For those following along at home, here’s what the @NRA and lawmakers beholden to them have blamed for America’s mass shootings since Friday: Violent video games. Mental illness. Bullying. Hollywood. Entrance and exit doors. Socialism. Abortion...pic.twitter.com/jlZYxo6IY7— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 21, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
For those following along at home, here’s what the @NRA and lawmakers beholden to them have blamed for America’s mass shootings since Friday: Violent video games. Mental illness. Bullying. Hollywood. Entrance and exit doors. Socialism.
Nutjob Coach Dave Daubenmire claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married violated his rights because it was all a 'Psy Op.'
Daubenmire is a nut as far as I am concerned. If a couple wants a blended family, it's none of your damn business. You can go piss up a rope. You piece of garbage.
In the past, Daubenmire wondered if marrying another race was righteous or evil. He wasn't talking about same-sex marriage. Dave claims that interracial marriage is disgraceful. Now, does the Bible say that Christians cannot marry other ethnic groups? Of course not. But facts be damned to this idiot, who gives Christians a bad name. With a mass exodus of people leaving Christianity because of its judgemental attitude, this individual gives confirmation to those tired of judgment by the religious right. I wouldn't leave Christianity, but I am not conservative, or political evangelical.
After a school shooting the NRA blames everything from mental illnesses to lack of prayer in public school. Conservatives blame everything except guns. Blaming guns is a violation of the Second Amendment, they say.
Incoming @NRA President Oliver North says: "If school shield had been in place, far less likely that would have happened. "The disease in this case isn’t the 2nd amendment, the disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence, they've been drugged in many cases," pic.twitter.com/TrFFG0jHK0— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) May 20, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
MSNBC's @JoyAnnReid and @chrislhayes are shining a spotlight on racism in America — and we want to hear about your experience with #everydayracism. Send a selfie video or a note to RacismInAmerica@nbcuni.com.
MSNBC's @JoyAnnReid and @chrislhayes are shining a spotlight on racism in America — and we want to hear about your experience with #everydayracism. Send a selfie video or a note to RacismInAmerica@nbcuni.com. Learn More: https://t.co/D6poDkVuew pic.twitter.com/xQuCMMc79S— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 19, 2018
Students arrested for protesting at Paul Ryan's office following deadly Texas school shootinghttps://t.co/xfMhzpuT2n pic.twitter.com/Ps7qarGfX5— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 19, 2018
The state of the @GOP and @SpeakerRyan— Jamie Carter ❄ Vote Blue (@JCTheResistance) May 19, 2018
Arrest students who are exercising their 1st Amendment rights.
Next, silence all dissenters.
“We’re all incredibly frustrated and saddened by the losses suffered in Texas today," https://t.co/AFjVqP1YPF via @HuffPostPol
Students arrested for protesting gun violence outside Ryan's office hours after Texas school shooting https://t.co/NzIca5JNbG pic.twitter.com/JHJwC9FUsY— The Hill (@thehill) May 19, 2018
The n-word is considered the most offensive word in the English language. “Straight white male” is ... not.
The n-word is considered the most offensive word in the English language. “Straight white male” is ... not. https://t.co/njUfJKA0g7— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) May 19, 2018
One day you’re 15 and posing outside Buckingham palace and 22 years later you’re marrying the Prince.
One day you’re 15 and posing outside Buckingham palace and 22 years later you’re marrying the Prince.— Lucy Sempey (@LucySempey) May 19, 2018
Unreal. #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/XCQvJAEXNw
Friday, May 18, 2018
BREAKING: @SpeakerRyan is having high school kids arrested for peacefully protesting outside his office for gun reform now
BREAKING: @SpeakerRyan is having high school kids arrested for peacefully protesting outside his office for gun reform now https://t.co/IdybpfeNiD— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 18, 2018
A conservative Christian opinion piece writer claimed the Palestinians do not belong in Israel. Because of course, to him, Palestinians are not people. Going into a deep dive of all the factors and nuanced claims of the Palestinian people is not the point of this piece. The false political debate over the "rightful owner of the land" is nonsense. The fight over the land for evangelicals is a faith claim, not so much a political one. In fact, most Christians could not point on a map to where modern-day Palestine is; because of course, the religious right claims the land belongs to Israel.
Israel is the eternal home of the Jewish people. The only Jewish state in the world. Arabs have 24 nations; the Jewish people have Israel. I understand the biblical claims to Jerusalem as a Jewish capital; however, a peace deal doesn't have to be either or; people have a right to a peaceful homeland of their own. Hamas, the government of the Palestinians, is seen as a terrorist organization. With Hamas, they are correct. It is a terrorist organization, but the people of Palestine are not all terrorists.
Palestinian Christians started the Falastin (Palestine) publication in 1911. In 1964, the Arabs, previously referred to as Palestinian Arabs, dropped the Arab distinction. During the British Mandate, the term 'Palestinian' described the Arabs living in the Jewish community. Even though residing there, Palestinians did not have a legal right to the land. Most surely the Jewish people have a right to a state. Their own nation.
Palestinians are an ethnonational group comprised of those born in modern-day Palestine. Palestinians are culturally and linguistically Arab.
Half of Palestinians live in historic Palestine in the area surrounding the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel, which constitutes half the population of the combined areas.
The Roman Procurator gave the land of Israel the name Palestine, some allege, because of his hatred of the Jewish people - to revise history and take away the Jewish ancestral historical ties to their homeland.
However, the Jewish people returned to modern-day Israel; changed to a state in 1948. However, ethnic-Palestinians, Arabs, remained in the region until around 700,000 thousand left after the 1967 War, in which Israel claimed even more land. After that, Palestinians returned to claim their personal belongings, some stayed; to this day, they're considered refugees and not the residence of a Palestinian state. The fight over Jerusalem, in which Eastern Jerselum would go to the Palestine and Western Jerselum would be the Jewish capital -- that all changed when the United States breached its long-standing broker of a peace negotiation ended with Jerseulum no longer in consideration as part of a Palestinian state. America clearly took sides, therefore, peace in the Middle East is almost impossible.
TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick, a fierce opponent of gun control, says today's shooting may have been caused by Texas schools having "too many entrances and too many exits."
TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick, a fierce opponent of gun control, says today's shooting may have been caused by Texas schools having "too many entrances and too many exits." pic.twitter.com/tLByRqL6oX— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 18, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018
"Below is a piece of Nazi propaganda in which Hitler published pictures of Jewish criminals next to their crimes. The purpose was to create the association that all Jews were thieving, sub-human animals. This is precisely what Trump is doing when he brings up MS-13.… https://t.co/Ac8tfQH2w1"
Below is a piece of Nazi propaganda in which Hitler published pictures of Jewish criminals next to their crimes. The purpose was to create the association that all Jews were thieving, sub-human animals.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) May 17, 2018
This is precisely what Trump is doing when he brings up MS-13. pic.twitter.com/eY1ICWDJaE
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
It's nothing less than disingenuous to insist compassionate Democrats who want to increase wages and make sure your kids have health care suddenly reflects bigotry, but a GOP politician ranting against illegal immigrants as rapists and criminals gain respect for "telling it like it is."
Trump calls the Russia Investigation a "witch hunt," however, with at least 19 indictments; three guilty pleas to include jail time for a lawyer who pleaded guilty to lying about contact with Russia, the investigation does not fit the definition of a witch hunt. To point out, for fun: no one in the Obama administration faced criminal proceedings nor did Obama need a lawyer.
With the election of Donald Trump, his supporters; the Republican base lost their minds - giving him a pass for sexual assault, something Democrats reject even for their own, stiffing workers, open-corruption, violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Moreover, to enrich his family, not tolerated under a Democratic President, is passed off as "they all do it." While that's not true, what is true is Donald Trump's promise to "Drain The Swamp" isn't happening. In fact, Trump is filling the swamp with unqualified family members, former torturers & people who hate the agencies they run. In effect, Trump cabinet members' goal is to destroy the agency they represent.
Earlier, I made a distinction between Trump voters and the Republicans to tie the groups together as one base. Because the Trump base is the Republican base, the difference is void.
Some Republican politicians, running in 2018, are already running Trumpian commercial advertisements; who can outdo the others' bigotry, divisiveness? Don't look at the massive tax breaks given that don't benefit the average worker; no look at how racist, pseudo-patriotic, while maintaining a strong sense of Christian patriotism.
Oklahoma GOP candidate proposes euthanasia for disabled and poor to avoid food stamps— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy) May 15, 2018
He must be fun at byob parties. Oh, you didn't contribute? Guess we have to kill you then. Sorry. https://t.co/5Pe78RiyFq
Don't look at Trump's horrible policies or the fact that gas is over $3 a gallon; look at how Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jeruselum. What does that do for you and your family? Not one bit. People losing their health care left and right, who cares? Forget about the racist pastors enriching themselves in the Trump presidency. As you, evangelicals continue to do, look the other way. Ignore it.
This Trump supporter harassed peaceful demonstrators, hurled crude insults, and even broke a woman's glasses
This Trump supporter harassed peaceful demonstrators, hurled crude insults, and even broke a woman's glasses pic.twitter.com/GYxmYVOzz3— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 15, 2018
Council of Nicaea Didn't Decide The Holy Spirit Was Equal To God The Father & God The Son (One Substance One God) Part One.
The doctrine of the Trinity developed as a later theologic consensus. (See the Council of Chalcedon; A.D. 451)
The early Church Fathers felt no need for such official doctrine as the Scriptures mention three divine Persons; thus God's self-evident nature revealed the Trinity.
As previously stated, the Council of Nicea didn't address the triad. Nicea didn't address the Holy Spirit as an eternal Person equal to God and God the Holy Spirit; therefore at best, the Council presented a duality.
The doctrine of the Trinity, as we know it today, evolved as an Orthodox Church teaching.
Most notably, some of the Church leaders, Athanasius of Alexandria & his mentor, Patriarch Alexander. They took up the matter of the Holy Spirit's divinity, too.
The Basis is Threefold
1). Christ was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1).
2). 30 I and my Father are one. (John 10:30).
3). Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Matthew 28:19).
The early church didn't thoroughly understand the Holy Spirit's role in the Trinity, or the doctrine of the Godhead as an orthodox theology until later.
What the early Church Fathers did understand consequences for the unforgivable sin as lending credence to the transcendent importance of the Holy Spirit; thus equated the Holy Spirit as the third Person of the Trinity. After all, the evidence supported the claim.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Today, people focus on Ruckman, Hoffman & others as if they started the Christian church. But, hundreds of years ago, Christians had different views of the Christian faith. Some "literal" interpretations of the Bible are a new phenomenon and not original Christian thought.
Just a side note, Eastern Orthodox Christians do not believe in original sin. Western Christians do believe in original sin. But that's for a different lesson. Right now, I would like to give a brief write-up on what one (I added a few others) 5th century Christian Father thought of the Trinity and how he explained it.
Gerasimus, known as Gerasimus of Jordan, came from a wealthy family in Asia Minor but abandoned all worldly possession to become a monk in the region of the Egyptian desert (Africa). He also traveled through Palestine and Jordan. He became known for his righteous life & devotion to prayer.
Gerasimus also attended the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in (A.D. 451). Gerasimus gave extensive apologies for the Christian faith; to prove Christianity is the one true religion. Most of his arguments are brilliant.
Right now, I want to focus on his defense of the Trinity. Although his arguments are extensive, this short general summery shows his use of imagery as an explanation: first, Gerasimus asked Jews, and Muslims if three lights were on in the same house, would you say there is light in the house, or would you say there are three lights in the house? The lit house contains three lights.
His second argument, again extensive, but this, my response, is an incredibly simplistic response: if three people are singing the same hymn, would you say three people are singing the different hymns, or three people are singing the one?
Throughout his arguments (which again, I suggest you read if you are into the historical context of the Trinity) he gives listeners & readers the ability to visualize the Trinity within the context of three separate persons as one.
Each person of the Trinity has different attributes that distinguish and differentiate one from the other. However, the agreement between the three persons are many because, as three persons, He is one God with one substance, one nature, one honor, and eternal. These characteristics not uniform among humans are among the essence of God.
The totality of each person of the Trinity is in the entirety of every one of the three, yet He is entirely God.
The Godhead is not comparable with human equivalents, therefore, do not violate God's unity and transcendence. In case of objection, Gerasimus clarifies the idea of God as one substance and three hypostases - Christians do not present God as three separate humans.
If Christians, gathered under one mind, be of one substance, so God; of three persons; be of one essence. The church is of one body, one mind & one spirit. God is three persons, which doesn't mean three gods, but God Almighty, His Word, and His Spirit are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three distinct persons, not parts.
Irenaeus of Lyons (AD 130-202) Bishop of Lugdunum: "He is Himself in His own right, beyond all men who ever lived, God, and Lord, and King Eternal, and the Incarnate Word, proclaimed by all the prophets, the apostles, and by the Spirit Himself, may be seen by all who have attained to even a small portion of the truth." Lyons also explains: "Christ Himself, therefore, together with the Father, is the God of the living." [Tim Barnett; Stand to Reason].
Justin Martyr (AD 100-165) second-century apologist: "a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God." [Tim Barnett; Stand to Reason].
So many other Church Fathers confirmed the Trinity, God in three persons. To have knowledge of, and reject the Trinity, is to deny God.
Friday, May 11, 2018
The Alternative Right is a group of young white folks, mostly online, who claim to defend western civilization, oppose Islam, immigration and the declining patriarch of the white male.
The Alt-Right feeds on the social anxiety of who they call "social justice warriors"; commonly referred to as SJWs, who call for an inclusive society. The New Right randomly posts clips of SJWs triggered - triggered by anything such as pronouns to racism, anti-Semitic comments.
.@1IronMan2018 @keithboykin hope you don’t mind I used your tweet in my header.... pic.twitter.com/wCRdsvSeWQ— ((Florida Democrat)) (@FlDemocrat) May 11, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Photos of 'migrants' humiliated in Tel Aviv cause outrage https://t.co/tkqqR2domj Trying to act like like NAZIs?
Photos of 'migrants' humiliated in Tel Aviv cause outrage https://t.co/tkqqR2domj— McSpocky™ 👽🖖 (@mcspocky) May 9, 2018
Trying to act like like NAZIs? pic.twitter.com/y4du7z2Yk8