Monday, February 09, 2015
The Big Lie
It was Adolf Hitler who infamously wrote in his Mein Kampf, "If you tell a big enough lie, and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed."
NBC's lead news anchor Brian Williams stepped down over the weekend because his big lie about being in a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire in Iraq was not true. He has been telling this story for the past decade. It had evolved and been embellished, but the storyline was the same. Those who were there with the newsman say it wasn't that way at all. It didn't happen.
His lie was not believed. Perhaps it was not big enough.
Williams says they're right. "I misremembered," he claims. He also says his departure from NBC is "temporary." We'll see.
Breitbart News has done an excellent job of putting the Brian Williams story in perspective. I recommend you read it.
President Obama's Administration recently reported that unemployment in America is now at 5.6%, the lowest in decades. People are asking why they don't feel this economic recovery?
Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of the Gallup organization, is outraged by his claims and immediately published an article titled, "The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment."
We reported here on President Obama's remarks at last week's National Prayer Breakfast where he attempted to draw a moral equivalency between the Crusades (700 years ago), the Inquisitions and the radical Islamic terrorism raging in the world today.
The context of narrative in which the president made his outrageous comments may be more noteworthy than the comments themselves.
He explained that sometimes religious faith is "twisted and misused in the name of evil" because there is "a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith."
He then said, "Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth. Our job is to be true to Him, His Word, and His Commandments."
But then he shared his "notion of truth."
That's concerning. Very concerning. Because many people are still believing his "notions of truth."
Princeton scholar and Islamic expert Bernard Lewis responded to President Obama's attempt to link the Crusades with today's radical Islamic terrorism. He said, "At the present time, the Crusades are often depicted as an early expansionist imperialism---a prefigurement of the modern European countries. To people of the time, both Muslim and Christian, they were no such thing. So what were they? The Crusade was a delayed response to the jihad, the holy war for Islam, and its purpose was to recover by war what had been lost by war---to free the holy places of Christendom and open them once again, without impediment, to Christian pilgrimage."
Terrence Jeffrey, head of CNS News, is also very concerned about the President's notions of truth.
Jeffery wrote an article in 2013 titled, "Obama Lies Like A Marxist."
Jeffrey points out in this current article that the president told those in attendance at the Prayer Breakfast, "As children of God, let's stand up for the dignity and value of every woman, and man and child, because we are all equal in His eyes."
Is that truth practiced in this administration? If so, why is this president hailed as the "abortion president" by those who earn their living and gain wealth off the abortion industry?
Are unborn children not children?
If he indeed believes "our job is to be true to Him, His Word and His Commandments," why has this president stood against the laws of this land (DOMA) and God's laws in his crusade to redefine marriage? And advance abortion?
The president repeatedly stressed the importance of protecting freedom of religion to those in attendance at the Prayer Breakfast.
He said, "And here at home and around the world, we will constantly reaffirm that fundamental freedom---freedom of religion---the right to practice our faith how we choose, to change our faith if we choose, to practice no faith at all if we choose, and to do so free of persecution and fear and discrimination."
The president said, "The Founding Fathers also understood the need to uphold freedom of speech, that there is a connection between freedom of speech and freedom of religion. For to infringe on one right under the pretext of protecting another is a betrayal of both."
Partially true. The Founders had a clear understanding of the dynamic between freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and their actions reflected that understanding.
How does one reconcile the president's words with the presidents's actions.
If, as he says, "the freedom of religion is a value we will continue to protect," why is Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Products and others standing before the Court, because of their biblical religious beliefs in the sanctity of life?
Why has the Stormans family been in court for years because their deeply held religious faith precludes selling abortion pills in their Olympia pharmacy?
Why is florist Barronnell Stutzman in Richland, Washington now before the courts because her religious faith stands for biblical marriage and precludes her from participating in a same-sex "marriage."
Why are bakers Aaron and Melissa Klien of Gresham, Oregon now out of their bakery business, in court and facing a minimum $150,000 fine that will surely bankrupt the couple?
The answer is simple. Laws are consistently being passed that incrementally undermine biblically based religious beliefs that do not conform to the secular progressive agenda.
Do these and other Christian citizens have freedom of religion without fear and discrimination?
Freedom of religion, like freedom of speech has come to be a "relative value"---it exists only in the context of believing the secular progressive "truth."
Karl Marx advocated these kinds of actions, Adolf Hitler practiced them.
The conflict between words and deeds ultimately become apparent to the common folks.
The "evil twisting of biblical values" allowed Hitler to murder millions of Jews, conquer countries and control the hearts and minds of many---but eventually the world awakened. Even Hitler could not tell the perfect lie, or make it big enough.
I personally believe there is an awakening in this land.
Words have worn thin.
This country, with deep roots in biblical truth, is awakening.
The lies of secular progressivism have been big enough to be believed---for a season.
No lie ultimately stands the test of time.
The president spoke approvingly of "a suspicion of government getting between us and our faiths, or trying to dictate our faiths."
He admonished the audience to be "vigilant."
I would agree.
We must also be Discerning, Informed, Prayerful and Pro-Active.
November 2016 is a time to reconcile truth with actions.