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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 20, 2018, 04:46:27 pm »


Max Blumenthal (born December 18, 1977) is an American author, journalist, and blogger. He is a senior writer for Alternet and formerly a writer for The Daily Beast, Al Akhbar, and Media Matters for America.He is the author of two books including Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party (2009), which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list, and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (2013).

Blumenthal joined Lebanon's Al Akhbar in late 2011 primarily to write about Israel-Palestine issues and foreign-policy debates in Washington, noting, upon leaving in mid-2012 in protest of its coverage of the Syrian Civil War, that it "gave me more latitude than any paper in the United States to write about ... Israel and Palestine". He ended his association with Al Akhbar in June 2012, over what he viewed as the newspaper's pro-Assad editorial line during the Syrian Civil War that he said was spearheaded by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb.

Blumenthal contributes weekly articles to Alternet where he has been a senior writer since September 2014. He focuses on the deepening crisis in the Middle East and its role in shaping political dynamics and public opinion in the US, particularly the special relationship with Israel. He occasionally covers domestic issues such as corporate media consolidation, the influence of the Christian right and police brutality. His reporting from the Gaza strip in 2014 was developed into a book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.

Blumenthal's articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Independent Film Channel (IFC), Salon, The Real News, and Al Jazeera English, among other publications.


Republican Gomorrah : Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party (2009)

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Whether it was his revelation that Sarah Palin was "anointed" by a Kenyan priest famous for casting out witches, or his confronting Republican congressional leaders and John McCain's family at the GOP convention about the party's opposition to sex education (and hence, the rise in teen pregnancies like that of Palin's daughter), or his expose of the eccentric multimillionaire theocrat behind California's Prop 8 anti- gay marriage initiative, Blumenthal has become one of the most important and most constantly cited journalists on how fringe movements are becoming the Republican Party mainstream.

Republican Gomorrah is a bestiary of dysfunction, scandal and sordidness from the dark heart of the forces that now have a leash on the party. It shows how those forces are the ones that establishment Republicans-like John McCain-have to bow to if they have any hope of running for President. It shows that Sarah Palin was the logical choice of a party in the control of theocrats. But more that just an expose, Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement's leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks.

Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extra-marital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder. Inspired by the work of psychologists Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right, transforming the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics.

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Grace 👍rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

This book came highly recommended by Frank Schaeffer as in 'son of' Francis Schaeffer the father of the religious right.

As a person who has had to walk away from religion and church because of the hatred and bigotry that has surfaced since President Obama was elected I must say that this book only served to confirm many of the things that I saw were wrong with christian politics. Blumenthal delves into the Rusdoony/North dominion theology and how this has served as a catalyst to the religious right from legislation to burning and bombing abortion clinics and murdering abortion providers to the home school movement.

The one statistic that stood out was the fact that the STD and teen pregnancy rates are higher in areas that teach abstinence only sex education. Abstinence only education is the preferred method of the religious right wingers.

The book also covered in depth Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and his interference in the government and legislative processes since the Bush Administration.

This book is a must read for any Christian who votes on only the issues of abortion and gay marriage.

Read more:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6693566-republican-gomorrah



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:08:51 pm »

Donald Trump and the prosperity gospel

Robert Harrington | 12:12 pm EDT October 10, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

When last year CNN fired sometime commentator and full time religious studies scholar Reza Aslan for tweeting that Donald Trump was a “piece of s h i t,” one was left to wonder if it was because he employed a profanity in describing the President of the United States, or merely because he committed the journalistic heresy of stating the obvious. Whichever it was, one cannot also help but wonder if CNN knew not what it did. For it was also about that time that Aslan put his perspicacious finger on the not-so-obvious reasons why “the Donald” has gathered unto himself so rabid a following, and how, after all this time, that following appears to have remained bafflingly loyal.

The good news is the aforementioned following we are concerned with here is at least confined to the pulpits and pews of white fundamentalist Christians. Were it not for Aslan, the question of why Trump should gain such popularity with such a group might remain an ostensible head scratcher. But for this recipe for Dragon Stew, Aslan actually provides us with a plausible dragon: Donald Trump is a religious cult.

That cult comes compliments of something called “the prosperity gospel.” The idea goes that the more righteous a man is, the more God blesses him with material wealth. Trump’s ostentatious trappings of wealth are the obvious proof that God must think Trump a pretty groovy guy.

Some of the cynical among us noticed that “the prosperity gospel” started to appear right around the same time that the dorsal fins of the big-haired, Rolex-wearing televangelists started to cut the water. Mansions needed sanctification, luxury cars and private jets required the consecration of Elijah’s chariots of fire. The prosperity gospel gave the perfect fit.


“But none of this … explains the most important phenomenon about white evangelicals in America,” Aslan says, “and that is this: In the span of a single election cycle, white evangelicals have gone from being the group in America that is most likely to say that a politician’s morality matters to the group that is now least likely to say that.”


In other words, the cult of personality surrounding Donald Trump has managed in a single election cycle to convince good people that doing bad things is okay. The last time we witnessed a phenomenon like that was when a community of Americans settled in a little regarded country called Guyana led by a little known evangelical named Jim Jones. This time the stakes are much, much higher.

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https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/prosperity-gospel-donald-trump/13333/

Agelbert NOTE: The Heretical Doctrine of Demons called "Prosperity Preaching" (a principle tenet of the Antinomian Christian Heretical teaching), that the pseudo-Christians in the USA are enthralled with, is thousands of years old.

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an·ti·no·mi·an
[an-ti- noh-mee- uhn]

NOUN

a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.

I have a deceased brother-in-law who worshipped monetary wealth above any Christian duty to help the disadvantaged and poor of this world. He thought it was A-OKAY to be GREEDY, as his wife (my sister, also a Mammon worshipping Pseudo-Christian) still, unfortunately for her, does.

In the Epistle II Peter in the New Testament, Peter addresses the Antinomians who claimed to be Christians. These Heretics were defined by their insistance that it was okay to sin to get more money and wantonly engage in just about any worldly lust they wanted to engage in based on a deliberate twisting of the Holy Scripture (SEE Paul: "We are saved by Grace, not works"). 

Peter makes it crystal clear that claiming to be a Christian and chasing money, comfort, power and the lusts of the flesh is HERESY. Anyone practicing it is doomed to perdition, period.

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II PETER 2: 17-22

17  These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean [5] escaped from them who live in error. 19  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.


 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 28, 2018, 11:00:05 pm »

The Hostile Racism and Sexism Of Donald Trump 🦀 Define a Decades Long Constitutional Crisis


Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Sep 24, 2018

Are we in the middle of a constitutional crisis?

With new data showing that Donald Trump sits in a long history of illegitimately elected Republican presidents, we ask Chauncey DeVega on what we can do to fight  the decades long constitutional crisis exemplified by the hostile racism and sexism of Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, the Republican Party, and the morbidly Rich.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:43:35 am »

Brett Kavanaugh is a Threat to Racial Justice and Voting Rights

BY Marjorie Cohn Truthout

PUBLISHED September 8, 2018

SNIPPET:

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Hirono quoted an email in which Kavanaugh wrote, “I think the testimony needs to make clear that any program targeting Native Hawaiians as a group is subject to strict scrutiny and of questionable validity under the Constitution.”

That email was one of tens of thousands of documents the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee had marked “committee confidential” in an unprecedented attempt to hide them from the public. By releasing that email, Hirono risked censure, discipline or removal from the Senate.

Hirono, who said Kavanaugh’s views on Native Hawaiians are “factually wrong” and incredibly offensive, told the nominee:

full article:

https://truthout.org/articles/brett-kavanaugh-is-a-threat-to-racial-justice-and-voting-rights/


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 31, 2018, 10:12:13 pm »



Deporting US Citizens: 😨 Trump’s 🦀 New Fascistic Use of Law

By Mark Bray,  Truthout Published August 31, 2018

SNIPPET:

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The paradox of the fascist conception of law sheds light on the Trump administration’s mission to systematically reduce the non-white population of the country regardless of what existing law says.

Full article:

https://truthout.org/articles/deporting-us-citizens-trumps-new-fascistic-use-of-law/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 05, 2018, 07:10:05 pm »


Webster Tarpley believes Trump is a creature of the Deep State, not the enemy of it.  I agree.


HD | Jul 20, 2018 by Webster Tarpley Fan Channel

1,358 views


Left Forum lecture with Webster Tarpley and Gregory Edwards recorded on June 2, 2018 After the 2016 election, Fox News 👹 has attempted to take control of the ...






Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 05, 2018, 06:55:43 pm »


Fascism is far too entrenched in U.S. government policies.  >:(

The U.S. is a Fascist Petro-State 🐉😈 👹🦕🦖.


Trump is a more in-our-faces Fascist than the other POTUS fascist tools, but they all serve the M.I.C., period.

Webster warned that Trump is a full blown Fascist before the election.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 28, 2018, 04:24:46 pm »

Putin calls Christianity foundation of Russian state

By Associated Press.  Published July 28 at 3:21 pm



https://www.kyivpost.com/russia/associated-press-putin-calls-christianity-foundation-of-russian-state.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:07:01 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Trump 🦀 is following EXACTLY the same playbook Hitler used in Germany to make the courts a handmaiden to fascist murder ☠️ and mayhem 💣. >:( God help us.

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stumbles out of the gate

Bill Palmer | 11:58 pm EDT July 9, 2018

Palmer Report » Analysis

Brett Kavanaugh just did a big favor for those who are seeking to defeat his nomination to the Supreme Court. Donald Trump could have picked any far-right judge and made his billionaire donors and extremist supporters happy. So why did he choose Kavanaugh specifically? You and I know that it obviously involved a private conversation about personal loyalty. But thanks to Kavanaugh’s big stupid mouth, now the whole world knows it.

After Donald Trump introduced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh stepped to the microphone and said this: “No president has ever consulted more widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input for a Supreme Court nomination.” It was precisely what Trump wanted to hear. It was also the dumbest thing Kavanaugh has ever said in public, because he just personally married himself to Trump in the court of public opinion.

There are two ways we can convince mainstream America to ferociously stand up and fight against this Supreme Court pick. The first is to point out that Brett Kavanaugh will cast the deciding vote to overturn Roe v Wade, gay marriage, and other crucial rulings. This simply requires pointing to his existing record of far-right extremism. The second is to frame Kavanaugh as being a corrupt puppet of Donald Trump. This was going to be a difficult sell, until Kavanaugh just handed us the above quote.

I’ll post Brett Kavanaugh’s words about Donald Trump again, because this is the quote that you copy-paste and send to all your friends who wouldn’t normally care about the Supreme Court but who think Trump is a corrupt criminal: “No president has ever consulted more widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input for a Supreme Court nomination.”

These are not the words of a legitimate judge. They’re the words of a corrupt judge who is willing and eager to do Trump’s 🦀 personal bidding 🦍 at the expense of America.

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http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/stumbles-brett-kavanaugh-trump-court/11298/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 01, 2018, 05:37:15 pm »


Truthout

In Upholding Muslim Ban, the Supreme Court Ignored International Law

Marjorie Cohn Truthout

PUBLISHED July 1, 2018

SNIPPET:

Evidence of the Discriminatory Nature of the Travel Ban

Even though the Supreme Court majority held that the ban did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, much evidence exists to the contrary.

The Establishment Clause says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That means “one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another,” according to Supreme Court case law.

After quoting a few of Trump’s anti-Muslim statements, Roberts noted, “the issue before us is not whether to denounce the statements” but rather “the significance of those statements in reviewing a Presidential directive, neutral on its face, addressing a matter within the core of executive responsibility.” Roberts added, “we must consider not only the statements of a particular President, but also the authority of the Presidency itself.”

Roberts wrote that the Court could consider the president’s statements “but will uphold the policy so long as it can reasonably be understood to result from a justification independent of unconstitutional grounds.” Courts must give great deference to the president in immigration matters and will uphold his policy if it has any legitimate purpose, Roberts noted. “The entry suspension has a legitimate grounding in national security concerns, quite apart from any religious hostility.” The text doesn’t specifically mention religion, so Roberts wrote it was “neutral on its face.”

Sotomayor spent seven of the 28 pages of her dissent listing more than a dozen statements by Trump denigrating Muslims. She cited the policy’s initial purpose as a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” in Trump’s words. But that policy “now masquerades behind a façade of national security concerns,” Sotomayor wrote.

She quoted a Trump adviser who said, “When [Donald Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’” Sotomayor also listed Trump’s declarations that “Islam hates us,” “we’re having problems with Muslims coming into the country,” and “Muslims do not respect us at all.”

Trump said President Franklin D. Roosevelt “did the same thing” with his internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, Sotomayor noted. Trump told a story about General John J. Pershing killing a large group of Muslim insurgents in the Philippines with bullets dipped in pig’s blood. When he issued his first ban, Trump explained that Christians would be given preference for entry as refugees into the United States. He also retweeted three anti-Muslim videos.

“Taking all the relevant evidence together,” Sotomayor wrote, “a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus, rather than by the Government’s asserted national security justifications.” The Proclamation, she added, “is nothing more than a ‘religious gerrymander.'

Full article:

https://truthout.org/articles/in-upholding-muslim-ban-the-supreme-court-ignored-international-law/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 29, 2018, 08:41:39 pm »

American Mythology and the loss of democracy


RT America

Published on Jun 23, 2018

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Ralph Nader , Consumer Advocate and former Presidential Candidate, discusses American Mythology with Chris Hedges .
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 29, 2018, 08:18:32 pm »

Did Trump Threaten Maxine Waters?



Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Jun 26, 2018

Donald Trump may have just threatened Maxine Waters?
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 29, 2018, 07:30:53 pm »

Sole Survivor Of Holocaust Finds More Than Uncanny Parallels to his Past in Trump 🦀


Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Jun 27, 2018

Are the comparisons being made between the Trump administration and Nazi Germany hyperbolic, Dr. Henry Oster, Sole Survivor of the Holocaust from Cologne Germany, doesn't think so

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 19, 2018, 06:43:31 pm »

Corporate Fascism 😈 👹 💵 🎩 Corrupted the Christian Church in the USA


Frances Fitzgerald, "The Evangelicals"


Politics and Prose
Published on Apr 19, 2017
http://www.politics-prose.com/book/97...

Fitzgerald made her name with her now classic Fire in the Lake, which won both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award and is still considered one of the best accounts of the Vietnam War. Her sixth book chronicles the social and political roles of Evangelicals in America. Now constituting twenty-five percent of the American population, Evangelicals have helped shape the country since the Puritans, though they became a dominant force only with the Great Awakenings of the nineteenth century. A populist rebellion centered in revivals, the movement split along North-South lines with the Civil War, then into modernist-fundamentalist factions. Preachers like Billy Graham worked to unite the groups, but the turbulent 1960s divided them further.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:52:14 pm »


Charlottesville made clear that far-right groups were a serious, violent threat. But it did not put an end to the debates over media coverage of these groups

In August, hundreds of white men with torches marched across the University of Virginia campus. They chanted “Jews will not replace us!” and “Blood and soil!” and fought with counter-protesters in th…

Agelbert NOTE: These deluded cretins who buy into the white supremacist baloney are simply following the example of their dear leader 😇 in the WHITE     House. The Germans (see below) know EXACTLY how cover America's racist 🦀 extremists.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 25, 2018, 11:02:11 pm »

Palmer Report


Worshipping Donald Trump 

Tim Faulkner

Updated: 7:59 pm EST Sun Feb 25, 2018


It’s been said that it’s rude to discuss politics and religion in a social setting. That is becoming more and more difficult to avoid given the current political environment. With the advent of social media, more people began feeling comfortable sharing their beliefs on all issues, despite now having an even larger audience than when previous conversations were done at the dinner table or perhaps after a few drinks at the bar, when lips are loose and true opinions flow faster than the beer tap.

With the recent death of Evangelist Billy Graham there is even more discussion than normal of religion by those in politics. The rise of Donald Trump, and his subsequent support by those that claim to be extremely religious, is still odd. With absolutely zero evidence of Trump ever being religious prior to his presidential run so-called Christians seemed to flock to him as the second coming of Christ.

Their near worship of him, to this day, is baffling. The fact that Donald Trump still carries a high approval rating among Evangelicals is almost laughable, and certainly confusing. Despite all of the facts coming forward almost daily, involving Trump’s multiple affairs with p o r n stars and Playboy playmates, the “religious right” continue to make excuses for him.

So what could possibly explain the praise, admiration, and even idolization Evangelicals show towards a man who exhibits literally zero of the attributes taught by any religion? Are the followers simply brainwashed, believing every word their leaders push? Why are top Evangelicals willing to sell out their faith to gain supporters? Perhaps for the very same reason that Trump was happy to sell out America: for money and power. One thing is certain – fake prophets seem willing to do anything for real profits.

http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/worshipping-donald-trump/8320/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:58:21 pm »

Chris Hedges on Contact - American Fascists : The Dark Side of Religion in Christian America in 2007


MultiOmzz

Published on Dec 7, 2017

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:37:15 pm »


Making America Toxic Again

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/02/scott-pruitt-profile-epa-trump/

Agelbert NOTE: Pruitt is an excellent example of a a Pseudo-Christian Mammon (i.e. Fossil fuel fascists) worshipper who claims to be an "Evangelical Christian". Pruitt is about as Christian as Judas Iscariot. But, unfortuantely, that applies to the majority of the corporate fascsist corrupted "Evangelical Christian" (see 'Greed is good' propspertiy preaching) Churhes in the USA. Don't blame God for the Apostasy of the Churches in the USA!

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:09:26 pm »

Billy Graham was on the wrong side of history

Matthew Avery Sutton

SNIPPET:

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When Billy Graham stands before the judgment seat of God, he may finally realize how badly he failed his country, and perhaps his God. On civil rights and the environmental crisis, the most important issues of his lifetime, he championed the wrong policies.

Full article:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/21/billy-graham-wrong-side-history

Agelbert NOTE: As a Christian, I am CERTAIN that Billy Graham, a staunch friend of Richard Nixon , failed God continually. Graham is a textbook example of the Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity in the USA. Graham chose power and privilege over justice and truth. IOW, Graham worshipped MAMMON instead of God.

WHAT IS MAMMON?

by Creflo Dollar | 9 Apr 2017

SUMMARY

Jesus did not throw words around, so it is significant that he used the word “mammon” at least four times in the New Testament. When he used it, he did not simply mean money; he deliberately used the word “mammon” to show us what happens when we become attached to money. But mammon’s influence does not just stop with wealth. If we are not vigilant, this spirit will extend to every area of our lives and convince us to trust it instead of God. It tries to motivate us to do more things for it than for God, with the goal of replacing God as the source of what we need. In the book of Exodus, this spirit convinced the people that they did not need God, and its strategy has not changed This evil spirit will deliberately lead us astray and abandon us, but God will always extend his mercy and grace when we need him.

A. Mammon is not money. It is the spirit of deceitful riches that lies to us.

He who is faithful in that which is least is also faithful in much, and he who is unjust in the least is also unjust in much (Luke 16:10-14).

Jesus’ parable, as well as the entire chapter, is about a steward who was unfaithful with his master’s goods because he was influenced by mammon.

The original translation of mammon is “deceitful riches.” Money with the spirit of mammon on it becomes deceitful.

Money is neither good nor bad; it takes on the spirit of who has it. How it is used depends on whether its owner is under the influence of God or mammon.

Mammon refers to the desire to pursue wealth as a primary goal in life. The Bible says to seek God first, and everything else will be added (Matthew 6:33).

The devil took Jesus up to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He said to him, I will give you all these things if you will fall down and worship me (Matthew 4:8, 9).

Mammon tried to seduce Jesus; there is no reason not to think it would try the same trick with us.

Whatever mammon offers us is deceitful. Everything from this spirit is designed to fool us into thinking that walking with it will end well, but mammon always leaves us in a pit.

When Jesus entered Jericho, Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see him as he passed by. Jesus looked up and saw him, and said to Zacchaeus to come down quickly, because he had to stay at his house that day. Jesus then told another parable to teach about the link between money and faithfulness (Luke 19:2-24).

Zacchaeus first felt the favor of God when Jesus looked up and greeted him.

Zacchaeus had previously been under the spirit of mammon, but a meeting with Jesus freed him to become a giver.

B. We must be careful not to unwittingly make mammon our god.

Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).

We are told to be anxious for nothing. Being anxious about our unmet needs is a sign that we worship mammon.

No one can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and be against the other. You cannot serve God and deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in (Matthew 6:24-32, AMPC).
We must stop being perpetually uneasy, anxious, and worried.

Aim at and strive for first of all his kingdom and righteousness, his way of doing and being right, and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:33, 34, AMPC).

When we live in the present instead of the future, the Holy Spirit will give us the grace need at the moment.

We need not fear the future.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Luke 16:10-14                                     Luke 19:2-24

Matthew 6:33                                      Philippians 4:6

Matthew 4:8, 9                                    Matthew 6:24-34, AMPCaggai 

https://creflodollarministries.org/Bible-Study/Study-Notes/What-is-Mammon


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 26, 2018, 11:54:14 pm »

How Can Conservatives Claim to be Pro Life and Still Oppose DACA?


Thom takes a call from a conservative who although claiming to be pro life still doesn't care about immigrant lives? What about Dreamers and DACA recipients? Are they not lives in the eyes of conservatives?

Thom Hartmann Jan. 26, 2018 2:00 pm
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:48:17 pm »

GLOBAL NEWS HOME


NORTH CAROLINA RELIGIOUS GROUP HELD “CHILD SLAVES”

       
                                                               

Thursday January 11, 2018

Leaders of an “alternative religious group” in Cumberland, North Carolina have been arrested for forcing children as young as nine to work in fish markets to help fund the organization. Four have been arrested thus far though police have arrest warrants for six other suspects.

WRAL reports:

The group lives on a compound off McCollum Road in Godwin known as McCollum Ranch and operates at least three John C’s Fish Markets and mobile grills in Fayetteville and one in Lumberton, authorities said. Several former residents told authorities that children of members had to work full time in the fish markets with little to no compensation, lifting heavy boxes, keeping fish iced, cutting fish and cleaning, as well as performing construction and maintenance on the mobile grills after hours.

John McCollum, who runs the fish markets, Brenda Joyce Hall, Cornelia McDonald and Pamela Puga Luna have been arrested on charges of operating a continuing criminal enterprise, involuntary servitude of a minor, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy. Arrest warrants on the same charges have been issued for Shirley McNatt, Daffene Edge, Kassia Rogers, Irish Williams, Shirnitka McNatt and Earlene Hayat.

Lt. Sean Swain, spokesman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, added that the cult has abused children for years. “We found that kids are like second generation of the ranch and that some of the people that we’ve charged in this were actually victimized years ago. They’ve just never left this ranch, and now their kids are second-generation victims,” he said.

McCollum is being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $1.1 million bond along with Hall, McDonald, and Luna.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of the other six suspects to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

To read the entire article, click here http://www.wral.com/authorities-cumberland-religious-group-held-children-as-slaves/17247958/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 25, 2017, 07:09:40 pm »

DEC 24, 2017 TD ORIGINALS


What Christmas Means

By Chris Hedges

SNIPPET:

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Jesus was not a Roman citizen. He lived under Roman occupation. The Romans were white. Jesus was a person of color. And the Romans, who peddled their own version of white supremacy, nailed people of color to crosses almost as often as we finish them off with lethal injections, gun them down in the streets or lock them up in cages. The Romans killed Jesus as an insurrectionist, a revolutionary. They feared the radicalism of the Christian Gospel. And they were right to fear it. The Roman state saw Jesus the way the American state saw Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Then, like now, prophets were killed.

The radicalism of the Christian Gospel would be muted, distorted and denied by the institutional church once it came to power in the third century. It would be perverted by court theologians, church leaders and, in the 20th century, fascists. It would be mangled by the heretics in the Christian right to sanctify the worst aspects of American imperialism and capitalism. The Bible unequivocally condemns the powerful. It is not a self-help manual to become rich. It does not bless America or any other nation. It was written for the powerless, for those the theologian James Cone calls the crucified of the earth. It was written to give a voice to, and affirm the dignity of, those being crushed by malignant power and empire.

Excellent article:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/what-christmas-means/

Agelbert NOTE: All true followers of Christ get the same treatment in this valley of tears.
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Proverbs 18:7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.



But all that abuse and rejection by the lovers of this world, especially if they are brethren, is worth it.
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Luke 9

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels
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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 19, 2017, 02:03:08 pm »


... but your hypocrisy glows with the radiance of 1000 suns.



Well and truly said, Surly. The pseudo-Christian Cretins and the Ryans of this world have absolutely no shame at all.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 19, 2017, 05:16:20 pm »

PROOF that there is NO organized Christian Church in the USA

Poll: Majority Of Evangelicals Would Support Satan If He Ran As Republican Candidate

November 15, 2017

U.S.—A new LifeWay Research poll confirmed Wednesday that a majority of conservative evangelicals would vote for Satan, the Prince of Darkness, should he run for public office as a Republican candidate.

The poll found that 72% of self-identified evangelicals would vote and even campaign for the prince of fallen angels should he promise to promote Republican policies while in office.

“Most of those we surveyed agreed that they would in fact vote for Satan, as long as he verbally supported pro-life and pro-Second Amendment platform positions,” the head of the research study said. “A majority of respondents ‘strongly agreed’ that it was important for a candidate to pay lip service to the hot-button issues of the religious right, while strongly disagreeing that a candidate’s personal penchant for tempting countless millions of souls into the fires of hell would affect his public policies.”

“Lucifer? Yeah, I’d vote for him, as long as he claims to be a Republican,” one member of a study focus group said. “He’s got some character flaws, sure—who doesn’t—but we’ve got to remember that ensuring we Christians get some fleeting political power is far more important than whether our chosen candidate does a little soul-devouring on the side.” 

The poll also looked at related issues, such as the willingness of evangelicals  to overlook or minimize major moral failings in human candidates.

“Personal indiscretions, shady business dealings, making blood sacrifices to Azathoth the Daemon Sultan in secret—Christians are now willing to forgive literally everything if it means they’ll have some kind of political clout,” the study head told reporters. “Our findings confirm that conservative Christians are actually more likely to vote for mobsters, cultists, and hellish demon kings than any other demographic.

At publishing time, study officials had confirmed evangelicals would also be willing to support Sith lords, elder gods, and the evil Dr. Robotnik if they were to run for office as members of the GOP.

https://babylonbee.com/news/poll-majority-of-evangelicals-would-support-satan-if-he-ran-as-republican-candidate/

Agelbert Observation: Yeah, the above is satire. But the evidence is irrefutable that the WALK of the overwhemling majority (at leat 72%) of these pseudo-Christians is the exact opposite of the "we follow Jesus Christ's teachings" TALK. While it is true that these pseudo-Christians have never actually voted for Lucifer, the entitiy that Jesus Christ called the Prince of this world, they did vote for an adequate representative.

There are some Doomstead Diners that love to ridicule and condemn Christianity (i.e. the teachings of Jesus Christ) based on the voting habits of the pseudo-Christians from the American Organized Mainstream Orwellian Christian Churches, like those that dominate Texas and Florida politics, though the demonic influence of these War loving bastions of gun nuttery and bigotry is not limited to those two states. These crazed bigot factories are firmly entrenched all over the USA   These Lucifer worshipping Churches are funded and religiously supported by their fellow Social Darwinist Religionists from the Military Industrial Complex AND Big Oil AND many 'Second Amendment' fetish gun lovers AND white supremacists AND (so on you get the 'might is right' idea).

So, the next time you fine felllows want to finger the "Christians" for the profit over people and planet woes cursing the USA, I suggest you remember that the nominal Christian Churches in the USA were long ago infiltrated (i.e. flipped to anti-Christian ideology) by the lovers of war and selective law enforcement in our IMPERIALIST/CAPITALIST government, who wanted to MAKE SURE this country NEVER espoused Christian behavior in foreign or domestic policy.

The RELIGION of most Doomstead Diners, like that of the pseudo-Christians who voted for Trump, and would vote for Lucifer himself if he he gave lip service to their spoon fed wedge issues, is Social Darwinism.

True, you Diners aren't being suckered into forking over 10% of your income to some sanctimonious charlatan crook running a con. And you save a little more money by not being preached to at in some building once a week or so. You are also far more objective than the pseudo-Christians church goers who delude themselves into believing that they worship Christ instead of Mammon. You materialsts have done all that scientific caloric math and haven't found any intrinsic thermodynamic value in the energy density of spiritual powers or the promise of salvation in the afterlife. Like all materialsts would say, "If ya can't measure it, it ain't there".

But in a way, you are even greater suckers than the pseudo-Christians. How can that be? Well, at least they actually believe that Lucifer exists. Lucifer has you by the cognitive short hairs because, not only do you scoff at the very idea of fallen angels, but you do not even want to admit that evil exists!

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May 14, 2014 ... “Maybe his [Satan's] greatest achievement in these times has been to make us believe that he does not exist, and that all can be fixed on a purely human level,” said Pope Francis.
https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/pope-francis-satan-s-greatest-achievement-has-been-make-us-believe-he

The CHURCH of Jesus Christ, since Jesus Christ founded it, has ALWAYS been composed of the members of the BODY of Christ. It has NEVER been a building. It will never be a human organization composed of a hierarchy. It is a group of humans who serve Jesus Christ, PERIOD. Many of those people who are destined for salvation do not even know they will be saved or that they are already serving Jesus Christ. Many who believe they are serving Jesus Christ and are saved will be damned. Only God knows. But I am certain we will all be judged by our actions (i.e. fruit/behavior), not by our words.

Apologies to John McPherson for Agelbert Fair Use Cartoon tampering.  ;D

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:19:44 pm »

Judge Roy Moore DOING HIS THING.
Agelbert NOTE: Moore is a pseudo-Christian Fascist Kochroach, NOT A CHRISTIAN! Democrat Doug Jones is principled. Let us hope Jones wins agains this corrupt FASCIST RACIST 'Judge' Moore.


Behind Roy Moore's Smear Campaign Against His Survivors (w/Guest Greg Palast)


Roy Moore's story gets even more seedy when not only is he working on a smear campaign against his victims, but he hired the architect of a caging operation aimed at making sure that people of color, jewish people, even black soldiers in Iraq, to stop them from voting. These people are as evil as you could get.

Thom Hartmann Nov. 14, 2017 5:30 pm
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 27, 2017, 09:04:54 pm »

Are There Fascists In America? Yes and They Aren't Who You Think They Are


Sep. 26, 2017 4:00 pm

Thom breaks down the news of the day and asks a question. if there are fascist in America today, who are they? David Koch, maybe Mike Pence?

Agelbert ANSWER: All of those mentioned and many more.



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 13, 2017, 05:50:40 pm »

E vangelical Christians & Climate Change (#GreenSunday)

August 13th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

SNIPPET:

Deacon McGrane refutes much of the scriptural basis that evangelicals rely on to justify their attacks on climate science and governmental policies designed to limit climate change. He feels it is essential to challenge those beliefs for the good of humanity, despite their basis in religious belief.

Climate Change & Christianity

Despising people who belong to other religions, dress differently, or speak other languages; hatred of non-whites; homophobia — all of these are as far from the teachings of Jesus as one can possibly imagine. Yet those hate-filled messages are uttered constantly by such self-important leaders as Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson and are taken to heart by many evangelicals.

Such misguided men are entitled to their opinions, of course, no matter how corrosive and mean spirited they may be. But when such beliefs seek to block essential action on the most pressing problem facing humanity — the destruction of the environment — it is essential to oppose their toxic words.   


Deacon McGrane offers this alternative narrative.

Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/13/evangelical-christians-climate-change/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 13, 2017, 02:47:00 pm »

2017-08-10 - How fossil fuel money made climate change denial the word of God:
http://splinternews.com/how-fossil-fuel-money-made-climate-denial-the-word-of-g-1797466298

The Word of God has been twisted six ways from Sunday to justify doing EVIL for thousands of years. The Fossil Fuelers are just the latest loyal servants of Lucifer to join the band wagon. The Koch money, and the CIA and other Federal Government money has, for several decades, under the guise of "promoting democracy"  ;) :evil4: (see: National Endowment for fascism Democracy)  been given to "Christian" Churches in the USA and abroad to conflate US Fossil Fuel Gooberment, dirty energy/fascist policies with religion.

It's an old con. The idea is that if, as Hitler said, and had it put on all the belt buckles of the nazi soldiers, that GOT MIT UNS ("God with us" LOL!), then people can be convinced to do the EXACT OPPOSITE of what the Word of God teaches. This way, the oligarchs, whether they be pseudo-Christians or not, laugh all the way to the bank.

Why, for example, do you think that "get prayer back in schools" was organized by hypocrites like "Dr." James Dobson with a call to "See you at the Flag."? Get it? The FLAG is the new symbol for GOT MIT UNS. Corrupted "Christianity", disguised as unrestrained Nationalism IS NOT Christianity, but idolatry.

From the "Manifest Destiny" UNCHRISTIAN Nationalist propaganda that resulted in the murder of millions of Native Americans, wars and racist abuse and murder of minorites  to the "God will solve the Global Warming thing so it's okay to pollute the planet" UNCHRISTIAN dirty energy defending propaganda, our gooberment  has succeeded in getting Americans to WORSHIP THE FLAG because they have been conned into believing that "God" is backing every damned thing (And I am not swearing) our corrupt, profit over people and planet, war loving, dirty energy defending gooberment DOES.

People are not easily convinced to go and fight for whatever or believe destroying their environment and the future for their kids is "okay" unless they think "God is on their side". It is a devilshly clever policy. Too many ignorant people have fallen for it.

The hypocrites do a lot of damage, Az. Which leads me to today's teaching on some of Christ's parables.

Agelbert NOTE: The parables taught by Jesus Christ have been frequently misinterpreted or even used to rationalize doing the opposite of what Christ actually taught. I am posting the following over several days in order to help clear up any misunderstandings among people of good will, along with eliminating self-serving rationalizitions often used by people of bad will.

Matthew 13:1-58

Eight parables are found here. In the first instance the parable is of the sower. The sowing of the seed refers to the Word of God.


The seed, having grown in the good soil, becomes not only one but many believing witnesses cast into the world. Jesus explained that "the good seed are the children of the kingdom".

These parables are given so that we as the children of the kingdom in the world may know that we must expect opposition from the devil and his children.

In these parable, we are given the negative reaction to Christian action.

We must not try to uproot the weeds, representative of the evil ones in the world, because of our inability to judge rightly without the possibility of making a mistake. The ultimate disposition of the evil ones in the world will be accomplished by angels who are going to be sent by the Lord (v. 41) at the consummation of the age. Actually, the angels are designated as the final reapers of the harvest of our labor (v. 39).


Enjoy this Country Western style singing of a Psalm David wrote:     

Continued tomorrow

Parable no. 2 (vv. 24-30 the wheat and the tares) and parable no. 7 (the net which catches both good and bad fish) are illustrative of the fact that, as a result of the witnessing of children of the kingdom in this dispensation, there will be both genuine wheat and good fish, as well as tares and bad fish.

Not all who are caught in the net of evangelism are genuinely saved. The unsaved will be made manifest in the Day of Judgment at the consumation of the age.

Neither we nor angels, no matter how hard we try, wil be able to put the devil out of commision until the appointed time. The disciples wanted to pull out the tares planted by the devil, but were told not to do so until harvest time when the tares were going to be uprooted and utterly burned. See Jude v. 9.

Agelbert NOTE: It is one thing to not go out and kill the people you believe are pseudo-Christians dedicated to evil, but that doesn't mean we are not given sufficient discernment to know who they are. I am firmly convinced that Pat Robertson, Vice President Pence (and many other public figures that claim to be "Christians") are in the category of tares and bad fish. You know them by their empathy deficit, despicable, evil, destructive, hateful, war loving, rotten fruit.

Trump gets along great with those hypocrites. Is Trump the same as them?


As for Trump, he doesn't have the remotest idea of what Christianity is, and never has entertained one single thought of accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, except as a pose to con voters.

To non-believers, the difference between the Trumps and Pences of this world is irrelevant because they both obviously are people dominated by evil desires.

But according to Holy Scripture, the Trumps of this world, who never even looked at the seed of the Gospel or were never caught in the Gospel net of sound doctrine, are less guilty than people like Pence, Gorsuch, etc. et al, who drive potential converts to Christianity away with their in-your-face greed, lack of compassion, racism and bigotry while they simultaneously and shamelessly parade their sanctimonious guise of "Christian" beliefs.

Judgment begins in the House of the Lord.

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17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? - 1 Peter 4:17 KJV

Continued tomorrow
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 01, 2017, 06:25:41 pm »


Yep.  :(  Jesus Christ said a thing or two to about how the Pences and Trumps of this world would treat good people:

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John 15 ( ERV -Easy to Read Version)

21 They will do to you whatever they did to me, because you belong to me. They don’t know the one who sent me.

22 If I had not come and spoken to the people of the world, they would not be guilty of sin. But now I have spoken to them. So they have no excuse for their sin.

23 “Whoever hates me also hates my Father.

24 I did things among the people of the world that no one else has ever done. If I had not done those things, they would not be guilty of sin. But they have seen what I did, and still they hate me and my Father.

25 But this happened to make clear the full meaning of what is written in their law: ‘They hated me for no reason.'

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 28, 2017, 10:57:14 pm »


SCOTUS is Throwing Us into Jefferson's Nightmare (w/guest Rev. Barry Lynn)


June 27, 2017

Thom sits down with guest Reverend Barry W. Lynn (Executive Director - Americans United for Separation of Church and State) to talk about the recent Supreme Court decisions that reflect the increasing politicization of religious organizations.

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