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America Has A Evil Problem Not A Gun Problem. Priest Explains Why Stricter Gun Laws Will Do Little To Solve America’s Violence Problem.

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WATCH: Priest explains why stricter gun laws will do little to solve America’s violence problem.

Source: Lifesitenews.com

Tue Aug 20, 2019 – 3:13 pm EST

Exorcisms On the Rise

By PAUL BURNELL

Source: Catholiceducation.org

In a world where Satanists appear on prime-time TV, neo-pagan religions gather vast followings and tarot card readings are available in the newspapers, experts say its no surprise that the number of exorcisms worldwide is rising.

Father James LeBar, exorcist for the Archdiocese of New York, said he has seen a “large explosion” in cases since 1990.

“Ten years ago I had no cases and now I have 300,” said Father James LeBar, an exorcist for the Archdiocese of New York.

Most of his cases, he said, don’t need an exorcist. They have “unusual things happening — things moving around the house or people claiming to have seen or heard the evil one. Some people suffer the phenomena without actually being possessed. An exorcism is primarily used for people who are possessed by the devil, whose wills have been overtaken by Satan.” Father John Hampsch, a psychologist, has also seen more reports of demonic interference.

“I have seen a dramatic rise in cases. In the past three hours before you phoned me, I have had three cases of people suffering serious contamination with the forces of evil. I am dealing with 10 to 15 cases a week.”

A popular author and speaker on many areas of faith and spirituality, the Claretian Missionary Father says the demonic takes up much of his time.

“A large amount do not require formal exorcism — they are not cases of possession. They are cases of demonic oppression, obsession, depression infestation … very painful and very distressing.”

Father Hampsch told the Register that today’s culture has many “gateways” to the demonic world that usually stop short of full-scale “possession.”

“The most obvious way we let Satan into our lives is through sin. Serious and habitual sin can be a gateway. An innocent person can be affected by hexes or curses but I would say most cases of possession needing serious deliverance come about through involvement in the occult, with practices such as Ouija board or tarot cards or some kind of New Age practice. The other form is through some kind of sin addiction such as alcohol, drugs or pornography. A case I was dealing with recently was addicted to pornography and he suffered from demonic manifestations.”

The Ouija Board

For one victim, Dermot (not his real name), a Ouija board caused problems that culminated three years ago.

The father of two in his mid-50s told the Register that when he came to Britain from Galway, Ireland, to work on a building site as a young man, he joined in a group session with the popular board game for a laugh.

Afterward, he used the board again and again, and felt the after-effects for years. “I had all kinds of troubles down the years and I could never understand the terrible blasphemous thoughts that came into my head.”

Three years ago, he found himself having to be held down by four priests while a prayer for deliverance was said over his struggling, screaming body.

“I don’t know where [that] strength came from as it happened but I do know I felt a new man afterwards” he told the Register.

Cases like his have become much more common in England over the past decade.

Father Jeremy Davies, exorcist for London’s Westminster Archdiocese, granted a rare interview to the London-based Catholic Herald April 28 to warn about the dangers of dabbling in the occult.

“There have been more exorcisms, undoubtedly. There are more people in need and the Church is dealing with the problem more effectively,” he was quoted saying.

Father Davies, 65, is a former medical doctor and one of six priests who founded the International Association of Exorcists seven years ago. The association now has 200 members.

He stressed that the Church urges great caution in matters involving exorcism.

The 1984 document Ab Aliquot Annis (On The Current Norms Governing Exorcisms), by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, cites canon law, which states: “no one may licitly perform exorcisms on those who are possessed unless he has obtained particular and express permission from the local ordinary, and it decrees that this permission is to be granted by the ordinary only to priests who are outstanding in piety, knowledge, prudence, and integrity of life. Bishops are therefore strongly urged to enforce the observance of these prescriptions” (Canon 1172).

Cardinal Ratizinger wrote: “It follows also from these same prescriptions that Christ’s faithful may not employ the formula of exorcism against Satan and the fallen angels which is excerpted from that formula made official by order of the Supreme Pontiff Leo XIII, and certainly may not use the entire text of that exorcism. Let all bishops take care to admonish the faithful about this matter whenever such instruction is required.”

“Finally, for the same reasons, bishops are asked to guard lest those who lack the required power attempt to lead assemblies in which prayers are employed to obtain liberation from demons, and in the course of which the demons are directly disturbed and an attempt is made to determine their identity. This applies even to cases which, although they do not involve true diabolical possession, nevertheless are seen in some way to manifest diabolical influence” (No. 2-3).

In the conclusion of the brief document, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote, “Of course, the enunciation of these norms should not stop the faithful of Christ from praying, as Jesus taught us, that they may be freed from evil. Moreover, pastors should take this opportunity to remember what the tradition of the Church teaches about the function properly assigned to the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, the Apostles and the saints, even in the spiritual battle of Christians against the evil spirits. ”

Mother Nadine Brown said her Omaha, Neb., charismatic community Intercessors Of The Lamb confronts the demonic influence through approved prayers. She warned of the dangers of New Age spirituality and the occult but said she also sees the new interest in spirituality as an opportunity for evangelization, especially among the youth.

“They are looking for a mystical dimension to life. The Church can give it to them, and this is the challenge . … The Church of the 21st century [must] be mystical,” she said. Father Hampsch was also upbeat. “We have seen grace super-abounding … with a whole series of divine interventions and miracles around the world.

“The growth of eucharistic adoration is a great grace. Indeed the Holy Father has said this year should be intensely eucharistic. We have even seen an increase in eucharistic miracles. It is certainly a case of where sin abounds, grace super-abounds.”

Beating the devil

Revised Rite of Exorcism Coming

After a 20-year process ended on Jan. 26, 1999, the Vatican has produced an updated rite of exorcism, according to the International Association of Exorcists. Translations from the Latin are currently being prepared for the world’s bishops’ conferences.

“We know there are Catholics who have not received good formation and doubt the existence of the devil, but this is an article of faith and part of the doctrine of the Catholic Church,” said Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, in announcing the revisions. “Whoever says the devil does not exist is no longer a believer.”

The new text was described as an outgrowth of the old, with more sober language and giving the priest greater flexibility in the choice of prayers to use.

Written in 1614, the previous ritual combined prayers and gestures in keeping with the Middle Ages. Certain aspects of the ritual were more dramatic than liturgical, said the association.

Although the theology of the Church on exorcism remains unaltered, what is new is the simplification of external aspects and the presentation of the texts, written in light of Biblical texts. The premises have also been revised: Specific canonical norms are established to respond to any eventual abuses.

Signs of the devil

Vatican guidelines say that some signs that a person may be possessed — when all medical explanations have been ruled out — include: “speaking in unknown languages, revealing things that are far away or hidden (or) demonstrating a physical strength not conforming to one’s age or health status.” At the same time, it cautioned that “these signs are only an indication” and may not be the work of the devil.

“Other manifestations, frequently of a moral and spiritual order” are often present and may include aversion to God, to the name of Jesus, of Mary and of the saints, to the Scripture, to sacramental rites and sacred images, the guidelines said.

Before using the Rite of Exorcisms, the priest must have “moral certainty” that the person involved is truly possessed or obsessed and not suffering from a psychological or physical illness.

The rite is performed in the name of Jesus and calls on the power he gave to his disciples and their successors to cast out evil spirits.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Exorcism is directed at the expulsion of demons or to the liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority, which Jesus entrusted to his Church.”

In the ritual, the evil spirit is commanded in the name of God and of the Church to depart. The ritual also includes a sprinkling with holy water, the recitation of a litany of the saints, the Lord’s Prayer and a creed, a Gospel reading and the Sign of the Cross.

A simple form of exorcism, not changed by the new ritual, is part of the Catholic Church’s baptism rites; in it, the Church prays that the one about to be baptized will be protected from evil and from Satan’s temptation.

In a series of 1986 audience talks about angels and the devil, Pope John Paul II said Satan has been defeated by Christ’s death and resurrection, but he continues to try to win over people.

“It cannot be excluded that in certain cases the Evil Spirit tries to exercise his influence not only on material things, but also on the human body, for which one speaks of diabolical possession:” the Pope said during an audience talk. “It is not always easy to discern that which happens preternaturally in these cases, nor does the Church easily yield to or support the tendency to attribute many occurrences to the intervention of the demon,” he said. At the same time, the Pope said, “one cannot deny that in his desire to harm and to lead toward evil, Satan can reach this extreme manifestation” of his power.

Crazy Environmentalists In Minneapolis, Mn Bans New Drive-Thru Windows From Being Built To Reduce Carbon Emissions.

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Minneapolis Wants to Ban New Drive-Thru Windows to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Source: Tennesseestar.com

May 20, 2019

Minneapolis wants to ban all new drive-thru windows citywide in order to cut down on carbon emissions produced by idling cars.

The City Planning Commission has been considering a drive-thru ban since 2017, but the idea didn’t really start to come to fruition until the 2018 conversations surrounding the “Minneapolis 2040” comprehensive city plan.

Now, according to a report prepared by the planning commission, a new ordinance wants to take language included in the comprehensive city plan and “expand the prohibition of new drive-through facilities to all zoning districts citywide.”

“A text amendment that specifically addresses regulations is timely given the number of proposals for new drive-through facilities that have been considered by the City Planning Commission in the last few years and the undesirable impacts these uses have,” the report states. “Said impacts include noise, extended idling, proliferation of curb cuts, conflicts with pedestrians, and traffic generation.”

The report lists seven pending proposals to build new drive-thru windows within city limits for businesses such as banks, pharmacies, coffee shops, and fast-food restaurants.

Some, however, think the ban would have an adverse impact on the most vulnerable residents, such as the elderly and disabled, or even parents with young children. But City Planning Commission President Sam Rockwell dismissed those concerns during a Thursday meeting, according to WCCO.

“You go to a city like London, Paris, New York or Boston. Neighbors help their elderly neighbors up the stairs with their groceries. They know them, they help them, they run errands. So creating that community can be a boost,” Rockwell said.

“Drive-thru [windows], traffic lanes, parking facilities … they all create induced demand, which is ‘if you build it, they will come,’” he added.

Tom Steward, an investigative reporter for the Center of the American Experiment, agreed in a recent article that the “latest anti-automobile edict” would “once again harm the most vulnerable members of society.”

“Yet the big shots at city hall never seem to let the personal impact on the people they’re supposed to serve get in the way of imposing their vision,” he said. “It seems Minneapolis has a future with all sorts of places to go, but no practical way to get there. The sort of place you might choose to ‘drive-thru’ and keep on going.

Radical Left Liberal Threatens Tennessee State Capital Over Dislike Of President Trump.

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Tennessee Man Arrested After Terrorist Threats Against ‘State Capital’ Over Dislike Of President Trump Sent To News Station.
Source: Tennessean.com

Mariah Timms, Nashville TennesseanPublished 9:44 p.m. CT Aug. 22, 2019 | Updated 4:27 p.m. CT Aug. 23, 2019

A man police say made terrorist threats against the Tennessee “state capital” was arrested Wednesday in Waverly, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security said. 

It was not immediately clear if he meant the state capitol building in Nashville, or the city in general.

Nathan Semans, 38, of Waverly, Tenn., allegedly sent an email to WKRN-TV, NEWS 2 on Wednesday, threatening to “blow someone’s brain out” at the “state capital” over his stated displeasure with President Donald Trump, police reported.

WKRN passed the email on to law enforcement.

“We have always valued and appreciated our partnership with the media. Thanks to an alert and forward thinking employee at News 2, we were able to investigate this threat and make our community and state safer,” said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long in a release Thursday.

The email sent to WKRN read, with misspellings preserved:

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“Look if you don’t run story I’m going to state capital to blow someone’s brain out. I don’t look good at the moment cause the tyranny of what trump did, the nature of this call is secret. You think I’m kidding trump belongs in the dumpster from a cool kid. Knock it off I’m human. I’ll immediately leave this country on a double once my passport clears, I’m sick of this nonsense and bologna hanging around that trumps the perfect American, hallelujah against trump I recommend you forward to the table of the news room or I join ISIS to seek revenge.”

Semans was transported to Humphreys County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond on Wednesday evening after his arrest.

Online jail records show he is charged with one count of commission of an act of terrorism.

It was not clear if he had retained legal representation by Friday.

Waverly is approximately 75 miles west of Nashville in Humphreys County

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers made contact with Semans on Wednesday afternoon, when police say he admitted to making the threat and to claiming he planned to join ISIS.

Semans said he does not own any guns, was apologetic and had called WKRN back to say he was “just kidding,” according to a THP news release. When officers searched his home, no weapons were found, THP confirmed.

THP searches involved taking a phone and tablet from Semans’ home for further analysis. He was charged with commission of act of terrorism, which is a Class A felony in Tennessee.

The United States Secret Service has also been involved in the investigation,along with the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office.

“When we work together for the common good of our community, we are all safer,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Dereck R. Stewart. “I am so proud of the process, the teamwork and partnerships that worked together seamlessly to prevent a possible very serious situation. I am thankful that WKRN-TV contacted our department, for if we had not received this notification, then it is very possible that the narrative of this release could have been tragically worse.”

Federal Government Program Energy Star Recommends Keeping Your Thermostat At 82 Degrees While You Sleep In Summer Months.(Laughing Out Loud).

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Video Source: KFYO – Lubbock, TX

Source: Primepatriot.com – August 21, 2019

LOS ANGELES – To keep your home cool with central air conditioning while also optimizing energy efficiency (and therefore cost), keep the temperature at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

The suggestion comes from Energy Star, a federal program managed jointly by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency that provides information to consumers about energy efficiency practices that not only save consumers money, but also improve air quality and protect the environment.

With record-breaking heat waves becoming the norm, finding ways to beat the heat without busting your budget might seem mystifying, which is why Energy Star provided consumers with a set of energy-saving recommendations on how to best manage central air conditioning in warmer spring and summer months.

According to Energy Star, keeping your central air thermostat set to 78 degrees is optimal for both cooling and energy efficiency, but this recommendation only applies to the times when you are home.

While you are away from the house during the day, you should keep the thermostat set to 85 degrees or higher.

While you sleep, Energy Star recommends keeping the temperature set at 82 degrees or higher.

For those who hate to sweat in summer months, keeping your home temperature set at a minimum of 78 degrees during the day and 82 degrees through the night might sound awful, but the benefits are significant.

For every degree you raise the set temperature of your central air, you’ll save about three percent on your utility bill, according to the Department of Energy.

On top of running air conditioning, Energy Star also recommends opening windows to fill the house with cool air at night and then shutting all windows and blinds in the morning to trap the cool air inside. Additionally, air sealing your home and installing window treatments can help prevent heat gain via your doors and windows during the day.

The Department of Energy also stresses keeping the heat coming from within your house to a minimum as well to keep efficiency high and costs low. Small adjustments like turning off appliances and lights when they aren’t being used, only washing full loads of laundry and dishes, taking shorter showers and running fans while you do things like shower and cook can also help reduce the heat build-up in your home.

President Trump Backs Off Red Flag Gun Laws For Now.

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By Travis Noonan, on August 19th, 2019
Source: IntellectualConservative.com

President Trump came to terms with an important constitutional realization: Gun confiscation laws, commonly called Red Flag laws, won’t work to reduce gun violence. The President is now backing away from his earlier statements supporting more gun control at the federal level – for now, at least.

When asked how he’s handling expanded gun control, Trump responded with a suddenly pro-gun tone:

“So, Congress is working on that. They have bipartisan committees working on background checks and various other things. And we’ll see. I don’t want people to forget that this is a mental health problem. I don’t want them to forget that, because it is. It’s a mental health problem. And as I say — and I said the other night in New Hampshire; we had an incredible evening — I said: It’s the people that pull the trigger. It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger.”

The President previously called for implementing federal Red Flag laws that allow any individual – friend, family, or stranger – to report gun owners to the authorities for temporary gun confiscation. Under most states’ Red Flag laws, any gun owner can be reported by nearly anybody else with little qualification or evidence.

Red Flag Gun Laws Don’t Work

Most Red Flag laws also disregard the presumption of innocence, forcing gun owners who have been reported to give up their guns with no warrant, no due process, nor any day in court. States like California have already put these unconstitutional laws into practice with largely mixed results. When asked why such laws are so effective, San Diego City Attorney Maria Elliot remarked, “We don’t have to wait for a crime to be committed.”

That sounds an awful lot like a judicial official supporting a law that ignores the 4th Amendment – and this official is apparently bragging about it, no less.

For all the fear-mongering and emotional campaigning, Republics and Democrats alike appear to avoid the data which says Red Flag laws simply don’t work. Research shows that these laws do not reduce or eliminate gun violence or mass shootings. So why bother passing them in the first place?

Because anti-gunners and Democrats want to disarm the American people.

Democrats are Chipping Away at the Second Amendment

Even though these laws show no reduction in gun violence of any kind, Democrats and anti-gunners support them. These laws remove firearms from law-abiding individuals. Those who refuse or attempt to protect their rights are imprisoned or killed. It’s a win-win for anti-gun rhetoric.

And laws like these are just one of the many ways Democrats are killing off access to the Second Amendment across the country. California now requires gun owners submit to a background check just to buy ammo. Chicago and New York City now charge individuals just to buy a gun. It can cost as much as $900 to buy a weapon in Chicago, and up to $140 in New York City. Washington’s I-1639 bill now restricts gun purchase to anyone over 21. Federally, bill H. R. 7115 would ban gun-making kits and 80 lower receivers – receiver blanks used to legally build a gun at home.

Democrats in The Know Say New Gun Control Unlikely

Data doesn’t matter though, with gun control rallies being held across the country. Republicans and Democrats alike are puffing their chests at Trump’s latest stance on the issue. Sources in the White House and Congress say that if no legislation is passed by September, no new gun bills will be signed before the 2020 election. Democrats familiar with the conversations and sources close to the President are skeptical that any efforts will succeed.

Federal Government Through ATF Violate Second Amendment Rights To Air Force Veteran Over Medical Marijuana Used For PTSD.

 

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Air Force veteran denied gun over medical marijuana used to combat PTSD.

Source: WSPA.com

by: Trevor Shirley

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 / 06:18 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 19, 2019 / 06:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – You can have your legal weed or you can have your legal guns—but you can’t have both, at least according to the federal government as some advocates saying their right to bear arms is being violated for simply taking advantage of legal marijuana use in their state.

Kim Petters served in the Air Force for ten years and deployed overseas, now retired in Delaware, she legally uses medical marijuana to help with PTSD.

Petters also wants to buy a gun. But that’s something she can’t do.

“I follow doctors orders and state laws,” Kim Petters said.

“Cannabis is the only medication in the entire U.S. that makes you choose between medicine or second amendment rights, and that’s just not fair,” Petters said.

Federal law still considers marijuana—even legalized by a state—a controlled substance and anybody applying to buy a gun have to say if they’re a user on the ATF’s background check form.

“So if I lie on that form, and say no, I’ve created an entirely different felony, which could land me five years in jail. But if I say yes, I’m denied purchase,” Petters said.

Recently, the ATF even added a warning section to that form…reminding potential buyers of federal law.

The heritage foundation’s Amy Swearer, a second amendment attorney, says lawsuits over this have never made it past lower-level courts because federal law supersedes state law.

“I think ultimately it’s going to come down to a change in federal policy,” Swearer said.

So far, Petters says she’s chosen the cannabis over a gun but hopes someday, she and so many other Americans won’t have to make that choice.

“I want the right to feel safe, I want the right to defend myself, I want my second amendment rights that I fought for,” Petters said.

El Paso, Texas Shooter Was A Radical Left Eco-Terrorist, Not A White Supremacist.

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El Paso Anti-Immigrant Terrorist Is Also a Radical Environmentalist.

BY TYLER O’NEIL AUGUST 7, 2019

Source: PJMedia.com

It may not be wise to parse exactly what kind of crazy a mass shooter is, but in the wake of the absolute torrent of condemnations of “white supremacy” after the horrific Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, it seems right to set the record straight. You see, the man who murdered 22 people and injured 26 others — and who is still living — isn’t exactly a white supremacist, at least not according to his manifesto. Instead, his attack was motivated by hatred of immigrants, hatred of corporations, and radical environmentalism. (So long as his manifesto is more than just a “troll.”)

Like the villain Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame(2019), the eco-terrorist advocated for a great many deaths or deportations in order to save the environment. He defended this position by citing The Lorax.

Here’s the salient bit from the shooter’s disgusting manifesto:

The American lifestyle affords our citizens an incredible quality of life. However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The decimation of the environment is creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations are heading the destruction of our environment by shamelessly overharvesting resources. This has been a problem for decades. For example, this phenomenon is brilliantly portrayed in the decades old classic “The Lorax”. Water sheds around the country, especially in agricultural areas, are being depleted. Fresh water is being polluted from farming and oil drilling operations. Consumer culture is creating thousands of tons of unnecessary plastic waste and electronic waste, and recycling to help slow this down is almost non-existent. Urban sprawl creates inefficient cities which unnecessarily destroys millions of acres of land….

The government is unwilling to tackle these issues beyond empty promises since they are owned by corporations. Corporations that also like immigration because more people means a bigger market for their products. I just want to say that I love the people in this country, but god damn most of y’all re just too stubborn to change your lifestyle. So the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.

“If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable,” the terrorist writes. That’s Thanos’ thinking. The Avengers villain wipes out half of all living things in the name of sustainability. Even Hollywood understands that’s evil.

Throughout his manifesto, the El Paso shooter demonizes Hispanic immigrants. He refers to them as an “invasion,” echoing President Donald Trump. [Technically, an invasion is a co-ordinated attack from a foreign power, and mass immigration doesn’t fit that bill, even though it can be dangerous.] Yet he insists that his views predate Trump. He in fact predicts that the media will wrongly blame Trump’s rhetoric for his manifesto.

My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I am putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that.

This horrific anti-immigrant radical environmentalist terrorist may have a point on that one issue.

The “white supremacy” angle seems overblown. Yes, the shooter did open the manifesto by agreeing with the white supremacist terrorist in Christchurch, New Zealand, but his ideal scenario is not white supremacy but different governments determined by race.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a “white supremacist” as “a person who believes that the white race is inherently superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races.” This vile ideology cannot be condemned enough, but besides his reference to Christchurch, the El Paso shooter does not seem to advocate it.

The horrific racist declares, “I am against race mixing,” which he denounces as “unnecessary and selfish.” Interestingly, however, he does not advocate a white government ruling over other races.

But the idea of deporting or murdering all non-white Americans is horrific. Many have been here at least as long as the whites, and have done as much to build our country. The best solution to this for now would be to divide America into a confederacy of territories with at least 1 territory for each race. This physical separation would nearly eliminate race mixing and improve social unity by granting each race self-determination within their respective territory(s).

The El Paso shooter and his manifesto cannot be condemned enough. This man is a cold-blooded murderer inspired by hatred. But let’s be clear about what his manifesto actually advocates. He is an anti-immigrant, anti-corporation, radical environmentalist racist. Based on his words, the media is wrong to blame Trump, who rushed to condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy on Monday. Even the “white supremacy” language may be inaccurate.

One thing is for certain: among other things, the El Paso shooter is a radical environmentalist, an eco-terrorist. If the media blames Trump for a manifesto that echoes his words, why are they not blaming the Sierra Club and other environmentalist groups? “If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.” That’s chilling.

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An ‘Inconvenient Truth’: El Paso Shooter Was Eco-Extremist, Loved ‘Lorax’

By Joseph Vazquez | August 6, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

Source: NewsBusters.org

Following the murder of 20 people by a racist terrorist in El Paso, Texas, the liberal media cherry-picked portions of his alleged manifesto to connect him to the right. But some ignored portions that cited The Lorax as an inspiration for his views — a book and movie the liberal media used to love to promote because of its environmental agenda.

The alleged manifesto was headlined “The Inconvenient Truth,” similar to Davis Guggenheim’s 2006 documentary on Al Gore, and included eco-extremist rantings about destroying the environment, The Lorax, plastic waste and more.

CNN and some other media conveniently ignored other portions of the four-page manifesto (believed to have been written by shooting suspect Patrick Crusius) that would reflect badly on the left — like the shooter’s environmental sentiments.

On page two it read, “Our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The decimation of the environment is creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations are heading the destruction of our environment by shamelessly overharvesting resources.” [emphasis added]

It cited the Dr. Seuss’ fable writing, “This phenomenon is brilliantly portrayed in the decades-old classic ‘The Lorax.’ Watersheds around the country, especially in agricultural areas, are being depleted. Fresh water is being polluted from farming and oil-drilling operations.” He attacked “consumer culture” for plastic and e-waste, complained about urban sprawl, the use of paper towels and the unwillingness of people to change their lifestyles.”

Many of those environmental attitudes are promoted by the liberal media. In 2012, it fawned over the updated Lorax when a movie adaptation was released. NBC’s Today, CBS New York, Huffington Post and others celebrated its environmental messaging.

NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer was stunned that Fox News host Lou Dobbs had criticized the movie for trying to indoctrinate children with an environmentalist agenda. He told Lorax actor Ed Helms “believe it or not, Dr. Seuss has sparked controversy with this movie.”

CBS New York reported on April 9, 2012, that “Seuss personifies industry as a whole with the Once-ler, to draw interest and attention to unchecked corporate greed as a threat to nature.”

“The Lorax sounds the warning siren, but is ignored, as environmental groups often are, until it’s too late. But industry isn’t the sole culprit in this cautionary tale. Industry will only produce what it thinks consumers will buy. So on a certain level, we’re all responsible for the fate of the environment,” it continued.

ThinkProgress quipped on March 9, 2012, that it was “safe to say that anyone shocked that the movie has a strong environmental message has never read the book. The Lorax speaks for the trees.” That left-wing site perceived the moral of the story to be “it’s up to us to stop unsustainable industries: ‘UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’’

The Huffington Post lectured parents, telling them to talk with their children about the film’s messages and “act on them,” on March 8, 2012. CNN even noted on March 13, 2012, that The Lorax movie adaptation was criticized for allowing commercial tie-ins with IHOP and Mazda to taint the Lorax’s “green message.” As recently as 2018, NPR reported that a federal court judge quoted the Lorax in a decision cancelling a gas pipeline permit.

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