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Missionary Tells Harrowing Tale of Prison Time He and His Wife Spent in Venezuela

This horrific story is not without an incredible ending.

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‘It was as close to hell as you can imagine,’ said Josh, taking a deep breath. ‘We’re lucky to have made it out alive. When I first got there I was terrified and became very ill.

‘They threw me in a tiny cell barely big enough to fit a bunk bed in with no toilet. I had to crap on newspaper on the floor and pee in a bottle, the stench was unbearable.

‘In the first six months I dropped 60lb in weight, I had bronchitis, scabies, kidney stones and hemorrhoids and the only medical attention I was given was a shot of pain killers.

‘I was in constant pain in my stomach and one of my teeth split in two. I had agonizing tooth ache for three months and didn’t once see a dentist or receive medication.’

Despite the devastated economy in Venezuela, the textbook example of the many failures of a Marxist economy, American leftists still laud the “people’s revolution” in the socialist regime and continue to push the same ideology up North.

“Cognitive dissonance” doesn’t even come close.

And in true Marxist fashion, the Chavez-founded, Maduro-succeeded regime has hosted a slew of political prisoners subject to brutal conditions and even torture over the years.

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See, because socialism is so great, you have to create a culture of fear, intimidation, and corruption just to maintain it!

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Josh Holt is a 26-year-old Mormon missionary from Riverton, Utah, who was recently released from the notorious El Helicoide prison in Caracas where he was held on espionage charges.

Holt is not a spy, but just a regular American who met a beautiful Mormon girl, Thamy, online in 2016. They fell in love, as often happens in the new millennium, and Holt soon traveled to Venezuela where he proposed to and married Thamy. He remained in Venezuela with his new bride as they awaited Thamy’s visa.

That was when their nightmare began. Venezuelan police raided Thamy’s apartment, accused the duo of “weapons stockpiling”, and dragged them off to prison.

There, he was detained in squalor, defecating on newspaper and being subject to dehumanizing psychological torture like fake staged executions and torture.

Holt recently gave his account to Daily Mail:

‘It was as close to hell as you can imagine,’ said Josh, taking a deep breath. ‘We’re lucky to have made it out alive. When I first got there I was terrified and became very ill.

‘They threw me in a tiny cell barely big enough to fit a bunk bed in with no toilet. I had to crap on newspaper on the floor and pee in a bottle, the stench was unbearable.

‘In the first six months I dropped 60lb in weight, I had bronchitis, scabies, kidney stones and hemorrhoids and the only medical attention I was given was a shot of pain killers.

‘I was in constant pain in my stomach and one of my teeth split in two. I had agonizing tooth ache for three months and didn’t once see a dentist or receive medication.’

His wife, Thamy, was sickeningly subject to even more brutality, in the form of physical torture and constant interrogations. She gave her emotional account:

Tightly clasping Josh’s hand and breaking down in tears, Thamy recalled: ‘They covered my eyes, wrapped my arms in newspaper and electrocuted me with a taser, and they put the ends of my fingers in a pencil sharpener. I was so scared.

‘They wanted me to sign a confession that Josh was part of an espionage plot, that he led a CIA team sent to undermine the Venezuelan government, that he had killed people. I just cried and refused.’

This horrific story is not without an incredible ending. After two years in detainment, the couple, with the help of Trump administration senior officials, were finally released and escorted together to the airport, where they flew back home with Thamy’s two small daughters. They met with the President last week before being reunited with family.

The best part came upon their return to Utah, where friends and family were overjoyed to meet them and gave them a truly American welcome:

Two days later Holt landed back home in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was greeted by a large crowd of family and friends, some holding signs in English and Spanish saying ‘We never gave up’ and Let Freedom Ring’.

Holt’s grandmother, Malinda, draped an American flag around her grandson’s shoulders during the emotional homecoming as the crowd sang the national anthem.

For Holt, being back home on US soil surrounded by his family as a free man has still yet to sink in.

Let freedom ring, indeed.

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LA County Now Lifting Ban On Indoor Worship Services ‘To Align With Recent SCOTUS Rulings’

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Los Angeles County has decided to finally follow the Constitution and honor the First Amendment right of freedom of religion — a right handed down by God Himself — and lift a ban on indoor church worship services over the weekend after recent Supreme Court rulings in favor of houses of worship. Gee, how nice of them to allow folks to do what God commands them to do and hold services inside a building like normal people. This should never have been something that needed a Supreme Court ruling. The Constitution is pretty clear that the right to freely expression religion is protected. via Daily Wire: “The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with recent Supreme Court rulings for places of worship,” the county said in a press release Saturday. “Places of worship are permitted to offer faith-based services both indoors and outdoors with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings over both the nose and mouth that must be worn at all times while on site. Places of worship must also assure that attendance does not exceed the number of people who can be accommodated while maintaining a physical distance of six feet between separate households.” “Public Health strongly recommends that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors, with physical distancing and the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community,” the release continued. “Because Los Angeles County is experiencing an unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to congregants and to the entire community is critical. This is an absolute win for religious liberty, one of the most important and fundamental rights our republic was established upon. In fact, it was our forefathers seeking after religious…

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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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