America’s refugee industry and the Cats-Paw

| March 8, 2017 | 5 Comments

CATS-PAW, noun – A dupe; the instrument which another uses.

Watching the presidential address to Congress the other evening, and the behavior of those in the Democratic Party, brought to mind an incident from my youth. Attending a Boy Scout leadership conference lecture I was exposed to an unusual act. The speaker, a United States Navy Commander, took position behind the podium, decked out in his full dress uniform, wearing a ridiculous rubber mask. For fifteen minutes, he delivered a serious and sobering message on the need for authenticity in leadership. He pressed on and on, making one statement after another, and the audience was coming apart at the seams. Why? Anybody knows why! His mask canceled out everything he was endeavoring to impart on that subject. It was impossible for him to be convincing while he wore that mask. Finally, he pulled the thing off his face and we settled down almost immediately. As soon as we did, we were readily cognizant of the point he was making. That I can still recall this, demonstrates this fact. Presently, the current behavior of those who call themselves liberal Democrats, likewise are seeing the self-evident cancelation of their age old political rhetoric. When one witnesses a group of individuals with “Love Trumps Hate” signs, beating, stomping, spitting and pepper spraying an innocent fellow citizen who also desires to exercise his 1st Amendment rights, well, the two are irreconcilable. This behavior is neither surprising, shocking nor unexpected, at least not by those who have had the dubious honor early on in their lives, of experiencing the “tolerance” the left espouses.

If I were to ask you to give me the address and phone number of a terrorist group with ties to ISIS, what would be your response? I don’t know that there is a building we could locate anywhere that would be named “Terrorism West-A Subsidiary of ISIS”, because terrorism is an invisible system of well-camouflaged evil. Many who function within the terrorism realms are legitimate-looking businessmen by day and killers by night. By day many of them sign business papers; by night many of them are orchestrating ways to kill our fellow Americans. It is an invisible system designed to promote evil often under the camouflage of good. This then, is our present reality. Interestingly enough, this is also the same behavioral pattern of the liberal left. Couching themselves in the flag and the Constitution by day, they seek to chip away at it by night, perverting it, weakening it and rendering it powerless. When one takes a couple of steps back, it is a most unsettling feeling, to see the similarities between the Constitutional enemies foreign and domestic.

Despite the fact that our media and our celebrities ridicule it, and the church in America seems to ignore it, we are in a state of war. It has always been incomprehensible to me, that the one three letter word is so painstakingly avoided. War is a given. It is a part of the reality of our existence. Since Satan was thrown out of Heaven, the concept of war has been a part of the human condition. Peace is hard to come by. In the nearly four thousand years of recorded human history, there have been only two hundred and sixty eight years where there was no war. War is normal. After this last presidential election, it is self-evident that it will remain a constant companion for some time to come. Scripture tells us that the end of the age of man will see wars and rumors of wars, yet, some vainly seek to pass out Coca-Cola and sing in harmony, to groups standing fully armed in a circular firing squad. That too is neither surprising nor unexpected.

The morning of 9 November, 2016 was considerably remarkable. The news anchors were stunned, the pollsters perplexed, and most of all, the far left was in despair. It took a few days for the realization to set in, and the shock to wear off, but in the end, the greatest act the election results generated, was the sudden and obviously violent ripping away of the mask that many have worn for about three generations. Just as the serpent bedazzled Eve in the garden with such simple seeming logic, so has that same serpentine spirit worked tirelessly, entangling itself within the governmental, societal and cultural infrastructure of our nation. The serpent seldom had to rear its head and display its fangs, because it exercised the virtue of patience. Of course, it allowed resistance to be displayed, without fear, for it knew that while a minority were demonstrating resignation, the reality was, it was silently feasting on “WE THE PEOPLE.” That paradigm changed this past election cycle, when the prey suddenly decided to halt its descent into the stomach of the snake. Donald Trump’s unanticipated triumph was not simply a blow to those wishing validation and support of their sexual deviancy, or to those who can’t figure out which bathroom or locker room to use, or what other venues allowed people to glory in their shame. Trump’s triumph represents a much larger stumbling block.

Since the outcry and the weeping and gnashing of teeth over the President’s travel ban, and the enforcement of immigration control, the mask has been yanked from the faces of the globalists and the elitists, whom I will refer to as Globelitists. Hillary’s defeat was also a defeat for the Globelitists, who seek a world without borders, and as such, a one world government. The Globelitists witnessed a major setback with the Brexit movement in the UK back in June of last year, however, there was not the extraordinary amount of fanfare regarding the outcome, as logic would have suggested. In contrast to the reaction in Americas post-election results, the Brexit fall-out is not worth mentioning. The ascension of Hillary Clinton was a given by the Globelitists. The Clinton Global Initiative (excellently named) was generating currency like a true money machine. The media romanced her and she carried the unseen but all-powerful scepter of power, as conferred upon her by the Globelitists. Polls were showing her winning, the media was declaring her a winner, enough to make even Charlie Sheen want to stop using the word. The forgotten aspect of all of this was the power of the average citizen. Brexit was a vote of no confidence by the common man in the United Kingdom. The utopia and the gleam and dazzle that was promised to them in 1992, never came to fruition, and the common man, seeing no light at the end of the tunnel, just a darker and deeper one for his progeny, voted to get out. Likewise, a similar phenomenon occurred here in America. The sweet honey promises of Obama’s hope and change, became poisonous barbs in the mouths of Americans. They lost their insurance plans and the doctors they were told they could keep, as well as the jobs they needed to survive. While the media actively spun the Rumpelstiltskin tales of an improving economy, they believed instead the story their check books related at the end of each week. Having enough drama in their lives, they did what humans have been doing since the beginning. They opted to act in their own best interests. They told the pollsters what they wanted to hear, and in the election booth, did what they thought was best for themselves and their families.

Taken off-guard, the serpent spirit now raises its head and displays its fangs. God is a God of order. Evil seeks chaos. This crazed demonic spirit displayed by those in protest, wearing vagina suits, burning, disrupting, and marching with “Love Trumps Hate” banners, while attacking the innocent, that’s the anger at the loss of power and control. I once owned a dog. She was so loving and peaceful, you could not have asked for a better pet. Take her bone from her! If you could get your hands on her bone, and get it from her, she transformed into the Tasmanian devil, and she saw no peace until you either relented and returned it, or sealed her in her doghouse until she was back under control. It is the same principal here. Globelitists are not going to cease nor rethink their position nor acquiesce to the will of the majority. They can’t! It’s not in their nature. That desire for one united world has been in existence since God confused the languages at the tower of Babel, and it will not be quenched, however it will be vanquished in the not too distant future, by Christ. Although the terms “One World Government” and One World Currency” are never utilized outright in Scripture, the concepts are alluded to repeatedly, enough that one can only anticipate such a system, in order for Prophecy to be fulfilled. This then is what we are now witnessing. Evil loves chaos, and the useful minions now filling our streets are heeding the call of their dark masters and fulfilling their demonic function.

President Trump’s promise of putting America first, and being the POTUS, not president of the world, is a stumbling block to the Globelitist. The actions of the Democratic Party now fully reveal that they indeed are not for the Constitution, America, or the American citizen, but for the Globelitist agenda. This explains their obstructionism of the Trump cabinet picks, the attempt to discredit AG Sessions, and to sit on their hands during the recent address, when President Trump put forward certain agenda items, for which they used to espouse support. Look now for a created crisis, facilitated by the Globelitists. Granted, there is some fear that there will be exposure of illegal and anti-American activities by the Globelitists. However, the primary motivation, is to shepherd the common folk back into the lockstep march of a global system. What will the crisis be? A massive domestic terror attack, a flashpoint with North Korea, Iran or seemingly if they get their way, Russia? If not within the foreign policy realm, the financial one. Who can know the potential intentionally created financial disaster Globelitists could trigger on Wall Street? Anything, in order to stop Trump and to be able to say “See we told you, the world is better off in our capable hands.”

The Democratic Party has been chipping away at the Constitution, changing it, and corrupting it so that it fails. Sadly, eventually it must fail. Just as I am certain, unseen forces are feverishly laboring to make the necessary changes to the UK’s policies, to assure that the power for the common man to withstand the onslaught of the Globelitists, is eliminated. Needless to say, as a patriot, I dislike this fact, but as a Christian, I can see no other logical outcome in light of Prophecy. For a one world system to become a reality, the nation state must be destroyed, here and in Europe and anywhere the idea of nationalism still resides. The free flow and authoritative control of populations on a globe without borders demands this. This characteristic supplies the dynamic force that propels the immigration control debate, and like all deceptions, this demon seed is couched in the veil of compassion. I am no longer surprised nor amazed at the ability of those alleging faith in Christ, nor the institutions charged with delivering the gospel of Christ, to be so easily deceived. The Church in America seems to have abandoned the spiritual battlefield after WWII, and we have before us the results. Ultimately, what stands in the way of the Globelitists and Radical Islamists, are the remnant faithful of the Christian faith and Conservative Judaism. It is no surprise nor coincidence then, that both are the targets of the same enemies, and that those enemies desire the same outcome.

It has been fascinating to me to see how easily the Globelitists can overlook ISIS and the like. How can “civilized” Globelitists find anything amongst the savagery and barbarity of Radical Islam, reconcilable? That question is answered in the Marxist/Communist pond, from where the current ideology of the Democratic Party in particular, and the Globelitists movement in general, spawned. The end justifies the means. What is the desired end both have in common? Both seek a global one-world system. The Globelitists for wealth, power and control; the Radical Islamists, for the control of the world by Sharia law. Ultimately the two primary targets that receive the passions of both their ires, are Christians and Jews. Again, not surprising to anyone who comprehends prophecy. However what is fascinating to witness is, even those expressing disbelief in the God of the Bible are beginning to question the animosity being directed against Judeo-Christian followers.

For all of the debates and conversations regarding immigration into the United States, one prescient fact is seldom mentioned: the money that is to be made and who is controlling the dispensing of the refugees into other lands. The United Nations Commission on Refugees is the authoritative body that decides who comes into America! Yes, we may supposedly perform the background checks, etc., on immigrant refugees, but it is this UN body that selects who comes to our shores. Any wonder then why President Trump’s questioning of our UN participation is sending shock waves throughout the Globelitists realm? Sadly, all of the churches and religious organizations that are “compassionately” assisting in the relocation, do so by abandoning the prime directive of the Biblical mandate. A little known fact in the refugee rescue scenario, is the requirement of all religious organizations engaged in refugee relocation into the United States, to sign a contract with the United States State Department, agreeing to not attempt to share the gospel of Christ with the refugees, nor in any way take actions to have them assimilate into our culture as it concerns personal customs and beliefs. To be honest, I don’t know which I find the most reprehensible, the fact that such an edict was established, or that so many allegedly Christian organizations are willing to comply.

The following are some of organizations that currently labor towards the relocation of refugees into America: 

  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • The Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • World Relief Corporation an arm of the National Association of Evangelicals
  • Church World Services an arm of the World Council of Churches
  • The United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  • The International Rescue Committee
  • The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Upon granting them their freedom from Egypt’s bondage by God, the Israelites became seduced and worshipped a calf of gold. Later, their punishment was to be forced to drink the melted gold of this calf and be destroyed. Likewise, these aforementioned organizations worship the calf of green, as in federal dollars. And while they may not be forced to feed upon the cotton of the bill, our destruction as a nation is soon to follow.

After the United Nations selects those who will be sent to America, the State Department then seeks federal contractors, many of which are like the aforementioned religious organizations, to carry out the immigration. For every refugee that any of these organizations brings into the United States, the organizations are given $2,000. Yes! $2K for every single immigrant brought in by any of these organizations. This money comes straight out of the US Budget, so “WE THE PEOPLE” are working ourselves to death, to support this. Out of the $2K, approximately half is usually retained by the organization. Many of those same immigrants also had to obtain a travel loan. When the organizations recover those funds, they get to retain some of that as well! Add to this, that those organizations can also bill the government for services rendered to the immigrant refugees as well. Anything from teaching how to drive a car to how to buy groceries. Anything that can possibly be labeled or considered a “service.” This is done through federal grants. That is for the first immigrant. The process starts all over again, to bring in the extended family of the immigrant. Costing billions to the American taxpayer, not including welfare benefits.

When, in 2014, the Lutheran Immigration and Referral Service had a revenue of $59 million dollars generated from immigration services, $57 million of this figure came from the United States taxpayer! Again in 2014, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services earned $85 million, $82 million came from US taxpayers! Is there any wonder why we have spending issues and a budget deficit? Statistics show that 60% of all refugees will utilize food stamps and Medicaid. Another 50% will require cash assistance for subsidized housing. This green calf of compassion is rolling along on the back of a gravy train with biscuit wheels courtesy of “WE THE PEOPLE.” The tragic bottom line is the fact that for the financial expenditure required to bring in one refugee, twelve could be assisted, were we to do so, in their own land! Historically typical government efficiency in action.

Multiple objectives are achieved through this scenario. The Islamist seeds himself across the globe, fulfilling the requirements of his religion. The American religious organizations achieve easy wealth, abandoning the spread of the gospel of Christ, for the wealth of man. The Globelitist achieves the crisis necessary to further weaken the Constitution through financial insolvency, and supports the wealthy through the realization of cheap labor. Sadly, when one inquires as to how this can be, the answer remains the same: the US taxpayer.

Another little known feature embedded in the depths of government policy, at least to the average citizen, is the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit. With 60% of refugees utilizing food stamps and Medicaid, employers who employ these refugees receive a tax credit from the federal government. One cannot help but to wonder how many American workers are overlooked, in order to hire taxpayer subsidized refugee employees? The food processing industry, the meat packing industry, manufacturing and the lodging industry all benefit from cheap labor. A few of the companies who take advantage of this taxpayer funded incentive, are Chobani Yogurt, Tyson Foods, and Chipotle. Is there any wonder then, the CEO of Starbucks proudly announces that he will hire 10,000 refugees?! It is not out of altruistic warm, fuzzy, loving motivation. It is out of pure unadulterated greed. With the known benefits and money to be made on the refugee, there exists little to ponder as to why so many want greater importation of refugees and the elimination of borders. Consider this when you are swallowing your next White Chocolate Mocha.

Corrupt politicians have turned the refugee resettlement situation, into a money making industry, at the expense of and to the detriment to the American taxpayer. While it produces cheap labor and future Democratic voters, it exposes American citizens to the risk of injury and death. The Globelitists and the media would have us believe that the refugees present no danger to the American citizen. This specious argument causes me to ask why then, do the top five richest Islamic countries, led by Saudi Arabia, refuse to permit any immigration into their nations for fear of terrorism? These are their people, and their neighbors, so I am guessing they know better than we do, what they are capable of. I mean really, were I to see everyone at the other end of the road shunning a particular house, not visiting nor letting their kids into their homes, well, I have to believe there is good reason for it. History has recorded that the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon, the attacks in Manhattan and New Jersey, the stabbing rampage in Minnesota and the Ohio State attacks, were all by refugees. The rape and violence seen in Germany, France and Sweden stands as testimony to the fact that history does not record any successful scenario where the middle eastern Islamic person, has assimilated into the country to which he has relocated.

Historically, the practice is to establish a Mosque, create an enclave, grow the population, resist native authorities, institute a Sharia constitution, and secede, to ultimately create their own Muslim country. I’m thinking Dearborn, Michigan and “Little Mogadishu” Minnesota, also known as Cedar-Riverside to us Americans. The pattern is set. It is the very definition of insanity, that anyone should assume a differing outcome in America. Massachusetts, Idaho, Utah, California, North Dakota and here in Virginia, have seen significant increases in rape, assault and crime. Refugee cities are becoming hubs of negative health issues. Already many of those communities have recorded significant increases in heretofore eradicated diseases such as TB, which is showing signs of drug resistance, entailing treatment that requires thousands of dollars and months of treatment.

For those who claim that the Bible commands that we love our neighbors etc., must take into account that paramount in that love, is the sharing of the gospel of Christ. As previously noted, that aspect was already compromised by signing it away per the State Department rule. Consequently, the American taxpayer is having fostered upon them a situation, that finds them funding their own invasion and colonization, while forfeiting employment opportunities through tax incentives to hire the invaders, and compromising the potential future of their progeny—both in financial loss and personal security and safety. We have in this situation, the potential for a flashpoint crisis in the healthcare system, the law enforcement and judicial system, the public education system and the social programs system. Our financial structure is still reeling from the 2008 crash. This unnecessary stress can only be on purpose. No one is accidentally this foolish.

Screenwriter William Goldman coined the phrase “Follow the money” for the film “All the President’s Men”, and though it was never really spoken during the Watergate debacle, it is nonetheless appropriate. If we follow the money associated with the refugee relocation industry, one starts to comprehend why there exists so little animation to regain control of the borders and such tremendous passion to prevent it. Americans once not only believed in, but practiced the characteristics of honor, courage, and virtue. They sought as much from those that they selected as their representatives in this republic. Sadly, with the rejection of basic Judeo-Christian beliefs from the public arena in 1963, God has turned us over to our own demise. He has, so to speak, allowed us to pick our own poison, now, the sacredness of the freedom of the individual has been relegated to the base desires of man. Power, money and control are the objectives now. This brings to mind John Adams often quoted warning:

“Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Follow the money and see who benefits from the payout. When President Trump tries to get real control of the borders and immigration, his biggest opponents could very well be Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain. Why? Well, they receive some pretty good funding from the Arab world. It’s not one side of the aisle, and it’s not just immigration to be sure. It’s the D.C. K Street lobbyists and the morally weak individuals that are captured by their siren song.

These are the Cats-paws, and they lead and animate the protestors, disrupters, and obstructionists. These snollygosters, whether they work alone or in alliance with others, wrongly believe they work only on behalf of their own interests and expanding their own wallets, not comprehending that in doing so, they are actually forwarding and fulfilling a far more insidious and evil objective.

Veiled in compassion, the Johnson Administration co-opted the black community, destroying family and creating a seemingly permanent dependent voter-class. Having run its course, politicians turned their focus onto the Latino community, and presently, the focus is upon the Middle-Eastern Refugees. Refugees created by a failed foreign policy the last eight years, but hey, what difference does it make? All the while, the one segment of the population commanded by the Constitution to be protected—the American citizen—is financially coerced to dispossess itself. The citizens of France are rapidly awakening from the slumber their Globelitist leaders lulled them into, and it will be interesting indeed, to observe how Marie Le Pen fares in the election in two months.

Shakespeare’s dialogue for King Richard III, “My kingdom for a horse” comes to mind as I watch all of this. Today, it would be “My republic for a buck.” The pervasiveness of corruption and lack of love, and all else Paul wrote of in Romans Chapter One is quite relevant. And all that Christ preached and prophesied of is coming to pass.

In my youth, the middle-east and Islam were something to read about in “Lawrence of Arabia.” Globelitists have successfully introduced a cancerous infection into the body of the west. Now they are among us, bombing, raping, stabbing, and beheading on our streets, in our schools and on the floors of our factories and nightclubs. As long as the Globelitist and Radical Islam share the common goal of world control, we are condemned to watch this war continue. It will do so, as foretold, until it ends with Christ’s feet back upon the Mount of Olives. In the interim, we now know exactly who we are dealing with and what they are capable of.

About the Author:

HANK MARTIN is an Albemarle native, a graduate of Albemarle High School and Piedmont Virginia Community College. In his youth,, he spent more than a decade in the Cub and Boy Scout Programs, as well as being a member of the Monticello Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. He has served as a leader in Scouting and church youth character building programs, such as AWANA's and the Royal Ambassadors. He is an avid student of history and Biblical prophecy. He participated in the adoption of the school anti-bullying legislation sponsored by delegate Rob Bell. In 2005, in response to proposed ordinances by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors regarding property rights, he founded and chaired Forever Albemarle, a personal property rights group. He resides in Albemarle County with his wife Theresa and one of their two sons, the other now a resident in Tennessee.
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  1. Ken says:

    I wrote a whole response to this, but I’m not even going to post it. Suffice it to say that while I’m not entirely unsympathetic to your views, if you loved your enemies like Christ does, you would understand them, but you don’t so you don’t. I just have one question. You fault progressives for trampling on the Constitution. But your Great White Hope Trump is doing that literally and in spirit 40 ways to Sunday. Does anyone here have the courage to admit it? I’ve learned to assume the answer is “no.”

  2. Hank Martin says:

    Christ tells us that Heaven has a narrow road, one gate, high walls and one requirement, that you believe in Christ as having sacrificed His life for the atonement of our sins. Sounds like a pretty intense and critical vetting process to me. Understand my enemy? I have watched my enemy behead, maim, rape, murder and pillage my entire life. I watched him hold my countrymen hostage for 444 days. I’ve watched him destroy priceless antiquities, defile the innocent, and embolden the evil. I know that another presidential administration was forced to respond to the barbarity of MUHAMMAD’S MONSTERS, thus creating the United States Marine Corp. Rest assured, I do “understand” my enemy and I know his historical strategy of conquest and behavior. I wish the vast numbers of those who allegedly will be sharing eternity with me, rejoicing around the throne of my savior, would utilize their eyes, ears and brains we’ve been gifted with, and exercise the God expected action of judgement and discernment. If Christians, AT ANY LEVEL, call themselves “loving” their enemy, while allowing secular authorities to deny the sharing of the Gospel of Christ, or simply refusing to do so, for any reason, do therefore violate the prime directive Christ gave as His final command. Remember, Jesus’ final command to His disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel has never been withdrawn, and we must take it very seriously. The church exists because centuries ago men and women took Jesus’ command seriously, and committed their lives to bringing the good news of God’s love in Christ to our forefathers. Jesus declared, “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

  3. Ken says:

    Thanks for the reply, Hank, but of course the enemies I was referring to were progressives, although in fact you guys are pretty much in opposition to the entire rest of the country, not only Democrats.

    The thing is, when it comes to preaching the gospel, while words are necessary to convey the propositions that God loves us, that we have rebelled against him, but that he has made a way for us to reconcile, etc., actions still speak louder than words, so if your actions contradict your words, your words are in vain. In the gospels, Jesus did get angry in the temple, but he didn’t walk around spitting mad, or bitter, resentful and disgusted, like you guys are all the time. He didn’t constantly condemn sinners. He wept over sinful Jerusalem, and he demonstrated God’s love in both words and deeds. What must a non-believer who listens to the Schilling Show think? Do you really think they can hear the gospel through your disdain?

    I know you’re a Scout leader and I don’t doubt you do all sorts of good in your community. But your attitude towards non-believers, not to mention moderates and liberals and even a lot of conservatives, makes them tune you out. And you didn’t answer my question about Trump. Even I as a liberal had to hold my nose to cote for Hillary. But in my opinion, by compromising its principles and voting for an unethical, unstable, cynical ignoramus like Trump, who appeals to all the worst in people, the Religious Right has fatally damaged its witness for years to come.

  4. Hank Martin says:

    Ken, I believe one of the best Scriptures in the Bible is James 1:19, which tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. I have ruminated upon your reply, and do now submit mine.

    Though we have communi8cated often in this forum, we still know little about one another. However, based upon your past responses, I am speculating that your are within spitting distance of my 53 years of age, therefore we should share some commonalities in remembrances of America past.

    You seem sincerely and genuinely committed to your beliefs while simultaneously extending the charitable trait of live and let live, and if so, I must tell you that yours is a rarity. I wish that those with whom you share similar ideology, were as charitable. You state that ” actions still speak louder than words, so if your actions contradict your words, your words are in vain.” I wholeheartedly agree with your statement. While you may exercise the ability of coexistence with differing views, the bulk of experiences in my life’s journey has not reflected this.

    Just a few days prior to my birth, the SCOTUS had delivered the decree to remove God and prayer from the public schools. That demon seed took little time to take root. By the time I entered first grade in 69, the cancer was already spreading. Those actions that speak so loud, well I heard and felt them. Lacking siblings, I looked forward to school, having the naïve notion of knowing no strangers, just friends I’ve yet to meet. What a fallacy! While some of these kids may have been taken to “Woodstock” with their parents, they knew nor practiced little about love. I served my state sanctioned sentence called public school from 69 to 81. Ironically, there was little interest in a “Safe Space” for me, and those like me. We endured the verbal, mental and physical abuse, the stolen and vandalized personal property, the slander and liable rampantly available even before the creation of the internet and social media and all the while an ineffective and feckless faculty and administration who either looked the other way, or sometimes actually exacerbated the problem. Seeming to only take notice when the persecuted finally found their fecal filter full, and fought back. Only to be told of the zero tolerance policy and how we must learn to handle conflict in the world. Whomever created the adage about sticks and stones and the inability of words to not hurt was most incorrect, however they did capture correctly the notion of true courage consists in doing what is right, despite the jeers and sneers of our companions.

    Just before my high school graduation, I had my life forever altered by the transforming power of the acceptance of Christ. Many of my comrades-in-arms were not as fortunate. Many whose spirits were broken, turned to other means, and forever altered or ended their lives. From my junior year in HS to my first year in college, I attended or participated in five funerals of individuals my age. In the work place, I observed the once great notion of the American work ethic reduced to tragic mediocrity. Where once self-motivation and individual thinking were sough after and rewarded, they became threats to those whose primary goal was to party hearty by night and protect their mediocrity by day.

    While I have no reason to doubt your personal ethos about peaceful coexistence, I can attest that far too many who have stated similar views, were not so benevolent. Even now my body transmits daily, sometimes hourly, reminders of just how tolerant, loving and peaceful non-believers, moderates and liberals can be. It seems that I have never been afforded the Constitutional right of pursuing my happiness and being allowed to follow my convictions and beliefs unfettered. What I have found to be true? That in any place and time, where the word of God is quietly questioned, openly resisted or outright forbidden, you will find the beginnings of, the structure of, or the full fledged mechanism of inhumanity. Mine eyes have seen the actions, mine ear shave heard the truth and my body felt the results of such. The empirical evidence is recorded history for me. While we are expected to forgive, we are also expected to learn, and I have had quite the education.

    In response to your inquiry about Trump, I freely admit that I had and have my reservations. I have stated so on the air as well. There was another candidate who was more closely aligned to my belief system and my understanding of the constitutional principles upon which this republic is founded. Providence saw fit to not leave him in the race. No human candidate is perfect, but when presented with a choice of two imperfect candidates, one of whom based their belief in the death of the innocent, and the tyranny of the state, well the choice pretty much made itself.

    While you opine that the Religious Right has fatally damaged itself, I submit that by it’s current behavior, the liberal left has equally delegitimized itself as well, revealing a behavior to the world at large a trait I’ve know since first grade. Perhaps yours is the attitude that needs to be more freely conveyed, instead of the violent actions and the hate-filled speech that the media seems to capture far too often these days. I remain convinced that we are now down to three R’s. Revival, Revolution or Rapture. Given the headlines regarding wars, natural disasters and the human condition, I believe that only two of those three options remain.

  5. Ken says:

    Hank, I appreciate your taking time to think over how to respond. I’m older than you are, but not enough for it to matter. I’ve been debating both liberals and conservatives online since 1999, and I’m sorry to say that in my own experience one cannot tell the liberals from the conservatives, or the Christian conservatives from the militant atheists, by the way they conduct themselves in debate. Of course one meets exceptions, but most people adopt a give no quarter attitude. (I can’t say I’ve never done the same.) They aren’t interested in learning and understanding and coming to whatever possible agreement, but only in winning the argument, bashing the other guy, and confirming their bias against people like him.

    (The first thing I look for when I discuss issues with people who disagree is whether or not they’re willing to be honest – that shows me whether they’re interested in the truth of the matter, or just in scoring points. To my way of thinking, the honest way to debate is to acknowledge the other party’s good points. If A and B take opposite positions on an issue in which there are five relevant facts, three that can be used to support A’s position, and two that can support B’s, the honest way to argue is for A to acknowledge B’s two facts, and vice-versa. I try to do this myself. I do, for example, support a variety of types of government aid to the poor and less fortunate, but I freely admit there are strong arguments again that aid. I believe the arguments it for outweigh the arguments against, but I would never say, for example, that everyone opposed is just hardhearted.)

    Yes, secular liberals preach tolerance, so they should show it. But Christians claim to represent Christ, whose own form of tolerance (love and forgiveness) was incomparably stronger and more encompassing. Who then, are the greater hypocrites? Looking at history, we see the same thing. Germany gave us Luther; and they gave us centuries of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. After New England went cold on Christianity, where in America did it flourish most intensely? But where were African-Americans treated most viciously? Etc. etc. etc. (I’m not being a liberal bashing Christendom, which has done great good. I’m being realistic).

    So while I’m sorry for the way you were treated in school – and as someone whose family moved a few times, I had some similar experiences – when you say that your experience illustrates the consequences of abandoning Christianity, I have to say, try telling that to a Jew. Try telling it to a black man who remembers Jim Crow. They would remember Christians being downright evil, and often in the name of Christianity. It’s also the case that kids in general are just mean in groups. We can’t expect schoolkids to live up to the peace and love ideals of their Woodstock-era parents.

    Sorry, Hank, but it’s one thing to stand for conservative values, some of which I share. It’s another to traffic in stereotypes about conservatives being the salt of the earth and liberals destroying it. When you talk like that, you’re in the grip of prejudice.

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