Report: Pregnancy Center Vandalized with Threatening, Pro-Abortion Messages

Report: Pregnancy Center Vandalized with Threatening, Pro-Abortion Messages

A pregnancy center in Baltimore was allegedly vandalized with threatening messages over the weekend as pro-abortion supporters took to the streets in protest of the pending Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade.

The Alpha Pregnancy Center in Reisterstown claims messages were spray-painted on its walls Saturday, threatening the safety of those who work there. “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you,” one message read. “Not a clinic,” read another message. “You’re anti-choice and not pro-life,” read another.

On its website, Alpha Pregnancy Center said it does “not offer or refer for pregnancy terminations or birth control. Information is provided as an educational service and should not be relied on as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.”

The messages were signed “Jane’s Revenge,” the same group that allegedly vandalized and set fire to a clinic belonging to Wisconsin Family Action.

According to WBALTV, evidence shows that “whoever was responsible spray-painted over surveillance cameras, which could hinder the police investigation.”

Supporters and donors of the center called the actions hateful.

“Everything’s just hateful out there — hate, hate, hate,” said donor Bruce Carter.

“I’m coming here, it’s my first time, just first time right now as my wife is pregnant,” said one anonymous supporter.

The attack on the pregnancy center comes as pro-abortion activists have been protesting the leaked Supreme Court decision signaling that Roe v. Wade could be overturned. In Portland this month, the left-wing radical group Antifa reportedly attacked a crisis pregnancy center, breaking several windows and writing vulgar messages.

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Liz Cheney Weaponizes Racial Division For Political Power, Baselessly Labeling GOP Leadership White Supremacist

Liz Cheney Weaponizes Racial Division For Political Power, Baselessly Labeling GOP Leadership White Supremacist

Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney reached a new milestone in her transition from a center-right lawmaker to a full-blown collaborator in the left’s cultural revolution within 18 months. On Monday, Cheney claimed, without evidence, members of GOP House leadership where she was expelled last May are enablers of white supremacy.

“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and antisemitism,” Cheney wrote on Twitter. “History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. [GOP] leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.”

The post was published Monday morning after an 18-year-old shooter allegedly killed 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday. Moments before the killing spree, in which the majority of victims were black, the white shooter published an online “manifesto” airing antisemitic grievances in 180 pages where he also showcased anxiety over “replacement.”

The racial circumstances of the tragedy make the event ripe for leftists and their allies in the corporate media and government to stoke their routine race war, smearing political dissidents as complicit in the latest episode of domestic terrorism. Those allies now include Cheney, whose competitive re-election campaign has been endorsed by Occupy Democrats and funded by the Lincoln Project.

Corporate outlets that were quick to move on from the Waukesha Christmas Massacre last fall — when a black suspect motivated by anti-white racism allegedly rammed an SUV through a holiday parade, brutally killing at least six — have been even quicker to place blame for this weekend’s New York shooting on Fox News.

The New York Times ran a 2,000-word piece Sunday tying the Buffalo attack to the modern Republican Party, Fox News, and the network’s lead prime-time host, Tucker Carlson.

“By his own account, the Buffalo suspect, Payton S. Gendron, followed a lonelier path to radicalization, immersing himself in replacement theory and other kinds of racist and antisemitic content easily found on internet forums, and casting Black Americans, like Hispanic immigrants, as ‘replacers’ of white Americans,” the Times wrote. “No public figure has promoted replacement theory more loudly or relentlessly than the Fox host Tucker Carlson, who has made elite-led demographic change a central theme of his show since joining Fox’s prime-time lineup in 2016.”

Never mind that the “manifesto” from the weekend shooting’s suspect showcased his own contempt for conservatism and Fox News while never mentioning Carlson.

That didn’t stop other outlets from following suit, capitalizing on the episode to amplify their predetermined narrative that the Republican Party, its leadership, and rival networks are to blame for another episode of politically motivated violence. The Washington Post targeted House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik in particular, who replaced Cheney in GOP leadership a year ago.

“Stefanik echoed racist theory allegedly espoused by Buffalo suspect,” headlined the paper, referring to the New York congresswoman’s objections to unchecked immigration — legitimate concerns that were even given credence by Politico.

Stefanik was indicted by the Post as a lawmaker captured by “Replacement Theory,” an idea declared conspiracy by legacy media hellbent on smearing Republicans who merely repeat the open desires of left-wing activists. Former Trump communications adviser Michael Anton outlined the irony as “The Celebration Parallax” in the American Mind.

The Left insists that concerns from certain quarters that immigration policy in America (and Europe) amounts to a ‘great replacement’ is a ‘dangerous,’ ‘evil,’ ‘racist,’ ‘false’ ‘conspiracy theory.’ But a leftist New York Times columnist can write an article entitled ‘We Can Replace Them‘ and … nothing. Same fundamental point, except she’s all for it and her targets aren’t. A U.S. Senator can exult that demographic change will doom Republicans. Joe Biden himself can refer to an ‘unrelenting stream of immigration.’ Except they’re celebrating it and calling for it. Anyone on the Right who uses the exact same words will not merely be denounced; the very fact pattern that is affirmed when Biden says it will be denied when the Rightist repeats it.

The knee-jerk reaction to cast anyone on the right as agitators of extremist violence — nuance be darned and leftist attacks be whitewashed when the profile of the suspect and the victims don’t fit the right demographics — has now drawn Cheney as new recruit, adopting the left’s double standards.

Cheney joined the media chorus to smear opponents in leadership as responsible for spilled blood in Buffalo despite the fact that House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was almost killed by a leftist “Bernie Bro” five years ago who wanted to “terminate the Republican Party.” But yes, Liz Cheney wants you to think that Scalise is a cheerleader for extremist violence.

Wyoming’s sole representative was coopted by Democrats last summer when she enthusiastically accepted a request from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to vice chair the Select Committee on Jan. 6. Cheney’s appointment replaced Republicans selected by GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who were barred from fulfilling their congressional service by the speaker.

One of 10 Republicans in the lower chamber who supported former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment, Cheney has carved out antagonism of Republican voters as a hallmark of her time in Congress.

Cheney faces a primary challenge from Trump-endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman in August.


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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No Monuments Lit Up for Israel

No Monuments Lit Up for Israel

When people like the Ukrainians are attacked, landmarks around the world light up with their national colours in solidarity. But it seems that nobody cares about Israeli lives lost.

It’s amazing to see so many nations light up landmarks in solidarity with Israel after 13 people were killed and dozens injured in four terror attacks recently.

Oh wait. No one has done that.

The Sydney Opera House has not been bathed in the blue and white of the Israeli flag.

Neither has the Eiffel Tower.

Neither has the London Eye.

Neither has New York’s Empire State Building.

In fact, most people are likely unaware of the terror unleashed in Israel since March 22. It’s only the Jews, after all, and they get killed all the time, right?

Double Standards

A terror attack anywhere else would elicit worldwide sympathy and shows of “solidarity”.

Certainly, Israel is quick to show solidarity with other nations when they come under attack.

Here are just some of the times Tel Aviv has lit up in solidarity with cities around the world that faced terror attacks. But who will light up in solidarity with Tel Aviv?

Israel lights

Death and Destruction

On March 22 three Israelis were stabbed to death and a fourth rammed and killed with a vehicle. The assailant had been released from prison after supporting ISIS. You can guess his first name.

On March 28 terrorists shot dead two Israeli policemen (both aged just 19) at a bus stop. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

On March 30 five people were shot dead by an attacker dressed in black firing an M16 assault rifle on residential streets. The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, praised the attack, saying: “We express our blessing to the Tel Aviv operation.”

On April 7 a Palestinian, opening fire at a bar in Tel Aviv, killed two Israelis and injured a dozen more. He was later found hiding in a place of worship. I’ll let you take a wild, crazy guess where.

To be fair, the American Secretary of State Antony Blinkin tweeted his condemnation of the violence.

But that just emphasises my point. When any other nation suffers a terror attack, they get the full solidarity treatment, right around the world. Israel gets a tweet, not from the US President, but from his underling.

4th-century BC Jewish leader Ezra wrote, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”. Now, as then, there is no peace, and neither do there seem many who outside of Jerusalem who care.

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No Monuments Lit Up for Israel

No Monuments Lit Up for Israel

When people like the Ukrainians are attacked, landmarks around the world light up with their national colours in solidarity. But it seems that nobody cares about Israeli lives lost.

It’s amazing to see so many nations light up landmarks in solidarity with Israel after 13 people were killed and dozens injured in four terror attacks recently.

Oh wait. No one has done that.

The Sydney Opera House has not been bathed in the blue and white of the Israeli flag.

Neither has the Eiffel Tower.

Neither has the London Eye.

Neither has New York’s Empire State Building.

In fact, most people are likely unaware of the terror unleashed in Israel since March 22. It’s only the Jews, after all, and they get killed all the time, right?

Double Standards

A terror attack anywhere else would elicit worldwide sympathy and shows of “solidarity”.

Certainly, Israel is quick to show solidarity with other nations when they come under attack.

Here are just some of the times Tel Aviv has lit up in solidarity with cities around the world that faced terror attacks. But who will light up in solidarity with Tel Aviv?

Israel lights

Death and Destruction

On March 22 three Israelis were stabbed to death and a fourth rammed and killed with a vehicle. The assailant had been released from prison after supporting ISIS. You can guess his first name.

On March 28 terrorists shot dead two Israeli policemen (both aged just 19) at a bus stop. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

On March 30 five people were shot dead by an attacker dressed in black firing an M16 assault rifle on residential streets. The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, praised the attack, saying: “We express our blessing to the Tel Aviv operation.”

On April 7 a Palestinian, opening fire at a bar in Tel Aviv, killed two Israelis and injured a dozen more. He was later found hiding in a place of worship. I’ll let you take a wild, crazy guess where.

To be fair, the American Secretary of State Antony Blinkin tweeted his condemnation of the violence.

But that just emphasises my point. When any other nation suffers a terror attack, they get the full solidarity treatment, right around the world. Israel gets a tweet, not from the US President, but from his underling.

4th-century BC Jewish leader Ezra wrote, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”. Now, as then, there is no peace, and neither do there seem many who outside of Jerusalem who care.

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Myanmar’s Military Rulers Are Killing Christians

Myanmar’s Military Rulers Are Killing Christians

Though they may not make the headlines, let us not forget the poor souls losing their lives to the military junta of Myanmar. Places of worship are being destroyed across the country; food supplies and humanitarian aid are blocked. The CCP-backed military is killing innocent civilians.

Christians across Myanmar are being swept up in the military regime’s blitzkrieg of violence against dissent.

Myanmar’s Chinese Communist Party-backed military regime has been hitting out against dissidents since the coup d’état in 2021.

Military Junta

The Burmese military retook control of the country in February 2021, after the re-election of 78-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party (NLD).

Suu Kyi’s military-aligned political opponents demanded a ‘re-run of the vote, claiming widespread fraud.’

Although no fraud was found, Suu Kyi, along with 15 members of the democratically elected Burmese government, was held on suspicious sedition and corruption charges.

Reuters explained that as ‘architects of Myanmar’s 2008 constitution and fledgling democracy’, the military ‘sees itself as the guardian of national unity and the constitution, and it has enshrined a permanent role for itself in the political system.’

25% of parliamentary seats are permanently held by unelected military MPs via quota. The military also permanently holds the key offices of defence, the interior, and borders.

Myanmar’s coup was likely triggered by Tatmadaw military leaders concerned about Suu Kyi’s fiercely debated 2020 proposals which would have ‘gradually reduced’ the military’s dictator-esque grasp on parliament from 25% to 5%, over a ten-year period.

Crushing Civilians

Since Suu Kyi’s arrest and the NLD’s dissolution, the junta has smashed dissent with an iron fist.

The Irrawady, an independent news site operated by Myanmar exiles living in Thailand, recounted,

‘More than 100 Buddhist and Christian religious buildings in resistance strongholds in the country’s northwest, heartland and southeast have been destroyed.’

The Burmese-run, Thailand-based news site added,

‘Since late last year, the junta has conducted artillery and airstrikes on civilian areas in Chin State and Sagaing and Magwe regions, as well as in Kayah State. It has been facing strong resistance from local people in all those areas.’

Detailing the alleged human rights abuses, The Irrawady said,

‘In predominantly Christian Chin State, nearly 35 churches and 15 affiliated buildings were destroyed in junta attacks between February 2021 and January 2022.’

They added,

‘In the mostly Christian Kayah State in south-eastern Myanmar, about 12 churches were destroyed in the same period.’

Al Jazeera noted in late 2021 that ‘Christian churches, church leaders and volunteers had been targeted or caught in the crossfire of military attacks since the February coup.’

This included the artillery ‘shelling of churches, detaining pastors, and churches being used as military bases.’

The claims are backed by US-based NGO Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO) in a March 29th post on Twitter which alleged:

‘47 houses & church ransacked & vandalized (pictured), private properties & valuables looted & livestock killed & consumed at will as SAC soldiers from Hakha-based pillaged Zokhua Village in the Twnsp. Costs estd at over 10 mil MMK in loss & damage as entire community fled.’

Poor Pretext

Myanmar’s “Buddhist Nationalist” military excuses the apparently inadvertent war on the country’s 4.4 million Christians as a necessary part of rooting out anti-junta ‘rebels.’

Adding to the complicated political situation, a percentage of the mostly Bamar Buddhist country includes a Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority, with clashes between militants on both sides, ‘fomenting Buddhist-Muslim tensions.’

A well-referenced FAQ provided by Thailand’s Progressive Voice Myanmar testified to the extent of the damage done to lives and property.

Comparing the violence with Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, PVM asserted:

‘During the first 11 months of the junta’s attempted coup, there were 7,863 armed clashes and attacks on civilians (in every administrative area of Burma), a 715% increase from the same period in 2020.’

Progressive Voice argued that the military regime is ‘guilty of war crimes, and crimes against humanity’, with the organisation citing the ‘shelling and torching of villages, churches, schools, and hospitals.’

These examples sit alongside destroyed food stores, and the blocking of humanitarian aid, as well as attacks on healthcare and humanitarian aid workers. All of which has resulted in ‘at least 2,164 dead civilians, and over 11,000 arrested.’

The Australian Government’s official assessment of Myanmar is on point: the military coup ‘reversed many of the gains made, [and has] significantly amplified Myanmar’s humanitarian and development challenges.’

Myanmar’s people emerged in 2010 from 48 years of authoritarianism, only to be thrown back under moribund totalitarian rule.

Myanmar’s Civil Disobedience Movement, which Open Doors states is largely peaceful, involves Christians, with some choosing to fight the regime in the country’s armed resistance.

While the public’s eyes in the West are turned towards Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, Myanmar’s CCP-backed military leaders appear to be pushing the country towards civil war.

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Is Praise For Will Smith Woke Hypocrisy?

Is Praise For Will Smith Woke Hypocrisy?

Emily Jashinsky: Surely by now you’re aware that Will Smith spontaneously decided to slap Chris Rock on the face during Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast. “Keep my wife’s name out your f-cking mouth,” Smith shouted after returning to his seat, upset by a joke Rock made about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. (She has a condition called alopecia that results in hair loss. Rock joked about her being in “G.I. Jane 2”.)

Just moments later, before anyone could really digest the moment, Smith won Best Actor. He apologized tearfully to the Academy, saying he felt defensive of his family. “I’m overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do,” Smith explained.

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Eddie, was this good for anyone? Was Smith’s defense of his wife masculine or petulant? 

Eddie Scarry: It was a joke and a harmless one, no less. Jada and Will parade their weird lives online, in magazines and in newspapers for everyone to see. That anyone would make fun of her bald head—she says she has alopecia—comes with the territory. I want to know why the Oscars said nothing immediately about physical violence being intolerable. 

EJ: Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., tweeted and deleted a defense of Smith’s smack on the basis of his wife’s alopecia. It’s pretty interesting that she deleted the post. Nikole Hannah-Jones, on the other hand, called it an “assault.” 

The ethics of this are perfect for debate, which will give the moment a ton of life in the news cycle. Smith and Rock will do big sit-down interviews about it. 

Is Rock going to have to grovel for making a joke about hair? 

ES: Ugh, this is where I wonder if we’re feeding into a P.R. stunt. Maybe! And yet either way, when did physical violence become okay? If it had been Liam Hemsworth to jump on stage and do that, what would the headlines be like then? I have a guess: “This is how WHITE MEN behave!”

Will Smith has typically been a respectable, upstanding figure. What he did at the Oscars fulfilled a negative stereotype. Too bad the rest of the media won’t call him out on that.

EJ: I’ll just add, Smith’s tearful acceptance speech for Best Actor in the Leading Role—an award he totally deserved—was completely redeeming. He’s obviously going through some dark stuff in his personal life, but connecting his reaction to Richard Williams’ famously aggressive defense of his family was pretty poignant, as was his candid anecdote about Denzel Washington pulling him aside to warn the devil gets you at your highest moment. 

Smith should have taken the joke like Rock took the punch. He didn’t, he addressed it, apologized to the Academy, and we learned he’s passionate about his family. It’ll be legendary and rightfully so.

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War, Justice, Evil and Christian Faith

War, Justice, Evil and Christian Faith

Thoughts on how to respond to great evil and great carnage, in the light of faith. How do we discern God’s purposes in such troublous times? And how should we address these disasters in our prayers?

I take it that the four items listed in my title would have resulted in many millions of books that have sought to discuss and assess these massive topics. So just what am I going to do here in one short article? Well, I can offer a few thoughts at least, and add this piece to the others I have already penned on these matters.

I will run with two particular themes — themes that are also the stuff of entire libraries, and themes that I have also written on often before. The first has to do with how the biblical Christian thinks about the various evils we find happening in the world, including wars and the like.

In the Bible

Why is all this happening? Of interest, this very question, or versions quite similar to it, are found throughout Scripture. I have been collecting these in my personal concordance over the years. I have over a dozen major passages on this so far: two from Deuteronomy, three from Kings and Chronicles, and eight from Jeremiah. Since I am just now again reading through Deuteronomy, let me feature those two texts, as well as just one from the prophet:

Deuteronomy 29:22-28 ~
And the next generation, your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, will say, when they see the afflictions of that land and the sicknesses with which the Lord has made it sick — the whole land burned out with brimstone and salt, nothing sown and nothing growing, where no plant can sprout, an overthrow like that of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and wrath — all the nations will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land? What caused the heat of this great anger?’

Then people will say, ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt, and went and served other gods and worshipped them, gods whom they had not known and whom he had not allotted to them. Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, bringing upon it all the curses written in this book, and the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and fury and great wrath, and cast them into another land, as they are this day.’

Deuteronomy 31:16-18 ~
And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, you are about to lie down with your fathers. Then this people will rise and whore after the foreign gods among them in the land that they are entering, and they will forsake me and break My covenant that I have made with them.

Then My anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide My face from them, and they will be devoured. And many evils and troubles will come upon them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’ And I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil that they have done, because they have turned to other gods.

Jeremiah 13:22 ~
And if you say in your heart,
‘Why have these things come upon me?’
it is for the greatness of your iniquity.

You get the point. Sometimes great calamity falls upon a people or a nation because of all the great evil they are involved in. God does not let sin go unpunished forever. That was certainly the case with ancient Israel. God would judge Israel, and then He would turn around and judge the nations He had used to judge Israel (eg Babylon and Assyria).

Modern-Day Calamities

So we can extrapolate this to our own situation today — although only in a much more general sense. That is, we can say that maybe war is happening, maybe disease is spreading, maybe earthquakes are occurring, because of God’s chastening and judging hand. But unlike in Old Testament times, we do not have inspired and inerrant prophets telling us exactly what is happening. So we cannot have the same certainty as to just what is going on and why.

How do we understand something like the invasion of Ukraine by Putin? We do not have the same prophetic word telling us all the ins and outs, and all the whys and wherefores. So we must be much more cautious here. But the general principles of Scripture can be drawn upon in this area and elsewhere.

Some of those basic principles are these: God is concerned about the nations. God can very well use various means (war, drought, famine, plague, tornadoes, etc) for various purposes, be they for judgment or whatever.

And God’s people always should be in a place of repentance and contrition, acknowledging our sins, and confessing how we so often do turn our backs on God. But we also rejoice that God has provided a Saviour, Jesus Christ, so that final, lasting judgment can be avoided.

How to Pray

The second theme I want to run with is that of the imprecatory psalms. These are psalms where God’s people call upon God to deal with their enemies — who quite often happen to be God’s enemies as well. They ask God to bring justice and vindication, and to judge and repay those who do evil. Here are just two portions of these psalms:

Psalm 40:14-15 ~
Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonour
who delight in my hurt!
Let those be appalled because of their shame
who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

Psalm 143:11-12 ~
For Your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
And in Your steadfast love You will cut off my enemies,
and You will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
for I am Your servant.

See more on these psalms here.

In the light of all the horrors going on in Ukraine right now, one new article looks at these psalms as a way of praying about this situation. It is titled “Go Ahead. Pray for Putin’s Demise.” Here are some quotes from it:

The violence in Ukraine makes me, like many of us, feel powerless. I watch helplessly as tanks roll into cities, as civilian targets are shelled, as the lives of whole families are viciously snuffed out. What do I do with this anger and heartbreak? …

An imprecation is a curse. The imprecatory psalms are those that call down destruction, calamity, and God’s judgment on enemies. Honestly, I don’t usually know what to do with them. I pray them simply as a rote practice.

But I gravitate toward more even-keeled promises of God’s presence and mercy. I am often uncomfortable with the violence and self-assured righteousness found in these kinds of psalms. But they were made for moments like these.

The author continues:

The imprecatory psalms name evil. They remind us that those who have great power are able to destroy the lives of the weak with seeming impunity. This is the world we live in. We cannot simply hold hands, sing “Kumbaya”, and hope for the best. Our hearts call out for judgment against the wickedness that leaves fathers weeping alone over their silent sons. We need words to express our indignation at this evil.

Those of us who long for lasting peace cannot base that hope on an idea that people are inherently good and therefore unworthy of true judgment. Instead, we find our hope in the belief that God is at work in the world, and He is as real — more real — than evil.

We hope that God will enact true and ultimate judgment. We look to Him who knows every Ukrainian and Russian by name, who loves them more than I can understand, and who will avenge wrong and make things right.

We don’t forgo vengeance because we think that human evil is not worthy of vengeance but because we believe God is the avenger. We do not hope for peace because we are not indignant over unjust violence but because we believe God is indignant and His judgment (not ours) can be trusted.

And she summarises things this way:

Very often in the imprecatory psalms, we are asking that people’s evil actions would ricochet back on themselves. We are not praying that violence begets more violence or that evil starts a cycle of vengeance or retaliation. But we are praying that people would be destroyed by their own schemes and, as my professor prayed, that bombs would explode in bombers’ faces.

If you’re like me and you gravitate to the seemingly more compassionate, less violent parts of Scripture, these kinds of prayers can be jarring. But we who are privileged, who live far from war and violence, risk failing to take evil and brutality seriously enough.

I still pray, daily and earnestly, for Putin’s repentance. I pray that Russian soldiers would lay down their arms and defy their leaders. But this is the moment to take up imprecatory prayers as well. This is a moment when I’m trusting in God’s mercy but also in His righteous, loving, and protective rage.

Yes, I have often prayed such prayers myself — and for more than one wicked ruler.

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Canada’s Descent into the Abyss

Canada’s Descent into the Abyss

It has been shocking to see Canada fall into its parlous state under the tyrannical rule of Trudeau. Government overreaction is crushing the common people.

Having lived for the past two years in what has become known as the tyrannical paradise of Victoria, Australia, I guess I have become a bit sensitive when I see the ugly head of dictatorship being raised elsewhere. And we have certainly seen that of late in Canada, and in particular, Ottawa.

The same ugly heavy-handedness, lust for power and control, and absolute contempt for ordinary citizens that we saw in Dan Andrew’s Victoria we are now seeing in Justin Trudeau’s Canada. The recent alarming scenes from there have been sickening to behold.

Simply watching some of the videos of this will shock most normal folks. Here is just one of them.

The despicable rhetoric coming from the Canadian dictator has been so worrying. Calling the freedom-loving citizens a ‘fringe minority’ of white supremacists and accusing them of being terrorists is reprehensible. Trudeau is the one who proudly bowed the knee in public with real terrorist groups in the past, such as BLM.

And unlike the radical left activists that Trudeau has supported and not enacted emergency power over, the recent truck convoy did not result in one building being burned to the ground, any looting taking place, any businesses being attacked, or anyone being murdered. ‘Worst. Terrorists. Ever.’ as one wit put it.

Although the freedom convoy has been violently suppressed, and the Canadian senate has basically forced Fidel Trudeau to end his draconian and unjustified State of Emergency Act, this is not the end of the situation. Plenty of commentators are quite shocked by what they have seen. I will run with a few of them here.

Many have noted the obvious similarities between what happened in Germany last century and what has just happened in Canada of late (as well as places like here in Melbourne). The list that some have run with include these points:

  • Implemented health passports
  • Suspended civil liberties
  • Censored opposition
  • Created two classes of citizens
  • Forced healthy people into isolation
  • Banned certain demographics from cinemas and restaurants
  • Forced people to undergo unwanted medical interventions
  • Used the media to control public perception
  • Forced certain demographics out of their professions

Yes, the parallels are very real — and very ominous. And all that has gone with this, including freezing the bank accounts of those who dared to criticise the government and support the freedom convoy, is taking us to full tilt fascism. As Dennis Prager has said about the situation in Canada:

Canada is leaving the Western world. In terms of all-encompassing government, suppression of dissent and the denial of fundamental human rights to many of its citizens, Canada is now more similar to Cuba than to any free country. Canada may eventually return to Western civilization, but as of this writing, the majority of Canadians appear to have no interest in it doing so.

He concludes:

Upon the death of Fidel Castro, Justin Trudeau gave the most positive assessment of the Cuban tyrant of any Western leader. It is worth quoting in full because it demonstrates Trudeau’s affection for communism and because Trudeau is transforming Canada into Cuba:

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation. While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante.’

“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honor to meet his three sons and his brother, President Raul Castro, during my recent visit to Cuba. On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”

There does remain one major difference between Canada and Cuba. Few Cubans support their Marxist leaders, but most Canadians support theirs. They don’t know what they’re in for.

State of Fear

As I have said for two years now, if you want to create the perfect storm for statist tyranny, simply exploit — or create — a crisis or an emergency, and use it to the max to suppress all dissent and strip people of their fundamental liberties. As Tucker Carlson put it:

If you’re going to remain god, you’re going to need the devil to fight. So, if you’re wondering why so many western leaders suddenly are vilifying their own populations, people they were supposed to represent, this is why. Find an enemy, create a crisis, stay in power forever. It’s the oldest recipe for tyranny that there is. If we don’t recognize it in our own age, it’s only because nothing like this was supposed to happen in a democracy, but it is happening, most clearly in Canada.

Or as he said elsewhere:

There’s no longer any pretext that this is about the COVID pandemic. No one in Trudeau’s government is trying to protect Canadians from anything much less a virus. This is political repression. If you doubt that, consider what happened to a place called the Ionic Cafe. That’s a coffee shop in downtown Ottawa.

On Sunday, riot police tried to break into the cafe and shut it down. Why? Because the proprietors had dared to serve coffee to the truckers during the protest. Under Justin Trudeau, that is now a crime.

A man called Enrico, who works at the cafe, said he saw Trudeau’s forces mistreat a civilian on the sidewalk, possibly like the mistreatment you just saw. When he told them to back off, “Hey, this is Canada,” they turned on him.

MAN FILMING: OK, share this out, you guys, get it out everywhere now. Get it out. They’re saying they’re going to break the window. They already walked around back, you guys. Here’s your tax service. Here’s your taxes at play, everyone. Welcome to absolute tyranny.

So that kind of thing is happening all over the capital city of Canada. The virus is in retreat, but there’s a new crisis and that crisis is disobedience. Last week we showed you the footage of Trudeau’s forces trampling a woman with horses. Now, internal texts show the officers who rode those horses celebrated what they did. “Just watch that horse video. That is awesome,” said one officer.

Awesome. An elderly woman being trampled by a horse. The Canadian government has confirmed that those texts are real but none of the supposedly progressive politicians in Canada care in the least. No one on the Canadian left or the American left, for that matter, has condemned any of this or any other grotesque violation of human rights in Canada. State media aren’t even reporting that it’s happening. But it is happening. Over the weekend, the show obtained footage of a particularly brutal beating in Ottawa during the crackdown. When you watch it, you can see a man being kneed repeatedly by Trudeau’s men.

Civil War

Those who have lived through this know exactly what is happening. Another report puts it this way:

A Canadian reporter issued a chilling warning to the rest of the world at what he believes is happening in Canada. Toronto Sun reporter Joe Warmington appeared on Fox News on Saturday and warned that his nation is engaged in a Civil War and that its Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a tyrant.

“Canada is a police state at this time… it’s like within a police state. There’s no rule of law, it’s now in the hands of … the Emergency Act, which is the War Measures Act… Just by donating $25 to the truckers’ convoy puts you as an enemy of the state. It sounds like Cuba or China, that’s kinda what’s happening in Canada,” he said.

“It’s a civil war is what it is. They will finish this job whatever it takes. I was just talking to a driver who said… guns were drawn… Look, the Prime Minister has made it clear. These people don’t matter, they’re unacceptable. And of course, they do matter. They matter to everybody. They have freedom. And they haven’t done anything wrong other than parking their trucks there, honking the horn,” the reporter said.

“They suspended the debate in Parliament on the Emergency Act that allows all this to happen. This is not rule of law. This is martial law,” he said.

Police Violence

American commentator Naomi Wolf has said this about Canada:

The world has watched, in pain, as images of police violence from Ottawa, and of a bid for Canadian tyranny (that I would ever write those words!) are flashed around the world. As usual, I hate to be Cassandra; but the chessboard ahead is all too clear.

On Feb 12, 2022, I warned, during an appearance on Steve Bannon’s WarRoom, that we all must all now brace for a period during which the powers that now clearly seek to enslave our planet, and subdue our human species, will be broadcasting scenes of civil society mayhem, and of shocking violence against protesters.

I also predicted that there would be food shortages and other economic harms that would be blamed on the protesting truckers, and I warned too that people should print out their bank and any liquid asset records, as there would be cyberattacks on financial institutions and the freezing of accounts. All of that, of course, took place in the week that followed.

She concludes:

In every direction, the WEF has staked its alumni and speakers in national leadership roles, or, as in Boston, at the helm of local leadership; in every direction, they are cracking the totalitarian whip via “health” or in Canada, via the “emergency” of lawful peaceful protest. The people’s mass noncompliance, the leadership of the opposition in taking on tyrants, and hopefully too the people’s quickly-mastered knowledge of their own Constitution, their own Charter of Rights, and their own legislative processes, alone can save us all.

The image of the great conflict of the 60s was of a young woman placing a daisy in a rifle barrel. The image of our great conflict, is that of scores of truckers on their knees, in the snow, praying, surrounded by unidentifiable standing thugs. We have been here before. God have mercy on us; and as for us men and women, may we only remember in time that we are free people.

So much more can be said about this Canadian descent into the abyss. The ever-useful Australian website Caldron Pool has recently done a superb interview with the Canadian commentator Lauren Southern on what is happening there. Please watch it:

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Originally published at CultureWatch. Photo: AP

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