It’s Monday, August 24th, A.D. 2020. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldView.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Increased assassinations in Iraq
Within the space of one week, two activists in Iraq were assassinated and three more barely escaped murder, reports International Christian Concern. Each of these events occurred in southern Iraq, and come almost a month after the high-profile assassination of a scholar who specialized in paramilitary groups.
The assassinations of activists send a clear message that speaking of human rights issues is intolerable by militias. The perpetrators of such incidents often go unpunished. Christians suffered significant human rights abuses during the genocide of ISIS, and the problems they currently face are largely driven by competing paramilitary factions.
Joe Biden: Time to end “this chapter of American darkness”
Last Thursday night, former Vice President Joe Biden gave the speech of his life as he accepted the nomination as the Democratic candidate for President.
Biden referred to President Trump’s first term in office as a “chapter of American darkness.”
BIDEN: “Let history be able to say that the end of this chapter of American darkness began here tonight, as love and hope and light join in the battle for the soul of the nation.”
One passage of Biden’s speech was especially dramatic.
BIDEN: “This is a life-changing election. This will determine what America is going to look like for a long, long time. Character is on the ballot. Compassion is on the ballot. Decency, science, democracy, they’re all on the ballot. Who we are as a nation, what we stand for, most importantly, who we want to be. That’s all on the ballot.”
One of Biden’s key lines has been challenged as having been plagiarized, an accusation which has plagued him throughout his career.
BIDEN: “With passion and purpose, let us begin, you and I together, one nation under God, united in our love for America, united in our love for each other. For love is more powerful than hate, hope is more powerful than fear, and light is more powerful than dark.”
Canadian media quickly noted that Biden’s words were uncannily similar to those of Jack Layton, the leader of Canada’s left-wing New Democratic Party, who issued a poignant open letter to his fellow citizens as he lay dying in 2011, reports the New York Post.
Layton wrote, “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.”
As Biden concluded his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, he tried to present himself as the only acceptable choice this November.
BIDEN: “If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness. It’s time for us, for we the people, to come together. And make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America. We’ll choose hope over fear, facts over fiction, fairness over privilege.
“I’m a proud Democrat, and I’ll be proud to carry the banner of our party into the general election. So, it’s with great honor and humility, I accept this nomination for President of the United States of America.”
Joe Biden is no light-bearer
Stephen Kokx of LifeSiteNews.com wrote, “There’s only one major problem here: The past four years haven’t been a period of darkness…and Joe Biden is anything but a light-bearer.
“Here’s just a few of the many anti-Christian policies Joe Biden has promised to support if elected:
- He wants abortion on demand until birth.
- He would restore billions of dollars to Planned Parenthood.
- He’s promised to force religious groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their conscience and provide abortion-inducing drugs.
- He’s pledged to pass the pro-LHBT, anti-religious liberty “Equality Act.”
Micah 6:8 asks, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Trump blasts the Democrats’ dark, gloomy, angry convention
Appearing at a meeting of the Council for National Policy in Arlington, Virginia on Friday, President Trump briefly addressed the Democratic National Convention.
TRUMP: “Over the last week, the Democrats held the darkest and angriest and gloomiest convention in American history. They spent four straight days attacking America as racist and a horrible country that must be redeemed.
“Joe Biden grimly declared a season of American darkness. And yet look at what we’ve accomplished, until the plague came, and look at what we’ve accomplished. And now we’re doing it again.” (applause)
Democratic National Convention omits Pledge’s “under God” twice
The moderator of the DNC’s Muslim Delegates & Allies Assembly web meeting on Tuesday afternoon left out the words “under God” as he recited the pledge to kick off the meeting.
MUSLIM MAN: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Also on Tuesday afternoon, during the LGBTQ Caucus Meeting, the speaker who recited the pledge paused silently instead of saying the words “under God” as written in the pledge. Oddly enough, he held up a display of three miniature flags including the homosexual flag as well as Old Glory as if somehow people were pledging allegiance to the homosexual flag.
HOMOSEXUAL MAN: “Hello, everybody. If you don’t have a flag, I have flags here right in front of me. Please place your hand over your heart. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic, for which it stands, one nation, (dramatic pause), indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
If you take a look at the video of that very presentation, you’ll notice, amusingly, that the homosexual flag literally falls out of his display at the very moment when he says, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.” It’s quite funny. Check out the video.
Trump called the omission in the pledge “an attack on God.”
Last year, Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed to eliminate the words “so help me God” from the swearing-in of people testifying before a committee.
Psalm 33:2 declares, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”
Mom of 6 booted from JetBlue because toddler wouldn’t wear mask
And finally, a New York City mother on a JetBlue flight from Orlando, Florida, to Newark, New Jersey, was told she had to get off the airplane, along with her six children, because her 2-year-old daughter would not wear a face mask, reports Fox News.
Chaya Bruck of Brooklyn said that she believes the airline’s current mask policy concerning small children is “not feasible,” and added that her recent experience was not only humiliating but “traumatizing” for her kids as well.
Bruck claims that just prior to the flight, she heard on the loudspeaker that “small children” were exempt from wearing a face mask if they couldn’t keep it on, but that the announcement never specified an age. On August 19th, the website said “children who are not able to maintain a face covering are exempt from the requirement.”
Her husband is considering legal action against Jet Blue.
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Trump delivers speech near Biden’s childhood home
Just a few miles from former Vice President Joe Biden’s childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania — and just hours before Biden mad his own speech accepting his party’s nomination for president, President Donald Trump delivered his own campaign speech in the battleground state, reports ABC News.
TRUMP: “Right now we’re leading in so many polls that they refuse to put out. We’re doing so good in this state, in North Carolina, in Florida, in Texas, in Ohio, in Michigan. Many car plants are being built or expanded in Michigan. We’re doing fantastically in Michigan. We’re doing great in New Hampshire. These are real polls.
“You want to do what’s called likely voters likely in other words, people that are likely to vote not registered voters, many of whom are going to vote. And then you want to do an even count. You don’t want to do many more Democrats. Many, many Democrats, few fewer Republicans. Trump is down by six.”
President Trump cited the enthusiasm factor.
TRUMP: “We’re leading by the way, even they admit, we’re leading by enthusiasm by numbers like they’ve never seen before — record numbers, meaning we have record enthusiasm. And he has a record lack of enthusiasm. And that is a big, big factor. We’re gonna have a victory that will equal or surpass what we did in 2016.”
Trump accuses FDA of dragging feet on COVID vaccine
President Trump’s political future might very well hinge on his response to the Covid-19 pandemic and his promise to bring forth a vaccine by Election Day on Nov. 3, reports Bloomberg.
On Saturday, Trump suggested that employees at the FDA are attempting to sabotage his re-election by slowing down coronavirus research.
In a tweet, Trump said members of “the deep state” at the FDA are making it hard for drug companies to “get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics” and “obviously” want to delay progress until after Nov. 3, Election Day. He tagged FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, appointed by Trump in 2019, in the tweet.
California wildfires burn 1 million acres
In God’s providence, California wildfires have burned nearly one million acres within the last week which were sparked by lightning strikes, reports the Associated Press. Weary firefighters raced Saturday to slow the spread of the fires that have destroyed hundreds of homes.
On Thursday, 376 fires burned in the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But by Friday, there were about 560 active blazes, reports the Los Angeles Times.
In light of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s continued refusal to let churches legally meet in person and his advocacy of abortion and the homosexual/transgender agenda, some Christian leaders have concluded that God’s wrath is being felt in the Golden State.
Psalm 135:6-7 says, “Whatever the LORD pleases He does, in heaven and in earth . . . He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”