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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Crooked Hillary Resurrected (Updated)

Eleven days from the election of a new U.S. President, and it seems the FBI is not done with Hillary Clinton. In what has been described as devastating for the Hillary Clinton campaign, in a letter to Congress, James Comey announced that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Hillary's personal email server. Of course, this has been all over the news. I can offer nothing new. Guy Benson at Townhall provides a nice summary here.

However, I will add this to the conversation: Hillary's campaign manager, Leon--"please change your password"--Podesta slammed the FBI's timing, calling it "extraordinary" that the FBI would announce a new review of emails tied to Hillary Clinton "just 11 days out from a presidential election." Podesta called on FBI Director Comey to "immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen."

No Leon. What is truly "extraordinary" here is that the Democrat Party has nominated one of the most corrupt public officials in American history for the office of U.S. President. The depth of Hillary's lies on this matter are also "extraordinary," as is the willingness of the mainstream media to aid her cover-up of her crimes. Though all of this is "extraordinary," it comes as little surprise, after all:

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Of course, liberals across the U.S. have expressed their disdain for Comey and his recent actions. As Guy Benson put it on Twitter:
Psst, maybe you should be mad at the woman who endangered nat'l security w/ an unsecure email scheme & lied about it endlessly--not the FBI.
 Update: At a rally in Florida today, Hillary told her supporters,
It is pretty strange to put something like that out, with such little information, right before an election. In fact, it’s not just strange; it’s unprecedented and it is deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts. Put it all on the table.
What a surprise! More hypocrisy from a liberal! Hillary wants the FBI to do for her and her campaign what she refused to do for the FBI and the American people. And the FBI's actions are "unprecedented" and "deeply troubling?" No Mrs. Clinton. With your private server, your pay-for-play State Department, your deletion of thousands of emails, your continued lies about your email, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, et al, it's your behavior that is "unprecedented" and "deeply troubling."

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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Black Lives in the Womb Matter

As a teacher and a staunch observer of the political scene, one recent event particularly caught my attention. Educators at several schools in the Seattle Public School district held "Black Lives Matter at School" rallies. According to the Seattle Times,
About 2,000 Seattle educators wore Black Lives Matter shirts at their schools Wednesday to call for racial equity in education. 
Schools across the district held “Black Lives Matter at School” rallies before classes began for the day. Students, parents and teachers also wore stickers and buttons emblazoned with the “Black Lives Matter” slogan. 
The purpose of the day was to affirm that “black lives matter in the public schools,” according to organizers, who are members of Social Equality Educators, a group of educators within the Seattle teachers union.
This caused me to ponder, if such an event were organized at my school, how would I participate? Given that without a doubt, the most dangerous place on earth for a black American is in its mother's womb,

my attire would look something like this:

Given even the slightest notion of some institutionalized injustice perpetuated against what is all too often a foolish criminal thug, the ignorant fools who perpetuate the lies of Black Lives Matter are quick to cry "racism," but are seemingly blind to the greatest holocaust in the history of humanity.

The worldwide abortion machine is responsible for more human deaths than any other single event, institution, or army since the Great Flood. With Planned Parenthood leading the way, abortion is the leading cause of death among black Americans. Additionally, as Dr. Alveda King--MLK's niece--put it, "Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. The mother decides his or her fate." With nearly 18 million black babies killed by abortion since 1973 (the infamous Roe v. Wade decision), the number of black slaves in the womb far surpasses the number of American slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In spite of this, Black Lives Matter (BLM) officially formed an unholy alliance with the abortion industry. This is unsurprising given that BLM is led by those corrupted by liberalism. Of course, BLM is far from the only group that (supposedly) advocates for black Americans outside of the womb but ignores the most helpless and innocent black Americans.

In late 2014, the NAACP tweeted out a list of 76 "unarmed" black people killed by the police from 1999 to 2014. That amounts to about five deaths per year. Many on the list--such as Michael Brown--were guilty of crimes that led to their tragic encounter with police. Every year, over 360,000 unarmed black lives are killed in the womb by abortionists. The NAACP--what some now refer to as the "National Association for the Abortion of Colored People"--along with many other so-called "civil rights" organizations, has long advocated for the "right" to kill children in the womb.

Of course, these organizations are now little more than political arms of the Democrat Party. Modern democrats have never been more hostile to the most helpless and innocent Americans. Having abandoned the deceptive "safe, legal, and rare" argument in favor of abortion, democrats now want abortion legal at any moment during pregnancy, and free .(i.e., taxpayer funded)

At the final presidential debate, when asked by moderator Chris Wallace "how far the right to abortion goes," Hillary responded that late term, and the now illegal (and never necessary) partial-birth abortion, should be legal under any circumstances. In other words, Hillary is in favor of the gruesome practice of ripping fully developed second and third trimester babies to shreds. (See video here. Warning: it's well done but still traumatic.) What's more, she wants taxpayers to fund these heinous acts.

I've said this many times before, but it bears repeating: It is the height of hypocrisy for any politician to claim to stand up for the least of us, all the while ignoring the most innocent and helpless among us.

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Forget Tawdry Trump or Lyin’ Hillary; Vote for the Party Platform

It would bring me no sorrow to awaken tomorrow and find that Donald Trump has withdrawn as the GOP’s candidate in the race for President of the United States and has been replaced by Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio or Scott Walker or Bobby Jindal—even Mitt Romney—or nearly any other lukewarm body who has, in the last two decades, been at least as conservative as Keith Olbermann. (It seems Hillary’s team feared such a list.)

Of course, I’ve felt this way for well over a year now. As I wrote back in February warning GOP voters against nominating Trump:

Donald Trump is a biblically-illiterate, adulterous, strip-club owning, casino magnate. He has been on every side of almost any political or moral issue you can imagine. Yeah, he's said some things that people like to hear, but what is there in his life that reveals that he will actually do what he says? He is “wise in his own eyes” and we should not be swayed by his cunning, craftiness, and deceitful scheming. Even the shallowest of political observers knows well that Washington, D.C. is one of the most difficult places in the world to remain a principled person. The temptations for corruption are rampant. What is there in Trump’s life that tells us that once he gets to D.C. he will act according to conservative principles? Nearly nothing. America should NOT gamble with Donald Trump.

In other words, I was not the least bit surprised to hear a decade-old recording of a biblically-illiterate, adulterous, strip-club owning, presidential candidate do his best imitation of someone corrupted by liberalism. (One of the first things I said to my wife after hearing Trump’s vulgar comments: “He sounds like a liberal!”) However, unlike many conservatives—especially Christian conservatives—I never declared myself a “NeverTrumper.” And (like the highly regarded Dr. Michael Brown) I’m still not. However, I’ve also not committed to voting for Trump.

Nevertheless, I’m as certain as any human being can be that the next President of the United States is going to be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. If that is still the case when it comes time to cast my ballot, I almost certainly will vote for Mr. Trump. As Franklin Graham said after the Trump video was released:

The only hope for the United States is God. Our nation's many sins have permeated our society, leading us to where we are today. But as Christians we can't back down from our responsibility to remain engaged in the politics of our nation. On November 8th we will all have a choice to make. The two candidates have very different visions for the future of America. The most important issue of this election is the Supreme Court. That impacts everything. There's no question, Trump and Clinton scandals might be news for the moment, but who they appoint to the Supreme Court will remake the fabric of our society for our children and our grandchildren, for generations to come.

One of the few things Mr. Trump has impressed me with are the two lists of potential Supreme Court nominees he’s released. How much Mr. Trump can be trusted actually to nominate a candidate from these lists is a matter worth weighing.

Another matter worth weighing: the platform of the Republican Party vs. that of the Democrat Party. Again, I’m not sure how much Donald Trump can be trusted to govern according to the soundly conservative platform of his (current) party—as another recently concluded, it’s likely Trump is merely renting out the Republican Party in pursuit of his ambitions—however, I know that I can trust Hillary to govern according the radically liberal platform of her party.

When it comes to which candidate to choose come election time, a considerable amount of attention should be paid to the platform of the political party the candidate represents. I long ago (in my twenties) abandoned the silly notion of “voting for the person” and not for the party.

The party matters because the platform of the party matters. Many a modern “Blue-Dog Democrat” has capitulated (remember Bart Stupak and Obamacare?) to the extreme liberalism of their party leaders (who determine the party platform). (Tellingly, Stupak voted with his party 96 percent of the time.) Older history provides a great lesson here.

As The Miracle and Magnificence of America reveals, in the middle of the nineteenth century, the anti-slavery platform of the newly formed Republican Party played no small role in the formation of the Confederate States of America. Every party platform since the creation of the Republican Party had forcefully denounced slavery. After the infamous Dred Scott ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1857, the subsequent Republican platform strongly condemned the ruling and reaffirmed the right of Congress to ban slavery in the territories. Tellingly, the corresponding Democrat platform praised the Dred Scott ruling and condemned all efforts to end slavery in the U.S.

Throughout its secession document, South Carolina, the first state to secede from the U.S., repeatedly declared that they were leaving the U.S. in order to preserve the institution of slavery.

[A]n increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding [i.e., northern] states to the institution of slavery has led to a disregard of their obligations. . . . [T]hey have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery. . . . They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes [through the Underground Railroad]. . . . A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, and all the states north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office of President of the United States [Abraham Lincoln] whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery.

“They” in the secession document refers to the Republican Party. The first GOP platform did not use the word “sin,” but instead declared polygamy and slavery “those twin relics of barbarism.” (Imagine that! An implied reference to marriage as the union of one man and one woman in the very first Republican platform!) Like every other state to secede, my home state of Georgia (the fifth state to leave the U.S.) also cited the election of Lincoln and the Republican Party:

A brief history of the rise, progress, and policy of anti-slavery and the political organization into whose hands the administration of the federal government has been committed [the republicans] will fully justify the pronounced verdict of the people of Georgia [who voted to secede]. The party of Lincoln, called the Republican Party under its present name and organization, is of recent origin. It is admitted to be an anti-slavery party…

In 1816, George Bourne, a renowned minister and abolitionist, published The Book and Slavery Irreconcilable, which “dealt at length with individual texts of Scripture, even as it leaned even harder on what Bourne obviously considered the humanitarian agreement of biblical and republican principles.” Bourne (rightly) considered slavery a sin and questioned whether those who owned slaves should be considered Christians.

Bourne wrote,

“Every man who holds Slaves and who pretends to be a Christian or a Republican, is either an incurable Idiot who cannot distinguish good from evil, or an obdurate sinner who resolutely defies every social, moral, and divine requisition…. Every ramification of the doctrine, that one rational creature can become the property of another, is totally repugnant to the rule of equity, the rights of nature, and the existence of civil society.”

The same argument that Bourne made regarding slavery can easily be made regarding abortion, homosexuality, and a perverse redefinition of marriage. For example, substitute “holds Slaves” with “supports abortion,” and then substitute “that one rational creature can become the property of another” with “that a child in the womb is a mere ‘choice.’” And like slavery, abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, and a perverse redefinition of marriage are “totally repugnant to the rule of equity, the rights of nature, and the existence of civil society.”

The 2016 Republican Party Platform has been hailed as “the most pro-life, pro-family ever.” On the contrary, as was the case with slavery, for decades now the platform of the modern Democrat Party has been dedicated to preserving the “right” to kill children in the womb. Add to that the commitment modern democrats have to undermining what God has revealed on sex, marriage, and the family, and it should be clear to any truth-loving American that the modern Democrat Party must be opposed at every turn. This will certainly be true come November 8.

(See a version of this column American Thinker.)

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

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Tim Kaine's Abortion Distortions

No one should be surprised by this. It takes an immense amount of liberal-speak—double-talk, gibberish, propaganda, and outright lies—to attempt to justify the slaughter of children in the womb. Tuesday night, in his debate against Mike Pence, Tim Kaine, the Democrats’ nominee for Vice President, gave it his best effort.

Tim Kaine on the left, Mike Pence on the right.

During the debate, Kaine, a Catholic, reiterated his absurd and long-held position of, "I'm personally opposed to abortion, but I support a woman's right to choose." In order to make people feel okay about voting for a candidate who won't stand up for the defenseless, for decades now Democrats running for office have used the "personally opposed" argument when it comes to abortion.

Renowned Christian thinker, Robert P. George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, satirically (and brilliantly) indicts the "personally opposed" position:

I am personally opposed to killing abortionists. However, inasmuch as my personal opposition to this practice is rooted in a sectarian (Catholic) religious belief in the sanctity of human life, I am unwilling to impose it on others who may, as a matter of conscience, take a different view. Of course, I am entirely in favor of policies aimed at removing the root causes of violence against abortionists. Indeed, I would go so far as to support mandatory one-week waiting periods, and even nonjudgmental counseling, for people who are contemplating the choice of killing an abortionist. I believe in policies that reduce the urgent need some people feel to kill abortionists while, at the same time, respecting the rights of conscience of my fellow citizens who believe that the killing of abortionists is sometimes a tragic necessity-not a good, but a lesser evil. In short, I am moderately pro-choice.

Do you suppose Senator Kaine "personally opposes" slavery? I wonder if his car is adorned with the bumper sticker, "Don't like slavery? Then don't own a slave." According to Mr. Kaine's logic, Jeffrey Dhamer’s cannibalism was just a "dietary choice;" Hitler and Stalin's genocide was merely a “demographics choice;” and as they execute apostates, members of ISIS are only exercising their "right" to religious liberty.

As National Review's Kevin Williamson points out, Tim Kaine's abortion argument (like countless others before him, and no-doubt—until we all stand face-to-face with the Eternal Truth—countless more after him) "is incoherent and indefensible; it is, in fact, illiterate." The word "incoherent" came to my mind when Senator Kaine declared, "That’s what we ought to be doing in public life: living our lives of faith or motivation with enthusiasm and excitement, convincing each other, dialoguing with each other about important moral issues of the day. But on fundamental issues of morality, we should let women make their own decisions."

When it comes to the morality of life, we as a society often stop people from "making their own decisions." What's more, we often "discriminate" when we do so. For over a year now, my family has wished that someone would have stopped the drug-impaired man who, "making his own decision," got behind the wheel of his truck and struck and killed my beloved father-in-law.

Senator Kaine also declared, "We really feel like you should live fully and with enthusiasm in the commands of your faith, but it is not the role of the public servant to mandate that for everybody else." Kaine seems perilously close to another "incoherent and indefensible" argument: the old tried and untrue, "We shouldn't legislate morality!" As I've noted more than once, all law is rooted in someone's idea of morality. And as I put it in 2013, "It is absurd and ignorant to lament conservative Christian efforts when it comes to abortion, marriage, and so on as some attempt to 'legislate morality.' The other side is attempting the very same thing!"

Mr. Kaine seems stunningly blind to the fact that, whether through the courts or through legislation, the left has long been "mandating for everyone else." Whether abortion, homosexuality, a perverse redefinition of marriage, transgenderism, and so on, for decades the "public servants" on the American left have used the power of the U.S. legal system—with the threat of fines, jail, and other similar punishments—to enact and enforce, in other words, to "mandate," the (im)moral agenda of modern liberalism.

Bakers, florists, photographers, wedding hosts, conservative U.S. States, and the like have suffered under our legal system due to their Christian views on marriage and homosexuality. In addition, those corrupted by liberalism in the corporate and entertainment industries (especially the sports entertainment industry) have joined their perverse pals in legislatures and the courts in punishing those who hold to what the Bible reveals on marriage, sex, gender, the family, and so on. So much for allowing those with whom we disagree to "live fully and with enthusiasm in the commands of [their] faith."

Mr. Kaine seems to have no problem allowing his faith to inform his decision-making as a professional when it comes to the death penalty. As the Daily Beast recently pointed out,

Over the course of his career, Kaine didn’t just oppose the death penalty; he worked to prevent executions by representing men facing death because they committed murders...Since his first days as a lawyer, Kaine has put in hundreds of hours, for free, to get murderers off death row. His first, formative case was [Richard Lee] Whitley's, who confessed to slashing the throat of a 63-year-old woman living in his Fairfax County neighborhood and then using two umbrellas to sexually assault her.

At first, Kaine said no to defending Whitley, but then his selective hypocrite radar went off.

"But then it kind of worked on me that I had said no because my feeling is, well, I say I’m against the death penalty," Kaine told the Virginian-Pilot for a 2005 profile. "If I say that’s my belief but I say, 'Nah, I’m not going to do it,' then I’m a hypocrite."

Kaine ended up putting in about 1,000 hours for Whitley, who would eventually—and justly—be executed. After Whitley's just sentence was carried out, Kaine declared, "Murder is wrong in the gulag, in Afghanistan, in Soweto, in the mountains of Guatemala, in Fairfax County... and even the Spring Street Penitentiary." Liberal logic at its finest: executing a throat-slashing rapist is "murder," but killing the most innocent and defenseless among us is a "choice."

"And he cited his faith," the Daily Beast adds, then quotes Kaine concluding: "I think it’s outrageous that there is the death penalty. It's not the biggest outrage in the world, but it's one of a number of outrageous [things] where people don’t appropriately value the sanctity of human life." Again, according to Kaine's twisted logic we should "value" the life of murderers (who themselves have shown a callous disregard for human life), but not the unborn. Amazing.

And notice what's absent from Kaine's personal "pro-life" activism? For a man who's "personally opposed" to abortion, other than not having an abortion himself (If liberals think men can have babies, can't they also have an abortion?), Mr. Kaine seems to have done almost nothing to help the plight of the unborn. In his mind, he’s a “hypocrite” for not standing up for murderers, but that doesn’t apply when it comes to the unborn. Again, amazing. Sadly, it seems Kaine has done a wonderful job of humanizing the worst among us and dehumanizing the least among us.

Lastly, Kaine's notion that, if Donald Trump has his way, women who have abortions will face legal consequences ignores the fact that, when abortion was illegal across the U.S., the law targeted abortionists, not pregnant women. State laws treated women as the second "victim" of abortion.

As Williamson concludes, when it comes to abortion, Tim Kaine is an intellectual mess and a moral coward, and as Matt Walsh puts it, a heretic as well. In other words, he's the perfect candidate to run alongside Hillary Clinton.

(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, October 2, 2016

If You Missed Church Today, Here You Are:

If you missed church today (as we did), watch the videos below in the order presented. If you do this, you'll feel better about life.

Hillsong's "Oceans" (~7.75 minutes):

Greg Laurie on "What the Bible Says About Sex and Marriage" (~52 minutes):

Chris Tomlin "Whom Shall I Fear" (~5.5 minutes):