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Louie Gohmert Urges House to Ban Democratic Party for Supporting Slavery


Reported by SEAN MORAN | 

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced a privileged resolution on Thursday that calls upon Congress to ban the Democratic Party for supporting slavery and the Confederate States of America, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

Gohmert released a privileged resolution on Thursday that details the Democratic Party’s history of supporting slavery, the Confederacy, and other racist policies throughout the party’s history. A privileged resolution allows for Gohmert, or any other congressman, to “supersede or interrupt other matters that might be called up or pending before the House.” Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Jody Hice (R-GA), Rand Weber (R-TX), and Andy Harris (R-MD) cosponsored Gohmert’s resolution.

A privileged resolution requires the House to either immediately table the motion, which then becomes a vote for or against it, or bring it to the floor for a vote within two days of its introduction. If the resolution survives a vote to table, each side has an hour to debate it before it comes up for a vote on the floor.

Gohmert’s resolution provides a long list of instances in which the Democratic Party supported slavery, the Confederacy, and racist policies, including:

  • The Democratic Party platforms of 1840, 1844, 1848, 1852, and 1856 stated “that all efforts of the abolitionists, or others, made to induce Congress to interfere with questions of slavery . . . are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences; and that all such efforts have an inevitable tendency to diminish the happiness of the people and endanger the stability and permanency of the Union, and ought not to be countenanced by any friend of our political institutions.”

  • The Democratic Party platform of 1856 declared that “new states” to the Union should be admitted “with or without domestic slavery, as [the state] may elect.”

  • The Democratic Party platform of 1856 declared that “we recognize the right of the people of all the Territories . . .  to form a Constitution, with or without domestic slavery.”

  • The Democratic Party platform of 1860, in seeking to uphold the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 that required law enforcement officials to arrest any individual suspected of being a runaway slave, stated that “the enactments of the State Legislatures to defeat the faithful execution of the Fugitive Slave Law are hostile in character, subversive of the Constitution, and revolutionary in their effect.”

  • No Democrat in Congress supported the 14th Amendment, which gave full citizenship to freed slaves. It passed in 1868 with 94 percent Republican support and zero support from Democrats.

  • No Democrat in Congress supported the 15th Amendment, which gave freed slaves the right to vote. It passed in 1870 with 100 percent Republican support and zero support from Democrats.

  • Various state Democratic Party officials enacted policies to disenfranchise and “systematically suppress” the right of African Americans to vote. The resolution specifically cites the 1902 Constitution of the State of Virginia that disenfranchised about 90 percent of the African American voters at the time, forcibly reducing the number of eligible African American voters from about 147,000 in 1901 to about 10,000 by 1905. The resolution notes that this measure was “supported almost exclusively by Virginia Democrats.”

  • The administration of President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, “began a racial segregation policy for U.S. government employees and, by 1914, the Wilson administration’s Civil Service instituted the requirement that a photograph be submitted with each employment application.”

  • When the Democratic Party held its national convention in 1924 in New York City at Madison Square Garden, the event was commonly referred to as the “Klan-Bake” due to the influence of the Ku Klux Klan in the party.

  • Senate Democrats held a 75-calendar day filibuster against the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Former Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), a known recruiter for the KKK, led the Democrats to oppose civil rights for African Americans.

  • Democrats “enacted and enforced Jim Crow laws and civil codes that forced segregation and restricted freedoms” for African Americans.

  • In June, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ordered the removal of the portraits of four previous Speakers of the House  who served in the Confederacy, stating that these portraits “set back our nation’s work to confront and combat bigotry.” However, Gohmert’s resolution notes that the Speakers that Pelosi removed (Robert M.T. Hunter, Howell Cobb, James L. Orr, and Charles F. Crisp) were all Democrats.

Gohmert’s resolution also calls for Pelosi to remove from the House wing of the Capitol of any House office building any item that “names, symbolizes or mentions any political organization or party that has ever held a public position that supported slavery or the Confederacy.”

Gohmert told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement on Thursday that this resolution outlines that a “great portion” of the Democratic Party is “filled with racism and hatred.” Therefore, Gohmert argued, that because leftists now demand that the country must eliminate “entities symbols, and reminders” of America’s past, then the Democratic Party must change to recognize its “loathsome and bigoted past.”

He explained, “As outlined in the resolution, a great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred. Since people are demanding we rid ourselves of the entities, symbols, and reminders of the repugnant aspects of our past, then the time has come for Democrats to acknowledge their party’s loathsome and bigoted past, and consider changing their party name to something that isn’t so blatantly and offensively tied to slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan.”

“As the country watches violent leftists burn our cities, tear down our statues and call upon every school, military base and city street to be renamed, it is important to note that past atrocities these radicals claim to be so violently offensive were largely committed by members in good standing of the Democratic Party,” Gohmert continued, “Whether it be supporting the most vile forms of racism or actively working against Civil Rights legislation, Democrats in this country perpetuated these abhorrent forms of discrimination and violence practically since their party’s inception.”

“To avoid triggering innocent bystanders by the racist past of the Democratic Party, I would suggest they change their name. That is the standard to which they are holding everyone else, so the name change needs to occur,” Gohmert concluded.

Read the full resolution here.

Gohmert Privileged Resolution by Breitbart News on Scribd

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

Black Lives Matter Destroys Statue of Immigrant Who Died Fighting Slavery


Reported by JOEL B. POLLAK | 

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/23/black-lives-matter-destroys-statue-of-immigrant-who-died-fighting-slavery/

 

Hans Christian Heg (Phil Roeder / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Local ABC affiliate WKOW reported:

Protesters pulled down the Forward statue that normally stands outside the State Capitol and left it lying in the middle of the road.

The same group also tore down the Col. Hans Christian Heg statue a short time later. The group then went on to throw the statue into Lake Monona. Heg fought for the Union during the Civil War and was a stark opponent of slavery during that time.

Tweets of the destruction showed Heg’s pedestal vandalized with the words “BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL” scrawled across it.

The statue was decapitated and thrown into a nearby lake.

WKOW reported that the protesters also damaged a government building.

Heg was a Republican who served as the state prison commissioner, favoring vocational training for convicts.

The Wisconsin Historical Society describes Col. Heg as follows:

Heg migrated to the United States from Norway as a child in 1840 and spent his youth at Muskego, in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. As a young man he went to California in the Gold Rush and stayed from 1849-1851. He returned to Wisconsin in 1851 following the death of his parents in order to care for his younger siblings and manage the family farm.

In the fall of 1861 a new Scandinavian regiment was recruited and Heg accepted appointment as its colonel. The 15th Wisconsin Infantry, made up largely of recent immigrants, went into training at Camp Randall in December and left for the South on March 2, 1862.

On December 30, 1862, at the battle of Stones River, Heg’s regiment lost more than 100 men. His horse was shot out from under him and his general called him “the bravest of the brave.” In February 1863 Heg was put in command of the entire brigade and pursued retreating Confederate troops through Tennessee, briefly into Alabama, and across the state line to Chickamauga, Georgia.

On the afternoon of September 19, 1863, Heg was charging forward at the front of his troops when he was shot in the abdomen. He managed to stay in the saddle for a short time, but loss of blood compelled him to leave the field and move to a hospital behind the lines where he died the next morning.

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Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, is available for pre-order. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Kamala Harris’s Father Just Dropped BOMBSHELL On Her Campaign, Is Her 2020 Bid Over?


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URL of the original posting site: http://threepercenternation.com/2019/07/kamala-harriss-father-just-dropped-bombshell-on-her-campaign-is-her-2020-bid-over/

But now a deep, dark secret from her family’s past could come back to haunt her platform and her campaign.

She has been one of the main proponents of giving reparations to the descendants of slaves with taxpayer funds. But now a deep, dark secret from her family’s past could come back to haunt her platform and her campaign. And it comes at the hands of Harris’ father who has again become a thorn in the side of his own daughter’s ambitions.

By Carmine Sabia at The Federalist Papers

California Sen. Kamala Harris is one of the leading contenders for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination.

“My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town) and to my maternal grandmother Miss Iris (née Iris Finegan, farmer and educator, from Aenon Town and Inverness, ancestry unknown to me),” her dad, David J. Harris said in an op ed in Jamaica Global Online.

“The Harris name comes from my paternal grandfather Joseph Alexander Harris, land-owner and agricultural ‘produce’ exporter (mostly pimento or all-spice), who died in 1939 one year after I was born and is buried in the church yard of the magnificent Anglican Church which Hamilton Brown built in Brown’s Town (and where, as a child, I learned the catechism, was baptized and confirmed, and served as an acolyte),” he said.

“Looking back now I can say, with certainty and all due credit to Miss Iris, that it was this early intimate exposure to operation of the sugar industry at the local level of small-scale production with family labour and free wage-labour, coupled with my growing curiosity about how these things came to be, that led me, once I started reading about the history of Jamaica, to a closer study of the sugar industry,” Harris said.

“I came then to understand its origin as a system of global production and commerce, based on slave labour, with Jamaica as a key component of that system from its very start,” he said.

PJ Media reported more on the story including excerpts that detailed the slavery Harris’ family was overseeing.

Hamilton Brown was born in 1776 in Ireland. He became a sugar plantation owner and founder of Brown’s Town in Jamaica, according to university papers, textbooks, and historical documents. Henry Whiteley wrote a pamphlet entitled “Three months in Jamaica in 1832, Comprising a Residence on a Sugar Plantation,” where he describes Brown’s views on his slaves:

The same day I dined at St. Ann’s Bay, on board the vessel I arrived in, in the company with several colonists, among whom was Mr. Hamilton Brown, representative for the parish of St. Ann in the Colonial Assembly… I was rather startled to hear that gentleman swear by his Maker that that Order should never be adopted in Jamaica; nor would the planters of Jamaica, he said, permit the interference of the Home Government with their slaves in any shape. A great deal was said by him and others present about the happiness and comfort enjoyed by the slaves, and the many advantages possessed by them of which the poor in England were destitute. Among other circumstances mentioned in proof of this, Mr. Robinson, a wharfinger, stated that a slave in that town had sent out printed cards to invite a part of his negro acquaintance to a supper party. One of these cards was handed to Mr. Hamilton Brown, who said he would present it to the Governor, as a proof of the comfortable condition of the slave population.

But later that day, after he witnessed slaves being punished by Brown’s overseer, Whiteley wrote:

The first was a man of about thirty-five years of age. He was what is called a pen-keeper or cattle herd; and his offence was having suffered a mule to go astray. At the command of the overseer he proceeded to strip off part of his clothes, and laid himself flat on his belly, his back and buttocks being uncovered. One of the drivers then commenced flogging him with the cart whip. This whip is about ten feet long, with a short stout handle, and is an instrument of terrible power. It is whirled by the operator round his head, and then brought down with a rapid motion of the arm upon the recumbent victim, causing the blood to spring at every stroke.

When I saw this spectacle now for the first time exhibited before my own eyes, with all its revolting accompaniments, and saw the degraded and mangled victim writhing and groaning under the infliction, I felt horror-struck. I trembled and turned sick; but being determined to see the whole to an end, I kept my station at the window. The sufferer, writhing like a wounded worm, every time the lash cut across his body, cried out, “Lord! Lord! Lord!” When he had received about twenty lashes, the driver stopped to pull up the poor man’s shirt (or rather smock frock), which had worked down upon his galled posteriors. The sufferer then cried, “Think me no man? Think me no man?”

By that exclamation I understood him to say, “Think you I have not the feelings of a man?” The flogging was instantly recommenced and continued; the negro continuing to cry “Lord! Lord! Lord!” till thirty-nine lashes had been inflicted. When the man rose up from the ground, I perceived the blood oozing out from the lacerated and [illegible] parts where he had been flogged; and he appeared greatly exhausted. But he was instantly ordered off to his usual occupation.

Whiteley’s account goes on, describing one victim after the next, including women and young boys. It is truly sickening to read. Brown didn’t stop after the Jamaican slaves were freed. He attempted to make the Irish work on his plantation but failed when he was accused of trying to enslave more people. The historical accounts are so detailed that should Kamala Harris want to search out the families of the people her relative reportedly tortured, she would probably be able to find them.

If Harris’ wants to pay reparation to the descendants of slaves she has a prime opportunity to put her own cash where her mouth is.

She can start by writing checks to the descendants of the Jamaican slaves that her family owned and worked on their own plantations.

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Since we’re removing historical relics of Oppression, racism, and slavery when will they call for the abolition of the Democrat party?

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Dems AWOL as Last Week Marked 153 Years Since the GOP Outlawed Slavery Forever


Reported By Cillian Zeal | December 10, 2018 at 9:03am

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/dems-awol-last-week-marked-153-years-since-gop-outlawed-slavery-forever/

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The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (KSB / Shutterstock)

It’s a fairly short piece of law, too: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction,” the amendment reads.

It also gives Congress the power to enforce the law.

Now, the traditional anniversary of the end of slavery, at least in the African-American community, is Juneteenth — June 19, the date in 1865 when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army read the Emancipation Proclamation to slaves in Galveston, Texas. However, when the 13th Amendment celebrated its 153rd birthday on Dec. 6, it didn’t get a whole lot of mention. And what definitely didn’t get mentioned is that it wouldn’t exist if Democrats had their way.

As Ourdocuments.gov notes, “The 13th Amendment was passed at the end of the Civil War before the Southern states had been restored to the Union and should have easily passed the Congress.

“Although the Senate passed it in April 1864, the House did not. At that point, Lincoln took an active role to ensure passage through Congress. He insisted that passage of the 13th Amendment be added to the Republican Party platform for the upcoming presidential elections. His efforts met with success when the House passed the bill in January 1865 with a vote of 119–56.”

Indeed, it had to be ratified before the Southern states rejoined the union. The reason is that the Democrats considered Dixie their own personal fiefdom up until the late 1960s. Jim Crow laws, segregated schools, the KKK, massive resistance, eugenics — all of these things were brought to you by the Democratic Party and vigorously fought by the Republicans.

But, you say, what about the “great switch?” That’s when the Democrats supposedly became the party of racial justice, all put into motion to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Well, yes, about that. The bill couldn’t have passed without Republican support.

Even the U.K. Guardian, of all sources, notes that “80 percent of Republicans in the House and Senate voted for the bill. Less than 70 percent of Democrats did. Indeed, Minority Leader Republican Everett Dirksen led the fight to end the filibuster. Meanwhile, Democrats such as Richard Russell of Georgia and Strom Thurmond of South Carolina tried as hard as they could to sustain a filibuster.”

The vote was taken during the “Solid South” era, where almost every elected official below the Mason-Dixon was a Democrat. Only eight out of 102 representatives from the former Confederacy voted for the bill in the House and one of 22 voted for it in the Senate.

Yet, the fact that the South is now pretty solidly Republican always brings a asking from Democrats, who constantly mistake the new South — the product of economic growth and migration — with the old South they provided over for so many years.

They lament the racism they so successfully fomented for years, as if their party played no role in it. They’ve washed their hands clean. As “penance,” they’ve taken on a different form of identity politics which doesn’t involve standing in the schoolhouse door but is every bit as pernicious.

That’s why the 13th Amendment ought to be celebrated a bit more, we think. Not only did it officially end slavery and passed without Democratic support, it had to be passed before the Southern Democrats could rejoin the Union, lest they continue one of the most evil practices in the history of this planet.

The Democrats have always been the party of oppression and identity politics, whether it be Dec. 6, 1865 or Dec. 6, 2018. If only America would remember that. The Democrats would certainly prefer you didn’t.

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Georgetown Professor Condones Rape And Slavery Under Sharia


waving flagAuthored By Meira Svirsky | Sun, February 12, 2017

URL of the original posting site: https://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/georgetown-professor-condones-rape-and-slavery-under-sharia

Jonathan A.C. Brown (Photo: Video screenshot)

Jonathan A.C. Brown (Photo: Video screenshot)

A Georgetown professor of Islamic studies sent shockwaves through the academic and secular world for a lecture he gave essentially condoning Islamic slavery and nonconsensual sex (that’s academic for “rape”).

That would have been the opening sentence to comment on such a lecture if we lived in normal times – which we don’t. The lecture in question actually created very little stir – neither at the university where he is employed nor elsewhere save for some very astute blogs (see here and here) deconstructing the professor’s astonishing breadth of obfuscation.

In a lecture (see below) at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (a Muslim-Brotherhood-linked group) and in subsequent questions and answers following his talk, Georgetown Islamic Studies professor Jonathan Brown, a convert to Islam, declares:

“It’s not immoral for one human to own another human.”  He waxes poetic about the great life a slave has under sharia law (versus slavery under white men in the South) without actually defining that life. Perhaps, as Clarion Project has done, he should get his information from a Yazidi girl from Iraq.  america-are-you-paying-attention

Brown says slavery itself is not problematic, since the “the Prophet of God [Mohammed] had slaves … There’s no denying that. Was he—are you more morally mature than the Prophet of God? No you’re not.” Rather, “The moral evil is extreme forms of deprivation of rights and extreme forms of control and extreme forms of exploitation. I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody because we own lots of people all around us, and we’re owned by people.”against-america

Brown mentions examples such as an employer and an employee, taking out a mortgage and even his own marriage, since his wife held certain rights over him. Somehow, the fact that one engages in these activities from his or her own free will and has the ability to terminate such relationships went over the professor’s head, or he chose to ignore them.

Brown tells his audience Islamic slavery was fundamentally better than slavery that was practiced in the U.S., since it was not racially motivated. How that makes it better is beyond my moral compass, but one can simply look at the well documented history of the Arab slave trade of Africans to dispute this.

Although many whites were enslaved by Arab Muslims as well, an estimated 10-20 million black Africans were enslaved between 650 and 1900 by Arab slave traders. Many of these slaves were forcibly castrated to serve as eunuchs that guarded the vast harems of female slaves belonging to the rulers. Black Muslim slaves still exist today, for example, in Mauritania and Sudan. Black people suffer discrimination in Saudi Arabia, where slavery was only abolished in 1962.

The racial slur abeed, meaning slaves in Arabic, is still widely used to describe black people. The professor then trots out academic moral relativism in two twisted points of erudition, saying:

“There is no such thing as slavery, as a category, as a conceptual category that exists throughout space and time trans-historically.”

“Slavery cannot just be treated as a moral evil in and of itself because slavery doesn’t mean anything.”RAPE

As for the permissibility of sex with a slave, Brown says, Consent isn’t necessary for lawful sex” and goes on to dig at the overrated concept of autonomy over one’s own body, saying our society is “obsessed with the idea of autonomy and consent.”

When asked if having nonconsensual sex with an enslaved woman – or any woman—is wrong, Brown asks if there is really any difference between a girl sold in a slave market in Istanbul and a poor baker’s daughter who marries a poor baker’s son out of lack of other options:

“[The girl’s owner in Istanbul] by the way, might treat her badly, might treat her incredibly well … that baker’s son might treat her well. He might treat her horribly. The difference between these two people is not that big. We see it as enormous because we’re obsessed with the idea of autonomy and consent, would be my first response. It’s not a solution to the problem. I think it does help frame it.”

“Frame it” or not, there is a world of difference between the two situations and a simple answer that consent is not a relativistic concept when we are talking about a raping of women would have sufficed.

The fact that a college professor can get away with such apologetic views on such serious moral issues surrounding Islamic thought – issues that entire populations who have been taken over by Islamic State are facing with horrific consequences — is truly staggering. One can only imagine the response by the university if a professor of Christian thought had expounded such views about Christianity.

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HORROR: Jihadi Tells Yazidi Sex Slave What Radical Muslims Plan for Her After Rape


waving flagBy: C.E. Dyer on September 10, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://conservativetribune.com/jihadi-yazidi-sex-slave/Islam is NOT

Liberals decry the “rape culture” in the United States, yet they turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the horrors of the Islamic State group that prove what “rape culture” really looks like.

CNS News reported that Jacqueline Isaac, a lawyer and a humanitarian, said that the goal of the Islamic State group in regard to the Yazidi people is to torture and wipe “them off the face of the Earth.” Isaac also said that the Islamic State tells Yazidi girls that they can convert voluntarily, but that it doesn’t matter because once they rape them, they are Muslim.

The mainstream media — ABC, CBS and NBC — didn’t cover the testimony Isaac gave before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in which she discussed the horrors of the Islamic State group, according to CNS News.

“With the girls particularly that I met, they in one night — because they felt safe in Sinjar (Iraq) — one night ISIS came and took all of these girls,” said Isaac. “They told them first, they gave them an option: Will you become a Muslim? Will you convert to Islam? Many of them said ‘no.’”

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RAPEIsaac continued: “And they told them, ‘You are going to be Muslim regardless because we are going to sleep with you. ‘And the moment we do that, once we rape you, you will be Muslim.’”

As vice president of the humanitarian group Roads of Success, Isaac traveled to Iraq and Syria, where she was able to speak with many Islamic State victims, particularly Yazidi women and girls who had been able to escape after being sold into sex slavery by the Islamists. 

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The lawyer and humanitarian added that the Islamists “systematic sex trafficking” will only get worse if we don’t stop them now:

“Today, it starts with the Yazidis. Tomorrow, it’s going to be not only the Christians but every woman that doesn’t fit into their philosophy. We need to stop the menace that’s going on there. We need to stop it at its route. This is the nerve center. Right now, all the crazies from all over the world are coming to this center point, to this nerve center.

“If we can cut the snake at its head, we can defuse them,” she concluded.RAPEUGEES

God bless Isaac for doing this work and shining a light on the horrific crimes committed by the Islamic State group. We need to end their reign of terror and we need to do it now.American women respond

VIRAL: Black Bro MOCKS Black Thugs With EPIC Rant That’s Melting The Internet


waving flagPublished on July 19, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://clashdaily.com/2016/07/viral-black-man-mocks-black-thugs-epic-rant-thats-melting-internet/

This may just be the most epic rant ever written by a black person about black people in America.

Do you completely agree with him? Or do you think that he is way off?

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Sheriff Clarke: Slavery Finally Ended Because Blacks Were Armed


waving flagBy Brian Lonergan | March 11, 2016

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. (AP)

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. used a recent discussion on criminal justice reform to draw a connection between the end of slavery and the Second Amendment, saying, “the abolition of slavery was inevitably due to the arming of blacks.”

Appearing at a panel on criminal justice reform at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., on March 3, Clarke cited the writings of 19th century abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass in support of gun ownership by fugitive and freed slaves.

“Douglass strongly supported the right of fugitive slaves to have and use weapons to resist kidnapping,” he said. “When government fails to protect the just right of any individual man, that man rests on his original right of self-defense even if it means shooting down his pursuers. Slavery is a system of brute force. It must be met with its own weapons.”

“He went on to say that freedom was worth fighting for,” Clarke continued. “Slaves plus guns equal freedom. The abolition of slavery was inevitably due to the arming of blacks. Now if you think for one minute that I’m going to cede these rights back to the federal government or any government or any court, you’d better think again.”Hey Leftist

A vocal defender of Second Amendment rights, Clarke concluded his statement by holding up a copy of the Constitution and saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, I will fight for your rights under this document like it were my right, and it is. And I will die fighting for this document.”   

Clarke was joined on the panel at CPAC by Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia attorney general, Pat Nolan, director of the American Conservative Union’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform, and Washington Times reporter Kelly Riddell.

David A. Clarke Jr., a Democrat, was elected to a 4-year term as the sheriff of Milwaukee County in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In those elections he won, respectively, with 74%, 78%, 74%, and 79% of the vote.

Connecticut Dems dump Thomas Jefferson, urge rest of U.S. to follow suit


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The Connecticut Democratic Party has officially dumped both Thomas Jefferson’s and Andrew Jackson’s names from its annual fundraising dinner due to their ties to slavery. The move was made in response to demands from the state’s chapter of the NAACP.

Each fall, the state party holds a Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner to raise money for the party. Similar Jefferson-Jackson dinners are held by Democrats around the country (the Bailey name is peculiar to Connecticut).

But now the first two names are gone, voted out unanimously by the party’s state board in just a few minutes with almost no discussion, according to the Hartford Courant.

“As members of the Democratic Party, we are proud of our history as the party of inclusion. Democrats have led the way on civil rights, LGBT equality and equal rights for women,” the board’s resolution declared. “It is only fitting that the name of the party’s most visible annual event reflects our dedication to diversity and forward-looking vision.”Picture4

A replacement name will be chosen later.

Jefferson is well-known to most Americans for writing the Declaration of Independence, serving as America’s third president, championing religious freedom, and being one of the nation’s leading intellectuals in its early years. He was also a key figure in the genesis of the Democratic-Republican party, which evolved into the modern Democratic Party, so throughout history Democrats have been happy to claim him as their own.More Evidence

Now, though, Democrats are souring on Jefferson due to his position as a slaveholder, as well as the belief that he fathered children with slave Sally Hemmings.

Andrew Jackson is even more vilified today. While his presidency was a key point in the rise of the “common man” as a major force in American politics, Jackson was also a slaveholder, and his policies toward American Indians have been characterized by some as genocidal.

Calls to change the name grew after the massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina last month.

Party chairman Nick Balletto said he hoped the rest of the country would join Connecticut in rejecting Jefferson’s legacy.

“I wasn’t looking to be a trailblazer or set off a trend that’s going to affect the rest of the country,” Balletto told the Connecticut Post. “Hopefully, they’ll follow suit when they see it’s the right thing to do.” Balletto added that the name simply had to go, because some people were offended by it. “When something offends someone, it’s beyond being politically correct,” Balletto said. “It just causes a need for change.” “You can’t change history, but you don’t have to honor it.”cause of death

This report, by Blake Neff, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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SHARE THIS: Here’s The Dirty Details of the Democrats’ Horribly Racist Legacy


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Here are the facts about the history of racism and the Democrat party that you won’t hear from the mainstream media.

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Bill O’Reilly: The ISIS atrocities continue as a cowardly world does little


 By  Bill O'Reilly, Published February 25, 2015, FoxNews.com

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Perhaps as many as 90 Christians in Syria have been taken hostage by the ISIS jihadists. We should all pray for those people who may very well be beheaded or burned alive.

Also the United Nations high commissioner for human rights has issued a report that says the following. ISIS atrocities include;

  • rape,
  • slavery,
  • trafficking of women and children,
  • forced recruitment of children,
  • killings of civilians
  • and kidnappings.
  • The U.N. agency says young girls are being forced into marriages;
  • young boys being trained as jihadi fighters. We have seen video of that. And it is appalling.
  • These young boys are being brainwashed,
  • trained to kill.
  • They are powerless to stop ISIS from abusing them.culture of deceit and lies

Meanwhile the world dithers. There is no organized campaign on the ground to stop the atrocities or to defeat the ISIS savages. What a disgrace.

In an excellent bit of reporting from northern Iraq, NBC correspondent Richard Engel interviewed two women who escaped from the ISIS abusers.

RICHARD ENGEL, NBC CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT: ISIS is reviving the barbaric tradition of the slave trade, proudly showing its fighters in this ISIS video discussing the Yazidi women they are about to buy.

We showed Farida the video. She instantly recognized the men.

“All of the girls were screaming and crying because they didn’t want to go with them,” she says, “so they beat the girls and dragged them away by force.”

Farida was raped repeatedly for three months.

“They sold me from one man to the next,” she says. The ordeal was even harder for the younger ones.

There is a word we don’t use a lot in the news media but it fits here. This is evil. It was absolute evil by design. This was not a war crime that happened by accident. This is ISIS policy.

O’REILLY: Again, excellent reporting by Richard Engel. And he is right. The news media does not like to use the word “evil” but that’s what the world is witnessing. Once again, Talking Points will remind that you that these ISIS thugs are the same as the Nazis who slaughtered millions of people before and during World War II. There’s no difference in the mentality, none at all. And once again, the world is standing by doing little while the ISIS menace grows spreading all over the Middle East and North Africa.Christian Persecution

President Obama is not taking the lead. His stated 60 nation coalition is invisible. And the other nations of the world are even worse. How long are these atrocities going to continue before the world unites against these savages? How long?muslim-obama Islamapologist Obama Muslim collection

And that’s “The Memo”.

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Journalist Embedded with ISIS: They’re ‘More Dangerous than People Realize’


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Juergen Todenhoefer’s journey was a tough one: dangerous, but also eye-opening. The author traveled deep into ISIS Imperial Islamic President Obamaterritory — the area they now call their “caliphate” — visiting Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria, as well as Mosul in Iraq.

Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was taken by ISIS in a Blitzkrieg-like sweep in June.

Todenhoefer managed to visit the Mosque there where the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, gave his only ever public address.

And he saw the realities of daily life under ISIS, with all shops having to close for prayers in the middle of the day.

“There is an awful sense of normalcy in Mosul,” Todenhoefer said in an exclusive interview with CNN.

“130,000 Christians have been evicted from the city, the Shia have fled, many people have been murdered and yet the city is functioning and people actually like the stability that the Islamic State has brought them.”Christian Persecution

Nonetheless, he also says there is an air of fear among residents: “Of course many of the them are quite scared, because the punishment for breaking the Islamic State’s strict rules is very severe.”

According to ISIS’s leadership, the group’s fighters managed to take Mosul with only about 300 men, even though more than 20,000 Iraqi army soldiers were stationed there when the attack was launched.

Todenhoefer spoke with several ISIS fighters who took part in the operation.

“It took us about four days to take Mosul,” a young fighter told him.

“So you were only about 300 men and you defeated 20 000 troops in four days?” Todenhoefer asked.

“Well, we didn’t attack them all at once, we hit their front lines hard, also using suicide attacks. Then the others fled very quickly,” the fighter explained. “We fight for Allah, they fight for money and other things that they do not really believe in.”

Glow in their eyes

Todenhoefer told CNN the enthusiasm the ISIS militants showed was one thing that stood out.

“When we stayed at their recruitment house, there were 50 new fighters who came every day,” Todenhoefer said. “And I just could not believe the glow in their eyes. They felt like they were coming to a promised land, like they were fighting for the right thing.’

“These are not stupid people. One of the people we met had just finished his law degree, he had great job offers, but he turned them down to go and fight … We met fighters from Europe and the United States. One of them was from New Jersey. Can you imagine a man from New Jersey traveling to fight for the Islamic State?”

He went on to say that one of ISIS’s main points of strength is their fighters’ willingness — even their will — to die on the battlefield.

Todenhoefer met one somewhat overweight recruit in a “safe house” who said he wears a suicide belt to every battle because he is too chubby to run away if he is cornered and would choose to blow himself up, rather than be captured.

ISIS also has a track record of abusing, torturing and executing prisoners of war. Todenhoefer was briefly able to speak to a Kurdish captive while in Mosul. The captive claimed he had not been tortured, but Todenhoefer said he found that hard to believe.

“This was a broken man,” Todenhoefer said. “It was very sad to see a person in this state. He was just very weak and very afraid of his captors.”

Todenhoefer conducted the interview with the prisoner while several ISIS fighters stood guard. He asked the man whether he knew what would happen to him.

“I do not know,” the captive told him. “My family does not even know I am still alive. I hope that maybe there will be some sort of prisoner exchange.”

Child ISIS fighters

Todenhoefer was also taken to see child soldiers outfitted with Islamic State gear and brandishing AK-47s. One of the boys seemed very young but claimed he had already gone to battle for ISIS.

“How old are you?” Todenhoefer asked.

“I am 13 years old,” the boy replied — though he looked even younger than that.

One of the most remarkable episodes of Todenhoefer’s trip to the ISIS-controlled region came when he was able to conduct an interview with a German fighter who spoke on behalf of ISIS’s leadership.

The man — clearly unapologetic about the group’s transgressions — vowed there was more to come; he also issued a warning to Europe and the United States.

“So you also want to come to Europe?” Todenhoefer asked him.

“No, we will conquer Europe one day,” the man said. “It is not a question of if we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it is certain … For us, there is no such thing as borders. There are only front lines.’

“Our expansion will be perpetual … And the Europeans need to know that when we come, it will not be in a nice way. It will be with our weapons. And those who do not convert to Islam or pay the Islamic tax will be killed.”

Todenhoefer asked the fighter about their treatment of other religions, especially Shia Muslims.

“What about the 150 million Shia, what if they refuse to convert?” Todenhoefer asked.

“150 million, 200 million or 500 million, it does not matter to us,” the fighter answered. “We will kill them all.”

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The interview became testy when they reached the topic of beheadings and enslavement, especially of female captives.

“So do you seriously think that beheadings and enslavement actually signal progress for humanity?” Todenhoefer asked.beheading

“Slavery absolutely signals progress,” the man said. “Only ignorant people believe that there is no slavery among the Christians and the Jews. Of course there are woman who are forced into prostitution under the worst circumstances.’

“I would say that slavery is a great help to us and we will continue to have slavery and beheadings, it is part of our religion … many slaves have converted to Islam and have then been freed.”Religion-of-Peace

The ISIS spokesman blamed the beheading of captured Western journalists and aid workers on the policies of the United States.

“People should really think about the case of James Foley,” he said. “He did not get killed because we started the battle. He got killed because of the ignorance of his government that did not give him any help.”proof positive

Even with recent gains by Kurdish forces against ISIS in Northern Iraq, Todenhoefer sees the extremist group as entrenched, building state institutions, and that it shows no sign of losing its grip in the main areas it controls in Iraq and Syria.

“I think the Islamic State is a lot more dangerous than Western leaders realize,” he said. “They believe in what they are fighting for and are preparing the largest religious cleansing campaign the world has ever seen.”against America

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An ISIS member uploaded this photo presenting a message to Ferguson rioters.
An ISIS member uploaded this photo presenting a message to Ferguson rioters.

The Islamic State looks at the rioting of black youths in the streets of American cities and sees red-meat – an untapped treasure trove of new recruits.

Within hours of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, members of the Islamic State, also called IS, ISIS or ISIL, started Tweeting messages directed at angry protesters. Some promised to send in soldiers to help, for a price:

Abu Hussain Al-Britani tweeted:

“We hear you and we will help you if you accept Islam and reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy and pledge your allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr and then we will shed our blood for you and send our soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood, and their play is carnage.”

“To a sane person it sounds ridiculous, but to an insanely angry person it is very tempting,” said the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the Brotherhood Organization of New Destiny, a Los Angeles-based ministry that works to strengthen black families by building better fathers. “If they can pledge their allegiance to Louis Farrakhan then they can pledge their allegiance to ISIS.”

While Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam is not as radical as ISIS, it does preach hatred against white America, and ISIS is tapping into that same base of angry blacks, Peterson said.

He’s not sure how effective the Islamic State’s pitch will be, but he expects some blacks will fall prey to the message.

“It’s possible considering their state of anger,” he said. “The only thing the enemy has to do is come along and say ‘I’m you’re friend and I understand that white Americans discriminate against you and I want to help.’”

Al-Britani also uploaded a photo to Twitter of five young black men dressed in terrorist garb, their faces covered with scarves so only their eyes are seen while holding rifles and a message scrawled on paper. A caption under the photo read: “Accept Islam & give bayah [allegiance] to Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi & then we will send u soldiers that don’t sleep! – #IS #Ferguson.”

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Another member with the Twitter handle Abu Hamza As Somaal, said: “White pigs oppressed our brothers for a long (sic) it’s a time to claim our right through #jihad through #FergusonDecision.”

Somaal followed with another tweet that said “My fellow black community know that #Jihad is the only thing that will bring justice, respect and honour in #FergusonDecision #Islamic State.”

Another terrorist using the handle “Abu Dujana” taunted the Ferguson rioters, tweeting “how long will you let these govts oppress u. Draw your knife and show them a response!!”

Britani added an appeal to the values of American civil rights leader Malcolm X with the tweet: “From #IS to #Ferguson we heard your call and we are ready to respond! #FergusonDecision #BeLikeMalcolmX #FightBack.”

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Peterson said the interjection of Malcolm X was a clever attempt to relate to the American black civil rights experience.

“Malcolm X wasn’t this radical but you have to bring up the past history in order to get the people to identify with that,” he said. “What they always leave out was that Malcolm X came to the point where he realized he needed to get over his anger and that all white people were not racists and he had been lied to by (his mentor) Elijah Muhammad while he was in prison.”

Joel Richardson, author of The Islamic Antichrist and director of the new documentary “End Times Eyewitness,” said the Islamic State’s attempts to get into the minds of young American blacks would be laughable if it wasn’t so dangerous.Christian Persecution

“Personally I’m indignant that ISIS is using this moment of deep pain and anger within the African American community to exploit heightened emotions for their own sick purposes,” Richardson said.

Both Peterson and Richardson said Islam has always tried to drive a wedge between American blacks and their Christian heritage by saying that Christianity is the religion of the white oppressors and Islam is the religion of the black man who wishes to throw off his oppressors. But this type of narrative skips over the history of how blacks have been treated in Muslim countries across North Africa.

“Muslims frequently claim that Christianity is a white man’s religion and Islam is a black man’s religion. History laughs at such a suggestion. Not only was the Islamic slave trade far more vast in scope than European and American slavery, but it also lasted much longer,” Richardson said. “The simple fact of the matter is that today the only nation where black slavery is still practiced is in the Muslim nation of Mauritania, where Arab masters still own black slaves.”

Saudi Arabia, the headquarters of Sunni Islam, only outlawed slavery in 1960 and blacks in that country are still relegated to a near apartheid type existence.

In fact, the Arab Muslims have a name for blacks or Africans. It’s called “Abd” or “slave.”

A Muslim-American group in the Detroit area has recently launched a campaign to get Muslims in that area to stop using the word “Abd” for black people, as reported by FrontPage magazine.

Black Americans who have converted to Islam in the greater Detroit area have recognized the frequent use of the term and many feel it is the equivalent to the “N” word in English. Yet, campaigns to end the use of this term have met with stiff resistance from Arab Muslims.

“While American slavery is no doubt a great stain on American history, this country also went to war to end slavery,” Richardson said. “And today this diverse nation is home to millions of the descendants of those who were once slaves. Black culture is part of the very fabric of American culture. The Islamic world cannot say the same thing, simply because Muslim practice was to emasculate their black slaves. So the story of Islamic slavery is really one of a great genocide. A holocaust really, one that is rarely discussed. Islam has always been a form of Arab supremacism.”

Wherever Islam has spread, it has brought the language and culture of seventh century Arabia with it. Why is it, Richardson asks, that American blacks who convert to Islam will immediately change their American name to an Arabic name?

Richardson believes African-Americans are being targeted now by Islam just as blacks in northern Africa have been targeted through history. The only difference is Islam was able to use military force in Africa whereas it uses propaganda to recruit converts in America.Christian Persecution

“African pagans, Jews and Christians were subjugated and forced under the yoke of Islam. But the whole region had long ago accepted Christianity as the one true path to the one true God,” Richardson said. “So when I see Muslim jihadis appealing to young black men to convert to Islam, I ask myself why they would willingly choose to go back to a state of slavery?

Muslims themselves are referred to as slaves to “Allah,” the god of Islam.

“Why would someone desire to become a slave to a desert demon-god when they could be a child of the Most High God?” Richardson asks.

He asks any man targeted by Islamic recruiters to consider the differences between Christianity and Islam.

“The God of the Bible adopts all those who come to Him. He is the One who lays down His life for those He created. He is a Father,” Richardson said. “The demon-god of the Quran is much more akin to the father who never comes home, who is absent and is never present. And yet he demands that Muslims call themselves slaves. That’s a profound insult. My hope is that those in Ferguson and the larger African-American community will return en masse to their true heritage, to become godly men who work toward justice and reconciliation rather than toward cutting off heads, and destroying their own communities.’

“Everywhere that true Islam spreads, slavery follows. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Peterson, who works with black families through BOND to help build stronger fathers, said Islam has nothing to offer those who are neither ignorant of history nor consumed by anger.

“Islam is a racist, hateful religion,” Peterson said. “To me it is not even a religion, it appears to be more political, because religion is about forgiveness and redemption. In northern Africa there are blacks over there who are enslaved right now, by Islam, but they will use them. It’s not that they care about black Americans they use them for a higher cause, which is the advancement of Islam. And a lot of black Americans are not aware of the treatment of blacks under Islam. If black Americans heard the truth they might wake up and get over their anger, so this is a crucial message and it concerns me and we need to get it out there and what the danger is that will come upon us if we don’t deal with this anger.”

Peterson said anger will cloud anyone’s judgment.

“Your enemy looks like your friend and your friend looks like your enemy. Anger will make a person look different to you. It changes your perception of them,” he said. “It’s no different in a marriage relationship, if a man gets angry at his wife. It’s the same person but his anger clouds his perception of her. That’s why many in the black community, they can’t see that this is the best country for black folks and they do have opportunities here if they will put their anger away and focus on their opportunities.”


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SAUDI ARABIA: Time for an American Re-examination?


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Written by Andrew Linn on September 15, 2014

Imperial President ObamaThe Saudis. They are supposed to be our allies, yet they have their fair share of Islamists. Saudi Arabia is also one of the most repressive countries in the world when it comes to human rights and freedom of religion.

Islam is the state religion (since Mecca and Medina are located in the country) thus the practice of all other religions is forbidden. Symbols and books of other faiths are confiscated by the authorities. Hence, sharia law is the law of the land.

And when it comes to the Saudi authorities, the most notorious entity is the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice’s Mutaween (religious police).Christian Persecution

Imperial Islamic President ObamaResponsible for enforcing sharia law throughout the kingdom, they are practically a group of thugs who seem to enjoy abusing their power. There have been instances of brutality and cases over trivial incidents (a woman was harassed over eating an ice cream cone- the licking of it must have been too much for the Mutaween). The Mutaween was even responsible for the deaths of fifteen girls in 2002 when their school was on fire (in which the mutaween refused to let the girls exit the building because they were not properly covered). The Mutaween even went so far as to attack people who were trying to rescue the girls.

Slavery is another matter when it comes to pointing out how repressive the Saudis can be. There have been various instances of Saudis’ enslaving people from other nations (particularly from Asia) under the guise of hiring them as domestic servants. When the servants arrive, their passports are confiscated and they are forced to work seven days a week (with hardly any time off). In addition, they are subject to physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.

One particular case is that of Homaidan Al-Turki, a Saudi national who settled in Colorado. In 2006, Al-Turki and his wife were arrested for enslaving their female housekeeper from Indonesia. During the criminal proceedings, Al-Turki tried to claim he was a victim of prejudice toward Muslims/Arabs. He even went so far as to say that “the state has criminalized these actions.”

Of course, one should recall that the Koran endorses slavery. The arrest of the Al-Turkis strained relations between America and the Saudis, and the Colorado Attorney General had to travel to Riyadh to smooth things over. Apparently, America’s alliance with Saudi Arabia (and its dependence on foreign oil) hung in the balance.Eagle Really

You also might recall my article in April of 2013 on Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, whose entrepreneurial influence into News Corporation (the parent company of Fox News) and elsewhere is quite disturbing, as is his support of the Islamist cause.

In conclusion, America needs to examine its alliance and policies regarding Saudi Arabia (and other Muslim countries for that matter). Drilling for oil here (thus eliminating our dependence on foreign oil) would be a good start. Economic sanctions and the freezing of assets might not be such a bad idea, either.

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Rangel: Tea Party Does Not ‘Believe the Union Won’ Civil War (Video)


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During the Congressional Black Caucus’ special order hour on the House floor Monday night, Rep. Charles B. Rangel hammered the tea party not only for embracing the Confederate flag, but also for hating President Barack Obama “as much as their [Dixiecrat] predecessors probably hated Abe Lincoln.”

“[In] some parts of the United States of America they don’t believe that the Union won. The reason I come to that conclusion is that … I have never seen so many Confederate flags that represent groups that are proud of the fact that they call themselves the Tea Party,” the New York Democrat said during his 10-minute floor speech, referring to an event he attended with President Ulysses S. Grant’s great-great-grandson. “They’re from that part of the country that the states owned slaves.” Really 01

Rangel, the second most senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has pushed the White House to do more to combat poverty and inequality. The Senate recently passed an extension of unemployment benefits and there are new signs  the House may take up legislation on an immigration overhaul.

See the entire diatribe here:

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He Came to Set the Captive Free — And So Should We


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captiveEvery so often, the Church gets an issue in its sights, one that cuts past all the sectarian, class, or racial boundaries and brings us together to make something fantastic happen.

When ancient cultures were leaving their kids to die of exposure, we adopted them, and took care of them. We cared for the sick (even dying while helping plague victims) and built hospitals. We established centers of learning now called Universities.  We outlawed the practice of throwing Hindu widows on funeral pyres. We led various international emancipation movements.

Right now, although attention is being given (rightly) to Life issues like euthanasia and abortion, as well as promoting traditional family issues; there’s another pressing issue not in the public eye.

Christians are looking to change that.

The issue is Human Trafficking.  In the full sense of the term, we’re talking about modern slavery.  And it’s more common than you think.

The TED talk video at the end of my recent column was one expression of it.  There are many, many others.

Citing an article about 40,000 Christian college students gathered together to tackle this issue:

Christians throughout the world, including Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker, drew a red “X” on their hands Thursday for “Shine A Light On Slavery Day” — advocates are calling for more aggressive government action, and pressuring corporate hotel chains and airlines to train their employees to recognize trafficking victims.

Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals and longtime spiritual adviser to Tim Pawlenty, said trafficking has migrated from a niche concern among liberally-minded “social justice Christians” to an increasingly prevalent platform plank for Evangelicals across the political spectrum. And while the nonpartisan nature of the cause has largely kept the cable news bookers at bay, Anderson predicted it could become the defining issue of politically active Evangelicals in years and decades to come.

About the author: Wes Walker

 Clashdaily’s Religion Editor, Wes Walker, believes that freedom, faith, family, and the flag need more than to be simply cherished. They need to be understood, articulated, defended and promoted, not just by a few voices in prominent places, but by every man or woman who truly prizes them. In fact, the reason he wrote “Blueprint For a Government that Doesn’t Suck” was so that every “ordinary Joe” will be able to do just that… and do it with confidence.

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Honestly — Do We Truly Want to Be Free?

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By / 14 February 2014

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Did you notice how individual freedom is not the overarching story of human history? Usually, “The Many” have bent their necks to the yoke of “The Few”.  Often, they have accepted that as the order of things.

Cultures throughout history have either tolerated or endorsed slavery of one sort or another.  Some did through conquest, and direct ownership of servants — others through coercion and exploitation. Freedom is by no means humanity’s default position.

Even where traditional slavery is outlawed, social position will determine differences in someone’s personal worth, and even moral / legal accountability. The Caste System, and Feudalism are obvious examples, although others (like our own Celebrity Class) exist as well.

Living under our Western understanding of freedom, we might predict enslaved people would jump at their earliest opportunity to attain it, as with the Underground Railway, or Cuban refugees today.  But in both ancient times and modern, these seem the exceptions that prove the rule.

Remember the Jewish Exodus from scripture?

Moses showed up, promising freedom from their slavery to Pharaoh, with mixed results.  The first setback (bricks without straw) made them grumble — not against Pharaoh, but against Moses! Skip ahead to when Israel was wandering the desert, with former captors safely on the other side of a body of water. They grumbled some more.

And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.

(Numbers 11)

They had escaped the reach of their captors, but in their hearts, and in the way they viewed themselves, they remained slaves.

They even misread their own circumstances. Had they truly eaten for free back in Egypt? Feeling the bite of the lash across their backs, toiling in the hot sun. Was it for free that they got their food? Hardly. But those few creature comforts — the ones that made slavery seem tolerable — were gone. To get them back, some were willing to return to those shackles. (Think: The Matrix and the “Blue Pill”.) They were tragically setting their own purchase price at the paltry sum of a few fish, and a couple of vegetables.  Little did they know what awaited their people beyond the Jordan.

Karl Marx once claimed that Religion was the opiate of the masses, something to keep paupers docile. Not so in Israel’s case. For Israel, the opiate was onions, fish and leeks.  “Religion” (or more properly, God) was both the initiator and instrument of their freedom.

Back then, enslaved Israel — like battered wives today — was held in check by both a carrot and a stick.  Fear of the lash on one hand, and the lure of things they thought they could not do without on the other, paralyzed them. What they needed was a rescuer; an intervention.

Tragically, that ancient generation had been so accustomed to their chains and the pressures of fear and need, they had been just as “domesticated” as a lion in a zoo.

Does this happen here today? Of course! We may not have sugar plantation owners today, but we have a different kind of slave, doing a different job.  And people don’t mind because it seems like easy work, with a good payoff.

It’s simple: show up one Tuesday in November every fourth year, and write an “x” in the the correct box, and you have served your “massah” well.

The hoi polloi gets promised some variation of “hope” and “change”; (which apparently means food stamps and — retroactive — birth control) while the people offering the carrots get a backstage pass to the seemingly limitless personal power, influence, and wealth that life in the Beltway can offer.

Public service? National Interest? That’s cute. Now stand aside, plebe, there’s money to be made!

Moses first tasted freedom for himself.  He had lived apart from the illusion of safety that chains represented. But it took time for Israel to embrace their freedom, to savour it, and own it for themselves.  In their case, the older generation never quite came around.  It had to come from their kids.

There is a sense in which Conservatives are more individualist than their counterparts, and disinclined to activism. In some ways, that’s even understandable.

But remember, Freedom is not the dominant theme of human history.  It is vulnerable to entropy.  When taken for granted, it becomes eroded, and eventually lost. To preserve it, we must hate, and oppose all forms of slavery, however mild or extreme their out-workings may be.

To defend another person’s freedom is to preserve your own.  That idea was at the heart of the American foundations, and is near to the heart of the Christian faith that shaped it.

Freedom, in the Christian meaning, is corrosive to the chains of tyranny.  It maintains that, regardless of sex, race, social standing, or any other factor, all people have equal worth and dignity. If we are all equal, it follows that nobody is elite. Leaders are not lords.

If you enjoy and appreciate your freedoms (plural) — make use of them!  And then, encourage and assist others to lay hold of theirs, both at home and abroad.  I for one, found this TED Talk on the topic inspiring.  Maybe you will too.

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The Root of Oppression in Venezuela


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February 24. 2014,

Many of you may have already seen this brief video that went viral. If you have not, watch it.

Whats going on

The title is unpromising. That won’t catch on, you think. But the short film What’s Going On in Venezuela in a Nutshell, posted to YouTube last Friday, has had more than 1.3m views – and brought the plight of student protesters in Venezuela to international notice.(1)

The number of views is now over 2.5 million. The creator of the video, Andreina Nash, is a student at the University of Florida here in my hometown. She learned how to use Adobe Premier Pro in one day and the next day she skipped all of her classes and made the video. It went viral.(2)

A video like this one presents a great opportunity to discuss and better understand the dynamics surrounding any number of similar political and social crises commonly found in news media these days. There could be extended commentary on Venezuela’s history, the late President Chavez, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or a myriad of facets of the country’s past and present crisis. My comments will be limited and focused on a more fundamental issue. Nash states near the beginning of her video:

“Millions of young students took matters into their own hands by passively protesting the social and economic crisis caused by the illegitimate government Venezuela has today.”

Venz filmSurely the oppressive government is a central issue. But we must ask ourselves – from where did the oppressive, “illegitimate” government originate?

Anyone who witnesses a video like this, or any number of news stories across our own country, must at some point in his mind think slavery. There may be a difference in degree in any given nation, but slavery and oppression are a reality across the globe. So then, we need to view “what’s going on in Venezuela” with an understanding of the root of such oppression. Augustine states clearly in The City of God,

The prime cause, then, of slavery is sin, which brings man under the dominion of his fellow(3)

The presence of slavery and oppression is a manifestation of the presence of sin. There are only two possible masters in this life.

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16, ESV)

We have only two only two choices. We can be slaves to Satan or adopted sons of Christ.

Ultimately, freedom is impossible over time when a society does not operate according to the Word of God.  Put another way, slavery is inescapable in a society that does not acknowledge Christ’s Lordship over every area. Lordship is unavoidable. The question is to whom will we submit?

My sole focus here is not Venezuela. In our own country we have moved from a greater degree of freedom to a greater degree of slavery. Whereas a few generations ago our national shackles were barely noticeable, they are beginning now to get heavy and rub blisters. The discomfort is growing. “Land of the free” has become the land of the rising police statesurveillance and warrantless searches. How does this happen in a nation that many believe was once characterized as “Christian”? How does such a shift occur?

It is simple. God calls his people to govern themselves according to his Word. He also outlines roles and jurisdictions for his divinely ordained covenant institutions of the family, church and state. As Christian people abdicate their individual responsibility of self-government, and the three institutions abdicate their responsibilities over time, a transfer is induced. The transfer is one of responsibility and power. This is because the responsibilities are not relinquished without at the same time calling for them to be picked up by other individuals and institutions. Prime candidates for the other individuals are power-hungry men and women. The primary candidate for the institution is the state.

We all know the phrase, “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Power flows to people and institutions that are willing to take responsibility. If a nation’s individuals, families and churches abdicate their responsibilities, then those hungry for power and influence accept it from within the institution of the state. Power flows out from one group of individuals and institutions and power flows into another – the state. The former begin to ask for care and security from the latter. This increases the power of the state. Over time, the once-empowered individuals, families and churches find themselves powerless. And, being out of touch with God’s covenantal framework, they don’t understand that they operate not only as individuals but also from within a corporate reality. Because of their lack of understanding they begin to blame the empowered institution of the state for their plight. At the same time, having abdicated responsibility and turned over their power, they are limited to peaceful demonstrations in protest in hopes of communicating a message but not evoking the wrath of their self-appointed god.

But whereas this increases awareness, it does not solve the primary issue. Nations of individuals that do not govern themselves according to the Word of God cannot expect to live in the freedom that only submission to him provides.

“it is our right as human beings to have freedom of speech, to have freedom in general”

“…peace will prevail”

Peace will never prevail outside of the Lordship of Christ. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1, ESV) To the extent we live according to the will of our Creator, is to the extent we will experience the blessing of peace that only he gives. That is not to say that others around us do not benefit from this. Again, this is corporate or covenant reality. But, that is a subject for another day.

The point here is that we should expect neither peace nor freedom where men are not representing Christ’s rule on earth.

In the video Nash comments on the control of TV stations and radio by the oppressive government. She also comments on the “government shutdown” of Twitter, which was the social media of choice for getting the word out. This does not surprise anyone. That said, there is good news in all of this. The word is out. One student, armed with amateur filmmaking, skills in the space of one day created a compelling film that reached millions of people within days.

The Internet is undermining bureaucratic and elitist institutions worldwide. When you think Internet vs. these institutions, think the printing press vs. the Catholic Church during the time of the Reformation. The nation-state in general is being undermined.

The question is, when the word does get out, who has the answer as to the cause of statist oppression? Who has a foundation on which to build a successful society?  It is those who have the gospel – the whole gospel.

Since sin is the primary cause, the remedy is evangelism and the work of the Holy Spirit. It is taking the whole gospel in those evangelistic efforts such that converts know how their eternal salvation relates to their temporal living. This includes the life in the civil realm.

Christians that learn to “observe all that He has commanded” will make decisions differently. With the power of the Holy Spirit, they will govern themselves according to God’s Word. As they do this, such submission is manifested among the institutions in their society. The only alternative to Christ’s rule through Godly representatives is Satan’s rule through ungodly representatives. “Choose this day whom you will serve.”

About the Author

John Crawford lives in Gainesville, Florida with his wife Tina and his three children Cade, Lachlan and Aila. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and has partnered in a successful business in Gainesville since 2001. During his time in the Baptist church, John served as a deacon, bible teacher and on the board of an international missions organization. He has spent the last fifteen years studying the covenant and its implications for all of life. He is currently a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and can be reached through his website, CovenantalDivide.com –

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Honestly — Do We Truly Want to Be Free?

By / 14 February 2014

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moses

Did you notice how individual freedom is not the overarching story of human history? Usually, “The Many” have bent their necks to the yoke of “The Few”.  Often, they have accepted that as the order of things.

Cultures throughout history have either tolerated or endorsed slavery of one sort or another.  Some did through conquest, and direct ownership of servants — others through coercion and exploitation. Freedom is by no means humanity’s default position.

Even where traditional slavery is outlawed, social position will determine differences in someone’s personal worth, and even moral / legal accountability. The Caste System, and Feudalism are obvious examples, although others (like our own Celebrity Class) exist as well.

Living under our Western understanding of freedom, we might predict enslaved people would jump at their earliest opportunity to attain it, as with the Underground Railway, or Cuban refugees today.  But in both ancient times and modern, these seem the exceptions that prove the rule.

Remember the Jewish Exodus from scripture?

Moses showed up, promising freedom from their slavery to Pharaoh, with mixed results.  The first setback (bricks without straw) made them grumble — not against Pharaoh, but against Moses! Skip ahead to when Israel was wandering the desert, with former captors safely on the other side of a body of water. They grumbled some more.

And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.

(Numbers 11)

They had escaped the reach of their captors, but in their hearts, and in the way they viewed themselves, they remained slaves.

They even misread their own circumstances. Had they truly eaten for free back in Egypt? Feeling the bite of the lash across their backs, toiling in the hot sun. Was it for free that they got their food? Hardly. But those few creature comforts — the ones that made slavery seem tolerable — were gone. To get them back, some were willing to return to those shackles. (Think: The Matrix and the “Blue Pill”.) They were tragically setting their own purchase price at the paltry sum of a few fish, and a couple of vegetables.  Little did they know what awaited their people beyond the Jordan.

Karl Marx once claimed that Religion was the opiate of the masses, something to keep paupers docile. Not so in Israel’s case. For Israel, the opiate was onions, fish and leeks.  “Religion” (or more properly, God) was both the initiator and instrument of their freedom.

Back then, enslaved Israel — like battered wives today — was held in check by both a carrot and a stick.  Fear of the lash on one hand, and the lure of things they thought they could not do without on the other, paralyzed them. What they needed was a rescuer; an intervention.

Tragically, that ancient generation had been so accustomed to their chains and the pressures of fear and need, they had been just as “domesticated” as a lion in a zoo.

Does this happen here today? Of course! We may not have sugar plantation owners today, but we have a different kind of slave, doing a different job.  And people don’t mind because it seems like easy work, with a good payoff.

It’s simple: show up one Tuesday in November every fourth year, and write an “x” in the the correct box, and you have served your “massah” well.

The hoi polloi gets promised some variation of “hope” and “change”; (which apparently means food stamps and — retroactive — birth control) while the people offering the carrots get a backstage pass to the seemingly limitless personal power, influence, and wealth that life in the Beltway can offer.

Public service? National Interest? That’s cute. Now stand aside, plebe, there’s money to be made!

Moses first tasted freedom for himself.  He had lived apart from the illusion of safety that chains represented. But it took time for Israel to embrace their freedom, to savour it, and own it for themselves.  In their case, the older generation never quite came around.  It had to come from their kids.

There is a sense in which Conservatives are more individualist than their counterparts, and disinclined to activism. In some ways, that’s even understandable.

But remember, Freedom is not the dominant theme of human history.  It is vulnerable to entropy.  When taken for granted, it becomes eroded, and eventually lost. To preserve it, we must hate, and oppose all forms of slavery, however mild or extreme their outworkings may be.

To defend another person’s freedom is to preserve your own.  That idea was at the heart of the American foundations, and is near to the heart of the Christian faith that shaped it.

Freedom, in the Christian meaning, is corrosive to the chains of tyranny.  It maintains that, regardless of sex, race, social standing, or any other factor, all people have equal worth and dignity. If we are all equal, it follows that nobody is elite. Leaders are not lords.

If you enjoy and appreciate your freedoms (plural) — make use of them!  And then, encourage and assist others to lay hold of theirs, both at home and abroad.  I for one, found this TED Talk on the topic inspiring.  Maybe you will too.

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About the author: Wes Walker

 Wes Walker is a Christian husband and father of three, bringing the Clash Attitude to Canada’s Capital. When not writing submissions for Clash, he is involved in Church, his children’s school, and is pursuing interests in Theology, History, and Philosophy.
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19 Year Old Christian Girl With Knife at Her Throat Forced to Convert to Islam


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Boko Haram Kidnapped & Forced Christian Lady To Convert To Islam

What would you do?

This isn’t a make believe story, but the true account of a young Nigerian  Christian girl by the name of Hajja.  She endured her terrifying ordeal for three months as a captive of the Boko  Haram terrorist group.  The name of the group roughly translates ‘western  education is sinful.’  They are pushing for Nigeria to become an Islamic  country ruled by strict sharia law.

Currently, most of northern Nigeria is dominated by Muslims, while most of  the Christians live in the southern part of the country.  However, Boko  Haram terrorists have been actively attacking Christians and Christian villages  that still exist in the northern and central regions of the nation.  They  slaughter some of the people to strike terror into the hearts of other  Christians so that they can more easily force them to convert to Islam.

Fortunately for Hajja, she managed to escape from her captors after three  months of tortuous cruelty.  She still has family living in the northern  regions of Nigeria, so her last name has been withheld for their safety.   She now resides in the nation’s capital of Abuja where she hopes she will be  safer, but her life will never be the same again.

After several years of Boko Haram’s terrorist activities, the US State  Department has finally decided to label them as a Foreign Terrorist  Organization.  They acknowledge that the Boko Haram is responsible for  thousands of deaths in Nigeria, but they conveniently label the victims as  civilians when the majority have been Christians.

“Boko Haram’s attacks against Christians, along with continued  Muslim-Christian communal violence, threaten to exacerbate existing  Muslim-Christian mistrust and divide, undermine Nigeria’s fledgling democracy,  and the future stability of this important U.S. ally.”

Note that Lynch describes Nigeria as an important US ally.  Herein lies  the reason that the US has been so reluctant to say or do anything about the  violent slaughter of thousands of Christians.  After all, they can’t let  the lives of thousands of Christians interfere with their valued relationship  with their important ally, can they?  If it were the other way around and  Christians were slaughtering thousands of Muslims, the US would get involved in  a heartbeat to protect their Muslim allies.

Don’t forget the word ‘Islam’ in a general context supposedly relates to  wholeness, safeness and peace.  In a religious context, it means ‘voluntary  submission to God or Allah.’  Note that most Muslims, especially radical  ones like Boko Haram fail to live up to the ‘voluntary’ part of the religious  definition or the ‘safeness and peace aspects of the general context.   Doesn’t it make you feel all nice and fuzzy inside knowing that your kids and  grandkids are being taught in public schools just how nice and wonderful Islam  is?

Submission to tyrants is rebellion to God.


posted on February 8, 2013 by

Submission to Tyrants is Rebellion to God

Thomas Jefferson, along with some others of the Founders, is credited with saying, “Resistance to Tyrants is obedience to God.” (It may have been an oft-repeated motto, much like our modern “They can have my gun when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.”)

Jefferson’s statement is Biblically correct. I’ve expended a lot of time and effort to prove that, as have others before me. I want to approach it from a different angle today.

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. That’s true as stated, but it is also true in its opposite, parallel form, like this:

Submission to tyrants is rebellion to God.

It’s not rocket science, as they say, but there is enough bad teaching out there that we really do need to say it plainly. If resistance is obedience, then submission is wicked. In fact, I propose this: To submit to a tyrant as if he is a lawful ruler is anti-Christian.

Historically speaking, there is no honorable precedent among the great, Christian heroes for failing to oppose a tyrant. And, at a fundamental level, to cower before a tyrant is to violate the consistent Biblical model, from cover to cover, from Genesis to the maps. Today, I want to show you that failure to resist tyranny represents a galling lack of Christian love. Submission to tyrants is un-Christlike, precisely because it is unloving.

How so? Well, the Bible tells us that we are supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31, for instance.) It also gives us the duty of coming to the defense of those who are unjustly oppressed (as in Isaiah 1:17.) So, if a government in rebellion toward God is oppressing your neighbors, and you refuse to stand up for them or to oppose that tyranny in any way, does that sound like obedience or disobedience to you?

Go ahead. You can say it out loud. We all know the answer anyway.

Deitrich Bonhoeffer, the WW2 era preacher and martyr, who did, in fact, seal his testimony with his own blood, put it succinctly in a few famous lines. He wrote:

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

Bonhoeffer’s colleague was a pastor named Neimoller, who had a rather more passive, let’s-all-get-along view toward their particular tyrant. He wound up paying for it. He penned the famous lines:

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Some in our day would tell us that texts like Romans 13:1-7 teach us that we should obey as far as we can, and only resist when the government commands us to sin. Let’s be clear: That is a fair statement of our duties toward lawful government. But when we use that as a thumb-rule for action in the face of tyranny, it becomes the cloak of cowardice.  It becomes Neimoller’s failed strategy of silence. A modern patriot, for whom I have a great fondness, admittedly, put it this way:

There is something conveniently self-centered about this proposed strategy. “Wait to resist until I personally am ordered to sin.” While you wait for the moment the government tells you to renounce Christ, your neighbors and fellow citizens are being trampled by the unrestrained, unjust use of power.

Today, as I write this, I read the report of a farmer who began serving a 30 day jail sentence for the crime of collecting rainwater that had fallen on his own land. And something close to 3,000 babies will be dismembered in the womb or burned to death in a salt solution today, with the government’s sanction and the assistance of taxpayer money. As the Scripture says, “Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.” (Proverbs 28:15) But, hey, as long as you personally haven’t yet been commanded to blaspheme God, I guess we can all breathe easy.

As William Wilberforce said, “A private faith that does not act in the face of oppression is no faith at all.” [Source]

In another place, the Bible says this: “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)

We rightly see that as having something to do with monetarily providing for our family. Surely, it does include that. But what about providing other basic necessities of life, besides food and shelter, for what the founding fathers called “our posterity?” Specifically, what about the necessity of liberty? I know that sounds corny in our day, because nobody cherishes their freedom like the founders did.

Christian men in America routinely plop onto their couches in front of horrible programming on television, or worse, with a video game console, and ignore the steady encroachment of tyranny in their land. As long as they personally are comfortable, and can play their stupid, emasculating first-person shooters for hours on end, well, life is good and what else could matter? And their vile laziness and quest for personal peace winds up passing on to their own children a world in which the flame of freedom grows inexorably colder. How is that providing for your household? Somebody tell me.

How can that be loving? How can it be Christian? It can’t be. It’s time we remembered that courage is a Christian virtue, just as surely as piety is; and, conversely, that the Bible condemns cowards to be exiled from God’s city. (Revelation 21:7-9)

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