Announcing candidacy with… a shofar?… and more on today’s CrossPolitic Daily News Brief. This is Toby Sumpter. Today is Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
Sen. Doug Mastriano Announced He’s Running for Pennsylvania Governor
And he made that announcement by blowing a shofar – a ram’s horn:
But he wasn’t done yet:
You know, there are two things that occur to me upon viewing this video: the first one is cringe city. There is nothing remotely biblical, spiritual, or edifying about this sort of thing. And it’s a bunch of cringe. This is why liberals think we’re nuts. Cause, well, we are.
But the second thing that occurs to me is that this is my crazy uncle. He’s no doubt a Christian, and he stands for many things that I stand for. I appreciate the fact that he doesn’t care what it looks like. I appreciate the fact that he is willing to look like a fool for Christ. I would take this guy every day of the week over the sexy-cool pastors at the Gospel Coalition every day of the week.
You know like the very well-meaning Paul Carter at Gospel Coalition Canada:
In a recent article Pastor Carter helpfully outlines the recent Anti-Conversion Bill that passed the Canadian parliament, and then did a pastoral faceplant as he tried to argue for a coy-mellow response rather than the one that takes backbone and courage.
“This enactment amends the Criminal Code to, among other things, create the following offences:
(a) causing another person to undergo conversion therapy;
(b) doing anything for the purpose of removing a child from Canada with the intention that the child undergo conversion therapy outside Canada;
(c) promoting or advertising conversion therapy; and
(d) receiving a financial or other material benefit from the provision of conversion therapy.
It also amends the Criminal Code to authorize courts to order that advertisements for conversion therapy be disposed of or deleted.
The definition of ‘conversion therapy’ set out in Bill C-4 reads as follows:
320.101 In sections 320.102 to 320.104, conversion therapy means a practice, treatment or service designed to
(a) change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual;
(b) change a person’s gender identity to cisgender;
(c) change a person’s gender expression so that it conforms to the sex assigned to the person at birth;
(d) repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour;
(e) repress a person’s non-cisgender gender identity; or
(f) repress or reduce a person’s gender expression that does not conform to the sex assigned to the person at birth.
For greater certainty, this definition does not include a practice, treatment or service that relates to the exploration or development of an integrated personal identity — such as a practice, treatment or service that relates to a person’s gender transition — and that is not based on an assumption that a particular sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is to be preferred over another.”
Having explained all of that, Pastor Carter says he favors the response of some of his friends who will be reading a bland statement of concern this last Sunday expression mild concerns that this bill could possible, in the 9th dimension, if you’re standing on your head and squinting yours, could possibly be taken as being against Biblical sexuality, even though all the politicians have promised it isn’t (and crossed the heart, hope to die).
But Pastor Carter is a bit concerned about Pastor John MacArthur and other Canadian pastors who are planning to preach sermons this Sunday illegally. He’s concerned that conceding the point that to preach what the Bible says about sexuality in defiance of Bill C-4 – he’s concerned that that is conceding too much. We should wait and see what the courts say. But while we may certainly make room for various tactical measures depending on different scenarios on the ground, the milktoast approach while playing coy about the bill is how Canadians got into this mess in the first place.
For this reason, I will be joining Pastor MacArthur and many faithful Canadian pastors this Sunday preaching a message on Biblical Sexuality, specifically calling out the Canadian government for passing this legislation, and proclaiming conversion to Christ for all sexual sins, including homosexuality and transgenderism.
NSA Beastmode Homemaker Scholarship
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Pediatric Hospitalizations Not for Covid only WITH COVID
We’re still having reporting problems: The CDC is reporting increasing pediatric COVID hospitalizations, and quick google search finds stories all over the place citing similar statistics. Dr. Jeanne Noble from the UCSF emergency department says it’s critical to break these numbers down. She tweeted over the weekend: “Between our 2 pediatric hospitals in SF and Oakland, 30% of COVID+ hospitalizations are for COVID illness, and 70% are incidental. 6 kids hospitalized b/c of COVID today at UCSF.”
We’ve seen this since the beginning of the so-called pandemic: little to no care to distinguish between those who merely have a positive test with no/few related symptoms and those actually suffering with the disease directly. The same failure has plagued (pun intended) reporting of mortality and deaths. Granted, sometimes it’s a wisdom call, but there have been many deaths that would have occurred anyway but have been coded COVID deaths because the cancer patient or heart disease patient happened to get a positive test. My grandmother ended up in the hospital this last Fall when she broke her arm and she had a positive covid test with no symptoms. She’s home now recovering just fine, but I wouldn’t doubt that she was considered a COVID patient in the hospital even though her time there had nothing to do with COVID.
Good news coming out of Iowa this last weekend: Iowa Labor Commissioner Says the State Will Not Enforce Biden’s Vax Order
From local news KCCI: Iowa’s labor commissioner says the state will not enforce the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 employees or more.
This decision comes as the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments regarding the mandate.
Commissioner Rod Roberts said in a statement “after reviewing the mandate — Iowa will not adopt the federal standard.
Roberts’ full statement says: “Iowa doesn’t have a standard requiring the Covid-19 vaccine or testing. But after closely reviewing the federal OSHA Vaccine Mandate, Iowa has determined it will not adopt the federal standard. Iowa has concluded that it is not necessary because Iowa’s existing standards are at least as effective as the federal standard change.”
Gov. Kim Reynolds praised the commissioner’s decision.
OK, states, follow Iowa. Acknowledge the mandate and decline to enforce it.
Psalm of the Day: 133
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