My Spiritual Odyssey

On October 20, 2018, I gave a talk about 50 minutes long at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Worth detailing my life and religious and political views and how they evolved over the course of my life. I spent the first half of the discussion merely speaking for myself in general, and the last half answering questions from the audience to focus more on specific topics.
For a short version of that story see:

My Spiritual Journeys

I made reference to other issues that I have also dealt with on this blog, including:

An Honorable Skeptic

 

Why more people should join the Unitarian Universalists

 

Why I Abandoned the (Haifan) Baha’i Faith

 

Spiritual Orientation

 

Radical Reincarnation

 

Misdefining terms for purposes of propaganda

 

A bitter rant about Ayn Rand

 

Reopening Old Wounds Among Unitarian Universalists

Over two years ago, a massive controversy over racially biased hiring practices in the Unitarian Universalist Association caused its leadership to experience a turnover to try to solve the problem of white supremacy among them.

With the election of a new President of the UUA at the 2017 General Assembly (GA), it seemed like we could start to move forward to heal the racial divisions. But then came the GA of June 2019, which was held at Spokane, Washington. Imagine the shock among the attendees when the minister of the UU church at that city, Rev. Dr. Todd F. Eklof,  backstabbed the rest of them with a book he had written and was trying to distribute at the GA without prior notice. This book, titled The Gadfly Papers: Three Inconvenient Essays by One Pesky Minister, attacked all the efforts to solve the racial problems, angering many non-white UUs. When the UUA leadership tried to talk to Eklof about what he was doing, he refused to meet with them, putting them in the awkward position of expelling him from the GA itself! After that happened, UUs in both Facebook and Reddit had an uproar about it.

Meanwhile, a large group of white UU ministers made their own statement to address the controversy.

https://www.muusja.org/reprint-an-open-letter-from-white-uu-ministers/

Reprint: An Open Letter from White UU Ministers

The following open letter was published and signed by nearly 500 white Unitarian Universalist ministers after the Rev. Todd Eklof, minister of the Spokane UU Church, distributed a self-published treatise that included vitriolic rhetoric about several marginalized groups within Unitarian Universalism. Several hundred copies of the treatise were distributed by Rev. Eklof and members of the Spokane congregation during General Assembly in Spokane.

As attendees began to understand what was happening, many groups convened to talk about how to respond. Many people sought in-person conversations with Rev. Eklof and/or members of the congregation; others to offer healing to their constituencies experiencing grief, anger, and trauma. Several groups also chose to craft public responses affirming that the contents of the publication do not reflect the beliefs or the aspirations of the vast majority of Unitarian Universalists. We encourage you to read the powerful responses from DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries, our national group for UUs of color and Indigenous UUs), the newly formed People of Color & Indigenous chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association, and ARE (Allies for Racial Equity). Rev. Ashley Horan, MUUSJA Executive Director, has agreed to host the letter from white UU ministers on this blog. 

June 22, 2019

With sadness and anger, we, the undersigned, join our voices with the chorus of Unitarian Universalists speaking up to name the harm caused by yesterday’s release of The Gadfly Papers: Three Inconvenient Essays by One Pesky Minister, written and self-published by our colleague the Rev. Todd F. Eklof and distributed at the 2019 General Assembly in Spokane, Washington.  As white ministers, we write today to make clear that this treatise does not represent us or our values, nor does it represent our vision for the ministry or for Unitarian Universalism.  We deeply regret the harm this publication has already caused, and we know that this is another (intentionally provocative) incident that comes on the heels of months, years, generations of harm toward our colleagues of color. (We also acknowledge the harm in the treatise directed toward LGBTQ+ people, religious educators, people with disabilities, and others–many of whom are also people of color at the intersections of multiple identities.)

Rev. Eklof names the “sadness, fear, and anger I sometimes feel about what’s going on in my religion” (p. 126) as one of his primary motivations for writing.  We, too, have sadness, fear, and anger: sadness at the pervasiveness of harm being done to our members, religious professionals, and colleagues of color; our fear that the explosive resistance to facing white supremacy culture within our faith will cause even more harm; and our anger that the brilliance, compassion, power, and moral imagination of our people have yet again been channeled into responding to harm, rather than nurturing a truly liberatory Unitarian Universalism.  

What, we wonder, would be possible if the creative energy of our leaders were freed up from reacting to instances of resistance and harm, and instead were channeled into imagining, building, and experimenting with practices that embodied the kind of liberation and wholeness that is the core yearning of our faith?

We recognize that a zealous commitment to “logic” and “reason” over all other forms of knowing is one of the foundational stones of White Supremacy Culture.  Instead of accepting the frame of Rev. Eklof’s arguments and debunking them, we instead affirm the following:

  • White Supremacy Culture (WSC)  is alive and well within Unitarian Universalism.  The impacts of WSC are pervasive and harmful, and while all of us are spiritually harmed within such a dehumanizing system, the primary impacts fall upon people of color and Indigenous people (POCI).  This treatise, itself, is a manifestation of WSC, and is causing harm to our siblings of color, as well as to the integrity of our ministry.
  • We believe our siblings of color as the experts in their own life experiences.  They have done the emotional labor of testifying, again and again, to the consistent marginalization, aggression, and traumatization that they experience in UUism, and are pleading with us to face and dismantle the systems and structures that enable such harm to continue.  We are grateful for this painful truth-telling, which comes at great personal and professional risk, and affirm that we witness and believe their experiences, and commit to addressing harm. All politics are identity politics, and when the default is white supremacist patriarchy, we must trust the experience of those who are targeted.
  • When unjust power structures–and those who benefit from them–are exposed and critiqued, backlash is predictable.  We often conflate critiques of our behavior with condemnations of our personhood.  Here, however, we affirm that Unitarian Universalist ministers must act in solidarity with those harmed by the power structures, while also unequivocally declaring that although all people have inherent worth and dignity, all behaviors and ideas do not.  Ideas and language can indeed be forms of violence, and can cause real harm.  It is disingenuous at best, and malicious at worst, to argue that those who have been targeted by systemic violence have an obligation to bear witness to “ideas and words” that demean and diminish their personhood and discount their lived experience.  The predictable “freedom of speech” arguments are commonly weaponized to perpetuate oppression and inflict further harm.
  • Neither the perspectives espoused in this publication, nor the harmful process by which it was distributed, represent our understanding of competent, compassionate, courageous UU ministry. As we continue the painful but necessary process of confronting WSC in Unitarian Universalism, white ministers are being asked to take a hard look at ourselves — individually, congregationally, denominationally — and to practice new and more liberatory ways of embodying our faith.  A deep commitment to racial justice and dismantling white supremacy is a core competency of our calling as ministers, and those who cannot or will not commit to developing the musculature of resiliency, humility, and lifelong learning required may indeed find that UUism is no longer the appropriate home for their ministries.  We plead with our white colleagues who are struggling to acknowledge the realities of WSC in our faith to remain at the table and lean into this work with us, with an open heart to transformation and repair.

We yearn for the day when Unitarian Universalism fully embodies the liberated and liberating promises of our theology, and we are committed to listening to the deep wisdom of those who have been pushed to the margins as they call us toward such a faithful future.  And as we work toward that day, we, the undersigned white ministers, recognize that it is our responsibility to not only speak out against this particular harm and support processes of reparation and healing in its wake, but to actively recommit to the holy work of racial justice and dismantling all forms of oppression as a central spiritual discipline and praxis of our ministries.  

In faith and solidarity,

There followed a long list of signers of that statement, including three names in particular that I know personally:

Rev. Alex Holt, Accredited Interim Minister, Westside UU Congregation,  West Seattle, WA (He was earlier the Interim Minister of Westside UU Church of Fort Worth.)

Rev. Jennifer Innis, Interim Co-Minister, UU Society of Geneva, IL  (She used to be minister at First Jefferson UU Church in Fort Worth.)

Rev. Shari Woodbury, Minister, Westside UU Church, Fort Worth, TX   (Rev. Alex Holt’s successor.)

And my recommendations for the situation would be as follows:

  1. NEVER hold another GA at Spokane again.
  2. NEVER allow Rev. Todd Eklof to attend another GA.

This may seem extreme and unfair, but….

https://uuspokane.org/WP2/our-church/

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane was established in 1887 and has been a beacon of progressive thought and social justice ever since. Our mission is to join together to create a nourishing liberal religious home and to champion justice, diversity, and environmental stewardship in the wider world.

If that statement has any meaning, then those who resist the efforts to eliminate white supremacy among UUs, including the very minister of that church, should be dealt with as violating the very essence of “progressive thought and social justice”.

Looking into Todd Eklof’s background, I found a clue to why he opposes the efforts at combating white supremacy.

https://uuspokane.org/WP2/our-church/our-minister-and-staff/?uid=rev-dr-todd-eklof

A native of San Francisco, CA, Rev. Eklof grew up in an “unchurched” family, but became a Born-Again Christian in his early teens and eventually began attending a Southern Baptist church. He went on to study ministry at a Southern Baptist university in Texas, was ordained a Southern Baptist Minister, and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

The Southern Baptist Convention began in 1845 to oppose the efforts of northern Baptists to promote the abolition of slavery and exclude slaveowners from Baptist churches. Like Eklof, I am a former Southern Baptist.   Unlike him, I made a concentrated effort after leaving that racist denomination to purge my racial biases from my system. Obviously, he didn’t. And that is why I want him to go. Of course, the UU church in Spokane is independent and thus is free to conduct business as it sees fit. I just know if they do not fire their minister, I would leave that church. Even if there is not another UU church in Spokane, I can still worship online via the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Its senior minister is Rev. Meg Riley, and she signed the statement condemning Eklof.

Freedom of Speech must have Logical Limits

Read this outrageous story.

A woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court

(CNN)Attorneys for Michelle Carter filed an appeal of her conviction with the United States Supreme Court Monday.

In the filing, Carter’s attorneys urged the Supreme Court to consider, “the questions whether Carter’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter violated the U.S. Constitution.”
Carter was found guilty in 2017 and sentenced to 15 months in a Massachusetts jail for her part in the death of her boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, who killed himself in his car in Fairhaven, Massachusetts in 2014.
After his death, investigators discovered Roy had texted Carter as he contemplated and attempted suicide, with her encouraging him to do it when he had doubts.
“I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it! You can’t keep living this way,” one of dozens of texts from Carter to Roy reads.
Massachusetts highest court upheld her conviction following an appeal in February.
Her attorneys argued in Monday’s filing that her freedom of speech may have been violated and should be protected under the constitution.
“Michelle Carter did not cause Conrad Roy’s tragic death and should not be held criminally responsible for his suicide,” said attorney Daniel Marx of Fick & Marx LLP. “This petition focuses on just two of the many flaws in the case against her that raise important federal constitutional issues for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide.”
“As Justice Gorsuch ruled in a recent case, ‘A vague law is no law at all,'” added Marx’s partner, William Fick. “Ms. Carter’s conviction should not stand.”

Warning: I am about to go totally Klingon on this matter:

First, only an irrational extremist thinks in absolutes like that. WORDS CAN KILL! Send her to prison for life, not just 15 months! She committed MURDER, premeditated and cold-blooded.

Second, if she really thinks she had a right to do what she did, she should prove herself by committing suicide too. Otherwise she is a hypocrite. If both of them had committed suicide, it would have been tragic but understandable. She was instead a coward who chose to live without him.

A Mormon webpage on how to STALK people!

News flash! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does NOT merely allow members to stop attending and drift away quietly. Even if the former Mormon moves away and does not attend church in their  new location, Mormon authorities will HUNT THEM DOWN!

Here’s a website telling how to do that:

http://tech.lds.org/wiki/Locating_members

Locating members

When members move from a ward, the ward clerk or membership clerk is responsible for making best efforts to find where the member has moved and send the record to the new ward.

Deciding which members to find

The criteria for marking a member as one needing to be found/visited should be defined by the bishop and his counselors. A custom field could be setup in MLS to track this list. However, these fields must be maintained manually. If used, a custom report can be setup to show all members or families that should be found/visited. A ward could choose to be proactive and send a general mailing (such as a newsletter) to all the members on its records, say, annually or quarterly, with “Return Service Requested” (see below under “Send a letter to the member’s address”) as part of the return address.

Documenting search efforts

While the results of search efforts may be passed from person to person by mouth, it may prove helpful during changes in leadership and other instances to have the search results documented and kept on file in the clerks office. A form can be used for documenting the results of a search (see this sample form, which also contains suggestions on where to search).

Local efforts

To find members, visit the last known address:

  • Talk with neighbors, a building supervisor, manager, or owner, if known or available.
  • Contact other family currently living at the member’s last known address.
  • Contact the new individual or family living there.
  • Contact neighbors adjacent to the member’s last known address.

Or use the telephone:

  • Call the member’s last known phone number. It may be a cell phone that they still have or the member may have notified the phone company of their new number.
  • Contact known relatives in the area.
  • Contact the phone company information service or operator and ask for new phone listings in the area that may not have been published to online phone directories.

Within the ward:

  • If the member was in the ward or area for some period of time, seek information from other ward members who may know the member.

Via the postal service:

  • Send a letter to the member’s address asking for their new address and expressing your concern for their welfare. In the United States, to find whether the member has given the United States Postal Service (USPS) a forwarding address, add the words Return Service Requested to the envelope. This instructs the USPS to not forward the mail, but return it to the sender with the forwarding address attached. (This is one of four different phrases the USPS uses; for complete details, see Special Address Services.) Postal service practices vary from country to country. Some countries prohibit the postal service from disclosing change of address information.

Web sites

Here are some websites that might be useful for locating lost sheep, along with some comments about each. Note that:

  • These sites are not endorsed by the Church, but other clerks have found them useful.
  • Some of these sites may not be accessible from inside your meetinghouse firewall.
  • Much of this information is specific to the United States, but may have application in other countries as well.

United States

  • Facebook is the most effective way to find someone. There may be many entries but you can sometimes narrow it down by their friend list i.e. known family members or friends. Be certain to try searching by the member’s email address as well. If you don’t have their email address, try finding it by using their address on Melissadata.com below.
  • Spokeo is a paid site but one of the most effective and it’s also easy to navigate. Search by Name, Address, Username, or email address.
  • Melissadata Email Lookup is a free tool used to find any email addresses associated by looking up a physical address. Free Registration is Required. After you find the email address, use it to search both Facebook and Spokeo.
  • WhitePages.com is great for finding people by their last known address. You can also search by phone number, or even locate the contact information for the neighbors to ask them where the member may have moved.
  • ZabaSearch is a decent people finder. Most records display the date that data was collected which can help you track a person from place to place. Many of the records also display a birth month and year. Birthdates can help you identify the correct individual you are seeking. To search for common names, add their age, city, and other details using their advanced search. Search their free Public Database Directory for even more places to go to for searching. There are some good links to government databases here.
  • Free411 is a United States phone directory service.
  • Integrascan is a paid service, but the free preliminary results include full addresses.
  • CrimCheck offers over 1,000 state, county, city and federal (court) web sites where you can search free public records. Most search services are free.
  • Ultimate White Pages congregates several search services on one page, although you must search each individually. It currently offers search on FastPeopleSearch.com, Anywho.com, Infospace, Dogpile, Whitepages.com, Yahoo, WhoWhere, and Switchboard. When you search more than once, this service reuses the second browser window for the results. It also offers reverse searches on phone number and address. Results may be dated.
  • Ancestry.com offers a U.S. Public Records Index that compiles various public records from all 50 states in the United States from 1984 to the present. Entries may contain the following information: name, street or mailing address, telephone number, birth date or birth year.
  • Birth Database is useful for searching for individuals based on other family members listed on their church membership record. Look at the names of sons and enter them into this database. Now compare the birth date given on his parents IOS. This will narrow down your search when looking for a John Smith in your other popular search sites. This works well for older members who move out and go live with their children.
  • Social Security Death Index enables you to search for members who have died using as little as a member’s first name. This makes it possible for you to find individuals who have uncommon names, including women who may have changed their names.
  • PeopleSmart shows all records it finds in the state provided for a given name, their age, cities they have lived in, and likely family members associated with the person and the address.
  • PeekYou correlates data from multiple sources.
  • Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is a national index for U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appeal courts. If the member has ever been either a plaintiff or a defendant in the United States Courts, then this site will show you the details (Examples include Incarceration or Bankruptcy). This is a very reliable method of finding people because by law they must provide the courts with accurate contact information. Pacer is also a pay-per-use website but if your balance is less than $15 at the end of the quarter then they waive the entire balance. Alternatively you can go to your County’s Courthouse to locate county-specific records free-of-charge. How To Locate a Member’s Contact Information With PACER:
    • Register for a UserID. Your login information will be mailed to you.
    • Login and enter the member’s Last Name, First Name Middle Name (or middle initial). If they have a common name it is recommended that you also select the Region.
    • If you did not select the region then the results for all States filed will be displayed. You can narrow your search down further by selecting a Filter or by looking in the Court column. The first two letters of each court name represent the State in which the filing was made. Find the case most likely to be the Member’s then select the Case Number hyperlink to open the case details.
    • Select Party to display the contact information for the Member. It will show the member’s name and address, and sometimes their phone number.

Search engines

There’s also the usual search engines: Google, MSN, Yahoo, Ask.com, etc. that can come in handy. They can help you find:

  • Obituaries, which almost always list a lot of living relatives with their home cities.
  • Wedding announcements.
  • Newspaper articles about people graduating from a college or university.
  • Professional associations. For example, a licensed nurse might be listed in a state’s licensing verification web site.

State

Voter registration records

In many states you can check voter registration records online. This method tends to be THE BEST way to find members.

The intent of this database is to make sure that the state has your correct address and see which precinct you are in and such, but it can be used as a way to confirm that the John Smith born on 14-Feb-1955 lives/lived at a particular address. When people get a drivers license, they will usually simultaneously register the person to vote which means that the voter registration records will usually match someone’s drivers license. Please note that people are not very good at keeping their drivers license or voter registration record up to date so it might not be accurate.

If you are not sure if your state has an online system, you can probably go into the voter registration office in your county and they can look people up for you. If you go in, they can often tell you if the person moved out of state. They might not have their new address, but they will usually know which state their record was sent to.

NOTE: If someone has re-married or divorced their last name will change. In the search box you should try alternative last names or their name may not show up. Facebook is a good way to determine if someone has changed their name.

Search tips

Some other general notes on finding members:

  • Well-intentioned church leaders may at times discover that a member has moved. In an attempt to find the member, they may add the address and phone number of someone in the same area with the same name. Verify information before you record it.
  • Don’t forget to check the member’s MLS Individual Ordinance Summary to find the names and birthdates of parents, spouses, and children. If you can locate one of them they may give you the information you need. You can use this information to find obituaries for parents, which can help you locate the member’s city and perhaps their spouse’s name.
  • Reverse searches using just the street name without the house number can often show you that you just had the wrong house number, or provide you with contact information for relatives or at least former neighbors or new occupants of the house. Calling these people to ask if they know where so-and-so moved to is a lot easier than visiting in person. People might not be as open as they would in person, but it’s quick. You can always follow up in person if you need to.

Oh God, I am so disturbed at this!

I am thankful that the Baha’is never tried to track me down and confront me after I quit their Faith. I know if I decided to leave the Unitarian Universalist Association and they pulled this stunt on me, I would HATE them so much I’d slam my door in their faces and then blast them on this blog (and, of course, take down all my blog entries encouraging people to learn about and join UUism).

This is why I do NOT merely suggest that ex-Mormons drift away from the church. To make their break complete and to feel safe, they should join another religious community. That’s what I did after I left the Southern Baptist Convention at age 20. I joined the UUA for the first time a few months later to support my choice to abandon Christianity. Then when I rejected the Baha’i Faith in 2005, I went right back to the UUA for the benefit of having a new religious community so I would never be tempted to return to the one of the Baha’is.

Oh, there WAS one case I know of when Baha’is tried to talk a couple out of leaving the Faith. How did that go?

Professor Dann May vs. the American Baha’i Tyranny

We are not interested in talking to anyone from the National Center and we will not meet with them, even if they come to Norman. Please do not send your representatives to Norman.

Use the funds for their plane tickets to do some good at one of the Baha’i schools or to feed the homeless. Please let us get on with our lives. Your response only convinces us more completely that the Baha’i community has become an authoritarian and fundamentalist movement.

Most religious scholars’ perceptions of cults are that they make it difficult for members to resign or leave the community with their reputations intact – please don’t confirm our suspicions! Let us resign and withdraw quietly and without fanfare or with inquisition-like exit interviews. We are willing to leave the Baha’i community without recriminations, regrets, or active criticisms on our part. Please let us fade from the Baha’i community as gently and as quietly as possible.

Damn ANY religious community that condones stalking like that!

False Advertising by Hebrew Christians

As a matter of ethical consistency, I believe there needs to be clear definitions of words, including in religion. Thus I was dismayed to discover on TV a show titled “Jewish Voice” that featured a “rabbi” that talked about Jesus as the Messiah, which is a basic teaching of CHRISTIANITY, not Judaism. Jews actually do NOT believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and certainly do not believe he was God incarnate, as most Christians believe!

https://www.jewishvoice.org/

https://www.jewishvoice.org/about/who-we-are

Our Mission and Vision

We exist to transform lives and see all Israel saved.

It is the mission of Jewish Voice Ministries to:

  • Proclaim the Gospel to the Jew First
  • Grow the Messianic Jewish community
  • Engage the Church concerning Israel and the Jewish people

Jewish Voice carries out this mission through a many-faceted ministry that includes humanitarian medical outreaches, large-scale international festivals, congregation planting and leadership training, television, print media, digital channels, and speaking engagements.

The Early Days

Louis Kaplan
Louis Kaplan, founder of
Jewish Voice Broadcasts
radio program.

Louis Kaplan’s commitment to use his voice to declare the mighty acts of God to his generation and to the next is the foundation for the work of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI). Kaplan, a Jewish follower of Yeshua, launched Jewish Voice Broadcasts in 1967, a weekly 15-minute radio program It was an outgrowth of his decades of work as a traveling evangelist,. The radio program and the program first aired on Christian radio in Phoenix, Arizona.

1967 was a watershed year in Jewish history. Israel reclaimed the city of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War on June 7th, 1967. This miraculous act was a fulfillment of a prophecy in Luke 21:24 that directly connects the reestablishment of Jerusalem with the times of the Gentiles being fulfilled.

Louis Kaplan believed he’d followed his Savior to the crossroads of prophetic history. He’d committed his life to Yeshua at age 19 at the height of the Great Depression after attending a revival meeting at a nearby church. He said, “After the service, I hesitantly approached the minister and asked him privately if a Jew could be saved.

“He replied: ‘Salvation is of the Jews, and Peter and Paul and the prophets were all Jews.’

“I was astonished at that time to know that Christianity sprang from Judaism and that the first Christians were Jews!” After he committed his life to his Jewish Messiah, Kaplan returned to the home of his parents in New York City in order to tell them about his decision. After a bitter argument, his family asked him to leave the home never to return.

Yeshua is simply the Hebrew version of Jesus, as if using that name somehow makes accepting Jesus as the Messiah easier.

And while it is regrettable that Louis Kaplan’s parents disowned him for becoming a Christian, that doesn’t excuse trying to rebrand a version of Christianity to look like a version of Judaism. The two religions really have a vast gulf in beliefs between them.
https://dalehusband.com/2007/10/14/the-ultimate-conflict-between-judaism-and-christianity/

They have different ideas of salvation, because no Jew ever taught that it was appropriate for a man to be sacrificed for the sins of the people before the time of Jesus. Human sacrifice was a pagan ritual that was regarded with horror.

https://www.jewishvoice.org/learn/who-is-yeshua

“Yeshua” is the Hebrew word for “Jesus.” The name means “to rescue, to save, or to deliver.”

Is Yeshua a rabbi (teacher)? A prophet? A fraud?

Or is He who He claimed to be – the only Son of the one true God, the Savior of the world?

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
⎯John 3:16 TLV

The way you answer this question has implications both now and forever. It is not an accident you’re reading these words today. If you’ve never before considered who Jesus is and why the answer matters in your life, please keep reading.

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Yeshua fulfilled many ancient prophecies about the Messiah including:

  • Messiah is to be born of a virgin: Isaiah 7:14, (Matthew 1:18-2:1, Luke 1:26-35)
  • Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem: Micah 5:2, (Matt. 2:1-7, John 7:42, Luke 2:4-7)
  • Messiah is to be raised from the dead: Isaiah 53:9-10, Psalm 2:7, 16:10, (Matthew 28:1-20, Acts 2:23-36,13:33-37, 1 Corinthians 11:4-6)

I debunked the point about the prophet Isaiah predicting that the Messiah would be born of a virgin here:

https://dalehusband.com/2010/08/20/the-prophet-isaiah-did-not-predict-the-coming-of-jesus/

So it’s quite obvious now that Isaiah was referring only to his own son, NOT to someone who would be born centuries from now to a virgin. Isaiah’s wife was not a virgin! The word “virgin” was falsely used in the Greek Scriptures (the New Testament) at Matthew 1:23 to apply the prophecy to Jesus, but it was not in the original Hebrew Scriptures. By the way, this debunks the notion that the writer of Matthew’s Gospel was a Jew writing for other Jews, since any actual Jew who knew the original context of Isaiah’s prophecy would have known Matthew was writing outright fraud. This matter would also explain why the Roman Catholic Church was so reluctant for centuries to allow the Bible to be translated from the Latin Vulgate to modern languages. People would have eventually realized the problem with scriptures like Matthew’s gospel and rejected Christianity as a result. And that’s what has happened, pathological  liars like Josh McDowell notwithstanding.

No wonder most Jews refuse to become Christians!

And yet a casual TV watcher, especially if he was Christian, would come across the Jewish Voice TV show and website and, in the absence of mainstream Jewish teachings appearing on TV at all, he would assume that most Jews actually believe in “Yeshua” when in reality they do not!

This is false advertising and we need to call those hypocrites out on that. They are Hebrew CHRISTIANS, not “Messianic Jews”.

Mormon Missionary, made a PERVERT

What a shocker this story is!

https://www.ksl.com/article/46585870/utahn-accused-in-sextortion-of-over-50-teens-charges-say

Utahn accused in ‘sextortion’ of over 50 teens, charges say

ALT LAKE CITY — A South Jordan man accused of sextortion was arrested Monday on a $500,000 warrant and then quickly made bail.

Gabe Ryan Gilbert, 19, was charged with contacting juvenile girls on social media and threatening to photo-edit nude images of them if they would not send him real nude photos.

Gilbert is charged in 3rd District Court with five counts of aggravated sexual extortion of a child, a first-degree felony, and four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

The investigation began in August when agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force learned that Gilbert had been using Snapchat to extort teenage girls, according to charging documents.

A 15-year-old girl reported to authorities that Gilbert “had threatened to photoshop images of her face onto nude photos unless she sent real nude pictures of herself,” the charges state. In one Snapchat conversation, Gilbert allegedly threatened to “expose” her if she didn’t send a picture in one minute.

When investigators looked into Gilbert’s Snapchat account, in which he was using an alias, “it was obvious the user had been engaging in very similar behavior with other underage girls. I identified well over 50 potential victims of this type of sexual extortion,” investigators with the Utah Attorney General’s Office wrote in the charges.

Agents went to Gilbert’s home in March only to find out that he was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico, and had left about two months after the alleged extortion attempt involving the 15-year-old, according to charging documents.

In April, “I was contacted by an attorney for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He stated the same day I spoke with (Gilbert’s mom) about this case … she contacted the mission president and explained we had asked to speak with Gabe. The mission president called Gabe in and interviewed him. What Gabe said was not disclosed, but he was immediately sent home,” the charges state.

When investigators returned to the Gilbert home, his parents refused to tell them where Gilbert was or talk to them without a lawyer, according to the court documents.

“I told her Gabe was an adult and was free to decline to speak with me, but she cannot hide him,” an agent wrote.

Gilbert also allegedly pressured a girlfriend into sending nude photos of herself in 2017 when he was 17 and she was 15. She had already sent some photos and was reluctant to send more, but Gilbert “threatened to expose her and distribute the images she had already sent him unless she sent him more photos,” the charges state.

In May 2018, Gilbert pressured a girl, believed to be between 14 and 16 years old, into sending explicit videos of herself, the charges state. He “aggressively threatened a Snapchat user that he would ruin her life by exposing her nude photos. He continued to repeat these threats while telling the user to record nude videos of herself and send them to him,” according to the charges.

Investigators say he also threatened to “expose” a 16-year-old girl in June 2018 by sending pictures to her grandmother, and also threatened a 14-year-old girl the same month.

“His messages included threats to send rapists and human traffickers to her house,” agents wrote in the charges. When the girl replied that she was not scared of Gilbert, he allegedly “sent four screenshots of (her) exact location, down to an image of her house.”

Charging documents list three other underage girls that Gilbert threatened to photo-edit nude images on their faces if they did not send real nude selfies, according to charging documents.

Investigators requested that should Gilbert make bail that he not be allowed to access any electronic devices.

This is ludicrous! If I was a teenage girl so threatened and the guy had carried out his threat of blackmail against me, I would have merely said the pic of me was fake and then reported the issue to the police anyway. What made that sick little creep think he could possibly get away with such nonsense?!

When he goes to prison, it should be told to all the other inmates what he had tried to do to those young girls, and also that he was a Mormon missionary. You can bet he will find a lot of fellow imates eager to show him what sexual harassment and abuse feels like! Especially if some of those inmates are actually Mormons themselves. Or ex-Mormons, for that matter.

In Alabama, Black Lives Don’t Matter…..unless they are Unborn

Read this ridiculous story:

A pregnant woman shot in the stomach is indicted in her unborn child’s death

Black Mother

Once again, Alabama is at the forefront of a nationwide debate over the rights of pregnant women.

This time, the controversy stems from the case of a pregnant woman who was shot in the stomach and is now charged with manslaughter for the death of her unborn child.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Marshae Jones, 27, based on her alleged role in starting a fight that led to the gunfire, CNN affiliate WBMA reported.

The indictment, however, may or may not lead to prosecution, according to a statement from the Jefferson County District Attorney Bessemer Division’s office.

“While the Grand Jury has had its say, our office is in the process of evaluating this case and has not yet made a determination about whether to prosecute it as a manslaughter case, reduce it to a lesser charge or not to prosecute it,” Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington said.

“We will announce our decision only after all due diligence has been performed.”

The law firm of White Arnold & Dowd in Birmingham said it is representing Jones.

“The unprecedented decisions made in this matter have brought harm to Marshae and to the reputation of the state of Alabama,” the firm said in a statement. “Our goal is to support Marshae through this process, to vigorously advocate for her exoneration and to ensure that a grave injustice does not occur.”

The fight was about the baby’s father

Jones was five months pregnant in December when she got into a fight with another woman outside a Dollar General store in Pleasant Grove, just west of Birmingham, the station said.

Authorities say the dispute involved the baby’s father, AL.com reported.

“It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby,” Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid told AL.com shortly after the shooting.

He said the fight caused the other woman, Ebony Jemison, to react and defend herself. He would not describe Jones, the pregnant woman, as a shooting victim.

“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,” Reid said.

But that characterization incensed critics who say Alabama keeps prioritizing fetuses over women.

Last month, the state passed the country’s strictest abortion law, which makes virtually all abortions illegal. The law says doctors who perform illegal abortions could face up to 99 years in prison.

The Yellowhammer Fund, which helps women who are unable to afford an abortion or the costs of travel, said Jones’ indictment is ridiculous.

“Marshae Jones is being charged with manslaughter for being pregnant and getting shot while engaging in an altercation with a person who had a gun,” Executive Director Amanda Reyes said in a statement.

“The state of Alabama has proven yet again that the moment a person becomes pregnant their sole responsibility is to produce a live, healthy baby and that it considers any action a pregnant person takes that might impede in that live birth to be a criminal act.”

According to Alabama law, manslaughter happens when:

— A person recklessly causes the death of another person; or

— A person causes the death of another person under circumstances that would constitute murder, “except that he or she causes the death due to a sudden heat of passion caused by provocation recognized by law, and before a reasonable time for the passion to cool and for reason to reassert itself.”

Manslaughter is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Jemison, the accused shooter, initially faced a charge of manslaughter, AL.com reported. But a grand jury declined to indict the 23-year-old.

The Pleasant Grove Police Department has not responded to CNN’s requests for comment.

I’ve been saying for years that when you exalt the right of the unborn to live, you destroy the rights and dignity of pregnant women. And this case shows exactly that issue.

The pregnant woman was UNARMED and the other woman had a gun. It is illogical to call the shooting an act of self-defense. It is even more illogical to prosecute the mother-to-be for her fetus dying. But that is what happens when a black woman is pregnant and you want to make an example of her instead of punishing the real criminal. Racism and sexism in a southern state wrapped up in one ugly package. It is sickening proof of how corrupt the justice system in Alabama is and that state should be facing a nationwide boycott over this.