views and science. (Christian Concern)

“No doctor, or researcher, or philosopher, can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex,” Mackereth told Fox News. “Without intellectual and moral integrity, medicine cannot function and my 30 years as a doctor are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended.”

Andrea Williams, CEO of the Christian Legal Centre, which represents Mackereth, said the judge put transgender rights ahead of all others, ruling a belief in the Bible is on par with Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazi ideologies.

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“It is deeply disturbing that this is the first time in the history of English law that a judge has ruled that free citizens must engage in compelled speech,” Williams said, adding the judge “ruled that Christianity is not protected by the Equality Act or the ECHR, unless it is a version of Christianity which recognizes transgenderism and rejects a belief in Genesis 1:27.”

The court specifically cited the Bible verse the doctor referred to: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

The tribunal wrote in its decision: “[B]elief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.”

Mackereth plans to put up a fight.

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“I believe that I have to appeal in order to fight for the freedom of Christians – and any other NHS member of staff – to speak the truth,” he said. “If they cannot, then freedom of speech has died in this country, with serious ramifications for the practice of medicine in the U.K.”

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Demi Lovato apologizes for ‘offending anyone’ following ‘magical’ trip to Israel

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Demi Lovato is apologizing after some characterized her recent trip to Israel, during which she was baptized in the Jordan River, as a political statement.

Lovato, 27, traveled to the Middle East after she “accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few [social media] posts.” But her trip apparently sparked backlash, as the singer saw the need to explain the reasoning for her experience in a follow-up Instagram Story.

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“I’m extremely frustrated,” she wrote. “No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention.”

The former Disney star said: “Sometimes people present you with opportunities and no one tells you the potential backlash you could face in return. This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT and now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry.”

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Lovato went on to apologize for not being “more educated, and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience.”

“Going against all advice right now and apologizing because it feels right to me and I’d rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself, than staying quiet to please other people.”

It’s unclear what backlash Lovato has experienced, as it appears the comments on the three Instagram posts from her trip — of her at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism; at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial; and at the Shalva National Center, which provides care for children with special needs — are turned off.

However, according to Entertainment Tonight, many criticized her experience as taking a side in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Lovato detailed her travels to Israel in recent days in a series of Instagram posts, explaining that she’s “an American singer” who was raised Christian but has Jewish ancestors, and said, “There is something absolutely magical about Israel.”

She said she had “never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God…something I’ve been missing for a few years now.”

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The “Confident” singer said the experience “fill[ed] the God-sized hole in my heart.”

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

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State Department hits Russia over jailing of Jehovah’s Witnesses for ‘peaceful religious practice’

The State Department criticized Russian authorities Saturday over this week’s jailing of six Jehovah’s Witnesses for up to three-and-a-half years.

“Deeply concerned by Russian court decision to jail six Jehovah’s Witnesses in Saratov for peaceful religious practice,” spokesperson Morgan Ortagus wrote on Twitter. “We urge Russia to respect its citizens’ rights to religious freedom and stop falsely accusing Jehovah’s Witnesses of extremism.”

Reuters reported that a regional court in the southwestern city of Saratov found the men guilty of taking part in activities of an extremist organization. Russia’s Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that the Christian denomination was an “extremist” organization and ordered the group to disband.

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“Yes they were convicted,” a court spokeswoman announced Friday. “Punishments ranged from three years and six months down to two years (in jail).”

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The U.S.-headquartered Jehovah’s Witnesses have faced discrimination for years in Russia, where the Orthodox Church is propped up by President Vladimir Putin. Orthodox scholars have accused Jehovah’s Witnesses of eroding state institutions and traditional values, according to Reuters.

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More than 250 Jehovah’s Witnesses have been detained since the 2017 ban, according to the group. 41 are in detention and 23 are on house arrest.

Two of those convicted face three-and-a-half years in prison, one faces three years and three face two years.

The religion has says it has 170,000 followers in Russia and more than eight million adherents worldwide.

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In February, a court ruled that a Danish Jehovah’s Witness in Russia has to stay in prison for six years. Soon after, the religious denomination accused Russian officers of torturing its members, alleging that seven of its adherents were beaten, given electrical shocks and suffocated during interrogation.

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Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘profound shame’ for British massacre in India

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The Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury apologized in a public way — by falling down on the floor –for the “terrible atrocity” by British colonial forces 100 years ago in a massacre of hundreds of Indians peacefully demonstrating for independence.

Addressing the attack in northwest India, Archbishop Justin Welby tweeted: “I feel a deep sense of grief, humility and profound shame having visited the site of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar today. Here, a great number of Sikhs – as well as Hindus, Muslims and Christians – were shot dead by British troops in 1919.”

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More than 300 Indians were killed and over 1,200 injured on April 13, 1919, when the British Indian Army opened fire on a crowd at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, which is near the city’s Golden Temple, the holiest site to the Sikh faith.

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Welby, who has been archbishop since 2013, noted that he was not speaking on behalf of the British government, but instead was making a personal apology.

When asked if he would seek an apology from the British government, Welby reportedly said: “I think I have been very clear about what I feel and that will be broadcast in England.”

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Former British Prime Minister Theresa May stopped short of a formal apology in April when she called the killings a “shameful scar” in British-Indian history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Paul Batura: How to overcome the blame game we see in Washington, at home, and within ourselves

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The tendency to blame others rather than assume responsibility for our own misery or mess is a timeless malady that goes by many names.

Social scientists call it “psychological projection” – a subconscious defense mechanism designed to help us cope with a particular stress or personal problem.

In shirt-sleeve English, it’s called scapegoating, finger-pointing or passing the buck.

It’s always the other guy’s fault. It couldn’t possibly be mine.

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Establishment Washington has perfected the art of blaming others, and never more exhaustively or regularly than in recent years. According to beltway liberals, President Donald Trump is responsible for nearly every bad thing of late, from a fluctuation in global temperatures and a rise in strong storms to a string of mentally ill murderers and even the deterioration of social media civility.

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Never mind that weather is historically cyclical, tragic gun violence is multi-factorial, and public crassness and crudeness have been on the rise for decades.

When it comes to the blame game, facts are inconvenient things.

To be fair, the blame game is bipartisan sport, and it’s been so for generations. As a kid, I remember the seemingly indefatigable White House correspondent Sam Donaldson chastising President Ronald Reagan for his tendency to blame Democrats for our nation’s ills.

From class action lawsuits to political parties that coddle the perpetually angry, it’s easy to blame almost somebody else for almost every and anything. 

“Mr. President, in talking about the continuing recession tonight, you have blamed mistakes in the past,” Donaldson pressed. “You have blamed the Congress. Does any of the blame belong to you?”

The quick-witted Reagan didn’t hesitate in his response.

“Yes,” he acknowledged, “because for many years I was a Democrat!”

The room erupted in laughter.

Those of us who revere the teachings of the Bible will remember that blame is baked into the creation story. After God chastises Adam for eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, the world’s first man immediately blames Eve, the earth’s first woman. And then Eve quickly blames creation’s first serpent for tempting her.

The names of the aggrieved have changed as have the circumstances, but what began in the Garden of Eden rages on and into the cities and countryside in the first part of the 21st century.

I was thinking about this the other day as I attempted to talk with our 14-year-old about managing his finances and the many mistakes I made with money as a young man. We were talking about the 70-10-10-10 philosophy – living off 70 percent of your income, and then splitting the remaining 30 percent among tithing, saving and investing.

“Grandma and Grandpa never taught me these things,” I began, catching myself midsentence, realizing that I was blaming my deceased parents for my own financial sloppiness and stupidity as a young man.

It might be true that my mom and dad never walked me through the finer points of saving, investing and compound interest, the eighth wonder of the world, but it was my own fault that I spent money I didn’t have, loaned my credit card to people I barely knew, and didn’t pay my bills on time in those first few years following college graduation.

Back in 1996, I was friendly with a woman who was working as a nanny in New York City. Like me, Tammy was a runner. A month or two after we met she competed in the Walt Disney World Marathon. A massive January blizzard scuttled her return from Orlando and she called me in desperation, explaining her credit cards were maxed out and she was stranded. Would I loan her some money?

Tammy was pretty and blond and I had been hoping to date her, so I immediately obliged. I played the big spender and faxed her hotel my credit card authorization. She returned four days later and having charged all her meals and theme park tickets in addition to her room, she had racked up a bill of over $1,400.

Long story short, Tammy never repaid me and didn’t return my repeated calls. I fumed over the slight for years, silently burning and blaming her for stiffing me.

Truth to be told, it was my fault for trying to impress her with my seeming generosity, which was nothing more than credit I could hardly afford to repay.

Culture accommodates our penchant for finger-pointing. From class action lawsuits to political parties that coddle the perpetually angry, it’s easy to blame almost somebody else for almost every and anything.

In reality, my own worst enemy is me. It’s just a matter of perspective.

Instead of blaming my low wages or excessive taxation, hustling to earn more money would solve the problem.

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Rather than blame soda manufacturers for producing fattening, sugary soft drinks or restaurants for serving oversized portions, exercising more, drinking water and eating only until I’m satiated would be a good start to better health.

Accusing my spouse for not meeting my needs when I’m not first meeting hers is downright foolishness not to mention relational suicide.

And why should I blame my busyness for being tired when the solution is to arrange my schedule to simply allow for more sleep?

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye,” Jesus once asked, “but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

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The evidence would seem to suggest he never lived up to the ideals of his own lyrics in the hit song, “Man in the Mirror,” but the late and now disgraced pop icon Michael Jackson’s haunting refrain provides a prescriptive pathway for those of us inclined to point fingers:

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror,” he once sang. “I’m asking him to change his ways; And no message could have been any clearer; If You wanna make the world a better place, Take a look at yourself and then make a change.”

It’s just too bad Jackson never took his own advice.

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Human bones wash onto street after Scottish graveyard floods, disturbing ‘ancient lairs’

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Human bones washed onto the street of a village in Scotland over the weekend after flooding collapsed a churchyard wall, disturbing ancient graves.

Nearly 30 feet of a wall surrounding the Largo and Newburn Parish Church in Upper Largo gave way Saturday following heavy rain, Fife Today reported.

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“Unfortunately, some historic graves were disturbed and exposed,” Liz Murphy, head of bereavement services, said in a statement obtained by the paper.

“In order to preserve the dignity of the deceased, where safe, the remains have been moved into the church,” Murphy continued. “Any exposed ancient lairs are covered until it is safe to restore or rebury them.”

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The Fife Council assisted the church in collecting the bones, which were mixed with soil and rubble in the street below the wall, The Courier reported.

The church was likely established during the reign of King Angus of Scotland between the years 820 and 832, but its oldest existing structure was built in 1623, according to a website documenting the history of Largo churches. It has since undergone several renovations.

While it was unclear how old the disturbed bones were, documents on the website show that many of the churchyard’s gravestones date back to the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Murphy said that both the churchyard and the church will remain closed to the public for their safety while the collapse is investigated.

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