Family Objective

May 30, 2020

“This side of heaven, home should be a place where faith, hope, and love flourish. Faith in the sure work of Christ crucified and resurrected. Hope in the power of the gospel to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. And love for a triune God whose glory and beauty knows no end.”

Ruled

May 25, 2020

We Cannot Let Ourselves Be Ruled By Scientific Consensus

We are all painfully aware that our nation is being ruled by combination of a claimed scientific consensus and emergency governmental power.

Yet we all know that the science surrounding COVID 19 is far from settled. We have projections, not proof. We have seen perfectly rational doctors who take a different view have their videos banished. There are PhDs with impressive credentials, who likewise have been silenced, because they dissent from the official view du jour.

Yes, the official views have changed. WHO has been all over the map. The CDC has been inconsistent. The Surgeon General has contradicted Dr. Fauci. And all of them have changed their positions on more than one occasion.

Yet the raw power of the nation’s governors has been used to order us to stay home, close and destroy businesses, drive unemployment to skyrocketing levels, close churches, family gatherings, graduations, weddings, funerals and so much more—all in furtherance of the conclusions of this so-called scientific consensus.

I spent 19 months holding official hearings about another scientific consensus. I was the chairman of the Virginia Governor’s Task Force on Lyme Disease. There were four medical doctors, three of whom worked for the Virginia Department of Health, including the State Epidemeologist. We also had a veterinarian, a PhD public school psychologist, a PhD pharmacist, and a handful of others including the Secretary of Natural Resources, and three representatives of the victims of Lyme disease including me. (My wife has chronic Lyme.)

We were a divided group when we started. The medical experts from the State believed the CDC’s views, at least in general. But everyone was willing to listen to the evidence.

We held about 12 hearings. Half were focused on scientific experts. Half were listening to victims.

We listened to the CDC, and importantly, we cross examined them. I led that cross examination with the help of credible medical experts including a former very high ranking government physician with a Masters in Public Health from Harvard on top of his MD.

At the end of all the hearings, we were unanimous. And our report disagreed with several key theorems of the CDC. For example, after looking closely at the evidence we unanimously concluded that no test rules out Lyme disease.

When the scientific consensus was put to the test of public hearings, it fell apart.

Yet medical researchers who dare to disagree with the scientific consensus on Lyme or many other issues are blackballed, bullied, denied funding, and more.

The scientific consensus is that global warming is going to destroy the planet and the people. It too is ruled by an undemocratic, authoritarian process within the scientific community where dissenters with PhDs are silenced and sullen 16 year-olds are lionized as experts.

The same raw power that has America locked down today can be used to lock us all down in the name of stopping climate change.

And people legitimately fear that a COVID 19 vaccine will be forced upon us in a totalitarian manner at a time when it will be scientifically impossible to tell people that the vaccine is safe over time.

We cannot forget the many times that medicines approved as safe and effective by the FDA are later proved to cause cancer and are suddenly taken off the market.

My conclusions are not anti-science. We used the scientific methodology, open meetings, and good old cross examination to reach different conclusions from the official consensus.

Scientific consensus is at least as much about politics as it is about science. And it is a dirty form of politics that is played behind closed doors with intimidation of credible dissenters.

Unless we want to continue to live like we are today, we must insist that our state legislatures drastically reduce the power of the governor to take over the state by emergency edict in pursuit of a so-called scientific consensus.

So what can you do? Make sure your state legislators read this article and make sure you don’t vote for anyone who doesn’t publicly commit themselves to a drastic reduction of the power of governors to assume unilateral control over our lives.

Tyranny

May 24, 2020

Unemployment News Stories Bury the Central Truth

A May 22 article in the Washington Post (link available in first comment) is illustrative. The headline screams: “Nearly every state had historic levels of unemployment last month.”

The central premise of the article is that COVID 19 cost people their jobs. That’s not exactly correct. The shutdown orders of the governors cost people their jobs.

But there is no mention of governors in general and their shutdown orders in the entire article.

Paragraph 11 blames Trump and congressional Republicans for not sending more government aid.

In paragraph 17, one governor is mentioned. Gretchen Whitmer is credited for opening up automakers after an earlier order closed them down. The article fails to mention the obvious fact that it was HER earlier order that closed auto manufacturing.

In the mainstream media Governors are given a pass for taking people’s jobs from them. And Trump is blamed for not doing enough.

I have been looking closely at the state law on governor’s emergency powers and the health law relative to epidemics.

The general trend is this. Governors are using martial law power to close their economies costing people their jobs and their businesses.

The health laws are aimed at isolating the ill and quarantining those who had direct contact with them.

The health laws commonly say that these isolating laws must be used with the least restrictions as is possible.

That has not been done.

Martial law has been imposed state after state. Jobs and businesses were closed not under health laws but martial law.

The medical community has been very hard hit. A pediatrician told our daughter she has not been able to pay herself since March. Hospitals sit comparatively empty.

This has been the most colossal failure of governance in my life.

Our long standing legal structure was right. Isolate the ill and those who have been clearly exposed.

Let everyone else live their lives in freedom and prosperity.

Our lives and economy will not return to normal until we revert to our longstanding legal principles.

Freedom can survive a pandemic but it cannot survive martial law.

Romans 13

May 17, 2020

How Should Christians Act in the Face of Improper Orders

I was asked a question on this topic in my last post. I thought the answer would interest many of you.

Romans 13 tells us to be in submission to the authorities. That is an interesting word in our legal system.

The highest authority in America is the Constitution. All of us, especially officials, should live under the authority of the Constitution.

We are taught to honor all leaders in authority. Honor is attitudinal. Adult children must honor their parents but they do not have to obey their parents because they are no longer children.

Christians are also told to obey the law of the land.

So let’s put all these things together.

We should honor all officials. When we disagree, we do so respectfully. We can say their policies and actions are wrong but we should not stoop to name calling.

If an official tells us to do something that is contrary to the higher law—that is, usually, the Constitution—his order is invalid. (I am convinced that many of the governors’ orders also violate state statutes—another law they must obey.)

Citizens ARE the final judge of the constitutionality of an official’s action but ONLY in the political context. Don’t vote for anyone who you think violates the Constitution. But citizens are NOT the judge of the constitutionality of an official’s actions in the LEGAL sense. That is the job of the judiciary.

So if we choose to disobey a government official’s order, we take the risk that the judiciary may not agree with our view. I have to say that a large percentage of the things I see on FB that people think are constitutional violations are just wrong. It is a dangerous thing for most people to take this action because they often don’t know what they are doing.

But there is a biblical example of a person standing on their rights and challenging the actions of the officials.

Paul told the Roman soldiers that it was not lawful for them to beat him without a trial because he was a Roman citizen. He appealed his case to Rome.

We can and should challenge the authorities in this manner when they violate our rights. Paul used the process in that system for his challenge.

We also have a system for challenging illegal government actions. We can go to court.

There are times, but these are rare, where we are left with no choice but to go ahead and defy the government order. Daniel prayed to God despite the government order. His three friends refused to pray to anyone but God despite the government order.

My wife and I homeschooled our kids when the officials said it was against state law. (We said their law was in violation of the Constitution, but more importantly, we believe that God required us to do so.)

There are times for disobedience to civil law, but they are rare.

The chief things we should be doing right now are: 1. Praying for our leaders to make better decisions 2. Taking political action to get better leaders 3. Supporting legal organizations like ADF and others who are challenging the illegal actions of government officials.-Farris

God in Space

May 6, 2020

I missed FB journaling this on 4/12.

“I looked and looked and looked, but I didn’t see God.”-YG

““Looking for God — or Heaven — by exploring space is…If there were an idiot who thought plays exist on their own, without an author, our belief in Shakespeare would not be much affected by his saying, quite truly, that he had studied all the plays and never found Shakespeare in them…”-CS Lewis

Interesting Times

May 3, 2020

From Trey Gowdy:
“I’m not saying Covid-19 isn’t real… But Pay attention folks, there’s much more going on here than what meets the eye.
Is it a coincidence that just when the economy is booming, the stock market is setting record highs, we are winning the trade wars, school shootings have stopped, our nation is at peace, the Democratic party is a disaster and so is their likely nominee? (Biden). He hasn’t a chance in hell & they’re not about to let an outsider(Bernie) destroy their scheme.
It looks like Trump is a sure bet for reelection after fending off 3 years of investigations and impeachment, then all of a sudden world crisis pandemic. Stock market tumbles, companies are laying off employees, everything is closed and canceled, CEO’s of giant companies are resigning and indictments are coming.
Now they say there are a couple ways a President doesn’t win reelection. Those are an unpopular war or a poor economy.
But there is something larger going on here driving this sudden outbreak right after Trump beats an impeachment. Especially the fact that it (Corona Virus) originated in China who we are in a global trade war with; brought on by Trump. Let’s not forget Biden’s back door deals with CHINA as well.
China doesn’t want 4 more years of Trump either. It all seems rather convenient for the nations and opponents of our current President and economy 5 months before an election. Couldn’t have hit at a more perfect time.
With the Democrats running out of campaign talking points, in light of no school shootings, no migrant caravans at the southern border, fighting in Syria winding down, North Korea not firing missiles and Trump beating a sham impeachment. The Corona Virus gave them one last hail Mary to try and point fingers at Trump with the clock winding down in 2020.
This is almost the perfect fascist playbook. Control the population with fear-mongering and panic, control the media, spread propaganda and the fan-favorite disarm the population. Oh, and did anyone notice that while they are mad as hell at Trump for not sending aid to Ukraine, they THEMSELVES voted AGAINST giving ANY emergency aid to all Americans ?
Sorry but I don’t think we are all going to die. Remember when Ebola was what was going to kill us all, and the media kept showing the piles of body bags that were prepared for the fallout. Then a month later it was totally forgotten.
The common flu has killed more people this year already and the media is SILENT!
A handful of deaths out of 320 million Americans and we are in panic tearing down our society and costing our economy billions in the wake. It all just seems fishy, a little too well-timed if you ask me.”
Trey Gowdy

The Measure

April 27, 2020

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” -FDR 1963

The Times

April 25, 2020

Courtesy of Craig Dew:

I talked to a man today

I talked with a man today, an 80+-year-old man. I asked him if there was anything I can get him while this Coronavirus scare was gripping America.

He simply smiled, looked away and said:

“Let me tell you what I need! I need to believe, at some point, this country my generation fought for… I need to believe this nation we handed safely to our children and their children…

I need to know this generation will quit being a bunch of sissies…that they respect what they’ve been given…that they’ve earned what others sacrificed for.”

I wasn’t sure where the conversation was going or if it was going anywhere at all. So, I sat there, quietly observing.

“You know, I was a little boy during WWII. Those were scary days. We didn’t know if we were going to be speaking English, German or Japanese at the end of the war. There was no certainty, no guarantees like Americans enjoy today.

And no home went without sacrifice or loss. Every house, up and down every street, had someone in harm’s way. Maybe their Daddy was a soldier, maybe their son was a sailor, maybe it was an uncle. Sometimes it was the whole damn family…fathers, sons, uncles…

Having someone, you love, sent off to war…it wasn’t less frightening than it is today. It was scary as Hell. If anything, it was more frightening. We didn’t have battlefront news. We didn’t have email or cellphones. You sent them away and you hoped…you prayed. You may not hear from them for months, if ever. Sometimes a mother was getting her son’s letters the same day Dad was comforting her over their child’s death.

And we sacrificed. You couldn’t buy things. Everything was rationed. You were only allowed so much milk per month, only so much bread, toilet paper. EVERYTHING was restricted for the war effort. And what you weren’t using, what you didn’t need, things you threw away, they were saved and sorted for the war effort. My generation was the original recycling movement in America.

And we had viruses back then…serious viruses. Things like polio, measles, and such. It was nothing to walk to school and pass a house or two that was quarantined. We didn’t shut down our schools. We didn’t shut down our cities. We carried on, without masks, without hand sanitizer. And do you know what? We persevered. We overcame. We didn’t attack our President, we came together. We rallied around the flag for the war. Thick or thin, we were in it to win. And we would lose more boys in an hour of combat than we lose in entire wars today.”

He slowly looked away again. Maybe I saw a small tear in the corner of his eye. Then he continued:

“Today’s kids don’t know sacrifice. They think sacrifice is not having coverage on their phone while they freely drive across the country. Today’s kids are selfish and spoiled. In my generation, we looked out for our elders. We helped out with single moms whose husbands were either at war or dead from war. Today’s kids rush the store, buying everything they can…no concern for anyone but themselves. It’s shameful the way Americans behave these days. None of them deserve the sacrifices their granddads made.

So, no I don’t need anything. I appreciate your offer but, I know I’ve been through worse things than this virus. But maybe I should be asking you, what can I do to help you? Do you have enough pop to get through this, enough steak? Will you be able to survive with 113 channels on your tv?”

I smiled, fighting back a tear of my own…now humbled by a man in his 80’s. All I could do was thank him for the history lesson, leave my number for emergency and leave with my ego firmly tucked in my rear.

I talked to a man today. A real man. An American man from an era long gone and forgotten. We will never understand the sacrifices. We will never fully earn their sacrifices. But we should work harder to learn about them..learn from them…to respect them.

Security and Threat

April 20, 2020

The greatest assurance of civil liberties is a robust exercise of law enforcement and the judiciary. The greatest threat to civil liberties is an unregulated exercise of law enforcement and the judiciary.

Amen

April 20, 2020

“(Jesus) He is Amen in every single title which he bears; your Husband, never seeking a divorce; your Friend, sticking closer than a brother; your Shepherd, with you in death’s dark vale; your Help and your Deliverer; your Castle and your High Tower; the Horn of your strength, your confidence, your joy, your all in all, and your Yea and Amen in all.”—CHS