Dear World, From America

Dear World,

We felt we needed to say something while saying something is still allowed.

We know many of you have lived under malevolent, unhinged Dictators before, but this is new for us. For its history our nation has been led by men who, despite their varying flaws and deficiencies, some of which were quite disturbing—were by and large, normal human beings. Whatever darkness in them, they had at the very least, a baseline of humanity and decency that more often than not insured rational behavior.

This man is not normal.

He is unstable, malignant, devoid of integrity—and he does not speak for us.

Please understand that nearly three million more people voted for his opponent Hillary Clinton than for him. (Yes, we realize this is completely screwed-up). Millions more voted for other candidates, and sadly nearly 90 million of our people did not vote at all. The point is, the vast majority of Americans are not with him. He does not speak for us. His America is not our America.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched long erected pillars of our Republic bulldozed in the stroke of a madman’s pen. We’ve seen the very hallmarks of who we are as a nation tossed in the garbage; the celebration of diverse coexistence, the open welcome to the oppressed, the guarantee of unalienable rights for every person, the same access to health and opportunity and safety afforded to everyone, the freedom to speak without censor or restraint. At this moment these are all in great jeopardy.

Things we took for granted in our leadership: things like goodness, wisdom, and basic truthfulness are no longer in play, and as things are eroding quickly we wanted to let you know that we’re sorry.

We’re sorry that our apathy and laziness have yielded such a reckless, impulsive, small man to steward this nation.
We’re sorry for the jagged, bitter ugliness that is characterizing us in these moments.
We’re sorry to those suffering greatly, who have braved such peril to seek refuge here and who’ve now been turned away based on the faith they profess.
We’re sorry to our Mexican neighbors who’ve been fashioned into convenient villains for erecting a grandiose, wasteful display of false protection that we do not want.
We’re sorry to Muslims everywhere who’ve been used as pawns to generate irrational fear among those already susceptible to bigotry and discrimination.
We’re sorry to the leaders of the world, who instead of being met by level-headed, measured, intelligent dialogue, are now greeted with the social media rantings of a furious child.
We’re sorry to those who now experience the Christian faith as a racist, Nationalistic bully pulpit wielded with malice toward the very diverse Humanity Jesus lived and died for.
We’re sorry to people everywhere whose lives are made more tenuous, more violent, less safe, less secure than it has been before.

We want you to know that this is not who we are. It may be who this man is. It may be who those sharing power with him are. It may even be the tens of millions who originally voted for him (though that support is vanishing quickly among those who not among the religious zealots and extremists).

But this is not America. It is not the steady, strong beacon of freedom that it was intended to be. It is not the America our people have fought and died for. It is not the one first formed in the crucible of oppression and cast into the words of our ever-disregarded Constitution.

This is not our America. Our America affirms the inherent, priceless beauty of every human being. Our America declares that no person is ascribed less value because of their skin color, religion, gender, financial means, sexual orientation, nation of origin, or any other variable. Our America is home for those seeking hope and joy and rest.

And we are going to fight for this America. Through political channels and through grassroots activism, through the use of our Press and of our personal voices, we’re going to expose this man’s incompetence, call out his heart sickness, and condemn every violent, reckless, vicious act when it does not reflect our hearts and our will. Please do your best to disregard anything that comes from his mouth or those loudly and continually parroting his propaganda. They have proven themselves mortally allergic to the truth.

And we hope that in whatever way you can, that you will stand with us. We know that we have made this mess ourselves. We understand that you have your own problems to contend with, some far more urgent and pressing than this, but we believe that we are a single community; that we are tethered together in our Humanity, that we are in real-time crafting the life our children and their children will inherit.

Dear World, we’re sorry and we hope you’ll endure these days with us.

With Despair and Hope in equal measure, in Peace and Unity with you,

The American Majority 

 

 

 

 

 

950 thoughts on “Dear World, From America

  1. Yes.

    The more time passes by, I begin to wonder if the world of ‘Star Wars’ isn’t more fact than fiction….the President is beginning to resemble the Emperor Palpatine…

    • Bannon has gone ON RECORD as admiring the power of Dick Cheney, Darth Vadar, and Satan.

      We must really amp up our power of Bernie Sanders, Luke Skywalker, and God / The Highest Good of All!

        • Since has a “Muslim Ban” been put in place? There is a temporary hold on people coming in from a few countries until they can DE properly vetted. Obama did the same for six months and nobody seemed to complain.

            • He banned a handful of countries for 3 months. 90 days. Not the entire world. The people he’s blocking from coming here, ya know the bad guys, yea they hate us. If it was the other way around they wouldn’t piss on u if you were on fire. Does no one get that?! There NO patriotism anymore. If you hate it go over there and help them. And see how far you get.

          • That is right, also Carter did the same in 1979. Nobody complained or made a fuss when Obama did it. As always, the media and those narrow minded people are never satisfied. I’m all with you Mr President !

            • Ligia,

              I agree with you; The left-liberal “slip” is really showing its—-. The vast majority of Americans did not vote for Billary Clinton. Research by the Pew Insitute recently has shown that in some large cities there were many more votes for Clinton than registered voters.

            • Living the dream,aren’t you? Everyone else is wrong ,and you and your beloved guy in power are always right.Perhaps you could read the above comments for some insight as to the differences with the presidents you mention.

            • Carter placed a ban specifically to leverage release of hostages. There is a HUGE difference between his actions and this situation. IMHO the current Executive Order was a deliberate act of malicious intent in order to cause chaos. In the meantime while we were distracted, Mr. Bannon was appointed to the NSC. The POTUS and his ‘team’ are deliberately using “divide and conquer” tactics, and they know that people have a short attention span. If you don’t think YOUR freedom is next, think again.

          • No, Obama did not do the same thing. Obama banned access from 1 country as part of sanctions against that country. Not the same at all.

          • Dear Rob in AK:

            President Obama was the Deporter in Chief. No President ever deported more people than Obama. He was attacked by the political right as lax on immigrants NOT to ‘protect’ the state, but to shift immigration politics still more rightward.

            Blessings!

          • What Donald Trump is doing (2017)

            Ban entry to the US for people born in seven majority Muslim countries – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – including holders of legal green cards and visas – for 90 days

            • Suspending the Syrian refugee plan indefinitely
            • Suspending entire refugee plan for 120 days
            • Bans entry to the US for dual-nationality passport holders – meaning citizens of the above countries who also hold, for example, a British passport, are also banned for 90 days.
            • Prioritize Christian refugees over Muslims
            • Capped refugee total to 50,000
            • Did it out of the blue
            Trump came up with his Muslim ban following the Orlando nightclub shooting, an attack committed not by refugees or migrants, but by a US citizen who was born in New York.
            • Of all the fatal terror attacks carried out on US soil since 9/11, exactly zero have been committed by immigrants from the seven majority Muslim countries targeted by the ban

            What Barack Obama did (2011)

            • Paused approvals of refugee applications from Iraq for a period of six months after two Iraqi al-Qaeda terrorists were discovered living as refugees in Kentucky.

            What he didn’t do

            • Base it on religion
            Obama’s order – which was done with very little fanfare – selected Iraqi nationals based on geography and a specific event, not religion.
            • Do it out of the blue
            It was done in response to a specific event, and to allow FBI agents enough to gather fingerprints from captured roadside bombs, which they used to toughen their refugee screening process

            What Jimmy Carter did (1979)

            • Placed sanctions on Iran after they held 52 American diplomat’s hostages for 444 days
            The sanctions included a block on all future visas issued to Iranian citizens

            What he didn’t do

            • Base it on religion
            The block was targeted at Iranian nationals, not Muslims
            • Do it out of the blue
            Carter’s sanctions were the culmination of a long-running escalation of tensions between the US and Iran.

          • Every Muslim thinks it’s a Muslim ban. Every commenter over at Breitbart thinks it’s a Muslim ban. Rudy Gilliani thinks it’s a Muslim Ban. Steve Bannon thinks it’s a Muslim ban. Candidate Trump promised it would be a Muslim ban. I’m inclined to agree with them all.

          • Rob – If you look it up, you will see the lie being told about Obama and his not letting Muslims in to America. There was a discovery about a couple men from Iraq who managed to enter in 2009 and were plotting terrorist activities. They were watched until 2011 to see how many were in their cell. No other Iraqis were let in until that was cleared up.
            Why are the Republicans blaming Trump? I think “Dirty Donald” needs to find someone to point to because of his ignorant signing of poorly written bills which will come back to bite him in the fat butt.

          • Wasn’t the same in any way, shape, or form. Do your homework. Then tell your ridiculously power-starved, hateful President Trump to, as well. Even as a Constitutional scholar and professor President Obama did before he (and his equally intelligent and well-prepared team) implemented any such plan.

          • Obama did not detain anyone. He placed a temporary ban on new visas but did not revoke the ones in existence. Nor did he deny green card holders entry. If you get stoped by a policeman who asked for your license and he detains you until YOU prove it is valid then you might understand the difference.

          • You might be referring to two Iraqi immigrants who were connected with IEDs in Iraq. It took 6 month to finish checking other Iraqis. What is different, is this was a response to a specific incident. Do you think it unreasonable?

          • That is a lie perpetrated by the repubkicans. There was never a ban. And there already is a very strong
            vetting in place. There has never been a terrorist attack in the U>S> by anyone from those seven countries, But there has been from Saudi Arabia 9including 15 of the 19 terrorists on 9-11), but I guess we cannot do anything to them because OIL.
            Also Pakistan and Egypt is not on that list and they also had terrorists on 9-11. Why are these nations not on the list?
            Another thing , more Americans (including cops) are killed by internal White Supremicist Terrorists than Muslims. Just this week there were 3 attacks in the U.S, by White Supremisists and 0 by Muslims. Why are we not targeting/investigating them?

          • Good to know that he’s got semblance of a conscience. He still can’t go to Europe though; he’ll be detained and charged with war crimes.

        • I am afraid the brain washing is just starting. With Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary and her relationship to Neurocore a “Brain Performance Center” the possibilities are endless.

          They just have to get rid of those awful unions along with those overpaid over educated teachers. Next after all schools are “for profit” they can easily afford to lower the pay enough to hire anyone who can follow a script.

          We could also get rid of all abortions by convincing, at an early age, the sex is not meant for pleasure only for procreation. The pleasure part will be only for the rich and powerful along with free will.

          See endless – because I don’t have much of a creative mind.

          • Try “Using a Damn Contraceptive” and the good part of Sex is all yours! And Abortion, there would be None, if people took “Responsibily And Actively Protected Themselves”…..Unless you are Rich….That you can Afford the Unmeasureable Cost of Raising These Children!! Also, these Refugees don’t just have a couple of children wanting to come over and Ruin the Fabric of What Healthcare we do have….But they Have a Multitude of Children, which Begs the Question “have they Not Discovered Birth Control Already”?!?! Just my thoughts, as you all seem to have your own.

            • Turns out it was never easy for me to get pregnant. Each child was years in the making. I am not a refugee but I am the granddaughter of three immigrants. I don’t quite understand your response to me post. But, it is all good. I don’t understand a lot of what is going on.

            • This comment about using protection is RIDICULOUS! With my first child I was on a b.c. pill AND we used condoms and STILL had my daughter.

              • I have a friend who became pregnant the first time while using a condom and spermicidal foam. She became pregnant the second time while on “the pill”. She became pregnant the third time with an IUD in place.

              • I guess your daughter was meant to be born! What a blessing. BTW I hope she’s not reading your post about how much you didn’t want her.

                • you really know how to twist someone’s words around – that stupidity on your part really brings out the “judge ” in you. Now go to your bible and learn that part about “judge not lest ye be also judged”. I’m sure she loves her children- she gave birth to them.

                • Oh please! My mother didn’t plan on me (62 years ago) and I’ve survived just fine. My little ego did well enough, and my mom did the best job she could to raise me. You’re confusing planning with wanting, and they aren’t the same thing, so don’t you dare condemn Patricia. Since the anti choice people don’t want contraception to be included as routine healthcare for women, that leaves women boxed in very nicely, doesn’t it? No, you can’t have birth control, no , you can’t have abortion, and no, we won’t help you feed, clothe, and educate your children, when the person who couldn’t keep his pants zipped can’t be bothered.

                    • It would NOT be fair to call them “baby killers” as they are not killing babies. They are killing blastocysts or fetuses, but “blastocyst killer” doesn’t have the same emotional impact does it? So let’s just keep knowingly using a lie . I believe there might be a verse or two in the Bible about the appropriateness of lying, but we can comfortably ignore that because it doesn’t suit our purposes.

                    • When my wife visited our doctors when pregnant the nurse or doctors never said, “How’s that blastocyst doing?” “Or is your fetus kicking you?”

                      It was always “baby.”

                      BTW, when does an abortion kill a “blastocyst”? By the time someone aborts it’s a least an embryo with a beating heart, brain waves, hands and feet, etc. etc.

                      When pregnant Mary met pregnant Elizabeth, the latter’s “babe” leapt in her womb. Did Elizabeth tell a lie for the sake of “emotional impact”?

                      If someone kills a born baby, do we say he killed a “neonate”? That would be the correct term as is embryo or fetus. These are all phases of human development. The fetus is no less a person than the neonate for simply being in a different location.

                      I think it’s the abortion promoters who are playing the word games.

                      “Baby” is an acceptable term that we all use when speaking to a pregnant woman, unless that “baby” happens to be inconvenient. I suppose then we become scientific and refer to her embryo, fetus, or unwanted tissue mass.

                      Maybe saying “embryo killer” or a “fetus killer” sound reasonable to you, but to me they are just as horrific as “baby killer” because I know it means unjust taking the life of a human person. Those words don’t cover up the evil deed, but maybe they do help for some who don’t want to face the Truth.

                    • You cannot justify saving a fetus if you believe in sending folks off to war when they turn 18. You cannot justify saving ANY fetus if you believe in war. You also can’t justify saving a fetus that isn’t yet a person who can live and breathe on its own- because a fetus ISN’T A PERSON until it can live and breathe without your help- all on its own. We live in an age when many preemies live- but they all use to die- and where children with mental and physical birth defects live- when they all used to die too. All sex not only does not lead to pregnancy- all sex should never lead to pregnancy- because there’s no where to put that many people. Women- and men- who have sex- should take every precaution to not get pregnant if they don’t want to be pregnant. I vote for incredible sex education and preventative pregnancy measures for all- and I vote against religion being the determining factor.

                    • Replying to J. Bruce, I agree with your ideas. I particularly agree with not letting religion have the deciding factor. A two thousand-year-old book can guide our decision making through the application of ethics and principles, but it cannot directly speak to the way things are now. When the command was given to go forth and multiply, and when every child born was needed to secure the continuation of the tribe, those rules about fertility were needed. Now that we have overrun the earth and it is struggling to sustain us, we need a whole lot less multiplying.

            • You ate allowed to have your own thoughts, it’s not us trying to decimate the 1st Amendment. B..u..t when the facts you use to verbalize those thoughts are false, you lose the the right for anyone to give 2 s#%ts what your thoughts are. Please cite your source that Refugee Families bring Multitudes of Children. I can’t seem to find anything that backs up your “thoughts” .

            • There is no such thing as 100% effective birth control outside of a surgery or celibacy. My mother had six kids or, as she put it, one for each method of birth control except the pill. She couldn’t take that because of a family history of strokes. However… my sister got pregnant on the pill.

            • Wow – simple answers to complex problems. We’re all befuddled and stunned that we haven’t solved every world problem by simply asking you first. Foolproof! And all those exclamation points and question marks – I’m convinced. ***throwing all my worthless degrees and original thoughts away***

          • I find the hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty of the left sadly unsurprising. “Common Core” is simply a mechanism to brainwash our children into believing political correctness is more important than common sense. Outside of the leftist elite bubbles of New York and California, Trump won overwhelmingly. That’s because most Americans ( from both major political parties) were sick of watching their tax dollars squandered on Obama paying off his cronies under the guise of “shovel ready jobs” — none of which materialized, but almost a trillion dollars disappeared with absolutely nothing to show for it in terms of economic benefit or even marginal improvement in the average American’s life. American foreign policy during the Obama administration has resulted in the Middle East becoming a dumpster fire, and a very freshly emboldened radically violent and murderous Islamic terrorist state. Domestic policy under Obama’s term in office has resulted in a more dangerous country (record violent crime in his own adopted home town), the highest debt in history, a hostile environment for American business and a healthcare system that’s gone from the best in the world to an absolute mess in which both premiums and co-pays have dramatically increased. Our military is the weakest it’s been since before World War II, and we are being routinely challenged by third world countries who would never have had the temerity to do so prior to Obama taking office. The radical left, aided by a compliant and equally if not more dishonest media, routinely mischaracterizes practically everything Trump says. If they can’t find a Trump statement or policy to mischaracterize, they’ll simply make something up, e.g., the bust of MLK being removed from the Oval Office — never happened. So, Dear Misinformed, Dishonest and Butt-hurt Libtard, don’t presume to represent America. Your incessant insults and lack of respect for the office of President of the United States of America are tiresome, cliche and boringly predictable. Instead of being a petty and sore loser, try being constructive and contributing to the welfare of others through hard work and charitable altruism. Have a look at the huge delta in charitable contribution between Middle America (over 4% of gross income on average) and the elitist East and West coasts (less than one half of one percent). This should help you pop your head out of your backside, quit whining like an injured puppy and do something constructive to help our country achieve the safety, prosperity, realization of the tremendous potential of every citizen and global respect it deserves.

            • “a healthcare system that’s gone from the best in the world”

              *stares at him*

              America’s healthcare system has never been the best in the world, or if not ‘never,’ certainly not anywhere like as recently as 8 years ago. What alternative universe are you in? I could name 10 countries without pausing to think where healthcare is better than in the US.

      • Yes, Tracy Sheppard, he did say that. I couldn’t believe it so I looked it up. And now he sits on the National Security Council. Frightening.

      • He has actually gone on record to say that he is WORSE than Satan but that it wouldn’t hurt for the American people to FEAR their government and he likes to be feared.. Now what kind of crap is that? No people should have to fear their government ever! With these clowns in the house it is a fear to wake up every day and wonder what he is going to take away or ban today… what a shame and embarrassment he and his crew of ass hats have brought on our country.

      • Dear World, please accept my personal apology for a certain population of our 20 to 40 yr. olds who think the world started with them, have been brain washed in our liberal controlled public schools, have NO idea what the Constitution really stands for, and have NO respect for the gifted, God guided intelligence of our Founding Fathers. How the Hell did we ever survive, here w/o them..for over 200 yr. and how did we EVER manage to offer FREEDOM to millions who could find it nowhere else..and lets see little things like GO TO THE MOON..gosh you little smart jacks..how did the planet EVER run w/o you!! Dear World..please send more Play- Doh and coloring books to help them through the next 4 yr. (dedicated to J. Pavlovitz, and his followers)

        • Thank you! I am ashamed of the madman in the WH who is not making America great, but rather he is destroying it. He is Mussolini reincarnate. He must be removed. He is insane. He is on the wrong side of history. He has no decency. He is shameful.

                • You need to learn how to spell and use proper sentence structure before your comments can be taken seriously. Then again, you DO reflect the fan base of trump.

                • You need to learn how to spell and use proper sentence structure before your comments can be taken seriously. Then again, you DO reflect the fan base of trump.

              • Because someone doesn’t agree with you then you call them a RACIST. How dare you. If we are all fighting to have freedom of speech then you MUST allow everyone to have their opinion.

            • Yes he was the greatest president your country ever had in the eyes of the rest of the world. It’s too bad his own country can’t see it. Good luck with this baphoon. America is now a laughing stock to the world.

              • Are you speaking for me? Would you please ask me. President Trump is my president. If you knew your history you would know he won the election fair and square, from compaigning. This is my 15th election. Some are good and some are bad, but the good old positive Americans make it without any fanfare, foul language , obscenities. Just good old positive thinking and belief in the best country ever????????

                • America has never had a known criminal elected. America has never had a rapist/molester in the White House. America has had some men who lacked moral judgement Kennedy, Clinton, Eisenhower for a few who all had less then steller morals. However, none of them bought their way out of rape charges, none of them had phony charities for the their own gain. How does being positive change any of these acts to make this man fit to be this nations president? trumps own people are bailing on him, and those that are still hanging on are the worst of what our country is not about. I’m not a cry baby. I am an American, and I am a strong American, and there are Millions like me who are going to be really loud until he and his crew are put down. My family fought in all the wars this country has ever had and I will do the same. I wont need to use a gun to fight this one, Our country is not going to be destroyed by this sick degenerate and his thugs. TRUMP IS NOT MY PRESIDENT. He is a THUG.

                  • Say it loud and say it proud, my friend! God bless your family for its’ service and sacrifice. Donald Trump is a narcissistic sociopath, and I truly wish more people would research that.

            • Yes actually, Obama was a pretty good president, faced with a congress like NO other president has had to face. He made mistakes, but so does everyone. But Congress’s mission for the entire 8 years Obama was in office was to stop anything at all from happening. Despite the fact that America VOTED for Obama and his goals, TWICE.

              • Actually, Hillary won the popular vote the last election against Obama, and he won by electoral college, but don’t let facts interfere with your imagination. Maybe if Dems had put up someone besides a corrupt political hack DT wouldn’t have won…Then again, after 8 years off scandal, corruption, and crisis we were sick to death of Dems.

                • At no point was Obama running against Hillary for the electoral college vote. He was against McCain first and then Romney. Obama won the popular vote and the electoral college both times.

              • Janine said, “But Congress’s mission for the entire 8 years Obama was in office…” The facts, Obama had the majority in both the House and the Senate for the first 2 years. Are you saying that his own party was stopping him for those first 2 years?

            • He was sane, intelligent, moral, articulate, cool in the face of adversity, thick-skinned, etc. Of course, he was not perfect, but he had the best interests of this country at heart. Trump has none of these qualities. He is an embarrassment for my country. I am ashamed that he is our president. God help us.

              • Something that I find significant is that children loved him. Children are very aware of who is good and who is bad.

                One thing that I am going to miss a lot is just what a fine comedian Mr. Obama is.

            • Obama is not president any more. Get off the “what he did or didn’t do” band wagon and concentrate on what the anti-Christ in the WH is doing to this country along with all his little minions. The man is evil. And he needs to be stopped.

              • I admired and still do admire President Obama. I do not recognize that bloviating buffoon in the WH as my president. We need to get him AND Pence AND Bannon AND the GOP obstructors and, unfortunately, some Dems with a sad lack of backbone out of there and rebuild a decent government. We HAVE to.

            • Stop comparing one bad situation with another to justify it, even to your self. Obama may have not been as great a POTUS as the rest of the world (me included) saw him. That’s not the point. Deal with what’s in front of you now, not what bothered you in the past. The past is done, you can only learn from it not change it.

            • You are morally bankrupt fool! If you did not know, Obama isn’t the President. The fascist you elected signed the executive order that the Nazis Bannon wrote. You’re not an American . You are a Traitor!

            • YES! YES! and YES! I have never been so proud of a president. And I have lived through a lot of them. I would have voted Obama in again if given the chance. Trump is nothing but an embarrassment to me and to the majority in our country.

              • If your so darn pissed off, then maybe go back to the country you came from! I’m sure that Trump won’t mind as i will save him across the board in having to take care of you and “Other’s On Here That Are Embarrassed and Shaken”, that someone Finally is going to put a stop “To Freeloaders” that (Refuse to Fight For their Own Damn Country)! But just wanting to Run to Safety…Really!?!? The Lord “Never said that you would Live in Safety” as I recall, the Bible does make a mention or “Several” to the fact that Humanity will Face Turmoil and Tribulation’s, that you Will have to Endure and Fight Against the Forces of Evil! Hello….they are Not Even Trying to Fight to Save their Own Government, Their Homes, Their Families etc etc etc. It’s downright Disghusting to Run to another Country, to Enslave them to Comp to your every need….when you haven’t in any sense (Joined their own Army, to fight against “Their Own Evil that’s been Thrust Upon Them”)? If they are Not Prepared to Fight For Their Own Country and Freedom’s.. they damn well “Will Not Fight” for Some of you American’s that are in Adoration of them now. Are you Blind? Or are you just choosing to be “Ambivolent”? It begs the Question? Are you willing to Die for these People? And if so, are you willing to Let “Your Families Die for These Syrian Refugees”? If you are, then may I suggest that you “Go With these Refugees, Back to their Country”…and Fight For Them, as they Apparently Don’t Know How or Simply Put – Refuse To!

            • Relatively speaking – when one compares Obama’s Administration to the Trump Regime: Obama is a Saint – Trump is the Devil.

            • Yes, Obama is someone I trust. Trump supporters who say we did not complain when Obama was elected. Because most people trusted him. Very few trust Trump for good reason.

              • You need to read his record. Highest debt in the history of America, the only president to be at war EVERYDAY of his Presidency even though he campaigned on getting our troops out, has more soldiers in Afghanistan than we he entered office, has dropped (or ordered) bombs at the rate of 72 a day in 2016. He has deported more than 2.000.000 people under his term, He put into effect a ban saying all citizens coming from Iraq could not enter the US under the refugee status. He is so slick and revered in the press and the country that people won’t see his big catastrophes while in office. He can do no wrong. Don’t speak for me. I am not apologizing to the world for our current President. OR past Presidents. Who do you think you are that you can write a letter to the world claiming that America is so sorry for President Trump. You are and many others are but a huge populous of this country believes that he is just what we need to get this country moving forward. His numbers are going up and will continue to go up. He is not traditional, can be very annoying, rude, crass, and other things, but he is a brilliant business man and is shaking up this dormant government. Do not speak for me. You have no right!

                • Fact checking is clearly not your strong suit, but you do a great job of drinking the Kool Aid. And if you think that every single thing that DT has done so far is rational, intelligent and sane, you are clearly in need of a reality check. Try, just try, to open your eyes for 5 minutes.

                • Good for you Tingers! I for 1 would gladly welcome Trump to take over for this Idiot Magazine Fool we have for PM here in Canada. I think that we must have more of a Young Populous here Than Older Ones, this nut seems to Appeal to these teeny boppers….it’s Atroshious! Now he’s looking to bury Canada in even More Debt. Anyways I like the fact that you are speaking up, as many I’ve seen on here are just Bellyaching the board to death. Diane 🙂

                • Tingers you voice your opinions well however I’m interested, do you have any compelling evidence when you claim his numbers are going up?

            • Didn’t like the replies when this was first asked? Yes, President Obama was absolutely a real patriot, and yes, someone we could rely on. He was intelligent, decent, and a good man who tried to do the best for all Americans.

            • Not only ok, a real patriot, and someone to rely on, he is going down in the history books as one of the very best Presidents this country has ever known.

              His eulogy at Mother Emmanuel is going to be rated with one fo the best speeches given by a President.

              He didn’t do everything right, but then, he is only human. Unlike Trump, Obama is a fundamentally good person.

              The only people who dislike Obama are bigoted, racist white supremacists.

            • If his entire life to date hasn’t proven to you that he is an abuser, authortarian, bigot, fascist, gynophobe, homophobe, isolationist, misogynist, racist, rapist, sexual assaulter and molester of children, transgenderphobic, white supremacist xenophobe, then every action he has taken since the election, every Cabinet nominee, his petty cruelty, his failure to respect and understand the Constitution proves exactly what he is: someone who has embraced evil and those who voted for him also embraced evil.

          • Move to Cuba, you imbecile. Trump won because real Americans are sick of libtards like you — people who make ridiculous specious assertions unsubstantiated and completely unsupported by facts. If you’re so convinced our President is evil, move to a country more aligned with your values (or lack thereof). The rest of us — real American patriots who have put ourselves in harm’s way in defense of your right to act like a douchebag — are sick of your spoiled brat, butt hurt, sore loser whining, bitching, moaning and complaining. So man up and either shut your pie hole or get the hell out of our country.

            • Dear Marine Gunner- I was born here. In SLC UT in 1953. That makes this country- MY COUNTRY. Am I a progressive liberal. Yes I am. I have a brain that I know how to use and my experience suggests we’re all connected. You- however- are a sad little person who thinks everyone is out to get you. I just feel sorry for all of you- who are about to get screwed in ways you can’t even imagine by the very moron you voted for. I guess you needed a president daddy. Someone to tie your bootlaces for you while he screws you blind. Enjoy! This country is mine- TOO- and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. And I’m GAY. And you lose.

    • To the author of this article: Please do not claim to speak for all Americans, because you don’t!! At least half of those that took the time to vote, do not agree with you! And according to the US electoral college by which this country chooses it’s pick for our leader in chief, our president, Donald Trump clearly and overwhelmingly won our Presidental Election!! Your opinion is your opinion, but DO NOT claim to speak for all Americans because that, sir, is an outright lie. You are just following in the steps of today’s fake and corrupt mainstream news!!

      • As he said, he speaks for the majority of Americans. If you choose to count yourself in the minority that supports these violations against our nation and our humanity…well, that’s up to you. The rest of will ensure that the world knows that the majority of the citizens of this country see these moral offenses for what their are.

        • How nice it must be for you to live a life unscathed by the ravages of intellect, reason and fact. No one cares what you think, because you’ve made it so obvious you don’t. Repetition of far left libtard talking points is not an effective or worthy argument. That’s why the real majority of Americans voted to abandon the failed policies of the last few decades, and opted to put a non-politician and very successful businessman in charge — along with conservative majorities in both the House and Senate. Your ridiculous (yes, subject to ridicule) assertion regarding “the majority of Americans” doesn’t explain that reality, or the fact that Trump won the Electoral College by an extremely wide margin. The truth is the “majority” to which you refer lives in either New York or California — both places being concentrated bastions of far left wing lunacy and stupidity, and forthwith should be referred to as “Dumbfukistan”. Many of us in the true majority will support your secession from the U.S.

    • Steve Bannon recently referred to himself as a “Darth Vader” , makes sense thus to infer that D.J. Trump is Emperor Palpatine !

      • Bannon is no Vader and Palpatine was incredibly intelligent you are insulting the Sith by comparing these asshats to them..the Sith are skilled warriors with high intellect u r giving these bozos waaaaaaay too much credit

        • I guess you have forgotten that the Dark Side of the Force is evil.

          Anyone who admires Satan, as does Bannon, has embraced evil.

    • Too wordy for words. I disagree with much that you said. Please do not assume you are speaking for the majority. Assumptions like yours got Trump elected. Arrogance like yours got Trump elected, lying and backstabbing, sleezy politics by Hillary ‘s camp got trump elected. Laziness and ignorance got him elected, you forgot about the silent majority, who did not get polled, who were ignored, who were called DEPLORABLES, and still are called racist, stupid, unecducated etc. They are tired of being denigrated. If you and people who speak so eloquently about The poor downtrodden refugees, and Muslims and other non Americans, yet speak with hatred toward Trump and his followers you will sow more hatred and inspire more division. Your self righteous attitude is not helpful or admirable.

    • Yet with all this rhetoric, all the time you as a people have allowed guns to be bought and used against your own people, killing innocent young lives, I wonder how you can be so judgemental of your new president. Perhaps he will be as bad as some of laws (guns) or perhaps he will surprise you all and be a good man.
      Give him a chance and stop being so dogmatic and judgemental.

      • Considering the example of his entire life, Lyn kincaid, how can you even remotely think he will suddenly become a good man? Yes, people can repent and God will forgive them, but what evidence do you have that this man would ever ask forgiveness when he is on record as saying he would ever ask for it as he has done nothing that needs to be forgiven? Evidently, he believes about the 10 Commandments as he does about the law, it doesn’t apply to him.

        And are you really unaware how vigorously progressives have campaigned for gun control laws in the USA? But politicians who owe allegiance to the NRA have opposed this.

    • Get a real LIFE!
      He’s our president!
      It’s people like you all making matters worse!!!
      Let the man govern!!!
      He won the “presidency”!!!
      Now act like upstanding individuals and suck it up!!!
      Did you see people act like a bunch of uncaged animals roaming the streets and burning cars and busting glass windows out of businesses!!!
      When other “men” won the
      Presidency? HELL NO!!!!
      You all need to get to work and do good for this country!
      Instead of crying like damned babies!!! Apparently you that are protesting must be independently
      Wealthy??? Otherwise how can you afford $$$$$$ to be out of work?
      Running the streets boo hooing ?

  2. Lawgivers or revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either utopian dreamers or charlatans. Goethe

    Beware the charlatans on both sides.

  3. Hmm, where’d my comment go? Okay, I’ll type it again. I said:

    Don’t worry. The rest of us haven’t yet decided to take the suggestion of getting Canada to build a wall too, and having all the other countries chip in to help build the lid. Though it’s still on the table. 😛

    • John,I look forward to your post and you speak the truth, it breaks my heart to see those who think he was the best person to lead our country what is wrong with this world ?

        • I am a Catholic Prolife and I agree with Pope Francis that building a wall is not Christian, neither is denying a visa to a child who is in danger in Syria or other places. I have lots of empathy…Where is Congress on this? How can you call yourself the Lone Catholic?

          • There is nothing unChristian about building a wall. My house has walls. There are walls in Washington to protect the President (including when Obama was there). There are walls around the Vatican.

            The Pope’s words are often taken out of context and distorted by the Left to make their case and to undermine the Catholic Church.

            The Pope’s authority lies in faith and morals. He has no political power and I don’t think he chooses to exercise any.

            Are you with the Pope and our Church regarding abortion, contraception, and homosexuality?

            • People like the Lone Catholic are why I’m not a catholic anymore.

              Your religion is your wall. A thin, fragile, transparent wall fabricated from a tissue of lies. A nasty, un-Christ like thing, your wall, built on dogmatic rules that some ancient, privileged self-enlightened fool wrote hundreds of years ago. You live life through your rear-view mirror, totally unaware of the lives you mow down in your reckless disregard for those who don’t agree with you.

              Your words, Lone Catholic, are the best recruitment tools for the rising secular world. Please keep speaking them.

                • It’s very hard to be a Catholic, I’ll grant you that. It takes discipline and self denial. But the rewards are great as well.

                  I don’t see how anyone could leave the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, behind.

                  • The Eucharist is not necessary it is simply a ritual you do to remind yourself of Jesus, it has no power to do anything.

                    Everything you practice out of discipline has a reward because of the benefits of habitual response.

                    • You may believe that but I don’t and I doubt that happens at all. My faith is in Jesus alone not rituals and buildings and things.

                      I am okay you get something out of it but don’t push it on others or make it a requirement … it’s a really iffy thing to make people believe in.

                    • Transubstantiation reminds me of heathen superstitions.

                      Tell me what the rewards are and be specific.

                  • You might leave the priest giving the sacraments, but God remains in your heart and soul and there’s peace with that and nourishment if you are filling your conscience. If you really know your religion, RC, this is a principle it teaches!!!

                    • They don’t receive it sacramentally as in Catholicism. Their priests don’t have Apostolic Succession and have no power to consecrate the bread and wine.

                    • Lone Joe Catholic, Clement 1 started official apostolic authority and succession, it didn’t start that way. After that the Roman Catholic church was created out of human imagination and will. Much of what you practice is the doctrines and traditions of men. Yet God continues to bless believers despite organized religion.

                      therefore be blessed !

                  • I see you are up to your old tricks Joe/benny/Loner

                    Catholic means liberal, wide broad, eclectic, The original church is catholic not the Catholic church is the original Catholic means ALL believers, meaning the influence of Christ in humanity is broad based, not limited to the man made practise of your religion.

                    I can’t wait until the day your eyes are fully open, rather than this silly squinting you do,

                    So, stop with this pretending about what is and is not catholic .

                    • Nope not playing word games. Joanne wrote below,

                      “Even today VP Pence calls himself an Evangical Catholic.”

                      He doesn’t mean RC he knows the word catholic means broad based.

                      In many churches they read the Apostles Creed which states:

                      “…I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church,
                      the communion of saints…

                      The holy catholic church is the true Christian church of all times and all places including me, a believer, who is not RC.

                      Your rituals make you RC but not catholic- per say- so you are the one using the word incorrectly.

                  • Oh, please…If you are a white, Catholic male living in America, I have to wonder how much discrimination you’ve endured, Lone. I guess I don’t really know how hard it is for you; probably like a refugee fleeing Syria, ha?

                    • No, it is no where near as prevalent or cruel as being a refugee.

                      But there always has been a sort of discrimination against the Catholic Church, the Mormons and probably others.

                      Joe of course likes to blame anything and everything on the left. That doesn’t make it true.

                      How many Catholic Presidents have there been? How many Mormon Presidents have there been?

                      As a young child a newly converted Mormon told me that Catholicism was the devil.

                      When President Kennedy ran for President he barely won because the right was almost hysterical in fear of him bringing the Vatican to rule the United States. He ran as a Democrat and as we know did not quite follow all the Commandments.

                      Still he was loved by many for the short time we knew him. I remember exactly where I was when we heard of his death – my High School typing class. Teachers were crying the whole school was reeling in shock.

                      Even today VP Pence calls himself an Evangical Catholic. Who better than a Politician to cover all bases.

                      I think it is probably a fear of the most powerful and wealthy of churches.

                      Yet I feel in the minority as I am just as afraid of the power of the people who call themselves the “Religious Right” or Evangelicals.

                    • I was referring to anti-Catholic slurs by online liberals. I didn’t compare that with being a refugee. Of course the effects of such bigotry is very small compared to what a refugee is suffering but it doesn’t make it right, does it?

              • Sir, Do you know the person of Jesus Christ the Son of God on a Personal level or just what you were taught in the Catholic Church. I dare you seek to get to know Him as your own personal Savior through repentance of your sins and acceptance of the fact that He is Christ, the Lord whom all knees shall bow and every tongue will confess. He is returning again soon. Hope He will find you a believer in His redemptive love. Jesus love you as you are,…Accept, Believe, Confess He is Lord. This is my prayer for you.

                • I converted to Catholicism at age 40. What I was taught about Christ from the Catholic Church is much deeper than anything I had been previously taught as a Protestant.

                  Every practicing Catholic accepts Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior.

                  • Thats great you have a deep relationship with Christ, great! But, it sounds the same as every other testimony I have heard from very other believer. What works to get you into a deeper relationship with Christ is the RC however to someone else it’s a Baptist church or a Lutheran church or maybe not going to one particular church but visiting many different churches. What you do is a habit, you need that habit to focus yourself on Jesus. I don’t need it I am a free spirit and Jesus is with me everywhere. I make church wherever I go.

              • Amen Jerry. It was the White Anglo Saxon Protestants (WASP) who marginalized the Catholics; hence, Catholic Schools. Read the history of St. John’s University, New York.

            • Those issues were not part of the discussion regarding whether she as a Catholic is willing to exclude poeple from coming across the border. Please don’t be one of the countless conservatives who resort to baiting people on other sensitive, personal belief, issues as a way to establish what is and isn’t a Good Catholic, or a Good Christian. That is not for you to pick at or attack individuals over, calling them to task based on your own interpretations and beliefs based in your own faith. EVEN in faith, everyone is different.Judging and separating, calling to task and picking arguments, is just more divisive self-righteousness, where we become more judgmental and separate from each other. It is not YOURS to judge, who’s a better or more “right”, Christian. An yet, it has become a major force of division among people, to attack based on religion…or haven’t you been paying attention to world events, the last few thousand years?? The people who castigate you for being religious, are constantly pointing out how so many divisions and tiny demons of judgment have been created by those who practice faith, as a way to judge and put down others, whether atheist or regligious.

              • That’s how I can tell if she’s really a Catholic or an impostor. If she’s a real Catholic she will proudly proclaim that she believes what the Church teaches regarding these issues.

                I understand other people have other opinions, but Catholics are one on issues regarding faith and morals, and I have had many come at me upbraiding me and claiming to be Catholics, but when it comes to actual Catholic beliefs they waiver or don’t respond.

                I expect she will not respond to me, and that I will remain “The Lone Catholic.”

                I’d be happy to give up that title when another real and practicing Catholic shows up.

                • You accuse everyone who thinks differently than you of being an imposter.

                  Yet Jesus never said those who think differently are imposters did he?

                  No, he said you will know them by how they treat others.

                  • No I did not say that. If someone claims to be a Catholic but goes against what the Catholic Church teaches, then there is good reason to believe that person is an impostor. I’m determining that by an objective standard and not my own opinions.

                    • It doesn’t make them an imposter rather it makes them a critical thinker of the doctrines made by men, voted by men and led by men.

                      Just because you swallow a camel doesn’t mean we all have to.

                    • Catholicism is not a cafeteria where one gets to just pick out the desserts.

                      Nobody HAS to be a Catholic, but those who choose to be, accept it all, or they are not accepting Catholicism.

                    • Such a misplaced metaphor.
                      Cafeterias are good and having a variety of foods to eat is important so that we get the appropriate nourishment .

                      btw as I said above catholic means liberal, wide, broad, eclectic, The original church is catholic not the Catholic church is the original. You are misusing the word catholic.

                      Catholic means ALL believers, meaning the influence of Christ in humanity is broad based, not limited to the man made practise of your religion.

                • Lone, whyare you so narrow minded? I am also a RC since birth. Religion is personal. Please stop ranting and turning people against us! I do NOT believe every single thing the church preaches. I accept the Eucharist every week IN SPITE OF being divorced and other”sins” I choose not to make public. Our God is forgiving and did not make up these “rules” that you say are excluding. This is not about religion. It is about the incompetence and hatefulness of a president the majority of us did not want. Please remember to separate your newfound religion from the decency and morality of all, not just those who believe as you do. That’s the point of the letter!

                  • You should not be receiving Holy Communion in your state. I have to tell you that as a Catholic. You are also misleading others. Our religion is not one of pick and choose. You need to talk to a good priest.

                    • The lone catholic is alone because he is the one misrepresenting the Catholic church. The way you speak to people about the faith is off base. Every single commenter who is catholic has criticized you.

                  • Well said. By the way he keeps saying the left is condemning Catholics, not so, I have been on this earth a long time and the most objectionable things said about Catholics has been said by people TLC is playing in the sandbox with. The Fundies have been really nasty, the favorite among them is that it is a cult not a religion and he may like to believe otherwise but they are still selling that nonsense.

                  • DML,
                    Well said. By the way he keeps saying the left is condemning Catholics, not so, I have been on this earth a long time and the most objectionable things said about Catholics has been said by people TLC is playing in the sandbox with. The Fundies have been really nasty, the favorite among them is that it is a cult not a religion and he may like to believe otherwise but they are still selling that nonsense.

            • ‘He has no political power’?! The Vatican is a country and the Pope is the Head of State. Research before making these comments, please.

          • The Republican congresses is not going try to help! They are going to fulfill their agenda that they have been working on for at least 20 years. That agenda is to take as much as they can get by with from the American people.

          • Did you know there’s an entire book of the Bible about how awesome building a wall is? Not kidding. You should check it out sometime.

            • In case you are wondering, here’s what the Bible says about welcoming the stranger:

              Deuteronomy 10: 19 You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
              Leviticus 19:34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
              Matthew 5:43-44 You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you.
              Matthew 25:40 Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren you did it to me.
              Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
              Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
              Acts 10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
              Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them.”
              3 John 1:5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. Therefore we ought to support such people, so that they may become co-workers with the truth.
              Luke 10:27 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
              Hebrews 13: 1 Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
              Colossians 3:11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.
              Matthew 25: 35 I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
              Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

              Please explain how anyone who says that they take the Bible literally (or even seriously) can in any way, shape, or form agree with Trump on immigration (or the wall for that matter.)

              Feel absolutey free to agree with him – but please don’t pretend to be a Bible-believing Christian while you do. And understand why those of us who are trying hard to following Jesus are extremely upset right now.

      • Hi Charissa just ignore lonely Joe all he does is tatty and put down everything John P has for us and that is a gift from God.Thank you John for all your truth!

      • Hi Charissa just ignore lonely Joe all he does is try and put down everything John P has for us and that is a gift from God.Thank you John for all your truth!

    • Arian, The intolerance of the rest, made me nervous to make comment. I was forced to attend baptist which is about 157 down from original church of Jesus. Who is this guy, most people my age have gay relatives, we embrace them. Reminds me of Madonna, suddenly after years of freeeeedom(sic), can understand wanting to be relevant after soooo long. BTW, we geriatrics had beyond magic times….then we came home to all the priests that accepted us with out judgement, magic on steroids ( Thank You Father ) ….all should try it…amazing.
      Thank You for giving me cover from my kids & grandkids, and the behavior reminiscent of John’s reference…That group wasn’t fond of a lot don’t take it personally.
      God Bless all,
      Victoria MD

      • Victoria, I find it hard to understand what you’re saying here. I’m not even sure whether you’re agreeing or disagreeing with my post, which was joking, but with a serious point. Could you clarify your perspective?

    • Arian, The intolerance of the rest, made me nervous to make comment. I was forced to attend baptist which is about 157 down from original church of Jesus. Who is this guy, most people my age have gay relatives, we embrace them. Reminds me of Madonna, suddenly after years of freeeeedom(sic), can understand wanting to be relevant after soooo long. BTW, we geriatrics had beyond magic times….then we came home to all the priests that accepted us with out judgement, magic on steroids ( Thank You Father ) ….all should try it…amazing.
      Thank You for giving me cover from my kids & grandkids, and the behavior reminiscent of John’s reference…That group wasn’t fond of a lot don’t take it personally.
      God Bless all,
      Victoria MD

  4. So well said. The America I knew and loved was always trying to be that beacon of light to the world.
    Lady Liberty seems so alone now.

  5. Those of us in Canada are keeping a weather eye trained southward, watching the atrocities, judging how they will affect Americans, Canadians and the rest of the world. The US does not exist in isolation. There is little we can do directly as non-citizens, but we can sign petitions, we can reflect news that carries the truth, we can emotionally support our friends and relatives in the US, we can boycott any company benefitting from or exploiting the situation, and we can pray.

    • Those of us in Canada are keeping a weather eye trained southward, watching the atrocities,

      What “atrocities”? What bloody “atrocities” has President Trump committed in his first week of office? Good Lord! You leftists are a hysterical bunch.

      • You don’t think that banning Muslims on Holocaust Remembrance Day is atrocious?

        I assure you that I am quite sane. Painting concern as hysteria shows the fragility of your argument.

        • When did he “ban Muslims”? And what does that have to do with Holocaust Day? Are you aware that Muslims don’t tend to treat Jews well?

          And regardless, saying, “No, you may not come here” hardly qualifies as an “atrocity”. But please, continue your hysteria. It drives all sane people further and further from you.

          • Denying the same safe harbour your ancestors enjoyed to others based on nothing but fear is an atrocity. I’m pretty sure if it was the US being bombed to smithereens, you’d be looking for a safe place for your family. Everything I believed made the US great is disappearing.

            • If USA was war torn, would you rather take refuge in Canada, Australia, or England? Or ….would you rather take refuge in Bahrain, Saudi, UA Emirates, Chad, Qatar?

              • I would STAY & FIGHT for MY country!!! And i am an old lady!! Why is it okay for Mexico to have a wall PROTECTING THEIR southern border??? Why don’t refugees/immigrants come through Ellis Island like they USED to?? WHEN did it become okay for everyone to just come in & hey, lets give them FREE healthcare plus welfare, paid for by HARD WORKING Americans!?! I can remember when John Wayne said “press 1 for English? Isn’t this still America?” We used to Pledge Allegiance to the flag every morning at school! We took great pride in being American!! Now low life’s BURN OUR FLAG and claim they are American?!? SICKENING!!!

                • Your rant is a cry for help! You are scared and old and seem to be lashing out at the weakest amongst us. Actually, the only ones politically weaker than yourself. If you would acknowledge this one fact you would be free of this fear and be able to focus your outrage at the real perpretrators of this crisis; the military, who ‘lost’ $9T. The Feds who ‘can’t find’ $5T and the super-wealthy, who have off-shored $20T in accounts.
                  That is our national debt, at the expense of ‘We the People’.

                • America is a nation of immigrants. Just because you ancestors arrived several generations ago does not mean you are more American than the person who swore an oath of allegiance yesterday.

                • old woman: It’s simply not true that people who “just come in” get free healthcare and welfare. It’s bizarre that this gets repeated and repeated with no basis whatsoever. Recent immigrants typically work hard, long hours at exhausting jobs. Just like your ancestors and mine. They also pay taxes, while not receiving benefits such as Social Security. They are not taking anything from you. Your fears are misplaced.

          • Your argument is ripe with vitriol and fallacies.
            Go somewhere else if you can’t even address others with a modicum of civility, please.

            • What vitriol and what fallacies? Be specific, please.

              By the way, is calling someone’s religion “heathen superstition” civility?

        • I’m sorry, but lying is not an atrocity. Lying may be used to cover up an atrocity, but it is not an atrocity in itself. If you want to be taken seriously, you should stop sounding so hysterical.

          • Lying is an atrocity and god considers it to be so because those who lie are bad people, and bad people do very bad things. Read your Bible lately—or just thumping it? Notice one of the key characteristics of the father of ALL ATROCITIES:

            Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44).

            I rest my case a-hole.

            • Okay, well if lying is an “atrocity” when is Obama going to pay for the myriad “atrocities” he’s committed? And what about Hillary Clinton being caught on video planning to commit “atrocities” against the American people?

              The way you hysterical idiots debase language is disgusting. Words have meanings. There is more to a word than the feelings attached to it.

              • I think you made a good point, friend, but this is why conservatives need liberals and liberals need conservatives.

                Human beings need balance and we have been given a head plus a heart. Together they help us make wise decisions. Without heart we become mean (which is why my friend elephant got a little snarky on the blog, but I have talked to him about it. He will come around because he is cerebral and needs a hug every once and awhile) As well, without the head we go a little loopy which is why I cry sometimes and cannot get up of bed after someone is mean to me, but my friend elephant helps me to put things in perspective. )

                I used friend with a feeling of compassion for you as a fellow human.

                • Zaklog the Adorable – I agree with your words and I thank you for them. I have always felt much more at ease when the sides are each able to counteract each side’s extremism.

                  But I have to thank you for my first laugh of the day even if it was at myself. When I saw your response I had only registered the name of Zaklog. For a few moments I had thought, once again, I was awakening in a parallel universe and now would have to thank the other Zaklog for his words. Again, thank you.

      • Iraqi citizens who got green cards for helping the US at grave danger to themselves are stuck at JFK and separated from their families. That is an atrocity. One of many. You ignore this at your own peril. You think you’re safe so it’s ok. You don’t care that Trump excluded from his ban the countries where he does business, where people have come from that actually killed Americans on our soil. Not one person from the banned countries did that. Not one. Ask anyone who survived the Holocaust how it started, how they laughed at people who spoke out early on as hysterical. Those who left early and were laughed at were the ones who survived.

        • –not to worry. after being fully vetted, they will be sent through in due time.

          Ive been pulled aside many times in customs in foreign countries. It’s no picnic. But every country has a right to exercise security practices.

          • But every country has a right to exercise security practices.

            Wrong. Every country except ones historically populated by white people . . . because . . . reasons.

      • I’m glad to see there are at least a couple of people who haven’t fallen victim of to drinking the kool-aid being handed out by George Soros and his league of left-handed pied pipers. Abortion is not an approved practice of any religion of which I am aware. As for the prohibiting of individuals from Middle East countries from coming to the US, there is no way to properly vete them since these countries have little or no database of them for our review. As for the article that started this dicussion, it’s primary objective appears to be preying on the emotions of frustrated individuals who did not get their way during the election. As in the past, each election results in winners and losers. The reason America has succeeded through the years is that both sides join together to work as one. To do otherwise is to fall into the trap that George Soros has set, in the US, his home country of Hungary, Russia, and other European countries in an effort to cause chaos and disruption. Too bad he doesn’t have anything constructive to do with his billions.

        • The refusal to work together with people who want to do things you think are wrong is hardly unreasonable. If you want your opponents to work with you to help make things better, first you have to plan to do things that they agree are actually better. Otherwise it’s both their right and their moral duty to go on opposing it.

    • Thank you. At the rate this is going, we who do not support the actions of the current President may need all the help we can get.

        • The “majority” is not with him. The majority of Christians are not. And many of those who did not vote for Trump are mature people and not leftwing loons and are willing to give him some slack. It’s just the extremist types like you see here and those who have lost their power who are melting down.

          • I never lost my power, I didn’t have any to begin with, that’s what you don’t understand.

            You don’t have a clue what you are talking about.

          • I am neither a loon nor am I a left winger. I am a Christian and I am certainly opposed to what President Trump is doing. And if you are a true Catholic, you could not support this lying adulterer or have forgotten that divorce is not accepted in the Catholic faith.

            • You’re absolutely right. I do not support any of his sins. I don’t support my sins or yours either. I didn’t vote for his sins. That’s between him and God. I voted for his policies.

              • Similarly, Lone Ranger, we don’t support Hillary or Bill’s sins…because Hillary is not responsible for Bill’s sins, nor yours nor mine. We were not supporting SINS even if a religion supports the ideology/theory that abortion is a sin. A woman’s body is HER body and as you so eloquently put it and I paraphrase…the sin is between HER and HER God” We supported HER policies.

                • Yes but in this case she is destroying the body of her son or daughter and that’s an injustice we shouldn’t accept as compassionate and just people.

          • The majority of Christians anywhere but in the US quite definitely *are* astonished and distressed by the election of Mr Trump. The majority of the citizens of every other first-world country thinks the voters of the US must have gone completely insane. Religious or secular, progressive or conservative, we *all* think something really weird is happening over there, and we’re hoping like hell it doesn’t spread. Maybe it would be safest for us to deny all Americans entry into our countries… but then, that would be failing to distinguish those who caused the madness from those who quite reasonably want to get out of the country where it’s happening.

    • Thank you for such kind hopeful words. We appreciate all the kindness and prayers from Canada! You look southward, we often look northward and wonder if we could ever call it home.
      Nancy

      • I am grateful to live in Canada. I cannot be bankrupted by having a medical issue. I can retire at 65 and not be destitute. Our banks have strong regulations that meant we didn’t follow you in your crash. We have our problems too (a few wingnut politicians and a lingering racism that is so polite it’s hard to root out, an over-dependence on fossil fuels to name a few), but we are working to address them.

        • Please extend an invitation to the blog host and his followers to move to your utopia and let us get back to work without hearing their constant shrill whining.

          I don’t think this board is representative of the US even among those who didn’t vote for Trump. Most of them can take it in stride as normal people do and move on and are not stricken with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

          • Since utopia means “any non-existent society described in considerable detail”, I wish to inform you that Canada really does exist.

            If you are using the secondary meaning “a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions”, then I assure you that that is not Canada. If you read my comment again, you will note where I described some issues that we are struggling with.

            It is interesting that you hear a shrill whine when reading this blog post. I find that it comes without sound effects.

            • Are you truly a catholic? Do you really think this person is whineing?!
              I am a catholic, I am an American, I am also English living in the most diverse place, London, and I think Trump is a nasty piece of work! As do most British, and the world… the extremists probably love him. Maybe that is who you are!? Read your bible mate and find the many places where we should love, not hate. Trump is a hater and the quicker he gets ousted the better!

        • PB: Canada is a wonderful country. You have the population of California and the land mass of USA. You can’t compare our countries.

          • Of course you can compare them. You can compare apples to oranges and decide that while they are both fruit that grow on trees, their structure and taste, and the methods for their consumption are quite different.

            Also, we have a greater land mass than USA. Canada is 2.6 times the size of the USA. California has 3 million more people than Canada.

          • True. But we do not discriminate by nationality or religion. We learned our lesson in 1939 when we turned away the ship St. Louis carrying 907 Jewish refugees that were fleeing Germany. We turned them away because of their religion. They were returned to Germany where 254 of them died in concentration camps.

    • The Republican congresses is not going try to help! They are going to fulfill their agenda that they have been working on for at least 20 years. That agenda is to take as much as they can get by with from the American people.

      • Exactly, now they are in a stew because after 8 years of playing armchair quarterback and demonizing Obama they are struggling to unwind from Obamacare while not risking many of their base asking for their heads. Much easier to bitch and moan than do.

        Now suddenly the deficit is no big deal. Money is there to spend. They want to spend their time getting their tax and regulation reductions ready to advertise as this wonderful break for the middle class.

        We have been through this before. Tax breaks for the middle class is their version of grown-ups patting us on the head and saying amscray – because the grown-ups are going to party like there is no tomorrow. And the band plays on……

    • Easy for you to say. Your country is not being overrun with lawbreakers who come and squat in Canada, demanding driver’s licenses, taxpayer benefits, and the right to stay without permission. I notice that Canada has rules for those wishing to leave their home country and live there. Why not just let ANYONE come in? We can send the illegals your way, no problem. I don’t hear you welcoming them in by the millions, or even hundreds. Put your country and your safety where your sympathies seem to be….

      • You discount your own argument in your second sentence when you refer to undocumented people as lawbreakers. It is like the past situation with gay people who were told they could only have sex within the bonds of marriage, but marriage was illegal. You cannot have it both ways. Those people are in the US undocumented, not because they are immoral, but because they fled life threatening circumstances, or because they were infants and children brought in those circumstances, and the US does not have a reasonable process for recognizing them.

  6. Thank you, John P, for once again saying what needs to be said.

    Anyone who supports what has happened this week is as unhinged and as committed to evil as is the current administration. Diabolical things are taking place in our nation’s capital.

    • I thank you for your previous comments, as well as this one. I also wonder something about you. I’m 74, and remember Joey Amalfitano. In 1954 or ’55, I think he was a rookie on the NY Giants (I don’t think it was the Dodgers!). He’d be a bit over 80, maybe as much as 85. Is he kin to you? Thanks! Keep supporting John P’s Christian witness!

      • Brooklyn Greg, I have not been asked this question in a Very Long Time. I believe Joey ended his career as third base coach for the LA Dodgers.

        No, we are not related. “Amalfitano” means “man from Amalfi” and there are pockets of Amalfitanos all over the USA who are not related to each other. My own family comes from Ischia, but somewhere back in the distant past, someone had to have moved there from Amalfi. Such is what my grandfather told me.

        Thank you for your kind words about my comments.

      • If they were really speaking up for life, it wouldn’t be diabolical, but their sole aim is to make abortion illegal. That doesn’t stop abortions, it just makes them unsafe because hacks are doing them instead of doctors. The result is far more death.

        If one was serious about stopping abortions, one would work at stopping men from raping, and insist on those having consensual sex use a condom. We would ensure that birth control was accessible and affordable. We would make sure that all women can access affordable health care so that they can understand their bodies, their risks, how to stay healthy, and how to only have children when they are desired. Men should be encouraged to father the children they create or financially support them at a minimum. The minimum wage needs to be a living wage. Infant health care needs to be available and affordable. Maternity and paternity leaves should be available without loss of employment or seniority. Each of these actions would result in a drop in the need for abortions. Are pro-lifers working to eliminate the need for abortions or is it that they just prefer crabbing at women and feeling holier than thou?

        • I think it’s that they don’t like babies being massacred at abortion mills. BTW, 50% of those who abort were using contraception the month that they became pregnant. People DO know about contraception.

          Of course everyone behaving properly could reduce need for abortion, and we should all work to that end, but it’s still an injustice to kill the fetus.

          • You know, Lone Catholic” you sound like someone who can impregnate and leave the impregnated.

            What about rape?
            What about incest?
            What about the mother’s life being in jeopardy in some cases of pregnancy? What about a woman’s choice?

            • You know, Chung, that was a very nasty thing to say to someone you don’t know and to someone who has been with only one woman in his life and has only “impregnated” a wife and who has taken good care of the results of that “impregnation.”

              Why do you feel a need to vilify those who defend the unborn?

              What about the baby that the abortion kills? You go first. How do you feel about that? Do you have any compassion for the unborn?

              • The use of “massacred at abortion mills” tells you just about enough of the mind-set of this person. I wouldn’t expend any energy trying to discuss things in reason. Said person will just use it to rant and rave in the manner of Big Chief Little Hands.

              • So if they were so pro-life, why aren’t they willing to help the living. Why are they taking away healthcare benefits? We are going to force you to have a child that we know has sever medical disabilities and take away your insurance so you cannot help them. Where is the sense in that?

          • What’s missing in that statistic is that research has found that many people using contraceptives are not using them properly, and all contraceptives have a failure rate when used properly. There has to be comprehensive education in the use of contraceptives, and there should be more research in improving their reliability.

            It should be noted that I myself would never have had an abortion (I’m many years beyond that now), but I can understand why, in certain circumstances, it is a necessity for others.

            • How do you feel about the baby killed by the abortion?

              Are you happy about it? Sad about it? Indifferent?

              Why wouldn’t YOU have an abortion?

              You said there is a “failure rate” for contraception. So then what? Abortion is “plan b”?

              The solution isn’t contraception but moral behavior. Contraception is the doorway to abortion because the contraception mentality makes a pregnancy a disease and a baby in the womb a tumor.

              But it’s an imperfect world and people have to learn the hard way. Regardless of alleged “safe-guards” there will be inconvenient pregnancies. Why should the baby pay the price?

              • To be more precise, it is blastocysts and fetuses that are killed by abortions, not babies. People use the word baby to heighten the emotional anger. Also to be precise, spontaneous abortions (misnomered as miscarriages) also happen much more frequently than abortions. We mourn these losses.

                I wouldn’t have had an abortion because I have supportive family and friends, and have always been just wealthy enough to be able to manage an unplanned pregnancy. I also live in a country with a good social safety net if I should have fallen on hard times.

                I take issue with the words you use. No one plans to have an abortion or keeps abortion on hand as a Plan B. Failed contraceptives happen, and not every family is in a position to support the birth of a child or another child or a fifth child.

                You also frame the need for an abortion as a response to immorality. Married people have abortions for a variety of very difficult reasons such as not being able to provide for another child or the serious illness of the mother. Do you suggest that once child #2 has arrived, married couples should not longer make love?

                As for who pays the price, why does it always have to be the mother? It takes two to make a baby. Men walk away. And if they stay, men aren’t shamed when an abortion happens, just the woman is.

                There is a joke. “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” I agree that that goes too far, but it is funny because it absolutely has the ring of truth.

                • What about the embryo or fetus that gets killed by the abortion? Do you have any sympathy for it?

                  Does the fact that it has brainwaves, a beating heart, and its own unique DNA mean anything to you? Does that fact that many women and men suffer from post abortion syndrome mean anything to you?

                  Is the reason you are in favor of abortions because you think that that the fetus or embryo with its own DNA, beating heart, brainwaves, developing organs and limbs, etc. is just tissue that can be removed as could a boil or a a mole?

                  • It would be helpful for a respectful conversation if you would actually read and understand what I write. I have said that all pregnancies that do not continue are to be mourned. I have said that I am NOT in favour of abortions. Why do you continue to paint me as a heartless monster?

                    You call yourself a Lone Catholic, but keep this up and you really will be. If this is what being Catholic is about, I want nothing to do with it, and as I hear from other people here, neither do others. You are personally responsible for driving people away from God.

                    • Why would you mourn the loss of a pregnancy? Because you see the embryo or fetus as a person?

                      Anyone who mourns the loss of a person who died unexpectedly would have done something to prevent it if they had had the opportunity, yet we have the opportunity to prevent these deaths caused by abortion.

                      You are not in favor of abortion, but you seem to be resisting any laws that would prevent them.

                      Do you see it as a good thing or a bad thing that during a Trump administration Roe v Wade could be overturned? If that happens, there will be less abortions to mourn? State laws and a return of the stigma of abortion will be a strong disincentive to abort, and hence less need to mourn those lost by abortion.

                    • An embryo and a fetus are not people yet. It is more about mourning the loss of potential relationship.

                      I resist laws that prevent abortion because all they do is prevent safe abortions. They force women into unsafe abortions and cause more death. You should consider supporting enacting laws that result in positive outcomes that mean that women would no longer need to seek abortions, except in the case of medical necessity.

                    • Why would you mourn the loss of a potential relationship? That could happen without being pregnant?

                      Yes they ARE people and we are killing them. That’s why we are pro-life.

                  • My main reason for bringing up spontaneous abortions was because I was responding to unclear language and I wanted to be sure what it was that was being said.

                    You are clearly not female. I had a spontaneous abortion of a very much desired child. I had a “blighted ovum”. The blastocyst developed enough to signal pregnancy, but a child would never have developed. Some people treated me as if I had done something wrong that caused the death of a baby. There are similarities in the way that women are treated who have spontaneous abortions and those who have chosen abortion, and there is mourning in both cases. That is why I raised it. It doesn’t matter what women do, they are treated disrespectfully.

              • How do you feel about the sick person that cannot pay for expensive medical coverage?

                How do you feel about the person who lost their job and cannot feed their family?

                How do you feel about the person who is judged by the color of their skin and not the color of their heart?

                Too bad you cannot have half the compassion for the living that you have for the unborn…

                • How come you have ZERO compassion for the unborn?

                  And it doesn’t follow except in pro-abortion land that people who have compassion for the unborn have none for the born.

        • Well said. If only your suggestions were followed, there would be very few abortions. Sadly, most Right-to-Lifers lose interest once the birth is accomplished. They prefer to starve the child by cutting holes in the safety net. WWJD seems to only be a slogan, not a way of life.

          • Thanks Damselfly. I like what you said too.

            If I knew how to get a picture showing, it would be a dragonfly. Dragonfly is one of my totems, followed by frog. Both are change agents.

          • Is there a reason why there should be few abortions? Why would that be a good thing? Do you think it’s a good thing?

            Do you mourn the loss of life at Planned Parenthood? Are you sad about the babies they kill?

            That’s why we pro-lifers want abortion to end. Why do you?

            • The reason there should be few abortions is that abortion is a bad thing. No woman should become pregnant who doesn’t want to be, and no woman especially should become pregnant such that it threatens her life or her health or as a result of sexual assault.

              The only way we have to improve the situation if any of those bad things does occur is to do another thing that’s also bad, which is why we want it to take place as rarely as possible – namely, the ending of a potential human life. Potential human lives are also valuable, but not as valuable as the lives of those who are not potential but actual human persons.

              Is it bad to kill a dog? I think most people would say it was. But if it was a question of either the dog’s right to life or a human being’s, I also think most people would agree that the dog’s rights were subordinate to the human’s

              So no, abortion is not a good or desirable thing. But safe, medically supervised abortion is a lesser evil than what would happen if it weren’t available (and used to, before it was available) -unsafe abortions that injured or killed the mother as well as killing the embryo or fetus.

              Would I rather one potential human life was ended, or one actual human life plus one potential human life? I’m definitely going to regretfully end the potential human to save the one who’s already a person.

              • And of the 50,000,000 unjustly killed by abortion since Roe v Wade, how many do you think happened to save the life of the mother?

                I just saw a statistic that in NYC 30% or more of pregnancies are being ended by abortion. A tiny fraction of that if any is because the mother’s life is in danger.

                • You’ve missed my point. Someone who wants to end their pregnancy badly enough will do anything they need to to end it. If they can’t do it legally, they’ll do it illegally. If they can’t do it safely, they’ll do it unsafely. If they can’t do it except at risk of their own death, they will risk their own death. Legal, medically supervised abortion is in and of itself a saver of lives – lives of current actual human beings, which outweigh the lives of potential human beings.

          • My opinion exactly. Too many fighting for right to life forget about that baby after it is born. Cutting food stamps, welfare, and healthcare means those unplanned babies have to suffer after they are born. A birth is a lifetime commitment.

        • You are right Patricia. They are actually pro birth but not pro life. The republican party only care for the unborn life but soon after birth they could care less about life, hypocrites.

      • The way he does it, yes it is diabolical. When you simply advocate forcing women to endure unintended or life-threatening pregnancies, there is nothing of grace or the sanctity of life in your intent. Until Pence and his ilk start helping the children of this nation and others, then he is simply forcing women to give birth against their will and that is unconstitutional. And immoral.

          • I completely understand why you have that name, Lone Catholic. No one wants to be around you. You are a sad, lonely, angry man. I will pray for you.

          • The potential baby killed by the abortion should not be born into a family where it is not wanted or where its family cannot afford to feed it or where its birth injures or kills its mother or where it is the result of rape. Ending its life while it is still a potential baby and not yet an actual one is the lesser evil.

        • ABG:

          Less than .5 % of Abortions are due to incest, rape, life of mother, health of mother. (that’s 1/2 of a %).

          The #1 reason women give for abortions, is that they want to protect the children that they already have.

          45% of women that get abortions have already had one or more abortions.

          85% women that abort are unmarried.

          Saddest statistic: 37.5% of all pregnancies in NYC end in abortion. [17% Nationwide.]

          • Most people are against abortion and you turn a blind eye to that.

            Statistics are meaningless to prove anything because they are tailored by their questions to produce specific information based on a predetermined theory or postulation. Statistics are meant to reveal trends and guide policy not condemn and prove something right or wrong. Statistics are misused by people in the same way scripture is missed .

            To justify actions.

            You say a Bible verse proves you can discriminate against LGBT people then you say the Bible should not be used to protect refugees. That is hypocritical !

            You Bible thumpers say you stand on the Bible- then turn around and use scientific research that is biased to support your claims while at the same time denying science when it suits your purpose.

            Close minded hypocrites! Always grasping at evidence to condemn others rather than finding ways to show grace!

            Franklin Graham told the truth. Finally the last nail in the coffin of my respect for him and your hypocritical myopic christianity which does not reflect Jesus at all! Graham said the immigrant situation in America is not a Bible matter. Do you agree with him?

            LGBT rights activists have been saying this for years about our own situation. That the Bible does not tell everything about our experience and yet Franklin Graham turns around and uses that very idea to exclude refugees and immigrants who are needy- in a country that was built by immigrants.

            Woe to you hypocrites that close your minds and turn a blind eye to the suffering of living breathing human beings!

            Many people who call themselves Pro-Life are told what to think and spoon fed information which is why you all say the same thing. You don’t care about what people experience or what their situations is. All you care about is pointing the finger and fantasizing about judgement against the weak and under privileged of this world! . Woe to you for your indifference and condemnation. !

            Abortion is a terrible indication of an inhospitable society which includes a false divisive christian religion that shames and excludes people and does little to help those is crisis situations except blame them and condemn them all to hell.

            The greatest judgement will fall on those who call themselves christians who do not heed God’s call to love others as yourself and who do not hear the suffering of those they condemn.

    • Anyone who supports what has happened this week is as unhinged and as committed to evil

      Yes, the vandalism and massive property destruction which leftists inflicted in D.C. were truly awful. And inviting a psychopathic murderess like Donna Hylton to speak at your event? What kind of crazies do that.

      You’re entirely right. There was a great deal of evil on display this past week.

      • Zaklog the Great now turned Deplorable

        That’s your slanted opinion. The few who vandalized are not part of the peaceful protest, they are another opportunistic group who work independently, most likely anarchists or those with ulterior motives.

        You pick out the extremes to prove your point but your hatred of liberals is a hatred of tolerance towards those, like Donna Hylton, who have served their time and been punished, and now are contributing to society.

        You spend your whole time avoiding truth rather understanding truth.

        • That’s your slanted opinion. The few who vandalized are not part of the peaceful protest, they are another opportunistic group who work independently, most likely anarchists or those with ulterior motives.

          No. No, no, no, no, no.

          Your thought leaders explicitly endorsed and called for riots and violence against Trump supporters. You do not get to pretend that when this violence shows up it has nothing to do with you.

          Cease your damned lies.

          • Pot, kettle. Those who voted for Trump, you do not get to pretend that when this violence shows up, it has nothing to do with you. Not unless you’re out there very loudly deploring it whenever it occurs. But I’m not hearing it if that’s happening. Come on, Republican voters – “No, this is wrong. This is not what we voted for, and not what we as Christians approve of.” Otherwise what are bystanders to conclude except that you don’t see anything wrong with it?

            • What violence? What violence are you calling us to decry? The only things I’ve heard of are a bunch of leftist hoaxes intended to slander us. So go ahead and add that to your sides ledger of sins, thank you very much.

              • Zaklog the truly deplorable, if you are referring to the marches of Jan. 21 you cannot find any examples of rioting or destruction because they simply did not happen. If you are speaking of the destruction of Jan. 20, which resulted in 217 arrests in DC, that is obviously a different day and a different event, already proven to have been carried out by an anarchist group and not these scary “leftists”. Yes, you are lying and continue to lie.

    • Ummm … Amber, do you realize all the publications supporting this “Brand New Congress” were also the voice boxes for Hillary Clinton and her run for the White House in 2016?

      This wouldn’t be a ‘brand new’ anything; just a Progressive Liberal Congress which we have already experienced … back in 2006 ~ House 233 vs. 202 and Senate 49 + 2 Independents who virtually always voted Dem vs. 49.

      In 2008 it was 257 vs. 178 and 57 + 2 vs. 41 … which when added to President Obama in the White House gave the Dems total control.

      Which the People loved so much we came back with in 2010 with a Republican majority of 242 vs. 193 in the House though you kept the Senate (51+2 vs 47).

      In 2012, you regained 8 and 2 respectively.

      In 2014, the Republicans gained 13 and 9, which gave them the majority in the Senate as well … without Trump at all.

      In 2016, the Dems did manage to pick up 6 in the House and 2 in the Senate though Trump won the Presidency … even though the Republicans garnered more votes for their Representatives (63,153,387) vs. that of the Dems Reps (61,776,218) ~ you know, in the only place in our elected Federal government where population matters one iota.

      I was honestly hoping this was an attempt at an effective third party. It isn’t. Oh well.

  7. In today’s New York Times there is an article on a Iraqi translator for the U.S. Army 101st Division, Harmeed Darweesh, who has been detained indefinitely at Kennedy airport.

    Mr. Darweesh is in the U.S. legally, on a special immigrant visa.

    Army colleagues said he’d put his life on the line to help U.S. troops. Now, he was in danger of being separated from his family and shipped back to Iraq.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/us/refugees-detained-at-us-airports-prompting-legal-challenges-to-trumps-immigration-order.html

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  9. Dear World,

    This poor Trump-obsessed man who has the nerve to call himself a a Christian pastor, and who cannot face the reality that his left-wing pro-abortion darling was not coronated, does not speak for the entire US, and certainly does not speak for the vast majority of Christians who voted for Trump as being best for our country.

    He is better for the World too, but you don’t need to thank us.

    Sincerely Yours,
    A Proud Trump Voter and Supporter

    • This guy claims to be “The Lone Catholic”, but he’s obviously Mike Pence in disguise.

      There, I just thought I would do A and/or Charlie’s job for them.

    • Very true. John does not speak for the vast majority of “Christians” who voted for this monster. He speaks for the MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO DID NOT VOTE FOR THIS HORROR SHOW.

      • Allison, tell me one or two things that Trump has done as president that deserve him being called a “monster” or that are part of a “horror show.”

          • Nope, your are asking rhetorical questions to make yourself look good and asking for specifics when specifics have been given by others on the blog, countless times. Many of the people you pick in the comments are expressing themselves honestly and rathe than listen to them you step in with a cross examination.

            Everything you do “Zaklog the Great” is to frustrate people you disagree with because you are turing a blind eye to what others say. You don’t listen to people. A sign of a young arrogant young man with ambitions. My prayer is that you avoid those pitfalls and grow up soon.

          • No, you are asking rhetorical questions to make yourself look good and asking for specifics when specifics have been given by others on the blog, countless times.

            Many of the people you pick on in the comments are expressing themselves honestly. And rather than listen to them you step in with a cross examination.

            Everything you do “Zaklog the Great” is to frustrate people you disagree with because you are turing a blind eye to what others say.

            You don’t listen to people. A sign of a young arrogant man with ambitions. My prayer is that you avoid those pitfalls and grow up soon

          • These are their specifics:

            hate
            horror
            monster
            Orange Cheeto
            racist
            I lost all my rights
            the sky is falling
            I’m moving to Canada
            I’m so ashamed I’m an American
            Jesus was a liberal
            hug an abortionist
            It’s mean to keep out the terrorists
            3,000,000 votes
            not MY president
            I’m melting…

                • That’s because by this point in the on-going discussion we think you’re being disingenuous. Either that, or refusing to accept the validity of any report you don’t want to be true. The last time I responded to a request for examples by posting links, the response was that none of the sites I linked from were trustworthy sources. So it feels as if citing examples is pretty pointless. If a source mentions something against DT, it isn’t one your side is willing to trust, and if a source is one your side is willing to trust, it ignores or denies any negative report. Why go to the effort of finding information that will automatically be discounted?

    • Mr. T. L. Catholic ~ Mr. Pavlovitz is a Christian pastor. He stands up and spreads the Word of Christ, Our Savior. There is no ‘nerve to call himself’ about it. He does not identify with any particular denomination I am aware of. That means nothing. A figure alone can crusade for the truth and the Message.

      I may not like some of the things he focuses on, but I deeply respect the centuries of religious conflict and struggle our Nation went through to determine we should allow all people of all faiths the freedom to express their views without fear of persecution.

      As a People, we are made great by dissent, not diminished by it. That we are free to mock authority, revile it and call it to accounts is a hallmark of our greatness, not weakness.

      I do believe the majority of posters here are wrong both in their views of our President and on the role so government in our lives. That their voices would be stilled would repudiate everything I believe in.

      I certainly gave President Obama a rough time (via commentary) over the past 8 years. I also always referred to him as MY President because that was the way I felt ~ I participated thus I had to accept the outcome no matter how unpalatable. I have read the histories of a dozen countries where democracy died because people forgot that principle.

      I don’t think we are going there. Not only do I not thing President Trump is, or will become, a dictator, the dissent I see against him offers nothing new ~ no new ideas, leaders, or avenues of success. It is the same old rhetoric heard time and time again.

      It also fails to address the reason Trump won a free and fair democratic election in the first place. It fails to galvanize those who didn’t bother to vote at all. It fails to even attempt to change a single person’s mind. Worse, it plays into the mindsets and stereotypes of those who would vote against them … because they have heard it all before … and rejected it for a wide variety of reasons … which aren’t being addressed.

      The Women Marched … on a Saturday … in most cases within an hour’s ride of their home … where they could gather with friends and like-minded individuals to participate in a completely safe protest … on a winter weekend’s afternoon.

      Sigh …

      How many of you go to other sites? I do. The #1 negative female response to the Women’s March is some variation of ~ “they don’t speak for me”.

      And that is the problem as I see it. Both at the March and here. If all you do is keep going over the points which were defeated in November, why do you think things will change? If the only people you are appealing to are the people who voted against Trump anyway, why the masturbation?

      Playing the ‘Guilt Card’ did not work.

      Name calling did not work.

      Calling upon racial and gender solidarity and gender-politics did not work.

      It wasn’t as if the voices of feminism and LGBTQ weren’t heard before November 8th. They were and loudly. The side which opted to weaponize them lost. And yet you seem utterly incapable of understanding why you lost so are pretending as if you didn’t participate in the ‘first round’ … even though you clearly did.

      SMH.

      • I have yet to see him preach about Christ and salvation.

        I have yet to see him say a kind word about Christians who are not in agreement with his left wing politics.

        He seems to have made political correctness into a religion and then calls it “Christianity.”

        If you can link to evidence that he’s a Christian and is preaching Christianity, I will happily read it. But if I were to make a determination based on his blog posts, if practicing Christianity were a crime, there would not be enough evidence to convict him.

        • He has preached about Jesus- you don’t read the posts do you? He has referred to scripture, spoke about Jesus, spoke about the Gospel many times but all your do is focus on what you want to focus one. It’s called selective hearing.

          • He picks and chooses the verses he likes due to his low view of scripture. JP has a presuppositional approach to the Bible. He likes the verses that coincide with his liberal ideology but not the verses dealing with sin, hell, or repentance to name a few. He is very much like Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Tony Jones, or Doug Pagitt.

          • Jesus spoke quite frequently of hell. I’ll take the words of the Messiah over Dante. Hell is real and we all deserve it because we are sinners.

            It is through turning from our sins (i.e. repentance) and placing our faith in Jesus Christine as Lord and Savior that we have eternal life.

                • Who said he was a torturer. People choose he’ll by rejecting Him.

                  If unrepentant sinners do not go to hell then what happen to their souls?

                    • If God is all powerful then logically you are saying he created a hell for humans to suffer in for all eternity. You conclusion is that God intentionally created a torture machine. Nope I don’t believe it. We are flesh and bone for a reason. There is a second death. Final death is the punishment for evil people who have ruined their character and potential and who have harmed others in the process. It will be as if the person never existed.

        • Mr. T. L. Catholic ~ I never expect any person to provide the totality of anything to me, even the Message. Even if Mr. Pavlovitz simply points people in the right direction for their salvation, he had done what Christ has commanded.

          I don’t demand perfection. I respect he has the fortitude to create and maintain this blog for the rest of us to toss words at … which is more than you, or I do, as far as I am aware.

          • He’s set a higher bar for himself by calling himself a “pastor.” Denying that there is a Hell is hardly an “imperfection.” You said he preaches Salvation. Salvation from WHAT?

            In what way is he pointing people in the right direction?

            Has he admonished the sinner? The only admonishing he does is of white Christians who don’t accept his political bs. Otherwise many things that are obviously sins for a Christian are acceptable in his world and to question that is to be “hateful” or a “bigot.”

            What I see him doing is undermining Christianity and attacking Christians. He has repackaged Christianity. He preaches Liberal Left Wing politics and slaps a “Christian” label on it.

            He’s not just not preaching “the totality,” of Christianity that you don’t require–he’s not preaching it at all, and is preaching against it. He’s preaching in favor of behavior that is clearly forbidden in the New Testament, so he is therefore pointing people in the WRONG DIRECTION.

              • My apologies if already articulated in any previous posts by could you please state what you believe and the basis for those beliefs? Not looking to start an argument just trying to understand what you believe.

                • I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                  creator of heaven and earth.
                  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
                  who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
                  and born of the virgin Mary.
                  He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                  was crucified, died, and was buried;
                  he descended to hell.
                  The third day he rose again from the dead.
                  He ascended to heaven
                  and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
                  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
                  I believe in the Holy Spirit,
                  the holy catholic* church,
                  the communion of saints,
                  the forgiveness of sins,
                  the resurrection of the body,
                  and the life everlasting. Amen.

                  *that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places

      • Mr. Dosher – I am not quite understanding what you are trying to say. It may be my lack of sleep last night because you are usually quite clear.

        The second part of your comment beginning with – you certainly gave Obama a bad time with your commentary. Well I certainly don’t remember any Republican saying anything good about Obama. Do you? Mostly it was anything he did was bringing the destruction of life as we know it.

        But isn’t that what we are doing here – Voicing our reasons why we are unhappy. Is it because we say the same things. But isn’t that why we come here – to be around like minded people.

        Whose mind are we trying to change? Surely not the ones who come here to judge us as being judgemental.

        Every time you complained about Obama were you attempting to change things? Was the march a bad thing. The “pro life” march has been held every year. (I hate using the words pro life – what a bastarization of those 2 words). Like I said I am obviously not understanding.

        As an aside I have a question – What are your thoughts on President Trump’s “pinkie swear” to not speak to his sons about his businesses?

        • Ms. Musto, I was referring to commentary on other sites. I’m relatively new here.

          I was pleased when he finally sent help to the Kurds and Yazidis – people I have advocated for since the 1990’s. I was happy when he took a stronger stand over the PRC’s claims in the South China Sea. I was even happy when he attempted some level of re-engagement with Cuba as the Cuban people have been suffering for a damn long time. Those are the three things which stand out in my mind at the moment.

          ‘Pinkie swear’? First I’ve heard of it. I’ll look into it tomorrow as it is nearly 11 p.m. where I live and that’s quality writing time in my book.

          I don’t mind dissent. I shall dissent against your dissent. One of my dissenting points is and will be for a time is the opposition has never given Trump a chance. They are sounding precisely like those 2nd Amendment Yahoos back in 2008/09 who were preaching Obama was coming for our guns and was going to launch a UN-sponsored coup of the US government.

          I reminded them to leave some tinfoil for those of us who liked to cook.

          Every time I hear people telling me “he’s evil, he’s Satan, he’s going to become a dictator”, I hear those echoes of 2009. Passion drives these arguments, not rational thought.

          As an example: “All Republicans are greedy, capitalist swine.” Seriously? And how did we come to this understanding?
          “Republicans hate minorities”.
          Please tell me why there are minority Republicans then.
          “… hate women.”
          Ditto.

          By treating Republicans as if they are both “The Enemy” and a monolithic bloc of Evil, you are hampering every single argument you and others make.

          I keep hearing “He’s evil and you just won’t see it” yet you never question ‘why’ we don’t see it. Not really. Instead you would rather label nearly 63 million Americans either evil, or morons.

          And then you get offended when we feel the same way about you …

          Oh yeah … the ‘Muslim Ban’ – the ACLU got it overturned in less than a day. It covered all of … 200 people. Woot?

          The countries, like Saudi Arabia, which it didn’t cover … you mean the countries someone in our Homeland Security can call 24/7 and seek information from their top notch security services about … as opposed to Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Somalia who are all in various states of civil disorder so we cannot do that?

          Trump did this. Was he ignorant of the existence of the ACLU? In New York City? Or, did he know precisely how things would play out and act accordingly.

          You assume the actions of a petulant imbecile when things like long-term friendships and business successes say otherwise.

          As for Europeans worrying about us … that is projection in the extreme. The Left thought Brexit would be defeated and it wasn’t. Widespread Muslim immigration plus a half-decade of escalating Islamic terrorism is helping some truly dangerous people in their political arenas gain traction. They should worry; just not about Trump.

    • “He is better for the World too, but you don’t need to thank us.”

      That’s fortunate, seeing just about none of us will. And anyone who does, we’ll do our best to export over to you. From our perspective, this will improve our countries; from yours, it will presumably improve yours, as it will increase the population who agrees with you. A positive outcome all round!

  10. We felt we needed to say something while saying something is still allowed.

    Please stop projecting. Anyone with a functioning brain can see that it is the left in America, not the right, which is far more interested in silencing dissent, and which holds the First Amendment in far lower regard.

    Someday, you will be held to account for your vile slanders before a judge far higher than you or I. I would suggest you repent before that court date.

  11. Since I didn’t receive an answer last time, I will repeat. Does it not bother you that Donna Hylton, a prominent speaker at your Women’s March, was a psychopathic murderess who kidnapped a man and tortured him for an extended period until he died?

    Do you ever worry about the kind of people you’re allying with?

          • Are you saying she didn’t repent?

            As anyone who has spent any time debating knows, it is extremely difficult to prove a negative. So reasonably, in this case, the burden rests on you. Where is your evidence of her repentance? I can present words of hers which strongly suggest otherwise:

            “The majority of prisons and jails are crowded with black and brown women, because of the dehumanization. We are criminalized for our color. We are criminalized and sexualized.”

            Does this sound like someone who acknowledges the justice of her punishment? Like someone who understands that she committed a grave evil and paid the price? Or does it sound like someone eager to blame all of her failings on others?

            So go ahead, show me Donna’s repentance. I’d be happy to learn of it, but I am highly skeptical.

            • This is silly Zaklog and you are being stubborn. The truth is she went to trial, was convicted and served her time. Now, so far as we know, she is living a better live. What part of repentance do you not understand ?

              • oh and I loved this comment elephant made below about it.

                “Repentance is shown by how we live. Did she even commit murder in the first place? No! There was no forensic proof tying directly to the murder. But, she was convicted because she was there and did not go to the police. Has she committed any crimes since she was out of prison? No. Did she do her time? Yes.

                Your opinion of Donna Hylton is only meant to be provocative and misleading to discredit the Womens March because, this time, there were no anarchists destroying property. You argue around the peripheral.”

                • Good job elephant! Forgiveness and grace is the cornerstone of the christian faith. It is the cross, don’t deny what Jesus did for us.

              • I’m sorry, but having been to prison does not mean you repented of your crime. Are you genuinely this childish in your thinking? I’m sure she’s sorry she got caught, but that is in no way synonymous with sorrow and rejection of her sin.

                • Zaklog, God allowed Cain to live but not without a mark. Donna Hylton has a mark on her life because of her participation in the crime. But according to the laws of the land she is permitted to live and contribute to society without further penance or punishment. She has served her time. I agree with the above comments you appear to have other motivations guiding your obsession with Donna Hylton. What is your solution then asking God to condemn her? We are taught by the words of Jesus to bless others. Show them grace and you will show them the Gospel.

        • Uhm… how about Mary Magdalene. Was she not a prostitute. Last time I checked, prostitution is considered a sin in the eyes of the Lord.

          • No. Mary Magdalene was not a prostitue. The Catholic Church was so freaked out with the awesomeness of Mary Magdalene, and how women might get uppity if they had such a wonderful role mode, that they conflated her with another Mary in the Bible and convinced everyone that she was a prostitue and therefore not to be emulated. Lying to the public is not a new thing.

            • Where did you dig this up?

              I thought I heard every lie about the Catholic Church, but that’s a new one.

              As I previously stated, for the Left, it’s perfectly acceptable to be an anti-Catholic bigot.

              • I didn’t have to dig it up. It is well known to those who understand church history. I am not an anti-Catholic bigot. Understanding what happened in the past and facing it honestly does not a bigot make.

                • That was not the Church position and the Church doesn’t lie. I would be very interested to see your source and I hope it’s something more substantial than Chick Comics.

                  Mary Magdalene is a canonized Saint and is revered in the Catholic Church. She might have been a prostitute or might not have been. It doesn’t matter. She is no less revered either way.

                  • Not “Chick Comics” (could you be any more condescending?) but from Biblical Archaeology:

                    “So how did Mary become a repentant whore in Christian legend?

                    Critical scholarship has provided the answer to this question: It happened as a conscious attempt on the part of later interpreters of the Gospels to diminish her. They did this by identifying her with other women mentioned in the Gospels, most notably the unnamed sinful woman who anoints Jesus’ feet with ointment and whose sins he forgives (Luke 7:36–50) and the unnamed woman taken in adultery (John 7:53–8:11). This conflation of texts was given sanction in the sixth century by Pope Gregory the Great (540–604) in a famous homily in which he holds Mary up as a model of penitence. Pope Gregory positively identified the unnamed anointer and adulteress as Mary, and suggested that the ointment used on Jesus’ feet was once used to scent Mary’s body. The seven demons Jesus cast out of Mary were, according to Gregory, the seven cardinal sins, which include lust. But, wrote Gregory, when Mary threw herself at Jesus’ feet, “she turned the mass of her crimes to virtues, in order to serve God entirely in penance.””

            • St. Mary Magdalene is one of the greatest saints of the Bible and a legendary example of God’s mercy and grace. The precise dates of her birth and death are unknown, but we do know she was present with Christ during his public ministry, death and resurrection. She is mentioned at least a dozen times in the Gospels.

              Mary Magdalene has long been regarded as a prostitute or sexually immoral in western Christianity, but this is not supported in the scriptures. It is believed she was a Jewish woman who lived among Gentiles, living as they did.

              The Gospels agree that Mary was originally a great sinner. Jesus cast seven demons out of her when he met her. After this, she told several women she associated with and these women also became followers.

              There is also debate over if Mary Magdalene is the same unnamed women, a sinner, who weeps and washes Jesus’ feet with her hair in the Gospel of John. Scholars are skeptical this is the same person.

              Despite the scholarly dispute over her background, what she did in her subsequent life, after meeting Jesus, is much more significant. She was certainly a sinner whom Jesus saved, giving us an example of how no person is beyond the saving grace of God.

              During Jesus’ ministry, it is believed that Mary Magdalene followed him, part of a semi-permanent entourage who served Jesus and his Disciples.

              Mary likely watched the crucifixion from a distance along with the other women who followed Christ during His ministry. Mary was present when Christ rose from the dead, visiting his tomb to anoint his body only to find the stone rolled away and Christ, very much alive, sitting at the place they laid Him. She was the first witness to His resurrection.

              After the death of Christ, a legend states that she remained among the early Christians. After fourteen years, she was allegedly put into a boat by Jews, along with several other saints of the early Church, and set adrift without sails or oars. The boat landed in southern France, where she spent the remaining years of her life living in solitude, in a cave.

              St. Mary Magdalene’s feast day is July 22. She is the patroness of converts, repentant sinners, sexual temptation, pharmacists, tanners and women, and many other places and causes.

              http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=83

              • I don’t need to research YOUR outrageous assertions. That’s your job. And all your “support” comes from anti-Catholic sources. “Catholic” in the name does not make it Catholic, a la “Catholics for Choice” which is as far from being a Catholic organization as one can be.

                There is absolutely no reason that the Church would do what you accused the Church of doing. There is no reason for the Church to minimize the role of any saint. There was and is some dispute about whether this Mary was the same Mary who was the adulterer, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.

                She was forgiven of her sins and is now a saint. If the Church wanted to minimize the role of women, she would not place Mary in such a place of prominence and we would not revere her as the Mother of God and the Mother of our Church and the greatest saint.

                • Of course you don’t want to do the research. It would be pointless as you are absolutely committed to the understanding that you know everything and everyone else is a moron. It is a very convenient way to maintain your ignorance and takes zero effort. Congratulations on a brilliant strategy.

                  • I don’t need to research every attack against our Church. It behooves you to make your case, not me to waste my time researching whether hate speech against Catholicism is true. A link to a biased site proves nothing. I read all the anti-Catholic books before I converted. I know what you posted is hogwash for the reasons I stated. There is absolutely no reason the Catholic Church would denigrate one of her most famous and revered saints.

                    • Interesting that you think that I am making an attack on the church by reporting its history. There are many more sites, research papers, articles, and books that corroborate what I wrote. The two that I referenced were just the top 2 on Google. I am not going to go to any trouble to prove anything to you because you feel that you already know everything so it would be a complete waste of my time. Mostly I reply to you for the benefit of others who may be reading.

                • To quote you, ““Catholic” in the name does not make it Catholic”. By your own rule, I doubt that you are a Catholic, because if you were you wouldn’t be so intent on driving people away from the church.

                  • I offered to drive my neighbor to Church yesterday.

                    Do you really believe Catholics are reading my posts and are now saying, “Hmm… because of a guy on the internet making posts on a blog, I think I’ll quite being a Catholic!”

                    Do you think others had plans to join the Church, but read my posts and said, “Hmmm…If I become a Catholic I might run into that guy, so even though I really wanted to be a Catholic, I guess I won’t be one now.”

                    I’m doing the best I can to represent my faith. What you and others don’t like is our strong and unwavering moral positions. We water nothing down to be accepted or to be politically correct.

                    • The problem is not your “strong and unwavering moral positions”, it is the venom and maliciousness that you use against other people who do not hold to those positions. It is the fact that you see everything in black and white and cannot accept the possibility of even one shade of grey, never mind that there might also be red. If I were currently seeking for a church, your definitively-stated description of your church as a haven for ill will towards those who are different would have me running in the other direction. You don’t use those words specifically, but this is what the tenor of all of your comments on this post and on others boils down to. Others have pointed this out as well, but you cannot hear them

                    • PB: …i think Mr Catholic’s comments are way more light-hearted than most here. & he doesnt take himself as seriously as many here do.

                      JP is super dramatic/ serious!

                    • light hearted?

                      Lone Catholic has a vendetta against the blog host. I would not call that light hearted. I would call it a presumption against the prerogative God has to judge a person’s life.

          • A) Prostitution is not murder. B) As has elsewhere been pointed out, Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute. C) An important issue here is repentance, which Hylton has not displayed.

            You missed. Try again.

            • Repentance is shown by how we live. Did she even commit murder in the first place? No! There was no forensic proof tying directly to the murder. But, she was convicted because she was there and did not go to the police. Has she committed any crimes since she was out of prison? No. Did she do her time? Yes.

              Your opinion of Donna Hylton is only meant to be provocative and misleading to discredit the Womens March because, this time, there were no anarchists destroying property. You argue around the peripheral.

  12. I agree with the Lone Catholic. Listening to most of the drivel I see posted on this blog makes me happy I voted for Trump.

    To quote Emerson: “There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.”

    • How about a quote from Pope Francis instead:

      “The sickness or, you can say the sin, that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy, which is precisely what is happening when someone claims to be a Christian but does not live according to the teaching of Christ. You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian,” he said.

      “You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25.”

      “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of help.”

        • Are you in agreement with the Pope that same-sex marriages and abortion are injustices?

          The Pope will not change one scintilla of docrine.

              • But some of you like to cherry pick some of the things you think he said or meant in order to make a case, and I’d like to see some consistency. What about the other things the Pope says?

                • You cherry pick as well, everyone makes that mistake. It’s a learning process. The Bible has paradoxes and mysteries things we only see dimly and in part. If you were a true Roman Catholic you would be hearing about the mystery of God form you priest !

            • Exactly, elephant, the Pope has said it is forgivable. Thank God for his understanding and generous mercy on all weak and fragile human beings !

              • Anything is forgivable.

                But the Pope says same-sex marriage is a sin and an injustice to those raised in such an unholy union.

                So if you’re going to use the Pope to justify a position, be aware of what the Pope stands for in its totality.

                • Clearly the Pope hasn’t read the recent studies that show that children raised by same gender parents do as well or better socially, medically, and scholastically as children raised by opposite gender parents. If same sex marriages were unholy unions, the fruits would be unhealthy.

  13. Ah, once again Thank you and amen. I hope that the majority has been woke up by this week and will not be silent anymore. This is not ok. My ancestors helped write that Constitution and this is not, I repeat not, what they had in mind. I suspect they are rolling over in their graves. One of them was hung in Boston Common for her religion, and just like the people who talked about freedom of religion and then tried to impose their brand on everyone else and hung a women for wanting a different brand, these people are the same, when these people talk freedom of religion it is a ruse, what they are saying is freedom to impose their beliefs on everyone else. Keep speaking the truth John because I for one need it. Bless you,

  14. “We felt we needed to say something while saying something is still allowed.”

    While it is STILL ALLOWED!?

    Wow, this guy is delusional or he is Chicken Little on steroids.

  15. You are absolutely right, John P. The world needs an deserves an apology. Thank you for this. It certainly is one of the things that needed to be said.

  16. Christians, don’t be fooled: Trump has deep religious convictions

    “Trump’s inauguration address counts as a stunning example of idolatry. His statement — ‘At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America and through our loyalty to our country we will recover loyalty to each other’ — is clearly a theological claim that offers a kind of salvation.”

    “Christians believe that only God demands ‘total allegiance.’ Otherwise we run the risk, as Trump exemplifies, of making an idol out of some human enterprise.”

    “Trump identifies as a Presbyterian. However, he has said he does not need a prayer for confession of sins because he has done nothing that requires forgiveness, one signal that he does not believe in a basic Christian tenet. He has identified with Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote the book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” which does not represent Christian orthodoxy.
    Christianity in Peale’s hands was closer to a set of beliefs a follower could make up to suit their desires. Trump has adopted this strategy and applied it to the country. Christians must call his profound and mistaken faith what it is: idolatry.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/01/27/christians-dont-be-fooled-trump-has-deep-religious-convictions/

    • Your beloved blog host does not believe in Hell.

      If you’re in agreement with that, then what does it matter about him confessing his sins?

      • Hey, everyone, remember when you watched the Lone Ranger and at the end of every episode folks would say “Who is that man?” Well, take your pick. Joe? Zak? benny? The Lone Catholic? Robert Morie? Declan? Yep. All of the above and more. My husband had dementia for a decade while I took care of him and, believe me, you cannot deal with a demented brain, so while I never gave up on him, I am giving up on the troll. He means to just stir up shit.

        Charles, I consider it a high compliment the he is striking back by saying that I am you. I wish I had the talent you have with words. I am proud to be a woman who roars, however, the only time I wished to be a man is when I wanted to lift something heavy. Damn! I just can’t do it without putting out my back.

        Keep speaking up. We need your voice.

        • I wish I had the talent you have with words.

          Yup, because telling people that nobody gives a s**t [his uncensored] about their opinions or that they are literally damned to Hell for disagreeing with his political opinions takes real eloquence.

  17. Thank you John. You have so many times echoed my own thoughts.

    Patricia Brush – Thank you for your words. I agree. Maybe you too grew up over 50 years ago and can remember what it was like. I am saddened that so many repeat the same talking points as people repeated for decades, never realizing that what they are doing isn’t working. It becomes white noise.

    Your exchanges with Wayne show you have the patience of a saint. I am so impressed. I have to confess I do not have your patience and have, on more than one occasion, felt major comment regret afterwards. That is something I need to work on.

    • Hi Joanne, I am 58. We have been through a lot, haven’t we! I am thinking about that quotation: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

      I have been working on my comment style for several years. I have found that I have to allow the words that might cause comment regret to be free in my head before I can begin to write. They help to show me what part of the offending comment I wish to reply to and where my discomfort lies. From there I try very hard to address the issue at hand and not attack the person. I will comment on egregious behaviour, but I make sure I am speaking of the behaviour and not the person. Instead of saying “You are a bigot”, I’ll say “You are saying some harmful hateful things about people who are different from you.” Their words are clear on the page, but I cannot see their heart.

      I also have the words of a former boss in my head. “Is that a ditch you want to die in?” It gives me the patience to write calmly and the ability to walk away in clear conscience.

      • Hi Patricia, I am 69 and for the last 41 years have been in permanent mom/gramma mode. No excuse, but I am new at this blog and comment stuff and still finding my way. I am so happy to have found John’s site in December. There are some very interesting people who post here and I do enjoy a exchange of views without name calling of course.

  18. I apologize to the world that there are heretics like John Pavlovitz who deny the inerrancy of God’s Word, proclaim a false gospel, and focus on the temporal rather than preaching the true gospel- repenting of sins and placing faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

        • Blessed be the Lord God of all people and nations including Muslims who are being singled out and discriminated against by bigoted conservatives.

          • How are conservatives singling them out? Please be specific and cite sources/references?

            Also, without using Google, do you know what taqiyya is?

            • Declan. No one owes you a library trip and hundreds of hours of research, because quite frankly, you are not that important in the overall scheme of things.

              Folks, this is a classic troll strategy. The troll takes the position that he is the only person on the planet who possesses truth and righteousness—and everyone else but him is wrong. So, if anyone says anything he disagrees with, he demands something that he would never do for you. He demands that you go to the library and spend days researching your brains out—and totally exhausting yourself—to counter him.

              This proves that you are a troll Declan because this is classic troll strategy.

              • Asking people to provide evidence for their unsubstantiated claims makes me a troll?

                Hatred and name calling is the only response you have.

                • Declan you don’t care one bit what someone says and you don’t listen to the answers they give anyway.

                  The end result you are looking for is a reason to say someone is wrong because they resort to name calling.

                  Jesus called people snakes and hypocrites get over it !

                  You whiny little baby

                  • He called people snakes and hypocrites because they were. The name calling here is used inappropriately as is the misuse of verses out of context to appease one’s liberal agenda.

                    • You appear as a snake and a viper to me because you go around spreading misery to those who are trying to grasp the heaviness of their hearts.

                      You haven’t done anything to show you care about the everyday people commenting on this blog.

                      If you are so good at obeying the first great commandment you fall short and fail entirely when you neglect the second great commandment.