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FRONT PAGE  |  9/19/2019
FRIDAY, JUL 6, 2018  |  28 comments  |  1 commentary
Facebook flags Declaration of Independence as hate speech

In the week of America’s Independence Day, the algorithms of Facebook decided that the Declaration of Independence was hate speech.

The Liberty County Vindicator, a community newspaper between Houston and Beaumont, had been posting the whole declaration in small daily chunks for nine days on its Facebook page in the run-up to July 4. But the 10th excerpt was not posted Monday as scheduled, and the paper said it received an automated notice saying the post “goes against our standards on hate speech.”

Part of the standard notice, Vindicator managing editor Casey Stinnett wrote, included a warning that the newspaper could lose its Facebook account, on which it depends for much of its reach, if there were more violations. ...

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News Item7/8/18 4:30 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
BDM wrote:
...Justice Brewer later wrote a 98-page booklet explaining his views in greater detail. He wrote: "But in what sense can (the United States) be called a Christian nation?" asked Brewer. "Not in the sense that Christianity is the established religion or the people are compelled in any manner to support it. On the contrary, the Constitution specifically provides that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.' Neither is it Christian in the sense that all its citizens are either in fact or in name Christians. On the contrary, all religions have free scope within its borders. Numbers of our people profess other religions, and many reject all." Continues Brewer, "Nor is it Christian in the sense that a profession of Christianity is a condition of holding office or otherwise engaging in public service, or essential to recognition either politically or socially. In fact, the government as a legal organization is independent of all religions."
--[URL=]]] ( Notes on "Christian" America (A Myth That Won't Die) )[/URL].

News Item7/8/18 4:28 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Got Questions wrote:
...There is little doubt that the principles upon which the United States was founded are indeed found in the Bible. Equality, liberty, and justice are all biblical principles. The faith of the founders, on the other hand, will continue to be debated. Did the founders respect God and the Christian religion? Absolutely. Were they influenced by the Bible? Surely. Were they all born-again believers in Jesus Christ? No....
--[URL= ]] (Were the Founding Fathers of the United States Christians?)[/URL]

News Item7/7/18 10:00 PM
Dr. Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Anyone who has ever read actual BOOKS, and not just shallow drivel found in liberal websites, knows that the things you have said on this thread are true, UPS. People like Jim remind me of the mules I often saw men plowing with in my youth: stubborn, balky, and always wearing blinders. Revisionism is just a euphemism for plain old flat-out lying--something liberals do day and night.

News Item7/7/18 8:21 PM
Alexis Dr Tocqueville  Find all comments by Alexis Dr Tocqueville
Religion in America must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country for if it does not impart a taste for freedom and facilitates the use of it indeed it is in the same point of view that the inhabitants of the United States themselves look upon religious belief. I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in the religion for who can search the human heart? But I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable of the maintenance of the Republicans institution this opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or party but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society

News Item7/7/18 8:14 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
You can believe Jim’s history revisionist or the testimony of s person who lived and observed when the history was made.

News Item7/7/18 8:10 PM
Alexis De Tocqueville  Find all comments by Alexis De Tocqueville
I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors...; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.

Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts-the cradle of its infancy.. and the divine source of its claims.

There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.


News Item7/7/18 8:05 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Alexis de Tocqueville (1806-1859) What is a famous French historian and social philosopher. Beginning in 1831, he and Gustavo de Beaumont toured the country of America for the purpose of observing the American people and their institutions. His work is entitled Democracy in America.

It has been described as the most comprehensive and penetrating Analysis of the relationship between the character and society in America that has ever


News Item7/7/18 6:59 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Tim❗ I never knew that WND was a liberal source❗ I think you better write them right away and tell them that they are liberal because they are under the false impression they're conservative!

BDM wrote:
If we are speaking of a nation, its purpose must be that of ministry in the name of Jesus Christ alone, without regard to any other gods. Its primary charter must be the Bible, and all who hold positions of authority must be individuals who meet the criteria necessary to call themselves Christians.... Just as important, the nation would have to have been created in response to a covenant initiated by God with those who founded it....

...Even if the initiators of the Revolution had been Christians, the fact remains that the Revolutionary War and the nation's government were structured by the tenets of Freemasonry, not God's Word. It was an unholy alliance at best.

Scripture tells us that God has made one nation of all: the Church. It is the Church that is our "Christian nation," not the social and political institutions of the world...

--[URL=]]] (American Masonic History[/URL]

I've always admitted that America was influenced by the minority people who were Christians in the US


News Item7/7/18 11:51 AM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS

I agree with you that many founders were Freemasons and deist. Two things though. One, many Freemasons are not told the full truth until around level 33 or something like that so I think some true believers could get caught up in it temporarily. Secondly, even if they were not all Christians, they spoke as Christians to get the Christian vote. I believe what made our nation Christian is the amount of Christians there were here and not the Declaration of Independence or rulers we had.


News Item7/7/18 9:44 AM
Dr. Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Like most liberals, when Jim is confronted with the truth, UPS, he immediately applies what I call the DITZ formula:
Deny it
Ignore it
Twist it or
Zap it out of existence.

News Item7/7/18 9:00 AM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Jim, I could fill up at least two more posts with similar quotes from other Founding Fathers but you would still deny the obvious truth.

No one is saying all of them were devout Christians but it is not true they were just religious people out to fool the multitudes with godly sounding words. They have very clear Christian testimonies and statements. Those looking back and writing their opinion just aren't as credible as those who were actually a part of it. No one is contending that we are founded as a "Christian nation", you are contending that our founders were not Christian but secularist who acknowledged a deity.

In the Jim from Lincoln acceptance of the testimony of witnesses you put more stock in the guy who read the newspaper article about the incident than the actual eyewitnesses.


News Item7/7/18 8:14 AM
penned  Find all comments by penned
what is zuckerbrg's religion that he would feel the need to put controls over the speech of the american and CHristian and antiglobalist?

commnst's agenda is countered by the dec of indep concept that every human being is individually accountable to God and each given inalienable rights (ie others do not have write to take his life, ie 10 Commandments)

the cmmnst agenda must obliterate individual rights in order to advance the idea of group guilt because the next step after cultural mxsm is when it goes hot.

judging from comments like maxine waters.

comments that sound like stalking anyone not on the left.

comments from what is it bill maher? that he'd rather see catastrophe? than see trump successful?

these are the words of those who see their cultural agenda may not prevail so they go to the next step.

what happens when you let the wolves in with the sheep?

watchmen are there to protect the flock, not to keep the flock calm while they let in the wolves.


News Item7/7/18 5:12 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
A WND Commentary

Reb Bradley wrote:
It is true that a collection of Christians might form what is accurately called a “Christian” church, but such an organization can only be called “Christian” because the Bible is the basis for that organization. The New Testament Scriptures clearly delineate a church’s governmental framework and establish its standards, programs, practices and elements of its liturgy. However, there is no biblical precedent for a Christian nation. Israel, of course, was a nation conceived by God, and whose foundations were laid out in the Bible, but all other nations – including America – are of manmade origin.
--[URL=]]] (America has never been a Christian nation)[/URL]

Conservative enough source for you? UPS. Interesting that was written in 2009. Somewhat prophetic considering what happened in 2016.


News Item7/7/18 2:53 AM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Jim Lincoln wrote:
UPS, go read the article
No, Jim, read the quotes and there are many more that could be cited

"You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are." George Washington

"I . . . [rely] upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.The name of the Lord (says the Scripture) is a strong tower; thither the righteous flee and are safe [Proverbs 18:10]. Let us secure His favor and He will lead us through the journey of this life and at length receive us to a better." Samuel Adams

"My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ...
The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. ..." John Quincy Adams

"The Gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest rules for just conduct in every situation of life. Happy they who are enabled to obey them in all situations!"
Dr. Benjamin Rush

"I verily believe that Christianity is necessary to support a civil society ..." Joseph Story

"I am a Christian. I believe only in the Scriptures, and in Jesus Christ my Savior." Charles Thompson


News Item7/7/18 2:07 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Well, I see one of the URL inside the article got mangled or whatever. At least the first one got to the right place. However here, here is the one on Freemasonry that got smothered. [URL=]]] (Freemasons)[/URL] from which,
BDM wrote:
...The terminology and symbolism of Masonry seem to come mostly from the actual craft of stonemasonry during the Middle Ages. The "free" in Masonry probably came from the "freestones" (stones that could be cut without splitting) with which Mason's worked. Stonemasons had three classifications for workers practicing their craft: Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. As mentioned earlier, this is also the terminology used for the first three degrees in Masonry today.
Many allegories and symbols are used in Masonry. The old English Constitution refers to an ancient definition of the ancient craft: "Freemasonry is a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbol," [Freemason' symbols can be made to mean almost anything a person chooses to make them; Master Masons take an oath, "Ever to conceal, never to reveal."2]
As one can see this site is neither liberal nor overly friendly to Masonry. The authors don't confuse it with Christianity.

News Item7/7/18 1:52 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
UPS, go read the article
Al Dagar wrote:
...Ignoring, and even twisting the facts of history, "Christian" [URL= dominionists[/URL] quote some of the founding fathers whose words seem to indicate faith in Jesus Christ. But many quoted were Freemasons who highly regarded Jesus as a man who attained the highest degree of moral enlightenment.

The words of many [URL=]]] Freemasons[/URL] might lead the uninformed to believe that they are true brethren in Christ. An example is this statement from a Masonic publication:

God may have other words for other worlds, but His supreme Word for this world, yesterday, today, forever, is Christ! He is the central Figure of the Bible, its crown, its glory, its glow-point of vision and revelation. Take Him away and its light grows dim. He fulfilled the whole Book, its history, its poetry, its prophecy, its ritual, even as He fulfills our deepest yearning and our highest hope. Ages have come and gone, but He abides-abides because He is real, because he is unexhausted, because He is needed.

--[URL=]]] (American Masonic History--What Are America's True Roots?)[/URL]

News Item7/7/18 1:51 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Al Dagar wrote:
Little is left today save Christ-Himself smitten and afflicted, bruised of God and wounded-but He is all we need. If we hear Him, follow Him, obey Him, we shall walk together in a new world wherein dwelleth righteousness and love-He is the Word of God (Joseph Fort Newton, "The Great Light in Masonry," Little Masonic Library, Vol. 3, p. 177).

Unless we recognize that the theosophical philosophy of Freemasonry attributes its own definitions to Biblical language, we won't understand the author's meaning. We might welcome him as one of our own.

Only the most naive would not know that many who claim to be Christians do not meet the required criteria. Such is the case with Freemasons. While Freemasonry has an outward show of religious faith, the tenets of Freemasonry preclude any truly born-again believer from belonging....

--[URL=]]] (American Masonic History--What Are America's True Roots?)[/URL]

News Item7/6/18 10:28 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Jim is using leftist history revision to claim that many of our Founding Fathers were not Christians

I showed the fallacy of his thinking with many quotes and had a lot more if character limits were not part of the site.

More liberal deception put out as truth by Jim. Sorry to sound so harsh but you ignore when you are proven wrong , Jim


News Item7/6/18 9:07 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
John for JESUS wrote:
Jim can speak for himself, but I don't think he was promoting Freemasonry. He was pointing out that many of the founding fathers were Freemasons.
Quite correct❗

Read the article.

NeedHim, I'll guarantee you I have no sympathy for [URL=]]] (Identity: A 'Christian' Religion for White Racists)[/URL]👎

I would add...

It was good to find an article that made some of the points that I have made before, such as uncontrolled church leaders in IFB's. [URL=]]] (A Match Made in Heaven)[/URL]. I have so many times pointed out I have no use for dominionism, [URL=]]] (Dominionism -- A Summary)[/URL]

No, I'm not a Freemason.


News Item7/6/18 8:27 PM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
Jim can speak for himself, but I don't think he was promoting Freemasonry. He was pointing out that many of the founding fathers were Freemasons.
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