Posted on Bob’s Opinion from EM ROWELL … A email communication it is a great article and on the subject that I am starting to think President Trump has not properly addressed on the senior citizens …

FYI from Edna…..they haven’t “Borrowed” our Social Security….they have STOLEN somewhere between $2.85 and $5 TRILLON FROM US. They need to pay it back with compound interest!.

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A woman dies at age 65 before collecting one benefit check.  She and her employer paid into the system for almost 50 years and she collected NOTHING!
Keep in mind all the working people that die every year who were paying into the system and got nothing!

And these governmental morons mismanaged the money and stole from the system, so that it’s now going broke.

BEAUTIFUL! and they have the audacity to call today’s seniors “vultures” in an attempt to cover their ineptitude.

DISGRACEFUL!

The real reason for renaming our Social Security payments is so the government can claim that


all those social security recipients are receiving entitlements thus putting them in the same case
 as welfare, food stamp recipients.


THIS IS WORTH THE FEW MINUTES IT TAKES TO READ AND DIGEST!
FY.I.  By changing the name of SS contributions it gives them a means to refute this program in the future.
It’s free money for the government to spend under this guise.
The Social Security check is now (or soon will be) referred to as a *Federal Benefit Payment*?
I’ll be part of the one percent to forward this. I am forwarding it because it touches a nerve in me, and I hope it will in you.
 
Please keep passing it on until everyone in our country has read it.
The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a “Federal Benefit Payment.”
This isn’t a benefit. It is our money paid out of our earned income!  Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too. It totaled 15% of our income before taxes.
(This should be enough for you to forward this message, If not read on.)
If you averaged $30K per year over your working life, that’s close to $180,000 invested in Social Security.
If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in social security ($375/month, including both you and your employers contributions) at a meager 1% interest rate compounded monthly, after 40 years of working you’d have more than $1.3+ million dollars saved!
This is your personal investment. Upon retirement, if you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $39,318 per year, or $3,277 per month.
That’s almost three times more than today’s average Social Security benefit of $1,230 per month, according to the Social Security Administration. (Google it – it’s a fact). And your retirement fund would last more than 33 years (until you’re 98 if you retire at age 65)! I can only imagine how much better most average-income people could live in retirement if our government had just invested our money in low-risk interest-earning accounts.
Instead, the folks in Washington pulled off a bigger *Ponzi scheme* than Bernie Madoff ever did. (Lyndon Johnson)
They took our money and used it elsewhere. They forgot (oh yes, they knew) that it was OUR money they were taking.  They didn’t have a referendum to ask us if we wanted to lend the money to them.  And they didn’t pay interest on the debt they assumed. And recently they’ve told us that the money won’t support us for very much longer.(Isn’t it funny that they NEVER say this about welfare payments?)
But is it our fault they misused our investments?  And now, to add insult to injury, they’re calling it a *benefit*, as if we never worked to earn every penny of it.
Just because they borrowed the money, doesn’t mean that our investments were a charity!
Let’s take a stand. We have earned our right to Social Security and Medicare. Demand that our legislators bring some sense into our government.
Find a way to keep Social Security and Medicare going for the sake of that 92% of our population who need it.

Then call it what it is:
Our Earned Retirement Income.
99% of people won’t forward this.
Will you ?

Journalist Protection Bill Introduced

 

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I just reposted an article to FB and Bob’s Opinion (rshelms.wordpress.com), it concerned me that the liberal congress would try such a maneuver, even for their Mainstream Media.  The anti-Trump Rep. Erick Swalwell, D-Calif. – who says he’s been inspired by President Trump to propose a law making it a federal crime to “intimidate or attack journalists.”

This is my reply to Rep. Erick Swalwell, D-California.

 

First, sir, I would think twice about withdrawing such a bill as a liberal Representative of the State of California, who is now fully engaged in not cooperating with federal law enforcement officers who are trying to enforce federal law concerning illegal immigration and the safety of the citizens of the United States.  So, until your liberal controlled state sees fit to cooperate with the federal government I would simply forget it.

Next, I would make sure that the liberal “Mainstream Media” recapture their journalistic integrity and re-establish their ethics of journalism.  It seems what is good for the goose is good for the gander in this situation.

Over the past couple of decades, the “Mainstream Media” has abandoned all ethics, integrity and moral values in their journalism by claiming they were just joking, giving full reign to liberal comedians to say what they want about anyone they choose, which never includes any liberals.  The newsrooms of the MSM has created the “fake news” while hiding behind the freedom of the press of the first amendment and the right to keep their sources anonymous. cockroach 001

Anonymous indeed, if they truly have an anonymous source for the crap they are printing and airing, they should at least verify the information before they use it.  They lie, and don’t report the whole news or news that would go well for the opposing political party.  For instance, they ran in the article screen grabs of who is reportedly President Trump body slamming a CNN reporter.  And Swalwell used that as an illustration, however, he never brought up a screen grab about the liberal (comic?) Kathy Griffin holding up the severed head of President Trump.

They only cover cops shooting black hoodlum thugs, but never cover black on black shooting or black on black on black crimes as a national news piece.  They downplay any Muslim Terrorist outbreaks, until it is far out of their control to hid or downplay the situation.

In other words, I find it disgusting and very offending the way Journalist lie, mislead, support liberalism, political corruption and lawlessness by committing liberal protected propaganda assaults on the citizenry of the United States, our Constitution, our freedoms, and our values.  It is as if those leading our media standards like the UPI and AP have all been graduates of the Soros Funded American Prospect, Inc., and American Independent Institute (formerly American Independent News Network), who do a great job at mentoring journalist for leftwing or Mainstream Media. Both offer grants up to 350k to liberal investigative journalists.  The American Prospect, Inc., offers on the job training staff positions as content writers for print and social media.

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The fine character of his co-sponsors leaves no question as to its validity: The Journalist Protection Act is co-sponsored by the following 12 Democrats: Reps. Steve Cohen (Tenn.), David Cicilline (R.I.), Grace Napolitano (Calif.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), Andre Carson (Ind.), Debbie Dingell (Mich.), Darren Soto (Fla.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), Jose Serrano (N.Y.), Bobby Rush (Ill.), Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Gwen Moore (Wis.)

(Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2018/02/bill-takes-aim-at-trump-makes-intimidating-journalists-a-federal-crime/#UUKleG0yBABdXUIO.99)

 

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All of the co-sponsors are in most part brain-dead and it is my opinion that they have received a considerable sum of laundered money in their pockets, otherwise they would simply just continue with using the MSM for their radical leftwing propaganda and displaying their total stupidity and being so out of touch.

The MSM is badly losing the battle for the attention of the American people, people like me who still have a free mind, only visit MSM on local channels and the occasional national news on CBS, ABC and Fox Business, the rest is from trusted (personal trust) news feed, and email newsletters, again from personally trusted friends, blogs and organizations.  Of course, most are conservative and conservative (Biblical Theology) Christian organizations and individuals.  It has taken nearly 14 years of paying attention to eliminate the wolves from the sheep.  There is no perfect way to actually decide who is ideologically and theologically friend or Troll.

Not that I like preaching to the choir but, I do enjoy positive conversation on a variety of subjects.  No, I suffer enough leftwing haters and black racists, homosexual activists, anti-Christian and liberal-liberation theologians and misled sheep.  Liberals who have been drinking too much cool-aide, love to troll and be outraged over anything I write, so now I am responding to the liberal congress who are trying to help save the liberal MSM; I would presuppose that their outrage will be quite nasty, as how dare I to criticize the MSM and their ethic-less hate group of so called journalists.  Journalists, who would sell their souls to Satan for their liberal puppet master’s.

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If I were a betting man, which I am not, (Its against my religion), but should I be, odds would favor that some of the individual fortunes of some of these journalists, which seem to be growing like a protected stock Ponzi scheme, it seems they just keep getting more and more the worse they get.  They have no morals, no ethics, no values and their integrity?  In the sewer.

Now that they have been brought to account for their reckless and “Fake” news certain members of congress pocket laundered money for the introduction of a bill that protects them from getting criticized for the farce they are.  It is my studied opinion that they are paying lawmakers to push a bill that would make them above the law and totally unaccountable for what they put out as news to inform the American public.

This is my opinion, my studied opinion.

R.S. Helms

According to the Judge …

A Judge Just Dropped The Hammer On James Comey And The Anti-Trump FBI

Posted on Bob’s Opinion from:  American Patriot’s post by Steve Thompson – Editor

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The FBI’s anti-Trump bias has been put under a microscope since the release of the Nunes memo.

Former Director James Comey and his leadership team knowingly used unverified gossip from the Clinton campaign to spy on a Trump campaign aide.

Now one judge just dropped the hammer on Comey and the anti-Trump partisans at the FBI.

Judge Jeanine Pirro used the monologue of her most recent broadcast on Fox News to rip into Comey and the rest of the Trump hating leadership of the FBI.

They employed the fake news Steele dossier as evidence to obtain a FISA warrant against Carter Page, a Trump campaign foreign policy aide.

The dossier made false claims that Page colluded with Russian officials.constitution-burning1

Comey and the Obama officials who signed off on the warrant violated the civil liberties of an American citizen in the hopes of digging up dirt on Trump.

Pirro blasted this lawless behavior as an attempt to conspire against Trump in order to swing the election and then destroy his Presidency.

Fox News reported:

Judge Jeanine Pirro said the Republican memo on purported government surveillance abuses reveals a conspiracy against President Donald Trump.

“Members of the highest echelon in our FBI and Department of Justice conspired to prevent an outsider from breaking the establishment’s stranglehold on the American people,” Judge Jeanine said in her opening statement Saturday night.

She explained that officials at the FBI and Justice Department used the unverified anti-Trump dossier to secure surveillance warrants on at least one member of the Trump campaign, according to the memo.

“They needed a reason to spy, so they made one up,” Judge Jeanine said. “They swore to facts they knew were lies to get what they wanted, in order to surveil a candidate they could not imagine being president. A cabal of arrogant, condescending employees of our government — whose salaries we pay — thought that we didn’t count.”

She said top FBI and Justice Department officials favored Hillary Clinton, so they weaponized powerful tools of intelligence against Trump when he was a presidential candidate, president-elect and duly elected president.

“This is what they do in third world countries, not in America,” Judge Jeanine said. “The arrogance of those seeking a change in a presidential election is unheard of in the United States.”

She said this scandal isn’t about playing partisan politics or condemning the FBI and Justice Department as institutions.

“It’s about the attempt to change the course of American history using the most powerful agencies in the United States government. How dare you!”

Do you agree?

Intelligence Community Coup Players

Blogged from Nox & Friends  on Bob’s Opinion

Thanks go out to Nox & Friends and the work of Hardnox, thank you for your post.

My Comment:

While reading the “Phillip Mudd’s” profile in the Uriel report, remember, in the list of Mudd’s credentials (6) Uriel is using the law credentials of the present Deputy, not those of Mudd.  As well to remember, that the Deep State (Shadow Government), does include other agencies within the unelected bureaucracy, agencies with regulatory authority.  and has become protected by the liberal congress including the RINO establishment politicians and the mainstream media.

CNN doubles down on stupid – Phillip Mudd’s Mueller connection

Fmr. Mueller-appointed FBI bigshot vows ‘ticked’ FBI
will get revenge on Trump: ‘We’re going to win’

BizPak Review
Samantha Chang
February 4, 2018

CNN analyst Philip Mudd, a former employee of the embattled FBI and CIA, threatened a sitting United States president during an unhinged rant on live TV.

“The FBI people are ticked,” Mudd bellowed on CNN. “If you think you can push us off this because you can intimidate the director, you’d better think again! You’ve been around for 13 months. We’ve been around since 1908. I know how this game is going to be played! We’re going to win.”

Mudd’s comments are in the first 1:15 – I recommend not going further unless you have a barf bag near.

President Trump echoed the sentiments of millions of Americans after the damning FISA memo was released. The memo suggested that the Obama FBI and CIA were weaponized against the Trump campaign because top agency officials desperately wanted Hillary Clinton to be president.

“The FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors,” President Trump tweeted, quoting a Wall Street Journal article. “This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law.”

Philip Mudd became unglued shortly after the House Intelligence Committee released the FISA memo detailing the widespread surveillance abuses allegedly committed by the Obama FBI and CIA to illegally spy on former Trump campaign officials.

Mudd falsely claimed that Trump is impugning the entire FBI when the president has repeatedly said his issue is only with the top-level officials  — most of whom are Obama holdovers — who were caught red-handed making anti-Trump statements and trying to influence the 2016 election in Hillary’s favor.

President Trump has repeatedly praised the rank-and-file members of the FBI and CIA, who are not involved in this cloak-and-dagger thuggery.

Twitter reacted to Mudd’s harangue by saying his remarks confirmed widespread speculation that an anti-Trump Deep State is working to thwart the will of the people by sabotaging a duly elected president.

Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, called Mudd’s threats “the most disturbing piece of video you’ll see all day.”

Read the article HERE.

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This is not only a bad actor but a racist, sedition-prone man who has not one iota of caution or common sense. It isn’t the first and doubtfully will be the last time he goes on air to denigrate Blacks, Whites, nor issue threats against the President. For instance, this clip from August 2017 also shows him threatening the President with death.

So here are the facts about this man – FROM HIS OWN BIOGRAPHY……you decide

Phillip Mudd Biography: (included in blue is some additional information)

(1) 1985 – Joined the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst specializing in South Asia and then the Middle East.

(2) 1995-1998 –  Served on the National Intelligence Council as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia (this position is an extremely high level supervisory requiring a LOT of information on South Asia and the Middle East, is generally considered for those holding advanced degrees and supervisory skills to manage more than 100 employees. It requires meeting a lot of standards and security clearance at high levels including being recommended if internally applying)

(3) 1999-2001 –  Managed Iraq analysis at the CIA

(4) 2001 – early 2001, detailed from CIA to serve as the Director for Gulf Affairs on the White House National Security Council (9/11, note this position in 2017 was an appointed position filled by a retired military commander. That should give an idea of just how important the position is in addition to the G14+ requirements)

(5) 2002 – Second-in-charge of counterterrorism analysis in the Counterterrorist Center

(6) 2003-2005 – Deputy Director of the Counterterrorist Center (was unable to check qualification requirements; however, the current deputy director has the following which should give you a better understanding – ” received Bachelor of Arts degrees in government and economics from the College of William and Mary., Master in Business Administration, and a Juris Doctor from the National Law Center at George Washington University)

(7) 2005-2010 – Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Security Branch Deputy Director – appointed by FBI Director Mueller – then became Senior Intelligence Adviser until 2010 when he resigned (2009 Fort Hood, 

Phillip Mudd is the President of Mudd Management, a company specializing in security consulting; analytic training; and public speaking about security issues.  He is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute.  He now serves as Senior Global Adviser to Oxford Analytica, a British-based firm specializing in advising multinational companies.   He sits  on the advisory board for the National Counterterrorism Center and for the Director of National Intelligence, and he serves on the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group.

Mr. Mudd graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. in English Literature (1983), and he earned an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia (1984).

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I see no information on law, intelligence nor counter intelligence degrees. To be clear there are degrees or seminars under the school of Law that could have been added to his educational merits. Apparently he felt he had no need for adding a law degree or intelligence gathering to his alphabet letters. One would believe that this high up in career choice that at a minimum an introductory law or intelligence degree or courses would have been standard procedure even back in 1998. How could anyone take his word seriously when he has not one iota (according to his bio) of legal expertise or intelligence gathering degree?

We have seen the extreme NWO bias of CNN on many occasions and from many of its commentators at least a few whose own bio is less than adequate for their position. Seriously, how did Phillip Mudd manage to make a career at such a top-level without proper credentials?  His lack of such simply negates anything he has to say worth hearing.

In addition one could put forth that he was extremely ambitious or something weird about bouncing from point A deputy or director to senior analyst; or that assignments were very short duration; or he was moved from position to position for incompetence at some level of management.

In any case this man should be brought in by the Secret Service or FBI as a serious threat to the organization and creditable threat to stir animosity in the public arena. His direct link to Mueller also casts a serious Deep State theory pall over every move Mueller has made.

–Uriel–

 

CNN doubles down on stupid – Phillip Mudd’s Mueller connection »

Busted!

  By Hardnox | | CIA, Crime in America, Democrats, Dept of Justice (DOJ), Donald J. Trump, Evil Left, FBI

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The Protocol Used Really Stinks Bad.

Reblogged from an article from Nox and Friends by -Uriel-  Thanks for the post.

Comment by Bob’s Opinion … R.S. Helms

I will truly be disappointed in President Trump is he releases the memo redacted.  He is the President not the upper echelon in the intelligence community and especially the FBI.  It would not be the first appointee or nominee that the staff recommended that has turned out to be bad for the administration.  But just because Trump appointed the now FBI director does not mean that he appointed him to be rogue and unaccountable, or lead the nation.  Trump is President, and the FBI works for him.

The Shadow Government must be exposed and disposed of, and any in congress who have any connection to them and has been unconstitutionally protecting and covering up their wrong doing for the past four or five decades.  This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the corruption goes to all agencies who actually have been writing regulations (laws), harmful to the people and security of the United States.  The Washington Swamp is deep and far reaching in the slime of corruption.

Thanks for reading…  R.S. Helms

 

Panicked FBI sent officials to WH to stop FISA memo release

Panicked FBI sent five officials to the White House to stop FISA memo, and look who they lobbied

BizPak Review
Samantha Chang
February 1, 2018

In a move that should surprise no one, the top brass at the FBI — many of whom are Obama holdovers — does not want the FISA memo detailing alleged surveillance abuses of the Obama FBI released to the public.

Less than a day after President Trump revealed he “100%” plans to release the memo, the FBI issued a statement claiming it has “grave concerns” about Americans seeing the memo. The White House plans to release the FISA memo today.

With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the FBI statement said. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

But Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the FBI’s desperate ploy as evidence of more “stonewalling” by the agency to cover up the widespread surveillance abuses it had committed under the direction of Barack Obama.

 

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Twitter:  Mike‏
Here it is from Nunes: the clearest indication yet of what’s coming. The FBI used lies from the Steele dossier to obtain a warrant against Carter Page, which it then used to fuel a whisper campaign against Trump. Abuse of power, pure and simple. Everything else is commentary.

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“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies,” Nunes said in a statement.

Congressman Nunes added: “It’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign. Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”

 

A panicked Schiff complained Republicans had “secretly altered” the memo before sending it to President Trump’s desk for review.

A rep for the House Intelligence Committee responded by saying the only “edits” that were made were grammatical ones, and “two edits” specifically made at the request of Democrats and FBI officials.

As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes is obligated to inform Congress of FISA abuses being committed to illegally spy on private citizens, which is reportedly what happened to Donald Trump before he became president.

“Chairman Nunes has an obligation — an obligation — to inform Congress when there has been FISA abuses. And so all he’s doing is following on his constitutional duty to let us know about that,” Meadows said. “It’s time for transparency to the American people.”

Read the complete article HERE.

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According to WND there are top agents that have reviewed the information and could not point to any inaccuracies. Yet most of MSM is displaying prominently that there are “grave concerns.”

First, I am sure there are concerns.  Guilt does that. No one wants to get caught doing some naughty, corrupt, or personally damning deed. Need to protect pride or save oneself from repercussions at all cost is reasonable, especially if an option is prison, loss of property, or forever branded as traitor–unacceptable but understandable. You did the deed then you own the consequences.

Second, it is NOT acceptable to withhold the four-page document outlining government wrongdoing from the last president. As long as there are innocent parties and informant names withheld and specific legal information involving a case not displayed to the public eye then there should be no reason not to make the information public.

We absolutely know that Obama, a shadow group, and his administration were attempting to take over our country and its sovereignty. To deny citizens the right to see and read for ourselves what is in the memo and finally understand that we were right all along is not acceptable.

There might be serious repercussions — yes. There might be some reason for alarm to the health and property of particular individuals from crazies — yes. But you guys — OUR EMPLOYEES — do not get the right to decide for us or hide, cover up, in any way alter, or destroy that information. It is time all of it came out in the open.

We have reached the point of no belief without full discloser and the end of tolerance for delays, excuses, collusion, obstruction, or any other action except TRUTH. If we freak and panic, so be it. Sometimes unfortunately the most meaningful lessons are those permanently etched in a memory which was harsh or caused by fear or panic.

Our premier US investigative agency is in tatters from those who have misused and abused it. Now there needs to be a thorough cleaning. Agents loyal to the US not to Obama or some foreign entity are the only ones that should be within its walls and under its shield. Everyone else deserves GITMO time.

We as a nation cannot heal if we are not allowed to see the problem, understand the real ramifications of actions, and find a way forward in unity to a better country. The same can be said for all of the key players being brought before a court to answer for their corruption and any seditious or treasonous actions. We need as a nation to believe that justice has been served; that steps have been taken to never allow this again; that money has returned that was stolen; and most importantly that lives of those who have suffered or been lost have found peace.

We expect justice not wholesale slaughter like during the French Revolution. We expect equality under the law for rich or poor, old or young regardless of sex, religion, country, or activity. We can no longer tolerate the knowledge that there are those from within and without our own country who have been actively selling out our national identity, our rights, our security, and been attempting to enslave our country for generations to come for any sick, perverted, egotistical, or ideological reason.

–Uriel–

Now is the Time of True Revival

 

I copied and posted this great story from the AMAC News Letter, (The conservative alternative to the liberal AARP).  It actually comes from the liberal Harvard University, this is what I have been trying to get across about mainstream Christianity being divided by liberal theology.  Now is the time for the Evangelical Christian to reach out to those who have opened their eyes to the false prophets of liberalism and seeking a conservative Christian family in the local Christian church.  this is worth passing on!  Just stand firm in The Faith.   … R.S. Helms.

Christianity Gets a Faith Lift…From Harvard

persecuted-christians-advent Christianity lift HarvardLiberals have stuck to a pretty consistent strategy in dealing with American Christianity: If you repeat something often enough, people will start to believe it. With the media’s help, they set out to convince the country that evangelicals were dying on the political vine. But, as so often happens, they were proven wrong on the biggest of stages when, in 2016, the church’s “withering” influence proved to be anything but.

Since then, teams of researchers have been trying to get a read on the state of Christianity in America — and what they’ve found might surprise you. After years of hearing the same dire predictions, even churchgoers probably assumed the country’s faith had dwindled. Like us, you’ve seen the headlines about declining church attendance or the millennials’ rejection of faith and just assumed the stories were true.

Not so fast, says Harvard University. Their latest study shows that U.S. Christianity isn’t only alive, but growing. It’s a surprising thing to swallow with the media’s drumbeat of liberal bias, but powerful new statistics point to a resurgence of the faith culture the Left so easily dismisses. In a lengthy commentary by Glenn Stanton in the Federalist, he pours over the data and explains, “Not only did their examination find no support for this secularization in terms of actual practice and belief, the researchers proclaim that religion continues to enjoy ‘persistent and exceptional intensity’ in America. These researchers hold our nation ‘remains an exceptional outlier and potential counter example to the secularization thesis.’”

Believe it or not, the authors of Harvard’s report “found that the percentage of church-attending Americans relative to overall population is more than four times greater today than it was in 1776.” In fact, Stanton points out, “The number of attendees has continued to rise each and every decade over our nation’s history right up until the present day.” Despite the hemorrhaging of mainline congregations, most analysts say the brunt of the losses are liberal churches. “When the so-called ‘progressive’ churches question the historicity of Jesus, deny the reality of sin, support abortion, ordain clergy in same-sex relationships and perform their marriages, people desiring real Christianity head elsewhere,” Stanton reminds people. “Fact: evangelical churches gain five new congregants exiled from the liberal churches for every one they lose for any reason. They also do a better job of retaining believers from childhood to adulthood than do mainline churches.”

In other words, Christianity is shifting — not dying. The number of people who read their Bible, go to church weekly, pray regularly has been “steel-bar constant” for the last half-century. “Patently persistent,” as Harvard calls it. It also happens to be in astounding contrast to other nations. “Attending services more than once a week continues to be twice as high among Americans compared to the next highest-attending industrial country, and three times higher than the average comparable nation.” If the people who once practiced a lukewarm Christianity have found other ways to spend their Sunday mornings, it’s probably no great loss to the cause of Christ and has zero effect on the culture.

“The United States ‘clearly stands out as exceptional,’ and this exceptionalism has not been decreasing over time. In fact, these scholars determine that the percentages of Americans who are the most vibrant and serious in their faith is actually increasing a bit, ‘which is making the United States even more exceptional over time.’” Of course, part of the reason for this consistency is the number of children Bible-believing churches tend to have. Christian parents are outpacing the offspring of other populations, and that’s helped to keep the fabric of faith alive.

Speaking of kids, what about the doom and gloom we keep hearing about millennials leaving the church? Is the next generation as lost as the media makes it out to be? Yes and no. One thing to keep in mind about Pew’s research and others’, Stanton cautions, is that a lot of these millennials who are “abandoning their faith” didn’t have much to begin with. “Pew reports that of young adults who left their faith, only 11 percent said they had a strong faith in childhood while 89 percent said they came from a home that had a very weak faith in belief and practice.” Questioning your beliefs, he points out, is also just part of the maturation process.

So the next time you hear that Christianity is “going the way of the Yellow Pages,” don’t buy it. Liberals only argue that to disparage and diminish you. Don’t let them. As much as they’d like to believe otherwise — and as long as there are Christians living out their faith every day — faith is alive and well in America!

From – Family Research Council – by Tony Perkins