Monday, August 19, 2019

A Black Man, I am No Longer a Victim

Before going to Cameroon, Africa, I was confused and frustrated with the information I had received from school, family, my community, and church about the plight of “black” people in America. I was told that my ancestors were stolen from Africa and shipped to the Americas. I was told that my dark skin complexion would make others intimidated. I was told that as a black man, I already had two strikes against me — being male and black. I was told that I had to do twice as much as the “white man.” I was told that all the bad things that have happened to “black” people are a result of “white” people.

These thoughts and ideas shaped my worldview until I traveled to Africa myself and spoke to the natives and listened to their oral history. I did not think I would meet African people who had more joy in utter poverty than African-American people who had the opportunity of freedom and progress. The native people told me, “We are OK. Why are you crying? We sold you all into slavery for gold and silver.”

My tears came from what I thought was true about what I was told and what I had heard. They proved me wrong. They said, “We have joy. There is no need for depression here. You have depression in America because you have so much. We have little and everything we have God gives us. We will go and pick bananas in Jesus’s name!”

I could not believe my ears. They sounded like they had overcome, but I had not. After listening to their testimonies I was delivered from the lies, confusion, frustration, and subconscious victimhood I lived under. I no longer think like a victim in America. I no longer wear the liberal guilt. I no longer view myself as a monolithic group thinker. God used their prayers and testimonies to free my mind when I thought I was going there to help free others from their problems. I left America green while mixing with yellow people in Africa and returned to the States blue. I am now a blue person amongst green people who cannot understand how it is possible or even feasible to let go of victimhood.

This is MY worldview. It is no longer tainted with a victim mentality, toxic groupthink, vengeance, bitterness, hatred, spite, and unforgiveness. My worldview is Biblical with a conservative bent. The way we see the world determines the effort we put forth toward our outcomes. May the Lord give me strength and use me as a vessel to heal others from the grips of being a victim of racial divide.


Why Is This Alaskan City Leaving Vulnerable Women Out in the Cold? 

Promising developments in court

Alone in the cold, homeless women in Anchorage, Alaska need somewhere to turn—somewhere to feel safe.

Many of these women are victims of unspeakable trauma, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and even sex trafficking. But often, the only refuge from the cold is a co-ed shelter where these women feel unsafe due to the presence of men. Some of them would rather sleep in the woods in the frigid Alaskan temperatures than next to a man.

As you might imagine, it can be easy for someone in this situation to feel like an outcast—like they don’t matter and are not loved. This is why the Downtown Hope Center exists. Written on the windows are the words: “You matter. You are loved.” But unlike other shelters, the Hope Center only allows biological women in its overnight quarters. It wants to ensure that these women feel safe.

But now, the city of Anchorage is threatening to take away this safe haven, leaving these women out in the cold. And the Hope Center has filed a lawsuit so it can continue to serve this vulnerable population. Let’s take a closer look at the case and why the government is coming after this vital ministry.

Sherrie Laurie spent over 20 years as a successful pilot for FedEx. Later in life, she was inspired to serve the homeless. As a child, Sherrie’s homeless uncle frightened her, shaping her early view of the homeless community. As an adult, Sherrie decided to overcome this fear by serving people who, just like her uncle, were in dire need.

Today, she is the director of the Downtown Hope Center—a Christian non-profit organization that offers job skills training, daily meals, laundry, and clothing for the homeless men and women of Anchorage—all free of charge.

“Inspired by the love of Jesus,” the Hope Center’s mission is to “offer those in need support, shelter, sustenance, and skills to transform their lives.” The Hope Center has been helping, teaching, and feeding homeless men and women for over 30 years, handing out 450-600 cups of soup every day.

At night, the Hope Center offers a free shelter for women only, a safe place for the many homeless women to escape from abusive situations and even sex trafficking.

You would think that the local government would want to support organizations like the Hope Center. Instead, Anchorage officials are going after it because of its Christian

It all started in January 2018, when a biological man who identifies as a woman tried to gain access to the women’s shelter. He was injured and intoxicated, so Sherrie sent him to a local hospital to get the medical care he needed. She even paid for his taxi. .

Soon after, a complaint was filed against the Hope Center with the Anchorage Civil Rights Commission, claiming that the center had discriminated against this individual. But the Hope Center never violated the law. In fact, they got this individual the care he needed.

The Hope Center serves everyone—men and women alike, no matter how they identify. But in order to provide a safe place for women escaping sex trafficking or abusive situations, the Hope Center’s overnight facilities, showers, and changing areas are open only to biological women.

Now, the city of Anchorage is twisting a law in order to force the Hope Center to admit biological men into its women’s shelter. The city’s motivation is clear: it wants to force this faith-based homeless shelter to get on board with its political agenda—all at the expense of the vulnerable women the Hope Center uniquely serves.

That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a lawsuit against the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission and the city.

ADF attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Downtown Hope Center in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on November 1, 2018. Oral arguments for the case took place on January 11, 2019.

On August 9, 2019, a federal court issued an order that stops Anchorage officials from misapplying a city ordinance against a faith-based women’s shelter while the lawsuit continues.


WaPo Shock Report: Sociopathic Criminals Try to Kill Cops!

The collective Demo and Leftmedia solution? Disarm law-abiding citizens. What could go wrong?

In the wake of my analysis this week of the sociopathic assailants in El Paso and Dayton and the Left’s predictable “gun control” theatrics (which ignore the root causes of sociopathic violence in America), another sociopath in Philadelphia shot six police officers on Thursday.

Recall that a few days before the Philadelphia attack, Demo presidential wannabe Elizabeth Warren, now trailing only Joe Biden among Democrat primary contenders, declared, “Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. … We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.” The death of street thug Michael Brown wasn’t a murder, of course, but it was a Demo race-bait case study. And now, long after Barack Obama’s Department of Justice cleared the officer involved in a completely unnecessary investigation, Warren rewarms the “racist cop” smear.

Her recycling of that false narrative was immediately condemned by her home state’s Massachusetts Coalition of Police. According to the police union president, Scott Hovsepian, “Your labeling of law enforcement as racist and violent is unacceptable and dangerous.”

Unacceptable and dangerous indeed, which brings us to the case of the career criminal sociopath in Philadelphia. That assailant, a 36-year-old black man, started a shootout with police who’d attempted to execute a narcotics warrant. He has an 18-year criminal record — consisting of more than a dozen arrests resulting in six convictions for a wide range of charges including “illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault” — and had already been in federal prison for firearms violations. Making matters worse, while Philadelphia police were attempting to resolve the deadly situation, they were pelted with rocks and bottles as the chaotic scene unfolded.

You’ve likely already been subjected to endless MSM churn about that siege, with little mention of the race or criminal history of the assailant, but you might have missed this “brilliant” Beltway Leftmedia analysis in The Washington Post. Under the headline, “Police officers keep getting shot by people with criminal records who are not allowed to own guns,” WaPo analyst James Hohmann outlined numerous attacks on police in recent years by violent sociopaths who were not allowed to have guns. Shocking, isn’t it? Turns out that violent criminals don’t obey the law.

Predictably, the Left took a temporary break from accusing cops (and ICE agents) of being racist fascists in order to join Demo Sen. Kamala Harris to politicize the Philadelphia shootout. The city’s mayor, Jim Kenney, joined in to spew this semi-literate nonsense: “This government, on the federal and state level, don’t want to do anything about getting these guns off the street and getting them out of the hands of criminals.”

So, what’s the WaPo and collective Democrat solution to this “gun problem”? Disarm law-abiding citizens who legally acquire firearms to protect themselves and others. What could go wrong?


UK: Controversial ban blocking Women Institute  members from baking cakes at home unless their kitchens are approved by health and safety inspectors is lifted

A controversial ban on Women Institute (WI) members baking cakes for a hospice over health and safety rules has been lifted.

Loros hospice, in Leicestershire, stopped accepting home-baked cakes in May because council rules said food had to come from a registered kitchen.

The ban began after Leicester City Council food safety experts inspected the kitchen of the Loros hospice in Leicester in February and told staff about the regulations.

John Knight, from the charity which cares for terminally ill people, said there had been 'confusion' over minor details that had now been resolved.

The initial council ruling was based on the assumption that the cakes were coming from one or two bakers regularly, which would mean their kitchens would need to be inspected and registered for complying with health and safety rules.   

However, Leicestershire City Council has now learnt that many WI members who baked cakes for the charity did so infrequently and therefore had no need for a hygiene certificate.

Mr Knight said: 'There was some confusion as to the minor details surrounding the WI regularly baking for us but thankfully, after investigation the initial decision was overturned.'

The ban had upset WI members in Leicestershire, many of whom bake cakes for the charity. Following the decision, the hospice has launched a campaign encouraging people to raise money for the charity by baking.  

Janet Kirk, chairwoman of Leicestershire and Rutland WI, said: 'Our members are delighted to resume baking for Loros, a special place in so many of our members' lives.'

The Loros hospice was first registered in 1977. The hospice is one of the biggest charities of its kind in the UK. Each year it cares for 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.



Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

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