Good riddance. It’s always wonderful when a filthy heretic passes.
A good reminder that precious little separates secular progs, leftanjellyfish, and old-school mainlines…
Eric Weinstein, of Intellectual Dark Web fame (Bret’s brother), recently tweeted how novel the ideas and language of social justice warriors are:
But for evangelicals, “social concern” has been around for almost forty-five years:
The Lausanne Congress, sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, drew 2,700 peopple from around the globe — at the time the largest-ever gathering of evangelical Christian leaders. The Assembled believers — ministers and lay people, racially diverse, the vast majority of them men — would be part of a singular moment in postwar evangelicalism.
Like all of the major presenters, [Rene] Padilla had pre-circulated a paper, a rather scholarly treatise on the centrality of repentance to Christian ethics. The audience was not surprise, then, to hear Padilla lecture his fellow participants at Lausanne on the sins of the evangelical church, and on its failure — their own failure — to take seriously Jesus’s call to…
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A few months ago, our creative director responsible for branding the ERLC’s logo on various clothing items such as polo shirts or jackets was informed by a nationally-known brand that the ERLC’s mission did not align with their corporate values, and we were prohibited from putting our logo on their clothing. To put it bluntly, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, was unabashedly discriminated against.
When our creative director walked into my office to notify me of this, my first response was to smile. Why? Because the ERLC had been the victim of discrimination, and I knew an opportunity like this meant the ERLC could pursue the moral high ground. What progressivism does to dissenters, we would not do to them.
I’m not going to identify what the particular brand was that discriminated against the ERLC, because the ERLC is not looking to score points against this particular company nor are we looking to file any type of lawsuit.
Another option was available: Avail ourselves of the hundreds or thousands of other companies that would be willing to take our money in exchange for their product. We did.
If the ERLC were on the side of righteousness, they’d recognize we are in a cultural war, and eschew that ‘moral high ground’ bullshit, and take that clothing company to court and force them to live or die by the standards their own side has created.
But of course, since they are Soros’ tools, they’ll do what he orders, which is to lose ‘with honor’ blah blah blah.
But, once again, it didn’t.
What part of “no-one knows the hour” do they not understand?
Televangelist Joel Osteen canceled services at his Houston megachurch Sunday and has yet to reopen its doors — despite the fact that thousands of flooded-out residents are desperately seeking shelter.
The perpetually smiling pastor told followers on Twitter on Monday to lean on their faith.
“Jesus promises us peace that passes understanding,” he wrote. “That’s peace when it doesn’t make sense.”
But Osteen’s comforting words didn’t sit well with critics, who want to know why the doors to his 16,800-seat arena at his Lakewood Church near downtown Houston are closed.
“You have taken so much money away from your people to live like a king,” entertainment publicist Danny Deraney blasted. “It’s the least you could do.”
Washington, DC-based writer Charles Clymer tweeted pictures of Lakewood Church, which did not appear to be damaged by floods.
“It doesn’t make sense why you’re not opening up your mega church to house Houston citizens, help me understand that. Jesus,” according to Florida-based writer Emily Timbol.
While the church and its arena have not suffered any flood damage yet, ministry spokesman Donald Iloff said their property is inaccessible because of surrounding waters.
And it makes no sense to open church doors when the city and county are already treating thousands of flood victims at the nearby George R. Brown Convention Center, according to Iloff.
Oh, so government has got it, no need for anyone else to lend a hand. Is that it?
Vox nails it:
As does Chris:
Worship in a time of flood is not preaching. It is firing up the kitchen, making soup, and filling sandbags. You can clean up the church once the people have homes they can return to. But now we should be doing charity from our churches. For they are not ours, but Christ’s.
And our worship of Christ is costly.
Guess this demonstrates clearly, had there been any doubt in anyone’s mind; Osteen’s ‘church’ is not of Christ.
Most of Donald Trump’s opponents believe they will have to wait four more years to see him leave the White House.
But America’s witches are more optimistic.
That’s the spirit! The can-do attitude that built America, and made it great!
At the stroke of midnight on Friday, followers of witchcraft across the US performed a mass spell designed to remove the president from office.
Clearly, it must have worked! Wait, no; Trump is still President, progs! Better try again…
A Facebook group devoted to the ritual has attracted over 10,500 likes, and coined the hashtag #magicresistance.
Ooh, a Magic Resistance! Now you see them; now you don’t! Amen! 😉
The development has sparked fury among Christian conservatives, who have accused the witches of “declaring spiritual war”.
Idiots. Witches have always been at spiritual war with our Lord; now they’ve merely extended their war into the temporal realm, against a head of state; in theory, at least: doesn’t look like their spell worked. But if at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again, prog witches!
Writer Michael Hughes, who describes himself as a “magical thinker” posted a version of the spell online, saying he had seen multiple versions on private witchcraft groups.
Ooh, Magical Thinking! What progs are known for…
In it, he suggests using a stubby orange candle, an unflattering picture of Mr Trump, and a Tower tarot card.
Wouldn’t you want to build a Tower of Tower tarot cards, to make it bigger and more powerful? Make Witchcraft Great Again! 😉
Followers of magic are told to carve the president’s name into the candle using a pin, recite an incantation, and then burn his picture in the flame.
The words of the spell include a plea to the Wiccan deities to “bind Donald J Trump, so that his malignant works may fail utterly” and so that he “shall not break our polity, usurp our liberty, or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair”.
They needn’t worry; their minds are already filled with hate, confusion, fear and despair. (Too bad about the hate, but I’m sure enjoying their confusion, fear and despair, and you should, too! 🙂 )
Mr Trump’s supporters don’t escape either, as the spell asks that their “malicious tongues” be curbed too.
Well, have we deplorables been silenced? Nope! I guess our God is bigger than their Wiccan deities. 🙂
Mr Hughes suggests that instead of the normal closing line, “So mote it be!”, witches could burn the former Apprentice host’s image with the words, “You’re fired!”
Using Trump’s own words against him; so cute! Too bad it didn’t work. 🙂
The writer said he published details of the spell because he felt “it would be very welcome to a lot of people”.
Under the tenets of witchcraft, a “binding spell” does not wish harm on its target, but aims to stop them from doing harm themselves.
And yet they’re burning his picture in effigy. Doesn’t add up, does it?
MaryPat Azevedo, who took part in the ritual in Arizona, said she saw the ritual as “a unity prayer”.
She told the BBC: “A true witch would never cast a spell on anyone without their permission. This prayer is for wellbeing and peace for all beings.”
And did the Donald grant you his permission? Or are you not a true witch? D’Oh!
Ms Azevedo said she hopes to see “physical, emotional, and spiritual changes in Donald Trump and American politics”.
Me too. I’d love to see in Trump physical changes (him becoming even healthier, so that he may have a long, healthy and productive presidency), emotional changes (becoming thicker-skinned), and spiritual changes (hey, I’d love to see him become a faithful, orthodox, mature Christian). And I’d love to see all different manner of various changes in American politics, in a reactionary direction, of course.
Participating witches plan to repeat the spell on days when there is a waning crescent moon, until Mr Trump leaves the Oval Office. The next ritual is set for 26 March.
I’m sure President Trump is quaking in his boots!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of the president’s followers are less than thrilled.
Maybe a handful; the rest don’t know or care! 🙂
Joshua Feuerstein, an evangelical pastor who has previously condemned Starbucks for taking Christmas symbols off its seasonal red cups, issued an “urgent warning”, saying “millions of witches” were trying to curse the president.
“Their bippity-boppity-boo isn’t more powerful than the name of Jesus!” he declared in an online video.
Exactly, so relax, bro; the Lord has got this. Chill out!
The Christian Nationalist Alliance, a conservative religious group, named 24 February a “day of prayer” to counter the magical fraternity.
I’m sorry, under what authority do they declare the right to dictate to the rest of Christians to suddenly follow this festival / fast / whatever? They’re not a church governing body, but go nuts guys, if it makes you feel better.
In a post online, it called the witches “occultists” who want to summon dark spirits against Mr Trump.
The group said it will urge people to pray every time the spell-casters reach for their candles.
People should always pray. They don’t need to think of this as some sort of contest where the side that prays the hardest will beat the other.
Thus far, Mr Trump has failed to comment on the battle between Bible and broomstick.
No, but he has disinvited you, BBC, to press briefings; that should give you an idea of what he thinks of your reporting and coverage overall, much less individual prog-straw-grasping-, silly ‘stories’ like this.