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Doomsday a Good Day for Beer

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I am a fan of good beer. Right now, I have a special beer in my fridge that’s part of Stone Brewery’s Vertical Epic series. It was brewed on 11/11/11 and is not supposed to be drunk until 12/12/12. But there’s a problem. The Mayan Calendar says the world will end that day. (Or was it the 21st?) Let me tell you why I’m not worried.
First off, why do people want to use the Mayan Calendar to predict the end of the world even though we don’t use the Mayan Calendar for anything else? Is the slated Doomsday taking into account the fact that we didn’t count year AD 0–1? What about the fact that we lost a few days in the West when we switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar (Britain had no September 11 in 1752… it was one of eleven “missing” days)? I just want to make sure that we’ve calculated Doomsday accurately. I wouldn’t want to have already missed it. Oh, wait… turns out they found an old Mayan calendar that goes way beyond 2012. Doh.
It may be a little early to be talking about all this, but, come December, it’s gonna be all over the place and I just wanted to slip in before the airspace gets supersaturated. There are good reasons to be confident that the world isn’t ending any time soon, and they’re good to repeat even if you already know the difference between astrology and astronomy.
Back to beer… A. E. Housman said, “Malt does more than Milton can to justify God’s ways to man.” John Milton wrote Paradise Lost as a theodicy—a justification of God’s goodness in light of the reality of pain and evil. If you’ve ever talked to an atheist, you’re probably very familiar with the argument: If God is good and all-powerful, why does He allow evil? A. E. Housman’s answer? Beer. God is looking out for us. It might not look like it from inside this short life (AKA, an approximately eight decade bout of terminal myopia), but God has given us all the proof we need that His ways toward us are good and right (e.g., beer). To reiterate, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Benjamin Franklin didn’t say that, by the way. He preferred wine.
And God Himself had some other words to say on the issue. Right after the Flood had subsided, God made a promise to Noah (who also preferred wine): “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” The normal, natural cycles of the earth are going to continue on until God finishes telling His story. And from the looks of it, that story is far from over. I mean, come on. It was four thousand years to the climax… don’t you think God might be a little more patient than we are? I don’t think even an Obama re-election in November could precipitate the end of the world. (That was the directly political portion of this post, by the way… in case you missed it.)
So Lord willing, come December 11, my twin daughters will turn five. And December 12, I’ll be celebrating another fine day on this good earth with a delicious beer. And lest you think I’m recommending sloth over industry: I’m not saying don’t work. I’m just saying don’t worry.

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Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib Agrees ‘F**k Your National Day of Prayer’

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President Donald Trump recently declared a National Day of Prayer in the face of the coronavirus. But Michigan’s Muslim Democrat Rep. attacked Christians saying, “fuck your national day of prayer.”

The president issued his call to prayer on Friday.

“It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer,” the president wrote on Twitter. “We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these.”

“No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!” Trump added.

But extremist, left-wing, Muslim, Rashida Tlaib, acted in full anti-Christian hate against the day of prayer proclamation by happily retweeting a message from anti-gun fanatic Davide Hogg.

“Don’t let this administration address COVID-19 like our national gun violence epidemic,” Hogg tweeted. “Fuck a National day of prayer, we need immediate comprehensive action.”

Tlaib loved Hogg’s tweet and gleefully passed it on to her followers.

After a backlash, though, Tlaib tried to claim that she was not attacking prayer.

“Let me be clear as someone who has been praying through this all & as someone who attended the National Prayer Breakfast,” she said later. “My retweet was not to be an attack on prayer. It was to bring attention to the need for meaningful action to combat this public health crisis.”

Sure, hon. Sure.

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Virginia Democrats Storm Out Of Chamber During Pastor’s Prayer

Complete and total disrespect for this pastor. What does this say about Virginia? What he was speaking the truth.

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Virginia Democrats got enraged and stormed out of the chamber during Pastor Robert Grant, Jr.’s prayer.

“I think that the statehouse belongs to all the citizens. And all the citizens have a voice,” Grant told the Virginia Mercury. “If it’s my turn to have a voice, and I am a pastor, what do you expect from me? If you don’t want to hear what a pastor has to say, then don’t invite one.”

Finally, someone has the bravery to forget political correctness and say what God has declared!

Todd Starnes:

There’s no doubt that Pastor Robert Grant, Jr. delivered a stemwinder of a prayer during the opening session of the Virginia House of Delegates.

But when his prayer condemned abortion and defended traditional marriage – it was more than Democrats could stomach.

Many lawmakers (including some Republicans) walked out of the chamber – one of them shouted, “Is this a prayer or a sermon?”

Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, also a Democrat, brought down the gavel as the pastor continued to pray — and directed lawmakers to begin reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

“It was totally disrespectful to all of us, all of us in this House,” Del. Luke Torian, a Democrat, told FauquierNow.com.

“In many ways it felt like condemnation,” Del. Delores McQuinn told the newspaper.

Pastor Grant had every right to call out lawmakers who defending the killing of unborn and newly born babies. Infanticide is a crime — and a sin against God. More

The prayer didn’t condemn them, their souls are already condemned and their own “cognitive dissonance” condemned them. They all know that murdering babies is wrong yet they voted contrary to their own souls and hearts for a political benefit to themselves.

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Pastor Franklin Graham Banned in Britain Because He’s a Christian

American Christian leader Franklin Graham found all his speaking engagements canceled in the UK merely because of his religious beliefs.

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American Christian leader Franklin Graham found all his speaking engagements canceled in the UK merely because of his religious beliefs.

It is likely that his seven events were canceled because radical gay activists began agitating against his U.K. tour.

“An arena in Newcastle upon Tyne became the seventh and final venue to cancel his scheduled appearance on Wednesday. The move follows similar decisions by venues in other British cities, including Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield,” CNN reported.

Despite his huge following of over 10 million supporters, Graham has met stiff resistance in the anti-Christian United Kingdom.

Graham has expressed support for conversion therapy and called homosexuality a sin and abomination. He called Islam a “wicked and evil” religion and falsely suggested former US President Barack Obama was “born a Muslim.”

In April Graham was also condemned for writing that Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s homosexuality is “something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.”

A petition calling for Newcastle’s Utilita Arena to drop Graham had been signed more than 5,000 times, and the venue told CNN they made the decision “following talks with our partners and relevant stakeholders.”

“Franklin Graham’s views are wholly inconsistent with our city, which is preparing to welcome huge celebrations and tens of thousands of people this summer for UK Pride,” Ste Dunn, the chair of the radical gay group called the Northern Pride group, said.

The religion-hating gays are not the only ones in Britain that is out for Graham’s head. The pastor is well known for his criticism of radical Islam and transgenderism, and his avid support for President Donald Trump.

This is not the first time Graham has found opposition in the U.K. As the Daily Signal wrote:

Interestingly, although multiple venues canceled Graham this year, this isn’t the first time the U.K. has had enough of the evangelist. In 2017, several members of Parliament moved to ban Graham from the U.K. for “hate speech” regarding gays and Muslims.

At the time, a “petition against Graham being granted a visa” had gathered 4,600 signatures. Nina Parker, pastor of Liberty Church in Blackpool, who organized the petition, said Graham’s presence would be “extremely destructive.”

Parker told The Guardian: “As a Christian and as a leader of a church that particularly welcomes LGBT people, I’m horrified that other local churches are inviting someone with this record of hate speech.”

The U.K. has become intolerant of Christianity and western civilization in the last 20 years, despite that at one time it was one of the biggest proponents of both and is responsible for spreading them across the globe.

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Cruz Drops Truth Bomb On Ilhan Omar

“Perhaps some history might help.”

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Cruz Drops Truth Bomb On Ilhan Omar

Twitter user @AmberD1116 tweeted an old article from 2016 in which Ted Cruz had said: “I’m a Christian first, American second, conservative third and Republican fourth.” He said this in response to Bob Dole questioning his allegiance to the Republican Party.

She wrote “Imagine if a Muslim or Jewish politician said that!”, which Ilhan Omar retweeted with the eyes icon 👀:

Sen. Ted Cruz responded: “Rep. Omar seems confused and/or dismayed by my being a Christian.” He then decided to drop a truth bomb on her about God and country:

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Judge Allows City of Boston to Ban Christian Flag While Raising Gay Pride Flag

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A judge has ruled that the City of Boston is allowed to ban the Christian flag from flying above city hall even though it has flown other special flags including the gay pride flag.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper denied a summary judgment for Christian Harold Shurtleff and his Camp Constitution group that filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination after the city rejected their request to fly a Christian flag on a City Hall flagpole, the Boston Herald reported.

Naturally, being good leftists, the City of Boston claimed that it could not fly the flag because it would be a breach of the so-called “separation of church and state” doctrine.

The Christian group claimed that the banning of the Christian flag was illegitimate since the city had previously flown the Vatican flag (what could be more religious?), and the national flag of Turkey, which is mainly just a Muslim symbol.

The city also previously raised the transgender flag, the communist Chinese flag, and the gay pride rainbow flag.

So, Boston has no problem raising the flags of our enemies, flags of radical leftist groups pushing agendas on our children, and Catholic flags… but… but the Christian flag is a no go?

As the Herald reported:

An attorney for Boston argued in case documents the city is allowed to have control over the City Hall Plaza flagpoles because they’re considered government speech. Shurtleff argued the city’s 284 flag raisings between 2005 and 2017 were evidence the city had not previously denied a request, while Boston rebutted that most of the flags were of other countries and some civic symbols, such as the LGBT flag.

The City Hall Plaza flagpoles fly the United States and Massachusetts flags, a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag and the city of Boston’s flag on the third pole, which is replaced by requested flags.

The council has also approved the flying of the Turkish flag which is nothing but the Muslim moon and star symbol. And Turkey is no Democracy but is, instead, a Muslim theocracy.

The city has exclaimed that its rules are made for “inclusivity.” But Camp Constitution says that this so-called “inclusivity” does not “include” Christians.

“Censoring religious viewpoints in a public forum where secular viewpoints are permitted violates the First Amendment,” said Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said in a statement. “Boston city officials may not ban the Christian flag as part of a privately-sponsored event when they allow any other flag by numerous private organizations. It’s time for the court to stop the city’s unconstitutional censorship,” he added.

Camp Constitution executives are optimistic about “key undisputed facts” that will compel the court in their favor. They say the city changed their parameters about the flags after their application and that the refusal is “content-based” discrimination.

Despite the new ruling,  the group said, “We are appealing the decision and will take it all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary,” Shurtleff told Herald.

Here is what happened last year:

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Evangelical Magazine Blasts Donald Trump Again, Invoking MAGA Movement This Time

The controversy continues…

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Just days ago, a peculiar and unexpected criticism of President Trump came to light from the evangelical right, and it seems as though it’s now here to stay.

Last week, faith-based magazine Christianity Today published an editorial that called for the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump in no uncertain terms.  The article not only addressed the high crimes and misdemeanors that the President is accused of, but also took several swipes at the Commander in Chief’s overall demeanor and bombast.

The uproar over the piece arrived swiftly and sternly, with many on the political and religious right blasting the magazine for delving into the topic at all.

It appears as though this firestorm is far from over.

In his essay, CT president and CEO Timothy Dalrymple defends the magazine’s decision to side with those demanding Trump’s removal, saying that CT has received “countless notes of encouragement from readers who were profoundly moved” by its editorial and insisting that the journal is beholden to God alone and not the Democrat party.

“Out of love for Jesus and his church, not for political partisanship or intellectual elitism, this is why we feel compelled to say that the alliance of American evangelicalism with this presidency has wrought enormous damage to Christian witness,” Dalrymple writes. “It has alienated many of our children and grandchildren. It has harmed African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American brothers and sisters.”

Mr. Dalrymple suggests that the perceived alliance between the president and evangelical Christians in the U.S. has hurt the credibility of Christians across the globe.

“While the Trump administration may be well regarded in some countries, in many more the perception of wholesale evangelical support for the administration has made toxic the reputation of the Bride of Christ,” Dalrymple writes.

Franklin Graham, son of renowned evangelist and founder of Christianity Today Billy Graham, rebuked the magazine’s original piece on Friday, claiming that his father certainly would not have agreed with the assessment contained within.

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Popular Evangelical Magazine Calls for Trump’s Removal, POTUS Punches Back

The op-ed in Christianity Today shocked the nation, and enraged the Commander in Chief.

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Mere hours after two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump were approved by the House of Representatives, it appeared as though our nation’s political stalwarts were going to simply dig deeper into their corners.  No movement was being made on either side, and the tempering of our partisan opinions looked to be complete.

The impasse looked to be set in stone.

But then, out of right field, a popular evangelical publication stunned the nation by calling for not only the impeachment of President Trump, but also for his removal.

In an op-ed, Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli asked its evangelical readers who still support Trump to “remember who you are and whom you serve.”

“The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents,” wrote Galli. “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”

Then came the kicker:

“Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment,” Galli continued. “That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.”

President Trump responded in his typical, verbose fashion.

Whether or not this recent op-ed at Christianity Today is a measure of shifting beliefs on Trump’s overall fitness for office have yet to be seen.

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