He Who Is Without Sin…

“Even if many on the left don’t believe in Jesus Christ (in favor of their own superstitions), they should at least take those who do seriously, not for their own words, but for the words of the One they follow.”

The Apostle Paul stood in Athens, on Mars Hill, and told them how he perceived in all things they were very superstitious. Passing through, he even found an altar inscribed “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.”

Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.” So Paul departed from among them.

(Acts 17:29-33)

The word “superstitious” is also translated from the original Greek as “religious.” The word is δεισιδαίμων, ον, or “deisidaimonesteros” in an English transliteration. The word does not mean an adherent to an organized religion, or God-fearing in the sense of how Israel worshipped the God of Abraham. It means a sincerely held belief in a force, or deity–a superstitious fear.

Superstitious fears have no rational basis in fact supporting them. They don’t comport with current reality. Today, we see this superstitious fear all over America, but especially in the remarkable statements and attitudes proceeding from the political left–the antipode to the Christian right–whose particular superstition holds that anything Christians do or think must be evil.

Therefore, regardless of the particular facts of what actually happens in the world, the superstitious left believes that Christians are on the wrong side of it. When a radical Muslim, who likely never attended a single church service in his life, never mind studied the New Testament or evangelical Christian doctrine, murdered 49 at a gay night club, this cannot be worse than Christians opposing the LGBT lifestyle.

So when San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor prayed for victims of the Orlando shooting, she was booed. Not because her prayers were insincere, but because she was a Christian praying for people whose lifestyles are considered unBiblical. They held signs reading “You can’t use your religion to oppress us and then your your prayers to console us.”

Those who booed fail to recognize the distinction that a Christian can hold an activity or lifestyle as counter to Biblical teaching, and in fact leading to eternal punishment, but also lament the loss of those very people’s lives and pray for the comfort of their families and friends.

This kind of sentiment, brashly put by Jonah Goldberg, represents a failure of intelligence to “recognize and acknowledge [emphasis his] such meaningful distinctions. Idiots, knaves, fools, liars, activists, and a wide variety of narcissists ignore or deny such distinctions.” What Goldberg called “narcissism,” borrowing from Orwell, the Apostle Paul called superstition.

It’s notable that both Orwell, who was skeptical of Christianity yet considered himself outwardly pious (“It seems rather mean to go to Holy Communion when one doesn’t believe, but I have passed myself off for pious & there is nothing for it but to keep up with the deception.”), and Paul, the most prolific and learned of the Apostles, would arrive at the same point. Ignoring the distinction that Christians, and especially Christian leaders (minus a few jackasses who gain disproportionate attention) do not call for the systematic murder of gays, while Muslim leaders in fact do, is pure superstition.

Therefore these people, who fear the unknown god, and subscribe to one of many others that elevate various human traits and life experiences above others (beauty, virility, sexual prowess, youth, power, money, pleasure, strength, speed, alcohol, and sublimity being just a few), must attribute the failure of those gods as the fault of Christians (or Jews). When gay youth commit suicide, it must be the fault of Christians telling them their desires are wrong.

When gay youth in Israel, which has one of the most welcoming cultures for LGBT (certainly light years apart from all of its neighbors within 500 miles), have a suicide attempt rate 112 percent higher than the general population, it must be the fault of Jews and Christians. The superstitious focus on the fact that religious youths have an even higher suicide rate.

Is there mere existence of Christianity and Judaism the cause of their despair? If that’s true, then the mere existence of Islam would be a million times more devastating. Goldberg wrote:

Because of the internal fantasy-logic of this story, Muslims must be considered equal partners in the Coalition of the Oppressed. This is why the “pinkwashing” of Israel makes so many leftists angry; it arouses the agony of cognitive dissonance.

There is no logic in superstition. The same people who accuse Christians of believing in “myths and fairy tales” because of the cross, and the doctrine that Jesus rose from the dead, harbor their own religious, and inviolable beliefs.

Yet Christianity alone is rooted firmly in today’s human experience by one stunning and irrefutable principle which transcends mere superstition and belief in arbitrary rules and penetrates the heart.

Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

(John 8:3-12)

There is no other worldview in which those caught directly in prohibited behavior, in which no tolerance is allowed, can escape inevitable judgment. While liberal superstition must boo Christians who pray for gays, because there is no possible way in their construct that intelligence can sanction what is forbidden, Jesus offered the ultimate social justice. “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

Christ followers cannot throw stones and condemn anyone for their own sin. Those who claim the name of Christ and take up stones are liars (1 John 1:8). The logic is perfect and inviolable. It fits the facts and serves as witness in the world.

When faced with death and murderers, as I wrote before, the LGBT community will find no greater friend than true Christians. When the gods of this world fail; and when darkness falls; when light does not penetrate; when love grows cold, there is only One who offers the light of life. There is only One whose followers gladly suffer their own murder all over the world for the cause of love–not wearing a suicide vest, because He hears our prayers.

Even if many on the left don’t believe in Jesus Christ (in favor of their own superstitions), they should at least take those who do seriously, not for their own words, but for the words of the One they follow.

[email protected] Yiannopoulos Outed Twitter and Has a Death Wish

I am no fan of bottom-feeding Milo Yiannopoulos, the darling of Drudge and newly-minted “senior editor” with Trumpbart. But he, like the GOP presumptive nominee whom he calls “daddy,” is very effective at smoking out the left where they live.

In this case, @nero (his Twitter handle) penned an article so offensive to the leftists who populate the Twitter Trust & Safety Council that they suspended him completely.

https://twitter.com/Nero/status/742088956997566464

Yiannopoulos is extravagantly, fabulously, and preeningly gay. His latest speaking tour is labeled “The Dangerous Faggot Tour.” I am not sure if anyone could be as offensive to everyone since Andrew Dice Clay was popular, or Monty Python in their heyday.

That being said, it was wrong of Twitter to suspend him. It was complete, absolute viewpoint discrimination on its face. Yiannopoulos said nothing more than what he’s been spouting for months, and in fact echoed the reporting and opinion of many conservative websites.

I can’t say “to their credit,” but recognizing their rank hypocrisy and blatant insanity, Twitter reinstated @nero Wednesday. But not to be outdone, Yiannopoulos is pushing the limits to the point where I have to question if he truly has a death wish. I think he has a suicide-by-liberal fetish, to gore the left’s sacred oxen so badly that some idiot tries to assasinate him.

The University of Central Florida seems to agree with me. They cancelled a hastily-added speaking engagement Tuesday, citing “online security threats made against Milo,” adding that the environment “rendered it impossible to regulate” his security.

Not to be silenced, and happening to be in the Central Florida area, Yiannopoulos is giving a public press conference today at 2 p.m. at “ground zero,” meaning a few blocks away from the Pulse night club.

Milo will give the short talk “Absolutely Haram: Islam versus Gays”, which was scheduled to be delivered at the University of Central Florida this week before UCF PD cancelled his event, stating they could not guarantee his safety.

He will discuss his suspension this morning on Twitter following his criticism of Islam.

Yiannopoulos will address the cancellation of his college speaking event as well as UCF administrators’ decision to cancel his scheduled press conference tomorrow by claiming that “no space was available” for him to talk to students and the media.

I am sure the Orlando police are simply delighted that @nero chose this particular day and location to be the site of his public suicide pact. Did I mention I think it’s a dangerous and stupid gesture, that helps nobody?

The Breitbart team will be accompanied by private security, for the safety of media and the attending public. All are welcome to join. The event will begin promptly at 2pm EDT.

I also can’t believe that Breitbart is footing the bill for private security. They’ve truly lost their minds.

Fear Won’t Fix Anything

“The government should spend more time dealing with illegal guns and actual proto-terrorists than crawling up the shorts of legal gun owners who aren’t visiting radical Islamic websites. Yes, Virginia, that’s profiling.”

Depending on who is talking, we should either fear our neighbors because they attend a mosque or we should fear our neighbors because they have scary guns. Or we should fear our neighbors because they are gay, or we should fear our neighbors because they are Christian.

I have non-Christian family members who point to the Westboro Baptist Church whose idiotic rants against gays AND Muslims are enough to paint any Christ follower with tar and run them through the chicken house. Many liberals are so infused with divisive bias that they can’t even agree with conservatives who want to agree with them.

Me: “The sky is blue today.”

Liberal: “You only say that because you hate gays.”

Me: “No, really, the sky is blue.”

Liberal: “Stop threatening me! You hater!”

It’s no different going the other direction. Ask some extreme libertarians if it’s okay for the government to restrict people being investigated for terrorist connections by the FBI from buying a SIG Sauer MCX and a few thousand rounds of 5.56mm ball ammo–or at least raise a flag, and they yell “liberty hater!” in your face.

I, for one, don’t want to walk around all day fearing my neighbors, or the people at the Walmart because a woman is wearing a Burqa. I don’t want to be a one-man paranoia police, dialing 911 every time a guy at work opens his trunk and looks both ways first. I don’t want to unfriend people on Facebook because they’re from Iran or Syria, or because they go to a mosque.

This is a long story, but stick with me.

Years ago, when I ran an ISP, I was involved in an investigation of a hacking crime. The criminal wasn’t a genius. We had lots of evidence. But when the detective came by he noted that the address where the then-teenager lived was on the “watch list” so they went with a no-knock warrant.

I rode along with the cops on their raid and was told to “stay put” in the back of the detective’s squad car. I sat there for it seemed like an eternity and decided to stretch my legs. As I did, the kid and his mom’s felon boyfriend were brought out, handcuffed, looking right at yours truly in the face.

It turns out the felon had an SKS rifle (one of those scary “assault” rifles, which is also quite good for hunting) and a few thousand rounds of 7.62mm Warsaw Pact style ammunition. He was probably going away for a stay at one of Georgia’s state prisons. But before he did, he managed to walk into my office at work–straight in through the lobby, and stand in front of my desk.

I wasn’t in the mood to be conversational or charitable. I told him I couldn’t talk to him and he had to leave. He spoke his peace and left. I called the detective, who chuckled “Yeah, he shouldn’t have done that.” No s**t, Sherlock, I thought. At the time I was unarmed at my desk. I owned a pistol but didn’t carry it. This dude could have come in my office and blown a big ol’ hole in my head, I thought.

For the next six months, I was armed. All the time. Everywhere. Literally everywhere. I kept a spare loaded pistol in my desk. When we moved our office, I insisted on the latest alarm and entry control technology. We had steel doors installed that would stop a 12-gauge shotgun blast. We used man-traps so people couldn’t walk through two doors without one being closed behind.

In short, I was scared s**tless and lived that way.

I eventually realized it wasn’t solving anything. If someone wanted to wait, hidden, for me to leave my fortress and bushwhack me, they could do exactly that. I wasn’t the POTUS and didn’t have Secret Service protection. Living in fear was simply not helpful.

Politicians whipping up fear is singularly unhelpful to our country. Whether it’s President Obama railing on about access to guns, or Donald Trump’s humblebrags about being right about Islamic terror, fear simply pushes people further into their own prejudices and polarizes our country.

David French wrote that our worldviews between places like New York City and Tennessee were so different as to be almost unrecognizable to each other.

You can live your entire life in Manhattan without knowing people who own a gun or attend an Evangelical church. You can’t spend a day in Columbia without talking to a pistol-packing Baptist. We watch different things. We read different things. We believe different things.

We may believe different things, but we are not different people. The greatness of America is in our motto: E Pluribus Unum; From Many, One.

When the president tells us that words don’t matter and naming radical Islam as a foe doesn’t accomplish anything in fighting the Islamic State, he’s doing a terrible disservice to the country. When the press narrative is so slanted as to blame the Orlando shooting on a mentally ill, closet gay man versus a terrorist inspired by radical Islam, they are doing a terrible disservice to the country.

Because if we are not clear on who the enemy is, then we have to fear everyone. ISIS is here, actively recruiting Muslims who are looking for something more than just football on Sunday and a culture headed toward complete hedonism. But we’re told that they are a persecuted class, because a boy with a fake bomb homemade clock got arrested (which was a set up).

When the president tells us that guns are the problem, yet there are more guns in America than citizens and we don’t see a hundred million dead by guns each year, we need to question if he’s peddling fear–or wanting to look Eurocool to the world by making American culture fit in.

American culture is unique in the world. We would no more give up our guns than work 25 hour work weeks with mandated six week vacations in the summer and an 80 percent tax rate. Encouraging a percentage of the population to fear guns and gun owners simply because some rifle looks scary to them is, frankly, stupid.

It’s as dumb as telling people they should fear Americans who go to a mosque instead of a church. We should have common sense and a sense of caution, not fear. We shouldn’t fear being pilloried by the media because we called the FBI or local police to report someone in the neighborhood acting strangely–or talking about killing people. We shouldn’t fear being hassled or locked up because we’re looking at a gun website on our smartphone in the airport.

The government should spend more time dealing with illegal guns and actual proto-terrorists than crawling up the shorts of legal gun owners who aren’t visiting radical Islamic websites. Yes, Virginia, that’s profiling.

When President Bush was in office, and 9/11 happened, the government’s response was to create this Leviathan DHS agency to tame the Hydra, but instead all it did was increase the fear–so now we have to fear the government too. The government’s reflex is always to legislate its way out of a crisis and to use fear as its leverage.

Might I suggest a different approach. Let’s choose not to fear each other. Let’s choose to agree with those who differ from us in areas where we can agree. I think Trump is closer to this ideal than Obama–his problem is the garbage he hauls in his wake reacts to dog whistles. Obama’s faithful refuse to see any side but their own.

I see it when House Democrats tried to throw an LGBT-friendly amendment into the NDAA–the annual military spending bill. Speaker Ryan clamped down on last-minute amendments, so now they’re claiming Republicans are anti-gay. It’s political grandstanding and fear-mongering (and the Democrats accuse Republicans of fear-mongering on Iran, ISIS, immigration, you-name-it).

It’s a shame because we have a real opportunity to do something useful coming out of this attack on America.

 

Anti-Gun Talk Dishonors the Dead and Wounded

All the hysterical talk of guns, machine guns, and scary guns in the wake of a clear and well-planned terror attack by a man who committed himself to ISIS actually dishonors the dead and wounded from that horror.

There are 53 people wounded–many gravely injured and fighting for their lives–and 49 dead in the wake of the Pulse nightclub attack. The dead haven’t even been buried, and people like wimp of the year Gersh Kuntzman are writing “Forty nine people can be gone in 60 seconds.”

As Erick wrote, that did not happen. What did happen is still a bit unclear as police have not released full details yet.

According to the New York Times, Omar Mateen entered through the main entrance of the Pulse night club just after 2 a.m., heavily armed and immediately began shooting. He was engaged by an off-duty officer who provided security for the club.

At some point, the terrorist began moving through the club to a restroom, taking four or five hostages. The ISIS killer was finally taken out by police, who used explosives and an armored vehicle to penetrate the outside wall of the building at 5 a.m.

That means those who were shot–not all, but many–may have lain on the floor of the club for up to three hours. They bled out, in agony. Unlike the movies, gunshot victims don’t just fall down, gasp, and die bloodlessly. They bleed; they cough up blood. They try to crawl to safety.

Another timeline published by the Orlando Sentinel offered slightly more detail. Between 2:09 a.m., when the club posted a message on their Facebook page and 5 a.m. when police made the decision to go into the club, there were no emergency responders inside Pulse to tend to the wounded or go after the terrorist.

2:09 a.m. Facebook post: Everyone get out of pulse and keep running

Witness Ivry Mcneal told the Sentinel, “People were running everywhere. Gunshots were going off. People were ducking.”

For three hours, police gathered outside. Victims bled out and died. Others lay in agony. Those who could run, ran, and the rest hid in terror. Pulse has a no-gun policy, and Florida law prohibits concealed carry in establishments that serve alcohol as their primary business. As in most mass shooting cases, the victims were sheep, with no way to fight the wolf.

Contrast this with the shooting in Tel-Aviv last week. Those terrorists had fully-automatic weapons (AK-47’s), but were fought off by mall security (which in Israel is a serious business), and other armed people on the street. Israel has no Second Amendment and incredibly strict gun laws, but they understand the concept of an armed population. In terms of terror attacks, guns save lives.

When you are in a night club at 2 a.m. and a heavily-armed terrorist walks in, the police cannot save you. A lone off-duty officer serving as bouncer probably cannot save you. But you, correctly armed and trained, can save you and many others.

The answer is not to attempt an impossible “make America gun-free” campaign. The answer is to recognize that facing terrorist attacks in “soft target” public places, that people who safely carry guns save lives.

How many lives could have been saved in Orlando if those who were shot didn’t have to wait three hours? We don’t know, but spare me the stupid and dishonorable rhetoric about machine guns and “49 people gone in 60 seconds.”

 

LGBT Americans Deserve Our Protection

“Contrary to everything the gay community believes, they will have no greater friend in this battle of ideology than American Christians.”

Saturday night, a horrific attack took place on Americans. With 50 killed and another 53 wounded, what President Obama described as the worst mass killing in U.S. history, this mass murder targeted a very specific segment of the population: Gay Americans.

There’s no doubt something like this was bound to happen. We’ve been hearing for decades that American “soft targets” are vulnerable. After San Bernardino, Paris, and Brussels, well-armed and prepared terrorists conducting attacks in public settings has become far too common.

In the president’s first remarks to the nation since the attack, he made sure to address the intended targets.

“The place where they were attacked was more than a nightclub, it was a place of solidarity,” he said. “This is a sobering reminder, that attacks on any American regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us.”

Obama used the word “terror,” and he repeatedly used the word “hate.” But he failed to mention the source of that hate, as if there was some undefined force beaming hate down to certain individuals, without regard to whom and what those people follow.

The gunman, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, was heard shouting “Allah Akbar” while engaging officers, law enforcement sources told Fox News.

But according to Rep. Adam Schiff, from California, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, it’s pretty clear where the hate came from, Reuters reported.

He noted that the incident occurred during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, that Islamic State had called for attacks during this period and that the target was an LGBT nightclub and was hit during Gay Pride weekend.

Moreover, he said, that, if accurate, “according to local law enforcement the shooter declared his allegiance to ISIS (Islamic State.)”

An audio message purportedly issued last month by the spokesman of Islamic State called on followers to launch attacks in the United States and Europe during Ramadan, which began on June 5 in the United States.

“Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. Get prepared, be ready … to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers … especially for the fighters and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America,” said the statement allegedly made by Abu Muhammad al-Adnani and distributed over Twitter accounts usually associated with Islamic State.

“The smallest action you do in their heartland is better and more enduring to us than what you would if you were with us. If one of you hoped to reach the Islamic State, we wish we were in your place to punish the Crusaders day and night,” said the audio clip, the authenticity of which could not be verified.

Could ISIS have sent a clearer signal? Could radical Islam be more clear in its position on gays and lesbians? No, I don’t think they could. Now there are reports that more attacks were planned targeting a California gay pride parade.

The American LGBT community deserves protection, not condemnation. The answer to this problem is not President Obama’s first reflexive reaction–to eliminate guns from civilian hands (which he again incorrectly called an “assault rifle”). The president did, however, get one thing straight: We must combat hate with love.

Gays and lesbians have been inculcated with values that place Christians in their enemy’s camp. The Bible, Christianity, and those who seem to want to limit marriage, military service, and other things the LGBT political agenda wants to claim for themselves to traditional roles and morals have been the boogeyman for decades. Muslims oppose most Christian moral agendas, which makes sense if you consider that Muslims believe in polygamy.

But the enemy of my enemy is seldom my friend. In this case, the radical Islamic agenda has been horrifically exposed for what it is. The hate is driven by an ideology that causes gays in the Middle East to be subjected to jail in even “moderate” countries like Saudi Arabia, or thrown from buildings by extreme groups like ISIS.

American Christians may not agree with the LGBT political agenda. I certainly do not. But I do value their lives, because they are precious to God, and therefore to me. Their lives are not precious to radical Islamists. Contrary to everything the gay community believes, they will have no greater friend in this battle of ideology than American Christians.

The LGBT community does deserve our special protection. Not against Christians, however. They deserve protection against Muslims who follow an evil ideology sprung from their holy books. We can argue all day long over whether that evil is a misinterpretation of the Quran or the actual interpretation of their beliefs. I don’t care, because radical Islam kills, and will continue to kill until it is crushed.

I would gladly stand guard, AR-15 in hand, at any gay bar to protect these Americans, with whom I disagree, but will defend with my life. I do this because I love them like Jesus loves them. When the time comes for choosing enemies, I pray that LGBT Americans would choose very carefully.