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God’s Help and Comfort Through It All

LTRP Note: As another mass shooting has struck our country, victimizing yet another community, we know of no other words to say today to our readers than the ones from Scripture.

God’s Help and Comfort Through It All

By Warren B. Smith

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:7)

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:13)

Henry Francis Lyte completed the lyrics of his hymn Abide With Me shortly before his passing in 1847. Aware that death was near, he directed his hymn to God who he described as the “Help of the helpless.”

Abide with me! Fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me!

The 1719 hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past by Isaac Watts and William Croft, reminds us that God has been our help in the past and will continue to be our hope in the years to come:

O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come; Be Thou our guide while life shall last, And our eternal home.

The following Scriptures refer directly to the help and comfort God brings to those who put their faith and trust in Him:

God’s Help

God is Our Helper
Behold, God is mine helper. (Psalm 54:4)

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13:6)

God Helps Us
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:7)

God is Our Help and Our Shield
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. (Psalm 28:7)

God is Our Help and Our Deliverer
But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. (Psalm 40:17)

But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying. (Psalm 70:5)

God Helps Deliver Us From the Wicked
And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (Psalm 37:40)

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. (Psalm 94:16-17)

We Pray to God for Help
Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. (Psalm 108:12)

Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy: That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it. (Psalm 109:26-27)

Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. (Psalm 12:1)

O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. (Psalm 71:12)

Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation. (Psalm 38:21-22)

Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. (Psalm 40:13)

Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold. (Psalm 59:2-4)

God is Our Help in Times of Trouble
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. (Psalm 60:11)

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. (Psalm 116:5-6)

We Rejoice in God’s Help
Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. (Psalm 63:7)

God Helps With Our Infirmities
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)

Our Help is in the Name of the Lord
Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:6-8)

God’s Comfort

God is the God of All Comfort
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3)

God Comforts His People
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass. (Isaiah 51:12)

Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. (Isaiah 49:13)

God’s Holy Spirit is Our Comforter
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)

God’s Holy Spirit Abides with Believers Forever
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:16-17)

God Comforts with His Word
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

God Comforts Those Who Are Cast Down
Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus. (2 Corinthians 7:6)

God Comforts in Our Tribulation
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)

God Comforts in Times of Despair
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

God Comforts on Every Side
Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! Thou, which hast showed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. (Psalm 71:19-21)

God Comforts Those Who Mourn
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound . . . to comfort all that mourn. (Isaiah 61:1-2)

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

God’s Comfort Can be Maternal
For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 66:12-13)

God Comforts us With the Promise of His Return
. . . we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)

Forty Helpful and Comforting Verses

The Lord is Around His People
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. (Psalm 25:2)

He Goes Before Us
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

He Never Leaves Us or Forsakes Us
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

He Has Given Us His Word
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

His Word is Quick and Powerful
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

His Word Never Passes Away
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)

He Gives Us Wisdom
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)

He Will Guide Us Continually
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 58:11)

He Will Direct Our Paths
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

He Supplies all our Needs
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

The Lord’s Compassion Never Fails
It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

He Gives Strength to the Weary
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

He Gives Us His Peace
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

He Keeps Us in His Peace
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)

His Peace Keeps our Hearts and Minds
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

He is Our Refuge
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9)

He Delivers Us From Affliction
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19)

He Gives Us Rest
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

He Perfects His Strength in Our Weakness
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

We Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Us
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

He Works All Things For Good For Those Who Love Him
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

He is Able to Keep Us From Falling
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. (Jude 1:24)

He Protects Us
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (Isaiah 43:2)

He Lifts Up a Standard Against the Enemy
When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)

No Weapon Shall Prosper Against Us
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

He Gives Us the Victory Through Jesus Christ
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

He is Faithful to Complete His Work in Us
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

He is Our Guide Unto Death
For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. (Psalm 48:14)

He Gives Us Eternal Life
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Eternal Life is a Gift from God
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

God Sent His Son to be the Propitiation for Our Sins
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

If We Confess Our Sins He Forgives Us
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)

Whoever Calls Upon the Lord’s Name Shall be Saved
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

By Grace We Are Saved Through Faith
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

He Has Prepared a Place for Us
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-3)

He Will Raise Us Up
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. (2 Corinthians 4:14)

His Glory Will be Revealed in Us
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

He Will Wipe Away All Tears
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

What God Has Prepared For Those Who Love Him
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Our Helper and Our Comforter

Lines from the following two hymns echo what the Bible makes very clear. God is our rock, our hiding place, our refuge and defense—our helper ever near. He is our shelter in the time of storm, our wonderful Savior and comfort sweet. In good times and in bad, He is our Helper and our Comforter through it all.

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide, A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide, A Shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night, A Shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes afright, A Shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat, A Shelter in the time of storm;
We’ll never leave our safe Retreat, A Shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear, A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be thou our helper ever near, A Shelter in the time of storm.

 Shelter in the Time of Storm
Vernon J. Charlesworth (1878)

There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God.
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.

Near to the Heart of God
Cleland B. McAfee (1903)

(Photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)

 

How POKEMON and Magic Cards Affect the Minds and Values of Children (and a Warning About Pokemon Go)

pokemon-goLTRP Note: With the recent Pokemon Go craze, we thought this article from 1999 by Berit Kjos about Pokemon was very timely and needed. For those who aren’t sure if Pokemon Go is OK or not, do a search on the Internet to read some of the scary stories happening to people. We linked to one of them below Berit’s article.

By Berit Kjos
Who are the strange little creatures from Japan that have suddenly become global super-stars? Most kids know the answer well: They are called Pokemon (short for POCKEt MONster and pronounced Poh-keh-mon), and they have stirred up some mixed reactions.

“We just sent a letter home today saying Pokemon cards are no longer allowed on campus,” said Paula Williams, a second-grade teacher in Danville, California. “The kids know they’re supposed to be put away when they come in from recess, but they’re often in the middle of a trade, so they don’t come in on time. In the more extreme cases, the older kids are getting little kids to trade away valuable cards . . . . It drives a teacher crazy.”1

It concerns parents even more. “Recently, my children were given a set of Pokemon cards,” said DiAnna Brannan, a Seattle mom. “They are very popular with the children at our church and elsewhere. I was instantly suspicious but couldn’t discern the problem. We have since been told that they are stepping stones to the ‘Magic cards’ that have been popular for the last few years, which we do not allow.”

She is right. For instance, children exploring some of the most popular Pokemon websites 2 will find links to a selection of occult games. At the site for the Wizards of the Coast (makers of the Pokemon and Magic cards), a click on an ad for “Magic the Gathering” brings Pokemon fans to promotions such as this:

“A global games phenomenon, Magic: The Gathering is to the 1990s what Dungeons and Dragons was to the 1980s, but with the added dimension of collectibility. Here is the official reference to the biggest new teen/young adult fantasy game of the decade, complete with full-color reproductions of every existing Magic card.”

THE POKEMON MESSAGE. The above websites gives us glimpse of the mysterious little creatures called Pokemon. Ponder the suggestions in this greeting:

“Welcome to the world of Pokemon, a special place where people just like you train to become the number-one Pokemon Master in the World!”

“But what is a Pokemon, you ask. ‘Pokemon are incredible creatures that share the world with humans,’ says Professor Oak, the leading authority on these monster. ‘There are currently 150 documented species of Pokemon. . . . Each Pokemon has its own special fighting abilities. . . . Some grow, or evolve, into even more powerful creatures.. . . Carry your pokemon with you, and you’re ready for anything! You’ve got the power in your hands, so use it!'” 3

What if children try to follow this advice? What if they carry their favorite monsters like magical charms or fetishes in their pockets, trusting them to bring power in times of need?

Many do. It makes sense to those who watch the television show. In a recent episode, Ash, the boy hero, had just captured his fifth little Pokemon. But that wasn’t good enough, said his mentor. He must catch lots more if he wants to be a Pokemon master. And the more he catches and trains, the more power he will have for future battles.

So Ash sets out again in search for more of the reclusive, power-filled, little Pokemon. His first step is to find the “psychic Pokemon” called Kadabra and snatch it from its telepathic, pink-eyed trainer, Sabrina.

Or so it would seem to a first-time viewer not familiar with the contradictory themes. Actually, Ash doesn’t try to “catch” Kadabra, an evolved version of the Pokemon Abra. In spite of the prodding to increase his inventory of Pokemon warriors — and in spite of the constant reminders to “catch them all” — Ash was merely trying to win a standard battle. With the ghost Haunter on his side, it should have been a cinch!

But Ash underestimates the power of his opponent. When he and Sabrina meet for the fight, both hurl their chosen Pokemon into the air, but only Abra (who becomes Kadabra) evolves into a super-monster with a magic flash. Haunter hides. “Looks like your ghost Pokemon got spooked,” taunts Sabrina.4 Click here to continue reading.

Related Articles:

Pokemon Go is Dangerous – Someone’s story

Three Ways to Protect Your Child From Harmful Toys & Games by Berit Kjos

Barack Obama holds summit against violent extremism: Panels examine links between extremism and faith, gender, internet and private sector

LTRP Note: The following new story is posted for informational purposes and not as an endorsement of the source or the content.

The Associated Press
CBC News

U.S. President Barack Obama says his country is not at war with Islam but with people who have perverted the religion.

Obama was speaking Wednesday at a White House summit on countering violent extremism. He is calling for a focus on preventing militants from recruiting and inspiring others.

Some have criticized his administration for avoiding linking terrorism directly to Islamic extremism. But Obama said those fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda are not religious leaders, but terrorists.

He said no religion is responsible for violence and terrorism, adding that he wants to “lift up voices of tolerance” in the U.S. and beyond.

“We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam,” Obama said at a media briefing during a break in the three-day gathering of police leaders, lawmakers and mayors from around the world.

The president said local leaders, including those in the Muslim community, need do more to reject the “narrative of violent extremists” that promotes an “inherent clash of civilizations.” Click here to continue reading.

Related Articles:

Tony Blair Calls for “Comprehensive Strategy to Counter Religious Extremism”

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: Is religion to blame?—War, Religion, and the Interfaith Global Peace Agenda

Rick Warren’s New Reformation Lines Up With Tony Blair’s “Open-minded” “Tolerant” World

New World Order Will Echo Rick Warren – Fundamentalists Are a Threat

Rick Warren Calling for Reconciliation Between Religion and Politics

 

 

A Tribute to Protecting Our Children – The Tragic Story of Kali Ann Poulton

LTRP Note: The following story is written by Lighthouse Trails author and investigative sergeant Patrick Crough. For 11 years, Lighthouse Trails has been tracking the issue of child sexual abuse as part of our attempt to bring to light the things of darkness. Many people don’t want to think about this issue and are sure that their children will never fall victim to sexual abuse – or worse – murder. But as parents, we have a responsibility to protect our children. We have the God-given right as well as responsibility to be the shepherds of our children. But, just like a shepherd watching over a flock of sheep, we must be aware of the dangers if we are going to protect our children. On this Thanksgiving weekend, we want to pay tribute to children, including Kali Ann Poulton and other children who sadly fell victim to predators. May God help us, as Christian parents and grandparents, to protect the children in our care from abuse, harm, and even spiritual deception.

By Patrick Crough
(From his book, Seducers Among Our Children, Lighthouse Trails)

God has blessed mothers with two special gifts: the privilege of bringing new life into the world, and the gift we often call “mother’s intuition” or “woman’s intuition.” A mother can pick her child’s cry out of a crowded room and know whether he is hungry, angry, or hurt. Or without even turning around, she can sense her child is up to something. Doubtless, any mother will tell you that sometimes she gets it wrong. But mothers share a special bond with their children that men sometimes cannot comprehend. Aside from observing the miracle of this gift at work in my wife with our three children, I have never witnessed a more obvious testament to a mother’s intuition than the tragic case of Kali Ann Poulton.

Kali was a beautiful, blond four-year-old, full of life and promise before she was kidnapped and brutally murdered by someone Kali and her mother knew. I share this story with the utmost respect for the woman who lost her beloved child to an undetected child predator.

On the warm spring night of May 23, 1994, Kali begged her mom, Judy Gifford, to allow her to go outside to play on her Big Wheel. The apartment complex, a quaint and well-kept cluster of two-story buildings nestled in a forest of large maple and oak trees, was teeming with activity thanks to the beautiful weather. Judy was placing inserts in magazines she was to deliver that evening. The small amount of money this single mother made from her second job was to pay for a family trip to Disney World the following summer. As Judy put the flyers together, Kali became increasingly anxious to go outside. She was looking forward to going to McDonald’s after the deliveries were completed. Her mom had promised to get her a snack there and allow some time to play in the outdoor children’s play area.

Spring fever was getting the best of both of them, so Judy finally relented and allowed little Kali to go outside and sit on her Big Wheel. She firmly instructed Kali to stay right in front of their apartment door where she could keep a watchful eye on her as she hastily completed her task. Within minutes, Judy was ready to load up the car and begin her deliveries. When she called out to Kali, her daughter did not answer. Judy found no sign of her daughter when she checked outside their apartment. Panic-stricken, Judy immediately began calling out her daughter’s name and carefully scanning the apartment complex grounds. Concerned neighbors began to assist with the frantic search, but still there was no sign of the young child or her Big Wheel.

About twenty minutes into the search, Judy spotted her neighbor Mark, who had moved into the complex approximately six weeks earlier with his girlfriend and their eighteen-month-old son. Mark was carrying his son to the playground area. Judy noticed his high-top sneakers were untied. She asked him if he had seen Kali. Mark responded “no” and continued walking. Soon the police were called, and two nightmares every parent fears crystallized: one, a beloved child was missing, and two, no one had a clue where she was.

Patrol deputies and command officers coordinated a physical search throughout the night for the missing girl while detectives from the Monroe County Sheriff Zone A Substation interviewed the girl’s parents, their friends, and family members for additional information. At 4:00 a.m. the incident was re-classified from a missing person investigation to a kidnapping investigation. This triggered an escalation within the Monroe County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, which consisted of three investigators: Investigator Thomas Passmore, myself, and our supervisor, Investigator Sergeant Gary Caiola. I remember Sergeant Caiola’s chilling words from his phone call that morning. “A four-year-old girl has been missing all night,” he said. “And it doesn’t look good.”

Shortly after our arrival, Investigator Passmore and I interviewed Kali’s mother. I asked Judy whom she thought we should consider as a potential suspect, but she couldn’t think of anyone. Then I asked her if anyone had recently moved into the apartment complex who had shown an open affection for Kali. “There’s this guy named Mark who just moved in about six weeks ago,” she responded. “He gives me the creeps.” She shared how she and Kali had first met Mark and his son at the apartment complex playground several weeks before. On two or three different occasions, Mark had complimented her on how beautiful Kali was. During one of those encounters, Mark asked Judy if she thought Kali would tell her if someone tried to touch her in an inappropriate way. Judy responded, “Yes” and felt very unsettled by his odd question. Soon after this conversation with Kali’s mother, Investigator Passmore and I made contact with Mark.

li Ann Poulton

Kali Ann Poulton

Mark Christie had a criminal record, but nothing related to crimes against children. He grew up in the village of Hilton, New York, and as a youth, he was considered to be a bit of a punk who walked around with a chip on his shoulder. Based upon our initial contact with him, that chip was still firmly in place. We interviewed Mark with the assistance of another colleague, Investigator Bill Connell, for several long hours one evening, but he maintained his innocence, denying any involvement with Kali’s disappearance. All three of us were convinced he was lying, but we didn’t want to spook him into seeking an attorney, which would make us lose out on any opportunity for a second interview. A second interview would be critical if Mark had kidnapped or murdered Kali, but a defense attorney would never allow his client to help the police locate a victim’s body unless the prosecution granted very serious concessions or total immunity. It was excruciatingly painful to let Mark Christie walk away from us that day.

Mark maintained his silence for approximately two and one-half years. Except for Investigator Passmore and me, nearly everyone discounted Mark as a viable suspect because Judy had seen him near the play area with his son so shortly after her daughter went missing. Thousands of calls, none of which I ever considered a workable lead, were investigated by an army-sized task force of detectives and federal agents. Many potential suspects were interviewed. Many were interrogated in vain. Not one witness or lead was ever produced. I never lost hope, believing relentlessly that every case is just one phone call away from being solved, no matter how bleak the circumstances. We knew we just had to be patient and prepare ourselves to recognize and act on a pertinent phone call if one ever, at long last, came in. Investigator Passmore and I maintained a low-key, casual relationship with Mark. Mark knew he was our chief suspect, because we told him we were ready to talk about getting Kali back to her parents whenever he was ready.

Mark and his family eventually moved from that apartment complex to another complex located in Wayne County, which borders Monroe County on the east. On August 9th, 1996, our break came: we learned that during an argument with his wife the night before, Mark had blurted out that he killed Kali. This admission sprung from a desperate attempt to gain sympathy from his wife, who had decided to leave him due to his strange behavior. Thanks be to God, Mark’s wife immediately left with their son and drove to her father’s house, where she promptly called 911. As promising as this lead was, it did not guarantee a conviction at trial that would send Mark to prison. Mark had not given his wife any specific details of what had occurred. Her testimony would be challenged in a pretrial hearing because in New York State such an admission to one’s spouse is considered protected and privileged. It was critical to interview him before an attorney became involved and slammed the door shut on us.

On that particular day, I was working alone. After I learned Mark might still be at his residence, I immediately drove halfway across the county to speak with him. Upon my arrival, Mark’s mother met me at the front door. She was infuriated by my presence, shouting that Mark was going to see his attorney and not going with me. Mark appeared dejected as if he had already resigned himself to his fate. In spite of his mother’s objections, Mark agreed to get a cup of coffee with me, provided I transport him to his attorney’s office afterward. Mark sat in the front seat of my unmarked police car beside me, un-handcuffed. He said he would tell me everything I wanted to know after he spoke with his attorney. I replied that any lawyer worth his weight in salt would not allow him to speak with me about what happened with Kali. “Her parents will never find out exactly what happened to their baby,” I told him. “Or if she suffered.”

“She didn’t suffer.” Mark responded.

“I hope not.” I said.

As we drove back toward Rochester, I suggested we get some lunch. Mark liked that idea, saying he was “starving.” We settled on an Italian restaurant by the name of Roncone’s on Lyell Avenue in the city. Once seated, Mark ordered Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti, while I ordered linguine in red sauce with sausage. As we waited for our food to arrive, Mark and I sipped our Cokes and ate freshly baked Italian bread. Something about the casual, comfortable atmosphere of a family style Italian restaurant puts people at ease. The smell of a good pasta sauce and the sharing of fresh bread can make would-be adversaries become friends.

Mark stated how he felt badly about what he had done to Kali. He said he had been living a nightmare ever since, haunted by Kali’s face on missing child posters all over the country. Over the two and one-half years that Kali had been missing, the case had been featured prominently on local and national news and talk shows including America’s Most Wanted and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Knowing Mark to be a person who liked to feel in control, I attempted to appeal to his pride. I told him he had beaten the police, fair and square. Mark opened up to this praise just as I had hoped: he said he didn’t want to sound like he was bragging but thought the way he eluded us by getting rid of the Big Wheel was “pretty ingenious.” I feigned agreement and told him I thought it was indeed an amazing feat. A short time later, he asked me if I wanted to know how he “pulled it off.” His ego was getting the better of him. Keeping a sober tone and a casual expression, I responded, “Sure.”

Mark warned me he would only discuss the Big Wheel and would not talk about what happened to Kali. “You don’t have to share anything with me that you aren’t comfortable sharing,” I reassured him. Mark informed me that the Big Wheel was in his apartment for three days after he killed Kali, and the police had missed it when they searched his apartment. I asked him how that was possible. He explained how he had cut the Big Wheel into tiny pieces and hid it in various places; he knew the police would not have legal grounds to search for such small items. Because time was of the essence to locate the missing little girl, Mark knew the police would attempt to search every apartment under the “exigent circumstances exception” without a search warrant. The exception allowed the police to look for a missing child to preserve the child’s life, but not for evidence of a crime. The search of each apartment thus had to be limited to spaces a child’s body could be concealed in, but nothing smaller. This entailed searching rooms, closets, underneath beds, storage bins, and crawl spaces. Most of the apartment searches were completed with the occupant’s consent. If the occupant was unavailable, the search teams were accompanied by an apartment complex manager.

Mark said he hid the pieces of Kali’s Big Wheel in articles of clothing, which were stored in drawers and cabinets, concealing them so well that even his wife never found a single piece. Remarkably, Mark accomplished this before his wife returned home from work the very same night he murdered Kali. When he needed to sneak the Big Wheel through the police roadblock at the apartment complex entrance, Mark placed the tiny pieces in several small duffel bags and put them in the passenger compartment of his vehicle. Mark said that seven New York State Troopers were at the roadblock when he passed through with Kali’s Big Wheel. He thought his heart was going to jump out of his chest when he handed the keys over to one of the troopers, thinking the police were going to search his entire vehicle and everything in it. However, they never asked to see what was inside the duffel bags. Once through the roadblock, Mark drove to each of the four corners of the county and got rid of the pieces.

Our food was delivered to us, and Mark and I continued to talk as we ate our lunch. It was surreal. Here we were, sitting among sixty other patrons eating their lunch, talking about one of the most brutal crimes anyone could ever commit—the rape and murder of an innocent child.

Mark told me he had read a “big book” on police interrogation and was impressed with Investigator Passmore and me after he read it, since we did everything by the book when we interviewed him the first time. I asked Mark if he was close to confessing to us that first night. He said no, because he had too much to lose with his wife and young son. I noted that we could see his obvious affection for Kali and were surprised he was so open about it at the time. Mark explained that he “owed Kali that much.”

What a warped sense of logic, I incredulously thought to myself. Mark then acknowledged how he felt badly for making the police work so hard over the past few years. Playing along with his attempt to display his sense of honor, I thanked him for having the courage to come forward and relieve us of this enormous burden. I sensed he was emotionally vulnerable that moment, so I asked him if I could propose to him what I thought happened with Kali. He knew my partner and I had always suspected him, but lacked proof. Mark welcomed my theory, so I began:

“Mark, I believe that Kali ended up riding her Big Wheel up to your apartment, probably hoping to play with your son. You must have been outside and happily invited her inside your apartment. While she was inside, something must have happened that wasn’t supposed to happen. So, you grabbed your son and ran outside to collect your thoughts and figure out what to do. While you were in the play area with your son, Judy Gifford found you while she was searching for Kali. The encounter with Judy provided you with a solid alibi. You returned to your apartment and retrieved Kali’s body, placing it in some type of bag or suitcase. You then quietly carried her to your car and drove out of the complex with your son at your side before the first sheriff’s deputy was even on the scene.”

Mark looked across the table at me and smiled faintly as we sat in silence for a moment. “You’re very close,” he acquiesced. I assured Mark that Judy and David, Kali’s father, would be very grateful if he could share at least some details about Kali’s death. I asked him if there was any other person who could provide us with those details, but he said no, he was the only one.

I remarked as to how baffled I was that no one had observed him leaving his apartment with such a big bag or suitcase. Mark explained that a lot of people were around at the time, but he was insignificant to them and had thus gone unnoticed. Appealing to his pride again, I commended Mark for keeping such a low profile and cool head, and for thinking so clearly and quickly under such great pressure. He admitted that Investigator Passmore and I were very close to getting him when we had paid a visit to him that past March at the department store where he worked, but how he then quickly realized we possessed nothing new on him. He shared how he thought about Kali every day and how he had been trying to think of a way to retrieve her body from where he had placed it after the murder—a cooling tank in the building where he worked as a security guard at the time. Mark had feared that Kali’s body would eventually be discovered and the police would be able to immediately connect him to it.

Allowing him to stay in control, I patiently told Mark it was his decision and his alone whether he wanted to tell me what happened. I encouraged him to consider that although he knew he didn’t mean to kill Kali, if he didn’t tell his side of the story, he would be looked upon as a child-killing monster. I led Mark to believe that Kali’s death wasn’t his fault. Yet nothing could be further from the truth; it was simply a technique to make him feel more comfortable talking about his despicable deed. Minimizing a criminal’s culpability is a common interrogation tactic, but sometimes it can come across as patronizing and backfire.

Mark then asked me how much prison time he was looking at. There was no minimizing this aspect, and he knew it. I told him at least twenty-five years, adding that I would be surprised if he was ever released from prison. Mark protested that it was unfair he would have to do a life sentence away from his wife and son. He had been living his own nightmare over the past few years, and he felt that alone should count for something.

I countered that the general public wasn’t going to care about him or his suffering but that ultimately he had to come to terms with himself, his family, and God. He then offered to tell me how he killed Kali if I would arrange for him to see his wife and son. I promised to arrange it. He had finished his lunch by this time, but I was still eating.

Mark started out again by saying that Kali did not suffer. I then proceeded to ask him how he killed her.

“I strangled her,” he answered, “but I didn’t do anything to her.”

“You mean, you didn’t have sex with her?” I asked.

“Yeah,” he answered.

I knew he was lying. All I could think about was how afraid that poor little girl must have been during her last moments on this earth. I found it absolutely astonishing that her killer was upset he wasn’t going to be given special consideration for his perceived “suffering” over the past few years. Though I had lost my appetite, I just kept picking away at my lunch and asking what happened that night, making certain I didn’t appear too eager for his answer. Mark said that Kali rode over to his apartment on her Big Wheel and asked if she could play with his son Alex. Mark knew her mother would not approve of Kali going into his apartment, so he let her in and placed her Big Wheel in the kitchen so that no one would see it next to his apartment door. Mark said that Kali went upstairs with Alex to Alex’s room and started playing with his toys while he went into his bedroom across the hall.

About ten minutes after Kali’s arrival, Mark heard Judy calling out her name. He got nervous, fearing he would get into trouble for having Kali in his apartment. Mark said that Kali walked across the hall into his bedroom at that time. Seeing the little girl in his bedroom, he panicked and strangled her to death. He maintained that he felt like he was dreaming during the entire event.

I personally believe Mark was actually molesting little Kali but got spooked by her mother calling out to her. The sound of Judy’s frantic voice calling out must have cut him like a knife through the open windows of his apartment. I don’t believe he panicked at all. I think he made a cold, calculated decision to kill Kali to keep her from telling her mother what he had done to her. But I knew I wasn’t in a position to push him about the rape while we were in the restaurant. The only way Mark would keep talking to me was if I let him stay in control of the conversation. Many child predators never admit to raping a child because it reveals just how very sick, twisted, and evil they really are. This murderer was attempting to rationalize his despicable actions as a panic response to what Kali’s mother might do if she found her daughter in his apartment. I felt like saying, “Mark, that is an absolute lie, and you know it!” Honestly, I would have said it using far more vulgar and graphic language. But I didn’t. In these types of cases it is imperative to keep one’s emotions locked away in order to achieve the real goal—legal justice.

Mark said he carried Kali’s body downstairs and placed her on the dining room floor. He then went outside with his son to collect his thoughts. While outside, he saw Judy in the playground area as she was searching for her daughter. When the panic-stricken mother asked him if he had seen Kali, he coolly replied, “No.” Knowing he now possessed an airtight alibi from the victim’s own mother, Mark returned to his apartment and realized it wasn’t a dream when he observed Kali’s body lying on the floor. He placed her body in a laundry basket, covered it up with a blanket, carried the basket to his vehicle, and placed it in the trunk. With his young son accompanying him, Mark drove to the Nor-Tel Company on Humboldt Street in Rochester, where he was employed as a security guard. He drove around to the back of the building and placed the laundry basket outside of the rear door to the utility room. He then drove with his son around to the front and went inside the main entrance. Mark told the two security guards on duty he had left something important at work and came back to pick it up.

While carrying his own child, Mark walked to the back of the building and retrieved Kali’s body through the rear exterior door of the utility room. He then climbed to the top of an enclosed 30,000 gallon tank filled with liquid coolant, opened the hatch door and dumped Kali’s body inside the tank. I asked Mark if he had cut Kali’s stomach open to prevent her body from floating to the top of the tank.

“No,” he replied. He explained how he had found a piece of heavy metal equipment in the utility room and tied it to Kali’s body to weigh her down. I asked Mark if he had kept Kali’s clothing or the blanket in which she had been wrapped. He replied that he got rid of everything, including the clothes basket. Mark added that he left Kali’s earrings in her ears.

“It should have never happened. It was a waste,” he offered.

“You’re right, Mark.” I responded. “It should never have happened.”

Mark’s eyes had become glassy. We sat in silence at our table for what seemed like a long time as the other patrons sat around us, oblivious to what had just occurred.

I paid the bill and Mark left a two-dollar tip. Afterward, I drove him to my office. Mark sat in the front seat where he still remained un-handcuffed. I had to maintain that he was neither in my custody, nor under my physical control until we reached my office at headquarters; otherwise, his verbal confession could be ruled inadmissible. Once we arrived in my office, I gave him the phone and he called his attorney. He was arrested that night and charged with the murder of Kali Ann Poulton. A year later, Mark Christie pled guilty to the murder and was given a sentence of twenty-five years to life in prison. He is serving out that life sentence in the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

Had it not been for Judy Gifford’s gut feeling or intuition, her daughter’s killer might have never been identified and brought to justice. Mark had an airtight alibi so he was not considered a viable suspect by the majority of the thirty-member investigative task force of local, state, and federal investigators. In fact, most of the other investigative teams went so far as to eliminate him as a suspect on the grounds he did not have the means or the time to commit this crime. Had it not been for her mother’s intuition, most likely Investigator Passmore and I would not have placed him in our sights.

When we hear of a disturbing crime such as this, we are shocked and fearful. We may keep a more watchful eye for a while even though we don’t really know exactly what we are looking for. Intuition is a powerful force. However, when we sense a red flag or “get the creeps” about someone, it is easy for our minds to rationalize it away as paranoia, prejudice, or the illogical product of having a bad day. After all, who wants to believe a neighbor, trusted friend, talented coach, gifted teacher, loving family member, or caregiver is not what they appear to be? We quickly become ashamed of ourselves and choose to ignore our gut feelings. Every parent subconsciously weighs the potential risk to his or her children against the benefit of a particular outing, experience, or relationship. However, living in a constant state of paranoia and locking our children away is not the right answer.

9780984636655(The above story is from Patrick Crough’s book Seducers Among Our Children.)

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Signs of the Times: Raising a Generation of Sociopaths

by Maria Kneas
(author of Strength for Tough Times)

Recently, WorldNetDaily had an article about a race riot in Virginia Beach – wide-spread violence and destruction by black college students who were “having fun.” This involved forty thousand college students. That is a huge number of people. It’s like a full-fledged invasion.[1]
Their “fun” included destroying a small family business that had taken a lifetime to build. It was the kind of small place that gets “regulars,” where people know each other.

That “fun” also resulted in three stabbings, three shootings, and numerous beatings – one so severe that it resulted in bleeding in the brain. These college kids were terrifying people “for fun.” All of the victims were white, and all of the perpetrators were black.

(For the record, my writing about this incident has absolutely nothing to do with racism. I was a civil rights activist back in the days of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These are facts that show something about the state of many of our young people, regardless of race.)

These were not gang kids. And they were not poor, oppressed, deprived, inner city kids. These were college kids. They had enough education and enough money to be able to go to college.

The destruction and violence wasn’t based on anger due to some kind of Rodney King incident or anything like that. It was just a bunch of college kids “having fun.”

This reminds me of the video of college students having “fun” at a birthday party by playing a game called “abortion battles.” Pairs of boys put balloons underneath their shirts, pretending to be pregnant. They attacked each other’s bellies with forks, trying to pop those balloons. And the party crowd was laughing and cheering them on, yelling things like, “Kill that baby!” These were college students, mostly white, and girls as much as boys. (You can see a video of this on YouTube.)[2]

It also reminds me of some kids who gang raped a girl. Then they laughed and said things like, “She is so raped!” They also urinated on that girl, and bragged about it, laughing as they did. (You can see a video of their bragging on YouTube.)[3]

It also reminds me of something that happened back in the days when I was a temporary secretary, going from place to place. In one office, I worked with a young woman who cheerfully told me that she had deliberately gotten pregnant in order to see if she was able to. Then she had an abortion, because she didn’t want to have a baby. She murdered a baby in order to find out if she was fertile.

She told me about this cheerfully and pleasantly, as part of light conversation, as if what she had done was normal behavior. Here again, we are are not talking about some poor, disadvantaged, uneducated person. We are talking about a secretary – a professional with education and special training.

For years, our public schools been promoting “values clarification,” and teaching kids that there are no moral absolutes. That there is no such thing as objective truth. That there is no such thing as objective right and wrong. The behavior I described above is the fruit of that teaching.
The definition of being “criminally insane” is being unable to tell the difference between right and wrong. So we are literally teaching school kids to become criminally insane. Or to put it another way, we are teaching them to become sociopaths.

There is a TV channel called Nickelodeon. Years ago, it had reruns of good old-fashioned clean-cut shows like “Leave it to Beaver.” Parents believed that their kids could safely watch this channel, because of the shows that it carried. However, between the segments of the shows, they had quick skits showing kids with total disrespect for their parents, and things like that. Perhaps you could call those “commercials” for a spirit of lawlessness.

They also had a game show. I saw one episode of it. They took two teams of school kids, and put them in rooms (nice rooms, with nice things in them). The aim of the game was to totally trash the rooms as fast and as thoroughly as they could. There was upbeat music playing while they did it, and the audience was laughing and cheering. The team that trashed their room the fastest won a prize.

That game was teaching those kids to do exactly what those college kids did to that family business in Virginia Beach. And it was teaching that lesson to middle class kids in nice homes, in nice neighborhoods, all over America.

This kind of stuff is satanic. However, most of these kids are not satanists or occultists. Most of them are not being cruel and destructive in an attempt to get occult power. Rather, they are just “having fun.”

Other people don’t seem like real people to them. They perceive them as being just props on their stage — just objects to be used. These kids are acting like sociopaths. And our entertainers and our teachers have taught them to be that way.

To that mix, add the fact that many colleges today are teaching that, by definition, every white person is a racist. And that racism doesn’t depend on what they say, or what they do, or how they think. According to those colleges, just having white skin, by definition, makes people racists. Therefore, the teachings of those colleges encouraged those black kids to attack, terrify, and vandalize white people in Virginia Beach.[4]

We all know that the Nazis and the Communists did things that were cruel and destructive. But for many of them, that was not their original intention. They had been taught that what they were doing would lead to a utopia, to a better world for themselves and for their children. They saw themselves as doing something that was necessary in order to bring about the utopia that they longed for.

Because they had a conscience, they had to be deceived in order to get them to do bad things. It took a lot of clever propaganda, shameless lying, and brainwashing techniques in order to get the people to the point where they would call evil good, and call good evil – and act accordingly.

They were taught that what they were doing would lead to a “greater good,” to a better world. Of course, their thinking was twisted. But because they had been deceived, they thought that they were doing the right thing.

With Muslim jihadists, it is something similar. They think that it is a religious duty to get rid of “infidels.” They believe that it pleases their “god” Allah – that he wants them to do it, as has been written in the Koran. And they are also looking for a utopia — a world-wide caliphate with universal sharia law.

Muslim clerics teach them that it is a virtue to hate “infidels.” I saw a video of one cleric who proudly said, “I hate them from the bottom of my heart.” Again, it is twisted. They are calling evil good, and calling good evil. However, because they have been deceived, they think that they are doing the right thing.

What we are seeing here in America has gone even further down the slippery slope. These kids don’t have to think that mayhem is for the purpose of creating a “greater good.” They will do it just to “have fun” – as if it’s just a video game or something.

Violent video games that they play keep reinforcing that. So does the violent rap music, or demonic rock music, that they keep pumping into their heads. And so do HBO’s music videos.

Years ago, I once saw one of those HBO music videos when I was visiting somebody in the hospital. He turned off the sound, but I saw an incredible amount of violence and death and occultism, all mixed in with sex. Of course, that associates death and violence with sexual pleasure. It was unspeakably depraved.

Kids like these would fit in well for working at concentration camps, and being torturers, and so on. They have no conscience at all. They have become sociopaths. And these college kids will become leaders in society, because of their education.

However, none of this could have happened if the Christians in our nation had been vigilant, instead of being seduced by the world, and distracted with materialism and busy-ness.

We didn’t need to have a Babylonian invasion in order to destroy America. We have done it to ourselves, from within. And the “cultural Christians” in this nation have allowed it to happen, right under their noses.

But, as in the days of Elijah, God has a faithful Remnant. And He can use even this mess for His glory. He can use it to wake some people up, and make them realize that they need God. They cannot make it on their own. They desperately need God.

So, as in the days of the early church, under horrible persecution by the Romans, the true church will grow and get stronger. True Christians will become more serious about God, and more devoted to Him and to their brothers and sisters in Christ. What the enemy means for evil, God will use for good.

Our nation is under God’s judgment. But individuals who love Him will come through the refiner’s fire as pure gold.
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NOTES
1. “‘Beach week’ Draws Black Crowd – and Violence,” WorldNetDaily, April 30, 2013, http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/beach-week-draws-black-crowd-and-violence
2. “‘Abortion Battles’ Game Caught on Video,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78rYupgxxoI
3. “Teens Caught on Tape Laughing About Sexually Abusing and Urinating on Underage Girl” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9-JARpqoj4
4. “College Thought Police Enforce Global Values,” http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/009/thought-police.htm


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