The Brew: Freedom, Captivity and a Call to Biblical Manliness

By Al Perrotta Published on July 11, 2023

Happy Tuesday!

This Brew opens with a baffling one.

Why Did DOJ Erase “International Sex Trafficking of Minors” From Its Website?

As Sound of Freedom brings the horrors of child sex trafficking to light, it’s hard not to think some people are happy to keep it in the darkness.

Natalie Winters over at WarRoom has uncovered a mystery both vexing and disturbing. Seems the Justice Department in May erased large sections from its page on Child Sex Trafficking. Gone are whole sections on “International Sex Trafficking of Minors,” “Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors,” and “Child Victims of Prostitution.”

Even the section that does remain, titled “Child Sex Trafficking,” lost a paragraph:

After cultivating a relationship with the child and engendering a false sense of trust, the trafficker will begin engaging the child in prostitution, and use physical, emotional, and psychological abuse to keep the child trapped in a life of prostitution. It is common for traffickers to isolate victims by moving them far away from friends and family, altering their physical appearances, or continuously moving them to new locations. Victims are heavily conditioned to remain loyal to the trafficker and to distrust law enforcement.

You can see the pre-change and post-change versions in her article.

Why would the DOJ cut back emphasis on sex trafficking of minors and child prostitution? Of all the things to cut from a DOJ website …

Not the First Time Administration Has Showed a Curious Lack of Interest

It could be tempting to dismiss this as a bureaucratic pruning of verbiage, rather than a cutting back on action against the trafficking of minors. However in May, Customs and Border Patrol announced the end of familial DNA testing on children brought to the border. Numbers USA, an advocate for controlled borders said at the time, “Not only has familial DNA testing been a vital aspect in preventing the fraudulent entry of thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens, but it has also acted as a crucial roadblock in the fight against child trafficking.” (Emphasis ours.)

Indeed, the Washington Examiner reports that an anonymous official involved in the program roll-out claims:

In a pilot program, approximately 30% of rapid DNA tests of immigrant adults who were suspected of arriving at the southern border with children who weren’t theirs revealed the adults were not related to the children.

According to NumbersUSA, a government accountability report put the percentage at closer to 10% of the children tested were “not related to the illegal aliens they were with, despite the aliens claims.”

Also, in February, the New York Times reported HHS “could not reach” some 85,000 children who had been brought across the border illegally.

We pray for the safety of those children … and all those being shipped across our border.

Check out Susan Ciancio’s new column, Sound of Freedom Opens Eyes to Atrocities Against Children.”

Jason Whitlock on Why Critics Don’t Like Sound of Freedom: “It Reminds Men to Eschew Cowardice”

Critics from the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Guardian and elsewhere have been mocking Sound of Freedom. Jason Whitlock at The Blaze observes:

The same people uprooting thousands of years of gender ideology to accommodate a tiny group of gender-dysphoric, mentally ill people strive to minimize the impact of a $150-billion-a-year industry predicated on enslaving kids.

And it’s not the filmmakers or the audiences embracing the film that are truly the ones being mocked. “It’s important for defenders of the film to recognize who is being mocked. It’s God, the Most High, Jesus. It’s not you, or QAnon, or Tim Ballard, or Jim Caviezel.”

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Sound of Freedom … promotes an understanding of how God wants man to behave in the earthly realm. That message is the real hazard to Satan. Sound of Freedom models biblical masculinity. It depicts man’s ability to effectuate good when plugged into the proper power source – faith in, reverence for, and obedience to God.

Concludes the wise Mr. Whitlock:

In service to God, courageous men risk their lives for others. Men are supposed to be courageous. The enemy wants us to remain comfortable as cowards.

Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Says She’d Support a Trans Athlete Being on the U.S. Women’s National Team

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe says she supports trans athletes being on the U.S. Women’s National Team. And don’t talk to her about how a biological male would be taking the place of a real woman. She told Time magazine:

“You’re taking a ‘real’ woman’s place,” that’s the part of the argument that’s still extremely transphobic. I see trans women as real women. What you’re saying automatically in the argument — you’re sort of telling on yourself already — is you don’t believe these people are women. Therefore, they’re taking the other spot. I don’t feel that way.

The soccer great also dismissed the idea that trans athletes are posing a problem: “Show me all the trans people who are nefariously taking advantage of being trans in sports. It’s just not happening.”

Does the name Lia Thomas mean anything? Does the testimony of female athletes cheated out of victories … and in some cases seriously injured by biological male opponents … mean nothing?

By the way, this is the same Megan Rapinoe who went to war over women getting paid less than men in soccer. And now she’s fine with men taken the place of women on the women’s team, so some women don’t get paid at all?

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Joe Biden is getting heat for blurting out crucial military information during an interview on CNN. Biden tried to explain why he’s sending cluster bombs to Ukraine. (When only last year, his administration was calling the use of cluster bombs a “war crime.”) His answer? We’re running low on ammo. Not exactly info you should be sharing with our enemies. Here’s his exact quote:

This is a war relating to munitions. And they’re running out of that ammunition, and we’re low on it. And so, what I finally did, I took the recommendation of the Defense Department to – not permanently – but to allow for this transition period while we get more 155 weapons, these shells, for the Ukrainians.

Leave it to Stream friend Mike Huckabee to make one pointed observation.

Along The Stream

The podcast Conversations with Christians Engaged started a new series last night: Prayer + Intercession: How Talking to God Can Change Everything. It opens with Stuart Greaves, Executive Director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.


Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, chief barista for The Brew and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl at GETTR, Gab, Parler, and now at TRUTH Social.

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