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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Donald Trump and Dwyane Wade Are Both Wrong—and Colin Kaepernick is Foolishly Ignorant

As I’ve noted before, the most dangerous places in America are the places where liberals reign supreme—large U.S. cities. The city of Chicago is infamously a significant part of this violence. Tellingly, 80 percent of the shootings in Chicago are classified as gang-related. And what is one of the most common traits among American gang members? Broken families—especially those involving fatherless homes.

Yet, in a foolish tweet that followed the tragic death of Nykea Aldridge (Dwyane Wade’s cousin) in Chicago—another victim of senseless gang violence—where Donald Trump brazenly (and in all likelihood wrongly) declared that “African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP,” he failed to make note of the breakdown of the family. It seems to me if one is going to politicize a violent death (something Obama and his minions have done often, including this incident) one should do so in an intelligent manner.

If Mr. Trump wants to endear himself to black Americans who have long suffered under the policies of Democrats, he should regularly and loudly point out how complicit is the party of liberalism in the destruction of the black family and how this destruction has led to the violence that is killing literally thousands of black Americans annually.

Likewise, after the death of his cousin, Dwyane Wade decided to have a “conversation” about the violence that plagues Chicago and other urban areas in America. Several of Wade’s cohorts from the elite world of professional athletics participated in the discussion, and ESPN hosted. There were many mentions of “gun violence” but not one mention of the breakdown of the family. There was also the mention of “mentoring.” I wonder how many of the athletes featured in this discussion actually “mentor” their own children—you know, by having a faithful marriage to the mother of their children.

And how many of these athletes are practicing what they preach by not fathering children out of wedlock? Surely such “men of conversation” are aware that children born out of wedlock are much more likely to embark on a life of thuggery and violence. Until the real problems that result in gangs and violence are addressed, these “conversations” are an embarrassing waste of time.

Speaking of athletes who waste their time, any athlete who expends any amount of time and energy perpetuating the lie that is the narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement may as well lose themselves on the interstate while driving to their stadium. Yes, Colin Kaepernick, that means you. If Mr. Kaepernick wants to sit in protest—even against the nation that has afforded him so much— fine, but at least find a worthy cause.

After being questioned about his decision to sit while the national anthem was being played prior to the start of the most recent San Francisco 49ers pre-season football game, Kaepernick stated, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

I think it’s fair to conclude that Mr. Kaepernick has completely swallowed the lies of Black Lives Matter. As has been frequently documented recently, the vast majority of the “bodies in the street” to which Mr. Kaepernick refers are the result of young black American males killing other young black American males. And again we come back to the breakdown of the family.

When are these athletes going to stand up for marriage and the family? Where’s the chorus of those who will join with the likes of the NFL’s Ben Watson and speak eternal truth to a nation that is desperate for it? And if one wants to protest a flag, why not protest the rainbow flag of the perverse homosexual agenda? (Do you think those in the media, or the NFL, who support Kaepernick’s right to protest the U.S. national anthem would be so accommodating if he stood against the homosexual agenda?) Where were the player protests when the NFL threatened the state of Georgia (a threat to which the governor of Georgia cowardly succumbed) when a tame religious liberty bill was being considered? Woe to those who stand up (or sit down) for lies but are silent when the truth is under assault!

Furthermore, as I note in my recently published book The Miracle and Magnificence of America, the United States of America has been one of the greatest instruments for good the world has ever known—a fact about which Mr. Kaepernick demonstrates stunning ignorance.

With our military might, we have been an unequaled force for freedom and liberty around the world. We have liberated millions and defended millions more. For every human being enslaved in America, hundreds-of-millions more have been freed due to the brave and selfless efforts of Americans.

America is the most generous nation the world has ever known. Americans account for nearly half of all the charitable giving in the world. The vast majority of these contributions are private, not government, funds. Whether wars or hurricanes, floods or famines, earthquakes or tsunamis, with our abundant human, natural, and technological resources, time and again Americans have come to the aid of their neighbors around the world.

In addition, according to Mark Tooley, “America accepts more immigrants, about a million legally every year, than any other nation and, by some measures, than all other nations combined. America permanently resettles more refugees than any other nation.” Most importantly, the U.S. sends out more Christian missionaries than any other nation, nearly tripling the second place nation, Brazil.

In other words, Mr. Kaepernick, the United States of America, the nation in which you (and countless others like you) became rich and famous, has given you little reason to protest—much less reason than any other nation in the history of the world.

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Why Should Obama Care About the Babies Dying in Aleppo?

Yesterday, the notoriously left-wing rag The New Yorker published a piece entitled "THE BABIES ARE DYING IN ALEPPO". The piece includes the now famous photo of Omran Daqneesh, the five year-old Syrian boy who was videoed bloody, dusty, and apparently shell-shocked in the back of an ambulance after being rescued from a bombed-out building in Aleppo.

The New Yorker piece points out that Omran Daqneesh is far from the only child who's suffered as the result of the complicated civil war waged by various Islamists in Syria. It begins:
Last month, four newborns in incubators fought for their lives in a small hospital in Aleppo, the besieged Syrian city. Then a bomb hit the hospital and cut off power—and oxygen to the incubators. The babies suffocated. In a joint letter to President Obama this month, fifteen doctors described the infants’ deaths: “Gasping for air, their lives ended before they had really begun.” The doctors are among the last few in the eastern part of Aleppo, the historic former commercial center where a hundred thousand children are now trapped. 
“Young children are sometimes brought into our emergency rooms so badly injured that we have to prioritize those with better chances, or simply don’t have the equipment to help them,” the doctors wrote. Only a trickle of food is making it through a land blockade imposed by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. “Whether we live or die seems to be dependent on the ebbs and flows of the battlefield,” the doctors said. “For five years, we have faced death from above”—bombs—“on a daily basis. But we now face death from all around.”
The letter from the Aleppo doctors was an attempt to get the U.S. to intervene on behalf of the Syrians. "We do not need tears or sympathy or even prayers," read the letter. "We need your action. Prove that you are the friend of Syrians." These Syrians don't know our president very well. Using children--even newborn children--who face a serious threat of death does little to move the steel-will of our uber-liberal Commander-in-Chief. As I noted years ago (before he was ever elected U.S. President), Barack Obama is so devoted to modern American liberalism that he refused to stand up for infants born alive after an attempted abortion.

In spite of the clear evidence of life in the womb that videos like this provide, Obama and those who share his worldview continue to ignore sound science and morality when it comes to the most innocent and vulnerable human beings. So, sorry Syria. When we have a U.S. President who cares about babies dying in the womb, maybe then you can appeal to America about babies dying in Aleppo.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Does the NBA Reject the Use of "Boys" and "Girls"?

It seems the city of Charlotte, North Carolina is determined to embrace every latest and "greatest" extreme of the perverse homosexual agenda. After the Charlotte City Council decided to allow men into women's restrooms, the looney liberals  in charge of the Charlotte public school system have now recommended that teachers use "gender-neutral" terms instead of "boys" and "girls" when referring to students. 

Among other things, teachers were instructed that:
Students are permitted to participate in gender-based activities consistent with their gender identity.
– Dress codes
– Single gender classes
– Classroom structure/management
– School ceremonies
– School photos
– Extracurricular activities– Overnight field trips
In order to get across this information, Charlotte education officials used--of course--a purple unicorn. What better symbol for those who have abandoned so much of reality? The unicorn looks like the deranged love-child of Barney the dinosaur and a rhinoceros.

As another has described this purple freak, "It’s truly the stuff of nightmares. The weird, drug induced nightmares of a mentally deranged pedophile." (Maybe the pedophile who helped get Charlotte's initial bathroom ordinance passed?) None of this information is new. The purple unicorn has been (rightly) derided in the media for a week now. But remember, we are talking about the city that the NBA and other foolish corporate/entertainment elites ran to defend after the sensible politicians in the North Carolina legislature reversed the Charlotte City Council.

As the NBA pulled the All-Star Game from Charlotte, their spokesman declared, "We have been guided...by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view." I wonder if the NBA's "core values" include distinguishing between boys and girls. Perhaps they need to revisit the idea of the NBA and the WNBA (which stands for "Women's National Basketball Association")?

Trevor Thomas

Sunday, August 14, 2016

NBA Players Should Boycott Their All-Star Game

If the malevolent hypocritical fools in charge of the NBA don’t reverse their decision to pull the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of the city of Charlotte, every NBA player with a shred of sense of what is good and right should refuse to play in the mid-season contest.

As they rush to see who can grovel the most upon the blood- and semen-stained altar that houses the perverse priests and priestesses of the LGBT movement, many of the major U.S. professional sports organizations—but especially the NBA—are taking nearly every opportunity to undermine eternal truths on sex, sexuality, and the family.

Goose-stepping along with the rest of the liberal elite in ignorant opposition to a common sense law (HB2) that reversed a foolish Charlotte city ordinance, about three weeks ago the NBA decided to pull their All-Star game from the city of Charlotte. Ignoring science and sound morality, in late February of this year, liberals on the Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance that would allow men into women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and so on. As is typical with the left, the ordinance did not apply only to city-owned property, but to private businesses as well. In other words, Charlotte liberals “legislated morality,” and they did so to the point of forcing all of its citizens to adhere to perverse liberal dogma. All the North Carolina legislature did was correct such an egregious wrong.

The very same ordinance failed the Charlotte City Council in March of 2015. Nevertheless, three months later, the NBA awarded Charlotte the All-Star Game. Somehow the ideas of “core values” and “diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others” evaded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver until July of this year.

Thank goodness a more enlightened city—New Orleans—will now have a chance to host the NBA’s All-Star Game. But wait, as Dr. Michael Brown points out, in terms of bathroom access, there’s no fundamental difference between New Orleans and Charlotte. In other words, the NBA moved their All-Star Game out of Charlotte merely as a stunt to score political points. What’s more, the state of Louisiana—like the state of North Carolina—along with 22 other states, has joined in a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration’s gross overreach in the transgender bathroom battle.

Since there’s no way a biological female could ever compete in the NBA—you know, because of biology, anatomy, physiology, and all of those other stubborn science things—I’ll accept that the NBA really believes in “transgender rights” the moment they allow biological males to compete in the WNBA. (Maybe then people would actually watch!) Perhaps Jason Collins—the NBA’s seven-foot, 250-plus pound poster-boy for “tolerance”—could be the first “transgender” WNBA star.

It’s little surprise that the corporate elites at the NBA share a perverse worldview with most other corporate and political elites across America. However, I am disappointed that none of the faithful among the NBA players has spoken out against their league’s foolishness in this matter. Many high profile NBA players are noted for their Christian faith—Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, and Dwight Howard, to name a few. Lebron James has been recently noted for giving glory to God and even referencing the return of Christ. As this Olympics season has again revealed, it’s not uncommon for U.S. athletes to praise God and point to Christ after their success. I’m always thankful for those moments. I think it’s important that we all give glory to God for whatever we achieve in this life. After all, He created us. He gives us every good thing that we have, so certainly we should praise and honor Him in our victories.

However, as most seasoned Christians know, it’s rather easy to be thankful and filled with praise when we’ve won things, but what about being obedient and truthful when it’s difficult and unpopular? In fact, if we walk with Christ long at all in this world, we are much more likely to be given opportunities for the latter. Given the spiritual battles raging in our culture, this is certainly true when it comes to matters in the sexual realm.

As I noted last year, the NFL’s Ben Watson (like myself, a University of Georgia alumnus) is a great example of a professional athlete who has used his high-profile platform to speak truth to Americans. After the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, in late November of last year, Watson wrote,

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through…his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.

After the Supreme Court’s infamous ruling on marriage, Watson declared,

Relative morality is as capricious as the wind, leaving each generation to do what is right in their own eyes, while unknowingly undermining the exact concept of “right” that they are so desperately trying to attain. Instead of shooting for the mark, we lower it, doing what is good for “us” at the time, effectually creating our own truth, which when taken to its logical conclusion is always problematic. 
We, as a nation, have continued our course into dangerous waters, shaking our fist and becoming our own gods. This individual Supreme Court ruling is not the cause, but simply evidence of how far we’ve gradually drifted. The moral decay of America is not unlike moral decay in my own life, as I continually battle against self rule. It’s a gradual decline. The tire usually doesn’t spontaneously blow out. No, it’s an aggravating slow leak, that needs constant refilling of air, until eventually, busyness takes precedence and the now unattended to tire is completely flat. Life’s proverbial morality tire responds in much the same way. It’s neglecting to read and respect the Bible. It’s listening to or watching things that aren’t uplifting. It’s allowing myself a second look. It’s removing prayer from schools and our homes. It’s legalizing the murder of babies in the womb. It’s glorifying promiscuity and reducing sex to a simple physical animalistic act. It’s objectifying woman and praising the “playa”. It’s condoning divorce. It’s standing by in silence. It’s ignoring the promptings of the Spirit. It’s Christians, myself included, not living like Christians.

These are powerful words, and we need more of them from high-profile Christians. However, if we are going to change our culture in the most significant battles of our time, our efforts must go beyond words. We need actions, and we especially need them from those who would garner the most attention. If only the half-dozen NBA players mentioned above took a stand and declared that they would refuse to participate in their league’s All-Star Game unless it was returned to Charlotte, the world would notice.

One of our greatest acts of love is telling people uncomfortable truths that they don’t want to hear. The sad fact is that, like those struggling with sexual sin, those struggling with gender-identity are hurting and in deep pain. They need truth and healing, not lies and accommodation.

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America