Donald Trump and President Obama

President Obama has more grace, dignity and class than Donald Trump will ever possess.

This man will NEVER get my vote.

First, read this post: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/27/trump-takes-credit-for-release-of-obamas-long-form-birth-certificate/

Then view this video:

Now, my thoughts:

The utter audacity it took to not only stake his claim in this mess, but to be proud of it and then state he still is not satisfied… it boggles the mind. You don’t have to be an African-America to feel anger, embarrassment, and hurt. You just have to be an AMERICAN who can see beyond the Republican “Birthers” idiotic pettiness and understand the price that has been paid in the civil rights movement for us to get to the point in time where Barack Obama would not just be considered a candidate for but actually become the President of the United States.
Donald Trump may be proud of himself, and he may say he still isn’t content until the document is analyzed to his satisfaction, and the Republicans may all declare him as some kind of hero for their cause, which has been more about avoiding doing their jobs than any noble historic achievement on the behalf of the American people, but even if he were running completely unopposed for President, not only would I not vote for him, but it would be the final straw and I would move to Canada or Mexico, or anywhere else on this earth and give up my citizenship for good.
I am not proud of what Donald Trump has done. I am not proud of the Republican Party that agreed with him and backed our President into a corner he felt he had no other way out of. I am not proud of myself, because I like millions of other Americans, just sat by and let it happen… though I am not sure what I could have done personally to prevent it.
No, I’m not proud. None of us should be. Not even Donald Trump. But, then again, he has an oversized ego that constantly needs to be fed and put in the spotlight. I pray to God he doesn’t actually run for President. He’s really NOT that great a businessman (he’s filed for bankruptcy how many times?) and he’s a pretty sorry excuse for a human being.

May God bless the United States and may He bless our President, who has handled this completely unnecessary bit of nastiness with far more grace, dignity and class than Mr. Trump will ever possess.

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Louis Theroux – America’s Most Hated Family

Filmed for the BBC, this is a documentary trying to make sense of the madness that dominates the members of the Westboro Baptist Church led by Pastor Fred Phelps. The congregation is comprised almost exclusively by Phelps family members.

They have gained notoriety by picketing funerals of American soldiers killed in action.
My personal feelings… I pity these people. They are so far against what the Bible really teaches and they are all so clueless.
It’s the young children I pity the most. They are being taught hate from birth and it’s just so sad and so wrong that they don’t know anything else.
God is not about hate and retribution. He did not send His only begotten son to earth to teach hate and retribution.
God is about love and forgiveness. He loves us all so much He gave His son to be a living sacrifice to pay off the debt of our sins and all we have to do is accept the gift, and believe in Him and His son Jesus Christ to be forgiven.
My fear… They have already converted outsiders to their beliefs, most notably Steve Drain and members of his family.
How many more might just be duped by all of this unadulterated crap and be condemned to Hell because of it?

Isaiah 8:20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. (born November 13, 1929) is an American pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), an independent Baptist church based in Topeka, Kansas. His church is monitored as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. He is a disbarred lawyer, founder of the Phelps Chartered law firm and previous candidate for political office and was a civil rights activist in Kansas. He and his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, are banned from entering the United Kingdom. He and his family are notorious for their anti-gay protests, claiming that most natural disasters and terrorist attacks are God’s punishment for a society that tolerates homosexuality.

Phelps says he is an old school Baptist, and holds to all five points of Calvinism. Phelps particularly highlights John Calvin’s doctrine of unconditional election, the belief that God has elected certain people for salvation before birth, and limited atonement, the belief that Christ only died for the elect, and condemns those who believe otherwise.

Phelps views Arminianism (particularly the views of the Methodist theologian William Munsey) as a “worse blasphemy and heresy than that heard in all filthy Saturday night fag bars in the aggregate in the world.” In addition to John Calvin, Phelps admires Martin Luther, Bob Jones, Sr., John Gill, and has stated that “what this country needs is 50 Jonathan Edwardses turned loose in it.” Fred Phelps particularly holds to equal ultimacy, believing that “God Almighty makes some willing and he leads others into sin,” although Phelps denies being a hyper-Calvinist, even though he is.

Phelps is against common practices like Sunday school meetings, Bible colleges and seminaries, and multi-denominational crusades, although he attended Bob Jones University and worked with Billy Graham in his Los Angeles Crusade. Phelps accused Graham of changing his views on a literal Hell and salvation outside of Jesus Christ. Billy Graham has always taught the same gospel for 60 years. Anyone is free to visit Graham’s website to check for themselves http://www.bgea.org Phelps considers Graham the greatest false prophet since Balaam, and also condemns large church leaders such as Jerry Falwell, in addition to all current Catholics. Most Calvinists oppose Billy Graham.

Other Calvinists, such as James White, do not acknowledge Phelps. Even though James is a 5 point Calvinist. White claims God ordains everything, even child molestation and rape. Calvinists call this doctrine ‘determinism’, which means we have no freewill and that God determines everything that occurs, even the HOLOCAUST.
Determinism – The doctrine that all acts of the will and events in time are decreed & ordained by God.
John Wesley called Calvinism blasphemy and rightfully so.

Calvinism is extremely anti-semitic. It makes no sense for Calvinists to say they love Israel or the Jews, yet buy into a belief system that maintains God ordained 6 million Jews to be slaughtered. Dave Hunt gave the perfect title to his book about Calvinism…. ” What Love is This?” There is no love or salvation to be found in Calvinism (Reformed Theology).

The Calvinist who preaches, teaches and witnesses the Gospel is in reality lying to people who hear him and he’s doing so in Jesus’ name. It is a lie to tell a man that if he will believe in Jesus Christ that he shall be saved (Romans 10:9-10) while, at the same time, believing and teaching God has already done the choosing. (cont. Part 7)

Calvinist preachers:
James White, John MacArthur, John Piper, Paul Washer, and Matt Slick who owns http://www.CARM.org

1 Timothy 4:1 ¶Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Peter 2:1 ¶But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Things I’ve Learned…

The last five years have been a bit of a roller coaster ride when it comes to online friendships.
In turns it has been fun, educational, uplifting, frightening, disheartening, devastating and back again,
Here are some things I have learned. Who knows? They might help someone out there avoid some of the pitfalls I have run into.

1. Don’t ever give anyone you only know from online total trust unless they are able to prove they deserve it (very few will ever be able to).
2. If something feels wrong… it is! ALWAYS trust your instincts.
3. If your friendship requires a go-between/middle man for communication… it’s not a friendship. Let it go.
4. If you have a question or a concern about a friend, go directly to the source… don’t ask someone else.
5. Don’t believe that everyone you know online always has your best interests at heart, even when they say they do.
6. NEVER trust “but I’m the only one you can trust”.
7. A friend who is truly loyal and trustworthy and will back you come hell or high water, doesn’t need to constantly remind you of it. They already know you’re well aware of it because they’ve proven it.
8. If you have a friend who does need to keep reminding you how great a friend they are… find out what they’re saying about you when your back is turned, so to speak. And be prepared for fallout from others if you decide to keep them as friends. 10 to 1, they’re reminding you how great they are to divert attention from the fact that they’re running you down to everyone else.
9. Trust yourself before you trust anyone else. Follow your heart… it will very seldom steer you wrong.

I let the wrong people interfere with friendships I had with others. I’ve lost a lot of friends I truly cared about because of it and I hurt a lot of people I care about because of it.
With any luck, I may be able to recover and start over with some of those friends. There are others I know I will never get back.
The only person I can blame in this is myself. I let the wrong people influence me. I trusted them. I decided I was going to listen even when something inside me was telling me something was off. That was my mistake and no one else’s.

Just be careful out there in World Wide Web.