Clown Hysteria

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Sinister ‘Clowns’ Are Scaring People In Multiple States

“This may be your worst nightmare: Reports are emerging from multiple states of alarming interactions with people in clown clothing.

“First, residents of Greenville, S.C., reported last month that suspicious clowns were attempting to lure children into the woods. The property manager of the Fleetwood Manor apartment, where many of the sightings happened, sent a letter to residents warning that ‘at no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night,’ according to local television station WHNS.

“Up to this point, law enforcement officials have not uncovered any evidence — ‘not even a prankster in a clown suit'” — as The Associated Press reported.

“Since the report in Greenville, sightings of sinister “clowns” have emerged around the country…” Continue reading: Sinister ‘Clowns’ Are Scaring People In Multiple States https://n.pr/2cZ4i90

Beware the clowns: a lesson in moral panic

“Something strange is happening in South Carolina.

“People are telling the media and police that they’ve seen sinister clowns near forest, offering children money and luring them into the woods.

“The clown sightings have continued for days, but so far, there’s no photographic or physical evidence of any malicious clowns.

“Despite the lack of hard evidence, media in the United States, Canada, and overseas are running with the story…” Continue reading: Beware the clowns: a lesson in moral panic  http://www.cbc.ca/1.3744921

Killer Clowns From Your Imagination

“Since late August 2016, police in Greenville County, South Carolina, have been besieged with reports of children being stalked by phantom clowns. Authorities have investigated the stories but come up empty. Most of the reports were vague. What are we to make of these accounts?

“The literature on folklore and mass psychology teaches us to be skeptical. Police have done the right thing: take the reports seriously and investigate. Yet, in the absence of hard evidence, they should be skeptical, otherwise they run the risk of wasting valuable time and resources. Stalking Clown folklore has been with us for decades and appears to be part of the ‘Stranger Danger’ moral panic of the 1980s. Moral panics are periods of intense fear that crop up from time to time, and involve exaggerated threats from perceived evil-doers…” Continue reading: Killer Clowns From Your Imagination | Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/its-catching/201608/phantom-clowns-in-south-carolina-are-nothing-new

Clown Panic!

“Reports of phantom clowns in the United States can be traced back decades and are a form of social panic. They reflect age-old fears that are dressed up in new garb—literally.

“During late August 2016, police in Greenville, South Carolina, were besieged with reports of children being stalked by clowns. In some instances, these nefarious figures reportedly tried to lure youngsters into the woods with offers of candy and money. Despite the best efforts of law enforcement the clowns seemed to vanish into the shadows…” Continue reading: Clown Panic! http://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/south-carolina-clown-panics/

Creepy clowns: 9 things to know about the hysteria http://s.lehighvalleylive.com/suCwUhe

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Presidential “debates”

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“For the message of television as metaphor is not only that all the world is a stage but that the stage is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.” ~ Neil Postman

Trump is a professional television producer and actor.

The debates are television entertainment.

Hillary is a policy wonk.

Trump (the entertainer) will win “the debates”.

Neil Postman on the Lincoln-Douglas debates:

“Is there any audience of Americans today who could endure seven hours of talk? Or five? Or three? Especially without pictures of any kind? . . . These audiences must have had an equally extraordinary capacity to comprehend length and complex sentences aurally. In Douglas’ Ottawa speech he included in his one-hour address three long, legally phrased resolutions of the Abolition platform. Lincoln, in his reply, read even longer passages from a published speech he had delivered on a previous occasion. For all of Lincoln’s celebrated economy of style, his sentence structure in the debates was intricate and subtle, as was Douglas’. In the second debate, in Freeport, Illinois, Lincoln rose to answer Douglas in the following words:

‘It will readily occur to you that I cannot, in half an hour, notice all the things that so able a man as Judge Douglas can say in an hour and a half; and I hope, therefore, if there be anything that he has said upon which you would like to hear something from me, but which I omit to comment upon, you will bear in mind that it would be expecting an impossibility for me to cover his whole ground.’

“It is hard to imagine the present occupant of the White House being capable of constructing such clauses in similar circumstances. And if he were, he would surely do so at the risk of burdening the comprehension or concentration of his audience. People of a television culture need “plain language” both aurally and visually, and will even go so far as to require it in some circumstances by law.” (Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves To Death (1985) pp. 45-46)

Presidential Debates Actually Used to Be Debates http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/08/presidential-debates-actually-used-to-be-debates/243520/

How Technology Destroyed The Once Substantive Presidential Debate http://tcrn.ch/ODtXUa

Les Moonves, CBS, and Trump: Is TV’s business model killing democracy? http://fw.to/G1rRFcM

“If you’re looking for a sober intellectual dialogue on the state of American public policy, don’t watch presidential debates…” Television Debates: Not Fit For Purpose http://www.newsweek.com/television-debates-not-fit-purpose-374026

“When a culture disdains literacy for the important functions of public discourse and replaces that with a medium that focuses on format and style — and therefore entertainment — then you begin to get… you have a situation comparable to what Huxley meant by the drug soma… that everyone is kept sort of pacified, amused, entertained. President Regan is entertaining… Dan Rather is entertaining… even the nightly news, for all of its gory stories, is entertaining, because the film footage is exciting. The religion on television is amusing. Commercials are very amusing and entertaining. So that, as we move into this imagistic culture of short duration, dynamic, and amusing images, we have a population that becomes pacified… that no longer is capable of the kind of sustained reflection and analytical thought that I think is usually characteristic of literate cultures where typography is vital to every day’s functioning.”  ~ Neil Postman (Source: PBS Currents Literacy Lost (1985)

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Repeat violent offenders back on the streets

Wanted man arrested 74 times but charges always reduced to misdemeanors or dropped: Former Woodland Hills Escapee Sought In Shooting: https://youtu.be/sVsva74o0Ww

Fugitive Arrested 74 Times Captured In Nashville: https://youtu.be/VTIyKo2V9gw

 

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Police Union frustrated by repeat offenders back on the streets http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Police-union-frustrated-by-repeat-offenders-back-on-the-streets-393469741.html

“D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier leaves her post in two weeks with high popularity and crime down over her tenure but frustrated by a system that she said allows repeat violent offenders back on the street time after time…” Continue reading: Outgoing police chief decries District’s ‘broken’ criminal justice system http://wpo.st/zdbw1

Metro murder suspect in court https://youtu.be/Dm810qbp0Js

“Spires threw Sutherland’s cellphone at the dying man and then walked away. But he returned and stomped on Sutherland’s body, according to one witness. Another passenger tells police that Spires kicked the dying man.

“Witnesses say Spires robbed two other passengers before leaving the train at the NoMa-Gallaudet Station, where he was seen dropping a black bag.

“Inside the bag, police say they found a bloody cloth and an insurance card with Spires’ name on it. Police also found the knife they believe Spires used in the attack in a trash can at the station.

“Spires had been arrested just two days earlier in Friendship Heights on charges of robbery and assaulting a police officer…”

Read more: Court records reveal new details from July 4 Metro stabbing http://wtop.com/dc/2015/07/court-records-reveal-new-details-from-july-4-metro-stabbing/

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Patriot Day sales? Why not? We have Memorial Day sales

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On Patriot Day we remember the nearly 3,000 people who died on September 11, 2001.

On Memorial Day we remember the 1.1 million people who have died in America’s wars.

On Patriot Day no sales or barbecues are allowed.



On Memorial Day sales and barbecues are allowed.




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Turkey, Fethullah Gülen, and the CIA

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“As tanks take up positions in the streets and jets fly overhead in a dramatic coup attempt in Turkey, suspicion has fallen on Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Turkish religious scholar and political enemy of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the strongman Turkish president. Until now, Erdogan had appeared to have crushed the 75-year-old Gulen, who has deep roots in the Turkish political, military, judicial, and media establishments, as well as in Muslim countries around the world. But if, as Erdogan himself has alleged, Gulen or his followers are involved in the putsch, then it demonstrates that he remains a force to contend with, though he has lived for years in seclusion in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania…” Continue reading: A reclusive religious scholar in Pennsylvania may be behind the attempted coup in Turkey http://qz.com/733802

Full Interview: Red Ice Radio – William Engdahl – War in Syria & Manufactured Conflicts https://youtu.be/yIdIHp1xYDA via @YouTube

“Why have the CIA and FBI allowed Gulen to wreak havoc and topple secular governments without interruption or intervention?” Read more: World’s Most Dangerous Islamist Alive, Well, and Living in Pennsylvania: http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.5921/pub_detail.asp#ixzz3tsxS9jso

“US Islamization Operations in Central Asia via Gülen started in late 1997, early 1998. That brings me to …Graham Fuller…” Read more: CIA-sponsored Islamic Jihadist operations run through Fethullah Gülen? http://www.voltairenet.org/article178623.html

“In rural Pennsylvania, a Turkish-born Muslim imam lives in self-imposed exile. The imam, Fethullah Gülen, came to the United States in 1999 due to cited health problems and has stayed in the United States after gaining his visa with help from former CIA officials. The FBI previously resisted granting permanent residency status to Gülen. According to leaked cables, parts of the U.S. government believe that Gülen “is a ‘radical Islamist’ whose moderate message cloaks a more sinister and radical agenda…” Continue reading: Exclusive: FBI Whistleblower and Teacher Expose Islamic Gülen Movement Infiltrating U.S. Through Charter Schools http://truthinmedia.com/exclusive-fbi-whistleblower-and-teacher-expose-islamic-gulen-movement-infiltrating-u-s-through-charter-schools/

“However, it must be clearly stated that not only do several factions of the Turkish public feel betrayed and embarrassed by their prime minister, they also do not trust Gülen and consider him to be an ever-treacherous religious huckster, opportunist, and an under-cover CIA agent who covertly is in the toxic embrace of the Zionists. It is the US and her allies, they claim, that have aided and abetted engagement of high level crimes, which will eventually lead to the destruction of the sovereignty of the Turkish nation…” Read more: Fethullah Gülen: Islamic leader or western agent?: http://5pillarsuk.com/2014/01/13/fethullah-gulen-islamic-leader-or-western-agent/

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The Pool of Bethesda

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Bethesda Meeting House – The Church That Named Bethesda

The Pool of Bethesda

“Beth hesda” is Hebrew for “House of mercy”

Interestingly enough, Bethesda, Maryland is named after the old Bethesda Meeting House, which takes it’s name from the Pool of Bethesda story in the Bible.

I used to live and work in Bethesda, Maryland, and I’ve long thought how interesting it is that, today, there are three major medical facilities within walking distance of the old Bethesda Meeting House: National Institutes of Health (NIH), the old Bethesda Naval Hospital, which is now called Walter Reed Military Hospital, and Suburban Hospital.

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Three major medical facilities near the old Bethesda Meeting House (now Temple Hill Baptist Church)

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“The background of the church and its various congregations is inextricably linked with the history of Montgomery County. In fact, the name of the modern community of Bethesda takes its name from the church. The word refers to a place of healing mentioned in the Bible…” Read more: Bethesda Meeting House http://mht.maryland.gov/nr/NRDetail.aspx?NRID=423

Pastor Jeff Riddle: Should John 5:3b-4 be in the Bible?

“I posted to sermonaudio.com this evening Word Magazine 39: Should John 5:3b-4 be the Bible? In this episode I weigh the external and internal evidence regarding this controversial passage on the angel stirring the waters at the pool of Bethesda. I conclude that the traditional text, which includes these verses, should be affirmed…” Continue reading: Should John 5:3b-4 be in the Bible? http://www.jeffriddle.net/2015/07/word-magazine-39-should-john-53b-4-be.html

Jesus Heals at the Pool of Bethesda

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.”

And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

John 5:1-18 (King James Version)

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The Ecclesiastical Text

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The Ecclesiastical Text

Now that I’m “Back to the Bible”, so to speak, I’m re-examining some of the textual criticism issues I studied over 20 years ago.

I read Theodore Letis’ book “The Ecclesiastical Text” 20 years ago, and I also learned to read New Testament Greek over 20 years ago, too, so I’m familiar with the Critical Text school of thought, the Majority Text school, and the Textus Receptus school. Although I learned and adopted the methods of the Critical Text school I also agreed with Letis’ thesis that the church, not academics, should determine the text of the New Testament.

I still have my Greek texts, lexicons, concordance, and textual criticism books from 20 years ago, except Letis’ book, which I must have sold when I sold-off most of my books years ago. Now I wish I had Letis’ book, because 1) it’s out of print and 2) used copies are going for over $100.00.

I recently bought a King James Version of the Bible and a copy of the Textus Receptus from the Trinitarian Bible Society, and I’m leaning heavily toward the Ecclesiastical Text (or Confessional Text) position. In fact, I’ve already gone over to that position, because it makes the most sense, to me. In particular, the Textus Receptus school.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on this issue over the past few days, and these are some of the links to articles, audios, and videos I’ve found helpful.

I’ve found the many audios and articles by Pastor Jeff Riddle to be the most helpful.

“We should trust that God provided the necessary text for the church’s theology and life, and consequently that he preserved that text throughout the centuries of the church’s existence. For these reasons, I prefer the Majority Text over the Critical Text. It’s my contention that we should privilege readings which appear in the majority of New Testament manuscripts over those that don’t.” Read more: The Ecclesiastical Text Versus the Critical Text https://shar.es/1JUut0

“The textus receptus demonstrates a much broader textual tradition (in most places), which was in use throughout the majority of the history of the church. If we truly believe that God preserves his Word, shouldn’t this have some theological implications regarding the text that we use?” Read more: We Shouldn’t Exclusively Use the ESV https://shar.es/1JUEzL

This Week’s Program: The Ecclesiastical Text and Textual Criticism https://shar.es/1JUeBt

Satan Playing the Long Game? What’s the Problem with the Critical Text? https://infanttheology.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/satan-playing-the-long-game-whats-the-problem-with-the-critical-text/

Doug Wilson: Byzantine over Alexandrian Text? https://youtu.be/IAdQwidMnE8

Ecclesiastical Text Issues — James White https://youtu.be/_fN0Ohe58EQ

Ecclesiastical Text — Response to James White https://youtu.be/IUl0vNcDB9A

An Introduction to Textual Criticism: Part 9–“Traditional Text” Positions: The Ecclesiastical Text http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php/2008/04/22/an-introduction-to-textual-criticism-part-9-traditional-text-positions-the-ecclesiastical-text/

Confessional Bibliology: Pericope de Adulterae http://confessionalbibliology.com/the-textual-issues/the-pericope-adulterae/

Jeff Riddle vs James White http://confessionalbibliology.com/the-resources/jeff-riddle-textual-criticism-resources/jeff-riddle-james-white/

Index: Text Criticism Resources from Jeffrey T. Riddle https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5S2j0qXY6zeOUtObU45QkZUb00/view

Hodges and Farstad On John 8:1-11 http://textualcriticism.scienceontheweb.net/RECON/HF-Jn8.html

Wilbur Pickering on the Pericope Adulterae http://www.theauthorizedversion.com/wilbur-pickering-on-the-pericope-adulterae/

London Baptist Confession of Faith: Of the Holy Scriptures http://www.vor.org/truth/1689/1689bc00.html

Westminster Confession of Faith: Of the Holy Scriptures http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/

Biblical Preservation: B. B. Warfield and the Reformation Doctrine of the Providential Preservation of the Biblical Text https://www.biblefortoday.org/Articles/biblical_preservation.htm

Why Use the Authorised (King James) Version? http://www.tbsbibles.org/articles/why-use-the-authorised-king-james-version

The Excellence of The Authorized Version http://chalcedon.edu/faith-for-all-of-life/the-biblical-text-and-the-reconstructive-task/the-excellence-of-the-authorized-version/

English Bible Translations: By What Standard? (.pdf)  http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/5014/0485/0884/ebtb.pdf

Textus Receptus Wiki http://textus-receptus.com/wiki/Main_Page

What today’s Christian needs to know about the Greek New Testament http://www.tbsbibles.org/articles/what-todays-christian-needs-to-know-about-the-greek-new-testament

Critical Text Onlyism: A New Doctrine http://confessionalbibliology.com/2015/12/11/critical-text-onlyism-a-new-doctrine/

Rev. Jeff Riddle: http://www.jeffriddle.net

Word Magazine (Audio) – http://tinyurl.com/gv3r3lu

Trinitarian Bible Society: http://www.tbsbibles.org/

The Ecclesiastical Text, by Theodore Letis

“This book is collection of essays and papers by Dr. Letis on various aspects of what has happened to the Scriptures in our day. As such it provides not only a good assessment of where we are, but in its historical reviews, also provides a good rear view mirror, to show the reader where we have come from, and therefore what we have lost.

“In the Introduction Dr. Letis deals with the issue of declining educational standards and loss of literacy. He then explains the effect this has had on the translation and especially the marketing of Bibles. The effect of course should have been nil. The Authorized Version of the Scriptures is famous for lifting the level of literacy of the English peoples, rather than being in an exercise in catering to the lack of it. However, the Bible now having broken loose from ecclesiastical control, and having become the plaything of “for profit” commercial publishers, catering to ever declining levels of literacy is now part of the marketing game. The Bible is a tremendously complex and deep book, whose proper study is the labor of a lifetime. A proper translation can pierce the language barriers and present this book in English, but it cannot do more. The Scriptures remains a book that does not yield it truths without much study, prayer, and labor. God does not cast his pearls before swine. Only a corrupting paraphrase can simplify the complex language, rich idioms, and cultural expressions of the original, and offer a shortcut to those who are too spiritually lazy to study what God actually wrote. That this has resulted in a scandalous deluge of competing study Bibles, for every conceivable niche of would be Bible students, is Dr. Letis’ complaint.

“The first, and probably the most important, chapter in this book is also the most interesting. He shows how textual or lower criticism, once the domain of liberal theologians, was imported into Princeton seminary by B. B. Warfield. Tracing the Reformation view from the Westminster divines, through Turretin, and to the Hodges at Princeton, he carefully documents the theological revolution introduced in that institution by Warfield. The key switch was to place inerrancy only in the long lost autographs (the original manuscripts) and fail to defend it in the apographs (our current copies of the original text). Warfield believed that through the “science” of textual criticism the original inerrant texts could be reconstructed giving us an improved Bible over the one the Reformers had defended. Apart from the textual and historical issues involved, as a Calvinist Warfield should have known better than to trust unregenerate liberal textual critics to guide this process objectively to a successful conclusion. After all he was supposed to believe in “total depravity” and that men apart from the grace of God will “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” As Letis documents the details and the history of this revolution and its ramifications to this day, the fascinated reader is brought to an understanding of how we got where we are today.

“In Chapter Two Letis documents how the Reformers and their heirs, both Lutheran and Calvinist, viewed the apographa, the extent copies of the Scriptures that the church had in their day. This not only defines and documents the historic and Reformed view, but demonstrates the radical nature of the revolution Warfield introduced at Princeton. When he takes this historical review right into the twentieth century and quotes Warfield’s critics this contrast is even heightened. Whatever criticism one may make of Letis’ writings, he does not sound an uncertain trumpet. The battle lines on this issue are clearly drawn.

“Chapter Three deals with issues of Biblical authority, that is the authority of the present day scriptures in the life of the church. First he reviews the traditional view of the absolute authority of the scriptures held by the churches since the Reformation. Then he documents the erosion of this position by theological liberals who subverted it with their higher criticism and attacks on Biblical inspiration and inerrancy. Finally he shows how evangelicals now waffle on this issue since due to their acceptance of the tenets of textual criticism they no longer really believe they have an inerrant Bible. The title of this chapter, “The Language of Biblical Authority: From Protestant Orthodoxy to Evangelical Equivocation” is particularly instructive of our current problems.

“Another issue that is broached is the consequences of our ecclesiology. Dr. Letis accurately demonstrates the Baptist (or Anabaptist as he puts it) nature of American culture. This, he points out, has contributed to the rise of a plethora of translations. He attributes this, at least partially, to the atomistic, individualistic nature of this Baptist culture, and the fractured state of ecclesiastical organizations that it has promoted. He notes that the Reformation model of an established state church gave us a single Bible, the Authorized Version. This is not presented as an argument for the establishment principle, and is merely meant to inform us of the consequences of the path American Christianity has taken over the last two centuries. In point of fact, most Presbyterians would probably agree, and would prefer to see a more consistent Presbyterianism replace the host of para-church organizations that have, along with commercial publishers, co-opted the whole Bible translation and distribution function. As Dr. Letis has argued elsewhere, when these functions cease to be a ministry under ecclesiastical control, and become driven by commercialism and it’s attendant profit motive, then we can expect a deluge of designer Bibles appealing to every niche market, and commercial appeal replaces faithfulness to God’s word, as the driving force for the whole process.

“The book goes on to cover a wide range of issues dealing with the text of scripture. There are eight chapters, four book reviews, and two appendices.

“If you are concerned about the present state of things with respect to the status of God’s word, and would like to have both an insight as to how we got here, and where we need to go from here, this book is good place to start.” (Source)

Theodore Letis Resources: http://www.holywordcafe.com/bible/Letis.html

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