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The USA is still reeling in shock from this latest in-school massacre by a 19 year old gunman in Florida. The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, was known to be in mentally bad condition, and it was also known he was a potential or real troublemaker, with 39 visits to his family’s home by Parkland police since 2010. The reasons for the calls ranged from domestic disturbance to mentally ill person, to child or elderly abuse, and 911 hangups or dropped calls. (911 is the American general emergency phone number.)

In court for his arraignment, Cruz was quiet and very polite, and clearly in distress over what he had done. Contrasted with the behavior of some others who have done similar horrific crimes, Cruz seems to be aware of what he did, and that it was wrong. His public defender, Melissa McNeil, probably vilified by some already in America as being caring to this monster, stated simply:

He’s sad. He’s mournful. He’s remorseful. He is fully aware of what is going on, and he’s just a broken human being.

Is this an overload of compassion for someone who does not deserve it? Well, it may be. Apparently the Public Defender is an extreme liberal person. However, Let’s set this matter aside for now, because this is not really important to this story.

Consider this, too, and consider it seriously: Nikolas maintains that ‘voices in his head’ instructed him on how to carry out this attack. ABC News reported that law enforcement sources referred to the voices as ‘demons.’

It is not an excuse for anyone to say “the devil made me do it.” This is not up for debate, and it would even appear that Cruz himself knows this.

But this is also the seventeenth school shooting in 2018 alone, a number more than twice as high as the same time last year, and the highest number this early in Everytown Research’s tracking of school shootings since 2013. This same research group notes that the number of school shootings per year in the research period has ranged between 37 and 65 per year, for a total of 291 shooting incidents since 2013.

Debate about this serious problem usually goes to the rather careworn theme of gun control in the United States, with various media agencies seizing on the grief of the moment to capitalize on their political opinion, and other media outlets trying to also seize on the same moment to oppose the notion of ripping away the Second Amendment.

Both sides are missing the point.

President Trump got much closer to it in his discussion with the American people, here noting the problem to be dealt with as “mental illness”:

He is much closer to the problem, and of course, attention is gradually increasing regarding the matter of psychotropic medications that are turning out to be associated with bizarre and deadly behavior on the part of those taking such medications, for depression or other “mental health” issues.

But there is still a component that no one in America wants to talk about, nor do they want to take seriously. Mental or psychological illness is not new to our time. It is almost as old as humanity itself, and the ancient wisdom attributed such behavior to unclean spirits or spiritual forces. Even the base word for psychology is the Greek word “psyche” (ψυχή) has as its original meaning, “soul”.  More fully, this term is defined as  “the soul, mind, spirit, or invisible animating entity which occupies the physical body.

The ancients and the Jewish, and later, Christian elders, associated this bizarre behavior of people to demonic affliction, attack, and even in some cases, possession. There are many stories of Jesus, his disciples, and later elders all the way to today conducting exorcisms, driving out demons from afflicted people. I have been witness to such people, (yes, possessed people, and their ongoing exorcisms) myself, and I will only say their behavior is indeed bizarre.

But in all these cases in history the cure was God-reliant – that is, people were able to affect a cure for the afflicted person through prayer, fasting, the experienced care of a priest or elder who was spiritually strong enough to take on this very difficult task. Demons do not fight nice, and even to this day the number of true exorcists is quite low, because only a few ordained clergy are considered to be up to the task of this sort of spiritual combat.

But more recently, this issue of mental and psychological disturbance and its treatment began being conducted in a manner that completely discounts the spiritual-corporal unity, and it has now become an issue solely of altering brain chemistry. While it is important to consider that even in ancient history it was not believed that all cases of mental illness were attributable to demonic forces, there were still some cases where a patient did not respond to any known form of physical treatment, and the court of last resort was to seek a Power that was not within our synthetic reach.

Children praying in school before 1962’s Supreme Court decision took that right away.

One of the recent events in American society and culture has been the discouragement and even banishment of any reference to God (most particularly the Christian framework regarding God) from public life, from the study of history and culture, from the arts, from legal interpretation, and more.  In 1962, the US Supreme Court decided that prayer in the public school violated the First Amendment by constituting an establishment of religion. In 1963, for the same reason, Bible reading in public schools was disallowed. Now, this did not mean that prayer in public school stopped right away. I remember it in the 1970’s in my grade school years. But it did stop, and the face of American civil society began to change.

Over fifty years have passed, and with it the social norms have flipped almost diametrically opposite to what was upheld as ideal in the early 1960’s. Tolerance for any religious view but Christianity became increasingly reported through all this time, but most notably the pace quickened after 2008. At the same time, the US mental illness disability rate has risen, from 1 in 184 Americans in 1987, to 1 in every 76 by 2007.  In 2017, the prevalance rate is now almost one in five.

That is near 20% folks, up from about one-half of one percent thirty years ago.

It would be easy to pass this off as anything from data manipulation by greedy pharmaceutical companies to honestly increased acceptance and exposure of problems everyone already had but never talked about.  But an honest examination of these stats is stunning. Something has happened, and most of us can see it, or even experience it, ourselves. Something underlying who we are as a nation and as a people has been taken away, and as the result something else has replaced it, hiding in plain sight, whilst the debate rages about things that do not really matter.

Guns do not kill people without some person picking them up and using them. This is not a Second Amendment screed. Guns are simply lifeless things, and if no one pulls the trigger, they very rarely fire. Families were taught gun safety as a normative rule, especially in rural places, There were simple rules we were taught, like “there is no such thing as an unloaded gun”, “never point a gun at someone”, and more, and kids everywhere knew that their parents had guns locked in a cabinet, and in many cases, guns were out in the open, but never touched. Kids had the fear of God in them to ever go near the rifle sitting openly on the gun rack in the living room.

But now, things are different. The guns did not change, though. It was us.

Now, there is no fear of God. It got removed. And even the religious among us in the USA struggle with the reality of our chosen religious beliefs. While many churches are full of people, the notion of serving God by doing what He prescribes is curiously absent, though many of us do not believe this. This problem, oddly enough, is very difficult even for clergy to see.  Once, in Colorado, a priest I spoke to realized with shock that the Church was losing ground there. It was a shock to the priest because his own zeal for the faith was very strong, and he could not understand the reality that it was not shared by everyone in Church.

We often associate church attendance with zeal for the faith, but that is not a reliable measure. America is fundamentally a nation shaped by Protestant / English values, and this cultural norm places a heavy emphasis on “appearance” rather than “obedience.”  A “good Christian” therefore is one who goes to Church dressed nicely. What a person does in regards to their own salvation is never considered, because simply by the act of going to church, he has shown his virtue and nothing more is required.

God is no longer taught as the Authority of Creation, its Creator; rather the message is subtly altered to “God wants YOU to be wealthy, prosperous; God is with you to help you get whatever you want in life.” And this is a very popular message in a country blessed with plenty.

The only problem is that such a view takes nothing into account about struggle, despair, disease, and even death. This view precludes the identity of evil, of dark forces and powers, and their ability to main, warp, sicken and destroy us, and those around us.  God’s name is hijacked by ideological groups to fulfill the role of authority in one’s personal opinion. This is done by both ideological poles in the United States.  Again, it is “God agrees with me.”  It is not “I fail to obey the Law of God; what must I do to be saved?”

This has made the issue of “belief in God” (which is far different than actual faith in him) an issue where a statistically large percentage of Americans say “Yes! I believe in God.” But when it comes to the question “Do you strive to do His will?”, it would be probable that this question itself never even makes it to the table. For decades now, even in very traditionally-based faith groups in the United States, the emphasis has been on what God will or will not do to give us what we want, and scant little about reliance and obedience to Him in the face of all of life’s problems.

So, when Nikolas Cruz says that voices in his head told him how to carry out this attack, I cannot reasonably say that this is a lie. God has been rejected, wholesale. But history shows us over and over that human forces and nature are not the only Powers in the world, and history has also shown us that nations who refuse to follow God, fail. It may not happen this exact moment, but it does happen.  In 55 years, America has flipped on its head, from a nation that considered God its King to something very different.

And it has often been theologically held that hell is the place where God is absent. When he is made absent by our wishes, he goes, but his absence is not left vacant. Other powers are only too gleeful to fill the void.

No nation or empire that goes away from fundamental truths survives unless it returns to those truths. The absolutely tragic events in Florida and elsewhere bear witness to this fact, and the souls of the innocents slain in the demonic rage of their killers bear witness to this fact. This may be a very unpleasant truth to face, but facing it and changing, may save our people and our land.

 

 

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10 signs that America is in MUCH worse trouble than we all thought

You may find it difficult to believe some of the things that I am about to share with you. Instinctively, most of us know that America is in trouble, but recently it has been impressed upon me that things are much worse than I originally believed.

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A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. As of June 2013, there were an all-time record of 50,900 homeless people, including 12,100 homeless families with 21,300 homeless children homeless in New York City.

Our cities are becoming cesspools, our nation is falling apart all around us, and it seems like the number of sick, twisted and depraved people is multiplying.

We still have a relatively high standard of living for the moment, but the only reason we can maintain that standard of living is because we are on the greatest debt binge in human history. And once that bubble bursts, I fear for what this nation is going to become, because things are getting really bad out there.

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The following are 10 signs that America is in much worse trouble than we all thought…

#1 America is “the most dangerous country in the developed world to give birth in”

We all know that our healthcare system is rapidly deteriorating, but I figured that the U.S. would be at least in the middle of the pack when it comes to women dying during childbirth. Sadly, I was completely wrong

The U.S. is the most dangerous country in the developed world to give birth in according to a report.

About 50,000 women are “severely injured” during childbirth, and about 700 women die every year. Half of these deaths could have been prevented, as could the injuries, if correct safety procedures had been followed, according to an investigation by USA Today.

#2 America is absolutely teeming with sexual predators

When I read stories like the one I am about to share with you, it makes me want to vomit. According to a report that was just released, more than 300 “predator priests” were identified in just 6 Pennsylvania dioceses

A landmark grand jury report identifies more than 300 “predator priests” in six of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses, the state Supreme Court said Friday in ordering the findings released. (Tap here to read the court ruling.)

The justices said the report on clergy child sexual abuse going back decades and allegations of cover-up efforts will be made public but without the names or “individual specific information” of priests and others who have challenged the findings, at least in the initial version to be released.

#3 America has a massive problem with pedophilia

This is particularly true in Hollywood, and actor Elijah Wood has decided to go public about it

The actor, in a new interview with the Sunday Times, is accusing Tinseltown of having a pedophilia problem, saying “a lot of vipers” are preying on children in the business.

“Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind,” he said. “There is darkness in the underbelly. What bums me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power. That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: they can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged.”

#4 America is full of people that are looking to take advantage of others

During the recent horrific wildfires in northern California, authorities say that there was “a lot of looting”

With so many people locked out of huge areas of the city, looters had moved in to take advantage, officials said, adding that police patrols are being increased and hat National Guard troops are being brought in to help.

“We’re experiencing a lot of looting and are beefing up our security,” Redding Police Chief Roger Moore told a crowd of about 250 residents Saturday afternoon. And Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko received a round of applause when he announced the first arrest of a suspected looter.

#5 America has way too many politically-correct control freaks that want to ruin all of our lives

I never dreamed that the day would come when plastic straws would be banned in the United States, but now it is actually happening

Only in California can you go to jail for offering restaurant patrons a straw. According to the ordinance, first-time offenders will be given a written warning. Second-time offenders will face steeper consequences. Based on the city’s municipal code, penalties for straw-peddling will include a “fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months.”

The West Coast is home to many a plastic straw ban; the city of Seattle, WA, was the first city in the U.S. to ban plastic straws in early July. But in the Emerald City, a violation only warrants a $250 fine. California is not to be outdone in their regressive-progressive politics.

#6 America is a nation of addicts

Today, I came across a survey that found that nearly half of all Americans admit to shopping online (one addiction) while drunk (another addiction)…

If you’ve poured yourself a glass of wine or two and then started browsing Amazon, you’re not alone — and you may well have spent more than you meant to. A new survey finds that Americans who shop online under the influence spend over $40 each time.

Gin drinkers actually spend the most, about $82 on average, while whiskey drinkers are the cheapest buzzed buyers, according to addiction treatment facility the Archstone Recovery Center. They polled over 1,000 people who reported purchasing an item off of Amazon while under the influence of alcohol.

#7 America is on a path to financial suicide

The federal government is already 21 trillion dollars in debt, and it is being officially estimated that we will hit the 30 trillion dollar mark by 2028.

#8 America seems to have an endless supply of cruel people

Down in Louisiana, authorities have arrested 5 people that locked an autistic woman that they were related to in a cage and forced her to eat her mother’s ashes

A Louisiana woman living with autism was locked up in a cage, threatened and abused and forced to eat her mother’s ashes by five people, who were indicted this week by a federal grand jury in New Orleans, officials said.

The indictments accuse five family members of abusing their 22-year-old relative until June 2016, according to court documents released by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

#9 America’s major cities are rapidly being transformed into cesspools

The following is an excerpt from a letter that was recently penned by Portland’s police chief

Our City has become a cesspool. Livability that once made Portland a unique and vibrant city is now replaced with human feces in businesses doorways, in our parks, and on our streets. Aggressive panhandlers block the sidewalks, storefronts, and landmarks like Pioneer Square, discouraging people from enjoying our City. Garbage-filled RVs and vehicles are strewn throughout our neighborhoods. Used needles, drug paraphernalia, and trash are common sights lining the streets and sidewalks of the downtown core area, under our bridges, and freeway overpasses. That’s not what our families, business owners, and tourists deserve.

#10 America is inhabited by way too many idiots

These days just about anyone will do just about anything for 15 minutes of fame, and one of the worst examples of this was when Florida resident Robby Stratton walked into a convenience store with a live alligator

The man, identified by WJAX as Robby Stratton, is seen on video posted to Facebook walking into the store in Jacksonville with the gator’s mouth taped shut.

Stratton approaches the counter and asks the man behind it: ‘Y’all got beer still? Y’all ain’t out, are y’all?’

He then sees someone in the back of the store and says: ‘Is he taking the last bit of beer? You aren’t taking the last bit of beer are you?’

Stratton planned this stunt well in advance, and he made sure to have it recorded so that he could post it on Facebook.

This is what America has become. We need to take a long look in the mirror, because we are in an advanced state of decline.

Hopefully the American people will start to wake up, because the time to turn things around is quickly running out.

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Democrat Party Exodus: Millennial white men not welcome (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 44.

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Public demonization, identity politics, and forcing equality of outcome throughout society, is driving white male millennials away from the Democrat Party.

Young white men are increasingly turned off by the Democrats’ embrace of identity politics. An entire generation of voters has become disillusioned with what was once considered an inclusive, working class left, and has now morphed into a social media lynch mob obsessed with the destruction of “The Patriarchy” and “toxic masculinity”.

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou unpack the reasons behind a millennial white male exodus away from the establishment left, and towards Trumpism on the right or progressive ideology thought on the left. Remember to Please Subscribe to The Duran’s YouTube Channel.

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A hock poll by Reuters/Ipsos reveals that the Democrats are shedding millennial votes, with support dropping by nine percentage points since 2016. This shift is most pronounced among white millennial men, who now favour Republicans over Democrats by 11 percentage points. In 2016, Democrats led Republicans in this group by 12 percentage points. There has been a staggering swing of 23 percentage points in just two years.

The poll shatters a number of widely held assumptions. Firstly, that young people are naturally drawn to the Democrats. Secondly, that the chaos and incompetence of Donald Trump’s rule are enough to turn voters blue. While two thirds of those polled dislike Trump, that distaste does not translate into either a rejection of the GOP as a whole or into support for the Democrats.

Democrats are clearly yet to come to terms with their defeat in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, the party has devoted a great deal of energy to pushing allegations of Russian meddling – a story of little interest to ordinary voters, who have long since accepted the outcome of a fair and free election. Similarly, baseless and shrill accusations that Trump is a fascist have clearly been ineffective in drumming up support for an alternative. Opposition to Trump is one thing, but most voters are none the wiser as to what the Democrats actually stand for.

But while the Democrats may be uninspiring to millennials as a whole, the party is actively alienating young, white men. Today’s identity politics is impossible for millennials to avoid, whether they are confronted with it on campus or through clickbait comment pieces. In the identitarian worldview, ‘white men’ are responsible for all the world’s woes – the phrases ‘white people’ and ‘white men’ are practically shorthand for evil. Listicles reveal the ‘37 things white people need to stop ruining in 2018’, magazines declare that ‘white men must be stopped’, while even respectable outlets like the Washington Post ask ‘why can’t we hate white men?’.

But rather than reject the divisive politics of identity, the Democratic establishment and its cheerleaders have embraced it. During the election, Hillary Clinton namechecked and explicitly targeted a number of demographic groups. At the same time, her team told the media they were confident they could win without the support of white men. Many commentators agreed. ‘Hillary Clinton doesn’t need white men’, insisted the Washington Post – supposedly because they make up a declining share of the electorate and can therefore be ignored. Of course, we all know what the result was – white voters were crucial to Trump’s election upset. Nevertheless, liberal commentators are still urging the Democrats to ‘get over’ white working-class voters in the upcoming midterms. They are surplus to electoral requirements, outsiders to the ‘progressive coalition… in all its multicultural, multiracial splendour’, according to one writer.

Democrats insist that white voters are electorally irrelevant. But when they disappoint the party and decide not to vote for it, they are painted as backward and irrational. Clinton’s defeat was rationalised by her allies as a ‘whitelash’ – not a rejection of a wildly unpopular candidate, but an outburst of racist rage. Clearly, white male millennials are picking up on this kind of language and are beginning to think that they are not wanted by the party.

A truly progressive party ought to be able to give voice to concerns that bridge racial and gender divides. It ought to have a more honest understanding of its past failures and a clear programme for the future. But if the Democrats continue to shirk responsibility for their electoral defeats, and continue to embrace identity politics, it won’t just be young, white men who abandon them.

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For gender neutrality, English schools forbid girls from wearing skirts

Teachers hope it will make things “fairer for transgender pupils and eliminate complaints over the decency of short skirts”.

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For the sake of making transgender students feel at home, a school in East Sussex, UK, is introducing gender neutral school uniforms, making trousers with a white shirt and tie the norm for all students, regardless of gender. Now, that miniscule number of transgenders doesn’t have to feel like they’re outside of what’s normal. Everyone can be just as genderless as the next.

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Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, has introduced the policy to make the uniform the same for all students, regardless of gender.

Teachers hope it will make things “fairer for transgender pupils and eliminate complaints over the decency of short skirts”.

The updated uniform, which the school website says “has been designed specifically in response to the many issues and suggestions raised by parents, students and school staff”, also rectifies the issue of boys having to wear ties while girls do not.

It comprises grey trousers, white shirt, navy jumper and a blue and silver tie.

Headteacher Tony Smith told the Brighton Argus newspaper: “Specifically, it addresses the current issues of inequality and decency.

“Another issue was that we have a small but increasing number of transgender students and therefore having the same uniform is important for them.”

However, one local mother who was not in favour, told the local newspaper: “My daughter said she has got a gender and it’s female, so being gender neutral when she has got a gender is a big deal for her, as she is proud to be a girl.”

The pro-sodomite news site Pink news goes further

He added that this simple but symbolic change would make a huge difference to trans pupils who go to the school in Lewes, Sussex.

Smith said that Priory has “a small but increasing number of transgender students, and therefore having the same uniform is important for them.”

Speaking to PinkNews, he added: “We wanted a uniform for everyone.

“It could have been skirts for everyone, but we wanted to go with a uniform that was easy to source and supply, and that’s not easy for boys’ cuts.”

He pointed out that in the summer, it is now possible for students of all genders to wear shorts or skorts (a combination of shorts and a skirt).

“We wanted a uniform which promotes greater equality,” Smith explained, adding “a number” of trans students welcomed the move when it was announced.

“We’ve done this for positive reasons. For us, it is a greater equality having the same for everybody.”

Some parents expressed disgust with the decision, which stops girls from wearing skirts. One mother of a student said: “If girls dressing differently than boys is now to be considered sexist, then it is equally sexist to have female teachers wearing skirts and not wearing ties.

“If they want this, they must live the values they force on others and go fully gender free. My daughter and her friends are appalled by this.”

As if all of this wasn’t bad enough, one school in Oxfordshire has forbidden boys to wear shorts and told them that they must wear skirts as reported by Independent:

A secondary school in Oxfordshire has reportedly banned boys from wearing shorts in the hot summer months – but said they are free to wear skirts instead if they wish.

Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common recently introduced a new, stricter uniform policy that states pupils can only wear trousers or skirts.

When one parent asked if their son could wear tailored shorts for summer, he said he was told “no” by staff as shorts were not allowed – but as they had a gender-neutral policy, boys could opt
Father Alastair Vince-Porteous told the Daily Mail: “I was told shorts are not part of the uniform. It’s a shame we can’t be more grown up about it, we aren’t asking for ra-ra skirts or skinny jeans, just grey tailored shorts for two months a year, it’s not a big deal.”

Instead of the miniscule minority of the trans accommodating to the larger body of society, the rest of society must change in order to accommodate them. Meanwhile, one can hear complaints about immigrants not accommodating the culture in which they enter into by learning the language of their new country. But how long until the bureaucratic demands come out that, for fairness’ sake, host countries demand that their citizens learn Arabic or Spanish in order to accommodate immigrants?

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