“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]
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 Making Sense of the Orlando Madness
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 Pope Francis and Leaders of the World Communion of Reformed Churches Stress Common Commitment to Justice United Church of Christ Blog Article Says All Whites Are Racist
 Making Sense of the Orlando Madness
"We've reached no definitive judgment on the motivation of the shooter ..." Barack Hussein Obama, herein, misrepresented material fact, deliberately, to downplay that the Islamo-fascist psychopath had publicly pledged allegiance to ISIS just prior to the savagery.
The apparent Islamic apologist President knew afore that the Islamo-fascist publicized his Islamo-fascist motivation. Moreover, the President, as an apparent tacit advocate of Islam, has publicly, deliberately misrepresented material fact before, unambiguously alleging, verbatim, "the Islamic state is not Islamic."
In further injury to American security, Barack Hussein Obama opined: "This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon ... And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well," distracting from the core problem at hand. Blame-shifting the Islamo-fascist psychopathic mass murder on inalienable human, civil, and constitutional Second Amendment rights to defend oneself from these very attacks is irrational, self-contradictory, and tacit advocacy for a higher body count.
Some react, in the aftermath of the psychopathic mass murder in Orlando, with the false palliative of a mountebank: "make all guns illegal." Why not, in the same vein, make marijuana totally illegal everywhere, so no one, anywhere, would have any? Isn't a law, to them, like magic? Better than Harry Potter? Assuming a law can magically render a new reality is at best, wishful thinking, if not a quack imagination, or even a quasi-delusion. (I am writing this now at Prohibition over dinner on 547 King Street [Charleston, South Carolina]. Did the prohibition amendment (20th) eradicate beverage use of alcohol?)
A disconcerting dark underbelly of this tragedy is that the FBI was "on" to this suspect in 2013, breathed down his neck, but could not make any charge "stick," even though he had made Islamo-fascist comments, which would lead a reasonable, objective person to conclude he was a security threat. In our current milieu, a student may be expelled for their free speech of saying they will blow up the school. The free speech of saying one will kill the President is a class E felony under the U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 871.
Under the U.S. Supreme Court Brandenburg rule, one can advocate violence, in general, as protected speech, but not specific violence, as specific/particular incitation to violence may constitute criminal conspiracy. Under Brandenburg, one could stand on a street corner and proclaim “I believe the U.S. government should be overthrown by violence.” However, under Brandenburg, one could not stand on a street corner, and ask to meet a hardware store to buy fertilizer, acquire a detonator, and blow up a federal building at a specific time. The U.S. Supreme Court standard under its Schenck ruling is "clear and present danger," while in its Whitney ruling, the standard is a mere "bad tendency."
Is it right at this time and under current circumstances for a statute that allows law enforcement against one who merely professes allegiance to, or merely endorses, ISIS?
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 Pope Francis and Leaders of the World Communion of Reformed Churches Stress Common Commitment to Justice
Leaders of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) on Friday, 10 June 2016, met with Roman Catholic Pope Francis stressing a new urgency for Christians to work together to bring unity and justice to a suffering world.
After their first papal audience in ten years, the delegation of Reformed Church leaders said this urgency for a common Christian witness is inspired by the forthcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation and by the continuing economic and environmental crises which oppress and destroy human life.
Speaking at a press conference following their meeting with the Pope, the President of the WCRC, Rev Jerry Pillay and Secretary General, Rev Chris Ferguson, shared perspectives on their priorities ahead of the next General Council to be held in Leipzig, Germany, in the summer of 2017.
These include working for greater communion, increased mission and ecumenical engagement, as well as a strong focus on economic, environmental and gender justice within the Church and within wider society. While not all Reformed Churches allow women in ministry, the WCRC has committed itself to full equality of women in leadership and says it hopes to engage others in dialogue around this critical issue.
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 United Church of Christ Blog Article Says All Whites Are Racist
A 1 June 2016 United Church of Christ (UCC) blog article by UCC editor of New Sacred and social media Marchaé Grair asserts that all white [Caucasian, melanin-challenged] persons are “racists,” “no matter what.”
Ms. Grair provides ten ways that “white privilege” can be rejected:
1. Take up minimal space during anti-racism dialogues and protests.
2. Stop contributing to gentrification and calling it “urban development.”
3. Listen when people call you on your microaggressions.
4. Never invite POC [Person of Color] to the table for the sake of claiming diversity.
5. Refrain from using your POC friends as your “urban dictionary.
6. Stop lifting up non-confrontational POC as examples for what POC activism should be.
7. Call your friends, family and co-workers out on racism—even if a POC isn’t in the room.
8. Understand that all anti-racism work doesn’t look the same and advocate accordingly.
9. Realize that all discussions about race aren’t for you.
10. Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.
The editor reminds Ms. Grair what Acts 17:26 says of all of us:
“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…”
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