Quote for the day…
We’re all brave in our own way. For example, I am not afraid of raw cookie dough. -Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- The Western Word Poll
- Franklin Graham
- Lies & More Lies
- Looking for Love
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
Public schools are starting across the United States. There are several ideas about when schools should start.
This week’s poll question asks, “When should public schools begin the new school year?”
Results will be posted later this week.
I remember gathering around our black and white television to watch the Billy Graham Crusades with my family. I enjoyed hearing Billy Graham’s sermons.
I don’t feel that way about his son, Franklin Graham. I would not change the channel or drive across town to hear him.
Franklin Graham is a divider of this nation. Churches that support him are dividers, too. Churches and their leaders should stay neutral in politics.
A few days ago, Franklin Graham called for a day of prayer for the people of Afghanistan. That is fine with me. I’ve also been praying for our troops since the drawdown began and our leaders.
I’ve been praying for the 13 military personnel who recently lost their lives over there. I’ve asked God to comfort their families.
Where Franklin Graham goes too far is when he takes sides against the President of the United States saying things like, “Today, President Biden tried to defend his Afghanistan policy, but there is no way to defend this catastrophe.” He goes on to say, “This ill-thought-out decision of the Biden/Harris administration means a death sentence for many freedom-loving Afghans.” He then added toward the end, “The blood of this nation will be on the hands of the Biden/Harris administration.”
He closes his Facebook post with, “Do you miss President Trump yet? I do.”
Incredible. If this happened at a church I was attending, I would walk out.
A real man of God would be asking his followers to pray for our nation and our leaders – including our President, Joe Biden, not to mention our troops in harm’s way.
Read the Facebook post HERE.
Read a report from Religion News Service HERE.
LIES & MORE LIES:
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I check in on a group of former Facebook friends who unfriended me for correcting their fake news. I call these folks the “Hateful Eight” because they have shown in the post they hate Democrats, strong women, minorities, LGBTQ people, Muslims, etc.
Although a few of the eight live apart, they seem to drink from the same hate-filled trough. Here are some of their posts from the past week:
A widely popular image circulating on social media claims that Danielle Stella’s Twitter account got suspended for no reason. The photo portraying Ilhan Omar’s potential Republican contender has been shared over 100,000 times in different pages as of February 14, 2020. (Reuters)
Reuters reported that on November 26, 2019, Stella (@2020MNCongress) made a reference to an unsupported claim, that Ilhan Omar has denied suggesting she passed sensitive information to Iran. Stella tweeted: “If it is proven __ passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” as she later explained on a Facebook post, visible here.
That was a violation of Twitter’s social media policy. That was the reason.
See complete Reuters fact check HERE.
The other lie that was posted several times says the former president of the Czech Republic said the American people were a “confederacy of fools” for electing Joe Biden.
It started with this line:
“The danger to America is not Joe Biden, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Biden presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.”
The funny thing is the quote was first posted with Obama’s name back in 2009.
We’ll probably see it again when another Democrat is elected President.
PolitiFact rates the claim as “Pants of Fire.” Read the report HERE.
It really shows the ignorance of people when they post information that with a little checking is found to be not true.
LOOKING FOR LOVE:
This message was in my SPAM folder…
I am 23 years old. Looking for a lover.
My height is 175, weight 57, brunette, brown eyes.
Maybe she means 175 centimeters and 57 kilograms?
I don’t care for the metric system…
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Franklin Graham’s newfound concern for the people of Afghanistan is surprising but quite refreshing, considering that he has spent every year since at least 2001 excoriating Muslims and characterizing them as evil. But all of a sudden they are simply people like the rest of us, and worthy of his prayers. Good for him. Let’s hope his unexpected late life conversion to decent human being continues, and he’ll soon recognize LBGTQs as simply people like the rest of us, too.
Terry – Amen to that! Thanks, JmB
My Catholic father was ostracized by his family for marrying my Protestant mother. Even after she switched religions. People like Graham and my fathers family are the reason I’m an atheist. I respect your beliefs I just could never buy into it myself.
Bill – Thanks for sharing. -JmB