Do we listen attentively and take the phrases
of the pledge seriously, or is it just a ritual we
are required to perform?
With liberty and justice for all, the pledge's final
phrase, is among the most ineffective phrases of
devotion we can use.
Our forefathers dreamed of a land where everyone
would experience fairness, liberty, and prosperity.
But for some, "freedom" has evolved into a
permission for greed, and "justice" has become
little more than retaliatory or cruel and unusual
Yes, one would think that democracy belongs to all
people, not just one individual or a small group
You'll remember – and if you don't, I'll remind you –
Unresolved systemic racism has been one of the most
urgent concerns in the United States since its inception.
Slavery was America's "Original sin." The
horrendous American Civil War and the people
who wrote the United States Constitution were
unable to terminate it. It only perpetuated in a new
and wicked manner the generational enslavement
of a whole class in American society.
In general response, the Civil Rights Movement
handed racism in America a crushing blow, and our
spirits were lifted when Dr. King stated that he
had a dream. But we were and are still outside of
the "Promised land."
Is America honestly providing
unadulterated justice and
freedom for all?
Is Liberty a massive lie?...
African Americans have always aspired to the
same levels of social freedoms, political, and
economic freedoms (rights to freedom) that
Caucasians experience simply by virtue of their
Lies, radicalism, and a primal
need for dominance can only
result in suffering and loss.
The non-Caucasian population is still being held captive,
enslaved, and trapped by a myriad of invisible strings
and ties that operate to deceive, breed unthinkable
levels of corruption, control, oppress and destroy
Non-White people are kept trapped, ensnared,
oppressed, and enslaved by numerous invisible
strongholds and entanglements, purposely built
into the system.
The sysytem was designed to
provide a small percentage of
Caucasians control and wealth.
America has never granted
equal rights to ALL mankind
or accorded them all the same
Jim Crow, the Slave Codes, the Black Codes, the
Indian Wars, the Exclusion Acts, the Ku Klux
Klan, the evil acts done to the Native Americans
leaving a Trail of Tears, the horrendous lynchings
of African Americans who were lied on and
were lynched as a result, the long bloody and
murderous summer of 1967, church bombings,
church murders, devastating terror campaigns
that destroyed entire towns and communities,
cross burnings, the burning of human beings,
police brutality, countless unsolved murders
that dominated the Reconstruction era and the
years that followed should be recognized as
Redlining, gerrymandering, the repeal of open
carry laws preventing blacks from protecting
themselves, and racist gun control laws that
favored White carriers and actions would not
have existed if liberty and justice were for all.
African Americans are still losing
their lives to these blatant evils.
All American citizens are included
in the phrase "We the People."
If we are going to be honest, America's words
and deeds toward individuals of color, especially
African Americans, have consistently run counter
to one another.
African Americans in America have never had
the same freedoms as White Americans, and White
Supremacy has never stopped feeling like non-
Whites deserved justice or equality.
We must be vigilant at all times to ensure that our
constitutional rights are upheld!
Our country is hailed as the land of the free.
A land where everyone is treated with equality
and freedom, and no one is given preferential
ARE WE WALKING
Profiling based on race or religion continues to
violate our fundamental rights.
We vehemently back those who uphold the
Constitution and condemn those who do not.
Because the Constitution was the basis for this
nation's founding, and our current political climate
should follow it!
Corruption, mismanagement, and abuse of power
at the highest levels of government aggressively
undermines the fundamental ideals that undergird
our true democracy. Far too many "would-be"
politicians are influenced and will sell their
souls for money, position, and power.
It is repulsive and troubling that those who have been
sworn to protect our democracy... are contaminating
it. Their greedy ambitions, thirst for power, immoral
and unjust behavior, and white supremacy has
clouded their consciences and at the expense of
taxpayers... this is leading our country to its
Satan and his allies, many of whom are sworn
law makers, are shamelessly, unlawfully, and
blatantly attacking and undermining the basic
foundations of our constitutional government.
With its blind allegiance to a single, erratic, unfit,
and unstable individual or group, many have
chosen an evil, self-aggrandizing dictator over
the political system that once made the United States,
and its distinguished democratic governance, the
most powerful nation in the world.
Satan has a stronghold on far too many, which is
posing serious threats to democracy itself.
"The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy."
One of America's two major political parties has,
without empathy, effectively abandoned its scruples
and belief in democracy due to the influence of
Satan; this abandonment is exceedingly crucial for
the future of our great nation.
Many have rolled the red carpet out for Satan to
undermine the political viability of office holders
who tell the truth about the Capitol insurrection he
inspired while also seeking personal vengeance.
Satan has the amazing ability to dictate what his
"sheeple" will believe... and want to believe.
Members of Congress repeat the oath of office while
raising their right hands during the public
In 1884, the current oath was established. It states:
"I do hereby solemnly swear (or affirm) that to the
best of my ability, and with God's help, I will uphold
and defend the Constitution of the United States
against all enemies, both foreign and domestic; that
I will do so with sincere faith and loyalty; that I take
this obligation freely; and that I will do so without
any mental reservation or deliberate attempt to
Satan's system sets us up against one another,
impassioning spitefulness, malice, hatred,
grudges, bad blood, and animosity.
Satan loves nothing more than to lead us to
self-destroy, and have us living in fear and
anger. His goal is to make us rip each other's
hearts apart, hate ourselves and our neighbors.
Satan is notorious for keeping people in the dark,
stirring up infighting, creating disunities,
bickering, quarrellings, and division.
Venomous conflicts and clashes permits Satan to
penetrate our lives causing us to kill one another,
bathing in our own blood.
Satan tries to prolong and bolster our bitterness
and division through ideology, faith, and
Together, we must work to expose and prevent
misconduct, promote government accountability,
and amplify truth to protect our fragile
So unrestrained is systemic racism, in fact,
many are either ignorant of it, or choose to
dismiss it from their recollection or at least
from any discussion.
We are all blessed with
The Bill of Rights is a safeguard
to protect our God-given rights.
Human rights are the rights that people have simply
by virtue of their humanity. They are inalienable,
indivisible, and interdependent, which means
they cannot be taken away, no one right is more
important than another, and enjoyment of one
right is linked to enjoyment of all others.
Responsibilities are duties to protect and promote
human rights by establishing the social, economic,
and political conditions, as well as the legal
safeguards, required to ensure that all persons
subject to a state's jurisdiction can enjoy those
rights and freedoms.
God gave us freedom to choose Him as the Lord
and love of our lives. May we reap the goodness
God made us for... through our devotion to Him.
God's Will was for us to have joyful lives without
misery, evil, confusion, and suffering, but in
rebelliousness, opposition, and open resistance to
His authority... we allowed sin to enter the world.
This waywardness is what brought death, pain,
struggling, and all things that come simultaneously
God also gave us freedom (a power in and of itself
to do what we ought to do), which means we have
the power to choose our actions. We are not bound
by some predetermined plan for our lives. God
graced us with the freedom to choose and be
responsible for our own actions; however, this
did not mean we could do what we wanted to
do with this freedom... as long as it didn't hurt
With great power, such as this, comes great
responsibility. Many self-absorbed, defiant
individuals have abused their own power.
The government does not give
us our freedom. Our freedom
comes from God,
and the government was established to
protect that God-given freedom.
Our nation's unity and freedom
depends upon being one nation
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all
men are created equal; that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness; that to secure these rights,
governments are instituted among men, deriving
their just powers from the consent of the governed;
that whenever any form of government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the right of the
people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
new government laying its foundation on such
No king or emperor, no president or congress,
no court or crowd gives us our rights. They
come from God Himself and are unalienable.
God is above all nations and all kingdoms. So,
every nation and every kingdom is under God.
Every nation and kingdom were formed by God,
uplifted by God, and will be judged by God.
In the beginning, God created out of one... all
nations of men from one blood to dwell upon the
whole earth. God, the Creator of all, determined
our appointed times and bounds of our habitation.
Man's government and the long arm of the law
decided to remove God and any discussion of
God from public forums.
How can one lead our country
without seeking God's direction?
Though the government denies Him, and the state
claims to be increasingly all-knowing and
God is still God.
It is a crucial time for our nation
to collectively seek God's divine
is apparent that democracy is in peril, an we the
people are headed for some darker days in
God, the most powerful being in the universe,
created everything! No one is greater than God.
God didn’t create the world to maliciously lord
over us; God created the world to share with us,
out of an abundance of love... so that we might
share in the delight of life and creation.
In April 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote
a letter from the Birmingham Jail. He argued that
“There are two types of laws: just and unjust.”
Dr. King stated: “A just law is a code that
squares with the moral law or the law of God.
An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony
with that moral law.”
Dr. King stated, “Any law that uplifts the
human being is just. Any law that degrades
human beings is unjust. All segregation is unjust
because segregation distorts the soul and
damages the human being.
Scripture is history. When we speak of Scripture’s
historical events, we refer to the truthfulness of its
factual claims. Scripture is also textual, consisting
of words that inscribe sacred experience.
Scripture seeks to bear testimony while it
seeks to preserve events.
Pontius Pilate freed Barabbas
at the Passover Feast in
Jerusalem while keeping Jesus
Are we choosing
Jesus or Barabbas?
“What happens when you are faced with
doing something you believe is right; but
may cause many to be upset with you, or
even turn against you?
When have you said or done things aimed
at satisfying the crowd?
When have you remained silent when you
should have spoken out?”
The governor's custom each year during
the Passover celebration was to release
one prisoner... whomever the people
requested. Which would they free, Jesus,
the Messiah or Barabbas, the murderer?
Barabbas was a well known, hardened
criminal. He was a blood-thirsty
revolutionary, who committed murder
during an uprising. Barabbas was
condemned because of his own sin.
Barabbas was facing the penalty of
death because of his insurrection
against the Roman government and
the murders he had committed.
The crowd pushed forward and asked Pilate
to release someone, as he regularly did.
Pilate answered them, "Do you want me to
release to you the King of the Jews?"
The chief priests stirred up the crowd to have
Pilate release Barabbas to them instead. He knew
that the chief priests had handed him over because
of jealousy. Pilate replied, “Then what do you want
me to do with the one you call King of the Jews?”
They shouted back, “Crucify Him!”
Pilate said to them, “Why? What wrong
has He done?” They shouted even louder,
Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd, so he
released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus
whipped, then handed Him over to be
Mind you, the city was filled with people
Jesus had healed. The eyes of the blind had
been opened, the deaf made to hear, and the
lame to walk. He had awakened within the
people the hope, the flaming desire, that this
was indeed the Messiah, come to deliver them
from the yoke of Rome. All their ideas of
messiahship centered around the thought that
He would be the one who would set them free
from the hated bondage of Rome. Now, when
they saw Him standing helpless before the
Roman governor, saw His apparent
unwillingness or inability to make any defense,
or to do anything against the Romans, all their
loyalty to Him collapsed. In anger and
disappointment, they turned and chose Barabbas,
who lived by force. Barabbas, the known
murderer was set free at the trial of Jesus.
The crowd voted for the killer to be released,
not the man who said,
“Love your enemies.”
Jesus suffered unjustly.
Father God, help us not to
look away from times when
injustices happen, but to pit
injustice with all our minds,
hearts and strength.
The Scriptures are overwhelmingly historical,
presenting factual accounts of things that happened
in time. The meaning of history is: Creation, Fall,
In Solomon’s time, many advances took place
in society, but, from the larger perspective of
life, human nature has remained and always
will remain the same.
For whatever was written in former days
was written for our instruction, that through
endurance and through the encouragement
of the Scriptures we might have hope.
According to an article, written by
Beth Schwartzapfel, in the Marshall Project,
nonprofit journalism about criminal justice,
"After years of focusing efforts on private prisons,
mandatory sentences and money bail, people trying
to change the criminal justice system have identified
another target: prosecutors."
In an influential book last year, Fordham University
Professor John Pfaff argued prosecutors were the
main driver behind the soaring U.S. incarceration
almost always unwatched
Criminal justice should be the
delivery of justice to those who
have committed crimes.
Sadly, this kind of warped mentality constructs and
plays a role in our moral decline. Far too many
people can't tell the difference between good and
evil. Satan, the gatekeeper and ruler of this world
has purposely waged an all-out assault on morals,
values, and common sense.
Lynchings, for some, were considered as fun for
the whole family. Murder was celebrated in postcards.
Some wanted others to know they were there... and
Satan is having a field day being the grand
puppeteer of the sheeple.
Barabbas, the known murderer
was set free at the trial of Jesus.
The crowd voted for the killer
to be released, not the man who
“Love your enemies.”
The U.S. criminal justice system plays a big part
in our society. Keeping communities safe should
be the number one priority. Their goals should
include the rehabilitation of offenders, preventing
other crimes, and moral support for victims.
A truly great government with antiquated, and
undesirable outcomes can and should
acknowledge its failures.
Lady Justice is depicted as blindfolded
and holding balanced scales.
Is justice blind?
Are the scales balanced?
The Criminal Justice System
has historically treated Black
defendants more harshly. Blacks
are more likely to be physically
harmed and arrested by police...
and be both convicted of crimes
and sentenced to longer jail terms
The Declaration of Independence couldn’t be
more clear on the source of our rights and the
action to be taken when governments infringe
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that
all men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,
that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit
To secure these rights, governments are instituted
among men, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed. Whenever any form of
government becomes destructive of these ends, it
is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it,
and to institute new government, laying its
foundation on such principles and organizing its
powers in such form, as to them shall seem most
likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
Notice who gives us our rights: God, our Creator.
They are “unalienable.” Governments cannot and
should not try to take them away. What is the
purpose of government? To protect these rights,
among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness. What right do the people have when a
form of government becomes destructive of its
God-given duty to protect God-given rights? To
alter or abolish it and form a new government to
effect our safety and happiness.
Unfortunately, the American Justice System has
many subtle and very blatant biases and prejudices
that threaten America's judicial system. There are
many legal professionals and judges who are not
fit to serve and should not preside over certain
It is time for the people to question the two-tiered
laws and lawmakers. People, regardless of position,
are human and are prone to not treat some
individuals in a fair and impartial manner...
especially when there is bias, racism, and
discrimination coming from the bench. If we
are to be honest, we all know there are many
cognitive failures and intrinsic flaws that
undermine the search for truth, in our
Criminal Justice System. Countless Black
men, in many cases, have become victims
of America's Criminal Enterprise.
We've all heard stories of people who served
decades in prison for crimes they didn't commit.
We like to think such miscarriages of justice
are rare, but many routine procedures in the
criminal justice system are bound to lead to
mistakes and unfair outcomes because they
rest on false assumption and common police
practices which has encouraged falsely
Constructing an effective and reliable court and
judicial system for the amicable settlement of legal
issues requires a number of essential conditions,
including integrity and impartiality. A fundamental
principle shared by people all over the world is the
creation of an efficient judicial system that upholds
human rights, makes justice accessible to all, and
offers transparent and impartial solutions.
Integrity and impartiality are only a couple of the
crucial requirements needed to build an efficient
and trustworthy court system and judicial system
for the peaceful resolution of legal disputes. The
establishment of an effective legal system that
promotes human rights, ensures that justice is
available to everyone, and provides transparent
and impartial solutions is a fundamental ideal that
people all over the world share.
These rules apply to all participants in the
legal system, including prosecutors, judges,
and other members of the judiciary. The efficacy
of the State's anti-corruption initiatives is
undermined by ineffective criminal prosecution,
which is characterized by a lack of competence
to successfully investigate and prosecute cases
A judicial system that acts outside of the
bounds of professional ethics won't be able to
gain and keep the public's confidence in the
fairness and objectivity of its judgments and
outcomes. A system of this kind is nonetheless
susceptible to improper manipulation from other
entities or people.
Criminal justice (as a system) is made up
of law enforcement, courts, and corrections...each
with their own ideas and agendas of “justice.”
The criminal justice system is comprised of
three major institutions which processes a case
from inception, through trial, to punishment.
A case begins with law enforcement officials,
who investigate a crime, gather evidence to
identify and use against the presumed
perpetrator, and make arrests.
The case continues with the court system, which
weighs the evidence to determine if the defendant
is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If so, the
corrections system will use the means at their
disposal, namely incarceration and probation, to
punish and correct the behavior of the offender.
On paper, the criminal justice system is designed
“Justice for all.”
which should mean protecting the innocent,
convicting criminals, and providing a fair justice
process to help keep order across the country.
In other words, on paper, it is designed to keep
God spoke through the prophet Hosea,
"My people are destroyed
for lack of knowledge."
Whenever God's Word is hidden or disregarded,
there will be certain destruction.
God's Word is our moral Guidance.
God's Word can bring harmony
and peace to our sin-sick world.
Feasting on God's Word, daily,
is the difference between spiritual
life and death, faith and fear,
strength and weakness,
fulfillment and discontentment.
- The Bible has been burned, belittled
and ignored. It has survived many
vicious attacks, but it remains
unchanged and applies explicitly to us
- Despite its many enemies and
criticisms, the Bible is living, active
and it guides us through the vital
issues of life.
- The Bible gives illumination, revelation
.God's Word is not an elementary collection of
interesting writings from antiquity, but it is
God-breathed. In other words, it is the Word of
God... God’s very own words to us.
God's sovereignty is not limited to a single nation or
certain people. God's love extends far beyond imaginary
man-made barriers and worldly designations, i.e., race,
tribe, creed, color, gender, language, age, culture,
disability, political beliefs, educational background,
or socio-economic differences, experiences, or realities.
God is the Lord of all the world,
and God is the Creator of all.
Scripture makes it clear that caring for the
defenseless is central to true faith.
We, as Believers, are commanded to take up
the cause of the defenseless by fighting injustice
and keep ourselves unstained from the world.
Regardless of where we have been, what we
have done, how many failures and frustrations
we may be surrounded by... how wealthy,
influential, fruitless or futile we are or
have been... no matter how profoundly deep
the hurts and struggles have been, regardless
of how astute, shattered, worldly-wise and
polished, or religious one may be... no matter
what we have done in the past... God loves us
and is under no illusion about who we are,
where we have been, what we have done or
We are all flawed, frail, and sinful. We all have
sinned and cannot undo what we have done. We
have all done, thought, or said unrighteous things,
which the Bible calls sin. The fallen man is a
sinner by birth and by choice.
God knows we are not perfect.
Some may think their works, perfection and
performance driven, people pleasing lifestyle
makes them right with God, but...
they need to think again.
A truly democratic, community-controlled justice
system would be accountable to marginalized
and working-class communities, and it would be
life-affirming rather than punitive and criminalizing.
There can be no economic justice and worker power
without true democratic community control of the
public institutions entrusted to uphold justice.
"Our expectation is that the judicial system
and our judges, although human, would
preserve this impartial gatekeeper function
so that everyone receives a fair trial — the
defendant and the people — and that we can
all agree on a conclusion that is legal."
This is not a good look
for American justice.
Rittenhouse was acquitted of fatally shooting
two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during the
Black Lives Matter racial justice protests last year.
There's no fair justice if one belongs to a
certain"social society". The question becomes,
if Rittenhouse had been a Black male, would we
have seen so much effort by the judge to help
Rittenhouse, a vigilant teenager, was living in
Illinois, needlessly and intentionally inserted
himself into the rallies that were unfolding, and
came armed with a semiautomatic rifle that he,
then 17, was not legally permitted to possess.
Rittenhouse opened fire on three people, killing
two of them. He pleaded not guilty… he said he
shot them in self-defense.
The questions now becomes... why was he there?
Why was this trigger-happy teen armed?
Rittenhouse said in a video that surfaced from about
two weeks prior to the shootings that he wished he
had a gun so he could shoot people he thought were
robbing a pharmacy.
Rittenhouse shot three men, killing two of them,
with an AR-15-style rifle during a chaotic protest
against police brutality in Kenosha last year. A
jury deliberated about 3 1/2 days before finding
Rittenhouse not guilty on Friday of five felony
charges, including a murder charge that could have
carried a life in prison sentence.
The judge's actions have revealed the significance
of how the court system is seen, particularly in a
high-profile case when the conclusion might
heighten societal tensions over themes like
as race, firearms, demonstrations, vigilantism,
and law and order.
Pictured above is not the judge
and a person who appears to
be his nephew.
The person leanoing over the judge's shoulder
is a murderer. Rittenhouse, the murder defendant,
stood behind the seated, black-robed judge and
peered over him to review evidence.
A series of resolutions, decisions, and other measures
that stresses the significance of establishing, and
strengthening appropriate and efficient judicial
systems must be implemented by the system. This
calls for them to take steps to improve integrity
and prevent opportunities for corruption among
members of the judiciary.
Institutions in the judicial system that are corrupt
are a significant obstacle to the success of any anti-
corruption measures. Institutions in the judicial
system that lack moral integrity make it
impossible to combat corruption to be effective
Additionally, corruption's larger consequences on
the rule of law and sustainable development are
not only detrimental but even destructive, especially
when they affect the judicial system, which ought
to uphold the ideals of impartiality, honesty, and
A corrupt conduct at any point in the criminal justice
system can seriously damage the entire system, if
not completely destroy it, and undermine public
confidence in true law and order.
This is really disturbing. What has our country
and government become where an armed
murderer with his private agenda can freely
perch over the shoulder of the judge. Had he
been of another hue, do you honestly feel
he could have gotten this close to the trial judge?
Rittenhouse is the Illinois teen who traveled to
Kenosha, Wisconsin, as protests broke out
following a police officer’s decision to shoot
29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake in the
back seven times. There, having taken it upon
himself to “protect” a local business, carrying
an AR-15, Rittenhouse shot and killed two men
and wounded another.
Were the local police too incompetent to handle
the affairs in their jurisdiction without this
17 year old AR-15 carrying boy?
During the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, that
ended in an acquittal, Judge Bruce Schroeder
prevented Kenosha County prosecutor Thomas
Binger from using the pinch-to-zoom feature on
an iPad while showing drone footage, from the
night of the fatal shootings in Wisconsin. The
trial judge also threw out gun charge. That jury
never got to consider the gun possession charge.
Rittenhouse was 17 at the time,
and was armed, the night of the
shootings, with a Smith and
Wesson AR-style semi-automatic
rifle strapped to his chest.
Hours before closing arguments began on
Monday, Judge Bruce Schroeder granted a defense
motion to toss out the weapons charge. Rittenhouse
attorneys pointed to an exception in the law that
they said allows minors to possess shotguns and
rifles as long as they’re not short-barreled. They
acknowledged that Rittenhouse’s rifle’s barrel was
longer than 16 inches, the minimum barrel length
allowed under state law, Schroeder dismissed the
If Schroeder could be this biased and unfair in court,
knowing that the case was nationally televised, just
concerned that many people of a different hue may
have been sentenced, under his watch, and are
serving time; although they committed NO crime.
"14 Words" is a reference to a white supremacist slogan:
"We must secure the existence of our people and a future
for white children." The slogan was coined by David
Lane, a member of the white supremacist terrorist
group known as The Order (Lane died in prison in
2007). They feel the white race is doomed to extinction
by an alleged "rising tide of color".
[Transcript] The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a
Jewish-based group that tracks and fights against anti-
Semitism and hate groups, added the “okay” hand gesture
to their “Hate on Display ™ Hate Symbols Database.”
The hand gesture has been used by hateful people to
display a “white power” symbol.
Naturally there was a reaction from some in the Deaf
community who felt like this was something that
threatened our ASL signs that have either the “F” or
the “9” handshapes.
I will admit I had that initial reaction as well, I thought the ADL was inconsiderate of deaf people and ASL users, that it felt like an infringement on our language.
But after reading the ADL’s explanation on the gesture, it’s clear that they acknowledge that the gesture is an important part of ASL, as well as Hindu and Buddhist worlds, and yoga.
The ADL said the okay symbol in “most contexts is entirely innocuous and harmless.”
The ADL explained that in 2017, members of the website 4chan tried to start a hoax by promoting the “okay” hand gesture as a representation of “wp,” short for “white power.” They were successful because actual white supremacists or far-right individuals would flash the “okay” gesture, possibly to troll people or to actually express their views.
The symbol gained worldwide attention after the New Zealand terrorism suspect flashed the “okay” gesture in a court appearance in March. There were enough instances of people using the “okay” gesture in a hateful way that prompted the ADL to add it to their database.
The ADL said the overwhelming usage of the ‘okay’ hand gesture today is still its traditional purpose as a gesture of approval, so if there’s someone using the symbol, they cannot be assumed as trying to troll or showing support for white supremacy. The ADL encouraged people to not jump to conclusions.
I reached out to Dr. Julie A. Hochgesang, who is an Associate Professor at Gallaudet’s Department of Linguistics, to give some perspectives. She said context is key and explained that forms themselves — the written shape, the sound, or the part of a sign — have no meaning. The symbolic meaning comes from the people and their intentions. She said the Deaf community should feel confident with using the “okay” gesture because we have never viewed it as something hateful. Of course, if a Deaf person purposefully used the “okay” gesture in a hateful way, then the meaning of the gesture changes.
Thank you, Dr. Hochgesang for the analysis. So we see that the usage of the “okay” handshape is fine as long as the intent is within its normal use and not hateful.
Now, in related news, an actor at Universal Orlando who was dressed as a character from “Despicable Me” was fired on Wednesday because he made the “okay” gesture and placed it on the shoulder of a biracial girl during a photo opportunity. A video shows the actor asking the girl to stand near him, then purposefully placing the “okay” gesture on her shoulder.
A Universal spokesman said what the actor did is unacceptable. The photo was taken in March but the family did not realize it until recently.
Gallaudet University: [gallaudet.edu]
The entire trial was a mockery to the criminal
justice system. Evidence was mishandled.
The judge seemed biased. The temperament
and behavior of Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder,
who presided over the trial, drew scrutiny, mainly
because some said he appeared to have a soft and
lenient stance toward Rittenhouse. The judge had
a series of questionable decisions and comments
showing preferential treatment toward Rittenhouse.
The two shooting victims, who the judge ruled
could not be referred to as victims, were referred
to as looters and arsonists - when they were
The judge became puzzled and defensive, at times.
Outside of the presence of the jury the judge drilled
down on the law. He told the prosecutors “I have
been wrestling with this statute, I’d hate to count
the hours I’ve put into it, I’m still trying to figure
out what it says, what’s prohibited. I have a legal
education.” He added that he failed to understand
how an “ordinary citizen” could understand what
When you know someone committed a
crime, but can cleverly remove the smoking gun…
really Judge? It should be about the truth, but
for many imposters, it’s always about finding
This was a surreal moment for most. Even
though most thought Rittenhouse was guilty...
the handling of this case was atrocious. The
judge may have sensed he was doing his
“job”, but“morally”Justice wasn’t served.
There was no moral (or real) justice served.
One has to be a bit off centered to defend a
psychopath when they know he’s guilty.
The judge defended a monster. The murderer,
Rittenhouse, gets away without incurring any
punishment. A guilty man walks free because
the bench was occupied by a bumbling, biased
judge that knew the truth from the gate… yet, the
jury may have been influenced , from the bench, by
a judge who turned a blind eye to righteousness.
This case embarrassed the US Court System. It
was a total disgrace. This is why lawyers are
generally viewed with extreme suspicion and
We are a Nation of Laws. Laws can, have and will
always be manipulated. Clever Judge indeed???
No no one should, with a semblance of consciousness,
separate moral justice and legal justice when we
look at the crime scene videos. Throw in a Black
Lives Matter protest and a murderer walks free.
I’m sorry but the judge has created a legacy that
will always be that he helped a cold blooded killer
walk free. What a despicable legacy!!!
After this debacle... makes one wonder how many
injustices and wrongful convictions, i.e.,
constitutional rights violations, victims' rights or
ethical rule violations, could take place in
courtrooms where no one is watching. It is painful
to think that If a high-profile case could play out
this way, then what are judges and those with the
most power in the courtrooms doing when no
one is watching?
No one can escape God. GOD'S Justice will
eventually prevail. The judge, gets the murderer
off knowing full well the defendant is guilty, and
Rittenhouse, someday you will have to answer
for all your crimes. Including your lawyers.
Rittenhouse was and
The judge and Rittenhouse will have to live
their own Hell and reap what they have sown.
continues to operate by subtly complicating,
deceiving, oppressing, disadvantaging,
trying to control and destroy
originally designed. What is written and
what is actually executed are totally
We must stand! We all must do our part to denounce these
heinous crimes for what they are...
acts of deeply rooted
As Americans, we must
speak out against injustice!
Simply put, inaction is unacceptable, and we must
speak out and take a stand to elevate the voices of
those who have historically been marginalized,
disadvantaged, disenfranchised, ostracized,
disempowered, largely ignored, stigmatized,
overlooked, excluded, denigrated, oppressed,
shunned, treated unfairly, neglected, deprived,
alienated, and even silenced in society.
If our elected officials and leadership continue to
ignore the issues and take no action, it is up to us to
drive change from the bottom up while paying
close attention to the ballot box.
It is a crucial time for our nation
to collectively seek God's divine
Psalm 33:12 reminds us,
God always wants the best for us.
The nation who acknowledges God
is a nation God can bountifully bless.
We must eminently determine
that our nation is...
So in everything, do to others what you would have them
do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."
(Matthew 7:12, NIV)
Jesus wasn’t simply giving us a rule to follow. He was
unveiling the purity of God’s love and the depravity of the
Jesus said: To“Do unto others,” as the Bible instructs,
means to receive love from God and give it to others—
also known as The Royal Law
The justice system has failed
people of all races.
Countless elected officials serve as examples
of how egotism, selfishness, bigotry, and greed
can be used to meet their goals. Many political
lack any real leadership skills, uprightness, dignity,
or scruples; they only care about power, triggering
people, and dictating; they will sell their souls to
the devil in exchange for the power.
The majority of these politicians switch sides
frequently in order to determine what will help
them gain power. They will say what the devoted
loyalists want to hear before setting off the riled
enraged resisters on the other side of that. Once
elected, they alter their policies to suit the will
of their puppet master.
The divide and conquer approach is as old as politics
and war and has no relations to decency, uprightness
It would be beneath a true leaders dignity to employ
"divide and conquer" tactics which pit different races
and ethnicities against each other.
What could go
"Divide and conquer tactics can instigate
dissension and turmoil and further divide
It would be beneath a true leaders
dignity to employ "divide and
conquer" tactics which pit different
races and ethnicities against each
other... it instigates dissension and
turmoil and divides humanity.
Is America honoring God for
Who God really is?
Are we as a nation demonstrating,
through our words and actions, God's
glorious character or deeds?
As one nation under God, are we
more concerned about fulfilling
God's agenda... God's plan... or are
we trying to fulfill our own agenda?
It doesn’t take rocket science to sense
that the soul of America is wounded,
and it is in a very unhealthy place.
We are now witnessing the painful
wounds of COVID-19, systemic
racism, natural and man-made
disasters, injustices, inequalities,
divisiveness trickling from the top
rungs, police brutality, hatred,
senseless incarcerations, propaganda,
endless malicious, cunning, cruel,
controlling and deceitful lies from
people who should be honestly and
fairly governing. These wicked and
deeply hurtful ills have been and are
very damaging to the soul of our great
Satan, the antagonist, loves to see
others in shambles, distracted,
uncertain, and at the edge of the cliff.
He has had a field day performing
just about every ugly deed he could
in order to traumatize our land and
perplex our souls... thus, leaving
America in a very fragile state of
In times of trouble... if our eyes are
fixed toward the world, we will run
in a worldly direction seeking help.
Trust, comfort and safety does not
come through the power of the flesh.
May we, individually and collectively
lift our eyes to the hills and remember
where our help comes from.
It is a crucial time for our nation
to collectively seek God's divine
From an acutely conscious and
comparative perspective... our country
is a blessed and exceptional nation.
To leave God out of all that we do or
attempt to do... leaves us all with an
God, in His great wisdom, has put
a hedge of protection all around
the United States. America is still
the land of opportunity, abundant
natural beauty, freedom, unlimited
resources, and possibilities, but
sadly, it appears we have taken
God's constant outpouring of blessings
and developed this "all about us"
attitude and have selfishly refused to...
bless God in return.
When God’s existence is removed
from the equation...
there is no absolute basis for morals,
and that deficit takes a toll on the
A country that takes God out of
schools, government, and public
places can easily stray from godly
ways and plummet from righteous
living,prosperity, and success to
brokenness,frustration and utter
It is beyond a coincidence that every
social barometer took a nose dive
once God was banished from our
government, and public places.
Can the values and liberties of our
nation be thought secure when we
have removed the Highest Authority
and Lawgiver...our only firm
God's standard of truth has always
helped us recognize right from wrong.
God will always lead and guide us
to our greatest good...yet, God is being
kept out of our schools, government,
and many other public places.
The foundation of our society and
nation is under a relentless attack by
the usurper, Satan, who hates and
Satan, the perverter of truth, is
attempting to root out God and the
moral foundations upon which our
nation was founded.
Satan wants to turn people away from
what is good, true, and morally right.
Satan wants us to become distant from
God. He wants to remove and silence
any mention of God and totally
disrespect God's moral laws.
Satan has been remorseless in his
attempts to keep God out of
every institution of our society.
A nation without God...is a nation in
serious trouble! Without God...all we
are left with is despair.
There is no greater tragedy than
abandoning God. When we abandon
God...our souls are left empty, twisted,
restless, and wandering.
Without God one begins to realize
nothing short of sinking sand.
our most basic beliefs and values
are lost in a downward spiral.
If God is not in the forefront of all of
our thoughts, work, will, words, and
doings... nothing will last... everything
Can we leave the world better than we
found it... by leaving God out?
What some people may not realize is...
dozens of revelations are happening
right before our eyes!
These astonishing events and the
resulting consequences were foretold,
by God, long ago.
In this world, with few exceptions...
there is lack of respect and courtesy.
Some people feel like they should be
able to do whatever they want,
whenever they want... however they
want because they are unleashed, and
unconstrained to do as they please.
Rampant narcissism, a sense of
entitlement, and a lack of
consideration for others is on the rise,
and people are not being held
accountable for their bad, crass, rude
and inhumane behavior.
Far too many people are acting as if
they can no longer tell the difference
between good and evil.
Some have purposely waged an
all-out assault on morals, values,
and common sense.
It is so unfortunate that in this great,
free country, where anything is
possible, we as a society talk about
crime and corruption, and don't realize
these societal ills are the consequences
of poor behavior.
When the hub is not in place...
the spokes run wild!
In other words...
When God is not in the forefront
of all of our affairs...
and Public places...
Expelling God from our schools,
government, and public places
has been a dismal failure.
our society and nation could not be
In a world without God,
people would not have any real sense
of good and evil.
Without God there can be no objective
right and wrong.
When we leave God out of our lives...
we become our own rulers and
Without God there is moral chaos.
"People will be lovers of themselves,
lovers of money, boastful, proud,
abusive, disobedient to their parents,
ungrateful, unholy, without
self-control, brutal, not lovers of the
good, treacherous, rash, conceited,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers
2 Timothy 3:2-4
When God is left out of our lives...
the more we willingly allow the
world’s thoughts, will, words, and
doings to penetrate, pollute, and
corrupt our hearts and minds.
Could it be that the attempt to remove
God from the equation... has
everything to do with our crumbling
God is not confined, as we are, in our
understanding. All that God is and all
that God doesis beyond our finite
God has all the answers. God is all
wise. God's knowledge is limitless and
can never be exhausted.
God is the Solution to any problem
or concern we could ever have. The
evidence is overwhelming and the
solution is clear; God should be in the
forefront of all that we think, will, say,
feel, and do.
When God speaks...
it shall be done.
⭐️ God is the Highest
Authority of all of creation.
⭐️God governs us all.
⭐️ God will always lead and
guide us to our greatest good.
When an individual, a household, a
neighborhood, a city, a state, and/or a
country accepts ways of life that are
forbidden in the Scriptures, its society
will be seriously affected with
Satan has a field day when people
become willfully ignorant and drift
outside of God's will.
Those who refuse or drift from God's
light... are opening themselves up to
The Spiritual fiber of our society is on
the brink of imploding. Extremely
wicked and blatant Spiritual
corruption is on the rise... causing
people to drift further and further
away from anything resembling a
godly and conscious culture.
This moral breakdown is corroding the
foundations of our society. As a
society, we are contaminated, tainted,
toxic and decomposing from the
inside out. If we are honest with
ourselves... we see the evidence of this
moral decay all around us every day.
Clearly, the startling decline in the
morals of this world are screaming for
something to be done.
Jesus taught that one cannot serve both God and Mammon,
that is, money and material wealth (Luke 16).
Jesus blessed the meek (Matthew 5). Meekness is not
weakness, it is a virtue that draws courage, strength,
conviction, and good disposition from God, not self-
centered human resources.
Jesus blessed the poor (Luke 6). Jesus is speaking about
the condition of the spirit. Let us acknowledge that we are
spiritually bankrupt. We do not have the ability to redeem
ourselves. God's free generosity to us was the only thing
that saved us... not our socio-economic advantages.
Jesus condemned the rich (Matthew 19). Jesus even goes
further and says “Woe to you who are rich, for you have
already received your comfort” Luke 6:24.
Those who trust in their riches and place their happiness
in their riches... in their opinion, they stand in need of
nothing. They place their confidence in their own
righteousness. Their god is the dollar. According to
Scripture,"ye have received your consolation."
Jesus often had “Nowhere to lay His head”
(Matthew 8:20), but He and His disciples were not
destitute and never begged for bread. Paul was beaten,
imprisoned, shipwrecked, stoned, and often economically
hard pressed; but neither did he ever beg for bread. It was,
in fact, a badge of honor for him that he worked in order
to pay his own expenses in the ministry (Acts 20:34; 1
Corinthians 9:6–18). Jesus and the apostles were accused
of being ignorant, troublemakers, irreligious, and even
mad; but they were never charged with being indigent or
Jesus taught that he who lives by the sword shall die by
the sword (Matthew 26). The way of the world is always
trumped by the truth of the Word. Jesus tells us in
Matthew 5:21-22 that murderous anger can lead the angry
man to judgment from God as quickly qw a physical blow.
The violence he exhibits toward someone else can be
brought upon himself by God.
When Jesus’s mother was expecting, she was denied a
room at the Inn. It is recorded in Scripture for followers of
Christ to "Welcome the stranger." How can a true follower
of Christ have as their main campaign cornerstone, a wall
which has topped $11 billion. This has become the most
expensive wall of its kind anywhere in the world. All
for the denial of millions, from war torn nations, room at
$11 billion and climbing, and there is
no sign of construction slowing down,
even in the middle of the Coronavirus
pandemic, which needs our attention
and resources. Many could have been
housed and fed, here on the streets
How can we, in good conscience deny and shut out
human beings from poverty-ridden societies?
How can we not welcome our neighbor to the most
affluent country in the world?
How can one whose theology is not based on obeying
God's Word, but based on culture, political beliefs and
loyalty to the president... feel justified in imposing their
beliefs on others?
How is serving man... seeking God's Will?
Are we attempting to bring ourselves
glory... rather than giving all the
praise, honor, and glory to God?
Are we contributing to the decline of
our society by refusing to take a good
look at our standards and behaviors?
When we are about to make a choice, let us think of the
consequences of that decision and ask ourselves,
“How will this decision affect me and those around me?
Am I doing this for the approval of a secret society that's
bent on restoring inequality and abuse?
Will the ripple effect of this decision glorify God or man?
Am I asking for God’s will to be done or only my will,
regardless of the consequences?”
Are we really putting our trust in God
as it relates to the Spiritual state of our
Have we become so arrogant and
haughty that we think we are capable
of disconnecting from God and fixing
Have we become the highest authority?
Has our nation wandered from the
course God has set for us?
Is it possible that our nation has
become rebellious to the point of
deviating from God's will?
Have we become defiant toward
Are we walking with God according to
Are we attempting to bring ourselves
glory...rather than giving all the praise,
honor, and glory to God?
Are we contributing to the decline of
our society by refusing to take a good
look at our standards and behaviors?
Pharaoh’s resistance was a prediction by God Himself,
when God spoke with Moses in the wilderness: “I know
that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty
hand compels him” (Exodus 3:19). Soon after that
prediction, the Lord said to Moses, “I will harden his
heart, so that he will not let the people go” (Exodus 4:21).
From the burning bush, God spoke of two reasons for
Pharaoh’s resistance to Moses: the king’s own
stubbornness and a supernatural hardening of the king’s
heart after Pharaoh exercised his own defiance toward
In those ancient days, the Pharaoh was considered a god,
and his every word was law. There was no one who could
stand against Pharaoh, so the Lord used him to
demonstrate His own superior power.
The Lord’s plan to use plagues and miracles to free the
nation of Israel was not conceived in reaction to Pharaoh’s
rebellion. God is never reactive; He is always proactive.
God had orchestrated the back-and-forth with Pharaoh and
the exodus from the very beginning (Isaiah 46:10).
God used Pharaoh’s hard-heartedness to showcase His
own glory and to show the world His authority over all the
kings of the earth (Psalm 2:10–11; Ezekiel 20:9; 36:22).
The Scriptures are very clear that a
stout-hearted country and its
inhabitants will fall.
We have tried it man's way...
how's that working out for us?
Our help always comes from God.
May we allow God's light of
compassion, empathy and justice to
abide. Let us thank God that His
promises still apply today.
By the grace of God, we can never fall
so far that we cannot be revived and
If our hearts are blinded by racism,
God can fix it. When wicked people
plot, terrorize and try to destroy the
lives of other people, based solely on
the color of one's skin, God can fix it.
Where there is injustice, immorality,
bigotry, and hatred, God can fix it.
Where there is dishonesty and
divisiveness, God can fix it, and
nothing can stop or hinder
Regardless of our endeavors... we can
do nothing of lasting value... unless
God blesses our work.
To exclude God out of our thoughts,
will, words, and doings is the greatest
wickedness that can be.
Our nation cannot stay on its present course and
expect to continue experiencing God's blessing.
In these perilous times, with so many storms on the
horizon, it would befit us to wake up and realize that the
enemy, Satan, is still busy at work, more than ever
and he wants to divide, confuse, and stir people up.
He does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in
him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own
Satan is the father of lies. He is a deceiver and master in
sowing discord and hate.
Lies, deception, divisiveness, and evil doings are all
consistent with Satan's character. Satan is darkness,
and the darkness hates light.
It's time for our nation to
of its evil and spiritual rebellion
There is nothing God
The time is now for our nation to
recognize that we cannot fix ourselves.
We cannot overcome obstacles
through simple perseverance, and
If we trust in God,
we cannot depend upon our own ability
to understand everything God is doing.
We cannot abandoned God...and think
it is wise to look to the government
to heal our land.
It is imperative that we humble
ourselves and acknowledge our need
and dependence on God.
Our nation desperately needs to
let us anchor ourselves in
And let us include God in every facet
of our lives.
In order for us all to live the abundant life God has for us...
and clear a path for the next generations... we must,
individually and collectively, make God and God alone...
our first priority, always.
Seeking God first and keeping God first is an
experience that will revolutionize our hearts, minds, and
Regardless of what your politics may be...
God has the capacity of speaking things into existence,
not just galaxies and life forms, but solutions to any
problem we could ever have...individually and
When God's hand is in it... when we let God abide...
and rest in God's sovereignty... we can be assured...
God will give us peace which surpasses all understanding.
We must eminently determine that our nation is...
Truly, the world is in trouble, our country is in trouble,
our neighborhoods, schools, and families are in trouble.
Let us all, genuinely, pray for the revival of our families,
communities, cities, states, country, and the world.
As we surrender all to God, the Creator of all things,
Who is above all things, Who rules over all things,
and governs all things... then we will truly be blessed
with the security, freedom, and peace our country and this
world consciously or unconsciously seeks.
May we, as a nation, pray and surrender all that we think,
will, say, feel, and do to God.
God is able to change hearts and make not only our
country, but our world a loving, peaceful, and healed land.
Inequality and injustice in our society must not be
tolerated by anyone. We must continue to adopt
clear-cut public stances that support the inclusion
of vulnerable and marginalized groups. In this
situation, our voice is very important.
It is time for all God fearing
individuals to be agents of change,
reconciliation, and unity.
Now is the time to lead our country
toward behaviors that will honor
Let us pray not only for our nation, but for our leaders, for
all who govern us, and for all who are in authority in any
way. Let us pray that they realize and focus on God's
infinite goodness within themselves and within all
humanity. Let us pray that the kingdom of
righteousness be manifested in their hearts as they receive
the wisdom of God.
May we lift up the current president to God almighty.
As the movement for racial justice and equity gathers
momentum around the globe, may we continue to pray
and know that...
God and God alone is the ultimate Master of life.
Through the wisdom of God may all those in authority of
this land be unified in thought and purpose so they
may properly and uprightly govern and guide our nation,
and do what is good and acceptable in the sight of God.
With so much conflict and mental, physical and spiritual
poverty in the world... let us pray for godly people to
occupy and lead our nation under God, indivisible with
liberty and justice for all.
May those in leadership lead with God fearing discerning
hearts and wise minds. May God touch the hearts and
minds of our nation's leaders and remove wrong people
that are corrupt and living in opposition to God from
every influential position.
May we pray for God's guidance and blessing on our
nation and our world as we face these uncertain times.
Let us pray that the kingdom of righteousness be
manifested in their hearts as they receive the wisdom of
God and lead our nation uprightly.
May all who are in authority realize and focus on God's
infinite goodness within themselves and within all
It is important that we keep not only the United States of
America in our prayers, but the whole wide world in
And may we all be reminded:
Jesus embraced others with a radical
disregard for their race, tribe, creed,
color, class, religion, language, age,
culture, disability, political beliefs,
educational background, or
experiences, or realities.
"Jesus ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and
people and nation."
Let us pray that all who are in authority, world-wide will
bear the marks of God's love, presence, and power, and
not become susceptible to lies, chaos and evil
undertakings, but advocate for peace, love and justice for
May God bless our nation and our world as we return and
follow God with God-fearing, humble hearts. May we, as
a nation and world, act in obedience to Almighty God.
From this day forward...
May Divine right action guard and guide us all as we turn
our hearts towards God, and may America's greatest
desire be to open our hearts and allow the Spirit and
power of God to flow in our lives...