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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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The Systemic Antisemitism Of the Woke Culture and Modern Leftism

They claim to be fighting against hatred, but truth is there is systemic antisemitism of woke and cancel culture which media doesn’t report.

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The far left has been injecting Antisemitism into the American political discourse since the early 1970s when leftist African American leaders such as Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, Louis Farrakhan, and the beloved bigot, Al Sharpton, all went public with their Antisemitism. One would think that in today’s times of wokeism and cancel culture, the Jew-haters of the left would be exposed, shamed, and weeded out of the leftist movements. However, the opposite is happening. antisemitism of woke culture According to Melissa Langsam Braunstein of the National Examiner, fighting Antisemitism can get you canceled. Woke theology teaches that Jews are privileged oppressors. So, when Jews are literally assaulted on the streets by the Left’s political allies, the incidents become Rorschach tests. Many view Jews as victims, but the woke prefer to intimate that Jews must be the aggressors. As a general rule, leftists don’t blame victims unless they’re Jewish. One thing you may have noticed with the rise of Anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. concurrent with the recent Israel-Hamas war is that Antisemitism is that in most cases liberals didn’t criticize anti-Semitic attacks without mentioning Islamophobia despite the fact that there was no actual link between the two. But that’s not totally new. In 2019 when some Democrats wanted to rebuke Rep. Omar for her Antisemitism, the Congressional Black Caucus blocked the resolution because it didn’t mention Islamophobia. Instead, they passed a generic resolution that basically said that being mean to others is bad. Really? I learned that lesson when I was a child watching programs such as Romper Room, Howdy Doody, and Captain Kangaroo. As for the Jew-hating Rep Omar, she not only voted for the measure but celebrated it as a step toward fighting Islamophobia. At the end of June 2021, “April Powers, previously Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer…

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How to Keep Your Kids From Becoming Liberal

here is beauty and goodness in a community of like-minded families.

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Socialism, atheism, hyper-sexualism, wokeism, and the belief that America is evil is now the norm in government schools. I saw this coming years ago before my wife and I started our family which led us to homeschool our children. But we quickly learned that simply schooling at home was not enough. Please read the following message from my wife. It could save your family a lot of heartache, like it saved ours. Brandon Vallorani, Founder of Flag and Cross and Thrasher Coffee I began homeschooling in 2000, when my oldest daughter turned 4 years old. Armed with my bachelor’€™s degree in education and a lifelong desire to teach, I felt confident in my abilities. By 2012, our dream of a full house came true. We now had 7 children ages 16 years old down to newborn. Life was crazy but good. In the midst of raising an infant, toddlers, and teenagers, I had begun to notice some serious learning struggles with one of our children. Over the next two years, I sought help anywhere I could turn. Desperately trying to fix our problems, I scheduled appointments for testing with child psychologists and made numerous changes to our homeschool routine. Countless hours were spent in prayer. Nothing was working. I was overwhelmed and on the verge of quitting completely. And then I attended an informational meeting about Classical Conversations. Immediately inspired, my plan was to save€ the youngest members of our family by joining a Classical Conversations Community. I had been homeschooling for 14 years without a support system, and we all needed friends to stand in the gap. At this informational meeting, I learned about Classical Christian education: grammar, dialectic, and rhetorical stages. I saw a Director light up as she described the beauty of the program. They spoke about…

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