If at First You Don’t Succeed: TN Lawmaker Tries 2nd Time to Make Bible ‘Official State Book’

2-07-2020 – Steve Warren

Back in 2016, then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) vetoed a bill that would have made the Holy Bible the official book of the Volunteer State, saying the bill went against both the federal and state constitutions.

Fast forward to today — State Rep. Jerry Sexton filed a similar bill (House Bill 2778) on Wednesday that would “designate the Holy Bible as the official state book.”

Eleven co-sponsors have joined Sexton in promoting the bill.

State Sen. Mark Pody also filed the bill in the state Senate.

Sexton has said his measure recognizes the role the Bible has played in Tennessee state history.

“There is no denying our history,” Sexton told The Baptist Press in 2015. “The Bible has certainly had a pivotal role in the history of our state as well as our nation. The Bible also plays a significantly important role in our state today with several companies in Nashville being responsible for publishing more Bibles than possibly any other city in the world.”

“Making the Bible our official state book isn’t a violation of either our Constitution or the U.S. Constitution. It is simply a recognition of its historical importance,” he continued. “To preclude the Bible simply because it is religious in nature is anathema to the First Amendment.”

In a letter to Beth Harwell, the speaker of the Tennesse state House, former Gov. Haslam wrote: “In addition to the constitutional issues with the bill, my personal feeling is that this bill trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text.”

CBN News has reached out to Rep. Sexton for comment.  We will update this story as soon as we hear back from him.

As CBN News has reported, over the past year, legislation in seven states allowed Bible classes in public schools. Six more states could follow.

The believers behind that effort say their idea is simple and to the point: Teach the book that has shaped our civilization like no other.

President Trump even tweeted about that effort.

“Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!” he wrote. (Click to Source)

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day -2 Corinthians 12:9 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition -Febuary 10, 2020

2 Corinthians 12

To boast, indeed, is useless for me, for I shall go on to visions and revelations of יהוה (Yahweh).
I know a man in Messiah who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, Elohim knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven.
And I know such a man – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, Elohim knows – that he was caught up into paradise and heard unspeakable words, which it is not right for a man to speak.
Of such a one I shall boast, but of myself I shall not boast, except in my weaknesses.
For if I shall wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think more of me than what he sees in me, or hears of me.
And to keep me from exalting myself because of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to hit me, to keep me from exalting myself.
Concerning this I pleaded with the Master three times to take it away from me.
And He said to me, “My favour is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, then, I shall rather boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Messiah rests on me.
Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for the sake of Messiah. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I have become a fool – you have compelled me. For I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I behind the most eminent emissaries, though I am a nobody.
Indeed, the signs of an emissary were wrought among you with all endurance, in signs and wonders and powers.
For what is there in which you were inferior to other assemblies, except that I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!
See, I am ready to come to you for the third time. And I shall not be a burden to you, for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children should not lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
And I shall most gladly spend and be spent for your lives. If I love you more and more, am I to be loved less?
But be it so, I did not burden you. But being crafty, did I catch you with guile?
Did I take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you?
I urged Titus, and sent our brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not walk in the same spirit – not in the same steps?
Again, do you think that we defend ourselves to you? We speak before Elohim in Messiah. But all this, beloved, is for your upbuilding.
For I fear lest, when I come, I do not find you such as I wish, and I be found by you such as you do not wish – lest there be strife, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, slander, gossip, puffing up, unrest, and lest, when I come again, my Elohim should humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, and whoring, and indecency which they have practised.

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Dazzling blue meteor flash through Israeli sky caught on car’s dashboard camera

Driver says he was ‘left speechless’ by power and beauty of sight; Israeli Astronomical Association says dozens of sightings also reported from Lebanon and Cyprus

23 January 2020, 12:30 am 

A large meteor lit up the night sky over Israel with a blue flash so bright it was seen in neighboring Lebanon and Cyprus.

One witness was driving along Route 6 on Tuesday evening when suddenly he saw a blue ball flash through the sky. He later discovered his dashboard camera had captured the sight.

The man, who identified himself as Ori, told Channel 12 that he quickly stopped his car on the side of the road to rewatch it.

“The whole sky was blue. The video does not do justice to the beauty and power of what it was. I was left speechless,” he told Channel 12.

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The Israeli Astronomical Association said there had been 144 reported sightings of the meteor in three countries.

The IAA said that based on the number of sightings, the object was probably very large and part of it may have survived its fiery descent through the atmosphere. (Click to Source)

 

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‘Most devastating plague of locusts’ in recent history could come within weeks, U.N. warns

Climate change and al-Shabab extremists contributed to circumstances that could produce crippling swarms of locusts in Somalia and East Africa.

By The Associated Press

GAROWE, Somalia — At a glance, the desert locusts in this arid patch of northern Somalia look less ominous than the billion-member swarms infesting East Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years.

But their time will come.

Small and wingless, the hopping young locusts are the next wave in the outbreak that threatens more than 10 million people across the region with a severe hunger crisis.

And they are growing up in one of the most inaccessible places on the planet. Large parts of Somalia south of this semi-autonomous Puntland region are under threat, or held by, the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group. That makes it difficult or impossible to conduct the aerial spraying of the locusts that experts say is the only effective control.

Somalia has declared the outbreak a national emergency. Across the region, it has the potential “to be the most devastating plague of locusts in any of our living memories if we don’t reduce the problem faster than we’re doing at the moment,” U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said.

As an armed Somali policeman stood by, experts on Thursday walked across the dry land crawling with the young locusts and explained the threat to come if the world doesn’t act right now.

“The world needs to know this is where it all begins,” said Alberto Trillo Barca, a spokesman for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. “In the next three or four weeks, these nymphs, as we call them, will develop wings.”

Then they are expected to set off for neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, where a handful of planes spraying pesticide can only do so much if such swarms keep arriving.

Climate experts have pointed to unusually heavy rains, aided by a powerful cyclone off Somalia in December, as a major factor in the outbreak. The locusts were carried in by the storm’s winds from the Arabian Peninsula and parts beyond, and now they are feeding on Somalia’s fresh vegetation.

With more rains expected in the region in the coming weeks, the number of locusts if unchecked could grow by up to 500 times by June, when drier weather is expected.

But that drier weather is not necessarily the solution, said Dominique Burgeon, the FAO’s emergency and resilience director.

The density of the locusts is now so high that even normal moisture can lead to another generation, he said.

“We cannot believe in Mother Nature to solve it,” he explained.

Without enough spraying to stop the swarms, the already worrying outbreak could turn into a plague, “and when you have a plague, it takes years to control,” he said.

Against that sweeping outlook, a few masked workers with white protective suits and pesticide containers strapped to their backs stood in the camel-crossed Somali desert, spritzing the thousands of locusts clinging to thorny bushes.

The world’s changing climate brings the risk of more cyclones coming in from the warming Indian Ocean off East Africa, climate experts say. With that, the likelihood of further locust outbreaks grows.

 

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CHRISLAM: POPE FRANCIS CALLS FOR GLOBAL WEALTH DISTRIBUTION, SAYS TAX CUTS ARE A SIN, DOESN’T MENTION VATICAN IS WORLD’S WEALTHIEST CORPORATION

“Every year hundreds of billions of dollars, which should be paid in taxes to fund health care and education, accumulate in tax haven accounts,” Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican seminar, “thus impeding the possibility of the dignified and sustained development of all social agents.” “Today’s structures of sin include repeated tax cuts for the richest people, often justified in the name of investment and development,” Francis told the meeting organized by the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences. During his discourse, the pope repeated his conviction that poverty is on the rise worldwide and “the poor increase around us.”

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Tax cuts for the wealthy constitute a “structure of sin,” Chrislam Pope Francis said Wednesday in a passionate address calling for international wealth redistribution.

Communists and Socialists are always concerned about other people’s money, and getting their hands on it is their all-consuming thought. Pope Francis, good Communist that he and all popes are, is no different. This is why you see him popping up constantly at meetings with CEOs who control billion dollar corporations, currying favor and making sure he is close to the money. Did you know that the Vatican is the world’s wealthiest company?

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.” Luke 2:1-3 (KJB)

We have told you many times that the first time Jesus came, it was under Roman occupation at a time of global taxation. At His Second Coming, 7 years after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church takes place, Rome will again be in power and there will be global taxation. This is why you are now seeing Pope Francis gathering his children together to form the end times One World Religion of Chrislam, and why he endlessly talks about wealth redistribution and global taxation.

Here’s a simple question no one ever seems to ask. Since the Vatican vaults contain a disproportionate amount of the world’s great art and literary treasures valued in the billions of dollars, how come no one ever asks Pope Francis why they don’t sell some of them and give it to the poor? If they did that they would have endless financial resources with which to help the poor out of poverty, but they don’t do it. Yeah, someone should ask the pope that sometime.

Pope Francis Calls for Global Wealth Redistribution

FROM BREITBART NEWS: “Every year hundreds of billions of dollars, which should be paid in taxes to fund health care and education, accumulate in tax haven accounts,” Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican seminar, “thus impeding the possibility of the dignified and sustained development of all social agents.”

“Today’s structures of sin include repeated tax cuts for the richest people, often justified in the name of investment and development,” Francis told the meeting organized by the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences.

During his discourse, the pope repeated his conviction that poverty is on the rise worldwide and “the poor increase around us.”

With the passage of time and the advances of civilization the number of poor people increases rather than diminishing, Francis similarly asserted last June, and “the poor are always poorer, and today they are poorer than ever.”

As a Brookings Institution report noted in late 2018, however, the world is currently experiencing “the lowest prevalence of extreme poverty ever recorded in human history — less than 8 percent,” and that number falls with each passing year.

According to the widely used “international poverty line,” people are considered to be in “extreme poverty” if they live on less than $1.90 per day or its equivalent.

In the world today, less than 10 percent of the global population lives in extreme poverty, whereas just 30 years ago (1990), some 37 percent of the world lived in extreme poverty. Two centuries ago, nearly everyone in the world lived in extreme poverty. While in the year 1800 almost 90 percent of the world’s population subsisted on less than $1 a day, that percentage had been constantly falling, dropping below 20 percent in the year 2000 and below 10 percent in the present day.

It is not only “extreme poverty” that is falling, however. The global poverty rate has been falling across every single poverty line, whether the bar is set at $1.90 a day or $10 a day. In his address Wednesday, the pope lamented that the per capita annual income in the world this year will be $12,000 “according to official reports.”

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According to data from the World Bank, however, annual per capita income worldwide has been increasing dramatically year by year and in 2018 was $17,948. Furthermore, the World Bank reveals, global per capita income has increased by over 200 percent since 1990 and is now more than three times higher than its 1990 level of $5,498.

This does not suggest that poverty is not a problem or that poverty reduction is not a worthy and important goal. It does mean, however, that global poverty is not increasing but is decreasing rapidly. In free market economies that favor wealth creation such as the United States, “extreme poverty” has virtually been eradicated.

For example, in 2005, 78.3 percent of households living in “poverty” (by U.S. standards) had air conditioning, whereas in 1970, 36.0 percent of all households had air conditioning.

“If extreme poverty exists in the midst of wealth (also extreme) it is because we have allowed the gap to widen to become the largest in history,” the pope said. “The world’s 50 richest people have $2.2 trillion worth of assets. These fifty people alone could fund the health care and education of every poor child in the world, whether through taxes, philanthropic initiatives, or both.”

It must be acknowledged, however, that no such “gap” exists between the wealthy and the poor, since the vast majority of people live somewhere in the middle. There is not a cluster of ridiculously rich people followed by an immense mass of very poor people. The majority of people are neither very rich nor very poor. (Click to Source)

 

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Iowa: Muslims unite behind Bernie to screams of “Allahu akbar”

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e is close to Linda Sarsour. He hates Israel. He wants to drastically weaken the U.S. He uncritically buys into the victimhood propaganda. What’s not to like?

“US election 2020: At one Iowa mosque, almost all caucus votes went to Bernie Sanders,” by Ali Harb, Middle East Eye, February 4, 2020 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

“Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar.” The Muslim call for prayer, known as adhan, echoed through the Muslim Community Organization in Iowa as voters stood in a registration line outside the prayer hall, waiting to attend the Democratic Party’s caucuses at the mosque.

Rows of worshippers, surrounded by campaign signs, performed evening prayer before the electoral process began late on Monday.

The Muslim Community Organization was one of five mosques in the Des Moines area to turn into a caucus site, as the Democratic Party kicked off its contest to pick the nominee who will try to unseat President Donald Trump in November.

“This is truly a historic moment for you as Muslims in Iowa and Muslims across the country,” Ghazala Salam, president of the Muslim Caucus of America, told voters midway through the process.

“They’re watching you. You’re laying the path forward on how Muslims should be engaging in the political process in this country.”

Near unanimous support for Sanders

In caucuses, participants vote publicly by standing – or sitting in the case of the mosque – in a designated area for the supporters of their favoured candidate. The procedure also involves convincing other caucus-goers to join one’s group.

But there wasn’t much wooing to be done at the Muslim Community Organization on Monday.

Almost all caucus-goers were supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders.

When the caucus chair asked Sanders’ supporters to sit in an area to the left of the mihrab – a hollow section in the wall that points towards Mecca – every attendee moved towards that section.

The initial vote was: 115 for Sanders, two for Andrew Yang, two for Elizabeth Warren and one for Pete Buttigieg… (Click to Source)

 

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Torah Commentary – B’Shallach (After he had let go) – SCRIPTURES FOR February 8, 2020

B’Shallach (After he had let go)

Exodus 13:17-17:16
Judges 4:4-5:31
John 6:25-35; 19:31-37
Revelation 15:1-4

Finally! A Formula!

Have you ever thought that it would be nice if HaShem had given us some formulas in scripture? In this weeks Torah portion, we find one. The Hebrews have left Egypt with wagons full of “stuff” they have been given by their old neighbors, and they now begin the exciting journey to the Land of Promise. What are the chances of it not going the way they all planned it to go? Knowing a bit about The Almighty, well, you know the answer to that one.
The first item in the formula for getting all these people from Egypt to Canaan is not to take them on the easy route, but rather on what, from their view, would be a round about way. Yes, the first lesson to learn is that He is not as concerned about getting our physical being from one place to another, but rather working on our spiritual being, which always takes time and effort.
The second thing He does is take them to a dead end so there would be no direction to look but up. While they are standing with a large body of water in front of them, mountains on each side and a bunch of angry Egyptians beginning to breathe down their collective necks, Yah now says not to fear. No problem! Fear never crosses your mind when you are in a situation like this. Yeah, right!
Third on the list is to stand still. This is a tough one. In the midst of dire circumstances the last thing most of us want to do is stand still and do nothing. Human need of survival tells us someone needs to do something. The key to being able to stand still is in the Hebrew word used here, yatsab. The word means to present oneself and stand with someone. This takes us back to step two in that He does not stand with a person who is presenting themselves before Him in fear instead of faith. So for us to be “still,” we must present ourselves to Him in faith, knowing and being confident that He will deliver us through our trouble.
Step four brings us to a word we considered a few weeks ago, ra’ah, which is translated as “see”. It is not to only see with our eyes, but to perceive with our whole being. What is it Yah desires for us to “see?” The answer is quite simple. He desires us to see Him. The word in 14:13 which is translated as “salvation” is the word Yeshua.
Let’s take a break form the formula and think this through. He has orchestrated all the events of the last year or so of their lives for this one reason, so they could come face to face with Him. If we could all get this point it would have a great impact on our lives. No matter where you or I stand today, the purpose for the journey which brought you there is to see Him face to face.
Now it is time to move on, and this is where it gets fun, for this is where the miracles begin. Angels mess with the lug nuts of the chariot wheels and pillars of fire move with purpose through the sky. Of course we also see that little parting of the waters thing which leaves the guy who once thought he was a god laying dead on the shore waiting for the next seagull feeding time.
At this point it would seem the formula for deliverance is complete, but there is still work to be done before the fullness can be realized. The journey still has many twists and turns before we can get to the destination. There will be bitter waters and opportunities to gripe, complain, and say we can not go on. During the journey, most will forget about the formula which got them where they are. They will exchange faith for fear, forget Who is standing with them and begin to see with only their eyes. Very few will continue and make it to the end.
Today, many of us find ourselves in situations we never dreamed of. At times it can be like the proverbial rock and a hard place. It looks like not only is history repeating itself, but He is repeating Himself. We are people just like they were. The formula which was used for them is once again being used. The question we must ask is will we walk in it and find Him or find ourselves as bones scattered in a wilderness? (Click to Source)
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Why you could be fired for refusing to use fingerprint or face scanners

Face or fingerprint scanning systems in the workplace could replace swipe cards, and companies could sack workers who refused to use them.

Facial recognition technology is already in use at airports, but it’s also being employed by companies including SkyCity, Foodstuffs and The Warehouse to watch customers.

Employers can use fingerprint readers, voice recognition systems, as well as face, hand or iris scanners to track absenteeism or for health and safety or security reasons. Microchips have also entered the employment scene in countries including the United States.

But employment lawyer Susan Hornsby-Geluk said workers who refused to share their biometric data when a company had legitimate reasons to use it, could lose their jobs.

This could only happen after the employer had considered the worker’s explanation, and explored whether any reasonable alternatives were available first, she said.

The Privacy Act restricts employers to only collecting information about a person with their consent, except in limited circumstances, for instance, covert surveillance of an employee for suspected theft.

But Hornsby-Geluk said employers could make the collection of biometric data a condition of employment in an employment agreement.

“In this way the employee could either consent and take the job, or not,” she said.

In December, Christchurch company KME Services that used biometrics to keep track of staff was ordered to pay a former employee $23,200 in compensation and lost wages after unfairly sacking a worker who refused to use a face scanning system to sign in at work.

The Employment Relations Authority found that KME Services did not consult with staff before implementing the technology and misled them about the purpose.

Hornsby-Geluk said employees could opt out of biometric data being collected, if they had a personal legitimate reason such as a religious objection.

Dundas Street Employment Lawyers partner Susan Hornsby-Geluk says workers who refuse to share their biometric data, when a company has a legitimate reason to use it could lose their job.
Dundas Street Employment Lawyers partner Susan Hornsby-Geluk says workers who refuse to share their biometric data, when a company has a legitimate reason to use it could lose their job.

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards said there could also be limitations around people opting out if the purpose for biometrics was central to high security, for instance.

Edwards said business wanting to deploy biometrics for workers needed to undertake a “thorough” privacy impact assessment.

He said businesses must press the third party data collector for detailed information on how the system worked, what data was collected, and how it would be kept secure and used only for the employer’s immediate legitimate needs.

“A biometric is quite sensitive information. You can’t change your face. If that service provider leaked or sold the biometric, that could have quite profound effects on the individual’s privacy,” Edwards said.

Honsby-Geluk said workers were entitled to request any personal information about them held by their employer at any time, including biometric data.

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says business wanting to deploy biometrics for workers needed to undertake a "thorough" privacy impact assessment.
Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says business wanting to deploy biometrics for workers needed to undertake a “thorough” privacy impact assessment.

She said information could only be collected by an employer for a lawful purpose and used only for that purpose.

“If biometric data was being collected primarily for health and safety reasons, it is unlikely that the employer could justify continuing to hold it after an employee leaves.

“An employee may be able to justify holding on to timesheet data for up to six years as this is the period during which an arrears of wages claim could be made by an employee or ex employee.” (Click to Source)

 

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