Did Einstein Believe in God?

MOD: EDIT – Repost from 2020! 🙂

“There must be something behind the energy” – Einstein

In school, my younger years, it was my understanding that Einstein was all science. And I thought he was an atheist. He was not. Doesn’t bother me either way, but perhaps was some group’s idea to ‘hide’ or ‘alter’ what he really said from the conscience of mainstream civilization post 1960. When finding this article on bethinking.org I thought I would share this incredible work with you.

What would Einstein say about God? I admire him and Edison very much, as Tesla. Who doesn’t?

Except, I wonder, what did he say about God specifically?

Dawkins explains that in dealing with Einstein’s religious views he relied on Max Jammer’s book Einstein and Religion

What did Einstein really say?

The following quotations from Einstein are all in Jammer’s book:

“Behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force is my religion. To that extent, I am in point of fact, religious.”[8]

“Every scientist becomes convinced that the laws of nature manifest the existence of a spirit vastly superior to that of men.”[9]

“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man.”[10]

“The divine reveals itself in the physical world.”[11]

“My God created laws… His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking but by immutable laws.”[12]

“I want to know how God created this world. I want to know his thoughts.”[13]

“What I am really interested in knowing is whether God could have created the world in a different way.”[14]

“This firm belief in a superior mind that reveals itself in the world of experience, represents my conception of God.”[15]

“My religiosity consists of a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit, …That superior reasoning power forms my idea of God.”[16]

“There must be something behind the energy”

What gives the lie to Dawkins’ claim that Einstein was an atheist is Einstein’s repeated references to “a superior spirit””a superior mind”“a spirit vastly superior to men””a veneration for this force” etc. etc. This is not atheism. It is clear Einstein believed that there is something beyond the natural, physical world – a supernatural creative intelligence. Further confirmation that Einstein believed in a transcendent God comes from his conversations with his friends. David Ben-Gurion, the former Prime Minister of Israel, records Einstein saying “There must be something behind the energy.”[17] 

According to Dawkins, “Einstein was repeatedly indignant at the suggestion he was a theist.”[19] The evidence from Jammer’s book is the exact opposite. What Einstein actually said is:

“I am not an atheist, and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist.”[20]

“Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics and comes from the same source.”[21]

“There is harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, yet there are people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me to support such views.”

SHOUT OUT TO BETHINKING.ORG, INCREDIBLE ARTICLE, RESEARCH, AND SOURCING.

Very interesting. Check out the article for way more knowledge and more reasons to take a deep breath and explore all possibilities and think ‘outside the box’.

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Angels are love

The Highest Angel

No picture could ever do this angel justice. An arch angel of the most high God. So much love and energy.

This Angel is sits on a Throne in the same vortex as the Most High God. Enoch walked with God. He records mankinds actions in the Book of Life. This Angel knows what it is to be Human. I promise you, the energy of this is right to my soul. I love you Metatron.

Here is vast knowledge that I have collected for years. I chant and call upon this Angel, to tell God I love him, and put it under Jesus. Remember God loved the world so much he sent his only begotten son.

I respect all religions, I love all ideas. If you don’t believe, that is Okay, God bless you and your path in this world. But I find true love in this.

THIS IS MY WEBSITE, AND I HONOR HIS MAJESTY LORD METATRON, A CHILD OF THE MOST HIGH GOD.

Metatron is a powerful angel who teaches people how to use their spiritual power for good while he records their choices in the universe’s great archive (known either as God’s book of life or the Akashic record).

Some believers say that Metatron is one of only two angels (the other is Archangel Sandalphon) who was first a human being. It is believed he was the prophet Enoch from the Torah and the Bible before ascending to heaven and becoming an angel. Metatron’s experience living on Earth as a person gives him a special ability to relate to people who want to connect with him. Here are some signs of Metatron’s presence:

Flashes of Brilliant Light

You may see bright flashes of light whenever Metatron is visiting you, believers say, because he has a fiery presence that may manifest in the form of a crystalline body or colorful aura.

In their book, “Gnostic Healing: Revealing the Hidden Power of God,” authors Tau Malachi and Siobhan Houston suggest meditating and then envisioning Metatron appearing as a “crystalline light-body complete with the seven interior stars and the three channels, and the spiritual sun in the heart.” They continue: “Take up the chant Sar Ha-Olam, and envision a ray of light shooting up through the central channel from the spiritual sun in your heart and appearing as a holy star of white brilliance above your head. With the chant Torahkiel Yahweh, imagine that this star magically transforms into the image of Archangel Metatron.”

Author Doreen Virtue writes in her book , “Archangels 101,” that Metatron’s aura is “deep pink and dark green” and that Metatron often uses a brilliantly lit cube (known as “Metatron’s Cube” in sacred geometry because it’s reminiscent of Ezekiel’s chariot that the Torah and the Bible describe as made of angels and powered by flashes of light). Metatron uses that cube to heal people of unhealthy energies that they want to clear out of their lives. Virtue writes, “The cube spins clockwise and uses centrifugal force to push away unwanted energy residue. You can call upon Metatron and his healing cube to clear you.”

Yet that is exactly what is achieved by Metatron’s Cube and some other shapes in ‘Sacred Geometry’.

The Angel Metatron and his amazing ‘Cube’ Who was Metatron?

Mythically, Metatron was originally human, elevated to archangel by God for his services as scribe. Foremost communicator between humans and the divine, he is best known for his ‘cube’, shown above Angel Metatron, right.

The Flower of Life – A specific regular repeating pattern of circles rotating around a central point, shown – contains a vast Akashic system of information (kind of, short hand for the entire planet’s memory), including templates for the five Platonic Solids – Key Sacred Shapes which are the building blocks of creation. If you think this is far fetched, read on – in a moment you will see the shapes appear as if by magic.

A Crop Circle

Sacred Geometry, by the way, is where the ‘mystery of all creation’ meets science, and any sceptics out there might enjoy further study, which will transport you from the Atomic Tables via mathematics to the myth of Atlantis and crop circles in the wink of an eye (which, as you will discover, embodies a very special shape known as a vesica piscis, and more, much more…)

Metatron is linked with Thoth –(or possibly, Metatron IS Thoth – ancient figure who pops up many times through esoteric history, said to have reincarnated many times from pre-history, Atlantis, Ancient Egypt, even to today, possibly AKA Drunvalo Melchizedek.

Metator’ is latin for a guide or measurer, which is certainly akin to this cube. ‘Metatron’ also refers to the ‘Keter’ or crown in the Kabbalah ‘Tree’ – an ancient picture of the Chakra System. The Kabbalah Tree is based on the ‘Flower of Life’ – no doubt, as Madonna could tell you! See Blue Outline above – how The Kabbalah Tree is derived from The Flower of Life.

Anyway, I shall be your guide through this vast landscape of ‘weird shape fractal zodiac geomancy’ – whatever that is!

According to this theological material, Enoch (Metatron) is responsible for transmitting the secrets of the Written Torah as well as the Oral Tradition. “And Metatron brought them out from his house of treasuries and committed them to Moses, and Moses to Joshua, and Joshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets and the prophets to the men of Great Synagogue…”[17]


In late Merkabah, Metatron (Enoch) is the guide and the revealer of secrets to all who are initiated into the account of chariots.[18] Hekhaloth literature (3 EnochShi’ur Qomah) describes these functions of Metatron. He guides and reveals secrets to R. Ishmael and to R . Akiba. Sometimes the Merkabah narrative extends his role to the titles of the Prince of Wisdom and the Prince of Understanding.[19]
It is apparent that in 2 Enoch one may see some kind of preparation of Enoch for his role as Metatron, “the Knower of Secrets.” The preparation entails several stages. First, the archangel Vereveil inducts Enoch into these secrets.

He instructs Enoch in “all the deeds of the Lord, the earth and the sea, and all the elements and the courses…and the Hebrew language, every kind of language of the new song of the armed troops and everything that it is appropriate to learn” (23.1-2). Second, the Lord himself continues to instruct him in the secrets, which he had not even explained to the Angels (24.3). Finally, the Lord promised Enoch the role of “Knower of Secrets.” 

The important detail here is that the promise of the role is closely connected with other titles of Metatron such as “The Prince of Presence,” “The Heavenly Scribe,” and “The Witness of the Judgment.” In the text the Lord promised:

…and you will be in front of my face from now and forever.[20] And you
will be seeing my secrets[21] and you will be scribe for my servants[22]
since you will be writing down everything that has happened on earth
and that exists on earth and in the heavens, and you will be for me a witness of the judgment[23] of the great age (36.3).


This substantial passage graphically depicts the interrelation of the future roles of Enoch (Metatron) in the narrative of 2 Enoch. In spite of the fact that the text does not elaborate the real embodiments of these roles and titles, but only promises and initiations in these roles, it leaves the impression that 2 Enoch is part of larger tradition and that its author has prior knowledge of the future development of these titles and the deeds behind them.


It is intriguing that the narrative of 2 Enoch does not show the promised powerful deeds of Enoch-Metatron in different offices of the heavenly realm, for example, those of the Knower, The Scribe, The Witness and The Prince of Presence even in early “primitive” Merkabah or apocalyptic form. It looks as if the author of the text deliberately avoids these details. He knows that it is not time for revealing these faces. Enoch must return to the earth, and only after that trip he will fully assume his heavenly offices. In 67.2, which serves as the conclusion to Enoch’s story, there is a statement about the theme: “and the Lord received him and made him stand in front of his face for eternity.”[24]


In this regard, the narratives of 2 Enoch and 3 Enoch seem to be written from different temporal perspectives. The setting of Enoch’s story in 2 Enoch is the antediluvian period. Melchizedek”s narrative of the book distinctively stresses this point. This explains why in 2 Enoch “there is no place for Abraham, Moses, and the rest.”[25]

Salutations in the Light of the Great Seth (Shin-Tau)!

Torahkiel literally means “Torah of God” or the “Law of God,” and Yahweh literally means “That Which Was, Is and forever Shall Be,” these two sayings placed together become a fascinating contemplation; Torahkiel can also be translated as the “Word of God” and Yahweh can be translated as the “Eternal Continuum” or “Light Continuum,” which may take the contemplation even deeper.

These two names together as one holy name of Archangel Metatron indicate Metatron as the Angel of the Supernal Shekinah, the interior Divine Presence, who spoke to the prophet Moses in the giving of the Ten Commandments; the aspect appearing to Moses, of course, was Archangel Sandalfon, the Angel of the Shekinah manifest. Thus, this is the Great Maggid at the burning bush speaking the Essential Name of the Most High (Eheieh Asher Eheieh) and the Great Maggid speaking the Holy Law that would open the way for the coming of the Messiah.

In this we may understand a very esoteric allusion when the masters of the tradition teach that rather than Moses and Elijah appearing in the Transfiguration, it was Enoch and Elijah, for as the Great Maggid of the Supernal Shekinah it was Metatron that transmitted the Holy Law to Moses, and likewise, Enoch ascended in divine rapture just as Elijah ascended – according to the Book of Kings, Elijah ascended by a whirlwind.

As this holy name proposes, Metatron is the pure emanation of the Light Continuum, Yahweh, the essence of which is Eheieh, the Divine I Shall Be.

Now according to the Kabbalah, the tradition, creation is founded upon the Holy Torah – with Ten Holy Utterances creation comes into being, and with Ten Holy Commandments the Divine Intention (Ratzon) of creation comes into being, the generation of the Human One of Light, the enlightened human being.

Ten Utterances, Ten Commandments, these are the powers of the Ten Holy Sefirot – the Torah finds its fulfillment in the Holy Gospel in which the Ten Commandments are unified as One Holy Commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you,” the Holy Commandment of Melekh Messiah, the Human One of Light, Metatron being the Great Maggid of the Messiah, the One Anointed with Supernal Light.

The Holy Name of the Messiah is Yeshua (Yoshua), which contains the Great Name of Yahweh with the addition of the Holy Letter Shin, the letter of the Holy Shekinah, the Divine Presence; of the Messiah it is said that he is as the Ladder of Lights that Jacob saw in his dream at Bet El, upon which angels of God ascended and descended, the Gate of the Great Ascension.

If in the Jewish Kabbalah the holy name of Archangel Metatron at the giving of the Holy Torah is Torahkiel Yahweh (or Yod-He-Vau-He), then in the Christian Kabbalah with the coming of the Messiah and proclamation of the Holy Gospel this holy name becomes Torahkiel Yoshua (or Yod-He-Shin-Vau-He), the Word of God, the Light Continuum, delivers!

This was known to Enoch and Elijah, as to King Melchizedek, and was embodied and transmitted in Adonai Yeshua Messiah; the world receives this through the Messiah, specifically the Risen Messiah, Hayyah Yeshua (the Living Yeshua).

Now, when we intone this Holy Name, whether as Torahkiel Yod-He-Vau-He or as Torahkiel Yahweh it is the same Light-presence and Light-power of the Great Maggid, but according to how it is intoned there are different manifestations of the matrix of this Divine Power; as you have noted, Yod-He-Vau-He is linear, like a ladder stretching from heaven to earth, and Yahweh (pronounced: IAOWAY) is like a swirling, spiral, circular movement. Each has its use on a theurgic level, and each has its own kavvanot when intoned.

The kavvanah at the beginning of both is the same – it is kavvanah upon the Holy Law or Torah, the union of the soul with the Holy Law as with the greater prophets, the greater navim (seers); this empowers to the intoning of the Great Name, for in union with the Holy Law one does not intone it, but rather the Holy Shekinah, through which the Law and the Name are given, intones it – it is the only way it is rightly spoken or intoned.

The full power and essence of the Holy Law, of course, is the Messiah, the pure emanation of the First Commandment – the Gospel of the Messiah to the Holy Law being as Eheieh to Yahweh; thus the secret kavvanah when intoning Torahkiel is Melekh Messiah, specifically Hayyah Yeshua.

When Yod-He-Vau-He is intoned the kavvanot are the four Olamot: Yod, the Ten Names; He, the Archangels; Vau, the Orders of Angels; He final, the Celestial Spheres or Sphere of Mazlot (fortune or destiny) – this is the manifestation of Yahweh, the Light Continuum as the Great Luminous Assembly, the Sphere of Mazlot implying the Community of Israel, the assembly of tzaddikim and navim of the Divine Order.

When Yahweh (IAOWAY) is intoned the kavvanah is the union of the Supernal Universe and Matrix of Creation, the Pleroma of Light and Entirety – or else, the union of the two Great Ofanim, Metatron and Sandalfon, Hua.

The truth is the same, either way, but the movement of the Light-power in our Body of Light and the Sacred Circle is different, as you have noted in your own experience.

If we are to speak of kavvanot, they are the concentration of the mind and heart – all thought and desire on a single “object” of focus, and in such focused awareness thought and desire cease, and there is pure conscious intention, the full spiritual power of our soul’s will and love; whatever is willed in this way, in submission to the Ratzon of El Elyon, the Supreme, will come to pass as it is intended, as it is willed, every time.

This invocation of Metatron is rather like a lightening bolt version of the Great Convocation, whether by way of the linear or circular Sefirot.

Now Yod-He-Vau-He is the manifestation of four Gates of Light in the four directions of the Sacred Circle, so that these Holy Letters may be envisioned in the Four Directions; Yahweh is the manifestation of two Gates of Light, above and below, in the height and in the depth, so that “Yah” may be envisioned above and “Weh” below – Torahkiel is the Word of God by which this will come to pass, the Holy Law upon which heaven and earth are founded.

*There is another kavvanah with Yod-He-Vau-He which is all of the Holy Letter spelt out in full – those who understand might contemplate this.

As we have alluded to above, in place of Yod-He-Vau-He we may also intone Yod-He-Shin-Vau-He, also Yod-He-Vau-Shin-He; with the former is the kavvanah of the Messiah in the ascension and the outpouring of Supernal Fire, and with the latter it is the Second Coming, the Messiah in the Apocalypse – the initial kavvanah with Torahkiel remaining the same, kavvanah upon the Holy Torah. These two give insight into the emergence of the Holy Gospel from the Torah, the Holy Gospel hidden within the Torah.

Now there are also four different ways to intone Yod-He-Vau-He corresponding with Hokmah, Binah, Tiferet and Malkut – with a, i, o and u, respectively; the kavvanot of these is the Tetragrammaton manifest as the corresponding Sefirah, four principle grades of the Light Transmission; if and when Shin is added, the inmost essential grade of Light Transmission becomes the kavvanah, or else, the Light Transmission of Messiah manifest in these four grades.

*As you might imagine, various permutations of the Great Name may be used to bring about different theurgic intentions.

All of this is knowledge of the Word of God manifest in the Light Continuum (Yahweh), corresponding to Divine Wisdom, Hokmah – Reshit, the point beyond which there is nothing knowable.

All of this contains knowledge of the Path of the Great Ascension; thus, when understood, the invocation of Metatron by this holy name can lead to prophetic consciousness when the Holy Spirit enters to illuminate and elevate the soul.

May all souls be drawn up in the Path of the Great Ascension – may all souls be as holy angels ascending and descending in the Mystical Body of the Risen Savior, the Supernal Merkavah; amen.

Shabbat Shalom!

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https://www.learnreligions.com/how-to-recognize-archangel-metatron-124277

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You dont know what you have until its gone

Instead of remembering that mistake, that failure, what you didn’t do right…

You don’t know how much something means to you, how precious it is, until it is gone.

That one error, I just, can I forgive myself?

God will forgive you, can you forgive yourself ?

God accepts you, now can you accept yourself?

I don’t know Joel – you don’t know my past. He says, God was not surprised when you made that mess, he created you, you didn’t surprise him.

Joel has inspired me. I am not with any religious group, but respect all of them. Would be great to visit Texas and see Joel.

Personally I have gone to impossible lengths to change my destiny. All things are possible with God.

Love, Peace, Joy, Respect, Compassion, Grace, and Mercy.

Learn To Love Yourself

I am the webmaster of thenumber28.

To the person reading this, may your life be filled with joy forever.

We are all going through a rough and difficult time. So, Stay strong.

Hello my friends = )

Right now, there are people all over the world who are just like you.

They’re either lonely, they’re missing someone, they’re depressed, they’re hurt, they’re scared from the past, they’re having personal issues.

They wish, they dream, they hope. And right now, they are sitting here reading these words, and I’m writing this for you so you don’t feel alone anymore.

Always remember, don’t be depressed about the past, don’t worry about the future, and just focus on today. If today’s not so great don’t worry! Tomorrow’s a new chance. If you are reading this, be sure to share this to make others feel better.

Garlic Jr

I have noticed, that, the world is changing. It really is. I have been doing this website for almost 6 years.

And I want to tell you, that I very much appreciate you reading this.

All my content is a collection of my thoughts, my wisdom, my dreams. I found this about Garlic –

I just finished eating some and burned my mouth off. In fact it was so hot, I had to spit some of the last bits of it out because it was on fire.

This will cleanse your body and soul. I linked the source, thank you Diane.

We all know that garlic keeps the blood-sucking vampires away, but what about the other type? The energy vampires?

Sadly, it may not be powerful enough to keep the latter away, unless you breathe on them after eating it, but it will certainly counteract any damage they cause, both physically and energetically.

Garlic is not only delicious it is also amazing! Especially when it comes to healing the body. It is a powerful antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, it helps remove heavy metals and contains potent anti-oxidants that help build a healthy immune system.

For the Empath, however, it is what it can do for you energy body that you may find of interest:

Most already know of garlic’s many health benefits, but you may not have heard about its ability to clear the aura.

The aura (pranic sheath or energy field) both surrounds and penetrates the body. It therefore affects both the physical and energetic bodies.

Within the aura we can hold years’ worth of unreleased painful emotions, negative thought-forms, past life memories and toxins, etc. We can also carry the energy of those we come into contact with, either from another’s thought forms or just plain old negativity.

So not only do we carry our stuff, we can carry the energy of others. Which obviously affects how we show up in the world.

If you do not regularly clear the aura, it can lead to physical and spiritual problems, as well as a leaky aura!

This is where garlic helps…

Garlic speeds things up.

  • It speeds up your vibration, both physically and energetically.
  • It speeds up the metabolism helping shed excess weight.
  • It speeds up the digestive system helping remove food and toxins.

And garlic speeds up the human energy field, meaning the emotional energy picked up off others bounces back off.

Garlic also helps clear your aura and, in doing so, helps clear or reset blocked or sluggish chakras…

Another way garlic helps the Empath is in its anti-inflammatory properties.

Stress caused by pained emotions, your own and those picked up from other people, creates inflammation within the body.

Inflammation causes disease and discomfort. Empaths, and anyone who is highly sensitive, gets stressed easily and therefor are prone to inflammation. By including garlic in your diet it may help prevent the damage caused by emotional stress.

To get the full benefits of garlic you need to include it in your diet regularly, but it is best to build up gradually. Too much garlic too soon can cause stomach upsets. You may find you have to play around with garlic dosage, to find what suits you.

Some are sensitive to garlic. If this is the case you may find you are ok with capsules or garlic oil. I am sensitive to garlic when its eaten raw. I always have to cook it first.

Until next time…

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Glory to the Kingdom in Heaven , Forever

You are lucky to be here.

People Upset 2000Mules

I’m just going to let this video speak for itself.

Anyone watch this yet? It’s $29.99 to buy the 2000Mules documentary and we should all pay for it. Recently have you heard psychos are threatening to burn down Churches for Roe vs Wade I pray that may our Father God of the Universe – our creator – place STRENGTH & COURAGE into our law enforcement and PROTECT AMERICA

I LIKE TUCKER CARLSON GENTLEMEN

Charles Krauthammer known as a supporter of abortion legalization (although he believed Roe vs Wade was wrongly decided)

 “If it’s still low, then we can bump it up,” she joked, “I want a Lamborghini.”

What did Charles think about Abortion?

Opinion | The Example of Charles Krauthammer – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

When he was 22, enrolled as a student in medical school, he hit his head at the bottom of a pool, broke his neck and injured his spinal cord. Charles used a wheelchair and had only partial use of his arms and hands. The fact that he graduated from medical school is itself remarkable. (After he broke his neck he spent 14 months in the hospital recovering.) He rarely spoke about his accident, and when he did, he did so in a relaxed, matter-of-fact manner, minimizing its impact. He once described his accident to me as “my one bad break,” adding, “Overall, I’ve been dealt a pretty good hand.” He was without an ounce of self-pity.

On June 8, Charles announced that his doctors had informed him that he had only a few weeks to live, the result of an aggressive, rapidly spreading cancer. “This is the final verdict,” he wrote in a note to his readers. “My fight is over.” He died on Thursday.

It is a shattering loss. Charles, who received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, was not only an elegant writer; he also had a beautiful mind: precise, logical, subtle and blessedly free of cant. He loathed trendiness and the fads that sometimes sweep over the culture.

Political tribalism is rotting American politics; it needs more people who reject partisan zeal and can speak honestly about their own side’s blind spots and defects. Charles, alert to the maladies of the American right, was a fierce critic of Pat Buchanan in the early 1990s, when Mr. Buchanan was bringing conservative audiences to their feet with a nascent version of the ugliness and divisiveness that has come to characterize the Republican Party under President Trump. This helps explain why it was no surprise that Charles has been a harsh critic of Mr. Trump, who is an anathema to everything Charles prized. (In October 2015 Charles, in reacting to Mr. Trump’s claim that “I’m a great Christian,” told me, “Hell, I’m a better Christian than Donald Trump.” Charles, a Jew who referred to himself as a “complicated agnostic,” was right.)

I have enormous respect for Charles, and he believed Row vs Wade was done incorrectly.

John F. Kennedy said, “The Greeks defined happiness as the full use of your powers along the lines of excellence.” Charles Krauthammer lived a happy life.

Do your homework – Learn Something, stay thirsty my friends

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Since 1968, when Congress passed, and President Lyndon Johnson signed into law, the first federal hate crimes statute, the Department of Justice has been enforcing federal hate crimes laws.  The 1968 statute made it a crime to use, or threaten to use, force to willfully interfere with any person because of race, color, religion, or national origin and because the person is participating  in a federally protected activity, such as public education, employment, jury service, travel, or the enjoyment of public accommodations, or helping another person to do so.  In 1968, Congress also made it a crime to use, or threaten to use, force to interfere with housing rights because of the victim’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; in 1988, protections on the basis of familial status and disability were added.  In 1996, Congress passed the Church Arson Prevention Act, 18 U.S.C. § 247.  Under this Act, it is a crime to deface, damage, or destroy religious real property, or interfere with a person’s religious practice, in situations affecting interstate commerce.  The Act also bars defacing, damaging, or destroying religious property because of the race, color, or ethnicity of persons associated with the property.  

In 2009, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, expanding the federal definition of hate crimes, enhancing the legal toolkit available to prosecutors, and increasing the ability of federal law enforcement to support our state and local partners.  This law removed then existing jurisdictional obstacles to prosecutions of certain race- and religion-motivated violence, and added new federal protections against crimes based on gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  Before the Civil Rights Division prosecutes a hate crime, the Attorney General or someone the Attorney General designates must certify, in writing, that (1) the state does not have jurisdiction; (2) the state has requested that the federal government assume jurisdiction; (3) the verdict or sentence obtained pursuant to state charges did not demonstratively vindicate the federal interest in eradicating bias-motivated violence; or (4) a prosecution by the United States is in the public interest and necessary to secure substantial justice.

Kentucky Derby 80 to 1 WINNER 2022

Source: Yahoo Sports

Trainer Eric Reed nearly ‘lost everything’ in a barn fire. Now he’s a Kentucky Derby winner

“I don’t know how (to put the win into words). I fell down in the paddock when he hit the wire. I about passed out. I’m so happy,” Reed told NBC after the race, flanked by his father and owner Richard Dawson of RED TR-Racing.

In the final stretch of the race, it looked like Steve Asmussen, the all-time wins leader for North American jockeys, was about to end his much-talked about Derby drought with a win from Epicenter. Instead, it was Rich Strike who grabbed the win with a late charge.

The win came in Reed’s first Kentucky Derby.

“We don’t go out and buy the big horses,” Reed said. “We just try to have a good, quality stable. We always perform well, our percentages are always good. We take care of the horse first, and the rest falls into place.”

A Lexington-based trainer, Reed entered the Derby with just one graded stakes win in his career.

The win came six years after a devastating fire caused by lightning killed 23 horses at his Mercury Equine Center in Lexington. Shortly after learning Rich Strike would make the 20-horse Derby field after a Friday scratch from Ethereal Road, Reed told reporters he was uncertain if he would ever train again after the fire.

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Only 13 animals made it out of the fire alive.

“When we drove up on that that night, I told my wife, I said, ‘We’ve probably lost everything,'” Reed said. “By the grace of God, the wind was blowing in a direction that kept it from getting to the other two barns. The next morning when we saw the devastation, because this happened in the middle of the night, I just thought of all the years and all the stuff we had done to get this beautiful farm and have this happen, that something might be telling me it’s the end of the line.”

Instead, Reed was touched by the large number of people who came out to help in the aftermath of the fire. Many were friends. Others were strangers who had seen the story.

Several high-profile trainers, who Reed did not name, reached out with promises to help him find clients and horses in the aftermath of the fire.

“I think that kept me going,” Reed said. “Then I just decided I wasn’t going to let it take me out. Thank God, we’re here today.”

As Reed struggled to make sense of the improbable win, he stood alongside his father, Herbert Reed, a former trainer who never reached the heights his son just had. Herbert was a former assistant trainer under Mack Miller, who won the 1993 Kentucky Derby with Sea Hero.

“If you find something you love to do, you never work,” Herbert Reed said. “He found something he loved to do, and he’s good at it. I’m as proud as I can be of him.”

The chances of Reed even having a horse in the field were astronomical.

The trainer of Ethereal Road, D. Wayne Lukas, had won the race four times with 49 career starts, second-most of any trainer. Reed, meanwhile, does not even have a Wikipedia page.

Reed’s training career began in 1983. He scored his first stakes win with Native Drummer in 1986 in the Forego Stakes at Latonia.

The Mercury Equine Center website lists Reed’s career highlights as a win with Satan’s Quick Chick in the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland in 2009 and a near-miss of beating star filly Zenyatta in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes with Rinterval in 2010.

Now there is one more.

“I never thought I would have a Derby horse,” Reed said. “I never tried to go to the yearling sale and buy a Derby horse. I just wanted to buy my clients a horse that would keep them happy, have some fun and make a little money. If we got a good one, terrific. This was never in my thoughts.”

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