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A lesson in deception and manipulation.


I’ve unsubscribed from Bill Randles blog.

In his recent post with the title “My One and Only Trump column…(I hope)” he continues the anti-Clinton rhetoric of earlier posts while continuing to claim he’s not trying to push or support Trump,

With that post he includes a link to a video that he has given the title: Hillary: Christians must change their Religion

I went to the link to see what was revealed.

The video starts with a lower screen caption saying

HILLARY: CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA MUST DENY THEIR FAITH IN CHRISTIANITY, ADHERE TO NEW LIBERAL LAWS

 

For some time a presenter primes the viewer for the terrible things the video will reveal about Clinton’s plans for followers of Jesus, the kind of thing encompassed in the fore-mentioned caption.
We are treated to a photo of an angry looking Clinton dominated by a statement made to appear like a command she is shouting at the viewer.

manipulation

And finally we get to the “evidence”, a section of video featuring Clinton herself addressing an audience. Here is the FULL transcript of what she says within that video. Which I assume is the best evidence they have to support their claims about Clinton.

…far too many women are being denied critical access to reproductive healthcare and safe childbirth. All the laws we’ve passed don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice mot just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will and deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.
As I have said and as I believe the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their society is the great unfinished business of the 21st century. And not just for women, but for everyone, and not just in faraway countries but right here in the United States.

Yes she does say something about religious beliefs having to be changed – what religion and what beliefs? They are unspecified. That is the only reference to religion within the excerpt screened.

Where is content that would justify the captions and even Bill Randles’ link title?

Considering the context of female reproductive health the religious beliefs and cultural codes she references could be anything – maybe something like female genital mutilation practiced in some sects of Islam, or Catholic denial of contraceptive methods. NOTHING is said about any need to deny the Christian faith, and nothing is said or even implied about kneeling to do so.

That video excerpt is followed by the return of the presenter, who excitedly continues with:

“Did you see that? Did you notice that she said that the change of Christian beliefs is the unfinished business of the 20th Century? This means that she wants to persecute Christians.”

Hold on – sorry, let’s back up to see where she said that again:

“I believe the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their society is the great unfinished business of the 21st century.”

Is that what the presenter has claimed she has said? Is there any truth to what he claims?
Is there any truth in anything he has claimed or in the captions emblazoned across the screen during the video that can be gathered from the “proof” offered in the footage of Clinton’s speech?
NO!

But then he continues, revealing the real agenda behind the video when he says : “God willing, Donald Trump will vanquish this witch…”

It is lies. It is deception. It is manipulative propaganda at its worse – all claimed to be conducted in the name of Christ, basically misusing the name of God for a political agenda.

And this all seemingly endorsed and promoted by Bill Randles, a bible teacher I once respected

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 link to the video in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-uaBzbHR80&feature=share

 link to Randles article featuring the link https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2016/10/10/my-one-and-only-trump-column-i-hope/

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12 Responses to “A lesson in deception and manipulation.”


  1. October 13, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I confess I was very apprehensive about the response I might get to the above article, but so far the only comment has been the one above from Marleen, which didn’t really address the article itself.

    However, while I’ve unsubscribed from Randles blog, I’m still getting email notifications related to the comments section on his blog for threads where I’ve participated.

    Through that I can see how some people completely shut their eyes to the very clear evidence I’ve presented to show what a fraudulent video that was, and they continue their self-justification.

    One commenter stated : “I don’t believe many are confused about her revelations in that speech…”

    Well clearly the producers and presenters of that video were completely confused – or maybe not. They knew EXACTLY what they were doing, and have no excuse for their lies and deception. And now, neither do those who continue to justify, and promote the video – or use it to support the false message it presents.

  2. October 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I shouldn’t be surprised, but after making it totally clear that the video mentioned in this post is manipulative, and deceptive, I think there should be some people publically repenting for believing and promoting the video. But no – a few couldn’t even respond with an embarrassed silence but attempted to offer some kind of self-justification.

    But still no word from Bill Randles himself.

  3. 4 Jeanne T.
    October 13, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Bill has already responded to you, many times, at his own site.

  4. October 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Jeanne said:

    Bill has already responded to you, many times, at his own site.

    Not on this specific and very important example.

    But I’m not expecting him to give any reply to me. The only acceptable action he can take on this matter is repentance involving the following steps: 1) to remove his link to that site. 2) apologise on his blog for recommending that video and its blatantly lying message.

    Perhaps my one regret about my article is that I merely posted a link to it when it would have been better to directly post the whole article onto Bill’s blog.

  5. October 13, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Please note, commenters have also added their thoughts about this thread in the comments of the “reaping what was sown” thread.

  6. 7 Marleen
    October 14, 2016 at 5:06 am

    What you quoted above is from what I easily found, the speech she gave, when someone pulled that on me. And, inexplicably, they brought it up after complaining about religion themselves.

    http://www.cnn.com/shows/cnn-films-we-will-rise I saw the last half or so of this last night. It occurred to me that these kinds of encouragements might be offensive to some Christians (I know they are).

  7. 8 Marleen
    October 14, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I’ll give you another example of deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases that have since been changed to some degree. Somewhere else in Africa, men had been told that having sex with a virgin would protect them from HIV [and there are fewer and fewer and younger and younger virgins when they are sought out for this purpose]. They were also influenced by the Catholic barring from using condoms. Additionally, there had been a “study” (poorly designed and badly controlled and read) used to suggest being circumcised would significantly reduce the spread of AIDS. The “Pope” finally came out and said families could use condoms to protect from life-threatening infection (but not to prevent conception).

    Now, there is a very serious disease from, about, Florida on south (originating farther south) — Zika. Women have been told there (in Central and South America) not to get pregnant. The infection causes serious birth defects with the brain, the eyes, the very size of the head, and more. So what does it matter to be asked, even pleaded with, not to get pregnant? If women have no say so over their bodies in a sexual encounter (including in marriage) or avoidance of it and no access to birth control, so what then? Is it enough for the government or church leaders or health experts to put words out there simply saying pregnancy should be avoided right now? Or should women be allowed agency? Or should men be told to use condoms too?

  8. 9 Jerod
    October 18, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Your anger and bitterness toward Bill Randles is unfounded. He chose a bad link. There are plenty of others which dissect her religious views and amorality using that very quote among others, and other actions she has taken (May 10, 1975 for example).

    I can see dissuading others from voting for Trump, I dislike him very much ( I responded to you on his blog) and I don’t know what I am going to do. But to dissuade the flock of God from hearkening to sound doctrine is dangerous for someone who claims to share those beliefs. He is a good teacher caught between a rock and as hard place. Your vote may be wrong as well. We’ll find out soon enough.

    Maybe you are confused as to what is a relational issue as opposed to a doctrinal issue. You have to admit that this “election” cycle has called every believer to examine whether a perceived “greater good” trumps personal conviction. As every believer examines and persuades each other, we must remember that God himself is a humble God, who is merciful towards us in Christ. Pride is leaven in the remnant body. Can you think about extending Bill some mercy of your own, some grace and humility as you have received from God himself?

  9. October 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Hi Jerod thanks for visiting my blog. You said:

    Your anger and bitterness toward Bill Randles is unfounded. He chose a bad link.

    I’m pleased you recognise it was bad link to use, but has Bill removed it yet? Has he apologised for using it? Has he replaced it with one of those “plenty of others” you mention?

    No, there is absolutely NO anger and bitterness toward Bill Randles; just deep disappointment that a teacher I respected has taken such a path, that without repentance will ruin his ministry.
    Oh he may continue to maintain a following. The numbers of that following could even increase, but its fruitfulness will wither. Such a path can only lead further away from sound doctrine.

    As for confusing “what is a relational issue as opposed to a doctrinal issue” – there is no practical distinction between the two. Character will ultimately have its effect on doctrine.

    Any greater good will relate to the purposes of the Kingdom of God and God’s agenda for His world.

    The greater good has very little to do with a love for America or the various manipulative agendas of its politicians.

    The mercy I extend to Bill is the mercy of the Truth. I’ve written on his blog out of deep concern for him and for the people he teaches.

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    note: I’ve just been to Bill’s article where he included that “bad link” and see it’s still there. But I also note that my most recent comment, a reply to another commenter (“Faith Contender”) who addressed me personally has been deleted. That makes two of my replies to her/him that have been deleted. The first of them I copied before posting and I’ve added to my blog here: https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/deception-and-manipulation-revisited/


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