2017: Social Media Purge Ensues?

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–> Ezra Levant– Please Help: They’re Trying To Shut Down The Rebel!*

–> Google: “youtube silencing conservatives

–> YouTube to Censor “Controversial” Videos; I WON’T BE AROUND MUCH LONGER

–> Google And YouTube Ban Prof Who Refused To Use Gender-Neutral Pronouns

–> “Extremely Heartbreaking”: Owners of Banned Catholic Pages Speak Out

–> All Banned Catholic Facebook Restored by Facebook Across Languages

–> Facebook Gives Official Explanation for Page Removals. But Does It Make Sense?

–> Facebook Rep. Apologizes to Brazilian Bishops Conference About Page Bans

–> Philip DeFranco– Why People Are Scared By YouTube’s Controversial New Changes

–> Lauren Southern– Challenging Your “Masters”; #DefendEurope : The Far Left’s Attempt to Silence REALITY

–> LAUREN SOUTHERN HAS HER PATREON DELETED; PATREON ‘RESPONDS’ TO LAUREN SOUTHERN

–> Patreon CEO Jack Conte LIVE: Lauren Southern, IGD, and Free Speech

–> Google Memo: Fired Employee Speaks Out! | James Damore and Stefan Molyneux

–> Fired diversity memo author James Damore: Google ‘almost like a cult

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George Washington’s Teeth (no wood)

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

George Washington

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~ THE OLD ROMAN policy of ‘Bread and Circuses‘ (food & fun, as mocked at by the poet Juvenal) worked pretty well at keeping the masses quiet. But what if…

…Whilst lined up for the dole, people started talking about politics, and public scandal? What if, during the intermissions at the games, the people asked awkward questions which the powers that be would rather not have asked?

That is where we’ve been for a while on the internet freedom issue. The entertainment/ learning/ fun hub has also been a dangerously effective way of speaking truth to power, fact-checking, criticizing our rulers, broaching forbidden topics, and getting the news and facts out there outside the usual machine for dispensing pablum with Prozac known as The Mass Media.

Online Freedom is under threat. Now. Here.

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Now we come to it: what will the powers– the politician/ Google/ FaceBook Banking Consortium do when Bread & Circus no longer pacifies? Purge. Silence. Block. Bankrupt.

Individual have been getting blocked and banned on Facebook and YouTube; Google search algorithms are being hard-leftified; blogs are threatened and shut down; whole YouTube channels are being (a) de-monetized (no advertising money for the content producers), (b) kicked off the sidebar & ‘what’s new’ and ‘what’s popular’ lists; (c) categorized & hidden behind an “Offensive” listing; (d) Just shut down altogether. Plus, Patreon will arbitrarily deprive people of income, and people their freedom to donate and support those causes… thanks, CEO Jack Conte!

Shame If Anything Happened To It…

Not very long ago, a whole group of the most visited non-progressive Catholic FaceBook pages simply vanished one day. No warning, explanation, or apologies. The uproar ensued, and presto-bango-bingo they all reappeared!.. plus a lame ‘malfunction’ excuse. I consider this pre-purge testing: “What if we purge this stuff– what’s the reaction? Also, can we erase a category of pesky crap?”

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Over the past 2-3 months, YouTube has also hired certifiably rabid & totalitarian radical progressive watchdogs to ‘guide’ the Google sub-corporation (yes, the Monopoly is real) into calm all-is-happy waters. You know, where no upsetting stuff is online, or is de-monetized, hidden, or put behind special barriers for ‘controversial content’. No, not porn, or bloodthirsty Islamic propaganda, or actually objectionable content, but upsetting & incorrect opinions and thoughts.

Indeed, China, Turkey, and much of the world is already under strict controls— part of which were actually set up by Google and Western internet companies! Do not trust them.

If you’re not Social Justice Snowflake.. pro-Islam.. pro-radgay & pro-trans.. pro-ANTIFA.. pro-globalist.. anti-Trumper.. pro-climate emergency.. pro-political hamster cage– the usual crap– then, increasingly, The Google/ Twitter/ YouTube/ Blogging Platform Monster wants to kick you down & out. SkyNet is a progressive cry-bully: and it’s invading our lives & rights & freedoms.

Shut Up, Truth & Fact Mongers!

Just like the Human Rights Kangaroo Courts in Canada, the crucial fact is this: truth & freedom & reason & fair opinion is NOT A DEFENCE. Even The mighty Drudge Report has felt the chilling breezes, and Matt Drudge himself was warned that in case of a Clinton Presidential win in 2016, he had better go find himself another job.. likely just before he tragically killed himself tomorrow, out of the blue. Very tragic.

In this case, you can kinda sorta actually blame Donald Trump. He was not the chosen of the global or progressive or Dempublican American elites; he was a joke candidate; Queen Hillary should now be ruling, silencing, controlling, and putting an end to any difficult political and cultural and religious majorities interfering with The Process.

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But The Internets.. the lies.. the mocking.. the sick Hillary.. the actual story sneaking out from past the dino-media party.. the polls being set aside, instead of obeyed. Time will tell if the current American Devolution will succeed in destroying or impeaching the outspoken and clownish Donald Trump for crimes against the elite masterplan– but if the Google/ Twitter/ YouTube Machine has it’s way, the next attempted rebellion will not be seen on YouTube, discussed on Twitter, blogged about extensively, fact-checked, or otherwise allowed to interfere with The Plans.

In this brave new world, freely shared truth & freedom & reason & fair opinion will be forbidden, and is NOT A DEFENCE. Period.

The Ensilencing

What is most astonishing, of course, is that the progressive powers imagine the truth & freedom & faith genie can be shoved back in the bottle so easily. Time will tell if they can get most of the toothpaste back into the tube, or at least cap it, so they can shut off the flow, and try and silence the signal.

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Yet the Social media masters are deadly serious. The enpurgening is now…. the most visible and noisy controversialists go first.

Speak, fight, protest, link, pass on the warning– or else get ready to live behind a Western version of the Western-assisted Great FireWall Of China.. except with nowhere outside get the rest of the story from. The backlash against Google, Twitter, FaceBook and the like may well doom many authoritarian efforts to crush internet freedom.. it is to be hoped. Lash back.

It is becoming clear what the soft-totalitarians in the West want. YouGoogTwit™ is not on our side; it is now being remodeled as the front-end of the Gentle Silencing Machine. The new mantras? “Bread and Circuses! Everybody Smile! Radical Left Opinions Are All True! All is well! Believe The Masters! Don’t Be A Negative Nancy! Nothing to see here! Be fed & amused & obedient, that is the highest good!”

Signs Of Hope?

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Get The Shirt.

The recent Google shooting-itself-in-the-foot firing of James Damore over a revisit of Mein Kampf over a diversity memo has revealed some of the ‘diverse’ names and faces behind the anonymous Google/ YouTube Cry-Bully Cadre: mostly  SJW women, who all think one way, on most topics, and think everyone else damn well should, too… led by a progressive male boss, Sundar Pichai. Diversity training uber alles! Worse? There are other thought-criminals working at Google!!

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Goolag Bully-Boy & Current Cult-Leader Hates UnProgs!

“Diversity”? Goolag management didn’t just disagree with a scientifically sensible (here’s another take) pinion by an evil white male Google employee on men & women in STEM careers– they fired the guy, and tried to make him unemployable. Truth? DEFENESTRATE! Some lefty-media even called it a ‘screed’ and waved the ‘alt-right’ (i.e., non-progtard) flag over the controversy, because it broached forbidden and settled topics in the reality-lite Progressive undiverse.

Since reality is not a progressive strong-point, you generally just have to expose what they are up to, when (not if) they stumble and make a cruel stupid mess of things, and fall into the trap they placed for someone else. The lawyers will win in the end— but hopefully truth & freedom online gets some breathing-room despite YouGoogTwit™’s clumsy-stupid.

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Finale, In Conclusions

Ultimately, God. Does he exist, or not; knowable, or not? Revealed once for all in Christ Jesus, or not? It has moral, legal, intellectual, and even online implications if “Yes”.

The pillars of the West– even those abstracted by the Left (“Judge not” or “love your neighbour” or equality)– are based on Greco-Roman Judaeo-Christianity thought, law, and faith. As these are attacked, the whole structure is weakened, not just the parts the revolutionaries want to wreck because Utopia.

The real issue is one of faith, hope, and love: do we still believe in truth, do we still have hope in God? Do we love ourselves and our neighbours enough to reject current versions of Bread & Circuses, and false peace when there is no peace? When we look into ourselves, is there any “There” there? Are we slaves in waiting, or glorious free citizens of heaven in pilgrimage here on earth, doing His will here as there?

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be encumbered once more by a yoke of slavery.” [Galatians 5:1]

“Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make ye free.” [John 8:32]

Come and get me, ya evil bastards.

Thus saith

Teh Binks

* Teh Binks was a blogger for Rebel.com for several months. As noted before, this means I worship Lauren Southern, Ezra Levant owns my soul, and i want to have babies with Brian Lilley.. or something.

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Rather Nice, Actually

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“Power corrupts, and absolute power is rather nice, actually.”

~ Via Binks-Dad, with apologies to Lord Acton

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–> The numbers are in, and even Trudeau’s own supporters reject the Khadr deal

–> The Omar Khadr settlement will be a political albatross for Trudeau

–> CBC’s Rex Murphy: the anti-Christian dictatorship of Justin Trudeau

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~ SO WHO DOESN’T LIKE the idea of being the big boss? It’s even a kid’s game, as you try to scramble and push to the top of a pile of dirt or snow or whatever: “I’m the king of the castle! / And you’re the dirty rascal!” No doubt Apple has an app for this now, so no kids or risky outdoors activity need be involved.

Actual power– at work, in a family, in business or politics– is a much more difficult balance. Canada– and America under Obama– war us of what power is like when misused by narcissistic bullies, as power OVER, versus duty and responsibility TOWARDS.

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There will be no Justin selfie with Omar.

Recently, a Canadian reporter broke the news that Justin Trudeau had decided to cut short a proper court case, and issue an apology and $10.5 million payout to admitted murderer and terrorist Omar Khadr, of the Khadr Terror Family or terrorists and murderers for Islam. The news broke on July 3rd (you’re welcome, America!), and since then the uproar has hardly down-roared.

Survey says… 91% of Tory voters, and even 2/3 or Liberal and NDP voters oppose what Trudeau has done. That’s pretty astonishing, given the ideological differences amongst many Canadians.

The current Ottawa regime has been in full red alert damage control mode since then, but none of the manure they are throwing seems to be sticking to the wall, or calming the country.

And trotting out Ralph Goodale to polish this turd? Sad. Wince-worthy, even. Worse, could this all be hush-money covering another scandal? Time will tell, but Trudeau won’t.. unless forced to.

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This Khadr issue is a symptom. No matter if you think Trudeau did the right thing, the larger and nagging question about Canada’s White Obama is getting pretty clear: Shiny Pony Trudeau is not a lover of due process, of moderation, or of duty, responsibility, and deliberation. He’s more of an.. autocrat. The Rule Of One: King Selfie I.

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.. all during a faked math publicity stunt. #Inspiring

All Shall Obey?

He has spoken– that should be enough. Canada has no core identity. All Liberal political candidates must affirm abortion. I did not elbow that woman in the boobs (OK, sorry, I did), or swear at them. My luxury vacation was not a conflict of interest. I do not break laws, even when it appears I do. The ever-lengthening list is taking the shape of a crown, a divine right of Trudeaus, a halo, an infallible lightness of being.

Such narcissism is always unaccountable, always puts the loyal opposition, critics, or honest questioners in the wrong. The Enemy: you are for him, or against him.

Sadly, studies warn that positions of power attract the sociopaths, the narcissists, the autocrats and users & abusers, whose concerns about absolute power are not that it corrupts absolutely, but that it is rather nice. In America, just-past President Chocolate Jesus and now in Canada Prince Selfie I both seem to be world-class needy & deeply broken people presenting themselves as charming Glorious Leaders who deserve absolute utter unquestioning adoration and obedience.

Such absolute corruption is no solution for politics, but is an abiding problem, and a failing of the power of the vote, when the times, they are foolish and fad-following and OMIGAWD THAT HAIR.

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Actual Power Serves

Being unaccountable– downwards, or upwards– is the very shape of dictatorial rule, and taking the place of God. “What I and people who agree with & advise me” taken as the law of the land or the eternal Law Of Heaven is usurpation on both accounts. “Believe it simply on my say-so”? Solid as quicksand.

I have had minor power in the past, and still exercise it as a husband and father and person in the community, and it’s properly not a club to threaten with or abuse, but a crown of humbling thorns, a calling to do the right thing in the changes and chances of this fleeting life, an opportunity and calling to redeem the time, and leave people and the world better than you found it. It’s not all about “Me”.

May God save us from ourselves, from ungodly demigods and autocrats and power-lovers. May he teach all in power to be servants first. +

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He came to serve, not to be served.

 

A Strange New Land

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–> Are modern men becoming CELIBATE? Online movement is encouraging men to ignore women

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~ OH DEAR.. A ‘Back In My Day’ post from a 1/2 centarian.

Ah, the olden days! Our songs, our dreams and goals, our minds were pondering life & jobs, but usually with dating, fabulously-haired boyfriend-girlfriend, and marriage as the goal. How different from the West in 2017.

The sexual revolution, broken homes, & feminism & biased divorce law & constant texting– all have made it clear to many younger men that hook-ups are barely worth it; relationships very risky, and marriage a non-starter. Many of these kids come from what we used to call broken homes, now.. uh ‘blended families’ or some such euphemistic lie.

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Of my younger son and his immediate circle of 10 friends (18-24), only 1 has a current (short term) girlfriend. Others haven’t even been dating for AGES.. all their female friends or co-workers are just that, minus a hook-up here and there. Not with a bang or a whimper– just a “Meh?”

And their wider generation is very much the same… don’t dismiss this, for the family/ marriage/ kids Titanic is long past the iceberg moment.And babies? You’ll have to import people to have them…. you know, like the Khadrs. Or the welfare-people born in another land.

For a post-feminist Christian take on all this, try Dalrock.

https://dalrock.wordpress.com

Binks

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The Book

Hugs In Heaven?

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OK– FWIW, I’m over the Omar Khadr thing for now, except to ask for prayers. Why? Because I want to embrace him in heaven.

WHAAAAT?!

> Pray that the Holy Spirit hover over him, give him no restful sleep, until he seek the Lord Jesus.

> Pray that like so many other Muslim converts, he receive a vision of the risen Jesus, and so seek baptism and conversion.

> Pray blessings on his head. Pray that he hears & believes the Good News.

> Pray that we have a spirit of forgiveness for our Islamist enemies, and a love for them great enough to seek their salvation from sin and death and hell and their demonic false religion.

Let’s ask God to make Omar Khadr a saint, as were so many other converts in the history of the Christian Church.

So saith

Binks

Look! A Squirrel!

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~ SO THERE WAS your humble WebElf, reading (online) the Pusey translation of The Confessions of St. Augustine (Book VIII), and I came across pre-saint Augustine’s comments about how deeply moved he was by the (then) book, The Life Of Anthony (of Egypt) Quotation below.

My brain is.. well.. not unlike a hamster on caffeine, so away I went to find a copy of the said other book, and started reading that.. before having finished Confessions... which I promptly forgot to finish. Welcome to my world.

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What’s not to like? A book written by a saint.. about a saint, which inspired another man to eventually became a saint. Doesn’t that insta-rate five stars.. or, perhaps, haloes?

Written by St. Athanasius of Alexandria, The Life Of St. Anthony of Egypt, primary founder of Christian monasticism, is a readable, gripping, and inspiring Christian classic. St. Augustine, in his confessions, describes reading it along with his friends, and being deeply moved by it.

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A youngish St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica, she of the very very patient and constant prayers for her wayward son.

None of us knows the effect of our lives, actions, words– or failures in the same– on our neighbours and times, or those to come. St. Anthony and St. Augustine both knew that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is faithful, and sowed their seed in their times. Lo and behold, those earlier heroes of the faith inspired one of the great Church Fathers in his day and age to fight the battles and fight the good fight in his day and age.

A reminder to abide faithful, however hard the slog or dark the times.

Cheers,

Binks, Elf of Web


 

14. Upon a certain day, then, Nebridius being away (why, I do not remember), lo, there came to the house to see Alypius and me, Pontitianus, a countryman of ours, in so far as he was an African, who held high office in the emperor’s court. What he wanted with us I know not, but we sat down to talk together, and it fell out that upon a table before us, used for games, he noticed a book; he took it up, opened it, and, contrary to his expectation, found it to be the Apostle Paul—for he imagined it to be one of those books which I was wearing myself out in teaching. At this he looked up at me smilingly, and expressed his delight and wonder that he had so unexpectedly found this book, and this only, before my eyes. For he was both a Christian and baptized, and often prostrated himself before You our God in the church, in constant and daily prayers. When, then, I had told him that I bestowed much pains upon these writings, a conversation ensued on his speaking of Antony, the Egyptian monk, whose name was in high repute among Your servants, though up to that time not familiar to us. When he came to know this, he lingered on that topic, imparting to us a knowledge of this man so eminent, and marvelling at our ignorance. But we were amazed, hearing Your wonderful works most fully manifested in times so recent, and almost in our own, wrought in the true faith and the Catholic Church. We all wondered— we, that they were so great, and he, that we had never heard of them.

15. From this his conversation turned to the companies in the monasteries, and their manners so fragrant unto You, and of the fruitful deserts of the wilderness, of which we knew nothing. And there was a monastery at Milan full of good brethren, without the walls of the city, under the fostering care of Ambrose, and we were ignorant of it. He went on with his relation, and we listened intently and in silence. He then related to us how on a certain afternoon, at Triers, when the emperor was taken up with seeing the Circensian games, he and three others, his comrades, went out for a walk in the gardens close to the city walls, and there, as they chanced to walk two and two, one strolled away with him, while the other two went by themselves; and these, in their rambling, came upon a certain cottage inhabited by some of Your servants, poor in spirit, of whom is the kingdom of heaven, where they found a book in which was written the life of Antony. This one of them began to read, marvel at, and be inflamed by it; and in the reading, to meditate on embracing such a life, and giving up his worldly employments to serve You….

Conf. VIII. 14-15.

A Battle-Cry

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Look! It’s Theology! And one of those Irritating Yo-yos.. er, Fidget-spinners.

WAS SHE A NICE NUN? I suppose if you think Whoopi Goldberg’s “Sister Act” is accurate history, or a great life-lesson.

drmaryThe nun-professor (RIP in 2013) was probably a post-war vocation, and then when the Vatican II Asteroid hit and asploded all the things, she joined the revolution. Heaven on earth! Telling all the bad people how to think! The reputation & power of the older idea of a consecrated nun, whilst undermining all the things! Women clergy now!

We talked in her office one day at the theo-illogical school where she taught. She seemed astonished to meet someone who actually still believed all the things in the Creed– without smirking, mental reservations, or intellectual finger-crossing– as if I were a centaur or leprechaun or some other such legendary beast. A hard case.

She trotted out the ultimate weapon– Latin! You know, cuz in TV shows like ‘Supernatural‘, or the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series, Latin works wonders against evil things. Plus, I was Anglican, and had only a passing familiarity with Latin.

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Oddly enough, opposing the forces of ultimate evil with felt banners, puppet-shows, happy-clappy guitar songs, singing ‘Kumbayah’, and 1960’s churchy cultural Marxism was not  found to be so effective. Who knew?

“It’s a ‘symbolum‘, a symbol, a meaningful affirmation of our unity,” she said nicely. Indeed, The ApostlesCreed is sometimes entitled Symbol of the Apostles, is an early statement of Christian belief, likely` from Rome.

Younger me piped up. Incorrigible young twerp.

“Well, it’s that, too, but it’s also unity based on common truths, revealed by God in the Scriptures and the life of the Church by the Holy Spirit, isn’t it?”

“You need to go and read about symbolism, and not to over-emphasize ideas”, she said not quite so nicely. After all, too much of that olden-times theology taken seriously, and you might stop fighting for the revolution. ‘Heavenly minded, no earthly use’ and all that.

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I don’t recall how the rest of it went, except I was puzzled, slightly mystified by the power of Latin and the ‘Symbolum” thing. You know, how the Revolution undermines and then wrecks actual beliefs, like that hidden rust eating away quietly until the floor of your car is suddenly gone, replaced by… nothing.

Symbolum!

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Come the Roman Legion, their symbols over them of Legion and Rome and Eagles and battle-honours; and within each living breast, the symbol or vow of their military promises to serve, not to run, The Senate And People Of Rome (SPQR) and all that.

You see that coming, from 200 BC until AD 400-ish, and you’d better surrender, run, prepare for a fight to the death.

Early Christian philosopher Justin Martyr (c. AD 150) wrote to Emperor Antoninus Pius:

“….And so it was said by the prophet, The breath before our face is the Lord Christ. And the power of this form is shown by your own symbols on what are called vexilla [banners] and trophies, with which all your state possessions are made, using these as the insignia of your power and government, even though you do so unwittingly. And with this form you consecrate the images of your emperors when they die, and you name them gods by inscriptions….”

[ Apologia, Chapter 55. Symbols of the cross ]

These were not advertising symbols, like McDonald’s or Nintendo; nor ’empty symbolism’ like a now viciously secular university still preserving the dusty chapel built by the faith of the founders. Or something we ‘affirm’ but not too specifically. It was life and death: for Legion, and your brother beside you, and for Rome.

So the nun might have been nice (she did smile a lot), but she was not being entirely honest about the ‘symbolic’ nature of the realities affirmed by Christian Creeds of the Church. This glowing supernatural true Symbol– like flags or banners of an army, a nation, a clan– represent outwardly the inward promises and abiding truths taught in the Bible– and of God’s promises to us.

Finally?

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Every morning I walk the dog, and pray. For me, I say the Apostle’s Creed each morning as marching with the Lord’s Army– of angels, archangels, martyrs, saints, as the promise and rallying cry of a better country, as a spine-stiffening and soul encouraging reminder of the Real, revealed by God in His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our conquering Captain, who has led the forces of darkness captive in a triumph by his dying & rising again. It’s a battle cry, not an advertising jingle, or empty statement.

Try it, in Church, and in your devotions– say the Creed with deadly serious joy, and commitment, since we are all in a battle against evil, Satan and all his works, and the world seeking to replace God. Souls hang in the balance, including mine and yours.

Whatever happens to the West in the next generation, I beg God’s grace that I will not surrender, betray, or fail to serve in my time. Amen: may it be so. ~

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