GDI through its website maintains a "dynamic exclusion list" of the worst offenders of disinformation online, which it then distributes to ad tech companies - such as Microsoft's Xandr - in order to try and "defund and downrank these worst offenders," and deprive said sites of ad revenue.
According to The American Conservative executive director Emily Doak, "They might consider TAC a ‘high-risk’ publication because we have consistently taken on the bipartisan establishment’s sacred cows, whether it's the war in Iraq, nation-building in Afghanistan, or the harm done by free trade and open borders — and we’ve been proven right time and time again," adding "They know they can't say we're wrong, only that we're biased and 'high-risk,' so we will wear that designation as a badge of honor."
In 2018, the GEC began funding Disinfo Cloud, a State Department spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. The GEC awarded roughly $300,000 to an investment group called Park Advisers, which fights "disinformation, terrorism, violent extremism, hate speech" to manage Disinfo Cloud, the spokesperson said.
Park Advisers implemented Disinfo Cloud "to provide the U.S. government and its partners with a database of the tools and technologies available to help push back against foreign propaganda and disinformation," according to its website, which links to Disinfo Cloud's former landing page that has since been pulled off the internet. -Washington Examiner
One State Department-funded group which supports GDI is the nonprofit National Endowment for Democracy, which receives nearly 100% of its funding from congressional appropriations ($300 million in 2021), which critics have argued is essentially giving money to a government grantmaking body despite its status as a private entity.
In 2020, $230,000 went from the NED to the AN foundation, a GDI group that also goes by the Disinformation Index Foundation. The grant was to "deepen understanding of the challenges to information integrity in the digital space" in Asia, Africa and other foreign countries, and to "assess disinformation risks of local online media ecosystems."
Meanwhile in September 2021, the GEC hosted the US-Paris Tech Challenge - an event which sought to "advance the development of promising and innovative technologies against disinformation and propaganda" in Europe and the UK. The event was a "collaboration with U.S. Embassy Paris, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)" and several other organizations.
Civil rights experts are appalled.
"Any outfit like that engaged in censorship shouldn't have any contact with the government because they're tainted by association with a group that is doing something fundamentally against American values," said Jeffrey Clark, former acting head of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division in a statement to the Examiner. "The government or any private entity shouldn't be involved with this entity that's engaged in conduct that is either legally questionable or at least morally questionable."
Meanwhile, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said: "Last year, under tremendous bipartisan pressure, I refused to reauthorize the Global Engagement Center because such a step seemed premature," adding "The most recent allegations, if verified, confirm the need for a strict accounting of all U.S. taxpayer funds going to the GEC."
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) says that the Biden administration is "knee deep" in left-leaning efforts to "crack down" on speech - telling the Examiner: "House Republicans will be hauling these bad actors before Congress, and I absolutely support legislation to ban federal funding of anti-free speech groups."
Romans 13:1-7 ESV / 92
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ...
I get a lot of believers in Jesus asking me about our duty to obey government even if they are acting in an evil way. They usually cite Romans chapter 13.
If you are wondering if you are deceived by thinking that you don’t need to be duty bound to follow whatever the evil government decides, let me tell you that you are not deceived.
Below I take a quick look at the first 8 verses in Romans 13 from the KJVER version with my comments inter dispersed.
Let every soul be subject to the higher powers [i.e. governmental authorities]. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of [established by] God.
This is of course correct. All power on earth is under God’s sovereign will.
Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation [condemnation].
This is also true but it is conditional on the rest of the text that follows.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and you shall have praise of the same:
If the ruler is a terror to good works and not to the evil as is the case in the world now, the ruler is still ordained of God but you are not required to follow his dictates.
God uses evil rulers to rule over evil people but if the ruler acts in an evil way over God’s people or over the people in general the people are not duty bound to follow those evil ways. For example, if the leader/dictator of your state orders doctors to inject children with toxic shots that kill them, how could a follower of Jesus follow those directions? That would be participating in evil.
Our Western Australian Police Commissioner claims to be a born again believer in Jesus but he is participating in evil. Thus you have no requirement to follow his directions in the arena where evil is being committed.
Instead God requires…
For he is the minister [servant] of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain: for he is the minister [servant] of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that does evil.
Thus the government and its enforcement arm are meant to keep evil in check. What we have now under COVID tyranny is evil being committed under the authority of the government.
We know it is evil because there is no informed consent. The COVID “vaccine” inserts are intentionally left blank. So how can a doctor give the patient informed consent? He can’t and that also makes him culpable in this crime.
Wherefore you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
But only if the ruler is for the good of the ruled. Not if he is an evil dictator.
There is another aspect to this. If the ruler is evil and he is ruling over an evil people (just like Nebuchanezzar ruled over evil Israel taken captive into Babylon) He is nevertheless ordained of God. This is because God uses evil people to execute His judgments on man. I believe that this is what is happening now in the world. In this sense, the evil rulers are still God’s ministers, His servants.
For for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
So, as a follower of Christ we obey all we can, without compromising what the scriptures and hence God’s law teaches. We don’t need to enter politics as that is a very dirty game, but also God does not say a believer cannot do that.
However, Jesus said to Pilate that His “kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). We are strangers and pilgrims in the world, we are just passing through, we are waiting for a better kingdom, the kingdom of God (1 Peter 2:11; Hebrews 11:13,16). That kingdom is in our hearts now, and will be realised in the world to come (Revelation 21,22). In this world we only use it, but we do not hold onto anything in it (1 Corinthians 7:31).
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Pay your taxes, but honour and respect also is conditional on a ruler acting for good and not evil against the people.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.
Personally owe no man or woman any thing except we are commanded to love one another. That is the only requirement from God. We are free of all ordinances and laws that would enslave us.
I find the following presentation by Prof. Zimmermann on this topic to be excellent. It was given in October 2021 Covenant Baptist Church, Rossmoyne, Western Australia.
Available on YouTube.
So we've demonstrated that the Bible commands Christians to submit to the government and pay their taxes. But what does the Bible teach about defying authority?
The general premise is simple: we disobey the government when it orders evil. Christians obey God rather than the government when the government orders what God condemns or condemns what God commands.
There is a significant difference between a government that allows evil and one that demands it. It's one thing for the state to authorize abortion, but it's quite another when it orders my wife to kill our unborn kid because we've surpassed the government's family size limit.
There are numerous scriptural examples of this concept in operation, to name a few:
Refusal to murder—the Hebrew midwives refused to murder babies under Pharaoh's mandate and were rewarded by God as a result (Ex. 1:15-21).
Refusal to turn in others: Obadiah shielded 100 prophets from Jezebel, who was assassinating all of God's messengers (1 Kings 18:4, 13–15).
Breaking dietary laws: Daniel graciously declined the king's food (Dan. 1).
Refusal to worship idols: Daniel's companions refused to worship the gold statue of Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. 3).
Refusal to pray to the king vs. God: Daniel is cast into the lion's den for defying the king's command to pray only to him (Dan. 6).
Refusal to stop preaching the gospel: The apostles defied the pleas of the state religious leaders to stop proclaiming Christ (Acts 4).
Refusal to submit to unlawful punishment—Paul averted the attempted physical punishment of a Roman official by citing existing rules (Acts 22:25–29).
Refusal to worship the Antichrist: During the tribulation period, Christians will break the law by refusing to worship the Antichrist (Rev. 12:11).
A Christian who defies the government has three alternatives for dealing with the state's reaction: (1) Work peacefully within the state's regulations to challenge the government's reaction in the hopes of changing current laws or proving that the state acted incorrectly; (2) flee an abusive state, as God's people did in both the Old and New Testaments; and (3) accept whatever punishment is handed out.
In the end, all we can expect from government is the protection of life and property, which, tragically, appears to be fading in America as elected officials increasingly operate as political activists rather than as unbiased defenders of our Constitution and laws. Nonetheless, God instructs us to submit to the government and pay our taxes, and to quietly rebel only when the state dictates evil.
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