From Tom Woods, They’re coming for the kids next
“The vaccines work so well that in order to protect people who get them, we need to do only one small additional thing: banish everyone else from society.”
Yeah, that message is sure to get people excited about vaccines!
Naturally Fauci favors requiring children to be vaccinated, and we’re now being told that authorization for children aged 5 to 11 to get the shot could be coming as early as next month.
This is no big deal, said Fauci: “I don’t know what school you went to, but the school that I went to, you had to be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, polio or otherwise you couldn’t go to school. So it is not something new to mandate vaccine for school children.”
Well, thanks for treating us like we’re 7.
The point here is that COVID is of borderline zero danger to children. The CDC reports that “a total of eight in-hospital COVID-19–related deaths in persons aged 0–17 years occurred during August 2020–August 2021.” And vaccination appears to be more dangerous to them than COVID itself.
So brace yourself for massive fights over COVID vaccination in schools. And then, on a smaller scale, as part of the hysterics’ ongoing destruction of society, unvaccinated kids being told by their parents that they can no longer play with some of their longtime friends, because those friends’ parents are lunatics who won’t allow their children to associate with the unvaccinated.
Homeschooling will get a shot in the arm (so to speak) from all this, and normal people’s disdain for government at all levels will grow, but these silver linings are slim pickings when set against the damage the crazies will try to do.
Remember: evil bastards don’t say, “We’re extending our power over you because we’re evil bastards.” Duh. They say, “We’re extending our power over you for your own good.”
I’m hopeful that the order to vaccinate children will wake up at least some people. Who knows. We have a discussion about it taking place inside the Tom Woods Show Elite, the uncensored discussion group for normal people.
Join me there:
This stopped being about the health of children — or even the health of the elderly and the obese — a long time ago.
It’s just power and control now. Fuelled by pumped-up fear and mania.
Professional Destruction over Vaccines
From Tom Woods, They’re scared: health-care workers are resigning
A few months ago normality was actually taking shape, at least in the United States.
In New York, Andrew Cuomo declared that since 70% of eligible state residents had been vaccinated, he was dropping COVID restrictions. New York!
By contrast, these days it’s hard not to feel demoralized, what with all the hysteria and hatred toward the unvaccinated, and with the horrific COVID regimes around the world that show no sign of letting up.
Here in the United States we have a ruling class that doesn’t hesitate to denounce other countries for their human rights abuses. Yet Australia has turned their country into a prison camp and imposed restrictions with exactly zero scientific basis, and children’s lives are being flat-out destroyed — and not a word from the U.S. regime.
That should tell you something.
Well, the US has always been buddy-buddy with oppressive regimes when it suits them against the common enemy.
At the current moment, the common enemy is the free man, peacefully going on about his business without a mask and unvaccinated, regardless of his health, or his natural immunity to a specific, and admittedly a rather bad, flu that is unusually fatal to the old and the obese.
“All must Conform. All must Obey. Regardless of his medical situation, or susceptibility to the disease.”
Today a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents New York from proceeding with that mandate because it failed to include an exemption for health workers who object to the vaccination on religious grounds.
Chris said, “Never in the history of New York State, never in the history of the world, has a government sought to forcibly impose mass vaccination on an entire class of people under threat of immediate personal and professional destruction. This is just another example of how Covid regimes are completely out of control. The federal judiciary has a duty under the Constitution to put a straitjacket on this institutional insanity.”
Chris is great, as you can see.
And many health-care workers are sticking to their guns. At Olean General Hospital, for example, 11 employees have so far indicated that they will resign rather than get the vaccine.
This, said a hospital spokesman, is “enough to push the hospital into a disaster status should these employees elect to leave the organization as a result of the mandate.”
Keep fighting. There are more of us than they think.
Meanwhile, many people tell me that even their own family members are shunning them over their decision regarding vaccination, regardless of the more robust protection afforded by natural infection.
I can’t fix that. What I can do is offer you instant support and friendship inside my private group, where normal people gather for sanity and rational discussion.
Now is the time, my friends:
The power-seekers are having a field day, unfortunately.
Now, things are better than in the 1930s & 40s, when the Loving, Caring, and Scientifically-Grounded power-seekers were filling the mass graves, the gulags, and the concentration camps.
Still, the unjust destruction of a man’s livelihood is a demonic act. Regardless of the victim is a man or a woman, or a doctor or a nurse, that man was harmed lawlessly.
“Good thing the Christian Church has been mocking God’s Law for centuries now, or many more – or even all – of those victims might actually have been able to fight back… and win!”
Shut Up and Obey, Now.
From Tom Woods, They’re trying to shut one of our heroes up
Oxford’s Carl Heneghan and Harvard’s Martin Kulldorff are reporting that Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford who’s been a voice of reason in a sea of monomaniacal COVID hysteria, has been the subject of an anonymous attack for his well-founded position against masking, and masking children in particular.
Posters featuring Bhattacharya’s portrait have appeared around campus that link him to COVID deaths in Florida, even though Florida (contrary to the impression you’d get from the media) has one of the best rates of age-adjusted COVID mortality in the United States.
Further, Melissa Bondy, who chairs the university’s epidemiology department (you know, the profession one third of whose members polled were afraid of opening their mail, out of fear of catching the virus from an envelope, as late as the summer of 2020), has circulated a petition criticizing certain faculty members for allegedly offering “recommendations [that] are disturbing and contrary to public health standards; they foster uncertainty and anxiety and put lives at risk.”
The petition names no names but quotes Bhattacharya, who correctly observed that “there is no high-quality evidence to support the assertion that masks stop the disease from spreading.”
“It is hard to understand,” write Heneghan and Kulldorff, “how any scientist can claim there is high-quality evidence that masks on children are an effective public health measure.” Again, hard to dispute this, since the evidence needed to do so does not exist.
This assertion should be uncontroversial even without reference to the relevant studies. The charts from all over the world show widespread masking to correlate with precisely nothing in the COVID numbers, and appear at entirely random points along the various countries’ curves.
Countries with mask compliance rates of 95 percent and above have continued to see outbreaks that should not be occurring if masks had the effectiveness claimed for them. Masks have surely been the most outstanding and embarrassing public-health failures in living memory.
When it comes to masking children in order to “stop the spread” in schools, the fact remains that no randomized studies exist. What we know is that in Sweden, which kept schools in session and didn’t mask children at all, teachers fared no worse than people in any other profession, and not one of that country’s 1.8 million school-age children died.
The New York Times excitedly reported on a study out of North Carolina showing low COVID rates in that state’s schools, but since it had no unmasked schools to compare them to, the study was worthless.
The recently touted Bangladesh study is alleged to show the effectiveness of masks, but most people reporting on it neglected the confidence intervals involved, which in fact lead us to the conclusion that masks have either no effect or a very limited one.
To act as if this question isn’t even debatable, when all of the existing evidence is on Bhattacharya’s side (spare me the mannequin studies, or studies that begin with the assumption that masks work), is inexcusable for anyone, but especially a scientist.
And to try to create a chilling effect on campus for dissident voices, well, that’s typical of the totalitarian instincts we’ve seen throughout this mess. One dissident voice, to these control freaks, is just one too many.
Unlike the thought controllers at Stanford, I believe in open discussion. I also believe that never in our lifetimes have we needed it more than we do at the present moment.
If you agree, I’ll see you inside my haven for normal people: http://www.SupportingListeners.com
Note the mysterious lack of evidence, supporting all these power-n-control muzzles on the masses.
Nope. It’s all “Shut Up and Obey, Or Else.”
NOT “You are wrong, and here is the evidence.”
NOT “At a conference, the thirty most respected authorities recommended…”
NOT “After a three-month experiment under rigorous conditions, it was demonstrated that…”
It’s all “Shut Up and Obey, Or Else.”
YouTube, Not Medical Science, Shall Determine what Medical Truth Is
From Tom Woods, Guess what YouTube just punished me for
Last week I interviewed U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie about the Biden vaccine mandates.
Today I was informed that YouTube had removed the video on the grounds of — get this — “medical misinformation.”
We made precisely one medical claim during the entire interview: the now-commonplace one from the Israel study that has been making headlines around the world, and which says natural immunity confers better protection than the current vaccines.
I’m not exaggerating, by the way. That Israel study was discussed all over the place, and even some well-known hysterics treated it with respect and said its conclusions needed to be taken seriously.
But not the experts at YouTube! The conclusions of this Israel study may not even be mentioned.
Modern, Establishment-backed censorship regimes do not exist to “protect the people from Bad Ideas”.
They exist to promote ignorance, and so weaken and enfeeble the people.
But you knew that already.
So from now on, whenever there’s an episode that I strongly suspect YouTube will dislike, I’ll post a placeholder video on YouTube where that episode would belong, and there I’ll give people a simple link to find the episode on my Odysee channel.
Here’s a link to that channel, which contains all of my content, even the censored content:
Most people listen to my show via podcast apps, so the numbers for my YouTube and Odysee versions aren’t reflective of my audience, of course. I actually don’t understand why people consume my content on video platforms when it’s an audio show and there’s nothing to see, but I share it there anyway because I might as well.
I quite like Odysee, by the way. You should take a look into it.
As YouTube, Google, and Facebook puts more and more (and more and more) restrictions on available content — because Our Betters always view liberty, a.k.a. challenging their power, with distaste — dissidents, medical and otherwise, would be wise to plan out alternate platforms for their ideas.
It’s Not About the Science.
It’s Not About the Numbers.
It’s Not About the Math.
It’s About the Need for Control.
From Tom Woods, The dagger through the hearts of the totalitarians
A lot of the folks you talk to, whether online or in real life, have a superficial and uninformed opinion of the virus, what works, and what we ought to do.
To this day many if not most people still think the numbers go up and down according to people’s behavior. When the numbers go up, that means people are misbehaving. When they go down, people must have started listening to public health officials again.
The fact that people in completely different states with completely different policies see their numbers go up and down at exactly the same time doesn’t faze them at all, because they don’t bother to inform themselves about what’s actually happening.
As if this needed refuting for a thousandth time, I present to you the hospitalization graph for the southern states around the time of the recent spike:
Can you tell which of these states has had a mask mandate during this time?
Can you tell which one has the highest vaccination rate? The lowest?
Of course not: the trajectories and in large part the lines themselves are all the same.
You would think we would be having a discussion about why this should be. Why do these states look exactly the same despite their varying policies implemented at varying times?
Some other interesting charts:
Washington state, which has had all kinds of irrational restrictions but also heavy vaccination, has seen death numbers that look like the following, recently surpassing the height of their worst spike:
Since it’s fashionable to blame Florida governor Rob DeSantis for everything, Ian looks at this chart and jokes, “Why did Ron DeSantis not do more to promote vaccinations in Washington?”
Now let’s check in on Maine:
“98% of everyone over 65 in Maine is at least partially vaccinated, 93% are fully vaccinated, yet hospitalizations are nearly as high as they were last winter. Let’s see, do we blame this on Ron DeSantis, Sturgis, or college football fans in the South? So many tempting choices!”
Before we wrap up:
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An End to Mass Fear
From Tom Woods, DeSantis just dropped a ten-megaton bomb
Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, keeps lobbing bombs at his enemies.
Today he introduced to the press the new surgeon general of Florida, Dr. Joseph Ladapo.
An immigrant from Nigeria, Ladapo holds his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He will be joining the faculty at the University of Florida as well.
And as it happens, his name is affixed to the Great Barrington Declaration, which condemns lockdowns as a public-health measure.
Ladapo didn’t waste time letting the press know that he is their enemy.
“Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making policies in public health…. That’s been something that’s been a centerpiece of health policy in the United States ever since the beginning of the pandemic. And it’s over here. Expiration date, it’s done.”
“The risks and benefits of decisions haven’t been considered wholly and thoughtfully,” he added, because policymakers and the public have been operating from a position of fear.
He went on:
“Public health is not one thing. Public health is not about a single item. It’s not [only] about how many cases of COVID there are in a location…. As all of you know, that’s how public health has been treated for the past year and a half. So that’s over. It’s not going to happen here.”
Vaccination, he said, “has been treated almost like a religion.”
And he denounced lockdowns, which he described (citing a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research) as both ineffectual and wrong.
The COVID hysterics are already trying to claim that this man, whose credentials are as long as my arm, isn’t qualified to speak about the virus. Ha! Good luck with that!
Evidently the only people qualified to speak about COVID are nutsos who are monomaniacally obsessed with it. People urging reason and balance? Close your ears, citizen!
Now, on another happy note:
The Tom Woods Show 2000th episode event in Orlando, coming up just a few short weeks from now, is looking to be very well attended. So much so that I’ve had to close registration for the pre-show receptions for Supporting Listeners. It’s far more people than I expected.
But registration is still open for the main event itself, and I hope you can join me! It’s free to attend, and it’s going to be an amazing time in a huge ballroom filled with like-minded people. For a year and a half the human spirit has been crushed, and this is an affirmation of life.
I have an evening of pretty darn good entertainment in store for you.
Get the details, and be there — everyone else will:
It’s now time to get off the track, and tie this new government promotion of cringing fear with their enemy, the One who declares, Fear Not!
Massive quote fro Bojidar Marinov, Fear as a Motivator:
I want to start with the following two questions: First, what is the most powerful motivator for man’s behavior, and the most powerful factor behind man’s action, mentioned in the Bible? And, second, what is the most commonly repeated commandment in Scripture?
The answers may surprise you.
A little over a year ago, while writing an article titled “Terrorism: Biblical Analysis and Solutions” (you can find it on ChristendomRestored.com), I conducted a small experiment, asking a dozen of Christians these same questions. I picked only people who were Reformed seminary graduates; two were church elders, preaching on weekly basis. The rest of them had some active ministry of one sort or another, even if they were not professional ministers of the Gospel. I asked them to answer based on their knowledge so far, without doing a special research on the questions. The answers puzzled me somewhat; only one got it right. The majority of the rest picked “love” as the most powerful motivator, and the commandment to love as the most commonly repeated in Scripture. I am not trying to criticize or judge these men, I can assure you, but this does show we need a better understanding of Biblical psychology.
Indeed, far from judging or criticizing these men, it is understandable why they would think that love should be the most powerful motivator mentioned in the Bible and why the commandment to love should be the most commonly repeated commandment. After all, God is love, and for us to be faithful to the image of God in us, we should be expressing God’s love to our fellow human beings. The commandments to love God and love our neighbor are indeed the two greatest commandments – if we measure them by hierarchy, according to Jesus’s words in Matt. 22: 37 and Mark 12:30. obviously, God Himself would want our whole being and action would be controlled by this motivator of love – love toward God and love toward our neighbor. That’s what Jesus came for, to demonstrate the love of God in the strongest and most direct manner, by giving His life not just for his friends, but even for His enemies (John 15:13; Rom. 5:8). God wants us to be motivated by love first and foremost, and such must be the foundation of all our action and thought. As it was in the example of Jesus, love as a motivator requires a negation of self, a self-sacrifice. When we are driven by love, we are not seeking our own, we are seeking the welfare and success of others. In Scripture, God doesn’t forbid self-love and self-preservation; otherwise, God’s promises wouldn’t make any sense, nor would the commandment “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” And yet, true love goes beyond that, namely, we are given a new commandment, to love out neighbor more than we love ourselves, and to love God with all our heart and all our strength – which would naturally leave next to nothing to loving ourselves before God.
And yet, after the Fall, while love remains the most important motivator and commandment, it is not the mots powerful motivator. Something else is.
The correct answer is: fear. Fear is the most powerful motivator for man’s behavior. It is everywhere in the Bible; it seems to control every man in it. Every single character in the Bible – whether good or bad, righteous or wicked – is at some point motivated by fear of something or someone. (With one notable exception: Samson.) Even righteous men, men who in everything else loved God and obeyed God, succumb to fear at one or another point of their lives, showing that they don’t have the perfect love of which 1 John 4:18 speaks: “perfect love casts out fear.” Even Abraham, for all his faith, was overcome with fear twice – in Gen. 12 and Gen. 20 – and lied to local rulers that Sarah was his wife. (She must have been a gorgeous 90-year-old lady, a natural object of desire for the heathens.) If Abraham, the father of all who believe, could be so overcome with fear, fear is obviously a very serious challenge to all men, including the most faithful ones. And even those who have almost perfect faith and love can be sometimes overcome by fear, we should expect that the rest of mankind would be driven by fear in a much deeper and more powerful way.
Fear, indeed, is ubiquitous in the world after the Fall. A simple statistics shows that the word “fear” in all its variations (“fear,” “dread,” “terror,” “dismay,” “distress,” etc.) is mentioned more than 1,400 times in the Bible. To compare, the next most mentioned factor for human behavior, “love” (including “charity,” “affection,” etc.), is mentioned only about 700 times. If we take in account the multiple cases where fear is not directly mentioned but is clearly implied as a motive for action or public policy, we will have an even greater margin in favor of fear as the most important factor controlling all human behavior.
In fact, God used a form of fear even before the Fall. If we define fear as a feeling or mindfulness of imminent danger, then God’s warning in Gen. 2:17, “in the day that you eat of it you will surely die,” was meant to strike some form of fear in their hearts. Of course, it was not meant to be the defining characteristic of God’s covenant with man – that defining characteristic was the Dominion Covenant in Gen. 1:26-27 – but it was still present. In the same way, after the Fall, God does use a limited form of fear to move man to repentance and obedience: Deut. 28:15-64, the cursings for disobedience are a clear evidence of it, as is the definition of wisdom in many places in the Bible: Fear of God. Just as in the Garden, that fear, as righteous and beneficial it is, is not supposed to be the defining factor of our behavior: we would become legalists if it was. But it is still there, in the life and the motivation of the covenant people of God.
It is to be expected, therefore, for fear to be a much greater part of the life of the reprobate. The New Testament, in fact, specifically describes the bondage of the reprobate in terms of fear, and salvation as deliverance from that fear; Heb. 2:15 says that Jesus “frees those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” Indeed, if it is love that casts out fear, and if the unbelievers are devoid of God’s love, they are left with nothing against their fear of death. If God is not on their side, and if they can’t bank on the promises of God for the world after their death, what else is left but an expectation of judgment. And what else is that expectation of judgment if not the very definition of fear of death? We should expect the unbelievers, therefore, to be almost entirely dominated by such fear.
If fear is such a defining characteristic of the slavery of the reprobate, we should also expect that human rulers who are in rebellion against God and want to take God’s place in ruling over their fellow human beings, to try to imitate God by sowing fear in the hearts of men. Cain left God’s presence in fear of what might happen to him after he murdered his brother. Five generations later, Lamech, a descendant of Cain, was now openly bragging of his ability to kill other human beings: “Listen to my voice, you wives of Lamech, give heed to my speech, for I have killed a man for wounding me, and a boy for striking me” (Gen 4:23). And what’s the purpose of this bragging? It is to issue a threat against anyone who would dare stand against Lamech, in the very next verse: “If Cain is avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold.” God’s threat of covenant sanctions which was supposed to use fear to warn man against disobedience was now transformed by a rebellious man into a man’s threat against his neighbor. From there, it was a small step to powerful men using fear as the mainstay of their political rule.
This progression, towards using fear as a government policy, is clearly visible in the OT. In his journeys, Abraham as a private citizen – although, quite powerful himself, given that he could defeat four kings using just his own resources – met only rulers who were still ruling in a benevolent way, as popular leaders. Some of them feared God to the point of voluntarily repenting of their actions and even paying restitution to Abraham for the crimes they committed against him. In the times of Joseph in Egypt, the Egyptian state already used prisons used as a government policy – and that policy, judging from the examples, had nothing to do with justice but with the whims of politically powerful men. Still, even then, Joseph as a ruler could not institute a compulsory government policy of confiscation of life, liberty, and property; he had to bargain them with the people of Egypt, using their desperate condition as a lever. (Contrary to those who claim that Joseph was acting as a modern socialist. He wasn’t. The Egyptians voluntarily surrendered themselves. Each one of them had the opportunity, during the years of abundance, to follow Joseph’s example and save his own grain instead of selling it. Or sell it at a higher price to Joseph. None of them read the signs, and none of them acted on them. They were too short-term-oriented. This is what enslaved them, not government compulsion.)
After Joseph, things went downhill quite quickly. In a few generations, the Egyptian state was now using fear on a large scale. The Egyptian state was motivated by fear of the Hebrews: Exodus 1:12, the Egyptians were in dread of the sons of Israel. The response of the Egyptian state is make the Hebrews fear the Egyptian state. More and more, fear entered the picture as a motivator and a policy. In the final account, the Hebrews, without God and having forgotten God in their prosperity, were so overcome by fear that the thought of resisting the Egyptian state never even occurred to them.
Fear continued increasing its hold on the nations after that. The entire journey of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land was a battle between faith and fear. The opposition of the pagan nations to Israel was entirely motivated by fear. Fear was the number one motivator of the people of Jericho, as reported by Rahab to the spies in Joshua 2:9. Fear was also the reason why Israel did not complete the conquest of Canaan in Joshua’s time, according to Joshua 17:16. At every step from now on, we will see fear as the chief, and sometimes the only motivating factor in the life of nations and of individuals.
It became even uglier when it was adopted as official government policy by the surrounding pagan nations. We often wonder in our own day, sanitized and sanctified by two millennia of Christendom, how the ancients could tolerate the unspeakable cruelties of the ancient empires. The Assyrians were particularly cruel to their enemies, to the point of flaying alive thousands of prisoners. Why did they have to do it? The answer is: Their only way of forcing obedience was through fear. Fear was the preferred policy of Rome from its very beginning. In fact, the very founding myth of Rome has one of the founding brother, Romulus, killing his brother Remus for his mockery of Romulus wall and his leaping over it. Romulus words after the murder of his own brother remind us of Lamech and his bragging and threats: “So perish everyone who leap over my wall.” Rome developed this to the point of sentencing to torture and death everyone who in one way or another displayed any kind of defiance or disagreement with the Roman state. Out of this policy came the cross, and out of this policy came death by wild animals in the Coliseum. The cruelty so endemic to the Roman society – to slaves, to gladiators, to conquered nations, ultimately, to Christians – was a deliberate policy of sowing fear in the hearts of everyone who would stand in the way of the Empire. The Romans themselves were not without fear; when Augustus became and emperor, his propaganda was entirely addressed at the fear of his fellow Romans, promising them to not allow anything to change, and keep things as they have always been. The Roman society was the ultimate pagan society, the final version of what Satan could produce as a kingdom upon the earth. And its cohesion was entirely . . . fear. Not love, not honor, not even greed or desire for growth; it was all fear. By this we know the perfect pagan culture: it is driven by fear more than anything else.
It is for this reason that the most frequently repeated commandment in Scripture is . . . “Do not fear!” Being used by pagan rulers and their gods to produce worship of the pagan state, fear is not simply a state of mind or a feeling; it is not religiously or ethically neutral. In a pagan context, fear now becomes worship in itself; it is a religion rival to the faith in the God of Scripture. Fear itself becomes idolatry, for a man who has surrendered to fear, has nothing to surrender to God, he is entirely under the power of the enemy. So antithetical is fear to faith that Israel was condemned to wander 40 years in the wilderness because of fear – which was interpreted as lack of faith. And if you think this was a little too harsh, wait until you find out who is the first to be thrown in the lake of fire. That’s right, folks, Rev. 21:8 describes all the types whose portion is in the lake of fire, and the list starts with the . . . cowards, that is, the fearful. Some of Christ’s most important lessons to His disciples had to do with training them to courage in the face of adversity and persecution; when they failed, his reply was, “Ye of little faith.” Very obviously, fear is not considered a religiously neutral feeling or state of mind; it is a religion itself, an idolatrous religion, and God does not tolerate it in His worshipers.
In the face of the pagan culture of Rome, entirely dominated and motivated by fear, Christians threw a gauntlet: A faith which not only did not succumb to fear, but actively detested and rejected fear and defied the threats of the empire. Not even the worst punishments could shake their faith, not even death. It is not that Christians rebelled against the Empire; they just defied the very foundation of its power, that same fear of death which, according to Hebrews 2:15, keeps all unbelievers in slavery. Despising death and overcoming fear, they became too dangerous for a world which had known no more powerful motive than fear of death.
It is not that Christians rebelled against the Empire; they just defied the very foundation of its power, that same fear of death which, according to Hebrews 2:15, keeps all unbelievers in slavery. Despising death and overcoming fear, they became too dangerous for a world which had known no more powerful motive than fear of death.
I write for Christians who want to expand the Kingdom of God.
For Christians who are tired of cringing before their Betters.
For Christians who want to WIN.
You know what to do.
Do not fear.
Regardless of what the Masters want.
Then or now.