Monthly Archives: August 2015

Bryce Williams – Domestic Terrorist Ignored by the Media

Bryce Williams committed an act of terrorism yesterday and the media refuses to call it such. Williams, a black gay journalist, murdered two white former co-workers because they were white and straight. Williams targeted them with deliberate intent for the specific political purpose of promoting his agenda, making this an act of terrorism.

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[For distinctions between acts of terror and mass murders committed by madmen, see “Making Sense of Madness.”]

Remember, Williams executed two people as a vendetta with a political purpose. Williams perceived himself as a continuous victim of individual and systemic racism and homophobia. Seething with frustration and rage, Williams chose his targets, timed his attack, and used social and traditional media to maximum effect to get out his message.

His manifesto expresses deep admiration for mass murderers, such as Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, and he showed his desire to emulate them.

Blaming the Gun Instead of the Human Heart

Ironically, Williams, who sought to maximize coverage of his racial and gay agenda, has been dismissed as a mentally ill “disgruntled employee” and the Left has focused almost exclusively on gun control (which would not have prevented these killings).

Practically from the moment that this tragedy made the news, politicians and political activists leapt on the Gun Control as a Cure to Violence bandwagon. However, gun control advocates ignore the wealth of data while proves that gun control does not work even as they rebuff efforts to address the amply-documented mental health aspects of mass shootings. [See “Let’s Stop the Insanity Over Gun Violence.”]

Who is the Real Victim?

Claiming to be the victim, Williams victimized those he killed (Alison Parker and Adam Ward), their families, friends, colleagues, and all those impacted by this tragic act of terror. Further, Williams has victimized society itself, and corrupted the use of social media in a way previously unknown.

Raised in a culture which is obsessively politically correct, one which calls evil good and good evil, and which rewards irresponsibility while punishing the responsible, we should not be surprised that Williams (and countless others like him) succumbed to the victimhood mentality.

One perceived micro-aggression after another after another drove him mad.

Author Ben Shapiro writes:

“Had a white straight man killed a black gay man, released first-person tape of the shooting, and then unleashed a manifesto about being victimized by affirmative action and anti-religious bigotry from homosexuals, the media would never stop covering the story.”

Shapiro continues:

“But Bryce Williams’ self-described victim status, even while murdering innocents, will merit no rethinking of the divisive politics in which he apparently bathed. We won’t have a conversation about whether pushing a perennial picture of victimhood for blacks and gays in the most black-friendly, gay-friendly country on the planet could drive supposed victims to violence. We won’t talk about whether the Democratic Party’s takeover by the Black Lives Matter crew has encouraged some people to believe that only black lives matter, since only black lives are in danger – and even then, only some black lives matter, namely those killed by white people. Instead, we will be assured that Bryce Williams is an outlier by the same people who blamed Sarah Palin for Jared Lee Loughner shooting Gabrielle Giffords.”

Shapiro concludes:

“Teaching Americans that they aren’t victims would be a great way of battling evil – most victims aren’t evil, but virtually all evil people think they are victims, and thus justify their violence. But teaching Americans that they aren’t victims would undercut the Democratic message that all minorities are victims, and thus require bigger government. And that message, and its attendant political success, must take precedence over the building of a more inclusive, more understanding country.”

Some will question whether this is an act of terrorism. Remember, apart from his personal motives of revenge, Williams had a political motive – to start a “race war.” Others will question whether this act of terror was about race. Remember, Williams was race obsessed and he wanted to start a “race war.”

Let us remember that the real victims are the innocents executed in an act of terror by a madman with a racial and gay agenda.

Update: Williams not only extolled mass killers, he identified with terrorists. Williams was a terrorist!

Living a Worry-Free Life

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus admonishes each of us not to worry, yet … we worry. Why? And how can we stop worrying?

The solution to worry, though simple, is not easy.

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Jesus began His discourse on worry after declaring “You cannot serve God and mammon.” Jesus made the simple point that we should be more concerned with the things of God than the things of this world.

Jesus then declared the infinite worth of every human life and His providential care for us. He feeds the birds and clothes the lilies of the field, but we are of far greater value in His eyes. So, we should trust Him.

The pivotal point in this section is reached in verse 30: “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

According to Jesus, worry is a matter of faith, or, more accurately, worry is faithless. When we worry, we are exhibiting “little faith.”

The things we tend to worry about – food, clothing, money, possessions – are all temporary. Someday, they will perish. We worry about things that, in the grand scheme of things, are worthless.

Moreover, as Jesus points out, worry won’t change reality. Worry won’t give us even one more moment of life, though it will squander many moments from our lives.

Worry ignores the hand of God in our lives. It denies the reality that God’s sovereignty over the universe extends into our lives. Simply put, if He can keep the universe in order, then He can take care of us.

Jesus tells us that we are of more value to God than what we see around us. He names the stars, counts the hairs on our heads, and knows our names.

We can trust Him. Will we?

When we do – when we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” – we can rest assured that He will take care of all those things we tend to worry about so needlessly.

One website offers “22 ways to living calmer and anxiety free life,” with a graphic captioned: “Take Charge of Your Worry.” Excluded from this blogger’s worry-free program: God. Not one word about the One who frees us from worry. Indeed, the graphic itself should be emblazoned: “Give Your Worry to God.”

We don’t take charge of our worry. Rather, we yield our lives to our Creator and trust in Him.

Our Father in heaven will be faithful in His provision for us.

Making Sense of Madness

In recent weeks, several mass shootings have grieved the heart and captured the consciousness of the nation.

In Charleston, NC, a devastated community responded with forgiveness and compassion in the wake of a heartless attack by a white supremacist in the historic Emanuel AME Church. In Chattanooga, TN, a Muslim jihadist targeted and killed five members of the military. In Lafayette, LA, a madman sought to emulate the Aurora, CO, movie theatre massacre.

Madness

How are these tragedies alike and how do they differ? The answers may surprise you.

Charleston, NC

An extremely rare and isolated act of terrorism by a white supremacist made national news because it was so rare[1] and so tragic.

The family and local community gave an epic Christian response: forgiveness.[2]

In contrast, far-left radicals launched a campaign of cultural genocide, seeking to eradicate every vestige of Confederate culture from American history and contemporary America. First, eliminating the Confederate battle flag, then toppling Confederate statues and robbing Confederate graves. Even America’s Founders are under assault. (Thomas Jefferson? Really?)

Despite the fact that white supremacy is virtually non-existent, many on the Left exploited this tragedy to convict all whites (especially conservatives) of racism. The Left has done this for several decades, redefining terrorism[3] as exclusively conservative in nature.[4] Christians have even been accused of being terrorists.[5]

Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga, TN, is now the site of a classic case of ISIS-inspired Islamic terrorism in America’s homeland, this time targeting the American military.

With ample information to classify this tragedy as a terrorist attack by an Islamist, the Obama administration and left-wing media remained in denial, blaming everything but the terrorist’s radicalization as an Islamist as the motivation for this attack.

While the media is eager to taint evangelical Christians[6] and conservatives[7] with the terrorist label,[8] they are loathe to identify actual Islamic terrorism[9] as terrorism committed by Islamists.

As noted in Front Page Magazine, this ideological bias pervades the media and the intelligentsia:

“We’re now at a point in the history of Middle East studies wherein ‘scholars’ of the region deny the obvious, ignore the infamous, and offer apologias in their never-ending effort to protect Islamists from the consequences of their actions while blaming the West for all the world’s ills. Just when the West most needs insightful policy advice guided by expertise, it receives instead propaganda in the guise of scholarship to support its enemies. Seldom has any academic discipline so failed its duty.”

But for the intervention of a security guard, it is likely that many people would have died at the hands of Islamic jihadists who sought to strike terror in the midst of a Draw Mohammad Contest in Garland, TX.[10]

Lafayette, LA

In Lafayette, LA, a man with a long history of mental illness sought the death of innocents in a movie theater.

Strikingly, some in the media immediately leapt to the conclusion that the shooter was a Tea Party member motivated by conservative, anti-government ideology, despite distinct parallels with shootings in Aurora, CO, and elsewhere – shootings committed by individuals who were mentally unstable.

Ironically, the media wanted to ignore the mental instability of this shooter and call him a conservative, while ignoring the Islamist motivation of the Chattanooga shooter and ascribe mental illness as the source of his rampage. (In what way is a movie theater is connected to the government?)

Instead of addressing the shooter’s mental illness and previous outbursts of violence (and seeking ways to prevent their escalation to mass violence), the Left, again, targeted guns.

Comparisons and Contrasts

All three attacks were acts of evil.

Only two were acts of terrorism. The first was an extremely rare instance of white supremacy, while the second falls into a pattern of Islamic jihad which is all too prevalent overseas and increasing here in our nation’s homeland. In both instances, the terrorists committed terrorism to pursue an ideological agenda.

Madness (not ideology) was at the heart of the third attack.

 

Date City/State Killed Injured Perpetrator
6/19/15 Charleston, NC 9 1 White supremacist
7/18/15 Chattanooga, TN 5 2 Islamic jihadist
7/23/15 Lafayette, LA 2 9 madman

 

All three killers obtained guns legally[11] (though at least one lied on his form and another apparently procured a weapon through Obama’s Fast and Furious program).

All three shootings occurred in gun-free zones (even crazy people have enough sense to go to gun-free zones.)

In all three instances, the knee-jerk first response from the Left was: gun control.[12] More gun control would not have prevented any of these events from transpiring. (Hint: it’s not a matter of physical objects – guns – but a matter of the heart.)

Practical solutions to minimize these sorts of mass shootings include the proper enforcement of existing laws, adequately addressing mental health issues and ensuring those issues are linked to background checks, detecting those who are radicalized to Islamist ideology, and countering Islamic ideology with the truth.

Moreover, a dynamic counter-terrorist strategy overseas would dramatically decrease the threat of domestic terrorist attacks committed by jihadists. Col. Oliver North argues that the success of ISIS overseas breeds recruitment here in America and the West, and, therefore, “If you want to stop this problem right away, decapitate [the snake]. No safe haven for any of them”[13]

Not to be neglected, we should all beseech our Father in heaven who was worshiped by those believers in Charleston – the source of their forgiveness – to protect us and bring sanity back to our nation. Let us be a people responsive to God’s will as He searches our hearts.

Update: Nashville, TN. An off-duty police officer prevented a deranged man from committing what at first appeared to be attempted mass murder in yet another mall movie theater – in a gun-free zone – on August 5, 2015.

Update: Roanoke, VA. Vester Lee Flanagan II (aka Bryce Williams) executed two former colleagues and issued a political manifesto – an act of terrorism by a madman – on August 26, 2015.

Update: Roseburg, OR. Chris Harper Mercer conducted a massacre at the Umpqua Community College (UCC) campus, following in the footsteps of Flanagan. Multiple reports show that he deliberately targeted Christians. We will hear little about this assault against Christians by a mentally disturbed, half-black immigrant – a profile which does not fit the preferred media narrative.

The President’s call for “common-sense gun control” should be heeded by the Left! Make it easier for law-abiding citizens to get guns, aggressively tackle the mental health issues related to gun violence, arm security personnel, and reconsider the efficacy of “gun-free zones.”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “King’s Dream Realized (sort of)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-76.

[2]               See “Our Daddy: God is Our Refuge” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-aE.

[3]               See “Terrorism Redefined” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-S.

[4]               See “Left Politicizes Las Vegas Shootings” at http://t.co/dPKxyOnxsH.

[5]               See “CPAC: Alleged Christian Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8I. More accurately, critics claim that these terrorists are Christians committing terrorist acts in the name of Christ.

[6]               See “’Right-Wing Terrorists’ or Muslim Jihadists” at http://t.co/JriDYcKizd.

[7]               See “OK Beheading? Must be Tea Party Christians!” at http://t.co/JeE8yIckeC.

[8]               See “Right-Wing Islamic Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6V.

[9]               See “Islamists Fear Cartoons” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9Z.

[10]             See “Islamists Fear Cartoons” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9Z.

[11]             “This means [John Russell] Houser joins Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez (Chattanooga), Dylann Roof (Charleston), Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi (Garland), Jared and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barabara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland mall), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Paul Ciancia (LAX), Andrew John Engeldinger (Minneapolis), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), Tennis Melvin Maynard (West Virginia), Wade Michael Page (Sikh Temple), James Holmes (Aurora theater), Jared Loughner (Tucson), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), Jiverly Wong (Binghamton), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Naveed Haq (Seattle), and Mark Barton (Atlanta) on the list of attackers and alleged attackers who acquired their guns via background checks.” – see http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/24/atf-john-russell-houser-purchased-his-pistol-legally/.

[12]             See “Let’s Stop the Insanity Over Gun Violence” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1o.

[13]             Col. Oliver North, On the Record, FNC, 7/31/15.

Giving Up Self for God’s Glory

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do … But when you fast, [do it] so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:16-18

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Jesus warns his disciples against making public displays of giving, prayer, and fasting in order to obtain glory for ourselves. Rather, we should seek to bring God glory. When we do, he will reward us.

Spiritual fasting (privately) stands in stark contrast to fame, which wants instant gratification. Fame wants to be recognized, admired, esteemed. Fasting, on the other hand, is slow and does not gratify the flesh.

But fasting can be a powerful means by which we can draw closer to God, improving our relationship with him, and growing spiritually to become more like his Son.

As my pastor, John, says, “Fasting is not about fame. It is about faith. It leads to breakthrough.”

Fasting is an exercise in faith which builds up our faith and can accomplish much for his glory.

Jesus is our model.

Before he began his ministry, Jesus fasted for forty days. And he was hungry. (Matthew 4:1-11.) Satan tempted Jesus three times. With each temptation, Jesus rejected the instant gratification that Satan offered, relying instead on the power of faith and God’s Word to withstand temptation.

Jesus offers us a tremendous example of humility and dependence upon his Father in heaven.

When we fast, we should seek God for something bigger than ourselves. Fasting is God-oriented, not self-oriented. When we fast with this attitude, we give up our self for the glory of God.