How to Govern According to National Security Advisor


Susan Rice: Too Many Whites on National Security Team Putting America at Risk

“We’re leading in a complex world with one hand tied behind our back.”

5.20.2016 |

National Security Advisor Susan Rice told graduates at Florida International University that the presence of too many “white, male, and Yale” staffers is posing a threat to the security of America.

“Too often, our national security workforce has been what former Florida Senator Bob Graham called ‘white, male, and Yale,'” Rice stated. “In the halls of power, in the faces of our national security leaders, America is still not fully reflected.”

Rice, like her liberal cohorts, want to force the government and companies to hire the same demographic percentages that are represented in their various communities. But it’s not just for the sake of diversity; lives are at stake, the warning goes.

“I’m not talking about a human resources issue,” she stressed. “I’m highlighting a national security imperative.”

Apparently hiring someone with the right qualifications isn’t as important as their skin color for the Obama administration.

Rice also described several potential scenarios where she feels diversity will make all the difference in diplomacy:

“Moreover, we want our national security leaders to reflect America’s best self to the world and inspire others to follow our example. Not by preaching pluralism and tolerance, but by practicing it. Think of the LGBT person in Bangladesh who knows that someone at the American embassy understands who she is. Think of the Iraqi soldier, learning to fight alongside Iraqis from other religious sects, who takes inspiration from America’s own multi-ethnic force. Think of young Haitians drawn to converse with a Foreign Service officer who has dreadlocks like their own—or our Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, showered with rose petals when he visits his grandmother’s ancestral home in Punjab. That is how we build bridges and deepen partnerships in an increasingly globalized world.”

Besides, when too many whites are in the same room making decisions, they all think too much alike:

“By now, we should all know the dangers of ‘groupthink,’ where folks who are alike often think alike. By contrast, groups comprised of different people tend to question one another’s assumptions, draw on divergent perspectives and experiences, and yield better outcomes.”

Rice obviously doesn’t believe in leading by example, as the collective voices of the leftist-only Obama administration are the very definition of “groupthink.”

President Obama has proven time and time again that “pluralism and tolerance,” as Rice indicated, are valiant pursuits above all else. Otherwise, we are handicapped as a nation, she said:

“Without tapping into America’s full range of races, religions, ethnicities, language skills, and social and economic experiences, we’re leading in a complex world with one hand tied behind our back

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Bible Engagement in a New World


Articles in Faith & Christianity • May 18, 2016

For more than 30 years, Barna has studied the Bible’s role in and influence on American society, painstakingly collecting the pieces of data we need to understand the big picture.

And for the past six years, we have partnered with American Bible Society to add depth and detail to the picture, and to identify how it is changing over time. Since 2011, Barna has conducted more than 14,000 “State of the Bible” interviews with American adults and teens on behalf of American Bible Society. We have learned much, even as we continue to discover new and better ways of describing the impact of the Scriptures on Americans’ hearts, homes and communities.

A New Landscape
There are three major changes that are reshaping the landscape in which we read and engage with the Bible. These shifts are most apparent among today’s youngest generations so, in a sense, they give shape to the present and future reality within which we read and interact with the Bible.

First, the steady rise of skepticism is creating a cultural atmosphere that is becoming unfriendly—sometimes even hostile—to claims of faith. In a society that venerates science and rationalism, it is an increasingly hard pill to swallow that an eclectic assortment of ancient stories, poems, sermons, prophecies and letters, written and compiled over the course of 3,000 years, is somehow the sacred “word of God.” Even in just the few years Barna has been conducting “State of the Bible” interviews, the percent of Americans who believe that the Bible is “just another book written by men” increases. So too does the perception that the Bible is actually harmful and that people who live by its principles are religious extremists.

Second, as Gabe Lyons and I propose in Good Faith, the broader culture has adopted self-fulfillment as its ultimate measure of moral good. The shift that is underway moves authority from outside ourselves (for example, the Bible) to within us. Increasingly, Americans are rejecting external sources of moral authority, both spiritual and civic. Instead, the Self has become the spiritual and moral compass for the vast majority of adults. In stark contrast to the people (including far too many Christians) who embrace self-fulfillment as the highest good, the Bible teaches that God’s moral order leads to human and societal flourishing. And the more Christians are oriented toward the way of life described by the Scriptures, the more likely it becomes that they will come into conflict with the dominant culture.

Third, the explosive growth of digital tools such as Bible apps, daily reading plans, study resources and online communities offer unprecedented access to the Scriptures. These tools are an incredible leap forward in the “Bible cause” of giving every person on earth access to God’s word in his or her own language. What a privilege to partner with the Holy Spirit during this all-access revolution. At the same time, digital access also means an unfiltered flood of ideas and information that must be evaluated for goodness and truth. The need for godly discernment and rich, relational discipleship has never been greater. Are we equipping disciples, especially young disciples, with the spiritual, emotional and mental tools they need to live wisely and for God’s glory in the “screen age”?

The Bible in America evaluates a robust set of data in light of these three trends.

Windows of Opportunity
Thankfully, the data is not all bad news. In fact, Barna researchers continue to find bright pieces to the puzzle that demonstrate the Bible’s cultural staying power and persistent hold on people’s hearts.
•Most Americans (including a majority of young adults) believe the Bible has been more influential on humanity than any other text.
•A majority (also including young adults) believes the Bible contains everything a person needs to know in order to live a meaningful life.
•Two-thirds of all Americans hold an orthodox view of the Bible, that it is the actual or inspired word of God.
•Nearly half read the Scriptures at least once a month.
•Fidelity to the Bible is strong among practicing Christians of all ages.
•As American culture becomes more post-Christian—that is, as the population moves away from Christian beliefs and practices—there is some evidence that interest in the Bible may be on the rise.

We should not ignore or minimize the stiffening headwinds. The world is becoming less faith-friendly, but God has given us the astonishing task of trying to keep up with his work. The Bible can be, as it always has been, a signpost to and conduit of the Word of God made flesh in Jesus Christ.

With that, we invite you into The Bible in America.

David Kinnaman
President of Barna Group

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Ecumenical Patriarch Intends to Hand Over Patmos Monastery to Roman Catholics


Published by  DnJosephSuaiden at  May 15, 2016

Source: http://panayiotistelevantos.blogspot.com.cy/2016/05/blog-post_22.html

(source) The Patriarchate of Constantinople is forcing the monastery in Patmos to give one of its churches to the Latins…

The unbelievable and unprecedented events which have recently transpired on the island of Patmos are largely unknown to the English-speaking world of the Orthodox Church.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople is pressuring the Monastery of Patmos and the faithful people to give over one of the churches to the followers of the Pope.

Below is a letter from the Abbot of the holy Monastery of Docheriou to the Abbot of the monastery on Patmos urging him to resist this betrayal of Orthodoxy and this trampling upon the holy canons of the Church, which forbid even entering heretical temples for prayer let alone giving an Orthodox temple for their use.

The original Greek letter is followed by an automatic translation into English.

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Ο ΚΑΘΗΓΟΥΜΕΝΟΣ ΤΗΣ Ι. Μ. ΔΟΧΕΙΑΡΙΟΥ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΠΑΡΑΧΩΡΗΣΗ ΝΑΟΥ ΣΤΟΥΣ ΠΑΠΙΚΟΥΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΑΤΜΟ
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Επιστολή προς τον Ηγούμενο της Μονής Πάτμου Αρχι. Κύριλλο για την είδηση της παραχώρησης Ναού σε παπικούς, απέστειλε ο Καθηγούμενος της Ι. Μ. Δοχειαρίου του Αγίου Όρους, Γέροντας Γρηγόριος.

Η επιστολή του Καθηγουμένου έχει ως εξής:

Ἀγαπητὲ ἐν Χριστῷ ἅγιε Καθηγούμενε καὶ πατριαρχικὲ Ἔξαρχε τῆς παλαιφάτου Μονῆς τοῦ Εὐαγγελιστοῦ Ἰωάννου, ὁ νοῦς μου παραμένει ἀκόμη στὴν ἀγρυπνία τοῦ Θεολόγου καὶ τὴν Θεία Λειτουργία στὸ Καθολικό τῆς Μονῆς ἀπαρασάλευτος.

Σοῦ γράφω αὐτὸ τὸ μικρὸ γράμμα, γιὰ νὰ ἐκφράσω τὴν θλίψη μου καὶ τὸν πόνο τῆς καρδιᾶς μου ποὺ ἐπιμένει ὁ ἀρχιεπίσκοπός (εννοεί ο Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος) μας νὰ ἔχουν οἱ καθολικοὶ ἐκκλησία στὴν Πάτμο, χωρὶς νὰ ὑπάρχει πλήρωμα μὲ τὴν παπικὴ ὁμολογία. Ἀλλοίμονο ἂν ὅπου λούονται οἱ Φράγκοι, ἐπιτρέπουμε νὰ πηγνύουν καὶ ἱερά.

Τὸ δοῦλο Γένος, παρὰ τὶς δυσκολίες ποὺ συνάντησε, δὲν ἐπέτρεπε νὰ κτίζωνται ἱερὰ ἑτεροδόξων.

Καὶ ὅπου κατάφεραν καὶ ἔστησαν ἱερά, εἶναι σήμερα μία μεγάλη πληγὴ γιὰ τὴν περιοχὴ ἐκείνη. Ἡ πατούσα τοῦ πάπα εἶναι πολὺ μεγάλη. Σᾶς παρακαλῶ μὴν ἐπιτρέψετε οὔτε τὸ δάκτυλο τοῦ μικροῦ του ποδιοῦ νὰ πατήση ὁ πάπας στὴν Πάτμο.

Κρατῆστε…τὴν ὁμολογία τοῦ Θεολόγου, τοῦ ὁσίου Χριστοδούλου καὶ πάντων τῶν ἀπ΄ αἰῶνος Ἁγίων καὶ κεκοιμημένων πατέρων τῆς ἱερᾶς Μονῆς τοῦ Θεολόγου. Ὄχι στὴν Πάτμο τὸ μνημόσυνο τοῦ πάπα σὲ ναό, ὅποιος καὶ νὰ εἶναι αὐτός.

Δῶστε μία μαρτυρία σὲ ὅλη τὴν Ὀρθοδοξία ὅτι ὁ Χριστὸς εἶναι ὁ σεσαρκωμένος Λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ δὲν δέχεται τὸν αἱρεσιάρχη τῆς Δυτικῆς σπείρας –γιατί εἶναι δύσκολο νὰ τὴν ποῦμε Ἐκκλησία.

Κι ἕνα ἄλλο πλήγωσε τὴν καρδιά μου, ποὺ ἀνοίξατε πόρτα ἀπὸ τὸ κάτω μέρος τοῦ Καθίσματος τοῦ ἱεροῦ Σπηλαίου, γιὰ νὰ διευκολύνεται ὁ κόσμος. Δύο σπήλαια ἔχουμε στὴν Ὀρθόδοξη Ἐκκλησία: τὸ σπήλαιο τῆς Γεννήσεως τοῦ Χριστοῦ στὴ Βηθλεὲμ καὶ τὸ σπήλαιο τοῦ Θεολόγου στὴν Πάτμο.

Ὅταν κατεβαίναμε τὶς σκάλες, ὅλοι ζούσαμε μὲ τὸ συναίσθημα ὅτι πᾶμε σὲ Σπήλαιο.

Τώρα, μπαίνοντας ἐκεῖ ἀπὸ τὴν κάτω πόρτα, ὅλοι θὰ αἰσθάνωνται ὅτι μπαίνουν μέσα σὲ μία τρύπα τῆς γῆς.

Δὲν πειράζει ἂν κάποιοι ἀδυνατοῦν νὰ κατέβουν τὰ ψηλὰ σκαλοπάτια. Κανενὸς ἡ σωτηρία δὲν διακυβεύεται, ἂν δὲν προσκυνήση τὸ σπήλαιο τοῦ Θεολόγου.

Συμμαζέψτε τὸν τουρισμὸ ἀπὸ τὰ ἱερὰ καθιδρύματα, γιατί στὸ τέλος δὲν θὰ μείνη μοναχὸς οὔτε γιὰ νὰ ἀνάβη τὰ καντήλια τοῦ Θεολόγου.

Μὲ πικρία σοῦ τὸ γράφω καὶ μὴ μὲ παραξηγήσης, διότι ἐγὼ αἰσθάνομαι Πάτμιος μοναχός, δὲν αἰσθάνομαι Ἁγιορείτης, καὶ ὅ,τι πῆρα ἀπὸ τὸν πατρινὸ μοναχισμὸ τὸ κρατῶ ἀκόμη καὶ τὸ ἔχω σημαιάκι.

Μετὰ τῆς ἐν Κυρίω ἀγάπης,

ὁ Καθηγούμενος Δοχειαρίου Γρηγόριος

The Abbot OF I. M. Docheiariou Regarding THE ALLOCATION OF a Sacred TEMPLE IN PATMOS to Papists
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Letter to the Abbot of the Monastery Patmos Archimedes. Cyril upon the news of the allocation of a church to followers of the Pope, sent by the Abbot of I. M. Docheiariou of Mount Athos, Elder Gregory.

The letter of Abbot as follows:

Dear in Christ holy Abbot and Patriarchal Exarch of Monastery of St John, my mind remains still on the vigil of theology and liturgy in the katholikon…

I’m writing this little letter, to express my grief and pain, in my heart, that the Archbishop (he means Patriarch Bartholomew) insists that the Roman Catholics be given a church in Patmos, without any confession of orthodox faith. Woe To us if the holy things are given over to the Franks.

Even when our race was enslaved, and we met so many hardships, heterodoxy was not permitted to build a temple.

And wherever they managed to build their sanctuaries, today those areas are suffering from this wound. The footprint of the Pope is very large. Please do not allow even the toenail of the Pope’s little toe to step on Patmos.

Keep the confession of the Theologian, of Blessed Christodoulos, of all the saints from all the centuries and departed fathers the Holy Monastery of the Theologos. The Pope’s name must not be commemorated in any church on the island, whatever that is.

Give testimony throughout the Orthodox world that Christ is the incarnate Word of God and He rejects the heresiarch of the Western band – because it is impossible to say church.

And another wounded my heart, do not open the door from the bottom of the Sacred Cave, to facilitate people. Two caves we have in the Orthodox Church: the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Cave of the Theologian in Patmos.

When descending the stairs, all lived with the feeling that we go to Cave.

Now, entering there from the lower door, everyone will feel that enter through a hole in the earth.

It does not matter if some fail to descend the many stairs. No one’s salvation is not compromised if he does not worship in the Cave of the Theologian.

Clean up the tourism from the sanctuary’s foundations, because in the end monks will not stay even to light the lamp of the Theologian.

With bitterness I write you and do not misunderstand me, because I feel more a monk of Patmos than I do of Athos, and whatever I got from Patmian monasticism I carry it as a little flag.

The Abbot Gregory of Docheiariou

– See more at: http://nftu.net/ecumenical-patriarch-intends-to-hand-over-patmos-monastery-to-roman-catholics/#sthash.nQbcPLm9.dpuf

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Arizona Newspaper: Border Fence Too High, Illegals Can’t Cross Safely


May 10, 2016
A mainstream Arizona newspaper wrote an article chronicling the hardships that can ensue for illegal immigrants trying to cross over a 14-foot-high primary fence section of the Arizona-Mexico border.

An article titled “Border Fence Jumpers Breaking Bones” includes anecdotes about “several women who broke bones and were treated extensively to healthcare and surgeries at the expense of U.S. taxpayers,” according to Defund.com.

However, the article did not cite the initial purpose for the why “a segmented border security fence exists,” according to Defund.com. The fence “was built largely to stop violent criminals from their routine entering and existing of U.S. communities.”

The article instead contests that the “very nature of a fence is that it poses a difficulty or risk to unauthorized crossings in an area, such as in the recent issue of Barack Obama’s White House raising the height of their fence to keep unwanted people from crossing.”

The article also doesn’t cite the impact of having sections missing from the fence.

“The writer never mentions any lives directly lost as a result of there not being a border fence in most sections, such as when Mexican nationals crossed into the U.S. and murdered father and husband Robert Rosas, a U.S. Border Patrol agent,” reported Defund.com.

To read more about security issues at the U.S. border, click here.

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Gang of wild goats terrorising New Zealand town get ultimatum


Gang of wild goats terrorising New Zealand town get ultimatum

There’s a gang of feral goats on the loose in New Zealand and no one knows what to do with them

This innocent baby goat has nothing to do with the gang Photo: AP

By Mark Molloy

5:51PM GMT 04 Mar 2016

A gang of feral goats are on the run from authorities in New Zealand and making headlines with their antics along the way.
Officials say a total of 16 wild goats make up the mob and they have been very busy destroying gardens and local flora on the country’s South Island.

Authorities have so far been unable to catch the feral animals amid concerns they could cause a traffic accident in the small town of Blackball, which has a population of 330.

NEWBORN babies will be fed goats’ milk for the first time after ministers moved to change laws on infant formula
These goats are not involved in the gang Photo: ALAMY

Animal control officers in the area do not know where the goats escaped from and it is unclear if their reign of terror extends to other towns and cities.

The unruly gang hide from officials at night but are said to congregate and come out during the day to continue to terrorise the neighbourhood, the New Zealand Herald reports.

“They just come through and wreck everyone’s garden,” explained animal control officer Murray Malloch. “They eat it and then move on to another one.”

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Handless seven-year-old girl wins US handwriting contest


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From the section US & Canada

Anaya Ellick’s mother Bianca says her daughter has “persevered”.
Anaya Ellick from Chesapeake, Virginia, does not use prosthetics. To write, she stands to get the proper angle, holding a pencil between her arms.

Her principal, Tracy Cox from Greenbrier Christian Academy, describes her as an “inspiration”.

“She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do,” says Ms Cox.

“She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class.”

The girl reportedly beat 50 other competitors to get the special-needs category prize at the National Handwriting Contest.

This category rewards students with an intellectual, physical, or developmental disability.

Competition director Kathleen Wright told ABC News that her “writing sample was comparable to someone who had hands”.

This is what her winning entry looked like:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36225287?post_id=10205506146883044_10205506152003172#_=_

Picture showing Anaya Ellick’s entry for handwriting contestImage copyright Greenbrier Christian Academy
Sponsors of the contest Zaner-Bloser said they planned to award each student $1,000 (£690).

They tweeted a picture of the student, happily holding her trophy.

Tweet by Zaner Bloser, sponsors of the US National Handwriting Contest, shows a picture of student Anaya Ellick holding trophyImage copyright Twitter – ZanerBloser
Having no hands was also not an obstacle to 30-year-old pilot Jessica Cox.

In 2013, we reported on her inspirational example. Also born without hands, she has been able to drive a car, fly a plane and play piano – all with her feet.
Handless seven-year-old girl wins US handwriting contest

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Media captionAnaya Ellick’s mother Bianca says her daughter has “persevered”

A seven-year-old student born without hands has won a US national handwriting contest.

Anaya Ellick from Chesapeake, Virginia, does not use prosthetics. To write, she stands to get the proper angle, holding a pencil between her arms.

Her principal, Tracy Cox from Greenbrier Christian Academy, describes her as an “inspiration”.

“She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do,” says Ms Cox.

“She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class.”

The girl reportedly beat 50 other competitors to get the special-needs category prize at the National Handwriting Contest.

This category rewards students with an intellectual, physical, or developmental disability.

Competition director Kathleen Wright told ABC News that her “writing sample was comparable to someone who had hands”.

This is what her winning entry looked like:

Picture showing Anaya Ellick’s entry for handwriting contestImage copyright Greenbrier Christian Academy
Sponsors of the contest Zaner-Bloser said they planned to award each student $1,000 (£690).

They tweeted a picture of the student, happily holding her trophy.

Tweet by Zaner Bloser, sponsors of the US National Handwriting Contest, shows a picture of student Anaya Ellick holding trophyImage copyright Twitter – ZanerBloser
Having no hands was also not an obstacle to 30-year-old pilot Jessica Cox.

In 2013, we reported on her inspirational example. Also born without hands, she has been able to drive a car, fly a plane and play piano – all with her feet.

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Now you see it, now you don’t….CULTURAL SHIFTS WITH RIGHT AND WRONG.


Change is continual and ranges from minor to major to overwhelming. What apparently is now occurring in North America will soon, probably, be overwhelming.
I have seen first hand the adoption of changed definitions of Right and Wrong. USA cultural understanding of right and wrong used to be commonly understood as specific and accepted definitions rooted in historical understandings. Most civil law used these definitions in law and interpersonal relationships. These were able to be applied in legal, personal, and civic situations. Personal understandings were rejected unless they agreed, or at least accepted, those definitions. True that in some cultures there are a few different specific definitions, but the vast bulk are similar.

This morning in elementary school I witnessed three remarkable and unexpected actions from students. In every situation, their behaviors completely surprised me.
The first child, a kindergartener, was throwing a physical fit in the hallway. That was not that unusual. The principal was carefully restraining her as needed to avoid injury to himself and her, and then two teachers joined in. Soon they all disappeared out of my sight.

The second child was walking down the hallway with an administrator. She turned off the hallway lights. Teacher turns them on. Child turned them immediately off again. Sequence repeated three or four times. Teacher manages to coax child into the next section of the hallway, and closes the doors to that section. Child ponders this, then notices another light switch and turns it off. Several more repetitions before I was called away.

The third student was refusing to obey instructions of the test giver, over and over, then began to run away from the teacher. I happened to block the isle and moved us forward toward the student’s assigned seat. He suddenly bolted under the connected desks students were using for their computer tests, and doubled back behind me. He finally was escorted to the office.

The current rules governing our USA school systems regarding discipline of students have been transformed. Today, positive discipline is all the rage. Negative words or actions are forbidden except for self-protection. Teacher options for dealing with student disobedience are now very mild.

One of the reasons for this is the change of the definition of Right/Wrong.
Rather than an objective unchanging definition, the rule for determining Right/Wrong now depends on the individual feeling of what is allowed or not allowed. Emotional feelings and decisions are now the standard for determining such values. Recently, there is significant onus put on those who are unwilling to join with these shifting value judgements. Bigotry, prejudice, and other disparaging states are placed on those who disagree with our new cultural norms.

Thus, for example, the freedom of deciding which rest room anyone can enter now is the individual’s choice, regardless of sex. This is taken as solely the individual’s decision. To disagree is, at the least, insensitive and narrow, small minded prejudice.

Just some thoughts on current state of affairs here in Michigan and the USA.
Bruce Kirkpatrick, aka Fr. Orthohippo

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