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Christianity Began With The Council Of Nicaea

th (11)It is well known, possibly a fact, that Black people are the most religious people on the Planet. They will out Pope the Pope! They have given more and gotten less for their devotion than any other people, yet most still believe in that which was created by Europeans – if you don’t know the code, it means white folk! Why because there is a lot of money in the name Jesus Christ.

The believers of the Christian faith are so devoted that most can’t see what’s in front of their faces. Interestingly enough, the Christian practice and the faith was imposed upon black people was stolen from the African culture, and some time under direst! I might add two things here: Jesus was not a Christian in his life, and there was no word G-O-D in any African language before the coming of Europeans. Also, the letter “J” used to spell Jesus did not exist until the 1600s.

A friend, a good Christian woman or as she claimed, tried to convince me as most Christians do to believe what she believes or perhaps tried to convert me to HER GOD. For whatever reason, she thought she was the only person who believes in the Almighty. The conversation started because she was preaching verses from the King James version of the Bible along with other falsehoods concerning Christianity. Being that I love history and know it, she made a huge mistake!

The discussion got heated, from her point of view, when I told her that King James was the King of England and lived around 1600. He commissioned his people to have his version of the Bible written, which is what she reads. She did not know that King James was a diabolical ruler, a homosexual, and actually killed his own mother. I ask her a question that every Christian should know. For example, I asked if she knew anything about the conference held in Nicaea. This staunchly religious woman had no knowledge of either, yet she claims to preach the “Word.” So I thought I would give her the history of Christianity, which, by the way, is very different from faith.

First, Jesus was not a Christian while he was alive, and it did not become a religion for many years after his death. From that point, I moved to the Council of Nicaea, which took place more than three hundred years after Jesus lived in 325 A.D. This historic meeting, by order of the Roman Emperor Caesar Flavius Constantine, by the way, was a murder, defined or created Christianity as we know it. Nicaea was located in Asia Minor, east of Constantinople. At the Council of Nicaea, Emperor Constantine presided over a group of church bishops and leaders with the purpose of defining the true God for all Christians and eliminating all the confusion, controversy, and contention within Christ’s church.

The Council of Nicaea affirmed the deity of Jesus Christ, painted by a European around the same time, and removed his blackness from the consciousness of the faith. There is no need to debate Jesus’ completion because, at that point in time, there were only two people in the region – Romans and Jews to which it is a fact that black people were the original Jew. At that conference, Constantine established an official definition of the Trinity – the deity of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit under one Godhead, in three coequal and co-eternal Persons.

Constantine and this is debatable, a converted Christian, called for a council meeting to be held in Nicaea with the bishops of the Christian church to resolve escalating quarrels and controversy mounting to a bitter degree of disunity among the church leadership concerning theological issues. The failing Roman Empire, now under Constantine’s rule, could not withstand the division caused by years of hard-fought, “out of hand” arguing over doctrinal differences. He saw it not only as a threat to Christianity but as a threat to his rule.

Therefore, at the Council of Nicaea, Constantine demanded that the Christians settle their internal disagreements and become Christ-like agents who could bring new life into a troubled, beaten-down empire. Constantine felt “called,” to use his authority to help bring about the unity, peace, and love, all for which Christ stands. He and the bishops had reason to worry about the future survival of Christianity within the Roman world empire, let alone the survival of his world empire. The Council of Nicaea, led by Emperor Constantine, the main purpose was to save the Roman Empire – period! The meeting designed to settle differences control the minds of his subjects all to the glory of Christ. It is also important to note that “Christ” is not a name but a title.

The main theological issue and focus had always been about Christ or so His-Story tells us. Since the end of the Apostolic Age and beginning of the Church Age, Saints began questioning, debating, fighting, and separating over the question, “Who is the Christ?” Is He more divine than human or more human than divine? Was Jesus created, made or begotten? Being the Son of God, is He coequal and co-eternal with Father God, or less and lower in status than the Father? Is the Father the One and only True God, or are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit the One true God? “True God of True God,” “One Being, Three Persons,” a tri-unity called “Trinity”? Jesus said, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15).

Once the Nicaea Council meeting was underway, Constantine demanded that the 300 bishops make a decision by majority vote answering the question – defining who Jesus Christ is. Constantine commanded the bishops create a “creed” doctrine that all of Christianity would follow and obey. This doctrine would be called the “Nicene Creed,” upheld by the Church and enforced by the Emperor.

The bishops voted to make the full deity of Christ the accepted position for the church. The Council of Nicaea voted to make the Trinity the official doctrine of the church. However, the Council of Nicaea did not invent these doctrines. Rather, it only recognized what the Bible taught, and systematized the doctrines. So it was here that Christianity as we know it was established.

The New Testament teaches that Jesus the Messiah should be worshiped and trusted, which was/is to say He is co-equally God and man. The New Testament forbids the worship of angels (Colossians 2:18; Revelation 22:8,9) but commands worship of Jesus. The Apostle Paul tells us that “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9;1:19). Paul declares Jesus as Lord and the One to whom a person must pray for salvation just as one calls on Jehovah, Yahweh (Joel 2:32; Romans 10:9-13). “Jesus is God overall” (Romans 9:5), and our God and Savior (Titus 2:13). Faith in Jesus’ Deity is basic to Paul’s testimony and theology.

John’s Gospel declares Jesus the be the Divine eternal Logos, agent of creation and source of life and light (John 1:1-5,9); the “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6); an advocate with heavenly Father (1 John 2:1-2); sovereign (Revelation 1:5); the Rider on a white horse (Revelation 19:11-16); and the totality of the Son of God from the beginning to the end (Revelation 22:13). The author of Hebrews reveals the full deity of Jesus through His perfection as the highest priest, Melchizedek (Hebrews 1; Hebrews 7:1-3), and the full humanity (Hebrews 2). The Divine-human Savior is the Christian’s object of faith, hope, and love.

The Council of Nicaea affirmed the Apostles’ teaching of who Christ is – the One true God in Deity and Trinity with the Father and the Holy Spirit. When I shared this fact, my devoted Christian friend admitted she was not aware of this or that this is why the Catholic Church, the same church that sanctioned slavery, was to be the authority of the Word.

At the end of our conversation, I reminded my friend that King James’ twenty-eighth version of the Bible in many ways took a page out of history using the good book to solidify his reign. My point is simple: three-hundred year after Jesus lived Constantine gave us a version and sixteen-hundred years later King James did it again and not a word was written while Jesus walked the earth.

Believe whatever you wish but if you preach – know what it is you are preaching. God means “Good Orderly Direction,” and that power comes from within your spirit that produces knowledge and that knowledge coming from your soul is power! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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All Hail The Queen

1The world renowned Diva Aretha Franklin is without question the most profound voice of our time. She is universally considered the Queen of Soul standing head and shoulders above all others. However, she is not only a giant of the soul music genre, but to pop and gospel music as well; more than any other performer, she epitomized soul derived from her gospel-charged roots. The Queen established an astonishing run of hits like “Respect,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Chain of Fools,” “Baby I Love You,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Think,” “The House That Jack Built,” and so many more great tunes during her career that we love.

Aretha or Ree Ree, as we affectionately call her sometimes, earned the title “Lady Soul” early in her career but I think “Queen of Soul” is more appropriate, which she has worn uncontested since she recorded her first tune. As much of an international institution as she’s become, much of her work, if not all, is fitfully inspired by her gospel roots making her music a must and in some cases a necessity, for our listening pleasure.

Franklin grew up in the bosom of gospel music, one of six children, and daughter to a Baptist preacher. Moving from her birthplace of Memphis, Tenn. and finally settling with her family in Detroit. Her early years were filled with musical experiences and environments from two cities that were brimming with groundbreaking music – from gospel to soul to R & B – in the 1950s and 60s.

Franklin’s first recordings with Columbia did not receive the accolades the label thought they would receive, and it wasn’t until she began her career at Atlantic Records did she find her real place in music, eventually becoming the recipient of 18 Grammies.

Aretha’s voice has been the prize to which so many females over the last 50 years have set their eyes, striving to emulate with success her depth of feeling, her soulful cadence and the natural essence that seems to flow from within her and into her music. From girl groups to solo artists, so many women, young and old, see her more than just a role model for music, but for womanhood in general.

As a compliment to the Queen, I see her in the metaphorical sense like the guy from the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which was about a man who gets younger as he ages. She gets better with time! Aretha’s ongoing, lifelong career is bar-none one of the most profound and greatest of our time. Her music remains the foundation for so many to live by and love, and it has stood the test of time. All Hail the Queen. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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The Aftermath Of Integration

1I recently had a conversation with a group of young people, none of which lived during the age of government segregation. Each had strongly convoluted opinions about the era that were not based in fact. This made me think about how much the current world view has changed the reality of black life, as it relates to a historical perspective.

First, white folk never wanted it and chatted go back to Africa at the time. It was never intended to be fair or equal! I am not suggesting that integration should not have happened, but it did have a negative impact on black life and the future of African Americans in many ways. Two prominent ways were in the areas of family and black business.

One thing that happened, for sure was that the black community stopped supporting the businesses in their own communities. After segregation, African Americans flocked to support businesses owned by whites and other groups, causing black restaurants, theaters, insurance companies, banks, etc. to almost disappear. Today, black people spend 95 percent of their income at white-owned businesses. Even though the number of black firms has grown 60.5 percent between 2002 and 2007, they only make up 7 percent of all U.S firms and less than .005 percent of all U.S business receipts.

I took the opportunity to educate these young people that in 1865, just after Emancipation, 476,748 free blacks – 1.5 percent of U.S. population– owned .005 percent of the total wealth of the United States. Today, a full 135 years after the abolition of slavery, 44.5 million African Americans – 14.2 percent of the population — possess a meager 1 percent of the national wealth.

If we look at relationships from 1890 to 1950, black women married at higher rates than white women, despite a consistent shortage of black males due to their higher mortality rate. According to a report released by the Washington DC-based think tank the Urban Institute, the state of the African American family is worse today than it was in the 1960s, four years before President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act.

In 1965, only 8 percent of childbirths in the black community occurred out of wedlock. In 2010, out-of-wedlock childbirths in the black community are at an astonishing 72 percent. Researchers Heather Ross and Isabel Sawhill argue that the marital stability is directly related to the husband’s relative socio-economic standing and the size of the earnings difference between men and women.

Instead of focusing on maintaining black male employment to allow them to provide for their families, Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act with full affirmative action for women. The act benefited mostly white women and created a welfare system that encouraged the removal of the black male from the home. Many black men were also dislodged from their families and pushed into the rapidly expanding prison industrial complex that developed in the wake of rising unemployment.

Since integration, the unemployment rate of black men has been spiraling out of control. In 1954, white men had a zero percent unemployment rate, while African-American men experienced a 4 percent rate. By 2010, it was at 16.7 percent for Black men compared to 7.7 percent for white men. The workforce in 1954 was 79 percent African American. By 2011, that number had decreased to 57 percent. The number of employed black women, however, has increased. In 1954, 43 percent of African American women had jobs. By 2011, 54 percent of black women are job holders.

The Civil Rights Movement pushed for laws that would create a colorblind society, where people would not be restricted from access to education, jobs, voting, travel, public accommodations, or housing because of race. However, the legislation did nothing to eradicate white privilege. Michael K. Brown, professor of politics at University of California Santa Cruz, and co-author of“Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society” says in the U.S., “The color of one’s skin still determines success or failure, poverty or affluence, illness or health, prison or college.”

Two percent of all working African Americans work for another African American’s within their own neighborhood. Because of this, professionally trained Black people provide very little economic benefit to the black community. Whereas, prior to integration that number was significantly higher because of segregation people in the black community supported each other to sustain their lives and families.

The Black median household income is about 64 percent that of whites, while the Black median wealth is about 16 percent that of whites. Millions of Black children are being miseducated by people who don’t care about them, and they are unable to compete academically with their peers. At the same time, the criminal justice system has declared war on young Black men with policies such as “stop and frisk” and “three strikes.”

Marcus Garvey warned about this saying:

“Lagging behind in the van of civilization will not prove our higher abilities. Being subservient to the will and caprice of progressive races will not prove anything superior in us. Being satisfied to drink of the dregs from the cup of human progress will not demonstrate our fitness as a people to exist alongside of others, but when of our own initiative we strike out to build industries, governments, and ultimately empires, then and only then will we as a race prove to our Creator and to man in general that we are fit to survive and capable of shaping our own destiny.”

Maybe this proves that once past truths are forgotten, and the myths that are lies are born with an unfounded reality detrimental to all, but those who seek to benefit. As I have often said, “I firmly believe education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. We can change the world but first, we must change ourselves.” And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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Marcus Garvey: Rise Up You Mighty Race

10514657_10202131902970802_7641807366571926388_nThe Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey was born on this day and lets us remember and celebrate this day. He immigrated to Harlem in 1916 at the age of 28. In his homeland, he had been an admirer of Booker T. Washington’s philosophy of self-improvement for people of African descent and had formed the Jamaica Improvement Association. When he arrived in America, his ideas expanded when he became a Black Nationalist. Garvey viewed Africa as the ancestral home and spiritual base for all people of African descent.

Garvey studied all of the literature he could find on African history and culture before he decided to launch the Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.). Its goal was to unifying “all the Negro peoples of the world into one great body and to establish a country and government absolutely on their own.” The motto of the U.N.I.A. was “One God! One Aim! One Destiny.” The Negro World was the U.N.I.A. weekly newspaper founded in 1918. It was published in French and Spanish as well as English. In it, African history and heroes were glorified.

Garvey was the first, and none since, to create a mass movement of black people in America. Yes, there have been some to bring lots of people together but not with its focus to be political. His political goal was to make black people reconnect with Africa by taking it back from European domination. He advocated the Back-to-Africa Movement and organized a shipping company called the Black Star Line. Both were part of his program to conduct international trade between black Africans and the rest of the world in order to “uplift the race” and eventually return to Africa.

The ranks of the U.N.I.A. were comprised of African “nobility” – Knights of the Nile, dukes of the Niger and Uganda; Knights of Ethiopia, duchesses, etc. Garvey himself was the “Provisional President of Africa”; he and the members of his empire paraded in elaborate military uniforms. Harlem loved parades and street ceremonies, and the U.N.I.A. gave the grandest. During their annual conventions, thousands of delegates from all over the United States, the Caribbean, Central America and Africa marched up and down the streets of Harlem with their banners, uniforms, and colorfully decorated cars.

Garvey traveled throughout the United States speaking and meeting with African-American leaders. In the post-World War I economic crisis and with racial discrimination on the rise. Lynching and poor housing, the masses of Black people were ready for a leader who was aggressive and had a plan to “uplift the race.” The U.N.I.A. grew quickly. By 1919, there were over 30 branches throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. Garvey claimed over a million people had joined his organization in three years.

In nine years, Garvey built the largest mass movement of people of African descent in this country’s history. It was because of this that he became the most dangerous black man in America. Hence, a conspiracy was formed to destroy him, much like what happens today. He was convicted of mail fraud and was deported from the U.S. The Black Star Line failed because of purported mismanagement and lack of sufficient funds. However, the U.N.I.A. still survives today, and Garvey left a legacy of racial pride and identification with a glorious African heritage for African Americans.

Schools, colleges, highways, and buildings in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States have been named in his honor. The U.N.I.A. red, black, and green flag has been adopted as the Black Liberation Flag. Since 1980, Garvey’s bust has been housed in the Organization of American States’ Hall of Heroes in Washington DC. Garvey’s legacy is profound because he opened the eyes of people of African descent to the fact that “unity is the key to our survival.” And that’s my thought provoking perspectives…

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Religion: Mental Slavery

3In this country, freedom of religion is a bedrock principle from the day it was founding, or maybe stolen. In a way, this falsehood is much like the words written in many of the other American founding documents. Those documents say, “All men are created equal,” which we know, and history proves to be a lie in the eyes of the system that oppresses people of color.

Those people who hijacked African culture, religious beliefs, and imposed a faith system that a sane person might think is a system of brainwashing or mind control that have lasted for generations. Your only reward was giving to the greedy! For example, many of you today are about to pay homage to a white Jesus in some business establishment called a church.

Needless to say, the zealots of European descent believed this is “manifest destiny” and that God gave them dominion over the earth and all in it. It is at this point; all that followed were converted by the stolen words in a book they wrote or at the barrel of a gun. Let me say; religion was designed and created to keep poor people from killing rich people. In fact, it could be said it is a clever form of mental slavery.

I am neither a preacher nor one with any authority to guide or direct your life. However, I can suggest that you be careful whose words you listen to and who you follow. You might well see yourself paying for or buying a “Jet” or supporting some other “Pimp in the Pulpit.” I think it’s fair to say Black people are the most religious folk on the planet and will out Pope the Pope! They have been doing so since being dragged onto these American shores. Now, just look around and ask yourself – have you been saved yet!

Frankly, who cares what you believe, but you should understand that if a man can control what you are thinking, he never has to worry about what you think. The wickedly diabolical King James ordered and sanctioned the latest version of the New Testament, was honest in that he tells you it’s his version, not God’s version. Yet, to some that part of the “Word” does not register into our understanding. This is not to chastise anyone for believing, but the truth of the matter is that you believe it because you have been conditioned to believe.

I wonder how many people know that the first registered slave ship was called the “Good Ship Jesus”; all while perpetrating the guise that God sanctioned slavery. The good book tells you to turn the other cheek while being brutalized. It also says love thy neighbor, who was the person creating your hell on earth. From the time when the myth of false reality was imposed upon us, they told us that when we die, there is a place in the sky waiting for us with streets paved with gold. Pardon the pun, but it is mind control of biblical proportions.

If you take a minute to think about it, this argument begs many questions. I understand that faith is believing to be true what is unseen, but there comes a time when one must consider that on any Sunday morning from about nine to noon is the most segregated two hours in America. Then realize that there are more than fifteen hundred different religions on the planet and all seek your money – is important to understand that view of your belief system.

My reason for sharing this post is because everybody who believes in anything will try to convert you into believing what they believe. Whenever I am approached by a so-called believer – I begin taking off my rings and watch because it’s going to cost me. So to the faithful believe what you will, and I will do the same.

Practice your faith – don’t preach it. My grandfather told me a long time ago that when you get to heaven, you will receive three surprises; first, you will be surprised who you see when you get there; two you will be surprised who you don’t see. Third and last, you will be surprised if you get there yourself! Take a good look, black people you are already in hell. Lastly, for those who think White Jesus is coming back to save you – he’s not! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Remember What Happened On The Road To Jerusalem

Nat-Turner2-1024x743I am keenly aware that I stand on the shoulders of the ghosts of the greats who suffered, died, and sacrificed so much for a people degraded and scorn to which some might say cursed by the wretchedness of slavery. Let me say that one of my major faults is that I understand the power of words and know that finding truth in the written word can produce truth. Taking into consideration, often times, those words were written for the times and used to sway or justify that which one might want the truth to remain hidden. Like in the story of Freedom Fighter Nat Turner!

Someone, I know sent me an email that contained the “Confessions of Nat Turner.” I had never read it before and knew very little about the man Nat Turner other than that white people hated him and what little his-story tells. I was so surprised because it was, in my opinion, unfathomable to believe much of what his supposed attorney wrote as truth. This caused me to do my own research and see what facts were available to reinforce the only known account of the Nat Turner Rebellion. What I found was many different interpretations of the rebellion. Hence, there were few facts available. What we know is that there was a rebellion, and he was hung. Everything else is conjecture!

Here are the facts:

Nat Turner was born into slavery October 2, 1800, on a Southampton County plantation. On August 21, 1831, he led a violent disorganized insurrection. The incident ended the emancipation movement in that region and led to even harsher laws against slaves. Benjamin Turner, his owner, allowed him to be instructed in reading, writing, and religion. Sold three times in his childhood and hired out to John Travis 1820s. He became a fiery preacher and leader of slaves claiming that he was chosen by God to lead them from bondage.

Believing in signs and hearing divine voices, Turner was convinced by an eclipse of the Sun in 1831 that the time to rise-up had come, and he enlisted the help of four other slaves in the area. An insurrection was planned, aborted, and rescheduled for August 21, 1831, when he and six other slaves killed the Travis family, managed to secure arms and horses, and enlisted about 75 other slaves in a disorganized insurrection that resulted in the murder of 51 white people.

Afterward, Turner hid nearby successfully for six weeks until his discovery, conviction, and hanging in Jerusalem, Virginia after a trial that lasted twenty-four hours, along with 16 of his followers. The incident put fear in the heart of Southerners, ended the organized emancipation movement in that region, resulted in even harsher laws against slaves, and deepened the schism between slaveholders that would culminate in the Civil War. This is all we know as fact.

Among many, perhaps most, African-Americans in the antebellum period or even today, Turner’s legacy takes on heroic status as someone willing to make slave-owners pay for the hardships that they enacted upon the millions of children, women and men they enslaved. He is not mentioned in the same vein as the KKK in that they murdered, under cover of law, countless men, women, and children in what was nothing more than state sponsored terrorism. Like John Brown, Turner also thought revolutionary violence would serve to awaken the attitudes of whites to the reality of the inherent brutality of slave-holding.

My research shows one thing clearly. The supposed confession taken by Attorney Gray is a myth written to produce financial gain and to induce fear. Turner was called a beast and a savage – maybe. I would argue that is what he was made to be, as he and others were sold like animals, to which his knowledge of the Old Testament told him that even God worked through acts of violence and inflicted extreme punishment upon his enemies for his people.

It is reported that Nat Turner said before they hung him holding his head high; “they crucified Jesus didn’t they.” And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


Confused Saints

thI wrote an article sometime ago titled “Pimps in the Pulpit” which had the village smoking. I am grateful, however, because of that topic, I got a lot of shares on the social media sites driving a lot of hits to that post. Of those visitors, some took issue with my words. I can and do accept critiques, even the threats, and different points of views. After all, my words are simply my Thought Provoking Perspective. This post might we garner the same reaction, but on a serious note – consider this as something to consider.

In these trying, and very difficult, times for black life in America where black people are under assault on every level of the system. There continue to be too many who hold on to the belief that some Uncle Tom preacher is the answers. As soon as there is a racial disturbance these folk come out of the woodwork to save the day. They are nothing more than tools. Their purpose and their actions are at the behest of white folk to control black people telling us to be calm and love thy brother. Oh, and of course pray.

I like to think I have faith and know the definition of faith; “believes what is unseen to be true”. Black people have believed in faith for about four hundred years and as in the definition, it is still unseen. No equality, no justice, and not even viewed as human. It is reprehensible! Now, I don’t know what GOD is but I do believe he is and think I know what he isn’t. So for these so-called preachers to support the oppressor’s actions – Jesus would not be happy with it.

In my article was public knowledge, reported by the media and some admissions to which I see as fact. They expect us to follow these folk who are fakes and sell outs. When said leaders have sexual relations with members of the congregation, involved in despicable financial dealings, lie and steal, or worse having sex with young boys in the congregation and plead for your money to spend on himself. These are not the people we should want to follow or listen too.

Suppose it was your son molested or your wife dishonored. Would you then view it differently? How can we save ourselves if we expect people such as this to save our souls? The foundation of Jesus’ preaching is truth. So I ask; do you believe in GOD or Man – Right or wrong? But as sure as the sun will rise on Sunday morning most will continue to show up giving these folk your money.

These “False Prophets or Lost Sheppard’s”, leaders of a flock in the name of GOD are mere puppets doing the bidding of the oppressor. In most case the can hardly be adored and not embraced on any level in my opinion. If we wait for them to save us – it will be another four hundred years, and we will be still waiting! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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