Banned in Berkeley?

I tried to log onto my humble blog the other day. But I couldn’t.

I wrote to my hosting company. What was going on? They checked it out and found that my blog had been hacked.

Not just hacked, but destroyed. The entire workings of the website decimated. At first, the experienced hosts couldn’t figure out what to do.

“Seriously compromised,” they told me. So they bumped it up to their highest level. A senior tech took over the case.

He told me that he’d try to rebuild the entire site from the inside out. I figured that it was hopeless.

But lo and behold, the tech wizard got it going. Hence, you are reading this blog right now.

This wasn’t the first time that I felt targeted for simply writing the truth, as I see it. There are other times. I will share a truly surreal experience that I had a few years ago.

I was staying at a hotel, a well-known chain. As usual, I had no computer access on me — no Smart Phone, nor IPad, nor “I” anything else.

The hotel did have a couple of computers in the lobby. So I went downstairs and checked a few websites. Then I decided to take a peek at my own.

To my shock, instead of viewing my modest little website, instead I saw large black and red words blaring. It said that due to objectionable content, this site could not accessed.

I thought that it was a mistake. Given that there isn’t a single obscenity in my peaceful postings, certainly I hadn’t been banned in Berkeley and everywhere else. But I tried the other computer, and got the same response. It is really a sad day in America when people can look at the most perverted trash in the world but free speech is chucked for conservatives and Christians.

And now the very formidable attack on my website. This was likely a professional job, not the work of some hacker living in his mom’s basement.

So there you have it. The enemies of freedom, of everything that is wholesome and good in this world, don’t have any real arguments. They can’t debate on the points. They are too frightened and threatened to allow alternative points of view to be given the light of day.

It’s sad, really. . . tragic. Horrifying when you think about it. While some people still think that we live in the land of the free, there is ample evidence to the contrary.

The Powers-that-Be snoop in our emails; they listen to our phone conversations; they irradiate us at the airport, while random strangers leer at our bodies through a screen. The freedom that Americans once possessed has gone up in smoke. (1)

Pope Paul VI once made a similar illusion to smoke. He said that after Vatican II, the “smoke of Satan” had entered the Church.

The phrase is pithy. It is ironic too, since it may partly be that Pope’s eliminating the sublime and supernatural Latin Mass that helped open the door to the old Devil himself.

But it’s not just in the Catholic Church that Satan has made himself known. He’s all over the place: the media, Hollywood, schools, the government. You name it, he’s there and oftentimes has a starring role. There is even a television show named after him.

So what will I do next? Now that my lowly blog is back up and running (for now), will I continue to write? Or will I stop?

Honestly, I don’t know. I’m 50/50, leaning towards stopping before too long. It will be very sad for me to cease blogging, and I will miss it very much — and all of you.

If, at one point, you don’t hear from me again, I am likely alive and well (fingers crossed). Regardless of what I am doing — whether writing or not — I will tell you one thing, and that is for certain.

I may decide to give up blogging. But I will never, ever — and I mean never — abandon Jesus Christ. Nor His true church, which is the Roman Catholic Church.

It doesn’t matter what shenanigans are pulled on me by the bullies that surround us. In a world of great uncertainty, in the end, Almighty God is all that we have.


(1) What I’ve also noticed, disturbingly, is how much of the Internet has been censored. Over the years, I have bookmarked numerous videos and articles to check out “on a rainy day.” I decided to take a look at them. Almost all of them were gone, taken down.

These are the times that we live in, and they are chilling.

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