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Wildfires in Santa Rosa and Meaningful Coincidence

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Wildfires in Santa Rosa and Meaningful Coincidence (re-post)

Dear Blog Reader


My half-sister lives in Santa Rosa, California, the site of recent deadly wildfires which claimed over 40 lives and hundreds of billions in damage and destruction. My sister and I have not spoken in probably six years, even though I attempted contact more than a few times during this period. Recently I saw her name appear on someone else’s Facebook page and I sent Donna a “friend request”. The request went nowhere, and her silence really hurt and annoyed me. Strange coincidence that just after the request was ignored, a wildfire of unknown origin breaks out just north of her and my brother-in-law’s house. God’s warning for disrespecting and blowing off this evangelist? I’ve forgiven her, but the coincidence makes a valid point. Carl Jung, famous psychologist, once wrote of the fact of “meaningful coincidences” which are against the odds (the coincidence) and are meaningful in that they impart some message, meaning, sign or warning. Could this be a warning to my sister? Don’t think I’m crazy, I don’t claim to be able to be certain or prove this example of Jung’s “Synchronicity” as he called it. But later I left a message on my sister’s cell phone and when I didn’t hear from her, as I was concerned that the fire had spread to their house, I left a message on my brother in law’s cell. Low and behold, to my astonishment, I received a text message from my brother-in-law (not my sister), which said they were OK, just without power and safe outside of the fire zone. Coincidences like these have followed me since 1999 when my evangelistic ministry began. There are other recent examples. Earlier this year, during the winter, a huge boom shook my hometown, near my section of town, and prompted hundreds of calls to police and firefighters. After a thorough search and contacting military officials and other agencies, no cause could be found for this earth-shaking window-rattling “invisible explosion”. What does that mean? The question is, does the world see the signs, warnings, coincidences and other devastating natural and unnatural disasters that I see, and that are unfolding at a time when the anti-Christ is in power in the U.S. -- and Europe and the world are coming apart at the seams? I’ll list a few of the warnings which are signs that mankind should repent and turn to God and stop fawning over money and materialism: TWA Flight 800 (meaning the Lake of Fire), Air Alaska in late winter 2000(in concert with my “beasts needing Viagra“ analogy), 1st WTC bombing and 9/11 (goes without saying and predicted in my book and earlier during my imprisonment), various earthquakes, myriad wildfires, hurricanes (such as Andrew, Katrina, Sandy, Harvey and Irma), floods, droughts, blackouts at Mass. State prison hospitals (Bridgewater), famines, tsunamis, nuclear and chemical meltdowns, deadly bombings (including Oklahoma City), mass shootings at Columbine, Vegas, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook to name a few, etc. When will our world, and especially the extraordinarily gifted and wealthy America finally realize that we are off course and that God is angry and that there will be hell to pay? Men were the leaders of society and they shoulder most of the blame, as the sex scandals of prominent persons, including Mr. Weinstein, Mr. O’Reilly and the President of the U.S. will attest. Please don’t disregard this warning as I don’t know how long He will withhold His wrath and the Judgement Seat of His Son. Don’t be a goat, become an obedient follower and “deny thyself and take up thy cross.” Although many are skeptical and do not listen, I continue to tell the Truth.


Signed,


Stephen M. Theriault

 

Stephen M. Theriault is the author of The Practical Guide to Real Christianity and is organizer/founder of International Citizens Against Corruption and Overdevelopment, one of many groups he has begun. (on Facebook) and Avenger-Equalizer Blog and The Jesus Report blog on Tumblr.

 

 

P.S. My two former “best friends” were atheists and weren’t always nice to me, blowing me off, criticizing, judging, condemning, like most men. Funny that their last names are “Rotiroti” (round and around in circles), and “Godfrey”. (“God-free” )?. Coincidence, fate, God??? Atheists choose the former, new-agers choose the middle, and I choose the latter.

Southington Native Announces Independent/Unaffiliated Bid for State Senate but Shuts Down Campaign for Lack of Signatures, Asks Voters to Write Him In

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Southington Native Announces Independent/Unaffiliated Bid for State Senate but Shuts Down Campaign for Lack of Signatures, Asks Voters to Write Him In

 Join my campaign Facebook.com page:     SteveTforStateSenate16    

October 9, 2018

SOUTHINGTON, CONN.—An experienced environmentalist and Christian social advocate has thrown his hat in the ring as an independent/unaffiliated petitioning candidate for Connecticut’s 16th District Senate race. Steve Theriault, a mostly life-long resident of Southington had hoped to outpoll the established parties in this District which Chris Murphy once represented and which Joe Markley currently represents. The 16th District includes Southington, Wolcott, parts of Cheshire and Waterbury and all of Prospect. Theriault has a broad array of education and experience but has only run once previously and unsuccessfully, for political office in a Southington municipal race. The unaffiliated candidate spent the month of July and part of August seeking signatures to get on the November 6th ballot. However, upon final count, Theriault was approximately 25 signatures short of the 476 needed to petition his way onto the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate, having collected 501 signatures. Almost 10% of the signatures he personally collected were not from registered voters which Theriault said makes him mad. “Those unregistered people who told me they were registered cost me a place on the ballot and cost the people of the district an honest, independent voice in Hartford.” The candidate says that people who have supported him can still write his name in if they so choose. “Write-in campaigns hardly ever win, but the electorate can show its displeasure with the regular parties by writing in a top-notch independent/unaffiliated candidate like myself,” Theriault said.

 

The candidate said his platform was based on honest, transparency and good government, with financial accountability as one of the most important issues confronting the legislature this year. Theriault also is in favor of fair wages and an increase in the minimum wage to a living wage and fair taxation, with those able to pay shouldering their fair share. He also wants to streamline government and cut waste from the budget. “I call myself a Pro-life progressive” in the sense that I abhor abortion but don’t want to criminalize women who have been wronged by the male establishment for so long, but I want fairness and common sense legislation to replace the special interest politics we have now.”

Theriault has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctor (Law) degree from Western New England University School of Law. Theriault abandoned the practice of law after briefly doing pro bono legal aid work when he lived in Tallahassee, Florida. He has extensive political experience on the front lines—having personally canvassed in Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut for various local, state and national candidates. Theriault also has an extensive volunteer history with local, state and national charities, including pro bono Christian Counseling and evangelism and calls himself a “Christian Environmentalist”. He was Executive Director of the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association in the late 80’s and has worked in Investment Banking, receiving brokerage licenses, and Social Services, rising to Manager of Mental Health Services at Mercy Housing & Shelter Corp. in Hartford supervising 34 employees and 36 residents with serious mental health and addiction issues. A complete and extensive Bio of Theriault’s volunteer and employment experience and his political platform were available on the campaign’s website (shut down on 9/23) at www.stevetforstatesenate16.org. He has posted the platform on his blogsite is www.theavenger.us . He can be contacted at [email protected] or by telephone or text at 860-302-8099 if any registered voter in the District would like more information about the candidate. The candidate says he may try again in 2020!

Stephen M. Theriault is the author of The Practical Guide to Real Christianity and is organizer/founder of International Citizens Against Corruption and Overdevelopment, one of many groups he has begun. (on Facebook) and Avenger-Equalizer blog. Avenger/Equalizer Blog: www.theavenger.us (also on Facebook and Tumblr, as well as TheJesusReport blog found only on Tumblr.) I am @stevetheriault9 on Twitter.com. On Instagram, look for stevetheriault463.

 

Summary Candidate Platform from my State Senate race

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)


State Senate Platform of Steve Theriault (Write-ins still welcome on 11/6)


1. Independence. I am a “Pro-Life Progressive” or a “Conservative-Green-Progressive” who takes the good from each side of the political spectrum. I am independent of the major parties and am running as an unaffiliated candidate. I will vote my conscience and be responsive to the needs of my constituents. No special interests, party funding or corporate or PAC money.

2. Moral values and progressive credentials: As a Christian “Progressive” I plan to work with both parties on issues common to all of us. I have supported progressive candidates in the past (and some conservatives) and I am a fan of Bernie 2020 (although I am don't consider myself a socialist and I am not in 100% agreement with his more radical positions). I cut across the grain and take the good from each side of the political spectrum. Even though I disagree with many of his positions on issues, I got along well with my predecessor in the 16th District, Joe Markley.

3. Good Government. My first order of business is to work to clean up the political system from the evils of corruption, influence-peddling, corporate avarice and special interests of all kinds. I pledge to introduce bills to make sure our legislators work for the people, not well-heeled special interests. I will also strive to make the executive branch accountable. I am a devout Christian and my platform reflects my beliefs and integrity. We must implement nationwide Campaign Finance Reform and overturn Citizens United. I will accept no money or favors from special interests, corporate or other PACs or any other interest which might compromise my objectivity and resolution to represent my constituents and my conscience.

4. Tolls. I reluctantly support the proposed electronic tolling which will receive income from out of state drivers, only if we have an exemption or tax credit to reduce the cost to our own already burdened middle-class taxpayers.

5. Budget trimming and management: I will work to find savings from efficiency and trimming waste from bloated budgets but restoring important programs which truly are necessary for the health and well being of our citizens.

6. Tax fairness. Taxation should not burden the working and middle classes. The wealthy and corporations should pay their fair share of the tax burden, while providing for a positive climate for job growth. Also, we must end unfair corporate subsidies. Corporate “welfare” and various tax breaks or other “special” incentives often are political motivated by corrupt influence and short-term, selfish, greedy thinking.

7. Wage and income fairness. Women and men should make the same amount for the same work and the minimum wage should be a living wage. Paid family and medical leave and sick leave should be mandatory.

8. Environmental Protection. Thirdly, I will work on protecting and conserving our precious environment, an issue with which I am knowledgeable and concerned. We must guard our resources, natural areas, bio-diversity, shoreline and Sound, rivers and lakes, clean air, inland and coastal wetlands as well as to work to reduce carbon emissions and protect ourselves from climate change.

9. Government for All the People, including the undocumented. I will tolerate no deviance from a policy of government honesty, openness, integrity, fairness, and compassion toward all our citizens and residents. I believe those “illegally” in residence in our State deserve our compassion and caring.

10. Gun Violence: We must close the loopholes to universal background checks and we must find a way to limit access to assault -type weapons and cop-killer bullets. School shootings must stop.

11. Financial reform. I will also work, to ensure that our financial, banking, insurance and investment sectors made to work for the consumer and small business borrower.

12. Educational Excellence for all Students. I will also begin to look closely at our educational system and the tax-dollars which support it. Education begins in the family and in the values of our citizens, not in expensive new equipment, programs and facilities. Schools, colleges and universities should be teaching our students how to think, solve problems, and take responsibility. Public education and teachers should be supported and encouraged to provide quality education to all students, regardless of financial or cultural background. We should support our public education collective bargaining rights.

13. Legal reforms: I believe through experience that our legal system is corrupt, inefficient and works for the benefit of lawyers’ incomes, not the public for whom it was designed to serve. The system is inexorably slow, fraught with confusion, waste, and double-talk. I will work to ensure that bills get passed which make the law work for the average citizen and small business owner, rather than the large corporations who can afford large-well-connected law firms.

14. Criminal justice and abortion: I abhor abortion and do not believe capital punishment is effective or ethical, as practiced. We are often hypocritical in punishing minor “street” crimes, for political reasons, harshly, while letting major illegal activities (i.e. white collar crimes) go unpunished or underpunished. Although I detest the termination of an unborn child's life, I do not believe we should criminally punish women and therefore, I am not calling for overturning Roe v. Wade. Reproductive education and reasonable efforts at controlling pregnancies with contraception should be implemented instead.

15. Mental Health and Addiction: We need insurers and providers to ensure that we as a society provide prompt and effective counseling, medication and treatment for mental illness and substance abuse and dependence.

16. Organized labor and labor legislation. I believe unions can play a useful and positive role in our economy and that the law should ensure everyone access to reasonable pay and working conditions.

17. The Opioid Crisis: We must improve our delivery of drug treatment to those suffering from this terrible addiction, as we should increase all addiction services to the extent feasible. We must also hold the pharmaceutical companies accountable and doctors and pharmacists as well for over-prescribing pain medication which has become as available as candy.

18. Trumpism: People are constantly asking me whether I voted for or support or like our current President, Donald J. Trump. To be honest, I don't like virtually any of his policies, programs and I especially abhor his lack of truthfulness and integrity. His flirtation with dictatorial leaders such as Putin and others and his vilification of our own justice department and intelligence communities speaks volumes. I did not vote for Trump, nor do I support him and I will work to oust him in 2020. I believe strongly that evangelicals and women who voted for or supported Trump are making a grave mistake.

19. Veterans affairs: I support a strong defense and I am totally disgusted with the way our returning Veterans are treated. PTSD/mental health problems leading to Veterans' suicides must be addressed both with additional funding and legislation. Health care services and other services for Veterans must be top-notch and speedy and medically effective and efficient. Any less would be a national travesty.

20. Political correctness: I plan to tell the public and my constituents the truth regardless of whether it is offensive (within reason) or controversial. In my work as a Christian, the truth always wins in the end.

21. Gambling: I do not support expanding public gambling in the State, and that includes opposing new casinos or any other form of gambling including lotteries. Our reliance on the government revenue from public gaming and lotteries is regressive and is an excessive reliance on a form of activity which is of questionable value to our society. The love of money is the root of all evil.

22. Gay Marriage and LGBQT Rights: I support civil unions and civil rights for all sexual orientations. However, I do strongly believe that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation. This issue has been settled by the U.S. Supreme Court and I stand with its decision as binding precedent.

 

Mea Culpa, with justification

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)


October 1, 2018

Original production date March 12, 2018

Mea Culpa, with justification

(let’s end the politically correct witch hunt as I’m not DJT)


Dear Fellow Human Being:

Yeah, I’m human. I’ve done some things “wrong”. But I’m not a “witch” and in no way am I similar to Donald Trump. Humans are imperfect, aren’t they? Even Jesus said, when he was addressed as “good teacher” that “There is none good but God.” (Mark 10:18) As I aspire to lead, in whatever capacity God so chooses, I must proactively come clean to prevent my distant and not so distant past, and my many enemies, from clouding the picture of my role and my awesome abilities. When you’re an evangelist, you need to have all your sins and mistakes confessed, forgiven and justified. (One must be redeemed by the blood.) I’ve received that and more. I’m going to exclude so-called minor sins from my youth before I was 18 years old because I wasn’t of the age to fully understand the world or God’s plan for my life. In my late 20’s I sinned against a girl named Dianne by touching her inappropriately and I’ve done some lewd things like masturbate in public in my younger days until like most of us I realized I would get caught. I was a quiet, shy and sexually repressed (at least on the surface) young man who wanted love and had not a girlfriend or romantic relationship until I was nearly 25 years old. God has forgiven and justified me for my so-called sins. I actually confessed the Dianne episode to the State’s Attorney who declined to do anything as no complaint had been made and the statute of limitations had run. The reason I confessed this sin in the first place was not that I had been caught but that the Holy Spirit had “convicted” me in Tallahassee in 1996. (The first step in repenting and being born again. See John 8:9 and various treatises on the subject.) One’s conscience can convict oneself or the Holy Spirit convicts, though the two are hard to tell apart sometimes. The reasons I say I’m justified with Dianne is that 1) she was a stunning beauty who I cared for, 2) we were in a strange sort of threesome with my girlfriend Sue, Dianne’s best friend, traveling and camping together, the three of us. (This happened many years ago, prior to 1989) Diane would kiss me on the lips, touch me lovingly, and Dianne even asked Sue if we could have a full-blown sexual threesome! Also, years afterward, I profusely apologized to her and explained that I had loved her all these years, and I meant it. (I love all people) That doesn’t totally excuse my behavior, but it does not only explain, but in God’s eyes “justifies” it, that is, “just as if I’d never sinned.” (See Romans 8:30, Matthew 12:37, Acts 13:39, Romans 3:24, 28 and various treatises on Christian justification) I also confessed this sin (and the others) to two priests and to psychiatrists, Forgiven, case closed. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) And also some minor accusations of sexual harassment which were never more than innuendo and were dropped. I was trying to be affectionate and loving, unlike other men, who operate only out of their machismo and inflated egos. I love everyone from the young to the old and male and female and even animals and trees and plants. The accusations by my wicked sister and my confused mother that I am a pedophile or predator are ridiculous and are false judgments and condemnations by two women who hate heterosexual men. My sister defamed me by claiming I was being “investigated by the police for child pornography”, which was patently false and which was confirmed by detectives.) This defamatory statement caused me ultimately to be suspended from teaching catechism at our local church. I assert and I cannot lie, I am not a child predator nor a pedophile in the derogatory usage. I would never harm a child of God.


That is why I am justified and the “last man standing” while other men (and possibly a few wicked women) will have an all-expense paid trip to the “Resort at Fire Lake” complete with all you can fry Fire & Brimstone bar. And for my satanic sister and mother’s accusations, I say that Helen, our housekeeper, is a hypocrite as she used to grab me without my “permission” and hug me and kiss me and she told me at least 4 or more times that she “loved me” and then I absent-mindedly touched her shoulder in genuine affection and she says (with promptings from my sister, who is truly to blame for this false accusation) I “assaulted” her? (this supposed event happened over 3 years ago and she was so “traumatized” that for two Christmases, she still gave me gifts!) My sister, who is out to destroy my ministry, keeps inciting her to exaggerate and dwell on the past. I, for one, do not believe in adultery. Forgiven, case closed. (all these forgiven “sins” assume Godly repentance which is true remorse and change of attitude and heart) Note from previous articles: There is only one unforgivable sin, that is “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit”, “ (See Mark 3:29) “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation” which has been done in spades by my enemies, not by me. If you don’t understand what this sin is, look it up.


The End of Intimacy?


We are becoming so politically correct and intolerant of intimacy and touching that soon we will all be living in our own bubbles! One woman told me that a “romantic friendship”, i.e. “Friends With Benefits,” arrangement was “creepy!” (I guess she prefers a dishonest, pseudo-romantic friendship) Should I even mention my former haircutter Stacy? Over three years ago, I made a comment that she had pretty feet. You’d think I tried to rape her or kill her. She bad-mouthed me around the beauty shop, and maybe around town. And then there’s my “satanic (adopted) sister. ‘I’ll hold off on a full discussion of her defamation (which has made it hard for me to volunteer) as I tried going to court to get a restraining order against Denise, which was gutlessly denied, even though the judge apparently took my affidavit as true). As for my “felony conviction” in 2000, I was patently innocent and I felt forced to plead guilty (to stalking/harassment) in Pennsylvania only because I knew I wouldn’t get a fair trial and I was offered freedom and probation (after having served six months in Bridgewater State Hospital prison in Massachusetts, where I was locked up with gang criminals and murderers, and put in solitary) (See my blog article and the accompanying Reader’s Digest article on innocent people making plea deals.) The amazing thing is that not only was there a lack of malicious intent, but I was actually trying to save and help this so-called victim, who was so evil that she went after me to cover up her illegal S&M business, including prostitution, tax evasion, illegal drug use, unlawful restraint, aggravated physical and sexual assault, and most likely perjury, bribery and corruption! Likewise, I assert that the Cedarcrest State Hospital episode (2008-09) (photos of God’s beautiful creatures and claims of justification on my website which a stuffy psychologist called “unreasonable”;) was institutional and government overreach and persecution of an innocent evangelist, in violation of my first amendment (and other) rights. Psychology and the justice system just doesn’t get it!


Hypocrisy and a World that Just Doesn’t Get It!


With a Godly man like myself being is being accused of vague “inappropriate behavior” for trying to be affectionate and loving as a Christian is commanded to do, women and many men become totally hypocritical when they condemn sexual misconduct, much of a minor nature, and yet support the holocaust of abortion of millions of unborn children. One abortion rights activist stated that she was “glad that we had a report that over 2 million unborn children were aborted.” That meant to her that the constitutional right to abortion was “alive and well”, no pun intended. How can we condemn a pat on the shoulder or a random comment when we willfully kill our unborn children before they have a chance to even have an opinion on their own fate? And as I stated previously, we seem to want to maximize, rather than minimize, the harm done to women and children, wanting to make political every “bad act” by men to ensure that women are in a morally superior position in order to take over power. However, to their credit, women are far more faithful than men. Therefore, this diatribe is aimed at women only to the extent that they are hypocritical in coming after me, the One who is on their side and offers them an assessment which will condemn most men and bring about the Kingdom of Heaven, which women would welcome if they understood its true composition. We must put aside our mistrust of God and wait for the fulfillment of the covenant of grace which is impending.


Justification, Forgiveness and Making Amends


During and later in my "conversion" experience, to further save me from God’s judgement, I did what the twelve step programs call "making amends", as best I could, in 1998-99 prior to starting Spread the Word Ministries. I contacted all those I may have hurt in my life and expressed my remorse and sorrow for having offended them. I did what I could to make things right. That's all a Christian can do, and it leads to forgiveness and justification, and of course salvation, as described earlier. Also, this whole process is known as being "redeemed" by the blood of Christ. Redemption comes only from repentance through true remorse. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world (merely being sorry you got caught) worketh death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10, parentheses added) Also, Jesus and the New Testament call us to a higher law, that is the “law of love.” In fact, if someone truly loves, they are not under the law or the ten commandments, which was merely the summary of the Old Testament’s legalistic approach. “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8) I state categorically that I love all men and women, boys, girls and nature and animals, with all my heart, mind soul and strength, as I love God and my enemies. Therefore, I have “fulfilled the law”! This is justification and redemption!


The Over-Sexualizing of Society (from my forthcoming blog/article)


Our highly technologically-linked society is a communications juggernaut when it comes to imparting values relating to sexuality and relationships. Advertising, TV, movies and other media portray sexuality and relationships in a casual and morally hazy and ambivalent light. Young people watch these portrayals and learn that sex is not sacred, nor tied to love or committed relationships and is now considered a sport, where orgasms are not loving or holy but mere quantitative “highs” like an opiate high. This decimation of sexuality comes with so much focus on sex that we are “turned on” every time we look at TV, movies, magazines or other media. I’m not saying we can or should go back to the mid -19th century, as the conservative, fundamental Baptists and other conservative sects try to do, but we need to learn to reclaim some of our modesty, such as the recent focus on girls (and boys) retaining their virginity until marriage, or at least until maturity. Does anyone wonder why there is so many sexual offenders? Girls dress like whores and get drunk at bars. That, of course, does not give these despicable men license to abuse, but if we want to reduce the rate of sexual offenses and recidivism, we have to look at how females portray themselves in public. We have to face it, that bikini-clad females do elicit a response in males and that is not bad in and of itself. But we must be cognizant of the response and make sure that public shows of sexuality are reasonable and appropriate. In other words, if we want men and boys to act appropriately, women and girls must do likewise. Anything else is just hypocrisy. Sexuality and relationships should not be used as weapons! And obviously sex and love should not be separate entities but should gel and produce real, deep romantic and intimate and Godly relationships.


Summary


Like I mentioned in my last blog, I have been touched and fondled without my permission many times by women (and rarely men) and I did not ever make a “federal case“ out of it and in each case I let it go. Women are on an ill-fated witch hunt for sexual predators. Trust that God knows the “witches” from the good guys and will punish those who truly deserve it with unquenchable fire. Let’s end the witch hunt and leave it to God. With Trump as President (the most powerful man in the world! (gasp!), can we really judge men on minor offenses as not worthy of their important positions? I could see men with numerous infractions and more serious offenses being taken down totally, but just minor touching of adult women??? (I know it’s hard to define what is major and minor) They probably should be punished in some form but their careers and lives totally ruined? Why don’t we tie a rope around their neck and attach a heavy rock and throw them in the ocean? That’s the only thing worse than a life sentence for hugging! From my recent Tweet: Current attacks on men for "sexual misconduct" sets the equivalent of a life sentence for even very slight offenses. We should not condemn without discerning the severity of the inappropriate behavior and the extent of extenuating circumstances including sincere repentance.


Conclusion


Again, is our goal to destroy our ability to do good in the world, and are we a Christian or at least a forgiving nation? The #MeToo/#Time’sUp movement is becoming self-righteous and sanctimoniously hypocritical and might be accused of piling on, except that the vast majority of the men involved deserve their punishment because they have treated women like dirt (failure to love) and have not repented, and have no real remorse, most of their apologies being mere pro forma. Does the world want only unrepentant and phony “strategic liars” to rule our media, businesses and government? Or do we want a justified and glorified and totally truthful and Godly, benevolent Man to lead us? A Man who loves everyone unconditionally! That Man’s coming is imminent and His name is Jesus and I for one will continue to tell the Truth, whether people listen or not.

Signed,

Stephen M. Theriault

Stephen M. Theriault is the author of The Practical Guide to Real Christianity and is organizer/founder of International Citizens Against Corruption and Overdevelopment, one of many groups he has begun. (on Facebook) and Avenger-Equalizer blog. Avenger/Equalizer Blog: www.theavenger.us (also on Facebook and Tumblr, as well as TheJesusReport blog found only on Tumblr.) I am @stevetheriault9 on Twitter.com.

 


More Reasons We Need Jesus!

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

More Reasons We Need Jesus!

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. (Romans 1:22)


Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7)


For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. (1 Corinthians 3:19)


'Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.' (Romans 1:29-32)


I wrote of all the problems people and the planet face in the 21st century in my previous article and how people felt that they are able to take care of themselves. I pointed to the many problems our society faces but I failed to address the reason so many of our middle-class, average’ folks do not see the need for the help of the Savior. Having done a lot of door-to-door canvassing in past years, I see a lot of neighborhoods, yards and houses. Most of those in the middle class or upper-middle neighborhoods are amazingly pristine, well-manicured, landscaped and decorated. These yards and homes are like “little heavens”. The large amounts of time and money put into these “castles” point to a problem. How many hours of hard-work, away from the family, are these bread-winners, male and female, putting in to afford their “little slice of heaven”? How many hours of traffic jams commuting? How many missed little-league games, soccer games, school plays, etc.? America has a culture which is based on the faulty Protestant work ethic. That ethic says if you are financially and otherwise successful you demonstrate your worthiness as a Christian. In other words, work very hard in order to be saved-- but in Ephesians we learn that we are saved through grace, not from works, lest any many should BOAST. (See Ephesians 2:8 - 9) What are spectacular yards but items to be boasted of! Materialism and greed have become rampant in this post biblical, post-modern, post- Judeo-Christian society. Are we becoming a new corrupt, decadent, ultra-materialistic Roman Empire where false Gods merely are there to provide us with material comforts and to defeat our perceived enemies? We are making a hell out of our planet, the only we one know, by trying to sell our souls to have just a little heaven in our personal “castles”. “Home despots” (my father’s term) are those that are selfish and fail to love their neighbors and enemies.


Back to the initial passages from above. We are so arrogant that we really think we are wise! Not only are we fools, but we try to learn more and more nonsense while ignoring the Truth that is right in front of us. “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7)


When I came to be born again, I realized that I didn’t know everything!!! Learning is fine, but we need to be pointed in the right direction. Science is trying hard to destroy God and to discredit even intelligent design, let alone creationism. I’m studying a college-level Biology book at the moment, and the first few chapters, I’ve found at least three allusions to attacks on intelligent design as foolish malarkey. Luckily, there are a minority of scientists (like the late Albert Einstein) who at least leave open the possibility of God and higher spiritual truths.


Corrupted Government


Our so-called elected government is so corrupt and arrogant that they expect payment for special consideration by special interests in order to “justify” going against the moral and public good. Look at the oil, gas and coal industries. Look at the gun manufacturers’ puppet NRA. The former oppose all attempts to shift away from carbon pollution to alternative energy sources, and the latter wants to arm citizens with cop-killer bullets.


And give teachers M-16s so they can kill intruders armed most likely with weapons they shouldn't even possess!! Back in the 50s, Taylor Caldwell wrote of ancient Rome around the time of and just after Christ in this way. “Rome is not my Rome, the Rome of my ancestors. The Founding Fathers are forgotten, or mentioned only when some politician wishes more infamy. The days of fortitude, faith, and character are gone forever, and the days of courage and discipline. Why then do I struggle? Because it is in the nature of a free man to struggle against slavery and lies. If he falls, then he has fallen in a good fight, if hopeless.” Caldwell, Taylor, Dear and Glorious Physician, p. 177. Likewise, I come to you with the hard Truth to struggle against lies and hypocrisy.


The Namby-Pamby Fearful World of Political Correctness and Other Pretensions


For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)


Our conventional culture is become more and more fearful and politically correct. Any celebrity or person of note who dares make the mistake of saying something which can be construed as controversial risks losing their job and their very livelihood and reputation!


I’ve spoken before of Al Franken, drummed out of the Senate, and now even Roseanne Barr is ostracized from Hollywood for one seemingly racist tweet! Even Seventh Heaven’s Stephen Collins has been blackballed because he admitted that many years ago he touched a child inappropriately. Is there no “statute of limitations” on destroying one’s reputation and career? Could we chastise or otherwise punish them without destroying their entire career and reputation in one fell swoop? Who among their accusers is sinless?


As I’ve tweeted and attributed to my earthly father, “I’ll show you a man (or woman) who never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who never did anything.” Remember the Prodigal Son? And the adulterous woman who was being stoned? They were forgiven. Jesus forgave his tormentors and murderers on the Cross at Calvary and God forgave us all through faith in His Son and the power of the Resurrection. Stephen forgave his persecutors who were stoning him to death! Paul was forgiven for his persecution of the early Christians in Israel and was made the chief apostle to the Gentiles! Peter denied Christ three times and misunderstood the necessity of Scriptural fulfillment, but he was not only forgiven but given the keys to the early Church. Fear has a way of making otherwise rational and sensible people do terrible things to their neighbors. Let alone that we’re to love our enemies! There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18) So therefore, the fearful are not just to be pitied but will end up with eternal punishment! But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8) Do you think we might need Jesus?


Do we want to reduce public life to carefully scripted sound bites and dull, programmatic and censored dialogue or do we want robust, honest debate on controversial issues? I for one must rebuke the #MeToo and other judgmental and condemning approaches to punishing past sins as ridiculous, anti-Christian and terribly wasteful of legitimate talent. We should forgive as we are forgiven, said Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew, chapter 6). People are becoming afraid to speak their mind and to risk public approbation. Enough is enough. God knows our failings and sins and even gross and repeated mistakes. We can weigh the crimes and sins of others and be merciful just as we expect our sins and failings to be met with mercy and forgiveness. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (Luke 6:37) Those fearful, busybodies who publicly and privately criticize everyone and everything have led to the “Donald Trump revolution” and we are the worse as a culture for its horrible occurrence. Remember, Al Franken was a champion of women’s and minorities civil rights. Who replaces him? And who after this believes we don’t need a Savior?

Signed,


Stephen M. Theriault

Stephen M. Theriault is the author of The Practical Guide to Real Christianity and is organizer/founder of International Citizens Against Corruption and Overdevelopment, one of many groups he has begun. (on Facebook) and Avenger-Equalizer blog. Avenger/Equalizer Blog: www.theavenger.us (also on Facebook and Tumblr, as well as TheJesusReport blog found only on Tumblr.) I am @stevetheriault9 on Twitter.com. Steve recently threw his hat into the ring, unsuccessfully, as a petitioning/independent/unaffiliated candidate for CT State Senate, 16th District with his website: www.stevetforstatesenate16.org

 

Gutless Police Prove their Mettle in Threatening Dispute

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Gutless Police Prove their Mettle in Threatening Dispute

On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, I was out mowing the lawn and came in for a drink and was verbally attacked because my mother and sister didn’t like the letter from the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities following up the Discrimination Complaint I filed in August prior to the hearing for Eviction which my mother did against me living in my childhood home. Wednesday, my mother became verbally abusive and told me that she was going to “charge him for the lawyer’s fees to defend the complaint” and intimated that she would “disinherit me” which was echoed by her daughter, my sister (who I call Satanic Sister), who twice threatened me that she was going to “bash in your head” and “I don’t care who knows, I’m going to kill you,” after which she added, “If you say anything against my mother, I will kill you. The police after a long discussion with me at the Southington Police HQ declined to arrest and prosecute my sister Denise, which I find a particularly gutless action by a gutless police force.

[I wanted to add this caveat. My sister isn’t always harsh and abusive to me. About 5 to 10% of the time, she is somewhat nice. For example, last Friday, she gave me a few bucks to go out in the evening and get a beer. Usually I go and drink water. But the problem is these nice periods which used to be up to 30% of the time have shrunk to 10% or less. I call my sister a “shapeshifter” because her lies and “crimes” seem not to register on her conscience and she denies many of them outright. I believe it is possible she has Dissociative Identity Disorder and Borderline personality as well as an anger issue which she projects on me and some anti-social personality tendencies. (she wants Trump dead and now she has proven she wants me dead, too) I am not trying to trash her, just to get her to accept me, good and bad, and live with me. But she has convinced our mother to evict me and maybe disinherit me and the date of eviction is October 15th, though I hope to be out of here and away from these “people of the lie” as soon as possible. The judge during the restraining order hearing (which I filed last December against my sister), though denying the order, said if they attempted to evict me, it would be “a mess.” It is a mess as I am trying to do good (see my Bio at www.theavenger.us) and they seem to think stopping me from volunteering and evicting me during my now discontinued election campaign for State Senate is somehow helping me.  Her lies, half-truths and innuendo about me have defamed my character and made it hard for me to volunteer or obtain local employment. She denies spreading innuendo about me, but she’s telling outright lies and half-truths, on Facebook. The thing is, all the things she attacks me for are older than 3 years, some more than 25 years old. My mother is generally polite but a good portion of the time she is negative and critical and implicitly eggs on Denise, her silence a tacit endorsement of the evil lies and attacks. While Denise is abusive 90% of the time, mother is only critically negative about half, though recently she has “gone over to the dark side” and given in to my sister’s desire to have me evicted, blaming me with the state social worker, as if my sister’s hatred is my fault. I sat there at dinner, as my mother will attest, and my sister will curse and call me “worthless piece of shit” and f****ing asshole, etc” I try to be nice and turn the other cheek, but occasionally she really gets my goat and I respond to defend myself. She also lies like a rug and then accuses me, the most honest person in America, of being a liar! (I’m still doing the lawn, etc.(not “jack shit” as she accuses me of) I can often de-escalate the situation but that usually doesn’t last for long. Denise has trouble letting go of the past and healing, to say the least. (she claims not to be mentally ill.)

My sister has consistently perpetrated emotional abuse, cursing, backstabbing, badmouthing, belittling and harassment, continued criminal acts such as vandalism, destruction of my property, various thefts of items of value, theft of delivered packages, destruction of my $60 headphones last June, adulterating my beverage, etc., throwing bleach on my colored clothes, destroying them, etc.]

You get the picture, the police are, by not arresting Denise, tacitly encouraging, like my mother, illegal and defamatory behavior including crimes against me and my property. Why do we pay taxes to support a police force who does nothing?

 

Steve Theriault

 

Contrary to Popular Opinion, We Need Jesus!

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Contrary to Popular Opinion, We Need Jesus!

 

I recently posted (on my Avenger-Equalizer Tumblr blog site and webpage) an article from the Wall Street Journal called “The Enlightenment Is Working” which claimed that “The world has improved by every measure of human flourishing over the past two centuries, and the progress continues, writes Steven Pinker.” Mr. Pinker calls those who see problems in our world “nay-sayers and prophets of gloom and doom.” Needless to say, the world has improved in many areas and in many ways. However, to say that the world “has improved by every measure of human flourishing” is grossly over-stating reality and the increasing problems we have in our troubled society. Whether genocide (Jews, Japanese nuclear bomb victims, Bosnians Serbs, Rwandan Tutsis, unborn children) or violent gun deaths as a symptom of our increasingly depressed and dysfunctional (and superficial, lazy and dishonest) society, such as the increasing number of suicides, many by our own returning veterans, drug overdoses due to opioids and other drugs and the increasingly medicated society we live in with a large percentage of our population on anti-depressants, opiates for pain and relaxation, anti-anxiety drugs and anti-psychotics. There is still considerable hunger and poverty in the world, including in this country, though, as Pinker correctly points out, some of the percentages are a bit lower, though hunger has hardly been eradicated. Anyone who doubts this should visit a soup kitchen in major metropolitan areas or take a “country road” into Appalachia in the mountains of West Virginia. A recent series of articles in the Los Angeles Times pointed out that the homeless population is skyrocketing in L.A. and surrounding areas! With shrinking municipal, state and federal budgets, there are less shelters and substance abuse and mental health treatment centers vital to reducing the homeless population. And developers won’t develop low-income housing unless government steps in and provides money and incentives and planning boards end the racist and anti-poverty exclusionary zoning. Of course, there’s also pollution of the air, land, ocean, lakes and rivers, loss of forests and natural areas and vital wetlands due to over-development, water shortages due to over pumping of dry ecosystems, viral contagions, hunger, wildfires and flooding due to poor development decisions, pointless wars, threat of nuclear annihilation, torture, terrorism, etc. I’m not even counting acts of God such as earthquakes, certain floods and wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, etc. Yes, we (even the poor) have more technology, money, leisure time, material goods, consumer luxuries and digital electronics including computers, tablets, phones, etc. but if our material wealth and luxurious consumerism is making us so happy, why are we so depressed and anxious and suicidal?? If our wars and wartime mentality is so just and wonderful, why are our soldiers coming home with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) so severe they commit suicide or end up in mental institutions? And if the #MeToo/#Time’sUP movement can be believed, women are increasingly the victims of sexual abuse, assault and harassment and child-directed sex crimes are rampant. Racism, sexism, classism, extreme nationalism and other forms of discrimination and xenophobia are not going away, actually these abhorrent events are going up in number since Trump took office. This is true even though we constantly focus on these issues in the press and in our national and world conversation! How has our increasingly technological, scientific and rational enlightenment been a boon to all these “victims” of the modern and post-modern world? Is our namby-pamby and Pollyannaish press simply glorifying the mundane and crass parts of the world economy which produce money, excess wealth and material luxuries? Our computer and cellphone literacy has skyrocketed, while reading comprehension and knowledge of history, geography, literature, languages, etc., continues to decline and math scores fall well below other developed nations. Our texting prowess has soared while our relationships and marriages flounder in increasing dysfunction. Do people talk directly to one another anymore? Clearly a significant part of our population is being left behind in the “enlightened” flourishing! Unemployment is becoming entrenched for many minority groups (many of all races have left the workforce entirely), while poor and depressed areas in our country and in the third world are an embarrassment when we have corporate CEO’s making over $50 million per year and we have individuals with a net worth over $120 billion, while poor and working-class families struggle to survive on the federal minimum wage which is still under $8 per hour! I’ve recently read books by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, both titans of the progressive cause, and they cite the increasingly extreme statistics of wealth inequality and the fact that even the so-called middle class is being squeezed. Our tax code and all our laws and corporate bailouts have caused our economic growth to go to the top 1% of wealthy people in this country (could anyone actually use $123 billion?), while the poor and middle class stagnate and fall further behind the so-called American “dream”? It’s even worse in other less-developed nations. Still think we don’t need a Savior?

Some say that our sophisticated technological fixes will solve our world’s pollution and environmental problems, but as we continue to over-develop, can we keep up? Scientists say the earth is heating up and that we could see an increase in extinction of rare species and increasing sea-level rise (especially if major Antarctic ice shelves melt) which could inundate low lying areas and destroy whole communities and ecosystems. We have already lost over 50% of our coastal and inland wetlands (which provide wildlife and aquatic habitat, nutrient storage, pollution filtration and flood control) throughout the world, and we’ve lost a large percentage of our vital coastal mangrove forests (which harbor fish and other sea life and provide vital nutrients and shoreline stabilization) and we are losing coral reefs (vital habitat for fish and other aquatic life) to pollution and development. And we cannot manufacture healthy, natural ecosystems, mangrove forests, reefs, wilderness and wetlands. In some areas of America and other countries, we are losing, to callous greed and over-development, virgin forests and buffers for rivers and lakes as well as open space for suburban and urban populations which are a vital place for wildlife to thrive and for harried workers to decompress. There are less and less untouched old-growth forests left and roadless areas are being impinged by recreational and energy exploitation. Rather than conserve energy and oil, we want to destroy the last vestiges of wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska! Don’t you think that Jesus could make a big difference in our environment?

I hear people constantly complaining about this problem and that problem, but when a Savior is mentioned, they almost invariably say “I don’t need any help” or “I can take care of myself.” These answers show pride and ego and an unwillingness to confront the reality that this world is pointed in the wrong direction and in need of Godly intervention. Do we want a “Heavenly Kingdom”? Or will we settle for a depressing, polluted and over-developed, heavily medicated “hell on earth.” With Global Warming we won’t need even to go “down there”! If you look online or in the bookstore, there are literally tens of thousands of self-help and psychology books and thousands more inspirational and spiritual guides. But self-help and inspirational guides are only as good as how they are put to use, much as the Bible and in particular, the New Testament is as good as one puts the commands of Jesus into practice! Greed, selfishness and hedonism have gotten us into the predicament we are in. Therefore, we must not only know the Truth, but we must put the Truth into practice every day. As Jesus said, “Deny thyself and take up thy cross and follow me.”

Signed,

Stephen M. Theriault

Stephen M. Theriault is the author of The Practical Guide to Real Christianity and is organizer/founder of International Citizens Against Corruption and Overdevelopment, one of many groups he has begun. (on Facebook) and Avenger-Equalizer blog. Avenger/Equalizer Blog: www.theavenger.us (also on Facebook and Tumblr, as well as TheJesusReport blog found only on Tumblr.) I am @stevetheriault9 on Twitter.com.

 

P.S. I strongly assert that if it were not for Jesus’ intervention, we would long ago have destroyed the earth with nuclear war. Pray He keeps His finger on the button preventing our annihilation. I continue to tell the Truth whether or not people are listening.

 

 

The Enlightenment Is Working

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The Enlightenment Is Working

THE SATURDAY ESSAY (Wall Street Journal)


*Read Steve Theriault’s dissent after the article


Don’t listen to the gloom-sayers. The world has improved by every measure of human flourishing over the past two centuries, and the progress continues, writes Steven Pinker.

 

By Steven Pinker


Feb. 9, 2018 10:49 a.m. ET


For all their disagreements, the left and the right concur on one thing: The world is getting worse. Whether the decline is visible in inequality, racism and pollution, or in terrorism, crime and moral decay, both sides see profound failings in modernity and a deepening crisis in the West. They look back to various golden ages when America was great, blue-collar workers thrived in unionized jobs, and people found meaning in religion, family, community and nature.

 

Such gloominess is decidedly un-American. The U.S. was founded on the Enlightenment ideal that human ingenuity and benevolence could be channeled by institutions and result in progress. This concept may feel naive as we confront our biggest predicaments, but we can only understand where we are if we know how far we’ve come.


You can always fool yourself into seeing a decline if you compare rose-tinted images of the past with bleeding headlines of the present. What do the trajectories of the nation and world look like when we measure human well-being over time with a constant yardstick? Let’s look at the numbers (most of which can be found on websites such as OurWorldinData, HumanProgress and Gapminder).


Consider the U.S. just three decades ago. Our annual homicide rate was 8.5 per 100,000. Eleven percent of us fell below the poverty line (as measured by consumption). And we spewed 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide and 34.5 million tons of particulate matter into the atmosphere.


Fast forward to the most recent numbers available today. The homicide rate is 5.3 (a blip up from 4.4 in 2014). Three percent of us fall below the consumption poverty line. And we emit four million tons of sulfur dioxide and 20.6 million tons of particulates, despite generating more wealth and driving more miles.


Globally, the 30-year scorecard also favors the present. In 1988, 23 wars raged, killing people at a rate of 3.4 per 100,000; today it’s 12 wars killing 1.2 per 100,000. The number of nuclear weapons has fallen from 60,780 to 10,325. In 1988, the world had just 45 democracies, embracing two billion people; today it has 103, embracing 4.1 billion. That year saw 46 oil spills; 2016, just five. And 37% of the population lived in extreme poverty, barely able to feed themselves, compared with 9.6% today. True, 2016 was a bad year for terrorism in Western Europe, with 238 deaths. But 1988 was even worse, with 440.


The headway made around the turn of the millennium is not a fluke. It’s a continuation of a process set in motion by the Enlightenment in the late 18th century that has brought improvements in every measure of human flourishing.


Start with the most precious resource, life. Through most of human history, continuing into the 19th century, a newborn was expected to live around 30 years. In the two centuries since, life expectancy across the world has risen to 71, and in the developed world to 81.


When the Enlightenment began, a third of the children born in the richest parts of the world died before their fifth birthday; today, that fate befalls 6% of the children in the poorest parts. In those countries, infectious diseases are in steady decline, and many will soon follow smallpox into extinction.


The poor may not always be with us. The world is about a hundred times wealthier today than it was two centuries ago, and the prosperity is becoming more evenly distributed across countries and people. Within the lifetimes of most readers, the rate of extreme poverty could approach zero. Catastrophic famine, never far away in the past, has vanished from all but the most remote and war-ravaged regions, and undernourishment is in steady decline.

 

‘Our ancestors replaced dogma, tradition and authority with reason, debate and institutions of truth-seeking.’

 

Within developed countries, inequality is rising, but real poverty is not. A century ago, the richest countries devoted 1% of their wealth to children, the poor, the sick and the aged; today they spend almost a quarter of it. Most of their poor today are fed, clothed and sheltered and have luxuries like smartphones and air conditioning that used to be unavailable to anyone, rich or poor. Poverty among racial minorities has fallen, and poverty among the elderly has plunged.

 

The world is giving peace a chance. During most of the history of nations and empires, war was the natural state of affairs, and peace a mere interlude between wars. Today war between countries is obsolescent, and war within countries is absent from five-sixths of the world. The proportion of people killed annually in wars is about a quarter of what it was in the mid-1980s, a sixth of what it was in the early 1970s, and a 16th of what it was in the early 1950s.


In most times and places, homicides kill far more people than wars. But homicide rates have been falling as well and not just in the U.S. People in the rest of the world are now seven-tenths as likely to be murdered as they were two dozen years ago. Deaths from terrorism, terrifying as they may be, amount to a rounding error.


Life has been getting safer in every other way. Over the past century, Americans have become 96% less likely to be killed in an auto accident, 88% less likely to be mowed down on the sidewalk, 99% less likely to die in a plane crash, 59% less likely to fall to their deaths, 92% less likely to die by fire, 90% less likely to drown, 92% less likely to be asphyxiated, and 95% less likely to be killed on the job. Life in other rich countries is even safer, and life in poorer countries will get safer as they get richer.


Despite backsliding in countries like Russia, Turkey and Venezuela, the long-term trend in governance is toward democracy and human rights. Two centuries ago a handful of countries, embracing 1% of the world’s people, were democratic; today, more than half of the world’s countries, embracing 55% of its people, are.


Not long ago half the world’s countries had laws that discriminated against racial minorities; today more countries have policies that favor their minorities than policies that discriminate against them. At the turn of the 20th century, women could vote in just one country; today they can vote in every country where men can vote save one (Vatican City). Laws that criminalize homosexuality continue to be stricken down, and attitudes toward minorities, women and gay people are becoming steadily more tolerant, particularly among the young, a portent of the world’s future. Violence against women, children and minorities is in long-term decline, as is the exploitation of children for their labor.

 

As people are getting healthier, richer, safer and freer, they are also becoming more knowledgeable and smarter. Two centuries ago, 12% of the world could read and write; today 85% can. Literacy and education will soon be universal, for girls as well as for boys. The schooling, together with health and wealth, is literally making us smarter—by 30 IQ points, or two standard deviations above our ancestors.


People are putting their longer, healthier, safer, freer, richer and wiser lives to good use. Americans work 22 fewer hours a week than they did in the late 19th century and lose 43 fewer hours to housework. They have more opportunities to use their leisure to travel, spend time with children, connect with loved ones and sample the world’s cuisine, knowledge and culture.

 

Thanks to these gifts, people in a majority of countries have become happier. Even Americans, who take their good fortune for granted and have stagnated in happiness, call themselves “pretty happy” or happier. And despite the panic about “kids today” (heard in every era), younger generations are less unhappy, lonely, drug-addicted and suicidal than their Boomer parents.


As societies become wealthier and better educated, they raise their sights to the entire planet. Since the dawn of the environmental movement in the 1970s, the world has emitted fewer pollutants, cleared fewer forests, spilled less oil, set aside more preserves, extinguished fewer species, saved the ozone layer and may have peaked in its consumption of oil, farmland, timber, cars and perhaps even coal.

 

* * *


To what do we owe this progress? Does the universe contain a historical dialectic or arc bending toward justice? The answer is less mysterious: The Enlightenment is working. Our ancestors replaced dogma, tradition and authority with reason, debate and institutions of truth-seeking. They replaced superstition and magic with science. And they shifted their values from the glory of the tribe, nation, race, class or faith toward universal human flourishing.


These developments have been gradual and uneven, with many backtracks and zigzags. But the happy developments of the last two centuries are the cumulative gifts of the brainchildren they spawned.


● Disease was decimated by vaccines, sanitation, antibiotics and other advances in medicine and public health, driven by the germ theory of disease and our understanding of evolution, physiology and genetics.


● Famine was stanched by crop rotation, synthetic fertilizer, the replacement of muscle by machinery and the selective breeding of vigorous hybrids.


● Poverty was slashed by education, markets, global trade and cheaper food and clothing, together with social programs that support the young, old, sick and unlucky.


● Violent crime was tamed by a replacement of the code of vendetta by the rule of law, by fairer judicial systems and, most recently, by data-driven policing.


● Everyday hazards were blunted by safety regulations and engineering, driven by an increasing valuation of human life. A similar combination of regulation and technology is ramping down pollution.


● Oppression and discrimination may persist in some places by brute force, but they start to corrode when educated, mobile and connected people exchange ideas and are forced to justify their practices.

 

● War is being marginalized by the spread of democracy (which inhibits leaders from turning their youth into cannon fodder), global commerce (which makes trade more profitable than plunder), peacekeeping forces (which separate belligerents and extinguish flare-ups) and competent governments (which outcompete insurgents for the allegiance of their citizens). Also driving war down are norms against conquest, enforced by the international community with shaming, sanctions and occasionally armed intervention.


The evidence for progress raises many questions.


Isn’t it good to be pessimistic, many activists ask—to rake the muck, afflict the comfortable, speak truth to power? The answer is no: It’s good to be accurate. We must be aware of suffering and injustice where they occur, but we must also be aware of how they can be reduced. Indiscriminate pessimism can lead to fatalism: to wondering why we should throw time and money at a hopeless cause. And it can lead to radicalism: to calls to smash the machine, drain the swamp or empower a charismatic tyrant.


Is progress inevitable? Of course not! Solutions create new problems, which must be solved in their turn. We can always be blindsided by nasty surprises, such as the two World Wars, the 1960s crime boom and the AIDS and opioid epidemics.


Steve Theriault’s Dissent

 

But how has enlightened thinking helped millions of unborn children, mass shooting victims, 6 million Jews murdered in 1930s/1940s, Tutsi (Rwandan genocide) victims in 1994, etc.?

What happened in Vegas will not stay in Vegas

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

What happened in Vegas will not stay in Vegas

 

What’s going on in America these days? Guns, guns and more guns. Killing after massacre, after slaughter. The NRA is meting out cruel justice to the victims, as the blood is on their hands for lack of compassion and common sense and an extreme fundamental zeal for all things called guns which kill and maim. But this event’s ramifications go far beyond the mere politics and policy of gun control and 2nd Amendment rights. From a broader, one might say spiritual perspective, this is lunacy and it is a WAKE UP CALL from God who obviously allowed Satan to tempt, entice or trick this perpetrator into killing 59 and wounding over 500 people. God allowed this to happen for a reason, to let us know that we are at war. The faithful few vs. the atheistic, arrogant, agnostic, fearful, intellectually dishonest and science-obsessed multitudes who are destined for a fiery end. If you have a brain, use it and get on the right side of the conflict. Failure to do so will mean your eternal torment in the Resort at Fire Lake. The NY Times wrote: “The U.S. authorities still don’t know what motivated Stephen Paddock, a wealthy gambler who lived in a retirement community, to meticulously plan and commit a massacre in Las Vegas on Sunday.” A seemingly motiveless massacre has Satan’s hoof prints all over it, and like 9/11 and other natural and man-made catastrophes in the last several decades, it has judgment and warning written all over it. Not many will believe me, but I will still bear the truth for the faithful and for the sinners who still have time to repent. Check out my book and my website, www.theavenger.us for more Scriptural authority and in-depth arguments. Remember, fear of death equals lack of faith. Terrorism only exists in a vacuum of faith, as people fear death and are prone to react predictably to terror attacks. Also, remember that covetousness, i.e. greed and the desire for more and more of everything, especially money and material luxuries, is equivalent to idolatry and idolatry will get you to hell every time.


Judgment is about to be executed.

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)