The Roots, Pt. 4: #BLM & the Movement for Black Lives (the conclusion)

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THERE WILL BE BLOOD!

Project 2, Post 8 – The Roots, Pt. 4: #BLM and the Movement for Black Lives (the conclusion)

Artistic Process: I repeated the various steps described in the three previous posts of this series, adding movement to my painting. This time I spattered deep-shaded, red paint onto the opposite side of my canvas. Then… as I looked upon my painting, all I saw was blood… It shook me to the bone. With such deception and anger amongst us, I can’t help but fear we are on the precipice of violence with the recent rise in the socialist militant movement of left-wing, fascist totalitarianism. When it comes to communism, history always repeats itself.

 

“The democratic socialist Eduard Bernstein issued a warning at the turn of the nineteenth century to his fellow Marxists. The danger of a ‘truly miraculous belief in the creative power of force,’ he prophesied, is that you begin by doing violence to reality in theory, and end up by doing violence to people in practice.”

“What distinguishes the new communism is that its leading partisans are fully aware of that potential…and embrace it as a strategy.”

~ Johnson, 2012 “World Affairs” journal

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This is the fourth and final installation of an in-depth, investigative series looking into Black Lives Matter and the Movement for Black Lives. You can find the first post HERE, the second post HERE, and the third post HERE.

This process began with a visit to the #BLM official website. I have discussed the death of a friend’s grandson which was caused by injuries inflicted by a police officer. I have also described my disappointment and subsequent mourning process after having discovered the true intentions of the Black Lives Matter and Movement for Black Lives organizations. Together, you and I have examined the communist philosophy which is behind these groups, and their devastating goals for the God-given family. I have presented the proof of the communist allegiances of the groups’ leaders and the communist funding that continues to move their movement forward – using constant deceit and disinformation (dezinformatsiya) to trick us into jumping aboard their Marxist train which is steaming ahead toward a violent revolution. Together, we have also explored the sinister motives behind those who support the devastating ideology of communism, especially activists like James Cone and Cornel West who seek to victimize, exploit and foment hatred in the hearts of the black, Christian community. We have learned that devotees of socialism will, like Saul Alinsky, employ all levels of trickery to lead us astray, including the false-labeling of their goals, framing issues in emotional terms such as “equality,” “liberation,” etc.

Or, as renowned “socialist” Slavoj Zizek argues, modern communists should not make the mistake that the leftists did in the past: accepting “the basic coordinates of liberal democracy (‘democracy’ verses ‘totalitarianism’).” Instead, Zizek declares the modern day left should “fearlessly violate these liberal taboos,” adding, “So what if one is accused of being ‘anti-democratic,’ ‘totalitarian’…”

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Now, it is time to fully consider what a socialist future would be like, AND to finally examine the explicit platform and demands that have been publicly declared and are listed on the website of the Movement for Black Lives. We will have to confront what their goals mean and how those goals will truly impact our lives.

“INDEED, NEW COMMUNISM SEEMS TO REPEAT EVERY THEORETICAL DISASTER OF OLD COMMUNISM.”

~ Johnson, 2012 “World Affairs” journal

Socialism (communism/Marxism) is also called a “command economy.” Please carefully consider the following fundamental characteristics of a command economy:

  • All politics become one party (a.k.a. an “autocracy”). All power rests with this party and with the state under a single dictator.
  • The state adopts the communist’s motto, made famous by Karl Marx in Critique of the Gotha Program: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
  • The state replaces God in several ways. First, citizens depend on the state for their income. Second, the citizens become dependent on the government for every day needs (food, soap, healthcare, diapers, etc.), because the state decides who gets what and in what amount. Third, the state becomes the moral alpha and omega: it becomes a false god. The state decides what is or is no morally acceptable behavior, replacing all religious morals with human morals. Fourth, the state pushes its own ideology that becomes a new, supreme “religion.”
  • Freedom of religion does not exist at all under socialism. Citizens that do not embrace humanistic atheism or, if the state has a specific choice for official religion, citizens who do not embrace the state’s official religion may “worship” what they please, but must do so in the privacy of their own home. Public religious expressions/practices and teaching others about one’s faith is typically strictly prohibited.
  • Personal liberties become extremely restricted.
  • There is no choice of profession in command economies. Beginning at a very young age, children are tested and a streamlining system allocates people into designated industries. For example, Spanish students who, based on tests and academic performance, have been slotted to enter universities after high school must take a university entrance exam. Based on the results of this exam, each student is assigned a degree to pursue.
  • Family autonomy is diminished or abolished. Children must attend public schools so that the state can indoctrinate all citizens and, thus, have control of the future and power over the masses.

“Whoever captures the kids owns the future.”

~ Patricia Nell Warren

  • Private property is abolished and people are allocated residences by the state.
  • Modes/methods of production are owned by the state (thus, in theory, are owned by the community/taxpayers).
  • All profit (wealth) is distributed to all citizens. (wealth redistribution)
  • The state decides/plans the allocation of resources (food, toilet paper, etc.), as well as what products and services will be provided to the citizens.
  • The state’s economy is centrally planned and managed by appointed employees of the state.
  • Production managing employees operate under party-appointed economic planners. These planners set all prices and frequently interfere with production to meet (satisfy) personal or party desires.
  • Resource supplies are not decided based on the needs of the consumers (demand), but on what was preplanned years in advance. The state creates 1 year, 5 year, 10 year, or, in the case of China, even 25 year economic plans. If the state estimates that the state’s school children population will need X amount of notebook paper in 2017, then that is it. The state tells the notebook paper manufacturers to produce that designated amount of notebook paper and then stop (no extras). Manufacturers are not given the freedom to increase costs to produce more notebook paper if, in 2017, more notebook paper is needed. (…or food, or shampoo, or clothing, or toilet paper, or baby formula, etc.)
  • Instead of simply going to the store to purchase goods when you need to buy them, you are allocated an amount of goods and services by the state. This is called rationing.
  • Operating under long-term economic plans – outside of the laws of basic economics, with little regard to the actual costs of production – state economies are inflexible and, in times of recessions, are unable to rebound quickly causing extended, deep economic recessions and often complete economic collapse.
  • Without capitalist market competition, command economies are not cost or supply efficient. (They’re wasteful of money and of resources: they fail to plan ahead and do not save money or resources in case of hard times ahead.)
  • The controlling party desires to retain power and thus community (taxpayer) resources (funds) are diverted into the military and police.
  • Due to the state’s inefficiency and desire to retain power (last 2 bullet points), consumer resource shortages occur. (medicine, food, electricity, water, gasoline, etc.) *THIS is why so many people starve to death under communism. Right now, in Venezuela, citizens have resorted to eating their own pets for sustenance, as well as animals in local zoos.

DID YOU KNOW?

Romania’s capitalist economy was once so successful that it was even referred to as “Le Petit Paris.” All of that ended on August 15, 1947, “when Vasile Luca, the Communist Party’s Politburo member in charge of Romania’s economy, suddenly and without warning converted the country’s venerable old currency, called the leu, into a new socialist leu. Each Romanian, regardless of how much money he had owned, now received just the same small amount of the new currency. From one day to the next, there were no longer any capitalists in Romania, which on December 30, 1947, was declared a socialist country (Pacepa & Rychlak, 2016). Thirty years later, “Romania – once the second largest oil producer in Europe – had rationed gasoline, the temperature in public places during the winter was limited to 63 degrees Fahrenheit, and all shops were required to close at 5:30 p.m. to save energy. Life in Ceausescu’s Romania became so unbearable that – according to UN statistics – the country had come to lead the world in the rate of suicides” (Pacepa & Rychlak, 2016). Ceausescu was executed in 1989 for genocide.

How old will you be in 30 years, or 20 years, or 10 years? Is it your wish to be among a new statistic – just another casualty of the new, communist America?

  • Eventually, the communist state runs out of money, as it uses up all the wealth of its citizens. The wealthy citizens either flee the state or quickly lose their wealth to the state. Under socialism, the means by which wealthy citizens attained their wealth are eliminated, thus new wealth is unable to be produced.
  • Strict gun and ammunition control and/or bans are almost immediately instituted in command economies (whether comprehensively or in small and gradual regulatory bits), always under the guise of improving safety. In reality, the citizenry is disarmed to prevent government overthrow and to retain absolute political power.
  • Despite the purpose of communism being to serve and to meet the needs of the “proletariat (a.k.a. worker), communist governments, thanks to the centralization of power (in contrast to America’s divisions of power) – time and time and time and time and time again – become repressive regimes which aggrandize their own power and exploit the masses on a scale that far surpasses any capitalist states ever in existence.
  • Attempts to create communism have ended up in the creation of state-driven, authoritarian economies and regimes. The only ones who benefit from communism are single-party political elites who are not accountable to the people.

Does this system exemplify your values? Is this what you envision for the future of your country, yourself, your children?

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Socialism has to be international. It’s impossible to create socialism in one country, surrounded by a world capitalist market.” 

~ SocialistParty.com

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 “TRY AGAIN, FAIL AGAIN, FAIL BETTER.”

~ Slavoj Zizek (Modern Communist)

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THE CLOWARD-PIVEN METHOD: THEN AND NOW

“In 1966, sociologists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven called for the overloading of the U.S. welfare system to force the potential collapse of our Democratic Republic government and end poverty by the government ‘guaranteeing an annual income for all Americans.’ [universal basic income, UBI] This is communism – a godless human government where the state is the ultimate entity to be worshiped and obeyed…”

“Cloward-Piven believed in forcing political change through orchestrated crisis and not surprisingly, they were both members of the Democratic Socialists of America.” ~Pastor Saiko Woods

Jump to October 2016:

President Obama has now begun bringing the subject of a UBI into the conversation, encouraging its creation by insinuating that a UBI would be the best response to the coming crisis of artificial intelligence.

President Obama’s healthcare plan has been successful too. Having almost collapsed the healthcare market ( a “crisis!” ), there is a bigger and bigger push to adopt a “single-payer” system of “universal healthcare.” We are told to close our eyes and not look at the financially drowning healthcare in Great Britain, where rationing has begun, or any other such cases of failed central planning.

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Karl Marx laid out 10 ways of transforming developed, capitalist nations into communist states: the Ten Planks of Communism (Communist Manifesto, 1848):

(Note: All must be implemented through either governmental force, government regulations or legislation, or a violent, citizen revolution.)

  • Abolish all private property and apply all rents of land to public use. (*Note: According to Marx, the abolition of private property also serves to abolish the family.)
  • Implement a heavily progressive income tax structure.
  • Abolish all inheritance. (*Note: This is also aimed at dismantling the family and eliminating private property.)
  • Confiscate the property of all immigrants and all political dissenters.
  • Create a state monopoly on capital (money/funds) by centralizing all credit into a national bank controlled by the state.
  • Centralize control over and operations of communication and transportation into the hands of the state.
  • Create and extend state owned factories and modes of production. Cultivate wastelands and improve soil quality so that it can be used.
  • Establish a requirement that all citizens must work. Institute industrial, citizen armies, especially for agricultural labor.
  • Gain state control over and combine the agricultural and manufacturing industries. Gradually abolish all distinctions between city and country. Then, distribute the citizen population equally across the country.
  • Require all children attend free, government-run, public schools. Combine education with industrial production, etc.

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DEMANDS – THE MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES

We are now ready to examine the platform of the Movement for Black Lives (focusing on the communist intentions therein). I will list each stated platform demand and then briefly present several of the specific suggestions offered for each. The below information can be found on the group’s website.

Each stated demand is implicitly founded on an exaggerated sense of victimhood. Inflammatory language, utilized in the demands below, is a literary trick upon the mind, a betrayal upon the mind of the readers, so that hurt and emotion will override any typically rational person. Victimhood is the precise goal of these agitators: to continually victimize the black community whom they wish to exploit. They are wolves among sheep. Anger and hatred towards other groups or institutions can cause good people to suspend their sense of morality and, thus, are vital to instigating violence against others.

#1 – REPARATIONS: WE DEMAND REPARATIONS FOR PAST AND CONTINUING HARMS. THE GOVERNMENT, RESPONSIBLE CORPORATIONS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE PROFITED OFF OF THE HARM THEY HAVE INFLICTED ON BLACK PEOPLE – FROM COLONIALISM TO SLAVERY THROUGH FOOD AND HOUSING REDLINING, MASS INCARCERATION, AND SURVEILLANCE – MUST REPAIR THE HARM DONE. THIS INCLUDES…”

***(I chose to present this specific demand first, as it demonstrates the group’s and its supporting organizations’ grotesque and widespread distorted idea of reality in regards to the laws of economics and their gross overestimation of the actual amount of wealth in America and in the world, as well as their deeply held commitment to bringing about American and global communism.)

A) “Full and free access for all Black people (including undocumented and currently and formerly incarcerated people) to lifetime education including: free access and open admissions to public community colleges and universities, technical education (technology trade and agriculture), educational support programs, retroactive forgiveness of student loans, and support for lifetime learning programs” — Government, taxpayer funding to “cover all living costs, including but not limited to housing, transportation, childcare, healthcare, and food for students.” Government must “provide full access to all undocumented people.” Pass a bill through congress that would give “undocumented people” state and federal money to provide for and “to cover all tuition, fees, and living costs.” The President should “issue an executive order abolishing all” student debt.

Here’s the math based on the latest statistics:

  • According to Forbes as of March 1, 2016, the combined wealth of all the billionaires in the whole wide world is $6.48 trillion (US dollars). *Keep this number in mind
  • 41,470,000 black Americans + 11,000,000 illegal immigrants in the US = 52,470,000
  • 2015-2016 Average Tuition Cost for 1 Year at a Public University for 1 Person = $9,410
  • 2015-2016 Avery Cost for 1 Year of “Room and Board” at a Public University for 1 Person = $8,887

*Note: The “Room and Board” cost does NOT include all of the other “living expenses” that the Movement for Black Lives is demanding. (I did not include healthcare, food, transportation, childcare, etc…)

  • Add together 1 Year of Tuition for 1 Person with 1 Year Room and Board for 1 Person:

$9,410 + $8,887 = $18,297

  • Multiply the 52,470,000 (the combined number of black Americans and illegal immigrants) by $18,297 (the combined cost for 1 single year of college tuition with room and board for the 2015-2016 school year)

52,470,000 X $18,296 = $960,043,590,000 (over $960 BILLION dollars – almost ONE TRILLION DOLLARS!)

  • Conclusion: It will cost the United States’ taxpayers almost 1 trillion dollars EVERY YEAR to provide college tuition and room and board for this one combined group alone (without even accounting for rises in cost for future years)!
  • Money left over from the world’s combined wealth from billionaires:

$6.48 trillion – $960,043,590,000 = $5,519,956,410,000

B) “A guaranteed minimum livable income for all Black people” — A “Universal Basic Income (UBI)” must be enacted to provide every single adult, in America and globally, with an income. This UBI does not “have any work requirements” of individuals to receive this income. This is one of the major planks of the new communist movement worldwide. Plus, “a pro-rated additional amount” of money should be given to all black Americans. The authors declare their disdain for capitalism, and use a familiar method (a smoke screen) for discrediting the American economy and her institutions by claiming that America is racist at her core. “America’s deep-rooted system of racial capitalism,” they say, drives “unequal economic outcome” which is, predictably, “structural racism.” For this reason, the American economy and the economy of all other capitalist countries must be replaced with socialism (Marxism/communism). “No other social or economic policy solution today would be of efficient scale to eradicate the profound and systemic economic inequities afflicting Black communities.” This would of course require raising income taxes, “taxes on public goods like air,” and defunding various other societal institutions, specifically “criminal justice institutions.” Of course, even if all of these efforts at capturing the revenue to provide a UBI were enacted, there would never be enough money to actually execute this plan without creating worldwide poverty and devastation.

Here’s the math: Since the Democratic Party is seeking $15 p/h minimum wage as being a “living wage”, I will use that number as a base starting point.

  • $15 p/hr multiplied by a 40 hour work week (considered full-time work)

15 X 40 = $600 Per Week Income for 1 Person

  • Multiply Weekly Income by the Number of Weeks in a Year

$600 X 52 = $31,200 Income for 1 Person for 1 Year

  • Multiply the one year income total by the number of black Americans

$31,200 X 41,470,000 = $1,293,864,000,000 (over 1 TRILLION dollars)

*Every single year, we would need over 1 TRILLION dollars just to provide a UBI to black Americans alone, excluding all other Americans and excluding all other people across the globe!

  • So now let’s start subtracting from our original world billionaire number:

$6,480,000,000,000 – $960,043,590,000 (tuition, room and board) = $5,519,956,410,000

$5,519,956,410,000 – $1,293,864,000,000 (UBI for black Americans ONLY)  = $4.226,092,214,000

  • What if we institute a UBI for all Americans? (excluding all other people in the world) Multiply the total number of American Citizens by $31,200 Income Per 1 Year

324,819,452 X 31,200 = $10,134,366,902,400

  • Let’s do the math:
  • $6,480,000,000,000 – $960,043,590,000 (tuition, room and board for black Americans and illegal immigrants) = $5,519,956,410,000

$5,519,956,410,000 – 10,134,366,902,400 =

-$4,614,410,492,400  (NEGATIVE 4.6 TRILLION DOLLARS)

  • Conclusion: There is literally not enough money in the world to support the socialist desires extolled by the Movement for Black Lives and their cohorts!

A LESSON FROM CHRIST:

With the UBI not having a work requirement, do we want to establish a precedent where people receive money for doing nothing?

John in Chapter 6 records the miracle of Jesus “Feeding of the Five Thousand.” What many don’t recall are the events that took place afterward…

Instantly, thousands of people followed Jesus, because they were seeking free food. Jesus recognized this and said to the people, “…you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled.” He went on to emphasize the importance of seeking spiritual food.

But…but… the people continued, “Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’  ”

Now, instead of proving more free food for the thousands of people, Jesus taught them that he is “the bread of life.” This did not please his followers. They left Jesus and sought him no longer.

“From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with him no more.”

JESUS understands what socialists do not. Dependency deludes people about where their sustenance really comes from (it come from God). It also dehumanizes and demotivates us. *It was in this moment with the masses that Christ actually performed another miracle for the people, one of true compassion: He sent them away.

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The remainder of the Movement for Black Lives’ demands listed below follow the same unrealistic, money-driven pattern that has historically led to the financial collapse of countries around the globe. In addition, several of the demands actually increase the risk of violence in the community.

#2 – “ECONOMIC JUSTICE: WE DEMAND ECONIMIC JUSTICE FOR ALL AND A RECONSTRUCTION OF THE ECONOMY TO ENSURE BLACK COMMUNITIES HAVE COLLECTIVE OWNERSHIP, NOT MERE ACCESS. THIS INCLUDES…”

  • “A progressive restructuring of tax codes” to achieve “radical” “redistribution of wealth” — increase income tax to 80%, tax all citizens’ investment growth (capital gains), increase estate tax (inheritance tax, “death tax”), impose a wealth tax on tangible assets (home, car, land, tools, etc.), tax undesirable activities, employ tax sharing between localities, tax personal property and all other local taxes based on an individual’s income amount, increase property taxes for home and businesses based on the assessed value of the property (example: “Mansion tax”)
  • “Government job programs,” and monetary, government provided “compensation(income) for those in the care economy” (the “care economy” means stay-at-home moms, etc.). “Job programs must provide a living wage…”
  • “A right to restored land” and the “end to the exploitative privatization of natural resources,” plus “democratic control” (government control) over the way that resources are “distributed” — institute “fair development” laws on publicly and privately owned and used land to ensure the “equitable distribution of the benefits of development” to the entire community, “which takes precedence over market imperatives”
  • Use “government directed resources” (government money) develop a “cooperative… social economy,” and use tax money to “facilitate trade across and in black communities globally”

#3 – “POLITICAL POWER: WE DEMAND INDEPENDENT BLACK POLITICAL POWER AND SELF-DETERMINIZATION IN ALL AREAS OF SOCIETY. WE ENVISION REMAKING THE CURRENT US POLITICAL SYSTEM IN ORDER TO CREATE A REAL DEMOCRACY WHERE BLACK PEOPLE AND ALL MARGINALIZED PEOPLE CAN EFFECTIVELY EXERCISE FULL POLITICAL POWER. THIS INCLUDES…”

  • “An end to the criminalization of Black political activity” and the “immediate release of all political prisoners,” and remove all “freedom fighters” from the “International Terrorists list” —- End all investigations into militant black activists and activist activity. Remove Assata Shakur from the International Terrorists list (cop killer and radical socialist from the “Black Liberation Army,” currently resides in Cuba). Release “activists and freedom fighters” Imam Jamil Al Amin (a.k.a. H Rap Brown: cop killer, encourages arson and promotes violence as being “as American as apple pie”); Kamau Sadiki (radical socialist, cop killer and bomber associated with the Black Panther Party); the “San Francisco 8” (radical socialists and cop killers associated with the Black Panther Party).

Do we want our society’s role models to be violent murderers?

  • “Public financing of elections” (taxpayer funding of elections); lower the standards for “candidates” to run for public office, and elect more “low-income” people to public office

Do we want unqualified people making major decisions effecting our lives?

  • “The right to vote for all people” — Allow illegal aliens, convicted felons, and currently incarcerated criminals to vote in elections to “expand the pool of eligible voters.”

#4 – END THE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE: WE DEMAND AN END TO THE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE. SINCE THIS COUNTRY’S INCEPTION THERE HAVE BEEN NAMED AND UNNAMED WARS ON OUR COMMUNITIES. WE DEMAND AN END TO THE CRIMINALIZATION, INCARCERATION, AND KILLING OF OUR PEOPLE. THIS INCLUDES…”

  • End “criminalization and dehumanization of Black youth” which “includes an end to zero-tolerance school policies and arrests of students, the removal of police from schools, and the reallocation of funds from police and punitive school discipline practices to restorative services.” — Redefine “youth” being “children under the age of 23. “Ban all” criminal “prosecution of children under the age of 23.” Address “state-sanctioned violence that stems from over-policed schools.” Institute racial quotas for “school discipline policies.” Pass laws that ban all school “exclusionary discipline (suspensions, expulsions, and arrests).” Use tax funds “for fully funding restorative programs.” Institute local “campaigns that target police.”
  • “An end to all deportations, immigrant detention, and Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) raids” — Immigrants with “criminal contact” (criminal records) should no longer be subject to “detention and deportation.” A moratorium on all deportations should be enacted. Pass a legislative bill that fully “prohibits state and local law enforcement” from “collaborating with ICE.” “Pass a ‘Sanctuary’ bill that prohibits ICE from making any arrests for criminal activity on “state-owned property.”
  • “End the war on Black trans, queer, and gender nonconforming people” via legislation. — Provide “real, meaningful, and equitable universal health care.” — End all “public jails, detention centers, youth facilities and prisons.” Pass a bill that expands health care to all U.S. residents,” and prohibit any “exclusions of procedures trans people need” (sex-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy). Pass a bill that allows anyone to change his/her “gender identity on official documents without judge or doctor approval.”
  • “An end to the mass surveillance of Black communities” including a ban on the use of various technologies, such as police “body cameras.” — Enact federal and state legislation which requires a court warrant before any surveillance technology can be put into place and into use by localities, including street cameras, license plate readers, domestic drones, stingray cell phone interceptors and other technologies deployed in public spaces.” Pass federal and state legislation that “allows an individual to know when their information has been tracked.” Institute “total prohibition on the acquisition of any new surveillance technology or development of surveillance program.” Enact an “immediate abolition of any and all use of surveillance technology and programs.” All agencies must immediately inform “individuals and organizations” of past and present surveillance “who have been targeted.” Tax payer provided “full reparations” to all “individuals and organizations” who have been monitored. Federal agencies must “stop providing grants for the purchase of surveillance technologies to local police departments.” Localities must enact policies which require “a community input process prior to purchasing any technology or software that will be used for policing and ‘counter-terrorism’”

#5 – “COMMUNITY CONTROL: WE DEMAND A WORLD WHERE THOSE MOST IMPACTED IN OUR COMMUNITY CONTROL THE LAWS, INSTITUTIONS, AND POLICIES THAT ARE MEANT TO SERVE US – FROM OUR SCHOOLS TO OUR LOCAL BUDGETS, ECONOMICS, POLICE DEPARTMENTS, AND OUR LAND – WHILE RECOGNIZING THAT THE RIGHTS AND HISTORIES OF OUR INDIGENOUS FAMILY MUST ALSO BE RESPECTED. THIS INCLUDES…”

  • “An end to the privatization of education” — “Place a moratorium on charter schools” and “force the federal government” to pay for “a bigger chunk than they already do.” “Put a moratorium on all out-of-school suspensions. Shut down all juvenile detention centers. Remove police from schools…” Eliminate all debt of black municipalities.
  • Direct participation in “budgeting at the local, state, and federal level.” — Transform public revenue to ensure “economic justice.” “Shift existing federal funding toward participatory human rights budgeting” including “housing subsidies” and “health funding” that “prioritizes the needs of the most marginalized” communities. “Control over local resources should also be seen as a form of reparations.” The primary focus for public budgets and public funding must be “on the Black communities.”

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#6 – INVEST-DIVEST: WE DEMAND INVESTMENTS IN THE EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SAFETY OF BLACK PEOPLE, INSTEAD OF INVESTMENTS IN THE CRIMINALIZING, CAGING AND HARMING OF BLACK PEOPLE. WE WANT INVESTMENTS IN BLACK COMMUNITIES, DETERMINED BY BLACK COMMUNITIES, AND DIVESTMENT FROM EXPLOITATIVE FORCES INCLUDING PRISONS, FOSSIL FUELS, POLICE, SURVEILLANCE AND EXPLOITATIVE CORPORATIONS. THIS INCLUDES…”

(In “Prison Notebooks,” Antonio Gramsci of Italy writes that a new “proletariat” be created comprised of criminals and racial minorities. For decades, Marxist theorists have written extensively about encouraging the exploitation of minorities with criminal histories, broken homes and poor educations. Without an army made of angry, ignorant and morally dubious people who lack self-control and can be easily manipulated – the type of people one is most likely to find amongst the prison population (in any country) – then the dream of a violent revolution will not come to fruition. As always, communist adherents are happy to exploit minorities to further their cause.)

  • “A reallocation of funds at the federal, state and local level” — Congress should end “mandated support” (federal funding) of all prisons and police departments. Focus on reallocating funds so that specific groups, including LGBTQ and trans people, “could be prioritized for funding.”
  • “The retroactive decriminalization, immediate release and record expungement of all drug related offenses…” and “reparations for the devastating impact of ‘the war on drugs.’” — “Ensure that individuals who use, possess, or sell drugs or trade sex are not subject to arrest, detention or conviction,” and provide so that past offenders can now participate in legal drug markets. Create a requirement that all monetary saving from ending such “criminalization” should then be “invested into reparations to all people who have been adversely impacted by the drug war and enforcement of prostitution laws.” In addition, monetary saving must also go to providing government funded “addiction support treatment.” The government should immediately “repeal portions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act” which list drug felonies as a cause for deportation.
  • “Equitable universal health care” that will guarantee government, taxpayer funding for, among other things, abortions, “paid parental leave,” and gender transition services and procedures. — End the United States’ current “patriarchal racialized capitalist system” (and replace it with socialism) that enables the existence of “culturally incompetent physicians.” “Pass a bill to expand public health care to all U.S. residents and mandate that the wealthy residents pay for a portion of their services while low-income and working class folks receive free services.”
  • “A constitutional right” to “fully-funded education” — “Enhance the role of the national government.” Establish a funding requirement to provide “a social worker for every 40 students, free health care services” (including abortion and gender transition services), dental care, food, and “free daycare,” among other things.
  • “A divestment from industrial multinational use of fossil fuels” — Invest in clean energy and invest in creating a cooperative “food hub” to “pool food produced from local farmers.” Shift resources to “a more democratic” economy whereas money can be redistributed, “particularly in Black communities.” Reduce military expenditures in the use of fossil fuels.
  • A “reallocation” of military funds toward “community well-being” — Weaken America’s “empire” and “power.” “Build invest/divest campaigns that ends the US aid to Israel’s military industrial complex.” Make a “commitment to a green economy” that deeply understands “the threat of climate change.” “Expand American public transportation.” “End the Israeli occupation of Palestine.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Unlike the fallacious claims of “embedded racism” against America, Marxism is ripe and heavy with racism that frequently and historically manifests itself in the form of anti-Semitism.

“Long before we had the word Holocaust, we had the Russian word pogrom, meaning massacre. Russia’s first pogrom against the Jews took place in 1881 in Yelisavetgrad” (Pacepa & Rychlak, 2016). At that time, “the local administration called for the people’s wrath to be vented on the Jews, and the impoverished peasants obliged. A wave of killings, rapes, and the pillaging of Jews spread quickly to hundreds of other towns. It soon reached Warsaw and from there, on to the rest of the Russian Empire” (Pacepa & Rychlak, 2016).

Count Nikolay Ignatyev, the Russian minister of the interior, blamed the Jews themselves for the massacre, saying “The passion for acquisition and money-grabbing is inherent in the Jew from the day of his birth; it is characteristic of the Semitic race, manifest from almost the first page of the Bible.” Doesn’t that sound familiar? (Hitler)

“The anti-Semitic ideas were soon embodied in a document titled “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” which was supposedly the recorded meeting minutes of the first Zionist Congress showing the Jews’ plot to take over the world. Instead, a Russian dezinformatsiya (disinformation) member of the Okhrana (secret police) had simply plagiarized a French document call the “Joly book,” substituting the words “the world” for “France” and “the Jews” for “Napolean III.” The Times of London even published a scathing article exposing the fraud in a 1921 expose.

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

As evidenced a by the above demands, the new communists are exactly like the old: they view the world through the lens of their own preoccupation with money and material things. There is no emphasis on what is best for one’s soul. There is no consideration for one’s emotional and spiritual needs. This is why communism/socialism is oft referred to as the gospel of envy, selfishness, and lies. The biggest trick of deception that Black Lives Matter and the Movement for Black Lives has played on us was to make us think that they actually cared about black lives. As all of the evidence shows, the single goal has always been to further their socialist cause. It’s a punch in the gut for many of us.

For our friends who have already devoted themselves to this false god, there is little chance you or I can change their minds. We can, however, pray for them by ask God to change their hearts and minds.

“The religion of socialism is a faith utterly impervious to facts and logic. Socialist failure is irrelevant, because only intentions count when you’re on the side of the angels. No amount of evidence can pierce the force fields that surround the socialist mind. These people insist they are enlightened, but they are invincibly ignorant.”

~ Matthew Vadum, 2015

It has been my intention to bring awareness to God’s children and to address the reality of these groups, as disheartening as it may be. Wisdom is a gift. It is a chance to free yourself from Satan’s deceptive grasp. I hope that you – even as you may be shocked and disappointed – will find this information liberating.

Only through Christ’s truth is mankind able to be free.

Sources & Further Reading Recommendations:

  1. Weikart, Richard (1992). Marx, Engels, and the Abolotion of the Family. History of European Ideas, Vol. 18 (No. 5), pp. 657-672

https://www.csustan.edu/sites/default/files/History/Faculty/Weikart/Marx-Engels-and-the-Abolition-of-the-Family.pdf

  1. Pacepa, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai &Rychlak, Prof. Ronald (2016). Looming Disaster[E-Book Android Version]. Retrieved from wnd.com
  2. Black Lives Matter’s Real Agender by Rolans C. Warren
  3. Fineman, Martha Albertson (2001). Contract and Care. Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 76
  4. Feminism, Communism, and the Destruction of the Nuclear Family by David Risselada
  5. Americans Buy Into Marxist Family Planning by Paul Kengor
  6. Reds Exploiting Blacks by James Simpson (Accuracy In Media)
  7. Black Lives Matter, Capitalism, and Communism in America(article and podcast)
  8. The Abolition of the Family by Larry Anderson
  9. Black Lives Matter
  10. Movement for Black Lives
  11. There is a better way to parent than the nuclear family by Vicki Larson
  12. Nuclear Family Privilege: Naming It ans Slaying It by Bella DePaulo
  13. The Truth Behind the Push for Criminal Justice Reform by Lee Stranahan
  14. The New Communism: Resurrecting the Utopian Delusion by Alan Johnson, “World Affairs Journal”
  15. Infiltrating the Black Lives Matter Cult by Matthew Vadum

Painting Others With Too Broad a Brush

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Project 2, Post 4: Painting Others With Too Broad a Brush

Reflection & Artistic Process:

With gentle, smooth strokes, back and forth, my soft-bristled, broad brush lay down an iridescent and semi-translucent, gold luster upon my canvas. The multi-toned, grayish background of my painting was slowly becoming more homogeneous with each stroke as the distinct shades of grays, blues and browns, the lights and the darks, all lost a bit of their individual attributes as they faded beneath the golden sheen.

Sometimes even I am amazed by the ways in which art often imitates life…

All of us are, even unintentionally, prone to painting others, especially groups, with too broad a brush.

The human brain was designed to categorize, to classify. As young children, we were all assessed on our ability to classify objects. Containers filled with blocks of varying shapes were presented to us to be sorted. Regardless of each block’s size or color, the triangles went with the other triangles, the squares went with the other squares, and so on. This year, all across the country, kindergarteners and first graders will be assessed on their ability to identify and sort US coins. Although the “tails” side of US quarters depict over 50 different designs (one for each US state and territory), students will group all of the quarters together. In the beginning stages of money recognition, children will rely predominately on the size of quarters, above all other similar attributes, for grouping purposes.

 “Painting others (or something) with too broad a brush,” is an idiom describing the act of characterizing someone (or something) in very vague, general, and broad terms while ignoring and neglecting to included individual, specific details and attributes.

As we grow up and our experiences in the world expand, the human brain naturally applies its categorical inclinations to other people or groups of people. *It is when we (people) project our negative feelings upon other individuals and groups based on a single attribute that we move beyond natural, biological tendencies and into purposeful condemnation entirely depending on our own internal motivations and biases. One experience with one person, “Bob” – a single member outside of our own group – then morphs into a personally held, broad generalization which we apply to all members of that out-group to which “Bob” categorically belongs. In terms of social psychology, we may adopt an “us” verses “them” mentality. Stereotyping then follows, which only leads to problems for both ourselves and others. Once we have allowed this type of blanketed bias to infect our minds and our hearts then we become entirely closed off to truth and to facts and to reality: we revert to rejecting all things which challenge our emotional confidence and security in our broad, misplaced biases to which we have attached a piece of our own identity.

In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus warns us not to go through the “wide door”:

“Go through the narrow door. The door is wide and the road is easy that leads to hell. Many people are going through that door. But the door is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life that lasts forever. Few people are finding it.”  

Sadly, aggregators at the helm of our society – posing as public leaders, educators, human rights advocates, etc. – pregnant with ulterior motives and ravenous for power, are leading more and more people through the “wide door” with each new day. These perpetual “scab-pickers” utilize deceptive, emotion-driven marketing and inflammatory rhetoric to intentionally paint large groups of Americans with one gigantically broad brush of condemnation, always diligent in their efforts at keeping old wounds from ever healing.

*Next comes scapegoating, which only increases the level of harm and conflict.

The Scapegoat Theory (in psychology) and the commonly used cultural term scapegoat actually originated from the story of Aaron in the Old Testament of the Bible (Leviticus, Chapter 16). Aaron lists out loud all of the sins of Israel, symbolically casting the sins upon the goat to bear. He then sends the goat off into the desert alone. Thus, the goat paid the price for the Israelis’ sins.

Consistent with Freud’s notions of displacement and projection, Scapegoating is the process of blaming another person or a group for one’s own problems, resulting in prejudice and hatred toward that individual or group. This serves as a useful tool for explaining away one’s own misdeeds and failures while simultaneously maintaining one’s pride and positive self-image.

History provides endless examples of political scapegoating, where leaders gain power and influence through the use of scapegoats to rally the masses, all at the expense of the undesirable, despised group. *Probably the most widely well-known example of scapegoating is that of Adolph Hitler who –  during a period of German financial struggle – rallied the support of and the control over the German people by framing Jews as unjustly and disproportionately financially stable/commercially secure, among other things, in comparison to the Caucasian German population. *The deceptively marketed, unifying goal during this scapegoating campaign was supposedly the “improvement” of Germany.

As the above example amply illustrates, scapegoating is often followed by dehumanizing those being targeted as the scapegoats . This, sadly, can lead to violence.

*I will discuss the issue of dehumanization in a later post.*

Unfortunately, Americans are witnessing group scapegoating on a vastly increasing rate. When people willfully disregard facts in favor of ideological headways, the results are far-reaching. Let’s examine two recent examples:

  • In a horrific, evil act just under 2 months ago on June 12, 2016, an American born Islamic terrorist shot and killed 49 people, wounding 53 more at a gay night club in Orlando, FL. In the aftermath, some members of the LGBTQIA community, angry and deeply saddened, used their pens as public podiums to cast the fault and blame for the disgusting, immoral act of terror solely onto the backs of Christians, essentially scapegoating Christians for the acts of an Islamic terrorist regardless of the fact that Christians had absolutely nothing to do with this tragic event. The arguments from these individuals was irrational, illogical and, unexpectedly, entirely out of left field.
  • One month ago on July 7, 2016, 5 Dallas police officers were shot and killed in a sniper-style shooting. The perpetrator, a black man and former US service member, had become so enraged by the influx of anti-police, anti-Caucasian rhetoric which has been spewed by many “leaders” that he had projected his rage, his own personal disappointments, and his own biases onto all police officers as a group. Police became this man’s scapegoat and 5 random officers were murdered because of it – 5 families were destroyed because of it.

Make no mistake – no group of people is without a few bad apples. *However, when we allow the creeping evil of painting others with too broad a brush into our hearts, our minds will follow, leading us to walk through the wide door and along the easy road to hell: our thinking, deductions, reasoning and even our own actions will inevitably become equally as nonsensical and dangerous than that of the individuals in the examples discussed above. The human heart can be far darker than we would like to admit… Given our natural, human tendencies to classify and categorize, along with our deeply rooted social need of “belonging,” like sheep, we can all be lead astray.

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”   – Ecclesiastes 1:9

Always be diligent in your dedication to loving others. That doesn’t mean condoning their actions or choices. That doesn’t mean that you have to sit idly by while others punish you or act cruel. It doesn’t mean that you may not stick up for yourself and your beliefs. ***Refuge in the love of Jesus Christ and faith of our Heavenly Father are our only ways to keep from becoming just another member of the modern day version of the mob, just another lost sheep screaming “Crucify him!”  “Crucify him!”

Project 2, Post 2: It Happened on a Tuesday…

Preface:

As described in my first post for this project, for years I’ve experienced a reoccurring dream of good forces battling evil forces. Click HERE to read Post 1 for a brief description/introduction to this project.

*In this post I will be taking on Satan himself, and his followers too, in an attempt to spread truth and demolish the influence of his lies. He surely won’t be happy with me. Good!

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the             evil one.”

2 Thessalonians 3:3

Reflection:

At times, every one of us may become susceptible to confusion, including moral confusion – being able to tell right from wrong, good from evil. After all, we are only human.

Whether a person is a Christian or not, it is undeniable that American culture was built around Christian ideals. As such, we innately place certain principles on a pedestal; especially love/charity, forgiveness, benevolence, kindness, respect, and peace. We also try to empathize with and show compassion towards others, including those unlike ourselves. Our societal morals, through various secular narratives, become sterilized of Christ himself. As a natural result, Americans sometimes confuse right from wrong, as the “wrong” is often well-dressed in a beautifully deceptive coat brandishing our collective, American ideals.

There is probably no better example of this than what occurred last Tuesday (6.6.16).

In an L.A. Weekly article entitled, “Satanists Plan to Celebrate 6/6/16 in LA” (666), the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles’s press release reads:

“The Pentagram is a star with five points. Using GPS technology we will place the five points of the star so that the Pentagram will encompass your entire city. When all of the points are in place, the Pentagram is completed. Drawing this symbol around your city represents a solemn promise from us, the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles. We will stand with the good people of the City of Lancaster and struggle for our constitutional right to individual liberty, freedom of expression and the separation of church and state in your community.”

The article goes on to explain that, beginning at 3:00 PM, this group of Satanists would be performing rituals at each of the 5 points (locations) of the pentagram, followed by a “magic hour” at sundown. (It was at 3:00 PM that Christ died on the cross: the timing of this event celebrating 666 at 3 PM was no coincidence.) “We stand up for human rights and civil rights,” the Satanists declared. On their website, the Satanists go on, stating that “It is in this spirit of benevolence that we announce our presence in your city…”

I rolled my eyes. “I’m glad I don’t live there!” I thought to myself, recognizing this event’s devilish nature and the innate falsehoods within the group’s deceptive message.

What shocked me, however, was a statement by the article’s author: “If you’re looking for ill behavior, you’re probably better off at a Donald Trump rally. This sect, with roots at Harvard and Cambridge, is decidedly intellectual. Animals are respected; people, even more so.”

“Did I just read that?” I thought out loud. “Did the author seriously just say that the Satanists respect people?” The gravity of this nonchalant proclamation by the author, which implies that Satanists are just harmless intellectuals, left me speechless. “How can he be so blind?”

How can any group invoking Satan be seen as anything but evil?

“No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

2 Corinthians 11:14

Then it occurred to me why the author, and many others, may be unable to recognize the devil’s influence here: he is the father of lies, the deceiver. The devil uses our own ideals against us, to trick us into accepting him, little by little, bit by bit… and he is quite skilled at this.

For this reason, I wish to illuminate the issue and clarify confusion…. There is no gray area here, only right and wrong.

“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

2 Corinthians 11:3

The Satanic Temple of LA’s website reads:

“Our mission is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people. In addition, we embrace practical common sense and justice. As an organized religion, we feel it is our function to actively provide outreach, to lead by example, and to participate in public affairs where so ever the issues might benefit from rational, Satanic insights. As Satanists, we all should be guided by our conscience and undertake noble pursuits guided by our individual will. We believe that this is the hope of all mankind and the highest aspiration of humanity.”

Did you catch all of that? Did you pick up on the American ideals woven skillfully into this group’s mission in an attempt to frame themselves as “good.” Kindness, compassion, charity, respect for others: those values are all nicely wrapped up in a lovely bow of “good feeling” within the Satanist’s mission statement above.

For anyone with lingering doubts about the “goodness” of this group of “intellectuals,” (an affiliate of the national Church of Satan) Satanists attempt reassurance by explaining their strong atheistic stance in an effort to set themselves apart from those crazy, evil, devil-worshippers. Right…

Thankfully Christ, through the Word, gave us a means to differentiate between good and evil, truth and lie. He tells us about Satan and his followers:

“Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you do not want to hear My teaching. The devil is your father. You are from him. You want to do the sinful things your father, the devil, wants you to do. He has been the killer from the beginning. The devil has nothing to do with the truth. There is no truth in him. It is expected of the devil to lie, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

John 8:43-44

For a group who claims disbelief (atheism), their deep seeded hatred of God is evident, most especially so in their attempt to frame God as “the oppressor.”

The Satanic Temple of LA’s website continues:

“To the Satanist, the Pentagram symbolizes the triumph of matter and individual spirit over dogma, earth over an illusory promise of the afterlife. It is a symbol of our dedication to fight against tyranny and the oppressor of individual liberty.”

So, why do these “benevolent” atheists despise the Lord so deeply?

“Whoever puts his trust in His Son is not guilty. Whoever does not put his trust in Him is guilty already… The Light has come into the world. And the Light is the test by which men are guilty or not. People love darkness more than the Light because the things they do are sinful. Everyone who sins hates the Light. He stays away from the Light because his sin would be found out.”

John 3: 18-20

Satanists’ disdain is not limited to the Lord alone. To spite their declarations of good will to all, Christians are not included. On the Church of Satan website, Christians are given a strict warning:

“Your bigotry and intolerance are exactly the same as that shown by the terrorists who kill those who do not share their beliefs. The free world of rational secular individuals is tired of people like you. You will reap as you have sown.”

Hatred of Christians is an important necessity of a Satanist. After all, we live counter to the darkness: we live in the Light. Anything which may remind a Satanist of his or her own sin is an immediate threat toward the goal of erasing any semblance of guilt from his/her mind. Simply by existing, Christians remind others of God’s love and of moral living. For this, you are despised. Your very existence is nothing less than an existential threat. Oh, and let’s not forget that to these “intellectuals,” you and I are just plain stupid.

Oddly, the only person truly worthy of the liberties and respect so extolled by these atheists is only each Satanist himself/herself. Counter to the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no others gods but Me,” the Church of Satan proudly proclaims:

“Our position is to be self-centered, with ourselves being the most important person (the “God”) of our subjective universe, so we are sometimes said to worship ourselves. Our current High Priest Gilmore calls this the step moving from being an atheist to being an “I-Theist.”

Uh-huh…

One final way we can see the devil himself within the “human rights-centered” Satanist “religion,” this “sect,” is that it is empirically lacking one key thing – forgiveness.

“We Satanists are thus our own “Gods,” and as beneficent “deities” we can offer love to those who deserve it and deliver our wrath (within reasonable limits) upon those who seek to cause us—or that which we cherish—harm.”

Where is the forgiveness in that wrath? One must wonder what exactly the “reasonable limits” to their wrath are…

Scary.

Jesus Christ died so that we may live. Forgiveness is the greatest gift of all, one we surely don’t always deserve. Yet, it is through Christ Jesus alone that we find everlasting life.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

And so it is my hope today that by reading this post you will be immune to the confusion from and blinding effects of the Satanists through power of the Word of Jesus Christ our Lord, seeing clearly the deceiver himself therein. Remember to walk in the light of the Lord. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

Ephesians 6:11

Artistic Process:

In beginning the background of the painting, I focused on creating varying shades of gray, symbolizing the confusion of the world. Keeping my brush wet, I spread on black paint, then white. Wetting my brush again, I then smeared the black and white together in a random fashion to create varying shades of gray.

Project 1, Post 6: To Pee or Not to Pee… It’s Complicated

Project 1, Post 6: To Pee or Not To Pee… It’s Complicated

Preface to Reflection:

In my last post I described my intention to paint “simplistic” blue flowers, as well as the fact that simplicity isn’t one of my innate artistic abilities. Well, my blue flowers have now turned out more complicated than I intended for them to be. Yes, my three, blue flowers are still somewhat simple, but far more complicated than I had imagined in my mind. This is often the case with my artwork.

Note: In my next post, I will test my original hypothesis and will try to UNCOVER the aluminum foil that I laid underneath my painting. I shall see if it actually works! Gosh, I sure hope that it does!!!

(Read the Artistic Process below the Reflection.)

Reflection:

It’s complicated…

In life, there are few issues that are simple, black and white, and straight forward. Most of life’s journey leads us down complicated paths and requires us to make decisions regarding complicated choices, complicated issues. …Such is true for the North Carolina “Bathroom Bill.”

Celebrities, sports organizations, large companies, politicians, etc. have decried North Carolina’s law requiring people use the restroom that coincides with the sex on their birth certified, which in almost all cases is one’s biological sex.

It’s discrimination! It’s bigotry! It’s hate!  –  Or is it?

There are several key elements/points one must examine to determine the answer to this question:

  • North Carolina state law was already in place prohibiting localities from enacting their own anti-discrimination rules. Thus, the city of Charlotte broke state law by doing so. The only reason the state legislature even acted on this matter was a direct response to a municipality disregarding state policy. This, the state has attempted to restore uniformity.
  • Why is it important for municipalities to align with the state? As a human development professional, it is easy for me to understand why. Humans being flourish and society too flourishes when there is a clear set of rules and expectations, called boundaries. *These are the good kind of boundaries that are vital for our well-being, children and adults alike. In government, the state sets a particular set of boundaries. It is important for municipalities to work with those assigned boundaries to prevent chaos within the state itself, ensuring civic/government functionality. For example, a state citizen may move from one city to another already knowing the rules. Sally won’t have to fear possible fines or jail time for breaking a law that she never knew existed simply by changing her address. Johnny won’t be able to move from one city to the other just so he can purposefully commit an offense that was illegal in his original city of dwelling. So, this uniformity guarantees accountability for all citizens and it also guarantees protections for all citizens within the state.
  • Subjective ideas driving laws ignores factual evidence, thus creating laws that were formed with little higher-level, critical thinking or considerations. Case in point, human beings are prone to taking full advantage of situations entirely for their own benefit.

Two examples:

  1. At a restaurant when I was 11 years old, I can remember my mother “identifying” me to the waiter as being 10 years old in order to pay the discounted meal cost for children “10 and under.” Did she forget that I was 11? I doubt it.
  2. At an event a couple of years later, I can remember my father “identifying” me to the Doorman as being 13 years old so that he and I could attend the event which prohibited children twelve years and under. At the time, I was 12. Had my dad mistakenly aged me up by one year? I doubt it.

These harmless examples show how every day, good, normally honest people will sometimes be dishonest for their own gain. Do you know anyone who used a fake ID in high school or college?

*The point is that it is foolish to presume anything contrary to the absolute, concrete fact that there would most definitely be people jumping at the chance to “identify” as one sex in order to gain access to the restroom used by people of the other sex simply for perverse, personal gain.

  • Privacy and Safety for All State Citizens: Fact- Men and women are physically different. Men are naturally stronger, even those who possess a slight, unassuming, physical stature. Fact- Bathrooms are closed, secluded spaces usually consisting of only 1 exit. It is entirely reasonable for women to feel uncomfortable and fearful at the idea of being alone in confined, isolated spaces with men who are strangers. Women are taken advantage of by men every day in this country, often in spaces incompatible with the ability for an easy escape.
  •  Fact- People like privacy. Apple refused to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone for privacy’s sake. Fact- Gender and sexual orientation do not always match. Many transsexuals are still attracted to people of the opposite sex, to the people of the very sex the transsexuals are trying to become. Thus, simply because a man is living as a woman does not mean he is not still very much “straight,” attracted to women. Given these facts, for the average person, changing in front of a transsexual still renders the same level of emotional discomfort, fear, and feelings of complete exposure as would changing in front of the opposite sex. So, would it have been acceptable for the state government to force modest citizens into humility and strip them of their integrity and privacy by requiring them to undress in the presence of the opposite sex? Should we all hand over our phones and most intimate moments to the government to put on public display? Of course not. Acting to protect the physical privacy and integrity of citizens should be understood as a highly valued virtue of any government.
  • Emotional Suffering from Both Sides: Transsexual individuals say they would feel uncomfortable using the restroom of their biological sex. I understand that. If a man were living as a women, I can easily see that using the men’s bathroom would cause someone fear and emotional distress. Yet, the same is true for the general population. Would it be wise for the government to demoralize the masses to appease a few? Is that just law? More importantly, is that a characteristic of a genuinely representative government, one that disenfranchises almost all of its citizens? Would a representative government only extend its empathy to a few?

Would a representative government rank and determine the innate value of its citizens by the amount of corporate money it receives? Does Apple determine your personal worth? Of course not.

  • Is granting special privileges based on subjective ideals about someone’s identify the only way to accommodate this small segment of society? No.

 

This is a complicated issue that has little, if any link to acceptance and discrimination- the black and white clarity that some would prefer us to believe. As a minister I feel it is my duty to point out the truths that are often hidden beneath the emotional hysteria of public outrage.

In conclusion, when considering – and I mean honestly considering – the above points I believe it is extremely difficult to deny the evidence that North Carolina in no way acted in a discriminatory, bigoted or hateful fashion. Instead, I argue that the state should be commended for its common sense, critically composed and conceptualized policy: a policy that far more adequately represents its own citizens than any pretend-policy that may possibly be proposed by the “vocabulary-stone” throwing, loud mouths attempting to degrade the very human worth of all who oppose their subjective, ever-evolving views.

I pray that the leaders in North Carolina will be given the strength needed to stay the course and that those so filled with anger and misinformation find the peace and openness of mind to consider the truths of some views contrary to their own. I also pray that all of us are able to understand and consider just how complicating some issues are and that we seek that information in order to be informed citizens. Amen!

The Artistic Process:

To add depth, I used bright, light blue and white to define the outer edges of the petals, especially where the petals overlap. To further accentuate this, I used deep, dark blue directly next to the bright blues and whites, giving the illusion of shadow upon the lower petals. To add a pinch of color variation, I used my fingers to smear yellow paint onto the petals in small areas. Later, in keeping with a contemporary-impressionistic approach, I used solid black to outline the flowers, adding a few black flecks upon the petals where desired. *Note: If you have difficulty with placing lights and darks, just reference a picture of a flower and focus on the shadows and brightest points on each petal.

In the background, I added tall reeds using long, smooth strokes. I brought in the yellow from the petals by creating the illusion of wheat/cat tails. Using quick, rapid, “conscience—free” strokes of the paint brush, I striped/flicked on the paint to create the feathering bristles of tall wheat grass.

Project 1, Post 5: From Blue Blobs to Blue Flowers, Having the Strength to Stay the Course

Project 1, Post 5: From Blue Blobs to Blue Flowers, Having the Strength to Stay the Course

Prelude:

I love springtime! My favorite color happens to be blue, so I decided on painting simplistic, blue flowers over my canvas’s background. I wanted to paint in the utmost simplest of fashions, omitting my usual artistic flares or intensities. First I simply laid out the general area of the flowers by painting a blue base color to form the general shape of three flowers.

Ah! For some reason it startled me! I can’t articulate exactly why, for even I still don’t entirely understand my sudden and strong emotions that my actions induced. I was just startled.

“Oh no!” I thought to myself, “I’ve ruined my painting!”

“What was I thinking?”

“I can’t do this right.”

Well, there is a well-documented and long, long history (from the beginning of time, really) of us humans acting based solely on emotions and feeling. This action of events has rarely lead us flawed creatures in the right direction. After all, emotions have a tendency to take over our typically rational selves and turn us into “non-thinkers.”

I realized, “Why am I questioning myself?” “Paige, you know how to paint a flower!”

“Why on Earth would you be second guessing yourself over this?”

Ding! Ding! Ding!

So, I charged onward, staying the course.

Reflection:

A lot of things in the world today evoke a great deal of emotions. Christians are typically very empathetic and our sympathies can often lead us to question our own Christian beliefs and can sometimes even lead us to act against our own well-being or against the well-being of others. The course of events in life and in politics can be very, very confusing. Sometimes we may feel at odds with our own religion, especially as the world and our society begin to replace basic Christian morals with new, “progressive,” worldly morals of right and wrong.

It is extremely easy for us to slip down the wrong road and allow our compassion and empathy for others to convince ourselves that we silly Christians had simply been misunderstanding the unchanged words of God and Jesus for over two thousand years.

This is acting on emotion. This same act can also lead us into a new kind of arrogance, as if we “new Christians” know better, are smarter and are the only all-knowing, true Christians. Ah, but BEWARE! There is no virtue in being arrogant and smug. Nor is there any virtue in assuming the word of God can be deconstructed to conform to any set of ever changing worldly ideologies.

Instead, we Christians must stay the course, steady in His truth.

This is not an easy task. So, I offer the following scripture as a bit of encouragement and guidance to help you stay steady on your feet and on the true path of the Lord: (1 John, 2:15-17)

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world – the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride of riches – comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God will live forever.”

Artistic Process

First I laid out the location for the three flowers using a medium blue base. I did not focus on the precise shape of a flower, as those details take away from the freeing element in artistic process. Next, I used a darker blue from the same blue-toned family to add variation. This was done using free, quick strokes from a medium-sized paintbrush. I made sure to leave the lighter, base blue color visible around the edges to form the illusion of petals. I made sure not to apply the darker blue in a uniform way. God’s natural world is not uniform. In real flowers, the positions of the petals and the direction of lights, as well as things like other leaves that might obscure the light, create a varying shade within each individual flower petal.  Instead of getting too caught up in where the darker blue “should” go, it is important to remember that you can always paint over it.

*Next, I will be adding more depth to my flowers…. The process continues!

Project 1, Post 4: A Stray Pup and Forgiveness

A Stray Pup & Forgiveness

Reflection:

As I finally took some time to work on my painting my mind replayed the busy last few weeks of my life. – Wow! What an interesting few weeks it has been!

“To err is human. To forgive, divine.” (Alexander Pope)

It began on a Saturday when a stray dog wandered up. The second that I laid eyes on him I let out a gasp in complete shock and disbelief. Never, ever have I seen a living creature look so dead. The dog, a Boxer, hesitantly came over to accept an offering of food and water from my husband. The poor boy’s little bobbed, nub of a tail wagged incessantly. His body had been reduced to a semi-alive, emaciated, skeletal condition. Each vertebrae, each rib, each joint in the hips and the shoulder were almost as formatively visible as any veterinary program’s fleshless, skeletal teaching specimen held together by wire. The Boxer is a breed of large dog, and yet this boy’s waist (behind the ribs and before the hips) had been reduced to a mere 2 ½ or 3 inches max. His movements were slow and lethargic. He had no energy left in his little body. We happily took this poor boy in hoping to bring him back to health.

“Houston” as the stray pup is now called (after the street where he was found) had no flees and was remarkably clean. He even sat for me when I asked. He was not micro-chipped and had no collar or identification. To spite his horrific body condition and appearance, his hair was soft, like a puppy’s. A thorough vet exam produced an educated estimate of his age to be around 6 months to 1 ½ years.

As much as I wanted to believe that “Houston” had been wandering about for long enough to have landed himself in such a dire physical state, the clues point us to a far more likely, far more unpleasant circumstance. Houston was likely kept inside and simply not fed. The reasons why a person or persons might not feed an animal vary, but the result is definite.

Yet, this dog has demonstrated more divinity in his plight than most humans.

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid the power to forgive is devoid the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

In spite of being starved, Houston has forgiven men. He clearly has reason to begrudge the human kind, yet he doesn’t. Instead, he forgive. He loves. Houston, through his ability to forgive, has actually given himself a fresh start. Gone are days of the past. Gone are those broken relationships. Now, new relationships are formed: relationships based on love in spite of past transgressions. Had he not come to us, he likely would have perished within the week.

Today, in America, we see various special interest groups on university campuses comprised of students demanding a variety of measures that they believe will right past wrongs, end all pain, and put the world at peace. Many of these demands center on “white privilege.” The idea that past grievances determine the “goodness” of an entire race of people is not only illogical and shallow, but is also diminishes the humanity and the value and worth of those people as well. This idea has no clear goal in mind. There is no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Instead, “endocrinees” of this social theory are none the better: these young people are still left with a spiritual void in their souls, hearts primarily filled with anger, and minds focused solely on vengeance.

Behind the anger lies pain. Pain can only be healed through love. Forgiveness is hard, but it allows us to let go of our pain and finally move on.

Christ taught us to strive for forgiveness.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Just like “Houston” has demonstrated, it is through forgiveness that we unload the weight of the past, giving ourselves a new start, a new future. Forgiveness isn’t just a gift to others. Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.

So, the next time you feel angry, wronged, please remember that the weight of anger only drags us down. The gift of forgiveness is what allows us to move forward. We should all, myself included, be a little more like dear “Houston.”

Amen.

Artistic process:

I have been suffering from “artist’s block.” Finally, I decided I would try painting some very simple blue flowers. I do love the spring! So, this week, I just played around with a few simple lines, adding a background of “reeds” before I go any further.

Project 1, Post 2: Whitewashing

“Whitewashing”

Refection:

After whitewashing over the gray paint and aluminum squares, I noticed the subtle variations within the new cream color of my canvas. My incomplete painting was actually quite diverse!

Suddenly, my mind immediately went straight to the social justice term, “diversity.”

Diversity is defined as A) the quality of being different/containing differences, B) having or including people of different ethnicities and/or backgrounds, and C) possessing a variety of styles, views and ideas.

Over the past couple of years, “diversity” has taken on an entirely new form from what we Americans had embraced so lovingly in our desire for civil liberties for and the mutual respect of all Americans. Diversity once encompassed the idea of different cultures and ethnicities living together as one, peaceful, society while being able to maintain their own individual identities, thoughts and cultural practices (so long as no other human is physically harmed), all while simultaneously respecting others and allowing them the freedom to do the same. That idea of diversity focused on America as a mosaic and on mutual respect, loving one another, liberty, cultural appreciation and a mutual goal of seeking a better society, and, it *specifically encouraged the moral ideal of not judging others by the color of their skin.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, the term “diversity” seems to have been hijacked by an ever-growing array of anger-driven groups of “social justice warriors” infected with Orwellian thought, seeking to spread their infection and to gain power only for themselves. By definition, Orwellian is a term that refers to a societal condition that is harmful to the overall welfare of people, of society, and of freedom. This condition is accomplished through propaganda, legal force, manipulation, the blurring of the truth, agenda driven education, and the mass misinformation of the public through the use of euphemisms in order to “name” certain occurrences while the “name” itself represents the complete opposite of what is actually occurring.

Our new, Orwellian “diversity,” disregards and often outright attempts to eliminate the ideas of loving and respecting others, personal liberty, and, most importantly, difference and variety; all of this is done under the guise of tolerance, equality, individuality, anti-bias and social justice – and of course “diversity.”  It is important for us to understand that those often operating under the guise of progress are egocentric wolves in sheep’s’ clothing.

No longer are individual ideas and viewpoints encouraged. Free-thinking individuals who make the mistake of deviating from   the mob   while contributing to group discussions have now become the    “enemies of progress.”    Individual thought has been replaced with “group thought.” Diversity of ideas and the act of sharing those ideas has been relabeled by the thought police as “hate speech,” “bias,” “bigotry,” and “racism” and has ultimately been replaced by single, homogeneous, and entirely    non-diverse     “acceptable” ideas, “acceptable” speech, and “acceptable” views.    All deviations are met not with tolerance, but with visceral disgust and, often, attempts at public humiliation and vengeance.

Mutual respect of other cultures and the idea of “live and let live” is now seen, to many, as a discrimination and an anti-intellectual argument (put forth by uneducated, superstitious trash) which should be muted immediately and permanently. All of this is done under the guise of multiculturalism.

Science, which is a very dynamic (ever-changing) field of study has also been taken over by Orwellian control. No longer is it necessary for a  “theory”  to be replicated through the Scientific Process in order to be considered a  “fact.”  Scientists who still embody the beautiful, discovery-oriented scientific thought processes involving imagination, experimentation, curiosity, and the consideration of all possibilities and all possible outcomes are quickly chewed up, spit out, shunned, de-funded and condemned to silence.

Most disturbing, however, is the idea that we are all now judged not by the content of our character as the late Rev. King had dreamed of, but are instead judged entirely on our skin color. Our society has reversed course and has begun erasing all of the progress that the civil rights movement made. White is bad. Every other color is good. End of discussion.

*Back to my painting in progress…

What all too many people now fail to see is that each different ethnicity is filled with diversity within itself. All Asians do not hold the same religion or beliefs. Not all Hispanics vote Democrats. Black Americans who hold conservative views are not “Uncle Toms.” Not all white Americans are “racists,” bound and determined to oppress others. My “whitewashed” painting is still full of diverse elements, variations of tone and depth, regardless of its cream color. Instead of condemning others or promoting others solely based on skin color, we should be focused on recognizing the true diversity among all Americans and on finding a way to allow all people to hold on to their dignity, loving them as Christ loves us. Anything else is digression.

Instead of falling in line like sheep, greedily gobbling up the grass of re-branded and re-purposed “diversity,” we must use our freedom of speech, granted to use by God, to share Truth. Only through love can America have healing. Only through love can America have prosperity. Tough love in the form of verbally speaking the truth and of actively adhering to the truth in practice in our own lives is one of the most loving acts humans can do for others who have lost their way. It also brings us closer to God, keeping us alert and reminding us not to fall into the trap of hate.

If we seek true diversity and personal liberty, then we must walk ahead, eyes wide open, with Christ, bravely rejecting Satan’s influence in our society.

Art Process:

I used cream acrylic paint, highly diluted. Using long brush strokes spread across several coats and allowing time to dry, I layered a thin coating of cream paint onto my canvas. I also allowed the paint to pool naturally in various places. Next week I will play playing with color blocking.