In a recent piece for the New York Times, Ross Douthat made several interesting observations about the imminent death of liberal Christianity, specifically the Episcopal Church. He points out the rather counterintuitive—yet consistently proven—fact that the more concessions the Church has made to the social whims and fancies of political liberals (currently in the form of social justice and homosexual marriage), the more irrelevant it has become. Douthat writes:
Yet instead of attracting a younger, more open-minded demographic with these changes, the Episcopal Church’s dying has proceeded apace. Last week, while the church’s House of Bishops was approving a rite to bless same-sex unions, Episcopalian church attendance figures for 2000-10 circulated in the religion blogosphere. They showed something between a decline and a collapse: In the last decade, average Sunday attendance dropped 23 percent, and not a single Episcopal diocese in the country saw churchgoing increase.
I’m not sure why anyone is really surprised by this; perhaps Douthat is simply pretending to be for his (mostly) liberal New York Times audience. Liberalism, as a general rule, doesn’t create anything. Like a leech, liberalism—whether political, religious, or otherwise—feeds off of what is already in existence. Without a host, liberalism cannot survive on its own. Liberalism is negative in the sense that it is always declaring what it does not believe, but has a much more difficult time declaring what it does. Try this sometime: ask your politically or religious (they’re usually the same people anyway) liberal co-worker what he believes about any number of topics and before he completes his second sentence he will be bashing conservative ideals. In other words, he will flip the conversation from being one of discussing his own ideals to one of degrading the ideals of his opponent.
As a liberal himself, at least religiously, Douthat has completely bought into one of the very few positive statements that liberalism likes to use to describe itself: the “helping our fellow man” line. Douthat describes it thusly: “The defining idea of liberal Christianity — that faith should spur social reform as well as personal conversion — has been an immensely positive force in our national life. No one should wish for its extinction, or for a world where Christianity becomes the exclusive property of the political right.” Notice even Douthat can’t resist equating religious liberalism with political liberalism by taking a swipe at conservatives (the dreaded “political right” of Douthat’s quotation). If Douthat—and all other liberals with him—is to be believed, religious conservatives do not believe that faith should spur social reform as well as personal conversion; this is complete and utter nonsense.
For any liberals who happen to be reading this, please take note of this: Religious and political conservatives are not against social reform. The fact that I even need to put it into print is beyond ridiculous. There is no conservative that is even claiming this to be true. The primary difference between liberals and conservatives is not the necessity of social reform, but the funding of social reform. Liberals believe the civil government should be the primary funding and acting agent; conservatives believe that citizens should be the primary funding and acting agents. In fact, the Old and New Testaments are quite clear that the domain of “social reform” belongs to the community of faith (i.e. the local church), not to the government. Caring for the poor, widows, orphans, the sick and needy, and others in need is not a task of the civil government, it is a task of neighbors and individuals working together. Social reform is meaningless when it is only done under the compulsion of civil government.
Douthat seems to understand this. Near the end of his article he writes: “Today, by contrast, the leaders of the Episcopal Church and similar bodies often don’t seem to be offering anything you can’t already get from a purely secular liberalism.” Exactly. And this is because the liberal mainline churches have become the exclusive property of the political left. If Americans want an indication about what direction liberal politicians will take the country, they only need look at the liberal churches of America.
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Grisham Out as White House Press Secretary, Will Now Work for First Lady
Was Jared Kushner behind the move?
It’s fair to say that the Trump White House has had a fairly substantial turnover rate, but this is the price that one pays for working in the vicinity of a powerful resultist.
Trump doesn’t seem concerned with the path or the plan, but rather with the actual, concrete results that he sees. This is precisely why his brash and often abrasive personality works. When the mainstream media tries to take him off track during a press briefing, Trump pulls the attention back in, often quickly, figuratively knee-capping folks like Jim Acosta of CNN.
The result? The press briefing is now back on track – with only minor collateral media damage caused by the outburst.
It’s this same attitude that has many within the West Wing on their toes, wondering when their job may metaphorically find itself standing on the same resultist gallows as the aforementioned Acosta.
In the case of White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, her recent employment change was far less jarring than some we’ve seen in the past.
Stephanie Grisham is stepping down as White House press secretary and rejoining the first lady’s office as chief of staff and spokeswoman, touching off a reshuffling at the top tier of the White House communications shop.
A source familiar with the situation told Fox News Tuesday that the new White House communications team will include Trump campaign national spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as press secretary, Alyssa Farah as White House director of strategic communications and Ben Williamson as senior adviser for communications.
The source told Fox News that McEnany, Farah and Williamson would work “in concert” and not necessarily report to one another in terms of “chain of command.”
FLOTUS was beaming over the move.
First Lady Melania Trump announced she is “excited to welcome Stephanie back to the team in this new role,” saying Grisham “has been a mainstay and true leader in the Administration from even before day one, and I know she will excel as Chief of Staff.”
Within the White House, rumors swirled that perhaps Jared Kushner was not a fan of Grisham’s work as Press Secretary, which may have played a role in her recent role change.
Dem Legislator Says Trump Should be Prosecuted for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’
We won’t hold our breath.
From the very onset of Donald Trump’s political career, there have been attempts to shame and label him, undoubted due to his “outsider” status.
This isn’t unexpected. President Trump sauntered into Washington under the auspices of “draining the swamp”, knowing full well that the swamp was going to fight back…and with gusto. This was always going to be an uphill battle for Trump, and that’s just how he likes it.
But the lengths to which some of Trump’s enemies will go in order to attack the Commander in Chief? No one could have predicted just how out-of-control that aspect of “the resistance” would get.
State Rep. Tavia Galonski tweeted Sunday after President Trump spoke about hydroxychloroquine at his daily press briefing. The drug, normally used to treat malaria, is one of several that the president has pointed to as showing promise in the fight against COVID-19, but its effectiveness has been a subject of debate.
“I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow,” Galonski said. “Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”
When asked to defend her comments, Galonski was reticent.
Fox News asked Rep. Galonski if there is a specific crime she is accusing Trump of committing, and how she plans on pursuing charges given the United States’ non-member status. She did not immediately respond.
And, as if you thought that this was perhaps a simple stunt by the enthusiastic Representative….
I need every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact me at [email protected] immediately. When we worked on international custody cases we had a cadre of lawyers working on the case. Suit up! https://t.co/pkmF4cWGIQ
— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@RepGalonski) April 6, 2020
California Governor: We Will Use Coronavirus To ‘Reimagine A Progressive Era’
California Governor Gavin Newsom says coronavirus is an ‘opportunity for reimagining a more progressive era in American policy.’
He was asked by a Bloomberg News reporter if he saw “the potential, as some others in the [Democratic] Party do, for a new progressive era, if you want to call it that, in national politics and policy and whether there’s the opportunity for additionally progressive steps … on the national and state level.”
Newsom’s response, according to the California Globe, was that “the governor admittedly gave a long-winded answer which culminated in, ‘yes,’ admitting there is political opportunity born out of the pandemic. ‘There is opportunity for reimagining a [more] progressive era as it [relates] to capitalism,’ Gov. Newsom said. ‘So yes, absolutely we see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.’”
Calif. Gov. @GavinNewsom: Coronavirus an opportunity to create a new "progressive era"
"We see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern." pic.twitter.com/LongRVqcMS
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 2, 2020
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) April 1, 2020
Translation: “I REALLY like these emergency powers and would like to continue using them after this thing ends.”
— Abradax (@OmegaAbradax) April 2, 2020
Don’t think for a second all these governors aren’t salivating at the thought of using all these new found emergency powers for other purposes once this crisis abates. Once you discover how easily people will give up their freedom, many things become possible that weren’t before.
— Seizer Pouncicus (@TastyKAR) April 2, 2020
Exactly, they want to control your lives. They are using a tragedy to change laws without you knowing.
— Mrs.Batch❤️ (@kimlovesdisney1) April 2, 2020
The Corona Virus Shutdown is giving everyone a preview of what a Progressive paradise would like like: Everyone out of work, sitting at home, complaining about everything and dependent on a government check in the mail.
— Syrah Shiraz (@Syrah_Shiraz) April 2, 2020
Does that mean more or less feces in the streets?
— oeyvind toft (@oeyvtoft) April 2, 2020
DOJ Says AG Barr was ‘Appalled’ at Laundry List of FISA Warrant Errors and Abuses
The magnitude of the mischief is simply overwhelming.
Amid all the uncertainty and calamity surrounding us, there is still an ongoing investigation into reports of abuse by the FBI during the 2016 presidential election. Of course, much of this news has been buried by the apocalyptic dread concerning COVID-19, but, make no mistake, the latest developments are heavy.
It all began with the FBI in 2016, which feels like it was over a decade ago at this point. The Bureau was, for some reason, tasked with investigating the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump on the rumors that he was somehow working with the Kremlin. In order to gather supposed evidence of this, the FBI would need to be granted FISA warrants to spy on the campaign itself. Their method of obtaining these warrants included citing the controversial document known as the Steele Dossier, which contains unverifiable rumors about Donald Trump’s alleged preference for unsanitary sex acts in the presence of prostitutes in Moscow.
The dossier was bankrolled by Democratic operatives, including Hillary Clinton, and the salacious rumors contained have been traced back to rumors once printed in the Wall Street Journal decades ago.
Now, as an investigation into this wildly inappropriate misuse of the FISA courts continues, both the Attorney General and the Inspector General are expressing grave concerns about the process.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report in December which found that the FBI included “at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications and many errors in the Woods Procedures” during its Crossfire Hurricane investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign. After releasing the report, Horowitz said that he would conduct a further investigation to see if the errors identified in the Page application were widespread.
Just how bad was it?
“The concern is that this is such a high-profile, important case. If it happened here, is this indicative of a wider problem — and we will only know that when we complete our audit — or is it isolated to this event?” Horowitz told lawmakers during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. “Obviously, we need to do the work to understand that.”
Horowitz’s office said in a report released Tuesday that of the 29 applications — all of which involved U.S. citizens – that were pulled from “8 FBI field offices of varying sizes,” the FBI could not find Woods Files for four of the applications, while the other 25 all had “apparent errors or inadequately supported facts.”
Apparently, Attorney General Bill Barr was no fan of the findings either.
#FISA DOJ statement “No one was more appalled than the Attorney General at the way the FISA process was abused. This abuse resulted in one of the greatest political travesties in American history” @KerriKupecDOJ @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/ALdLezKcJx
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) March 31, 2020
The investigation into the FISA court abuses is ongoing.
Infamous California Congresswoman Calls Trump ‘Incompetent Idiot’
This is not the time, Congresswoman.
In these trying times – an era of global crisis – those who despise President Trump have ceaselessly lambasted him with anything and everything that they can muster.
The “resistance” is still in full effect during the COVID-19 global pandemic, with many of the usual suspects taking time out of there day to distract from the task at hand, in favor of scoring political points during an election year.
That’s not to say a President can’t be criticized or questioned during a time of crisis, but these heavy times require sharp critiques, not pedantic pageantry.
Maxine Waters hasn’t quite grasped this concept as of yet.
Trump, stop congratulating yourself! You’re a failure & you've mishandled this #COVID19 disaster! You're not knowledgeable & you don’t know more than experts & generals. Your ignorance & incompetence are appalling & you continue to demonstrate that every time you open your mouth!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 30, 2020
Trump, you incompetent idiot! You sent 18 tons of PPE to China early but ignored warnings & called COVID19 concerns a hoax. You've endangered doctors, nurses, aids, orderlies, & janitors – all risking their lives to save ours. Pray 4 forgiveness for the harm that you're causing!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 30, 2020
Waters has been an unrepentant critic of President Trump, and has even gone so far as to demand that her constituents seek out conservatives in public and make them feel “unwelcome”.
Lindsey Graham Says Pelosi Made The ‘Most Shameful, Disgusting Statement By Any Politician In Modern History’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the “most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history,” Senator Lindsey Graham said today.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, criticized Pelosi after she railed against President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pelosi said: “His denial at the beginning was deadly,” and as he “fiddles, people are dying” during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts held up the relief bill, and she wants to accuse President Trump?
She is.l wrong. She is outdated. She is ignorant. She is on her way out of the House.
— akashicfinder (@akashicfinder) March 29, 2020
She is straight up crazy…how 🤔🤔🤔🤔 is she even allowed to be anywhere around Washington she’s a nutcase she’s gone off the deep end..!!!!
Nasty Piglosi is a horrible person, and the people who vote for her are too
— Jennifer Epstein (@JenniferEpste19) March 29, 2020
— Konservativ_DasGuteBewahren (@KonservativD) March 29, 2020
She’s a piece of garbage. Her hatred for the President is all that she’s got in her head and heart. She’s pissed he wasn’t impeached and she’s furious bc she knows he’s great and she’s scum.
— marissa (@marissa28572708) March 29, 2020
Where was Pelosi back in January when Trump was assembling his Task force, quarantining returning Americans and instituting a travel ban?
Lindsey Graham: Pelosi made the ‘most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history’ https://t.co/1UGMXTnKZi
— DB7272 (@DB7272) March 29, 2020
Sen @LindseyGrahamSC on Pelosi: “She’s blaming the president of the United States for people dying because of the way he’s led the country. That’s the most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history.”
Lindsey, she made a factually true statement.
— paulhogarth (@paulhogarth) March 29, 2020
I think Chuck Schumer threatening 2 Supreme Court justices was equally shameful. Democrats are frantic.
Lindsey Graham: Pelosi made the ‘most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history’ https://t.co/Q6A3iOVqur
— Arlie_Again Again 🇺🇸🇳🇮NY Yankees⚾️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@ArlieOnce) March 29, 2020
John Kerry Profanely Curses Lone Congressman Who Voted ‘No’ on Virus Relief
President chimed in as well, calling the publicity stunt the work of a “third rate grandstander”.
First, the good news is that the federal government has passed an enormous, $2 trillion economic relief package aimed at helping Americans survive the coming economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The bad news is that one of our elected officials exploited the legislative process to make a political point.
Here’s how it went down:
The House initially planned to pass the coronavirus stimulus package by unanimous consent or voice vote with a skeleton crew of legislators present in order to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus among its members. The body, under its rules, can pass legislation by unanimous consent – with no representative in the chamber objecting – or a voice vote — an exercise in which those for and against a bill yell yea or nay, and the loudest side wins.
But either method can be shut down by a “point of order” from a member who could argue a lack of quorum, meaning less than half of the House’s total members are present in the chamber. At that point, it would need at least 216 total members present to hold a recorded vote.
Massie has indicated to House leaders, despite significant efforts from Republican leadership, that he may force a recorded vote by suggesting the lack of quorum. House leadership is also concerned a handful of other members –Republicans and Democrats – might be considering taking the same action.
That threat forced several elected officials to travel back to DC in order to vote – an unnecessary risk to health and resources.
President Trump was quite unhappy with the move.
…& costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
Then came John Kerry, former Secretary of State, to pile some additional shame on Massie.
“Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an a–hole. He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity,” Kerry tweeted. “He’s given new meaning to the term #M-sshole.”
Kerry added: “Finally, something the president and I can agree on!”
The Commander in Chief acknowledged Kerry’s take.
Never knew John Kerry had such a good sense of humor! Very impressed! https://t.co/vCVNMUeY2h
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
We should allow this brief bit of profane bipartisanship to guide us in these troubled times, because if John Kerry and Donald Trump can agree on something, then Americans can come together to defeat this dastardly COVID-19.
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