Photo: Equal marriage in Utah is like—stepping on a sailor's face?!
Check out this sign from an anti-equality rally held last week at the Utah state capitol:
Where to begin? Should we start with the self-centered idea that civil marriage equality "disrespects" anyone's view of God? Maybe with the notion that more freedom means disrespecting the American flag? With the odd specificity of using a sailor as LGBT activists' supposed target? Or perhaps with this choice garish boot, which one is highly unlikely to find chafing the ankle of a marriage equality activist?
Or do we just wonder why, when looking at our love, this militant opposition movement so reliably insists on seeing violence? What's in their hearts? This aggression certainly isn't in ours.
NOM co-founder warns Christians of the supposed gay-initiated perils that lie ahead
I'd think the victim costume would get hot and uncomfortable. Maybe a little scratchy. Particularly when it's as ill-fitting as the one that the backers of discrimination are trying to force themselves into.
Yet the anti-LGBT conservatives insist on putting on that costume and doing an overwrought routine for an American public that they weren't able to win over on merit alone. Here now, one of the anti-equality movement's key thought leaders stars in his next scene.
[Andrew T. Walker, Director of Policy Studies for Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention]: It seems increasingly likely that the Supreme Court is being primed to decide whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. On the assumption that the Supreme Court errs in its ruling and fiats same-sex marriage across the nation, what becomes of the pro-family movement, or what are our next steps? Should religious conservatives accept living as outsiders within our own country?
[National Organization For Marriage co-founder Robert George (pic, at left, with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia)]: Well, one already sees religious freedom and the rights of conscience being attacked in the name of “anti-discrimination” principles. So this is not going to be easy. The days of comfortable Christianity in the United States are over. It is going to be uncomfortable to be a Christian—increasingly so. We’re going to get a little taste of what Jesus meant when he said that to be his disciple one must take up one’s cross and follow him. We’ll see how many self-described Christians are going to be willing to pay the price—usually a non-financial one—Jesus had in mind when he told the rich young man to “go and sell what you have, and give to the poor, and come and follow me.” I suspect that a lot of Christians will be like that young man who, as you recall, “went away sad, for he had many possessions.” They will not be willing to place at risk reputation, social standing, professional opportunities, and the like in order to bear witness and remain faithful to Christ. We Christians and our fellow believers are already being labeled as “bigots” and “homophobes”; the next step will involve outright discrimination and the imposition of disabilities in domains such as employment, licensing, accreditation of institutions, and government contracting. This is going to be rough sailing.
But let me quote two men who were great friends and, as it happens, both dear friends of mine.
Chuck Colson: “Stay at your post and do your duty.”
Richard John Neuhaus: “Never weary, never rest. Stay ever faithful and trust God for the victory.”
My message is the same: Stay strong. Stay faithful. Bear witness. Do not yield. Remain on the field of battle. Organize. Cooperate. Encourage one another. Fight in the domain of ideas. Fight in the arena of politics. Fight in every nook and cranny of the culture.
And, as Fr. Neuhaus said, “trust God for the victory”—which will come on His terms and in His time.
FULL: A Week With Robert P. George, Part 3 [Canon & Culture]
Iowa's governor signs truly unbelievable proclamation
A group calling itself "Prayer 7-14-14" thinks our nation is wicked and needs to be saved. This is how they describe it:
HISTORY & PURPOSE of 7-14-14
WE ARE A NATION, WHO HAS FALLEN FROM HER INTENDED PURPOSE, AND WE HAVE A GOD WHO IS PURSUING US BACK INTO OUR DESTINY… JUST AS HOSEA PURSUED GOMER, GOD IS PURSUING US
This is not about a single day of prayer, fasting and true repentance, but it is about a lifestyle journey of letting our hearts awaken and allowing God’s very breath to fill us. It is understanding we have strayed from God, our first Love, and realizing the only way back is through true heart-felt repentance. Repentance that brings change and realizing that repentance has many depths to it. It’s about forgiving one another and not allowing the enemy to rule us through offenses. Realizing there is diversity in unity. It is about knowing who we are in Christ! That He first loved us and He still loves us and is pursuing us to come back to Him.
God is saying Blow the trumpet in America, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the people… (just as they did in Joel 2:15 in Zion)
Since 2011 God has been speaking to me through dreams, visions and His word about our Nation. Below I have referenced one dream and given two references, in scripture, that show God speaks through dreams and visions and tells us we need to be able to discern the times..
AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS, SAYS GOD, THAT I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL FLESH; YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS…I WILL SHOW WONDERS IN HEAVEN ABOVE AND SIGNS IN THE EARTH BENEATH; …THE SUN SHALL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS, AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT AND AWESOME DAY OF THE LORD. AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS THAT WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED!
WHEN IT IS EVENING YOU SAY, ‘IT WILL BE FOUL WEATHER TODAY, FOR THE SKY IS RED AND THREATENING.’ HYPOCRITES! YOU KNOW HOW TO DISCERN THE FACE OF THE SKY, BUT YOU CANNOT DISCERN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES….
ON 4-20-13 God spoke to me through a dream and His word…
In the dream I was writing on a red, white and blue shirt, “Something will start to churn in you today.” I wanted to change the word to move, but I heard a voice say “NO, it is churn.” I happened to be reading through Hosea again for the third, fourth or fifth time, and I was starting at Chapter 11 that day. When I got to verse 8, you can see below, it said His heart CHURNS (just like in the dream)within Him and His sympathy is stirred.
I knew God was is pursuing America to turn back….
In Hosea 11:8 it says…though they call to the Most High, none at all exalt Him…) How can I give you up, Ephraim? (America) How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I set you like Zeboiim? My heart CHURNS within Me; My sympathy is stirred. I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim (America) For I am God, and not man, The Holy One in your midst; and I will not come with terror…
In the book of Acts
Believers were experiencing a profound dimension of spiritual unity.
They were of one heart, (in tune or in sync with one another)
Going the same way spiritually
Of one soul (one mind - breathing spiritually together)
Corporate prayers of God’s people crying out to Him together brought the unleashing of the power of the Holy Spirit!
In the book of Ezra
Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Lord
He called Israel to repentance and to turn from dead traditionalism and moral impurity - from an idolatrous lifestyle
Ezra 10:1 Now while Ezra was praying and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly.
Through Ezra’s prayer and repentance for his nation the people began to realize they had moved away from God into idolatry. The word says a very large assembly gathered to him and wept very bitterly. They confessed they had trespassed against God and had taken pagan wives (were walking in idolatry), but realized there was still hope in spite of their sin. They made the decision to confess to the Lord and turn from their ways back to Him.
Imagine, one man’s prayers turning a Nation back to God. Imagine God’s people coming together to confess our sins and turning our Nation back to God.
In the Book of Hosea
Feeling the hurt from Gomer’s betrayal, Hosea begins to understand what God is doing. The pain he experiences when his wife is unfaithful is the same pain God experiences when His people are unfaithful, that is, when they seek relationships with other gods and forge alliances with foreign nations. This violates their covenant with God.
CAN WE FORGO OUR MENIAL DIFFERENCES IN THE BODY OF CHRIST, FOR HIS SAKE?
CAN WE PUT OURSELVES ASIDE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR NATION?
CAN WE COME TOGETHER, AS GOD’S PEOPLE, AND HUMBLE OURSELVES, PRAY, SEEK HIS FACE, TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS SO GOD WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, FORGIVE OUR SINS AND HEAL OUR LAND?
ASK YOURSELF - WHAT CAN I DO , WHO CAN I FORGIVE, WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE HINDERING ME FROM COMPLETELY SURRENDERING MYSELF TO GOD???
WE NEED YOU! WHATEVER STATE YOU ARE IN YOU ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE DESTINY OF OUR NATION!!!
You get all that? No? Well let's move on anyway.
Because this is so clearly a far-right call that most surely includes rejecting LGBT rights, anti-LGBT groups like The Family Leader have already come out and endorsed this idea. But you know who else did? Well here, let me show you:
(*Note: I recognize several of the gathered faces from anti-LGBT activism in the state)
Take that, church/state separation!
Side note: I'm assuming the proclamation refers to John Hancock as "President" because of his role with the Second Continental Congress. He was, of course, never a U.S. President.
NOM's Chairman lends name to nakedly anti-gay book
The National Organization For Marriage's chairman has lent his endorsement to a new book from Catholic publishing house Ignatius Press:
So since Eastman is in a top seat at NOM and NOM is supposedly all about (and limited to) marriage, that must be what the book is limited to as well, right?
WRONG! The book is all about how "homosexual behavior" itself has essentially destroyed America. The book's arguments isn't that same-sex marriage is bad policy but rather that simply being gay is a destructive lie. There is no denying the animus.
Here is the book trailer, including Eastman's endorsement:
The mask is so fully off the NOM charade. I guess since we all know that this is nothing but another anti-LGBT organization, NOM's masterminds see no more need to hide it. Or maybe they just can't.
Billy Graham's granddaughter: Legacy has become anti-LGBT 'thanks to [son] Franklin'
Billy Graham's granddaughter, Jerushah Armfield, is currently on a book tour promoting a tome that she co-wrote to honor her granddad's legacy. After seeing a few puff pieces (Today, Morning Joe) that made no mention of the sad fact that Graham's legacy over the past few years has been hijacked for anti-LGBT purposes, I reached out to Ms. Armfield on Twitter. Her candor was unexpected yet appreciated:
You surely have seen Franklin, Billy's son, in the news or on sites like this one. Franklin is viciously anti-LGBT and, because of that, so is the elder Graham's legacy. BillyGraham.org, the official site to honor the legacy, is now rife with anti-LGBT content. The bulk of it has to do with Franklin.
I an others suspected that the reason Billy has leant his name to recent anti-LGBT efforts (most notably for North Carolina's Amendment One) had less to do with him and more to do with Franklin and that generation of "culture warriors." Interesting to hear that someone with firsthand insight seems to feel that way as well.
FRC blatantly lies to U.S. Senators
In a letter to the U.S. Senate, the shockingly duplicitous and reliably animus-driven Family Research Council uses LGBT rights as a way to trip up Michelle Friedland's confirmation to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This is no huge surprise, since FRC is truly one of the most obsessively and rabidly anti-LGBT groups in all of the "culture war" kingdom. The fact that this organization maintains the access that it does is a blight on American politics.
But what is shocking is just how unscrupulously FRC lies in this letter. Here it is is full; for the purposes of this post, pay particular attention to the fifth paragraph, all about attempts to "cure" gay people:
In the "ex-gay" portion, FRC makes it sound like the APA is still undecided about how to proceed with efforts to "change" sexual orientation. They yank one tiny little quote from its context to make this case.
But now look at what the the APA really said, with FRC's tiny little pull quote highlighted in red:
Video: What, because Focus on the Family would hire and stick with a gay (or even pro-gay) CEO?
About that snarky closing quip about comments being closed? Yeah, well—
How's the stone collection in your glass house, Mr. Shepard?
Audio: Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson to gay Californian: 'You can be issued a marriage license, but you can't get married'
The audience member asked him about tax parity between male/male, female/female, and male/female married couples, but Ryan was insistent on trying to trip him up with the idea of a "throuple." That's kind of a new thing the suddenly omnipresent marriage and family "expert" has been doing lately: glomming onto purposely provocative fragments of a "slippery slope" argument that he read about in liberal think pieces and demand in marriage equality activists answer for any number of things (e.g. "monogamish" couples, wed-leases, etc.) that no one in the movement is seeking to be part of law. To his credit, the audience member kept his cool and pressed on with his point.
Ryan, however, became noticeably ruffled and told the gay man that he cannot get married, even though he lawfully can in the state of California (with full federal recognition). Listen in as a self-appointed Supreme Court justice, if not all-out deity, lays his discrimination out there for all to hear:
[Speech to Stanford University's Catholic Anscombe Society]
The thing is, I'm 100% okay with uber Catholic Ryan believing this about my or any other gay person's legal marriage. The problem, of course, is that he believes the court-tested civil law is but a mere suggestion and that his faith-driven supremacy gets to trump it at will. And that is not okay. It never will be, no matter how many "throuples" or "fupples" or "oogity-boogities" he tries to toss in the way.