January 27, 2023

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The Real Differences Between Biden and Trump Document Troves

Victor Davis Hanson  / January 27, 2023

Classified Presidential Documents

Justice Department investigators found approximately 20 classified documents in President Joe Biden’s Delaware home. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and author of the book “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.” You can reach him by e-mailing authorvdh@gmail.com.

Former President Donald Trump for now certainly seems to have had more documents labeled “classified” at Mar-a-Lago in Florida than did President Joe Biden at his various homes in Delaware.

Yet otherwise, the comparisons between the two cases, contrary to popular punditry, hardly favor Biden.

First, a stranger would face a far greater challenge entering a post-presidential Mar-a-Lago than a pre-presidential Biden home, office, or garage—or who knows where?

Secret service agents and private security were stationed at Mar-a-Lago. Prior to the 2020 presidential election, they were not at citizen Biden’s various troves for most of 2017-2020, much less prior to 2009.

Second, we seem to forget that for much of the developing controversy, Biden’s own team was investigating Biden.

On the other hand, the Biden administration’s Justice Department and the FBI were not just investigating Trump as an outside party, but as a former president—and a possible 2024 presidential candidate and opponent of Biden himself.

Remember, the narrative of the first Democratic impeachment of Trump was the allegation that Trump had used his powers of the presidency to investigate Biden and his family, a likely 2020 challenger to Trump’s reelection bid.

Third, no one in a position of government authority had passed judgment on Biden’s alleged security violations.

That was not the case of the still alleged violations of Trump.

Biden, as president, had weighed in, during his own Justice Department’s ongoing investigations of Trump. Indeed, he proclaimed the former president to be guilty: “How could anyone be that irresponsible?” In contrast, he also dismissed the ongoing investigation of himself with “There is no there, there.”

Fourth, Trump is certainly right that as president he had a far more substantial claim of declassification rights than did Biden who took the papers out either as a senator or vice president.

Fifth, the FBI was not merely asymmetrical in melodramatically raiding the Trump home while allowing Biden lawyers to inspect various Biden stashes. The FBI also leaked the purported contents of the subjects of the Trump classified documents (falsely spreading the lie of “nuclear codes” and “nuclear secrets”) in a way it has not with the Biden cache.

The FBI went so far as to scatter the documents on the floor for a fake news photo-op as if the papers were so messily arrayed when they arrived.

So far, the FBI has come lightly and belatedly to the Biden case without the SWAT team get-up and only under pressure from the public and the Republican opposition.

Sixth, Biden did not “self-report.” Biden’s team did not call the relevant government authorities the minute they discovered the classified documents in Biden’s office and home and garage.

In truth, Biden, or someone close to Biden, certainly knew that he or someone close to him had illegally removed classified documents when he left the vice presidency in 2017—or years earlier as a senator.

For at least the last six years— at least—Biden has felt no compunction to confess to authorities he illegally was in possession of classified documents.

Indeed, the only reason the current troves are coming to light was apparent White House paranoia that the media, the Biden Justice Department, and the special counsel were so fixated on the Trump documents that they likely feared someone might raise the logical question of whether a hypocritical Biden himself might be guilty of exactly the crime for which they were pursuing Trump.

Worse, Biden and his staff knew classified documents were in his possession before the midterms but deliberately suppressed that information until after the elections were over.

Seventh, Trump’s documents were stored only at one place, Mar-a-Lago, and only for about 19 months. Biden’s were stashed at various locations for nearly seven years, or perhaps over a decade. There were far more opportunities of time and space for those without security clearances to have access to the Biden documents than to the Trump files.

Eighth, the press has exhaustively speculated, usually wrongly, about how the documents reached Mar-a-Lago and what they contained. In contrast, no one knows or even asks why Biden took classified documents, what they concerned, or who, if any, in his family circle had access to them.

Ninth, Trump’s documents did not expose other liabilities of the constantly investigated Trump. The Biden files so far have directed attention to the mysterious tens of millions of dollars in Communist Chinese money that poured into Biden’s think tank at the University of Pennsylvania, the proximity of members of the quid pro quo Biden consortium to these classified papers, and the files’ relevance, if any, to the Biden family’s overseas businesses.

Did Hunter Biden ever consult or view classified documents while living in a home with them? Will there be fingerprint or DNA tests on the documents? If Hunter consulted any of these classified documents, then the Biden presidency is finished.

Tenth, Trump possessed contested documents as a private citizen. Biden’s files under contention involve the current behavior of the president of the United States. Biden ran for office, was elected, and serves as president with the full knowledge that all this time, he unlawfully possessed classified documents.

Sanctity of Life

Sanctity of Human Life Talking Points
Deut. 30:19
 
“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” – Deut. 30:19

Introduction: Just like Israel of old, we as a nation and as individuals, we must come to grips with the option and opportunity in Deuteronomy 30:19. God has set before us the option of life and death and the opportunity to choose life. Thankfully, the Supreme Court recently overruled[1] an earlier ruling that dates back to January 22, 1973, when that Court struck down virtually all state restrictions on abortion,[2] opening the door for our nation to murder pre-born human beings like never before. Though the Supreme Court reversed that ruling, it did not stop abortion. In fact, the ruling merely put the matter of abortion back on the states to decide. Tragically, over 63 million pre-born lives have been lost to surgical abortion[3], and untold numbers have been terminated via chemical abortion.

Let the weight of that hit you. Just think of a catastrophic disaster where the entire populations of California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington are wiped out. That is what we are talking about. Abortion is the American Holocaust, and it is a moral outrage that ought to make every Christian in this nation rise up in righteous indignation.

  Yet the debate over abortion continues to rage across America. Consequently, it is important to  expose the deceptive arguments of the pro-abortion crowd, and then see the declared truth of the word of God regarding preborn human life, and finally give you some definite things you can do about this immoral madness called abortion, this continued war on human life in many states.

I. DECEPTIVE ARGUMENTS OF THE PRO-ABORTION ACTIVISTS

First of all, let’s talk about the deceptive arguments used by the pro-abortion crowd. Let’s be honest, the abortion activists, who used to call themselves “pro-choice” and now prefer to see themselves as defenders of “reproductive health,” have a lot of persuasive-sounding arguments they use to shout down their opponents. Listen closely to some of them, and see if they really are all that sound when we subject them to scrutiny

A. “A fetus is not a baby.”: For example, there are some who say: “That’s not really a baby while in the womb.” That’s foolishness. Any modern sonogram will offer compelling proof. Want more? A number of years ago, a group of 60 prominent physicians, which included former presidents of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of Neurology, met in Cambridge, Mass. and presented a declaration that said: “The fetus is not a sub-human species… the embryo is alive, human, and unique in the special environmental support required for that stage of human development.”[3] The bottom line: The biological facts are absolutely conclusive that the fetus is a living human being.

Yet many are deceived by the terminology used by the abortion activists to refer to the baby in the mother’s womb. They talk about embryos, products of conception, and fetuses. Take the word “fetus” for example. That’s a perfectly good Latin word meaning “preborn baby.” But it is a Latin word, which most people do not understand. The abortion activists know this, which is why they like to use these obscure terms. It’s all a part of their great deception.

And then there are those who would agree that what is growing in the womb may be a living human being, but claim that it hasn’t yet obtained “personhood” and therefore does not have human rights until the birth takes place. In other words, if it is in the womb, it is not a person. That hair-splitting argument brings up some interesting parallels in history. It reminds me of the Dred Scott case of 1857, when the Supreme Court said that the black man was not protected by the Constitution because a slave was not a person.[4] It reminds me of Nazi Germany where Hitler and his regime said that a Jew was not a person. The Nazis were shrewd enough to know that before you can enslave and exterminate human beings, the first thing you have to do is depersonalize and dehumanize them—semantically destroy them before you physically destroy them. Make them into something less than human.

So that’s a dangerous argument to say that the preborn baby in the womb is not human. It leads down a slippery slope where virtually all human life becomes worthless—we’re speeding down that slope right now. Legalized abortion naturally leads to physician-assisted suicide, which a number of state legislatures have passed and others are considering. We need to stop this slide and stand for life!

B. “What about rape and incest and saving the life of the mother?”: When you add up abortions due to rape and incest, and those to save the life of the mother, all three account for less than four percent of all abortions—that’s right, four percent.[5] Fine, let’s drop the other 96 percent of the abortions for now and we’ll talk about these instances. When a pregnant woman’s life is in danger, and she requires a medical procedure to save her life which could simultaneously harm her unborn child, there is nothing wrong with going ahead with this procedure as long as no direct harmful action is taken against the child. Abortion is wrong because it involves the intentional killing of a child; a life-saving surgery for a pregnant woman does not involve this intentional action, and therefore cannot be considered an “abortion” even if the unborn child dies as an indirect result of the medical procedure.

There is a great deal of emotion attached to victims of rape and incest, and rightly so. But are you going to play God in a matter like this? Are you going to say that a baby conceived by rape or incest should not live? Wouldn’t that be following a wrong with another wrong? Let’s say a white man raped a 13-year-old African-American girl, impregnating her. Should her parents force her to abort that child? If they had, we would not have been blessed by the Gospel singer Ethel Watters, conceived by rape. And what about Ruth, a woman who has a book of the Bible named after her, and who is named in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ? She descended from a man named Moab, who was born out of an incestuous relationship. Who wants to play God?

C. “What about handicaps and birth defects?”: When a doctor tells you there is a bad problem with the baby and says that abortion might be the best option, it causes some to pause. My wife and I heard a doctor tell us the same thing, and we were concerned, but we said we would accept what God gave us, and by God’s grace both of our children are healthy and whole, though Kristen spent 10 days in the NICU when she was born.

Let’s say that there’s a mother who has tuberculosis. She has already given birth to four children—one died, one is blind, one is deaf, and a fourth contracted tuberculosis from the mother. Now she’s pregnant again—should she abort? Well, if she had, then the world would have been robbed of the music of Ludwig von Beethoven. Are you going to play God? Follow the abortionist’s argument to its logical conclusion. Do you believe that defective people should be put to death? Then a lot of us here ought not be alive, including me. All of us have defects. Just how perfect do you have to be in order to live? Where do we start when we eliminate those who are defective? Where do we end? In Nazi Germany, abortion preceded the killing of the handicapped, then the elderly, and finally the Jews and other so-called “undesirables.” We’ve started, where do we end?

D. “What about poor unwed teens?”: This is another argument they use. Let me throw out this scenario: What about the poor pregnant unwed teen who was engaged to a man who is not the biological father who wants to break it off when he first finds out? Should she get an abortion? If she had, Mary would have aborted Jesus. Again, who wants to play God? Here are some stubborn statistics:

Over 60 percent of women who abort their babies are over 20 years old (most are NOT unwed teens)Over 40 percent of all abortions are carried out on patients for the second, third, or fourth time76 percent of women who abort their babies are unmarried53 percent of women who abort their babies have no other childrenFully 22 percent of all pregnancies are terminated by abortion, not counting miscarriages.

That makes the womb the most dangerous place for an American—more dangerous than a citizen in the mean streets of Chicago.[6] And if you can believe it, the womb is even more dangerous if you are African American. It is clear by any counting that minorities are over-represented in the statistics relative to their population.[7] Why is that?

It all goes back to Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger.[8] Several years ago, Margaret Sanger was named one of TIME’s “20 Most Influential Americans of All Time.” What was Sanger’s vision? To “improve” the American population by controlled breeding, which is called eugenics. In the 1930s and 1940s, her views and those of her peers in the birth control/population control movement contributed to compulsory sterilization laws in 30 states that resulted in more than 60,000 sterilizations of vulnerable people, including people she considered “feeble-minded,” “idiots,” and “morons.” One of the groups she considered “undesirable” were African Americans. She even presented at a Ku Klux Klan women’s rally in 1926 in Silver Lake, N.J. which led to other speaking engagements with white supremacist groups.[9] In a letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble in 1939, Sanger wrote: “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members” (Margaret Sanger commenting on the ‘Negro Project’ December 10, 1939).[10]

So Sanger was a racist and Planned Parenthood is committing black genocide. For example, 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of predominantly African American or Hispanic communities.[11] Minority women constitute only about 13 percent of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36 percent of the abortions. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than five times as likely as white women to have an abortion.[12] In fact, undercover pro-life operatives from Lila Rose’s Live Action ministry recorded a Planned Parenthood official saying they would accept donations to “lower the number of blacks in America.”[13]

And yes, don’t forget those undercover videos with Planned Parenthood officials casually sipping wine and eating salad and coolly discussing how to conduct abortions in such a way that they can pull out the organs and sell them.[14] So not only are they targeting minorities and killing babies, they are selling human parts for profit! Again, this is an unspeakable evil! We should not let a dime of our tax money fund them. In fact, we ought to shut every Planned Parenthood down and lock up their leaders!

E. “Doesn’t a woman have the right to choose?”: Doesn’t a woman have the right to do what she pleases with her own body? That is what many women in their pink hats were proclaiming at the women’s march a few years ago in D.C. “It’s my body, I have a right to choose.” No, not according to the law. In most states, its illegal for a woman to be a prostitute, it is illegal to fill her body with illicit drugs, it is illegal to get intoxicated with alcohol and drive. No, a woman can’t do entirely as she chooses. But the argument to end all arguments from the pro-abortion crowd is this: A woman has the right to choose. Choose what? Choose to steal? Choose to kidnap? Choose to murder? No. In a civilized society, a person does not have the right to do as they please in every case.

And that’s especially true with regard to the preborn child in the mother’s womb, because we’re not talking about her body, but a distinctly different person that should be granted full human rights, beginning with life. The same 60 physicians quoted earlier had this to say:

“A human ovum together with a human sperm produces a biologically identifiable human embryo. It has separate and unique genetic information and biological material. Every cell in a woman’s body has exactly the same 46 chromosomes, and exactly the same genes. Every cell is identical in that way, except for the cells in that baby. The baby has a different set of chromosomes and a different set of genes.”[15]


Listen, the baby even provides its own nest, the placenta and the umbilical cord. The baby has its own blood stream, maybe even a different blood type than the mother. In half of the cases, the baby has a different gender.[16] So we’re talking about a guest, a baby, living inside the host, the mother. Run that line of reasoning on out. Let’s say a cult member comes into my home to share his heretical propaganda. He is an unwanted guest from the standpoint of his religion. Do I have the right to murder an unwanted guest? Same faulty reasoning with abortion.

II. DECLARED TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE

Well, we’ve heard their deceptive arguments and they don’t hold water. But what is the declared truth of Scripture? We claim to accept the Bible as the word of God and therefore the final word. Do you agree? If you are a Christian, it ought to be. And there are over 100 texts that deal with the preborn.

A. Preborn Human Life in the Old Testament: Look with me at Psalm 139:13-16. These verses tell us that God forms that child in a mother’s womb, and that child is the subject and object of God’s love and concern. Look at the pronouns. This is not an “it” or a “thing” that can be removed like a tumor and destroyed. This is a person made in the image of God. And the Bible doesn’t distinguish between prenatal and postnatal life. Look at Jeremiah 1:5. Jeremiah was a prophet and God told him: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (KJV – consecrated). You don’t consecrate a gall bladder to become a prophet, you consecrate a person.

B. Preborn Human Life in the New Testament: In Luke’s Gospel, we read that Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, went to visit her relative Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. Listen to verse 41: “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” I mean, you never heard an expectant mother say: “A fetus leaped inside me or a product of conception kicked me.” No. In fact, the Greek word brephos is used when it says that the baby leaped in her womb. That word can mean: “a preborn child, embryo, fetus, a newborn child, an infant, a babe.” It is the same term that is used to describe Jesus, the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger (Luke 2:12,16).

In other words, there is no distinction made in the Greek NT between a preborn baby and a newborn child. No distinction. And Greek is an expressive and precise language—there are four words that are used to describe love! But when it comes to describing a preborn child or a newborn child—there is only one term used. A preborn child is therefore not an “it,” a preborn child is a person.

Let me ask you, if a mother delivered the child and then decided to kill the baby, would that be OK? What about the Lincoln Memorial University student who received national attention several years ago because she delivered her baby, ripped the umbilical cord loose, wrapped the child in a sweatshirt, and threw the unwanted child in the trash? She went to jail. But she wouldn’t have if she had simply gotten an abortion in many states. There’s no difference between what she did and an abortion, because terminating a pregnancy is, in fact, taking a human life.

Do you know how an abortion is carried out? It is ironic that the media will never allow you to see one. They will show us some of the six million victims of the Nazi Holocaust, they will show us abuses in war torn countries around the world, but none of the 60 million victims of the American Holocaust. They will bring the evils of human trafficking and the horrors of war into your home night after night, but not the preborn being aborted or the body parts of aborted babies. Why? Because as supporters of abortion rights, they know that if the light ever shined in that darkness, there would likely be such a righteous outcry that abortion would be stopped.

What happens in an abortion? Some abortionists inject the womb with a saline solution that burns and scalds the baby. Others stick a needle through the womb and into the baby’s beating heart and inject it with poison that kills. Other abortionists use a vacuum device that dismembers and sucks the preborn baby’s body parts out of the womb. Others use forceps, which the baby struggles to avoid, according to the sonograms. They rip off the limbs, crush the baby’s head, pull the body out of the womb, and throw it in the trash! Or they harvest valuable organs before doing so… Thank God partial-birth abortion has been banned, but the other methods are no less inhumane and grisly. I mean, we would expect that in the death camps of Auschwitz, not the health clinics of America. Consequently….

C. Preborn Human Life Must Be Protected: Prov. 24:11-12 says: “Rescue those being led away to death, hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “We knew nothing about this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done? Folks, we need to stand up and speak out. Why? Because abortion is wrong! It is pre-meditated murder! It violates the 6th Commandment in Exodus 20:13: “You shall not murder.”[17] And I want you to know that God hates it. According to Proverbs 6:16-17: “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.” God hates the shedding of innocent blood! And His ears are filled with the cries of the innocent being slain in this nation, and there will be a day of reckoning! And we will answer for what we do and for what we don’t do!

III. DEFINITE ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE

We’ve talked about the deceptive arguments made by abortion activists and the declared truth of Scripture. Lastly, let’s explore some definite actions we can take. What should we do, what can we do, and what must we do about this great evil of our day?

A. Stay Informed: First, we need to be informed, and that’s why I preached this message. But stay informed. Keep up with what is happening in our government by visiting frc.org and subscribing to the Washington Stand. The Washington Stand is Family Research Council’s outlet for news and commentary from a biblical worldview.

We need to inform others. We need to teach and preach and practice sexual purity at home and in the church so that our young people don’t even get in a position to have to make such a choice between life and death. But if they do get in that position, encourage your kids and your grandkids to choose life. Choose life, even when there is a moral failure, especially among our own. That leads me secondly to say we need to…

B. Show Compassion: We need to show compassion toward the unwed mother and the women who have had an abortion, not condoning the sin, but caring for the sinner, leading all to a place of repentance and restoration. Listen, there is forgiveness in Jesus Christ. That is why he went to the cross! If you have gone through an abortion, it is not the unforgivable sin. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Come to Christ and confess this grievous sin and you will have forgiveness and cleansing.

I have been moved by the testimonies of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who had abortions, but who now regret them. Consider Wendy from Pennsylvania, who had an abortion when she was 19 years old: “It took 35 years of my life to reconcile that one foolish mistake,” Wendy wrote. “Remember the abortion lie that promised to help me ‘forget about my baby and go on with my life like nothing happened?’ Now, after 35 gut wrenching years, I can go on only because I found forgiveness and peace in the truth – not the lie.” Church, there are a lot of broken and hurting women in our pews and in our communities who are longing to be set free from their guilt and pain. Only Jesus can do that, but he wants to use us to be his messengers of mercy. So church, show compassion.

Here’s my firm conviction: Christians should be just as concerned and compassionate before the pregnancy and after the pregnancy as we are during the pregnancy. We need to support the creation and operation of Pregnancy Resource Centers as they help these young women choose life and then seek to give their children a life. We need to support adoption and foster care in our church because every child deserves a loving home with a dad and a mom. We need to get behind ethical stem cell research, which is leading to positive treatments and giving hope. We need to be compassionate in caring for human life, not only in the womb, but in every age and stage of life.

C. Start Engaging: Third, we need to start engaging on this issue in the public arena, especially if you live in a state where abortion remains unrestricted. Jesus said we are the Salt and the Light (Matt. 5:13-14) and he commanded us: “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21). So a practical application for a Christian who is a citizen of America is to participate in the public debate and seek to have a positive “Salt and Light” influence on the direction of our government and its policies and laws. Here are five practical ways we can be active and make an impact:

1. Pray that the dignity of every human life will be respected and protected from conception to natural death (Prov. 24:11-12).


2. Ask the president to appoint pro-life justices and judges to the courts: whitehouse.gov/contact


3. Contact your Representative and Senators by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or visit FRCAction.org and click on the “Get Involved” tab, then “Contact Officials.” Urge them to support pro-life legislation.


4. Educate yourself on pro-life arguments. Read the best arguments from science, the law, and women’s rights to advance the pro-life case against abortion to your friends, family, and neighbors. To find out more about how to promote the pro-life cause in your daily life, check out FRC.org/life.


5. Support a Pregnancy Care Center in our area. To find a life-affirming ministry for women in our area who are expecting a child, check out heartbeatinternational.org/worldwide-directory.


Our efforts are making a difference. Be encouraged by the fact that the pro-life movement has made significant progress since that awful January 22, 1973 Supreme Court ruling. Since then we’ve seen scores of pro-life laws passed in state legislatures.[19] And now we have a Supreme Court ruling that permits the states to restrict abortion. Sodefinite progress is being made. And public opinion on abortion has shifted. So at least the culture of death is being rolled back bit by bit, and that is encouraging.  

But we still have a long way to go. Remember, elections have consequences. So your vote matters this fall—not only on a federal level, but on the state level. Most of the pro-life advances have been made in state legislatures, so we need more pro-life governors and state legislators. Bible-believing Christians need to be engaged because we can make a difference in who is making those life and death decisions by the way we vote and by our activism. Thomas Jefferson declared: “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”[20] Let’s vote for public servants who agree and remind those currently serving of this great truth of the need for government to protect the dignity of every human being, born and preborn.

Listen, God’s people need to rise up and stand up and speak up for the defenseless! In fact, the Bible gives us our marching orders in Isaiah 58:1: “Shout it aloud! Don’t hold back! Raise your voice like a trumpet! Declare to my people their rebellion, and to the house of Jacob their sins.” We need to be that voice for those who have no voice.

Again, we need to fall on our knees in humble repentance and fervently pray to Almighty God that he will continue to change the direction of this nation that has launched out into a sea of innocent blood. We once held to the God-given right to life in this nation, but that day passed and night descended. Yet now,  a new day for life is on the horizon. Nothing is impossible with God. Pray that even as slavery ended in America, even as the Jewish Holocaust ended, that the American Holocaust might end, that the murder of innocent preborn babies might end, and that by the grace of God and our repentance, this dark night on the soul of our nation might end and that the light of the gospel might once again shine brightly in our land once again.

Prayer: Creator God and Author of life , we pray for your mercy. Our nation deserves to be destroyed because of abortion alone, even if we had no other sins. Have mercy on us as a people. We pray for those who have had abortions and for all those who have had a hand in them. We pray that you would lead them to the Cross and help them look up to him whose hands and feet were pierced that their sins might be paid for. Thank you for the forgiveness and the new beginning that Jesus offers. Give us the courage to have a voice for those who have no voice, for Christ’s sake. Amen.


Dr. Kenyn Cureton, a former pastor and Vice President for Convention Relations for the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, currently serves as Vice President for Christian Resources with Family Research Council.
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  [1]  Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization No. 19-1392, 597 US (2022). See https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/19-1392_6j37.pdf?bcs-agent-scanner=20760f20-6125-3a4a-8574-0b8901af4386
 [2] Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S.; 113, 163-164 (1973)
 [3] https://www.foxnews.com/politics/abortions-since-roe-v-wade
[4] Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857)
[5] See the stats provided by the Alan Guttmacher Institute: http://www.agi-usa.org/presentations/abort_slides.pdf
[6] See the stats provided by the Alan Guttmacher Institute: http://www.agi-usa.org/presentations/abort_slides.pdf
[7] http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/14/58586256-abortions-in-america-since-roe-v-wade-in-1973/
[8] http://www.frcblog.com/2016/10/real-margaret-sanger/
[9] http://www.lifenews.com/2015/02/23/7-shocking-quotes-from-planned-parenthood-founder-margaret-sanger/
[10] https://libex.smith.edu/omeka/files/original/d6358bc3053c93183295bf2df1c0c931.pdf?bcs-agent-scanner=c76ae885-c258-d340-b722-da069e0b086c
[11] http://www.protectingblacklife.org/pp_targets/
[12] http://www.blackgenocide.org/black.html
[13] http://liveaction.org/what-we-do/investigations/racially-motivated-donations/
[14] http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/cmp/investigative-footage/
[15] See http://www.forerunner.com/forerunner/X0717_Abortion__Evolution.html.
[16] C. Everett Koop, M.D., Koop: The Memoirs of America’s Family Doctor (New York: Random House, 1991), p. 264, comments: “It always seemed clear to me that life begins at conception. After the twenty-three chromosomes of the sperm are united with the twenty-three chromosomes of the egg to become a one-celled living organism containing the entire genetic code that will eventually become a you or a me, that single cell requires nothing except nutrition to become a baby nine months later. Biologists seem to have no trouble believing that life begins at the time of fertilization when they talk about lizards, doves, or baboons; it is only when the argument turns to the highest form of animal life, a human being, that there enters a lot of fuzzy thinking about conception and life.”
[17] When God set forth the final five of the 10 Commandments to protect people’s rights and preserve order in society, the first one is a prohibition is against taking someone’s life. In fact, the high value God places on human life is the justification for Capital Punishment. See Genesis 9:6, which says: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed for in the image of God has God made man.” When you murder another person, you have committed a great evil. Why? Because God created man in His image, and your malicious attack against another human being is considered an indirect attack on God Himself. And that crime is worthy of the death penalty. Rom. 13 in the NT talks about the fact that God has ordained government to carry out that penalty—the authority “does not bear the sword for nothing—He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” Human life is precious in God’s sight, the object of his great love. Anyone who takes a life wrongfully, is the object of God’s wrath. See also Exod. 21:12-17, 22-23, 29.
[18] https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/record-number-of-pro-abortion-laws-being-introduced-dwarfed-by-pro-life-gai
  [19]https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/record-number-of-pro-abortion-laws-being-introduced-dwarfed-by-pro-life-gai
[20] Thomas Jefferson to Maryland Republicans, 1809. as found in Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert E. Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 20 vols., (Washington, D.C.: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1903-1904), 16:359.

From Family Research Council

2023



As we enter 2023 let us avoid falling into making resolutions of things we cannot keep. I read that by the end of February approximately 70% of all resolutions have not been kept. What are the reasons they were not kept? The article didn’t really say. I believe there are probably several excellent reasons, you fall ill or become injured, you change jobs or have to change shifts, or a family member becomes ill or injured and you are seeing to their needs.
Most of the time, probably, failure occurs because we don’t count the cost of our resolutions, you know, can you really, cold turkey stop eating all those chocolate bars in one month? Probably not, so why not just ease into it? Cut back by 20% the first month and another 20% the next month. This can be applied to any resolution.
What if, with the Lord’s help, we vowed to pray more, study, and read scripture more? Even start memorizing scriptures. We have, in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, a pattern for the New Year! Christian Conduct But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully: hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Do these things, depend on His strength to do them, and He will bring it to pass!
So, in this New Year, The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.

That is from Numbers 6:24-26

Daniel

The world, like Nebuchadnezzar, expects us to all follow its fashions and to obey its rules. The god of this world is the devil, and he claims implicit obedience. Sin in some form or other is the image Satan sets up and requires us to serve. If we mean to be Christian, and therefore intend to cast off the bondage of this present evil world, our resolve must be taken to bear all consequences rather than worship the idol of the hour. We cannot be Christ’s disciples unless we have come to this point and abide by it, for Jesus leads only in the way of righteousness. The world may demand that we should yield to its mandates, but as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will refuse to do so. As Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego said to Nebuchadnezzar, so will true believers say to the world, “We will not serve other gods or worship the gold statue you set up”  C.H. Spurgeon

The Reds Are Right About Assange

The Chinese communists are hoisting the U.S. government on its own petard, at least with respect to Julian Assange, the Australian citizen who, with WikiLeaks, disclosed war crimes committed by the U.S. national-security establishment.

For decades stretching back to the Cold War, U.S. officials have reveled in leveling condemnations and criticisms of Red China for its human-rights abuses and denial of civil liberties.

What has always amazed me is that the Chinese haven’t responded by pointing out the rank hypocrisy of the U.S. government, given the horrific human-rights abuses and denial of civil liberties long exercised by the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA, especially with their assassination program, torture program, kidnapping program, indefinite detention, denial of speedy trial, denial of trial by jury, and secret mass surveillance.

That’s all changed with the case of Julian Assange. The Reds are no longer silent. They are going on the attack with condemnations and criticisms of the U.S. government with respect to Assange. 

Take, for example, this video presentation by Yonden Lhatoo, the chief news editor of the South China Morning Post. It is entitled “The Insufferable Hypocrisy of Western Governments Hell-Bent on Destroying Julian Assange.” It’s worth watching. Lhatoo skewers U.S. and British officials for their persecution, prosecution, and mistreatment of Assange for telling the truth about war crimes committed by the U.S. national-security state.

Now, mind you, as a Hong Kong media outlet, the South China Morning Post is not technically owned by Red China’s communist regime. But with the way things are going in Hong Kong, it is a virtual certainty that the Morning Post is being closely monitored, if not indirectly controlled, by the communist regime. In fact, according to Wikipedia, “Since the change of ownership in 2016, critics including The New York TimesDer Spiegel and The Atlantic have alleged that the paper is on a mission to promote China‘s soft power abroad. According to critics, it is moving away from independent journalism and pioneering a new form of ‘propaganda.’”

Lhatoo points out that if Assange had been a Chinese citizen who had disclosed truthful evidence of war crimes committed by China, U.S. and British officials would be hailing him as a courageous hero, one who was deserving of the Nobel Prize. It is an excellent point, one that is indisputable. 

Sadly, what the Reds are saying about U.S. hypocrisy is absolutely correct. What amazes me is that they haven’t yet, as far as I know, pointed to the Pentagon/CIA torture and prison center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which could easily have been modeled on similar structures in communist countries. 

It’s pretty sad when the communists are condemning and criticizing the U.S. government for hypocrisy when it comes to human-rights abuses and civil liberties. It’s even sadder when they are right, especially in the case of Julian Assange. 

Reprinted from Jacob Hornberger’s Blog.

4 Facts About IRS Gun Arsenal

Some of the 87,000 new agents whom Democrats propose to hire at the Internal Revenue Service could come with some extra firepower. 

On Friday, House Democrats gave final passage to the tax and spending bill they dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, which, among other things, would double the size of the IRS with 87,000 new agents to beef up enforcement

As of two years ago, the IRS had an arsenal of 4,600 guns, reported OpenTheBooks, a government watchdog group. 

Two federal investigations in the past decade found that IRS agents had not been sufficiently trained and were accident-prone with the weapons they have. Armed IRS raids on nonviolent taxpayers surfaced as a concern almost 25 years ago during a Senate hearing. 

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Democrats’ bill, which the Senate passed Sunday, awaits the signature of President Joe Biden should it clear the House as early as Friday.

The legislation, which unwinds from 2023 through 2031, would devote $80 billion to expanding the IRS and boosting tax revenue to pay for Democrats’ green energy subsidies and other  pet projects. 

Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative group that opposes the legislation, assembled information about the IRS arsenal from government and media reports. 

During the House floor debate Friday, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., raised concerns about arming IRS agents. 

“This bill has new IRS agents and they are armed, and the job description tells them that they need to be required to carry a firearm and expect to use deadly force if necessary,” Boebert said. “Excessive taxation is theft. You are using the power of the federal government for armed robbery on the taxpayers.”  

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., suggested that no IRS agents are armed. 

“The idea that they are armed—I know that Ms. Boebert would like everybody to be armed, but that’s not what IRS agents do,” Yarmuth said. “I would implore my Republican colleagues to cut out the scare tactics. Quit making things up.”

In a posted job opening for a special agent, the IRS specified that applicants should be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments,” and able to carry “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”

After sparking some controversy amid the proposed expansion of the agency, the IRS deleted “willing to use deadly force” from the job description.

The IRS referred questions to the Treasury Department as to whether the arsenal would increase as the number of personnel multiplies. 

The Treasury Department did not immediately respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment for this report. 

Here are four key things to know about the Internal Revenue Service and weapons. 

1. IRS Guns and Ammo

The current IRS workforce includes 78,661 full-time employees, so Democrats’ legislation, if passed as written, would more than double the agency’s employees.

A 2020 report from OpenTheBooks, titled “The Militarization of the U.S. Executive Agencies,” shows that the IRS Criminal Investigation division has a stockpile of 4,600 guns.

The firearms include 3,282 pistols, 621 shotguns, 539 rifles, 15 fully automatic firearms, and four revolvers, the report says. 

The Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog agency, reported in 2018 that the IRS had 3.1 million rounds of ammunition for pistols and revolvers. 

The tax agency had 1.4 million rounds of ammunition for rifles, the GAO report said, along with 367,750 shotgun rounds and 56,000 rounds for automatic weapons. 

2. Armed Agents ‘Not Properly Trained’ 

The IRS’s National Criminal Investigation Training Academy has the responsibility to implement firearms training and a related qualification program nationwide. 

However, IRS agents assigned to the Criminal Investigation division regularly failed to stay up to date with training or to report incidents of improper firearms use, according to a 2018 report from the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration. 

The inspector general’s report notes that “there is no national level review of firearms training records to ensure that all special agents meet the qualification requirements.”

“Special agents not properly trained in the use of firearms could endanger the public, as well as their fellow special agents, and expose the IRS to possible litigation over injuries or for damages,” the report says. 

For qualification, each agent must score 75% or higher on the firing range, but the IRS lacked documentation showing its agents met the standards, according to the inspector general.  

The report says that 79 of the 459 special agents in the agency’s long gun cadre failed to meet standard qualification requirements. Further, the report says the IRS could not provide information about whether 1,500 special agents were trained in tactical equipment proficiency.

In fiscal year 2016, the inspector general’s report determined, the IRS Criminal Investigation division “did not maintain documented evidence that 145 out of 2,126 special agents met the firearm standards established by CI [Criminal Investigation] and therefore were not qualified law enforcement officers.”

3. More Unintended Discharges Than Intended Ones

The poor firearms training for IRS agents has led to more accidental firings than intentional firings, according to a separate inspector general’s report from 2012. 

“Having the availability of deadly force puts hiring so many new agents into perspective,” Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, told The Daily Signal.

The inspector general for tax administration “found they fired their guns more times by accident than on purpose,” Norquist said. “I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.”

The poor training was not a new problem, since the 2012 report from the inspector general found similar issues with firearms training. 

“If there is insufficient oversight, special agents in possession of firearms who are not properly trained and qualified could endanger other special agents and the public,” the report says. 

The 2012 report not only found that IRS agents fired their weapons by accident more times than intentionally, but that the agency concealed details about the accidental discharges. 

“There were a total of eight firearm discharges classified as intentional use of force incidents and 11 discharges classified as accidental during FYs 2009 through 2011,” the report says.

And, the inspector general’s report continues, “we found that four accidental discharges were not properly reported.”  

It says that “the accidental discharges may have resulted in property damage or personal injury.” 

The public report, however, redacts four references to unreported accidental discharges of firearms. 

4. IRS History of Armed Raids

In 1998, the Senate Finance Committee held investigative hearings into IRS abuses that featured testimony from a Virginia restaurant owner.

The restaurant owner said that armed IRS agents with drug-sniffing dogs burst into his restaurant during breakfast hours and ordered customers to get out. 

Agents took his cash register and records, the restaurant owner told the Senate committee. When he returned home, he found that his door had been kicked open and his residence had been raided. 

A tax preparer from Oklahoma gave similar testimony, saying that about 15 armed IRS agents came to his business and harassed his clients. 

The owner of a Texas oil company recounted that agents came to his office and told employees: “Remove your hands from the keyboards and back away from the computers. And remember, we’re armed!”

In each case, the agents came up empty-handed. 

The Washington Post reported at the time that Democrat and Republican lawmakers alike expressed dismay, and that the Clinton administration’s IRS commissioner, Charles O. Rossotti, promised an investigation of such actions.

At a separate hearing that year before the same Senate committee, Treasury Department’s inspector general, Harry G. Patsalides, told senators that the IRS had tolerated car thefts and anonymous bullying by promoting an agent accused of sexual harassment and allowing agents to conduct armed raids on nonviolent taxpayers.

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