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GIVE US BARRABAS!!!!!

By Terry Loving

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Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!”

“But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me. For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Matthew 16:23

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

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Democrats are accused of being “sore losers” because they lost the election. The Republican side feels that the “election is over” and the losing side should “get over it!”  My personal opinion is – the loss is painful not because Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump – it is painful because of what a Trump “win” represents for America as a whole.

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It is painful because a godless man with a dark soul will sit in the most powerful seat in the world come January 2017.  A man who boldly revealed deep seated hatred and bigotry before the world – showed the American people just what is in his heart – and the dark side of mankind was rejuvenated.

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Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is calling Donald Trump’s electoral victory “one of the most exciting nights of my life.”

Duke, a white nationalist who unsuccessfully ran for Louisiana Senate, tweeted early Wednesday that his supporters played a major part in paving Trump’s road to the presidency.

“Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!” he wrote.

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And who might “our people” be? – “The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), or simply the Klan.” They are haters of anyone that is non-white in nationality – known to murder in the name of white supremacy. Godless souls that have no conscience – just waiting for a man like Trump – a man who speaks their language – a man who has the power to “Make America Great Again!” Which translates – Make America White Again! It will never happen.

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Trump’s hateful and evil public views of minorities, women, disabled persons, and anyone that does not see things his way – has refreshed the forces of hate, and given rise to a whole new level – just outright evil. Bigotry was always operating in America – subtle in many cases – but ever so active and creative in ways that its presence was always felt. The Klan is celebrating because they now have their demagogue in high places – Donald Trump.

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“The Ku Klux Klan couldn’t be happier about the presidential election of Donald Trump.”

“A Trump spokeswoman on Friday morning said, “Mr. Trump and his team continue to disavow these groups and individuals and strongly condemn their message of hate.”

Nevertheless, Trump’s bold hate speeches gave mindsets like the Klan reassurance that they could resume openly evil acts as in past times of lynching and homegrown terrorism towards minorities – especially black Americans.

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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Over 200 Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since Election Day”

Some of the reports that came directly to the SPLC include: 

“My 12 year old daughter is African American. A boy approached her and said, “now that Trump is president, I’m going to shoot you and all the blacks I can find“. We reported it to the school who followed up with my daughter and the boy appropriately.”

“I was standing at a red light waiting to cross the street. A black truck with three white men pulled up to the red light. One of them yelled, “F*** your black life!” The other two began to laugh. One began to chant “Trump!” as they drove away.”

“A student in an English IV course told his teacher, who is Mexican-American, that he needs to take his family and get out of our country. The student mentioned he wasn’t welcome any longer. He supported this argument by citing comments from our President-elect.”

“Death to Diversity” was written on a banner displayed on our library for people to see, as well as written on posters across campus. As well as white males going up to women saying that it was now “legal to grab them by the p****”. 

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On a Spiritual note, Donald Trump views himself as perfect – a man who never makes mistakes.

When further asked about repentance again by Cooper, Trump said “I think repenting is terrific.”

“Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?” asked Trump. “I work hard, I’m an honorable person.”

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I guess Trump never read Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Ecclesiastes 7:20
“Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

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Moderator Frank Luntz asked Trump on Saturday if he had ever sought God’s forgiveness and Trump replied, “I’m not sure I have ever asked God’s forgiveness. I don’t bring God into that picture.”

Trump clarified further about forgiveness in the church setting saying, “When I go to church and when I drink my little wine and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of forgiveness. I do that as often as I can because I feel cleansed. I say let’s go on and let’s make it right,” declared Trump.

I drink my little wine and have my little cracker”

“He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,”

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Evil in the Last Days

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”

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I am not saying that Donald Trump is the anti-Christ, but when I hear his name – that is what comes to mind. If he is not the anti-Christ that the Bible speaks of as the one who will “proclaim himself to be God…” Then he surely could be a forerunner.

Daniel 8:25
“And through his shrewdness He will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; And he will magnify himself in his heart, And he will destroy many while they are at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of princes, But he will be broken without human agency.

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The Backlash of Trump’s Victory

Now many people of color, women and LGBT people who have long faced threats large and small must grapple with the knowledge that half of their fellow American voters elected someone who has advocated policies aimed at them: Keeping Muslims and Mexicans out of the country, using police tactics considered racially biased such as stop-and-frisk, and grabbing women without consent.”

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“I don’t want to give the impression that everyone who voted for Trump is a racist,” says Williams, who pointed to economic issues, abortion and problems with Hillary Clinton as other reasons for Trump’s victory. “That being said, I think there were a number of people who were racist who said, ‘it’s about time someone is saying these things.’

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People are crying: It’s not because they lost a race

“I think it’s normal in any election, one side is going to demonize the other,” says Monnica Williams, a licensed clinical psychologist.

“In this case, Trump actually said those awful things about women, about minorities, and he stands by those remarks,” Williams says. “It’s very scary for people who are part of marginalized and stigmatized communities.”

“But many Trump voters looked past his words, rather than condoned them. Exit polls in Wisconsin, a big win for Trump, show that 21% of voters who had a negative opinion of him voted for him anyway.”

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 Another Side to the Story to Consider

Really, we can look at what is happening in America another way. Spiritually speaking – what if God had a hand in allowing Trump to be elected? Hold on before you get all bent out of shape. If we are truly honest with ourselves, America has without a doubt forgotten her God. You keep hearing the slogan, “Make America Great Again,” – but how great is she really without our Creator – the Giver of life itself?

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God’s creation puts more faith and trust in humanity than the One who gives us life. We look to man to solve our problems, and hit the reset button when life fails to bring us comfort or material possessions.

Isaiah 2:22 says-
“Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?”

We often regard our elected officials as saviors of America when it is God who gives man authority to rule:

Proverbs 8:15
“By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.”

John 19:11
“Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me unless it were given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed Me over to you is guilty of greater sin.”

New American Standard Bible
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”

Romans 13:2
“Consequently, the one who resists authority is opposing what God has set in place, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

Titus 3:1
“Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and ready for every good work,”

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God sets up authority to govern the people of the land, but we are not to place our trust in man. The heart of man is full of corruption and evil all the time.

New American Standard Bible
“It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.”

New American Standard 1977
“Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.”

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It is reported that the suicide hotline and domestic violence and rape centers are receiving an increase in calls after the election.

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An article on slate.com refers to Donald Trump as “The Triggered Electorate.”

“Donald Trump has a unique and sickening ability to resurface women’s memories of abuse and trauma.”

“All over America, the squalid denouement of the Trump campaign is forcing women to think anew about abuse they’ve endured. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, the weekend after the release of the Trump tape saw a 33 percent increase in people turning to its National Sexual Assault Hotline for support.”

After Trump Win, Suicide Hotlines Flooded With Calls

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There is Hope:

Job 36:5
“Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.”

Psalm 22:24
“For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.”

New American Standard Bible
“He has regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer.”

2 Chronicles 32:8
“With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”

2 Chronicles 32:7
“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him.”

American Standard Version
“if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

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 I believe protesting and speaking out against Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States is necessary. The violence against Trump and Hillary supporters is not. When and if Trump officially becomes President, the damage to the democracy of America will touch everyone! Then at last, the citizens of America will have a common enemy. I feel sorry for those who voted for him. When he fails to fulfill his empty promises – and he will – they will feel the heartbreak that many on the other side are feeling right now.

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Intimidation and threats against minorities, women, children, and people who are different than you is evil. This must stop, and it can only be opposed with collective prayer – prayer without ceasing! This is the main ingredient missing from this battle with the evil that is blatantly rising up in our nation. True Christians everywhere must lift their voices to Almighty God!

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IT IS TIME TO PRAY!!!!!!

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

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Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Ephesians 3:14 “For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Isaiah 65:24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; …

Psalm 4:1 For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A

A psalm of David. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief
from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

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The Lord’s Prayer

(Luke 11:1-4)

5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11Give us this day our daily bread.

12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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Trump’s bigotry, dishonesty and promise-breaking will have to be denounced. We can’t go morally numb. But he needs to be replaced with a program that addresses the problems that fueled his ascent.

After all, the guy will probably resign or be impeached within a year. The future is closer than you think.

“Be strong and courageous.”

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The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states

“In a direct election system, the South would have lost every time.”

“Let’s start with this: Why does the Electoral College exist? Is it exclusively about federalism and slavery?”

“So what’s the real answer? In my view, it’s slavery. In a direct election system, the South would have lost every time because a huge percentage of its population was slaves, and slaves couldn’t vote. But an Electoral College allows states to count slaves, albeit at a discount (the three-fifths clausethe three-fifths clause), and that’s what gave the South the inside track in presidential elections. “And thus it’s no surprise that eight of the first nine presidential races were won by a Virginian. (Virginia was the most populous state at the time, and had a massive slave population that boosted its electoral vote count.)”

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/12/13598316/donald-trump-electoral-college-slavery-akhil-reed-amar

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“The three-fifths clause remained in force until the post-Civil War 13th Amendment freed all enslaved people in the United States, the 14th amendment gave them full citizenship, and the 15th Amendment granted black men the right to vote.”

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/three-fifths-clause-united-states-constitution-1787

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/02/politics/eric-schneiderman-attorney-general-trump-university-fraud/

“(CNN)New York’s attorney general, who is leading a lawsuit against Trump University there, made his view of the case clear on Thursday: “It’s fraud. This is straight up fraud.”

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http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/trump-university-its-worse-than-you-think

“Trump University: It’s Worse Than You Think…..One thing is clear, though. If the revelations about Trump University don’t do any damage to Trump, it’s time to worry—or worry even more—about American democracy.”

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http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-dangerous-acceptance-of-donald-trump

“If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump. Countries don’t really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent, left or right—not by Peróns or Castros or Putins or Francos or Lenins or fill in the blanks. The nation may survive, but the wound to hope and order will never fully heal.”

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“Baptist pastor applauds Orlando shooting” – REBUKE!

By Terry Loving

“And why behold you the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3

“That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule for reprovers; first reform thyself.” Matthew Henry Commentary

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“Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? No … I think that’s great. I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida’s a little safer tonight,” Jimenez told the congregation hours later.”

Pastor Roger Jimenez you are insensitive to the hurt and suffering of humanity – so unlike our Lord Jesus Christ. It is because of so called ministers of God that many people turn away from the Savior and denounce organized religion as a whole. In turn, the darkness of countless Christian hearts further push away those who are in need of salvation.  Could you not think of a better way to grab your 15-minutes of fame? Shame on you!

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Please explain how the death of the 49 people killed will “help society?” The 50th person, well he will never cause another human being pain ever again. So as far as the shooter goes, that is a plus. OK, so “50 pedophiles” as you refer to them were killed, how does our society benefit? What ills that plague our society will be diminished as a result of their dying?

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“I think Orlando, Florida’s a little safer tonight,” Jimenez told the congregation hours later.”

What crimes that has gripped our nation will be lessened – domestic violence, drug dealing, gang murders, rape, bullying? The list is long but I am sure you get my meaning. And please explain how “Orlando, Florida’s a little safer?”  What societal ills will Orlando Florida shed now that “50 pedophiles” are dead? What will this massacre protect Orlando Florida from?

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I am a follower of Christ. I stand with the Bible on the teachings of Jesus Christ. I believe the Bible to be the Word of Jehovah God. Believers are commanded to love one another and show compassion to fellow human beings – even if we do not agree with their views, lifestyles, or the choices they make in their personal lives. If we truly stand with the Word, then we must include love and empathy for others.

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The Bible does not teach us to embrace sin, but to flee from sin – all manner of sin. If you are going to publically praise the death of “50 pedophiles”, why not include 50 domestic abusers, 50 murderers, 50 gamblers, 50 drunkards, 50 thieves, 50 revilers, 50 extortioners, 50 fornicators, 50 idolaters, and 50 adulterers?  Galatians 5:19-21:

19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

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King James Bible
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Know ye not — With all your boasted knowledge; that the unrighteous — That is, not only the unjust, but those destitute of true righteousness and holiness, comprehending the various classes of sinners afterward mentioned, the term unrighteous here including them all: shall not inherit the kingdom of God — Namely, the kingdom of eternal glory. And can you contentedly sacrifice this great and glorious hope which the gospel gives you, for the sake of those pleasures of sin which are but for a short season? Be not deceivedBy a vain imagination that the Christian name and privileges will save you, while you continue in the practice of your vices. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, &c. — Idolatry is here placed between fornication and adultery, because these things generally accompanied it.”

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I have a homosexual cousin, and I have had homosexual friends and co-workers. Although I do not embrace their lifestyle, I loved them for who they are and were – a few have died. I have shared the Word with them, and left the end results up to them and their Maker. We agreed to disagree in most cases. Of those who died, I was saddened, and the world has become a more evil place since their deaths – long ago. Our society benefited not. The love of many continues to grow cold.

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Where the souls of the deceased go after death is none of our business. Our duty is to the living and to comfort the bereaved. Did you ever stop to think how cruel your words sound to the loved ones left behind – mothers, fathers – family and friends? What are you doing to ease their pain? Where is your compassion towards that mother who will never hug her child again in this life? Our Lord possessed compassion like no other – where is yours? Why is your heart so hard?

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King James Bible
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”

“…and was moved with compassion toward them: partly on account of their bodily infirmities, which were very many and great; and partly on account of the bad situation they were in, through want of spiritual pastors to feed them with the bread of life; for Mark gives this as the reason, moving his compassion, “because they were as sheep, not having a shepherd”: all which shows the truth of Christ’s human nature; proves him to be a merciful high priest, and one truly concerned for both the bodies and souls of men:”  http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/14-14.htm

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This is no time for holier than thou attitudes – especially from so called Christian leaders – or the church as a whole. It is quite possible that some loved ones left behind were praying for a different outcome of life choices for their deceased loved ones. Therefore, your insensitive comments may cause further hurt and distance from the Savior.

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“It is unnatural for a man to be attracted to another man,” Jimenez said in his preachings.”

There are many things in this world considered “unnatural.” Isn’t it unnatural for a “man of God” to beat his wife? What is natural about a mother drowning her own children? Is it natural for a father to rape his own daughter? Many “unnatural” ugly things happen in our world from the beginning of time, and on a daily basis. But God had a plan:

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” http://biblehub.com/kjv/john/3.htm

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43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

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“The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die,” he added.”

American King James Version
“But why do you judge your brother? or why do you set at nothing your brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”

King James Bible
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”

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“If we lived in a righteous government, they should round them all up and put them up against a firing wall, and blow their brains out,” Jimenez said in the sermon.”

King James Bible
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

American King James Version
“For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law.”

King James Bible
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

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Matthew Henry Commentary
“8:41-47 Satan prompts men to excesses by which they murder themselves and others, while what he puts into the mind tends to ruin men’s souls. He is the great promoter of falsehood of every kind. He is a liar, all his temptations are carried on by his calling evil good, and good evil, and promising freedom in sin. He is the author of all lies; whom liars resemble and obey, with whom all liars shall have their portion for ever. The special lusts of the devil are spiritual wickedness, the lusts of the mind, and corrupt reasonings, pride and envy, wrath and malice, enmity to good, and enticing others to evil. By the truth, here understand the revealed will of God as to the salvation of men by Jesus Christ, the truth Christ was now preaching, and which the Jews opposed.”

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If the church as a whole truly lived by the Word of God, judging others would be confined to the body of Christ only.

King James Bible
“For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?”

Benson Commentary

1 Corinthians 5:12-13. “For, &c. — I speak of Christians only: for what have I to do to judge them that are without — Namely, heathen: do not ye judge them that are within? — Ye, as well as I, judge those of your own community: them that are without, God judgeth — The passing sentence on these God hath reserved to himself, and they shall not go unpunished, though they fall not under your censure. Therefore — In consideration of this, both in one view and the other, let it be your immediate care, as you regard the peace of the church, and the safety of your own souls; to put away from among yourselves — Speedily, and with all due solemnity; that wicked person — Whom I have mentioned, and any others, whose characters may, like his, be scandalous and infections.”  http://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_corinthians/5-12.htm

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Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

“For what have I to do … – I have no authority over them; and can exercise no jurisdiction over them. All my rules, therefore, must have reference only to those who are within the church.”

“To judge – To pass sentence upon; to condemn; or to punish. As a Christian apostle I have no jurisdiction over them.”

“Them also that are without – Without the pale of the Christian church; pagans; people of the world; those who did not profess to be Christians.”

“Do not ye judge … – Is not your jurisdiction as Christians confined to those who are within the church, and professed members of it? ought you not to exercise discipline there, and inflict punishment on its unworthy members? Do you not in fact thus exercise discipline, and separate from your society unworthy persons – and ought it not to be done in this instance, and in reference to the offender in your church?”

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If the people of God would truly follow the Word, the church would reflect a whole new image, as it was meant to be – a healing place. Hurting people are searching for something, someone – anything that will ease the pain in their lives. Unfortunately, Satan offers an easy way out, suicide, drugs, alcohol, and self-destruction. Christians have either lost the purpose of Christianity, or never truly understood the message of Christ at all. We are no better than those who are of the world:

King James Bible
“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

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Christians are sinners saved by Grace.

King James Bible
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

Pastor Roger Jimenez, you are preaching and teaching the hate of the “Pharisees and scribes” who “murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them” 2

“Murmured – They affected to suppose that if Jesus treated sinners kindly he must be fond of their society, and be a man of similar character. “They” considered it disgraceful to be with them or to eat with them, and they, therefore, brought a charge against him for it. They “would” not suppose that he admitted them to his society for the purpose of doing them good; nor did they remember that the very object of his coming was to call the wicked from their ways and to save them from death.”

“Receiveth sinners – Receives them in a tender manner; treats them with kindness; does not drive them from his presence.”

“And eateth with them – Contrary to the received maxims of the scribes. By eating with them he showed that he did not despise or overlook them.”  Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

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Your words reflect that your heart is lacking the Spirit of love:

“…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

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The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Matthew Henry Commentary
“13:24-30, 36-43 This parable represents the present and future state of the gospel church; Christ’s care of it, the devil’s enmity against it, the mixture there is in it of good and bad in this world, and the separation between them in the other world. So prone is fallen man to sin, that if the enemy sow the tares, he may go his way, they will spring up, and do hurt; whereas, when good seed is sown, it must be tended, watered, and fenced. The servants complained to their master; Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? No doubt he did; whatever is amiss in the church, we are sure it is not from Christ. Though gross transgressors, and such as openly oppose the gospel, ought to be separated from the society of the faithful, yet no human skill can make an exact separation. Those who oppose must not be cut off, but instructed, and that with meekness. And though good and bad are together in this world, yet at the great day they shall be parted; then the righteous and the wicked shall be plainly known; here sometimes it is hard to distinguish between them. Let us, knowing the terrors of the Lord, not do iniquity. At death, believers shall shine forth to themselves; at the great day they shall shine forth before all the world. They shall shine by reflection, with light borrowed from the Fountain of light. Their sanctification will be made perfect, and their justification published. May we be found of that happy number.”

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The days are evil, and the church should be about the Lord’s business – not dimming the bright Light of eternal salvation. We shall give an account for our misdeeds and turning the lost away from Jesus who Saves.

Pastor Roger Jimenez –

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

King James Bible
…”For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

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Jesus wept.

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Pastor Stands By Anti-Gay Sermon As Christian Community Condemns Him

http://fox40.com/2016/06/13/sacramento-baptist-pastor-applauds-orlando-shooting/

http://fox40.com/2016/06/14/sacramento-pastor-speaks-out-defends-hate-filled-sermon/

Pastor who praised Orlando shooting: ‘In America, you’re no longer allowed to have an opinion’

“The point that I was making is the Bible teaches us that these people deserve to die,” he said of homosexuals.

“I was just calling for normal people to stand up and say, ‘You know what, enough is enough. We’re sick and tired of it. We think it’s disgusting, and we’re not going to mourn it. It’s not a tragedy because they deserved to die.’”

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THE PASSION OF VIOLENCE PART I

By Terry Loving

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light
for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20

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When we think of the word passion, most times it is associated with intimacy – strong desires relating to sexuality. It is also used to describe ones feeling towards a goal, an achievement which includes feelings of enthusiasm or excitement. One can be passionate about saving the planet or abused animals – any endeavor that creates strong desires to achieve an end result – for good or evil.

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I was watching an old movie, where the father of a missing teen addressed the man whom he thought was responsible. The accused was the girl’s high school teacher, a mild mannered, even tempered – overall very nice man. He was adored by the girl – actually she was in love with him. His other students also thought highly of him, and everyone was shocked to learn that he was a suspect in the girl’s disappearance.

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He visited the girl’s father in order to assure him of his innocence – attempting to dispel unfounded rumors of wrongdoing. His untainted character was challenged by the father:

Mr. Barlow (the teacher): “I came to assure you that I’m a perfectly normal person, and as far as I know, incapable of physical violence in any way.”

Mr. Vining (the father): “They all talk like that when the passion of a thing is over; they’re clear and lucid, more normal than the norm. And they’re polite and restrained, too, like you.”

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No truer words have been spoken. Mr. Vining described perfectly the state of mind of abusers after an episode of violence. Whenever the police are involved, no raging maniac answers the door – only a husband or boyfriend who exhibits calm, rational thinking, charm and feigned sincerity. Gone is the fury of the violence and the police don’t encounter a fire breathing maniac spewing hateful venomous rantings – no – for the desire to destroy has been spent. The object of the battering and hateful speech is left crumbled on the floor broken, bewildered, scared – and possibly wounded both physically and mentally for life.

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The “they” Mr. Vining spoke of are the violent and abusive souls, of many who also commit rape, murder and a host of evil doings. “The passion of a thing” is the acts committed – abuse, rape, murder, violence and whatever means of discomfort or torture committed towards others. The “passion” represents the hunger, thirst, and ache, powerful and gripping emotions. Definitions of “passion” may also include:

  1. “any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.”
  2. “an outburst of strong emotion or feeling: He suddenly broke into a passion of bitter words.”
  3. “violent anger”
  4. “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something”
  5. “a strong sexual romantic feeling for someone.”
  6. “a strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ador” 1

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 The Bible speaks of passions that can lead to sexual sin.

8”But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. 9But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” http://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/7-8.htm

Apostle Paul was giving advice to the “unmarried” and “widows” on avoiding fornication. We are human beings with feelings and desires given by our Creator – passions that must be tamed in order to keep our conscience clear and in right standing with God – and in many cases, to avoid self-harm.

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1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”

5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”

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Hosea chapter 7 verse 6 speaks of the passion of anger that resides within our hearts:

“For their hearts are like an oven As they approach their plotting; Their anger smolders all night, In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.” New American Standard Bible

(1) “For they bring near as an oven their heart, whilst they lie in wait;” that is, they approach the king with loyalty on their lips, but hatred in their heart. Their heart (which is the fact) is heated with evil passion, as an oven (which is the figure) is heated for baking purposes; while they are secretly set for wickedness.”   Pulpit Commentary

The various Bible versions also refer to “evil passion” as smoldering anger, evil plotting, a sleeping baker, and hearts that will heat up as ovens of fury.

“For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleeps all the night; in the morning it burns as a flaming fire.” http://biblehub.com/hosea/7-6.htm

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Intimacy and anger utilizes the same energy and power source. Both are a state of mind. Both begin with our thoughts, and manifest as actions or reactions to internal or external stimuli. The difference under normal situations is that shared intimacy between two people can be a beautiful experience. However, the energy and power that drives anger most often leads to violence and abuse. Thus, what the abused suffer is the passion of violence.

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Since both positive and negative passion share the same energy – desire, hunger, appetite, craving, lust, urge and ache – could this be why abusers can have sex right after an episode of violence? Personally, I could never understand how that could happen. I always thought that when you beat someone you really hated them. Truth is, sex and love are not synonymous. One can exist without the other.

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Scriptures speak of a passion that is beyond human comprehension – the passion of Christ.

Introduction for Theophilus          (Luke 1:1-4)

1The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, 2until the day in which he was received up, after that he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3To whom he also showed himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing unto them by the space of forty days, and speaking the things concerning the kingdom of God:” Acts 1:1-3

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“To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion,…. That is, after his sufferings and death; for that he suffered many things, and at last death itself, is certain from the acknowledgment of the Jews themselves, who own, that they put him to death on the passover eve (d); as well as from the accounts of the evangelists; and from the soldiers not breaking his legs, when the rest that were crucified with him were broken, because he was already dead;” Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Christ on the cross

“after his passion—or, suffering. This primary sense of the word “passion” has fallen into disuse; but it is nobly consecrated in the phraseology of the Church to express the Redeemer’s final endurances.” Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

“After his passion – After he suffered, referring particularly to his death as the consummation of his sufferings. The word “passion” with us means commonly excitement or agitation of mind, as love, hope, fear, anger, etc. The original means “after he suffered.” The word “passion,” applied to the Saviour, denotes his last sufferings. Thus, in the Litany of the Episcopal Church, it is beautifully said, “By thine agony and bloody sweat; by thy cross and passion, good Lord, deliver us.” The Greek word of the same derivation is rendered sufferings in 1 Peter 1:11; 1 Peter 4:13; Colossians 1:24.”   Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

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One cannot adequately describe the energy and power involved in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ provided a visual of our Lord’s dealings with evil hearts, and ultimately His last hours of life on earth. When we read about His sufferings in the Word, it may not register just how much passion was involved – it is impossible to really feel the pain and agony that Christ felt. Therefore, Christians tend to not understand that Someone loved them so very much that He suffered all manner of wrong – even death – for our wicked sake.

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Abused people can imagine the level of passion that accompanies violence and abuse because they live it – or they have escaped from it. The fury is hellish and originates from the very pits of hell itself.

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” New American Standard Bible

When your abuser tells you he will never hit you again – and he does – he lies! He is a liar and guided by the “father of lies.”

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“8:41-47 Satan prompts men to excesses by which they murder themselves and others, while what he puts into the mind tends to ruin men’s souls. He is the great promoter of falsehood of every kind. He is a liar, all his temptations are carried on by his calling evil good, and good evil, and promising freedom in sin. He is the author of all lies; whom liars resemble and obey, with whom all liars shall have their portion for ever. The special lusts of the devil are spiritual wickedness, the lusts of the mind, and corrupt reasonings, pride and envy, wrath and malice, enmity to good, and enticing others to evil. By the truth, here understand the revealed will of God as to the salvation of men by Jesus Christ, the truth Christ was now preaching, and which the Jews opposed.” Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

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“And the lusts of your father – those of falsehood and murder, lying and slaughter, being the top and chief of all his evil passionsye are willing, desirous to do. He has engendered these very lusts within you. The paternity of your angry passions, your incapacity to see and accept my word, are both alike explained.” Pulpit Commentary

“He that doeth sin is from the devil (ἐκ τοῦ διαβόλου), for the devil sinneth from the beginning (ἀπ ἀρχῆς).” And sin entered into the world through the seduction and false statements of the devil, by which the first man was veritably slain, his moral nature killed outright. Grace was not shut out, but Adam died. In the day that he ate of the forbidden tree, man most surely and in the deepest sense died. “God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. Nevertheless, through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of its side do find it” (Wisd. 2:23, 24; Revelation 12:9); “Sin entered into the world, and death by sin” (Romans 5:12).

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“Ye are of your father the devil,…. Not of his substance, but by imitation and example; and as being under his authority and influence, his instructions and directions, and ready to follow after him, and obey his commands; the word “your” is rightly supplied, and is in some copies:” Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Anger has its place in life – God does not forbid anger, but wrath which leads to discord and violence is strictly forbidden. Passionate anger ultimately outwardly destroys – while seeking inner release. Over time, angry persons are destroyed within through bad health such as high blood pressure and stroke. No one wins – neither the recipient of angry passion nor the giver of it.

Part two of this article will deal more closely with anger and the Biblical cure to get rid of it. Until then:

Ephesians 4:6
“BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.”

anger is an acid

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WHEN IT IS TIME TO LEAVE

By Terry Loving

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King James Bible
“Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.”

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NOTE: To all who have faithfully supported this ministry, I apologize for being away for so long. There comes a time when one must “steal away” and take a serious-deep look within. Before I could continue, I needed to settle some things within my spirit with God’s help. Soul searching takes time, a lot of time and self-honesty if one desires change and spiritual enlightenment. There was a lot of “noise” in the back of my mind that needed quieting. I am now at peace with the answers that I received from God’s Word, as well as the experiences of others seeking the same answers. I won’t go into my private concerns shared with God – just wanted to let my readers know that I am back.

May God provide the answers that you seek from your heart.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Matthew 7:7

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Moving truck. DREAMSTIME IMAGE

This post has been updated from my other site, http://www.spiritual-side-of-domestic-violence.org/id5.html.

The thought of leaving abuse involves a wide range of emotions and fear. There is much to be considered, especially when children are involved. A single person has only themselves to worry about. Caretakers must also consider if their plans for escape will involve a safe haven for all concerned. Without concrete resources such as money and a safe place to stay – even if temporary – many abused women are forced to remain in volatile situations.

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Perhaps the question should not be “Why doesn’t she leave?” Instead we should ask, “What can I do to help her leave?”

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There are many organizations that assist the abused with a variety of needs. Unfortunately, there are not enough shelters in America to house those who really need a place to stay. When an abuse victim does find alternative shelter, it is heart breaking to leave their personal possessions behind while fleeing with just the clothes on their backs. There is a level of comfort in knowing that you can hold onto not only your lives, but the things accumulated over time that are dear to you. One such treasure is family pictures – especially of your children. Being able to move from a house of horrors with your personal belongings will lessen the pain of starting over again.

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I came across a news article about a moving company that assists abuse victims in a HUGE way. They will move their belongings to a safe residence for “free.” The company started by two brothers, Aaron and Evan Steed (both high school athletes), is gaining deserved recognition for their humanitarian efforts to assist victims of domestic violence. Their company,  Meathead Movers “partnered with the Women’s Shelter Program in San Luis Obispo, California, to make sure the individuals they help could relocate in safety and receive the support they need beyond moving day.” AWESOME! PRAISE GOD!

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The Women’s Shelter Program : Provides Emergency Shelter, etc.

Our Safe House is a confidential shelter that provides safety, support and referrals to victims of intimate partner violence and their children. It is a four week program with one week extensions as needed, with an average stay of eight weeks. The program consists of safe shelter, legal assistance, advocacy, and counseling services.

In order to access our Safe House, start by calling our crisis line at: 805.781.6400. Our staff is available to discuss options, provide valuable referrals and help determine whether our Safe House Program is most appropriate for your situation.

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Listed below are more resources for domestic violence victims. As new information is found, this post will be updated. It is my hope and prayer that you will find something that will help you to start a new life with hope and peace.

“My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge:”
Hosea 4:6

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MOVIES ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

By Terry Loving

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power,

and the glory, for ever. Amen”. (Matthew 6:13)

hotlineOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Another foundation that shares the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – both causes are equally important.

The first awareness month was in Oct. 1987, which is the same year the national toll-free hotline began. The month was created out of the first Day of Unity observed in Oct. 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Day of Unity grew into a week of activities to spread awareness of domestic violence.

This year (2014), I will be listing movies about abuse and domestic violence. Please be mindful that this is Hollywood, and many of the movies will be rated “R”. Even so, there are many truths that are spoken and displayed throughout many of the movies.

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SLING BLADE

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“25 Years after committing an unthinkable crime, a quiet man named Karl (Thornton) finally returns home. Once there, he’s befriended by a fatherless boy and his mother. But when his new-found peace is shattered by the mother’s abusive boyfriend, Karl is suddenly placed on a collision course with his past!”

This movie possibly answers many questions concerning abused women such as, “Why does she stay?” “Why won’t she leave?” Linda is a woman like many others who stay for the “good times.” Known as the “honeymoon stage,” this is a period of calm and false security in abusive relationships. On the other hand, Linda feels trapped by the threat of death if she leaves her boyfriend Doyle Hargraves. She convinces her traumatized son that it is best to “bide our time,” thus hoping for a day when it is safe to get away from Doyle. In addition, Linda is hoping that perhaps her abuser will tire of her and leave on his own. Unfortunately, that never happened as Doyle dug his heels in deeper by pledging to move in with Linda and her son and be the “head” of the household.

Linda’s son Frank Wheatley – “I ain’t never gonna be happy now!”

Karl Childers – “You will be happy.”

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THE UNSPOKEN TRUTH

The Unspoken Truth

 “Made for television, The Unspoken Truth is the factual story of Brianne Hawkins (Lea Thompson), who after enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her family marries the even more abusive Clay Hawkins (James Marshall). Given to beating his wife at the slightest provocation, Clay finally goes completely over the edge when he shoots and kills a man who had the temerity to speak to Brianne without Clay’s permission. Thinking quickly for a change, Clay persuades Brianne to take the rap for the killing, whereupon she complicity (if not willingly) concocts an elaborate story as to how she shot the man accidentally. Not only do the authorities refuse to swallow this fabrication, but they end up sending both Clay and Brianne to prison for life! Only when the future of her daughter, Lily (Karis Paige Bryant), is jeopardized does the long-suffering Brianne finally work up the courage to fight for her freedom and her long-denied fundamental rights as a human being. A shocking mid-film revelation elevates this story from the usual battered-wife TV-movie syndrome. Filmed on location in Austin, TX, The Unspoken Truth originally aired September 24, 1995, on NBC. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi”

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THE COLOR PURPLE

The Color Purple

“Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie (Akousa Busia), but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the don’t-take-no-guff Sofia (Oprah Winfrey), the wife of Glover’s son from a previous marriage. Alas, Sofia is “humbled” when she is beaten into submission by angry whites. Later, Celie is able to forge a strong friendship with Albert’s mistress Shug (Margaret Avery). Emboldened by this, Celie begins rifling through her husband’s belongings and finds Nettie’s letters. Able at last to stand up to her husband, Celie leaves him to search for a new life on her own. A major box-office hit, The Color Purple was nominated for eleven Oscars. The film was co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also wrote the score. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi”

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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Whats Love Got To Do With It

“What’s Love Got to Do With It? is the filmed biography of R&B/pop singer Tina Turner (Angela Bassett), documenting her efforts to break away from her abusive husband Ike (Laurence Fishburne). After a few scenes detailing Tina’s life as a young singer in Nutbush, TN, she’s discovered by Ike Turner, an already established songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Ike takes Tina under his wing and makes her a star, but her fame makes him jealous and abusive, and she has to struggle to break free of his domination. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi”

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THE ABDUCTION

The Abduction

“While their marriage may have started off happily, Kate now finds that her police officer husband Paul has grown more unstable and abusive with each passing year. At long last, she leaves him and tries to start a new life for herself. Paul, however, has become obsessed with the thought of getting Kate back, and starts stalking her. Matters come to a head when he takes her hostage and threatens to kill her. Will she get out of this alive, or will it end in tragedy?”

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THE BURNING BED

The Burning Bed

“An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there’s not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.”

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TAKE MY EYES

Take my eyes

“Spanish actress/author/filmmaker Icíar Bollaín writes and directs the family drama Te Doy Mis Ojos (Take My Eyes), co-written by Alicia Luna. Pilar (Laia Marull) leaves her abusive husband, Antonio (Luis Tosar), during the middle of winter in Toledo, Spain. She and her son, Juan (Nicolás Fernández Luna), go to live with her sister Ana (Candela Peña). While supportive, Ana doesn’t fully understand Pilar’s situation. Pilar’s mother, Aurora (Rosa María Sardà), refuses to acknowledge the problem. Antonio is desperate to win back Pilar. He sends her constant presents and even attends therapy sessions in order to work through his anger. Meanwhile, Pilar gets a job at an art museum and tries to restart her life. Take My Eyes won several awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival before making its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi”

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A Cry for Help The Tracey Thurman Story

A cry for help

“Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and slashes her throat in front of police, she sues the city and the police department for failing to protect her.”

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PROVOKED: A TRUE STORY

Provoked

“It’s the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband.”

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MEN DON’T TELL (1993)

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“This movie shows another side to spousal abuse that not too many people thought is possible–the husband being abused and the wife the abuser.”

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BLACK and BLUE

Black and blue

“After a woman’s husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.”

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UNFORGIVABLE 1996

Unforgivable 1996

“John Ritter plays a family man who puts his wife through domestic violence and his children through emotional torture. After leaving his family and almost killing his new girlfriend in one of his rages, he is ordered to seek professional help through an innovative therapy program or go to jail.”

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Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994)

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“Donna Yaklich meets Dennis the policeman and thinks she might have found a good relationship. But Dennis is obsessed with weight-lifting and uses steroids, which make him aggressive and abusive. Getting out of the relationship isn’t easy as Dennis isn’t willing to let her go, and Donna’s options are narrowed down to one remaining alternative.”

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SHATTERED DREAMS

Shattered Dreams

“Charlotte marries John. Things seem ok; John has a good job and he’s going up in the world, working for the government. But every so often he loses his temper and Charlotte gets the brunt of his anger. During the 18 year course of their marriage, there are at least 8 incidents of physical abuse and countless of mental. Charlotte’s family and friends tell her to leave John but she keeps going back, most likely because he has convinced her that she would be nothing without him. It finally explodes in a big divorce battle balancing on the cases of abuse.”

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LIES OF THE HEART

Lies of the heart“This is the fact-based made-for-TV movie of Laurie Kellog, who was accused of the murder of her husband Bruce in May 1992, told in flashbacks while she’s waiting for her judgment. When she was 16 she met the 15 years older Bruce Kellog, a charming guy, and moved in with him shortly after. What she didn’t know was that he “bought” her from her stepfather for 500 bucks. First she’s happy to serve him, but not long and Bruce shows his real face.”

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DANGEROUS INTENTIONS

Dangerous Intentions

“A man stalks his wife and child when they leave for an abused women’s shelter.”

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SLEEPING with the DEVIL

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“Professional nurse Rebecca Dubrovich (Shannen Doherty) is swept off her feet by charming millionaire Dick Strang (Tim Matheson), and the two begin a passionate romance. Only when it is too late does Rebecca discover that Strang has, to put it mildly, a dark side: He’s a bigamist, a control freak, a pathological liar, and a vicious sadist. Breaking off the relationship, Rebecca is subsequently stalked by the obsessive Strang, who ultimately injures her so severely that she is confined to a wheelchair. During her painful recovery period, Rebecca falls in love with orthopedic surgeon Jerrold Petrofsky (David Bowe), and ultimately dedicates her life to helping other victims of abusive relationships. Based on a true story previously dramatized on the television anthology Unsolved Mysteries and then released in book form, the made-for-TV Sleeping with the Devil originally aired April 22, 1997 on CBS. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi”

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ENOUGH

ENOUGH“Working class waitress Slim finds her life transformed when she marries wealthy contractor Mitch. She settles into an idyllic suburban life and seems to have everything she wants: loving husband, beautiful home, and Gracie, an adorable 5-year-old daughter. Her dream is shattered when she discovers her husband is anything but perfect. His abusive behavior forces her to go on the run, eluding an increasingly obsessive Mitch and his lethal henchmen. When, despite Slim’s efforts to make a new life, Mitch finds her and threatens her again, she puts Gracie in safe keeping, toughens herself mentally and physically and sets out to prove to Mitch she’s had enough.”

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FAMILY of STRANGERS

FAMILY OF STRANGERS

“Julie must disclose her family’s medical history before undergoing major surgery, but when she questions her family, she discovers that she was adopted and later, that her conception was the product of a rape.”

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NO ONE WOULD TELL

NO ONE WOULD TELL

“Shy sixteen-year-old Stacy Collins can’t believe that the most popular guy in school, an attractive athlete named Bobby Tennison, is interested in her. At first she is flattered by his constant attention, but then he becomes possessive and jealous-telling her who she can speak to and what she can wear. Threats escalate into violence when Bobby thinks Stacy has stepped out of line. Soon she is walking on egg shells and living in fear. Having seen the tell-tale bruises, Stacy’s best friend convinces her to break things off with Bobby-but in a moment of weakness, Stacy goes to meet him.”

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ONCE WERE WARRIORS

ONCE WERE WARRIORS

“A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.”

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SIN by SILENCE

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“Inside the California Institution for Women, the first inmate initiated and led group in U.S. prison history, shatters the misconceptions of domestic violence.

Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA) was created in 1989 to help women inside prison break the silence about abuse and learn more about what they needed to do to help others stop the cycle of violence.

Instead of fighting a system that does not fully comprehend the complexities of abuse, the women of CWAA led an initiative to help educate the system. Through careful orchestration of letter writing campaigns, media coverage, and senate hearings a movement was born and laws for battered women were changed. And for the founder of CWAA, the flicker of hope begins to grow as her possible freedom, after 26 years in prison, lies moments away.”

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BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA

“Bastard out of Carolina was the first novel published by author Dorothy Allison. The book, which is semi-autobiographical in nature, is set in Allison’s hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. Narrated by Ruth Anne “Bone” Boatwright, the primary conflict occurs between Bone and her mother’s husband, Glen.

The novel examines the expectations of gender and mother–child relationships, and explores the roles of these characters in the future. Conditions of class, race, sexuality and gender play out in Bone’s life and her relationships with others.

The book was adapted into a film in 1996.”

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Site that lists pages of movies with domestic abuse themes.
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Let us continue to pray for those who suffer the evil of domestic violence and abuse, and assist when and where we can.
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“I CAN’T CALL THE POLICE – HE IS THE POLICE!”

By Terry Loving

“‘You shall not murder.   (Deuteronomy 5:17)

yX5yV.AuSt.5On April 26, 2003 Tacoma Police Chief David Brame fatally wounded his wife, Crystal, and then killed himself.”

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“…when a woman calls police to report domestic violence, her chances are at least two out of five that the officer who responds has recently beaten his own partner . . . and gotten away with it! It is in part this dynamic that has created “unequal justice” for domestic violence victims everywhere.”

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No other crime victim is so utterly trapped as the police officer’s domestic partner. She is threatened with death if she reports; dismissed as crazy in internal “investigations” that are little more than a closing of the ranks around the offender; and laughed off by district attorneys when asked when charges will be filed. For the rare woman who does break free, she finds herself hunted from house to house and state to state, afraid she will be arrested on a trumped-up crime, then “battered” again in family court, often to lose her children to the violent spouse. Some of these women have lived underground for years rather than risk almost certain death if her batterer finds her.”

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Abused women are encouraged to contact agencies that assist them during their crisis. When in immediate danger, they are advised to dial “911” and seek help from local law enforcement. When the police arrive at the scene in many cases, abusers are arrested especially when the abused shows visible signs of injury. The laws are changing for the most part where domestic abusers are arrested and prosecuted in spite of the protests of the abused.

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 Usually, the abused who seeks a domestic violence restraining order is granted one in a matter of minutes. But what happens when the abuser is a police officer himself? The wife of Milwaukee Police Officer Mark T. Lelinski experienced just how difficult it can be for abused wives to seek and win protection orders against their abusive husbands who work in a system that is designed to protect its citizens – regardless of who they are.

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“Every year, hundreds of domestic violence restraining orders are granted in Milwaukee County’s courts. In many cases, the hearings take 5 or 10 minutes. In the case against Milwaukee Police Officer Mark T. Lelinski, hearings stretched over more than eight hours on four different days.”

It is not uncommon for the responding officers to only speak with the officer accused of battery. Police officers are part of a “Brotherhood” that protects its own. In too many cases, no reports are written and the officers have a pow-wow on the front lawn, laughing and dismissing the severity of why the abused called for help in the first place. The abused is accused of being “crazy” or “hysterical” and having “blown things out of proportion.” The responding officers leave and the abused is left in an increasing dangerous situation.

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It is well documented that proving a case of domestic violence against a police officer is very difficult. The challenges are “unique” and abuse victims feel that the system fails them because their abusers are a part of that system they should be able to turn to for help. Mrs. Lelinski discovered to her dismay that the system was more concerned with the officer’s reputation, and the good of the department rather than the injustice she suffered at home.

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 Although the responding officers “did nothing,” and refused to testify against their fellow officer; the victim was first denied a protection order; a city attorney fought to keep the evidence out of court, Mrs. Lelinski was finally granted a two-year protection order for the sake the couple’s son. Because officer Lelinski was not convicted of a felony in Milwaukee, he was allowed to keep his job and his gun.

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On April 26, 2003 – David Brame shot his estranged wife Crystal in the parking lot of a Gig Harbor shopping plaza. Not only did Brame shoot himself in the head, he psychologically damaged their two children – they witnessed the shootings. At the time of this tragedy, 44 year-old David Brame was the Chief of Police in western Washington. Brame died 2-1/2 hours after his self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 45 caliber Glock semiautomatic was possibly his service weapon. Crystal Brame held on for seven days, and finally succumbed to a fatal wound to her head. Two more children were orphaned by domestic violence.

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 Their turbulent divorce had become public knowledge, and Crystal Brame “alleged spousal abuse and claimed Chief Brame pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her.” On April 26, 2003, David Brame turned his threats into a harsh reality.

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 An alleged rape in the 80’s, and a recommendation that Brame not be hired as a result of a psychological evaluation in 1981 did not impede his rise to power. There were “other incidents” throughout Barme’s career that were red flags, but they were ignored. Asterisks surrounded his 1981 hiring; Brame took three psychological evaluations before he was deemed eligible. Few knew or noticed.

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 “He had a brother on the police force. He had a father on the police force. It’s the good old boy system. It’s the buddy system. It’s the blue code,” says John Hathaway, who grew up in East Tacoma, near Brame’s family.

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Ray Corpuz, Tacoma’s city manager allegedly suppressed the rape charges against Chief Brame. The “cover up” by Corpuz protected Brame and Corpuz. Ray and his wife were involved in an insurance scam concerning a burglary at their home. Corpuz and Brame knew damaging information about one another, and they made a pact to keep silent.

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In the case of “Ross Mirkarimi, the San Francisco sheriff who was charged with three misdemeanor counts connected with accusations that he abused his wife” – fear spread far and wide.

“Advocates for battered women are reluctant to dive into domestic violence cases involving police for fear of alienating the agencies they rely upon for help in other abuse cases. Several local advocates declined to be interviewed for this article because of that concern, although more than a dozen publicly called Thursday for Mirkarimi to step aside temporarily while the case against him is resolved.”

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“The biggest problem for a woman reporting that she’s been abused by her police officer husband or boyfriend is that nobody believes you,” said Diane Wetendorf of Chicago, who wrote a nationally used victim handbook, “Police Domestic Violence.”

“If you do speak up, the police are very good at turning the accusations around,” Wetendorf said. “The women get terrified, too, so the crime is very under-reported. There is a legitimate fear of retaliation.”

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There are many good cops that strive to do the right thing on and off the job. On the other hand, power and control hungry men often pursue a career in law enforcement to satisfy their need for dominance. The use of and misuse of authority, the badge and the gun are more important to such men rather than the heart to help people in need.

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Several studies, according to Gandy and Wetendorf, indicate that women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40 percent of police officer families. For American women overall, the figure is 25 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

“She said officers who abuse their wives or partners often are perverting the ‘continuum of force’ used in policing.”

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“They start out with command presence and voice to gain and maintain control, and if that doesn’t work, they go up the scale with an increasing amount of force until they get compliance,” Wetendorf said. “Unfortunately, these guys use the same technique with their wives and girlfriends. And some of them go from 0 to 60 right away.”

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“A big part of police culture is the code of silence,” she said. “The prosecutors depend on police for their cases, the police depend on each other – it’s a very insulated system.”

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Officer Mirkarimi stated that what happened in his home was “a family matter.” Fortunately, the laws are changing – slowly – but changing to view domestic violence as much more than a family squabble.

“San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said his department is as intolerant of domestic violence as anyone in the city.”

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“When you are sworn to protect and serve, you are held to a higher standard than the general public,” Esparza said. “If you are accused of domestic violence, you not only get your case in court, but you get an internal affairs investigation.”

“Whether it involves an officer from our agency or another agency, we take these accusations very seriously,” Esparza said. “You cannot change the way you do your job just because it’s another officer.”

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“Most victims ask if the abuser knows what he’s doing. The answer is “yes.” The police abuser, even more than a civilian abuser, knows exactly what he wants to accomplish and how to do it.”

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Training makes him dangerous

“A police officer’s training and professional status add extra levels of sophistication to his style of psychological and physical battering. It may be helpful for you to step back and see how his training and status intensify his abusive behavior in your relationship.”

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THE POLICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL!!!!

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The Police Are Still Out of Control

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In America, fear is growing that the police are getting out of control

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“And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.”

(Luke 21:16 – KJV)

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10 years later: Looking back at former Tacoma Police Chief David Brame

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  I Am Divorcing An Abusive Police Officer

“Mine started off as the dream guy. The most supported and loving man I had ever met. I told my family “I’m going to marry this guy”. As I am now in my 4th year of this relationship, it’s a complete nightmare. He doesn’t ke me visit my family, call them, or spend holidays or birthdays with them. I own the house we live in and he refuses to leave even though I’ve asked him to leave several times. When I say I’m going to call the cops he just laughs because they are all his buddies and won’t do anything to help me.”

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“My first lawyer told me to face the facts, my soon to be ex is a cop and he is going to win.”

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 “Last night was pretty much the last straw. A friend of his (another cop) hit me in the face joking around but I was so offended and caught off guard that I got upset and started crying. Well he flipped and told me I was being stupid and the argument between us was our fault because I chose to take the smack to the face the wrong way.”

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THE BROTHERHOOD

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Code of Silence

When an officer is in trouble on the job or in trouble with his wife or girlfriend at home, he counts on his buddies to cover for him. He gives them a story that explains why he “had to do” whatever he did. Whether or not they personally condone his behavior, they may rationalize his behavior, saying he was stressed out, under a lot of pressure, or quite simply, that he’s only human. They repeat his version of the story and they stick to that version. They put themselves on the line with their fellow officer. Whether testifying in court or smoothing things out at home, the rules are simple for them:

  • Say as little as possible.
  • Answer only the question asked.
  • Don’t give details.
  • Deny all accusations.
  • Say “I don’t remember, I didn’t see that, or I don’t know.”

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Seattle cops get free ride on domestic violence

“Cops who abuse their wives rarely pay the price.”

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Officer-Involved Domestic Violence

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How to Combat Officer-Involved Domestic Violence

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What can a woman do when her abuser IS the police?

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Muncie steps up fight against domestic violence

“One of the complaints that we had always heard was, ‘Well, I don’t have anywhere to go. I can’t get out of the house. My kids are there,'” Arnold said. “Now you can run to a fire station — you can drive to a fire station — and you’re going to be safe, you’re going to be warm.”

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YAHOO NEWS: The American Police State is the ‘New Normal’ (even the MSM cannot deny it anymore)

YAHOO NEWS: The American Police State is the ‘New Normal’

YAHOO NEWS: The American Police State is the ‘New Normal’ (even the MSM cannot deny it anymore)

– See more at: http://szaboservices.blogspot.com/2011/06/yahoo-news-american-police-state-is-new.html#sthash.UxNKSEja.dpuf

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http://www.lanejudson.com/2_Domestic_violence_bill_now_law.htm

New Washington State Law mandates that each law enforcement agency in the state must have an officer-involved domestic violence policy

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We can spread the word far and wide about the anguish Crystal suffered. We can convey the message to those who are still suffering in silence that they are not alone. And we can help prevent this tragedy from ever happening again. That would be Crystal’s greatest legacy.”

http://www.lanejudson.com/

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Officer-Involved Domestic Fatalities – LaneJudson.com

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YAHOO NEWS: The American Police State is the ‘New Normal’ – See more at: http://szaboservices.blogspot.com/2011/06/yahoo-news-american-police-state-is-new.html#sthash.UxNKSEja.dpuf
YAHOO NEWS: The American Police State is the ‘New Normal’ – See more at: http://szaboservices.blogspot.com/2011/06/yahoo-news-american-police-state-is-new.html#sthash.UxNKSEja.dpuf

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Justice

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Hseek-justice-for-the-oppressedave you ever been falsely accused or so badly hurt that you wanted to take revenge?  In this life, we may face many injustices: we may be misunderstood; we may not be appreciated by others; our work and service may not be duly rewarded; we may be overlooked and ignored.

Justice is a major theme in the book of Psalms.  Justice is more than honesty.  It is active intervention on behalf of the helpless, especially the poor.  The psalmists praise God because He is just.  They plead for Him to intervene and bring justice where there is oppression and wickedness.  They condemn the wicked who trust in their wealth and extol the righteous who are just towards their neighbors.  The psalmists do not merely wish the poor could be given what they need, but plead with God to destroy those nations that are subverting justice and oppressing God’s people.

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