ADL wrote: .... â˘Among domestic extremist movements active in the United States, white supremacists are by far the most violent, committing about 83% of the extremist-related murders in the United States in the past 10 years and being involved in about 52% of the shootouts between extremists and police. White supremacists also regularly engage in a variety of terrorist plots, acts and conspiracies. However, white supremacists also have a high degree of involvement with traditional forms of criminal activity as well as ideologically-based criminal activity. Most of the murders committed by white supremacists are done for non-ideological reasons. However, even if such murders are ignored, white supremacists still commit the most lethal violence of any domestic extremist movement in the United States....
excerpt from, "With Hate in their Hearts: The State of White Supremacy in the United States"
Mike, in this country testing is very poor so how are you going to know who is infected until well after the fact. This was true for the Spanish flu in world war I
Nancy Tomes PhD wrote: The Spanish influenza arrived in the United States at a time when new forms of mass transportation, mass media, mass consumption, and mass warfare had vastly expanded the public places in which communicable diseases could spread. Faced with a deadly âcrowdâ disease, public health authorities tried to implement social-distancing measures at an unprecedented level of intensity. Recent historical work suggests that the early and sustained imposition of gathering bans, school closures, and other social-distancing measures significantly reduced mortality rates during the 1918â1919 epidemics. This finding makes it all the more important to understand the sources of resistance to such measures, especially since social-distancing measures remain a vital tool... To that end, this historical analysis revisits the public health lessons learned during the 1918â1919 pandemic and reflects on their relevance for the present...
excerpt from, 'âDestroyer and Teacherâ: Managing the Masses During the 1918â1919 Influenza Pandemic'
A fairly lengthy article from Reuters, talking about Pope Francis support of civil unions for homosexualsâ
Philip Pullella wrote: .... âPope Francisâ clear and public support for same-sex civil unions marks a new stage in the churchâs relationship with LGBTQ people,â said Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author of âBuilding a Bridge,â a book about Catholic ministry to homosexuals.
âIt shows his overall pastoral approach to LGBTQ people, including those who are Catholic, and sends a clear message to those bishops and Church leaders who have opposed such laws,â Martin told Reuters....
--"civil union laws should cover homosexuals"
"Mike Gendron: The True Gospel, Tradition, and Catholic Church History"
9. He led him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, âIf you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here, 10. for it is written, âHe will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you;â 11. and, âOn their hands they will bear you up, lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.ââ 12. Jesus answering, said to him, âIt has been said, âYou shall not tempt the Lord your God.ââ 13. When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time.
"How does Googleâs monopoly hurt you? Try these searches"
Tony Romm wrote: .... But the Justice Departmentâs filing alone still serves as a stunning turn of events for Google, marking the first major salvo in decades to challenge Silicon Valleyâs size. It also follows roughly seven years after the government last probed the company for potential antitrust violations â and opted against suing Google or seeking significant penalties. The inaction in Washington for years had stood in stark contrast with the antitrust scrutiny Google has faced in Europe,
where competition regulators over the past decade have slapped the Mountain View, Calif.-based technology behemoth with $9 billion in fines....
excerpt from, "Justice Department sues Google, alleging multiple violations of federal antitrust law"
Chris Megerian and Eli Stokols wrote: .... âTrump is his own worst enemy,â said Cornell Belcher, a Democratic pollster. âHe is basically helping Biden make his case about his response to the pandemic. Dr. Fauci is one of the most popular figures in America, even if Trumpâs base doesnât like him.â .... In recent weeks, Trump has embraced fringe theories pushed by Scott Atlas, an increasingly influential member of his White House team who has no expertise on viruses, and continued to downplay the danger of COVID-19 as he barnstorms battleground states.
Over the weekend, Twitter deleted a tweet from Atlas falsely claiming that wearing masks doesnât slow the spread of the virus, part of the social media companyâs attempt to limit misinformation about the pandemic....
excerpt from, "Trump targets Fauci instead of COVID-19 as cases and deaths rise"
US senator Ben Sasse Republican from Nebraska, explained his comments about Trump. I think his comments did him well in the purple parts of the state. This Lutheran should give Evangelicals something to think about.
Nicholas Fandos wrote: .... Mr. Sasse, 48, began by saying that he had worked hard to develop a âworking relationshipâ with Mr. Trump, and even prayed for the president because he is one of âour leaders.â He said he was pleased when Mr. Trump adopted traditionally conservative policy stances and nominated conservative judges. And, he added, he understood that some Nebraska voters were âfrustratedâ with his criticisms of the president.
But the compliments stopped there.
âIâm not at all apologetic for having fought for my values against his in places where I think his are deficient, not just for a Republican but for an American,â Mr. Sasse said.
excerpt from, "Slamming Trump, G.O.P. Senator Warns of a âRepublican Blood Bathâ"
I'm glad to see that the New York Times, resisted using any of the rough language that Senator Sasse used, not that there was much of it.
Apparently they are following their old motto,"All the news that's fit to print"âđ
Perhaps sanity will once again return to this nation?âđ
David Brooks wrote: ..... ...philosophical dispute is not new. There have always been some people who thought we need hierarchical structures to keep us safe and others who thought we need to be emancipated from oppressive structures so we can be free.
What is new is how cultish this dispute has become. The researchers asked a wide variety of questions, on everything from child-rearing to national anthem protests. In many cases, 97 to 99 percent of Progressive Activists said one thing and 93 to 95 percent of Dedicated Conservatives said the opposite. Thereâs little evidence of individual thought, just cult conformity. The current situation really does begin to look like the religious wars that ripped through Europe after the invention of the printing press, except that our religions now wear pagan political garb.
The good news is that once you get outside these two elite groups you find a lot more independent thinking and flexibility. This is not a 50-50 nation. It only appears that way when disenchanted voters are forced to choose between the two extreme cults....
The pastor that was a subject of the article by SA is certainly correctâ
Peter Wehner wrote: .... Iâve had conversations with Trump supporters who believe the president is all that stands between them and cultural revolution. Trump and his advisers know it, which is why the through line of the RNC was portraying Joe Biden as a Jacobin.
Republicans chose that theme despite the fact that during his almost 50 years in politics, Biden hasnât left any discernible ideological imprint on either the nation or his own party. Indeed, Biden is notable for his success over the course of his political career in forging alliances with many Republicans. I worked at the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the early 1990s when William Bennett was its director and George H. W. Bush was president. Biden was then chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; he and his staff were supportive of our work, and not in the least ideological. There will be no remaking of the calendar if Joe Biden becomes president....
excerpt from, "Why Trump Supporters Canât Admit Who He Really Is"
I should mention that I saw your comment, Frank, I will say that there are probably a few evangelicals who believe as you do. Not many mind you! Many Catholics support anti-abortion because it fits in with their belief of Immaculate Deception. Pity however, most people even will assume even for those who are actually anti-abortion are just using it as a ploy for racism, so people better come out with at least a support for universal health Care, which of course does not mean support for abortion. It seems like Obamacare actually avoided support for abortion.
Randall Balmer wrote: .... Peter Wehner, an evangelical, attributes Trumpâs popularity to evangelicalsâ sense of powerlessness, while Michael Cromartie of the right-wing Ethics and Public Policy Center thinksÂ that support for Trump represents a setback from what he characterizes as the more elevated tone of religious-right leaders in recent years. Jeff Sharlet suggests that Trump resembles a prosperity preacher.
These analyses, however, miss a crucial point: The religious right was never about the advancement of biblical values. The modern, politically conservative evangelical movement we know is a movement rooted in the perpetuation of racial segregation, and its affiliation with the hard-right fringes of the conservative movement in the late 1970s produced a mutant form of evangelicalism inconsistent with the best traditions of evangelicalism itself. Since then, evangelicals have embraced increasingly secular positions divorced from any biblical grounding, and supporting Donald Trump represents the logical conclusion of that tragic aberration....
excerpt from, "Trumpâs success with evangelical voters isnât surprising. It was inevitable."
"The race to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 has newly highlighted a longstanding dilemma for religious conservatives: much of the cutting-edge research relies on the use of material derived from human fetal tissue..."
This is a fairly lengthy article with considerable Catholic input. So the topic is well covered. The article is definitely worth reading âđ
Part of Donald Trump's treatment consisted of drugs that depended on human fetal tissue.
I have to say that is the most astonishing comment that Donald Trump has ever made It is actually, totally correct. "The exception that proves the ruleâ"
Send Moderator Alpha seems to dislike when I put up you URLs on articles that are sharp observations of Mr. Trump, you still can find - -hit and miss-- some excellent ones if you Google in the following three phrases
General Kelly on Donald Trump
Ben Sasse on Donald Trump
Mary Trump on Donald Trump
Now those generalized categories won't give you all the articles that I might like to have used. But, they will give you a idea of why I support Joe Biden
Lbug, when did I say any church was involved? In fact that I don't approve of John Macarthur political position anymore, I will agree with previous statements that he made in:
https://tinyurl.com/jko49r6Â (Christians and Politics, Part 3)
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world. ---ESV
"The Deadly Dangers of Moralism"
A very good commentary by John MacArthur, not a recent one as can be noticed, though.
I seem to have agreed with all that was said in the above, and my actions prove it!