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Black Conservatives Building up Steam With Blexit

The Stream - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 12:16

Its name’s a play on Brexit, Great Britain’s movement to leave the European Union. Its members believe the Democratic Party takes them for granted and does not represent their interests. They’ve become increasingly frustrated in recent years with the Democrats’ letting illegal immigrants into the country, taking jobs away from them. The movement is selling clothing to publicize its efforts.

They call their movement “Blexit.” And they come from the Democratic party’s most loyal voting group. If the group keeps growing, the Democrats are in trouble.

Blexit’s Moving On Out

Blexit is a movement recently formed by black Americans leaving the Democratic Party. It follows the #WalkAway movement, which started earlier this year with Democrats, particularly minorities, deserting the party.

Blexit follows on the heels of the #WalkAway movement, which started earlier this year with Democrats, particularly minorities, deserting the party.

The young black conservative activist Candace Owens of Turning Point USA is leading the movement. She says the Democrats think “black people are meant to think and act within the confines of what white liberals deem acceptable.” She observes, “Across America, black people are beginning to question political orthodoxy.”

Owens calls black voters’ devotion to the Democratic Party the “Democratic plantation.” “For decades, the black community has been in an emotionally abusive relationship with the Democrat Party.” She says the false belief that a larger government might solve problems has led to the breakdown of black families.

This isn’t the way it used to be. When the 13th Amendment ended slavery, blacks voted with the GOP, which they identified as the party of emancipation. They stuck with the GOP as Democrats in the South stood for segregation.

Bigoted Racism

The group’s website contains what it calls “the hard truths about the bigoted racism.” It features stories of famous Democrats engaging in racism. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger said, for example: "Colored people are like human weeds and need to be exterminated." 

Owens says the movement intends to hold rallies in “every major city in America the Democrats have destroyed." They will focus on the 2020 elections. Owens recently held the largest young black conservative summit in Washington, D.C., Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit.

Trump is reaching out to black voters by citing rising economic prospects, record low unemployment among African-Americans, and the need for federal prison reform.

The group seems to be riding a wave of black support for the president. Few expected this. A few days after Owens announced Blexit, Trump’s approval rating with black voters hit an all time high. A Rasmussen Reports poll found that 40 percent of black voters approve of Trump’s performance, while 58 percent disapprove. Trump's approval ratings among blacks was only 15 percent in August of last year.

How is this happening? Trump is reaching out to black voters by citing rising economic prospects, record low unemployment among African-Americans, and the need for federal prison reform. He greeted the young black activists at the White House a couple of weeks ago. "The Democrats are very nervous," he said. "They do nothing for you, and it's supposed to be automatic [black support for Democrats]. But not anymore."

WOW, Young Black kid in Georgia RED Pills reporter, on why he's voting Republican and why he supports President Trump!

This is the greatest video that I've ever seen!#VoteRed #Blexit pic.twitter.com/EvqHdCOZvy

— Leo Dunson (@leodunson) November 6, 2018

There is some controversy over the group’s use of the name “Blexit.” The name was first used by a black liberation group in 2016. It claims ownership of it. However, the original movement doesn’t appear to have gotten much steam.

Kanye West

The hip-hop star Kanye West once supported the movement but has now distanced himself. Owens said he even designed the Blexit logo. West denies it. West catapulted Owens to fame when he praised her in an April 2018 tweet, "I love the way Candace Owens thinks." He has publicly supported Trump and met with him in the Oval Office. He was viciously attacked by the left, hurting his career and business. He says he wants to get back to his music. 

I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn't want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.

— ye (@kanyewest) October 30, 2018

Owens apologized to West after his tweet. However, she said sales are increasing of the apparel. No one has requested a refund. She said they are still friends.

Strangely, a Google search for “Blexit” doesn’t pull up the website in the first page of results. The site doesn’t show up until the fourth page. Negative articles about the movement dominate the top of search results. Other search engines, including Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Yahoo, show the site at the top of search results.

Democrats depend on blacks as a voting block in order to win elections. If Blexit is successful, the loss of this support will be a great blow.

 

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Tucker Carlson Antifa Riot Hints Cuba's Campaign to Export Mob Attacks Is Succeeding

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 12:00
The mob attack on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home this week by radical Marxists – leaving his home with a broken door and vandalized with leftist slogans – has triggered widespread shock on the part of most decent Americans. For those aware of the way “Antifa” elements operate internationally, however, the incident was nothing new. Pro-democracy and right-leaning political activists, journalists, and artists 90 miles from our shores, fighting for their rights in communist Cuba, have faced similar mob attacks on their homes for years. Unlike the Carlson incident, in Cuba, the government actively organizes the mobs. The riots are so common they have a name: actos de repudio, or “acts of repudiation.” In the past several years, since dictator Raúl Castro took over for late dictator brother Fidel, Cuba has endeavored to export the practice of actos de repudio, attacking the presence of dissidents at international summit events, violently beating them in public on foreign soil, and even using mob behavior to silence American diplomats at the United Nations. The incident this week organized by a violent group calling itself “Smash Racism DC” is evidence that, at least among the American left, Cuba’s campaign is succeeding. Babalú Blog, a political

Migrant Knife Killer Tried to Detonate Car Bomb

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 11:32
SYDNEY (AP) - Australia police said Saturday a man who fatally stabbed another and injured two in what they described as an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack in central Melbourne had also planned to set off an explosion.

Blessed are Those Who Have Not Seen and Yet Believe

The Stream - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 11:00

Despite popular opinion, faith isn't believing without evidence. In fact, it's the opposite. Biblical faith is trusting in what you have good evidence to believe is true. And there is plenty of biblical evidence to back this up.

There are some people, however, who have attempted to use the Bible to defend this false understanding of faith. The most common passage cited is the story of the risen Jesus appearing to Thomas. Outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins writes,

Another member of the religious meme complex is called faith. It means blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence. The story of Doubting Thomas is told, not so that we shall admire Thomas, but so that we can admire the other apostles in comparison. Thomas demanded evidence. ... The other apostles, whose faith was so strong that they did not need evidence, are held to us as worthy of imitation.[1]

We're told that Thomas demanded evidence and the other disciples didn't. Moreover, we should denounce the reasonable faith of the former and imitate the blind faith of the latter. After all, Jesus said, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29). So, it is argued, the kind of faith endorsed by the Bible is baseless and unwarranted.

Ironically, this text actually teaches the exact opposite of what Dawkins and others believe. This is fairly easy to demonstrate.

Never Read a Bible Verse

Properly interpreting any isolated verse of Scripture requires an adequate understanding of its context.

Beginning at verse 19, John describes how Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room after His resurrection. However, we're told that Thomas was not present. When Thomas finds out what happened, he does not believe the testimony of the disciples. Rather, he says, "Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe" (John 20:25).

At this point, Thomas has evidence for the resurrection: eyewitness testimony. Unfortunately, Thomas is not content with this evidence. He wants more.

John continues,

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:26-29).

Jesus' response is very important. He describes two groups of people: those who see and believe, and those who never see and believe. All of the disciples saw the risen Jesus and believed.[2] However, the vast majority of Christians who have ever lived have not seen and have come to believe -- including Christians alive today.

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Doesn't this mean that faith isn't based on evidence? Absolutely not! We have a different kind of evidence. We don't get to physically see and touch the wounds of the resurrected Christ, but we have the eyewitness testimony of those who did.

Keep Reading

Most people stop reading at verse 29, but the next two verses are crucial in understanding how evidence and belief work together. Jesus just finished saying, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Then John immediately comments,

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (John 20:30-31; emphasis added.)[3]

Do you see it? This text isn't against evidence for faith. In fact, this text is part of the evidence for faith. There are those who see the evidence and believe, and there are those who read the evidence and believe. But make no mistake; both rest on the firm foundation of the evidence.

John tells us that Jesus did many miracles that were never recorded, but these miracles -- including Jesus' resurrection appearances -- are recorded so that we can read the evidence and respond in faith.

It's ironic that people pick the story of doubting Thomas to show that evidence and belief are at odds since John includes the story for one simple reason: evidence for belief.

Biblical faith is based on evidence. That's what the story of doubting Thomas is all about.

 

Originally appeared at Stand to Reason. Reprinted with permission.

 

[1] Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, 198.

[2] The only disciple who believed before seeing the risen Christ was John. "Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed" (John 20:8).

[3] John writes something very similar at the beginning of his first epistle:

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life -- the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us -- that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us. (1 John 1:1-3b; emphasis added.)

Notice again, John proclaimed the evidence -- what they heard, saw, and touched -- so that those who came after the disciples would believe and have fellowship with them.

First World War Centenary: Remembering the Allies' Animal Helpers

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 10:42
PARIS (AP) - They were messengers, spies and sentinels. They led cavalry charges, carried supplies to the front, and died by the millions during World War I.

First World War Centenary Underway in France

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 10:14
PARIS (AP) - A weekend of commemorations involving dozens of world leaders to mark 100 years since the end of World War I is underway, with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau kicking off the events in France and elsewhere with a visit to a cemetery.

Trump at First World War Centenary: 'Is There Anything Better to Celebrate than the End of a War?'

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:59
PARIS (AP) - In Paris to mark the centennial of World War I, President Donald Trump asked Saturday if there is anything better than celebrating the end of a war.

Mass Migration: Majority of Germans Feel Like 'Stranger in Their Own Country'

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:34
A majority of Germans say the level of mass migration has left them feeling “like a stranger in their own country”, according to a new study.

Trump Gaining Popularity Year-by-Year in France as Macron Plummets

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 09:10
While the popularity of French President Emmanual Macron has seen a steady decline since he took power last year, polls have revealed a steady increase in popularity for U.S. President Donald Trump among the French people.

Military Photo of the Day: Birthday Pageant

The Stream - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 08:00

Marine Corps Birthday Pageant, Camp Pendleton, 10 November 1954.

“Beginning as it was with the first Marine Corps uniforms and on to the present day attire, these Marines depict the progress of the Marine Corps. Camp Pendleton Marines reenacted many of the highlights of the Marine Corps history at the gala pageant stated November 10th the 179th anniversary of the founding of the Corps.”

From the Marion Fischer Collection (COLL/858) at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections

Woodward: The Press Is 'Taking the Bait' and Getting 'Unhinged' over Trump's Attacks

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 05:57
On Friday’s “Overtime” segment of HBO’s “Real Time,” journalist and author Bob Woodward stated that the press is “taking the bait” and getting “all steamy and emotionally unhinged” in its response to President Trump’s attacks on the media. Woodward said, “I think that we’re taking the bait in the press. And Trump is just throwing it out on the table and saying, you know, you’re the enemy of the people. And then we get all steamy and emotionally unhinged about it.” He continued that media outlets should follow up on good stories written by other outlets, which “means lots of work. And, let’s face it, we’ve become lazy, and we have to stop becoming lazy.” Woodward later added that the tax cuts are an example of a story that the media missed. (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Maher: Whitaker Is 'Just a Stooge,' 'That's a Red Line'

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 05:31
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is “just a stooge” who is there to do what President Trump wants, and this is “a red line” and “the slow-moving coup.” After mentioning other things, such as the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that are considered red lines, Maher said, “To me, this Whitaker guy, that’s a red line. When you start putting the top cop of the country as just a stooge, just a guy who’s there to do the bidding of the supreme leader, that’s the slow-moving coup.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Maher: Florida Is 'a Dress Rehearsal' for Trump Not Leaving Office if He Loses in 2020

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 05:30
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher argued that President Trump’s involvement in the election controversy in Florida is “a dress rehearsal” for Trump refusing to leave office if he loses in 2020. Maher stated, “I don’t think he’s leaving, if — even if he loses the election in 2020, and I think what you see going on right now in Florida, there’s this recount. He’s involved. He’s already talking about it a lot. I think that’s a dress rehearsal for what we’re going to see if he does lose in 2020. I do not see a scenario that we’ve seen on January 20th of the next year, where he welcomes the winner graciously.” He later added that reporters should ask other Republicans, “what about two terms for the president, would you come out on record and say there is no situation in which a president can serve more than two terms? If that’s not a red line — and I bet you they hem and haw.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Matt Gaetz to Ask Judge to Hold Brenda Snipes in Contempt of Court

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 04:49
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes is in violation of state transparency laws.

White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro Takes China, Wall Street Globalists to Task

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 04:24
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro took Wall Street globalists and China to task on Friday, blasting them for trying to work against President Trump's efforts to end unfair Chinese trade practices for the good of the American worker.

Short List: 8 Potential 'America First' Candidates for Attorney General

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 02:26
As former Attorney General Jeff Sessions departed the Department of Justice (DOJ), a short list of potential replacements has surfaced in Washington, D.C. 

Incoming House Democrats Promise Same Gun Control That Failed to Stop California Massacre

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 02:25
Incoming House Democrats are promising to push the same gun control that failed to stop the Thousand Oaks, California, massacre.

Ice Cube Targets Trump in Song 'Arrest the President': 'That 'N***a Is Russian Intelligence'

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 01:50
Rap superstar Ice Cube has taken aim at Donald Trump in his latest politically charged song 'Arrest the President,' which fantasizes about arresting the president on grounds of Russian collusion. 

Cato Institute Pollster: Anchor Baby Policy Is 'Core to American Identity'

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 01:28
A Cato Institute pollster says the United States' birthright citizenship policy -- which rewards the children of illegal aliens with automatic U.S. citizenship -- is "core to American identity."

California Wildfire Torches Famed Movie Site, Sends Celebrities Fleeing

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 01:20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California has scorched a historic movie site recently used by the HBO series “Westworld” and forced numerous celebrities to join the thousands fleeing flames that have claimed homes and prompted the total evacuation of the celebrity enclave Malibu.

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