Not mad … indignant

I Saw Provocateurs At The Capitol Riot On Jan. 6. J. Michael Waller – “The deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol bore the markings of an organized operation planned well in advance of the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress.” … “Plainclothes militants … Agents-provocateurs … Fake Trump protesters … Disciplined, uniformed column of attackers”

‘We Just Wanted Our Voices To Be Heard.’ Capitol Protesters Speak Out. John Daniel Davidson – “In the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot during a Donald Trump rally, corporate media won’t talk to the protesters or try to understand their point of view. So I did.” … “if you want to fix what’s wrong and salvage our broken republic, you at least have to try and understand why so many Trump supporters gathered at the U.S. Capitol last week.”

backstory: 4 Reasons McConnell’s Terrible Impeachment Blunder Is Doomed To Failure. Christopher Bedford – “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a terrible mistake Tuesday night when he released word that he was in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump.” Note how little consideration can be found for the actual facts on the ground of the events stimulating the brouhaha.

The Cold Civil War: Social Media Bans Threaten Free Speech For All. I & I Editorial Board – “Triggered and emboldened by a direct request from former First Lady Michelle Obama, Twitter did as told, leading to a bizarre cascade of “me-too” social media activity.” … “That we live in a nation where such an act is possible speaks volumes for how degraded our public discourse, the rule of law and respect for the Constitution have become.”

The Purge Of Conservative Voices Proceeds Apace. Paul Mirengoff – “America’s institutions are using the invasion of the Capitol building by a relatively small number of extremists as a pretext for carrying out a purge of conservatives that they have long desired. The barons of the social media world are leading the charge, but others are following.”

Why AT comments are disabled. Thomas Lifson – “It is news to almost nobody who reads American Thinker that a political witch hunt is underway.”

Assault on the Capitol Has Let Loose the Electronic Octopus. Victor Davis Hanson – “What are the new standards that now get a book or a social media account canceled?”

Leftists Are Colonizing Red Towns Like Mine, And Local Republicans Are Clueless. Mark Pulliam – “As a resident of a small town in east Tennessee, I regret to report that wokeness is everywhere, even in the brightest-red areas of Republican-majority states.” … “weak leadership, public inattention, lack of organization, and general complacency make small towns vulnerable to aggression by liberal activists.”

“Why do voters tolerate such high-handed actions by their public servants? Many are uninformed; few people read the local newspaper. Most ordinary people in small towns are busy working, taking care of their families, and living their lives. They do not spend their time on social media or the internet, putting them at a disadvantage compared to better-organized, tech-savvy activists on the left.

The Salt That Has Lost Its Savor: The Woke Church and the Undoing of America. Larry Alex Taunton – “If abortion, infanticide, violence in our streets, election-rigging, and the evils of Marxism aren’t enough to rouse some churches, for what purpose do they exist?”

“Keller is not an evangelical anomaly. While he was giving theological justification to those who would betray their faith and defect to the opposition with their votes, popular Baptist pastor John Piper was encouraging Christians not to vote at all.
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evangelicals in the English-speaking world have confused Christ’s command to love others with being civil as if that were an attribute of God. (It isn’t.) As a consequence, a superficial, self-righteous, good-for-nothing pietism that prefers tone to truth and style to substance has displaced authentic Christianity in many of the roughly four hundred thousand churches in America. This doctrinal malpractice has given us a generation of men, Christian and otherwise, who are what Lewis called “men without chests.”
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C. S. Lewis called Christianity a “fighting religion.” Think on that. These days, such a statement strikes a somewhat absurd note with a generation that has never known war, privation, or suffering in defense of anything, much less of noble ideals. For them, Jesus has been reinterpreted to meet a lifestyle preference. One might wonder if they truly know him. Because when Jesus said to turn the other cheek, he did not mean to turn a blind eye. And the highest calling of a Christian is not to be civil; it is to be salt and light.

Christians Shaming Christians Over Voting for Trump: 3 Strawman Arguments That Need to Stop. Natasha Crain – “When a person mischaracterizes another’s position on something in order to attack it, that’s called a strawman fallacy. And there’s a lot of strawmanning going on right now.” … “Strawmen are easy to blow down, but the damage is hard to fix.”

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