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How to have a thankful Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 1:19 pm | Randy Thomasson
Saying Grace by Norman Rockwell, 1951

What does Thanksgiving really mean? When you turn the word around, it reads, “giving thanks.” That’s a clue, because when we thank, we thank persons, don’t we?

In the Bible, thanksgiving means Giving Thanks to God, for creating and sustaining us:

Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 100: 3-5

Yet many people find it difficult to be genuinely thankful to Creator God.

For some, it’s because they don’t thank Him daily. Others lack a Biblical worldview. Still others believe in thanking God, but focus more on losses, producing a sad or angry countenance.

Yet God, who wants a voluntary-love relationship with us, gave people the choice to worship Him or not, to obey or disobey, to be blessed or cursed.

By this standard, we know the difference between good and evil; that people’s sins create problems in this world; and that the God of the Bible, Who sustains us all, is good all the time.

“Thank-you therapy” pays off. When we look into the Word of God and look up, we can have thankful hearts, every day.

Want to inspire thankful hearts at your Thanksgiving table? Ask everyone to say what they thank God for — not thanking anyone or anything else — but specifically thanking God.

You’ll be surprised how, for many, thanking God is a brand-new thought — which might just be the best thought they ever had.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6

Which of Newsom’s unconstitutional bill signings can be struck down?

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 2:47 pm | Randy Thomasson

By the end of his September 30 signing deadline, tyrannical Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom had signed hundreds of foolish, unconstitutional, and downright evil bills.

I’m reporting this not to depress you, but so you become so concerned that you’ll share this information with your friends and reasonable acquaintances, so they’ll become energized to vote this election.

While the final week of bill signings saw Newsom’s vetoes of two big, anti-parent bills — SB 70 and AB 1940 (he vetoed them because of their huge, ongoing costs), he signed the rest of the anti-parent bills, and many unconstitutional bills.

Here are the big ones that could and should be struck down:

AB 587 pressures social media companies to censor speech the Democrat-controlled government doesn’t like, such as, the truth about “Covid vaccines,” the harm of the “LGBTQIA+” agenda, the reality of election fraud, and the facts about life in the womb. AB 587 actually forces online platforms to report to the government whether they are blocking “Hate speech or racism,” “Extremism or radicalization,” “Disinformation or misinformation,” and, if so, how. These subjective terms are designed to censor your free speech, but the supporters of AB 587 think they can avoid constitutional scrutiny by forcing social media platforms to do their dirty work. Yet their fingerprints are all over this attack on the First Amendment. The larger conservative or free-speech-supporting platforms, such as Gab, Telegram, Truth Social, Rumble, Gettr, and Frank Speech should sue in federal court to repel this unconstitutional attack upon them and us.

AB 1797 will create a statewide vaccine registry, mandating most Californians’ vaccine status and “race and ethnicity” be reported to the government by “health care providers and other agencies, including schools, childcare facilities, family childcare homes, and county human services agencies.” AB 1797 is ripe for both a state and federal lawsuit, because it violates the California State Constitution’s explicit right to privacy. There’s even a California Supreme Court ruling from 1975 prohibiting any surveillance of Californians when there’s no suspected illegal activity. In addition, there’s California’s voter-approved prohibition of racial preferences (Proposition 209 from 1996). There are also federal medical privacy laws.

AB 2098 will punish doctors who have studied and tell their patients the facts about Covid (the non-threat of the “variants,”) the efficacy of natural and traditional therapeutics, and the risk of injury and death from the unsafe “Covid vaccines.” Because AB 2098 tramples medical ethics, informed consent, and the doctor-patient relationship, it must be sued and struck down in federal court. Specifically, AB 2098 infringes on the fundamental guarantee of freedom of speech in the U.S. and California constitutions. And professionally, it destroys the ethic of a second opinion — when a doctor disagrees with another doctor or even differs from so-called “consensus.”

AB 2223 permitting the killing of already-born infants and toddlers by prohibiting and punishing investigations by authorities of deaths occurring during the “perinatal period” (which a world-renowned child development authority said extends “18 to 24 months after the birth of the child.” This infanticide bill AB 2223 deserves a federal lawsuit based on the 14th Amendment‘s guarantee that States cannot “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Who are the constitutional California district attorneys and sheriff-coroners who will sue AB 2223 on its face?

AB 2229 will discriminate against law enforcement officer candidates (police officers, sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol officers) who are practicing Christians, Catholics, Muslims, and conservative Jews. As the Legislative Counsel describes AB 2229: “Existing law requires peace officers in this state to meet specified minimum standards, including, among other requirements, that peace officers be evaluated by a physician and surgeon or psychologist and found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer. This bill would require that evaluation to include bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.” According to current California law: “Sexual orientation” means heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality … “Gender” means sex, and includes a person’s gender identity and gender expression. “Gender expression” means a person’s gender-related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.” AB 2229 needs to be sued in federal court by law enforcement candidates who will be, or have been, discriminated against because of their religious values, on the strength of the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act.

SB 107 empowers “LGBTQIA+” activists to legally kidnap and mutilate kids. If parents in other states want to help their boys or girls overcome sexual confusion, “LGBTQIA+” groups will scheme to bring these children to California, then their attorneys will go to court and use SB 107 to give California “jurisdiction” over the children, and then California tax-funded hormone injections and “sex change” surgeries will follow. “Counseling” is part of this process, during which SB 107 will convince biological girls they’re “boys” and biological boys they’re “girls” (SB 107 calls this “gender-affirming mental health care”), then the hormone injections and irreversible “sex change” operations (which SB 107 calls “gender-affirming health care”) will follow. Federal lawsuits should be filed by state attorney generals in Republican states for this blatant violation of parental consent laws and other laws in their states. And it might require the U.S. Supreme Court to deliver a clarifying parental rights decision.

Other anti-parent bills that were signed — SB 1184, SB 1419, and SB 1479 — probably have no lawsuit potential (unless SCOTUS delivers a crystal-clear parental decision that California parents can use to regain their rights).

Religious hospitals might become exempt from SB 923‘s tyrannical transsexual indoctrination of health care providers if they sue and win in federal court on religious-freedom grounds. But pro-abortion bills, such as SB 1375 permitting nurses to kill pre-born babies and the 11 other pro-abortion bills Newsom signed, will survive all legal challenges because pro-abortion Democrat and RINO governors have built an unconstitutional, pro-abortion California Supreme Court, which callously guards “abortion rights.”

Overall, Newsom signed 997 bills this year, which were from Democrat authors or Democrat committees around 90% of the time.

One of his worst vetoes was of a Republican bill that Democrat-run committees actually passed, a bill to limit the governor’s emergency powers. Newsom arrogantly vetoed it.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:2

Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;
But by a man of understanding and knowledge
Right will be prolonged.

Proverbs 28:2

6 very welcome legal victories

Monday, September 12, 2022, 9:21 am | Randy Thomasson

California conservatives have been desperate for constitutional relief from tyrant Gavin Newsom, Joe Biden, and the New Communist Democrat machine. And now some relief has arrived!

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court failing to protect us from Covid tyranny (they refused to recognize our God-given, natural rights by upholding our 14th Amendment life, liberty, and property rights), over the last month, some Trump federal district court and appellate court judges — and believe it or not, even an Obama judge — have weakened Newsom’s and Biden’s tyrannical mandates on vaccines, abortions, “assisted suicides,” and “sex change” with the authority of the First Amendment.

Enjoy these recent legal victories for freedom of religion and freedom of speech!

Sept. 12: “Court protects Air Force class [who requested religious accommodation] from shot mandate”
https://lc.org/newsroom/details/091222-court-protects-air-force-class-from-shot-mandate-1
“‘Significant proof’ Air Force discriminated against troops seeking vax religious exemptions”
https://americanfaith.com/significant-proof-air-force-discriminated-against-troops-seeking-vax-religious-exemptions

Sept 2: Federal judge rules against Newsom and Democrat legislators:
“California blocked from forcing Christian doctors to assist suicides”
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/sep/6/california-blocked-forcing-christian-doctors-assis/

Aug 31: Out-of-court settlement: “Kansas teacher suspended for refusing to use student’s preferred name, pronouns gets $95K in lawsuit” https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/equality/3625946-kansas-teacher-suspended-for-refusing-to-use-students-preferred-name-pronouns-awarded-95k-in-lawsuit

Aug 26: Federal appeals court ruling: “U.S. can’t punish hospitals for refusing to do abortions, gender surgery” https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/us-cant-punish-christian-hospitals-refusing-do-abortions-gender-surgery-2022-08-29

Aug 25: Federal court rules against Newsom administration: “California churches don’t have to provide abortion coverage, court rules” https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/california-churches-dont-have-to-provide-abortion-coverage-court-rules

Aug 18: Federal court ruling: “U.S. Marines [who requested religious accommodation] win class protection from shot mandate” https://lc.org/newsroom/details/081922-us-marines-win-class-protection-from-shot-mandate

That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.
Religious freedom in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights (still in the Virginia Constitution, Article 1, Section 16), written by U.S. founding father George Mason, and embraced by U.S. founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison